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Calendar of Events for January 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

The Sovereign Bank Family Skating Center in Newport is open in late November through (usually) March-  see the web site for more info.
Family or "Open" ice skating is also available... most Sundays at Portsmouth Abbey Rink (2pm to 4pm) 683-0621

Through January 2, 2017 - Newport: Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Guests are invited to join The Preservation Society of Newport County to create holiday memories as they enjoy music, tours, a gingerbread mansion contest, shopping events and visits from Santa Claus at three of America's most outstanding historic houses. Each year, staff and volunteers spend a full month filling the three houses with festive holiday decorations, matching colors and themes to the décor of individual rooms.  Some favorites return year after year, like the 15-foot-tall red poinsettia tree in the Great Hall of The Breakers, while each year new themes, ornaments and decorations are added to keep the experience fresh for returning visitors. Thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths also fill the magnificent rooms.
                This year at The Breakers, The Breakers Great Hall will feature the iconic 15 foot tall poinsettia tree.  Model trains, recalling the Vanderbilt family's New York Central Railroad, will be on display in the second floor loggia around three decorated trees On weekend and during Holiday Evenings at The Breakers, the trains will be operated by volunteers from the Little Rhody Division of the National Model Railroad Association..
               At The Elms, the ballroom will be transformed into a Gilded Age streetscape, complete with sleighs, a topiary horse, trees and mannequins dressed in period costumes. 
               For the second year, fireplaces mantels on the second floor of Marble House were decorated by regional garden clubs in a friendly competition. 
All three houses will be decorated and open daily for tours from Saturday, November 19, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017.   The Breakers and The Elms open daily at 9 a.m., Marble House opens at 10 a.m.   The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses & grounds close at 5 p.m.  

Rosecliff Remains Open Through the Holidays
               Rosecliff will also be open for tours, including the exhibition Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America, from December 4 through January 2, 2017.  

Tuesdays in January - Portsmouth: Tech Help is on Tuesdays in 2017 at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30 - 7:30pm at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Learn how to use your fancy new devices or get tips on an old one. Learn how to download ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video to save yourself money in the new year. Bring your questions, your devices and your passwords and learn how to get the most out of the technology in your life. Drop by to get your questions answered - no sign up required for this free program.

Jan. 2 through 6 - Portsmouth: DPW picks up Christmas trees
                The Department of Public Works will pick up discarded Christmas trees on weekdays. Trees must be placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
                * Trees must not be in plastic bags and must be totally stripped of ALL decorations and tinsel.
                * Residents that miss their pick up date can also bring Christmas trees to the Department of Public Works located off Hedly Street. Trees will NOT be accepted at the Transfer Station.
                * Trees will be recycled into mulch that will be available free of charge to Portsmouth residents.
         For more information on when mulch is available, contact Portsmouth Public Works at 683-0362. Check the town web site for more info. The schedule for tree pick up follows your voting precinct area ...
             Monday January 2, 2017 - Precinct 2702, 2703 (If you voted at the Portsmouth Senior Center 2703 or the Common Fence Point Community Hall 2703)
             Tuesday January 3, 2017 - Precinct 2704 (If you voted at Portsmouth High School gymnasium 2704)
             Wednesday January 4, 2017 - Precinct 2705 and 2706 (If you voted at Melville School 2705 or Town Hall Council Chambers 2706)
             Thursday January 5, 2017 - Precinct 2707 (If you voted at St Barnabas Church 2707)
             Friday January 6, 2017 - Precinct 2708 (If you voted at Portsmouth Middle School 2708)  

January 4 - Newport: 3 week series of free Computer Workshops at the Newport Public Library
       2:30-4:00 pm at Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. Newport. The Newport Public Library will be offering three computer workshops on Wednesday afternoons in January as follows:
       Basic Skills January 4: Learn how to operate the mouse and keyboard, organize folders, navigate Windows and learn basic computer terminology. Recommended for novice computer users.
       Internet Searching Part 1 January 11: Learn how to search the World Wide Web and navigate using various search engines, keyboard shortcuts and basic troubleshooting.
       Internet Searching Part 2 January 18: We will continue to build your search and technical strategy skills. If time permits we will introduce databases and web based tutorials.

Free and open to the public but seating is limited and registration is required. Call 847-8720 ext. 208. Held in the Maker Lab. For more information about our computer workshops, please call 847-8720 x208 or visit www.newportlibraryri.org.

January - Portsmouth: Portsmouth Little League Registration opens
            Register online - www.portsmouthll.org.

Week of January 9th  - Newport: Christmas tree pickup
               Christmas trees are collected during one week in the month of January on your schedule collection day. In 2019, trees will be picked up during the week of January 9 along with yard waste. See more information at the web site.

Week of January 9th - Middletown: Christmas Tree Pickup
Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 9th on your collection day. Your tree should be free of decorations (including tinsel), DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees should be placed out near your trash and/or recycling carts the night before. www.middletownri.com

January 20 - Portsmouth: The Pennfield School- Open House
      8am-10am at The Pennfield School, Little Slocum Farm, 110 Sandy Point Avenue. Come visit preschool through 8th grade, meet the head of school, faculty, students and current parents. Private tours and financial aid are available. Please contact Kristin Emory in the admission office at (401) 849-4646 or . Visit the website for more information.

January 24 - Portsmouth: Make Vinyl Decals at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       4:00pm at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us to make vinyl decals! These stickers are safe to go on walls, lockers, etc. No experience or supplies necessary - we will help you create your own decal. No registration necessary for this free program.

January 30 - Portsmouth: Cell Phone Photography for Beginners at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:00pm at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Did you get a new smart phone for Christmas, or not sure how to make the best of the camera function on your current smart phone? Join us for an interactive workshop on cell phone photography. Registration is limited to 15 participants, so sign up early at portsmouthlibrary.org or by calling 401-683-9457 opt. #3. You must bring your smartphone with you.

January 31 - Portsmouth: Discuss Beauty Queens by Libba Bray at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30 - 7:30pm at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Join us as we discuss Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Fifty teen beauty queens are stranded on an island and they need to figure out how to survive relying on their pageant skills. A hilarious take on survival of the fittest. Books available to borrow at the circulation desk. No sign up required for this free program for teens and adults.


*** Below are previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet. ***



2015 listing - please check back January -- - Portsmouth: Teen Book Clubs meet at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       at Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Teens, let your voices be heard! The Teen Book Clubs at the Portsmouth Free Public Library will meet at the end of January. Read and review a new book, get a snack and a new book to read and chat with other teens who care about books.
       High School (grades 9-12) meets on Jan 23rd at 2:30 pm.
       Middle school (grades 6-8) meets on Jan. 29th at 7 pm.
For more information call Sue at the library at 683-9457. No sign up is required - just join us!


2014 listing - please check back January 25, 2014 -- Newport: Winter Hike to focus on Animal Tracks at Ballard Park
                 (rain date February 1st) 10 to 11 am at Ballard Park, meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Friends of Ballard Park will host a winter hike. Naturalist Charles Avenengo and Friends of Ballard Park educator Jaclyn Lewandowski will guide the hike pointing out animal tracks and evidence of winter dwellers along the trails and in the three acre quarry meadow. They will also discuss survival techniques animals use during the winter months.
                 Ballard Park, Newport's Only Nature Preserve, is located on the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads directly across from Rogers High School. Event goers should meet at the Hazard Road entrance to Ballard Park. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes as trails are uneven and steep in areas. If you have binoculars bring them along.
                 There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and $15 per group. You may RSVP by e-mailing but drop in's will be welcomed. Rain date for the hike is Saturday, February 1 from 10 to 11 am.
                 Friends of Ballard Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport's Only Nature Preserve. Cultural events and educational programming help to promote stewardship of the park and decrease negative park activities. Visit www.ballardpark.org or call 401.619.3377 for more information.




2013 listing - please check back - January 1  - Newport: New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge
            12pm at Easton's Beach, Memorial Blvd. Every New Year's Day for charity the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean. The charity this year is as last year, A Wish Come True. All proceeds from the swim and at the after swim party at the Atlantic Beach Club at the east end of Easton's Beach. Come join us at noon and help us raise money for a great charity.


Previous year listing - please check back -- Newport: Register now for upcoming programs at the Newport Art Museum
          To register or for more information visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org or call (401) 848-2787. The Newport Art Museum has announced its Winter Term classes, which begin in January. Adult classes include calligraphy, ceramics, digital art and design, digital photography, drawing, jewelry, landscape architecture design, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Art history lectures will discuss art glass and contemporary installation pieces.
          Offerings for youth include cartooning and comic strip techniques, ceramics, art-themed classes for young children, birthday parties, and Winter Art Camps running during the February public school break.
          Register online at www.NewportArtMuseum.org or by phone at (401) 848-2787 or at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, located at 26 Liberty Street behind the Newport Art Museum's main campus at 76 Bellevue Avenue. The Coleman Center is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. A limited number of scholarships are available through the Coleman Family Fund and the Hartfield Foundation. Newport Art Museum members receive discounts of up to 20% on tuition. Anyone who registers at least two weeks prior to the start of a class will save 10% on tuition.
          The popular Visiting Artist Workshop series for adults includes "Fine Art Pastels" with Evelyn Thistle Rhodes (January 15 - 16); and "Open up to Creativity: Wabi Sabi Workshop" with Rachel Balaban and Kim Fuller (February 27.)


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