Category: community

Summer fun at local Arts and Crafts Festivals

Summer fun at local Arts and Crafts Festivals

[ 2 ] July 3, 2009 |

By Linda Demers Outdoor art festivals and craft fairs are a highlight of my summer. On a beautiful day (we’ve been known to have them), nothing excites me more than being outside among festive shoppers looking at great handmade products and enjoying live entertainment. As a supporter of buying handmade and shopping local, I can […]

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Help Save Bonniedale Farm!

Help Save Bonniedale Farm!

[ 4 ] June 16, 2009 |

By Mary Smith “Taking care of an animal requires the same amount of responsibility as having a child,” says Dan MacKenzie, owner and operator of the 7.5 acre Bonniedale Farm in North Scituate, Rhode Island. MacKenzie serves as parent and knight in shining armor to over a hundred animals. Bonniedale is the only safe haven […]

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RISE: Be a Friend, Be a Mentor!

RISE: Be a Friend, Be a Mentor!

[ 1 ] May 26, 2009 |

“During the new mentor training, we learned about the 10-block radius, a term that refers to kids who grow up in the inner city and are limited to experiences within their own neighborhoods and never get a chance to venture outside that zone. That concept really hit home when I took T to the East […]

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Love a Tree today

Love a Tree today

[ 0 ] April 24, 2009 |

Today is National Arbor Day. Share the The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, or One Tree (Green Start series) by Innovative Kids with your children. These stories remind us at any age to be mindful of our trees. Get in a tree mood: Listen to C is for Conifers by […]

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Simple Choices That Help Planet Earth

Simple Choices That Help Planet Earth

[ 0 ] April 16, 2009 |

By Kristen Swanberg Executive Director Audubon Society of Rhode Island Special Event: Audubon’s Earth Celebration this Saturday on April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will have plenty of outdoor activities for the little ones, including beach and wetland explorations, nature play zone and animal interviews.  Come to Audubon’s Earth Day 2009 Celebration and […]

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2009 Project Undercover helps RI kids in need

2009 Project Undercover helps RI kids in need

[ 1 ] April 3, 2009 |

The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (GSRI) launched the 15th year of its commitment to a statewide community outreach program, Project Undercover. Girl Scouts from the 774 troops around the state have commenced their month-long mission to collect 350,000 diapers, socks and underwear for Rhode Island’s children living in poverty. During the month of April, […]

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Volunteering – Family FUN!

Volunteering – Family FUN!

[ 2 ] April 2, 2009 |

By Kelly Fenton Visitor Services and Volunteer Manager Herc and Adrianna, a father and his three-year-old daughter, walk through the office doors of Providence Children’s Museum and are greeted by Arielle, one of the staff. Preparing for their volunteer shift, they put on name tags and yellow aprons, sign in at the volunteer binder, and […]

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Fresh Air: Give your family a different experience this summer

Fresh Air: Give your family a different experience this summer

[ 2 ] March 27, 2009 |

Claire Duckmanton, originally from the UK and a former East Side resident, lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts, with her husband and four children. Below she shares her experience as a Fresh Air Fund host family and her role as the local chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund. My family started hosting children from inner-city, low- income […]

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Moms Helping Moms – What could be better?

Moms Helping Moms – What could be better?

[ 6 ] March 4, 2009 |

By Elyse Major If you are a new mom or mom-to-be feeling overwhelmed and isolated, or maybe depressed, then Families First Rhode Island (Families First) may help to provide you with the comfort you need. Families First is a grassroots non-profit organization that pairs moms of newborns with highly trained volunteer mentor moms. Volunteer moms […]

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Great Cookbooks for Families:  Eat Local

Great Cookbooks for Families: Eat Local

[ 0 ] February 3, 2009 |

Reviews by Katy Killilea Eating locally and seasonally is much more feasible this winter, thanks to the new, expanded Wintertime Farmer’s Market. But say you’ve come home from the market with a Miss America-worthy bouquet of chard. And you don’t know quite what to make, so you begin to worry and rend your garments: will […]

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