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Bury India Point Power Lines

(2.6) Overhead power lines, and the enormous towers supporting them, have long been a blight on the beauty of India Point Park and the view of the bay. Efforts have been in the works for 14 years to get the lines buried, and the Providence

Farmers Market At Arcade

(1.22) The Sunday Farmers Market returns to the Arcade Providence tomorrow with crafts, produce, baked goods, dairy, meats, etc. (Facebook event.) Fans of Providence history: The Westminster Street photo seen here is one of several old postcards and Library of Congress photos compiled by Carmen

Last Minute Shopping — Memberships

And you don’t even have to leave the house. Why not give that special someone a membership to the RISD Museum. Seen here: Elevator Doors/third floor, ca. 2008, unknown artist, aluminum and steel (152 x 166 inches) Or maybe they would like to be a

Steel Yard Studio Restoration

That’s a lot of caulk. Ironically, the fire-breathing forges and furnaces cranking away at the Steel Yard are no match for the icy gusts that blow through in winter. That’s about to get fixed. The Steel Yard has received a $100,000 grant from The Champlin

What Cheer Records Celebrates 17 Years!

(12.18) What Cheer Records and Vintage will be celebrating 17 years in business tomorrow, Sunday, with a party, a 17% off (most items) sale, and a Holiday Open Mike! (Facebook event.) We opened What Cheer Records + Vintage back in the late-1990s. we’re happy to

Girls Rock! RI New Space Open House

(12.9) The crew over at Girls Rock! Rhode Island want to show off their new digs. (Facebook) Things are starting to ramp up at our new space and now that we have curtains, it’s time to share it with the rest of the world! We

Ethical Values In Corporate Environments

(12.5) Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will discuss ethical values in corporate environments as part of a lecture at Brown University titled “Social Responsibility, Radical Business Philosophy, and Ice Cream.” Sponsored by the Political Theory Project, the lecture will focus on personal

Holiday Bizarre At POP

(11.26) What better place to find that special gift than POP: The Emporium of Popular Culture. This fabulous new addition to the vintage/art/music retail scene will be holding their 1st annual Holiday Bizarre this Saturday. (Facebook) New Art, Music, Refreshments Come buy gifts that will

Free Holiday Parking Begins At Meters

Starting Friday, November 18, the holiday parking program begins when everybody gets two free hours at the parking meters. Do not forget — anyone who overstays the two-hour period is subject to a ticket for overtime parking. Grace period runs through New Year’s Day. This

‘Coats For Coffee’ Drive — Seven Stars Bakery

For the ninth year in a row, East Side Monthly is working with Seven Stars Bakery and Courtesy Cleaners collecting those lightly used/no-spark-of-joy coats that are just taking up room in your closet, and getting them to the people who can really use them. So

Contract Awarded For Pedestrian Bridge

Finally. The state has awarded a $16-million construction contract to a Massachusetts firm to build the Providence River pedestrian bridge. This is the project that got tabled when the stadium idea came to town. This is a much better idea and will alter the development

Volunteer Riverfront Repair Project Continues

(8.24) Last Wednesday dozens of volunteers sanded and painted over 100 pillars along the riverwalk. So kudos to all the volunteers — it looks fantastic. But Rich Pezzillo of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) says there is more to do. So many volunteers stayed until

Money Earmarked For New Pedestrian Bridge

The Providence River pedestrian bridge just got one step closer to becoming reality. On Monday the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission authorized spending up to $2 million on construction, but they are having to move some money around to accomplish this. Clarification of the resolution was

Girls Rock! Camp Showcase At Aurora

(7.22) If you have never been to one of these, do yourself a favor and stop by Aurora early Friday evening (or stop in after work) for a Girls Rock! RI Showcase. That’s right, I’m telling you to go watch other people’s kids play music.

Bring Back The Seventh-Inning Stretch

“Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the singing of ‘God Bless America.’” So ordered the Fenway announcer last week during the seventh-inning stretch. Since when did stretching become mandatory? And why are men removing their hats and people putting their hands over their hearts for

‘No One Ever Pets A Police Car’

So say mounted police officers everywhere. Good thing WPRI had already run their piece on the Providence Mounted Command before all hell broke lose this week. With the horrifying murder of two more black men by out-of-control cops followed by the Dallas sniper — all