2006-02-02 / About Town

Iranian film tonight at the libary

“Children of Heaven,” a film from Iran and the second screening in the 2006 Foreign Film Series, will be shown tonight at the Jamestown library.

The film, which received an Academy Award nomination in 1998 for Best Foreign Film, will be shown at 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

The final film in the series, “Not One Less” will be shown Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

From China, “Not One Less” is the heartwarming tale of a 13year-old girl, Wei Minzi, who is a substitute teacher living in a poor village in rural China. She is given a month-long assignment to teach a classroom of 28 students, ages 6 through 10, with instructions to make sure that all the students, “not one less,” stay in school. Wei approaches the job as any 13-year-old might — like a sullen teenager — but because she is close in age to her students, they respond to her with playful attentiveness.

The children, including Wei, are non-actors who play themselves. As the story goes, Zhang Huike, the class troublemaker, is sent to the city to find work and pay off his parents’ debts. Teacher Wei sets out to find him and bring him back. Wei puts herself on the line for her tiny school and its impoverished community, and miraculously, her message travels farther than she had ever imagined it might. “Not One Less” runs 106 minutes.

Island citizens group gives well-water talk

The North End Concerned Citizens will give a presentation tonight at 7 p.m. on the possible risks to well water if the town builds a highway barn adjacent to the transfer station on North Main Road.

The presentation will be shown at the home of Dee Bates, 417 Beacon Ave. and the public is invited to attend.

To contact the North End Concerned Citizens about this event or to host a similar presentation, call Rosemary Woodside at 423-1051 or Ellen Winsor at 4232304. Send e-mail to northendcc@ cox.net or visit the North End Concerned Citizens’ Web site at www.northendcc.org. Teen event Friday to raise awareness of dating violence

Join the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, Friday Feb. 3, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jamestown Teen Center, 6 West St.

Ben Carter and James Grande, two University of Rhode Island students, will be performing live music during this event. Both musicians are not only singer/song writers. They are also known for playing the guitar and their alternative/folk-rock style.

Admission and refreshments are free, but the tropical drinks cost $2. This event is sponsored by Students Against Domestic Abuse and Newport County Youth Council. For more information, call Barbara Zammer at 846-5263.

Flamenco music this Sunday afternoon

The Friends of the Library will present flamenco music as the second part of their series this Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the library.

Lisa Spraragen and Josue Perez, from New York, will present a program of classical and flamenco traditions to form a new high-energy sound.

This performance is free and open to the public.

Jamestowner to share her secrets of design

Jamestown resident Lynda Sutton will give a talk and demonstration at the library entitled “A Journey in Design – from designing quilts to design and styling for national magazines.”

Slated for Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. , the event is sponsored by the Conanicut Island Art Association.

Following more than two decades as a quilt artist, Sutton expanded her expertise in design to the three-dimensional realm of room and area design and enhancement. She has been a freelance field editor, design consultant and stylist for dozens of magazines, including Better Homes & Gardens, BHG Special Interest publications, the Boston Globe Home Section, Country Decorating and Country Almanac, Country Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, L.L. Bean, New England Home, Princess House, Rhode Island Monthly, and Yankee Magazine. In addition, Lynda’s work has graced the covers of Beautiful Homes, the Boston Globe, and Country Gardens.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Learn about hypertension risk

On Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. the Friends of the Jamestown Library will host “High Blood Pressure: How to Beat the Silent Killer” presented by Lifespan Community Health Center.

According to the American Heart Association, one in three adult Americans have high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. Nearly one-third of these people do not know they have it.

In the Feb. 9 program, participants will learn about risk factors, prevention, and treatment of high blood pressure from Sarah M. Freelove, a registered nurse and program co-ordinator for Lifespan’s Community Cardiac Initiative. Freelove will also discuss a new phenomenon called pre-hypertension.

Free blood pressure screening will be available before the presentation.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Jamestown library at 423-7280.

Enter to win spaying or neutering for pets

The Humane Society of Jamestown is offering several chances to win a free spaying or neutering for local pets.

On Feb. 12, forms and collection boxes will be available at town businesses and public buildings. Those interested should fill out the form. The winners will be announced later in the month.

The humane society wants to end animal overpopulation, and since 1973 it has assisted with the altering of more than 1,000 animals.

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