New group forming at Gladys Potter Park (Humbolt) Parks led by Laurie Littlefield. To get involved, contact Laurie at

Download the NHC Fall Calendar 2012 Flyer

September 9th @ 4 p m in the Meadow

Prokofiev’s Beloved Concert Fairy Tale – Performed by the RI Philharmonic, this is a perfect event for the family and a great time to inspire children’s love of orchestral music. Join Peter, Grandpa and their woodland friends as they pursue Mr. Wolf in the Forest.

Bring your folding chair or blanket and enjoy this special afternoon of music.

This performance is the Grand Finale of the Playful Providence weekend, brought to you by the Partnership for Providence Parks and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, and Arts, Culture + Tourism. Visit for details and sponsors.

October 13th @ 1-5 p m in the Meadow

Join us for our 4th Annual Family Event in the meadow on the Hill.

  • Walk the forest trails – guided by NHC members
  • Meadow Festivities• Story Tellers with Tales of the Season • Pumpkin Painting, Games & ‘Kid’s Fun’ • Providence Firemen will provide Tours of the Truck • Providence Mounted Command show off their Horses • Roast Marshmallows on the Open Fire • Enjoy Hot Cider or Hot Chocolate, & Snacks

On Thursday, July 19th, from 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM, six (6) volunteers from Aon Risk Services participated in a physical outdoor service project for a half-day to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The project was held at Bucklin Street Park in Providence with Friends of Bucklin Park. The volunteers performed a general clean up Read more of the park and weeded the butterfly garden. Thank you volunteers and thank you Serve Rhode Island.

Art in the Park in Providence: Kids get Creative in Capitol City

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by wendynilsson in Organization News - (Comments Off on Art in the Park in Providence: Kids get Creative in Capitol City)


Art in the Park


Art in the park in Providence

Kids get creative in the capital city

Updated: Thursday, 23 Aug 2012, 10:33 AM EDT Published : Thursday, 23 Aug 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

  • Michaela Johnson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As the summer starts to wind down, many want to take advantage of the weather and spend as much time outside as possible. There’s a way to enjoy the great outdoors in the capital city while learning at the same time.

KiDOinfo story time is a program held order cialis online at Burnside Park in providence.

“It was created about three years ago in collaboration with Greater Kennedy Plaza as a way to bring families down to the city and enjoy fun, creative activities around storytelling and it’s free and accessible to everybody,” said founder and publisher, Anisa Raoof.

The programming is part of a larger revitalization effort to transform downtown Providence and the parks into a vital city center.

“It’s open to anybody. We have a lot of people from the city but we have a lot of people coming from all over the state now coming down enjoying the park, enjoying the toys in the park. There are food trucks here. They might come and stop at the library after or just stay and have a picnic,” added Raoof.

Entertaining the kids were none other than the Big Nazo characters.

“People are generally surprised by just how much we have going on. And it’s really important that we provide free access to these kinds of opportunities to the general public. People who might not otherwise know about these organizations,” said Jennifer Smith, program manager for Greater Kennedy Plaza.

Local authors also take part by reading to the kids, like author/illustrator Alison Paul.

“Art in the Park came about because story time had been so successful for the past couple summers and we figured if we could keep the kids here and have another project for them to work on it would be a really great way to bring people into the park,” said Paul.

The project of the summer is inspired by a popular book.

“We took a little page out of Crockett Johnson’s book ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ and we’re doing Providence and the purple crayon this year” Paul said.

Cooperating, sharing, and learning take place all while being creative at the same time. Kids and families can experience all in the capital city.

“It’s so important that it’s a fun family event. I remember when I first had my child I went to  KiDOinfo. I was wondering ‘what was I going to do with my kid all day?’ It was great to have fun, really unique educational events where I could see other moms and dads and other families and really experience something that’s of high quality and high value,” said Smith.

Story time will be held one last time this summer on Thursday, August 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by Art in the Park. However, the events don’t stop there. On September 7 there will be a special reading of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” which kicks off ‘Playful Providence’.

Visit and for a list of all the events from  KiDOinfo and Greater Kennedy Plaza.

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Some parks are getting a jump start on Playful City

Hi, Neighbors,

You are invited to our neighborhood’s upcoming annual event…. Now
Playing at Peace and Plenty Park

Date: Sunday, August 26   4:00 – 7:00 PM

The event promises to be a wonderful event full of fun and community
spirit. There will be ice cream for everyone!

Flier is in attachment. Please share it with your family, friends and

We are all working hard to turn around the recent upswing of crime in
our area and build a stronger sense of neighborhood. This event will
celebrate us as a neighborhood and your help will contribute to a
greater sense of neighborhood feeling.

If you can help with a few tasks that day or prior, contact Doug
Victor at or 401-521-0546. Thank you!

Some things event day: picking up tents, tables and chairs, picking up
ice cream and drinks, setting up (2:00 – 3:00PM)
helping with
refreshments and at community tables (3:30 – 7:00)  and  breaking down
(7:00 – 7:30)

We have several community groups with table displays coming. They are:
Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Southside Community Land Trust,
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Urban Ponds Procession,
Police District 2 Neighborhood Crime Watch, Friends of Knight Memorial
Library, Providence YMCA, Friends of Peace and Plenty Park and more.

We will have some wonderful entertainment including: Music One, The
Community Music School, Storyteller Val Tutson, a special presentation
by neighborhood children and more.

Come to enjoy yourselves, meet your neighbors and be part of a larger
neighborhood presence.

Hope to see you!

Doug Victor
for the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park


Rachel Newman Greene
Community Works Rhode Island

The October Partnership News and the Website need picture, stories, and happenings/events at your park. Please send Wendy any updates or news by October 3rd. The more we let people know what you are doing, the more they will be willing to help.


Program:  The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) supports volunteer driven community groups working at the local level in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. NEGEF interprets the word ‘environment’ broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable. NEGEF Seed and Grow grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders

Contact: Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. You may also call NEGEF staff at 802-223-4622

Deadlines: Seed grants are quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).The Seed grant program offers grants up top $1,000 and has rolling application deadlines. Grow grants are competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.Grow grants range from $1,000-$3,500. The Grow grant program has two application deadlines annually, March 15th and September 15th.