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Court House Center For The Arts

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Court House Center For The Arts

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Sunday series continues with Executive Session May 17th at 2:30~ Celtic Music

This trio has come together to create contemporary music with the wood flute, grand piano, and percussion. The sonic terrain is at once new and historic and composed and improvised. There is inspiration from many forms of music including, Appalachian, Scottish, Irish, jazz. All members have extensive recordings and have played tours both in the US and abroad.

Biographies

Glenn Hardy is known for his solo piano improvisations, compositions and as keyboardist for top jazz and blues groups. After music studies at The University of the Pacific, Glenn established the Harpsichord Workshop of San Francisco, a center devoted to the building and maintenance of early keyboard instruments.

Mance Grady is a master of a broad range of percussion instruments including the Irish Bodhran, djembe, and congas. He often appears as guest clinician at places such as Berklee College of Music is also recognized as a master drum maker.

Sunday, May 17th at 2:30

Tickets are $15

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1353073

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PAWTUCKET ARTS FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

PAWTUCKET ARTS FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER CURTAIN UP! HONORS ARTS & CULTURE ADVOCATE HERB WEISS

  The Pawtucket Arts Festival raises the curtain on its 17th annual season with a first fundraising event hosted by PAF at the Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, on Thursday, May 7th.

 With a theatrical flourish, PAF and Curtain Up! help set the stage for an evening in Pawtucket where the arts, audience, and the sponsors who make the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival possible are in the spotlight.

 A reception is planned for PAF Major Sponsors from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Doors open for Curtain Up! ticket holders from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center, where an evening is planned to evoke memories of favorite events hosted during the annual PAF month of September.

 With a tip of the hat to the yearly “Taste of the Valley and Blackstone River Party,” Curtain Up! guests will be treated to food samplings from the menus of leading area restaurants who are stalwarts of PAF’s opening night event that draws thousands to downtown Pawtucket and Slater Mill. A cash bar will be available, and live jazz performed by Providence Brass Band will create a music-themed atmosphere that welcomes conversation, connecting, celebrating and supporting the arts.

 The Curtain Up! spotlight will fall on Herb Weiss, the recipient of the first PAF Excellence Award.   Weiss has long served Pawtucket and Rhode Island as a foremost ambassador for the arts and culture through his work as Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer for the City of Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment. The Excellence Award, designed by Gail Ahler will allow guests and colleagues to toast, as well as roast, the affable administrator, writer, and community volunteer whose tireless efforts have been devoted to the Pawtucket Arts Festival.

 Additionally, the Working River Award will be presented to those who sustain the place of the arts in civic life.

With an array of prominent visual arts, gallery, and theatre events also on deck for the evening of May 7th in Pawtucket, visitors to the City are welcome to purchase advance PAF fundraiser tickets and drop in to Curtain Up! as part of an all-out arts in Pawtucket evening. All are welcome to join the Visitor Center festivities at any point to congratulate Weiss, and support the festival that showcases the arts and the City of Pawtucket each September. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased by May 1st. Tickets may be purchased at Pawtucket City Hall Panning Department, 137 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket.

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Join One Another At Plainville Church Supper

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Plainville United Methodist Church 16 East Bacon Street Plainville, MA will hold a supper of Clamcakes and Chowder on Saturday May 9, 2015  Meal will also include cole slaw, coffee, tea, or cold drink and dessert.

 Please call for reservations  508-695-5141 or 508-699-8646

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LTE: Joe Kennedy

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Friends, 

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This time last year, Lauren and I were standing at the starting line for the Boston Marathon, wondering just how long 26.2 miles really is.

 That entire morning is a blur.  We woke up around 5:30AM, threw on our running gear, scarfed down some Clif Bars and bagels and boarded a crowded school bus for Hopkinton, Mass., right as the sun was coming up.

We were among the last to start, so we had plenty of time to wait nervously and bicker back and forth about whose brilliant idea it was to do this in the first place.  But then they lined us up and the adrenaline hit.  Moments later, people in front of us started running. It was go time.

 I’m not going to lie to you — the next 26.2 miles were brutal. No amount of training or pep talks or practice runs can get you fully prepared for what that course actually feels like on Marathon Monday.

But just when you think you can’t take it anymore, that you can’t possibly put one foot in front of the other, that you don’t really care if you ever see that finish line… you look up and you see the crowd.   You see the complete strangers cheering you on with everything they’ve got; telling you they are with you, that they know you can do it. Step after step. Mile after mile. People you’ve never met are pulling for someone they’ll never know.

In the days and weeks after the Marathon bombings two years ago, the world saw what it meant to be Boston Strong. In case anyone needs a reminder, I hope you’ll tune into this year’s marathon; to witness not just the incredible athletes but the tens of thousands of people swarming the sidelines, making sure every runner knows that, lonely as each step may feel, he or she is not out on that course alone.

 That’s what Boston Strong has always been — a community that has each other’s backs, no matter how steep the hill, how long the stretch, or how far the finish line.

 I won’t be out there this year, but I’m cheering for each and every runner who is. Good luck to all of you!

Joe

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SAIL NEWPORT

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Gearing Up For Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover

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NEWPORT, RI (April 17, 2015) - The first twelve of over 100 containers that will create the infrastructure for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, arrived today at Fort Adams. The first group came by ship from Auckland NZ, landed in Philadelphia and were trucked to Newport. Team SCA owns the containers which will make a large hospitality pavilion and team compound for their sailing team. The entire village will be under construction through May 4 to complete the plan to structures to house the international sailing event.

The Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s preeminent circumnavigation race, visits Newport, R.I., May 5-17. Hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s Public Sailing Center, the State of RI, Dept. of Environmental Management, Discover Newport and the City of Newport.  The upcoming 12-day Race Village and celebration is Volvo Ocean Race’s only scheduled visit to North America during this the nine-month around-the-world sailing marathon.

 Taking place over four oceans, five continents and featuring seven teams, the Volvo Ocean Race is the longest sporting event in the world. It pits the toughest sailors against nature and some of the harshest elements in a glorious demonstration of human endurance.

Newport and the state of Rhode Island have a long history of hosting international sailing events, foremost of which was the America’s Cup but also many one-design world championships. This is the first time that the Volvo Ocean Race, inaugurated more than 40 years ago in 1973-’74, will visit the “City by the Sea” in the “Ocean State.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race-and the incredible sailors who race their boats through some hair-raising conditions-to Newport and Rhode Island,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “Rhode Island, and Newport in particular, has very strong ties with the international sailing community, and we consider it a huge honor and show of respect to host the only North American stopover.”

“I want to thank all of the companies and people who are helping to make the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover the best that’s ever been in North America,” said Brad Read, the Executive Director of Sail Newport. “It’s no small feat hosting this stopover, but we couldn’t be happier welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race to town. Newport and Rhode Island are iconic destinations for sailors around the world and we’re going to have a raucous welcome for the crews.”

 The Volvo Ocean Race began last October in Alicante, Spain. It has since visited five countries: South Africa, the U.A.E., China, New Zealand and, most recently, Brazil.

On Sunday, April 19, the seven crews are scheduled to embark on Leg 7, from Itajaí, Brazil, to Newport, R.I. It is a 5,000-nautical mile (5,700 statute miles) leg that takes the crews up the South Atlantic, across the Equator and into the North Atlantic before the final approach to Newport. The leaders could arrive as early as May 5, depending on the conditions the sailors encounter on the open ocean.

During the stopover a Race Village at Fort Adams State Park will be open May 5-17, every day into the early evening. and admission is free. Visitors of the America’s Cup World Series Newport in June 2012 will remember many exhibits and interactive displays. Those and many more are planned for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover. From bumper boats for children to zip lines, cross sections of the Volvo Ocean 65, the race sailboat used in the race, and concerts there’ll be no shortage of activity.

An educational Exploration Zone, open May 9-17 and also with free admission, will host interactive exhibits for all ages. Exploration Zone themes include marine science and technology, geography and culture, sustainability and mathematics. A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Exploration Zone is scheduled Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Adams State Park.

The first weekend of the stopover includes daily action on the water with many different boats of all sizes competing in races and all viewable from the shoreline of Fort Adams State Park. A Youth Regatta is planned May 9-10. Another regatta featuring disabled combat veterans is planned May 12-13.

In Newport, the Volvo Ocean Race crews return to the water on May 14 for a day of practice racing. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Pro-Am Racing is scheduled for May 15, followed by the In-Port Race on May 16 and the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 start on May 17.

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Umass Dartmouth Center For Marketing Research

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Spend an Evening with Red Sox Manager John Farrell

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John Farrell and his 2013 Red Sox thrilled us all by bringing the 2013 World Series Trophy home to Boston!  On April 30th, 2015 the Umass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research will hold it’s annual Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA with John Farrell as the celebrity guest.

Join us for an evening with John Farrell and take your picture with the 2013 World Series trophy.

·      Buy a ticket  ($90) or a table of 10 ($850) for a full course dinner and the evening with John Farrell

·      Purchase an ad in our Keepsake Program Book….half page $150/full page $250

The Celebrity/Scholarship Dinner will feature a silent auction with signed Farrell items including a World Series baseball,  Red Sox jersey, SI cover and 2013 memorabilia .  Pictures will be available for sale and will be signed by our guest at the conclusion of our program.

To purchase tickets or ads or for more information contact Ava Lescault (alescault@umassd.edu), 508-910-6435.

 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Center for Marketing Research
200 Mill Rd.
Fairhaven, MA 02719
Fax: 508-910-6297
Website:

www.umassd.edu/cmr/

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Arnold House Education Programs

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Arnold House education programs awarded a grant from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

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Lincoln, R.I. – Historic New England received an $8,500 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to fund Colonial Times education programs at the 1693Arnold House.

Colonial Times immerses students in early local history in an authentic seventeenth-century setting. The program combines classroom activities with a field trip and lets students explore history through hands-on activities including candle-making, writing, spinning and weaving, food preservation, and bartering.

Historic New England has been presenting exceptional school and youth programs for thirty years. These programs have earned national attention for their innovative use of historical resources to reinforce and enrich school curricula. In 2014 Historic New England served more than 49,000 students from 192 communities.

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

Arnold House (1693): In 1693, Eleazer Arnold, a major landowner, built his house along Great Road, one of the earliest roads in the colonies. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home so dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers that it earned the title “Eleazer’s Splendid Mansion.”  With its massive chimney end wall, the house is a rare survivor of a once-common Rhode Island building type known as a stone-ender. The structure has sustained many alterations over the centuries. Visitors find evidence of seventeenth-century construction methods, eighteenth-century additions, nineteenth century graffiti, and the twentieth-century approach to preservation that restored the house to its present appearance. Arnold House is located at 487 Great Road. Guided tours are on the hour, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.

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Seekonk Public Library

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments

SUMMER CAMP AND PRESCHOOL FAIR SCHEDULED AT LIBRARY

Representatives from local summer camps, nurseries, preschools and day care centers will be on hand in the Seekonk Public Library’s Meeting Room to answer parents’ questions and distribute information about their programs on Saturday, April 25, from 10 am until 1 pm.

At 10 am the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department will present a K9 Demonstration (outdoors weather permitting). Currently the unit has six K-9`s and Officers. Three of the K-9′s are crossed trained in narcotics and one specializing in explosives.

Each Patrol K-9 attends a sixteen week Patrol Academy. During the sixteen week period, K-9`s learn tracking, criminal apprehension, building searches, crowd control, felony car stops jail cell extractions, article searching, legal issues and K-9 first aid. Each K-9 Team is expected to perform all activities at a very high level.

New York Life Insurance Company will also be in attendance presenting Child I.D. cards, fingerprinting and photos for parents to take home in one kit.  A representative from New York Life will be at the Fair from 10 am until 1 pm.

The Library will provide parents with valuable handouts on child development and display materials related to early childhood education.     It is hoped that the Fair will help parents who are faced with the often confusing process of finding the right preschool for their children.

If patrons have a special physical or communication need that may affect their participation in Seekonk Library services or activities, they should contact the Library staff to discuss accommodations.  Seekonk Library cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need.

Please contact the Youth Services Librarians at (508) 336-8230 x5140 to inquire about available exhibit space at the Fair or for additional details.

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United Way Earth Day

April 18th, 2015 · No Comments

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton & Taunton Housing
Authority Day of Caring for Earth Day

 On Wednesday, April 22nd, Earth Day, the Taunton Housing Authority (THA) in partnership with United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) will break ground to begin building the new Community Garden at Bristol Commons.

With the help of volunteers from EMC2, this project will help to provide healthy foods for the community as part of an initiative for a healthier community. The multi-phase project hopes to bring big changes to the lifestyle of citizens of Taunton.

UWGAT President and CEO, Jamie Crossman stated “Through UWGAT’s Days of Caring, this collaborative effort is one example of UWGAT’s Health Initiative.   UWGAT looks forward to continuing with this partnership to build capacity and provide a healthier community for all. UWGAT’s Days of Caring are a great way to get involved in our communities.”

 “We are very pleased to be partnering with United Way and are very grateful to the many volunteers participating in this Day of Caring. Earth Day is the perfect day to begin preparing the Bristol Commons community gardens for planting. This undertaking will ultimately improve the quality of life for so many people,” said Colleen Doherty, Executive Director of the Taunton Housing Authority.

“Community gardens benefit both communities and individuals in multiple ways, including encouraging health and exercise, neighborhood beautification, and producing nutritious food,” said Doherty.

 The Bristol Commons Community Garden will serve as a catalyst for healthier choices and as a learning tool for the community. Residents of Bristol Commons will be able to utilize their harvest and prepare sustainable, healthy meals. For more information on this project or to get involved with the future phases, please contact Lydia L. Silva at Lydia.Silva@brisolcc.edu.

 For information about UWGAT Days of Caring and how you can get involved, please contact Kailee Wilson at Kailee@uwgat.org.

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Attleboro Arts Museum

April 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Annual Meeting

Presentation of 2015 Museum Awards

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 5:30pm

Attleboro Arts Museum

86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

Free and open to the public

Reserve your space by calling: 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

On Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30pm the Museum will hold its Annual Meeting. The meeting is free and open to all and will include annual reports and elections. A guided tour of the current Art Unites Communities exhibition, and the presentation of 2015 Museum Awards to individuals or organizations that support the Museum in extraordinary ways will conclude the event.

This year’s award recipients are:

Ben Macomber – Fluid Creativity Award

Mark Taber – Renaissance Man Award

Wheaton College – Good Neighbor Award

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