Beacon Buzz 9/30/21

Posted 9/30/21

Oct. 3 Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be taking place on the front lawn of  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road on Sunday, Oct.3 at 2 p.m. …

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Beacon Buzz 9/30/21


Oct. 3 Blessing of the Animals

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be taking place on the front lawn of  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road on Sunday, Oct.3 at 2 p.m. Organizers said it will begin with a short prayer of thanksgiving for the pets and then each pet will be blessed individually. Pets in attendance should be appropriately caged or leashed. If there is inclement weather the blessing will be held in the church. Additionally on Oct.9 at 3 p.m. the church is recruiting teens in need of community service hours to help with unloading the truck and setting up their pumpkin patch. Those wishing to help with the community service event are asked to call 737-3127.

No More Hunger
Bebop classics & jazz at library

A concert by internationally-acclaimed bop virtuoso Greg Abate will be held at Warwick Public Library on Sunday, October 3, at 2 p.m.

The performance will feature bebop classics and jazz standards with Greg Abate on saxophone and flute, Kent Hewitt on piano, Paul Del Nero on bass, and Gary Johnson on drums.

Warwick Library events bring people together and strengthen the bonds that make us a community. Come to reconnect, make friends, and socialize. For more information, call (401) 739-5440, x9758. The Library is located at 600 Sandy Lane. This event is free and open to all.

Community Walk

A walk to call attention to food insecurity and raise funds for local pantries and the West Bay Marketplace will be held on Saturday, October 16th.   Registration begins at 9:00am at St Mark’s Episcopal Church 111 West Shore Road, Warwick.   Several local groups and churches will be participating.   Any interested area churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join in.   Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail for details.

Norwood Scarecrow Light Pole Decorating Contest

Let’s have fun and scare up some fall spirit by decorating our light poles in the beautiful Norwood neighborhood. Show us your creativity, pride and holiday traditions using materials from home and craft supplies to create a unique scarecrow on your designated pole. This event will take place on Oct.16th. For a small $5 donation you will be given an assigned light pole near your home to decorate. Your creations will be judged and prizes will be awarded for the top three contestants. Winners will be announced at our Neighborhood Fall Festival on October 23rd at the Norwood field behind the Boys and Girls Club. More details to follow. Contact the event coordinator Catrina at for more information and to donate $5.00 for your pole!

Gaspee Seniors meeting

The Gaspee Seniors will meet on Tuesday Oct. 5, at the Pilgrim Senior Center. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m., and it will be apple dessert day. The following meeting will be on Oct.19 and will be the collection for the West Bay Market. Gaspee Seniors have seven new members and all new members are welcome. 

RI Dahlia Society returns to in person 

The RI Dahlia Society will once again be able to hold in person meetings at the Cold Spring Community Center, on Beach Street in North Kingstown.  The next meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.  This month’s program will be “Labeling Dahlias, Digging Tubers, and Saving Seeds.” The topic includes labeling/identifying your flowers prior to digging, how to dig up the tubers, and saving seeds for propagation. Storage methods will be covered in November’s meeting. Please visit for more information.

Watershed hike and river paddle

On Saturday, October 9th and 10th, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) invites you to hike and paddle in the watershed. October 9th at 10am hike through Connors Farm in Smithfield and then paddle the lower Woony through Downtown Providence on October 10th at 11:30am.. These trips are part of the 2021-22 “Explore the Woonasquatucket” recreational series which offers guided tours of  beautiful and historic sites throughout the Woonasquatucket River watershed, with paddle trips, hikes, and bike rides — while following State Covid-19 guidelines. Check out the full schedule at WRWC.ORG/EVENTS.

Day of Portugal 5K

The RI Day of Portugal Committee will hold its first 5K run or walk on Oct. 2 at Colt State Park in Bristol. The organization will be raising funds for Nathan’s Angels and the American Cancer Society. To register for the race and to learn more visit

Orchid Society program

The Ocean State Orchid Society will host a program, “Growing Miniature Orchids in the Home,” on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at Rocky Hill Grange, 1340 South County Trail, East Greenwich. Enter through rear of building. Cordelia Head of J&L Orchids will be speaking about household miniature orchid culture. Cordelia’s presentation is great for both the beginner and expert. Orchids will be available for sale at the end of the presentation. COVID protocols to be followed. Please wear masks and practice social distancing. Coffee and water will be provided.

Friends of Warwick Ponds meeting

Friends of Warwick Ponds, or FOWPS, will meet Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Warwick Library on Sandy Lane. For more information, visit or follow the group on Facebook.

Gorton lunch 

The Gorton Classes of 1941-1955 will be having their luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Greenwood Inn Restaurant. On the menu will be a hot turkey plate, baked stuffed scrod, or eggplant parm. It includes chicken soup, coffee, and ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Reservations can be made by calling Fran Allin at 463-8679 or Barbara Kane 821-0161 or emailing For more information call Nat at 401-742-7433.

Wednesday yoga at library

Fine tune your yoga practice or give yoga a try with a Gentle Yoga class at Warwick Public Library on Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 7 p.m. Yoga instructor Linda Morse will guide you through essential postures and show you how to breathe. Improve flexibility, build strength, and feel refreshed and renewed.

No yoga experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Linda Morse is certified through the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.

For more information, call (401) 739-5440, x9758. The Library is located at 600 Sandy Lane. This event is free and open to all.

18th Howlween Party

Join us for a wicked good time at our 18th annual Howlween Party on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Tickets cost $20 per person (or zombie!) and include dinner. There will be a cash bar.

Enjoy dancing with music provided by a DJ, raffles and costume contest prizes. Costumes are optional, but definitely lots more fun.

This is an adults-only event, and no pets are permitted on the premises. There is an ATM on premises.

Hosted by the Warwick Animal Shelter, proceeds will benefit our shelter animals. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (401) 468-4377 or email Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 19.

Friends of Animal Shelter pet walk

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will host its 14th Annual Pet Walk with Blessing of the Animals and Costume Contest on Saturday October 2 at the beach in Warwick City Park, Asylum Avenue, Warwick from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the homeless cats and dogs waiting for adoption at the Warwick Animal Shelter. 

A $15 donation for each animal includes an individual blessing by Deacon John Baker of Saints Rose and Clements Parish and a colorful pet bandana. Enjoy a scenic 2.75-mile walk around Warwick City Park with your dog. A shorter walk is also available. All restrained animals are welcome for a blessing, but only dogs are allowed on the walk.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the Dog Walk starts at 11:30 a.m. Individual blessings will continue to be performed until 12 p.m. by Deacon Baker. 

Meals on Wheels in need of volunteers

Meals on Wheels of RI is in immediate need of volunteers for its Home-Delivered Meal Program in Warwick. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program helps homebound seniors remain healthy, safe, and happy at home. For more information and a volunteer application, visit

AARP field trips

From Sunday, November 7 to Tuesday, November 9, AARP is hosting a trip to Atlantic City. On the 7th, attendees will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry and travel to Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts. Upon arrival, guests will receive $20 casino slot cash, $50 in food credits, and a casino show. The bus will return to RI around 7:30 p.m. on the 9th. The tour cost is $269 per person for a double room, $259 per person for a triple room, and $369 per person for a single room. A $50 deposit is due at sign up, and final payments must be made by October 7. For reservations contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

ESL classes at WPL

The Warwick Public Library and the RI Family Literacy Initiative will be hosting English as a Second Language (ESL) classes starting on September 20. Practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in small groups. Classes are free and meet twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. For more information, call (401) 455-8041.

Citizenship prep classes at WPL

Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library. Practice citizenship vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting September 25. Sign up at the library. For more information, call (401) 455-8041. These free classes are offered by the RI Family Literary Initiative.

No More Hunger
Community Walk

A walk to call attention to food insecurity and raise funds for local pantries is being planned by a group of area churches: Woodbury Union, Lakewood Baptist, St. Benedict, St. Kevin, and St. Mark’s. The walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16. Community members or organizations interested in planning or volunteering call (401) 737-8232 or email for more information.

Mt. Pleasant High School
Class of 1970 reunion

On Friday, October 29, the Mt. Pleasant High School class of 1970 will be holding their 50th reunion at the Santa Maria DiPrata Society located at 29 Walnut Grove Ave in Cranston. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. RSVP by October 5 to Vin DeTora at (401) 232-0856 or Joan LaVallee Gelfusco at (401) 578-2220.

Weekly car show at
Tri-City Elks Lodge #14

The Tri-City Elks Lodge at 1915 West Shore Road invites you to the weekly car show, held every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Bring your auto and show it off, or just come and enjoy. Motorcycles are welcome. Music and food will be available, as will the Tiki Bar serving cold beverages. Entrance is free.

Get a Job Thursdays

We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Avenue in Cranston. We Make RI offers job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help, and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger, and Hitachi Cable. For more information about the event or other training opportunities, visit or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.

Share Your Hope: Volunteer at NAMI-RI

The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides free family support groups and educational programs. These resources exist because friends and family members like you are passionate about sharing what they’ve learned and determined to pay it forward. The value of your voice, shared experience, and leadership is truly priceless to those who are struggling. Please consider reaching out and helping to create healthy, supportive communities across Rhode Island where good mental health for all can be our shared reality.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 8-session educational program for families, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. NAMI-trained family members lead the course with presentations, discussions, and interactive exercises. If you would like to learn more about how to qualify to teach NAMI Family-to-Family, please visit the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at, call 401-331-3060 or email


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