The Providence Village Newsletter: September 2019
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What is The Providence Village? A grassroots, community-based, non-profit network of mutual support for those of us who want to stay in our homes and neighborhoods as we grow older.
We are inspired by neighbors helping neighbors
We are committed to an inclusive, community-based network of mutual support
We call our endeavor The Providence Village
If You Like the Providence Village You'll Love the Village Common:

Neighborhood Circle Meeting Nourishes Body and Soul

By Sue Bayley
Photos by Phil West

At its August meeting, the Oak Hill Neighborhood Circle shared good food, good conversation, and good news. The focus of the evening was The Village Common: What is it? What does it have to do with me? When is it happening?

Hosted by Penny Faich in her beautiful home, the evening began with small discussion groups of about six people, each exchanging memories of past group experiences. Then everyone — all 25 of us — assembled for the main discussion.

Our guest of honor was Jo Ellen Mistarz, newly appointed Executive Director of The Village Common. Jo Ellen, with the assistance of Village directors and volunteers, will lead our organization into a new level of service. Neighboring communities will build their own villages, following a “hub and spoke” model.

The Providence Village will continue to serve its current area, and will continue as a local village within the Village Common. The phone number will remain the same, 401-421-5240, and the same helpful local volunteers will continue to make their services available.

Jo Ellen asked what services members currently enjoy. Here is a partial list:
• Transportation 
• Handyman/handywoman
• Contractor referrals
• Book clubs
• Health care support team
• Bat extraction (some funny stories here) 
• Computer and technical assistance 
• Running errands
• Pet sitting
• Social activities (breakfast and lunch clubs, picnics, field trips)

These services are provided mostly free of charge by an army of amazing volunteers. One of the best features of volunteering is that everyone has the opportunity both to receive and to give services, and many new friendships have evolved through the volunteer program. How is it all supported financially? Well you might ask, and the membership dues structure is being examined. For some, the current $40 a month is out of reach. Although sponsored memberships are already available for those who cannot afford the fee, the new plan will offer a range of fee levels.

A steering committee has researched fee structures in other villages across the country and is proposing some lower-cost options that will be more affordable for many. As members experience more value from membership, some may make charitable contributions or remember The Village in bequests. The Providence Village embraces the spirit of collaboration, engaging with others, and good governance and fiscal responsibility. We benefit from working with each other and with existing organizations and communities. We will continue to do the same as we move forward.
The evening ended with an “open mic” — the opportunity for everyone to say something. Here are a few:
“I learned a lot;”
“I feel more and more connected;” 
“An amazing experience;”
and perhaps most important, “More pie!” 

Report from the Fundraising Committee
By Rosalind Ladd

First and foremost, a great big “Thank You” to all the individuals and businesses who donated the interesting items for the Flatbread Charity Night’s successful Silent Auction and Raffle. And a huge “Thank You” to all the volunteers who helped. And finally, thanks to all who came to eat, drink, and socialize at our July pizza event.  It takes a village to stage a great event, and it takes great volunteers to make the Providence Village!

Recently, donations have been received "In Memory Of" a member/volunteer whose family listed Providence Village as a special interest. This is such a thoughtful gesture.

Earlier this year, the Providence Village was the beneficiary of a "community plate" from the First Unitarian Church of Providence.  That is, we received all the proceeds from one Sunday’s service collection plate. If you know of another faith community that makes similar donations, please let us know. Please watch for the Fall Fundraising Campaign, coming soon!


The Social Events Committee presents:
Lecture with Dr. Arun Singh
Cardiac Surgeon & Author of Your Heart, My Hands

Sunday, October 20th, at 2:00pm. (Location TBA)
Dr. Arun Singh, a nationally known cardiac surgeon,will be our speaker on Sunday, October 20th, at 2:00 pm. (Location TBA) He trained at Columbia University, the Alpert Medical School at Brown U., and the Hospital for Children in London. At R.I. Hospital, he helped to build a nationally recognized cardiac surgery program. He has earned numerous awards, including the American Heart Association’s "Hero at heart.” He was voted the State's "Top Doc" in heart surgery for twenty years running. He recently had his memoir, Your Heart, My Hands,  published.  The book will be available for sale after his talk, and Dr. Singh will be happy to autograph his book for purchasers.
School One
Intergenerational Activities

Seniors invited to work with School One Teens on Theatre Projects

Call Diana Champa, 401-331-2497
for further information or sign up
Session 1: Intergenerational Performing Arts: Scene Study and Performance 
Dates: September 12 - November 7, 2019
Day of the week: Thursday
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: School One, 
220 University Avenue, (east side) Providence RI 02906
Cost: Free
Session 2: Intergenerational Performing Arts: Scene Study and Performance 
Dates: December 5, 2019 - February 28, 2020 (no classes over holiday break)
Day of the week: Thursday
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: School One, 
220 University Avenue, (east side) Providence RI 02906
Cost: Free
Session 3: Intergenerational Performing Arts: Scene Study and Performance 
Dates: March 17 - May 19, 2020 (no classes over holiday break)
Day of the week: Tuesday
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: School One, 
220 University Avenue, (east side) Providence RI 02906
Cost: Free
Are you a Service Coordinator, a Driver, a Friend, or do you serve on any Committees? Do you volunteer in ANY CAPACITY for the Providence Village? If yes, then we want you at this event to thank you for your commitment!

Please think about a funny, interesting, or joyful experience you've had volunteering, and come ready to share!

Join us to say Thank You to our Volunteers!

Thursday, September 12
9:30am - 11am
Central Congregational Church
296 Angell St.

Delicious Food • Special Commemorations • Lots of Fun

Please send us a few sentences describing a special volunteer experience you have had at the Village.
RSVP by Sept 7: or 401-228-8683

The Providence Village Needs You!
Want to make a BIG difference without leaving your house?
Volunteer to join the Service Coordinator Team!  
These wonderful folks are the lifeline of the Village, answering members' phone calls and scheduling transportation, household help and other services.  You can schedule your volunteer shifts according to YOUR weekly schedule. Currently, we have fewer Service Coordinators than we need, and would love some new people to join us.  Service Coordinator Qualifications: be a caring individual with some computer experience (emailing, etc.) Volunteers will receive training.  If interested call Eliza at 228-8683 or
Spreading the Word about the Providence Village
On August 10, the Providence Village had a table at the Farmer's Market at Lippitt Park. The purpose was to let people know who we are and allow people to sign up to be on our mailing list. It was an enjoyable time; we got to meet people in the community and consider the day successful. 
Meals on Wheels 
For Seniors over 60
Do you have an injury, an illness, or are a caregiver who doesn’t have time to cook nutritious meals? Try Meals on Wheels of RI! Meals on Wheels provides daily nutritious meals, safety checks and socialization for seniors and other homebound adults across Rhode Island. 
 There is no financial eligibility requirement or client cost for this program. A $3.00 donation per meal is suggested. Individuals must be at least 60 years old. 
Call 401-351-6700 for more information.

Meals on Wheels of RI also has Volunteer Opportunities! For more information on volunteering, call (401) 351-6700.
Explore Options to Live Better Longer
By Diane Strommer
Thursday, September 19 from 2:00-3:30pm
Central Congregational Church


A collaborative program between the Providence Village and Hamilton House, Longevity Explorers meet monthly to examine the unmet needs of aging—in products, services, and information—and to learn more about what meets (or might meet) our needs. Some of the subjects explored since the program began are:

  • avoiding loneliness and social isolation,
  • useful tools and gadgets,
  • driving safely and longer,
  • understanding options for living arrangements,
  • preventing falls,
  • communicating and assuring health care wishes, and
  • useful technology.

Meetings often include information from an expert—an update on research on Alzheimer’s disease, for example, or a physical therapist with strategies for preventing falls. They always include lively discussions and useful exchanges.
The Providence Longevity Explorers are one of a group of “circles” around the country, part of an initiative and on-line presence called “Tech Enhanced Life.” The recordings and a summary of each of our meetings—and that of each of the Circles—is on the web. You can go directly to the information from our group at
Anyone interested in lively, interesting, and respectful peer exchanges is welcome.
September 19 from 2:00-3:30 in the Fireplace Room of the Central Congregational
Church (next door to Hamilton House on Angell Street). You have an opportunity at that
meeting to help to shape the agenda for the other fall and spring meetings. The new year also promises opportunities to participate in research and trials for new technology.

PV Small Group Activities
By Jane Adler
Just a reminder: inviting  a prospective member to a Providence Village activity such as the Providence Art Club lunch, is a great way to introduce them to who we are. We have time to sit around the table, introduce ourselves, get to know each other - and  let the discussions began. We did invite a prospective  member to join us this month, and she reported she really enjoyed the opportunity to be with us.
See below for another month of events to check out and enjoy.  Join us for a special outing to the Newport Museum. Or join us for an afternoon concert  or share a book, lunch or dinner. Enjoy an opportunity to meet new friends and check in with our friendly crew of regulars. Please join us!
Small Group Activities

September 2019
Join us!
Please register for all events
Saturday, September 7, 2pm
Classical Duet Concert

Piatigorsky Foundation Concert. Hour long classical concert with violinist Qing Li and pianist Wan-Chi Su, two widely acclaimed musicians recognized for their artistry and grace performing in venues around the world. Free. Register by September 4. Details at registration.  (Providence Village transportation is not available on Saturday. We will try to carpool.)
Register by September 4

Monday, September 9, 3:30pm
Book Club

At this meeting, we are discussing books that we will be reading. Be prepared to bring two specific titles and to give a brief description of what the book is about. More details at registration. Private home. Free.

Tuesday September 10,  9am
Newport Museum
Free Bus trip for a Tour of the Newport Art Museum. $9 admission fee to museum. Dutch treat.
Register ASAP only a few seats left

Sunday, September 15, 1:30pm
Family Day
Family Day! A very special event. Bring your adult children, your grandchildren, your sister, brother, aunt, uncle – or if your family isn’t here, please come to meet your fellow Villagers family. But please attend. Lots of ice cream, fruit and other goodies, and, for those who want to, an opportunity to watch selections from the original Walt Disney movie, Fantasia. Hamilton House. Free.
Register by Tuesday, September 10
Sunday, September 22, 5pm

Fabulous Dinner Club

In response to requests from several members, we are going to the Waterman Grille, 4 Richmond Square. Waterman offers a unique setting with its restored wood patinas and open kitchen setting. The food is exceptional. Upscale, but worth it, say those who go there. Check the menu on the website. Dutch treat. (Providence Village transportation is not available on Sunday. We will try to car pool.)
Register by noon, Wednesday, September 18

Tuesday September 24,  12pm
Brown Bag Lecture: Alan Rosenberg
Lifelong Learning: Brown Bag Lunch lecture: Alan Rosenberg, Executive Editor of the Providence Journal, “Fake News” to Real News. Alan will talk about the controversy over “fake news” and the changes in the news business over the last four decades and what lies ahead. Not to be missed.  Bring your lunch and we will sit together at a PV table. Please register so I can save your seat. Free.
Register by Monday, September 23

Friday September 27,  12:15pm
Lunch at the Art Club
Lunch at the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street. Very reasonable prices. We welcome new people. Very friendly group. Dutch treat. 
Register by Monday, September 23

Tuesday, October 1,   1 - 2:30pm
Save the Date - Bocce Ball
Enjoy an afternoon of Bocce Ball. Lots of fun for everyone. No experience necessary.
Details TBA

Thursday, October 3, 1pm
Save the Date - Jewelry District Tour
Join us for a private guided walking tour of the Historic Jewelry District. We will discuss the past the present and the future. Appropriate walking pace adjusted to our needs, Free. Coffee shop break, Dutch treat. A real opportunity! 
Register by Wednesday, September 25
Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to join Member Activities; please contact Jane Adler in advance.
A Note From Jane:
If you’d like to go to any of these activities, please register promptly to avoid being put on a wait list. Also, some of us have waited until the last minute to register and discover something we wanted to attend has been cancelled because of a lack of response.
Please register as soon as possible so we know how many are coming, and please let us know if you will not be attending after you do register to make room for another person. Thank you.  
All events are subject to rescheduling. Must register for all events.  
Please r
eply to: 
Providence Village Services

Learn More About Our Offerings
Call our Service Coordinator - Eliza Sutton
Ways to Volunteer!
The Providence Village needs you!

There are many opportunities to volunteer. Training is provided for each job, and the schedule is under your control. Here are the job descriptions:
Home Help:  Household Chores and Handy Help

Social Events Committee: Support and plan social events for the larger PV community, members, volunteers and friends.

Village Friends:  Provide regular check-in calls, longer friendly phone calls, or in-person visits to members.

Small Group Activities:  Help plan and assist small group social, cultural and educational activities.

Technical Support:  Assist members with computers, phones, TV remotes, i-pads, and other devices. 

Driver: Take members to and from doctors’ appointments, shopping, and errands. The schedule is flexible.

Service Coordinator:  Take phone calls from members to coordinate services for them. This can be done from your home. 

To volunteer, please call us at 401-441-5240.
Please help us cover the PV news and keep our readers informed!
Write an assigned article on a monthly or occasional basis, and contribute your own ideas to the mix. 
For more details, please contact Wendy Oliver, Editor:
Amazon Smile Program
The Providence Village now belongs to the Amazon Smile program. This program donates a small percentage of sales to various charitable organizations. Shop at and a percentage will go back to the Providence Village. See link for further information. 
Link for INFO
 Merchant Discounts for Village Members & Volunteers 

All Providence Village members are eligible for merchant discounts from restaurants and stores on the East Side of Providence. Please show your member card in order to receive the discount.  Participating merchants are listed below. If you take advantage of the discount, please let the merchant know that we appreciate their support!  Thank you.
With Your Village ID Card
You Get 10% Discounts at the following locations

click on name for website details


268 Thayer St
Kabob & Curry
261 Thayer St
Meeting Street Café
220 Meeting St.
Pasta Beach Restaurant
195 Wayland Ave
727 East Ave
Venda Ravioli Grocery & Restaurant
265 Atwells Ave


D’Ambra Sunoco
438 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)
East Side Shell
1100 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)
(Can be added to a AAA discount for greater savings)


Palomino Gifts
247 Rochambeau Ave 
Evolve Apothecary & Spa
769A Hope St
Henry Bear's Park
736 Hope St
Stock Culinary
756 Hope St

Support our
Participating Businesses!

Age Friendly RI
Check out the website for Age Friendly RI.They have lots of very helpful information about us “older adults” in RI.
click here
Providence Village
Board of Directors 
Jim Maxwell, President
Suzanne Francis, President Elect
Pat Mattingly, Past President
Anne Connor, Secretary
David Francis, ActingTreasurer

Jane Adler, Tony Allen, Lenore Bunting, Deborah Dunning
Joe Fisler, Bonnie Ryvicker, Terry Percelay, Peter Viner-Brown
Phil West, Laura Young

Providence Village
Advisory Council

Deborah Dunning, Barry Fain, Patricia Gifford, Jay Glasson
Beverly Ledbetter, Lynette Lopes, Marcus Mitchell, Herbert Rakatansky
Corinne Calise Russo, Dan Siegel, Barbara Sokoloff, Bill Twaddell, Phil West
Newsletter Staff:  Editor: Wendy Oliver    
Writers:  Jane Adler, Sue Bayley, Rosalind Ladd, Vivian Malloy, Wendy Oliver, Diane Strommer, Eliza Sutton, Phil West 
Photography:  Phil West, Jane Adler
Obituary Assistance:  Anne Connor, Amy Webb, Phil West
Design:  Amy Webb - Mockingbird Design

visit our website: 

phone: 401-441-5240

We welcome your tax-deductible donations
Please make your checks payable to The Providence Village.
The Providence Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mailing address is: 276 Angell St. Providence RI 02906 

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