Things To Do in February

Discover the best things to do in Rhode Island this month, including family-friendly activities, festivals, performances, food events and shows. Here are our top picks:

  • Taste your way around the Ocean State with the Best Doughnuts passport, roar to the Dunk for Monster Jam and make pretty nature-inspired valentines with the kiddos in your February Bucket List.
  • Introverted extroverts: This one’s for you. We’ve rounded up 6 local book clubs you can join this winter.
Feb
20
Thu
Restoring Habitats for Threatened Amphibians and Reptiles in Rhode Island @ SKLT Barn
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm
Restoring Habitats for Threatened Amphibians and Reptiles in Rhode Island @ SKLT Barn | South Kingstown | Rhode Island | United States

On Thursday, February 20, SKLT will host Dr. Nancy Karraker, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Karraker has a deep interest in solving conservation and management issues on the ground and will present on her research as a field biologist. Her lab focuses primarily on the consequences of environmental change for wetland plant and animal populations and also terrestrial and stream-dwelling herpetofauna. Her own research has examined the impacts of habitat loss and degradation, pollution, climate change, invasive species, and disease on biodiversity in North America and Southeast Asia, and she has done extensive work on the impacts of road deicing salt on amphibians and wetlands.

Most recently, Dr. Karraker and her students have studied the effects of pollutants and invasive predators on amphibians, demographic consequences of forest loss and degradation on frogs and lizards, impacts of illegal trapping and small dams on turtles, and implications of translocation programs for “nuisance” snakes.

Her talk will touch on various aspects of her global research and partnerships as well as her work locally to provide vital habitat for the endangered spadefoot toad. Karraker will share details of the upcoming project to install vernal ponds on South Kingstown Land Trust property which will provide breeding sites and allow for expanded habitat and the reintroduction of the species.

Although most of her research focuses on amphibians, reptiles, and wetlands, she has studied invertebrates and water quality and is a lifelong birder.

Bring a dish to share! Potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. followed by lecture at 7 p.m. at the SKLT Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Rd. Kindly RSVP online at http://sklt.org/events-calendar/

Feb
21
Fri
First Works Presents Music and Conversation with Angélique Kidjo @ Classical High School Auditorium
Feb 21 @ 3:00 pm
First Works Presents Music and Conversation with Angélique Kidjo @ Classical High School Auditorium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The BBC has included Angélique Kidjo in its list of the continent’s 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their “Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World”. A four-time Grammy Award winner for Best World Music Album, Kidjo’s striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R and B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

The FirstWorks Raise Your Voice initiative amplifies diverse voices and celebrates difference through the performing arts. Throughout FirstWorks’ 2019-20 season, world-class artists collaborate with Rhode Island artists to foster empathy through educational and community arts engagement. Angélique Kidjo embodies the ideals of the Raise Your Voice initiative through her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and through her influential music and collaborations.

Feb
23
Sun
Valley Talks: A Silent Presence: The French in New England @ Museum of Work & Culture
Feb 23 all-day
Valley Talks: A Silent Presence: The French in New England @ Museum of Work & Culture | Woonsocket | Rhode Island | United States

Valley Talks, a series of free historical lectures, continues on Sunday, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m., at the Museum of Work and Culture.

In her talk, Silent Presence: The French in New England, Jeanne Douillard will bring a fresh look to the story of “un petit people” of New France, including their struggle to reclaim pride in their heritage in a new nation. She will discuss how those who moved to Canada and Acadia also moved in different ideological directions. The talk will address their respective histories and end with an exploration of the issue of the “silent presence” of these people in their new homeland.

For more than twenty-five years, Douillard has delved deeply into conflicting historiographies and irreconcilable views of La Nouvelle France and its people. She contributed to Building a Better Life – The French-Canadians in Western Massachusetts and was featured on “Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy” podcast. Her narrative poem, “Not So Much the Same Place,” is included in the recently published Heliotrope, an anthology of women writers of French heritage. Douilard has also authored her own book, I Remember… Je Me Souviens…, which tells the story of the French in the Americas, Douillard’s journey to France, and the Deerfield raid of 1704 in Deerfield, MA. There will be a book sale and signing after her talk.

Seating is limited to seventy-five and is first-come, first-served.

Feb
24
Mon
Homegrown: The Making of the 1972-73 Providence College Friars @ East Providence Public Library
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Homegrown: The Making of the 1972-73 Providence College Friars @ East Providence Public Library | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Getting psyched for March Madness? It’s been nearly fifty years since the Providence College basketball team came within a whisker of the 1973 NCAA Finals. Had PC’s dominant center not been injured in the semifinal game, they likely would’ve met up with the mighty UCLA Bruins for a Finals showdown. Author Paul Lonardo reveals how that once-in-a-lifetime team was assembled and captured the hearts of so many.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Feb
27
Thu
Racial Justice Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow @ East Providence Public Library
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Racial Justice Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow @ East Providence Public Library | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join a discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Led by Rev. Timoth Sylvia of Rumford’s Newman Congregational Church, the Racial Justice Book Discussion group meets at 7 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month through June. Copies of the books will be available on a first come, first served basis at the library.

Feb
28
Fri
History of Irish Dance Past to Present @ Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
History of Irish Dance Past to Present @ Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island | Cranston | Rhode Island | United States

The role of Irish dance throughout the generations! Presenters are National Heritage Fellow in Irish Dance Kevin Doyle, widely recognized as performer, teacher, choreographer and producer; Mary Lee Partington known as Pendragon Celtic ensemble’s vocalist and songwriter and a founder of the Blackstone River Theatre; and set (social) dance teacher Barry Callahan who currently hold classes with his wife Pat at the Ceilidhe Club Monday evenings.
Join us for an exciting evening celebrating Irish dance and a chance to learn a few steps. Event sponsored by the 1916 Committee in the hall. Guitarist and balladeer Tim Keohane on tap in the pub afterward.
Free admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Feb
29
Sat
Foundations in Gardening: The Secret World of Wildlife @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am
Foundations in Gardening: The Secret World of Wildlife @ Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum | Bristol | Rhode Island | United States

This presentation will discuss the secret world of wildlife that resides within Blithewold and detail the gardens and the wildlife species within them. Information about the wildlife will include species profiles, life cycles, symbiotic relationships, and fun facts. We will be providing information about the importance of a healthy habitat and how you can benefit wildlife in your own backyard.

Mar
1
Sun
Bird Walks @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Bird Walks @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Join us as we brave the winter temps in search of some feathered friends. Some possible sightings include woodpeckers, chickadees, finches and hawks. We will pay special attention to the ponds where wintering waterfowl can provide unexpected species. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.
Children must be ages five and older. Pets are not permitted. Pre-registration is preferred.

Mar
3
Tue
Museum: From Top to Bottom @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Museum: From Top to Bottom @ Museum of Natural History and Planetarium | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

Explore the museum’s archives and collection storage vaults with docent Mike McGinity to learn about the museum and its collections. Archives and vaults are only accessible by stairs.
Please note: Vaults accessible by stairs only. Pre-registration is preferred.

First Anniversary/Second Open House @ Bookkeeping Towne, LLC
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Anniversary/Second Open House @ Bookkeeping Towne, LLC | East Providence | Rhode Island | United States

A host of community leaders, business professionals, dignitaries and an appearance from Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee highlight the festivities commemorating the first anniversary of Bookkeeping Towne, LLC in East Providence.

CEO and Founder, Dolly Towne, DCB, plans on celebrating her milestone with an Open House taking place at her new office on 1275 Wampanoag Trail (Rte. 114) on Tuesday, March 3, beginning at 6 p.m. Towne, who recently moved her initial office from Sprout co-Working in Warren, said the change was necessary to build on her growing business and be more centrally located to her clients.

“I saw the need to be more accessible to my clients, and there was an opportunity for me to accomplish that here,” said Towne, who cites attending networking events and groups for her initial success. “My customers are located through the state, and being here makes it easier for them to see me for their financial needs.”

Sponsored in conjunction with the East bay Chamber of Commerce, her free event will feature a chance to meet her and her business, other like-minded professionals and connect with local officials. There will be light refreshments and door prizes, including a gift basket for a lucky attendee.

Over the last 15 years, Dolly Towne helped individuals & employees understand their finances and taxes while working in Corporate America. Towne is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, Certified Payroll Professional and a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor.

Bookkeeping Towne. LLC is a virtual bookkeeping firm specializing in helping small businesses with data entry of their sales receipts, bills, invoices, payroll and reconciliations. Bookkeeping Towne focuses on educating and helping their clients understand bookkeeping by providing them tutorials in certain aspects of QuickBooks Online.

For 2020, Bookkeeping Towne will be focusing on helping more of the food-related businesses with their bookkeeping issues. That includes scheduling bookkeeping sessions where they go to the client’s business location and have a one-to-one question and answer session. This will give their clients a chance to ask any questions that they have on a certain topic in bookkeeping and/or QuickBooks. This new service will be rolled out in March. Towne said she decided on this service because clients sometimes have questions that they don’t ask their bookkeepers adding that the more the client knows, the more it will help their business.

More information regarding the event can be found by contacting Dolly Towne at 401-474-5229 or by email at Dolly@Bookkeepingtowne.com.