2012-02-09 / About Town

ABOUT TOWN

Photography course

Saturday at Beavertail

The Jamestown Arts Center will sponsor a course on photographing Beavertail in the winter with photographer Ross Harris. Students will learn how to handle environmental extremes, such as snow and strong winds, and how to handle a camera in cold weather. Interested participants will meet at the center for light refreshments on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. From there the group will head out to Beavertail together. A second session – on Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon – will be held indoors for students to look at the pictures and discuss them. Participants should be familiar with the operation of their cameras, including setting ISO, choosing shutter/aperture combination, and

adjusting exposure for a lighter or darker image. Having an imageediting program on their computers is desirable, and they should know how to email images to the instructor. Cost is $95 and for anyone ages 13 and older. For more information, call Lisa Randall at 560-0979.

High school dance at

rec center Saturday

The Jamestown Teen Center will host VIBE on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the recreation center. VIBE is a high school dance with entertainment by DJ Platz. Black lights and strobe lights will be on. All participants must check in by 7:30 p.m. No re-entry is allowed. Cost is $5. Snack donations and chaperones are appreciated.

For more information, call Debbie Tungett at 423-7261.

Sponsors needed for

JFD’s race up 29 floors

The Jamestown Fire Department will compete against other local departments in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb on Feb. 25. Participants will race to the 29th floor of One Financial Plaza in Providence in full fire gear. Anyone interested in sponsoring the team can make a donation at lungusa.org/pledge-events/ri/ providence-climb-fy12.

‘Mid-August Lunch’ to

play at library tonight

The second film in the Jamestown Philomenian Library’s annual foreign film series will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. The 75-minute Italian film, “Pranzo di Ferragosto” – translated to “Mid- August Lunch” – is a dramatic comedy made in 2008. The film is about a middle-aged man named Gianni living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. The third film in the series will be “Kannathil Muthamittal,” which will be shown on Feb. 23.

The movie, which translates to “A Peck on the Cheek,” is about two Sri Lankan natives who get married with the blessings of their respective families. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 423- 7280.

Applications for sailing

scholarships available

The Jamestown Yacht Club is now accepting applications for its Joshua Wadsworth Leonard Memorial Sailing Scholarship, which is eligible for children between the ages of 8 and 14. The award was established by Joshua’s parents, who are longtime members of the yacht club. The $200 scholarship will provide sailing lessons for a youngster who would like to enjoy the ocean as Joshua did. Applications are available at both the Lawn Avenue and Melrose Avenue schools, or online at JYC.org. Applications must be submitted by March 5 by mail to Jamestown Yacht Club, P.O. Box 562, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Library to hold series

of computer classes

The Jamestown Philomenian Library will host a series of courses for those who need help using their computers. It will also have classes

on how to manage an e-reader. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the library will hold a class on basic computer skills. The course will cover email, word processing and Internet searching and safety. Classes on managing an e-reader will take place that same day from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and on Feb. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7 p.m. These courses will cover connecting an e-reader and getting it to work, managing library accounts, searching and downloading. Classes are free and open to the public. To register, call the library at 423-7280.

AARP will prepare tax

forms for free at library

The American Association of Retired Persons Foundation has recently begun its tax aide program, which provides free income tax preparation at sites around Newport County. The AARP Foundation will be available to help with tax returns on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. It is not necessary to be an ARRP member to take advantage of the program. It is available to people of all ages with low and moderate incomes. In 2011, the program completed more than 1,000 returns for Newport County clients. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS each year. Each return is quality checked before transmittal. Counselors are qualified to handle most common forms and schedules. Complex returns should be taken to paid preparers. State and federal returns will be completed and filed electronically for fast refunds. The program is also looking for additional volunteers for its expanding client base. The AARP will train anyone interested in volunteering. For more information or to volunteer, email robert.lobecker@ve rizon.net.

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