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Adopt a Doctor Dance Performance (04/03)

Interested in being part of a filmed Slumdog Millionaire “Jai Ho” Dance performance? On Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 10:00am, the international non-profit Adopt a Doctor will host a filmed “Jai Ho” dance routine at Roger Williams National Park (near the state capitol building in Providence) |modeled after the dance at the finale of the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire movie. Our goal is to promote awareness for our organization’s mission by hosting an engaging, community-building celebration of local diversity. Joan Wiegers, a professional choreographer and director of Dance at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, will coordinate the dance.

We hope to have upwards of 150 people of all ages participate in the dance, and Adopt a Doctor is inviting New England organizations to become co-sponsors. No previous dance experience is required for participation. Please sign up here, or contact Devin Finzer (Phone: 401-421-0606) if you’re interested.

Adopt a Doctor is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower doctors in poor countries to work where their services are needed most. Adopt a Doctor provides financial aid and other critical resources to physicians working in poor countries so that they can stay and continue their work.


PPS Winter Bash (02/06)

Providence Preservation Society
2010 Winter Bash

February 6, 2010 8pm – Midnight
100 Westminster Street

Join PPS at its 7th Winter Bash at 100 Westminster Street overlooking Burnside Park and Capital Center in Downtown Providence on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 8pm to midnight.

The Bash brings together hundreds of people to celebrate our citywide preservation efforts. This years theme is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil . Latin-rock sensation Santa Mamba is back to heat things up, and with a full cash bar and mystery specialty bar, this is the winter preservation party not to miss!

ATTIRE: From cocktail casual to funky formal, and bring a mask if you have one or buy one at the event!

More information and tickets at


Ice-Breaker Daedalus

Photo borrowed from WaterFire’s Facebook Page

WaterFire crews are battling ice in the Basin at Waterplace to ensure that they can pull off a lighting this New Year’s Eve.

WaterFire has helped Bright Night secure funding to ensure another wonderful New Year’s celebration in Providence.

Both organization as always are seeking donations to help pay for the events.

And while you’re in the giving mood, AIDS Care Ocean State is seeking donations for their Adopt-a-Family program:

For a donation of $50, you can help a local family in need and provide food, gifts for children during the holidays, along with warm clothing and heat for their homes throughout the winter months!

No donation is too small. All proceeds raised through this campaign will directly benefit ACOS families.

AIDS Care Ocean State | Adopt-a-Family


Providence Geeks (12/16)

Photo by Brian Jepson

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 5:30 – 8:30pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)

The last Providence Geek Dinner of the decade (yes, _ the decade_!) drops next week, and it’s going to be a doozy.

For starters, the excellent Providence-based DiJiPOP will be presenting.

We also are having our second annual “Geeks for Good” food drive, led by the awesome Michelle Riggen-Ransom of BatchBlue Software. More on this very soon. (For the moment, suffice it to say, “bring food donations!”)

More details at
RSVP on Facebook.

After Geeks, head down Westminster Street to join us for the Providence Blogosphere Holiday Spectacular!


Craftland Holiday Party (12/09)

craftland_2009Surely everyone is aware by now that Craftland is running year round on Westminster Street, but that doesn’t mean they are not having a Holiday Party to ring in their usual season.

Please join us for the Craftland Show 2009 opening party!

We have affordable handmade gifts made by 170 local and national artists. This year our show runs from December 4th-31st in what is now the year-round Craftland shop in downtown Providence.

From 5-9pm on December 4th we’ll have goodie bags for the first 300 super lucky customers; complimentary beverages from Trinity Beer and delicious homemade cheese logs along with other crafty snacks; fun fun music; and the fruits of a year’s worth of labor in glittery form.

This year, every purchase you make supports Girls Rock! Rhode Island whose mission it is to help girls and women empower themselves through the development of musical skills in order to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

Buying local at Craftland is more than just a catch phrase: it means that for every gift you buy, you’re supporting a local business, you’re patronizing your community of artists, AND you’re providing a boost to a local non-profit organization! It’s a trifecta of holiday cheer! Miracles by design!


Craftland Show is an annual holiday sale in downtown Providence, RI that celebrates all kinds of sparkly handmade objects and the people who make them.

Craftland Show 2009
DATES: December 4-31
HOURS: Seven days a week 10am-6pm
Open late: Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-8pm

LOCATION: 235 Westminster Street | Providence RI | 02903
CONTACT: 401.272.4285 or email



Clothing drive for Samoan Tsunami relief

samoa_tsunamiI’m sure you’ve heard about the Earthquake which lead to the Tsunami that destroyed many villages of Western and American Samoa. The wave rolled in knocking down houses and ripping up foundations. As the wave receded it took with it possessions and people. The land in Samoa is resilient but I fear the minds of many will suffer for quite some time. I feel that bringing them basic human necessities will help mend mind, spirit and body.

Please Help my family and friends so far away!

We’re looking to collect T-shirts, light button up shirts, light pants, flip flops, sandals, bedding, towels and toiletries. Any money donations will go towards shipping costs and a small amount given directly to my family for burial costs.

THE BLACKSTONE: 10/7-10/14
From Wednesday, October 7th to Wednesday, Oct 14th The Blackstone will be accepting donations of clothing and money. Those donating will have their door prices discounted.

Then on Wednesday the 14th starting @ 6pm, there will be music by SPOGGA, Josh Willis, Josh Fulford, Sam Lerner, Rich Cullen, Cole Alexander, Keith Braaten, Dennis Ensley, Adam Newell, Steve Turner, Matt Tarpy and more. There will be Food, Art and Projected Entertainment.

Then on Saturday, October 17th @ 7pm a closing party will be held at The Spot On Thayer (286 Thayer Street). There will be a Raffle, Auction, Art, Food, Music and Entertainment.

Please inform all interested parties.

I have already received so much support but we have a long way to go before the donations get to where they are needed, in the hands of the unfortunate people in Samoa.

Any additional questions can be addressed to Josh Willis.


AIDS Walk returns to downtown – October 29, 2009


AIDS Project Rhode Island’s annual AIDS Walk is moving from Roger Williams Park to Downtown this year, to help boost the visibility of the event. The walk was also moved from June to October so that it takes place when college students are in town and so they can participate. Both good moves I think.

Slightly confusingly, they are moving from Roger Williams Park, to Roger Williams National Memorial Park.

For more information and to register a group, visit APRI.


Community Boating Renaissance Regatta

CBC Regatta

This Thursday (7/23/09), rain or shine, the Providence Community Boating Center at India Point Park will be hosting it’s annual Renaissance Regatta. From the CBC website:

The Regatta is a perfect opportunity to help a great Ocean State cause. Sponsors provide a team of employee-sailors (or sponsor a proxy team) to sail in a series of small boat relays, slaloms, and team building games guaranteed to win over a smile. We provide the boats, gear, and kids. Join the fun!

Last year, despite the rain, the event was a fantastic success and a great time. Hopefully, this year the rain will hold off because the Regatta is more than a race and more than a fundraiser; it’s a fantastic party! In the evening, there will be sailboat rides, a cocktail reception, and a silent auction in addition to the team racing earlier in the day. The silent auction features works of art, packages of overnight accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, outings, activities, and much more.

Come join us! The event is open to all, but tickets are required (discount for CBC members). Check out the CBC website for more information.

See you there!


“Not About The Buildings” Spelling Bee – June 22, 2009

From Not About The Buildings:

For the third year in a row, tensions are mounting in Providence as some of the city’s best spellers gear up for a fierce night of competition to benefit local literary organization Not About The Buildings. The battle begins promptly at 9pm on June 22nd at AS220 (115 Empire Street).

Founded in 2006, Not About The Buildings strives to build a vibrant literary community in Providence; initially, its focus was on the struggling library system, but more recently it has branched out into events, small-press publishing, and art installations. (An exhibit in the Washington Street windows of the URI Library, part of the Providence Art Windows, opens June 18th, and June 21st a joint fundraiser with Providence Books Through Bars will be launching.)

The Spelling Bee is both its largest annual fundraiser and its biggest draw. Last year’s bee attracted thirty-seven spellers and nearly a hundred spectators. This year, the winner can expect to receive about two hundred dollars’ worth of donated prizes.

“My favorite part of the bee,” says Matthew Lawrence, founder of Not About The Buildings and host of the event, “is the way it draws really different groups of people together. There was probably a forty-year span in the contestants’ ages, and it was really fun seeing college professors hanging out with punk kids and the everybody from Blue State and Urban Outfitters. We’ve also had two married couples squaring off against one another.”

After fourteen rounds of competition, Maureen Reddy won the 2008 competition with the word ‘caesura,’ a literary term referring to a break in a line of Old English poetry. (Perhaps not surprisingly, Reddy is the Chair of the English Department at Rhode Island College.)

She will be returning this year as a judge, alongside JP Reader, Umperor of the Providence Kickball League.

Proceeds go to maintaining Not About The Buildings, and are raised in two ways: the Bee costs five dollars to enter (though it’s free to watch); additionally, people are encouraged to donate money on behalf of their favorite spellers, with prizes going to whoever puts the most money on the winner.


Dining Out For Life – April 30, 2009

doflFrom AIDS Project Rhode Isand:

Dine Out. Fight AIDS

Dine Out For Life 2009 to benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island

Enjoy eating out at the many great restaurants in the Rhode Island area? Well we have the event for you and you don’t have to do anything besides eat! On Thursday, April 30th, AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) is having the 5th Annual Dining Out for Life 2009. The concept is simple; participating restaurants agree to donate 25% of your food bill to APRI. In return, we encouraged our supporters to dine out at the participating restaurants.

This year’s participating restaurants are:

Spain Restaurant
1073 Reservoir Avenue
(401) 946-8686
Orchard House Cafe
17 Central Avenue
(508) 399-6244
Rasoi Restaurant
727 East Avenue
(401) 728-5500
Garden Grille
727 East Avenue
(401) 726-2826
Hose Company No. 6
636 Central Avenue
(401) 722-7220
D. Carlo Trattoria
970 Douglas Pike
(401) 349-4979
India Restaurant
1060 Hope Street
(401) 641-4063
Blaze Eastside
776 Hope Street
(401) 277-2529
Minerva’s Pizza
20 South Angell Street
(401) 272-2279
Taste of India
230 Wickenden Street
(401) 421-4355
14 Imperial Place
(401) 751-9164
Blue Grotto
210 Atwells Avenue
(401) 272-9030
New Rivers
7 Steeple Street
(401) 751-0350
Pakarang Restaurant
303 South Main Street
(401) 453-3660
Gracie’s Bar & Grille
194 Washington Street
(401) 272-7811
Zooma Bar-Ristorante
245 Atwells Avenue
(401) 383-2002
Ristorante Pizzico
762 Hope Street
(401) 421-4114
50 Weybosset Street
(401) 331-9217
Rue De L’Espoir
99 Hope Street
(401) 751-8890
Cactus Grille
800 Allens Avenue
(401) 941-0004

Just for dining out you are also entered to win two (2) airline tickets on Southwest Airlines to anywhere they fly to in the continental United States! Be sure to make reservation well in advance and let them know that you are participating in Dining Out For Life. For more information please contact Stephen at (401) 831-5522 x3364 or email.

Founded in 1985 by a small group of doctors, nurses and community activists, AIDS Project Rhode Island, now a division of Family Service of RI, is the state’s first AIDS service organization. Their mission is to provide a safe, non judgmental environment where people affected by HIV can access resources to make informed decisions about their quality of life; and to stop the further transmission of HIV through advocacy, prevention and education.


AIDS Care Ocean State needs donations


Photo from AIDS Care Ocean State

ACOS Donation Center will be open this Saturday March 28th for donations 8am to 12pm 605 Elmwood Avenue, Providence.

AIDS Care Ocean State’s Donation Center is in need of clothing, household items, personal hygiene items, furniture, and anything else in good shape you are getting rid of. The donation center helps our clients and the clients of McCauley House as well as anyone in need at no cost. So if you have items to donate we are opening this Saturday March 28th from 8am to Noon to accept donations.

If you have a large donation that require a pickup please call Keith Dube at 781-5565 to arrange pickup or to find out other hours you can drop items off if Saturday does not work for you

For more information on AIDS Care Ocean State Rhode Islands largest AIDS Service Organization now in our 20th year of service visit our website


Community Boating Center Event

CBC Boats

Photo from CBC website

Now that we’ve had a little melting of our snow banks, it’s time to start thinking about SAILING! In effort to start bringing together enthusiasts and friends of The Providence Community Boating Center, they have announced a series of wine tasting events to get us through the remainder of the cold months. The first of which will be Thursday February 26th.

Please note that, since the boathouse is closed for the winter, this event is NOT at CBC! Please join us at: Working Planet Marketing Group, 131 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906

These events are super fun, open to the public, and last year they were a tremendous success, so join us and bring some friends! Here’s the deal:
CBC specifies the varietal of wine. This time, it’s California Chardonnay.

CBC Wine Tasting Event Rules:

  • Everyone competes as a team. You must be 21+ years old to participate.
  • Each team of 1 to 3 people must bring 3 bottles of THE SAME WINE (the varietal — i.e., cabernet, shiraz, pinot noir, etc.).
  • For example, if the chosen varietal is shiraz, you or your team could bring 3 bottles of the 1997 Tyrrell’s Reserve Brokenback Shiraz.
  • Remember, it’s 3 bottles total per team, and teams can consist of 1 to 3 people.
  • In addition to bringing wine a $10 donation to CBC per person is suggested
  • Upon arrival, all 3 bottles will be given to the Hosts, who will wrap 2 of the bottles to conceal the wine’s identity.
  • The 2 wrapped bottles will have a number randomly assigned to them and will then be set out for tasting.
  • The third bottle will be left unopened and will not be tasted or displayed.
  • Each invitee will be given a card with a number for each wine.
  • The wines will be rated on a taste scale of 1 to 5.
  • At the end of the tasting period, each invitee must write down the number of his or her favorite wine and least favorite wine. Cards will be collected and selections tallied.
  • The teams that brought the top 3 favorite wines will take home everyone’s third unopened bottle of wine.
  • The invitee that brought the least favorite bottle of wine will take back his or her unopened bottle of wine.
  • The wine tasting begins at 7:30 p.m. so please arrive promptly.
  • If 2 (or more) teams bring the same wine, it shouldn’t matter. The rankings can still differ depending upon the temperature of the wine, how long it has been open, etc.
  • Please remember, teams can consist of up to 3 people. If, for example, 4 people wish to participate, they would be considered 2 teams; thus, they will need to bring 6 bottles to enter the event. This rule will be strictly enforced at the door.

More information


The Wild Colonial celebrates 10 years and supports a good cause

wild colonialThe Wild Colonial marks it’s 10th Anniversary on Thursday night. To celebrate, The Wild Colonial will be donating all it’s profits on Thursday to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

So if you like drinking beer, playing darts, and supporting good causes you should be at The Wild Colonial on Thursday night.

The Wild Colonial
250 South Water Street
Providence, RI
(401) 621-5644


AIDS Care Ocean State seeks donations


Photo from AIDS Care Ocean State

AIDS Care Ocean State will take care of your unwanted Christmas gifts for you:

OK did not like a gift you might have gotten for Christmas”¦ I have a solution.

The AIDS Care Ocean State Donation Center at 603 Elmwood Avenue in Providence will be open from 8am to 12 noon Saturday December 27th to take any donations you may have!

We are in need of used warm winter clothing, coats, gloves, hats you name it we take it. Small household items as well.

So take a few minutes after getting your new clothes for Christmas and donate some of your old items to AIDS Care Ocean State.

If you can’t make it on Saturday call Keith at 781-5565 to arrange a pickup or for drop off hours.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to all.

I got some new kitchen stuff for Christmas last year and dropped off my old stuff and some clothes at the ACOS Donation Center. The staff was friendly and super appreciative, they even had people come out to the car to help me unload my stuff and they estimate the value and give you a receipt for your taxes.


Providence Geeks – December 17, 2008

Join us next week for the last Providence Geeks Dinner of 2008.

Almost 3 years ago now, when Providence-based start-up Tizra was only a few weeks old, they presented at one of the very first Geek Dinners. Next week they will be returning to show just how far they’ve come. Tizra COO Abe Dane and other team members will give an overview and demo of Tizra Publisher – a web-based software service that lets content owners create branded commerce websites from existing content. Tizra Publisher is successfully serving a host of clients now including MIT Press.

geeks_for_good_smallBut wait! There’s more – thanks to the efforts of a number of our community’s big-hearted Geeks, next week’s Geek Dinner will feature a “Geeks for Good” canned food drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. So please bring whatever feels right to the Geek Dinner – 1 can or 100 – and we promise to find good homes for them. Learn more here.

All are welcome – please join us and spread the word!

Get Details and RSVP Here

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008, 5:30 – 9pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)