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Providence Community Library “Great Checkout” Fundraiser


Friday, March 22, 2013 • 7PM to 10PM
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence

What’s happening
delicious hors d’oeuvres, refreshing cocktails, fine conversation, and a raffle of “living books”

Ticket prices: $125 Patron • $75 Reader
Each ticket includes one entry in the Living Book Raffle.

Yes, you can check out a “living book” at PCL!
Modeled on the newest concept in library services — borrowing people with your library card — the raffle at The Great Checkout will allow library supporters to “check out” real life experiences with well-known Rhode Island entertainers, scientists, elected officials, historians, artists, and other fascinating people. It’s an easy and fun way to learn — with a Living Book!

Buy tickets or enter the raffle.


City of Providence seeking Christmas Tree

Providence, 1st Snow Storm of 2007

City of Providence Searching for a Perfect Tree

Arts Culture + Tourism, Parks Department put out casting call for tall evergreen to star in annual tree lighting ceremony

PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of Providence will host the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 1 at the Bank of America City Center. To complete preparations, the City needs a tree and is asking residents to nominate their own 35-foot to 45-foot spruce or fir trees that they wish to remove from their property.

Residents can nominate their tree by sending an e-mail with a description or photo of the tree to Deb Dormody, the City’s Cultural Affairs Manager in the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism at

The Department of Parks and Recreation will cut the winning tree down and haul it away free of charge. The tree will be displayed on the steps of City Hall throughout the holiday season. The winning tree owner will be photographed with Mayor Taveras in front of the tree during the lighting ceremony. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, November 14.

This year’s tree lighting ceremony will be emceed by Mayor Taveras and Michaela Johnson, host of WPRI’s The Rhode Show. The ceremony will feature performances by RPM Voices, the 18 Wheelers and the Brown University Skating Band. Skate for Joy will partner with local and regional figure skaters, as well as members of Team USA, for a figure skating demonstration.

Members of the Johnson & Wales University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa are selling ornaments to decorate the tree to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Stanley Tree Service is donating crane service for the trees.

Later this month, the City will kick off the annual Buy Providence + Buy Art campaign to encourage support for local businesses and artists during the holiday season.


Providence Provision, July 15

Providence ProvisionProvision is a mealtime gathering of community members hungry for both delicious food and new creative projects. We offer a dining experience that includes homemade soup, bread, dessert, and entertainment – and the chance to democratically fund emerging projects in Rhode Island.

Our next Provision will be Sunday, July 15, at the Southside Cultural Center, on the corner of Bridgham and Broad Streets (393 Broad St., Providence, RI, 02907). There is off-street parking available in the lot behind Trinity Church.

Doors will open at 5:30PM, dinner will start promptly at 6PM. A vote + dinner = $10; beverages are available a la carte.

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Last CBC wine tasting of the season!

Need some ideas as to what to serve this holiday season?

On Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the last of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Sparkling Whites

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, this is a great opportunity to try some wines that might be appropriate for the holidays. It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Sparkling Whites,” perfect for the holidays. Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Sparkling White.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.


Beer tasting event at the CBC boathouse Thursday

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 tasting events at the boat house. This month, we’re switching things up a bit and having a beer tasting! Our beer varietal will be Brown Ales.

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 2 6-packs of the same beer*
  • We’ll serve them in numbered pitchers and put a portion of unopened bottles in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite beer
  • If your beer gets voted as most favorite, you win all the remaining bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your beer gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your bottles home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Brown Ales.” Please bring 2 six-packs of the SAME brown ale.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

For questions or more info about CBC, email


AIDS Care Ocean State seeks summer clothing donations

Photo (cc) Thing Three

AIDS Care Ocean State is seeking clothing donations, especially summer clothing. Their donation center at 603 Elmwood Avenue, Providence is open 8am to noon tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd.

Donate your summer or any clothing to the clients of AIDS Care Ocean State! Please Help!

AIDS Care Ocean State’s Donation Center is in need of SUMMER clothing! Donate any gently used shorts, t-shirts, dresses, and other summer items! Donations can either be dropped off at our center, or please call Keith Dube at (401) 781-5565 to arrange a pick-up of your items. Thank you for your help!

The donation center is located at 603 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. For more information, please call (401) 781-5565.

The donation center will be open this Saturday July 23rd from 8:00am to noon to accept donations!

We are always in need of:

  • Used Clothing any size and gender
  • Children’s clothing
  • Used household Items
  • Used furniture
  • New personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and baby powder Diapers in all sizes

Help Springfield

Damage from the June 1, 2011 tornado which struck Downtown Springfield and neighboring communities
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By now everyone is surely aware of the two tornadoes that touched down yesterday afternoon in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. There was significant damage to homes and business in the Springfield area.

The Springfield Republican reports that The Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting donations to help storm victims.

Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter at 506 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


2nd Annual RI Kosher Chili Cook-Off, June 5

The Second Annual Rhode Island Kosher Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, June 5 • 11AM to 4PM
Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island • 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence

Second Annual Rhode Island Kosher Chili Cook-Off Scheduled for June 5

PROVIDENCE – The Second Annual Rhode Island Kosher Chili Cook-Off will take place on Sunday, June 5 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence. Twenty teams representing different community organizations will once again compete for the title of “Best Kosher Chili in Rhode Island.” All chili will be glatt kosher, and there will be meat, turkey, and vegetarian options. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children with a max of $30 per family and includes chili tastings, voting tickets, live music, and children’s activities including bounce houses, a climbing wall, crafts, games and more. Expected attendance – over 500. An assortment of beers in a beer garden, soda and food concessions will also be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit family programming of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

Elite panel of judges include:

  • Chef Nemo Bolin of Cook and Brown
  • Frank Terranova from Johnson and Wales University & Cooking with Class on Channel 10
  • Anne Marie Bouthillette of Blackbird Farms
  • Karl Guggenmos – University Dean of Culinary Education at Johnson and Wales University
  • Chef Walter Potenza of Walter’s Ristorante d’Italia

For more information, go to


An Evening by the Bay

Back in January, Rhode Island suffered a terrible loss when the Edgewood Yacht Club burned. More than just a landmark building, the club, the neighbors, and the community all feel the loss of this Edgewood institution.

Since the fire, the Edgewood Sailing School has determined to press on. Much of the fleet and docks survived, but most of the necessary equipment need to be replaced, and they could use your help.

This weekend we will be holding our fundraiser at the house of George and Stephanie Shuster in Warwick. This is our community event to raise money to replace what the school lost in the fire of January 2011 at the Edgewood Yacht Club.

Since the fire, all this spring our board, volunteers and staff have been hard at work to rebuild the Sailing School. We have been raising money, collecting donated equipment and marketing our programs to youths and adults in the area – sending a strong message that we will be on the water again this summer. Likewise, the Yacht Club is also making a strong push towards being ready to open on time.

The community is responding. The support is generous. And, with some classes already full to capacity, the Sailing School has a Youth program enrollment that is as strong as it has ever been.

At this moment we are filling the coffers so that we can go forward and purchase items that we lost in the fire. This fundraiser event is one important step in helping us to rebuild. We hope that you will enjoy the occasion. We need your help. Please consider coming.

This Saturday’s event is from 5-7 PM. You may see more details and RSVP here.