2015-07-16 / News Briefs


Sister City Welcome

Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and the Newport City Council invite the public to join them at a reception on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center to welcome members of a delegation visiting from Newport’s Sister City, Shimoda, Japan. Light refreshments will be served.

There will be 10 people representing Shimoda, and four students visiting Newport from July 16 - 20 in conjunction with Newport’s 32nd Annual Black Ships Festival. The students will be staying with the families of Rogers High School students Caeli Palmer and Michael Ashby, who visited Shimoda in May.

Newport was twinned with Shimoda, Japan on May 17, 1958 when Mayor Henry C. Wilkinson and Mayor Sadao Suzuki were in office. It is one of the oldest sister city relationships in New England.

Jam Session

A jam session on Sunday, July 19 will feature Complex Simplicity with Michael Rollins on saxaphone and vocals by Neil Latender at the Pyramid Club, 32-24 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., from 4 - 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes light hor d ‘oeuvres. For tickets, call Fern Lima at 401-846-4785 or Barbara Jenkins at 401-848-9258. Event sponsored by the Five Point Club.

Dance Camp

The Newport Recreation Department is holding a dance camp July 20-24, 9 a.m. – noon at Thompson Middle School for girls in grades 1-8. Participants will learn several dances and dance techniques during the week and will perform for family and friends at the end of the camp. The cost is $50 for Newport residents and $60 for non-residents. For more information, call 401-845-5800.

Youth Thespians Perform Shakespeare

Boys and girls in the Theatre at St. Michael’s summer camp will present two Shakespeare plays and one original production this July and August. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Teen Shakespeare Intensive camp presents William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Christina Johnston is the director, and Chelsea Boergesson is the assistant director. Design by Patrick Grimes.

An Original Musical, written and performed by the campers, will be presented on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Chelsea Boergesson is the director. Script supervisor is Andrew Katzman, musical director is Kristine Langello, and choreographer is Danielle Genest. Design by Patrick Grimes.

The curtain will rise on a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 at 7pm. Christina Johnston is the director, and Chelsea Boergesson is the assistant director. Design by Patrick Grimes. Choreography by Danielle Genest.

The performances will take place in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the St. Michael’s Country Day School campus at 180 Rhode Island Ave., Newport. For more information, call 401-849-5970 x 330.

Craft Brew Race

On Saturday, July 18, the Craft Brew Races will come to Newport for a 5k road race followed by a craft beer festival. The event was previously held in Providence in 2014 and attracted more than 1,600 participants.

The Craft Brew Race’s stop in Newport is the fourth event in a year-long series that visits cities across New England and beyond throughout 2015.

The race consists of a 5k run or walk throughout Fort Adams, followed by a craft beer event on the parade lawn. The beer fest will feature more than 35 craft breweries, with at least 12 participating breweries from Rhode Island. The event celebrates balanced wellness and local craftsmanship.

The event marks a sort of homecoming for the national race series. The Craft Brew Race series is owned and executed by Gray Matter Marketing, a Newport-based marketing and events agency.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting a Craft Brew Race in Newport,” says Matthew Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing, the event organizer. “This is an event that we’ve taken throughout New England and to other states throughout the country, and people always have an amazing experience.”

Local food vendors including Mission, Brick Alley Pub, Pour Judgment and Norey’s will bolster the day, alongside live music from Kid Mountain. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild.

For more information, visit craftbrewraces.com/newport/.

Antique Book Silent Auction and Sale

A “Big Bash Book Sale” and antique book silent auction will be held at Nancy’s Bookstore in the Middletown Library.

The silent auction on selected books will be Thursday, July 23, from 1 – 6 p.m.; Friday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. – noon. The auction will close at noon on July 25.

There will also be a $4 a bag book sale (excluding coffee table books, collectibles, and DVDs) on Thursday, July 23, from 1 – 7 p.m., Friday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Classic Car Show

The St. Anthony’s Feast Opening Night on Thursday, July 16 will include a concert by Abbey Rhode, rides, food, and a classic car show. No admission charge. The event will be at the Portuguese American Citizen’s Club, 55 Power St., Portsmouth, from 8-11 p.m.

Teen Adventure Day

The Newport County YMCA is holding a free Teen Adventure Day. On Saturday, July 25, the rock wall and archery will be open from 2 - 4 p.m. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to come out and try to get to the top of the 45-foot tower and hit a bullseye.

For more information, contact Josh Anderson, Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at josha@newportymca.org or 401-847-9200 x 113.

Pickleball 101

Adults completely new to the game of pickleball can learn the basic rules and strategies at Pickleball 101. This one night class will be held on Monday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hunter Park tennis courts. All equipment will be provided. Participants should wear sneakers and bring water. The cost is $5 per person.

The Newport Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for beginner and intermediate pickleball. Pickleball is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a wiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

A beginner play class is offered for those that are new to the game but feel they are ready to play. The class is supervised by a trained instructor who will provide assistance as players play in pick up style doubles games. Beginner play is held on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at Hunter Park. The six-week session will run from July 21 – Aug. 25 and costs $25 per player.

Intermediate play is designed for the individual looking for more competitive play. This class will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rogers High School. The six week session will run from July 23 – Aug. 27 and costs $25 per player.

To register for any of the pickleball classes, call 401-845-5800.

Food Preservation Workshop

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/ RI) is presenting “Enjoy Local Produce All Year Long: Food Preservation Workshop” on July 22, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Sweet Berry Farm. The cost is $20 for NOFA members and $25 for non-members. Discounts are available for students and seniors.

Learn to safely preserve for yearround enjoyment. Discover canning, freezing and drying with Sejal Lanterman and Nicole Richard of the University of Rhode Island’s Food Safety Education Program. Watch a canning demonstration with low-sugar berry jam. Whether just picked from your garden, a local farmers market or a nearby farm stand, seasonal produce is nutritious, colorful and delicious.

Register at nofari.org/events/ our-events or call 401-369-3303.

Pet Microchip Clinic

The Potter League is offering a microchip clinic on Thursday, July 23, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals. The microchips will be administered by Dr. Wanda Wyand. There is a $25 fee per animal payable on the day of the clinic. Call 401-846-8276 or email info@ PotterLeague.org to pre-register.

A microchip is a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) device and is about the size of a grain of rice. The device is implanted under the loose skin between the shoulder blades also known as the scruff. Once the microchip is in place, there is a simple registration process with the microchip manufacturer. When activated by a specialized handheld scanner, the chip emits an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies the pet. Microchips are permanent and are designed to last for the life of the animal. Microchips never need to be charged or replaced and are easily injected using a specialized needle and syringe. It is quick and is practically painless, causing no more discomfort than a routine vaccine injection.

All cats and dogs with microchips should still wear a visible ID collar and tag as backup if possible. The collar and/or tag should have the owner’s contact information as well as the microchip identification number. All stray animals that come to the Potter League are scanned upon arrival to determine if a microchip is in place.

Book Sale Extended

The Friends of the Newport Public are extending their annual summer book sale, currently in progress through July 20. On the last day of the sale, Monday, July 20, all books will be half price.

The sale will continue during the Friends Book Store’s regular hours. Patrons may select books in the lobby and bring them into the store for payment.

Proceeds from the sale go to the library for books and children’s programs. The sale offers great prices for gently used books for all ages. Fiction will be priced at $1. Hundreds of classical music CDs will be available for $2 each.

Class of 1950 Reunion

The Rogers High School, St. Catherine Academy and De La- Salle Academy Class of 1950 will hold its 65th reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Atlantic Beach Club and on Oct. 1 at Laforge Restaurant. (This is a date change from previous dates of Sept. 23 and 24). If anyone has information on the location of classmates, call Herb Zornow at 401-841-0737 or Mary Rego Pedro at 401-846-0241.

Redwood Annual Book Sale

The Redwood Library is holding its annual book sale from Wednesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 25. A large selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, vinyl LPs, and CDs will be for sale. Wednesday, July 22 is the member preview from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Saturday is $5 Bag Day. The Redwood Library & Anthenaeum is located at 50 Bellevue Ave. For more information, call 401-847-0292.

Sons of Italy Lodge Holds 100th Fete

The Forum Lodge #391, Sons of Italy in America will hold a 100th anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 23, at the Atlantic Beach Club. Forum Lodge, past president, Donato Ziurella and his wife Doris, present treasurer of the lodge, will be honored for their years of service.

La Loggia Progreso e Civilita received its charter from the Order Sons of Italy in America on July 4, 1915. In 1967, the Loggia Progreso e Civilita and the Forum organization united and became known as the Forum Lodge #391.

Bernardo Cardines, for whom Cardines Field is named, was also a member. Cardines was the last Newporter to die in World War I at the age of 19. As a further celebration, the Newport Gulls will celebrate Forum Lodge Night on Wednesday, July 29 on Cardines Field.

Blue Cross Medicare Seminar Offered

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar Tuesday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott, 9 Commerce Drive, Middletown.

This seminar is for Rhode Islanders newly eligible for Medicare and/ or retiring and want to learn more about Medicare and the range of options available from Blue Cross.

For more info: michael.foster@bcbsri.org; 401-459-5854.

Hurricane Preparedness

A hurricane preparedeness workshop will be held on Monday, July 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Ochre Court.

Each year, hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to cause flooding, wind damage and power outages in coastal New England. During this workshop, experts will discuss how tropical weather has impacted our area in the past and offer advice on how communities and families can be best prepared for a future storm.

A panel of experts representing the National Weather Service, FEMA Region 1, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, National Grid and Salve Regina University’s Cultural and Historic Preservation Department will be presenters.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, to attend register at riema.wufoo.com/ forms/2015-hurricane-workshopregistration form/.

Next Speaker of Interest Series

The Portsmouth Republicans next Speaker of Interest Series will be Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m., at the Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Road, Portsmouth. All are invited.

Senator Christopher Ottiano, District 11 and Representative Daniel Reilly, District 72 will review this year’s General Assembly session, and discuss future legislative issues that affect their constituents in Portsmouth and the other communities within their districts. A question and answer session will follow.

Heirloom Discovery Day

As part of the Edward King House’s second annual Senior Week for Newport County, Heirloom Discovery Day will be held Monday, July 20 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Edward King House. Admission is free. There will be a $10 fee for each item appraised. All proceeds to benefit the Edward King House.

This one-day appraisal event invites you to bring your favorite treasure to find out if you have an item of worth. Local appraisers will see if your heirloom holds more than just sentimental value. Appraisers include, Frederico Santi, Florence Archambault and Raymond Sienko. This event sponsored in part by Aardvark Antiques. For reservations, call 401-846-7426.

Dual Ice Cream Socials

The Housing Authority of Newport and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County invite the neighborhood for an ice cream social at the Park Holm Senior Center on Friday, July 17, from 1 - 3 p.m. and at Donovan Manor in Chapel Terrace on Tuesday, July 21, from 1-3 p.m. The free afternoon of activities, games, prizes and ice cream will be held outside, weather permitting. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend with their younger children.

The Housing Authority and Boys & Girls Club announced a formal agreement in March of this year for the Boys & Girls Club to manage the Florence Gray Community Center. This neighborhood social is another joint initiative between the agencies to improve the quality of life for all residents of the community. It continues a national trend of housing authorities and Boys & Girls Clubs working closely together to benefit their clients.

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