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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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Providence Geeks and Food Drive – December 11, 2013

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Wednesday, December 11th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

modibotsJust in time for the Holidays, the December Geek Dinner will feature the ultimate stocking stuffer: Modibots.

Providence-based toy designer Wayne Losey’s resume reads like a who’s who of action figures: Stars Wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, Teenage Ninja Turtles, and on and on. But when he left Hasbro, he decided that rather than working on more “one-off” action figures, he wanted to create an action figure platform — a system of interlocking components that could be remixed and extended by anyone. Think action figures meets Lego meets 3d printing.

The result is Modibot, and it’s stunning.

At Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Wayne will tell the Modibot story, talk about how his system blurs the line between analog and digital, and give us a sneak peek at where the Modibot army is headed next.

Also at next week’s Geek Dinner, we’ll have the annual Geeks for Good Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and donations at the meeting, and donating them to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Learn more about the best items to donate.

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Christmas tree lighting in Kennedy Plaza – December 7, 2013

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All the details on this Saturday’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and other festivities from the City of Providence:


Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Families and residents are invited to kick-off the festive season of shopping and homecomings in the Capital City on Saturday, when Mayor Angel Taveras hosts the City of Providence’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Bank of America Skating Center. It will be emceed by Mayor Taveras and NBC 10′s Morning anchor, Barbara Morse Silva. Tony the Dancing Cop will be stationed at Washington Street and Dorrance Street at 5:30pm to welcome guests.

The ceremony will include performances by RPM Voices of Rhode Island featuring RPM Youth Voices, the Brown University Skating Band and the 4th and 5th grade chorus from the Lillian Feinstein at Sackett Street Elementary School. A figure skating demonstration by regional award winners will follow the ceremony, and Santa will be on the ice when public skating resumes.

Members of the Johnson & Wales University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa will provide refreshments and sell ornaments to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Stanley Tree Service is donating crane service for the trees.

The event is sponsored by the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, the Providence Tourism Council, Whole Foods Market University Heights, Dave’s Coffee and Zipcar Providence.

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Skating Center opens November 27th 28th, 2013

Information from the Mayor’s office and Providence Rink:


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Image from The Providence Rink

Delayed due to tomorrow’s storm:


The Providence Rink at The Bank of America City Center Opens for the 2013/2014 Season

PROVIDENCE – It’s time to plan for the start of 2013’s ice skating season! The Providence Rink is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 27th at 4pm, weather permitting. If it is raining on Wednesday, our opening day will be Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th at 4pm.

“It is a pleasure to kick off a new season of family fun at the Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “I invite every Rhode Islander to visit downtown Providence, enjoy a day of ice skating and take part in all our Capital City has to offer.”

Regular hours of operation during the week are Monday through Friday, 10am until 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11am until 10pm. The skating rink is open on all winter holidays.

General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors, $4 for children (12 and under), and $4 for military. Skate rentals are $5 and skate sharpening is $7, available Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm. Purchase a season pass for $150 adult, $250 family of four, $90 children and seniors, $90 Lunch Special weekdays 12pm to 2pm, and $90 After-Work Special weekdays 4pm to 6pm. Special rates are available for birthdays, school groups, business and social groups, and for full ice rental for private events. Visit ProvidenceRink.com for details and to make your reservations.

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Red Sox World Series trophy coming to Providence

red-soxMayor Taveras’ office announced today a celebration of the Red Sox’ World Series Championship in Providence on Wednesday, November 20th.

The World Series Trophy will be on display at the Rhode Island Convention, a rally will take place at 3:30pm. From 4pm to 7pm the public will be invited to have their photo taken with the trophy. Photo opportunities are first-come, first-served.

The events are free and hosted by Mayor Angel Taveras, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Red Sox Rally and photo opportunity with Red Sox World Series Championship Trophy
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 3:30pm-7pm
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI
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