2014-01-03 / Calendar

Newport this week

Friday

January 3

Christmas at the Mansions

Last few days to enjoy The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms decorated for the holidays, ends Jan. 5, The Breakers opens at 9 a.m., Marble House and The Elms at 10 a.m., last tour time 4 p.m., newportmansions.org.

NMAI

The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

Fort Adams Tours

Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, daily 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401- 619-1511, fortadams.org.

Ballroom Dancing

“Rhythm Is Going To Get You,” monthly ballroom dance gathering, lessons and social dancing, Common Fence Point Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 7-10 p.m., $10, 401-230-3420.

Improv Comedy

Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401- 849-3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

January 4

Winter Rarities Bird Outing

Annual visit to birding hotspots in the region, run by Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 6:30 a.m.-4-30 p.m., members $60, non-members $70, advance registration required, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Winter Growers’ Market

Aquidneck Growers’ Market, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

Geology Rocks!

Family-friendly fun learning about rocks, Sachuest Point NWR, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in anytime between 12-4 p.m., free.

Middletown Authors Circle

Local authors 18+ meet at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1-3 p.m.

Coffee Tasting

Free tastings of coffees from around the world, Custom House Coffee, 796 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 1-3 p.m.

Books and Authors Series

Federal judge and author Michael A. Ponsor will discuss his new mystery, “The Hanging Judge,” a legal thriller offering an inside look at the workings of the American judicial system, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401- 847-8720 x115.

Free Concert at Grand

Bruce Springsteen tribute by Tramps Like Us, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

January 5

Bird Walk

Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Wondrous Wolves

Families learn about the life cycles of wolves, Sachuest Point NWR, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in anytime between 2-4 p.m., free.

Downton & Desserts

Kick off the fourth season of Downton Abbey at the Jane Pickens Theater, British dessert bar, 9 p.m., $15, janepickens.com.

Monday

January 6

Historical Research Workshop

Learn about the Newport Historical Society holdings and how to research the history of your house, family, neighborhood or any period from Newport’s history, Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., 1 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reservations required, space limited, 401-846-0813.

Make It, Take It Crafts

Make braided bracelets at a dropin craft time at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required.

Monday Night Mysteries

Jamestown Philomenian Library group examines “Dutch Island,” by Curt Weeden, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., drop-ins and new members welcome, 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Tuesday

January 7

Pre-K Story Time

Story time for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Intro to the E-Zone

Bring your electronics device and learn how to download free library books and audio books from the Ocean State Libraries, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 6 p.m., register at middletownpubliclibrary.org.

International Film Series

French film, “Well Digger’s Daughter,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Wednesday

January 8

Fort Adams Tours

Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, daily 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401- 619-1511, fortadams.org.

After School Stories and Crafts

Kids in grades K-4 enjoy stories, arts and crafts, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Book Chat for Knitters

Bring knitting, crocheting or other fiber craft to work on, talk about your favorite books, Newport Public Library, 7 p.m., 401-847- 8720 x117.

Charter Review Commission

Public invited to attend, 5:30 p.m., Newport Public Library.

Thursday

January 9

Business Before Hours

Join the Chamber of Commerce’s before work gathering, Train with Jane Athletics and Pilates, 699 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 8-9 a.m., members free, nonmembers $25, 401-847-1608 or newportchamber.com.

Eight Bells Lecture

The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “Legendary Locals,” by Annie Sherman, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101.

‘If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare’

Interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Intro to the E-Zone

Bring your electronics device and learn how to download free library books and audio books from the Ocean State Libraries, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., bring your library card, PIN, device, password and account information, call 401-423-7280 for more information and to reserve.

Friday

January 10

Beach Bounce

Easton’s Beach rotunda ballroom features four bouncy houses for kids up to ten years of age, open Fridays – Mondays until March 2, 175 Memorial Blvd., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $7 per child, 401-845-5810 or cityofnewport.com/beach.

NMAI

The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

‘Snow White’

Newport Children’s Theatre production at Portsmouth Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane, 7 p.m., tickets are $10, seniors $8, children under 12 $6, newportchildrenstheatre.com.

Improv Comedy

8 p.m. See Jan. 3.

Saturday

January 11

Beach Bounce

9 a.m.-1 p.m., see Jan. 10.

Saturday Book Club

Discuss “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., all welcome, 401-683-9457.

More Geology Rocks!

Learn about local geology from Hanging Rock to the Price Neck Rock formation, different topic each hour, best for ages 12+, Sachuest Point NWR, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in anytime between 12-4 p.m., free.

Books and Authors Series

Dr. Sylvester “Skip” Sviokla III will discuss his book, “From Harvard to Hell and Back: A Doctor’s Journey Through Addiction to Recovery,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401-847-8720 x115.

Mad Science Saturday

Middletown Library makes learning about volcanos fun, build your own and watch it erupt, ages 5+, 700 West Main Rd., 2 p.m., registration required, 401-846-1573.

Winter Lecture Series Begins

Darrell West, of the Brookings Institution, kicks off the Newport Art Museum’s 2014 series with “Changes Ahead? A Look Forward to Midterms,” 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, students $6, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

‘Snow White’

2 and 7 p.m. See Jan. 10 for details.

Documentary Film Series

Redwood Library screens “Buena Vista Social Club,” 3 p.m., members free, non-members $5, reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

Common Fence Concert

Common Fence Music hosts John Gorka, world-renowned singersongwriter and series favorite, harvest soups and baked goods available, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the folk tailgate picnic, concert 8 p.m., tickets $25 in advance, $28 at door, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

January 12

Beach Bounce

9 a.m.-1 p.m., see Jan. 10.

Musical Sundays

Pianist and music historian Owen Trainor will perform and discuss R.I. sheet music, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847-8720 x108.

Civil War Lecture

Middletown Historical Society presents “Rhode Island’s Military Involvement in the American Civil War 1861-1865,” with James McGuire, Paradise School, corner of Paradise Ave. and Prospect St., 2 p.m., donations welcome, middletownhistory.org.

Music at Library

The Friends of the Jamestown Library present The Elderly Brothers, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m.

‘Snow White’

4 p.m. See Jan. 10 for details.

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