2015-10-15 / News Briefs

News Briefs

Red Cross to Honor Locals

The American Red Cross will honor the Aquidneck Island Emergency Volunteer Alliance with the Community Resilience Hero Award during the 4th annual Rhode Island Heroes Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 23 in Providence.

The Alliance, made up of emergency management professionals from Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport, specializes in emergency management and is working together with their communities, the Red Cross, and other partners to help keep the people living on the island safe, secure and prepared.

They will be honored at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange St., Providence. Registration and breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. Tickets of $40 each must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit redcross.org/ri/ heroes or contact Melissa Fazzio at melissa.fazzio@redcross.org.

Gear up for Winter at Seamen’s

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties will be at Seamen’s Church Institute this Friday, Oct. 16, 9-10 a.m. to administer flu vaccines to adults age 18 and older. Please bring an ID and insurance card. Uninsured R.I. residents will receive the flu shot free of charge.

Seamen’s is also now accepting donations of new and gently used winter coats for their Annual Coat Drive. Drop-off is daily during hours of operation, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Easter Rising of 1916 Remembrance

The Easter Rising of 1916 Centennial Remembrance Committee of Rhode Island will hold a multimedia historical presentation on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Dublin and other parts of Ireland during Easter Week, 1916, mounted by Irish Republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic.

The presentation will include biographies of the seven signers of the 1916 Proclamation of independence, which precipitated the rebellion, historical footage from Easter Week 1916, and historically appropriate live musical performances and readings. Music will be performed by local Irish musicians and the Ancient Order of Hibernian Men Singers. Local actor Mike Healy, a native of Ireland, will recite the Proclamation and read historically related poetry.

The presentation will last approximately an hour and a half. Light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar available. Space is limited and reservations are requested. To reserve, contact Ann Arnold at tpm1@earthlink.net or 401-841-5493.

To learn more about the activities of the 1916 Centennial Committee, visit their Facebook page or contact James McGetrick at jmcgetri@yahoo.com.

Mindfulness at Thompson

Thompson Middle School students were taught techniques to bring awareness to their body, mind and environment this week as part of an exercise led by Nicole Zaloumis O’Reilly, M.Ed. Practitioners say that mindfulness has major benefits in schools for both teachers and students, by helping regulate emotions and counteracting the training that digital devices have on student attention spans. Teachers may use the technique to manage their own attention, anxiety, and general stress levels-reducing burnout and increasing resiliency.

AARP Monthly Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 19. The speaker is Carmela Geer, Executive Director of the Edward King House Senior Center. She will speak on the programs available at the center and other programs that are available to seniors. She will also talk about the center’s history.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Fenner Hall, Fenner Ave, Newport. New members are asked to come earlier and bring their national AARP card. Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries.

Before School Care Openings

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County has openings for new participants in its before school program. Transportation is provided to Newport and Middletown schools. Children may arrive as early as 6:30 a.m., will be fed breakfast, given help to finish homework, and participate in a program activity.

Before school care takes place at the Central Clubhouse, 5 Church St. for a modest weekly fee. For more information, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 401-847-6927 or visit bgcnewport.org.

Safe Cycling Workshop

An overview of how to ride in traffic safely and with confidence will be offered by Bike Newport on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 - 5 p.m. The afternoon will begin in the classroom at 437 Broadway, progress to practicing bike maneuvering skills in a car-free parking lot, and culminate in a three-mile city ride in small groups led by instructors. Participants will gain experience riding with traffic in a variety of on-road conditions, applying the safe riding techniques learned in the classroom and out in the parking lot. The workshop is geared for ages 18 plus, but younger youth can participate with permission. The cost to attend is $30.

Participants must have a bike, helmet, and basic riding skills. To sign up, visit bikenewportri.org. Space is limited.

Free Mammograms

Newport Hospital will be offering free mammograms and breast exams to women 40 years old or older who do not have health insurance that covers annual breast cancer screenings on Saturday, Oct. 24, between 9 a.m. and noon at Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship St.

To schedule an appointment call 401-845-1548 by Monday, Oct. 19. Interpreter services will be available and transportation to Newport Hospital will also be provided for those who need it.

‘Pup-Tail Hour’

“Pup-tail Hour,” a fundraiser for the Portsmouth dog park, is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Greenvale Vineyards, Portsmouth. The event is a social hour for people and their dogs (on leashes) and tickets include a silent auction, two glasses of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a tour of the vineyard (weather permitting) and live music. The dog park is 100percent community funded and designed to promote education, training and safe recreational activities that facilitate responsible dog ownership. All proceeds will benefit the building of the dog park. To purchase tickets at $30 per person, or $50 per couple, visit eventbrite.com/e/ puptail-hour-tickets-18467071508 or call 401-683-0709.

Volunteers Make a Difference

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County welcomes students, parents or caring neighbors to help youth with homework, playing games, coaching swimming and basketball, participating in events, office help, or assisting with facility needs. Volunteering can change lives in a positive manner and help make the club experience even better for all.

The club will hold volunteer orientations on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 - 7 p.m. each session. Orientations will be held at The Boys & Girls Club, 95 Church St.

To ensure the safety of its members, background checks are conducted on all volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 x 121 or dbailey@bgcnewport.org.

Photo Guild Meeting

The next meeting of the Newport Photo Guild is Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the Newport Art Museum, Ilgenfritz Gallery. The guest presenter is photographer, Michael Rice (twistedtreephoto.com). He will discuss how to take images to the next level using light and color. The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for show and tell, the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

World Heritage Site Lecture

The Newport Branch of the English Speaking Union of the United States invites members and guests to attend a lecture titled “Newport: World Heritage Site Worthy?” by John Grosvenor on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Pier Restaurant, 10 West Howard Wharf.

He will review the history of World Heritage sites and discuss the criteria used to designate the built and natural environments as World Heritage sites. Grosvenor will debate whether Newport is a suitable candidate and share information about his own cultural initiative called World Heritage Watercolor.

Grosvenor, a partner at Northeast Collaborative Architects and an artist, has earned more than 35 state and regional design awards including numerous AIA design awards, Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, Outstanding Grow Smart Awards, and the Preservation Society of Newport County Laurel Award. The governor of Rhode Island has also appointed him to the Architectural Registration Board.

In addition, he co-founded World Heritage Watercolor (WHWC), which allows artists to participate in plein air painting sessions at World Heritage sites. WHWC has traveled to Bermuda and the Azores. In 2016, WHWC will visit Iceland.

The cost to attend is $25 per person. Payment can be made at the door. To RSVP, contact Jan Slee at janslee@cox.net or at 401-845-2528.

Halfway Party

The fourth annual halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 5 - 11 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. There will be a BBQ dinner with entertainment by SoulFish. Limited beer and wine is included in the ticket price of $15.

Foster Parenting Open House

An informational open house for anyone interested in learning about foster parenting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Family Service of Rhode Island 134 Thurbers Ave., Providence. Foster parents receive tax-free dollars to support the placement, free medical coverage for the child, and a clothing allowance, along with 24/7 support. Foster parenting is LGBTQ-welcoming. For more information, call Greg Wright at 401- 331-1350 x 3305, or email wrightgr@familyserviceri.org. Information also available at familyserviceri.org.

Potter Annual Meeting

The Potter League’s annual meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Viking. There will be a special presentation by Jim Tedford, President and CEO of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact 401-846-0592 x 122 or jillh@potterleague.org.

CPR/AED First Aid

CPR/AED first aid classes will be offered at the Newport County YMCA on Mondays, Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 from 6 - 9 p.m., and also on Saturdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 19 from noon - 3 p.m. The nine-hour class is a Red Cross course that covers lay responder adult, child and infant CPR, AED and standard first aid. The cost to attend is $65 for Y members and $85 for non-members. For more information, contact Jim Farrell at 401-847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

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