2014-10-09 / News Briefs


Cheerleading Clinic

The Rogers High School Cheerleaders will host a youth cheerleading clinic on Monday, Oct. 13. Girls ages 5-12 are welcome to attend. Participants will learn cheers, a dance, and stunts and will then perform with the high school cheerleaders at halftime of the Rogers football game on Friday, Oct. 17. The clinic will be held at The Hut from 3 - 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $20 per girl, which includes a T-shirt. For more information, contact Carol Mureddu at 401-855-1701 or at rhscheer1115@gmail.com.

Casino Discussion

The Learning Center at Channing Memorial Church is sponsoring an informational program on casino gambling in Newport on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Speakers include representatives from Citizens Concerned about Casino Gambling. The public is invited to attend. A question and answer session will follow. Seating is limited.

Channing Memorial Church is located at 135 Pelham St. Contact the church office to reserve a space at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Potter Pet U

Puppy and kitten care is the topic for the Potter League’s October Potter Pet University on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6 - 7 p.m.. Dr. O’Neal will go over basic care and common concerns and will leave plenty of time for Q&A. The free class is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required. Contact Anastacia Southland at 401- 846-0592 x120 or anastacias@potterleague.org.

Yoga for Preschoolers

A four-week class of kiddie yoga, stories and crafts classes will be held at Pennfield School, Portsmouth for 2 1/2 – 4 year olds beginning Oct. 20. The class will be held on Mondays through Nov. 10 from 9 – 9:45 a.m. There is a fee to attend. For more information or to register, visit pennfield.org, call 401-849 4646, or email yoga@pennfield.org.

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.

Youth Basketball Season Ramps Up

Pre-season basketball camp begins Oct. 9 for boys and girls in grades 4-8. The program runs Thursdays through Nov. 6 from 6 -7:30 p.m. at The Hut. Registration is still being accepted.

Open gym for basketball is free and open to boys and girls in grades 5-9 Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. Early bird registrations are being accepted for winter league play. Receive a 10% discount if registered on or before Oct. 15. Call the recreation office at 401-845-5800 or stop by 35 Golden Hill St. to register for any program.

5th Annual Family Day

The Middletown Prevention Coalition welcomes Middletown families to its annual Family Day celebration, a day of fun to promote health and wellness in the community on Sunday, Oct. 12, from noon to 5 p.m., at Linden Park. Activities include a rock climbing wall, bouncy house, obstacle course, bungee run, martial arts demonstrations, Off the Curb hip hop demonstrations, Family Funk cardio dancing, potato sack and wheel barrow races, touch-a-police-car, touch-a-firetruck, chair massage, trail mix bar, food demos, and health/nutrition tips. This event is free.

One-on-One Help with Maker Tools

The Newport Public Library will offer help using its new Maker Space technology on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. -noon this fall. An intern trained by FabNewport will be on hand to introduce the public to 3D and 2D digital design using the vinyl cutter and 3D printer. Coaching is also available to those who have a project in mind but need help to make it a reality. It’s a time to imagine, design, and create at the library using this inspiring new technology.

‘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.

FOW Annual Meeting

Friends of the Waterfront (FOW) will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Seamen’s Church Institute. The public is welcome to attend and learn about FOW activities, accomplishments and challenges. Presentations will include an update on the Harbor Walk, information about the cooperative effort with Clean Ocean Access, and information on the preliminary designs and strategies to deal with rising sea levels which impact Newport’s waterfront. All members are urged to attend, renew memberships and to elect a new Board of Directors. Light refreshments will be served.

Artisans/Crafters Call

All Saints Academy in Middletown, will hold its first artisan and craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 22. Any artisan or crafter interested in purchasing a table to sell their products should contact the school at ggullison@allsaintsacademy.org or call 401-848-4300. Tables are $40.

DAR Meeting

The Aquidneck Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their first regular monthly meeting of the chapter year at Blenheim Newport on Valley Road in Middletown on Tuesday Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

The program will consist of a talk presented by Alice Homer highlighting “DAR - In the Beginning – Celebrating 125 years.”

The group held a special meeting this summer at the Middletown Historical Society where three new members, Jennifer Lalli, Nancy Lalli, and Carole Mendes were sworn in. Barbara Simmons, State Regent installed Alice Homer as the Chapter Regent to fill a unexpired vacant term.

Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. For information contact, Alice Homer, Regent, at 401-846-4645.

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.

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