2015-12-10 / Calendar

Newport This Week

Thursday

December 10

Christmas at the Newport Mansions Enjoy music and tours at three mansions decorated in Yuletide finery, through Jan. 3, 401-847- 1000, newportmansions.org.

Eight Bells Lecture Author Ken Dooley will discuss his new book, “Relentless Pursuit: The Untold Story of the U.S. 5th Air Force’s 39th Fighter Squadron,” the book has a strong Rhode Island connection with the life and death of Cranston native 2nd Lt. Robert E. Thorpe, Brett Hall, the former Chaplains’ School, noon, open to the public, advance reservations are required for those without base access, seating limited, 401-841-4052.

Creative Coloring Group Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 1-3 p.m., materials provided, 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

LEGO Thursdays Materials provided, creations are usually dismantled at the end of the day, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 3:30- 4:30 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

After School Adventure Read-alongs, activities and a craft, Newport Public Library, 3:45 p.m., for children ages 5-7, registration required, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

'MUSE' Exhibition Opens Opening reception for the “MUSE Exhibition,” a show curated by local high school students in the Newport Art Museum’s MUSE programs, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Newport Gallery Night Art galleries offer evening hours, the Newport Art Museum is free, 5-8 p.m.

Art after Dark Enjoy guided tours, art-making opportunities, refreshments, live music and demonstrations, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-10 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Owl Prowl Take to the trails to identify native owl species, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 5:30-7 p.m., rain date Friday, Dec. 11, $10-$12, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Yoga Night Benefit Enjoy a yoga class and wine tasting to benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, 6 p.m., RSVP, jen.krus@cancer.org or 401-243- 2600, newportvineyards.com.

Make an Origami Box Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 6-7:30 p.m., 401- 423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Calligraphy for the Holidays Patricia Nannini shows the basics of calligraphy for cards, table settings, gift tags and more, bring a pencil, eraser, a clear plastic ruler, and calligraphy pens, practice paper provided, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 6-8 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Trivia Challenge $500 in weekly prizes, Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., 401-849- 5000, newportgrand.com.

Friday

December 11

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Hand-Painted Holiday Miniatures Workshop An instructor provides brief demos and a variety of fun objects to make hand-painted holiday miniature scenes and vignettes in acrylic paint to hang on wreaths, mantels and trees, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 9:30 a.m.-noon, through Dec. 12, $60, sign up, 401-848-2787, newportartmuseum.org.

Baby Time Play Group For babies ages birth to 2 years with a caregiver, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 10-11 a.m., 401-846-1573, middletownlibrary.org.

Film Series See “The Holiday,” Newport Public Library, 2:30 p.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Holiday Lantern Tour Hear the history of early American holiday traditions, Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames St., 4:30-5:30 p.m., weather permitting, $15 per person, reservations suggested, 401-841-8770, newporthistorical.org.

'A Christmas Carol' St. Michael’s Country Day School students perform this holiday classic, 180 Rhode Island Ave., free, 7 p.m. and Dec. 12, 2 p.m., 401-849- 5970, smcds.org.

Skating Center Grand Opening Annual tree lighting ceremony and grand opening festivities include food, carolers, visits with Santa and the elves, skating performances, Newport Skating Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, 5 p.m., 401-846-3018, newportskatingcenter.com.

Middletown Tree Lighting Choral performances, tree lighting ceremony, reading of the "Night Before Christmas," Middletown Senior Center, 6 p.m., Santa arrives at 6:45 p.m.

The Dickens Christmas Feast Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Company for a Victorian celebration of the season to include a choral concert, dancing, a four course meal and mingling with costumed characters from Newport’s Gilded Age as they try to restore good humor to a local “Scrooge,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7-10 p.m., $115- $140, tickets at 401-324-9436 or newportartmuseum.org.

Christmas in Song The Newport Navy Choristers’ performance benefits The Artillery Company of Newport, St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, children/seniors $5, family $20, newportnavychoristers.org.

Improv Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473, firehousetheater.org.

Saturday

December 12

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Scratchathon Coaches on hand to assist “code” beginners and experts, 30-minute introductory workshops at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., hosted by FabNewport, 1 York St., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, 401-439-0160.

Farmers’ Market Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 401-848-5161, newportvineyards.com.

Holiday Art Market Over 25 artists, designers and craftspeople were selected to sell their high quality and unique work, including paintings, glass, jewelry and clothing, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter.org.

Second Saturdays Children ages 3-10 tour the halls for inspiration in making a Gilded Age accessory, such as a lacy collar, hair piece, hat or cravat, then pose for a portrait behind a gilded frame at a photo booth, family tours at 10:15 and 11 a.m., crafts and photo booths ongoing, 10 a.m.-noon, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., free admission, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.

Story Fun Stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft for children ages 2-4, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Relentless Pursuit Book Signing Local author Ken Dooley will hold a book signing of his new book, “Relentless Pursuit – The Untold Story of the U.S. 5th Air Force’s 39th Fighter Squadron,” Newport Visitor’s Center, 11 a.m.

‘Minions’ Family Movie Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 401-846-1573, middletownlibrary.org.

Holiday Open House Featured are handcrafted jewelry and paintings by artisans who are supported by Looking Upwards

Inc., Lee Abney and Kelly Rafferty are guest artists, there will be caroling and hot chocolate, Downtown Designs Gallery, Corner of Broadway & Marlborough St., noon-7 p.m., 401-845-9661, 401- 835-2305.

Clean Ocean Access Beach Cleanup at Gull Cove Fishing Area, Portsmouth, noon-2 p.m., 401- 465-0628, cleanoceanaccess.org.

Newport Seal Tours Take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island, one-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, two-hour tours include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse, boat leaves from Bowen's Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square, 1 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and public school vacation days through April, prices vary, 401-324- 6020, savebay.org.

Redwood’s Holiday Open House and Concert Enjoy cider and cookies, 1-4 p.m., anda3p.m.concertbytheNewport String Project and Bostonbased guest musicians, Redwood

Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., reserve at 401-847-0295 x112, redwoodlibrary.org.

'A Christmas Carol' 2 p.m. See Dec. 11.

Books and Authors Series Rhode Island-based author Judith Boss discusses her novel, “Deception Island,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2-3 p.m., registration is not required but seating is limited, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Sparky’s Puppets Children ages 4-12 enjoy “Sparky’s Puppets: Stories from Snowy Lands,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.

The Dickens Christmas Feast 7-10 p.m. See Dec. 11.

Holiday Lantern Tour 4:30 p.m. See Dec. 11.

Sunday

December 13

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Guided Hike Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, 8-10 a.m., 401-846- 2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Visit with Santa Claus at Marble House The jolly old elf will visit with children and hear their Christmas wish list, refreshments, 596 Bellevue Ave., noon-3 p.m., regular daytime admission, 401-847-1000, newportmansions.org.

Newport Seal Tours 1 p.m. See Dec. 12.

Sew Cool Sewing Club A monthly workshop where tweens can learn simple machine sewing techniques while making fun and practical items, materials included, deadline to register is Dec. 11 , Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Community Chanukah Events Enjoy a history "answer hunt" for children and adults at the Loeb Visitors Center, Spring St., 2 p.m., open to everyone, from 3-5 p.m. enjoy a traditional Chanukah party at the Levi Gale House, 85 Touro St., light the Chanukah candles and stay to enjoy the latkes, music, dancing, children's entertainment and more, reservations strongly recommended, emailcji@tourosynagogue.org.

Quononoquott Garden Club House Tour Candlelight tour of four decorated Jamestown homes, 4 – 7 p.m., advance tickets, The Secret Garden of Baker’s Pharmacy, tickets day off at 21 Bayview Dr., $20 per person, 401-489-5997.

Monday

December 14

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Story Time For children ages 2-5 along with their parents or caregivers, the program features books, songs, finger plays, and a craft activity, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 10:15-11 a.m., 401- 423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Multi-Age Drop In Story Time Children enjoy stories and play time, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 11-11:30 a.m., 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Needles Galore Meet on the second Monday of the month for instruction from Nancy Mowbray, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 3-5 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Make It, Take It Crafts Make a craft to bring home, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 4-5 p.m., best for children ages 3 and up, 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Teen Makerspace Program Check out the 3-D printer and vinyl cutter for tickets or T shirts, and the heat press, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4-6 p.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Tuesday

December 15

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Ornament Day Drop in throughout the day to make ornaments, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free for children, 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Tales for Twos Two-year-olds enjoy read-alouds, rhymes, fingerplays and songs, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Preschool Story Time Read-alouds, songs, finger rhymes, movement activities, and flannel boards, a craft and playgroup,

Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 11-11:30 a.m., registration required, 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion People with autism can often think the way animals think, and Temple Grandin, author of “Animals in Translation,” is a faithful guide into their world, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 1-2 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Tuesday Matinee at the Library Enjoy “A Year in Provence-Summer,” (1993) Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Adult Coloring Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring utensils if they wish, no experience is necessary, light refreshments, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3-5 p.m., 401- 847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Broadway Caroling The public is invited to join in to carol along Broadway with Christopher Carbone and the Thompson Middle School Chorus, meet at the Colony House in Washington Square, 3:30 p.m., ending at Equality Park.

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Shakespeare Enjoy reading with other Shakespeare fans, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4:30-5:30 p.m., 401- 847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Third Tuesday Book Club Discuss “The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Wednesday

December 16

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Mother Goose Time Children ages birth to two with a caretaker enjoy a 30 minute, playbased program featuring nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and books, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 10:15- 10:45 a.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Story Time Books, songs, finger plays and a craft for children 2-5 years with a caretaker, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 11:15-noon, 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Toddler Story Time Children ages 2-3 enjoy story time, songs, games, and a craft/and or snack, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 11-11:30 a.m., registration is required at the Children's Department or at 401-846- 1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Animal Tracking Class Children take to the trails in search of animal tracks and learn to identify them, Ballard Park, Hazard Road entrance, 1-2:30 p.m., rain date Monday, Dec. 20, preregistration recommended, 401-619-3377, ballardpark.org.

Children’s Book Club Children in grades 5-6 create profiles for the book game Book Scavenger based on “Book Scavenger,” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 3-4 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Kids’ Book Club Children in grades 7 and up discuss “Jackaby,” by William Ritter, and blog about the conversation, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 4-5 p.m., 401-423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

Introductory Talk on Transcendental Meditation Discuss the benefits of TM to the mind, body, inner well-being and society, along with how it differs from other meditation practices, Middletown Public Library, 700 W. Main Road, 6 p.m., 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday

December 17

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

LEGO Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m. See Dec. 10.

After School Adventure Read-alongs, activities and a craft, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:45 p.m., for children ages 5-7, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Sparkly Mosaic CD Ornaments Program Crafty Kids presents this ornament program, Portsmouth Free Public

Library, 2658 East Main Road, 4-5 p.m., for children grades 1-5, preregistration required, 401-683- 9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

DIY Jewelry Making Supplies provided for bracelets, necklaces and earrings, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 5-6 p.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Thursday Evening Book Group The group discusses fiction and nonfiction, this session focuses on “The Rosie Project,” by Graeme Simsion, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 6:30 p.m., 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Short Films Screen Enjoy Rhode Island International Film Festival Heatwarming Shorts, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 401-560-0979, 7 p.m., $10, rifilmfest.org.

Friday

December 18

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Baby Story Time Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 10-11 a.m., children ages birth to 24 months with an adult, 401-846-1573, middletownpubliclibrary.org.

Friday Flicks and Fun Children ages 2-5 and a caregiver enjoy picture book films and a simple craft, today’s movie is “Merry Christmas, Splat...and More Winter Stories,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Holiday Movie Watch “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), starring Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien and Mary Astor, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Holiday Lantern Tour 4:30-5:30 p.m. See Dec. 11.

Saturday

December 19

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See Dec. 12.

Makerspace Open House See a 3-D printer and vinyl cutter, learn what it takes to make designs to print or cut, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 10 a.m., materials fee, 401- 683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.

Library LEGO Club Build something amazing and try building the surprise LEGO challenge, LEGOs provided, Middletown Library, 700 West Main Road, 11 a.m.-noon, for children ages

4 and up with an adult, 401-846- 1573, middletownlibrary.org.

NBS Mini-Camp Nature exploration, games and crafts for children ages K-6, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., $30-$35, registration and permission slip required, bring lunch and dress for the outdoors, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

LEGO Club Drop in to make creations, materials provided, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 11 a.m.-noon, for children ages 5-12, 401-847- 8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Tween Gingerbread Houses Children ages 8-12 build mock gingerbread houses with graham crackers and other treats, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., registration required, 401- 847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Teen Movie Enjoy hot chocolate and cookie decorating while watching Will Ferrell in “Elf,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3-5 p.m., 401- 847-8720, newportlibraryri.org.

Christmas in Sign Presented by the James L. Maher Center, 5 p.m., Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St., Christmas and holiday music performed in sign language under black lights, free, 401-846-4600, mahercenter.org.

Winter Solstice Celebration Enjoy the 21st annual Winter Solstice Celebration with Aine Minogue, Common Fence, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, 8 p.m., $20 in advance, $23 at the door, 401-683-5085, commonfencemusic.org.

Sunday

December 20

Christmas at the Newport Mansions See Dec. 10.

Guided Bird Walk Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, 8-10 a.m., 401-846- 2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Music in the Galleries Enjoy live music by St. Mary’s Choir and stroll through the galleries and current exhibitions, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 401-848-8200, 2 p.m., regular admission price, newportartmuseum.org.

Board Game Sunday Some boards are provided, boards can be brought, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, 2-5 p.m., for ages 18 and older, 401- 423-7280, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.

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