The Providence Village Newsletter: October 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
The Providence Village
Goes to Chicago

By Cy O'Neil
left to right: Jim Maxwell, Bonnie Ryvicker, Suzanne Francis, Jo Ellen Mistarz, and Cy O'Neil attended the Village to Village Network national conference in Chicago in September.

The 11th annual national gathering of Villages was attended by four members of the Providence Village, along with Jo Ellen Mistarz, the newly hired Executive Director of the Village Common of RI.  "This was my first national Village gathering," said Jo Ellen.  "I came away both energized and armed with a number of interesting ideas that other Villages around the country have put into practice.  I was particularly interested in what Villages around the country are doing with Neighborhood Circles."
"I attended breakout sessions that focused on the various software solutions being offered to Villages," said Providence Village President Jim Maxwell.  "It's clear that the competition for Village business is heating up among software services.  And that's a good thing."
Next year's conference will be in Charlotte, North Carolina.  "I hope we can have an even larger contingent from RI attend next year," said Jo.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Photos by Phil West

Volunteers of the Providence Village gathered at the Congregational Church on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a lively event honoring their contributions to the Village. The morning celebration included delicious food, conversation, and sharing of stories. Our eighty volunteers include Village members, members of the community, college students, and members of the PV Board. Some volunteers provide direct services to our members, such as rides to the doctor or grocery store, handy home help, or leading cultural and social activities. Other volunteers work behind the scenes planning activities, sitting on the Board, or doing office work. The Providence Village would not be able to function without our volunteers; we are truly grateful for all their work.

Top: Providence Village Volunteers
Upper left:Sabrina Bessette and Johenny Delacruz, PV interns from Rhode Island College
Upper right: Jo Ellen Mistarz, Executive Director
Lower left: Lenore Bunting and Joe Fisler
Lower right: Peter Viner-Brown

Volunteer Driver Training
By Eliza Sutton

Last week, Providence Village volunteer drivers braved the heat to participate in a hands-on training, led by volunteer and retired physical therapist Joy Twelves. We learned (some of us re-learned) what needs people who are getting rides may have, how to assist them with getting in and out of the car, and even how to open a walker.

At the end of the training, drivers were able to ask questions that have been brewing since they've been drivers. We hope to have another training like this one soon!
Catherine Malloy
Catherine Malloy passed away peacefully and comfortably on the 15th of September, in the company of her mother, Vivian Malloy; brother, Steve Malloy; and other family. She had been suffering from cervical cancer and the treatments and ailments that accompany it, as well as the difficulty of accepting it all. While in the care of the amazing people of HopeHealth, at their wonderful hospice facilities, she was able to have loving exchanges with her extended family. Cathy had been living with her mother in Providence, spending time as an artist, creating paintings, sketches, and works of clay. A brilliant and inspiring part of her legacy will be her success managing mental illness. People with schizoaffective disorder will be able to use her example to know a realistic hope of a great life. In this way, Cathy contributes to a watershed moment in the advancement of health. She was a sweet, strong, and fun presence for all who met her. 
Excerpted from The Providence Journal, Sept. 19, 2019.

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.
Wearable Technology

Thursday,October 17 from 2:00-3:30pm
Central Congregational Church, Fireplace Room

By Diane Strommer

You are always welcome to join the Longevity Explorers’ gatherings on the third Thursday of the month.  Founded in March 2018, the group is both a collaboration between Hamilton House and the Providence Village and an affiliation with other Longevity Explorers Circles around the country and with the website
This is what Longevity Explorers do:
*Explore unmet needs related to growing older
*Try out, compare, critique interesting products
*Brainstorm about potential new or better products to improve the quality of life 
*Engage with others to help develop products and services
Wearable Technologies is the intriguing topic for October 19. Dr. Kunal Mankodiya, Associate Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical engineering at URI, will introduce us to those wearable technologies that may be of special usefulness as we age or cope with a specific condition.  Mankodiya is the founder and Director of the Wearable Biosensing Lab at URI and has published a book on “wearable health monitoring.”
His research deals with different disorders and different patient populations.  For those with Parkinson’s disease, for example, a “smart glove” assesses mediation needs in real time.  His team has also explored Android smart watches for speech therapy.  A large NIH-funded study, which is a collaboration with Lifespan Health System, is testing the use of smartwatches for teens who have mood and anxiety disorders or have been exposed to traumatic events or experiences. Yet another study collaborates with a vascular surgeon to assess the usefulness of smartwatches in treatment of elderly patients with peripheral arterial disease.
Some members of the Providence Longevity Explorers group use a Fitbit, an Apple Watch, or another new product of technology.  You will have the opportunity to share your perspectives on the usefulness and limitations of these devices as well as hearing from Dr. Mankodiya about the direction of the newest technologies and research.

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 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
The Providence Village Needs You!
Do you enjoy writing?
Volunteer to join Newsletter Writing Team  
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:
PV Small Group Activities
By Jane Adler
September offered another month of fall favorites, A bus trip and tour of the beautiful Newport Art Museum; an extraordinary (and free) classical concert presented by the Piatigorsky Foundation, an hour long classical concert with violinist Qing Li and pianist Wan-Chi Su; and wonderful social times with our lunch and dinner club outings. 
See below for another month of events to check out and enjoy.  It's not too late to drop in on Bocce Ball (Today Oct 1), or the Jewelry District Tour (October 3). We have two Brown Bag Lunch Lectures this month, so if you had a conflict for the lecture on Journalism and Fake News, you are in luck, it has been rescheduled for October 29th. Or join us for our new Shakespeare Book Club or our regular book club, and lunch or dinner are still on the menu. Enjoy an opportunity to meet new friends and check in with our friendly crew of regulars. Please join us!
Just a reminder: inviting  a prospective member to a Providence Village activity such as our fabulous Dinner Club or 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 begin. 
Small Group Activities

October 2019
Join us!
Please register for all events
Tuesday,October 1, 1-2:30pm
An Afternoon of Bocce Ball

Lots of fun for everyone. No experience necessary. Free.
Join us Today!

Thursday, October 3, 1pm
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 October 1
Friday, October 11, 2pm
Piano Concert
Pianist and composer Deborrah Wyndham has given more than 3,000 performances nationwide. Her first album,The Beginning features original, instrumental piano with contemporary, classical and jazz fusion pieces. Free. Details at registration.
Register by October 9

Monday, October 14,  3:15pm
Book Club
The Providence Village Book Club is meeting and reading The Remains of the Day, The 1989 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro. Private house. Free.
Register by October 13

Tuesday October 15,  12pm
Brown Bag Lecture: J. Timmons Roberts on Climate Change
Temple Beth-El, Orchard Street, Providence
“Why is Acting on Climate Change so Hard? What Can We Do?” J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. There are many barriers to adequate action for climate change – from our brains and our institutions to entrenched private interests and political parties and demagogues. In the face of them, it’s easy to be discouraged. But a new youth-led movement is bringing urgency and an approach that focuses on building political power to the issue. How can seniors be part of moving our nation to action on climate change? Dr. Roberts will review the basic science of climate and the advocacy options we have.Free. Bring your lunch and we will sit together at a PV table. Please register so I can save your seat. Free
Register by noon, Monday, October 14

Tuesday, October 22,  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 Tuesday, Oct 15

Sunday, October 27, 5pm
Fabulous Dinner Club

We are going to Kings Garden Restaurant, 90 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910. This should be different. Besides classic Chinese food, this family style restaurant offers dim sum, noodles, hot pot and veggie options. Dutch treat. Good idea to register as soon as possible; this event often fills up quickly. If your name is not on the registration list, and you have not received a reply, very sorry, but it may not be possible for you to join us, (Providence Village transportation is not available on Saturday. Will try to car pool.) Click here to go online for pictures of the restaurant, menu and prices.
Register by noon, Thursday, Oct 24

Monday, October 28, 3:30pm until "done"
New Event - Shakespeare Book Club
The Providence Village - Shakespeare book club. This new bookclub will read Shakespeare’s King Lear – out loud. No familiarity with the play, needed, just a willingness to participate by reading aloud and sharing dinner. Parts will be assigned by lot at the start of reading. Aim is to read the entire play, with a break for potluck dinner and conversation. (No shellfish or pork, please.) Free. Private home. 
Register by Thursday, October 24

Tuesday, October 29,  12pm
Rescheduled: Brown Bag Lecture: Alan Rosenberg on Fake News
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 noon, Monday, October 28

Tuesday, October 29,  6:20pm
Movie Night
Come with us to the Avon, for the special events film Leonardo: The Works.
For details click here. $14. No transportation. We will try to car pool.
Register by Friday, October 25

Friday, December 27, 4 - 5:30pm
Save The Date - Pre New Year's Eve Party! 
Our third annual “Pre New Years Eve Party!!!!” at Hamilton House. Plan to come. This is a special time. Feel free to invite your  friends and neighbors to this fun party. Stay tuned for more details.
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: 
Support the Providence Village and Save on Taxes!
By Anne Connor

If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free gift to The Providence Village directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). As you plan your 2019 IRA distributions, please consider a gift to Providence Village.  Two members did just that in September with their gift. 

What are the benefits? It reduces income subject to federal tax, even if you don’t itemize, and you may donate up to $100,000 annually. Your donation can also count towards your required minimum distribution. And of course, it supports the Providence Village’s mission and vision of building a better way of growing older in community.

Please watch for our Third Annual Appeal letter highlighting our 2019 accomplishments.

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
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.
 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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