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Calendar of Events for April 2017

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Calendar of Events for Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, RI

Event listings are free. They are put here in the hope you will find there are many things to see and do on Aquidneck Island. The information is submitted or compiled from promotional material distributed for the events. Information is deemed reliable but you would be wise to call or check the event website for the latest information.

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Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Calendar of Events

April 1 through 30 - Newport: Scenes from New England Featuring the Blackstone Valley Artists
               
noon - 5:00 pm Spring Bull Gallery is proud to feature this April Collective Marks: Visions. The exhibition features works by: Susan Clarke, Joan Croce, Connie Grab, Lisa Granata, George Lowell, Ray Scanlon, Jean Thompson, Andrea Warner and Mary Wojciechowski.Collective Marks was formed in early 2014 by ten visual artists from Southeastern MA and RI as an informal critique group. Members include digital artists, painters, printmakers, mixed media artists, sculptors, and photographers all gathered together to provide each other with support, encouragement, and a critical eye. Please come and enjoy this unique exhibition. During Gallery Night in Newport Thursday April 13th we will have a painting demonstration. The exhibit runs April 1-30, 2017. Spring Bull Gallery, located at 55 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, is wheelchair accessible, open free to the public. Gallery hours are 12 to 5 pm daily.

April 12 & 19- Newport: Free Computer Workshops at Newport Public Library
     at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport.
Wednesday, April 12 from 2:30-4:00 pm (Part I) and Wednesday April 19 2:30-4:00 pm (Part II). Participants will learn how to use basic features of Google's free online cloud storage, create Google Docs and tour other applications Google Drive offers, such as Sheets and Slides. Participants must have a Gmail account or be ready to sign up for one prior to the first class. Register online under EVENTS or call 847-8720 x208 or stop at the Reference desk to sign-up. Open to the public, registration is required and limited to 10 participants for each workshop.

April 13th - Portsmouth: Paddle Safe at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Thursday April 13th - 6:30pm - Paddle Safe -- The U.S. Coastguard Auxiliary will present "Paddle Craft Safety Workshop" with Paul Duarte, Flotilla Commander.  The workshop will cover the different types of paddle craft, ways to paddle safely, and areas in RI to explore. This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  Please use our online calendar at portsmouthlibrary.org to register for this workshop or call the Library at 401-683-9457.

April 15 - Portsmouth: Annual Easter Egg Hunt is at Sandy Point Beach
       The Brown House is a construction zone so the egg hunt has been moved to Sandy Point Beach.  The main egg hunt starts promptly at 1pm. Parents, this is a non-stress event, the hunt is structured so all kids win! Please bring your own basket or bag to collect the eggs. The Toddler Egg Hunt will begin at 1:15pm. Bring your camera if you like, as the Easter Bunny will also come for a visit. The Portsmouth Recreation Department is taking over the Annual Egg Hunt from The Friends of the Brown House. Admission is free but donations to the recreation department are always appreciated. Please contact for questions.

April 15 - 23 - Newport: Daffodil Days Festival
       Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival runs through Sunday, April 23rd. Various events happening around the city. Check the web site for full details. Newport RI's Daffodillion Campaign has the daffy idea of planting 1,000,000 daffodils throughout the city to celebrate renewal, beauty and live-ability in every neighborhood.

April 18 - 21 - Portsmouth: Children's Programs at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Programs, unless specified are: No registration required. Free and open to the public.
April 18 from 10am to 12pm: Spring Flower Crafts
Stop in to the Children's Room to make an Eric Carle-inspired springtime craft. For all ages.
April 19 at 10 am: Meet the Chicks!
The educators from Casey Farm will be bringing in a hen and some baby chicks for the children to touch and hold. Learn about the history of local farming and our state bird. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Call us at 683-9457 for more information. Free and open to the public.
April 20 from 1pm to 3pm: Spring Collages
Stop in to the Children's Room to make an Eric Carle-inspired collage. For all ages.
April 21 at 10am: Creepy Crawly Story Time
Senior Portsmouth High school student Ailish Delehanty will be our guest librarian for a wonderful story time about bugs. For all ages.

April 19th - Portsmouth: Adult Coloring at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Wednesday April 19th - 3pm - Adult Coloring
-- In case you haven't heard yet, coloring programs for grown ups are taking off at libraries and we're going to join in the fun. Join us for this relaxing activity and friendly conversation - a great stress reliever!. We will meet every other Wednesday at 3 PM.  We will provide coloring pencils and pages for your enjoyment or you can bring your own. This program is free and open to the public but please sign up so we set up enough chairs and tables at portsmouthlibrary.org or by calling 401-683-9457.

April 22 & 23 - Portsmouth: "Beast of the East" Collegiate Rugby Tournament at Glen Farm
               
more info at this web site

April 22 & 23 - Portsmouth: "Spring into Quilts" quilt show presented by Quilters by the Sea
               
from 10am – 4pm both days at Portsmouth Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane. The cost is $8 per person and children under 12 are free. The quilt show will include 100 plus quilts, vendors, demonstrations of various quilting techniques, raffle baskets, boutique table, and a silent auction. Morning snacks and hot lunch provided by Portsmouth High School Music Boosters will be available for purchase. Quilters by the Sea

April 22 - Newport: Afternoon with an Author David Stookey at Newport Public Library
      2pm to 3pm at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street, Newport.
David Stookey will be discussing his eye-opening book, Climate Proof your Finances. Stookey examines how warming is threatening your family finances and life plans. Less about sea-level rise, it's more about your tax and insurance bills; less about drought, more about the prices you'll pay, the threats to your job, and the endangered value of your home. Visit www.savvyfamilies.org for more information. The lecture will be followed by Q&A. Held in the Newport Room. Registration not required. Free and open to the public.
For more information on our author visits please call 847-8720 [208 ] or visit www.newportlibraryri.org under Events.

April 22 - Portsmouth: Congressman David Cicilline hosts Community Conversation at PMS
               
3:30 PM Portsmouth Middle School, 125 Jepson Lane, Portsmouth. You are invited to share your thoughts with Congressman Cicilline and hear about his work on
behalf of Rhode Island. To RSVP, you can email or call (401) 729-5600. Flyer about event

April 22 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See John Gorka. Start time is 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information, ticket prices and reservations click here.

April 23rd - Portsmouth: Genealogy at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Sunday April 23rd - 2pm - Genealogy (Military/Probate/Pension Records) -- Diane Boumenot is our featured guest speaker. The focus for this presentation will concentrate on military, probate, and pension records and where to find them and what they might yield for genealogical research. This program is  is funded by the North Family Trust and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please click on the Register button at portsmouthlibrary.org to reserve your seat or call the Library at 683-9457 to sign up.

April 25th - Portsmouth: Book Club at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd.
Tuesday April 25th - 6:30pm - Book Club
-- This month's selection is Flush by Carl Hiaasen. The bestselling novelist is back with another hysterical mystery adventure, set in the Florida Keys. No registration is required, and all ages that have read the book are welcome.

April 29 - Middletown: Eco-Depot Collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW), Electronic Waste (e-waste) and Styrofoam
               
8am to 1pm at Second Beach, 474 Sachuest Beach Rd. Eco-Depot is a free service for Rhode Island residents who wish to dispose of their household hazardous waste safely and properly. The service is available by appointment only. For a list of collection dates and other pertinent information, including the types of waste Eco-Depot accepts, please click here. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance.

April 29 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Lucy Kaplansky. Start time is 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information, ticket prices and reservations click here.

Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.
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Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Portsmouth: Annual Rabies Clinic
               
from 10am - 11:30am - Rear Entrance at Portsmouth Fire Department Headquarters, 2300 East Main Rd. Dogs must be on a leash and cats carried in a covered container. Please bring your pet's current Rabies Certificate. The fee is $10.00 and should be in cash for the vaccination. Dog licenses will also be available for purchase at the Clinic for $8.00 cash or check with proof of valid rabies vaccination.

 

 

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: Low Cost Rabies Clinic
               
from 12pm - 1pm - Public Works, 80 Halsey St, Newport. The RIVMA is offering a low-cost rabies clinic. $10 Cash Only. Cats & Ferrets MUST be in carriers.
Dogs MUST be leashed. To be eligible for a three year vaccine, owners must bring proof of prior vaccination. If you cannot provide proof, they will only receive a one-year vaccine. You do not need to be a resident of Newport in order to attend. Web info

 

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: One-Time Screening of New Film "REUSE! Because You Can't Recycle The Planet"
       at 6 p.m. in The O'Hare Academic Building at Salve Regina University. Join This Special One-Time Screening of the film that isn't about our waste problem. It's about solutions! Salve Regina University's Environmental Club, in collaboration with Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will be hosting a one-time screening of "REUSE! Because You Can't Recycle The Planet." as well as a talk back with director Alex Eaves as part of the University's Earth Week celebration. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

 

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Portsmouth: Drug Take Back at Portsmouth Police Dept.
       from 10am to 2pm at the Portsmouth Police Station, 2270 East Main Rd. Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. For more information and additional turn in locations see the DEA web site

 

Previous year listing - please check back -Beginning April - Newport: Newport Mansions Open For the Season - Preservation Society Mansions
       The Preservation Society of Newport County - visit www.NewportMansions.org or call (401) 847-1000 for details about the operating schedule,  event information, tour packages and ticket prices.  Tickets can be purchased online, at all of the houses, and at the Newport Visitors Center.  Schedule is subject to change.
         Five houses are now open for daily tours:  The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer (1852).  Kingscote (1841) and Green Animals Topiary Garden (c.1860) will open for the season on May 10.  Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Chepstow (1861), and The Breakers Stable and Carriage House (1895) will open on June 28.  All houses will remain open through Columbus Day, October 13, except The Breakers Stable which will close on September 1. 
            From October 14 through November 21, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer will remain open daily.  Christmas at the Newport Mansions will begin on November 22 with The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House decorated for the holidays and open daily for tours.
            Tours and Exhibits
            New this summer will be a revised audio tour at Marble House, which will shed new light on the "self-made myth" of Alva Vanderbilt and share more personal stories about the Vanderbilt family. 
            In addition, Mandarin translations of the audio tours at The Breakers and  The Elms will debut.  Chinese-speaking visitors are the fastest growing segment of foreign visitors to the Newport Mansions.
Audio tours at The Breakers, The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House are currently offered in English, French, Spanish and German.
            The annual costume exhibition at Rosecliff  includes a series of vignettes depicting "life at home" from 1890 to 1950.  Dressing Down: Private Life and the Dressing Gown features a variety of dressing gowns and other personal apparel that gave women--and men--a reprieve from the elaborate and often constricting formal clothing of the period.
            Visitors to Hunter House will experience an innovative new look at the Preservation Society's first and oldest property.  Point to Point: Hunter House and the Constellations of Communities will present the house and its collections through a wide range of perspectives, from wealthy merchants, to enslaved Africans, French troops, and others whose daily lives shaped the world in Newport's Point neighborhood. 
            At the Isaac Bell House, an exhibition presented in partnership with the Newport Historical Society will examine an early photographic portfolio commissioned by architect Charles McKim.
Reinventing the Colonial: The Charles Follen McKim Photographs will show off a series of 29 black and white photographs of buildings, architectural details, furniture and landscapes taken in and around Newport in 1874, which helped to shape McKim's later work, including the Bell House.

Previous year listing - please check back -April --8 - Portsmouth: Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks for free at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. This free program is designed to get you started using library ebooks and audiobooks and beef up your computer skills. Bring your devices, your questions and your passwords.
This free program will be offered April 4th from 2:30 - 4:30, April 24th from 5:30 - 7:30 and April 28th from 2:30 - 4:30.
Call Sue at the library at 683-9457 for more information.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: Specimen Tree Restoration Program
       65 to 75 specimen-quality trees will be given annually, at no cost, to Newport residents who agree to plant them on their private property and care for them. Check the web site - The Newport Arboretum Specimien Tree Restoration Program for more information.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Middletown: The Balancing Act at Norman Bird Sanctuary
        1 - 2pm at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will examine the interrelationships among plants, animals, and their environment in this family friendly program. Games and activities help to illustrate the delicate balance between predator and prey, the elements of the food web, and the many connections that hold ecosystems together. Register under Public Programs at www.normanbirdsanctuary.org $6 Members, $8 Non-members.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Middletown: "Extreme Couponing with Heather Polochick" at Middletown Public Library
       3:00pm at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road. Have you heard about extreme couponing and wonder how people do it? Would you like to learn how to drastically cut your spending bill, but are confused and overwhelmed about where to begin? Experience a crash course in couponing. Learn quick and easy techniques, along with a few savvy coupon secrets, to stretch your budget. Participants will learn the tricks of the extreme and be able to put them into practice, without having to go to extreme measures. Please call the library at 401-846-1573 to register.

 

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: Free screening of "The Kings of Pastry" at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum
        at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue. The Redwood Documentary "Screen and Discuss" Film Series is delighted to present a special free screening of The Kings of Pastry. The film will be shown in the Harrison room; reservations are suggested.This film is generously sponsored by Discover Newport and Newport Restaurant Week. A reception with pastries, tea, and cider will be held at 1:30 pm, followed by the film at 2:00 pm, with a short discussion after the screening. 89 minutes, Unrated. Please call 847-0292, ext. 112 to make your reservation.
        "Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures...This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsman in France.) -- http://kingsofpastry.com. "

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Middletown: "Plan and Pay For Your Child's Education Without Going Crazy or Broke!" at Middletown Public Library
       6:30pm at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road. Plan and Pay For Your Child's Education Without Going Crazy or Broke! Through knowledge and careful planning, you can achieve great results with this important family goal. Bill Geasey, a financial advisor with New York Life, shares the secrets of how he managed to finance his two daughters' educations in private New England colleges for half the price of what it might cost to send one. Please call the library at 401-846-1573 to register.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Portsmouth: Teen Book Review Clubs meeting at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. These groups read and review new books. Hand in a review, keep the book, get a snack, and chat with other teens who like to read. For more information call Sue at the library at 683-9457.
       Middle school students (grades 6 - 8) will meet April 10th at 7 pm.
      High school students (grades 9 - 12) will meet April 11th at 2:30 pm.

Previous year listing - please check back -April-- - Middletown: Spoken word and music series - LISTEN – a performance by local Americana folk band Red Eye Flight at Norman Bird Sanctuary
        7:30-9:00pm at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Join us for the 2nd installment of our new spoken word and music series - LISTEN – with a performance by local Americana folk band Red Eye Flight in Mabel's Studio at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Formed in 2005, Red Eye Flight's music is founded on strong vocal harmonies, incorporating electric and acoustic instrumentation to create soundscapes that are evocative of this country, from western highways to the open ocean. Playing both originals and covers, the April 12 show will feature Kelly Cleveland, Derek Escher, Tim Murphy, and Ken E. Taylor, and showcase acoustic versions of songs that appear on their forthcoming album Reposado, due out in May. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up soon as space is limited! A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, supporting our mission to preserve and protect our habitats and resources for the benefit of birds and other wildlife and for people's education and enjoyment.Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members. Registration Link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/redeyeflight Or visit www.normanbirdsanctuary.org – Special Events.

 

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Middletown: Hands-on introduction to floral design at Middletown Public Library
       from 1:30-3:30pm at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road. Join award-winning floral arranger Lynne Merrill for this hands-on introduction to floral design. Lynne will talk about the process of selecting, harvesting, cleaning, and conditioning flowers, as well as the aesthetic elements of color, composition and contrast involved in flower arranging. Using these principles and your own artistic expression, you will create a flower arrangement to take home. Participants must bring: flower shears, scissors, gloves, 2 plastic garbage bags, a skewer, tweezers, clippers, and floral tape (green/clear). Class attendance is limited to 10. Please call the library at 401-846-1573 to register for this free program.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: Newport Cabinetmaker's Tour
              
11am from the Brick Market Museum & Shop,127 Thames Street, Newport. Colonial Newport was home to a thriving furniture-making industry, including the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops. Today the history of this furniture making tradition is still tangible in the exquisitely preserved colonial Point neighborhood. Join Newport Restoration Foundation Executive Director Pieter Roos on a walking tour of the Townsend and Goddard workshops as he explores the lives of these artisans. Reservations required as space is limited, call 401.841.8770. Tours cost $15 per person, $10 Newport Historical Society members and active duty military with ID. Newport History Tours is a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and Newport Historical Society.

Previous year listing - please check back -April -- - Newport: Earth Day Clean Up and Free Tour at Ballard Park
       The event will kick off at 9am with a clean up of Ballard Park. Friends of Ballard Park seeks volunteers to help pick up litter, paint gates and signs, install boardwalks and remove invasive species. For those who have community service requirements, the clean up may be used for service hours. Volunteers should bring any forms they need signed to the clean-up. Those interested in volunteering should meet in the quarry meadow at 9am. If you have experience removing brush or with carpentry and would like to volunteer please e-mail . In the event of inclement weather, the Earth Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, April 27 at 9am.
        The morning will wrap up with a free, guided tour of Ballard Park at 11am. Ballard Park, Newport's Only Nature Preserve, is located on Wickham Road directly across from Rogers High School. Staff from Friends of Ballard Park will point out unique features and share some of the site's history. The tour will begin in the quarry meadow. One does not need to participate in the clean up to attend the tour.
      Memberships and sponsorships help Friends of Ballard Park offer free cultural programming in the park. Friends of Ballard Park is dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport's Only Nature Preserve. Its goals are to ensure Ballard Park remains a wild and natural open space for future generations; encourage the local public to visit and use the park; provide educational and cultural opportunities for local youth and families and highlight the unique qualities and historical importance of Ballard Park.
        For more information about the Friends of Ballard Park or to join, call 619.3377 or visit www.ballardpark.org.

 

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