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“The Princess And The Pea”

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Traveling Theatre/CDL Presents:

“The Princess and the Pea”

 Featuring the Youth of Saylesville Elementary School

Performances take place at Lincoln Middle School!

Providence, RI Friday May 1st @ 7pm, Saturday May 2nd @ 3pm, 2015

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

The Princess & the Pea:

  • Lincoln Middle School
  • 152 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln RI 02865
  • Friday, May 1st at 7pm
  • Saturday, May 2nd at 3pm.
  • $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


Co-Directors Jen Nolan & Laura Goldstein, Center for Dynamic Learning Teaching Artists, Choreographer Kayle-Rose Geyer.

The Princess and the Pea, adapted by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher

The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen gets a Fairy Tale treatment as Saylesville Elementary takes on the classic story of a prince hunting for a real princess. See what happens when the picky prince meets his match!

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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Op-Ed: RI Representative Robert Lancia

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments

‘Here’s to the Crazy Ones’

 “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones to do so.” – Steve Jobs

 When I ran for office this past November and won, people kept asking me, “Why? Are you crazy?”

 As a former Navy chaplain, and disabled vet, who volunteered to go on active duty at 39 and a half, people asked me at that time, “Why? Are you crazy?”

 My answer to both questions has always been the same, “I did it because I wanted to make a positive change.”

In my four months at the General Assembly, as a freshman representative from Cranston, I have seen a lot. Moreover, I’ve also come to believe that I might, in fact, be a bit crazy. A misfit. A rebel. One who sees things differently.

 Early in the session, one of my fellow colleagues introduced a bill that would require non-profits to be more, in the words of the representative “transparent.” Call me crazy, but I think a bill needs to be introduced that requires the state to be more transparent as well.

 Think back over the last 20 years. It’s been crisis after crisis, mistake after mistake with the routine promise, of course, “it will never happen again.” Yet each time, taxpayers pay and pay, with little to no benefit. The Cranston Foundry, the banking crisis, the Convention Center project, 38 Studios, and most recently, the possible ballpark in downtown Providence. Transparency or obfuscation?

 Back in 1992 the General Assembly, due to the banking crisis, began to end the practice of using restricted receipt accounts. Restricted receipt accounts were created to put collected money into specified accounts for specific purposes.

 For example, user fees were implemented at state beaches; $1 for state residents and $4 for non-state residents “to be dedicated to development and renovation of recreation projects and for additional acquisition of recreation areas.” Essentially, the money was to be used for a “state beach, park, and recreation development fund.” We paid those beach fees back then, and even higher fees now, because we were told the money went to promote recreational areas. Now your beach fees can go to any program within the state budget. Did you know that?

 Here’s another limited transparency issue. Look at your next landline or cell phone bill, notice the $1 assessed on each bill for 911.

 In 2014, over $15 million was collected for 911 services. Of that amount collected, only a little over five million dollars ($5,400,000) was used for that purpose. In 2000, the General Assembly changed the law redirecting these previously restricted revenues into “the state general fund.” Did you know that?

 Just as non-transparent as the dollar assessment is the 26¢ charge on your cell phone bill for Geo-coding and Technology. The fund was originally established in 2004 to provide a revenue stream to complete and maintain the geographic information system database and to establish a temporary E-911 answering facility. However, in 2007 the General Assembly removed the sunset provision, thereby extending the tax indefinitely, for the .26¢ on wireless telephones and altered the restricted status of the receipts, converting them to general revenues. Here’s another account for which we pay a fee or tax that isn’t being used for its intended purpose. Did you know that?

 This Monday evening a group of folks will be meeting behind closed doors to discuss a new ballpark for downtown Providence. At stake, once again, are taxpayer dollars and possible long-term indebtedness, again with little to no proven economic benefit. Did you know that?

 Now that you know the lack of transparency within our state budget, you may also consider yourself one of the crazies. Fees and taxes should fund the programs that charge them, is that crazy?

 Transparency for non-profits, a good idea. Transparency in state government, an absolute great idea!

Rep. Robert B. Lancia is a Republican representative representing District 16 in Cranston

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April 26th, 2015 · No Comments


 WEEKLY STORYTIMES – January 20 through May 16, 2014

Registration is not required. Half hour storytimes include stories, songs, crafts, and other activities. Storytimes will not meet during February (Feb. 17-21) and April (Apr. 20-25) school vacation weeks.

Tuesdays, 1:30pm, ages 3 – 6 @ RIVERSIDE

Wednesdays, 9:30am, ages birth – 36 months @ RIVERSIDE

Wednesdays, 6:30pm, ages 2 – 6 @ WEAVER

Thursdays, 9:30am, ages birth – 36 months @ WEAVER

Thursdays, 10:30am, ages 3 – 6 @ WEAVER

Saturdays, 10:00am, ages 2 – 6 @ WEAVER


Monday, May 11 & June 15, 3:00-4:30, Grades 5+ @WEAVER

Tuesday, May 19, 3:00-4:30, Grades 2-5 @WEAVER

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time. Players can build whatever their minds can imagine in this open-world game unlike any other. The concept is similar to LEGOs, only the amount of blocks is limitless.


Tuesday, Tues., May 12, 3:45-4:45 @WEAVER

Grades K-5

LEGO fans can build alongside other kids who love LEGOs. Come explore the open-ended possibilities of creating with LEGOs.



Wednesday, May 13, 3:00-4:30pm @RIVERSIDE

All ages.

Pudding, gummy worms, cookies, yum!


Mondays, May 18, June 22, 3:30-4:30pm @WEAVER

Fun creative writing exercises, free books, snacks, and activities to spark your creativity.

No registration required.


Tuesdays, May 26, 3:45-4:45pm

Grades 1-5

Use recycled materials to create interesting and unique crafts.

Registration is not required.


Thursday, May 21, 5:45pm @RIVERSIDE

Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb (2014, 98 min., rated PG) will be shown on the big screen. Snacks provided.

  WEAVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence, RI   401-434-2453

Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1:00-5:00

 RIVERSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY, 475 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside, RI 401-433-4877

Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5

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Attleboro: Oak Knoll Sanctuary

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Build a Birdhouse

A Oak birdhouse_EJ

Sat., May 2, 2015 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Audience: All (suitable for children 6 – 18 yrs)

Members: Adult/Child $15.00

Nonmembers: Adult/Child $17.00

Celebrate the warmer weather by building a bird house. We’ll supply all the materials and instructions, you supply the hammer and the building spirit. These wonderful nest boxes attract a variety of native species. We’ll learn more about these birds and what makes them stick around.

Please register in advance online at

or call 508-223-3060.  Oak Knoll is located at 1417 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

 Fairies and Trolls

A Oak fairy house child

Sat, May 30, 2015 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Audience: All (suitable for children 4 – 11 yrs)

Members: $12.00

Nonmembers:  $15.00

Join us on a magical tour of Oak Knoll. We’ll learn about the fairies and trolls who make their home at the sanctuary. We’ll head out on the trail to gather materials for our fairy & troll houses. Then we’ll head indoors to create beautiful fairy and troll houses using our found materials as well as dried flowers, colorful pebbles, and other fanciful decorations.

Please register in advance online at

or call 508-223-3060.  Oak Knoll is located at 1417 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

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Seekonk Library Magic

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments


Boston area magician and award-winning entertainer, George Saterial (Magic By George), has been thrilling audiences large and small, young and old, with fun-filled shows that are perfectly suited for Family Night! George will provide the perfect blend of magic, clean comedy, and audience participation that will have your family wanting more.

George will be appearing at Seekonk Public Library on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.

This program, sponsored by The Friends of The Seekonk Public Library, offers the opportunity for all family members to engage in a shared library experience and to further explore the Library’s juvenile collection of materials on the subject of magic.

George has become the first and only magician in the world to receive magic’s highest and most coveted honors, the “Gold Medal of Excellence,” from the industry’s foremost associations–The International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. It’s rare that either award is given–in nearly twenty years they have been granted a combined total of only seven times. George was awarded both honors in the same year.

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.  The Seekonk Library cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need.

For more information on this or any other program or service offered by Seekonk Library, please call (508) 336-8230 extension 5140.

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GAMM: Summer Training For Young Thespians

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Know a young thespian looking for something fun to do this summer?

Look no further!



GSI is a four-week theater training program for high-school students from Rhode Island and Southern New England, focused on performing and learning Shakespeare. It is for serious young actors looking to expand their skills in a professional setting, with high goals and expectation.

 Under the direction of Education Director Susie Schutt and Education and Outreach Coordinator Kate Hanson, campers attend rigorous daily rehearsals, participate in workshops taught by working theatre professionals in various fields, and perform in two Shakespeare productions.

 AUDITIONS: MAY 2, 2015, 10:30am – 4:30pm

To schedule an audition, contact Kate Hanson at or 401-723-4266 ext. 21.



For the first time ever, The Gamm offers middle-school students (grades 6-8) a week-long intensive program that will introduce students to the language, craft, and magic of Shakespeare, culminating in a performance of fully realized Shakespeare scenes for the public. No audition required. Limited to 15 students.

 Click here to register or contact Kate Hanson at or 401-723-4266 ext. 21.

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United Regional Chamber of Commerce

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments


 The United Regional Chamber of Commerce has organized a golf-themed Business After Hours on May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Norton Country Club, 188 Oak St., Norton. Enjoy a friendly putting contest while making business connections.

 There is no charge for United Regional Chamber of Commerce members to attend; $25 for non-members. Register by calling Chamber at 508-222-0801.

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April 24th, 2015 · No Comments

 Bay View 8th Grade Visit the Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon


Photo Credit: Margaret Cummings

East Providence, RI – Bay View Academy eighth graders recently enjoyed a trip to Patriot Place for an exercise in budgeting, stats and publicity. It’s a program called the Build-A-Team module, and it’s provided for middle school students at the Hall at Patriot Place.

 According to,

the “Build-A-Team” module is a math-based challenge for students: “Using budgets and statistics from the National Football League, they will compare players’ strengths, weaknesses and salaries to assemble the best offensive team and then present their team in a ‘press conference’ format.”

 St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an independent Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, located in East Providence, Rhode Island and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In existence since 1874, Bay View endeavors to provide a quality education preparing girls and young women for the challenges of the global community. St. Mary Academy – Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

About the Sisters of Mercy:  The Sisters of Mercy – an international community of Roman Catholic women – dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.  For more than 180 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the continually changing needs of the time. 

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Rhode Island’s Historic Blackstone River Valley

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Suggested events for the Weekend of April 25-26, 2015


Birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution presents busy weekend of events offering sports, music, history, culture and more!

Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley, now our nation’s newest National Historical Park, showcases the city that is the centerpiece of the site over the April 25-26 weekend.

Pawtucket, RI, is famous for being the actual birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, where Samuel Slater began textile manufacturing over two centuries ago, and forever shaped the United States to become the world’s economic superpower.

Today, Pawtucket is still experiencing “the making of America” in being one of Southern New England’s top creative centers, as a community noted for hosting cultural arts and entertainment.

During the weekend, don’t miss out on the many great events featuring sports, history, music that will make residents and visitors “Pawtucket Proud!”

Sunday, April 26,2015 Blackstone Valley Running Festival Downtown Pawtucket 8 am start of Half Marathon, 8:15 am start for 5k road race Contact:

This annual race event celebrates the beautiful cherry trees that grace the landscape of downtown Pawtucket and the Mill District of the city and nearby Central Falls.

All races start at Pawtucket City Hall, Roosevelt Avenue. Chip timing for all races happening on the USATF certified Half Marathon course through historic Blackstone River Valley.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Rhode Island Music Hall of FameInduction Ceremonies and Concert The Met, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street Contact:

Come and honor Rhode Island’s music legends and celebrate their achievements and talents at this very special event! 2015 inductees are: The Schemers/Raindogs; Brenda Bennett; Nelson Eddy; George Masso; George Wein; Duke Belaire; Paco Zimmer; Georgie Porgie & The Cry Babies; The Others; and The Ascots (recognizing great RI garage bands of the 1960’s) and Bob Petteruti, Marty Ballou, and Marty Richards (recognized in a new category of MPV Sidemen Award)

Sunday, April 26, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat Tours Along the Pawtucket River. Tours operate from Festival Pier, School Street Tickets and Contact: 401-724-2200,

This 40 passenger river tour boat, in operation since 1993, offers the only narrated and interpretive tours on the Blackstone American Heritage River.

This year, in addition to the popular tours in Central Falls, the riverboat starts its season along the Pawtucket waterfront, the headwaters of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island’s largest natural resource.

Learn about the history of Pawtucket and its waterfront and find out how the Pawtucket River was used as a major marine trade port and transformed to being a popular destination for public events and how the waterfront is also being revitalized to support nature and recreation.

Friday & Saturday, April 24-25 Public Events at Slater Mill Historic Site67 Roosevelt AvenueContact: 401-725-863,

The actual birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution hosts several fun events, featuring the unusual, local history and lively music entertainment!

Friday, April 24, 7:30-9 pm Mills & Mysteries Paranormal Investigations Join paranormal expert Carl Johnson to explore the site, which is reputed to be one of the most haunted historic structures in Rhode Island.

Saturday, April 25, 11 am 1 pm Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Pawtucket This one mile walk will interpret the first Colonial settlement of today’s Pawtucket. For one hundred years prior to the arrival of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket was a thriving artisan and iron worker community, settled originally by Joseph Jenks, Jr., who left his father’s ironworks in Saugus, MA to establish a forge in Rhode Island.

The tour will explore the locations of the first iron forge in Pawtucket – established prior to the outbreak of King Philip’s War – as well as the settlements of Jenks’s four sons, and other historic sites and structures.

Saturday, April 25, 7 pm Stone Soup Coffee House ConcertsTickets and concert details at

Enjoy a live concert of great local folk music from the band Mustard’s Retreat, as they perform in the ambiance of the historic Slater Mill. Stone Soup present regular concerts showcasing noted and breakthrough folk music talent, Monday,

April 27, 6-8 pm Pawtucket Preservation Society Annual Meeting, St. Paul’s Church, Park Place Contact: 401-725-9581

The Preservation Society of Pawtucket holds its 35th Annual Meeting Following a social hour with light refreshments, tours of the historic church, and our brief business meeting, Charlene Perkins Cutler Executive Director of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor will be the guest speaker, discussing the new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Saturday, April 25, 10 am-5 pm Natural Life Celebration & ExpoHope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street Contact: Discover You Events, 401-769-1325

This all day event celebrates healthy living on a healthy planet. Hope Artiste Village is the perfect place for such an event. With its big hallways, high ceilings and talented businesses already in residence, the energy couldn’t be a better fit Exhibitors include select businesses from the health and wellness, personal development and sustainability fields, among others.

Workshops, speakers and demonstrations will round out the day. Saturday, April 25, 9 am-12 noon Pawtucket & Central Falls Earth Day Celebration Contact: 401-721-6052 Come and volunteer for a citywide trash cleanup and promote the environment.

Participants are welcomed to join at parks, public spaces, schools, housing sites and in downtown Pawtucket in the cleanups. The public can also donate garden ready flowers. Plus donations of books are being taken to benefit Books On Wings, supporting youth literacy.

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Seekonk Public Library

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments


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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