Photo credit: Roger Williams Park Zoo.

6/30 Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts

Why: Take a ride on the wild side! Attend an adults-only bash at the zoo featuring mouth-watering specialties from area restaurants, caterers and bars. Plus, enjoy live music, dancing and more. Proceeds support Roger Williams Park Zoo’s education and wildlife conservation programs. Party animals must be twenty-one and older to attend.
Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence.
More info: 785-3510, rwpzoo.org.

Jun
18
Mon
PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Jun
19
Tue
PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Jun
20
Wed
Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at McCoy Stadium @ McCoy Stadium
Jun 20 all-day
Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at McCoy Stadium @ McCoy Stadium

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, The Pawtucket Red Sox, CW28 and WPRI 12 for Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at McCoy Stadium! Join us at 4 p.m. for an exclusive BBQ Dinner with special guests from CW’s Hit Shows: The Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash! Learn how easy and fun it can be to be a Defender of Potential for a Little Brother or Sister in our community. After dinner, watch as BBBSOS throws out the first pitch and enjoy the nation’s past time as the Paw Sox face off against the Buffalo Bisons.

“Go With The Flow: Intuitive Painting Two” for Adults @ Warwick Center for the Arts
Jun 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
"Go With The Flow: Intuitive Painting Two" for Adults @ Warwick Center for the Arts

This four-week class offers a great opportunity for adults and seniors to let go of their every day worries and explore and experiment with their creative expression. Instructor Patty Martucci will lead participants through a new intuitive painting exercise each week. Leave your stress behind and join in on some pure creative fun.

Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesday Walk-Arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Wednesday Walk-arounds: A Guided Tour of Blithewold begin at 11:30 a.m. Docents tell the story of the Van Wickle and McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Visitors experience breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay and see the Mansion decorated with original furnishings just as it was when the family lived here. The guided tour continues through the grounds where magnificent trees and a variety of colorful gardens demonstrate Blithewold’s prominence in horticulture. This tour concludes with a question and answer, complete with iced tea served on Blithewold’s North West Porch.

The event costs $6 per person in addition to regular admission. Tours are capped at a maximum of fifteen people.

PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Jun
21
Thu
“Go With The Flow: Intuitive Painting Two” for Adults @ Warwick Center for the Arts
Jun 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
"Go With The Flow: Intuitive Painting Two" for Adults @ Warwick Center for the Arts

This four-week class offers a great opportunity for adults and seniors to let go of their every day worries and explore and experiment with their creative expression. Instructor Patty Martucci will lead participants through a new intuitive painting exercise each week. Leave your stress behind and join in on some pure creative fun.

PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
PPL's 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Providence Public Library’s fourth annual Exhibition and Program series called HairBrained is focused on hair. Specifically, the exhibition explores the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency and politics while the program series, which is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition, will offer cultural programs and educational activities for all ages that explore how and why we have grown, cut, shaved, shaped, woven, adorned and covered the hair on our heads, from centuries ago until today.

The HairBrained exhibition features a selection of items from Providence Public Library’s collections: postcards, photographs, pochoir prints, magazines, historic children’s books, advertising trade cards and more. Items will be on exhibit in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level one from March to June.

Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fourth Annual Wakefield RiverFire @ Downtown Wakefield/Historic Main Street & Saugatucket River

Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.
Every Thursday evening in the summer season, enjoy magnificent views of the Saugatucket River, as the sun peacefully sets and the wood in the fire basins begin to glow and crackle. Along the river’s edge and Saugatucket Bridge, watch live music from area bands. On Main Street, local vendors will be selling their goods. Downtown shops and restaurants, all in easy walking distance, will be open later than usual. During almost every RiverFire night, additional themes with family-friendly activities will be showcased. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. RiverFire and River Stage performers will begin at 7 p.m.

Free admission. Free parking will be available in the village parking areas and along the street. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale. On Aug. 16, during the Endless Summer II Luau Celebration, which is on a RiverFire evening.

Themed Nights and Musician Schedule:
June 21: Summer Solstice and Jonnycake Center Empty Bowls Stroll Hunger Benefit
Live music: Contemporary Theater Stage, 5 p.m. – Becky Chase; River Stage, 7 p.m. – Chakulla Smith (with The Hunger Bus): Chakulla brings 4 decades of writing and playing Folk, world, jazz and Americana music and always has special guests along to wow the crowd.

June 28: Full Moon Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gary Hopp and Friends: Gary Hopp brings his Good Vibe Tribe Experience to Howl at the Full Moon! Expect great Rock and Roll, Oldies, Country, Originals, Blues, Wild Dancing and Crazy Antics.

July 5: Ladies Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – 33 Camben: 33 Camden is a Progressive Rhythm & Blues Rock Fusion band bringing a sound unlike anything you’ve heard! They will be performing LIVE at the Wakefield Ladies Night and RiverFire the day after we celebrate the Birth of our Nation.

July 12: Car Cruise Night (Classic Car Show)
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Greyhound Dream with gpecial guest Paula Clare: Greyhound Dream Features two of South County’s premier performers Krista Rousseau vocal stylings and Josh Scurman’s vocal and guitar prowess – all rounded out by bass guitarist Jerry Rousseau. Special Guest Paula Clare brings her music influenced by Joni Mitchel, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, Carole King, Emilou Harris and Suzanne Vega to RiverFire.

July 19: Lantern Parade
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – PhenixAve: PhenixAve plays the acoustic hits of the 60’s, 70’s and today and has been a crowd favorite at RiverFire! During the live music performance, “Concrete Couch” presents a serene Lantern Parade across the Saugatucket River Bridge.

July 26: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Gooseberry Road with Special Guests, Wyatt & Barbara Lema: Gooseberry Road is a 3 piece ensemble playing music from the 1960’s and 70’s – Beatles, Carole King, Hollies, Bee Gees, Aztec Two-Step, more, and originals. Enjoy special guests Folk and Traditional multi-instrument and vocalist, Wyatt and Barbara Lema.

Aug. 2: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Stone Cold Gypsies: Stone Cold Gypsies is a 5-piece band playing a blend of favorites and eclectic music that will surprise and delight you.

Aug. 9: TBA on possible theme
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – The Strattones: The Strattones are a 5 piece Rhode Island band bringing you the best covers and originals you didn’t know you needed to hear.

Aug. 16: Endless Summer II (Tropical Luau Celebration – $5 Suggested Donation).
Live music: (TBA) – Just like last year, there will be multiple performers on The Contemporary Theater Stage, which will be the Main Stage for the event. Admission to the extra area is a suggested $5 donation, before passing under a gigantic replica volcano and shark. This allows access to local beer and tropical drinks, Polynesian food, the Main Stage, special guests, entertainers, and more fun, in addition our regular RiverFire event.

Aug. 23: TBA on possible theme – Might be a Radio Night.
Live music: TBA: Check website or Facebook for any updates.

Aug. 30: Country and Western Night
Live music: River Stage, 7 p.m. – Grant Maloy Smith: Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His latest album “Dust Bowl – American Stories” spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard charts, including 10 weeks in the top ten of the Americana/Folk Album Sales Chart, and reached as high as number twelve on the Country Album Sales Chart, and number two on the Heatseekers Chart (across all genres).

YMCA of Greater Providence Hosts “Summer Kick-off” Fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza @ Crowne Plaza, Garden Pavillion
Jun 21 @ 5:30 pm

The YMCA of Greater Providence will kick-off the summer with a magical night filled with summertime fare, cold beverages and local celebrities dancing the night away. Local personalities will be paired with instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios as they compete for the coveted Community Choice Award!

Partnering with the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation, the event will raise funds to purchase and maintain a new Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike. FES bikes are principally used as restorative therapy by those who face paralysis.

All dancers will compete to raise the most money for the purchase of the new FES Bike. This year’s competitors are:

Blaine Carroll – Delta Dental of Rhode Island
Bob Dillion – Eagle Creek Software Services
Carlos Dominguez – Hasbro
Dr. Claudia Wheeler – Lifespan
Eddy Gemma – Gem Plumbing & Heating Services
Kasim Yarn – Veterans Affairs for Rhode Island
Larry Gemma – Gem Plumbing & Heating Services
Lenny Gemma – Gem Plumbing & Heating Services
Liz Catucci – Batchelor Frechette McCrory Michael & Co.
Melissa Polom – EXP Realty
Nicole Dominguez – Kindermusik International
Rosie Fernandez – Cox Communications

Judging this year’s “Dancing Under the Stars” competition is Steven G. O’Donnell, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Providence, Ashlee Bourque, Director of Arts and Humanities at Newman YMCA and Kobi Dennis, Providence Community Organizer.

Tickets are $80 per person and $1 per vote
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://conta.cc/2IrsC0j

Thursday, June 21
5:30–8:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza, Garden Pavilion in Warwick.

The YMCA of Greater Providence has enjoyed a long history of building healthy spirits, minds, and bodies through programs, services and relationships that are based upon its core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The organization, comprised of nine locations, is a valued resource for families and individuals who seek health and wellness in their lives. For more information, visit www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org.

The Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation is a Rhode Island-based organization that, through its five arms, educates young people about good decision-making, informs the community about ways it can make a difference, promotes legislation that improves highway safety, draws awareness to traumatic brain injury, and supports families dealing with tragedy.

At the age of twelve, on March 26, 2003, Tori Lynn Andreozzi was struck by a hit and run drunk driver as she walked home from school with her brother. She suffered irreparable brain damage and now lives in a minimally conscious state relying on others for her every need. Several years later, after an internet search for viable therapies, Tori’s mother, Cathy came to the Newman YMCA, one of the Greater Providence facilities, where both she and Tori were introduced to the FES bike. After eleven years without movement, Cathy witnessed nothing short of a miracle as she watched Tori’s legs fall in sync with the rhythmic pattern of this gently motorized bike.

For more information, please visit: http://www.torilynnfoundation.org/.0j