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Here’s what’s happening in and around Warwick

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Weekend Spotlight

Aug. 12, PACT Act Out Reach and Veteran Town Hall Meeting will be hosted by the City of Warwick on Sat., Aug. 12, at 1 p.m., in the Sawtooth Building, 65 Centerville Rd., Warwick. Seating is limited.  Please call for reservations:  401-739-8804.

The purpose of this event is to inform Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors about the PACT Act and encourage them to apply for the health care and benefits they have earned. PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins) Act was signed into law on Aug.10, 2022 and is the largest expansion of Veteran health care and benefits in generations.  Beneficiaries are Veterans of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and post-9/11 eras who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxins while serving our country – and their survivors.

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Aug.12, Toll Gate High School Class of 2025 Car Wash will be on Sat., Aug. 12, to raise funds to pay for proms and other social events. It will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Dr. Rudman’s office, 35 Veterans Memorial Drive in Warwick. All donations will go to the TGHS Class of 2025. (Venmo: @Christen-Collins-2).

Aug. 10, Second Annual Neighborhood Ice Cream Social will be held on Thurs., Aug. 10, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at 33 Potters Ave., Warwick.  There will be an ice cream truck with FREE ice cream and to socialize with your neighbors.  Everyone is welcome!  Steve McAllister City Council President.

Aug.10, Oakland Beach Association will meet Thur., Aug. 10, 6 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Ave., side entrance. Our guest speaker will be Barry Cook of the Warwick Taxpayers Association. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Aug. 11 – 13,  2023 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held from Fri. thru Sun., Aug. 11 – 13 at the Ryan Center, 1 Lincoln Almond Plaza, Kingston (University of RI). This year’s convention theme is “Exercise Patience!”  Go to the website for more information: https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions/ or contact stevenciccone@rcmtool.org.  Free admission.  No collections.

Aug.12, 2023 Rhode Island A Shot For Life Challenge will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12 at  St. George’s, 372 Purgatory Rd, Middletown. The girls will shoot first in two waves, 10-12 a.m. and 12:15-2:15 p.m., then a winner will be announced in their division. Boys will shoot in two waves, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., and then the boys winner will be announced.

ASFL Challenge includes a scouting process that selects the best boys and best girls players in Rhode Island to compete in our annual August basketball event. The ASFL Challenge doubles as a fundraiser for the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Players are selected from both the RIIL and NEPSAC leagues. As much as we are raising money for cancer research, we are also a community of athletes that are using sports to impact the world off of the court, field, or ice. For more information, call Michael Slonina  617-953-2312.

Aug. 20, Greenwood Fire Company and Museum will be holding their next Bingo on Sun., Aug. 20, at the Greenwood Fire Hall, 45 Kernick Street in Warwick.  Everyone is invited.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. sharp and bingo starts at 6 p.m.  Registration is recommended; space is limited to 50 guests.  Reserve your spot by leaving a message at 401-241-7203 or email greenwoodvfc1@yahoo.com   You must be 18 to play.  Snacks and drinks are for sale.  Bingo markers are also for sale.  Cash prizes, door prize and 50/50 special.  Price of admission is $15pp.

Aug. 20, Pops at the Playground is being presented by the Hoxie PTO on Sun., Aug. 20 from 9 – 11 a.m. at their new playground site at Clegg Baseball Field, Winter Ave., Warwick.  Please come and meet your Hawk old friends and new friends at this fun event.

Aug. 24, Movies in the Park, on Thursday, Aug. 24, Movies in the Park, will present “Top Gun: Maverick” at Rocky Point Park, 1 Rocky Point Ave., Warwick.  Movie begins at dusk, weather permitting. Food trucks are available beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and watch a movie while sitting on the grass under the stars at Rocky Point. Complete Details can be found on www.MoviesInTheParkRI.com or call 401-732-1100.

Sept. 9, Stepping Stone Ranch Presents Waves of Glory Stepping Stone Ranch, 201 Escoheag Hill Road, West Greenwich, presents Waves of Glory III on Sat., Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. FREE outdoor, all-day event filled with worship, guest speakers and more! Tickets are free but are required through Eventbrite. Visit www.inhisimageoutreach.org for more information.

Sept. 9, Vasa Family Fun Day is being held on Sat., Sept. 9, from noon – 5 p.m. at Little Rhody Vasa Park, 10 Boswell Trail, in Foster.  This event, being sponsored by R.I. District #3, Vasa Order of America, promises to be a great time for the whole family.  The park opens at noon with a flag ceremony at 1 p.m.  An authentic Swedish meatball lunch will be served, continuously, from 1 – 4 p.m.  (The lunch includes Swedish meatballs, gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, Lingonberry sauce, bread, and butter).  A full bar is located on the premises.  Music will be provided by DJ Big Bill.  Other food vendors and craft vendors will be available.  There will be raffle prizes and you don’t even have to be present to win!  There will also be bocce, corn hole, volleyball, basketball, cookie decorating, the balloon twister, horseshoes, and Tombola.  For the kids throughout the day, there will be a piñata, train rides, face painting, egg toss, pie eating contest, playground, sandcastle contest, and the ever-popular SAWDUST PILE!

Sept. 11, Women’s Hi-Lo-Jack League will begin on Mon., Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the VFW, 840 West Shore Road, Warwick.  Call Nancy at 401-737-1405 for more information.

Sept. 11, The Comedy Course The Comedy Course is returning for a 6th year, every Mon. night for 6 weeks. Three instructors, with over 100 years of combined stage experience, will guide you on a 6-week journey from writing your first joke to performing your debut comedy routine. You will learn the dos and don’ts of standup comedy and have fun doing it.  The course is $200 per person.  The place: TBD.  Instructors include: Joe Hebert, Coleen Galvin and John Perrotta. Class size is limited. Call John Perrotta at 401-639-7726 to reserve your seat, now. Payment options are available.

Sept. 14, Clouds Hill Museum Preservation Fundraiser will hold its Annual Harvest Supper on Sat., Sept. 23, from 5 – 9 p.m.  at the Varnum Armory, 6 Main St, East Greenwich.  In addition to the meal, the evening includes a small, silent, live auction, 50/50 raffle and more.  Space is limited.  Make your reservations by Thurs., Sept. 14.  Call  401-884-9490 or go to the website: https://www.cloudshill.org/harvest-supper.

Sept. 16,  The Annual Conimicut Village-Wide Yard Sale  will be held on Sat., Sept. 16 (Rain Date Sept. 17) from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Set up is at seller’s home and seller keeps all their profits. Conimicut Village Association advertises and publishes a map.  Email conimicutvillage@aol.com  to get on the map if you are participating as a seller.  Provide your name, address, phone number and indicate if you are also available for the rain date.  Last day for listing on the map is Tues., Sept. 12. 

Sept. 19,  The Ocean State Toastmasters Open House will be held at the Proclamation Brewery, 298 Kilvert Street, Warwick, on Tues., Sept. 19, from 6 – 8 p.m. Come and find out why the Ocean State Toastmaster’s Club (OSTM) is a place to learn, grow, have fun and practice leadership, problem solving, storytelling and public speaking skills. RSVP – Please. For more information call (401) 359-3197 or go to oceanstate.toastmastersclubs.org or send an email to:  oceanstatetm.20@gmail.com.

The Warwick-based Ocean State Toastmasters, 99 James P. Murphy Industrial Highway, Warwick, meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month from 6:30 – 7 p.m. there is informal networking and from 7 – 8:30 p.m., the Toastmaster meeting begins which includes testimonials, presentations, conflict resolution, blog post.

Sept. 30, Warwick Central Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held on Sat., September 30, from 12 to 4 p.m.,  3270 Post Rd., Warwick.  A fun time for all.  Community Outreach opportunities.  Music performed throughout the afternoon, children’s activities and crafts, lunch, snacks and beverages. No cost to attend. For more information:  p_blagburn@yahoo.com.

Sept. 30, Conimicut Village Arts Festival will be held on Sat., Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in Conimicut Village, 765 West Shore Road, Warwick, behind Friends Way.  Artists, Food trucks and entertainment. Joanne Miller 401-286-3946.

Sept. 30, Pilgrim High School Class of 1983 will hold its 40th Reunion at Quonset Tavern by the Green, 615 Callahan Rd., North Kingstown.  For more information, please email pilgrimclass1983@gmail.com or visit our new Facebook page Pilgrim High School Class of 1983. Hold the date!

Oct. 14, Annual  No More Hunger Walk A walk to call attention to food insecurity and raise funds for local food pantries  will be held on Sat., Oct. 14. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Over $20,000 has been raised in the past two 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.  Any interested churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join.  Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail  WoodburyChurchRI@gmail.com for details.

Oct. 15, Central Falls High School, Class of 1963 Reunion Central  Falls  High  School  Class  of 1963, will hold a  60th  Class Reunion  on Sun., Oct. 15, 12 – 4 p.m. at Chelo’s Banquet Hall, 2225 Post Rd., Warwick.  Tickets: $60pp for buffet and dancing. Please send checks to: Patricia (Guillette) Mannix, 111 Col. John Gardner Rd.,  Narragansett 02882. Please include maiden name and phone number on check. For more information call or email  Patricia Mannix 401-789-0451; Patriciagmannix@gmail.com Or, Nancy Dube Brazeau  401-789-0304; nancybraz@gmail.com.

Nov. 7 – 9, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City AARP Chapter 2210 –  Tues. – Thurs., Nov. 7 – 9, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City Tour. The Tour includes 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 meal credits (up to $20 value each) & $20 slot play. Bus pickup from 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 401-828-5188. Final payment is due by Sept. 21.

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 www.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 Tuesday, Jeep Night Tri-City Elks Lodge #14, 1915 W. Shore Rd Warwick presents Jeep Night every Tues. at 5:00 p.m. Around back at the lodge. Jeeps and 4 x 4’s of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Tiki Bar will be open for beverages and there will be food prepared by PB&J’s 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 – 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, 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! https://www.loc8nearme.com/rhode-island/warwick/st-ritas-church/7586648/.

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, Custom Collectible Car Show Tri-City Elks Lodge #14, 1915 W. Shore Rd. Warwick, presents a Custom Collectible Car Show every Thurs. at 5 p.m.  Around back at the lodge.  Bring your auto and show it off or just come and enjoy! Motorcycles are welcome.  There will be live music & food for sale and the Tiki Bar will be open for beverages!

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 is from 10 – 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:  Joan Tinkham 401-739-5322.

Every Thursday Meadowlark Seniors  the Meadowlark Seniors meetings will resume on Thurs., Sept. 7, 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. at 9:30 p.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.

Starting Saturday, Sept. 25, Citizenship Prep Classes at WPL Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library, starting Sat., Sept. 25, 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.

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.

Amenity Aid – Volunteers Needed We are looking for volunteers that would like to help us plan and staff community events, organize hygiene product collection drives and raise funds for Amenity Aid. If you are interested in doing any of the above or would like to be a member of our Community Outreach Committee, please contact Stacey Silva, Community Outreach Chair at Stacey@AmenityAid.org.

 Amenity Aid’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations by creating access to essential hygiene products. Serving all of Rhode Island, we distribute toiletry necessities to those most vulnerable through our network of direct service agencies.

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.



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