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Sakura Festival At Classical High

(4.29) Sakura means ‘cherry blossoms’ and they are a huge deal in Japan. The nation follows the cherry blossom forecast the way we track hurricanes. (Right now it’s peaking in Tohoku, but maybe start heading north to Hakodate.) You can enjoy Japanese culture, food, and

Spring Cleanup On The Woony Greenway

(4.29) The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) River Rangers are holding their annual spring cleanup Saturday; two locations are being targeted. Nobody says you can’t do both. Riverside Park, 9am to 1pm, 50 Aleppo Street. The happy sign seen here greets visitors to Riverside Park.

RWNM Volunteer Spring Cleanup

(4.22) Celebrate National Park Week with the staff of Roger Williams National Memorial and help clear away the gloom and debris of winter. (Facebook event.) We will rake leaves, trim bushes, prepare flower beds, and complete a variety of other projects. We will provide gloves,

Hooligan And His Person Retire

And thank you for your service. It has been brought to my attention that Officer Patty Blake has retired after decades with the Providence Police Department. Most of that time was spent with the Mounted Command on top of her beloved Hooligan. She had been

Wheeler Clothing Sale

(4.8) There are people who sneak out of work to get in on the first day of the Wheeler Clothing Sale, but there is more than enough to last three days. And this is quality stuff. The Wheeler School’s Famous Clothing & More Sale returns

Blackstone Park Shoreline Cleanup

(4.8) Volunteers are needed to help clean up the shoreline along River Road. This effort was postponed from an earlier date and serves as the ‘you can help’ portion of last month’s “Message from the Gyre” project by environmental activist and photographer, Chris Jordan. One

‘Bad Taste’ Rules At The Arcade

This new addition to the Arcade lineup is bringing a whole new dynamic to the place; it’s like a party in there. These guys are just so much fun to hang out with — friends, customers, and even other Arcade shop owners wandered in and

Spring Workshops At AS220

Check out the spring workshops on the newly-released AS220 Industries schedule: paper-making, silkscreen, etching, laser and vinyl cutting, darkroom, video editing, synth-making! (List of workshops here.) Or take “Introduction to Offset Printing” with the master, Jacque Bidon (starts May 2nd). Colorful ‘zines, single-page artists’ books,

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