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School Vacation FUN! at Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum is the BEST place for school vacation fun!  The Museum is open during vacation, Friday, December 26 - Friday, January 2, from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Families explore Water Ways, an imaginative new water play environment, and join special activities all week long:

Imagination Playground
Friday, December 26  •  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes.  Using blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts, construct castles and forts, invent interesting sculptures and more!

Sparky's Puppets
Saturday, December 27  •  1:00 & 2:00 PM

Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, playful humor and plenty of audience participation.  See a snowman come to life and meet a shoemaker and an ice fishing bear in the puppets’ playful winter tales.  Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up. 

Sunday, December 28  •  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Invent creative contraptions with an imaginative large-scale building kit featuring wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, rope, and nuts and bolts.

The Rhythm Room
Monday, December 29  •  1:00 & 2:00 PM

Kids feel the beat as they join the band to explore rhythms and try out different percussion instruments.  Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.

Rolie Polie Guacamole
Tuesday, December 30  •  1:00 & 2:00 PM

This spirited group from Brooklyn, NY entertains audiences with high-energy interactive shows that mix funk, rock and folk music with humorous original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active.  Shows at 1:00 & 2:00 PM; recommended for ages 4 and up.

Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31  •  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Families create noisemakers from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM and join a parade followed by a ball drop to ring in 2015 at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM!

All school vacation activities are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, visit

Program sponsors: Imagination Playground underwritten by Dominion Foundation; Sparky’s Puppets, The Rhythm Room and Rolie Polie Guacamolie underwritten by Providence Tourism Council; Rigamajig underwritten by National Grid.

The Preserve at Boulder Hills Sunday Champagne Brunch

Give the Gift of Flowers This Christmas

The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show "Great Adventures" Opens at The Rhode Island Convention Center February, 19-22, 2015

Looking for a stocking stuffer for your gardening enthusiast? How about a fun filled day at The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show February 19-22, 2015 at TheRhode Island Convention Center. Purchase tickets at the Dunkin' Donuts Box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at and

Leave winter behind and give the garden lover in your family tickets to The 2015 Flower Show, themed "Garden Adventures," which promises to be awe inspiring for the entire family. No need to worry about curious kids because the interactive displays encourage them to Touch!

Children will love digging in the soil at interactive nature activities, including live animal presentations, puppet shows, nature scavenger hunts and more at the RIEEA Kid's Adventure Zone. Roger Williams Park Zoo Zoomobile and Save the Bay's marine touch tank will also be on hand.

For adults, the glorious gardens and marketplace offer countless ideas for wonderful outdoor living spaces. Guest speakers and demonstrations will provide valuable, cutting edge information so you can have your own spectacular garden.

Guest Speakers include Kevin O'Conner, Host of PBS Series This Old House and Ask This Old House, Melinda Myers, nationally known garden expert and columnist, Chris Fletcher, Bartlett Tree Expert, author Barbra Damrosch and many more.

For information about the flower show, go to Tickets are available at ticketmaster outlets, Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or 401-253-0246 and at or www



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. 

Ocean State Theatre Company Presents Meet Me in St. Louis

Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM classic, which starred Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is a wonderful classic from the golden age of musical comedy. Join the Smith family at the 1904 World’s Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a close family. Memorable musical numbers include “The Boy Next Door, “The Trolley Song,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” and 
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Meet Me in St. Louis is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family!

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Gamm Gala: Put it on Your Calendar!

Providence Rotary Weekly Lunch Meetings

When: Mondays from 12:15 - 1:30 with a long established speaker series.  (Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday)

Where: Providence Marriott 

              One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).

Cost:     $20 meal fee.

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