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NOTICE: For your convenience, you can e-mail your bulletin board notices to briang@rhodybeat.com as well as mail to 1944 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889, or fax to 732-3110.

Free Education Workshop

A free education workshop, 6 Ways to Cut College Costs, will be presented by College Advisors Group Aug. 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. This presentation will give you tools and know-how you need to pay less for higher education. The reality is that paying for college isn’t as scary as tuition-rates would lead you to believe. With some know-how, you can drastically slash the price-tag of sending your child to college. Call 821-0080 or register at collegeadvisorsgroupseminar.com.

Community Lunch

A community lunch and food pantry will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Everyone is invited to participate.

YMCA Fall Program Registration

Registration is open for fall programs at the Kent County YMCA. The Fall Program Session starts Sept. 1 and runs through October 31. Register online or in person at 900 Centerville Road, Warwick. Fall programs include swim lessons, Totally Toddlers for 2-5-year-olds, Little Ninjas, Sports Medley, andBasketball Skills and Drills. They are also introducing Shooting Stars Dance Academy, which starts Sept. 14. Stop by today for a tour and to learn more about the programs.

Men’s Bowling League

Men are needed for a Warwick church bowling league set to begin Sept. 3 at 6:45 p.m. at Meadowbrook Lanes. Cost is $12 per night, which includes a year end banquet. Call Everett at 739-5343 or email everettg1@verizon.net.

Chatham Village Garden Club

The next monthly meeting for the Chatham Village Garden Club will be held Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, 871 West Shore Road. The meeting will include updates from each committee as well as sharing information concerning new activities including guest speakers for the coming year. Members are reminded to bring donations for the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center.  

Fall Literacy Tutor Training Session

You can make a difference in someone’s life by giving the gift of literacy. By giving just a few hours per week, you can help develop a stronger community while helping your neighbors improve their skills. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County has adult students excited to learn English as a Second Language or Basic Literacy who are awaiting a tutor. The next tutor training session begins Sept 5. If you are over 18 and a Kent County resident, call 822-9103 or email lvkc@coventrylibrary.org for more information. You’ll have the fulfillment of knowing that you’re not only aiding individuals but also building a stronger, more successful community.

Art Show

The East Greenwich Art Club will be displaying a wall of art titled “Anything Goes” at the Warwick Public Library on Sandy Lane from Sept. 8 until taken down on Sept. 28.

Blessing of Backpacks

A neighborhood blessing of backpacks and ice cream sundae party will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Sept. 8 from 1-2 p.m. on the back lawn (in case of rain in the church hall). All are welcome.

Ladies Hi-Lo-Jack

The Ladies Hi-Lo-Jack League will commence meeting Sept. 9 at the Shields Post at 662 West Shore Road at 7 p.m. Those interested in joining the group or learning more should call Nancy at 737-1405.

Pasta Supper

A pasta supper will be held Sept. 14 from 6-9 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 kids 5-10, kids under 5 Free. Menu includes pasta, homemade sauce, meatballs and sausage, salad, bread, assorted desserts and beverages. Call 737-3127 for tickets.

Tri-City Elks

Luau at the Elks Aug. 24 from5:30-10:30 p.m. with a Hawaiian buffet. Tickets are $30 per person and on sale in the lounge during regular business hours. Wear your island attire. Complimentary leis, music and Polynesian drink specials. Kukiki and the Coconuts will perform a live hula show. Dance the night away with DJ Rob Caramante.

Car show continues every Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m.  Food will be sizzling and music will be provided by DJ Rob.  Come enjoy drinks at the Tiki Bar. Motorcycles welcome.

Ocean State Parrot Head Club and Tri-City Elks present the 2nd Annual Jimmy Buffett Night Sept. 7 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. This is a fundraiser for Operation Stand Down RI and Wreaths Across America. This event will be held behind the lodge at the Tiki Bar. Food will be available for purchase. There will be an Ice Luge, along with raffles. Tickets are available at the bar or at the door. You may also contact Sue Nelson at 578-5754. Music is by the Cabana Boys.

Meditation Classes at Pilgrim Senior Center

Pilgrim Senior Center is holding meditation classes. Learn different ways to meditate and leave feeling relaxed and renewed. You may bring a yoga mat or use a chair. Drop in anytime. Call Linda with any questions at 318-0303. Classes meet every Thursday at 1 p.m.; cost is $3 per class. Wear comfortable clothing.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point is a free walking group that meets on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and Thursdays evenings at 6 p.m. They meet at the front gate. They walk at a moderate pace on the paved path that is about two miles. Dogs on leashes and children in strollers are welcome. The group calls themselves the “Rocky Point Pacers.” Call Cindy at 497-5656 for more details.

Art Supplies Needed

Thrive Behavioral Health’s Housing First Program would greatly appreciate donations of used or new art supplies to support therapeutic art activities for the chronically homeless population and those who struggle with mental illness. Creating art reduces stress, anxiety, fears and depression in people with mental illness and raises a person's quality of life. The center, which helps over 3,000 Rhode Islanders experiencing homelessness and mental illness each year, is in constant need of art supply donations such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylic paint, construction paper, pipe cleaners, fabric, buttons, coloring books, etc. Contact Ashley Bunker at 200-4081 for more information, or drop off tax-deductible donations at 344 Washington Street, Providence.

EBC Center Volunteers Needed

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a non-profit agency located in Warwick serving victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. They are currently in need of volunteers to assist with answering their hotline and/or providing childcare while clients attend weekly support groups. They are looking for a weekly commitment of two to three hours. If interested, call 738-9700 or email sbarbosa@ebchouse.org.

Cardiac for Women

Cardiac for Women is an informal support group for women with cardiac issues. For more information call 258-2400.

Meadowlark Seniors

The Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, holds weekly meetings every Thursday at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings are followed by coffee and refreshments. After refreshments, an activity follows. All seniors are invited to attend a meeting and see what they are all about. Scheduled meetings may be canceled due to inclement weather.

Sylvan Learning Summer STEM Camps 

Sylvan of Coventry will be holding STEM camps throughout the summer that explore coding, robotics and more. For more information about the camps, schedule and registration, visit locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/coventry-ri/schedules.

All In A Chord Meetings

All In A Chord, an a capella chorus singing four-part harmony, is now meeting at 2-4 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Avenue, downstairs in the adjacent building. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to come and visit any Tuesday afternoon. They are a group of friendly women with a common interest to sing. No experience is necessary except to be able to sing on key and have fun doing so. They sing music from the ’40s, show tunes, patriotic medleys and holiday music. For more information, contact Shirley Lawton at 739-0907.

Fife and Drum Corps

The Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at the Kentish Guards Armory on Pierce St. in East Greenwich. Free lessons on playing the fife are provided to anyone 14 years of age or older interested in joining the corps.

Swim Lessons

McDermott Pool is now offering swim lessons and lifeguard certification classes. For more information visit www.warwickri.gov/parks-and-recreation or call 921-9626.

New Counseling Program Available

If you are experiencing a substance use problem with alcohol or drugs or a substance use problem coupled with a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety, a new program at Thrive Behavioral Health (formerly known as The Kent Center) may be right for you. Thrive is offering an intensive outpatient program for people battling substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. The program is confidential and personalized to meet individual needs. For more information or to schedule an assessment call 732-5656.

Green Airport Military Lounge Seeks Volunteers

The Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO) Military Lounge at T.F. Green Airport is seeking volunteers to staff the lounge. Open 12 hours every day, the primary goal of the lounge is to provide a welcoming place for military service members, veterans and their families to relax and regroup during their travels. Approaching six years in operation, nearly 15,000 visitors have passed through the lounge doors. Yet, it’s the dedicated volunteers who keep the lounge open, clean, stocked and comfortable while providing a welcome smile and warm greeting to each visitor. Volunteers are asked to work four-shifts and may select their own work schedule but are asked to dedicate a minimum of four hours per month. Also, volunteers enjoy free parking at the airport. A great opportunity to give back to the community and thank our active duty and veterans for their service. All volunteers are required to fill out the RIMO application, acquire a background check, and attend a short training class. New volunteers can begin the process by contacting the RIMO office at 921-4393.

Hospice Volunteers Needed

VNA of Care New England is looking for hospice volunteers. Have you ever wondered how you could make a difference in the life of a family whose loved one is on hospice care? Do you want to join a dedicated hospice volunteer program that provides training and ongoing support? For more information visit www.carenewengland.org or call Barbara Fletcher, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 921-7661. 

Summer Choir

Calling singers of all ages. The annual Summer Choir at Greenwood Church welcomes you, even if you've never sung in a choir before. Each Sunday morning from July 7 through August 25 a group will gather at 9 a.m. to learn a piece of music to sing. The songs are fun and easy, and singers of all skill levels are invited. No commitment required; come any Sunday and give it a try. Bring your whole family and join your voices with a friendly, inclusive group of singers. For more information visit www.gccp.org or call 737-1230. 

Women’s Auxiliary

A women’s auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the William Shields Jr. American Legion Post 43, 662 West Shore Road. It is an open invitation to all eligible women who wish to participate in supporting our veterans. Eligibility to join is related to a veteran as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, grandmother or step-relative.

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Rental

The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company Museum, 45 Kernick St., with a hall capable of seating 70, is available for rent seven days a week. There is ample parking and cooking facilities. Contact Robert Carlow at 302-1120 for details.

Cornerstone Church Food Pantry

Cornerstone Church, 1990 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, is member of the RI Community Food Bank. Hours of operation are the first and third Saturday from 9-11 a.m. Walk-ins welcome. For more information call 781-6121.

Pilgrim Senior Center

The Pilgrim Senior Enrichment Center, located at 27 Pilgrim Parkway, offers educational, nutritional and recreational programs to folks 55 years of age and older. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chess players wanted at the Pilgrim Senior Center. Join in this game of strategy on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Billiards Room. They will teach new players, so come give it a try.

Evening Adult Enrichment Square Dance Program classes are Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Participants must be 18 years old. Call Kathleen at 468-4074 for more information.

Hall Rentals

William Shields Post #43 has hall rentals for your special occasions coming up. They specialize in weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, events for fundraisers, etc. Call Diane O’Brien for more information at 486-5778. Also, every Friday night they have karaoke.

Warwick Historical Society

The Warwick Historical Society is open weekly at the John Waterman Arnold House at 25 Roger Williams Circle Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All are welcome and urged to become members and come learn about Warwick's history by helping as a volunteer. Visit www.whsri.org, join them on Facebook or call 737-4617 for more information.

Meadowlark Seniors

Meadowlark Seniors, a social club, holds weekly meetings every Thursday at the St. Kevin Parish Hall, 333 Sandy Lane, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings are followed by coffee and refreshments. After refreshments, an activity follows. All seniors are invited to attend a meeting and see what they are all about. (Scheduled meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather).

Free Sunday Lunch

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., is offering a free lunch for anyone in need of a meal or companionship. All are welcome every Wednesday and Sunday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. For more information call 737-6758.

Meadowbrook Bingo

Meadowbrook Terrace bingo is held every Friday night at 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be available. All are welcome.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

As a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient, you’re all too familiar with the frustration and heartache that come from trying to stir the memory of someone you love. But when you attend this Alzheimer’s support group, held the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., you can discuss the challenges you face, meet others with similar experiences and find solutions that can improve the quality of life for you and your loved one. For reservations or more information call 739-7300.

TOPS #44 Warwick

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) RI Chapter #44 Warwick meets every Wednesday night at St. Rita's Church, 722 Oakland Beach Avenue, Warwick. Weigh-in is from 6-6:30 p.m. The meeting will follow from 6:35-7:30. Weekly dues are $2; yearly dues are $32. For more information about this chapter or others around the state, contact TOPS Leader Nicole Johnson-Morais at 332-7616, nicoleistops2015@yahoo.com or visit www.tops.org.

Old Warwick Grange #41

The Grange is a fraternal non-profit organization with a special interest in community service. Their history is as an agricultural organization and the traditions of faith, patriotism, leadership and family values. Their meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; no meetings in July or August. The Grange hall is located at 1175 West Shore Road, Warwick. For more information call 465-7259.

Mentoring

Do you have an hour a week to spare? That’s all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child. Today’s children need positive, caring adult role models to help them develop confidence, self-esteem, and a desire to stay in school. For more information on the Warwick Mentor Program, call 732-7700 or visit the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership website at www.mentorRI.org.

Developmental Screening

The Child Outreach Department of the Warwick Public Schools, in cooperation with the Volunteers of Warwick schools (VOWS), conducts regular preschool screening clinics. All Warwick preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5 are offered the Early Screening Inventory-Revised (ESI-R). This is a free service provided by the Warwick Public Schools. Participation in a Developmental Screening is a long established program of the Warwick School Department that provides families with information about their child’s development and offers information about community resources. For more information, or to arrange a clinic appointment for your preschool aged child, call the VOWS office at 734-3230.

TOPS #38 East Greenwich

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Rhode Island Chapter #38 East Greenwich, meets every Thursday at the Women & Infants Center, 1050 Main Street, East Greenwich. Weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 9:50 a.m. The meeting will follow at 10 a.m. Weekly dues are $1.50; yearly dues $32. For more information about TOPS, call Barbara Laprocina at 996-3984, call (800) 932-8677 or visit www.tops.org. In a world of quick fixes, TOPS offers an affordable, doctor-recommended alternative that’s realistic and effective no matter how much you have to lose. Watch the scale go down, not your bank account. First meeting is free.

Moms for Moms

Support a new mother, share your experience and make a new friend. You can make a difference with just one hour a week. Moms for Moms/Families First RI helps pregnant women and new mothers deal with an enormous transition by matching them with trained volunteers who are mothers themselves. The program provides emotional and social support and strives to connect new moms to resources within their own communities. Mentors develop a warm, supportive relationship while spending time with the new mom in their homes, accompanying them on outings and attending mom gatherings. They will train you and provide supervisory support to volunteers. Dont miss out on this opportunity. Contact 383-9933 or email admin@familiesfirstri.org.

Greenwich Bay Women’s Club

The Greenwich Bay Women’s Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Atria Harborhill, 159 Division St. on the Warwick/East Greenwich line) to work together to make a difference in local communities. There are no age or residency requirements to join and meetings are open. If you would like further information, contact membership chair Diane Gadoury at 860-465-7987.

Photographic Society of RI

The Photographic Society of Rhode Island welcomes camera enthusiasts of all abilities. Meetings are held on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May at Lakewood Baptist Church, 255 Atlantic Ave. For more information visit www.psri.us.

Aphasia Conversation Group

On the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m., Sargent Rehabilitation Center, 800 Quaker Lane, Warwick, holds an aphasia conversation group. This group provides a supportive meeting place for people with aphasia to socialize and share their communication challenges and strategies. There is no charge for participation. Attendance is limited to individuals with aphasia only. For more information contact Lucia Watson, MS, SLP at 886-6600 or visit www.sargentcenter.org.

Fife & Drum Corps

Join the Pawtuxet Rangers Fife & Drum Corps of Warwick and continue the great tradition of Colonial/Revolutionary history through music. The Fife & Drum Corps meets every Wednesday night at Wyman Elementary School from 6:30-8 p.m. The corps is open to anyone over the age of 12. Drum and fife instruction is available to beginners.

Rhode Island Pet Bird Club

The R.I. Pet Bird Club welcomes anyone who owns birds or has an interest in exotic birds. Meet other people who have birds, listen to guest lecturers and more. The meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. For more information call Michele at 739-7290 or visit www.orgsites.com/ri/ripbc.

Grief Support

If you have experienced the loss of someone you love and are ready to begin or continue the healing process, then you are welcome to come to a grief support group. The group meets at the Christ Church Office condo, 61 Cedar Ave #6, East Greenwich, Sundays from 2-4 p.m. For more information visit the Christ Church website (www.christchurchec.org), call the Church office (884-8632) or email info@christchurchec.org.

Help for Victims of Crime

Are you a victim of physical or sexual assault, domestic violence, untreated childhood abuse, or another crime or traumatic event? Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, increased substance use or other emotional difficulties? If so, you may be eligible to receive counseling services free of charge at The Kent Center (www.thekentcenter.org). Victims of crimes and other traumatic events often experience debilitating psychiatric symptoms that may have long-term affects if left untreated. Seek treatment today at 732-5656.

Volunteers Needed to Sew

Looking for something to do to help foster kids? Organizers of The Sewing Project to Help Foster Kids are looking for volunteers who want to help sew pillowcase or duffel bags for foster children. Currently their belongings are sometimes put in black trash bags. Foster parent Adriane Grimaldi in Scottsdale, Ariz. started the Sewing Project in February 2008 for children taken from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) to make kid-friendly bags for carrying their belongings instead of trash bags. To date, people have made 6,700 pillowcase bags for foster kids Pillowcase bags are delivered to CPS to use instead of trash bags. The Sewing Project has opened a new Rhode Island Chapter working with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and is in need of volunteers to sew. For more information contact Hollie Galloway at holliegal@verizon.net.

Domestic Abuse Support Groups

The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is a non-profit agency providing services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The agency offers morning and evening support groups for adults dealing with current or past domestic abuse Groups provide a safe place to talk with others who have shared similar experiences. The groups are confidential and free of charge. For more information call Jessica at 738-1700.

Wanted: Norwood Crime Watch Participants

The Norwood Neighborhood Association Crime Watch Committee is looking for residents to be part of a crime-prevention program. If you would like to be part of this important initiative, email to norwoodna@verizon.net or call NNA at 785-0616. Minimal time is required but it could save you a lot of headaches in response to a crime.

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