2015-03-26 / News Briefs


Friends of the Waterfront Meeting

The Friends of the Waterfront will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. Agenda items will include plans for the rain garden at King Park and plans for the Earth Day cleanup at King Park on April 25 from 9 a.m. - noon. All are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call 401-847-3807.

BridgeFest Art Contest

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County invites regional artists to submit one original piece to be considered as BridgeFest Official Festival Art. Artists should send photos of an original piece that represents Newport and/or the Newport arts and music community to music@newportbridgefest.com. The deadline is April 1.

Capitol Spring Art

Local artists Jocelyn Hall, Buddy Conklin, and Kevin Jantz are featured in the Capitol Spring Art Show. The public is invited to a special showing on Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m. at Capitol Realty Company, 123 Bellevue Ave., to view the works. The artists have translated pieces of our city, society and culture through “hidden” representation of art.

Swing Into Spring

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center proudly announces the 19th annual Swing into Spring, scheduled for Thursday, April 9, from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club. The evening will feature live music from high-energy party band Wayz and Means, dancing, a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $75 in advance or $85 at the door and can be purchased by calling Alyson Novick at 401-846-4828 x 102 or emailing anovick@mlkcenter.org.

Panera Jean Drive

Panera Bread is holding a jean drive on Tuesday, March 31, from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. Slightly worn jeans will be donated to Seamen’s Church Institute and Lucy’s Hearth. To celebrate Panera’s new uniform option featuring jeans, applicants are encouraged to wear a pair of jeans to Panera’s job fair being held at the same time.

Free Tree Time

Each year, 65 to 75 specimenquality trees are given free of charge to city residents by the Newport Tree Society who agree to plant them on their private property and care for them. Members of the Tree Society will confirm site suitability. A tree planting clinic will be conducted this spring for all recipients. For more information, visit newportarboretum.org.

Rogers Music Fundraisers

Rogers High School will hold a Zumbathon on Friday, April 3 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $10, proceeds will support Rogers music programs.

On Thursday, April 9, OceanCliff Resort & Hotel will host the seventh annual Food and Wine Expo from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests will be able to sample various wines, beer, and foods. This is a 21 years and older event. Tickets are $30, proceeds will benefit Middletown and Rogers high school music programs.

Hall of Fame Nominees

The George Donnelly Sunset League is accepting nominations for its first Hall of Fame class. The deadline to nominate players, managers or builders is May 1. The inaugural class will be announced in July. For information regarding the banquet and the class introduction, visit gdsunsetleague.com.

To vote or for more information, contact Chris La Rose at donnelly. sunset@gmail.com or 315-235-8570.

Cluny Geography Winner Heads to State

The winner of the annual Cluny School geography bee will advance to the National Geographic Rhode Island State Bee on Friday, March 27. Six-grader Patrick May took first place at the school’s competition in January, facing off against students in grades 4 through 8. The runnerup was grade 5 student Sofia Stefanopoulos. Following the school contest, May completed a 100-question qualifying test that was submitted to the National Geographic Society for evaluation, and he landed a seat in Friday’s competition at Rhode Island College. This is the second consecutive year that May will represent Cluny School in the state finals.

Coyote Talk

Numi Mitchell, lead scientist and project director of the coyote project for the Conservation Agency will report on her work at the Seaside Garden Club meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. She has been intimately involved with the communities on Aquidneck Island as they have sought to develop management strategies for this predator. All are welcome to attend. The presentation will be held at Fenner Hall.

National Boys & Girls Club Week

In recognition of March’s National Boys & Girls Club Week, the local club has several special activities planned. On Friday, March 27, youth are invited to attend the free “For the Love of Hip Hop” from 4- 8 p.m. at the North End Club. On Saturday, a youth job fair will be held at the Church Street Central Clubhouse from 9 a.m. - noon featuring numerous job-related skill workshops. The public is also invited to watch a swim meet from 1 - 5 p.m. Youth memberships are also being offered at a special $20 rate. On Thursday, March 26, a scavenger hunt with prizes will be held from 4 -5 p.m. followed by a movie and pizza at 6 p.m. For more information, call 401-847-6927 x 121.

Adult Swim Class

The Newport Athletic Club will host Swimming Saves Lives, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the public with adult learn-to-swim lessons. The classes will run from April 13-17, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The event is open to the general public free of cost.

Participants will learn valuable swimming techniques to prevent drowning. Certified trainers and coaches who specialize in working with adults who have never learned to swim will teach the classes.

Rhode Island is home to more than 100 public and private beaches, and countless swimming pools. Everyone living in the Ocean State should have the opportunity to learn to swim with so much surrounding water.

The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation operates in several states throughout the country, but has never in Rhode Island.

For more information, contact Patrick at 401-846-7723 or pwygant@newportathleticclub.com.

Young Writers to Explore Time and Space

The next session of the Young Writers Workshop at Redwood Library will be “Exploring Time and Space,” beginning Wednesday, April 8. Middle schoolers age 8-12 will explore the ways in which fiction can cross boundaries of time and space. They will learn to observe, read and research with the excitement of an explorer discovering new worlds, and use newfound knowledge to create wide-ranging stories. The free program runs Wednesdays through May 6 at 4:30 p.m. To register, call 401-847-0292 x105.

SVF Lecture

The SVF Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 9, with Patrick Martins at 7 p.m. Martins is a distributor of heritage and rare-breed meat through his company Heritage Foods USA, which ships over 60,000 pounds of meat every week to eight cities around the country and to home chefs everywhere.

He is also founder of Slow Food USA, founder and on-air personality at Heritage Radio Network—a live streaming online food radio station that has over a million listeners each month, and most recently a nationally acclaimed author, with “The Carnivore’s Manifesto.” The free talk will be held at Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Ave., but reservations are required. Contact Kate Rowles at kate@svffoundation.org or 401-848-7229 x10 to register.

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