2015-11-12 / News Briefs

News Briefs

Financial Literacy

Learn how to create a budget that works for you. The seminar will be offered Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. at 40 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., the Turning Around Ministries office. Catherine Sprueil will lead the two-hour workshop. For more information, call 401-846-8264.

Learn to Zentangle

Libby Gilpatric will show how to create designs by drawing a series of repeating patterns. Students will complete several Zentangle tiles in her class offered on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Portsmouth Arts Guild, 2679 East Main Road. The cost to participate is $30. To attend, contact Suzanne Lewis, registrar, at 401-254-1668, or workshops@portsmoutharts.org.

Family Science Night

The Newport Public Schools SMILES (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) Clubs will host a Family Science Night on Nov. 12, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Pell School. The SMILES program is an afterschool program run by the University of Rhode Island. The SMILES clubs at Pell, Thompson, and Rogers will be coming together to showcase what they have been doing after school with their clubs. The purpose of the SMILE program is to increase students’ preparedness to enter higher education and pursue careers in STEM fields.


From left to right, Dale Blaess, Marvin Abney, Lori Delemos, Kimberly Behan, Mary Nordby, Colleen Burns Jermain, Traci Westman and Jo Eva Gaines. From left to right, Dale Blaess, Marvin Abney, Lori Delemos, Kimberly Behan, Mary Nordby, Colleen Burns Jermain, Traci Westman and Jo Eva Gaines. Charter Ceremony

The New England unit of the Military Women Across the Nation invites the public to attend its charter ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at the R.I. Women Veterans Memorial, Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. For more information, call 401-500-1721 or email yncsgrd2@aol.com.

Submariners Meeting

The R.I. Base of the U.S.Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at the R.I. Aviation Hall of Fame (formerly the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation), 6854 Post Road, North Kingstown. Topics to be discussed include the group’s USS Providence float maintenance program, a report on the World War II Memorial Ceremony held at Kings Bay, Ga., and a proposed Cold War memorial. All qualified submariners are invited to attend whether a member of USSVI or not. For further information, contact Jack Hunter, base secretary at 401-849-7282.

Pell STEM Program Receives Legislative Grant

Newport Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-District 73) visited the STEM Interventionists at the Claiborne Pell Elementary School on Nov. 6 to present a Rhode Island Legislative Grant check to Mary Nordby and Lori Delemos to support the STEM program’s second year. On hand for the check presentation were Newport Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain, Newport School Committee Chair Jo Eva Gaines, Pell School Principal Dr. Kimberly Behan, Assistant Principal Traci Westman, and Curriculum Coordinator Dale Blaess.

The STEM classes meet once a week throughout the year, exposing all K-4 students at various intervals to the program. One half of the year focuses on technology and the other half is devoted to STEM activities, educating students about science, technology, engineering, and math in an interdisciplinary approach.

Through hands-on experiences, students learn to think like scientists and engineers as they explore the engineering design process as a way to solve problems. Students plan, build, and test their designs, and then have a chance to improve them. Each grade level is introduced to specific STEM careers that go along with the challenges given.

While presenting the legislative grant, Rep. Abney remarked that the Pell STEM program is critical within the Newport public school system.

This year in STEM classes, kindergarten and first-grade students will be introduced to coding through SCRATCH Jr. on their iPads and grades two through four will be using SCRATCH on Windows-based laptops. Grade four will be introduced to the WeDo LEGO Robotics kits that were funded through a grant from the R.I. Foundation.

Rotary Citrus Sale

The Newport Rotary Club is holding its annual citrus sale of oranges, grapefruit, apples and pears. Fruit from Florida is available in various box sizes. All proceeds benefit Rotary charitable projects, local scholarships, and other community programs. Fruit will be available for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 5. Orders will be accepted until Thanksgiving. Visa or MasterCard accepted. To place an order or for more information, call 401-847-6340 or email info@newportrotary.org.

Joan C. Arnold Award Recipients Announced

The League of Women Voters, Newport County has selected Linda and George Warner as the 2015 recipients of the Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award.

The award will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 3, at a reception to be held at the Jamestown Arts Center, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The cost to attend the award event is $20 per person.

The Warners, lifetime Jamestown residents, are longtime volunteers at Beavertail Lighthouse. For more information, contact Susan Wells at 401-378-7595 or visit lwvri.org. This award commemorates the life of Joan C. Arnold, and recognizes individuals whose work has improved the quality of life in Newport County.

Suicide Survivor Day Remembrance

A Newport International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Newport Hospital Atrium from 1 - 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. No advance registration is required. To learn more, visit survivorday.org, call 401-846-1192, or email brendabachman@cox.net for further details.

Open Gymnastics

The Newport County YMCA is offering an open workout in the gymnastics center to anyone over 18 (or with permission of the gymnastics director) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. This is an unstructured workout for former gymnasts who miss the sport, high school gymnasts preparing for the season, high school/college cheerleaders looking for time to practice tumbling, or anyone interested in trying something new. Although not a structured workout, there are gymnastics staff members available to help participants with skills they may want to work on. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Thanksgiving Pie Run

The Newport Running Club’s annual Pie Run will be held Thursday, Nov. 26, with a prompt 8:30 a.m. start. The five-mile USATF sanctioned road race and threemile non-competitive walk starts and ends in front of the Newport County YMCA. Entrants are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to be contributed to a local food bank. Entry cost is $30 for the five-mile run, $25 for the three-mile non-competitive walk. To register, visit newportrunningclub.org.

AARP Monthly Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. The speaker is Mary Catherine Volk, author of “Believe in Forever.” She will speak on the many different ways departed loved ones communicate, and how to cultivate your intuitive ability to recognize them. Volk is a spiritual medium and an intuitive life coach.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at Fenner Hall, 15 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.

Mosaic Club

The public is invited to hear local author Harry Eudenbach talk about his recent book, “Estate Gardeners of Newport: A Horticultural Legacy” at the next Mosaic Club dinner meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19. Guests are asked to bring items for the Rhode Island Veterans Home for Christmas.

To attend, or for more information, contact Bev Ferris, president, at 401-846-4292. Proceeds support club scholarship programs. Membership in the Mosaic Club is open to those interested in charitable, educational, social and service oriented activities.

Hoop Shoot Contest

On Sunday, Nov. 15, Newport Elks Lodge #104 will host a local hoop shoot contest for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 at St. George’s School, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown. Registration is at 9 a.m. and proof of age is required to determine in which age category they will shoot. For further information, contact Hoop Shoot Director Gene Rayno at 401-683-7436 or 401-835- 1579.

Lecture on Migration

The Museum of Newport Irish History will host a talk on the 19th century migration from Ireland on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Reservations are requested. To reserve, contact Ann at 401-841-5493 or newportirishhistory@gmail.com.

Trademarks and Copyrights Seminars

Intellectual property rights give musicians and artists control over their artistic works (music, sculptures, photographs, etc.) as well as their name and brand. Copyright laws protect creative works, whereas trademark laws govern the naming rights and goodwill in the brand. The Arts & Cultural Alliance, in conjunction with the Preservation Society of Newport County, will present two free informational seminars geared toward practicing artists in Newport County. Both seminars will take place at the Preservation Society’s office, 424 Bellevue Ave.

The first is Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9 - 10 a.m. Panelists will be trademark and copyright attorney Cheryl Clarkin, Esq. of Adler Pollock & Sheehan and award-winning graphic designer and brand specialist Tom Roskelly of Roskelly Inc.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email info@newportarts.org to sign up.

Arts Around the Fire

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County presents its networking event Arts Around the Fire ,on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Salvation Café’s upstairs Post & Beam Room, 140 Broadway. Tracy Jonsson will introduce the Newport Art House, a new initiative with the mission to nurture, showcase, and promote the contemporary arts in Newport County with the goal of running a Newport-based residency program with facilities within the next five years. The meeting is free and informal; no reservations needed. The next Arts Around the Fire will be on Jan. 19 at Salvation Café. For more information, visit newportarts.org.

Call for Rogers Alumni Cheerleaders

The current Rogers High School cheerleading squad would like to invite all former Rogers cheerleaders to join them at halftime 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.

For more information, contact Carol Mureddu at 401-855-1701 or at rhscheer1115@gmail.com.

Meet District 11 Candidates

Meet the candidates for state Senate District 11 special election Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), 464 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown.

The election will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5 to replace Christopher Ottiano, who has resigned. The primary is set for Tuesday, Dec. 1.

All candidates have been invited to make a 10-minute presentation on their candidacy and take questions from the audience.

Senate District 11 includes parts of Bristol, Portsmouth and Tiverton.

The forum is hosted by Newport Rifle Club as a nonpartisan public service. The event is free and open to the public.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m., at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery). The next meeting will be Dec. 16 and will resume the usual third Thursday of the month gathering. For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

Solarize Aquidneck

Solarize Aquidneck will hold an informational meeting on solar array installations on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at CCRI Newport.

The program offers solar arrays at below-market rates, installed by competitively selected, vetted solar installers. The program has been successfully implemented in other Rhode Island communities and throughout New England.

The Solarize Aquidneck program is a partnership of Commerce RI Renewable Energy Fund, the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, SmartPower, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, and the City of Newport.

The meeting will provide an overview of the Solarize program, opportunities to meet with the selected installers, and an opportunity to sign up for a free site assessment.

Visit solarizeri.com/aquidneck for additional information or call 401-845-9299.

Indoor Cat Health

The next Potter Pet University will focus on indoor cat health. It will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals, Middletown. The program will be presented by Dr. Deb Harris from Kitty Corner Cat Clinic. She will offer information on emerging and unperceived health risks for our felines.

Potter Pet U is free and open to the public, but for humans only; please leave animals at home. Preregistration required, contact Eleanor Hanson, 401-846-0592 x 120 or eleanorh@potterleague.org.

Thanksgiving Fundraisers

The yachting community is reaching out with a series of fundraisers to support Lucy’s Hearth, Martin Luther King Center and Seamen’s Church Institute. The suggested donation is $20. Winter hats, coats and gloves will also be collected. Two will be held on Thursdays, Nov. 12 and 19, at 6 p.m. at the IYAC (Int’l Yacht & Athletic Club), 536 Thames St. A third will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17 at The Fastnet Pub, 5:30 p.m. This is the eigth annual Yachting Community Thanksgiving Fundraiser effort.

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