2012-01-19 / About Town

ABOUT TOWN

Deadline to submit art today at Town Hall

Artists are invited to enter their original artwork in pastels, charcoal and watercolor in the next Town Hall gallery show, sponsored by the Conanicut Island Art Association. The juror for the show will be William Heydt, a noted watercolor artist based in Newport.

The drop-off date is Thursday, Jan. 19, between 1 and 4 p.m. at Town Hall. The show will hang from Jan. 23 to Feb. 29. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded.

Up to three pieces may be entered by each artist. Members’ entry fees are $10 for the first piece and $5 for each additional piece entered. Non-members’ fees are $15 for the first piece and $5 for each additional piece entered.

All work must be properly framed, dried, wired and ready to hang. No saw-tooth hangers are allowed. The maximum weight is 20 pounds and maximum dimensions are 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall. For 3-D work, no piece should be wider than a foot or taller than 18 inches.

For more information, call Karen Krider at 423-3833. Teen development will be topic of next lecture

The next lecturer at the Friends of Jamestown Youth’s monthly speaker series will be Glenn Miller on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Lawn Avenue School. The presentation is geared towards parents and older youth. Childcare will be provided for younger children.

Miller will talk about developmental issues for both teenagers and parents. There are certain normal behaviors to expect from teenagers, but parents also go through their own issues during the same time period. Behaviors and attitudes from parents about alcohol and other drugs directly impact the risk of teen substance abuse. Family rules and family roles will be discussed.

Talking with teenagers is crucial during this time, and how to do it effectively will be explained. How to be involved, be observant and build trust will be covered, including what kinds of phrases and language help the relationships. The goal is to guide parents and teenagers through a difficult transition in life and come out on the other side safe, healthy and close.

Space is limited. To RSVP, contact Jill Goldstein at 423-7260. Melrose Preschool now accepting applications

The Melrose Avenue Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. All children applying to the preschool must first be screened through the Jamestown Child Outreach Program. Once the application is filed with the child outreach coordinator, an appointment will be scheduled.

Each session is three hours long, with a morning and an afternoon session each day except Friday, when there is a morning session only. Children attend two, three or four days per week, depending on their age. Tuition is based on the number of days a child attends. Because of the size of the classroom, space is limited and children are selected by a random lottery, which will take place during the first week of March.

All applications will be placed in the lottery. Children must be 3 years old to be screened, but if children younger are accepted into the preschool, they must be screened as soon as they turn 3. Children cannot start school without this screening.

Applications can be picked up at the Melrose Avenue School and must be completed and returned to the same place by Feb. 28.

For more information, call Courtney Hancur at 423-7020, ext. 121. Blood drive Sunday at recreation center

The Arnold-Zweir Post 22 American Legion and the VFW are sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recreation center. All donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

For more information, call Leslie Kurtz at 423-3820. Film festival screening tonight at arts center

The Jamestown Arts Center will screen a series of short movies from the Rhode Island International

Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 19, beginning at 7 p.m.

One of the feature films will be “Adios, Muneca,” a 15-minute Spanish film directed by Hugo Sanz. The movie is about a man and woman who are driving down a desert road and make a stop at the woman’s request. She goes to the only private spot, an old broken down wall, and unexpected action ensues.

Other movies include “Arthur,” “The Candidate,” “The Carrier,” “Desperate Crossing,” “Little Boat,” “Pinion,” “Little Larry” and “White Other.”

Cost is $10 at the door. For more information, call Jocelyn Donaghue at 423-3297. Book group to discuss ‘Oscar Wao’ next month

The Jamestown Philomenian Library’s book group will read Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” for next month’s discussion on Feb. 21. Copies of the book are available at the Jamestown library and through the Ocean State Library System.

The book – Diaz’s second novel – won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. In the book, the author uses parallels from his own experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey.

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