NOTICE: For your convenience, you can e-mail your bulletin board notices to email@example.com as well as mail to 1944 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889, or fax to 732-3110.
Riverview Christmas Lights Contest
Riverview’s 4th Annual Christmas Lights Contest is taking place now through Dec 25 throughout the neighborhood of Riverview. They want to see your best Christmas lights. Open to all residents of the Riverview Neighborhood; let them know that you would like to enter the contest soyour lights will be judged. Entrants can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name & address) or send a private message through their Facebook page. There will be prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place shortly after Dec. 25 and the winner will be announced on Facebook and by email. The same address cannot win 1st place in two consecutive years.
William Shields Jr. SAL Squadron #43 invites all interested people to join in for a “Three Card MEL Meat Raffle” Dec. 20 at the Legion Post at 662 West Shore Road starting at 7 p.m. For more information on this event contact the William Shields Post at 737-9711.
New York Bus Trip
Take a bus trip to New York City and plan your own day on Saturday, December 21. Depart Warwick at 6:30 a.m.; depart New York at 7 p.m. Cost for YMCA members is $65 and $75 for non-members. Call the Kent County YMCA at 828-0130, and visit our Facebook events page for more information.
Holiday Craft Show
There will be a holiday craft show at Gateway Plaza, 1647 Warwick Ave., Warwick, December 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring over 20 vendors. Santa will be there from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information call 345-1165.
Southpointe Christian Church
Southpointe Christian Church located on Pettaconsett Avenue will be hosting Home for the Holidays Christmas services Dec. 22 at 10 a.m., Dec. 23 at 5 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 5 and 10 p.m.
Winter Holiday Concert
Atwater-Donnelly will perform their Winter Holiday Show at Edgewood Congregational Church,
1788 Broad Street, Cranston,
December 22 at 10 a.m. Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, who are based in Warren, perform throughout the United States. They provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. Refreshments will be served following the concert. This performance is free and open to all.
Wow Kids Yoga will be holding a free yoga class for ages 4 to 10 in Cranston Jan. 7 from 4-4:45. The class will be based on a story, which makes it fun and engaging, with the yoga poses weaved in. Parents and older siblings are welcome to join. Contact email@example.com or 716-989-7886.
Artist Member Opening Reception
Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road, will be holding an Artist Member Opening Reception January 23 from6-7:30 p.m. free and open to the public. This exhibit will highlight artist members and their unique individual styles. Meet the artists and view their works in such mediums as drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, photography, textiles, jewelry and more. Light refreshments will be served. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org/401-737-0010.
Meat & Lobster Raffle
Warwick Fireman’s club, 750 Warwick Avenue holds a meat and lobster raffle every Saturday until March 21, 2020. Doors open at noon. In addition to meat and lobster tables there are a large screen TV, money raffles and gift table.
Red Hat Group Cruise
The Red Hat Goddess group that meets at the Pilgrim Senior Center is sponsoring a seven-night cruise May 23-30, 2020 aboard the Norwegian Pearl from New York to New England and Canada. Those interested in learning more about the cruise should contact Diane Carley at 738-8588.
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).
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.
Mentor Rhode Island
Help support kids by becoming a mentor. MENTOR Rhode Island is seeking volunteers from the community to become a mentor in Warwick Schools through the Warwick Mentoring Program. In just one hour each week, you can be the person that helps expand the horizons of a young person from your community and put them on a path to success. Screening, training and ongoing support is provided. For more information or to apply, contact MENTOR Rhode Island at 732-7700 or visit www.MentorRI.org.
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 email@example.com.
Cardiac for Women
Cardiac for Women is an informal support group for women with cardiac issues. For more information call 258-2400.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call NNA at 785-0616. Minimal time is required but it could save you a lot of headaches in response to a crime.
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.