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RLIFE LIVE March 18 Renaissance Providence

AIDS Project RI Names Three Dining Out For Life® Co-Chairs

For the first time in memory, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s “Dining Out for Life” event will feature three co-chairs.

The 11th annual Dining Out for Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 30 at participating restaurants across the Rhode Island area.  Funds raised benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island.

“Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro.  “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS,” she said. Mr. Hilario has been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, is an Associated Press award winner, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee. 

“The snow and ice should be but a memory on April 30th, as AIDS Project Rhode Island holds the 11th annual Dining Out for Life,” said Mr. Hilario.  “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal.   Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”

Two other event chairs have been added to this year’s Dining Out for Life: David Dadekian, founder and president of Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing and event production company; and Jamie Coelho, an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly and the producer of the food and restaurant email newsletter “The Dish.”

“We are so excited to kick off the four-day Eat Drink RI Festival by participating in Dining Out for Life on April 30th,” he said.  “Our opening event is the Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park, and we are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization.”

“Restaurants should show their support for fighting HIV and AIDS through Dining Out for Life,” said Ms. Coelho. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded.”

On Thursday, April 30th participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island.  “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she said. 

Currently she is recruiting restaurants to participate.  Already signed up are:

--in Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grill;

--in Pawtucket: Hose Company No. 6, and Rasoi;

--in Providence: Blaze Eastside, Gracie’s, India, Rosalina  and Eat Drink RI’s “Dinner by Dames Farmer Feast” at Roger Williams Casino.

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount.  In 2014, 30 restaurants participated. 

For more than 30 years, AIDS Project Rhode Island has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS.   AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.  More information is available at

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Display of Metal Miniatures On View at Providence Children’s...

Providence Children’s Museum announces the opening of Metal Miniatures!, a charming collection of intricate miniatures handcrafted by Cambridge, MA metal artist Abraham Megerdichian (1923-1983).

From an elegant violin to an impressive set of trains, Metal Miniatures! showcases a delightful collection of astonishingly intricate miniatures created from solid blocks of metal. The exhibit occupies 17 “window boxes” in the Museum’s atrium walkway, inviting visitors of all ages to take a peek at the objects as they pass by and enjoy their maker’s skill and creativity.

The Megerdichian family is proud to share Abraham’s wonderful miniatures in museums around New England and loaned the collection for this display. “The miniatures made by my father are a tribute to the skill of a trained machinist combined with an artist’s eye and a generous man’s heart,” said his son, Robert Megerdichian.

Born in Franklin, MA to Armenian immigrants, Abraham lived and worked as a machinist for most of his life in Cambridge, MA. During the early 1960s, he began his first venture into the art of creative metal making by constructing functional, metal objects for use at home – pans, knives, candleholders and more. Over time, he shifted his focus towards creating intricately detailed everyday objects and trinkets. He often used his 20-minute lunch breaks to craft precious keepsakes as gifts for family and friends, including replicas of things that were special to kids – like his son Robert’s wagon. As his skills flourished, his creations became more complex, imaginative and humorous. Each of Abraham’s pieces is a unique and is an inspiring example of creativity and inventiveness.

Abraham’s intricate metal creations will be on display at Providence Children’s Museum through April 27, 2015. Museum visitors can meet the Megerdichian family and learn more about the collection on Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

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Dick Lupino March Performance Schedule


Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7 to 9:30 pm

Wed 3/4 - **OLDIES NIGHT** dance music from the 50s - 90s

Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal

Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

Wed 3/11 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Johnny Souza, trumpet/vocal, Greg Wardson, piano

Wed 3/18 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Jim Porcella, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Wed 3/25 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Linda Calise, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano

The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd; Newport, RI, 847-1300, 6 to 10 pm

Fri 3/6 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Ann Austin, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Fri 3/13 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dan Moretti, sax, Chris Taylor, piano

Fri 3/20 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dennis Cook, sax, Barry DeRossi, piano

Fri 3/27 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Lori Colombo, vocal, Chris Taylor, piano

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JA of Rhode Island Announces 31st Annual Achieve-A-Bowl Dates

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA) has announced that this year’s 31st Annual Achieve-A-Bowl will be held on March 21 – 22 and 28 – 29, 2015. Partnering once again with Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, Achieve-A-Bowl is JA’s oldest and largest community event, raising over $127,000 last year.

This year, JA expects nearly 1,000 participants from more than 50 local companies to raise money and hit the lanes to support JA’s mission. The funds raised help Junior Achievement provide their programs that focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship to Rhode Island’s K-12 students.

“Achieve-A-Bowl provides a great opportunity to show off your bowling skills, or lack thereof, network and have lots of fun all while supporting a great cause: Rhode Island students,” said Jimmy Burchfield, Jr. of D’Amico - Burchfield LLP and a member of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. “My teammates and I can’t wait to participate again this March in what we hope will be the biggest and best event to date.”

One hundred percent of dollars fundraised by bowlers will support JA’s programs that are delivered to students in grades K through 12 by community volunteers throughout the state of Rhode Island. These programs offer youth the opportunity to bridge the gap between what they learn in the classroom and the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

“This event is extremely important to JA as it allows our programs to reach 140 classrooms, or over 3,000 Rhode Island students per year,” explained Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. “Without the support from our sponsors and bowlers, we would not be able to provide as many young people with essential skills they need to own their future economic success.”

Every year at Achieve-A-Bowl, local companies in the same industry compete against each other in a friendly competition known as The Industry Challenge. The winner is determined by combining the top ten bowling scores with the average dollar amount raised per bowler from each company. Last year’s Industry Challenge winners included Amica Insurance, BankRI, The Bentley Foundation, CVS Health, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Providence Marriott, Province Mortgage Associates, and Tech Collective.

For more information on Achieve-A-Bowl or to register your team, please visit or contact Mary Babbitt, development and events coordinator, at (401) 331-3850.