2006-02-16 / About Town

Sailing Lecture Series starts tonight at the island library

Experienced blue-water sailor Stephen Lirakis will present a colorful slide show and talk comparing the 2003 and 2005 Atlantic crossing challenges tonight, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Lirakis will share his experiences in the 2003 DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge in which he raced on Lawrence Huntington’s Snow Lion, a Nelson Merrick design built in 1992. Having also sailed in the 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge aboard Tempest, the classic 80-foot Sparkman Stevens maxi ketch, Lirakis will compare the races on these very different boats.

This event is free and open to the public.

Knitting for all ages this Sunday at the Jamestown library

Knitting for all ages will take place at the Jamestown library on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Sunday sessions are open to all levels of expertise. Participants should bring their own needles and yarn. Registration is not needed for these sessions.

Knitting will take place in the children’s area of the library.

Yorick’s Marionette Theatre to perform Feb. 22 at the library

During school vacation week, Yorick’s Marionette Theatre will conduct an interactive variety show on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jamestown library. This free 45-minute performance is for children ages 3 years and up.

Yorick’s Marionette Theatre has performed extensively in Europe and the U.S. for the past 25 years. The troupe’s handcarved wooden marionettes, which represent a continuation of the classical Czech Puppet Theatre, will inspire and invite the audience to participate in the dialogue brought about by live theater.

Registration is not required for this show, which is funded by the Friends of Jamestown Library.

Annual Pizza Classic at Community Center during vacation week

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Pizza Classic at the Community Center during February vacation.

This program is being offered to all island children in grades 3 through 8. The Pizza Classic will start on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and run through Friday, Feb. 22 from 1to 5 p.m.

The week will include competitions such as pool, bumper pool, Ping-Pong, and free-throw shooting. The week will wrap up with pizza, soda, and awards after Friday’s activities.

Sign up in advance at the Community Center. For more information, call 423-7260.

Improv workshop for youths offered over school vacation

The Jamestown library will offer an workshop on improvisation for 10to 14-year-olds on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1to 2 p.m. Conducted by Keith Munslow, the workshop is about making it up as you go. It will feature a mix of theatrical warmups and comedy improv games like those performed on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

As a performer, Munslow has entertained thousands of people at shows throughout New England and beyond. For the past seven years, he has performed as a storyteller, musician, and cartoonist at schools, libraries, and festivals. A longtime member of Big Nazo Puppets, he also served for 10 years as the in-house composer for Perishable Theatre’s “Shows for Young Audiences” series. He currently teaches performance at Rhode Island School of Design’s young artist program. Munslow is a longtime member of the board of directors of local Arts Incubator AS220, where he maintains a studio.

Registration for this program begins Thursday, Feb. 9. Visit or call the library to register. Attendance is limited to 20 participants.

Shores group to meet next week

The monthly meeting of the Jamestown Shores Association Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the clubhouse on Beacon Avenue. Coffee and sweets will be served.

Storytime registration at Jamestown library

Registration has begun for the next storytime sessions at Jamestown library. Storytimes will begin the week of March 6 and run through the week of April 10. Visit or call the library at 4237280 to register to sign up.

• On Mondays at 10:15 a.m., “Mother Goose Time” is for children from birth to 12 months. This is a half-hour program featuring stories, rhymes, and songs for the youngest listeners and a parent or caregiver.

• “Mother Goose Time” on Mondays at 11:15 a.m. is for children ages 12 to 24 months, This half-hour program features stories, rhymes, and songs for young listeners and a parent or caregiver.

• For children ages 4 to 5, “Storytime for Fours & Fives” on Mondays at 3 p.m. is a 45-minute program featuring stories and a co-ordinating activity.

• On Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., “Storytime” for 2-year-olds with their caregivers, is a 45minute program featuring stories, songs, and activities.

• Storytime for 3and 4-year olds with their caregivers, on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m., is a 45-minute program featuring stories, songs, and activities.

For more information about the library’s programs, visit the library at 26 North Main Rd., call 423-7280, or visit the Web site www.jamestownri.com/library.

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