Community Datebook

Updated Friday, November 5, 2010

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heritage and Health
The 4th Annual African Studies Workshop
Presented by Bryant University

Saturday, November 6, 2010
2:30 PM
Providence Public Library
Third Floor Theatre
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI

Join Bryant University and members of the African community in RI for Heritage and Health, an event that will feature discussions with Dr. Awekura Kwara, Dr. Mohamed Traore, Yassin Njie, and Dr. Stephen Kwame.  The event will also include a performance by the Liberian musical group, Dukpah Drums.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, click here to view and print the flyer.

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November 6 & 10, 2010


The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market Opens
Every Saturday and Wednesday from November to May
Starting Saturday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 10

Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesdays, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hope Artiste Village
1005 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI

Payment Forms Accepted Onsite Include:
Cash, Fresh Bucks, SNAP / EBT, WIC Fruit & Veg Coupons, Credit Cards;
***Food Stamps / SNAP users: Farm Fresh offers up to a $5 Bonus to customers using their EBT cards.

Recommended Bus Route:
RIPTA, 99

Snow or shine, the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market will be open, featuring over 60 local farms, artisan food producers, and more. On-hand will be fruit, veggies, eggs, meat, seafood, milk, cheese, bread, baked goods, ice cream, lunch items and more.  For more information on the market, including the vendors set up, items on-sale, and seasonal specialties, click here or visit http://www.farmfreshri.org to learn about other farmers’ markets and programs for accessing fresh produce.

Plus, there’s a new downtown Providence outpost of the Wintertime Farmers Market, at AS220, from November 6 to December 18, 11am-2pm, AS220 Main Gallery, 115 Empire St. in Providence.  Pay with: Cash, SNAP / EBT, WIC Fruit & Veg Coupons, Credit Cards.

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Monday, Starting November 8, 2010

Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop
A Six-Session Series Happenings on Mondays
November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, and December 13

9:00 to 11:30am
Harris Public Library in Woonsocket
303 Clinton Street
Woonsocket, RI

Register: Lisa at YWCA, 401-769-7450 x19

If you have diabetes (or are a caregiver, friend, or relative), a free workshop is available to you. Participants will receive a healthy life book and relaxation CD. The workshop begins November 8 at 9am. It will be held at Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton Street in Woonsocket. To register, call Lisa Piscatelli at 401-769-7450 x19 (YWCA).

The workshop includes six classes, held on consecutive Mondays – November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, and December 13 from 9 to 11:30am. The topics include an overview of diabetes and self management, healthy eating, preventing or delaying complications, physical activity, dealing with difficult emotions, medication usage, communication skills, strategies for sick days, working with your health care professional, planning for the future, and more.

It is sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Department of Human Services, AARP Rhode Island, YWCA Northern Rhode Island, and Northern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (nriAHEC). For information about this or other Living Well Rhode Island workshops, call Maria Matias, program coordinator at Rhode Island Department of Health, 401-222-7623.

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November 8 & 9, 2010

“Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Planet:
Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process
A Free Virtual Conference about Planning for Food Access

Monday, November 8, 2010, 8am to 6pm
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 12pm to 6pm

Broadcasting in Rhode Island at:
Rhode Island Housing
44 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

The RI Department of Health and RI Housing invite you to attend the virtual World Planning Day Conference 2010, focused on “Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Planet: Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process.” This conference is a world-wide online gathering of planning professionals, community leaders and food systems experts, and will be broadcast at RI Housing on Monday, November 8th from 8am to 6pm and Tuesday, November 9th from 12pm to 6pm.  Guests/members of the public are invited to drop in just for the sessions of interest or for the entire day.  Session topics include:

* How Cities Eat and How It Influences Planning Practice
* Food Production and Agriculture
* Policy for Food Access and Security
* Perspectives on Urban Food and Agriculture
* How Community and Regional Food Systems Thinking Was and Continues To Be Integrated Into Planning In The United States
* Access to Healthy Food
* Food Systems and Planning

The conference agenda is available here, while clicking on “Conference Agenda at a Glance” shows the session times. Guests are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.  RI Housing is located at 44 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903, just two blocks from Kennedy Plaza. Paid parking is available across the street. The conference will only be broadcast through Session 3 on Monday and through Session 5 on Tuesday.

For more information or questions, contact Chelsea Siefert at chelsea.siefert@health.ri.gov or by phone at 401.422.7774.

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Starting Wednesday, November 10, 2010

(and continuing November 17, December 1, December 8, and December 15)

Lifespan Respite Care Training
A Five Session Training Program
Part of the RI TimeBank Initiative

November 10, November 17, and December 1, 8, and 15
5:30 – 8:00 PM
Parent Support Network of Rhode Island
1395 Atwood Avenue, Suite 114,
Johnston, RI 02919

Free of Charge; Reduced Rate for CPR and First Aid Renewal

Respite, time off from the stress of caring for a loved one, is often the most frequently requested and needed family support service.  The Lifespan Respite Care Project, being implemented by the Parent Support Network of RI in partnership with the RI Dept. of Elderly Affairs, the Diocese of Providence, and the POINT, is working to promote and support a coordinated system of providing respite to families regardless of special need or age in Rhode Island under the provisions of the federal Lifespan Respite Care Act.

Caregivers, current and potential respite providers and individuals who have received direct care are invited to attend the trainings to learn or strengthen the required skills to deliver quality respite care in the paid and volunteer workforce working with individuals of all ages and special needs; and learn about the volunteer TimeBank respite exchange.

For more information, click here to view and print the flyer, or contact Ellen Kreutler, Lifespan Respite Project Coordinator, by phone: 401-467-6855, ext. 307; or by email:  e.kreutler@psnri.org.  Click here to see other upcoming events from the Parent Support Network of RI.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to Get Your Picky Eater to Eat
A Free Seminar at Meeting Street
Presented by Emily Lennon, Occupational Therapist, Meeting Street

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Meeting Street
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905

Getting a child to eat the foods that will contribute to their healthy development is not always easy. In this seminar, parents and caregivers will learn activities and techniques to use with their children to improve the variety of foods that they eat. Guidelines on how to introduce new foods will be discussed. Attendees will also get information on the typical feeding skills and the behaviors to expect based on a child’s development.

To register, to set up child care, or for more information, call 401-533-9299, email info@meetingstreet.org, or click here to download and print the flyer.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Healthy Corner Store Makeover
Ama’s Variety Store in Pawtucket
Part of the [Providence] Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Saturday, November 20, 2010
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Ama’s Variety Store
957 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI

The Environmental Justice League of RI and students from the Environmental Justice League’s Community Environmental College invite the public to join the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and other community volunteers to lend a hand at Ama’s and witness the transformation of the store into a healthier place to shop. Volunteers are also needed in the next two weeks leading up to the makeover to conduct customer surveys and outreach in the neighborhood: 11/9, 11/14, 11/16, and 11/17 all from 4-6pm.

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food available at small markets in Providence and other Rhode Island cities. By working with storeowners, vendors, and local farms, the HCSI wants to make it easier for all families to find and cook healthy food. The HCSI project helps storeowners identify new products to sell, improve store layout to promote the healthiest items, and educate customers about how they can eat healthier. HCSI is a collaborative project led by the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI), with the support of Farm Fresh RI, Kids First, and the RI Department of Health.

Storeowners and community members who want to volunteer, receive updates about the project, or who have questions about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative or the Environmental Justice League are encouraged to click here to visit the project webpage, or contact Amelia by phone at 383-7441 (English or Espanol) or by email at amelia.rose@ejlri.org.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Rhode Island Health Equity: The Differences that Make a Difference”

Shane Lloyd, Research Assistant:
Health Disparities and Access to Care Team; RI Department of Health

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
12:00-1:00 PM
Miriam Hospital,
Sopkins Auditorium
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.

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