2014-10-30 / News Briefs


NBS Annual Meeting

The Norman Bird Sanctuary is holding it annual meeting and volunteer appreciation party at Newport Vineyards on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. The event includes wine tasting and light fare. RSVP at info@normanbirdsanctuary.org.

After-School Adventure

Children ages 5 - 7 are invited to After-School Adventure on Thursday afternoons at 3:45 p.m. from Nov. 20 – Dec. 18. The program will be held at the Newport Public Library. Children attend independent of their parents. All materials are provided for this free program. Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, Nov. 4. To register, visit the Children’s Desk or call 401-847- 8720 ext. 204.

Bike and Walk Challenge

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is celebrating kids who walk or bike to school. Thompson Middle School students have taken the national challenge and can be eligible for prizes and gift certificates when they walk or bike to school. Two trophies – a golden helmet and a golden sneaker - will travel weekly to the class with the most students participating in the challenge. Locally, the program is administered by Bike Newport.

Scouting for Food Pickup this Weekend

As part of the annual Scouting for Food Drive, Aquidneck Island scouts will collect donations of nonperishable canned goods on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank and local food pantries are the recipients of Rhode Island’s Scouting for Food Drive.

Friends Book Sale

The Friends Book Store at the Newport Public Library will hold its annual Holiday Book Sale beginning on Saturday, Nov. 1, continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Spring Street lobby of the library. The sale features gently used and nearly new books including some of yesterday’s best sellers. Other books will include titles on art, gardening, hobbies, sailing, and more and will be priced individually. In addition there will be a large selection of children’s books. The store has saved some of its highest quality books for this sale.

There will be no clearance books or bag sales. Proceeds from the sale go to help update the library’s reference section and to support library programs.

The Friends Bookstore is run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are always needed for sorting, pricing, shelving, and manning the bookstore. For information, call 846-5809.

Jump Rope Clinic

The Aquidneck Island Double Dutch League and the Double Dutch Sharks will be hosting a jump rope clinic on Saturday, Nov. 1 for third through sixth graders at the Florence Gray Center Gymnasium (Boys & Girls Club), 1 York Ave, Newport from 10 a.m. - 12:30 pm. Youth will learn the basics to jumping competitive Double Dutch with a demonstration by the Sharks. Previous jumping experience is not necessary but kids should be prepared to exercise and wear athletic clothing and sneakers.

Call Coach Ray at 293-5944 or 439-1839 if you have any questions.

Seamen’s Clothing Drive and Annual Meeting

Seamen’s Church Institute is collecting coats and clothing for men and women in need. Donated items should be only gently worn or new. Collection day is Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. Annual meeting will be Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. followed by a reception.

For more information on either event, call 401-847-4260.

Pop Warner Cheer Spaghetti Dinner

The Middletown/Newport Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee cheerleading team is holding a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the FOP in Middletown, 464 Mitchell’s Lane. The fundraiser will assist with their travel to the national competition.Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ten and under.

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 3-D and 2-D digital design using the vinyl cutter and 3-D printer. Coaching is also available to those who have a project in mind but need help to make it a reality.

Innovation Hub Discussion

Paul Carroll, Director of Civic Investment for City of Newport, will lead a discussion and Q & A regarding the Innovation Hub on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the Guild Hall of St. John’s Episcopal.

This is part of a series of events hosted by St. John’s over the coming year with the overarching theme of “What Will Newport Be in 25 Years?” in order to foster discussion within the community about long-term sustainability for Newport’s economy and families.

A model of the Innovation Hub is on display at the Newport Public Library.

December Welcome Center Hearings

Two special meetings of the Newport Zoning Board of Review have been scheduled to consider the Preservation Society’s application for a special use permit to construct a welcome center at The Breakers.

The back-to-back hearings are set for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2. They were originally set for late September, but were canceled after a recusal by Zoning Board Vice Chair Lynn Ceglie presented quorum issues.

There is considerable public interest in the proceedings, with proponents and opponents disagreeing as to the merits and necessity of the much-debated project.

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