The Christmas Concert takes place Sunday, December 15 at 3 pm in the upstairs ballroom. In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty of Franco-German Friendship, we’re pleased to welcome special guests La Chorale French Chorus of Providence, conducted by Jacqueline Devillers. A roast pork dinner follows at 5:30 in the Ratskeller. Concert tickets are just ten dollars; dinner tickets are $15. This event benefits the singing group, so please turn out to show your support. If you have any promotional outlets, please consider displaying the attached flyer for this event. Thanks for your support
Ratskeller at the German-American Cultural Society of Rhode Island
78 Carter Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02861
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – FirstWorks, a non-profit arts organization that builds Rhode Island’s cultural, educational, and economic vitality through world-class performing arts and education programs, announced the hiring of Jennifer Lagundino as Development Manager / Grant Writer.
“Jennifer brings a strong background in fundraising, management and the arts as well as a passion for the role of the arts in building community,” said Kathleen Pletcher, FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director and Founder. “We’re delighted to have her join us and partner with me to continue to grow the community and national funding partnerships that are so vital to the work we do.”
Jennifer completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater management from the Yale School of Drama in 2013. While at Yale, she served as the Associate Managing Director of Yale School of Drama, Producer of the No Boundaries global performance series at Yale Repertory Theatre, Assistant Managing Director at Yale Repertory Theatre, and Producer at the Yale Cabaret. Prior to her time at Yale, Jenny served as the Development Director at Perseverance Theatre (PT) in Juneau, Alaska and the Box Office Supervisor for Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C..She also worked as the Development Associate in the Dean’s Office for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
Since 2004, FirstWorks has offered Rhode Islanders access to some of the most exciting artists of our time including Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis, Joffrey Ballet and the master artists of Pakistan through the Caravanserai project (2011-12).
Beginning with an unprecedented collaboration with Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, FirstWorks has produced 22 groundbreaking arts festivals, attracted more than 155,000 participants, presented over 361 international artists and innovators, engaged more than 100 nonprofit community organizations and schools, and grown into a multidimensional arts organization recognized with 15 National Endowment for the Arts grants. In fall 2012, FirstWorks partnered with the City of Providence to present the inaugural FirstWorks Festival: On the Plaza, leading a consortium of 18 organizations to create an event that drew 40,000 people into downtown Providence.
In July 2013, the City of Providence and FirstWorks were named recipients of another a second NEA Our Town grant to support a community design effort to create a cultural corridor in downtown Providence along Washington Street, and to establish the FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza as a biennial signature event in Providence. Visit www.first-works.org to learn more.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The African American Community in Boston and the Attleboro area invites greater Attleboro residents to a Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela. It will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5pm in the Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main Street across from the YMCA, Attleboro, MA.
As South Africans morn and yet dance in the streets to celebrate the truly magnificent life of Nelson Mandela, and the power of his presence for so many decades, it seems only right that we recognize his time among us by honoring him in this way.
The Memorial Service will be led by the Reverend Lehlohonolo Henrietta Montjane, Pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, who is a native of South Africa. There will be dramatic readings, music, dance and stories, with many presenters, to hold high Nelson Mandela, a true citizen of the world.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced the holiday concert schedule for the week of December 9, 2013, showcasing the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians as part of a month-long musical celebration of the holidays during the month of December.
Concerts featuring student musicians from Cumberland, Chariho, Barrington, Chepacet,
East Greenwich, East Providence, Coventry, Westerly, South Kingstown, Smithfield and Cranston are on the schedule.
“We’re pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Close to 3,000 student musicians from forty-five schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances.” The concert series started on Monday, December 2nd and runs through Friday, December 20th.
All concerts are free and open to the public.
The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.
A one page holiday concert flyer with performance dates and times can be found at http://www.arts.ri.gov/holiday .
Concerts scheduled for the week of December 9, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013 at 9:30AM- Clayville Elementary Chorus from Clayville
Monday, December 09, 2013 at 10:30AM- Smithfield High School Chorus from Smithfield
Monday, December 09, 2013 at 11:00AM- Smithfield High School Band from Smithfield
Monday, December 09, 2013 at 11:30AM- Nayatt School Third Grade Chorus from Barrington
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:30AM- St. Mary School Choir from Cranston
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:30AM- Fr. Doyle Carolers from Coventry
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:30AM- Westerly High School Choral Music Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Band from Westerly
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:30AM- Woonsocket Middle School Chorus from Woonsocket
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:30AM- Portsmouth High School Concert Choir & Vocal Ensemble from Portsmouth
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00AM- Cumberland High School Clef Singers from Cumberland
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:30AM- North Cumberland and McCourt Middle School Combined Choruses from Cumberland
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM- Blackstone Valley Prep Allegro Strings from Cumberland
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:00AM- Cole Middle School Music Department from East Greenwich
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00AM- The Voices of Blackstone Valley Prep from Cumberland
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:30AM- JM Walsh Chorus from Pawtucket
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9:30AM- Chariho Middle School 8th Grade Chorus from Wood River Junction
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:30AM- Martin Middle School Chorus from East Providence
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:30AM- Peace Dale Elementary Chorus from South Kingstown
About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
City leaders look to remedy cumulative school deficit with $600K transfer
PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien and top leaders of the City Council are looking at a funding transfer that would bring the current cumulative schools budget deficit back to zero and also be a step toward improving the city’s credit rating.
The transfer of $621,383 would cover the currently projected net school fund deficit accumulated for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Grebien said he has discussed his plan with City Council President David Moran and Councilor John Barry, who chairs the council Finance Committee, as well as with School Supt. Deborah Cylke.
Cylke is expected to present the deficit reduction plan to School Committee members in a meeting scheduled for Saturday morning when approving the transfer could be considered.
“I feel this is simply the right thing to do to help get the schools back to a balanced budget point that proper spending practices should be able to maintain going forward. This will also help us provide the best possible educational resources for our students,” Grebien said.
“The credit rating agencies have also made it very clear that eliminating the school deficit balance in a timely manner would be seen as a positive in their ongoing reviews of the city’s credit rating,” Grebien added. “A better rating would show the city’s financial stability is improving, help attract investment and economic development, and lower our future borrowing costs.”
In November, Fitch Ratings reaffirmed the City of Pawtucket credit rating at a low investment grade and raised its credit outlook to “positive,” the second outlook upgrade in two years.
Besides School Committee approval of the debt reduction plan, transferring the funds to the School Department would ultimately require approval by the nine-member City Council.
The added funding boost for schools is being made possible by budgets on the city side that have registered a series of surplus results.
RAIMONDO VISITS CUMBERLAND/ LINCOLN ROTARY
Treasurer Raimondo speaks to members of the Cumberland and Lincoln Rotary Club
Providence, RI- General Treasurer Gina Raimondo recently attended a meeting of the Cumberland and Lincoln Rotary Club to discuss Treasury programs.
“I am proud to meet with civic leaders to share how Treasury is helping Rhode Islanders,” said Raimondo. “Our state is trying to grow, and programs such as EverFi, the Financial Coaching Corps, and alternative payday lending are making Rhode Island stronger.”
Chorus members for upcoming “Holiday Special” concert at Jenks High School auditorium take cue from music director George Correia.
Students, seniors look for repeat sellout in concert for school music program
PAWTUCKET – It was last year that Joe Mello, a ukulele-playing member of the up-in-age Rhode Island Strummers, approached a cousin, long-time Jenks Junior High School music teacher George Correia, with an idea for a seemingly unlikely combination: Seniors and students singing and playing together in a Christmas-themed concert to benefit the school music program.
Students at Jenks Junior High and the JMW School for the Performing & Visual Arts rehearse with members of the R.I. Strummers for upcoming “Holiday Special” concert on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Mello saw it as “sort of bridging the generation gap,” and as “a plus for the city, a plus for the seniors and a plus for the kids too.”
They sold the place out, in a concert at the school auditorium that delighted everyone who came to hear the scores of members in the combined band and chorus who ranged 80 years apart.
Jenks music teacher George Correia leads rehearsal
Rehearsals have begun for the second annual “Holiday Special” event, to be held Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., again with members of the Strummers, who usually key on 1930s and 1940s era music, and middle and high school music students from Jenks and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, which share the same building at 350 Division St.
Correia, a 19-year music teacher at Jenks who earlier this year was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame for his earlier work as a drummer, writer and arranger for legendary band Steve Smith & the Nakeds, didn’t have the full cohort available for the first rehearsal on Dec. 5, as some of his music students were busy at a previously scheduled performance.
Georgina Hepburn, founder of the R.I. Strummers, punctuates ‘Silver Bells.’
But the benefit of last year’s experience was evident as prior arrangements kicked in, the pace picked up and things began to fall into place.
Mello, a retired Pawtucket police officer, said the concert is important because the proceeds will provide instruments and repairs the schools could not otherwise afford.
JMW student guitarists Jeffrey Vasquez, Herbert Rodas and Ryan Gomes (from left), who also performed last year, rehearse for second annual “Holiday Special” concert on Dec. 17.
At the first rehearsal, as Strummers founder Georgina Hepburn punctuated “Silver Bells” shaking a bells instrument while the students chorused the lyrics, it was evident they were picking up right where they left off.
Tickets, at $5 each, are available in advance at the school or by contacting Mello at 725-1818, or at the door on the night of the concert.
Mayor Grebien to host Pawtucket HealthSource RI educational presentation led by Lt. Governor Roberts
Members of the Pawtucket community are invited to attend an educational presentation
to learn how HealthSource RI allows Rhode Island residents to shop for affordable health coverage options, enables individuals and families to receive tax credits to help pay for insurance, and connects Rhode Islanders who qualify to low-cost or no-cost insurance options.
Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts
Mayor Donald R. Grebien
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Blackstone Valley Visitor Center (Auditorium)
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
About HealthSource RI:
HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health benefits exchange, is a new one-stop marketplace where Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island small employers can find and compare health insurance plans, and purchase the coverage that best fits their needs. HealthSource RI enables qualifying individuals and families to receive tax credits to help pay for insurance, and connects Rhode Islanders who qualify to low-cost or no-cost insurance options. To learn more, visit www.healthsourceri.com, or call 1-855-840-HSRI (4774).
Mayor’s Holiday Dinner to be held on Tuesday, December 10th
PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien cordially invites the Pawtucket community to attend the annual Mayor’s Holiday Dinner to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St.
The event is free and open to all city residents and is sponsored by the generous donations of food, money and volunteer help from area businesses and individuals.
Grebien and his department directors will act as servers, assisted by elected officials and numerous city employees who give up their lunch period to devote to the community event.
Transportation to and from the Portuguese Social Club will be provided with a continuous shuttle from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the bus stopping at the following locations: Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St.; Kennedy Manor parking lot, 175 Broad St.; Fogarty Manor parking lot, 214 Roosevelt Ave.; St. Germain Manor parking lot, 401 Mineral Spring Ave.; Slater Hill House parking lot, 8 George St.; and Towers East parking lot, 75 East Ave.
Anyone needing a ride should call the Mathieu Senior Center transportation line at 725-8220 or the center at 728-7582.
For further information, call the Mayor’s Office at 728-0500, ext. 281.
Make a Gift for the Holidays: Drop-In Craft Program
(13 Summer Street)
Saturday December 21, 2013
2:30pm – 4:00pm
With the holidays fast approaching and the gift giving season in full swing, the Pawtucket Public Children’s Library invites children to make a gift for someone special during a free drop-in craft program. On Saturday, December 21st from 2:30pm – 4:00pm, the Children’s Caidin Room is transformed into a gift making studio as children create sparkly surprise presents for loved ones. The free program is best for children ages 7-12 but younger children are always welcome with caregiver help. All materials will be provided and no registration is needed. For more information, call the Children’s Library at 401-725-3714 x209 or e-mail email@example.com.