The Providence Village Newsletter: July 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
Villagio - Our Village Raises Dough
Tuesday, July 16

Story by Rosalind Ladd

Following last year’s first and very successful fund-raiser at Flatbread Pizza, the Village has been invited back for another night of pizza, raffle, fun, and fundraising.  Once a week, Flatbread Pizza invites local non-profits to host a fundraiser there: Flatbread donates a percentage of proceeds from all pizzas sold that night between 5 and 9 PM, including takeout and GrubHub deliveries.  Our big night is Tuesday, July 16.  This year there will be a space set aside for Villagers who’d like to visit with other Villagers while enjoying their pizza. Invite your friends and relations, fellow garden club-members, tennis partners, hairdressers, golf foursomes, book groups, and anyone else you know who likes pizza AND likes supporting our Village. And all anyone has to do is eat pizza! 

Watch your email for more information about the raffle (tickets will be available online AND in person), donating raffle prizes, volunteering, info on parking, and more. 
We are grateful for Flatbread Company’s support of The Providence Village’s mission, and invite you to join us to do the same - AND have some fun (and some pizza!)
Flatbread Company & Providence Village
host a special night
Pizza • Raffle • FUNdraising

Tuesday, July 16 from 5-9 pm

161 Cushing Street, Providence
between Thayer & Brook St.

Join us for this special night to share with friends
and support the mission of the Providence Village
The Providence Village Goes to Court
Story by Wendy Oliver
Photos by Phil West
Nine members of the Providence Village got a personal tour of the historic Licht Judicial Courthouse building on Tuesday, June 18.  Presiding Justice of the Superior Court System, Alice Gibney, was our main host for the event, which began in her courtroom. The large, elegant room was decorated with elaborate, carved wood panels created by Italian-American craftsmen when it was built in 1933.  It has been beautifully refurbished in the past five years, along with the Law Library and many other rooms, courtesy of grants from the Champlin Foundation.
Justice Gibney introduced us to some of her colleagues, including Justice Bob Kraus, also from the Superior Court, and Sheriff Lorenza, who attends all trials and hearings in Gibney’s court. Justice Gibney invited a few of us to try the judge’s seat, and gave us an overview of the workings of the court. There are 21 judges in the system, and it is Gibney’s job to schedule who will try each case. Each judge is qualified to try both civil and criminal cases. There is a strong relationship with the Roger Williams University Law School; many law students clerk at the courthouse as part of their education.
An interesting problem we learned about was the shortage of sheriffs in the building. There must be a sheriff in every courtroom during a civil trial; two are required for criminal trials, and three for gang-related trials. Due to a lack of government funds to hire additional sheriffs, it is no longer possible to invite school groups for tours, for safety reasons.
Next, we visited the Law Library, which serves all those active in the courtrooms, as well as the general public. Librarian Colleen Hanna told us about their extensive collection of law books, some dating back to the 1700s.  Finally, we visited the Supreme Court of RI and learned a bit about its history and architecture. It was a very informative tour; we all enjoyed seeing the beautiful interior of the building and learning about everyday life in the courthouse.
Village Common Director meets RI Rep David Cicilline
Jo Ellen Mistarz, Cy O'Neil, Phil West and Anne Connor met with RI Representative David Cicilline to share the Village concept. (photo by Annie Pease)
As our new Executive Director, Jo Ellen Mistarz, begins her work with us, we are introducing her to some important leaders in RI, and telling them about the upcoming Village Common.
5th Annual Providence Village Picnic

Story by Eliza Sutton
Photos by Phil West
The sun is gleaming off the bright, blue ocean. The Providence Village sign flutters in the light breeze. People are gathering, some in cars, on foot, one energetic woman arriving on bike. All are coming to the 5th Annual Providence Village Picnic, held at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI. The badminton net was being set up, as was croquet. “Who wants to learn how to play Bocci?” says a gentleman, rolling up his sleeves and ready to dig into the game.
Luck has graced us with a beautiful day, smack dab in the middle of a very wet Spring. Anne Connor, the Village’s Secretary and Volunteer Extraordinaire, welcomes us warmly. Ada Winsten, the Chair of the Social Committee, is excited for people to relax, enjoy themselves, and eat delicious food from Panera. “Who’s hungry?” she asks. People who aren’t playing games dig into sandwiches and lemonade, getting to know each other. Some attendees recently began to volunteer at the Village, and are excited to meet Members and Volunteers alike. Others milling around have been around since the Village’s inception and are greeting old and new friends and neighbors.
The Village hosts small social events almost daily. But community-wide events are held just a few times a year, and it’s during these large events you can really feel what it’s like to be a part of the Village family that is “creating a community of mutual support.” As people linger in the warm sunshine, eating cookies and talking, a rainbow appears in the sky--a beautiful and unique natural occurrence to top off a joyful, fun-filled day.
First Year Anniversary - Oakhill Neighborhood Circle
First year anniversary at the home of Penny Faich: (left - right) Sheela Percelay, Frederic Reamer, Anne Grant, Susan Bayley, Judy Grooters, Cy O’Neil, Marilyn Slomba, Jody Josephson, Tom Slomba, Deborah Bell, Deborah Siegel, Nancy Nowak, Nori Duncan, Barbara Forman, Cynthia Davis, Territa Percelay, Phil West, Wendy Oliver, Penny Faich, Gary Leib

the Conversation

RI Village Commons
Neighborhood Circles
All Providence Village Members, Volunteers & Friends
are invited to join a conversation about:

Coming Attractions – Rhode Island Village Common
& Neighborhood Circles

Saturday, July 20  Rochambeau Library
2:00 – 3:30pm  

Tuesday, July 30  Hamilton House
4:00 – 5:30pm  



I'm looking to connect with any people who use or have purchased walking canes and who would be willing to speak with me about their experiences. I am a recent graduate of RISD, where I focused on redesigning mobility tools to be more elegant and beautiful. I would love to get expert feedback on the cane design in particular. If you use a cane, know someone who does, or are just interested in the design of these tools, I would love to speak with you! - Julia Lemle

You can email me at 
or call me at 202.997.1799.

PV Group Activities
By Jane Adler
On June 10, a Monday morning, a group of Providence Villagers boarded the bus and away we went to IKEA in Stoughton, Mass We picked a great time to go because this normally very busy store was almost empty. Everyone was able to roam around freely to see the displays. Many of us came home with packages. The bus ride home was fun; we indulged ourselves passing around cookies, dried fruit, nuts and candy.
Another successful event was on Friday, June 21. We enjoyed a lecture by Paul Stein, who discussed Film Noir. This is a favorite with many of us. Paul explained some of the ways we can identify these generally and demonstrated with film clips that he showed on a 65” television. Again, we indulged ourselves with pass around treats.
More good times ahead in July. Please join us.
Paul Stein, who has taught many film courses for OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI. 
Group Activities

July 2019
Join us!
Please register for all events
Monday, July 8, 3:30pm
Book Club

We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. The book was just released in paperback, and is available at Amazon for $11. Private home. Free.
Register by Saturday, July 6

Thursday, July 11, Afternoon TBA
Movie Day

Come with us to the Avon. We will let you know what's playing when they announce it. Dutch treat.
Register by Tuesday, July 9

Friday July 19, 12:15pm
Lunch Bunch

Lunch at the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street. Very reasonable prices. We welcome new people. Very friendly group. Dutch treat.
Register by noon,  Friday, July 16

Tuesday July 23, 11am
Botanical Gardens
Roger Williams Park, Botanical Gardens. This is always a pleasure to see. Bring your camera, if you wish, and a paper bag lunch. Dutch treat.
Register by Friday, July 19
Sunday, July 28, 5pm

Fabulous Dinner Club

Our fabulous Dinner Club. We are going to Los Andes, 903 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence. This Peruvian and Bolivian restaurant has a reputation for having fantastic food, good prices and good service. 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, July 24

Save the Date
Wednesday, August 14, 5pm
Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

This is something special. Arrive hungry and enjoy a buffet at 11:30am, and when you finish your meal, attend a play, "Funny Money," written by Ray Cooney, and then attend a Cabaret.
$52.95 per person includes everything plus a free bus ride to Newport. (Gratuity on bar service only.) Check it out online
Please register early for this to make sure you have a seat - and must pay at registration. Let's treat ourselves. It's a good price for what we will be experiencing.
Register ASAP
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

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

Social 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
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
Gary Leib, Treasurer

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, Jay Glasson
Beverly Ledbetter, Lynette Lopes, Marcus Mitchell, Herbert Rakatansky
Dan Siegel, Barbara Sokoloff, Bill Twaddell, Phil West
Newsletter Staff:  Editor: Wendy Oliver    
Writers:  Jane Adler, Rosalind Ladd, Vivian Malloy, Wendy Oliver, Susan Shepard, 
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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