2015-11-05 / News Briefs

News Briefs

— Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060. Growers’ Market Continues

The Aquidneck Growers’ Market begins its fourth indoor winter market on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Newport Vineyards and Winery. It will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The market will offer a wide variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables; fresh artisanal breads and pastries; locally sourced fresh seafood; pasture raised meat and eggs and more, plus live music and a changing selection of artisan vendors.

Holiday Boat Parade

Boaters wanted for the annual Holiday Harbor Lights Illuminated Boat Parade on Friday, Nov. 27. Prizes will be given in several categories. Any organization, business, or boat owner that would like to get involved in the parade should contact Newport Harbormaster Tim Mills at 401-845-5815. Participants are asked to register by noon on the day of the parade. Check Facebook at “Annual Parade of Lighted Vessels.”

Scouting for Food Pickup

Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will begin picking up food donations on Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 9 a.m. Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in a visible location near front doors in a plastic bag. Food gathered will be taken to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Veterans Day Honors

The public is invited to a Veterans Day Ceremony at Portsmouth Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. The ceremony starts indoors and then continues outside for a wreath-laying and the playing of taps. Special recognition will be given to “Blue Star Families” this year. American Legion Post 18, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5390 and their auxiliaries host the Portmouth event, which ends in time for citizens to attend the ceremony at Newport City Hall at 11 a.m.

Homelessness Meeting

An update on the state of homelessness in Newport County will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Newport Public Library Program Room. In conjunction with “Remember the Homeless Week,” Nov. 8 – 15, Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness is sponsoring a meeting that will give n up-to-date assessment of the men, women and children who are homeless in Newport County. Representatives from several local agencies will discuss the population they serve on a regular basis and their needs in the coming colder months.

Brain Injury Support Group

The support group is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, 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 Nov. 10. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

Monthly Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, will meet Nov. 12 and is offered monthly on the second Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. No doctor’s referral is required. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. To attend or for more information, call 401-682-2100.

Little League Looking for Volunteers

All members of the community who are interested in youth baseball/ softball and who want to support Newport Little League are encouraged to attend the league’s next meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, at La Forge Restaurant at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, email Kate at info@newportlittleleague.com.

Veterans Day Concert

The Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra will perform a benefit concert for homeless veterans of Rhode Island on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at The Fifth Element, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but all donations will go directly to Operation Stand Down of R.I.

Free Coffee for Veterans

Free coffee will be served to all military veterans and active duty service members at Custom House Coffee in Middletown on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. “We want to honor those who are serving or have served in the armed forces, placing themselves in harm’s way for their country,” says Custom House Coffee founder Bob Mastin, himself a Vietnam veteran.

WADK Radio will be broadcasting from the coffeehouse all day, conducting interviews with veterans and those who help veterans in need.

Veteran Coffee Roasters brand coffee, a sister brand to Custom House Coffee, will be brewed and served on Veterans Day. One dollar per pound of Veteran Coffee Roasters brand sold is donated to veteran causes, including the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Stand Down R.I.

Heat it Up for Housing

A Zumbathon will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 to benefit the Housing Hotline Energy Program. Join in for a fun evening of dancing, no experience necessary. All ages welcome.

Heat it up on the dance floor and help the Housing Hotline heat a home. At a Zumbathon, every move counts. The event will be held at the Florence Gray Center in the Boys and Girls Club and begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 per person. Donations of blankets, coats, hats, or gloves also welcome.

The Housing Hotline helps with various kinds of housing problems: temporary or permanent housing, utility assistance, food and clothing, or emergency grants.

For more information, contact Gwen at ggeorge@cityofnewport.com or Tammy Nelson at tnelson6714@cox.net.

Call for Rogers Alumni Cheerleaders

It’s time to dust off the saddle shoes and shake out those pompoms. The current Rogers High School cheerleading squad would like to invite all former Rogers cheerleaders to join them at half time at the Thanksgiving Day football game this year. Practices for the performance will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Monday, Nov. 23, from 6 -8 p.m. at Rogers. Alums can attend one practice or both.

A Rogers cheerleading t-shirt will be given out to wear at the game for $10. For more information, contact Carol Mureddu at 401-855-1701 or at rhscheer1115@gmail.com.

Friends of the Waterfront Meeting

The Friends of the Waterfront will meet on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Newport Public Library. Agenda items will include the harbor inspection cruise, the harbor walk dinghy project, the rain garden at King Park, as well as regular business. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Linda at 401-847-3807.

Medicare Review

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) offers free, unbiased counseling to Medicare recipients for an annual review of their Medicare Prescription or Advantage Plan on the following dates: Edward King House, 35 King St., Wednesdays through Dec. 2, from 11 a.m - 2 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Mondays through Dec. 7, from 10 a.m -1 p.m.

Appointments are required, call Dale Dupuis at 401-662-3252 to schedule an appointment at the Edward King House or call Stephanie Luther at 401-846-4828 for a time slot at the MLK Center. In Newport County, SHIP is coordinated by the Elders Department of Child & Family Services of Middletown, funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, and sponsored in Rhode Island by the Division of Elderly Affairs.

MHS Volunteer Recognition

The Middletown Historical Society will honor its volunteers and docents who give their time to help promote the town’s history at a reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Paradise School. Without this group’s help and devotion it would be an impossible task to open the historic buildings for viewing.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the upcoming season is welcome to attend. Paradise School, home of the Middletown Historical Society, is located at the corner of Paradise Avenue and Prospect Avenue. Plenty of parking in the park adjacent to the building. For more information, call 401-849-1870.

November Baby Steps

Baby Steps, a program for parents and caregivers of infants and children up to three years old will hold its next session on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Florence Gray Center. The focus is communicating through reading and play activities that build effective parenting and learning strategies. Music and a Thanksgiving craft will be among the activities. Registration will be held during the 9:30 - 10 a.m. breakfast time. To register or request transportation, contact Niko Merritt at 401-533-1160 or nmerritt@ebcap.org.

Baby Steps is an East Bay Community Action Program. For more information, visit ebcap.org.

SCI Annual Meeting

The Seamen’s Church Institute board of directors and staff invite the public to its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. The evening will be a time of reflection, celebration and opportunity to look ahead at the upcoming 96th year of fulfilling their mission on the waterfront. The guest speaker, Teresa Crean, of the Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant at URI, will discuss local initiatives that address coastal adaptation to climate change and rising sea levels.

A bust of director emeritus and long-time benefactor of Seamen’s, Harry Anderson, generously donated by artist Leith Adams, will be unveiled during a reception following the meeting.

For What It’s Worth

A recent email shows a colorful reminder of the 1970s: a print by Peter Max. Dated 1971, unfortunately this was just a mass produced example: not really signed, but still a collectible today. Valued around $100. The condition is good and the colors strong. Keep those emails coming!

Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: drawrm@hotmail.com or 152 Spring St., Newport.

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