Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 2010 NewsByte

In this issue

  • Celebrate Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Series
  • Community Block Party
  • CVS Playdates
  • Athenaeum Story Hours
  • Free Fitness & Yoga Classes
  • Bootcamp Workouts
  • Providence Cobras Track & Field

    Cool down with the sweet sounds of the Celebrate Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Series. Please join us Wednesdays in July from 5pm to 7pm for music in the park. On July 7 we have The Wippets, July 14 Superchief Trio, July 21 Sauce, and July 28 Infusion Experience. Visit our website (www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org) or contact David and Carolyn Beal (concerts@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org) for a full listing of all performers and vendors at the concerts. The "Celebrate Providence!" Neighborhood Performing Arts Series is presented and sponsored by the City of Providence, David N. Cicilline, Mayor, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Parks Department. These concerts are sponsored in part by FBSP, Whole Foods Market University Heights, Brown University, Logica and Graphic Innovations.

    On Thursday, July 1, Whole Foods Market University Heights is hosting a Community Block Party at their store from 4pm to 7pm with the Friends of Brown Street Park, College Hill Neighborhood Association, and Mt. Hope Learning Center. As a kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend, Whole Foods Market Team Members will be staffing a "Good Will from the Grill" station featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and more; all proceeds benefit Friends of Brown Street Park programming. The family-friendly event will include live music, face painting, games and more! For more details, visit the Whole Foods Market University Heights Facebook page.

    For the little ones there are CVS Playdates every Tuesday at 3:30pm (best for children 3 and up) and Athenaeum Story Hours every Wednesday at 3:30pm.

    Our fitness partner, the East Side/Mt Hope YMCA is offering 3 free fitness classes at park this summer. On the first day of summer, June 21st, the Y will begin providing free childcare for the children of parents participating in the hybrid fitness class on Mondays at 5:30PM. A second hybrid fitness class starts on Wednesday, June 23 at 9:15AM - free childcare will also be provided for this class. Please visit the FBSP website fitness page for childcare guidelines and to register your children in advance of class. We strongly encourage registering on-line for childcare so that the Y can organize age-appropriate activities for the kids. Also visit the FBSP website for information on a forthcoming Family Yoga class which the Y will be beginning in late June. Contact Kara at fitness@friendsofbrownstreetpark.org for more information.

    CrossFit Providence is holding bootcamp workouts on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 PM. The first class is free; subsequent classes are $8/each.www.crossfitprovidence.com.

    We are grateful to Beth Charlebois from the Parks Department, and Allison & Teague Spooner for the Ribbon Cutting ceremony in May to officially open the revitalized Adult/teen fitness area. CrossFit Providence led workouts using park equipment and the park's fitness partner, the East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, conducted 15 minute demos of outdoor aerobics, yoga, conditioning and hybrid training and hosted activities for kids. The highlight of the day was the new traveling rings -- Brown Street Park is one of only three cities in the country that has an installation of traveling rings! Collin, Augustine and 7 year old Joachim, traveling ring instructors and enthusiasts from NYC's Riverside Park , wowed the crowd with demonstrations and provided lessons on how to use this new equipment. Check out www.friendsofbrownstreetpark.org or www.swingaring.com to see more.

    Thanks to a recent major renovation effort by the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, the Brown Street Park adult/teen fitness area is complete...for now. Like all FBSP initiatives, the fitness area is the result of a combined effort of FBSP, the Department of Parks and Recreation, donations from community businesses and individuals, non-profit partnerships, in kind contributions, grants, and most importantly, community volunteers. We used old, repurposed and select new elements with a focus on sustainability.

    Thanks to the Lincoln School Team for the awesome cleanup effort at the park, and to The Wheeler Pre-K class for the fabulous plantings!

    The Community Garden is really growing.There will be a potluck dinner at the park for Community Gardeners on July 14th. More details will be forthcoming. Check out the awesome pictures and updates on the Community Garden section of the website.

    Brown Street Park sits next the Hope High School Athletic Complex. The track is home to the nationally recognized Providence Cobras Track & Field Club (current home to two of the fastest HS age runners in Rhode Island). Their youth program is open to those age 8 to 18. www.providencecobras.org.