City-wide events for mayoral inauguration

Dear Community Leaders,

We are marking the inauguration of Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza with a city-wide celebration, and a call to community service. Can you help us publicize the following events?

Thank you so much,
Meg Clurman
Inauguration Director
Office of Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza
Saturday, Jan. 3, 10:00am – 2:00pm

One Providence Day of Community Service Food Drive. Please contribute non-perishable food items to the following locations:

  • Eastside Market 10 am – 2 pm
  • Whole Foods (University Heights) 10 am – 2 pm
  • Compare Foods (Broad Street) 10 am – 2 pm
  • Knight Memorial Library 12 pm  – 4 pm
  • Rochambeau Library 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Mt. Pleasant Library 10 am – 2 pm

Sunday, January 4th

Children’s Inaugural Celebration
at Providence Children’s Museum
Sunday, January 4  |  12:00 – 3:00 PM

In celebration of the inauguration of Providence Mayor-elect Elorza, join a resource fair at Providence Children’s Museum to learn about and try activities with Providence-based arts/education nonprofit organizations, including the Children’s Museum, Manton Avenue Project, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Providence CityArts for Youth, Providence Community Library, and Providence Public Library.

  • Build flyers and send them floating through wind tubes with Providence Children’s Museum.
  • See one-act plays from Manton Avenue Project’s recent production, Good Neighbors: the Olneyville plays!
  • Build, create and explore using recycled materials with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
  • Try an animation activity with Providence Children’s Film Festival.
  • Create a book about arts and culture in Providence with Providence CityArts for Youth.
  • Join Providence Public Library children’s librarians for story readings.
  • And more!

Activities are included with Museum admission of $9.00 per person. Admission is free all day, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, for Museum members and for Providence residents with ID or proof of residence. For more information, visit

Monday, January 5 – Inauguration Day

1:30pm: Seating opens for Inauguration Ceremony, steps of Providence City Hall
2pm: Inauguration Ceremony
3:00pm: Reception with Mayor Elorza, City Hall, second floor

Unfortunately, the 7 pm One Providence Celebration is currently sold out. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. However, volunteering to help at the event gets you in for the night! Please click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Providence City Hall transforms into “Haunted Hall”

DATA: Thursday, October 30th
TIME: 5pm – 8pm,
LOCATION: Providence City Hall

Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence are pleased to announce a family-friendly, indoor alternative to trick-or-treating this Halloween season that will allow parents and children alike to learn about the history of Providence City Hall.

Providence City Hall will be transformed into a “Haunted Hall” featuring crafts provided courtesy of Walgreens, guided tours led by volunteers from Trinity Repertory Company, a special surprise appearance by BIG NAZO, interactive story-telling from ghoulish historical reenactment groups and more.

This event is open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned food item to donate to the Rhode Island Food Bank in lieu of admission.

The Hummingbird Palace

SAVE THE DATE: Opening for The Hummingbird Palace, Providence
Friday June 27  4:00-6:30..
Lippitt Park, (where Blackstone Blvd and Hope Street come together).

Work has started for the installation near the Hope Street side of the park. Note the farmers market in the background.

Hope Street Spring Block Party 2014

The Hope Street Spring Block Party will take place on SATURDAY MAY 31st, 12-6pm.

Hope Street will be closed off from Rochambeau to 5th Street and the street will be filled with great bands, a beer garden, gourmet food trucks, community vendors, the very first Hope Street fashion show, hay rides, Big Nazo, street painting, side walk sales, and lots more. Many businesses are involved in this event.

You will also find more detailed information on the HSMA website.

Please check out the FaceBook Block Party event page and invite friends and family to join!



The 3rd Annual Summit Cook-Off

Announcing the 3rd Annual Summit Cook-Off event, featuring Special Guest Secret Ingredient……….CRANBERRIES!

When: Tuesday, October 29, 6:30pm

Where: Stock Culinary Goods, 756 Hope Street

How: Make a cranberry dish, dress the kid in a Halloween costume, and bring em both with you!

Come one, come all, and enter to win one of several prizes for best dishes at this year’s premier cooking competition held in your very own Summit Neighborhood!

The rules are simple: Cook a dish that utilizes the special ingredient of Cranberries and bring it down to Stock Culinary Goods (756 Hope St) on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30pm.

We will have a panel of “celebrity” judges to award prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places.  Also, everyone gets a vote toward the People’s Choice Award, as well as Best Halloween Costume for the kiddies!

Prizes are gift certificates to local Hope Street shops!

Dust off the autumn cookbook and get going on a costume for the little ones, and come enter!

See you there!

The Hope Street Spring Block Party 2013

Join Providence Monthly and the Hope Street Merchants Association for our annual Hope Street Spring Block Party on Saturday, May 18th from 12 – 6 pm-Rain or Shine and All Around the Construction.

Hope Street Block Party

Bigger and better this year with – Beers for the Ballet will feature FIVE great local breweries: Foolproof Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Trinity Brewing, Narragansett Brewing Company and Newport Storm Brewery. New this year – WIN AN IPAD or a GRAND PRIZE GIFT CERTIFICATE PACKAGE in the  Street Scavenger Hunt.


Cooperative effort by city, neighbors plants trees along Hope, North Main

City Forester Douglas Still, behind tree, instructs the volunteers on how to prepare the trees for planting along North Main Street.

There are now dozens of new trees along Hope and North Main streets – thanks to cooperative efforts by the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Summit neighbors.

On April 8, city crews cut eight new tree pits through the sidewalks along Hope Street and put in new soil. Then they added the trees, including four in front of the Rochambeau Library branch. The site selection was done in cooperation with the Hope Street Merchants Association.

Then, on April 13, city crews again delivered trees, but this time along North Main Street to a collection of about 20 neighborhood volunteers, including members of SNA, who dug the holes, planted the trees and spread the mulch. A total of 25 trees were put in, including some on streets intersecting North Main. When the planting was finished, Whole Foods Market provided goody bags for the workers.

The effort was supervised by City Forester Douglas Still and coordinated by George Harvey of Groundwork Providence. It was part of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP), a street-tree planting partnership of the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Street Tree Endowment, the city and its residents.

Since 1988, the endowment has matched Parks Department funds to provide trees, soil, sidewalk preparation and tree delivery at no cost to Providence residents who apply for and receive a Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Award.

The new trees might not look like much now, but are a legacy of beauty, shade and clean air to future generations.