2014-10-02 / News Briefs


MLK ‘Stuff Our Van’ Food Drive

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center will host a “Stuff Our Van”event in the parking lot of the Bellevue Avenue Stop & Shop supermarket from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The food drive will help stock the MLK Community Center’s food pantry shelves and fill 200 Thanksgiving meal baskets for Newport County families.

Volunteers will load donations into the van and distribute wish lists of needed pantry items.All donations of non-perishable food are welcome. Canned meats and fish, peanut butter, soups, rice/pasta dishes, jelly, gravy, and stuffing are especially needed.

Last year, the center’s food pantry distributed over 144,000 meals.

For more information or to volunteer, reach out to Bea Brush at 401-846-4828 x119 or bbrush@mlkccenter.org.

Diabetes and Eye Health Speaker

The monthly diabetes support group sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties will be held on Oct. 9 from 1 - 2 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Frederic Kelley, who will talk on “Diabetes and Eye Health.” There is no charge to attend and is open to the public. The group meets at the Edward King Senior Center, 35 King St., on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call 401-682 2100 x 1642.

Surfs Up

Enjoy surf movies and food and drink specials with the local surf crowd every Wednesday night at Easton’s Point Pub, located at 116 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. A portion of the night’s sales will be donated to Clean Ocean Access to help fund water testing and local beach clean-ups. Co-hosted by Surf Elemental of Middletown. Starts at 7 p.m.

Lifeguard and Baby Sitter Training

The Newport County YMCA will be offering the following health and safety classes this fall: nLifeguard training will start Friday, Oct. 10 and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 - 9 p.m. through Oct. 29. This is a Red Cross class. Upon completion of all segments of the class a certificate in waterfront/pool lifeguarding, CPR/ AED PRO and first aid will be given. All elements of the Rhode Island surf test will also be given in this class. Lifeguard re-certifications also offered. Cost is $250 for members, $275 for non-members.

The YMCA is also hiring swim instructors and lifeguards for after school and weekends. nBaby sitter training will be offered Monday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is a Red Cross class that teaches the basics of baby-sitting. Child care, first aid and the business of baby-sitting are among the topics covered in this class. Oct.13 is Columbus Day and there will be no school. Cost is$60 for members, $75 for non-members. nA CPR/AED first aid class will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 18 at noon.

For more information, contact Jim Farrell at 401-847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

‘The First World War at 100’ at Salve

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will host “The First World War at 100,” on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. Salve Regina University faculty members Dr. William Leeman, Dr. Timothy Neary and Dr. John Quinn will discuss the legacy of the first World War in global politics, culture and international relations. The defining event of the 20th century was not the second World War, but the first. The war itself was industrial slaughter on a global scale. It ended empires, ushered in the American century, and redrew maps across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The consequences of those lines are still being played out today in places like Iraq and Syria. Reserve at 401-341- 2927 or pellcenter@salve.edu.

Trinity Pumpkin Patch

The annual Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch is set to open on Saturday, Oct. 11 for three weeks of fall fun atop Queen Anne Square. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, plants, and decorative items will be available through Halloween. Weekends will be full of family-friendly events with music, dancing, food, and special events planned. The Pumpkin Patch will be open weekdays from noon-6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

‘Fall to Frost’ Containers

The Garden Club of Middletown is having a program on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. at the Chaves Garden Center at 935 East Main Road, Middletown. The title of the program is “Fall to Frost Containers” and there will be a demonstration. Free of charge. Contact 401- 846-5076 for further information.

ALN Candidate Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold a public forum featuring the Newport School Committee candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The group’s last forum will focus on the voting ballot issues on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Video of City Council ward and at-large candidate forums can be viewed at newportalliance.org.

CCACG Meeting

The Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) will screen a documentary “For the love of Newport” on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Newport Elks Lodge. Volunteers can sign up for campaign tasks. Yard signs, bumper stickers and window signs will be available.

CCACG invites the public to its meetings. Another will be held on Nov. 1. CCACG was founded in 1977.

For more information, contact Liz Taber, campaign coordinator at 401- 447-2246 or liztaber@gmail.com.

Question Five

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will be holding a workshop on Oct. 27 at the Newport Art Museum about the November ballot question asking voters to approve a bond for capital improvements for performing arts venues around the state. The bond also includes money for historic preservation projects. For more information and to RSVP, visit yeson5ri.com.

Bag of Books Sale

Fall is here, time to curl up with a book. The Friends Bookstore at the Middletown Library is holding a book sale, a bag of books for $4. The sale is on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1 - 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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