Urban neighborhood plans bulk solar panel project
- Created on Monday, 01 August 2011 16:36
- Written by Kari Nel Lang
WBNA Enews 7.9.2011
- Created on Saturday, 09 July 2011 14:04
- Written by Kari Nel Lang
WBNA Enews 7.9.2011
Community Meeting on a Proposed Reuse for the Asa Messer School Building on Tuesday, July 12, 6-7:30PM at Asa Messer School, 158 Messer Street
West Side Thursdays each Thursday in July from 6-8 PM at the Dexter Training Ground
July 14 Double Decker Dance Band
July 21 The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra (also come for the blood drive by the RI Blood Center and Park View Nursing Home from 5-8PM)
July 28 Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz
Aug 4 Rain Date
WBNA thanks our sponsors Mayor Taveras, Celebrate Providence 375 Years, Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and Seven Stars Bakery
Parade Street Famers Market each Thursday from 4-7 PM at the Dexter Training Ground
your attendance as we may contact you for some advance information from you to make this meeting as productive as possible.
- West Side Solar will make alternative energy affordable, simple, and easy to install and manage for regular Rhode Islanders through a neighborhood group purchase program in which individual West Side homeowners can participate. This program intends to increase alternative energy usage thereby reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources and increasing jobs for RI renewable energy businesses.
Fertile Underground News from Michael Giroux
We will be hosting our first simple open-air market this Sunday morning from 9-12. (July 10) We are starting very small, and growing the way we always have: humbly, gradually, and consistently! Visit us outside our new store space at 1577 Westminster, and come pick up some veggies!
And more... Pick up a copy of the Prov Phoenix today, there is a wonderful article on page 6, casting more thought-seeds into fertile brains. The newest up-to-date info on the Grocery- I'll only entice you, go to your local shop to get your hard copy. Cut it out and save it if you will, mayhaps get it to us when you see us this weekend!
We're starting with Sunday mornings for consistent market- feel free to tell us when you'd like to see the produce available. We will be out there more and more as the month progresses. We're beginning buildout very soon, as we finalize all the details toward our transition into the space.
Thanks for keeping along with us, thanks for all of your support in so many different ways; we truly appreciate all the response we get from you. We look forward to bringing the real vedge home, and interacting more with you on the real level.
And do go watch the Woolies great video about our proposed trip to the Moon. Will you be joining us? Really, it's going to be a GAS!!
Thanks for it all,
FUN BUS AND MINI FUN BUS AT THE DEXTER TRAINING GROUND
The Providence Parks Department has scheduled our Recreation Fun Bus to visit Dexter Training Ground on Mon, 7/18 and Thurs, 8/04, from noon – 4pm. The “Mini” Fun Bus will be there on Thurs, 7/07, Tues, 7/19, Fri, 7/29, and Wed, 8/10, all from 10am – noon. The Fun Bus and “Mini” Fun Bus both come w/a crew who engage kids in various activities like field games, races and other friendly competitions, arts & crafts and face painting and the Fun Bus comes w/our giant inflatable obstacle course.
More Fresh Produce
Adrian Fulk from Runaway Farm in Little Compton, RI sets up his organic farm stand at CrossFit Providence every Monday from 3 - 7pm. He is selling fresh, local organic vegetables and CSAs are still available!
Farm Stand Location: CrossFit Providence, 425 Washington Street.
Hours: Every Monday 3 - 7pm
Adrian's Website: www.runawayfarmcsa.com
WBNA Annual BLOCK PARTY on Hudson Street, saturday, June 25, 2-8pm
- Created on Sunday, 19 June 2011 22:47
- Written by elaine collins
2:00pm: DJ Sensual Dan spins your favorite block party jams!
3:00pm: The Silks!
4:00pm: Beautiful string music by Lindsay Adler!
5:30pm: Sharks Come Cruisin'!
7:00pm: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons!
WBRU Broadcasting live all day from the event!
Poetry and spoken word performances by Christopher Johnson and others throughout the event!
Roving entertainment from the gorgeous and talented gals of Chifferobe!
Event MCs: Jenny Hurricane of the Midnight Creeps, Mike Ritz & Laurel Casey with special guest Philco, Dan White and special guest Aaron Liedecker!
Kids and adults, we'll have all your favorite block party games including egg and balloon toss and frozen t-shirt contest!! Plus some awesome NEW games this year!
POW! Science! will be BLASTING OFF Diet Coke & Mentos every half an hour and hosting a table of fun science activities and awesome demonstrations by owner, Eric Bulmer!
Providence Fire Department will be on hand displaying fire engine and ladder truck and presenting fun & educational activities for kids!
Kundalini yoga demonstration - Learn some techniques from Fertile Underground's own Nina Maxwell!
Aikido and Aiki Ju Jutsu demonstration from the kids at City Aiki.
"Y on the Move", obstacle course for kids presented by YMCA!
Dave's Tiny Circus Lessons - for kids and adults!
New Urban Arts Creation Stations for kids!
Kristin Cook Memorial Origami tent!
Face painting for kids & adults!
Pimp Your Ride bike/stroller decorating and crafts!
Chalk drawing for our budding street artists!
Food! Beer Garden! Sangria! Ice Cream!
Space pod installation - sneak peek from artists of Wooly Fair- Providence’s own do-it-yourself art carnival! Held this year on July 30th!
So much more, too much to list! You won't believe all the things we have in store for you this year, Providence! Come party with the WestSide!
Proceeds to benefit the Neighborhood Association and its programs.
WBNA Enews June 10 -- A New Playground Coming Soon with YOUR help!
- Created on Friday, 10 June 2011 14:39
- Written by Kari Nel Lang
WBNA Enews June 10, 2011
Alfa B, literacy program for Spanish speakers, Nightly June 13 –Aug.11, 6-7PM at WBNA
WBNA Community Development Committee, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters-CommunityWorks RI will present their most recent plans for Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway
West Side Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8PM, Dexter Training Ground –Mark your calendars and plan your picnic in the park! The very talented spoken word artist, Christopher Johnson will be making a special appearance at both the July 7 and the July 21 shows!
RPM Voices 6-7pm - Spiritually uplifting and culturally enriching music, by a united prism of people of many cultures, races, religious and spiritual beliefs.
Inca Son 7-8pm - Award-winning band performing traditional music from the Andes of Peru, and Latin America.
Double Decker Dance Band - Afro-pop dance band led by Liberian-born songwriter, singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Joseph Paye.
The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra - Cross-cultural music with roots in the traditional rhythms of Ghana, West Africa
Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz - Carlos' 9-piece latin jazz band incorporate the grooves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, son, and other traditional Latin dance music.
GOOD NEWS! A NEW PLAYGROUND COMING SOON WITH YOUR HELP!
The WBNA office will be closed June 13-17. The WBNA CDC will still take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm at the WBNA HQ.
Summer Program for Kids
Gardening with Kids: Making our neighborhood a more beautiful place to live
Avid gardener Siobhan Callahan, and artist/gardener Marian Purviance, are teaming up to offer a six-week course for kids combining art-making with gardening and neighborhood beautification. As a group, participants will adopt a public spot in the Armory District neighborhood to landscape, learn about a variety of plants, how to overcome challenges unique to an urban setting, and create/plant a decorative planter box to bring home.
WHO: Kids ages 8-11
WHEN: Six weeks beginning week of June 26th**
Option 1: Tuesdays, 9-11am
Option 2: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
**Please let us know your first choice day/time
WHERE: Meet at WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street
COST: $60, pay what you can
Gardening Class Assistant Needed
We are looking for an enthusiastic teenager who enjoys working with kids and has an interest in
gardening to assist us during our six-week course. Must be available for all six weeks; small
West Side Solar?
The WBNA has a grant for a feasibility study with the RI Economic Development Corporation on a West Side Solar PV and Thermal project and I am charged with conducting an informal poll of potential interest.
We are looking for 10-25 West Side homeowners or local businesses that would join together to hire one solar consultant/installer to install PV and solar thermal at each of the 10 homes/businesses. The advantage of joining together is cost and simplicity. We would get a better price from a consultant because this would make it a larger project. The RIEDC also is potentially willing to provide a grant and a loan to the group. Additionally, there are the federal (30%) and potentially state (25%) tax credits. This combination would significantly reduce the cost of installing PV on your home. Navigating the alternative energy world and tax credits is also confusing and if we were to go forward with this program, the WBNA would administer it following a system developed in consultation with the EDC and tax lawyers.
WBNA & RIEDC are in the preliminary stages of creating this program and before moving forward need to determine if there is neighborhood interest.
P.S. I will probably follow this up with a WBNA enews to spread the word far and wide. Please forward to other neighbors who may have any interest. The more interest there is the greater possibility of this moving forward.
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