2014-12-31 / Calendar

CALENDAR

Thursday

January 1

Happy New Year

Seal Watch Tours Motor through Newport Harbor and see the seals on rocks off Rose Island, guides on board, 142 Long Wharf, 10 and 11 a.m., savebay.org/seals.

Jamestown First Day Plunge East Ferry Beach, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., alcohol-free family fun, registration starts at 10 a.m., paddle board race at 11:30 a.m., plunge at noon, warming fire pits, benefits Jamestown PTO and American Cancer Society.

Polar Bear Plunge Newport Polar Bears invite all to jump in for A Wish Come True, Easton’s Beach, noon, 401-846- 0028.


Spring Bull Gallery’s “Nocturne” Exhibition begins with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 5 - 7 p.m. This show is the start of Spring Bull’s 25th year as a cooperative gallery. The exhibit runs until Jan. 31. The gallery is located at 55 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call 401-849-9166. 
“Norman Bird Sanctuary at Night” oil by Mark Fernandez. Spring Bull Gallery’s “Nocturne” Exhibition begins with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 3, from 5 - 7 p.m. This show is the start of Spring Bull’s 25th year as a cooperative gallery. The exhibit runs until Jan. 31. The gallery is located at 55 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call 401-849-9166. “Norman Bird Sanctuary at Night” oil by Mark Fernandez. Friday

January 2

Beach Bounce Easton’s Beach, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $7, 401-845-5810, cityofnewport.com/ beach.

Seal Watch Tours 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. See Jan. 1.

Ballroom Social Open ballroom dance social, Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 7-10 p.m., $10, rhumba lesson, general dancing, light snacks, BYOB, 401- 230-3420, dtdballroom.com.

Improv with The Bit Players Comedy troupe hits the stage with fast-paced improvisation, BYOB, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park, every Friday 8 p.m., 401-849-3473.

Saturday

January 3

Beach Bounce 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See Jan. 2.

Winter Growers’ Market Inside Newport Vineyards Winery, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., local produce and products, aquidneckgrowersmarket.org.

Seal Watch Tours 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. See Jan. 1.

Kids’ Matinee Free screening of “The LEGO Movie,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., ages 6-12 and families, drop in, 401-847-8720 x204.

Art Opening Spring Bull Gallery hosts opening of “Nocturne” exhibition, with artists exploring the complexity of night, 55 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., 401-849-9166, springbullgallery.com.

Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., 401- 849-3473, firehousetheater.org.

Free Show Bruce James Comedy Hypnosis show, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401- 849-5000, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

January 4

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Beach Bounce 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See Jan. 2.

Seal Watch Tours 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. See Jan. 1.

Downton & Desserts Kick off the fifth season of Downton Abbey at the Jane Pickens Theater, start with a British dessert bar at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $15, janepickens.com.

Monday

January 5

Health Information Members of Health Source RI will be available to answer questions and help the public sign up for affordable health care, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 12:30-3:30 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208.

LEGO Club Newport Library invites children 6-12 to drop in and build with LEGOs, 300 Spring St., 4-6 p.m., materials provided, 401-847-8720 x204.

Make It, Take It Crafts Make a snapping crocodile puppet at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 3+, no registration required, drop in, 401- 846-1573.

Monday Night Mysteries Discuss “An Ice Cold Grave,” by Charlaine Harris, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., all welcome, 401-423-7281.

Tuesday

January 6

Pre-K Story Time Story time for preschoolers, Redwood Library’s Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St., 10:30 a.m., free, register at 401-847-0292 x105, redwoodlibrary.org.

Meet/Eat/Chat A “getting to know you” lunch with the Newport Art Museum’s executive director and staff, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Foreign Film Series Begins The Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library opens winter foreign film series with India’s “Dabba” (The Lunchbox), 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-423-7280.

Wednesday

January 7

Informational Breakfast Chamber of Commerce members and local business owners meet for informational update on the Volvo Ocean Race, due in Newport in May, Newport Yacht Club, 110 Long Wharf, 8 a.m., register at 401- 847-1608, newportchamber.com.

Reading and Art at Redwood Children ages 4-7 learn how to connect music and art, Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St., 3:45 p.m., free, register at 401-847-0292 x105.

Young Writer’s Workshop Middle schoolers age 8-12 learn to develop writing skills through fun activities, behind Redwood Library in the Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St., 4:30 p.m., free, register at 401- 847-0292 x105.

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

Thursday

January 8

Business Before Hours Chamber of Commerce’s before work networking event, Serenity Day Spa, 42 Valley Rd., Middletown, 8-9 a.m., members free, non-members $10, register at 401- 847-1608, newportchamber.com.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents John Duchesneau and Kathleen Troost-Cramer on “Fort Adams: A History,” Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free, open to the public but advance reservations and security arrangements required, limited seating, 401-841- 2101.

Pre-K Story Time Story time for preschoolers, Redwood Library’s Ballard Annex, 10 Redwood St., 4 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847-0292 x105, redwoodlibrary.org.

Exhibit Opening Opening Reception for the Boys & Girls Club show, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 4:15 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Teen Maker Studio Teens learn to use maker technology, 3-D printer, vinyl cutter, heat press, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4:30-6:30 p.m., snacks, free, drop in, free, 401-847-8720 x206.

‘Occupied Newport’ The Newport Historical Society presents “Tales from a Revolutionary City under British Rule,” Colony House, Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., members $1, non-members $5, reserve at 401-841-8770.

Historic Hill Annual Meeting After a short business meeting, the guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Russell, Coordinator of Cultural and Historic Preservation at Salve Regina University, public welcome, Edward King House Senior Center, 6 - 8 p.m., 401-261-3980.

Friday

January 9

Fort Adams Tours Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, tours depart daily at 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401-619-1511, fortadams.org.

Clay for the Community Jamestown Arts Center hosts evening bowl-making event to benefit Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s Empty Bowl fundraiser in March, 18 Valley St., 5-8 p.m., all ages and abilities welcome, free, 401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Saturday

January 10

Saturday Book Club Discuss “The Forgotten Garden,” by Kate Morton, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 10 a.m., 401-683-9457.

Bilingual Story Time Children ages 3-12 and their families invited to listen to stories in English and Spanish, songs and poems, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 11 a.m., drop in, 401-847-8720 x204.

Beach Cleanup Clean Ocean Access leads first cleanup of the new year, Burma Road and Greene Lane in Middletown, 12 p.m., dress warmly, wear gloves and sturdy shoes, hot beverages provided by Empire Coffee & Tea, cleanoceanaccess.org.

MakerSpace Open Studio Open community workshop with new MakerSpace technology, 3-D printer, vinyl cutter, heat press, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2-4 p.m., all ages and all abilities, drop in, free, 401-847-8720 x208.

Winter Lecture Series Begins Darrell West, of the Brookings Institution, kicks off the series with “Billionaires: Reflection on the Upper Crust,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, students $6, 401-848-8200, newportartmu- seum.org.

Seal Watch Tours 3 p.m. See Jan. 1.

‘Words into Poetry’ Poetry reading and writing workshop led by Ocean State Poets, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3-4:30 p.m., 401- 846-1573 x5.

Opening Reception Watercolor art exhibition by Paula Visnoski, Channing Memorial Church parish hall, 135 Pelham St., 5 p.m.

Free Concert J. Geils Band tribute by Danny Klein’s Full House, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m., 18+, free, 401-849-5000, newportgrand.com.

Sunday

January 11

Genealogy Workshop Portsmouth Free Public Library hosts series of genealogy workshops using databases and online and print resources, 2658 East Main Rd., 1-3 p.m., 401-683-9457.

Sunday Afternoon Music Series The Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library present The South County Rounders with Matt and Judy Bolles, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., 401-423-7280.

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