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Boo City at Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden – July 7, 2016

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Boo City – Image courtesy of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy © Curt Allan

Canceled due to the imminent risk of severe weather.

The weekly Music Series + Beer Garden kicks off for the season this Thursday at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza:


You’ve earned it, Providence: an entire season of afternoons in the park. The sun on your face, the breeze in your hair, a well-deserved drink in your hand, and FREE MUSIC!

Every Thursday this summer from July 7th to September 8th, Burnside Park will be transformed into your favorite restaurant, your family outing, your afternoon date, and your patio bar. Lounge on the grass, grab a bite from your favorite food truck, or sidle up to the tables and chairs at Trinity Brewhouse’s beer garden (open from 4:30-7:30 every Thursday!). Live music from 5:30-7 ensures that your personal dance hall, showspace, and musician’s salon is but a stroll downtown away.

Whether you’re wrapping up work, heading in for your shift, cavorting with friends, or just reveling in something other than winter, join us by the fountain Thursday afternoons. You work hard. You deserve it.

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2016 Providence 4th of July Celebration

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Mayor Elorza Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Family programming, bike parade, live music and fireworks display highlight Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park on July 4

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Monday, July 4th beginning at 4:30pm. This expanded event will feature family friendly activities, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

“The City’s Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season here in Providence,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents from all of our neighborhoods at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display.”

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Vigils for the vicitms of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando are being held in Providence tonight and tomorrow evening.


The Alley Cat, The Dark Lady, and The Stable are hosting a vigil and march to the State House tonight at 8pm. All three bars will be closed tonight between 8pm and 9pm during the vigil. Meet at the corner of Snow and Washington Streets at 8pm.

Please join us for a candellight vigil Monday in honor of those lost, injured, families, friends, and community. We will meet between 8:00-8:30pm and walk to the State House. More details will follow please share and feel free to post here. xoxo, The Dark Lady & Alleycat and Stable Family

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Another vigil will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park on North Main Street.

Please join the LGBTQ and allied community in this visible response to ant-LGBTQ violence and stand strong together in this important moment. We are Pulse; we are Orlando; we are Rhode Island.

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The CenterAlso, The Center, Orlando’s GLBT Community Center, is accepting donations for victims and thier families via a GoFundMe page.

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Building Bridges: The Launch – May 28, 2016

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From Facebook:


Join us for food & drink by MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR, live music by headliners MARK CUTLER & MEN OF GREAT COURAGE, THE NELSONIANS, and THE RED PENNYS, and kick off summer in style at THE LAUNCH! Then wander upriver to enjoy an evening of WATERFIRE!

Building Bridges is a new movement to activate, celebrate, imagine, and help realize Providence’s future premiere riverfront park and its pedestrian bridge, and THE LAUNCH! is our exciting first event. Together, we can show what an amazing, vibrant public space this can be, and why building our park and bridge is so important!

A ticket gets you a beverage and admission for a day of great food, live music, and celebration. Children under 12 free. This is a rain or shine event!

Tickets available via Eventbrite
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Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 7, 2016

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The Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party in Downcity Providence

Saturday May 7th, 2016 • 11am – 6pm • 260 Westminster Street, Providence RI (between Dorrance Street and Mathewson Street).

In Downcity and its merchant members are excited to announce the colorful return of the Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Saturday May 7th from 11am­ to 6pm. We will be celebrating the local flavors, sounds, and textures of our city–all along Westminster Street!

The event is FREE and open to the public.

#CincoPVD2016, now a Downcity institution, is in its sixth year running.

Join us as we celebrate the warm weather with music, food, dancing, and more!

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Bike Month!

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I posted this late and some of these events may have already happened, sorry.


May is National Bike Month and it is being celebrated here in Rhode Island. While any month is fine for enjoying this healthy, money-saving, enjoyable and environmentally superior way to travel, with the arrival of spring, its time for many of us to savor the season, often best at the speed of a bicycle. Though it is a work in progress, the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition announces the following calendar of events, note Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. Please join us for rides and events when you can. Check for updates at ribike.org.

Pre-Ride Roadside Bike Class (Bike Newport)
May 3, 10, 17, & 24 • 5:00-7:00pm • 29 Spring St, Newport
Free this month!

Bike making noises? Chain need some TLC? Brakes just not what they used to be? Ready to repair your own flat? You can give your bike the love it wants, and it’ll love you back – we promise! Join us for a basic roadside maintenance class. Topics will include pre-ride checks, fixing flats, caring for chains, and more. Classes are free for the month of May. Ladies Nights are geared toward women, girls, and female-identified. No boys allowed on those nights!

Bike to Breakfast (Women Bike RI)
May 6, 13, 14, & 27 • 7:30am • Various locations
Free (but bring money for your meal)

In celebration of Bike Month, Women Bike RI is organizing an informal bike to breakfast meetup series. Join us at any of the below locations on Friday mornings throughout the month of May. We’ll fill up bike racks, support local businesses and help demonstrate that bicycle commuting can be fun! All Women Bike RI events are free.

Weekday breakfast rides will take place 7:30 – 8:30 am. Please email womenbikeri@gmail.com to learn more and join the group on Facebook.

Jane’s Bike of Historical Providence
May 7: • 9:00am • 24 Meeting St, Providence
$10 per person • Eventbrite

Participate in a whirlwind tour of the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties (MEP), hosted by RIHPHC’s Sarah Zurier and RIBike’s Executive Director, Alex Krogh-Grabbe. See some great successes, like The Whitmarsh Apartments (1913) in Elmwood, one of the first properties ever listed as a MEP. We will also visit some losses, including the Grove Street Elementary School (1901) in Federal Hill which was partially demolished in 2007 without a permit, and eventually completely leveled in 2011.

Most of our stops will be sites still in danger, like the Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House (1867) and Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion.

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Jane’s Walk Providence – May 6-8, 2016

Press Release:


Twelve Citizen-Led Neighborhood Tours Planned in Providence
During the 10th Annual Jane’s Walk Global Weekend Festival: May 6-8

janes-walk-10Get to know some of Providence’s lesser known pockets during Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, on Friday, May 6th, Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th. Last year, Providence was one of 189 participating cities in 36 countries around the world, and we expect that number to grow. 2016 is a special year, as we celebrate the 10th year of the Jane’s Walk festival and what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday.

Unlike typical guided tours, these free walks are led by volunteer citizen guides who share knowledge of their own communities with others. Through open conversations that get tour-goers thinking, talking, and connecting, Jane’s Walks engage people in a democratic city planning process. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, find their leaders in their designated meeting spots, and be ready for lively discussions while on the move.

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PVDfest to Return, June 2-5, 2016

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Signature Event in “America’s Coolest City” Returns for Second Year

Rebranded and expanded, PVDFest will bring four days of art, music, and to the streets of Providence, June 2-5, 2016

Providence, RI – City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Founding Creative Partner FirstWorks announced PVDFest, Rhode Island’s signature art festival will return June 2-5 to transform streets in the heart of Providence into a celebration of art, music, food, performance and more. Artists and performers from around the block and around the globe will converge in Providence for a free outdoor extravaganza expected to draw thousands of guests. Just days before last year’s inaugural Providence International Arts Festival, GQ magazine declared Providence “America’s Coolest City,” and the rebranded and expanded PVDFest will continue to build that momentum.

The four days of citywide programming will once again culminate on Saturday, June 4, beginning with a free celebration that will turn spaces downtown into a world-class performance stage, cutting edge art gallery, and culturally diverse block party. The Festival will animate the downtown as a living canvas from the Festival core anchored by Providence City Hall, FirstWorks Plaza Stage, Alex and Ani City Center and Burnside Park, all along the Washington Street corridor to the Empire Street gateway.

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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

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Community Conversation on the Future of the 6/10 Connector – March 23, 2016

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Mayor Jorge Elorza and the American Planning Association of Rhode Island invite you to a community conversation about the future of the 6-10 Connector, featuring a discussion with three national experts who have experience with similar highway projects. This event is free and open to the public.

A Community Conversation About the Future of the 6-10 Connector
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 6-8pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, Providence
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Providence Geeks – February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10th 5:30-8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street
Free Admission
RSVP at Facebook

geeks-roundFor our first Geek Dinner of 2016, we’ve got a doozy.

Since its founding in 2012, North Kingstown-based Focal Upright has been shaking up the office furniture industry with its super innovative, funky, and — most importantly — ergonomic designs. In fact, just last week, Focal was recognized with a GOOD DESIGN Award — the most prestigious award of its kind.

On Wednesday Co-Founders Martin Keen — yes, the inventor and founder of KEEN footwear — and Mary Hall Keen will tell the Focal Upright story, demo their brilliant line, and — best of all — unveil for the first time ever an exciting new product!

In addition, there will be a variety of Focal Upright products for you to test drive!

See you there!

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Providence Preservation Society Annual Meeting – January 20, 2016

The 2016 PPS Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 5:30 pm
Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street
FREE and Open to the Public; Registration required

Join the Providence Preservation Society on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, as we welcome guest speaker Adele Chatfield-Taylor, former President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, to our 2016 Annual Meeting at the Providence Public Library Auditorium. Also during the meeting, the 2016 Most Endangered Properties will be announced, and the Society’s 2016 Board of Trustees will be presented to members for a vote. After the meeting, a small reception will be held in the Library.

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Weekend Holiday Events Downtown

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A few events coming up this weekend to celebrate the Holidays:

#CelebrateDowncity

Grant’s Block and Aurora
Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 10am-6pm

Providence Flea will be hosting a special Holiday Mini-Flea at Aurora from 10am to 4pm. Santa will be at Grant’s Block for free photos, along with a collection of your favorite food trucks. Holiday music will be spun on vinyl and a special holiday Movies on the Block will commence at sundown.

Visit InDowncity for more details.

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PPS Symposium – Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood – November 5-7, 2015

Image from PPS’ 2014 Symposium – Photo by Cat Laine

From Providence Preservation Society:


Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood

Providence’s neighborhoods help us trace how the city was built, and why. Through them, we reveal the people and cultures that contributed to the city’s evolution. Each neighborhood tells a unique story of Providence and its people. Over time, as the city matured and populations shifted, local landmarks also took on new roles, uses, and meanings and residential, commercial, civic, and recreational spaces evolved.

Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood, will examine neighborhood identity, community assets, and the importance of “human capital” to the city’s success. Building on our 2014 focus on downtown Providence and what makes a great city, we are now moving into our residential districts to discuss programs and policy blueprints for upward mobility, sustainability, and community development, honoring the individual character of Providence’s neighborhoods.

Speakers include:

  • Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics
  • Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist and Social-Enterprise Pioneer
  • Ned Kaufman, author of Place, Race, and Story: Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation.
November 5 – 7, 2015
The King’s Cathedral
1860 Westminster Street, Olneyville

For more information and to register visit ProvidenceSymposium.com

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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – August 1, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, August 1st – Sunset: 8:05 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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CANCELED Capital Center Commission Meeting – July 23, 2015

This meeting has been canceled.
Capital Center Commission Meeting
Tursday, July 23, 2015 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of April 8, 2015
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of January 20, March 17, and April 21, 2015
  3. Election of CCC Vice Chair
  4. Election of DRC Vice Chair
  5. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
    Request for approval to install 2-sided marquee sign and electronic message board.
  6. Parcel 9: GTECH Building
    Request for approval to replace existing GTECH signage with new IGT signage.
  7. Francis Street & Memorial Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements
    Request for approval of proposed safety improvements.
  8. FY2016 Budget
  9. Designation of Service Provider
    9.1 Legal Services
  10. Adjournment
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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – July 18, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, July 18th – Sunset: 8:18 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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WaterFire Providence – Basin Lighting – July 14, 2015

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WaterFire will have a basin lighting on Tuesday, July 14th – Sunset: 8:20 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place Mall.
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