2015-05-07 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Far East and U.S. Foreign Policy Talk

The public is invited to attend a lecture, “Syria, Iraq, Islamist Fundamentalism and U.S. Foreign Policy” by George Kassis. The talk will be presented by the English Speaking Union on Sunday, May 17, from 5 – 7 p.m. at The Pier Restaurant, 10 West Howard Wharf.

Kassis was born and raised in Syria. He earned his M.Sc. degree at the American University of Beirut, and joined the United Nations to manage humanitarian assignments in Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen. He has taught courses at Salve Regina University’s Circle of Scholars on the Middle East, Islamist fundamentalism, and U.S. foreign policy in the region.

The cost to attend is $25 for lecture and hors d’oeuvres; cash bar available. RSVP to reserve space, to president Jan Slee at janslee@cox.net or 401-845-2528.

Island-wide Middle School Band Concert

A joint middle school band concert is being hosted by St. Michael’s Country Day School on Wednesday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. Participating bands include St. Michael’s “A” Band under the direction of Art Manchester, the Pennfield School Band under the direction of Erik Sperl, Thompson Middle School Band under the direction of Don Chilton, Portsmouth Middle School Band under the direction of Richard Price, and Gaudet Middle School Band under the direction of Gary Sebastio. They will collaborate on three selections and each band will also perform individual numbers.

Approximately 174 students will be participating this year. This is the largest group of performers since the founding of this collaborative concert by Manchester. Also, this is the first year that the Gaudet Middle School Band has joined the group. The concert will take place in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the St. Michael’s Country Day School campus, 180 Rhode Island Ave. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 401-849-5970 x 340.

Golden Rule Days

In its 21st year, the Golden Rule Days program is underway for the fourth grade students in the Middletown Public Schools. Presented by the Middletown Historical Society for Gaudet School fourth grade students, the program began in mid-April and continues through May. During this time, storyteller Cindy Killavey and a retired teacher visit Gaudet. Students also take a bus ride to visit Witherbee School where they will experience what it was like to attend a class in a oneroom schoolhouse and hear the tower bell ring.

Rita Wood continues to facilitate the program with the help of retired Middletown educators Mary Clark, Carol Hutchinson and Ann Gizzi.

Goodspeed Trips

Two trips to musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. are offered by the local AARP chapter #207; “Guys & Dolls” on Wednesday, May 20 and “La Cage Aux Folles” on Thursday, Aug. 27. The trip cost is $88 and includes lunch at the Gelston House next door to the theater.

Anyone wanting more information should call 401-849-7087.

Zumba for a Cause

The Double Dutch Sharks jump rope team will be conducting a Zumba-thon on Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Green Lane Community Center, Middletown. The event is the first of two planned to support the team’s efforts to raise funds to attend the World Invitational Championships in New York City. A $10 donation is requested. For more information, contact Sandra Richardson at 401- 714-4996. A second fundraiser golf tournament will be held on June 7 at Green Valley Country Club.

Friends of the Waterfront Meeting

Friends of the Waterfront will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 14 at the Newport Public Library at 6 p.m. Discussion will include reports on the presentation by URI Bay Campus on coastal green infrastructure solutions for King Park, results of soil samples, as well as the Earth Day cleanup at King Park. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 401-847-3807.

Child Advocates

The Rhode Island Court Appointed Special Advocate Program is recruiting volunteer advocates for children involved with the Rhode Island child welfare system. An informational session will be held at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, on Thursday, May 14 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Brain Injury Support Group

The support group is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, as well as family and friends, to come together to provide mutual support and assistance in coping with the consequences of brain injury.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is May 12. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

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