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Horses Bring Hope Equine therapy helps children in need Ariana Godinez, 10, of North Kingstown, with Zoey

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Contents July 2017 / vol. 2 / no. 12



4 Online Fun Win a $40 Fun Card to Seekonk Grand Prix!

6 A Note from the Publisher College orientation. 10 A Better Life Gear up and get biking.

12 Education Win soccer games and books.

16 The Healthy Child Traveling with kids.

18 Calendar What to do in July. Check our website, to enter for your chance to win great prizes. And while you’re there, take a look at our latest calendar of events and directory of businesses and organizations for whatever you need.

Features 8 Cover Feature:

"Horses Bring Hope" to kids in need

14 Alcohol and Teens:

What you need to know

2017 Camp & Summer Program Guide

Find information about camps and programs throughout the magazine.

Looking for entertainment?

For birthday parties and other events, see pages 19 and 21.

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A Note from the Publisher


oing from our daughter’s high school graduation right to her college orientation has left me reeling this month. Our daughter Naffi graduated on a Thursday and we went to two days of orientation at Salve Regina University on the following Monday and Tuesday. We went from active, involved parents, making sure she was always on track and finishing all her school work – she earned an Associate’s Degree while going to high school – to sitting in a meeting telling us that we need to leave everything to her now for college. Talk about whiplash. It feels odd to not be thinking about what she needs to do next, what paperwork she needs to fill out, or assignments to get done. I feel like a whole section of my brain suddenly has nothing to do. And it doesn’t like it. I think back to when I went off to college – in Ohio, no less – and what my parents went through. I distinctly remember being ready for my mother to leave when it finally came time. I didn’t think much then about what she might have been feeling as she made the long drive back to Rhode Island. So, as these things do, it comes around to a time when I am in my mother’s shoes. It’s time to thank her again for having done these difficult life moments so well. Thanks Mom. We have a couple of months to get used to this new reality. It’s fun to see our child going on to the exciting rest of her life even if it means we will go home to a quieter house with only one child. I’ll just keep working on that letting go part. Happy parenting,

57 Rolfe Square, Box 10094 Cranston, Rhode Island 02910 (401) 337-9240 Founder and Publisher Susan Gale Art Director/Graphic Designer Rob Kenney Business Manager Lisa Koulibaly Contributor Stephanie Bernaba On the cover: Photo taken by Susan Gale Publisher photo taken by Keith Jochim. Rhode Island Parent Magazine is published monthly by Gale Force Communications. Unless specifically noted, no advertisers, products, or services are endorsed by the publisher. Editorial submissions welcome. ©2017 All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited.

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Cover Feature By Stephanie Bernaba

"Horses Bring Hope" to children in need


t first glance, Smithbridge Stables in Wakefield looks like any other horse farm in the state. Horses mill about, eating grass. It’s quite unassuming. But upon further inspection, the stables truly become something special. Inside the Smithbridge Stables lies Horses Bring Hope, a non-profit organization, which supports the healing, growth, and quality of life for children with physical, emotional, neurological, and psychiatric issues. Horses Bring Hope provides riders of all skills and levels the chance to aspire to, advance, and participate in every aspect of horsemanship and riding. Dina Mancini Godinez, President and Head Instructor of Horses Bring Hope, who has worked with horses her entire life, has seen it all. She’s seen children with abuse issues blossom to life while learning to ride. She’s seen kids with autism and ADD break out of their shells. She’s seen foster and adoptive kids learn to trust again – all through their relationships with horses.

Ariana Godinez, 10, of North Kingstown, cleans Prince (Photo: Susan Gale)


When asked what she feels the main purpose of her organization is, Linda Mancini, Godinez’s mother said, “We just want to save kids before they get too old and fall through the cracks.” She said the program, which provides therapeutic riding as well as horsemanship (including grooming and cleaning paddocks), creates responsibility to another creature that forces troubled children to “put all issues on the back shelf.”

Success story

I spoke with Tammy Stahlbush, of Warwick, parent of 20-year-old Alex, who said that Horses Bring Hope was there when she had nowhere else to turn. Alex, who, after a family tragedy, had been through the state’s mental health system and schooled at her home due to her depression and anxiety, became an entirely new person as she moved through the program at Horses Bring Hope. Stahlbush said that once her daughter began to build a bond with the horses, Alex’s life started to change. Alex

Students play games as part of equine therapy (Photo provided by Horses Bring Hope)

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matured when given responsibilities around the stable. This child, whom mental health providers determined should apply for Social Security Disability due to the acuity of her symptoms, has since graduated the program. She is now driving a car, working part-time, and volunteering with current riders. The family credits her new life to her involvement with the program. “Horses Bring Hope gave my family our lives back,” said Stahlbush.

How Horses Bring Hope works

The program currently provides more than 30 lessons per week, and is in the middle of a busy riding season including weekly camps for kids. The caring staff is most interested in the quality of interaction between people and horses and are keenly aware that in order to conduct successful lessons, they need happy horses. The organization has tremendous respect for the care of their horses. “If the animals are taken care of, the kids are happy as can be,” said Mancini. The program not only provides therapeutic riding lessons, but teaches the children how to talk to horses, learn their needs, and work together to meet their goals. Horses Bring Hope is a safe place for kids to learn, be nurtured, and spend time in nature. The family at Horses Bring Hope insisted that being out in nature, in and of itself, is one of its greatest features, allowing kids time, freedom, and space to heal, evolve, and grow. “These horses don’t judge the kids and we don’t, either,” said head instructor Godinez. Horses Bring Hope follows PATH International’s

(Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) standards for therapeutic riding, and is provided funding for qualified children by the Shriners. Visit the magazine or program websites for more details. Volunteers include working students (students interested in physical or occupational therapy, veterinary medicine, or related fields) and individuals who donate their time and talents to both the horses and riders. The program will hold a Luau in late August to raise money for a surgery needed by their horse Royal Mint. The program provides therapeutic (and private) lessons to children from all backgrounds and socioeconomic categories. “If a child would benefit from therapeutic riding, we help to find a way,” Godinez said.  Stephanie Bernaba, of Richmond, is an independent journalist specializing in life in the digital age and entertainment. View her recent work and digital portfolio at

Horse Bring Hope can help

If your child is struggling personally, medically, or academically, and traditional treatments have not succeeded, contact Horses Bring Hope. Therapeutic riding may be the missing piece to your family’s puzzle. If you are interested in sponsoring a horse or rider, enrolling your child, or inquiring about riding camps, contact Horses Bring Hope at (401) 265-1341 or email Horses Bring Hope is located at 1081 Curtis Corner Road in Wakefield.

Horses Bring Hope’s mission: Through the powerful, healing connection between horses and humans, HBH aims to educate and enrich the lives and spirits of individuals of all abilities. Utilizing an inclusive model, HBH strives to improve and rehabilitate the emotional and physical well-being of both humans and equines in a safe, caring, and professional environment.

Ariana Godinez with Bubbles (Photo provided by Horses Bring Hope)

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A Better Life By Stephanie Bernaba

Gear Up and

Get Biking!


’d love to say I love the great outdoors – what with all the bugs and heat and danger. Truth is, it’s alright, and it’s only become that way recently because I am learning the ropes of outdoorsing. We recently traded in our stationery exercise equipment in favor of doing what comes naturally – gardening, lawn maintenance, and other activities our family enjoys together, like biking. I’d like to share a few of our biking tips.

You can find these relatively inexpensively (I found mine for $19.99 at Aldi) at sporting goods stores around the state. I would opt for a combination lock for your bike. I’ve had many locks, and find the combination lock most efficient. I tried locks with keys for the sake of ease, and found myself misplacing the keys, rendering the locks inoperable. Locks can be found at places like Benny’s and Job Lot in three packs for the whole family.

How to choose your bike

Biking safety

There are many types of adult bikes out there ranging in price from $89 into the thousands. If you’re a beginner, I’d skip the racing bike. The best, sturdiest beginner (or intermediate) bike, in my opinion, would be a trail bike, which is relatively inexpensive (in the $200–$400 range) and can be adjusted to fit your body. Bikes are arranged by the size of the frame, so you will need one that corresponds to your height. An experience bike shop employee will be able to help you choose. If your bike came off a department store rack (or from a bike shop) and you have pain at all, please don’t stop riding. There is most often a fix. Heading to a bike shop and explaining any issues you may have (back pain, pain in the buttocks) can be remediated with handlebar adjustments, seat cushion pads, and even new seats. If you’re willing to take the time, they can help you fix it. I’d recommend East Providence Cycle or Stedman’s in Wakefield. They can get you fitted properly and on the move in no time.

Gear makes the bike

When it comes to biking gear, I have a few recommendations. Everyone needs water on a long trek. Though I do not personally prefer ‘camel-back’ type bags, those are amazingly helpful in staying hydrated. If you’re like me, and prefer the ‘old-fashioned’ water bottle, opt for a side-mount water bottle holder. You can find them in bike shops around the state. So, instead of fighting with your bike rails to get your water in and out, you can simply slide the bottle in and out the side. Much simpler. A biking gear bag (backpack) has helped me tremendously. Its strong woven fabric is unbustable, it provides bright color and reflection for oncoming cars, and it’s oh-so-roomy. I use mine to carry my phone, wallet, keys, toolkit, and my bike lock. 10

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Everyone who rides a bike needs a helmet. Helmets can be found just about everywhere bikes are sold, and at secondhand shops like Second Time Around Sports in Cranston. I prefer a vented helmet because it keeps the sweat at bay, but it will let the sun through to your scalp, so if you’re bald or shave your head and ride in the sun, you are at risk for a sunburn. There are a few types of helmets (recreational, road, and mountain bike), so choose according to your needs. If you need information about which helmet to choose, try REI’s website ( for a list and video tutorial. To keep your grip from slipping due to perspiration, it’s advisable to pick up a pair of gloves. As always, try them on – don’t be shy to try on men’s gloves in addition to women’s. The men’s gloves, I found, provide better grip, and are less narrow. They are usually sized small through extra-large. If the size you perceive is yours fits snugly, please try the next size larger. My gloves are Pearl Izumi (available at REI and bike shops) and are a men’s style. They have Velcro® at the wrist to provide an adjustable fit. Remember to make sure your tires are always properly inflated. Have your toolkit handy and be sure your bike has been properly tuned up (about $50 per season at a bike shop). There are many other biking accessories out there – from rear-view mirrors to bike baskets. Choose according to your needs. The more you personalize your bike, the more you will love riding it!  Stephanie Bernaba, of Richmond, is an independent journalist specializing in life in the digital age and entertainment. View her recent work and digital portfolio at

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Santander Soccer Scholars program seeks nominations


ew England students can now be nominated for a chance to win a unique VIP Match Day experience with the New England Revolution through the fourth annual Santander Soccer Scholars program. Starting July 3, adults can nominate students ages 6–17 through an online entry form. Sponsored by Santander Bank to support education, the program recognizes soccer players for achievements both on and off the court. Thirty-five winners will be chosen at random to receive four tickets to a designated New England Revolution home match, an on-field photo with a Revs player, and the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and cheer on the team as they take the field. One grand prize winner will also receive a visit to their school from Revolution star players, mascot Slyde and the Revs Battalion, and $500 towards their education. Nominations will continue through the end of the 2017 Major League Soccer regular season in mid-October.

Program kick off July 11

A free youth soccer clinic will kick off the program on July 11 at Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA. The event, hosted with the Revolution and The Esplanade Association, will feature skills and drills sessions with New England Revolution Academy coaches, photo and autograph opportunities with Revolution players, games, prizes, and

more. For updated details on this event, visit the New England Revolution Facebook events page. Since the program’s inception in 2014, Santander has recognized more than 30 scholars from throughout New England, who were selected at random through an online sweepstakes. 

New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell juggles the ball with Santander Soccer Scholars winner Camden Lander of Seekonk, MA. (Photo provided by Santander Bank.)

Nominate your soccer star at

Summer Reading Program: Earn a free book


ids in grades 1–6 can earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Just follow these steps: Obtain a Barnes & Noble reading journal in the store or download the journal at Read any eight books this summer and record them in the Summer Reading Journal. Write which part of the book is your favorite, and why. Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between now and September 5. Choose your free reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.


Barnes & Noble is located at 1350B Bald Hill Road in Warwick. Rhode Island Parent Magazine  July 2017

2017 camp & summer program guide Artists’ Exchange

50 Rolfe Square, Cranston 401-490-9475 Fantastic day camps for the creative mind! Art, Theater, Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Ceramics. Ages 5–15. Camps start June 19th and run through August 25th. Monday–Friday, 9 am–3 pm, before and after care available. See ad, page 7.

Community Boating Center

India Point Park, Providence 401-454-7245 Two-week youth sailing camps offered June–Aug. Mon–Fri 9am–3:30 pm. NEW one-week Save The Bay Camp. Two age groups, 8–11 years old and 12–16 years old. Waterfront “Sailabration” skippered sailing events, room/deck rentals, youth afterschool programs, and evening or weekend adult lessons, recreational sailing, and NEW kayaking also available. See ad, page 11.

Dream Big Academy

41 Comstock Pkwy, Cranston 70 Industrial Rd, Cumberland 401-228-8946 See ad, page 7.

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England

Glocester, West Kingston, Newport, Swansea, MA 401-331-4500/1-800-331-0149 Get ready for a summer filled with activities like archery, hiking, sailing, reaching new heights on the challenge course, swimming, and don't forget campfires & s'mores! Financial aid available. Visit to register NOW! See ad, page 17.

J-Camp at the Dwares JCC

401 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI 401-421-4111 June 26–August 25, Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. For children ages 3–15. Welcoming all faiths and backgrounds. Enjoy a variety of activities with themes such as mystery, construction, Olympics and carnival. Daily schedules filled with sports, swim lessons, art, cooking, science, drama, field trips, and more. Lunch and snacks included. Early arrival and extended day options; half-day options for 3–4 year olds; sibling and early bird discounts; payment plan options; counselor-intraining opportunities for teens.

Kingston’s Camp on Larkin’s Pond Peace Dale 401-783-8620 See ad page 11.

Mother of Hope Camp

1589 Putnam Pike, Chepachet 401-568-3580 See ad, page 11.

RISD Young Artists

2 College Street, Providence (401) 454-6200 CE.RISD.EDU Summer is busy at RISD, where kids shape their creativity and imagination, and teens develop their personal style as artists and designers. Camps and classes for kids and teens ages 6–17. See ad, page 17. 

Rock Spot Climbing

100 Higginson Ave, Lincoln, (401) 727-1704 1174 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale, (401) 789-SPOT See ad, page 7.


170 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick 401-463-5565 See ad, back cover.

The Children’s Workshop

Multiple locations 401-334-0100 A fun, active, and educational summer experience. Bi-weekly themes cover every interest from sports to discovery science to travel. Field trips, special guests, arts and crafts, swimming, dancing, singing - you name it, we do it! Also, special events for both children and families. See ad, page 7.

YMCA of Greater Providence

Barrington; Cranston; Warwick; Peace Dale; Seekonk, MA. See website for telephone numbers See ad, inside cover.

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Feature Story By Eric Creamer


eing the parent of a teenager is hard enough, but when issues of alcohol and drugs come up, the conversation needs a whole new game plan. It is not easy to talk to your children, especially teenagers, about issues pertaining to health, but it is necessary. A child’s safety is first and foremost for all parents and speaking about protecting themselves from dangerous situations and providing information to them can only be helpful.

Starting a conversation about alcohol

One great starting point is the legality of particular actions that some kids take. The legal drinking age in every state is 21 years old. The age limit for alcohol is based on research which shows that young people react differently to alcohol. Teens get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more trouble knowing when to stop. Teens naturally overdo it and binge more often than adults. Enforcing the legal drinking age of 21 reduces traffic crashes, protects young people’s maturing brains, and keeps young people safer overall. There are serious legal infractions for youth who are in underage possession of alcohol and other illicit drugs.   Speaking of legality, adults have a responsibility as well to follow the law. Many parents think that if they teach their teens how to drink alcohol responsibly by giving them small amounts under supervision, it will help them, which is an extremely common belief. Evidence shows that this is detrimental and that when teens feel they have their parents’ approval to drink, they do it more and more often when they are not with their parents.

Parents may not know a teen is drinking

Studies show that one in seven young people binge drink, but only one in 100 adults believe that their children do. Some adults feel that it is ok to have a controlled environment where their children and their friends can have


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Alcohol & teens:

What you need to know

a party where alcohol is present instead of a private function with no parents present. However, there are many liabilities associated with making that decision. It is illegal to supply alcohol to minors, including to those that are not our own, and most states have Social Host laws that detail the potential incarceration, fines, and other penalties associated with a conviction upon breaking those laws.

Health risks of teen alcohol use

Underage drinking causes a multitude of health risks. In fact, the earlier someone begins drinking, the more likely they are to be alcohol dependent in later life. More than 40 percent of individuals who start drinking before the age of 13 will develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some point in their lives. Ninety-five percent of the 14 million people who are alcohol dependent began drinking before the legal age of 21. Alcohol use by those under 21 is also related to numerous health problems including injuries and death resulting from alcohol poisoning, car crashes, suicide, homicide, assaults, drowning, and recreational mishaps. The human brain continues to grow into a person's early 20s. Drinking alcohol during that time can damage short and long-term brain growth and that damage can be permanent. And it's not just heavy drinking that can impact teens. Teens who drink half as much alcohol as adults can still suffer the same negative effects. Kids are more likely to suffer blackouts, memory loss, and alcohol poisoning from drinking, as well as to cause damage to their ability to remember things in the future. All parts of the growing brain are impacted negatively by alcohol, but the memory function is especially hard hit. Other negative impacts on teens include that adolescent drinkers perform worse in school, are more likely to fall behind, and have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, and violence.   Also, because the brain (specifically, the regulation of the brain through serotonin, which provides balance and impulse

control) becomes used to the use of alcohol, people who begin drinking in their teens are not only at greater risk for developing alcoholism sometime in their lives, they are also at greater risk for developing alcoholism more quickly and at younger ages, especially chronic, relapsing alcoholism.

Have rules about alcohol

When parents have concrete, enforced rules about alcohol, young people binge drink less. There are so many activities that you can do together that are positive, interactive, fun, and safe. We all know that many teenagers don’t want to talk to their parents about topics that might make them uncomfortable, but the common message that kids respect their parents’ opinions and guidance more than adults think is actually true. Kids may act rebelliously, shut doors on you or openly state they don’t care, but, fortunately, you can improve parentteen communication by learning how teens reason and make choices. It is different than adults and may be hard for a parent to remember exactly what they were thinking or how they reacted to things when they were the same age. You can also learn communication strategies that encourage teens to come out of their shells. Think of yourself as a coach and provide them resources, sharing thoughts, cheering them on in making good choices, and helping them anticipate and face challenging situations. Showing respect and care towards them means a lot, and being a positive role model by being responsible as a parent and leading by example will make it more likely that they will follow your guidance.

parents of a child’s friends is extremely vital in understanding who the child is interacting with. Depending on what is happening in a child’s life, certain actions or behaviors might clue in a parent that something may be worth questioning. If an adult has alcohol in the home, and some is missing or emptied, that may be a sign that a child may have consumed it or taken it. Other major signs could be skipping school, dropping grades, taking or borrowing more money, alcohol or drugs hidden in a teenager’s backpack, room, or car, and intoxicated behavior, such as stumbling or awkward movements, slurred speech, and a dull or unfocused look or bloodshot eyes. Visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving website,, for more information.  Eric Creamer is the State Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rhode Island.

For more information on teens and alcohol: Visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s website which provides resources, tips, and programs for parents at

Know the warning signs

It is also important to keep track of children, know who they are with, and know the warning signs of possible alcohol and drug abuse. All rules, limits and consequences should be agreed upon by both parents and the children and all repercussions should be enforced consistently. Talking with the

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The Healthy Child By Dr. Olivier Gherardi

Tips to handle health issues during your family vacation


he children are done with school and warm weather has arrived which means it’s finally summer and time for fun family vacations! Everyone always hopes that vacations will go off without a hitch, but the truth is life (and children) are unpredictable. Illnesses and injuries can arise and throw a wrench in your plans. A few simple tips can help you prepare to avoid health issues and handle something if it does come up.

Vacation preparation

Preparation is key before any trip and if your family members have existing health concerns, it’s even more critical. Be sure to refill any necessary medications, including prescriptions, inhalers and EpiPen’s, in case you run out during your vacation. If you’re traveling overseas, you’ll want to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. Just because a disease has been eliminated in the U.S. doesn't mean it isn't still active in other countries. The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is probably the most important one to get if you plan on traveling internationally. Hotbeds of disease activity include Europe and Asia, especially the Philippines, and customs could deny you entry unless you have documentation proving you’ve been vaccinated. Another important vaccine is Hepatitis A, especially if you’re traveling to underdeveloped parts of Central or South America.

Injured on vacation

A lot can happen while you’re away from home. From sprained ankles to severe sunburns and food poisoning, these things can turn your vacation into a disaster. The good news is, you don’t have to let any of this ruin your vacation. You may be too far from home to make an appointment with your primary doctor, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut your trip short.

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Instead of waiting in an ER you can visit a local urgent care center that is open nights and weekends. Many centers have short wait times and are equipped with on-site labs and x-rays for quick diagnoses, to get you treated and back to your vacation quickly.

When you get home

Some people worry about seeing health professionals while away from home because new doctors won’t be familiar with the family’s past medical history. Yet some issues will cause more harm if you wait to have it looked at, so it’s imperative to do so. Since many health issues need follow up, it’s important to ensure your primary care doctor knows exactly what you or your family member were treated for and how you were treated. Ask the urgent care center you visit if they will make sure your medical records will flow back to your primary physician to ensure continuity of care. No matter where you’re treated, it’s always smart to note the facility you are seen at and its contact info so your doctor can follow up if necessary. Health issues are the last thing you’ll want to think about when vacationing, but unexpected things can arise and it’s important to know how to deal with them. Whether you’re preparing for a trip or getting an injury treated while traveling, a nearby urgent care center may be able to help. You will be back on your feet and enjoying your family fun in no time.  Dr. Olivier Gherardi is the medical director at the Warwick CareWell Urgent Care center, which offers vaccination appointments among other services.

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July 2017 Always check with event sponsors for updated information. Visit the calendar at for the latest information and the best way to submit calendar items. Or email to

Parades July 4

Bristol 4th of July parade. Steps off corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Rt. 114) and ends on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street. 10:30 am. Arnold Mills “Stars and Stripes Forever” July 4th Parade and Road Race. Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland. 9 am: road race; 11 am: parade; 1 pm: concert. 91st Annual Ancients & Horribles Parade. A parade where nothing is sacred as locals spoof politics. U.S. Route 44 (Putnam Pike), Glocester. 4 pm. Block Island Parade. Steps off from Veterans Park, just south of Great Salt Pond. 1 p.m.

Special events July 6: Butterflies & Dragonflies.

Learn about these insects’ similarities and differences and see how many you can find. For ages 6–12. Meet at 21 Hazard Road (quarry meadow entrance). 1–2:30 pm. Ballard Park, 21 Hazard Road, Newport. Register online. Free/ adults; $5/children.

July 6: Rocky Point Shoreline

Cleanup. Shoreline trash is ugly and dangerous to wildlife. Save The Bay provides trash bags and disposable gloves. Dress for the weather and getting


dirty. Closed-toed shoes required. 5:30–7:30 pm. Rocky Point Park, 33 Rocky Point Avenue, Warwick. Free.

July 11: Jack and the Beanstalk

presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre. The classic tale where Jack will need the kids' help to defeat the Giant and help his mother believe in dreams again. 11 am. Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2115 Broad Street, Cranston. $12+service fee/in advance; $15/at the door.

July 19–23: St. Mary’s Feast. This celebration includes music, carnival rides, food, games, and fireworks. 4– 11 pm: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 am–11pm: Saturday and Sunday. 15 Phenix Avenue, Cranston. July 26: Cool Banana Wig Concert. Kids join the band playing a variety of unique homemade instruments built by the band. 6:30–7:30 pm. Rocky Point Park, Rocky Point Avenue, Warwick. Free. Every Thursday: 2017 Children’s Entertainment Series. Bring a lawn chair, picnic basket, and friends for this performance series. July 6: Vanessa Trien & Jumping Monkeys; July 13: T-Bone; July 20: Keith Munslow; July 27: Cool Banana Wig. 6:30 pm–7:30 pm. Town Beach, 15 Beach Street, North Kingstown. Rain Location: Cold Spring Community Center. Free, donations accepted. Every Saturday: 2017 Matunuck

Field of Artisans Event. A pop-up community and art market featuring emerging artists, photographers, designers, builders, yogis, and musicians. Handmade art for sale. 11am–4pm. South Kingstown Town Beach, 706 Matunuck Beach Road, Matunuck. Free entrance.

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Every Wednesday and Saturday: Food Trucks at the Beach.

Buddy’s Hot Dogs, Shuckin’ Truck, Eddie’s BBQ, Noble Knots, Like No Udder, Presto Strange O. 6–10 pm. Narragansett Parks and Recreation, 170 Clark Road, Narragansett.

Fridays July 14, 21, 28: Family Fun

Fridays. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show, a nature-inspired craft activity, face painting, and one slice of pizza per person. 11 am–1 pm. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol. Free/members; $14/adult non-member; $5/youth 6–17 non-member; $28/family (2 adult, 2 children) non-member.

Every Friday: Food Truck Friday at the Carousel Village. Eat from local food trucks, ride the Carousel, explore Hasbro’s Boundless Playground, listen to live entertainment, and more. 5–8 pm, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. Free admission. carousel. Every Friday: Messy Arts! Bring the kiddos for a unique craft each week, story time, and open play gym. 10 am–11:30 am. Dream Big Academy, 41 Comstock Parkway, Cranston. $12. Every Friday: Bring Your Own Improv. Family–friendly comedy show. 7–8:30 pm. Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road. $8/adults; $4/children under 12 and seniors. Every Friday: Frosty Drew Observatory & Sky Theater. Public stargazing. 6:30–11:30 pm. 61 Park Lane, Charlestown. $1/person suggested donation. (continued on page 20)


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July 2017 Weekends

July 1/Saturday 2017 Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival. Local musicians, food trucks, local artists, crafters, shopping, and kid's corner. Enjoy free concerts and performances. 11–7 pm, Saturday and Sunday. WWII Veteran's Memorial Park, 86 Social Street, Woonsocket. Free entrance. 6th Annual Hill Farm Outdoor Movie Night. Outdoor movie with 12-foot screen under the stars. Popcorn, snow cones, drinks, and goodies. Bring blankets and chairs. 8 pm. Hill Farm Camp Neighborhood Association, Hill Farm Camp Road (Ball Field), Coventry. Free. Free Family Fun Days at Audubon Environmental Education Center. Open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register. 9 am–5 pm. 1401 Hope Street, Bristol. Free.

July 2/Sunday First Sundays S.T.E.A.M. Workshop. Join the Naval War College Museum for fun science, technology, engineering, art, and math-based workshops. 10–11 am: Sail Boat racing for ages 5–8; 11:30 am– 12:30 pm: Baking Soda Boat Race for ages 9–12. Seamen's Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. Free. Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Climb. Take 49 steps up a spiral staircase and a 7-foot ladder requiring both hands to reach the observation catwalk. Climbers must be at least four feet tall and neither small children nor pets may be carried. Openings are weather dependent; if uncertain, call 401-423-3270. 1–4 pm. Beavertail Road, Jamestown. $4/adults; Free/children.

2017 Blackstone Valley Craft and Music Festival. See July 1.

July 8/Saturday Mulligan's Island Full Moon Food Truck Nights. Enjoy mini golf, batting cages, and food trucks. Live entertainment, a free Zumba class at 5pm, family fun, and tents with seating. 5–10 pm. Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 1000 New London Ave, Cranston. Free admission with separate pricing for attractions. 2017 Wickford Art Festival. 55th annual juried, fine art festival with more than 200 artists from New England, the US, and beyond. 10–6 pm Saturday; 10 am–5 pm, Sunday. Historic Wickford Village, Village Streets, Wickford. Free. Car Show/Family Fair. First annual car show. 9 am–3 pm. St. Mark’s Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick. Free. Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour with Save The Bay. View 11 active and inactive lighthouses, and stop at Rose Island for a tour of the Lighthouse and grounds. 10 am–1:30 pm. Alofsin Piers, Fort Adams Newport. Call 401-2037325 ext.139. $50/member; $55/non-member. lighthouse-southern Waterfire. Fire on the river. 8:20 pm. Downtown Providence. Free. Princesses & Pirates Night and Post-Game Fireworks. Dress up for a baseball game. Princesses and pirates will be available for pictures throughout the stadium. After the game, there will be a princess- and pirates-themed fireworks show. 6:05 pm. McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket. Visit for ticket options.

Authors book signing: Gina Cascone and Bryony Williams Sheppard, authors of the new picture book "Around the World Right Now" will sign books at 10:30 am at Barnes & Noble, 1350B Bald Hill Road, Warwick; and 11:30 am at Savory Books 10 Canal St Westerly. Free.

July 9/Sunday 2017 Field of Artisans Event at The Village Green, Wakefield. This popup community and art market features emerging artists, photographers, designers, builders, yogis, and musicians. Handmade art for sale. 5–8 pm. The Village Green, 1057 Kingstown Road, Wakefield. Free. 2017 Wickford Art Festival. See July 8.

July 15/Saturday Adopt Till You Drop. Pet adoption event with multiple rescues. Includes a dunk tank, a bounce house, food, raffles, and more. Fill out an adoption application prior to event with one of the participating rescues – see Adopt Till You Drop Facebook page for list. 10 am–4 pm. Camp Bow Wow, 3 Keyes Way, West Warwick. Free. Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour with Save The Bay. View eight active and inactive lighthouses and stop for a tour of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse. 1–4:30 pm. Save The Bay, 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence. $50/members; $55/nonmembers. Be A Kid Again! (Ages 21+). Reconnect with your inner kid during a night out in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard. Build forts and castles with colorful fabric, run through sprinklers, play in a treehouse, and more, while enjoying live music. Supports nature play for kids at #RWPZoo. 6–8 pm. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence. $30/person. (continued on page 22)


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July 2017 Waterfire. Fire on the river. 8:20 pm. Downtown Providence. Free.

Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Climb. See July 2.

July 16/Sunday Colombian Independence Day Celebration. Annual festival and parade celebrating Rhode Island's Colombian community, featuring colorful floats, ethnic dancers, music, food, and more. 10 am–7 pm. Higginson Park, 16 Higginson Avenue, Central Falls. Kids Day Festival 2017. Rides, carnival games, food, live music, fireworks (two nights), live demonstrations, Touch-aTruck, and car show. Runs July 13–16. Noon–5 pm. North Attleborough Middle School, 564 Landry Avenue; North Attleboro, MA. Free entrance.

July 22/Saturday Bowling for Rhinos. The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is raising funds for rhino and habitat conservation. Three hours of bowling and shoe rental, silent auction, and raffle. 6:30–9 pm. AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston. $20/adult advance; $25/adult at the door; $10/children ages 3–10. 39th Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Balloon rides, BBQ competition, craft vendors, giant kite flying, inflatable rides, kids' train rides, rock wall climbing, and more. Runs July 21–23. URI Athletic fields, 500 Plains Road, Kingston. $10/adult; $5/children under 14; Free/children under age 5; Family 4-pack/$25.


New Kids on the Block Themed Post-Game Fireworks. After the Pawtucket Red Sox baseball game, fans will see New Kids on the Blockthemed fireworks show. 6:15 game start. McCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket. Visit for ticket options. Waterfire. Fire on the river. 8:20 pm. Downtown Providence. Free. RI Families in Nature Hike at Pulaski Park. Learn about and try to find some evidence of the beavers that live in and around Peck Pond. Walk is about 1.5 miles, with swimming in Peck Pond afterwards with lifeguards on duty. Meet Jeanine next to the beach parking. 11 am–12:30 pm. Casimir Pulaski State Park, 151 Pulaski Road, Chepachet. Free. ​ Stop Motion LEGOS®. Learn how to write, direct, and create your own short video using just Legos and a stop motion video app. 10 am–noon. Davisville Free Library, 481 Davisville Road, North Kingstown. Free.

July 23/Sunday Tribute to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Celebrate this turn-of-the-century spectacle and Rhode Island’s unique connections to the Fair. 11 am–5 pm. Hearthside House, 677 Great Road, Lincoln. The event runs 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $10 adults; $5 ages 10–17; under 10 free. 39th Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival. See July 22.

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July 29/Saturday Cultural Survival Bazaar. Hundreds of Indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world sell their work. Also, live music, Native American storytelling, and craftmaking demonstrations. 10am–5pm. Saturday and Sunday. Tiverton Four Corners Art Center, 3852 Main Road, Tiverton. Free entrance. Craft Bash at Artists’ Exchange. A different craft each month. 11 am– 2 pm. Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. Free. 46th Annual Blessing of The Fleet Seafood Festival. A festival which includes an officially sanctioned road race, a festive parade of boats, great food, and live music. Memorial Square (next to the Towers), Narragansett. Runs July 27–29. See website for times and events. Peter H. Reynolds visit to Barrington Books in Garden City. Picture book and creativity guru Peter H. Reynolds brings a universally poignant celebration of the colorful spectrum of what it means to dream and the many ways to find happy. 3 pm–4:30 pm. Barrington Books Retold, Garden City, 176 Hillside Road, Cranston. Free. Beavertail Lighthouse Tower Climb. See July 2.

July 30/Sunday Cultural Survival Bazaar. See July 29. 46th Annual Blessing of The Fleet Seafood Festival. See July 29.

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