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.
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.
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).
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
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
Hi Y’all! Join us Friday, June 22 for our annual Strawberry Festival! Featuring the music of the Tom Lanigan Band and a delicious bbq buffet. Plus, all the fresh strawberries that you can eat, dipped in your choice of chocolate.
BBQ menu features traditional tossed salad, coleslaw, cornbread, bbq ribs, bbq pulled pork, roasted chicken, Mac and cheese, Cowboy Chris’s baked beans, strawberry shortcake and coffee and tea.
Cash bar and festive drink specials.
Tickets are $35 per person. Pick your tickets up at the Shrine Office, One Rhodes Place in Cranston or call us at 401-467-7100.
Ticket Deadline: June 18.
The 22nd Evening of Hope is an evening of inspirational awards, dinner, music and a robust silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Louise Wilcox ALS Clinic in Providence and ALS patient services in Rhode Island. The “Courage Award” will be presented to Woonsocket resident, Karen Audette and the “Spirit of Lou Gehrig Award” will be presented to John R. Pagliarini.
Join Providence Community Library (PCL) and Over the Edge on Saturday, June 23 for an exciting opportunity to rappel down the 12-story Regency Plaza building in downtown Providence and help raise $100,000 for the nine neighborhood locations of Rhode Island’s largest library system.
The first ninety people to raise $1,000 will get a chance to go Over the Edge for PCL – a comprehensive support kit is provided! Visit www.provcomlib.org/edge to reserve your spot today and create a personal fundraising page where friends, family, and colleagues can donate funds toward your rappelling adventure. Corporate and private teams are also welcome! Participants must weigh between 100 and 300 lbs and be at least twelve years old (a parent or guardian must sign a waiver for all participants under eighteen).
Over The Edge is a special events company that has raised over $70 million for non-profits around the world, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics Boston. Sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available for businesses and individuals who wish to be part of this eye-catching fundraiser and help PCL support literacy and lifelong learning in Providence. Visit www.provcomlib.org/edgesponsors to learn more.
Libraries change lives! #RappelforPCL (or sponsor someone who wants to) to fund new materials, technology and programs for all ages. Sign up today!
Join us for a family friendly night at the ballpark. Tickets are only $10 each for General Admission and RMH Providence will receive $5 for each ticket purchased through our link! https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/youraccount.asp?&submit=Continue&Cookies=yes&HoldID=1880#.WxmGctLMe72
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Each ticket also includes $2 of free ballpark credit and there will be an amazing fireworks display after the game!
Providence Flea returns on Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Greenway across from 345 South Water St. in downtown Providence! The Flea runs every Sunday rain or shine through September 9 (Fall Markets on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, and 21). The Flea features live music, seventy plus local vintage vendors, artisans and indie makers, food trucks and community nonprofits.
Free and free on-street parking.
Accepting vendors, nonprofits and local musicians throughout the summer at providenceflea.com.
Dorcas International is so excited to invite you to its free first annual Welcoming Rhode Island Festival this summer!
Dorcas International’s annual World Refugee Day has transformed into the Welcoming RI Festival to include its Student Recognition Ceremony and to further embrace diversity in the Ocean State. This free, family-friendly community event welcomes everyone to celebrate culture and ancestry during Immigrant Heritage month.
There will be food, live music and performances, kids’ activities, games and more at the Roger Williams Park Casino.
The third annual Team Triple A “On the Road to A Cure” Event to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m.
Location: Cranston Portuguese Club
$40 per adult and $20 children ages six through twelve. Children five or younger are free.
Go to teamtriplea.com to buy tickets online or contact Julio Andrade at 401-263-5100.
Tickets include delicious Portuguese cuisine provided by Bela’s Kitchen, live entertainment and Portuguese Folklore dancing from Grupo Folclorico do Clube Portuguese de Cranston, Carlos DJ Services music and dancing, drawings, silent auctions and more!