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Jane’s Walk – May 2-4, 2014

janes-walk-thumbOn May 2–4, Providence will participate in its second annual Jane’s Walk!

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods through free walking tours, led by locals. By walking together, communities engage in civic dialogue about what matters most in the places they live and work.

Last year, more than 800 walks were held in over 100 cities in 22 countries worldwide, including eight walks in neighborhoods around Providence, from downtown to the Jewelry District, Olneyville to Elmwood, College Hill to Smith Hill.

Anyone can lead a walk about almost any topic—all you need is a story, an interesting way of seeing the city, or hopes and concerns for your neighborhood. Just go to Janeswalk.org and click the “Create a Walk” button to get started.

I will be assisting with a walk on Saturday the 3rd. Do people live downtown? Yes. The walk leader is Steve Durkee, we will be meeting at noon at the Johnson & Wales Starbucks at the corner of Chestnut and Pine Streets. The walk will end at Grant’s Block where the Cinco de Mayo Block Party will be underway.
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Providence Geeks – April 16, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

edt-logoProvidence-based EdTrips is helping our nation’s teachers take their classes on better field trips. Their web-based platform empowers teachers to find better (curriculum-aligned) trips, collect permission forms & payments, and facilitate all trip-related communication.

On Wednesday the 16th, the Co-Founders, CEO Jakob Garrow and COO Laura Wallendal, will tell their startup’s story, demo their powerful service, and give us a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

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Upcoming Mayoral Candidate Forums at the Providence Community Libraries

Providence Community Library Friends Groups To Host Three Mayoral Forums

Knight Memorial, Rochambeau and Wanskuck Branches Provide Q&A Sessions with Candidates

pcl-mayoral-forumsPROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Providence Community Library (PCL) will host “Meet the Candidates” forums where candidates for Mayor of Providence will respond to questions about neighborhood issues. Planned for April, May, and June, people will have an opportunity to question all candidates at the sessions and tell them what they think about schools, libraries, safety, jobs and many other issues of concern to their communities.

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CNU New England Urbanism Summit; Providence Happy Hour – March 26, 2014

cnu-new-englandThe Congress for the New Urbanism New England host their 2014 Urbanism Summit on April 10th and 11th in Cambridge and Somerville, MA.

Tomorrow (March 26th) they are having a Providence Happy Hour at Local 121 starting at 6pm.

It is a free opportunity to meet other professionals and students with shared interest in urbanism and urban issues in New England, and to learn more about the 2014 Urbanism Summit.

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PPS “Yesterday’s News” – April 3, 2014

lennonSheila Lennon, author of the Providence Journal’s Time Lapse Blog will explore unique and revealing historic images from the Providence Journal’s archives that highlight extraordinary cases of urban renewal and landscape change throughout Rhode Island. An editor at The Providence Journal for nearly 30 years, the last 15 of them on the Web site, Sheila was the Journal’s first blogger. A native and nearly lifelong Providence resident, she studied American history at both Wellesley College and Brown Graduate School. Co-presented by the Governor

Henry Lippitt House Museum
5:30pm reception, 6:00pm presentation
Governor Henry Lippitt House • 199 Hope Street
Free for PPS & PRI members, $10 for non-members. Members can register by emailing info@ppsri.org.
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R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference – April 26, 2014

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Pride in Preservation: 29th Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference on Saturday, April 26 in Warren

The 29th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference will take place in Warren on Saturday, April 26. Organized by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), the conference considers the theme of “Pride in Preservation.” As statewide leaders and mom-and-pop shopkeepers urge Rhode Islanders to take pride in the local and homegrown, preservationists respond by taking pride in local places and working to reuse, restore, and interpret.

The town of Warren is the host for this year’s conference. The surest way to measure Warren’s pride in preservation is to take a walking tour of the storefronts on Main Street, the wharves along Water Street, the artists’ studios in old mills, and the houses, churches, and other distinctive buildings in the historic district. Other conference tours will venture by bike, bus, and boat to Warren’s more distant corners as well as to neighboring Barrington, East Providence, and Bristol. Panel presentations will discuss putting pride to work for effective advocacy on behalf of preservation tax credits, pedestrian-friendly design, community preservation education, and Warren’s working waterfront. Other sessions will feature historic cemetery landscapes, the archaeology and early history of the region, and social media.

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Re:Zoning Providence – Upcoming Public Meetings

From the Planning Department:


rezoning-providence-thumbCome view the proposed changes to the citywide Zoning Map at our open house on Tuesday, April 15th at 12:00pm or join us at one of our neighborhood meetings for a more in depth discussion of the proposed changes within each area of the City.


Open House: Citywide Zoning Map Changes
Tuesday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm at the Joseph A. Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street

Neighborhood meetings:

Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Elmwood,
South Elmwood, Washington Park Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30pm at the Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street (Trinity Square)
(click here to view flyer and meeting agenda)
Olneyville, Smith Hill, Valley, Hartford, Silver Lake, Manton Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30pm at William D’Abate Elementary School, 60 Kossuth Street
(click here to view flyer and meeting agenda)

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Providence Geeks – March 19, 2014

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Wednesday, March 19th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

Coming off of a huge February Geek Dinner featuring Teespring, we’re upping the ante in March with another Providence breakout success.

g-form_logo-200From their headquarters in the Jewelry District, G-Form has been shaking up one industry after another with their Reactive Protection TechnologyTM — a proprietary composite, that on impact, instantly absorbs over 90% of the energy. The result is state-of-the-art protection in a lightweight, flexible form.

G-Form first went after the smartphone and tablet case market. You may remember the YouTube video (4 million+ views and counting!) of them dropping a iPad from low orbit — unscathed.

skate-product-page-02From there, G-Form has successfully expanded into skateboarding, biking and soccer. Best of all, it feels like they’re just getting started…

At the March Geek Dinner, Co-founder and Executive Chairman Danny Warshay will tell the G-Form story, demo its technology and products, and give a sneak peek at what markets they’ll be conquering next.

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Providence Athenaeum Salon: Jane’s Walk – March 14, 2014

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Friday, March 14, 5-7pm: Salon at the Providence Athenaeum: Providence Organizer Nate Storring, Brown University Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and American Studies Samuel Zipp, and others discuss Jane’s Walk, a nationwide celebration (held on 5/3 & 5/4) of the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs, getting people to explore their neighborhoods through free walking tours led by locals.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Jane’s Walk often takes Jacobs’ ideas to communities unfamiliar with her ideas, in order to advance local engagement with contemporary urban planning practices. The walks helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community and encourage civic leadership. Storring brought the walk to Providence in 2013 and will organize the 2014 walk as well. Zipp has written widely on Jacobs’s work. Join both for a conversation about Jacobs, her legacy, and Jane’s Walk.

More: janeswalk.org. Sponsors: Tripp Evans and Ed Cabral. Free and open to the public, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street in Providence, providenceathenaeum.org, 401-421-6970.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 19, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:30pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Agenda

  • 4:30: Introductions
  • 4:35 South Main/North Main St. ADA Project/Improvements – Kate Wilson, RIDOT and Todd Brayton, Bryant Associates
  • 5:30: PSAs and Public Education – Despina Metakos-Harris, RIDOT Office of Highway Safety
  • 5:55: Commission/Staff Updates
  • 6:00 Adjourn
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Providence Geeks – February 19, 2013

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Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

teespringFor the February Geek Dinner, we’ve got a doozy lined up for you.

Teespring was born in 2012 of an effort by two Brown students to save a local dive bar — Fish Co, formerly of Fox Point.

The bar didn’t make it, but Teespring has exploded (in the good way).

Today Teespring is the leading crowdfunding platform for custom apparel, with about 70 employees in Providence currently and another 20 in San Francisco. In December, Teespring raised $20 million from arguably the world’s hottest venture capital firm, Silicon Valley-based Andreessen Horowitz.

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Keep the kids busy at the Providence Children’s Museum during school vacation

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February School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

February 17 – 21

Providence Children's MuseumProvidence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, February 17 – Friday, February 21, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, with special activities all week long:

Keith Munslow
Monday, February 17 • 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Popular children’s singer and storyteller Keith Munslow entertains families with a lively participatory performance packed with tinkling piano tunes, tongue-twisting poems and funny fast-paced rhymes. Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.
Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

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Providence Geeks – January 22, 2014

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap) – RSVP at Facebook

boialogofinalHappy New Year, everyone! We’re going to get 2014 kicked off right with another awesome presenter.

Accessibility Now, a Providence-based company, has undertaken the noble task of helping to make the world’s web sites accessible to screenall users regardless of their abilities. To that end, their team has burned the midnight oil for the past three years building the world’s most powerful, automated Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 scanning service. This Winter marks the beginning of their product rollout.

At the January Geek Dinner on Wednesday, Founder and CEO Mark Shapiro will tell the Accessibility Now story, demo the service, and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

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The Providence Preservation Society’s 56th Annual Meeting featuring Jennifer Bradley – January 23, 2014

Brookings Institution Fellow and Co-Author of The Metropolitan Revolution JENNIFER BRADLEY to Speak at PPS’ 56th Annual Meeting

Second in PPS’ Yearlong Speaker Series entitled Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience 2014 Ten Most Endangered Properties List Announced

jennifer-bradleyThe Providence Preservation Society welcomes Jennifer Bradley, fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution, to their 56th Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:30 pm, at Brown University’s Salomon Center. The event is also the second installment of PPS’ yearlong speaker series entitled Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience, featuring dynamic urban leaders and experts on topics including government and development, open space and public land, and transportation. Ms. Bradley will speak to the context of her book, co-written with Bruce Katz, on how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy.

The Metropolitan Revolution is a thought-leading book on the shift back to our nation’s urban cores. Jennifer Bradley, along with her co-author Bruce Katz, is leading the dialogue on how cities can flourish and ultimately be the drivers for the next economy,” stated Brent Runyon, Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society. “The Providence Preservation Society has long contributed to the economic vitality of Rhode Island through its work in the capital city, preserving our important past while being a partner in the city’s growth. We are excited to have Ms. Bradley with us to share examples from other cities as our second speaker in the Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience series, and as we turn the page to another year of preservation in Providence.”

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New Year’s Eve events in Providence

From the City’s Department of Art, Culture, + Tourism:


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Photo (cc) Anders Adermark

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island’s Capital City

City of Providence, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Launch Special Website for New Year’s Eve Activities

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau have launched a website to showcase the many great events happening on New Year’s Eve in Providence.

Residents and visitors can go online at GoProvidence.com/NYE to find celebratory activities fit for every age group. The new site features a host of resources for ringing in the New Year, from daytime family fun to the hottest nightlife. Choose from categories including: Hotel Getaway Packages, Events, and Dining Specials.

Visitors to the website can also enter to win a number of passes to New Year’s Eve events. These prizes include entrance to the Providence Children’s Museum and RISD Museum, skating passes to the Providence Rink, tickets to that evening’s Providence College basketball game and more. Deadline for entry is December 27, 2013.

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Providence Children’s Museum school vacation activities

The Providence Children’s Museum has activities planned to keep your kids occupied throughout school vacation.

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Families enjoy energetic musical performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole on December 28.

School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

December 26 – 31

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun! The Museum is open during vacation, Thursday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, with special activities all week long:

Block Party

Thursday, December 26 • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kids mix and match the Museum’s massive collection of colorful building materials! Stack imaginative blocks of all shapes and sizes to create towering structures, construct room-sized block cities and more.

Sparky’s Puppets

Friday, December 27 • 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Sparky’s Puppets perform favorite fairy tales with a funny twist! Meet Mother Goose and Little Red Riding Hood, laugh at the antics of the Three Little Pigs, and follow the adventures of the Gingerbread Man. Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up. – Underwritten by Providence Tourism Council.

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Christmas WaterFires this weekend

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Sadly, tonight’s WaterFire lighting had to be cancelled due to the weather:


WaterFire will have special Christmas editions of their fires running tonight and Saturday evening (weather permitting):

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas for two days at the 3rd Annual Very Special Christmas WaterFire Weekend benefiting and showcasing the incredible work of the Providence Rescue Mission and as a wonderful gift to the City of Providence! Thanks to an anonymous donor the 41 braziers running from Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly with Christmas spirit for two days this year! Festivities will commence in Waterplace Park at 5:00pm on Friday, December 13th and then again on Saturday, December 14th! The fires will be lit from 5:00pm-9:30pm both evenings.

Watch updates on WaterFire’s Facebook Page and Twitter for updates on how this weekend’s storm may impact Saturday’s lighting.

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