2014-05-08 / Calendar

Newport Day by Day

The Newport Children’s Theatre will present the musical “Oliver,” the award-winning Broadway play by Lionel Bart, Friday, May 9, through Sunday, May 11, at Portsmouth High School. Pictured (center) is ten-year NCT veteran John Thomas Cunha as Fagin. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 4p.m. Portsmouth High School, tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children under 12. For more information, visit newportchildrenstheatre.com.

The Newport Children’s Theatre will present the musical “Oliver,” the award-winning Broadway play by Lionel Bart, Friday, May 9, through Sunday, May 11, at Portsmouth High School. Pictured (center) is ten-year NCT veteran John Thomas Cunha as Fagin. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 4p.m. Portsmouth High School, tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children under 12. For more information, visit newportchildrenstheatre.com.

Thursday

May 8

Critter Glitter Sale Begins Sequin fashion jewelry sale to benefit The Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Ln., Middletown, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 401-846-0596, runs through May 12.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series, 12 p.m., free and open to the public, 401-841-7276.

MUSE Opening Reception MUSE students from East Bay Met, Portsmouth and Rogers high schools exhibit their work, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., free, 5-7 p.m., 401-848-8200.

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

‘If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare’ Informal group meets to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather to read and enjoy works of the Bard, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m.

Planning Commission Reception The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission is holding an information reception for prospective board members, Courtyard Marriott, Middletown, 5:30 – 7 p.m., 401-845-9299.

Garbage System Workshop The Historic Hill Association hosts workshop on new trash collection system, Newport’s City Clean Program Coordinator Kristen Littlefield will answer questions and hear concerns, Newport Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 401-261-3980.


Sheep Shearing at Watson Farm It’s finally time to get rid of our winter coats – and the sheep at Watson Farm in Jamestown are ready to do the same. The annual sheep shearing event will be held on Saturday, May 10, from noon-4 p.m., rain or shine, at 455 North Road. The family-friendly afternoon will feature shearers, spinning and weaving demonstrations, and the chance to meet the spring lambs. The fee is $10 per car. Bring a picnic lunch and hike around the farm, enjoying the scenic views. For more information, call 401-423-0005. Sheep Shearing at Watson Farm It’s finally time to get rid of our winter coats – and the sheep at Watson Farm in Jamestown are ready to do the same. The annual sheep shearing event will be held on Saturday, May 10, from noon-4 p.m., rain or shine, at 455 North Road. The family-friendly afternoon will feature shearers, spinning and weaving demonstrations, and the chance to meet the spring lambs. The fee is $10 per car. Bring a picnic lunch and hike around the farm, enjoying the scenic views. For more information, call 401-423-0005.

Friday

May 9

Computer Workshop Introduction to Computers and the Mouse, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720 x208.

NMAI National Museum of American Illustration open for self-guided tours, 492 Bellevue Ave., 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.

‘12 Years a Slave’ Newport Public Library continues its Oscar-winners’ series with “12 Years a Slave,” 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., free, doors open at 2 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208.

‘Oliver’ Newport Children’s Theatre presents “Oliver,” Portsmouth High

School, 140 Education Ln., 7 p.m., $10, $8 seniors, $6 children under 12, newportchildrenstheatre.com.

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

Saturday

May 10

Ballard Park Bird Walk Friends of Ballard Park offer guided bird walk with Salve Regina University’s Dr. Jameson Chace, meet at Hazard Road entrance, 8 a.m., wear sturdy shoes, bring binoculars, $5 donation, $15 group, 401- 619-3377, ballardpark.org.

Newport in Bloom Plant Sale Annual sale to benefit Newport in Bloom, locally-grown herbs, annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs, hanging baskets, 138 Old Beach Rd., 8:30 a.m.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour Discover the transformation of the city and its people from Newport’s colonial Golden Age to the Gilded Age summer colony, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 10:30

a.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Beach Cleanup Clean Ocean Access hosts cleanup of King’s Beach fishing area, Ocean Drive, 12-2 p.m., bring your own cup and Empire Coffee & Tea will provide coffee and cocoa, wear boots and gloves, cleanoceanaccess.org.

Sheep Shearing Celebrate spring at family-friendly Watson Farm, 455 North Rd., Jamestown, 12-4 p.m., $10 per car, visit with baby lambs while the

farm flock is shorn by local shearers, spinning and weaving demonstrations, hike around the farm, rain or shine, 401-423-0005.

Mother’s Day Tea Party Moms and kids celebrate the day with story time, craft, tea and cookies, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., ages 4+, registration required, 401- 846-1573.

Drop-In Mother’s Day Craft Kids are invited to visit the Redwood’s children’s library to make a Mother’s Day craft, 50 Bellevue Ave., 1-5 p.m., 401-847-0292.

‘Breathe’ at NBS Local author Kelly Kittel discusses her book, “Breathe,” Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 2 p.m., register at 401-846-2577.

E-Books and More Learn about e-books and audiobooks, bring devices and passwords, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 2 p.m., space limited, reservations required, 401-683-9457.

‘Oliver’ 2 and 7 p.m. See Friday, May 9.

Mahogany Lecture Prof. Jennifer L. Anderson will discuss her book, “Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401-847-8720 x115.

‘Words into Poetry’ Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3 p.m., 401-846-1573.

‘Screen and Discuss’ Series Redwood Library shows “Searching for Sugar Man,” 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., members free, non-members $10, students $3, reserve at 401- 847-0292 x112.

Shipwrecked Party “007: Shipwrecked Never Dies,” fundraiser for Sail Newport, Hood Sailmakers, 23 Johnny Cake Hill Rd., Middletown, 7-12 p.m., prizes for best Bond-themed costumes, $75 members, $85 non-members, tickets at sailnewport.org.

Heifetz on Tour Concert Classical music concert, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Rd., 7:30 p.m., $25, $22.50 members, $15 students, 401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Police Parade Comedy Benefit Night of Comedy for mature audiences to benefit the Aquidneck Island Police Parade, Newport Marriott, 8 p.m., 21+, $10 donation, alex@ecmgevents.com.

Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Friday, May 9.

Free Concert at Grand Chicago Total Access plays Chicago tribute, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401- 849-5100, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

May 11

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, free, 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.

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., 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, $15, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Piano Concert Pianist Manabu Takasawa and cellist Daniel Harp in concert, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, 2 p.m., free but donations welcome, reception to follow, 401-423-0515.

‘Oliver’ 4 p.m. See Friday, May 9.

Monday

May 12

Computer Workshop E-Books from 3M Cloud and Overdrive,

learn how to download and borrow e-books on devices, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., registration required, 401- 847-8720 x208.

Make It, Take It Crafts Make “A Manly Moustache” at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required, drop in, 401- 846-1573.

ACA Annual Meeting Artists and art lovers welcome at the annual meeting of the Arts & Cultural Alliance, Sen. Paiva Weed and Gov. Chafee keynote speakers, reception, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., reserve online at newportarts.org.

Tuesday

May 13

Book Chat Tuesday Book Group will discuss “Claire of the Sea Light,” by acclaimed Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10 a.m., note time change, 401-847-8720 x208.

Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a discussion on “Jacopo Tintoretto: Michangelo’s Design, Titian’s Color,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $8, bring lunch, 401-848-8200.

E-Books and More 5:30 p.m. See Saturday, May 10.

Get to the Top of Google Newport Interactive Marketers’ free presentation on how to maximize exposure on Google, with Matt Roche, Midtown Oyster Bar, 6-9 p.m., register at bit.ly/NIMevents.

‘Great Decisions’ Lecture Newport Center for International Visitors hosts forum on energy independence, North End Steak House, Best Western Mainstay Inn, 151 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. presentation, 7:30 p.m. discussion, newportciv.org.

Wednesday

May 14

‘Crafternoon’ at the Redwood Kids grades K-4 invited to hear stories and work on a project, free, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., 401-847- 0292 x105.

Friends of the Music Festival Benefit concert with Latitude 41 performing pieces by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorák, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., reception 5:30 p.m., concert 7 p.m., $30.

Thursday

May 15

Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “The Creation of Eve” by Lynn Cullen, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, nonmembers $5, bring lunch, 401-848- 8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “A Tainted Dawn: The Great War (1792-1815) Book I,” by B.N.

Peacock, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841- 7276.

Backyard Chickens with 4H Middletown Library hosts a threepart series to show youth how to raise a small flock of chickens, part one on basic needs of the chicken, 700 West Main Rd., 6 p.m., ages 5+, register at 401-846-1573.

Thursday Evening Book Group Discuss “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak, Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 401-847-8720 x103.

Friday

May 16

Bike to Work Day Bike Newport hosts Bike to Work Day programs and activities all around town, visit bikenewportri.org for schedule.

Computer Workshop Introduction to Computers and the Mouse, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720 x208.

‘Blue Jasmine’ Newport Public Library continues its Oscar-winners’ series with “Blue Jasmine,” 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., free, doors open at 2 p.m., 401- 847-8720 x208.

Aaron Burr Lecture “Aaron Burr: Misjudged American Founder,” by descendant Judge Brian Hardison, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., public welcome, members free, nonmembers $5, 401-847-0292 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

Relay for Life Aquidneck Overnight fundraiser for American Cancer Society, Gaudet Middle School track, Turner Road, Middletown, 6 p.m. until 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 401-855-0885, relayforlife.org/aquidneckislandri.

Cello Concert Benjamin Larsen performs at St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vaucluse

Ave., Middletown, 7 p.m., $20, 401- 847-5571.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Rogers High School Auditorium, 15 Wickham Rd., 7 p.m. $10, $5 children and students, tickets at door.

Choristers Concert Newport Navy Choristers presents “Proudly We Sing,” concert to benefit Navy League, St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, reception begins at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m., $12 adults, $8 seniors and children, $20 maximum for a family of four, tickets at door.

Saturday

May 17

Quononoquott Plant Sale Quononoquott Garden Club annual sale of established plants from Jamestown gardens, colorful geraniums, vegetables, herbs and container gardens, East Ferry Memorial Square, Jamestown, 9 a.m.- noon, (rain date Sunday, May 18).

Beekeeping Workshop Workshop on honey bees and beekeeping, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., advance registration required, 401-560- 0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Run for Mental Health Third annual 5K fun run/walk in support of mental health awareness, Newport County Community Mental Health Center, 127 Johnny Cake Hill Rd., Middletown, registration $15 by May 13, $25 event day, $10 military, children 12 and under are free and must walk/run with a parent or guardian, registration and check in begins at 8:30 a.m., walk/run 10 a.m., register at nccmhc.org.

Plant Walk at NBS Join Norman Bird Sanctuary naturalists on a plant hike along the sanctuary trails, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10:30 a.m., members $6, non-members $8, 401- 846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Golden to Gilded Walking Tour Discover the transformation of the city and its people from Newport’s colonial Golden Age to the Gilded Age summer colony, departs from Museum of Newport History at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 10:30 a.m., $15, weather permitting, reserve at 401-841-8770.

‘Russell Warren’s Newport’ Walking tour exploring the 19thcentury architect’s Newport connections, departs from Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., $15, $10 for NHS members and active duty military with ID, reserve at 401- 841-8770.

Origami Workshop Benjamin Coleman, author of several books about origami, will offer a free session on the art, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1:30 p.m., supplies provided, free, limited space, register at 401- 846-1573.

Books and Authors Series Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates, will discuss his book, “Dr. Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern

Medicine,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401-847- 8720 x115.

Yoga for Kids Kids ages 3-6 invited to try yoga at the Redwood, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members free, $2 non-members, space is limited, reserve at 401-847-0292 x105.

An Evening at The Casinos: Double Down on Dance Island Moving Company’s annual spring show, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., cocktails at 6 p.m. at the Canfield House, performance begins at the Casino Theatre at 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $25, 401- 847-4470, islandmovingco.org.

New Murder Mystery Opens “Ballgowns, Bling & Betrayal,” interactive murder mystery set in 19th-century Newport, opens at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., family friendly, newportartmuseum.org.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ 7 p.m. See Friday, May 16.

‘Above and Below the Waterline’ Gala Steamship Historical Society of America fundraising gala at the Atlantic Beach Club, 6-10 p.m., keynote speaker will be Dennis Hale, the sole survivor of the Daniel J. Morrell, $75, 401-463-3570.

Sunday

May 18

Birds and Breakfast at NBS Enjoy breakfast created with locally grown and organic ingredients, walks led by expert birders, activities for children, seatings at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., adults $25 in advance/$ 30 at door, ages 4-12 $10, age 3 and under free, register at normanbirdsanctuary.org.

PMC Kids Ride PMC Middletown Kids Ride runs at the Sachuest Beach parking lot, 8 a.m. – noon, $10 registration fee, $25 fundraising minimum, register at kids.pmc.org.

Salve Regina Graduation Class of 2014 commencement ceremonies, tent behind O’Hare Academic Center on McAuley Hall lawn, 10 a.m., 401-341-2162, commencement@salve.edu.

Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated 10-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com.

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.

Music in the Galleries Concert featuring the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., free with regular museum admission, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Musical Sunday Celebrate Newport and music with stories and songs at a familyfriendly interactive concert with Christopher Carbone, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free, 401-847-8720.

Swanhurst at Redwood The Swanhurst Chorus will perform witty selections by P.D.Q. Bach, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., $15 adults, $10 children under 16, reserve at 401-847-0292 x112.

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