Greater City Providence

Earth Week events this weekend

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South Side Shines

Great things are happening on Broad Street!

On Saturday, April 24th join Community Works Rhode Island and our partners at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Quisqueya en Accion, the Providence Department of Public Works and many others for the first annual SOUTH SIDE SHINES Community Clean-up and Celebration! (rain date May 1st)

Projects will include a Broad Street clean-up, planting Providence’s first public fruit orchard at Locust Grove Cemetery with Southside Community Land Trust, spreading compost at CWRI’s Laura Street youth gardens, installation of custom street furniture created by The Steelyard and the unveiling of CWRI’s Broad Street banner campaign!

  • 9:00am: Meet at Algonquin House (807 Broad Street)
  • 9:00-1:00: Join over 100 neighbors to plant trees, clean up litter, sweep streets and make the South Side Shine! on Broad Street and the surrounding neighborhoods
  • 1:00-3:00: Community celebration at Algonquin House, featuring lunch, music, environmental activities, bike repair and the Mayor’s Mobile Help Desk

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jerome at CWRI: 273-2330


While on Broad Street, be sure to check out the new Friendship Cafe.

Clean Day on the Greenway!

April 24, 2010 – 9:30am
Location: Riverside Park

Recent flooding in Rhode Island has forced people from their homes, eroded river banks and left a mess in its wake. Join us as we come together on Saturday, April 24th to take back the Greenway! Clean Day on the Greenway is a day of service along the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway in Johnston and Providence. Last year, this event brought almost 700 volunteers out to the Greenway and we got a ton of work done!

Registration for Clean Day on the Greenway will be at Riverside Mills on Aleppo Street in Providence at 9:30am, with service activities running from 10:00am until 2:00pm. At 2:00 there will be an appreciation lunch and celebration. Every volunteer will receive lunch and a free t-shirt.


WaterFire Earth Day Clean-Up

WaterFire Providence invites all of our friends in the community to join us at the river for a pre-season Earth Day clean-up!

Please join us on Saturday, April 24: 10am-4pm

There is a lot of ground (and river!) to cover in Waterplace Park- so gather your friends, brooms, gloves and sunscreen, and spend some time with us out in the springtime sunshine! We’re gathering volunteers to spruce up the paths and walkways of this beloved public space and rid our rivers of the tires, barrels, chairs and general bits of detritus that have accumulated since last season.

Please contact WaterFire’s Volunteer Coordinator Allison Montagnon or 401.273.1155 x170 – to sign up and participate in this great community building initiative!


WaterFire is joining forces with Office Recycling Solutions (ORS) for an E-Waste Collection Fundraiser!
Saturday, April 24 – 10am-2pm

Do you have old electronics that you would love to dispose of in an eco-friendly manner? Then bring them down to the Citizens Plaza Parking Lot (behind Cafe Nuovo) where ORS will properly and safely recycle your e-waste items- keeping them OUT of the landfill.

For a list of acceptable items to donate to WaterFire’s E-Waste Collection Fundraiser, please visit the ORS website. Or, if you have a specific questions regarding an item please email Brent from ORS.

Party for the Planet

On-going all week at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Visit the website for details.

Benefit concert for the Urban Pond Procession

April 24th, 2010 – 7:30-10:00pm
The Mediator
50 Rounds Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

This concert and dance event will benefit a series of arts workshops that aims to educate members of the Providence community about the environmental issues facing their local ponds. These workshops will culminate in the Urban Pond Procession, a festive parade featuring flags, costumes and live music, which will take place on June 12.


  • Song Heng traditional Cambodian music
  • Flannery Brown and Phil Edmonds original world music
  • The South Providence Drummers roots rhythm


Please feel free to share your Earth Day activities in the comments.

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1 comment

  • Elmhurst Clean Up

    Next Saturday, April 24 we are holding our annual Earth Day event in conjunction with PC’s Service Day. We are very pleased that along with PC students we will be joined by a group of JWU students. All volunteers are welcome – come for as long as you can – even an hour will help!

    9:00 am – Meet at Davis Park. Coffee and snack provided.
    9:15 am – Register, get assignment and t-shirt (first 125 volunteers).
    10: 00 am – With ‘group leaders’, depart to project location
    12:00 noon – Finish up. Lunch will be provided at Davis Park.

    Our projects include painting the concession stand, bleachers and benches, and cleaning up Davis Park and cleaning certain areas of Elmhurst and Smith Hill. Unfortunately we cannot complete the tasks that we had scheduled for Fargnoli Park as it is opening day for baseball, but hope to do so in the near future.

    Come join in the fun and community spirit and help make our neighborhoods a better place to live and work! If you have any questions, feel free to ‘Contact Us’ through our web site. See you at the Park!


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