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
21
Thu
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

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).

Jun
22
Fri
Rummage Sale at the Baptist Church in Warren @ Baptist Church in Warren
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am
Rummage Sale at the Baptist Church in Warren @ Baptist Church in Warren

The Baptist Church in Warren (407 Main Street, Warren) will be holding its Annual Rummage and Bake Sale, Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
To Win or Lose All: William S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War @ Naval War College Museum | Newport | Rhode Island | United States

The Naval War College Museum presents a new exhibit, “To Win or Lose All: Williams S. Sims and the U.S. Navy in the First World War.” The exhibit occupies the museum’s gallery on the second floor.
To Win or Lose All explores the Navy’s role in securing victory for the Allies during the First World War. Under Admiral Sims’s leadership, American warships escorted convoys to France, laid mines in the North Sea, and hunted German submarines. On land, naval aviators flew scouting and bombing missions while Marines fought in the trenches east of Paris. While the sweeping naval campaigns of 1942-1945 may attract more scholarly attention, the foundation for their success was established twenty-five years earlier when the Navy operated for the first time as part of a coalition. Indeed, many officers who rose to prominence in the Second World War – Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and Harold R. Stark, to name a few – gained valuable experience with combined operations during the first global conflict of the twentieth century. Curator Rob Doane hopes, “that this exhibit will encourage visitors to understand Admiral Sims and the sailors who served under him as real people who worked under difficult circumstances to meet the enormous challenges of wartime service.”

Toddler Try-It: Jars that Jam @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler Try-It: Jars that Jam @ Providence Children's Museum

Explore musical notes and possible melodies with a collection of jars and water. Young children, ages eighteen months to three years, use real tools and explore the creative process as they delve into different hands-on art and science activities each Friday morning.

World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
World Music Week @ Providence Children's Museum

Embark on an adventure in to the big wide world of music! Experience music from around the globe, feel the vibrations in the air, explore materials and create your own musical instrument.

PPL’s 2018 Exhibition and Program Series @ Providence Public Library
Jun 22 @ 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.

Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village @ Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Food Truck Friday at Carousel Village @ Roger Williams Park Carousel Village
Food Truck Friday is back in 2018 for the fourth season. End your week at Food Truck Friday at Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village with some of the best food trucks in Rhode Island brought to you PVD Food Truck Events.

A.B. Munroe DairyMetroPCS and BankRI present Food Truck Fridays. Other sponsors visiting on select Friday nights include Power Home RemodelingAmbit EnergySunrun and College Bound Saver. Admission is free.

Enjoy over fifteen locally owned food trucks and local beer from Trinity Brewhouse, wines from Gooseneck Vineyards while listening to live music. See the full list of food trucks attending at https://www.foodtrucksin.com/carousel.

Many activities for the kids! Ride the carousel for $2, jump in the bounce house for $3, take a ride on the carousel train for $3 and even ride a camel for only $6. Packages are available. We also have Hasbro’s Boundless Playground for the kids.

Picnic and high top tables are available on a limited basis so bring a chair or blanket, and sit on the lawn. Food Trucks accept cash, credit and debit. VIP experience is available for $85 and includes reserved seating for up to eight people, outdoors or indoors. Eight carousel rides and beverage vouchers included. Group nights available starting at $20 per person. Contact Judy at jlockard@rwpzoo.org for more information.

MetLife Family Friday-Free at Five! @ Providence Children's Museum
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MetLife Family Friday-Free at Five! @ Providence Children's Museum

The Museum is open free from 5-8 p.m. for “MetLife Family Friday – Free at Five!,” sponsored by MetLife Foundation. Stay out late and splash, play, explore and discover!

Meet Author Barbara Ann Whitman @ Stillwater Books
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm
Meet Author Barbara Ann Whitman @ Stillwater Books

Meet the author of the riveting new novel, ‘Have Mercy,’ the story of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood after a tumultuous childhood in foster care. Whitman has decades of experience working with children and families.
Join us for a book signing, q and a and light refreshments.