Programs and Events
Purpose: To host programs and events that support and strengthen relationships between West Side neighbors.
Programs and Events Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm, during WBNA Neighborhood Night at West Broadway Middle School, 29 Bainbridge Avenue, Providence. No meetings in November or December.
Join us for our second Business After Hours, this month at Asthenis Pharmacy on Cranston Street! This free and informal event is being organized by small business owners west of downtown, and welcomes other local business owners to come together to meet, mingle, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Please invite and spread the word to your business neighbors!
Enjoy the energy-raising rhythms of Roberto Arias y su Alebreke, bringing salsa, bachata, cha cha and merengue to Dexter Park – and learn Salsa dancing from professional dancer Mori Granot Sanchez – during West Side Thursdays at 5:30pm. Following at 8pm is the Trinity Rep bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing / Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa’ Qué? This fun-filled evening includes all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks, Beer Garden, and more.
Performances are FREE and open to everyone.
Immerse yourself in the world music fusion of Sidy Maïga and Afrimanding, bringing West African drumming infused with hip-hop and the Caribbean to Dexter Park during our July 11 West Side Thursdays event. This fun-filled evening also welcomes the Providence Children's Museum with lots of kids’ fun, PLUS all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more.
Get your americana on with the disgruntled country-rock-punk sounds of The Horse-Eyed Men during our August West Side Thursdays performance at Dexter Park. This fun-filled evening also welcomes the Providence Children's Museum with lots of kids’ fun, PLUS all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more.
WBNA's summer performance series features family-friendly fun with salsa and bachata sensation Roberto Arias y su Alebreke (+ free salsa instruction); Trinity Rep's bilingual adaptation of Tanta Bulla… ¿Y Pa’ Qué? / Much Ado About Nothing; award winning West African drummer Sidy Maïga and Afrimanding; and the two-man americana band The Horse-Eyed Men, plus lots of kids activities, Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more! 2019 performance dates are June 20 & 27, July 11, and Aug 1.
The 2019 Annual Meeting celebrated WBNA’s people-powered achievements of 2018 and this year’s Award Winners that include Wiggin Village, Urban Greens, Jackie Poulios of Zuccolo, and more. We also met our 2019 Board of Directors, and got a look at what's to come in 2019.
Neighborhood Nights is back, WBNA’s all-in-one community meeting where neighbors come together to explore a planned topic or issue, check out WBNA initiatives, and/or play basketball at open gym! This monthly gathering is an easy way to get to know WBNA and your neighbors with free food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation.
Review of a fantastic House Tour weekend and celebration that includes photos by Barbra Revill, Clark Schoettle, @jwesselphotography, and more. Special thanks to all who made it possible and a huge success, including our presenting partner Providence Preservation Society.
To plan high quality events that build the West Side’s sense of community and to raise funds to support the work of the WBNA
To coordinate resources (sponsorships, in-kind contributions, volunteers, etc.) that can be shared across functions throughout the year
2018 Programs & Events
WBNA Annual Meeting ~ Tues, January 23
Neighborhood Nights: WBNA General Meeting & All Committee Meetings ~ Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, Sept 11, Oct 2, Nov 13 & Dec 4
Annual Conversation Series (at Neighborhood Nights):
- Town Hall with Elected Officials (Mon, Mar 5)
- About our Parks and Public Infrastructure (Tues, Apr 3)
- Candidates Night (Tues, Sept 11 & Tues, Oct 2)
- About West Side Public Schools (Tues, Dec 4)
Spring Clean-Up & BBQ ~ Sat, April 21
Neighborhood Wide Yard Sale ~ Sat, May 19
West Side Thursday Concerts ~ July 12, 19 & 26
House Tour Preview Party ~ Fri, October 5
House Tour ~ Sat, October 6
Trick or Treat on Dexter Street ~ Sat, October 27
West Side Caroling ~ Sun, December 23
- Engage new members of the neighborhood and expand relationships with current neighbors
- Enthuse and inspire neighbors with programs and events like the West Side Yard Sale, Summer Concert and Neighbor Day
- Develop a new event that further supports the West Side as a great place to live
- Encourage leadership within the committee
- Continue to cultivate relationships with neighborhood sponsors to support programs and events for the year
Nathaniel Gill and Melissa Riley