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Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present Christian McBurney discussing “Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island” on Thursday, April 16, at noon.

Espionage played a vital role during the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, both during the British occupation and after the arrival of the French. Although most people learned about Benedict Arnold or Major André, McBurney’s research found that spy intrigue on Aquidneck Island rivaled that of New York and Philadelphia during the war.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841-2102.

Full Mission Bridge/Ship Handling Simulator Tour

Military Spouses of Newport will visit Surface Warfare Officers School for a tour of the Full Mission Bridge/Ship Handling Simulator on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. With a 360-degree IMAX-like view, the Full Mission Bridge II is the virtual reality ship driving simulator that rivals driving a cruiser, destroyer or aircraft carrier through the port of San Diego. The tour will be followed by light refreshments and a general membership meeting. Register by April 13 at

NWC Museum to Close for Renovations

The Naval War College Museum will be closed July through December for a major renovation to the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system to ensure a more stable environmental climate to preserve the historical artifacts.

While the museum is closed, the public can still attend the lunchtime Eight Bells lecture series in another building on the War College campus. The museum will continue to engage audiences using the Facebook page and blog, and the staff will remain available to answer historical queries. For more information, visit or call 401-841-4052.

RING Offers Art Workshops

The Rhode Island National Guard Child and Youth Program will host Art at the Armory workshops for military dependents, ages 6-17, during April vacation. Two sessions will be held each day: Monday, April 20, mixed media; Wednesday, April 22, sculpture; and Friday, April 24, printmaking. The morning session runs 9:30 a.m. until noon and is for youngsters ages 6-11; the afternoon is for ages 12-17 and runs from 1-3:30 p.m.

Workshops will be held at the Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road, Warwick. The program is free but advance registration is required. For a registration packet or additional information, contact Holland Tulip at 401-275-1254 or

Carr Point RV Park

Reservations for the Carr Point RV Park will begin on Tuesday, April 14. The spots are available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve, stop by the Chafee Fitness Center or call 401-841-3514. The park is open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend.

Veteran Job Fair

A job fair for veterans, sponsored by Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, will be held Friday, April 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the main cafeteria at the Knight Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island, 400 East Ave., Warwick. Organizations providing services include the state Department of Veterans Affairs, Hero2Hire, state Department of Labor and Training, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Network RI. For more information and registration, call 401-383-4730 or email

Teen Workshops

Naval Station Newport Teen Center will host workshops on job seeking and money management skills during April vacation for military, DoD civilian and contractor dependents ages 13-18. The classes will be held in Building 1297, on the second floor.

“Interview Practice and Workplace Behavior” will be offered Tuesday, April 21, by Fleet & Family Support Center, from 1-3 p.m. Attendees should bring a completed job application or resume to the workshop. Samples of each will be emailed to the teens when they register.

On Wednesday, April 22, “A Penny Earned is a Penny Saved” will be presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, 9-11 a.m., and will include money saving tips, credit card and auto loan pitfalls, and how to protect yourself from fraud.

Register with Deb Newton at, and include name, age, desired workshops and dependent status in the email. For additional information, call 401-841-2883.

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