East Providence Public Library’s Fuller Creative Learning Center Opens with Diverse Programs for All Ages

East Providence Public Library’s Fuller Creative Learning Center Opens with Diverse Programs for All Ages

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Leading with a mission to inspire curiosity through participatory learning and community engagement, The Fuller Creative Learning Center, an extension of East Providence Public Library, unrolls its first (totally free!) programs this fall.

recordingThe space is the former Anne Ide Fuller Library branch, transformed with a vision that the newly appointed Coordinator of Learning and Discovery Rashaa Al-Sasah describes as an opportunity to bring the community together to share skills, interests and resources. The Learning Center features a teaching kitchen, recording studio, 3-D printer, and flexible learning spaces to adapt to the changing needs of the programming.

The program schedule debuts in October including a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for toddlers for program, preschool music class, abstract painting class for adults, jack-o-lantern carving workshop, and small business workshop series. There are also 3-D printing drop-in sessions to learn about 3-D printing, watch it in action, and even bring a .STL file design to print (upon approval).

3dThriving Families of East Providence, a collaboration of early childhood programs, hosts a Family Fun Fair at the Fuller Creative Learning Center from October 13 from 5 – 7 pm showcasing local information and resources, a live animal show with Dave Marchetti’s Animal Experiences, and food!

We look forward to exploring new things with the Fuller Creative Learning Center and watching how it evolves over time!

 

The Details:

  • The Fuller Creative Learning Center is located at 260 Dover Avenue, East Providence, RI
  • To view complete program listings and registration information, visit the Calendar of Events.
  • For additional questions and information, email Fullercreativelearning@gmail.com
Soaring in September: Audubon Raptor Weekend 2016

Soaring in September: Audubon Raptor Weekend 2016

Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 10 and 11, 2016. These rulers of the avian world have razor-sharp talons, highly developed eyesight and hooked beaks that rip and tear. They are also strikingly beautiful.

These birds of prey will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2016. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Amazing and formidable birds of prey will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.

Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.

European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

European Eagle Owl Spreads its Wings by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

Presenter Highlights

Eyes on the sky! Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on September 10 & 11. Coming from Hamilton, New York, Ms. Schumaker highlights aerial agility in this popular program focusing on falconry, raptor biology and conservation. A European Eagle Owl, Saker Falcon and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.

Returning this year is Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitator Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings. On Saturday, September 10 she will be presenting a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and more.

On Sunday, September 11, ever-popular presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world. The Wilsons will also explore the protection of owls and their habitats. Also speaking on Sunday will be well-known Maine wildlife rehabilitator Hope Douglas of Wind Over Wings.

Entertaining and educational games and activities for families will be featured both days. Admission also provides access to the award-winning Audubon Environmental Education Center and entrance to the Center’s 28-acre wildlife refuge, including the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.

Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

Harris’s Hawk in Flight Presentation by Hope Foley (Taken at Raptor Weekend 2015)

The Details:

  • Where: Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
  • When: September 10 & 11, 2016; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult: $12/member, $15/non-member; Child (ages 4 – 12): $8/member, $10/non-member; Children Under 3 are free; Family Four Pack: $35/member, $45/non-member; discounted Two Day Passes also available
  • For more information on Raptor Weekend, visit www.asri.org
Back to School Countdown

Back to School Countdown

backpackWhether you’re chomping at the bit for the return of routine or cringing at the dwindling beach weekends, or both: back to school time is upon us. To tame the beast of procrastination and shine some light on the transition from summer to school, we dug into the kido archives to share our favorite articles on getting organized, preparing the kids, making lunches to look forward to, and much more.

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Foo Fest: AS220’s Family-Friendly Block Party Returns August 13, 2016

Foo Fest: AS220’s Family-Friendly Block Party Returns August 13, 2016

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AS220’s FOO FEST returns to downtown Providence on Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for the annual block party of music, art, performance, kid and family-friendly activities, hands-on interactive art experiences from local artists and organizations, DIY technology, delectable food and drink, and much more, all highlighting arts, culture, and creativity in Providence and the Ocean State!
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Printmaking at Foo Fest

Also at Foo Fest, AS220 is also producing the 8th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire, featuring hands-on making, building & hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
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Soldering at Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (photo credit Mary Johnson)

Kidoinfo is a proud partner of Foo Fest! Visit countless artist and maker demos, performances and musicians and check out these not-to-be-missed activities with Foo Fest and RI Mini Maker Faire:
  • Make crowns and masks with local artist Carmel Dundon, a Kidoinfo sponsored activity
  • Create hands-on art-making activities with The AS220 Industries including screenprinting, mask-making, a DIY photobooth, and much more
  • Learn to solder with AS220 Labs and make a blinky labs badge
  • Fabricate a straw rocket and learn how to build an “asteroid field” with a science fiction author
The Details:
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:00PM – 6:00PM for activities (the event goes on until 1AM for grown-ups)
Where: Empire Street, Providence
Tickets: $7 in advance here. $10 day-of. Kids 10 and under are FREE!
For a full list of activities, artists, music and food vendors check out the website
Home Work: Quatia “Q.” Osorio

Home Work: Quatia “Q.” Osorio

quatiaIntroducing Quatia Osorio, or simply “Q.”: business owner, mother of 5, and passionate advocate for healthy families, communities and the environment. Q is the owner and one-woman powerhouse behind Mama Blu Diaper Service, swapping soiled cloth diapers with clean “fluff” at customers’ doorsteps, every week, across Rhode Island and into Massachusetts. As a community doula under the name Our Journ3i, Q provides birth and postpartum support and education for “families of the vulnerable and marginalized communities.” Q has also just launched the Chocolate Milk Cafe, a weekly breastfeeding support group in Providence for Black/African American/Afro Latino families.

Kidoinfo: What inspired you to start your business?
Q: Our fourth child, Evangeline, is what they call a “rainbow baby,” a baby born after a loss. We wanted to make sure we gave her the best, from a healthy start in the womb to Earthside. Pregnancy planning begins and ends with plans, changes, and new plans, but we were lucky that our plans didn’t deviate too much from our original best-sought plans: natural delivery, breastfeeding, cloth diapering and baby led weaning. It was in 2011 that Mama Blu formed out of a babywearing group meeting in which I realized that this was something I felt was needed and wanted to share with others. At the time of the idea I had 3 children in cloth! No twins, but two of my own and my niece while my sister was in the police academy in Georgia. It was quite an experience, but I think of all the money and environmental factors that were “saved” during this time.

mama bluKidoinfo: How did you start your business?
Q: RESEARCH. PLANNING. RESEARCH. It takes a lot to grow a business, nevermind a diaper service. I am a member of the Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA), a non-profit organization focusing on promoting cloth diapering and sustainability, and Real Diaper Association, a collective non-profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers.

I often get asked about my business name: Mama Blu is a play off my college nickname, “Mama Q.” Blu happened to be a nickname that stuck with me in during my early cyber days and my favorite color, so it seemed serendipitous to name my business after my passion for both my love for knowledge (college) and the ever-changing digital world.

Kidoinfo: How do you balance work and family?
Q: Ummm… A lot of coffee, herbal tea (to flush out all the overdosing on coffee), and sleep – I love sleep. Also, I have a supportive family. On my sick days or when I’m out of town for business, my husband runs the deliveries and often you catch my youngest son helping me to deliver the new clean diapers. No one helps me with washing, though. Figures, right?

The balance is finding what you love and making time to enjoy the journey. Everyone has to find their own way of balancing. Sometimes I do burn out with five children, a small business, an upcoming non-profit, community work, traveling, an aspiration to become an urban farmer, 2 dogs and well…ME, but those days I just veg out watching anime, cuddling with my little ones, and resting. I really allow myself to take care during these times. Having a home business, sometimes I have to schedule “out of office” work days, which helps to streamline productivity.

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Kidoinfo: Do you have any time-saving tricks that you could share?
Q: PLAN your day. Even days when you don’t want to do anything. Some days nothing goes fully to schedule, but I make a priority of must-do’s for the day and get it done. And if it can wait, let it wait. Buy BASKETS to help with quick cleaning and to give children accountability and responsibility for their own property. And honestly, people with children don’t care how “clean” your house is; real friends step over toys or ask if you need any help.

Kidoinfo: If you could give your past self any advice, what would it be?
Q: Take more pictures. Some memories just can’t be recalled, and it’s nice to have lots of pictures to reflect and remember.

Kidoinfo: Where do you find inspiration?
Q: Life is too short to just suck air and die. Do something with the little time you have to live. Make an impact. Take up a cause and make a difference. Inspire yourself to be like you when you grow up.

Kidoinfo: What is the one kid or parent product that you could not live without?
Q: LOTS OF PILLOWS!

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite children’s book or music CD?
Q: Please Baby Please by Spike Lee. My children love this book and the art is beautiful. We are ordering a 2nd copy since the youngest two have literally turned it until pages ripped right off.

Kidoinfo: What do you do with your kids on a rainy day?
Q: Watch anime, play video games, play board games, build forts, have “sleep overs”, eat popcorn, sleep.

Kidoinfo: Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Q: YES! The chorico stuffed clams at Whole Foods are my “pick me up” food.

Kidoinfo: If you had an extra hour each day, what would you do with it?
Q: Umm… SLEEP!

Kidoinfo: Can you share a story or anecdote that is symbolic of your dual life as a business owner and a mother?
Q: You intend the ordinary consequences of your voluntary actions. I read this in a book when I studied paralegal studies and it always stuck with me: to make my actions worthy.

Kidoinfo: How has the experience and on the job training of being a mom prepared or changed you in business?
Q: You must plan and adapt accordingly. I didn’t give birth to the same 5 people. It’s my first time as a Mother of each of my children: I must learn from them and they must learn from me. We are teaching each other. It’s like business – each of my customers teach me and I teach them. It’s great. Often I solicit feedback, suggestions or recommendations from my customers. I am a business-matter expert in cloth diapering, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything new to learn, especially with so many new diaper styles still being created to adapt to the different lifestyles of families.

Kidoinfo: What is next for you and your business?
Q: We just received our Green Certification from the Department of Environmental Management. This summer we are vending at the Hope St. Farmers Market, once a month at the Armory Park/Dexter Street Park, and looking forward to building a business relationship with the new Urban Cooperative building planning to break ground this summer. Our partnership with Yummycloud, a natural parenting and cloth diaper store in Swansea, MA continues to provide cloth diaper service to Massachusetts customers. Our hope is that parents at least give cloth a try to help our environment. Maybe we will establish a cloth diaper store locally in Providence, but that requires a lot more customers than I have right now. As far as what is next, continue to work hard, spread the cloth love, and provide quality service and products to my customers and families.

13521909_10100226796210693_580829722440936106_nAs for me, currently I am starting up the Chocolate Milk Cafe, continuing my work with Our Journ3i as a Community Doula, and in the fall I will take the Certified Lactation Counselor exam.

Chocolate Milk Cafe Details: Fridays, 10am – 12 pm, at Unified Solutions at Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies on the 3rd floor until August 12th, then we switch locations to St. Joseph Hospital for Wednesday evenings from 4:30 – 6:30pm.

Home Work: Lessons from Work-at-Home Parents. This series of Kidoinfo interviews with parents look at how they manage to squeeze in work time at home (whether working for someone else or running their own business) along with juggling kids, home life, and childcare (or lack of it).