Here's what's happening around Warwick

Posted 6/13/24

  Weekend Spotlight

June 14 & 15, Our Lady of Czenstochowa Polish Festival will be on Fri., June 14 and Sat., June 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. on the school grounds, 222 MacArthur Boulevard, …

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Here's what's happening around Warwick


 Weekend Spotlight

June 14 & 15, Our Lady of Czenstochowa Polish Festival will be on Fri., June 14 and Sat., June 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. on the school grounds, 222 MacArthur Boulevard, Coventry.  The festival offers  Polish/American food, games, raffles, Cow Chip Bingo and much more. Frozen golombki and pierogi available for sale. Free parking and free admission. Call 401-821-7991 or visit olcsvp.org for more information.

June 15, Community Pet Vaccine Clinic (dogs and cats only) will be hosted by The Rhode Island SPCA Animal Health Center, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, on Sat., June 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last. No appointment necessary. Dogs must be leashed, and cats must be in carriers. We are offering rabies, distemper, and microchipping for $20 each or all 3 for $50. Pets must be at least 8 weeks old for Distemper and 12 weeks old for Rabies. To be eligible for a 3-yr. rabies vaccine, owners must provide proof of prior vaccination.

June 15, Father’s Day Marketplace is sponsored by We Be Jammin’ on June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Warwick Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Featuring over 100 vendors and exhibitors. Find the perfect gift for that special Dad in your life.  For more information:  webejamminevents@gmail.com or www.webejaminevents.com.

Now thru June 30, Warwick Public Library Art Exhibit will be featuring artist, Mitch Kaplan’s art on display now thru June 30, Mon. thru Wed., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs thru Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and free to all. Please contact Wil Gregersen at wgregersen@warwicklibrary.org with any questions about the exhibit.

Now thru August 1, The East Greenwich Art Club Exhibit will be in the lobby of the Gaspee Real Estate Partners, 333 Main Street, East Greenwich, Mon. thru Fri., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The current show is by local artists Tom Hutchinson, Jeanine Anderson, Ann Bianchi, Dan Lake, and Linda Sanfilippo.  Information regarding the displayed art is available at the location.

Jun 13, Oakland Beach Association Meeting will be held on Thurs., Jun. 13, at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 715 Oakland Beach Ave., Warwick (side entrance).  

June 13, The Warwick Neck Improvement Association Annual Meeting will be held at the Warwick Country Club, 394 Narragansett Bay Ave., Thurs., June 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is George Shuster, incoming president of Save The Bay, speaking on “Save The Bay and Warwick: 39 Miles of Connectivity.” Established in 1970, Save The Bay is dedicated to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay. All are welcome. Admission free. Cash bar. For further information visit office@warwickneckri.com.

June 14, Firefly Walk is scheduled to meet on Fri., June 14, at 8:45 p.m. at the lower Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Long pants and sleeves and bug repellant is recommended to see the annual mating firefly display. A half hour walk at twilight. No nets, jars or dogs, please. Sponsored by Friends of the Pawtuxet and the West Bay Land Trust. For updates contact timlehnert@live.com.

June 15, Drive-Thru Food Pantry will be held on Sat., June 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Spring Green Memorial Church, 1350 Warwick Ave, Warwick.  Grocery bags of food will be distributed in the parking lot in the back of the church.  If you have any questions, please email the church at springgreenchurch@yahoo.com or call the office at 401-463-8328.

June 15, Moosup Valley Music Series is being held on Sat., June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moosup  Valley Church, 81 Moosup Valley Rd., Foster. Rain or shine. Bring chairs, and picnic supper. Featured  musicians: Award-winning performers: John Fuzek, Amy Bedard, & Ed McGuirl playing Americana & folk with a variety of instruments. Pass the hat. For more information: Laurie 401‑623‑0320.

June 17, Eckankar Center of Rhode Island Free Event will be on Mon., June 18,  SOUND OF SOUL "Sacred Light and Sound”  at  6 p.m., at the Eckankar Center, 2914 Post Rd, Warwick RI 02889. How to make contact with the Divine Spirit. HU is a sacred sound and ancient mantra. It is an ancient name for God that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. HU can uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. The public is invited to experience chanting HU, contemplative time, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. For more information: 401-738-4727.

June 18, The Gaspee Seniors will meet on Tuesday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick . This is the last meeting until September . The new board will be in charge. New members are still welcome. Pastries and coffee will be served after the business meeting. Have a happy and healthy summer.

June 19, Riverview Improvement Association (RIVA) Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting will be held on Wed., June 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 32 Mill Cove Road, Warwick. Get answers to your questions about the sewer project in Riverview. A representative of the Warwick Sewer Authority will be our special guest. For more information and future events, please visit: https://myrvia.org. Open to Riverview residents only.

June 20, Turnout Thursday Country Social Dance is scheduled for Thurs., June 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW Post 183, 172 Washington St., Warwick.  $10 pp.  Line dancing; Two-Step; West Coast Swing; and Pattern Partner dances by Get In Line Dancing.  All are welcome.

June 21, Riverview Improvement Association (RIVA) Summer Solstice and Strawberry Moon Beach Party will be held on Fri., June 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the beach at the end of Mill Cove Road, Warwick. The Strawberry Moon happens just once a year. This one is extra special because it coincides with the longest day of the year. NASA says this phenomenon is so rare, it only occurs about every 20 years. For more information and future events, please visit: https://myrvia.org. Open to Riverview residents only.

June 22, Strawberry Festival at Smith’s Castle invites the public to join in celebrating the annual Strawberry Festival on Sat., June 22, from 12 to 4 p.m., Smith’s Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown. This family friendly event will feature puppeteer Dan Butterworth, as well as pop singer Jesse Liam. Colonial games, activities, and crafts will be provided by our junior docents, as well as pony rides for children. Vendors will also be onsite, and Smith Castle famous strawberry shortcake will be for sale. Visitors to the historic house museum will be welcomed by docents in period attire and be able to tour the downstairs interior of the former home and grounds of the prominent Smith and Updike families. A special exhibit will feature collections from the Narragansett Bay Quilt Association. Admission to Strawberry Festival is $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for children over 6 years of age. Family Cap is $25. This event was made possible by the generosity of the North Kingstown Arts Council, and the volunteers and staff of The Cocumscussoc Association.

 June 22, 2 Inspired 2 Be Tired Community Walk is sponsored by the Warwick Health Equity Zone and will be held on Sat., June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Confreda Sports Complex, 80 Bend St., Warwick.  Festivities include: Free arts and crafts, refreshments and snacks, face painting and lawn games.  Raffle tickets: 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.  All raffle proceeds will go to Rhode Island Parent Information Network. Joining the festivities will be members of the Warwick Police and Fire Departments.  Warwick Health Equity Zone focuses on families living through disabilities. 

June 24 thru June 28, Summar Drama Camp at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 20 Leaf Street, West Warwick, will be held from June 24 thru June 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The camp welcomes children ages 5 through 14.  Cost is $20 for first child, $10 for second child and $5 for additional children.  $35 max per family.  Scholarships are available.  For more information or to pre-register please contact pastor@emanuelww.org or 401-821-8888.  Applicates may register at the door on Mon., June 24, between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

June 24 thru August 16, Warwick Center for the Arts 8-week Summer Art Camp will be held from June 24 thru August 16, at Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road, Warwick from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., 12:00-2:30 p.m. or a full day 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost varies. Description: Spark your child's creativity this summer with our weekly themed, affordable Summer Art Camp for ages 5-15. We provide the supplies, inspiration, and guidance -- campers provide the creativity! For further information, please call 401-737-0010 or warwickcfa.org

June 25, RI Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold their next meeting on Wed., June 25, at the check station on Rt. 165, starting with a cookout at 5 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m.  All are welcome.  If attending the cookout, please email Glen Place at tu225president@gmail.com.

June 29, Vendor/Craft Fair and Plant Sale Fundraiser will be held on Sat., June 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of the Warwick Public Library at the main branch, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Please come and support the Warwick Public Library.

June 30, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Seeking Contacts, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, is seeking contact information from/for anyone interested in celebrating its 150th anniversary to be held Sept. 29, 2024.  Contact information (email addresses preferred) should be forwarded to office@stpaulwarwick.org (Attn: 150th committee) before June 30th.  For questions, call 401-737-0813 or 401-463-8704.

July 20, Cranston High School East Reunion Class of 1974 will hold its 50th Reunion on Sat., July 20, at the Radisson Hotel (Airport), 2081Post Road, Warwick, from 6 to 11 p.m. The reunion features live music by Brass Attack, a dinner buffet, and a cocktail hour with live piano music. Tickets: $100 pp. Send checks to: CHSE Reunion, 301 Oaklawn Ave, Apt. 205, Cranston, RI 02920. Keep up with Reunion news on the class Facebook page: CHSE Cranston East High School Class of 1974. Email your contact information or ask questions: chse1974reunion@gmail.com. There are rooms at the hotel at a special group rate for attendees. Call (401) 298-2294 and mention CHSE Class of 1974 Reunion or see the link on the class Facebook page.

July 27, Riverview Improvement Association (RIVA) Neighborhood Beach Party will be held on Sat., July 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the beach at the end of Mill Cove Road, Warwick. Bring drinks and snacks and have some laughs. Donate old (but reusable) sneakers. For more information and future events, please visit: https://myrvia.org. Open to Riverview residents only.

July 27, Tolman High School Class of 1964 Reunion will take place on Sat., July 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Newport Resort, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown.  Reservation deadline is July 1.  For more information, please contact:  nwalshdsigns@gmail.com.

Aug. 22, AARP CHAPTER 2210 Ogunquit Maine Day Trip will take place on Thurs., Aug. 22. The trip includes lunch at Jonathan's Restaurant followed by a matinee performance of "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Depart from the Park & Ride, Hopkins Hill Road at Exit 19 in West Greenwich at 8:30 a.m. and approximate return time is 8 p.m. Cost is $179/person. Call Maureen, 401-828-5188 or Anne, 401-263-4274 for reservations or for more information. 

Aug. 24, Riverview Improvement Association (RIVA) Annual Block Party is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m., 32 Mill Cove Road, Warwick. Featuring a big summer picnic and activities for kids of all ages. For more information and future events, please visit: https://myrvia.org. Open to Riverview residents only.

Sept. 14, Cranston High School East Class of 1964 Reunion will be holding its 60th reunion on Sat., Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Prata Club, 29 Walnut Grove Ave., Cranston.  Music by Ron Giorgio.  Menu: Chicken Francaise/NY Sirloin/Honey Mustard Salmon. Tickets: $65 pp.  Check’s payable to Lucille Lonardo, 129 Colwell St., Cranston, RI 02920. Please RSVP your choice of dinner to Marie Spolidoro Monti (401-944-9646) or Cheryl Mangasarian Klein (401-575-0659).  Seating is limited.

Sept. 28, Pilgrim High School Reunion Class of 1974 will hold its 50th reunion on Sat., Sept. 28, at the Quonset O Club, 200 Lt. James Brown Rd., North Kingston, at 6 p.m. Please contact Jack at bosjpb1bender@gmail.com or Sue at srice311@gmail.com for further information. Registration deadline: Sept. 14.

Sept. 29, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church 150th Anniversary, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, is celebrating its 150th anniversary on Sun, Sept 29. For questions or more information, please call 401-737-0813 or 401-463-8704.

Oct. 19, 4th  Annual No More Hunger Walk will be held on Sat., Oct. 19, to raise fund for local food pantries.  Over $30,000 has been raised in the past three years. The walk will begin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick, and proceed along West Shore Road to Donovan Park in Conimicut Village.  Many local groups and churches will be participating.   Any interested churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join in.   Save the date. Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail  WoodburyChurchRI@gmail.com for details.

Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, Saturday, Artist Aileen Quinn the West Bay Open Studios on Sat., Oct. 19 and Sun. Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Clouds Hill Museum will host artist Aileen Quinn, on the West Bay Open Studios tour.  For more information visit West Bay Open Studios | Warwick Center for the Arts warwickcfa.org.

Nov. 30, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School 50th Reunion, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School Class of 1974, will hold its 50th Reunion on Sat., Nov. 30, at the Quonset "O" Club, 200 Lt. James Brown Rd., North Kingstown. The Reunion Committee is actively seeking to contact our classmates.  Please email your current address as soon as possible to receive an invitation to: wvmhs7450@gmail.com.  Go Hurricanes!"

Jan. 5 – 7, 2025, AARP CHAPTER 2210 ATLANTIC CITY TRIP has planned a trip to Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City from January 5-7. The Tour includes 2 nights’ accommodations, 2 meal credits (up to $20 value each) & $20 slot play. Bus pickup from the Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 7 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $299/person (double occupancy), $279/person (triple occupancy) or $399/person (single occupancy). For more information call Maureen at 828-5188 or Anne at 263-4272.

Every Monday,  Gaspee Celtic Jam - The Gaspee Celtic Jam meets at the Pawtuxet Village Baptist Church, 2157 Broad St., Cranston, every Mon. from 7 – 9 p.m. Do you play fiddle, guitar, Irish flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, folk harp, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, acoustic bass, ukulele, keyboard, recorder, or sing? All skill levels welcome. Visit gaspeecelticjam.org for more info (including the current tune list/tune book) or to send us any questions. No specific Celtic music experience is required.

Every Monday, Tri-City Elks Lodge #14 Country Line Dance Lessons, from 6 to 8 p.m., 1915 W. Shore Rd, Warwick. Instructor Melissa Caldarone from Get in Line RI, teaching beginner dances. $10 per class. Come in and enjoy the fun!

Every Tuesday Tri-City Elks Lodge #14 Jeep Show from May thru Sept., at 5 p.m., 1915 West Shore Rd., Warwick. Jeeps of all shapes & sizes are welcome. The Tiki bar will be open, there will be music and also food will be available to purchase.

Every Second Tuesday West Warwick AARP Chapter West Warwick AARP Chapter meets the second Tues. of the month, 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Hall, 70 Church Street, West Warwick.  Looking to expand its membership. All are welcome to come to enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with new friends.

Every Second and Fourth Tuesday the Fall River Toastmasters Meeting, serving both Rhode Island and Southern Mass the Fall River Toastmasters holds its meetings. Doors open at 6 p.m., and meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join us at The Chamber, 200 Pocasset St, Fall River, MA, 2nd floor. For more information, call Sean DaCosta at (508)-840-6621. All are welcome!

Every Wednesday, Calling All Seniors: The Dance ‘50’s, ‘60’s, 70’s, & 80’s Music at the American Legion, 662 West Shore Rd., Warwick.  Light snacks for free and refreshments for purchase.  No outside alcohol is permitted.  Cover: $10pp at the door.  For more information:  Mary 401-256-1169.

Every Wednesday, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Meets every Wed. night with weigh-in at 5:45 p.m. at St. Rita's Church, 722 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick.  TOPS is a great way to improve your health.  Stop by for free.

Every Third Wednesday Old Warwick Grange #41 The Grange Hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road, Warwick, meets the third Wed. of the month at 7:30 p.m. For information, please call either Joan Clegg at 401-465-7259 or Mike Osiensky at 508-954-9712.  The Grange is a fraternal community service, nonprofit organization with a special interest in rural life and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. It’s a place where the whole family can go and grow. Help us to help others. There are no meetings in July and August.

Every Thursday Tri-City Elks Lodge #14 Collectible Car Show, May thru Sept., at 5 p.m., 1915 West Shore Rd., Warwick. Bring your auto and show it off or just come and enjoy the night. The Tiki bar will be open, there will be music and also food will be available to purchase.

Every Thursday, Pick-Up Hockey 55 and older, coed: $5pp. Thayer Ice Rink, 975 Sandy Ln., Warwick, from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m.  Full Equipment required.  For more information contact:  Lon Krueger 302-229-3457 or bethlon@verizon.net.

Every Thursday, Take Off Pounds Sensibly TOPS #38 is  meeting every Thurs. morning at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (lower level), 99 Pierce Street, East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is from 10 to 11 a.m. Enter from the side parking lot, go down the stairs to the kitchen area. All are welcome as well as any canned food donations.  For information, call:  Angela Henderson at 401-225-6174.

Every Thursday Meadowlark Seniors  the Meadowlark Seniors meetings will meet at 1:30 p.m., at St. Kevin Church Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Short meetings, fun activities, and socializing. Come join us.  New members are welcome. 

Every Thursday - Get a Job Thursdays We Make RI, 200 First Ave., Cranston. An organization that provides free manufacturing training, hosts a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon.  We Make RI offer 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 this event or other training opportunities, visit www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at 401-232-0077 x109.  

Every Friday Cribbage Players Do you play cribbage? If so, consider joining a small group of cribbage players every, who meet and play at the East Greenwich Community Center, Pierce Street, East Greenwich every Fri., from 9 to 11 a.m. This is a social group where all levels of players are invited to play and meet new friends; there is no cost involved. If you are interested in joining, contact Barbara at 737-6477.

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

Pilgrim High School Class of 1975 50th Reunion, “Time in a Bottle,” is currently being planned. Organizers need to find contact information for classmates as well as information regarding those who have passed.  Organizers are looking for email address, cell phone numbers, home phones and mailing addresses. If you are not a PHS 1975 graduate, but have a family member or friend who is/was, please contact: Dean Plowman dean695@gmail.com.  The date, time and venue for the reunion has not yet been determined but will be forthcoming.

NAMI-RI Offers Family Support Groups  The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) offers free support groups for families and friends of loved ones who are struggling with their mental health. The groups are led by trained facilitators who also have lived experience as family members themselves. The group meetings last about 1.5 hours, and everyone who participates in the meeting gets a chance to share.  The other members of the group try to offer help and resources, when appropriate, based on their own experiences. More information and full schedule can be found at namirhodeisland.org. or call 401-331-3060. No pre-registration for these monthly groups is necessary.

First Thurs. at 6 p.m.  IN PERSON ONLY at the Rochambeau Library in the Community Room, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence (NEW-starts Aug.)

Second Tues. at 5 p.m.  IN PERSON ONLY at the Middletown Public Library in the Community Room. Middletown Library, 700 West Main Road, Middletown.

Third Tues. at 6:30 p.m. MEETS VIA ZOOM ONLY Please call 401-331-3060 or email info@namirhodeisland.org for the Zoom link

Fourth Wed. at 6 p.m. IN PERSON ONLY at the Hope Valley Grange, #71116 Main Street, Hope Valley.

Volunteer with NAMI-RI The RI chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is currently seeking volunteers to facilitate our family programs in 2024. Free training is required and available for interested persons who have a loved one struggling with mental health issues. Together with our grassroots volunteers, we work every day to provide help and hope to millions of Americans. Volunteers are essential to the work that we do at NAMI Rhode Island, and we are always seeking enthusiastic people to help us achieve our mission. For more information about our family programs and volunteer training, email beth@namirhodeisland.org, call the NAMI-RI office 401-331-3060 or visit our website at namirhodeisland.org.

Coventry Senior Band The Coventry Senior Band is looking for musicians. A group of retired volunteers, we play gigs at Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.  If you are over 55 and play an instrument call David at (401) 368-6895 or email at walshdavid170@gmail.com

 Hearts for Hospice Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20.00 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications are listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.

To submit your news from The Buzz to: Ida at idaz@rhodybeat.com. This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event.  Can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events.

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