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The Friends of the Warwick Public Library will hold its bi-annual book sale this weekend (Sept. 23 – 25). The sale kicks off with the book sale preview on Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the …
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The Friends of the Warwick Public Library will hold its bi-annual book sale this weekend (Sept. 23 – 25). The sale kicks off with the book sale preview on Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Friends members. Non-members can join at the preview for $10. The Sale will continue on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friends support the WPL through programs and events including museum passes, concerts, movies and summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Find fantastic deals on over 6,000 hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books, CDs and DVDs at the Friends Book Sale.
Our meeting will be Sept. 28 at the Pilgrim Senior Center, 10:30 a.m., in the ceramics room. Please join us for coffee, pastry and interesting news. Our vice president has resigned. Anyone interested in the position, please attend the meeting for more details.  Any questions or comments, please contact Lois at 401-738-1768.
Diana Gargano will host a fall craft fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick. There will be 28 crafters and vendors, plus a raffle table where proceeds will be donated to Crossroads Rhode Island. No entrance fee.
There will be a cornhole tournament at Cranston’s Thirsty Beaver (288 Atwood Ave., Cranston) on Sept. 25 at noon. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. There will be food, the Patriots’ game, raffles and a cash bar. $120 per team – bring your own partner. For signups, contact Michael Regan at 508-446-3148 or Michael.Regan1486@gmail.com.
On Sept. 24, there will be a 3-on-3 Hoops for Hope basketball tournament to benefit the NICU for premature infants at Providence Women and Infants and Hasbro Children’s Hospital at the Johnston Rec Center (1741 Atwood Ave., Johnston). There are several sponsorship packages available: the silver package ($350) will have team t-shirts with company logo, social media blast and letter of recognition from charities; the gold package ($750) will have team shirts with company logo, social media blast, letter of recognition from charities, company banner displayed at event and professional company promo video. The half court shot competition will be $5 per entry. There are limited spots available for the event. To RSVP, text Tony Zangari at 401-623-7989. Any donation is appreciated. Please make checks payable to Century 21 Shoreline Properties.
In honor of St. Frances, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will have its Annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 1 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn of 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. All are invited for this short service. For safety, please leash or cage your pets. For more information, call 737-3127 or visit www.stmarkswarwick.org.
Join the Audubon this fall for morning bird walks. There will be a bird walk at Hunt’s Mills in East Providence on Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members and is for those ages 12 and older – advance registration is required. There will also be an annual Hawk Watching trip on Oct. 22 at Napatree Point. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and is for teens and adults – advance registration is required. To register, visit asri.org and click on the event calendar.
Warwick’s Clouds Hill Museum in conjunction with the Warwick Center for the Arts will host a  paint-out this fall on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All artists working in any medium will fall in love with the setting. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at www.warwickcfa.org.
Lakewood Baptist Church will hold an indoor group flea market, bake sale and snack bar on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 255 Atlantic Ave., Warwick. Items for purchase include housewares, books, jigsaw puzzles, dishes, clothing, jewelry and children’s items. The lunch menu includes meatball sandwiches and hot dogs. Bake sale items include cookies, breads, brownies, blueberry cake and more.
Warwick Central Baptist Church across from Warwick City Hall in Apponaug will hold their fall festival Saturday, Sept. 24 starting at noon and running to 4 p.m. The free festival will feature live music, games, food and crafts including pumpkins, mask masking and face painting.  The rain date is Oct. 1.
There will be a community meeting with Warwick Police at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 in City Council Chambers (3275 Post Road, Warwick). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss recent break-ins to vehicles in the community and receive updates and suggestions from police on how best to protect ourselves from this type of crime. The meeting will last until approximately 7:30 p.m. Contact Ed Ladouceur at 401-447-7181 or  ed.ladoucerri@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.
The show Guys will be Dolls will be staged Saturday, Sept. 24 at the William Shields American Legion Post, 662 West Shore Rd. Dinner, provided by Rigatoni’s Family Restaurant will be served at 6 p.m. with the show at 7. Tickets are a $20 donation and will be available at the post bar. Proceeds will benefit  the  post’s children’s Christmas party fund.
The East Greenwich Art Club will have its annual exhibit of members’ artwork at the Cranston Public Library (140 Sockanosset Cross Road) from Oct. 1 to Oct. 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Please check the library’s website for their current hours. There will be a reception on Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., where you can meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the club at info@eastgreenwichartclub.org or the website: www.eastgreenwichartclub.org.
There will be a Harvest Breakfast at Little Rhody Vasa Park, located at 10 Boswell Trail in Foster, RI (right off Rte. 6) on Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon. For the pancake lover, there will be several styles of gourmet pancakes: Swedish pancakes, blueberry, Almond Joy, strawberry, banana, chocolate chip and banana/chocolate chip. Gluten-free varieties will be made available upon request! There will also serve fruit salad, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, apple juice, coffee and tea. The cost of this all-you-can-eat breakfast is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free. If interested in attending, checks may be made out to RI District #3 and sent to Jim Ladouceur, 59 Oak Hill Drive, Cranston, RI 02920. Please reserve by Sept. 24 (phone-in reservation to Jim by Sept. 24 at 401-688-0855).
Get your pumpkins at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church! Pumpkins arrive on Oct. 8, and sales begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 9 and will continue through Oct. 31. Days and times are as follows: Saturday and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday and Friday are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The church is located at 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. For more information, call 737-3127 or visit www.stmarkswarwick.org.
There will be an Oktoberfest at Little Rhody Vasa Park, located at 10 Boswell Trail in Foster, RI (right off Rte. 6) on Oct. 16. Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with an accordion player (Dan Mackowiak) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and German dancers at 2:30 p.m.! The dinner ($18 for adults and $7 for children) consists of your choice of Pork Schnitzel or Bratwurst and Knockwurst, German potato salad, Spaetzle, red cabbage, Sauerkraut, and apple cake. Warm pretzel bites with beer cheese can be ordered separately for $7. Paid advanced reservations are required by Oct. 10. Checks made payable to Pioneer Lodge #506 VOA. Checks sent to: Linda Nelson, 950 Main Ave., Warwick, RI, 02886. Please call Linda with questions (401-737-0813).
Nonfiction@Brown lecture series presents “Diana Khoi Nguyen, Lyrical Prose, and the Intimacy of a Sentence.” Poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen presents her work on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at Brown University, PVD (location TBA go.brown.edu/nonfiction_now). This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required! Please see go.brown.edu/nonfiction_now or contact mhs@brown.edu for further details.
The East Greenwich Art Club is having a Plein Air event, “Capturing the Past,” at the New England Wireless & Steam Museum (1300 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich 02818) on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All artists are invited to spend the day painting or drawing or choose whatever medium to create a work of art. The building has historical buildings, industrial machines and communication equipment.  A $10 donation to the museum is payable on the day of the event. Bring your own lunch. Please RSVP by sending a message to info@eastgreenwichartclub.org.
Warwick Center for the Arts will host “Abstract Intuitive Painting” on the first Thursday of October, November and December from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Individuals will learn to select colors intuitively and apply various textures and marks to a wood panel using a variety of materials to create an 11×14 abstract acrylic painting on a wood panel. The cost for members is $35 per class and $45 for non-members. The materials fee is $10 (for the first class only). For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.
Join East Greenwich Art Club at the East Greenwich Recreation Center, 1127 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, for its “Drawing the Line,” workshop on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local, professional artist, Mi Ok Song will be the instructor. Her drawings of the human figure and animals are done with colored pens on paper. They reflect the harmony between humans and nature in a whimsical, representational and playful manner. Using pencils, pens, charcoal, colored pens and colored pencils, on paper, you will learn how to draw a definitive, confident line to create a drawing. Song will discuss how to utilize composition, prospective, proportion and negative space. She will also discuss values, darks, lights, shadows, foreground, middle ground and background. You will also learn how to create animals, objects, portraits, self-portraits and landscapes.
East Greenwich Art Club will hold a “Painting with Gouache” workshop at the East Greenwich Recreation Center, 1127, Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich. This two-day workshop will take place Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon and on Oct. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contemporary realist, Lorena Pugh, will spend the first day instructing how to use gouache, an opaque, watercolor medium. Participants will do practice experiments to get a feel for and create a small painting. The second day will be working in the plein air park area behind the East Greenwich Recreation Center. In case of inclement weather, we will work from a still life inside the building, using black boxes. Participants may bring whatever still life items they want to paint.
The Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24 at the Warwick Center for the Arts (3259 Post Road, Warwick). This second annual Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit is an opportunity for students, colleagues, patrons, friends and family to recognize and celebrate Rhode Island’s Art Educators’ own art. The opening reception will take place Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.
The Comprehensive Community Action Plan is holding a free, virtual teacher assistant training program from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27. Individuals must be 18 to 24 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and a clean BCI. The classes run from noon to 3 p.m. Individuals, if eligible, can get paid to attend class. There will be a paid internship after program completion. For more information, call 401-562-8325.
Join Garden City Center at the gazebo for a rotating lineup of local breweries on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 2 through Oct. 2. Grey Sail Brewing will be there from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, Narragansett Beer will be there from Sept. 23 to Sept 25 and Proclamation Ale Company will be there Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. On Fridays, the beer garden will be open from 4 p.m.t o 8 p.m. On Saturdays, it will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays it will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beer garden is open to the public – no cover charge. Customers must show a valid ID in order to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
Are you a fan of listening to podcasts? Do you have a lot of technical skills you would like to apply to a great community resource? The library has its own weekly podcast, Warwick Radio Online, and is building a team to help run it.
Warwick Radio Online (https://warwicklibrary.org/warwick-radio-online-4) highlights the wonderful things that make Warwick great from community resources to opportunities for entertainment to the background and history of the city. They are looking for folks who would like to be technicians to operate the recording studio and edit episodes of the show, on-air talent to serve as hosts of episodes, or managers to supervise and schedule podcast episodes. Those interested can serve in one or all of these roles. Tasks could include recording content in the studio, hosting/co-hosting, interviewing, scriptwriting, editing sound, and experience with Apple computers and the GarageBand audio-editing software. Experience would be helpful, but the library can also help you learn the skills you would need to work on the podcast.
If you are interested in joining our podcast team or would like more information, please contact Wil Gregersen, the library’s Community Services Librarian, at wgregersen@warwicklibrary.org or 401-921-9758.
Do you have a passion and desire to make a difference in your community? Westbay Community Action’s ‘Marketplace,’ the second largest food pantry in RI, needs volunteers who are interested in a fun and rewarding experience working with like-minded people. Volunteers 17 years or older will be stocking shelves, unpacking trucks and helping individuals with picking up their food. Youth volunteers 16 years or younger may also volunteer when accompanied by an adult over 18. Call Kendra Anderson at 401-921-1249 ext.352 to get started!
The Warwick Men’s Church Bowling League is in need of some new bowlers. The league was established in 1951 and is still bowling duckpin at the Meadowbrook Bowling Alley in Warwick. The group bowls on Tuesday nights from September until April. A weekly fee of $15 provides three games of bowling, small events and a banquet at the end of the season with cash prizes. You do not have to be an active church member to join. Please contact wchurchleague@yahoo.com to join or submit questions.
Are you caring for someone with dementia who exhibits difficult to manage behaviors? You may be eligible to participate in a research study seeking advice and feedback from caregivers about what types of supports are needed. Enrolled participants will be compensated for their time. The study will take place (video call) through Rhode Island Hospital’s Neuropsychology Program. If interested, contact the study coordinator Dr. Kim Chapman at 401-829-4310.
Johnston High School Class of 1982 will celebrate its 40th reunion on Oct. 28 at the Alpine Country Club. For more information, email johnstonclass82@gmail.com.
Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) #38 in East Greenwich has returned to having meetings every Thursday morning at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (99 Pierce St., East Greenwich) at the lower level. The meeting will be ongoing. Weigh-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m.
The meetings will last no more than one hour beginning to end and anyone is welcomed. If you know someone that is interested in weight loss, they are more than welcome to attend. For more information about TOPS, call Joan Tinkham at 401-739-5322.
Tri City Elks Lodge 1915 W. Shore Rd. Warwick presents a Custom Collectible Car Show on Thursdays at 5 p.m. around the back of the lodge. Bring your auto and show it off or just come and enjoy the night. There will be music and food for sale and the Tiki Bar will be open for beverages! Additionally, Tuesdays are the lodge’s Jeep Night at 5 p.m.  Jeeps and 4×4’s of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The Tiki Bar will be open; food by PB&J’s will be available to purchase.
The Grange is a fraternal community service, nonprofit organization with a special interest in rural life and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. It’s a place where the whole family can go and grow. Help us to help others.
The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road in Warwick.  For information please call either Joan Clegg at 401 465-7259 or Mike Osiensky at (508) 954-9712.
West Warwick AARP Chapter is looking to expand its membership. Meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 70 Church Street, West Warwick. All are welcome to come enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with new friends.
St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association (SXA) announced its Homecoming celebration will be Oct. 23 with an 11 a.m. mass at St. Timothy Church, Warwick, followed immediately by lunch at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This year, due to prior Covid restrictions, the classes of 1970, 71 and 72 will be honored.  Scholarships are announced during lunch.  Alumnae may sponsor students for scholarships to Catholic High Schools. For more information on Homecoming or scholarship applications, contact Margaret Mathias at 401-232-9006.
Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications will be listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.
Do you play cribbage? If so, consider joining a small group of cribbage players from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday who meet and play at the East Greenwich Community Center located on Pierce Street in East Greenwich. This is a social group where all levels of players are invited to play and meet new friends; there is no cost involved. If you are interested in joining, contact Barbara at 737-6477.
The Rhode Island Blood Center is in need of blood. Individuals wishing to donate must book an appointment at the donation center; walk-ins are only accepted if safe distancing allows at the person’s time of arrival. Nearby areas to donate include The Shops at Greenwood, which is located at 615 Greenwich Ave., in Warwick. This center can be reached at 401-453-8383. To schedule an appointment online, visit www.ribc.org.
Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue.
Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across RI through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65+, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.
Meals on Wheels of RI is in immediate need of volunteers for its Home-Delivered Meal Program in Warwick. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program helps homebound seniors remain healthy, safe and happy at home. For more information and a volunteer application, visit www.rimeals.org.
Prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Interview with Citizen Preparation classes at the Warwick Public Library. Practice citizenship vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Sept. 25. Sign up at the library. For more information, call (401) 455-8041. These free classes are offered by the RI Family Literary Initiative.
We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Ave. in Cranston. We Make RI offer job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger and Hitachi Cable. For more information about the event or other training opportunities, visit wwwww.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursdayw.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.
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