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Calendar of Events for March 2016

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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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Every Thursday in March - Portsmouth: Computer Class at Portsmouth Free Public Library
      from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. - Learn at your own pace! Get your 21st century skills at the library! Get computer skills for work or play. No reservations are required for this free service. Laptops will be available or bring your own device. A library staff member will be on hand to help you with these online resources.

March 5 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music at Channing Church
       See David Wilcox, 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at the Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI. For more information and reservations click here

March 8 - Portsmouth: Portsmouth Garden Club will show the film "Trapped" at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       from 6 to 7:45 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. As part of its month considering environmental water issues, the Portsmouth Garden Club will show a film at Portsmouth Free Public Library concerning global water concerns. "Tapped" (2010), asks "Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce?" Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water... From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.
     The movie is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please stop by or call the Library at 683-9457 to reserve your seat.

March 10 - Portsmouth: Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       7:00 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is an all Irish program which embraces Irish history and culture in story and song. Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Country Clare, Ireland. He was 14 years old when his family emigrated to America and settled in South Providence where he still lives. Along with his tin whistle, Phil plays button accordion with great warmth and spirit.
        Kevin Fallon hails from a big Irish Catholic family and learned little ditties at home. He started playing the guitar as a teenager and took up the fiddle in his late twenties. He has played and sung throughout New England and Europe with various bands and has worked with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is delighted to have Kevin as part of their traveling troupe, as he brings a fine musicianship and a wonderful Irish sense of humor along with him.
        Both of Mary King's parents are from Ireland and she was raised in that culture, taking Irish step dance lessons by age 4 and listening to her mother sing the songs of Donegal where she was born. Mary keeps the tradition of Irish music alive with the Celtic harp and her fiddle.
        Mary will give an Irish step dance lesson at 6:30 PM just prior to the performance so be sure to come early!
       This program is free and open to the public and is fun for all ages. It is funded by the North Family Trust. Seating is limited so please call the Library at 683-9457 to reserve your seat.

March 12 - Newport: Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
            (rain or shine) from Newport City Hall (43 Broadway) and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward. See the web site for more details and events NewportIrish.com

March 15 - 18 - Newport & Portsmouth: Music Together of Newport County MARCH 2016 Open House
       Free Music Together Demo class! Music Together® Music and Movement Class for families with Children - ages 0 - 5. Babies, Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers Tuesday March 15, Wednesday March 16,Thursday March 17, Friday March 18 —— Space is limited Please rsvp in advance. Preparing for full SPRING Session which begins in April. Music Together of Newport County Classes in Portsmouth and in Newport, RI for more info, see:http://www.musictogethernewport.com/

March 18 - 20 - Portsmouth: Be Green Kids Consignments Spring children's consignment sale at The Pennfield School
      at The Pennfield School, Little Slocum Farm, 110 Sandy Point Avenue. Be Green Kids Consignments holds annual Fall and Spring children's consignment events in New York and Rhode Island. A consignment event is a 4-day EVENT where we rent a space, set up just like a store, and parents from all over sell their outgrown, gently used kids items for 50-90% off retail prices. Clothes, toys, books, dvds, equipment (high chairs, strollers, bath equipment), nursery furniture (activity centers, pack & plays) and much, much more! We hope that by offering a safe setting for parents to buy and sell gently used children's items we can reduce the impact our little ones have on the environment, as well as reduce the impact they have on our wallets. For information email .
      We accept all major credit cards. No fee to shop. $12.00 registration fee to consign (sell at sale).
      Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10am-5pm Private Sale for Volunteers (10am) and Consignors (11am) 6pm-9pm New & Due VIP Shopping Hours. Must pre-register. Go to the Special Event for New Parents page
      Saturday, March 19, 2016 8am-3pm PUBLIC SALE
      Sunday, March 20, 2016 9am-1pm- HALF PRICE SALE. - Early admission at 8am with donation of package of diapers or wipes which will be donated to local womens shelter.

March 19 - Portsmouth: Common Fence Music Series
       See Mo Kenney with Cricket Blue opening at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd. For more information, ticket prices and reservations click here.

March 20 - Middletown: "Lions and Tigers and Bears, OY VEY!" A FUNdraiser Purim Shpiel at Temple Shalom
    7pm at Temple Shalom, 233 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842. Temple Shalom invites you to our FUNdraiser Purim Shpiel (a silly parody of the Book of Esther, performed to enhance the Jewish spring holiday of Purim) ... this centuries-old tradition transports us over the rainbow to ... "Lions and Tigers and Bears, OY VEY!" Immerse yourself in the adventures of Dorothy and her friends on their travels to the King's castle in Oz, while trying to avoid the evil Wicked Witch, Haman! Sunday, March 20 at 7pm. Admission: $10 adults; $7 children (12 and under). Our kitchen will also offer refreshments, baked goods, soft drinks, coffee & tea (donations gratefully accepted)! Pre-reserve your seat/s by sending in a check (payable to Temple Shalom) to: 223 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842, 401-846-9002. Please include your contact information, so we have a way to reach you (should our RI weather cause a sudden change in date). Pre-Reserved Tickets may be picked up at the Pre-Show Reception. Tickets will also be available at the door. http://www.templeshalomri.org/; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Temple-Shalom/330383989297

March 22 - Portsmouth: The Third Tuesday Book Club at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. This is the 9th anniversary of the book club! This meeting is our planning session for the upcoming year so start thinking of some great titles to share. Email your suggestions to or drop off your suggestions at the library so that they can be included on the voting ballot. The library staff will place holds on the titles so that members can see the books at the planning session. Due to the size of the group and time constraints, each person can booktalk 2 titles but you can suggest more titles if you like. Pizza, soda, and dessert will be served and we will vote for 11 titles.

March 23 - Portsmouth: Cooking with Alexandra Day at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       6:00 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Chef Alexandra Day will demonstrate how to prepare some delicious recipes using eggs as the main ingredient such as omelets, quiche and a dessert with wine specially chosen to complement the selections. A wonderful wine supplied by Allen's Wine & Spirits will be paired with these recipes.
      Alex studied at Washington College, graduating with a BA in Philosophy. Alex then attended the French Culinary Institute, now called the international Culinary Center. While in New York, she worked at Jean Gorges Mercer Kitchen and managed the restaurant of the International Culinary Center, L'Ecole. After graduating and some world traveling, she settled in Newport. Alex started at The Spiced Pear, and shortly thereafter began her own personal chef business called Chez Vous which allowed her to cater, provision for families and yachts, and begin her introduction into teaching. Alex has taught private lessons, group lessons, and many classes with Mary Weaver of Newport Cooks ranging from kids cooking camps and the art of French cuisine, to cooking basics and regional specialties.
      This program is open to the public over the age of 21. A materials fee of $10 will be collected the night of the program. Please stop by or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.

March 26 - Portsmouth: Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Brown House
        In the yard at the Brown House, Linden Lane (Glen Farm/Seveney Sports Complex).  The main egg hunt starts promptly at 1pm. There will be a hunt for toddlers through 2 year olds at 1:15pm. Storytelling with Cindy Killavey will begin approximately at 1:30pm. 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 and your camera because the Easter Bunny will be there! Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and happily accepted. See some photos and info from previous event.   Brown House web site

March 26 - Portsmouth: MakerSpace Open Studio at Portsmouth Free Public Library
       from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Come work on the library's 3D printer and vinyl cutter. Work on your own project or find out what you need to do to get started on your own 3D design or sticker/decal project. Computers will be available. No registration is required for this drop in program.

March 29 - Portsmouth: Young Adult Book Discussion Group for All Ages at Portsmouth Free Public Library
      6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. Join us as we discuss "The Carnival at Bray" by Jessie Ann Foley. This 2014 Printz Honor Winner is described as "an evocative ode to the Smells Like Teen Spirit Generation and a heartfelt exploration of tragedy, first love, and the transformative power of music." (publisher). Books are available at the circulation desk to borrow.

Previous year's events (below) that we haven't gotten current information to update yet.



Previous year listing - please check back - March -- - Portsmouth: Music Together of Newport County March Open House
     9:00am, 10:15am at Music Together of Newport County, Steppin' Out Studios, 35 Dyer Street, Portsmouth. Free Music Together class for families with children - ages 0 - 5. Open House Free Classes Portsmouth with Christopher Kavi Carbone. Space is limited. Please rsvp in advance to: Music Together of Newport County or (401) 846-9014. Prepping for full Spring Session which begins in April. Classes in Portsmouth and in Newport. For more info, see: www.musictogethernewport.com



Previous year listing - please check back - March -- through March -- - Newport: Fort Adams Open for Guided Tours during Newport's Irish Heritage Month
    Guided tours depart from the Fort Adams Gift Shop/Ticket Office daily at 12:00pm and 2:00pm (ticket office opens 15 minutes prior to each tour). View the officer's quarters, climb the walls to breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and explore the underground tunnels. Tours are primarily outdoors and involve nearly 1 mile of walking. Proper dress and footwear required. Heavy snow/rain will cancel tours..For more information visit www.fortadams.org or call 401-841-0707

Previous year listing - please check back - Various dates in March - Newport: Programs for Children at Redwood Library & Athenæum
           The Redwood is pleased to offer several fun Children's Library events this month. Please check the website for additional information and updates. The regularly scheduled Wednesday after-school program will feature special programming on the environment in collaboration with The Friends of Ballard Park. These programs are at 4:00 pm and are free. Ages K-4. On Saturday, March 8 and March 22 at 2:00 pm, the Library will host Family Fun Days, with a special hour of toys, puzzles, coloring pages, and books for children, parents, and grandparents. Free.
Redwood Library & Athenæum, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Previous year listing - please check back - March --- Newport: Redwood Library & Athenæum is showing the film, "Herb and Dorothy"
          at 3:00 pm in the Harrison Room. Redwood Library & Athenæum, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. This month's award-winning film, Herb and Dorothy, presents the true story of a postal clerk and a librarian who, over a period of more than 30 years, built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. They ultimately met and befriended many significant 20th-century artists, including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel and Christo. Please call 847-0292, ext. 112 to make your reservation. Free for members, $10 for non-members, $3 for students. A short discussion will follow the film. Not rated. 89 minutes. This film is generously sponsored by Horan Building Company.


Previous year listing - please check back - March -- - Middletown: Woodcock Bird Walk at Norman Bird Sanctuary
    6pm - 7pm at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown. Learn about another amazing avian resident of the Norman Bird Sanctuary! Did you know this little bird is actually a shorebird that lives in the forest? We will go for a twilight walk and learn more in an indoor presentation.This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Cost: $6 members, $8 non-members. Register at www.normanbirdsanctuary.org - Public Programs




Previous year listing - please check back -March -- - Portsmouth: 2013 Portsmouth Babe Ruth League Registration Sign-ups
            2013 Spring Baseball Registration for Portsmouth Babe Ruth League (PBRL) is now open. PBRL welcomes players from several East Bay communities. In 2012 we expanded our league charter and increased our boundaries to include four additional communities. Players ages 13 to 15 from the towns of Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, & Warren are all eligible to play for Portsmouth Babe Ruth. Registration will run through March 31st. Please visit PBRL's website @ www.PortsmouthBRL.org for details and links to ONLINE Registration, Printable Forms and Walk-in dates.

Previous year listing - please check back -March -- - Portsmouth: 2013 Portsmouth Little League Registration Sign-ups
      Online Spring Season Little League Baseball registration is open for all boys ages 5-12, and Softball for ages 5-15. You can register by logging onto www.portsmouthll.org. Walk-in resgistration will be held Saturday, March 2nd, at the High School Gym during PY Basketball games from 9am - 2pm.

Previous year listing - please check back -March -- - Newport: The Winter Blues Bash at Ochre Court to benefit the Middletown Education Collaborative
       7:00 p.m. - 11p.m. The Winter Blues Bash features the vivacious and highly entertaining James Montgomery Band in concert at the stunning Ochre Court, on the campus of Salve Regina University, Newport RI. This extraordinary evening includes live entertainment, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, raffle contest, live auction and cash bar. Tickets will be sold for the Bash at $50 per ticket with advanced purchase, $40 for Middletown Teachers and School Staff and $60 the day of the event at the door. Tickets bought previous to March 2nd can be purchased online at www.mecmec.org. $40 Middletown Teachers/Staff tickets must be purchased at The Newport Athletic Club or Goode Spirits. Joining us for the evening is a fantastic opportunity to support our Middletown Public School children and educators while enjoying tremendous and "definitively danceable" live music in the breathtaking setting of historic Ochre Court. Admission is limited to attendees over the age of 21. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.mecmec.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, if available. Limited number of tickets available.


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