Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – October 2016

ENA Newsletter – October 2016

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association


SouthLight opens at Southside Cultural Center 

If you haven’t seen the transformation of the Southside Community Center, it’s well worth a walk or drive to SCCRI’s welcoming new entryway. The renovated space includes a lawn, gardens, a new fence, signage, and a pavilion. The pavilion is a greenhouse-type structure with translucent white walls and roof. At night the pavilion glows from within. During events, each wall can open up entirely, turning the pavilion into a canopy with a natural garden backdrop. The area was envisioned by Southside residents and stakeholders, and designed by a team of RISD students under the direction of RISD faculty member Aaron Forrest. SouthLight pavilion and lawn will serve as a gathering place for the Southside and can be booked for public and private events and performances through SCCRI. See photos at Facebook/SouthLight.

Read about Southside Cultural Center at http://www.sccri.org


Volunteers are needed to plant 60 street trees

Put on your work gloves and community spirit. October means street tree planting in Elmwood. Volunteers are welcome to help out on Saturdays, October 1st and 15th and plant more than 60 street trees.


Training program for citizen foresters starts in October

The Providence Parks Department’s Forestry Division and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program are very excited to be kicking off “Providence Citizen Foresters.” Through the Citizen Forester program, residents will be trained and certified to engage in the pruning and maintenance of young trees, and empowered to become leaders in the tree community and greater advocates for our city’s urban forest! Training in the Southside is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11. Details on the program, other trainings, and registration can be found at www.pnpp.org/citizenforesters.


Peace and Plenty Park supports reading

A kiosk in the park serves as a little library to shelter books and promote reading. Built as a pilot by a group of seniors, the little library makes books easily available to residents and park visitors. More than 200 books for adults, teens, and children, in Spanish and English, have been distributed. The books were originally donated by the Friends of Knight Memorial Library as part of their Neighborhood Book Shelf Program. It’s hoped that the little library will become self-supporting with a take-one-leave-one policy.


Halloween comes to Roger Williams Park Zoo

The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo from October 6 to November 6 with a display of 5000 illuminated carved pumpkins! (See pictures from 2015 at http://halloweennewengland.com/locations/jack-o-lantern-spectacular-roger-williams-zoo.) This year’s theme is American Treasures. The Spectacular, an event in our own backyard, has been getting national attention. It has been chosen as one of the American Bus Association’s top 100 events in North America. Don’t miss it!

For additional events at the park, go to



Reminder: 3-1-1 Hotline and PVD311 Mobile App

Report any City service related issue to the Center for City Services by calling the 3-1-1 hotline or by downloading the free PVD311 mobile app. Constituent Representatives are ready to respond to the needs of Providence residents with respect, patience, and understanding. Issues that we can assist you with include: illegal dumping, missed trash and recycling pick-up, housing violations, abandoned property, potholes, and sidewalks and street signs in need of repair. Dial 3-1-1 to connect or download PVD311 for 24/7 submissions.


Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.


Find general information about greening Elmwood,
community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed quarterly.


  • Saturday, October 1 – Elmwood Flea
  • Saturday, October 1 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
  • Saturday, October 1 – Street Tree Planting in northern Elmwood
  • through October 8 – Wilbury Theatre presents UI [oo-ey]: Making America Great [Again]
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Sankofa World Market & Friends Book Sale
  • Thursday, October 6 to November 6 – Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at RWP Zoo
  • Tuesday, October 11 – Citizen Forester Training in the Southside
  • Saturday, October 15 – Street Tree Planting on Sumter and Gallatin
  • Saturday, October 15 – Learn to Plant Garlic
  • Saturday, October 22 – Peace and Plenty Garden cleanup
  • Tuesday, October 25  – Complete Streets Training
  • Wednesday, October 26 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, October 27 – Fresh Produce Days

ongoing activities

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
  • Saturdays through October 298 am to 12 pm – Broad St Farmers Market





Saturday, October 1, 11:00 – 4:00 – Elmwood Flea

Location: Knight Memorial Library auditorium, 275 Elmwood Ave

Several tables of great stuff you can’t live without and a great selection of stuffed animals. It’s not too late to join in if you have items to sell. Share at table with family, friends, neighbors. Spaces are $10. Bring your own table. (Fees support Knight Memorial Library.)

Register: Doug Victor, Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com


Saturday, October 1, 12 to 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
This month features history, fiction, nature, health, New England outdoor fun, pet care, first edition fiction and notable authors, spooky Halloween items, and books that make you shiver on a dark night.
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net


Saturday, October 1, 1:30 – Street Tree Planting

Meet up location: Peace and Plenty Park, 84 Peace Street

Bring shovels, work gloves, clippers, brooms, and your community spirit. Wear closed-toed shoes. Help plant 16 trees on Plenty, Peace, Moore, and Daboll streets. Be prepared to work in the rain. Plantings will continue as planned if light showers are forecast, and will only be postponed due to heavy or sustained rain events! Planting will be led by Victor Regino and Mark O’Day.

Contact: Doug Victor, Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com


through October 8 – Wilbury Theatre presents UI [oo-ey]: Making America Great [Again]

Location: Southside Cultural Center at Broad and Elmwood

What’s old is new again in this fresh (and fascist) mash-up of two of the greatest dramatists of all time. Brecht’s Arturo Ui is the funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with Brecht’s razor-sharp wit. Pinter’s Party Time and New World Order paint  a terrifying portrait of the culpable indifference of a privileged class, of the cruelty engendered in its members by political disruption, and of their merciless extinction of dissent.  Using a wide range of parody and pastiche – from Al Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust – Ui creates a hilariously comic and darkly condemnatory tale of the persistence of fascism and the inevitable rise of those unlikely leaders who rise to power by preying on the fear of the masses.

Get tickets: http://www.thewilburygroup.org/ui-oo-ey.html


Monday, October 3, 6 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library Board Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Friends groups at Providence Community Libraries advocate for libraries and library resources. Friends of Knight include fundraising, program, and building improvements teams. We have raised money to help pay for new stairs, support library programs and to improve the library experience for staff and visitors. The proceeds of Friends book sales have paid for window treatments, auditorium chairs, shrubbery for the front lawn and more. All are welcome to join.

Contact: Debbie Schimberg, deborah@gleegum.com


Wednesday, October 5, 2 to 6 pm – Sankofa World Market & Friends Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood Ave

It’s the last market of the season. Stop by for fresh produce, crafts, snacks and books.


October 6 to November 6, 5:30 to 11 pm – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Location: Roger Williams Park Zoo

“American Treasures” features a celebration of our nation’s history and culture through the rich lens of commemorative postage stamps. Visitors see images of key events, places, and cultural icons transformed into intricate carvings on illuminated pumpkins. Scenes feature humanitarian heroes, endangered species, science, theater, and a backyard garden. The dazzling Laughing Tree once again comes alive with hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music.

For more information and to buy tickets on line: http://www.rwpzoo.org/jack-o-lantern-spectacular#ad-image-0


Tuesday, October 11, 5-7 pm – Citizen Forester Training in the Southside

The Citizen Forester program offers technical training on the care of young, urban trees. Those who complete the program will be authorized to help steward our young city trees and become leaders in the Providence tree community. Trainings are also offered in two other parts of the city in October.

More information: Details on the program, other trainings, and registration may be found atwww.pnpp.org/citizenforesters

Contact: Cassie Tharinger, Director, Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, 401.368.5380, ctharinger@pnpp.org


Saturday, October 15, 7:45 am – Street Tree Planting on Sumter and Gallatin

Meet up location: 90 Sumter St

Start promptly at 7:45 with morning coffee and a tree planting demonstration by the City Forester and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. We are planting 48 trees and are looking for volunteers to help. We always have a good time, so come out and meet your neighbors. Wear work boots or other closed-toed shoes and work gloves. Bring shovels, rakes, brooms, small pruning saws, handheld pruners, friends and family!
See attached flyer for more details. The rain date is Saturday October 29th. Plantings will continue as planned if light showers are forecast, and will only be postponed due to heavy or sustained rain events! (Cancellations will be announced by 3:30 pm the day prior.)

Contact: Paula Donovan, 941-5697


Saturday, October 15, 12 noon – Learn to Plant Garlic

Location: Peace and Plenty Garden on Peace Street

Did you know that garlic is planted in the fall? Join us for the Southside Community Land Trust workshop led by Jenn Steinfeld. Garlic seeds will be for sale after the free workshop.

For more information contact SCLT at 401 273 9419, sclt@southsideclt.org


Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am – Peace and Plenty Garden cleanup

Location: Peace and Plenty Community Garden, behind St. Joseph’s.

Join your neighbors and fellow gardeners to clean up the garden.

Contact: Doug Victor, Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com


Tuesday, October 25, 6 pm to 7 pm – Complete Streets Training

Location: contact Martina Haggerty (below)

The City of Providence aims to make all streets safe and accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. To this end the City is offering a training session for all City Council members, board and commission members, and partner organizations. Neighborhood leaders, merchant groups, “friends of” groups, conservancies, crime watch groups, and other volunteer groups are also urged to attend.

RSVP: Martina Haggerty, mhaggerty@providenceri.gov, 401 680 8528


Wednesday, October 26 6:00 to 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
     Meet with District Police Lt Henry Remolina, who reports on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting.
Location: 640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room
For agenda updates, contact Doug to get on his mailing list: doug.crimewatch@gmail.com .
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 


Thursday, October 27, 12:00 to 2:00 – Fresh Produce Days
     St. Joseph Health Center serves as a fresh food distribution site for Federal Hill House and the Rhode Island Food Bank. The site distributes fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable items like diapers and children’s socks.
Location: St Joseph’s Health Center, Peace St and Broad
For more information, contact (401) 456 4045 or (401) 421 4722 
Note: Fresh Food Days at St Joe’s are generally held on the 4th Thursday of each month. 

ongoing activities
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library community room, 275 Elmwood Ave.
Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs. Proceeds support library programs and improvements.
To help sort books on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, contact Doug Victor, doug.dance@juno.com
Saturdays through October 298 am to 12 pm – Broad St Farmers Market

Location: Algonquin House lawn, 807 Broad St

Find fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. See what to expect each week at the Farm Fresh Web site: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=3#foods




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