2014-05-15 / From The Garden


Nepal Presentation

Emmanuel parishioner Katelin Dutton will share a slideshow presentation of photos and stories detailing her recent trip to Nepal with the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies on Sunday, May 18, from 6-6:45 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. The talk will follow the 5 p.m. service and light supper. A meditation will follow the presentation. For more information, contact Katelin Dutton at 519-8154.

Buddhist Lecture Series on Karma

Jeffrey Allen and the Newport Buddhist Group will present a series on karma on Thursday nights through June 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Channing Church parish hall, 135 Pelham St. For more information, contact Virginia Spaulding at 845-9621 or ginny57@gmail.com.

Spring Fair

St. Philomena School will host its annual Spring Fair on Sunday, May 18, on the school campus, 324 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Admission is free and activities include rides and games, a flea market, international foods, raffles, used books, and more. Call 401- 683-0268 or visit saintphilomena.org for more information.

ECC Summer Camp

The Episcopal Conference Center summer camp is offering an open house on Sunday, May 18. The ECC is at 872 Reservoir Road, Pascoag. Tours and activities will run 3:30-5 p.m., with a Eucharist and dinner to follow. This year ECC’s offerings include camps for families, older children, music and arts enthusiasts, teens, and more. For more information, call the office at 401-568-4055.

Newport String Project

The Newport String Project will perform at Trinity Church’s Honyman Hall on Saturday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. In their final professional chamber music concert of the season, directors EmmaLee Holmes- Hicks and Ealain McMullin will play with guest artists Shawn LeSure, Rhiannon Bannerdt, Lauren Latessa, and Annalisa Boerner. The guest artists are from the fellowship program at Community MusicWorks in Providence. The group will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59 #1 and the Four Violin Quartet by Grazyna Bacewicz. The concert is free and there will be a reception to follow. For information, contact eholmes-hicks@communitymusicworks.org or 309-256-0043.

Channing Spring Auction

Channing Memorial Church will hold a festive night of fine food, drinks and live music on Saturday, May 31, at St. Mary’s Church parish hall, 324 East Main Road in Portsmouth, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include the opportunity to purchase unique items and services provided by the church and local community. The auction will feature handcrafted treasures, baked goods, escorted Newport tours, gardening and technical services, sports lessons, themed dinner parties, and classes. Babysitting will be available.

The Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension, a major feast day in the church calendar, will be celebrated collaboratively with Episcopal and Lutheran congregations from around Aquidneck Island at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., on Thursday, May 29 at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Clothing Swap-raiser

Zettmar Studio in the Newport Congregational Church at 73 Pelham St. will host a clothing swapraiser on Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. to benefit a summer camp in Haiti through the Making Roots organization. Bring apparel and accessories to exchange from 6-9 p.m. and donate $5 to fill a bag with “new” items. Leftover apparel will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. To donate in advance of the event, contact Amanda 401-339- 7385 or admin@makingroots.org to coordinate your pick up or drop off.

‘Genesis’ at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s adult education program will offer “The Story of Creation,” with Jane Parillo discussing Genesis 1 and 2, on Tuesday, May 27. The talk will run at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 909 West Main Road, Middletown. All are welcome. Call 401-847-6153.

St. Joseph’s Breakfast

St. Joseph’s Church will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. to raise funds to support the Haitian Mountain School, located in a remote area of southern Haiti. For more information, call 401-525-6735.


The Aquidneck Island CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday, May 31. All walkers/runners start off together at 9 a.m. from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The registration “fee” is a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. For more information, call 888-297-2767, contact your house of worship, or cwsglobal.org.

Baby Needs Drive

The Community Action Committee at St. Lucy’s Church will collect diapers of all sizes, wipes, and coupons through June 8. The supplies will be distributed to St. Lucy’s Food Pantry, Lucy’s Hearth, and other local area organizations in need. Monetary donations may also be made by placing them in an envelope marked “Diaper Donation”. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

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