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Events: April 2012

Eating with the Ecosystem 2: Gulf of Maine at Julian's

Monday, April 2 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

A culinary tour of the deep, cold-water ecosystem to our north

Best known for the lobsters that flourish in the rocky crevices, the Gulf of Maine produces an astounding array of edible fish, shellfish and seaweeds.Menu selections will feature a wide array of inshore and offshore species, and will span the length of the food chain, putting each dish in ecological context. At this dinner, Chef Mike will work his wonders with a sampling of species landed in the ports of Gloucester, MA, Searook, NH, and Port Clyde, ME. Narration of the dinner will be provided by a guest scientist and a guest fisherman.

Menu: Posted soon.

Time: 6:30 PM

Address: 318 Broadway, Providence RI 02909

Tickets: $55

How to order: Go to our website to order online, or call the restaurant at (401)861-1770

For more information, write to sarah@eatingwiththeecosystem.org

Hosted by Eating with the Ecosystem and Julian's at the Julian's: 318 Broadway, Providence, RI.

Contact Sarah Schumann at (401) 297-6273 for more information.

URI Spring Career and Job Fair

Wednesday, April 4 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Kingston, RI | directions | website

Call for more information

Hosted by URI at the Ryan Center: 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI.

Contact Walter Marshall at (401) 822-8816 or by e-mail for more information.

Sustainable Cities

Thursday, April 5 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Lecture series free and open to the public.

Speaker: Joan Fitzgerald, Director of the Law and Public Policy Program, Northeastern University

Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Dante Del Giudice at (401) 456-8428 or by e-mail for more information.

Springtime Family Fun at Confreda Greenhouses and Farms

Saturday, April 7 | 12:00PM - 12:30PM | Western Cranston (Hope), RI | directions | website

WESTERN CRANSTON (HOPE), Rhode Island – Confreda Greenhouses and Farm invites everybody to come celebrate the 90th anniversary of our family farm! We have put a lot of thought into planning for this season, and we can’t wait to share it with local families, friends, and longtime customers. Our garden center will be opening on Friday, March 30th ,2012, just in time for you to get plants for Palm Sunday and Easter. Kids can also enjoy our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7th (see details below).

March 30th: 90th Anniversary Garden Center Opening! The Garden Center will be opening for the 2012 season on Friday, March 30th. Springtime hours will be 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, 7 days a week. Vinny Bucks are back by popular demand, and customers can begin earning the day we open. Customers earn 1 Vinny Buck for every $10 they spend at the Garden Center, redeemable for up to 50% of purchase during Vinny Bucks Week in July (July 13-22).

April 7th: Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm, 12:00pm. Confreda Greenhouses & Farm will be visited by the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7th, so bring your kids and cameras to join him on a traditional Easter egg hunt starting promptly at 12:00! We invite kids up to ten years old to participate in this event! Bring your own basket to get as many eggs as you can, then find the colored eggs in our hunting area, and enjoy some yummy treats as your prize when you trade in your eggs! This event will occur RAIN OR SHINE; we will have indoor facilities set up for the hunt in case of inclement weather.

Easter is Blossoming at Confreda Throughout April: Don’t forget, spring flowers and plants are blooming at Confreda! Even if you’re not attending the egg hunt, stop by our Garden Center for beautiful Easter lilies, hyacinths, tulips, and other spring flowers to celebrate the spring. We will be open on Easter Sunday from 9am-1pm, so you can stop by anytime to pick up some lovely flowers for your celebration!

Upcoming events at Confreda:
March 30th: Garden Center Opens for the Season, 9:00am
April 7th: Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm, 12pm sharp
April 22nd: Earth Day Celebration : Kids Take Home a Plant Day!
May 4th : Grand Re-Opening of Our Farmer’s Market, Bakery and Ice Cream Shop!

Confreda Greenhouses and Farm is located at 2150 Scituate Avenue, Hope (Western Cranston), RI 02831. Check out our website, www.confredas.com, for more information.

Hosted by Confreda Greenhouses and Farms at the Confreda Greenhouses and Farms: 2150 Scituate Avenue, Western Cranston (Hope), RI.

Contact Confreda Greenhouses and Farms at (401) 827-5000 or by e-mail for more information.

Climate Change Lecture

Thursday, April 12 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Lecture series free and open to the public.

Speakers: Jennie Stephens, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University; Timmons Roberts (tentative), Director of the Brown University Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies; Pamela Rubinoff, Coastal Management Extension Specialist, Rhode Island Sea Grant

Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Dante Del Giudice at (401) 456-8428 or by e-mail for more information.

DIY Kids- Potato Stamp Reusable Napkin

Friday, April 13 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

In this workshop we will be using old fabric to make our own reusable napkins. Bring it to school. Keep it in your bag instead of paper napkins. We will be making our own potato stamps to decorate the napkins. Young Children will need to be supervised by a parent. Please come dressed in “project friendly” clothes. We will provide aprons for the children to wear. Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up.

Hosted by Berkshire Co-op Market at the Berkshire Co-op Market: 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

DIY Kids- Potato Stamp Reusable Napkin

Friday, April 13 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

In this workshop we will be using old fabric to make our own reuseable napkins. Bring it to school. Keep it in your bag instead of paper napkins. We will be making our own potato stamps to decorate the napkins. Young children will need to be supervised by a parent. Please some dressed in “project" attire. Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Westerly Springs Green

Saturday, April 14 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM | Westerly, RI | directions | website

WESTERLY SPRINGS GREEN
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH 10AM-2PM

A day focused on local agriculture, sustainable living and fun family activities!
Local experts will provide info on composting, rain gathering, organic gardening, beekeeping, organic pest maintenance, and more. Browse our Farmers Market, enter our raffle, bid on items in our silent auction, or stop in for one of our workshops.

Exhibitors include: BioTech Pest Controls,Broadview Garden Center,Ever Breeze Farm, EZ Waste Systems, Inc, Hen of the Woods Homestead, Hillandale Farms, Paul-N-Dina Garden Delights, Pelloni Farms, RI Water Lady,
Vesta Bakery, URI Master Gardeners, Watch Hill Farms,
Wilcox Park Association ,The Worm Ladies of Charlestown

Hosted by The Westerly Land Trust at the The United Theater: 5 Canal Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Jennifer Fusco at (401) 374-4348 or by e-mail for more information.

Westerly Springs Green

Saturday, April 14 | 10:00AM - 2:00PM | Westerly, RI | directions

The Westerly Land Trust presents the 2nd annual Westerly Springs Green event, featuring local agriculture and natural products. The day will include exhibitors and workshops on topics including composting, organic gardening, beekeeping, and organic pest maintenance. Attendees can enter our raffle for a chance to win great prizes, as well as browse our farmer’s market for the first of spring’s fresh produce. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hosted by THE WESTERLY LAND TRUST at the United Theater: 5 Canal Street, Westerly, RI.

Contact Kelly Presley at (401) 315-2610 for more information.

Farm Camp April Vacation

Monday, April 16 9:00AM - Friday, April 20 3:00PM | Sunderland, MA | directions

FARM CAMP Little Brook Farm will again offer a camp during April school vacation week. This is a very special camp week with lots of new babies. We give first preference to campers ages 8 to 13, but will consider campers as young as 6. Camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM daily. Campers will learn first hand about the care of newborn lambs. They will also learn about the care and handling of goats, cows, horses, llamas, ducks, chickens and mother goose. Space is very limited this week, so sign up early. You can call or email Kristen to reserve a spot, and go online to www.littlebrookfarm.com to download a registration form.

Hosted by Little Brook Farm at the Little Brook Farm: 334 Russell st, Sunderland, MA.

Contact Kristen Whittle at (413) 665-3802 or by e-mail for more information.

Get Unplugged!

Monday, April 16 9:00AM - Friday, April 20 5:00PM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Get Unplugged is a collaborative event created by the Berkshire Co-op Market and Berkshire South Regional Community Center offering a series of fun, educational and free programs to South County Children during their April Vacation. April vacation falls on a week dedicated to "National Turn Your T.V. Off Week" in addition to Earth Day. This year's TV free activities will include: Hand arts and crafts, Sports and Fitness classes and workshops including healthy cooking, and environmental and ecological awareness. Please call 413 528 2810 ext 34 or e-mail getunplugged@berkshiresouth.org. http://www.berkshiresouth.org/community.html

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Children's April Vacation Week at Soule Homestead

Monday, April 16 9:30AM - Friday, April 20 12:00PM | Middleboro, MA | directions

The Soule Homestead Education Center will have an April Vacation week program for children ages 5 – 10. The ‘down on the farm’ program features outside fun in a natural environment. To better serve children and parents, the program days have been extended to run Monday thru Friday 9:30 am – 12 noon. Children enrolled in the vacation program will explore the 120-acre working organic farm. We will hike, try our hand at organic farming, create nature-inspired arts and crafts, and exercise mind and body with interactive games. Each day offers a different adventure as animals and birds arrive at the farm to build their new homes and plants ‘spring’ alive with the longer days and warmer temperatures. Guided by a professional staff, the hands-on interactive environmental program is designed to spark a child’s interest, build self-confidence and develop social skills. Each day ‘down on the farm’ has a specific theme with related activities. Monday, April 16th, Sheep to Sweater, Tuesday April 17th, Spring Peepers, Wednesday April 18th, Mysterious Fossils, Thursday April 19th, Our Night Animals, Friday April 20th, Rockin’ Geologist. Sign your child up for a day or multiple days. You do not have to be a member to participate. Per day price: $13 member, $15 non-member. 5-day week price: $65 member, $75 non-member. Pre-registration is highly recommended by calling the Children’s Educator, Laurie Amberman at 508-947-6744. Soule Homestead is an educational non-profit specializing in farm-based education

Hosted by Golden Rule Farm at the Soule Homestead Education Center: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA.

Contact Frank Albani at (508) 947-6744 or by e-mail for more information.

Earth Day and US Environmental History

Thursday, April 19 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Lecture series free and open to the public.

Speaker: Tom Jundt, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, Brown University

Hosted by Sustainable Communities Initiative at the Clarke Science Building, Room 128, Rhode Island College: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI.

Contact Dante Del Giudice at (401) 456-8428 or by e-mail for more information.

5th Annual RI Coverts Cooperator Class

Friday, April 20 7:00AM - Sunday, April 22 9:00AM | West Greenwich, RI | directions | website

RI RC&D, working with numerous partners, has developed the Rhode Island Coverts Program to help Rhode Island landowners conserve their land and protect wildlife habitats in an effort to sustain forests and prevent further fragmentation.

The Rhode Island Coverts Project is the latest program to help landowners. The Coverts Project is a special educational program
developed jointly by Cooperative Extension Systems in Connecticut and Vermont and the Ruffed Grouse Society in 1983. Since then it has expanded to eleven other states across the northeastern U.S. with the exception of the state of Rhode Island.

Each year the Rhode Island Coverts Project looks for woodland owners and other interested individuals who want to learn more about their forests and the wildlife that live in them in exchange for a commitment to share that knowledge with others in their community. Up to twenty-five (25) woodland owners are chosen annually to participate in the two and one-half day workshop that focuses on forest ecology and stewardship, wildlife management and land conservation.

Hosted by RI Resource Conservation & Development Area Council at the Alton Jones Whispering Pine Conference Center: 401 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI.

Contact Chris Modisette at (401) 822-8877 or by e-mail for more information.

Earth Day - Roger Williams Zoo Party for the Planet

Friday, April 20 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Party for the Planet is a weeklong green extravaganza featuring art made from recycled products or inspired by nature, interactive demos that will teach you all the fun you can have outdoors and green organizations from throughout RI sharing tips on how to live green in your community and home. This April vacation, don’t miss out on a party as big and green as the Earth itself!

All daily activites run from 11am-3pm unless otherwise listed. Activity locations will be listed on daily event schedules available at the Zoo.

Hosted by Roger Williams Park Zoo at the Roger Williams Park Zoo: 1000, Providence, RI.

Contact J Austin at (401) 785-3510 or by e-mail for more information.

Ag Day at the Rhode Island State House

Thursday, April 26 | 8:00AM - 4:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Additional information will be forthcoming.

Hosted by TBD at the RI State House: 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI.

Contact TBD for more information.

Kids Can Cook!- Deviled Eggs

Saturday, April 28 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Celebrate SPRING by learning how to hard boil eggs and make a tasty filling to go inside. A healthy snack packed with protein that kids enjoy! Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up.

Hosted by Berkshire Co-op Market at the Berkshire Co-op Market: 42 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Kids Can Cook! Deviled Eggs

Saturday, April 28 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Great Barrington, MA | directions

Celebrate SPRING by learning how to hard boil eggs and make a tasty filling to go inside. A healthy snack packed with protein that kids enjoy! Stop by the Front Desk or call 413.528.9697 to sign up

Hosted by Berkshire Coop Market at the Berkshire Coop Market: 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington, MA.

Contact Front Desk at (413) 528-9697 for more information.

Eating with the Ecosystem 3: Georges Bank

Monday, April 30 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM | Providence, RI | directions | website

Legendary offshore bounty brought to life in historic setting

Georges Bank is the shallow offshore plateau that lured Europeans to America with its wealth of cod and other bottom fish. Today's fishing boats have come a long way from those of yesteryear, but Georges Bank still fills their holds with groundfish and scallops.

Chef Ben Sukle will take diners as close as they can get to this magnificent marine ecosystem without actually donning oilers and heading out to set the nets themselves. Featuring fish and shellfish caught by local fishermen and landed in New Bedford, MA and Point Judith, RI, the dinner will be narrated by a guest scientist and a guest fisherman intimately acquainted with this rich yet changing ecosystem.

Speakers: TBD

Sourcing: Coming soon
Menu: Posted soon

Event Details
Time: 6PM
Address: 60 Dorrance St, Providence
Tickets: $60
How to order: Go to our www.eatingwiththeecosysem.org to order online ,or call restaurant at (401)521-6000.

For more information on Eating with the Ecosystem, write to sarah@eatingwiththeecosystem.org

Hosted by Eating with the Ecosystem and The Dorrance at the The Dorrance: 60 Dorrance St., Providence, RI.

Contact Sarah Schumann at (401) 297-6273 for more information.