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Adoption Rhode Island’s Annual Spring Gala

A Fundraiser to Benefit Children in Foster Care Waiting for Families

AOEC Boston Presents What Makes Up a High Performing Team?

What Makes Up a High Performing Team?

Joachim Löw, the German national soccer coach who led Germany to victory at the 2014 world cup in Brazil, says that both individual coaching and team are critical elements that help lift team performance. Translated roughly from an article in the German newspaper “Bild”, Löw says that individual coaching can have a tremendous positive effect on individual performance, but when the individual becomes part of a team, things become more complicated as each individual must help lift the performance of the team, and only when the team performs, it can win.

When we think of sports, it is very easy for us to visualize both individual and team performance, but very often, we do not think this way when we think about our companies. Kimberli J. Lewis, an international C level executive and author of “Ponytale Talk, Winning Career Strategies for Women” and John Leary-Joyce, renowned Gestalt physiologist and author of “Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work”, spend much of their time working with individuals and teams to help them lift performance.

In this 2-hour workshop, Kim and John will give you an overview of executive and systemic team coaching and how it differs from mentoring, life coaching, team building and other development programs. They will share their experiences with some do’s and don’ts, and share with you what they believe are the key elements of high performing teams.

John is proud to be the Founder and president of the Academy, having worked with his team to rapidly develop the organization into a prestigious brand with international accreditation and University recognition. Prior to that, he was MD of Gestalt Centre Ltd growing the business fourfold in eight years and receiving a Company Director diploma with the Institute of Directors.

Kimberli J. Lewis has over 20 years C level management experience across multiple industries. She is a certified executive coach and systematic team coach. She also brings with her 20 years of international management experience working and/or living in over 18 countries. She has degrees from Webster University, George Washington University, and Harvard University, studied executive coaching at Henley Business School in London and has completed the Master’s program in Systemic Team Coaching at the Academy of Executive Coaching.



Time: 8.30-10.30

Date: May 13th, 2015

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, Rhode Island 02903


Groden Network’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf...

Please join us for THE GRODEN NETWORK’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism on July 13 at the world-class Wannamoisett Country Club. This very special tournament commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the creation of this tournament by Joe Trimble!

For over 38 years THE GRODEN NETWORK “Your Autism Experts” has been the leading nonprofit in the field of educating youth and adults with Autism and developmental disabilities, providing research based clinical educational methods.

All funds raised through your generosity supports the Groden Network’s critical services. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to our programs to provide equipment, transportation, recreational and other needed services.

We look forward to seeing you at Wannamoisett.


Circus Discount Offer for Chamber Members

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Members save 20% off select ticket prices now through 4/27/15 for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents CIRCUS XTREME coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center April 30 – May 3, 2015. Use code: CHAMBER

Offer valid on all performances. Ticket limit of 6. Valid online and in person at the box office.

Click here for tickets.

Alex and Ani Product Launch…You’re Invited!

Dining Out for Life® Thursday, April 30

Dining Out for Life® on Thursday, April 30 Raises Awareness, Funds to Fight AIDS and Prevent HIV Infection

The recent public health emergency due to HIV infections in Indiana is a reminder that HIV and AIDS are still a threat.

“HIV cases have been rising in Rhode Island, we must remember,” said AIDS Project RI executive director Stephen Hourahan.  “We’re not facing what Indiana is facing, but we need to be vigilant.  People need to get tested for HIV, practice safe sex, and take other steps to help the state reach its goal of zero new HIV infections.”  HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS.

Funding testing programs and services is also key, and one way to do that is through participating in “Dining Out for Life” at many restaurants in the Rhode Island area on Thursday, April 30.  Part of breakfast, lunch or dinner bills will be directed to AIDS Project RI.

“We’re asking people to visit our website to get the complete list of restaurants, which will continue to grow up to the day of the event,” said AIDS Project RI development director Julie Casimiro.  The website address is   Restaurants, food trucks, cafeterias and the like interested in participating should call her at 401-519-2289 or email her at  “We’re pleased to partner with the EatDrinkRI Festival, which is kicking off the same day with ‘Dinner by Dames to benefit AIDS Project RI’ at Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence.  Visit for more information.”

As of this writing, the following restaurants/food events are participating: in Cranston: Bistro 22; East Greenwich, Grille on Main and Tió Mateo’s; Newport, Despina’s Café and SpeakEasy; North Kingstown, the Carriage Inn and Bravo Wood Fired Pizza; North Smithfield, Cafe900;  Pawtucket, Hose Company #6 and Rasoi; in Providence, Blaze East Side, CAV, Easy Entertaining,  EatDrinkRI’s “Dinner by Dames,” GPub, Gracie’s, India, Kitchen Bar, Los Andes, the Melting Pot, New Rivers, Parkside, Pizzico,  Rosalina, and Three Sisters; in Warren, Federal Hill Pizza and Simone’s; and in Woonsocket,  the Burrito Company.  The event is sponsored by Rustigian Rugs in Providence.

“We work to fill these restaurants, even introducing their establishment to new customers, so they have a great business day and end up sending a sizeable check to AIDS Project RI,” she said. Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount. 

This year’s honorary co-chairs for the event are: NBC 10’s Mario Hilario; 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.”

For more than 30 years, AIDS Project RI 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

Sherwin - Williams 4 Day Super Sale

Bridge Technical Talent E-Waste Recycling Drive April 18th

This April, the weekend before Earth Day, Bridge is hosting their ninth e-Waste Drive since 2009, but are moving the location from East Greenwich to Providence, to better serve all of Rhode Island. 

All are welcome to drop off old or unwanted electronics at the Whole Foods parking lot in Providence between 8 am and 12 noon on Saturday, April 18th.  Both longstanding Bridge Partner, Office Recycling Solutions, and our new partner, Green Penguin Electronics, will be providing trucks to receive all e-Waste for proper recycling. 

A minimum $1 donation per small item and $5-$10 donation is highly encouraged for larger items dropped off. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Providence Center School and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) organization.

WHERE:     Whole Foods, Providence Parking Lot

                      601 N Main St. Providence, RI 02904

WHEN:         Saturday, April 18th, 2015

                      8:00am - 12:00pm                   

Bridge’s biannual e-Waste Drive helps reduce the amount of hazardous electronic waste that ends up in our community landfills, cutting our community’s dumping costs and protecting the environment while raising money for a local charity. Last year, Bridge recycled over 8,900 pounds of electronic waste and hopes to recycle even more at this upcoming drive. Individuals who have questions about the event or a particular e-Waste item should contact Bridge at 401-234-2416.

E-Waste Items Bridge Will Accept:  CPUs/computers, monitors, laptops, spare computer parts, keyboards, mice, servers, routers, UPSs, network equipment, laser printers, laser and ink cartridges, scanners, fax machines, telephones, cell phones, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, cameras, radios, MP3 players, home audio equipment (receivers, speakers, etc.), car audio equipment (decks, speakers, etc.), cables, cords and wires, aluminum and copper are all accepted.  Sorry, no alkaline batteries or white goods will be accepted.

Chamber Day 2015 at Six Flags New England

April School Vacation Activities at Providence Children’s...

April School Vacation at Providence Children’s Museum April 20 - 24

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun!  The Museum is open during vacation, Monday, April 20 - Friday, February 24, from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Families explore Water Ways, an imaginative new water play environment, and join special activities all week long:

Mad Science: Marvels of Motion
Monday, April 20  •  1:00 & 2:00 PM

Witness mesmerizing experiments exploring the laws of motion in this mind-bending interactive show.  Discover the science of gravity and balance, see mad scientists experiment with kinetic beads, and watch as a tablecloth is removed without clearing the table!  Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.

Tuesday, April 21  •  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tinker, build and invent creative contraptions with an innovative large-scale building kit featuring wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, rope, and nuts and bolts.

Happy Earth Day!
Wednesday, April 22   •  10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

In celebration of Earth Day, see No Time to Waste, an interactive family comedy about trash and recycling.  This humorous performance gives a lighthearted look at the three R's of protecting the environment – reducing, reusing and recycling.  Four 20-minute shows at 10:30 & 11:30 AM and 12:30 & 1:30 PM; recommended for ages 5 and up.  Also try a variety of activities exploring conservation.  Play a recycle sorting game, create sprout necklaces, and make other recycled crafts.

Animal Experiences
Thursday, April 23  •  11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Meet an awesome assortment of live animals!  Children have close encounters with furry friends, slithering snakes and other incredible creatures and learn fascinating facts about them from animal expert Dave Marchetti of Animal Experiences.  Shows at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM; recommended for ages 3 and up.

Farm Friends
Friday, April 24   •  1:00 - 3:00 PM

Families encounter a soft sheep from Maybe Tomorrow Farm (Chepachet, RI), a lively llama from Lladyllove Llamas (Foster, RI), rabbits from Paine Farm (Foster, RI), and other farm animals in the Museum’s Children’s Garden.  Kids get a close look at these creatures and meet experts from Rhode Island farms, who demonstrate washing, carding, dying and spinning animals’ fleece into yarn.

Program sponsors: Mad Science, Animal Experiences and Farm Friends underwritten by Providence Tourism Council; Rigamajig underwritten by National Grid, No Time to Waste underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

All school vacation activities are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members.

For more information, visit


BBBSOS to host The Big Night Out

Each year, at their annual gala, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) honors community leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to sustain the measurable impacts mentoring has on Rhode Island’s youth. This year’s gala will be held on May 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Goat Island in Newport. The event, themed Kentucky Derby, from 6:00 pm – midnight, will be a night to remember with southern fare and signature cocktails while guests in fabulous Derby hats and bow ties support youth mentoring.  Mario Hilario Host of WJAR NBC10’s Weekend Sunrise Show will be Emceeing the Event.

The 2015 honorees are Michael O’Connell, General Manager of Balise Toyota of Warwick who will receive the  

Champion of Mentoring Award and the late Rick Fox, Regional Supply Chain Manager for the US East Region for Savers, whose family will accept the Legacy Award on his behalf.

BBBSOS gratefully acknowledges the support of our Diamond Level Sponsor: MetLife Auto & Home and Gold Level Sponsors: GTECH and SAVERS in making this event a success.

Entertainment provided by the Bit Players, “RI's most award winning comedy troupe.”  The night will also include live music by Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band and both a live and silent auction.  The event’s Online Auction is set to launch on April 3, 2015.  Anyone interested in bidding on fabulous items from across the country to benefit the mentoring programs of BBBSOS can visit

Tickets and more information about the event are available on the event’s website:

Proceeds from The Big Night Out: Kentucky Derby will be used to support mentoring relationships for over 500 children throughout Rhode Island.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization and has been serving boys and girls in Rhode Island for over 45 years. Anyone interested in mentoring a child or donating to support the program can visit the agency’s website or call (401) 921-2434.

RISBDC Presents Owning Your Business for Real

Walk MS comes to RI and nearby MA in April & May

Run MS 5K Rhode Race at Bristol’s Colt State Park May 3

Walk MS, presented by Biogen, is coming to Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts in April and May and thousands of walkers and volunteers are expected to turn out for this annual fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Walk MS is a fundraising event that fuels the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.  Everyone who raises at least $100 receives a souvenir t-shirt, and there are prizes for higher fundraising amounts.  Visit to register in advance, which is recommended.

Walk MS dates and locations include:

  • April 11    Easton, Mass., Oliver Ames High School
  • April 12    Dartmouth, Mass., James M. Quinn Elementary School, and Plymouth, Mass., Plymouth North High School
  • April 19    Narragansett, R.I., Narragansett Pier School, and Providence, R.I., Providence Career and Technical Academy
  • May 3      Bristol, R.I., Mt. Hope High School, and Hyannis, Mass., West Elementary School

 In all locations, registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with a mass walk start at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help New Englanders with MS and raise money to fund research to find a cure!

 For runners, Run MS 5K Rhode Race will be in Bristol, R.I., on May 3. Run MS is on a certified course through beautiful Colt State Park and trophies will be awarded immediately following the race. To register, visit


Walk MS, presented by Biogen; with additional sponsorship from Novartis, ABC6 and Centreville Bank.


Walk MS, presented by Biogen; with additional sponsorship from Novartis.

Participation in these 2015 Walk MS events provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through education, support, advocacy, and research funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter. And that makes a huge difference to the more than 21,000 people and their families in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont who must live with MS every day of their lives.

Find us on Facebook! Search for National MS Society, Rhode Island and National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter and “like” us so you can see the latest news and developments!

The more connections we make, the closer we move toward creating a world free of MS.  Walk MS Boston creates connections that can overcome the broken connections caused by multiple sclerosis.  The funds raised for Walk MS support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.  Every connection counts!   Find a Walk MS site near you.


Ladies Afternoon Tea

PawSox will Host Seven Post-Game Firework Shows in 2015!!!

Dick Lupino April Performance Schedule

Dick Lupino April 2015 Music Schedule

Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7:30 to 10 pm

Wed    4/8   -  **OLDIES NIGHT** Dance hits from 50's thru 90's  

                         Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal,

                         Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

Wed    4/15  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Lori Colombo, vocal, Chris Taylor, piano

Wed    4/22  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Joe Esposito, sax, Kent Hewitt, piano

Wed    4/29 -  TBA


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

Fri    4/10  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Linda Calise, vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal

Fri    4/17  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Sharon Zeffiro, vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal

Fri    4/24  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dennis Cook, sax, Barry DeRossi, piano


OceanCliff, 65 Ridge Rd, Newport, RI, 841- 8868, 6 to 9 pm

Thu    4/9  -  **7th Annual FOOD & WINE EXPO**

                       Benefits Aquidneck Is. High Schools' music programs

                       Limited tickets available @ $30 ea.

                       Email Pat Golden:

                       or call him:  401 855-3475

                   Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Yvonne Monnett, puiano/vocal,

                   Dennis Cook, sax, Jeff Fountain, drums

401 683-6565 office

401 837-9665 cell

Children’s Friend 5K Walk & Run

Click here for Community Involvement Opportunities.

American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

Click here for a list of American Cancer Society 2015 opportunities. 

WWE Smackdown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

WWE Smackdown

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM

Dunkin’ Donuts Center - Providence, RI

*** Tickets On Sale Saturday, February 28th at 10am! ***


Smackdown Returns to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

after 2 years!!

 Daniel Bryan & Roman reigns


Seth Rollins & Big Show

Plus, all of your favorite WWE Smackdown superstars Including:

Dean Ambrose



Dolph Ziggler

And More!!!

*Card is subject to change*

Ticket Information: Tickets available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office, all ticketmaster outlets, at or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 

WWE is the Best Value in Entertainment!


Unos Pizzeria and Grill Rhode Race Challenge

On May 3rd, Unos Pizzeria and Grill at 82 Providence Place Mall, is feeding the entire Cox Rhode race.  We are attempting to break our Store / Company, volume record.   We are asking all of our friends, family, and local associates to help us with this quest.  Encouraging take-out; there is no item that is too small.  You can indulge in our special take-out pizza offer -Buy any pizza get any second pizza for just $5.  Please like our facebook event, share with others, or accept an invite to this event . Most of all show up and help us achieve.

Thank you for any support you can offer,

Chance Hurley

RI Small Business Development Center Marketing Series


Rhode Island Small Business Development Center

The Marketing Series

All programs will be held in the Conference Room at the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402, Lincoln, RI.  Registration, coffee, and Danish will be at 8:00 a.m. and the program will run from 8:30 to 10:30.  

The presenter for all three programs will be John Horton, a local Rhode Islander whose extensive experience includes Managing Partner of Horton, Ahern, Bosquet among other roles.  Mr. Horton has provided scores of consulting hours to small businesses through the RI Small Business Development Center over a period of at least fifteen years.  He is currently Partner of H&J, LLC, a full-service marketing and public relations firm based in Jamestown.

April 8, 2015                                  Marketing 101 – Getting to Know Your Customer: Market Research

Knowing your target customer is of critical importance in developing a marketing strategy.  On this knowledge depends your entire marketing plan.  Who is your target market?  Are they buying similar products or services now?  Who are they buying them from?  What are the demographics of this target?  In this workshop you will learn how to identify the characteristics and behaviors of your best customer and how to learn about the competitive market in which you will compete.

Wednesday, April 29                      Marketing 102 – Reaching Your Customer: Advertising and Promotion

Communicating the value of your product or service to your customer is probably the first thing people think of when they hear the word “marketing.”  It is only one aspect of the broad marketing discipline but it is a critical one.  And it now extends far beyond traditional advertising in print media, now including everything from newspaper ads to the latest in social media communications.  But regardless of the technique, getting your messages to the largest number of your target customers for the lowest cost is the goal.  This workshop will describe a variety of techniques for doing so.

Wednesday, May 20                       Marketing 103 – Making the Sale: The Sales Process

In certain industries, direct communications between sales person and customer is imperative.  These include high value items (automobiles, custom machinery) and new products that require an element of educating the customer.  This workshop will describe the various communications strategies for “closing the sale,” while building a long-lasting relationship with potential repeat customers.

To Register:  Contact Doug Jobling 401-575-7407 or email

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

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.

Mother’s Day Dinner Buffet at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Project GOAL Crib to Crayons Expo