Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Earth Day on Neutaconkanut Hill

About: Volunteer help is needed for Earth Day on Neutaconkanut Hill, with projects including trail clearing, trail blazing, spreading wood chips, painting, and litter collection and debris removal. Neutaconkanut Hill is the highest point in Providence. The unusually wet and windy winter caused havoc on the trails. Meet on top of the Hill, entering from 58 Legion Memorial Drive. (Plainfield Street to Sunset Avenue to Legion Memorial Drive, continue to gate.) Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Inc. will provide gloves, safety glasses, bug spray, snacks, and water. Each participant will receive a Providence Earth Day Volunteer badge pin with benefits including free RIPTA rides April 27 and 28, and free admission on those days to the Roger Williams Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and the Museum of Natural History. Heavy rain reschedule date is April 28.
Info: Send an e-mail to Susan@NHill.org.

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Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Ask a Gardener

About: Tour the grounds at Rough Point in the company of experts. Once a month, Rough Point’s estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get insider tips about how staff keep the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. This event is free with house or grounds admission.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Wildlife Baby Shower

  • Cold Spring Harbor Community Center (map)
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About: Join Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (WRARI) as it welcomes new bundles of wildlife joy with a baby shower. This event, which is geared toward both adults and kids, will feature a live hawk and owl presentation by Born to Be Wild Nature Center from 1-3 p.m. There will also be crafts, educational displays, face painting, an ice cream social, and bake sale. There will be an opportunity to see some of WRARI’s baby animals, which are being cared for by licensed rehabilitators. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a shower gift, such as extra-large puppy pads, boxes of lotion-free tissues, baby blankets, canned sardines in water, paper towels, dry cat food, walnuts in the shell, Clorox wipes, unscented laundry detergent, or kitchen trash bags.
Info: Call 401-294-6363 or visit riwildliferehab.org.

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Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Walking Tour of India Point Park Shoreline Restoration

About: The Friends of India Point Park walking tour will be led by Brian Byrnes, deputy superintendent of the Providence Parks Department, and he will talk about repair work on the park’s eroding seawall. The walk will start at the eastern end of the park, next to the playground. Free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here. Rain date is May 5 at 2 p.m.

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Apr
30
5:30 PM17:30

Tree Hugger Tuesday Cleanup

About: Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful is hosting this after-work litter cleanup event which is geared toward adult participants. After the cleanup, participants can stay to socialize and enjoy a complimentary drink. Participation is limited to 10 adults
Info: To sign up, or to view a full list of after-work cleanup events, visit keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com.

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May
2
9:00 AM09:00

Solar Siting in R.I. Municipalities

About: Ground-mounted solar development is a new land use in Rhode Island that has caught many local officials unprepared; as a result, some proposed utility-scale solar developments have raised concerns. This free workshop will discuss lessons learned from rural and suburban municipalities in developing solar-siting ordinances and hear from a local solar developer about what’s needed for successful projects. The speakers are: Scott Millar from Grow Smart Rhode Island; Paul Raduca from Kearsarge Energy; Chelsea Siefert from the town of South Kingstown; Ashley Sweet from the town of Exeter; and Jim Lamphere from the town of Hopkinton. To register, click here.

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May
2
5:30 PM17:30

Newport Green Drinks

About: May’s Newport Green Drinks will be co-hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance and Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. Enjoy a drink and light snacks to celebrate their partnership in bringing community choice electricity aggregation, specifically with the green municipal aggregation program — a model that allows important energy decisions to be made at the local level — in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.
Info: Click here.

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May
5
12:00 PM12:00

Meatworks Facility Tour

Your name: Sue Johnson

Your e-mail address: sajohnson60@gmail.com

Event starts: 12:0:0 PM

Event ends: 2:0:0 PM

About: Join Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island for a tour of Meatworks, a USDA-inspected meat-processing facility in Westport, Mass. This state-of-the-art facility is designed to the highest animal-welfare and food-safety standards. This tour should appeal to established and beginning livestock farmers, small-scale farmers, and consumers interested in learning more about meat processing, animal handling, meat cutting, and value-added processing. This tour is free, but RSVP is recommended.
Info: To RSVP, click here.

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Providence Flea Opening Day

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
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About: Come out for opening day of The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market. Since 2013, The Providence Flea has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits. Shoppers can also enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Secound Sundays at Prescott Farm

About: Each month Newport Restoration Foundation joins with a nonprofit partner to highlight the history and horticulture of Prescott Farm. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat with a University of Rhode Island Master Gardener, or climb inside the historic windmill. Second Sunday themes, guests, and activities change monthly.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Private Well Maintenance Workshop

About: Private well owners need to make sure their water is safe to drink. Water-quality expert Alyson McCann from the University of Rhode Island will offer information about maintaining a private well. Water testing kits from the Rhode Island Department of Health will be available after the program. Attendees can return the kits and payment on May 14, from 8-9 a.m., at the Little Compton Community Center, and the samples will be taken to the state health lab in Providence for testing.
Info: To register, click here.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

SustainPVD Fair

About: Join the Providence Office of Sustainability, Rhode Island Sierra Club, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, and others for the SustainPVD Fair. There will be events throughout the day, including a composting workshop and rain-barrel workshop. Guests can visit vendor tables for details on how to make your home more energy efficient, and they will also be able to access The Avenue Concept's Paint Bar and contribute to their graffiti wall. This free community event is family friendly and will include food and entertainment. The composting and rain-barrel workshops will have a separate registration process and a small fee, which include supplies and materials for participants to take home.
Info: Click here.

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May
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
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About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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May
20
5:30 PM17:30

Green Energy Consumers Alliance Spring Meeting

About: Join Green Energy Consumers Alliance for an evening of networking and a celebration of tangible progress on climate action. The meeting will focus on Rhode Island's energy and climate progress toward a low-carbon future. Attendees will be able to view Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's new electric bus and will hear from keynote speaker, Providence mayor Jorge Elorza about the city’s Climate Just Action Plan. Other guest speakers include Office of Energy Resources commissioner Carol Grant, and Rhode Island Department of Transportation chief in sustainability and innovation Julia Gold. This event is open to the public, and tickets are $10.
Info: To purchase tickets, click here.

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May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Ask a Gardener

About: Tour the grounds at Rough Point in the company of experts. Once a month Rough Point’s estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get insider tips about how staff keep the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. This event is free with house or grounds admission.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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May
26
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Secound Sundays at Prescott Farm

About: Each month Newport Restoration Foundation joins with a nonprofit partner to highlight the history and horticulture of Prescott Farm. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat with a University of Rhode Island Master Gardener, or climb inside the historic windmill. Second Sunday themes, guests, and activities change monthly.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Organic Strawberry Production

About: Learn about successful strategies in organic strawberry production at Brandon Family Farm. Strawberries are proven to be a profitable and beneficial crop on small-acreage Rhode Island farms because they fit well into vegetable rotations. Farm owner Alby Brandon will discuss commercial organic production, including planting strategies, fertility, pest management, day neutrals (full season strawberries), and rotation. This event is free and perfect for new and experienced growers as well as families.
Info: To RSVP, click here.

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Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

What Lives in the River

About: All ages are invited to join Narrow River Preservation Association for this hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs and other inhabitants of Narrow River. We will use nets large and small to catch river creatures and examine them in touch tanks and under microscopes. Experts and guide books will be on hand. Choose morning session (9 a.m.-11a.m.) or afternoon (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.). There will be a picnic lunch at 11 a.m. You may bring your own lunch or make a suggested donation of $6 per person for lunch. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: To learn more, or to register, visit narrowriver.org.

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Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Using Livestock to Clear Land

About: Join Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) to learn techniques for clearing land with the help of livestock. The use of livestock to clear land eradicates weeds and invasive species and eliminates the need for heavy machinery or chemicals. Ben and Rachael of Wild Harmony Farm will discuss how each species plays a role in clearing land on their farm. This event is free, but registration is recommended.
Info: To RSVP, click here.

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Jun
22
6:00 AM06:00

Buzzards Bay Swim

  • 1480 Rodney French Boulevard New Bedford, MA, 02744 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Buzzards Bay Swim features a scenic point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor. Assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol, swimmers navigate 1.2 miles through the harbor and channel. At the finish line, swimmers will enjoy a beach party featuring a live steel drum band, pancakes cooked to order, gourmet coffee, free massages, and local beer. Swim solo or with a team of friends, family, or co-workers. Proceeds from the swim support the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to restore and protect Buzzards Bay. There is a $25 registration fee and $150 (pay-or-raise) fundraising minimum per swimmer.
Info: To learn more or to register, visit savebuzzardsbay.org.

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Ask a Gardener

About: Tour the grounds at Rough Point in the company of experts. Once a month, Rough Point’s estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get insider tips about how staff keep the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. This event is free with house or grounds admission.
Info: Visit newportrestoration.org.

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Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

The Providence Flea

  • 345 South Water Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Providence Flea, a juried vintage and artisan/maker market, has hosted more than 500 hundred local vintage vendors, artists, artisans, makers, and community nonprofits since 2013. Shoppers can browse unique handcrafted and vintage items, and enjoy food trucks and live music along the Providence River. The Flea is held every Sunday throughout the summer, rain or shine.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

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Aug
3
9:00 AM09:00

Art on the River

About: Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) welcomes artists of all ages and skill levels to create art along Narrow River. Local artists will give instruction in drawing and painting. Bring your own easel and sketch pad, or use supplies provided by NRPA. Photographers also welcome. Guided activities include seaweed art and fish prints. Bring a T-shirt if you’d like to make a fish print on it. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Bagels and Bugs: Garrison House Acres Guided Walk

About: Join members of the Narrow River Land Trust for an all-ages guided walk starting at Middlebridge and crossing to the Garrison House Acres Preserve. David Gregg of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey will lead this walk as we look for insects that inhabit the shoreline and fields of the preserve. Attendees will learn what moths and other insects can tell us about the environment and any changing trends. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, a hand lens, and insect protection. Bagels will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Visit narrowriverlandtrust.org or e-mail office@narrowriverlandtrust.org.

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Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

What Lives in the River

About: All ages are invited to join Narrow River Preservation Association for this hands-on exploration of fish, shellfish, crabs, and other inhabitants of Narrow River. We will use nets to catch river creatures and examine them in touch tanks and under microscopes. Experts and guide books will be on hand. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: To learn more, or to register, visit narrowriver.org.

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Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Narragansett Salt Marsh Walk

About: Take a salt marsh walk with Narrow River Land Trust. Expert guides will lead a walk along the salt marsh and intertidal zone. All are welcome to walk and learn about salt marshes and the animals that thrive in this critical ecosystem. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees should wear shoes that can get wet.
Info: Visit narrowriver.org.

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Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Port of New Bedford Marina Trash Skimmer Press Event and Public Tour

About: Clean Ocean Access, in partnership with the Community Boating Center and the Port Authority of New Bedford, will launch the Port of New Bedford Marina Trash Skimmer. With this launch, New Bedford joins a growing list of southeastern New England cities to host the innovative marina trash skimmer technology, which reduces marine debris and improves water quality in marinas and harbors. Following the press event at 10 a.m. there will be a public tour of the trash skimmer.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Making Sense of R.I.’s Solar-Siting Legislation

About: The Burrillville Land Trust and the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions are sponsoring the event. If enacted, provisions within the legislation could thwart municipal comprehensive plans, housing, and land-use density. The event is for residents who want to know more about the legislation and what could happen if it is enacted. The proliferation and speed in permitting of ground-mounted solar installations has raised concerns about the need for statewide solar-siting legislation. Many believe that the rapid rise in installations destroys the rural sense of place where solar farms are being categorized as light industrial but being placed in what many thought were residential zones. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and finger foods will be available.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Tree Hugger Thursday

About: Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful is hosting this after-work litter cleanup and meetup event which is geared toward adult participants. After the cleanup, participants can stay to socialize and enjoy a complimentary drink. Participation is limited to 15 adults.
Info: To sign up or to view a full list of after-work cleanup events, visit keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com.

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

R.I. Metropolitan Planning Organization Public Participation Plan 2019

  • Rhode Island Department of Administration (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The State Planning Council’s Transportation Advisory Committee is accepting comments on the draft Public Participation Plan 2019. The State Planning Council (SPC) as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and its staff, the Department of Administration’s Division of Statewide Planning, is the agency responsible for meeting the federal public participation requirements for transportation projects funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. A public comment period of 45 days ends May 3. The draft plan is available for review online. The April 25 TAC public hearing is to accept comments on the proposed plan.

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Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

Lecture on Chronic Wasting Disease

About: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is hosting this informational program on chronic wasting disease, a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk, and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions, and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease has been found in wild and captive deer and elk in 24 states. The disease hasn’t yet been found in New England. Dylan Ferreira, a wildlife biologist in DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, and wildlife disease professionals from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative will inform participants about the disease and discuss concerns, current surveillance methods, preventative measures, and how hunters can help keep Rhode Island deer herds free of the disease.

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Apr
24
12:15 PM12:15

Green Business Forum on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Food

  • Rhode Island College, Alger Hall, Room 110 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Join Rhode Island College and Renew Energy Initiative (REI) for a free panel discussion, “Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Food: Making the Connections.” Over the past decade, the move to a renewable-energy economy has been paralleled by complementary trends in the food sector, as evidenced by a burst of creative, entrepreneurial ventures in organic farming, community gardening, composting, urban farming, and an increase in the number farmers markets. These trends reflect not only an economic and cultural goal of achieving energy and food security, but they are also a measure of the interrelatedness of all aspects of environmental sustainability. This panel discussion will focus on local, regional, and national trends related to this cultural shift. This event is free, but RSVP is requested.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

“Save the Bees” Awareness Event

  • UMass Dartmouth Outside Campus Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MASSPIRG Save the Bees campaign is hosting the Earth Day event in combination with the university’s Office of Sustainability to spread awareness and promote the importance of bees. The UMass Dartmouth community is committed to banning the use of neonicotinoids.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Downtown Woony Clean Days on the Greenway Kickoff

  • Pedestrian Bridge at Promenade and Kinsley Streets (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council kicks off Clean Days on the Greenway along Promenade and Kinsley streets. Volunteers will sweep for litter, mulch tree wells, paint electrical box murals with a local artist, and pull tires and trash from the river.
Info: Click here.

 

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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Mountains and Molecules: Arlene Blum Lecture

  • University of Rhode Island, Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Arlene Blum's science and policy work has drawn attention to the use of harmful chemicals, including, PFASs, which are found in a wide range of consumer products. Blum is also an avid mountaineer and led the first American — and all-woman — ascent of Annapurna I, which led to her writing the book, "Annapurna: A Woman’s Place." At this lecture, Blum will share her favorite images and dramatic stories from her memoir, as well as her scientific research and policy work with the Green Science Policy Institute.
Info: To learn more, or to RSVP, visit web.uri.edu.

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Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Party for the Planet

About: This year’s Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo will highlight the zoo’s conservation efforts and animal care: Enjoy experiences that empower you to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Visit the new “Faces of the Rainforest” exhibit, participate in animal encounters, join a drum circle, and learn about animals from around the world. You can also test your soccer skills with the New England Revolution, bowl with Lang's Bowlarama, and take photos with zoo mascots. This event is free with zoo admission and runs April 16 and 17. Rain date is April 18.
Info: Visit rwpzoo.org.

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Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour

About: TransitMatters, in partnership with Grow Smart RI, will be introducing its Regional Rail initiative, a plan to transform the current MBTA Commuter Rail system — including the Providence Line — into a modern, more reliable intercity rail service with faster and more frequent all-day service. The Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour will feature representatives from TransitMatters and a special guest representing the ridership of the Providence rail line. After brief presentations about TransitMatters’ proposal, the floor will be opened up for questions, comments, and dialogue. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to Grow Smart RI. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Info: To register, click here.

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Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Tree Hugger Tuesday Cleanup

About: Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful is hosting this after-work litter cleanup and meetup event which is geared toward adult participants. After the cleanup, participants can stay to socialize and enjoy a complimentary drink. Participation is limited to 10 adults.
Info: To sign up, or to view a full list of after-work cleanup events, visit keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com.

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Apr
16
4:00 PM16:00

“Rhode Island Sound’s Role in Fueling Harmful Algal Blooms in Narragansett Bay”

About: An unprecedented toxic algal bloom from Long Island to Maine in 2016 led to the first shellfishing ban in Narragansett Bay. After five tons of shellfish were recalled in Maine that September, a rapid increase in a certain species of algae that produces a neurotoxin, which can infect shellfish, was observed outside of Newport Harbor the following October. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography will discuss how Rhode Island Sound may be linked to these harmful algal blooms in the bay. This free event is part of the annual Coastal State Discussion Series. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP requested by contacting Meredith Haas at mmhaas@uri.edu.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Party for the Planet

About: This year’s Party for the Planet at Roger Williams Park Zoo will highlight the zoo’s conservation efforts and animal care: Enjoy experiences that empower you to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Visit the new “Faces of the Rainforest” exhibit, participate in animal encounters, join a drum circle, and learn about animals from around the world. You can also test your soccer skills with the New England Revolution, bowl with Lang's Bowlarama, and take photos with zoo mascots. This event is free with zoo admission and runs April 16 and 17. Rain date is April 18.
Info: Visit rwpzoo.org.

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Publick Occurrences Community Discussion

  • Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

About: Leadership Rhode Island, the Providence Journal, and Rhode Island College present, in its ninth year, the three-time award-winning forum by the Rhode Island Press Association for community outreach called “Publick Occurrences.” This year’s forum will be moderated by Mike Ritz, executive director of Leadership Rhode Island, and will feature: Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; Grover Fugate, director of the Coastal Resources Management Council; Barnaby Evans, artistic and executive director of WaterFire Providence; Nicole Hernandez Hammer, a climate change and environmental justice consultant; Alex Kuffner, reporter for the Providence Journal; and Sunshine Menezes, director of Metcalf Institute of Marine and Environmental Reporting. The event is free and open to the public.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Private Well Maintenance Workshop

About: Private well owners need to make sure their water is safe to drink. Water-quality expert Alyson McCann from the University of Rhode Island will offer information about maintaining a private well. Water testing kits from the Rhode Island Department of Health will be available after the program. Attendees can return the kits and payment on April 16, from 8-9 a.m., at the Louttit Library in West Greenwich, and the samples will be taken to the state health lab in Providence for testing.
Info: To register, click here.

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Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

“Music at the Farm” Concert Series

About: Grace Note Farm Inn and co-sponsor the Burrillville Land Trust launch their second season of concerts. “Music at the Farm” will again present a series of concerts the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m starting April 14 and going through Dec. 8. Concerts will feature a variety of music styles from classical chamber music to folk and jazz. Artistic director and flutist Virginia Sindelar plans a nucleus of artists in residence and has invited talented internationally known artists. Programs will showcase music from around the world. The first concert of the year will feature the Jess Tora Jazz Trio.
Info: click here.

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Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Keating Woods Walk

About: Discover hidden natural beauty along the urban Acushnet River on a walk at P.J. Keating Woods, the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s newest preserve. After the property was acquired in 2017, the coalition restored it by removing invasive vines, improving its trail, and adding a river overlook. It’s now part of a developing “greenbelt” along the Acushnet River, and is known for great bird watching. To RSVP for this free walk, click here.

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Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Urban Ag Kickoff

About: Kick off the growing season with Southside Community Land Trust. This free event takes place at four Providence sites (Davey Lopes Recreation Center, Sessions Street Community Garden, Ring Street Community Garden, and Joslin Park Community Garden) and features experts who will provide tips on organic growing and how to maximize crop yield from urban plots, backyard gardens, and containers. Attendees can pick up free non-GMO, organic, and heirloom seeds, and low-cost, locally made organic fertilizer.
Info: Visit southsideclt.org.

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Blackstone River Watershed-Wide Cleanup

About: The Blackstone River Watershed Association and the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone are partners with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, which is helping to organize the bi-state cleanup. Both watershed groups are bringing volunteers together in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to clean and help protect the watershed’s rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes. There will be some dedicated sites chosen for cleanups, but volunteers are encouraged to adopt a site. To register, click here.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Scituate Eco-Depot

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About: Rhode Island Resource Recovery invites Rhode Island residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste at this Eco-Depot collection. During the collection, there will be shredding services available. This special event is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance for household hazard waste collection. Appointments are not required for shredding. To make an appointment, or to view the entire 2019 Eco-Depot schedule, visit rirrc.org, or call 401-942-1430 x241.

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Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Free Screening of “The Gardener”

About: This documentary reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled among the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over 75 years and three generations, it’s an enchanted place of beauty and surprise. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the film looks back at this remarkable man's personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world. Presented by the Sakonnet Preservation Association.
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Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

Project Timberdoodle Orientation

About: Do you love birds and the great outdoors? Have you ever wished you could participate in scientific research, but aren’t sure how to get involved? Well, now is your chance to participate in a citizen science study on a unique forest bird: the American woodcock. Come meet and chat with URI scientists. To see up for the orientation, click here.
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Apr
11
5:00 PM17:00

Growing in Caterpillar Tunnels

About: Learn about growing in caterpillar tunnels from farm owners Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi of Little River Farm. Caterpillar tunnels are easy-to-build structures that provide protection from rain, wind, hail and, snow, allowing farmers to extend their growing season. This workshop is free, but RSVP is recommended.
Info: To RSVP, click here.

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Apr
11
3:30 PM15:30

Global Health Effects of Pollutants

About: Pál Weihe, medical director of the Faroese Hospital System and head of the nation’s Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health, will present a lecture about his work to protect his country’s citizens from marine pollutants that have found their way to this remote region from industrialized countries. The pollutants, poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), are chemical compounds found in common household goods such as non-stick cookware, stain-proof carpets, pizza boxes, and microwave popcorn bags and in firefighting foams and other industrial products. Because they don't break down easily in the environment, they find their way into the food chain, including into the whales that are a traditional food source of the Faroe Islands. A visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Weihe has overseen the examinations of more than 3,000 Faroe Islanders for five studies of exposures to marine contaminants. Free and open to the public.
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Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

Project Timberdoodle Orientation

About: Do you love birds and the great outdoors? Have you ever wished you could participate in scientific research, but aren’t sure how to get involved? Well, now is your chance to participate in a citizen science study on a unique forest bird: the American woodcock. Come meet and chat with URI scientists. To see up for the orientation, click here.
Info: Click here.

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Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Research Needs for Marine Beaches Results

About: Clean Ocean Access and the Rhode Island Department of Health will present the results from the Research Needs for Marine Beaches grant project, which aims to advance the understanding of bacterial outbreaks at high-recreational-use beaches in Rhode Island to improve public health and provide a model for future locations in the Narragansett Bay watershed. Two sequential case studies were used in this project: Oakland Beach in Warwick and Easton’s Beach in Newport.
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Apr
8
4:30 PM16:30

"Transit Forward RI" Plan Briefing and Discussion

About: The Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning, RIPTA, and their consultants will brief advocates and participate in a discussion on the “Transit Forward RI” master plan. This will be an opportunity for those interested in transportation advocacy to network, share information, and give input into the future of Rhode Island’s transit system. This event is free and open to the public.

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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Diversified Livestock Farming and Marketing

About: Windmist Farm owner and winner of the 2019 Edible Rhody Local Hero Award, Martha Neale, will discuss the importance of diversified livestock farming — the production of a variety of livestock products. The workshop will also focus on creating effective marketing materials and packaging and distributing and selling products. Attendees will learn how to run a successful livestock business and develop marketable products that fit the community's needs. This event is free, but RSVP is requested.
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