2013-04-04 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

I sland entertainment: Check out the Lawn Avenue School drama club’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend. There will be performances on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Many veterans, plus a number of new actors, making debuts will recreate all the favorites including Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts – but with a surprise ending. This production was made possible by a generous grant from the Jamestown Education Foundation.

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Today: Blood drive and marrow registration in memory of Payton Watson at Wickford Middle School from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Donors must be 18 to 44 years old. Visit RIBC.org to make an appointment, sponsor code 3300.

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A huge thank you goes out to the Jamestown Women’s Club for once again putting on an incredible Easter egg hunt. If I never see another mini Milky Way it will be too soon.

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Jamestown artist and CIAA member Priscilla Foley Blackman currently has the honor of showing her work in two exhibits – the Newport Art Museum members annual exhibit and the Providence Art Club’s all-media open juried exhibit.

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In other art news, the Conanicut Island Art Association has funded a $300 scholarship for April camp at the Jamestown Arts Center.

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April is the month of the military child. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 10, in support of these great kids in our community.

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Attention T-ball and baseball players: You can still sign your kids up through the Facebook page, “Jamestown Cal Ripken League.” This Saturday, April 6, is green-up day from 9 a.m. to noon at Lawn Avenue field. Bring your rakes and shovels.

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Attention music lovers of all ages. The Jamestown Community Piano Association along with the Jamestown Education Foundation is sponsoring their third annual after school piano concert especially intended for the Jamestown school students, although everyone is welcome – friends, brothers, sisters, babysitters and parents. The one-hour concert will be Monday, April 8, right after school at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church. The performer is the celebrated pianist Shuann Chai, who has given concerts all over the world. Ms. Chai is in Rhode Island to be a judge at the Piano Extravaganza at the University of Rhode Island. She will perform a concert at URI on Friday evening, April 5, and judge the young pianist competition on Sunday. She is staying an extra day for the Jamestown concert.

*** Spring fashion trend: Wedge sneakers. Love them? Hate them? ***

There will be family yoga fun at the Jamestown Arts Center in collaboration with Island Heron this Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $15 per family. The class is designed for families with kids ages 4 to 10, but is open to all ages. To preregister, call 560-0411.

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Close call of the week: The Easter bunny and the tooth fairy visited our house on the same night. Apparently the Easter bunny comes earlier.

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Need some more ideas to entertain the kids during April vacation week? The Friends of the Jamestown Library are offering fun and free programs during the week. Cinderella is coming at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. On Tuesday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., a Casey Farm volunteer will present Project Chick, which is suitable for children ages 3 to 13. Drop-In crafting will take place Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are for teens, and Tuesday and Thursday are for younger kids. For more information, contact children’s librarian Lisa Sheley at 423-7280.

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The Jamestown library Lego club will meet on the following Thursdays in the meeting hall: April 4 and May 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 8 and up. Children 7 and under will meet on April 11 and May 9 with an accompanying adult. Registration required. Contact Lisa –information above – or visit the library to register. The Lego club is sponsored in part by the Jamestown Education Foundation.

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The Jamestown Police Department enlisted the help of the fifthgrade class at Lawn to design the graphics on its brand new police cruiser. Each student was asked to draw a poster of a Jamestown police cruiser, and after a vote by the class, the winner will be unveiled at the Police Department’s open house on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be tours of the police station, child identification kits, a child safety-seat inspection station, police demonstrations, refreshments and lots of activities for the kids.

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Outdoor soccer practices start at the Eldred Avenue Field this week. Brrrrrrr.

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Next week is Reading Week at Melrose School. Dig deep and unearth a good book. Not my saying, but kind of catchy.

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Save Ruggles! Check out the petition on Change.org. “Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council: Please reject the proposed construction plan that could destroy Ruggles surf break.”

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Email your stuff to me at islandchatter@jamestownpress.com.

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