2014-02-14 / Calendar

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Fiesta of Lights The Ballard Park quarry meadow will be transformed into a blooming winter garden of lights. Thousands of lights will sparkle in a series of unique displays. There will also be numerous exhibits by students from local schools and organizations. Trails are rugged and may be muddy and dark in places. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight. The event may be accessed through the Hazard Road entrance. Weather permitting, Feb. 20, 21 and 22, 6 - 9 p.m., free, ballardpark.org. Fiesta of Lights The Ballard Park quarry meadow will be transformed into a blooming winter garden of lights. Thousands of lights will sparkle in a series of unique displays. There will also be numerous exhibits by students from local schools and organizations. Trails are rugged and may be muddy and dark in places. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight. The event may be accessed through the Hazard Road entrance. Weather permitting, Feb. 20, 21 and 22, 6 - 9 p.m., free, ballardpark.org. Thursday

February 13

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “A Star for Mrs. Blake,” by April Smith, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841- 7276.

Teens Make Chocolates Teens make your own chocolates, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208.


Polo on the Beach The roar of the surf and the thunder of hooves will fill the air at Easton’s Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, as Newport Polo’s ponies and riders take to the sand for a rousing match, beginning at 2 p.m. The eco- and family-friendly exhibition is Newport at its finest – a fun outdoor activity in beautiful surroundings. The Winter Festival event is free and parking is available at the Easton’s Beach lots, 175 Memorial Blvd. Visit nptpolo.com for more information. Polo on the Beach The roar of the surf and the thunder of hooves will fill the air at Easton’s Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, as Newport Polo’s ponies and riders take to the sand for a rousing match, beginning at 2 p.m. The eco- and family-friendly exhibition is Newport at its finest – a fun outdoor activity in beautiful surroundings. The Winter Festival event is free and parking is available at the Easton’s Beach lots, 175 Memorial Blvd. Visit nptpolo.com for more information. Opening Reception “Picturing War,” with photographs by Claire Beckett and Suzanne Opton, opens at SRU, Antone Academic Center, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Leroy and Lawrence avenues, 5 p.m., panel discussion in the DiStefano Lecture Hall from 6-7 p.m., gallery@salve.edu, 401- 341-2981.

‘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.

Newport Gallery Night Newport’s art galleries offer evening hours, 5-8 p.m., Newport Art Museum and Redwood Library open, newportgalleries.org.

‘Javatrekking’ Dean Cycon, owner of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, will present “Javatrekking: Explore the Culture and Custom of the Coffeelands,” at Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, 6:30 p.m., 401-847-4260.

‘Antigone’ SRU Theatre Dept. presents the classic tragedy at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m., $10, $8 seniors, military, students, 401- 341-2250.

Friday

February 14

Winterfest Begins Newport celebrates its 26th Winter Festival February 14-23.

Computer Workshop Internet II, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720 x208.

Discover Colonial Walking Tour Hear stories of revolution, ruin and struggles for religious liberty as you stroll through 18th century Newport, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., weather permitting, $15, reserve at 401- 841-8770.

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport Walk through the heart of the thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll with a guide in colonial costume, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 4:30 p.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Valentine’s Day Party Light buffet and live jazz by Mike Rollins & Co., Knights of Columbus Hall, 7 Valley Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m. – midnight, $15 in advance or $20 at the door, call 401-662-7988 for tickets.

‘Antigone’ 8 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 13 for details.

Laughter and Love Improv Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 and 9:30 p.m., 401-849-3473, firehousetheater.org.

Free Concert at Grand Tribute to AC/DC by Dirty Deeds, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849- 5100, newportgrand.com.

Saturday

February 15

Beach Bounce Easton’s Beach Rotunda features four bounce houses for kids up to age 10, 175 Memorial Blvd., 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., $7, 401-845-5810, cityofnewport.com/beach.

Save The Bay Exploration Center Kids of all ages see and touch creatures of the sea, 175 Memorial Blvd., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., savebay.org/ aquarium.

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.

Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated 10-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and sunset ride at 4:45 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour Discover the transformation of the city and its people from Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Seal Watch Tours Motor through Newport Harbor on the M/V Alletta Morris, see the seals on rocks off Rose Island, guides on board, 142 Long Wharf, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., savebay.org/seals.

Winter Lecture Series “Tales from the Auction World,” by art appraiser Robin Starr, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, students $6, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Beach Polo Newport International Polo players and ponies put on a match on the sand, Atlantic Beach (east of Easton’s Beach), 2 p.m., free.

‘Antigone’ 2 and 8 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 13 for details.

Redwood Writers Club for Kids Kids in grades K-3 hear stories and write their own, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance Newport Hospital Auxiliary fundraiser at Atlantic Beach Club Ballroom, 6-11 p.m., dining and dancing, $50 per person, call Dewey at 401-846-4982.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Common Fence Music Common Fence Music hosts The Gnomes, playing world, folk, fusion and original music, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the folk tailgate picnic, harvest soups and baked goods available, concert 8 p.m., tickets $20 in advance, $23 at door, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

February 16

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.

Mysteries of the Exploration Center Learn about the creatures at the Save The Bay Exploration Center, 175 Memorial Blvd., 9 a.m., $10, pre-registration is required online at savebay.org/mysteries, 401-324- 6020.

Scenic Train Rides 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Working Waterfront Tour Walk in the footsteps of the immigrants, sailors and merchants who once lived and worked in the Lower Thames neighborhood, begins at the Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Seal Watch Tours 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Food, Folk & Fun Seamen’s Church Institute’s monthly series, with Michael Troy, brunch at 11:30 a.m., music runs 12:30-2 p.m., 18 Market Square, $15, proceeds support community meal program, reservations at 401- 847-4260.

Plunge for Police Parade Fundraiser for Aquidneck Police Parade, Third Beach, Middletown, 12 p.m., donation $15 for plungers from the general public, $10 for emergency responder plungers, $10 for spectators, post-plunge party at Aquidneck Pizza.

Beach Polo Newport International Polo players and ponies put on a match on the sand, Atlantic Beach (east of Easton’s Beach), 2 p.m., free.

‘Antigone’ 2 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 13 for details.

‘Blue Jasmine’ Free screening at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m.

Newport String Project Winter chamber music concert, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., family-friendly, members free, non-members $5, call 401- 847-0292 x112 to reserve, redwoodlibrary.org.

Rhody Beer and Cheese Five locally brewed beers paired with five locally made cheeses to show off R.I. artisan agriculture, ages 21+ only, Newport Storm Brewery, 293 JT Connell Rd., 6 p.m., ages 21+, $10, 401-849-5232.

‘No Strings Attached’ Concert Seamen’s Church presents the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble at the Newport Marriott, 25 America’s Cup Ave., 7-9 p.m., free but donations welcome.

Oscar Shorts Docs Short documentary contenders for the 2014 Academy Awards, Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 7 p.m., janepickens.com.

Monday

February 17

Pancake Breakfast Presidents’ Day pancake breakfast, Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, 8-11 a.m., $5, 401- 847-4260.

Beach Bounce 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Scenic Train Rides 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Save The Bay Exploration Center 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Rogues & Scoundrels Tour See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished in “Rogue’s Island,” departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, reservations suggested, 401-841-8770.

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.

Seal Watch Tours 12 and 1 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Third Day Gospel Choir Concert The Newport Historical Society and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center host the Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 1 p.m., $15, $10 for children, NHS members, Salve Regina University students and active duty military, tickets at door.

Tuesday

February 18

Arts’ Economic Impact Breakfast and panel discussion of the economic impact of the arts on the city, state and nation, SRU, Pell Center, 518 Bellevue Ave., 8 a.m. networking breakfast, 8:30 a.m. panel discussion begins, reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341- 2927.

Redwood 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.

Road to Independence Walking Tour Learn about riots and rebellion as you stroll through the heart of colonial Newport, departs from Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., $15, 401-841-8770.

Owls for Kids Kids grades K-6 learn about owls in Rhode Island, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 18 Valley St., 11 a.m., 401-423-7280.

Seal Watch Tours 1 and 2 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15.

Movie and Popcorn Matinee Enjoy Disney’s classic “The Jungle Book,” popcorn, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required, drop in, 401-846-1573.

NewportFILM YOUTH “Ernest & Celestine,” for ages 4+, Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 1 p.m. family entertainment, 1:30 p.m. screening, adult $8, youth $5, newportfilm.com.

‘Snow White’ at Redwood Newport Children’s Theatre performs an abridged version of their winter production “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” The Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., 401-847-0292.

Tween Craft Tweens ages 8 - 12 are invited to create a winter snowman, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., all materials will be provided for this free program but registration is required, sign up at the Children’s Desk or call 401-847-8720 x204.

Great Decisions Series Great Decisions presentation on Israel and the U.S., Northend Steakhouse, Best Western Mainstay Inn,

151 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., social hour 6 p.m., program 7 p.m., discussion 7:30 p.m., presentation and discussion are free, 401-487-9414, newportciv.org.

NewportFILM “Maidentrip,” Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 6 p.m. appetizers, 7 p.m. screening, 8:30 p.m. post-film Q&A with director Jillian Schlesinger, $12, newportFILM. com.

Portsmouth Library Book Group Join the library staff for a discussion of “The Paris Wife,” by Paula McLain, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Wednesday

February 19

Children’s Music Program Musician Mary King will lead an interactive music program for children ages 4+, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., with fiddle, mountain dulcimer and the bodhran (Irish drum), percussion instruments, dance and call-and-response singing, drop in, 401-847-8720 x204.

Scenic Train Rides 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Souls and Stones Walking Tour Explore the Common Burying Ground, view the remarkable gravestones that make this cemetery a work of art and learn about select colonial-era and 19th century residents who helped shape Newport history, departs from Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., $15, 401-841-8770.

Seal Watch Tours 1 and 2 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Redwood Writers Club for Kids Kids in grades K-3 hear stories and write their own, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Photo Guild Meeting Q&A hosted by New Yorker photographer Len Bernstein, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., free, newportphotoguild.org.

Thursday

February 20

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour Discover the transformation of the city and its people from Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Animal Experiences Kids ages 4+ learn about a wide range of animals, including snakes, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., no registration required, drop in, 401-846-1573.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America’s First Naval Ace,” by Geoffrey L. Rossano and William F. Trimble, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-7276.

Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “Private Lives of the Impressionists,” by Sue Roe, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Seal Watch Tours 2 and 3 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15.

Navigating Seed Catalogs Aquidneck Island Farmer Jim Garman leads workshop on planning your best garden, Farmaesthetics Skincare Apothecary & Treatment Boutique, 144 Bellevue Ave., 6-8 p.m., space limited, materials provided, $25 donation supports Garman Farm’s summer internship program, 401-841-0500.

Ballard Park Illuminated Garden Walk a magnificent blooming winter garden of thousands of lights, quarry meadow of Ballard Park, intersection of Hazard and Wickham roads, access through the Hazard Road entrance, wear hiking shoes/ boots, bring flashlights, 6-9 p.m., free but donations accepted, 401- 619-3377, ballardpark.org.

Third Thursdays Films Shorts of Love and Affection, selections from 2013 R.I. International Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10, jamestownartcenter.org.

Thursday Evening Book Group Discuss “Last Train to Zona Verde,” by Paul Theroux, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 401- 847-8720 x103.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Friday

February 21

Scenic Train Rides 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Rum & Revolution Walking Tour Learn about the changing role of alcohol in Newport, from the thriving colonial rum trade through Prohibition era smuggling, Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., $15, 401-841-8770.

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

NBS Lunch Tours Guided tour, with lunch at the Paradise Farmhouse, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 12 p.m., $12, reserve at 401-846-2577.

Seal Watch Tours 3 and 4 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport Walk through the heart of the thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll with a guide in colonial costume, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 4:30 p.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Owl Prowl Learn about and hike to listen for these nocturnal raptors, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 5:30-7 p.m., ages 8+, this is a no flashlight walk, dress for the weather, members $8, non-members $10, register at

401-846-2577, rain date is Feb. 22, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Ballard Park Illuminated Garden 6-9 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 20 for details.

Saturday

February 22

Redwood Book Club The Redwood Book Club will meet to discuss “Fair Game,” by Valerie Plame and to watch the film of the same name, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m., public welcome, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Save the Seals Campaign Martin Welych-Flanagan discusses his Save the Seals Campaign that has raised money and awareness about harp seals. Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown, 10:30 a.m.

Rogues & Scoundrels Tour See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished in “Rogue’s Island,” departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, reservations suggested, 401-841-8770.

Newport Bridal Show Bridal expo featuring area wedding professionals, Rosecliff and OceanCliff, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., advance ticketing available at newportbridalshow.net.

Free Kiddie Movie Matinee Children ages 6+ are invited to a screening of “Monsters University,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., drop in, 401-847- 8720 x204.

Redwood Writers Club for Kids Kids in grades K-3 hear stories and write their own, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Seal Watch Tours 3 and 4 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Movie Night at the YMCA “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Rd., doors open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m., members $3, non-members $5, parents free, children get free pizza, 401-847-9200.

Ballard Park Illuminated Garden 6-9 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 21 for details.

‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Interactive murder mystery at Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org. A Cappella Invitational Third annual New England collegiate competition, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 7:30 p.m., $15, advance ticketing suggested, call 401-324-4072 or visit tennisfame.com.

Free Comedy Show at Grand The Whole She-Bang, with Jody Sloane, Jenny Zigrino and Jessica Casiano, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

February 23

Discover Colonial Walking Tour Hear stories of revolution, ruin and struggles for religious liberty as you stroll through 18th century Newport, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., weather permitting, $15, reserve at 401- 841-8770.

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.

Genealogy Workshop Portsmouth Free Public Library offers monthly workshop on how to trace your roots, 2658 East Main Rd., 1-3 p.m., space limited, reservations required, 401-683-9457.

‘All is Lost’ Free screening at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Musical Sundays Flutist Joy Williams will perform classical and original works, accompanied by Jared Maynard on guitar and Gerard LeDoux on cello, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847-8720 x108.

Seal Watch Tours 3 and 4 p.m. See Saturday, Feb. 15 for details.

Black History Celebration “This Is My Story,” a celebration of African American heritage, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 33 Van Zandt Ave., 4 p.m., free will offering, 401- 849-3569.

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