2014-11-20 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Maher Center Christmas Events

Christmas at the Maher Garden Center gets under way on Monday, Nov. 24, when a whole line of fresh trees arrives to complement the fresh holiday decorations already on sale at 906 Aquidneck Ave. This year’s events are dedicated to longtime Maher supporter and friend, the late Stan Kalwak. The center will host an open house on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m.

The 26th annual “Christmas in Sign” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Gaudet Middle School at 3 p.m. The seasonal favorite is free and features performers from the James L. Maher Center using American Sign Language in a musical holiday show under black lights. For more information, call 401-846- 4600.

December Welcome Center Hearings

Two special meetings of the Newport Zoning Board of Review have been scheduled to consider the Preservation Society’s application for a special use permit to construct a welcome center at The Breakers.

The back-to-back hearings are set for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2. They were originally set for late September, but were canceled after recusals by Zoning Board Chair Rebecca McSweeney and Vice Chair Lynn Ceglie presented quorum issues.

There is considerable public interest in the proceedings, with proponents and opponents disagreeing as to the merits and necessity of the much-debated project.

Critter Glitter

The Potter League for Animals is holding its annual Holiday Critter Glitter Fashion Jewelry Sale. The sale begins with a Ladies Night opening reception including refreshments on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. and continues through Dec. 14. Showroom hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from Dec. 6 through 14 and until 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. The sale is open to the public and will be held at the Potter League, 87 oliphant Lane, Middletown.

Critter Glitter features Sequin’s sample fashion costume jewelry selling at 30-70 percent off retail prices. Enamel bracelets, contemporary necklaces, playful pins and elegant earrings, which are sold at New York’s most exclusive stores, will be featured. Kim Renk of Sequin generously donates all the jewelry. 100 percent of every purchase benefits the animals at the Potter League.

Laughter and Shakespeare

The Redwood Library is offering a three-part series to introduce children ages 8-12 to the fun and humorous side of Shakespeare. The program involves games, age-appropriate adaptations, and performing improvised versions of selected scenes. It runs the first three Mondays of December from 4-5 p.m. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 401-847-0292 x105.

Gift Wrap Workshop

Ever want to wow your family and friends during the holidays with expert packaging? Egg & Dart is holding a gift wrap workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 6 - 8 p.m. Bring a gift to be wrapped. Cost to attend is $25 and includes a roll of specialty paper, cocktail and refreshments. Egg & Dart is located at 57 America’s Cup Ave. For more information and to make a reservation, visit egganddart.bigcartel.com.

Medical Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted for the Newport Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship. To be eligible, you must be a medical student from Newport County and enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or osteopathic program (resulting in an MD, DO, DMD or DDS). Applications must be received by Nov. 28, 2014. For complete application criteria and guidelines, visitnewporthospital.org or contact Shay Iasimone, education coordinator, 401-845-1590 or siasimone@lifespan.org.

Mistletoe Madness

Glen Manor House will host its inaugural Mistletoe Madness on Friday, Dec. 5, with a night of cocktails, delicious menus, dancing to celebrate the Yuletide season. Proceeds go to the preservation and restoration of the Glen Manor House. Space is limited to 150 guests and reservations are required by Nov. 28. Tickets are $65. Visit glenmanorhouse.com to make a reservation. For more information, contact Katie Wilkinson at 401-683-4177.

Rose Island Fundraiser

The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation will host a fundraiser at the Speakeasy Bar & Grill on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and music by John Erikson as you “bid it up” at the silent auction. Admission is $20. Cash bar available. For more information, call 401-847-4242.

How to Help for the Holidays

Child and Family

The holiday season is quickly approaching and Child & Family needs help making sure every child feels the joy of the holiday spirit. With its Adopt-A-Family Program, they strive to make sure no child is unhappy for the holidays. More than 90 children are still waiting to be matched. A “wish list” will be provided to assist with shopping for the child or children with whom you are matched. If preferred, a monetary donation or gift certificate for the child is another way to become involved and is greatly appreciated. For more information, call Landa at 401-848- 4210 or email lpatterson@childandfamilyri.com.

Toys for Tots

Century 21 Topsail Realty is holding a Toys For Tots challenge and Santa visit on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at its office at 640 Thames St. Century 21 Topsail Realty will match $2 for every unwrapped toy that is dropped off from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. If unable to come to the office, contact Cynthia or Leanne at 401-849-9192 to arrange for toy pickup.

Century 21 Topsail Realty is a drop station for Toys For Tots until Dec. 12. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 2p.m. Unwrapped toys can be brought during those times. Remember that all donations are 100% tax deductible.

MLK Center

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is gearing up for the holiday season. It is distributing Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to more than 200 families for each holiday. The MLK Center also hosts a two-day Santa’s Workshop where parents can select toys and gifts for more than 250 children. The Center is currently in need of:

•Food for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday baskets

•Grocery store gift cards for clients to use to purchase turkeys or other main meals

•New and unused toys for Santa’s Workshop

•Volunteers to fill holiday baskets (ongoing)

•Volunteers to set up Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 17 ,starting at 10 a.m.

•Volunteers to run Santa’s Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on volunteering, contact Nancy, Food 2 Friends and volunteer coordinator, at 401-846-4828 x103 or nharten@mlkccenter.org.

For inquiries on donations, call main line at 401-846-4828.

FOP Toy Drive

The Newport Police Department and F.O.P. Lodge #8 are collecting new, unwrapped toys for area families in need. Toys and holiday food baskets will be delivered in December. Items can be dropped at the Newport Police station, 120 Broadway. For more information, call 401-845-5714.

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