2007-04-12 / About Town

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Free bus ride to health fair in Newport

Rose Island Lighthouse Rose Island Lighthouse The Jamestown Medical Fund is sponsoring free transportation to the Newport Hospital Health Fair, this Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A bus will make two trips to the fair from the parking lot at the Portuguese American Citizens' Club- at 8:30 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m., with two return trips planned for later in the day.

The health fair will include guest speakers, free screenings and booths where attendees can learn about healthy lifestyles.

For more information about the bus trip, call Luann at 423-0550.

Versatile duo to play library this Sunday

The Jamestown library will present a concert by Jimmytown Juke, the multi-instrumental duo of Ed McGuirl and Mike Fischman, on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. They are also known as the Folk Support Group.

The duo's repertoire features acoustic and electric blues and roots music. McGuirl is an award-winning songwriter whose works have been selected for several compilation CDs and an NBC documentary soundtrack. He was voted Best Local Blues Act in the 2005 Motif Magazine readers poll and has been nominated in this year's Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll in the blues category.

Fischman is the familiar host of WRIU Kingston's Bluegrass Breakdown and is a teacher of several instruments. In addition to Jimmytown Juke, he can be seen playing jazz with Swinglane, contra dance music with Wild Goose Nation, bluegrass with Post Road Gospel and acoustic folk with the Red Tide Ramblers.

Jimmytown Juke is renowned for their humorous onstage banter and their versatile musical abilities The audience will be treated to a very entertaining afternoon.

This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Jamestown library at 423-7280.

Walk with students to honor teacher

The Lawn Avenue School student council will host a walk around Jamestown this Saturday, April 14, to honor the memory of teacher Bruce Engelhard.

Students will use the proceeds from the walk to purchase a tree and commemorative plaque, which will be planted on the school grounds on Arbor Day.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Melrose Avenue School playground. Vacation program on lighthouse scheduled

During school vacation week, visit the Jamestown library on Wednesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. to learn all about the Rose Island Lighthouse and its surroundings.

Representatives from the Rose Island Lighthouse will bring an 11-foot tall model to the library. This solar-powered lighthouse is also equipped with a rain gauge, and children will learn how rainwater is collected for everyday use at Rose Island.

Children ages 4 and up and their families will enjoy this interactive one-hour program.

No registration is required for this free event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library.

Ride along with Paul Revere at library

Celebrate National Library Week and Young People's Poetry Week at the Jamestown library on Monday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. with a reading of Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride."

This reading is for children ages 5 and up, and participants will also make a colonial tri-corner hat and a horse from construction paper and yarn.

This free event, which will take place in the children's room, requires no registration.

Leave time for open rec during vacation

Open recreation will be held at the community center during April vacation from Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20.

Students in grades 3 to 5 will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each day. Students in grades 6 to 8 will meet from 3 to 5 p.m.

High school students can use the center from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Open rec. is monitored by recreation department staff and there is no fee to participate. Completed permission slips, which are required, are available at the community center. For more information, call the recreation office at 423-7260.

Garden club opens season with tea

The Quononoquott Garden Club will hold their first meetin of the year on Monday, April 16, in St. Matthew's Parish Hall. The business meeting begins at 11 a.m., with the tea scheduled for noon.

The program at 1 p.m. will be "Gardening with Wildflowers," presented by Karen Asher, president of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society. Asher will give a slideshow about wildflowers in gardens and there will be time for questions and answers after the program.

QGC will be donating copies of the new RIWPS coloring books to the local school.

Italian artist topic of lunch time discussion

Artemisia, the first widely recognized woman artist of the Renaissance, will be the topic of "Lunch with the Artist," on Tuesday, April 17, at the Newport Art Museum.

Artemisia was an Italian Early Baroque painter, and is today considered one of the most accomplished painters of the generation.

The informal noon discussion will be facilitated by Richard Tyre. It is free for museum members and there is a $3 charge for non-members. "Lunch with the Artist" discussions will take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

The museum provides coffee for each meeting of "Lunch with the Artist," and bag lunches are welcome. For more information about this and other Newport Art Museum programs, call the museum at 848- 8200 or go to www.newportartmuseum. com.

Council nears vote on town budget

Town Councilors will have a final budget workshop and expected vote on adoption of the 2008 spending plan, Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. They indicated they did not expect to make many changes in the budget proposed by the town administration for the year to begin July 1.

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