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PART OF THE HEART SOUP SUNDAY
The Portsmouth, Rhode Island 375th Celebration Committee will hold a soup Sunday fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Barnabas’ Parish Hall, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. A variety of hot soups, salads and bread will be served to raise funds for future committee events and preservation of historic artifacts and documents at the Portsmouth Free Public Library. At 1:30 p.m., diners will gather in the parking lot to help form a human heart that will be photographed from above. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 children, free for those 2 and younger. Tickets will not be available and must be purchased by Friday, Feb. 15. All attendees will receive a free pass for skating at the Portsmouth Abbey Hockey Rink that will be valid from 2 to 4 p.m. through March 3. For more information, a list of businesses selling tickets, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.portsmouthri375.org or contact Bob Hamilton at (401) 842-8853.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Friends of Ballard Park is looking for volunteers to assist in the execution of its eighth annual Illuminated Garden event. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. from Thursday Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23 at Ballard Park, corner of Hazard and Wickham roads, Newport. Volunteers will needed to set up lights, light luminaries, greet event-goers, hand out programs and break down the event. For more information or to sign up, call (401) 619-3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A DIAMOND IN THE RUFF
The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island will celebrate its 75th anniversary from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at The Towers, 35 Ocean Road, Narragansett. During ARLSRI’s Diamond in the Ruff event, guests will enjoy food and beverage samples from local businesses, including Wild Wood Catering, Belmont Market, The Breachway Grill, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Sweet Cakes, Cool Beans Cafe, Phil’s, Crazy Burger and Sons Of Liberty Spirits Co. A raffle and silent auction will be held. Tickets: $30 individuals, $50 couples. Tickets can be purchased at the organization’s shelter, 506B Curtis Corner Road, South Kingstown; its business office, 213 Robinson St., South Kingstown, or by calling (401) 792-22333 or visiting www.arlsri.org.
The East Providence/Seekonk Rotary club will award four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from East Providence High School, East Providence Career & Technical Center, Saint Mary’s Bay View Academy and Seekonk High School. The funds will be presented to East Providence or Seekonk residents who best exemplify the criteria of service, leadership and academic achievement. Consideration will also be given to financial need. Interested students can obtain an application form from their guidance counselor and return it no later than Wednesday, March 13. For more information, contact Stephen J. Propatier, club service director at (508) 336-9007 or visit www.epseekonkrotary.org.
The Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful program is selling a canoe through an email-based auction. Those interested have until noon on March 22 to bid on the hand-painted canoe featured in the “Blackstone Canoe Trail” from the public arts project campaign of 2006. The Great Canadian Canoe is 15 feet and includes paddles and vests. Minimum bid is $600. The highest bidder will be awarded the canoe. Payment accepted will be by certified bank check only. Bids can be submitted to email@example.com. For more information, call (401) 724-2200 or visit www.keepblackstonevalleybeautiful.com.
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