2007-03-29 / About Town

About town

350th committee meets tonight

The next meeting of the 350th Anniversary Committee will be tonight - Thursday, March 22 - at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown library.

Representatives of the island's various community groups are invited.

Garden Club seeks perennial donations

The Quononoquott Garden Club is looking for perennial donations for their annual plant sale. The sale will be held May 20.

"Your donation will help raise money for the club's civic beautification projects, which have included landscaping the recreation center, renovating the historical garden at the Fire Station Museum and planting thousands of daffodils around town," Gwenda Bellion. plant chairwoman, says.

To make an appointment, call Linda Warner at 423-1278. Digging dates will begin in late April.

New this week at the Jamestown library

"Ask Again Later" by Jill A. Davis - A successful, young female lawyer leaves New York to care for her ailing mother - a bit of lightness brought to the sadness of life.

"The Last Empress" by Anchee Min - Min completes her stupendous two-volume historical novel about China's Empress Tzu His.

"The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split" by Barnaby Rogerson

"Shout, Sister, Shout!: The untold story of Rock and Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe" by Gayle F. Wald

On DVD: "Blood Diamond" with Leonardo DeCaprio

Free tax assistance for elderly available

Free tax assistance is available locally to seniors and low-income taxpayers through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.

This free, confidential, oneon one income tax assistance, including E-filing, will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jamestown library through April 16.

Taxpayers who wish to use this service should bring this year's and last year's tax materials with them.

Since last year, the free tax assistance program has lost half of its certified tax aid volunteers and they need more help. For more information, see the volunteers at the library, write to Cliff Largess at 18 Hamilton Gate Ct., North Kingstown, RI 02852 or call 294-1612. Contra dance set for Fenner Hall

There will be a contra dance on Saturday, April 7, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., at Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., Newport. This is a time change from previous dances. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Soft-soled shoes are requested and light snacks served will be served during the break. Bob Golder will be calling, with music by Wild Goose Nation.

Directions are available on the website, www.newportdance.org.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and children under 10 are free.

Ballet season tickets offered

Island Moving Co., Newport's resident contemporary ballet company, celebrates its 25th anniversary season with its first ever season ticket offer. Tickets to the Company's New York performances May 10 through May 12, the spring performances at Newport's Great Friends Meeting House, May 17 through May 19, and Flight of Steps at Fort Adams, July 13 through July 22, can be purchased at a 25 percent discount.

Season ticket purchasers will also receive a free pass to the Newport International Film Festival in June.

Tickets are $15 to $20 and patrons can use the discount on an unlimited number of subscriptions.

Seating for some performance is limited. Easter egg hunt at Shoreby Hill

The Jamestown Women's Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. sharp on Shoreby Green. The hunt will be held rain or shine.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including, prekindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades, and third and fourth grades. There will be an egg toss for fifth and sixth grades.

Participants should bring their own baskets to hold candy. The Easter Bunny has been invited.

Helping elders stay independent

Valerie Topp, director of operations for Home Instead Senior Care, will address the church's pastoral care committee members on Thursday, April. 5, at 10 a.m. in the St. Matthew's parish hall. Home Instead is an organization which provides numerous services to elders at home to allow them to maintain an independent lifestyle and to prolong the time before assisted living facilities or nursing homes become necessary.

All are invited to attend this informative session.

Free rides to health care event

The seventh annual Newport Hospital Health Fair will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 9 a.m. opening event will be a speech given by keynote speaker Michael Samuelson, president of the Health and Wellness Institute entitled, "Healthy Lifestyles in Newport County."

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., various screenings and educational booths will be offered, as well as special programs for children, and all are free of charge. This one-day event is an educational opportunity for people of all ages.

The Jamestown Medical Fund will provide free transportation. The bus will leave the PAC Club at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on April 14 with return trips. Anyone who is unable to get to the PAC Club should contact LuAnn at 423-0550 for door-to-door service or to answer any questions.

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