2015-01-29 / News Briefs


Valentine Dance Benefit

The Newport Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Valentine Dinner Dance on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Atlantic Beach Club ballroom. Music will be provided by Beyond Therapy, a group of doctors guaranteed to cure the winter blues. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at the hospital. Tickets are $50 and are available by sending a check to the Newport Hospital Auxiliary, 11 Friendship St., Newport, RI 02840. For more information, call 401-845-1638.

Diego Campagna Returns to Redwood

The Redwood Library will welcome Italian guitarist Diego Campagna for a special concert, “The Art of the Guitar,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. His visit comes shortly after a performance at Carnegie Hall. Campagna began studying guitar at the age of nine (after listening to a record by Andres Segovia), and later studied at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg under Eliot Fisk. He performs extensively as a soloist and in chamber groups.

He is the artistic director of the Festival Classico del Ponente Ligure in Newport’s Sister City Imperia, Italy, and of the MusicalMente Festival in Balducco. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Call 401-847-0292 x 112 to reserve.

Youth Valentine Activities

The Newport Public Library will host several programs to celebrate Valentine’s Day: a chocolate party on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. for children ages 6-12. On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., tweens, ages 8-12, will make sweet candy treats. Registration is required. Visit the Children’s Desk or call 401-847- 8720 x204 to register.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. teens are invited to decorate and enjoy cupcakes. The program is free, and all supplies, cupcakes and snacks will be provided. No registration is required.

Black History Month Art Exhibit

Artwork honoring civil rights leaders by Estella Miller will be featured at Newport Public Library from Feb. 2-21. Miller’s many portrait drawings include those of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks.

Van Beuren Foundation Awards $4.7 Million

The van Beuren Charitable Foundation has announced awards of 80 grants totaling $4.7 million to Newport and Rhode Island organizations that improve the quality of life and quality of place in Newport County. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation is a family philanthropy that primarily supports organizations active in Newport County that advance the foundation’s program priorities in the following three areas: landscapes and the built environment, education and health.

Since its founding in 1986 by John A. “Archie” van Beuren and Hope H. van Beuren, more than $50 million has been granted. “My husband Archie and I started this foundation almost 30 years ago,“ said Hope “Happy” van Beuren, ”This is our first year operating the foundation without him. But an important part of his legacy is that the principles that informed the creation of the foundation continue to guide its operations and grantmaking.”

“The investments in our grants portfolio reflect community aspirations: being an economically vibrant, historic city in the 21st century; excellence in education; access to quality health care; and open space that adds to community vitality. We are pleased to partner with the community to build upon Newport County’s existing assets and continue to improve the quality of life and quality of place for Newport residents,” said Archbold D. van Beuren, President.

A full list of the foundation’s 2014 grants can be found on the website vbcfoundation.org. A sample of those grants follows. Please note that many of the grants have a fiscal sponsor due to the collaborative nature of the project:

Education •$97,500 to support the Rhode Island Composites Alliance workforce development efforts (International Yacht Restoration School, fiscal sponsor) •$250,000 for the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies (Naval War College Foundation) •$114,885 to support the Newport Partnership for Families’ Chronic Early Absenteeism/Truancy Reduction Initiative (Newport County Community Mental Health Center, fiscal sponsor)

Health •$82,000 to support outpatient psychiatric services at the Newport Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Clinic (Emma Pendelton Bradley Hospital) •$87,184 for dental clinic equipment (East Bay Community Action Program) •$95,000 to support food acquisition for Newport County programs (Rhode Island Community Food Bank)

Landscapes and the Built  Environment •$575,000 for renovations to the Resource Center (Newport Historical Society) •$85,878 for Campus Master Plan (Newport Art Museum) •$50,000 to support collaborative planning to initiate a Newport Parks and Open Space Master Plan (Newport Tree Society, fiscal sponsor)

Softball Workouts

Newport Softball is offering several indoor workouts for girls, ages 7 and up, at the Rogers High School gym through the end of March. Workouts will be held on Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 28 and March 7, 21 and 28 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Players will work on the fundamentals of softball, including drills to improve throwing, catching, fielding grounders and fly balls, base running and hitting. Sneakers must be worn - no cleats. Players should change into their sneakers at the gym to eliminate salt from outside getting on the gym floor.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Tom Milburn at tburn33@hotmail.com. Workouts subject to change. Visit newportlittleleague.com for cancellations or changes to the schedule.

Parade Fundraiser

Do you like watching and listening to the pipe bands and other marching units in the St. Patrick’s Day parade? $51,000 was needed last year to bring bands to the parade.

On Sunday, Feb. 15 a parade fundraiser is being held at O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., from 1-4 p.m. The Nevins Academy of Irish Step Dancers and the Newort AOH Pipe Band will provide entertainment for those attending. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is Saturday, March 14.

For more information, call 401- 846-5081.

Gilded Age Tea

The Newport Public Library is holding a Gilded Age Tea at the Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 - 4 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward improvements of the library’s children’s areas.

Cost to attend is $28, which includes the gratuity and complimentary valet parking. Space is limited. To make a reservation call the Hotel Viking at 401-848-4824. To reserve a table, only one person per group needs to call.

Have a Heart

The Potter League will host its annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Auction on Friday, Feb. 6, at OceanCliff. The Preview Party is from 6 – 7 p.m. and features complimentary Pawtinis and wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and the live and silent auction preview. The Main Event is from 7 – 9 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit potterleague.org or call 401-846-0592.

Broadway Update Rescheduled

The public is welcome to attend the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at The Parlor, 200 Broadway. Bill Riccio, Newport Director of Public Services, has been invited to give an update on the upcoming streetscape portion of the Broadway project. The meeting was postponed because of the recent snowstorm.

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