2015-02-05 / News Briefs


Winter Fest Activities at Visitor Center

New England’s favorite winter extravaganza - the Newport Winter Festival takes place Feb. 13-22 and this year will highlight an array of FREE family-friendly activities hosted by the Newport Visitor and Information Center. So kids, bring your parents and enjoy a snowball toss (indoors of course), a cookie decorating station with Chef Gerry, face painting, a photo booth and much more. All of the events hosted at the Newport Visitor Information Center are free and open to the public.

Daily events at the

Newport Visitor Center: Saturday, Feb. 14

•”Ice Age” the movie and snow cones at 11 a.m.

•Balloon giveaway at 11 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 16

•Face painting and cookie decorating 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

•Warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19

•Children’s Jumping House and snow cones 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20.

•Snowball toss with prizes and a Winterfest photo booth 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21

•Children’s hula hoop contest and make your own marshmallow man crafts table 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stained Glass Program

Harle Tinney, former owner of Belcourt, announces Hearts in Glass, a stained glass program that will be offered as part of Winter Festival with Kate Voute Wright on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about stained glass in Newport and abroad. Tinney will present numerous examples and will demonstrate techniques including design and craftsmanship of a “glass heart.” From design to the finished heart, one witnesses drawing the pattern, glass cutting, and working with lead and solder. Each participant will receive a gift bag for the Valentine’s Day holiday. Registration is required; to register email stainedglassnewport@gmail.com. The cost to attend is $15 for young adults ages 12 -17 and $20 for adults. Plus, $5 off with the Newport Winter Festival Bracelet. (Adults accompanying participants only will be charged $5). The class will be held at the former location of the Montessori School, 82 Valley Road, Middletown.

‘Almost, Maine’ at Rogers

The Rogers Theatre Company, in conjunction with the Middletown High School Drama Club, will present the Off Broadway hit “Almost, Maine.” Currently one of the most produced shows in America, “Almost, Maine” is comprised of nine short scenes that explore love and loss in a remote mythical town in upstate Maine. The performances will take place on Feb. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rogers High School gymnasium. Tickets are $5, at the door.

‘Eiffel’s Tower’

The Preservation Society of Newport County will present author and historian Jill Jonnes on “Eiffel’s Tower” Thursday, Feb. 12, at Rosecliff at 6 p.m. Jonnes will discuss not only the construction of one of the modern world’s most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world.

When self-made millionaire and engineer Gustave Eiffel won a contest to erect a colossal tower as the centerpiece of the 1889 Exposition Universelle, Parisian tastemakers were outraged, denouncing the proposed thousand-foot tower as a “hideous” blot on their historic city, even as fearful residents brought lawsuits amid predictions of certain structural calamity.

The Eiffel Tower is only part of the story, for the Paris Exposition itself was a milestone of emerging technology, late 19th century globalism, and an extraordinary flourishing of the arts and journalism. Admission is $10 for members, $15 non-members and reservations are required. Register at newportmansions.org or 401-847-1000 x137.

Open Studio Sundays

The Portsmouth Arts Guild (PAG) is hosting Open Studio Sundays through March at the PAG Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Road. Stop by anytime from 2 - 5 p.m. each Sunday for a casual drop-in – style session. Drop- in sessions are $5, or free for guild members.

Each week, a different subject/ still life will be provided. You can also work on your own project or from photos. There is no instruction, but there is an optional group critique at the end of each session. All media and levels are welcome. For more information, email Suzanne Lewis at workshops@portsmoutharts.org.

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, 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.

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

Municipal Court

Municipal Court was not in session on Monday, Feb. 2, due to the snow storm. Judge J. Russell Jackson will reconvene court on Monday, Feb. 9.

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.

Brain Injury Support Group

The local support group offers an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, their family members and friends to come together to provide mutual support and assistance in coping with the consequences of brain injuries.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is Feb. 10. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

Girls Sports Clinic

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day girls in grades 2-6 are invited to Salve Regina University’s seventh annual free multi-sport clinic at the Rodgers Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 6. The clinic begins at 6:30 p.m., and pizza will be served at 8 p.m. Participants may register on site beginning at 5:45 p.m. or complete the downloadable form and bring it with them on Feb. 6.

Student-athletes from many of Salve Regina’s women’s athletic teams will be on hand to demonstrate techniques and fundamentals of their respective sports to those in attendance.

For more information, contact Kelly Scafariello, associate athletic director, at 401-341-2247 or kelly. scafariello@salve.edu.

Become a ‘Friend’

The Friends of the Newport Public Library have started its annual membership drive. This year new and returning members will receive a packet of coupons worth $5 which can be used in the Friends Book Store, located just off the Spring Street lobby, or at one of the Friends Book Sales. There will be a special Children’s Book Sale Feb. 14 - 19 and the Spring Book Sale will be held March 21 - 25. At the Spring Sale, all books will be priced at $1 each.

Membership forms are available in the Friends Book Store or on-line at newportlibraryri.org under the section labeled Support NPL.

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.

City Council Workshop

The Newport City Council has scheduled a joint workshop with the local legislative delegation for Saturday, Feb. 7 to examine the city’s priorities for the General Assembly’s 2015 session. The meeting will be held in the Program Room of the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Consistent with the nature of a workshop session, there are no set agenda items. In a conversation with Newport This Week, First Ward Councilor Marco Camacho suggested several possible topics that could be discussed, such as proposed state legislation impacting mooring fees, payment-in-lieuof taxes (PILOT) programs, school funding formulas, the Pell bridge ramp realignments, RhodeMap RI, and historic tax credits.

Youth Baseball Clinics

Newport Little League is offering several baseball clinics for youth ages 10-12 who are planning to play in the majors division this year.

Clinics will be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, 95 Church St., on the following dates:

Saturday, Feb. 7, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 2, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Kevin Weaver at weav18@cox.net.

‘Farm to Table’ Panel

Salve Regina University will host a panel discussion on “Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production and Their Consequences” on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Bazarsky Hall at the O’Hare Academic Center beginning at 7 p.m. The panel, moderated by Pell Center senior fellow Joseph Grady, will address questions about American food, agriculture and society. Just as food is central to everyone’s daily lives, the production of food is central to the community and nation. When we sit down to eat a meal, the food is the product of a chain of decisions with far-reaching implications. Reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401-341-2927.

Pickleball is Back

Come indoors and enjoy the game sweeping America. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 15 a six-week pickleball session will begin at The Hut, 35 Golden Hill St. Equipment is provided. Pickleball will run from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required; visit cityofnewport.com/ departments/recreation/recreation activities to download the adult registration form. Registration may be faxed to 401-846-3627 or dropped into The Hut office. Cost is $25 for the six weeks. Call 401-845-5800 with any questions.

Beach Cleanups

Clean Ocean Access will host cleanups of Easton’s Beach on Saturday, Feb. 7, and the Gull Cove fishing area in Portsmouth on Feb. 14. Both events run from 12-2 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring your own gloves and reusable cup. Empire Tea & Coffee will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and light refreshments. Cleanups are a great way to get outside and connect with nature and your neighbors. For more information, visit cleanoceanaccess.org.

Second Ward Meeting

Lynn U. Ceglie, Second Ward City Councilor, will host a ward meeting at Fenner Hall on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. Joseph Nicholson, interim City Manager will be her guest. All Second Ward residents are invited.

Congressman Cicilline to Hold Forum

Congressman David Cicilline will host a “Voice Your Priorities” workshop on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Newport Public Library beginning at 5:30 p.m. The congressman will lead the workshop and plans to spend the majority of the time listening to the concerns and priorities of constituents. Representatives from the his office will also be on hand to handle casework issues.

Diabetes Classes

The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties announces a new series of four Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes beginning Thursday, Feb. 19, and running four consecutive Thursday mornings through March 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the VNS Portsmouth office, 1184 East Main Road. A doctor’s referral is required in order to attend the classes, and VNS can contact doctors for the referral. Most insurances (some with co-pay) and Medicare will cover the cost of the course. For those without coverage, a sliding scale is available if needed. Nobody will be turned away because of inability to pay. Participants can register now with the VNS by calling 401- 682- 2100 x1642.

‘Ton of Love’ Food Drive

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual “Ton of Love” food drive to benefit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 28. Food items most needed include canned soup, canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, rice, cereals, and condiments. Grocery store gift cards are also welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce office, Panera Bread, Long Wharf, and Webster Bank, 716 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. For more donation drop locations visit newportchamber.com.

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