Share your book club experiences for a chance to win

Posted 8/5/21

By ARDEN BASTIA Share your book club experiences for a chance to win If you belong to a reading group, Robin Kall of Reading with Robin would like to talk to you! Tell Robin how your club got started, how long you've been meeting, and how you select the

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Share your book club experiences for a chance to win


If you belong to a reading group, Robin Kall of Reading with Robin would like to talk to you! Tell Robin how your club got started, how long you’ve been meeting, and how you select the books to read. Robin is also interested in how the pandemic has impacted book clubs. Did you gain or lose members? Are you meeting via Zoom instead of in the living room? Has it changed the types of books you’re interested in? Most of all, Robin wants to know how book discussions have deepened or expanded your reading experience.

As an incentive, up to 10 copies of the forthcoming novel City on Fire from best-selling author Don Winslow, part one of a trilogy about warring mobsters in Providence, will go to a book group selected at random.

Email Robin at robin@robinkall.com with the particulars about your book club. Please include a phone number. Submissions must be received by midnight on August 15.

Warwick Summer Concert Series

The City of Warwick is hosting a series of free summer concerts. For a full line-up and more local events, visit www.visitwarwickri.com/events.

A traditional American and Celtic folk duo, Atwater & Donnelly, will be performing at Pawtuxet Park on August 11 at 6 p.m.

Family-friendly Conimicut band, Bayside Beat, will perform at Conimicut Point on August 21 at 2 p.m.

8-piece Down City Band will be performing hits from yesterday and today at Oakland Beach on August 25 at 6 .m.

Rocky Point food truck festival

The City of Warwick, We Be Jammin’, and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals presents a food truck fest on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, held at Rocky Point Park, will feature over 100 vendors, over 20 food trucks, and live music. Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, and hang out with friends and family in the sprawling fields against the beautiful ocean scenery.

Sizzling summer art fest

Charitable Artisans is hosting a summer arts fest on Sunday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held outdoors (weather permitting) at the Tri-City Elks Lodge located at 1915 West Shore Rd. Admission is free. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 area for $35. Contact Victoria or Diane Duquette at charitableartisans@gmail.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit Vets in Need.

Gorton High School lunch

The Gorton High School classes 1941 to 1955 are gathering for a lunch Wednesday, August 11 at 1 p.m. at Sam’s Inn on West Shore Road. The menu included baked scrod, chicken marsala, or pot roast. Tickets are $25. To RSVP, contact Fran Allin at (401) 463-8679 or Barbara Kane at (401) 821-0161 or barbarakane14@gmail.com. For any questions or for more information, contact Nat Nazareth at (401) 742-7433. Bring a classmate!

AAA safety program at WPL

On Friday, August 13, meet Buster, the winking, blinking, talking, driving school bus! Learn about bus and traffic safety, and other tips for having a fun and safe time outdoors. Geared towards kids in preschool through grade 3 and their families. The free program starts at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Warwick Public Library. To register, visit www.warwicklibrary.org.

Community yard sale

St. Kevin and St. Benedict Parish are hosting a yard sale and flea market on Saturday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place outdoors (weather permitting) at St. Kevin’s located at 333 Sandy Lane. Household items, furniture, Christmas decorations, clothes, etc. Priced to sell. Sellers can purchase a booth for $20. Rain date for the event is August 21. To reserve a spot, or for any questions, contact Laurie at (401) 524-6207 or Judy at (401) 737-9997.

Get boat certified with DEM course

On Saturday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Department of Environmental Management will be holding a one-day Boat Rhode Island classroom crash course to certify boaters and water sports enthusiasts. Attendees will receive their RI Safe Boating Card upon completion of the course. A RI Safe Boating Card is required for all Jet Ski operators of any age as well. The course will take place at the RI DEM building located at 235 Promenade St. in Providence. Pre-registration is required. Call (401) 323-6960 for details.

Friends of Warwick Ponds meeting at WPL

On August 18, the Friends of Warwick Ponds will be meeting at the Warwick Public Library at 6 p.m. The group will discuss local issues like trash and recycling at city parks and beaches, waterway restoration projects, involvement in solar energy, state legislation, and more. Follow the Friends of Warwick Ponds page of Facebook for more information.

CRICC Summer Networking Series

Dust off those business cards, grab your sunglasses, and join the Central RI Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to meet new folks and reconnect with old friends during the 2021 Summer Networking Series, hosted in conjunction with Bay Coast Mortgage Company. The next event is Wine & Nibbles at Revolution American Bistro on August 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.checkoutri.com/events/summer-networking. Tickets are limited, and cost $25 for CRICC members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call (401) 732-1100.

Pilgrim High School reunion

The Pilgrim High School classes of 1966 to 1969 are invited to a reunion barbeque August 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at Fort Getty in Jamestown. Food will be served at 2 p.m. and includes pulled pork chicken, ribs, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert. Gas grills are available to use. There will be a dance floor, volleyball court, and beach with swim access. The location is handicap accessible, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair and drinks. Tickets are $40 per person, and RSVPs must be made by August 1. Contact Linda Sprague-Eichenfeldt for tickets at (401) 965-8035 or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to 20 Sweetfern Road, Warwick, RI 02888 for a ticket. Attendance is limited.

Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic

Registration for the 38th Annual Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic for SHARE is now open. The event will be held at the Richmond Country Club on Sunday, August 29, with tee-off at 8 a.m. Day-of registration will open at 7 a.m., with dinner and awards following the end of last play. Golfers are invited to participate in remembrance of Boyle and Kostyla, two community members who dedicated their lives to helping others. The golf package includes a full game of 18 holes, access to refreshments in the morning and lunch in the afternoon, a swag bag, team awards, event prizes, and a sit-down dinner reception. A raffle will also be available. Prizes include a weekend getaway to New Hampshire, 40” Smart TV, Kindle Fire tablet, $100 Amazon gift card, and a grill. The cost is $150 per player for golf and dinner, or $30 for dinner only. To register for the event, contact Bob Bjorklund at (401) 585-0156 or email pvrotaryevents@gmail.com.

Painted Rooms of RI on display at Library

Ann Eckert Brown has opened her new exhibit, Painted Rooms of Rhode Island, at the Warwick Public Library. The free exhibit will run from now until the end of August. The exhibit features replications created by Brown of wall stenciling techniques that were popular in New England houses prior to the 1840s. For more information about Brown’s work, visit www.anneckertbrown.com.

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. The next job fair will take place today, August 5. 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 www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.

NAMI: We Are Here For You

At NAMI Rhode Island, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we believe that when a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you are not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the United States who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.

You may be trying to help a family member who doesn't have access to care or doesn't want help or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis.

At NAMI-RI we realize that the challenges of mental illness do not only affect an individual's family members but also friends, teachers, neighbors, coworkers and others in the community. Here we use the terms family member and caregiver interchangeably to refer to someone giving emotional, financial or practical support to a person with a mental health condition. Whether you're providing a lot of assistance or very little, NAMI-RI can help you better understand the issues that you might face

For more information on programs, support and other resources, visit the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.namirhodeisland.org, call 401-331-3060 or email info@namirhodeisland.org.

Outdoor yoga at Conimicut Point Park

Join Yoga at the Point for a season of outdoor yoga right on the water at Conimicut Point Park. Yoga, pilates, group fitness, and sound meditation classes offered every day, Sunday through Saturday, until August 31. All levels welcome; $10 suggested donation per class. Please bring a mat and mask. For the full schedule, visit www.yogaatthepoint.com or follow Yoga at the Point on Facebook.

Podcasting in Seven Easy Steps: an Online Series

The Warwick Public Library and the Barrington Public Library are teaming up to host a free series of virtual workshops to learn tips and tricks to podcasting from an accomplished line-up of podcasters and radio professionals. All events will take place at 7 p.m. To register for the Zoom links, visit www.warwicklibrary.org or call (401) 739-5440.

On August 11, join Alex Bowden from WQRI Radio for Step 6: Boost your stories with editing, music, and sound clips.

On August 18, learn Step 7: How to broadcast and promote your podcast.

Yoga with Patricia at Rocky Point

Outdoor yoga at Rocky Point Park is back for the summer. Join Patricia on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at the old saltwater pool for an all-levels yoga class. Suggested donation $10. Follow scheduling updates on Facebook at Peace, Love, and Wellness with Patricia.

AARP field trips

The 210 chapter of AARP is hosting a series of field trips. The first is on Thursday, September 16 to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant for a buffet lunch followed by a performance of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. The lighthearted and entertaining comedy follows the story of a love triangle that takes place at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. from the I-95 Park & Ride at Exit 6A, Coventry, and will return around 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $109 per person and payment is due by August 16. To purchase tickets, contact Maureen Murphy at (401) 828-5188 or Mary Ouellette at (401) 828-3227.

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.

Warwick Vets reunion rescheduled

The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School class of 1960 reunion has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. The event will be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at 1 Rhodes Place. There will be a social hour from 12 to 1 p.m., and then a luncheon buffet from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Checks can be made out to Kathy Bouthillier and mailed to 94 Colonel John Gardner Road, Narragansett, RI 02882. Payments must be received by July 23, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For questions, contact Sally (Anderson) Allen at (401) 783-0205.

Warwick Public Library book groups

On Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m., the Warwick Public Library Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet to discuss 1984 by George Orwell. The group will meet in the large meeting room. To participate, email maryannqn@gmail.com.

On Thursday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m., the WPL History Book Group will meet to discuss God, War, and Providence: the Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians Against the Puritans of New England by James A. Warren. The group will meet in the Idea Studio or outdoors, if weather permits. For questions, contact the Reference Desk at (401) 739-5440 or email jbelanger@warwicklibrary.org.

Free petting zoo at Pawtuxet Baptist Church

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the lawn of Pawtuxet Baptist Church will be transformed into a free petting zoo for animal lovers of all ages. The event will run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Any questions, contact Deborah at (401) 461-3635.

Annual Conimicut Village yard sale

The annual Conimicut Village-wide yard sale will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 26. There is no cost to participate, just set up at your house and keep the profits! The Conimicut Village Association will publish a map of participating homes and publicize the sale. You must live in Conimicut to get your house on the map. Get your yard sale listed by calling (401) 524-8404 or email conimicutvillage@aol.com. Please leave your phone number and availability for the rain date.

To submit community events, promotions, academic news, or virtual events, email Arden at ardenb@rhodybeat.com. Please include a daytime phone number in case further information is required.


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