2015-10-22 / Front Page

NEWS BRIEFS

STEAM Summit

Exhibits by Pell, Thompson, Rogers, and NACTC students will be on display at the STEAM Summit being held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 - 7 p.m. at CCRI. The Newport Mentor Co-op Group invites the public to the STEAM summit to celebrate and discuss the integration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math on a local, national, and global level. Formal presentations by the keynote speaker, Georgette Yakman, and a panel discussion are scheduled for 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Other exhibitors include FabNewport, the Boys & Girls Club, Newport County Robotics, CyberPatriot, Sea Perch and more. This is a free event.

Holiday Assistance at Lucy’s Hearth

Lucy’s Hearth will be providing Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance to current and former residents and their families. Requests for assistance can be filled out at Lucy’s Hearth until Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Photo ID, proof of address and proof of income or DHS statement is required with application.

Community members interested in donating or volunteering for Thanksgiving or Christmas should contact Lucy’s Hearth at 401-847- 2021or email info@lucyshearth.org.

Lifeguard Class

A nine-hour Red Cross waterfront lifeguarding class will be offered at the Newport County YMCA from 6 - 9:15 p.m., on Mondays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16; Wednesdays, Nov. 4, 11, and 18; or Fridays, Nov. 6, 13, and 20. Candidates for this class will need to pass a swim test on Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. The course manual can be downloaded or purchased online at redcross.org. For more information, contact Jim Farrell at 401-847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

NAACP Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Tickets are still available for the 95th Annual Awards Dinner of the Newport County Branch of the NAACP to be held on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Mainstay Hotel and Conference Center. The 6 p.m. reception willbefollowedbya7p.m.dinner. Guest speaker will be attorney Michael Curry, president of the Boston NAACP. The slogan of the national organization is “NAACP 100-Plus Years: Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Justice.”

Tickets are $60 for adults, $25 for children under 18. For tickets, call Thelma Williams at 338-1075 or Josephine Brown at 401-846-6094.

Alliance Française Wine Tasting

The Alliance Française of Newport will be meeting for a wine tasting at Greenvale Vineyards at 582 Wapping Road in Portsmouth on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Please contact the Alliance Française of Newport by email at afnewport@gmail.com for further information.

L’Alliance Française de Newport se rassemblera pour un dégustation de vins au Vignoble de Greenvale, 582 Rue Wapping, Portsmouth, Samedi le 24 Octobre, 2 - 6 p.m. La prix est $10 pour membres et $15 pour les nonmembres. Reservations sont requis. Contactez, SVP, l’Alliance Française de Newport par email à afnewport@gmail.com pour plus d’information. A bientôt!

New Photography Exhibit Opening

The Open Aperture Art Gallery, 13 Touro St., opens a new exhibit this month entitled “Process & Refuge,” featuring the contemporary photographic works of Rebecca Clark, Theresa Ganz and motherdaughter duo Kirsten Hoving and Emma Powell.

Through a mix of traditional and modern photographic processes, each artist explores relationships between humanity and the environment, both built and natural. The public is invited to join them Saturday, Oct. 24 at the gallery from 6 - 9 p.m. for a reception for the artists, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 7. For more information, call 401-619- 4627 or visit theopenaperture.com.

Coffee for Coats

Seamen’s Church Institute will hold its annual coat drive on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Drop off new or gently-used winter coats, winter clothing or footwear and get a free cup of coffee from the Aloha Cafe.

Newport AOH Band is Bound for Dublin

The Newport AOH Pipe & Drum Band has been invited to Dublin, Ireland to march in the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. The parade will be held in Dublin on March 26, 2016. The parade will honor those who fought for Ireland’s independence during the 1916 Rising. Donations are needed to assist with costs for the band to attend this historic event. To help, visit gofundme.com/py5cqyez or call Suzanne at 401-743-4686.

Tables are Set for Taste of Newport’s 32nd Year

Taste of Newport, Child & Family’s signature fundraiser and a hallowed notch on Newport’s fall calendar of events, is scheduled this year for Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Hotel Viking, beginning at 5 p.m.

People attending Taste of Newport this year will have the choice of two different “experiences.” With so many terrific places to dine and drink around town and not enough time to try them all, the earlier Taste Experience could be the answer. Scheduled from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Viking Ballroom, this has a more “cocktail-y” feel. A small sample of eateries include Blackstone Caterers, BRIX, Russell Morin’s Cru Café, Pierro Salado, The Cocktail Guru, and The Cookie Jar. Tickets for The Taste Experience are $125 per person, or $175 with a Make a Difference donation.

The Dine Experience, in the Bellevue Ballroom, is the sit-down option from 7:45 – 10 p.m. (The ticket also grants entrée into the Taste.) Foodies on the prowl for an amazing meal will relish dishes from the kitchens of Castle Hill Inn, One Bellevue (at The Viking), the Newport Restaurant Group, Stoneacre Pantry, the White Horse Tavern, and The Newport Sweet Shoppe. Tickets for The Dine Experience are $225, or $275 with the Make a Difference donation, and The Dine will feature a live auction conducted by ABC6 meteorologist Steve Cascione.

For more tickets or more information, call 401-848-4150 or visitchildandfamilyri.com.

K-8 Basketball Teams

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is now accepting registration for youth basketball for boys and girls in grades K-5. Clinics begin Oct. 24. BGC Newport is also hosting tournament teams which will travel throughout the state each weekend to compete in competitive basketball tournaments; these teams will be offered for boys in grades 6, 7 and 8 along with girls in grade 5. For more information, contact Erin at ewood@bgcnewport.org or visit bgcnewport.org.

Island Rugby Starts Winter Touch League

Stay healthy. Be active all winter. Play a major sport. Make new friends. Be part of three major community groups on Aquidneck Island.

All this is possible for kids who would like to learn and play the game of rugby. The Island Rugby Football Club, working with the Boy’s and Girls Clubs of Newport County under the Women’s Resource Center’s “Newport Health Equity Zone” project, has started a touch rugby season open to all Rhode Island families this fall and winter.

Matches and instruction for minicompetitions are set every Wednesday night from Oct. 28 through Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. under the lights at Toppa Field, Freebody Street.

Because the league has to pay for use of the field, lights, and personnel to open/close the park, Island Rugby is asking for $20 per player or $30 for the entire family. Each session will start with a basic training for 30 minutes and then separate into groups. One field will be set up for competitive games of one-hand touch (“Rugby Roll Ball”) and another field will be set up for no-contact learning of the game.

Sign up at islandrugby.org., or call 401-639-4901.

Holiday Book Sale

The Friends Book Store will hold its annual Holiday Book Sale from Saturday, Oct. 24 to Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Spring Street lobby of the Newport Public Library.

The sale will feature gently used and nearly new books including some of yesterday’s best sellers. Other offerings include books on art, gardening, hobbies, sailing, and more and will be priced individually. The store has saved some of its highest quality books for this sale .

There will be no clearance books or bag sales. Proceeds from the sale go to help update the library’s reference section and to support library programs.

The Friends Book store is run entirely by volunteers, who are always needed for sorting, pricing, and manning the bookstore. For information call 401-846-5809.

Gloria Slavens Award

The Newport County Board of Realtors presented the 2015 Gloria Slavens Award to Cathy Wicks of Hogan Associates at their September meeting. Named after the local legendary and beloved realtor, Gloria Slavens, the award is the realtor equivalent of MVP, acknowledging team spirit, selflessness, professional training and propensity to give back. Wicks, who has been a licensed realtor since 1999, spoke briefly about her respect for Gloria and her appreciation for the award.

Families Workshop

The Newport Partnership for Families will present “Energizing our Community through Collective Impact,” on Friday, Nov. 6, in the Community College of Rhode Island auditorium, One John H. Chaffee Blvd., from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The topic will be the best use of strategies available for collaboration between communities and the nonprofits involved—and how they can work together for the betterment of the whole. For more information, contact Sharon Carter at sharoncarter@npsri.net.

Indoor Floor Hockey

The Newport YMCA is offering a six-week indoor floor hockey program for children ages 4 -8 on Saturdays beginning Nov. 7. To register, call 401-847-9200 x 113 or visit newportymca.org.

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