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The Preservation Framer

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Works by Lindsay Nygaard & Kim Pettella

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Barn Owl Portrait” Acrylic by Lindsay Nygaard

“Observations in Nature” is a dynamic presentation of nature works featuring painter Lindsay Nygaard and the macro photography of Kim Pettella. The focus is on the beauty in our environment that surrounds us but that we may not have time to appreciate in day-to-day life. One painter and one photographer with very similar missions take us deeper inside nature. Birds & Insects captured with brush and lens are brought  closer to us for a more personal relationship.

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“Spider” Photo by Kim Pettella

The evening is free of charge & makes a perfect date night. We will have refreshments and showcase live music by John Faraone (nominated for the categories of Best Americana Singer/Songwriter and Breakthrough Act for the 2014 Motif Music Awards).

Title: Observations In Nature
Where: The Preservation Framer & Art Gallery
Address: 16 North Washington St, North Attleboro, MA 02760
When: May 3, 2014
Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM
Show: May 3rd-May 31st

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BAY VIEW ACADEMY READIES FOR MANHATTAN AT THE BAY

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

A Celebration of Spectacular Entertainment from May 1st-4th

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Mary Jane Andreozzi with the elephant prop she created for Making Memories.

Over 80 student singers and dancers are warming up and stretching out as they rehearse for the 31st anniversary of Bay View Academy’s Manhattan at the Bay, taking place next Thursday through Sunday, May 1st-4th. Directors Christine D. Kavanagh (Barrington, RI) and Diane Gualtieri (Warwick, RI), have assembled a talented cast and crew to create the original cabaret-style production, Making Memories. It’s a celebration of song and dance that will take the audience on a 20th century whirlwind tour through Thailand, India, China, Italy, Ireland, England and back home to the USA. The entire Bay View community is working together to make this important fundraiser a success, including Visual Arts Chairperson, Mary Jane Andreozzi (Seekonk, MA), who created a life-size elephant for the production . Tickets are $25 a piece and can be purchased at www.bayviewacademy.org/manhattanatthebay2014. Show tickets can also be purchased at the door before each performance. Please see the performance schedule below.

 In addition to the five public presentations of Making Memories, Bay View is hosting an entire weekend of events, at all price points to entertain all age groups. The gala event of the weekend is Taste of the Bay on Saturday evening, May 3rd, from 4:30 – 8:00 PM. Taste of the Bay celebrates its third anniversary this year and features one hundred different types of wine and beer, courtesy of Clift’s Liquors (East Providence), plus tasty bites to tempt the palate from area restaurants and bakeries, live entertainment and a silent auction. It’s a grown up evening out to support the girls and young women of Bay View Academy. Tickets are $50 and include the 100 different wine and beers to try, plus fare from the following: Chapel Grille (Cranston), Rosalina (Providence), Pizzico (Providence and Barrington), Great Harvest Bread (North Kingston), Sage Cafe (East Providence), Magic Pizza (Mansfield, MA), Dolce Gelateria (Providence), Roma (Providence), Panera Bread (Seekonk, MA), PieZoni’s (East Providence), Cilantro Mexican Grill (Providence), 88 Lounge (Providence), Lynne’s Dolce e Pane (Providence), St. Angelo’s (East Providence), O Dinis (East Providence), Buffalo Wild Wings (Warwick), and Blue Kangaroo Cafe (Barrington). Advanced ticketing is encouraged to ensure admittance; however, tickets will be available at the door until capacity is reached.

 Friday, May 2nd, is family night at Manhattan at the Bay, featuring a family dinner before the show for $15 per person and $10 for children (12 and under). This special event for families, featuring special placemats for coloring and characters in costume for children to meet, is being sponsored by WinkFlash (www.winkflash.com). WinkFlash is a photo storage, printing and gift website owned by a Bay View family. Rosalina, a new restaurant opening in Providence, is donating a delicious Italian-style meal. Lemon & Oil (Seekonk, MA) is supplying the salad. In addition, there will be chicken fingers, french fries and ice cream sundaes for children. A cash bar for the adults, as well as Shirley Temples and Roy Rodgers for the children will be available. Tickets for Family Night must be purchased in advance by April 29th: events.bayviewacademy.org

Making Memories Performance Schedule:

Thursday, May 1, 6:30 PM (Student Night Showing)

Friday, May 2, 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 3, 3:00 and 7:00 PM

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 PM

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MAY FAMILY EVENTS AT SEEKONK LIBRARY

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

SEEKONK LIBRARY

The month of May promises to bring lots of entertainment to families at Seekonk Library.

Read to Oliver (the loveable Labrodoodle) every Tuesday in May (except May 20) between 3 and 5 pm. Drop-in or call to reserve a specific time in advance.

 Children’s Book Week is celebrated from May 12 to 18.  Come to the Library and check out YOUR favorite books!

 Science Astronomy Class with Donna & Dave Motta is scheduled for the Meeting Room on Saturday, May 17, at 1 pm.  Learn about the stars and planets with our telescopes.  Register online at www.seekonkpl.org or call the Library.

 Family Night on Monday, May 19, at 6:30 pm has The Motion Man bringing his comedy, mime, magic and circus fun to the Library’s Meeting Room.  This fun program is great for all ages!

Family Movie Matinee on Tuesday, May 20, at 4 pm features a recently released film about fairies and pirates.  This animated movie is Not Rated and the running time is 80 minutes.  FREE SmartFood

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.

 Go to Seekonk Library’s website, www.seekonkpl.org, for detailed information or call the Youth Services Department at 508-336-8230 x5140.

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The Hundred-Year Snooze

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Traveling Theatre/CDL Presents:

“The Hundred-Year Snooze”

 Featuring the Youth of Saylesville Elementary School

 Providence, RI Friday May 9th @ 7:00pm, Saturday May 10th @ 2pm, 2014

The Center for Dynamic Learning/Traveling Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming production of

The Hundred-Year Snooze:

  • Saylesville Elementary School
  • 50 Woodland Street, Lincoln RI 02865
  • Friday, April 9th at 7pm
  • Saturday, April 10th at 2pm.
  • $6.00 for general admission/adults and $4.00 for Students/Seniors, children under 3 are FREE.

 For ticket reservations and more information, please contact Karen Boucher, Executive Assistant at

401-461-1813.

Directors Jen Nolan & Ben Stanfield, Center for Dynamic Learning Teaching Artists.

The Hundred-Year Snooze (The Story of Sleeping Beauty), by Dave Perry and Jean Perry.

In The Hundred-Year Snooze, there lives a princess who possesses gifts bestowed upon her by the kingdom’s Seven Graces: beauty, wit and charm, grace and elegance, song, dance and good math skills! However, her parents, who are the king and queen of the castle, and a court-full of fun characters all fall under an evil spell given by the ignored and forgotten Old Grace.

Join the fun in this amazing spin of a time honored children’s story!

The Center for Dynamic Learning has been working as the artist in residence at the Saylesville Elementary School since 2003 providing a fall and spring, 12 week long After School Drama Program. Students working in this program work as actors, singers, dancers, assistant directors and stage managers. “It has been an amazing experience working with the youth at Saylesville”, says Artistic Director Beth Cunha. “They are dedicated and talented young actors with amazing potential as artists and performers, but equally amazing, is how supportive their families are along with the faculty and staff at the school. The arts are an integral part of the education these students receive at Saylesville and it has been a privilege to share in their artistic journey.”

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May Events at EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

All Events Open To Public

Entertainment with Bill Burke at EPOCH (May 7)
NORTON – EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton will welcome singer and comedian Bill Burke for a performance on Wednesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. He was an original cast member of the musical comedy hit “Mass Hysteria” and has performed with the comedy troop, “Hot Spot Cabaret.” He has been singing and acting in the Boston area and on Cape Cod for more than 18 years. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 508-285-3355. EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton is located at 190 Mansfield Ave.

Chris Jason to perform at EPOCH (May 14)
NORTON – EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton will welcome Frank Sinatra interpreter Chris Jason for a performance on Wednesday, May 14 at 6:15 p.m. With his rich baritone voice and contagious energy, Jason has been hailed as one of the best Sinatra interpreters on the East Coast. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 508-285-3355. EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton is located at 190 Mansfield Ave.

EPOCH of Norton hosts art show (May 15)

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Norton resident and artist, Thomas Casso

NORTON – EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton will host an art reception for resident Thomas Casso on Thursday, May 15 at 3 p.m. Casso is primarily a self-taught artist whose nature-themed paintings are inspired by the small farm where he grew up in Connecticut. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception to meet the artist, view his work, and speak to him about his inspirations, techniques, and how he turned a hobby into a fulfilling lifestyle after retirement.

During the reception, pianist John Barnett will provide live entertainment. Barnett has a vast repertoire that includes everything from classical pieces to modern hits. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 508-285-3355. EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton is located at 190 Mansfield Ave.

About EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton (www.epochsl.com)
Located at 190 Mansfield Ave., EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton provides quality assisted living residences. This community is part of EPOCH Senior Living, a regional provider of senior living and health care options, which offers independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, memory care, hospice and home care.

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Please Help With Attleboro Land Trust Spring Clean-up

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Spring is here and it’s time to do trail maintenance, litter pick-up, and various other improvement projects on our conservation lands in the city.

On Saturday, April 26, we will be working at Larson Woodland (across from Willett School) from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The edge of the property facing Watson Avenue and Riverbank Road needs grooming to remove excess leaves and road sand. Bring rakes and dustpans, if you have them, for ease in bagging leaves.  If you have a pickup truck, we could use help transporting bagged leaves to the compost center.  We will also be picking up litter.

On Saturday, May 10, we will be digging signpost holes at the Phil and Ginny Leach Wildlife Sanctuary from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The purpose is to place signposts at all of the trail junctions.  Please bring shovels and posthole diggers, if you have them. The Leach Sanctuary is at the corner of Ridgewood Road and Woodland Lane, off Locust  Street.

If you can help with the above activities or if you would like to be notified of other volunteer opportunities, please call 508 222-6164.  

For more information, visit our website at

attleborolandtrust.org.

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16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival

April 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

 16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents:

Slater Park Fall Festival 2014

Saturday/Sunday September 13 & 14, 2014

 Call for Artisans, Crafters and Vendors

Slater Memorial Park

11:00 to 5:00pm

  “Relax and sell your wares in our open-air marketplace!”

Pawtucket: Show and sell your creative endeavors in beautiful Slater Memorial Park! This annual event attracts over 20,000 attendees and is a juried festival that is open to the public on Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14 from 11-5pm each day.  This festival is open to all crafters, artisans and creators of original items made by hand. The Slater Park Fall Festival will be a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park – from the Daggett Farm to Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and historic Daggett House. This ‘open air market’ features food trucks, craft, music and more!

 Your application, payment in full and images must be received by Tuesday JULY 1, 2014. Please visit our website for the complete list of guidelines and fees, along with the downloadable application form at

www.pawtucketartsfestival.org

or find us on facebook – Slater Park Fall Festival !  

For more information, please contact Pat Zacks, Slater Park Fall Festival, committee chair at 401-273-5367 or

psz333@aol.com.

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“Get Your Children’s Book Published Now ! ” At The Weaver Library

April 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Having a children’s book published in today’s tough market can seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice and a timely critique from a pro. Do you need an agent? Should you connect with an artist? What about self-publishing? In a one-session library workshop on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 6:30pm, nationally-known author Peter Mandel will pass on the insiders’ tips writers need to know in order to create a marketable first book and get it into the hands of exactly the right gatekeepers in the publishing world.

 A regular contributor to The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, Mandel is the author of eleven books for children published by Simon & Schuster, Hyperion, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Henry Holt including the recent Jackhammer Sam and Zoo Ah-Choooo.  Mandel lives in Rhode Island.

 Questions?  Call 434-2453.  

This program is free and open to all. 

Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914. 

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RI Independence Day

April 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Slater Mill celebrates RI Independence Day with soldier-reenactors of the American Revolution

Saturday, May 3rd

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Ready, set, drill!  Slater Mill will honor Rhode Island Independence Day, an annual May 4th State holiday, with the arrival of Tew’s Company, the 1st Company of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment of the American Revolution.  The Company will offer a field day of drill exercises and a display of Revolutionary War era camp life on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., as part of Revolutionary RI, a program in celebration of the roots of the industrial revolution and innovation at Slater Mill Historic Site.

 Wearing frock coats, overalls, and traditional tricorn hats or cloth and knitted caps of the colonial Rhode Island soldier, the dozen veteran and new recruit members of Tew’s Company will march in formation, fire their muskets and be available to tell their story of reenacting the Revolution at historic sites and National Parks throughout the Northeast.

 Views of the rushing waters of the Blackstone River, the imposing stone Wilkinson Mill built in 1810, and the iconic wooden Slater Mill dating to 1793 will provide a backdrop and stage for Tew’s Company drill and recruitment activity.   Young civilians will be welcome to drill with the soldiers and shoulder dummy wooden muskets, replicas of the “sticks” used for training young recruits of military age in Colonial times.

 In concert with the Brigade of the American Revolution and the Continental Line, two national organizations devoted to the reenactment of this era in history, Tew’s Company portrays the daily routine of 18th century American soldiers, and the civilians who would have traveled with the troops or served in  auxiliary roles in the camps.

 Tew’s Company has participated in major national events at historic or heritage sites such as the reenacted Battle of Oriskany in New York, Fort Ticonderoga in New York, the Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth in Monmouth State Park in New Jersey, and Rebels and Redcoats at Sturbridge Village.

 Though Slater Mill Historic Site is revered as central to the history of the American Industrial Revolution, one of its buildings predates the 1789 arrival of Samuel Slater and the founding of his cotton spinning factory in 1790.  The Sylvanus Brown House, a 1758 classic gambrel, was home to the artisan who made patterns for parts of Slater’s machines.  Brown also hosted Slater upon his arrival in Rhode Island.

 The Sylvanus Brown House will provide a headquarters for Tew’s Company that pays tribute to Rhode Island Independence Day and the State’s role in the American Revolution.  On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first colony to renounce its allegiance to British King George III.  The Rhode Island General Assembly first declared May 4th a day of annual celebration in 1908.

Though Tew’s Company represents light infantry and a regiment of foot, Sylvanus Brown might have felt comfortable hosting them.  Brown worked as a millwright until the age of 21, then enlisted in the colonial navy under Commodore Ezekiel Hopkins of Rhode Island and sailed aboard his flagship “Alfred” as “master of arms.”

 Brown’s son, James Salsbury was born in the house in 1802, and throughout the 19th century built his reputation as an industrial inventor and innovator.  During the Civil War, Brown’s turning-lathe, originally designed for cotton machinery, was applied to turning gun barrels and became a focus of his business.  The Slater Mill Historic Site offers tours and events to visitors and schools that showcase the birthplace of American industrial history.

Tew’s Company will be happy to discuss company membership with visitors who may be interested in Revolutionary War reenactment as a hobby.  Tew’s Company includes “Patriot Paul” who   Revolutionary RI-Independence Day activities with Tew’s Company on the exterior grounds of Slater Mill Historic Site are free and open to the public.

 Tours of Slater Mill, the Sylvanus Brown House, and the Wilkinson Mill Machine Shop and its 9 ton water wheel are scheduled from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., with the last tour available at 4:00. Starting in May, Slater Mill is open 7 days a week. Cost for tours is $12 for adults age 13-64; Seniors age 65+ admission is $10; Children age 6-12 admission is $8.50; and children under age 6 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Slater Mill membership will be available.  For more information about Revolutionary RI/RI Independence Drill Day contact Mary Lee Partington at mlpartington@slatermill.orgFor Slater Mill general information, contact Joyce Neves at 725-8638, ext. 100 or jneves@slatermill.org.

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New England Real Estate Journal Highlights Candidate Support For Quonset

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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Rhode Islanders will elect a new governor this year.  Over the past several months, each major candidate has toured the Quonset Business Park, where more than 175 companies employ 9,500 people. Despite their sometimes differing political views, all of this year’s candidates for Governor agree that Quonset is one of the state’s key drivers of economic growth and job creation.

This month’s edition of New England Real Estate Journal includes the views of all the major candidates for Governor regarding Quonset.

“Having the candidates weigh in on behalf of Quonset in a publication like this one, which reaches corporate executives and real estate professionals, is very important for the Business Park,” said Steven J. King, PE, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.  “For prospective tenants to know that Quonset will continue to enjoy the support of our political leaders, despite a change in administrations, has real value in the marketplace where we compete.”   

To see the candidates’ full thoughts on Quonset in the NEREJ

click here.

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