Highlighted Happenings
Flying Shuttles Holiday Open House
Flying Shuttles Studio
250 Main St., 
Pawtucket, RI 
Thu. Dec. 8, 11AM-6PM

Flying Shuttles Studio invites the public to its Annual Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 8th, 11AM-6PM, featuring fine art & craft, sale items & specials, weaving demonstrations and the opportunity to meet the artists. 
Christmas at Chatty's Place
Great Holiday Traditions
Mixed Magic Theatre, 
560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI
Dec. 2-11
The Mixed Magic Theatre presents CHRISTMAS AT CHATTY'S PLACE
Great Holiday Traditions
Written & Directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Musical Director Kim Morrison Pitts-Wiley.

"A Joyful Celebration of Holiday and Traditional Favorites with a Special Tribute to the Women and Men in the Armed Services" December 2nd - 11th
FRI-SAT 7:30PM SUN 3:00 PM All Tickets $20.

In Ricardo Pitts-Wiley's holiday musical, Chatty's Place had been a legendary Rhode Island night club. It's founder, Chatty, who was from Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1933 had brought his childhood friend Bessie Smith to sing the Black community's blues away after the death of Sisseiretta Jones, better known as Black Patty.

It is now the present and the building that housed the night club is about to be torn down. Chatty's grandson CJ, who had grownup hearing about the famous Christmas parties at Chatty's Place, decides to hold one last gathering. He sends out a Facebook post, asking anyone who still remembered to come and celebrate with him. What follows is a night of jazz, blues and Christmas favorites and good times.

The cast features jazz/blues guitarist and singer Kim Trusty, pianist Christopher Hunter, bass player Steve Lewis and singers Danette Briggs, Jeannie Carson, Lawrence Nunes, Michelle DuPuis, Hannah Lum, Skylia Briggs, Natalie Hunter, & Jeremiah Andrade as Chatty's grandson.

Each show will also feature a special guest performer.

Foundry Artists Show
Pawtucket Armory
172 Exchange St., 
Pawtucket, RI
Dec. 9-11

The Foundry Show is a unique group of artists that self-produces an annual 7 day holiday sale that runs over the course of two weeks. To accomplish this, member/ artists participate in the creation and running of the show.

For thirty years, this popular New England holiday tradition has offered the opportunity to both view and purchase work by 60+ top regional artists. With a juried selection of artists, caliber of work is high. Categories of fine art and craft range from art glass to wood, and include painting, sculpture, metal, fiber, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, photography, millinery, artisan beauty products, handmade books, and furniture. 

Opening Reception:  Thursday, December 1st, 5-9pm

Show and Sale Dates: 
Friday, December 9th, 12-8pm
Saturday, December 10th, 10-6pm
Sunday, December 11th, 10-6pm

Mad Dog Holiday Sale
Mad Dog Artist Studios
Dec. 1-11, see times
6th Annual Holiday Sale 
at Samaritans of RI 
Forget Me Not Gallery
67 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI
Dec. 6-24

The Samaritans of Rhode Island Forget-Me-Not Gallery is now open daily for its 6th Annual Holiday Sale. 

Rhode Island featured items include Robert Fishman Pottery, Butterflies by Eric J. Auger, Bedrock Tree Farm candles and more. 
New to the Collection - Stonewall Kitchen products from Maine. 

Gallery/Gift Shop Hours: Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or daily by appointment) This is a small gallery/gift shop - sometimes they have to leave for quick errands - feel free to call to be sure someone is there - 401.721.5220.

Why does shopping with The Samaritans of RI Forget-Me-Know Gallery matter? Because your purchase benefits their Crisis Hotline/Listening Line, Safe Place Grief Support program, Youth and Teen Education, and Community Education programs.
Major credit cards and checks accepted. No cash.

Need different hours? To schedule an appointment, please contact our Business Line at (401) 721-5220. 
Please remember gallery hours are subject to change for inclement weather!
Fiber in the Present Tense
Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 
Dec. 7-Jan. 22

This stunning exhibition of textile art by the artist members
of the Surface Design Association MA-RI chapter.  

Gallery hours Wed. - Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. and by appointment
(Gallery is closed the week between Christmas and New Years Day.)
Bizarre Bazaar
24 Commerce St.,
Pawtucket, RI
Dec. 11, 10AM-4PM

Hot on the heels of the wildly successful Out There Art Fair, RHD-RI brings together again many of the featured artists and vendors from that event and presents its 2016 Annual Holiday Outsider Art Fair: the Bizarre Bazaar!
An impressive array of outsider art, crafts and one of a kind gifts created by artists with disabilities will be on sale; it will be one stop holiday shopping for a good cause! Proceeds of the art sales go directly to the participating artists with a percentage going to the programs that serve them.
This year's exhibit has been expanded to two days: Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10am-4pm and Sunday, Dec. 11th from noon to 4pm. RHD-RI is located at 24 Commerce Street, Pawtucket. For more information, visit or
Gamm's American Buffalo
Gamm Theatre
172 Exchange St.
Pawtucket, RI
Nov. 17-Dec. 18

by David Mamet, directed by Tyler Dobrowsky 
During one long day in a Chicago junk shop, three small-time, tough-talking crooks plot to rob a man of his valuable coin collection, including the rare Buffalo nickel. But when their con goes awry, it's every man for himself in a testosterone-fueled game of dead-end pipe dreams. By turns horrifying and hilarious, cynical and moving, American Buffalo is a small-scale tragedy packed with enough power to explode the American Dream. Hailed as a new American classic in 1977, Mamet's award-winning play is an engrossing experience whether you're seeing it for the first time or rediscovering this defining work.

Mysterious Spaces
Gallery 175
175 Main St., Pawtucket, RI
Oct. 30-Dec. 30
Bucket Brewery Movie Night
Bucket Brewery
100 Carver St.
Pawtucket, RI
Thursdays, 7PM
Wintertime Farmers Market
@Hope Artiste Village
999-1005 Main St., Pawtucket, RI
Nov. 5 - April 29
Get your fresh produce and locally created goods at the Wintertime Farmers Market. 
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Mad Dog Cafe Now Open 
Mad Dog is pleased to announce that opening just-in-time for the Holiday Sale will be Mad Dog Café on the first floor. Take a delicious break from your holiday shopping at our new café! Warm yourself by the fireplace while you enjoy our custom roasted coffee and bakery items in a warm and inviting atmosphere. This spring the café will expand with the addition of two outdoor decks for additional seating.

PeaceLove launches new website

PeaceLove Studios is thrilled to announce that its website got a complete re-design, making it easier than ever to learn about PeaceLove and help people create peace of mind. For the first time ever, supporters can donate online and help make a huge impact as 2017 draws near.

Take a look at the new site!

Arm Chair Travel
Leon Mathieu Senior Center
Fri. Dec. 9, 12:30PM

On  Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. , the Leon Mathieu Senior Center will hold a travel appreciation program. You are invited to join Melissa Murphy and Patricia Cooper, Travel Consultants with AAA, as they present the sites and sounds of their recent exciting travel experience to the Danube River.  Legendary capitals as Prague, Vienna and Budapestwill be explored as well as the rive tht has captivated writers, musicians and artists throughout the centuries.   Time for discussion and questions and answers will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will also be served.

     This program is free and open to people 55 and older.  For more information, please contact the Center at #728-7582.

Connecting We Share Hope 
With Pawtucket & Central Falls
this season

We Share Hope (WSH) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3, Rhode Island based food rescue organization made up of volunteers that donate their time, talent and resources to improve and empower the lives of others. We know we can't do it all alone, so we welcome the opportunity to partner with other community organizations in not only accomplishing our goals, but theirs as well.

WSH serves over 40 communities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Using volunteers through our grass roots connections, we provide tons of recycled food, personal hygiene and health care items for distribution through our mission programs:

Food Pantries * Mobile Loaves and Fish Trucks * Section 8 Housing * Homeless  Shelters * Churches * Low Income Neighborhoods * Assisted Living Facilities * Family Outreach Centers *  Military Housing * Children's Recreation Centers *  Soup Kitchens and directly to those in need

Over the past decade we have evolved a couple of business models that provide sustainable solutions and covers the costs of transporting the food and other items we collect. Currently, our most successful model is the WSH Strategic Partnership Program and this is how it works:
Example Riverside Congregational Church (RCC):

WSH provides on average 14 pallets of food and toiletries to RCC a week. Individuals who want to benefit from this program will be required to register at the site as a WSH client. Registration information will include client's name, age, mailing address, and household family size. All data collected is kept confidential and is used to assist WSH in their outreach efforts.

Once a WSH client is registered, they can receive food at $3 bag and toiletries for $5 bag. The site is open 5 days a week and they may return as often as needed

Each site is required to:
1.  Have a point person (site coordinator) who communicates directly with WSH. This person is in charge of coordinating their volunteers that unload the trucks, stock the shelves and help distribute food to the WSH clients.
2. Provide proper refridgeration for the perishable items.
3. Collect funds from the WSH clients and getting those funds to We Share Hope.

Earthly Lifestyles
Exhibit by Flying Shuttles 
Studio artists
Nov. 1-Jan. 30
Reception: Fri. Dec. 2, 2-4PM 

The exhibit features 14 works by Flying Shuttles Studio artists: Paul Almeida, Donna Sarazin, Robert Douglas, Alfred Smith, Jaclyn Parkos, Jennifer Buckley, Nicole Mardini, Nancy McParlin, Paulette Boucher, Madeline Mattos & Brenda Wilkinson
at Mayor Elorza's Community Gallery.
Community Gallery is a space within City Hall dedicated to Providence community groups and nonprofit organizations using arts and cultural programming as an expression of their core values.

Providence City Hall, Room 203
25 Dorrance St.
Pawtucket HAPPENINGS is a weekly email update distribution with interesting events & activities happening in the Cities of Pawtucket & Central Falls. The items listed in HAPPENINGS are not an exhaustive list of all interesting events & activities occurring in these vicinities, and is intended as a selection of highlights of things to do in and around Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island. Questions regarding individual events should be directed to the contact number or website listed as the host event. During summer 2015, Happenings will be a bi-weekly distribution. 

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