Explore inside a dozen Victorian houses in a neighborhood that became home to countless thousands of immigrants over the past two centuries. From one of Providence’s last remaining wooden schoolhouses, to awe-inspiring Broadway homes, this self-guided tour invites you into an eclectic and compelling array of sites nestled between Broadway and Westminster, from Bainbridge Avenue to Courtland Street.
Enjoy a special night out in one of Broadway’s exquisitely renovated grand homes, with a silent art auction, open bar, and the finest in local food, including oysters. Proceeds from this fundraiser support WBNA’s work throughout the year. Tickets to the Preview Party include free admission to Saturday's House Tour. Space limited.
WBNA’s Neighborhood Nights general meeting focuses on the city’s housing voucher program and what community members can do to increase affordable housing in the neighborhood, plus a presentation by Community MusicWorks on its initial design process for a proposed new headquarters building at 1326 Westminster Street. Free food, child care and translation. All are welcome!
Our September Neighborhood Nights general meeting focuses on green energy initiatives such as WBNA’s Go Solar PVD bulk purchase solar panel program, energy affordability programs, climate justice, and energy efficiency initiatives. Free food, child care and translation. All are welcome!
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 Troop, and more.
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 Troop, and more.
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.
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 during our first West Side Thursdays performance, AND learn Salsa dancing with free instruction from professional dancer & choreographer Mori Granot Sanchez. This fun-filled evening includes all the best offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors, a Beer Garden by Revival Brewing Co and Troop, and more.
Our June Neighborhood Nights general meeting focuses on neighborhood and city development projects, featuring a presentation by the city on its Great Streets Initiative, and a CDC Project Review of new construction at 1386 Westminster Street. Free food, child care and translation. All are welcome!
The Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale is a great adventure with over 60 yard sales, sidewalk sales, and open studios that will have you ambling through the Federal Hill and West End neighborhoods. Come out for one of our funnest events, and be sure to pick up a Yard Sale Map from WBNA so you can find all the day’s treasure!
Our May Neighborhood Nights general meeting focuses on RI’s mounting housing crisis, and features a community conversation with guests Dr. Eric Hirsch, Providence Senior Policy Advisor Aaron Regunberg, City Councilor Rachel Miller, Signs of Providence, Homes RI and Housing Network of RI. Learn more about these issues including legislation and strategies for confronting the housing crisis in our city and state. Free food, child care and translation. All are welcome!
Be part of our first Business After Hours at White Buffalo on Broadway! 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!
Time for spring cleaning across the neighborhood at WBNA's 36th Annual Spring Cleanup and GreenUp! Cleanup Day ends with our annual free cookout for all volunteers. Make a great and visible impact on the neighborhood while getting to know your neighbors.
Neighbors are urged to attend the State of Rhode Island’s community meeting and update on the Cranston Street Armory. This meeting, held at John Hope Settlement House, will feature a summary of responses to the State’s recent Request for Information process.
Detoured because of gas main work in our streets? Woken up to the sound of pile driving on Route 6/10? Wondering when those improvements at Dexter Training Ground are going to happen? INFRASTRUCTURE impacts our daily lives, and is the theme for our April Neighborhood Nights! Join the City’s Departments of Parks, Traffic Engineering, and Public Works as they give updates on planned work in the neighborhood during 2019, and hear from RIDOT with updates on the Route 6-10 Reconstruction Project. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Get to know your legislators and let them hear from you at WBNA’s annual Conversation With Our Elected Officials, a town hall style event taking place at Neighborhood Nights. Immediately following will be a presentation by Water Is Life RI, a citizen advocacy group that opposes the City’s initiative to lease Providence’s water supply to a private operator. WBNA’s monthly Neighborhood Nights events are open to everyone, with free food, childcare and Spanish interpretation.
Our Annual Meeting is part celebration, part inspiration, with lots of neighborly good feelings mixed in. Mingle with neighbors, elected officials, WBNA Award winners, and our new board members while enjoying a special program that highlights our accomplishments in 2018 while looking forward to the year ahead.
Learn about our neighborhood schools from those who know them best! At 6pm, meet principals and parents of Asa Messer Elementary, Carl Lauro and West Broadway Middle Schools, and take part in an active Q&A. At 7pm, join one of our committee meetings that include a presentation on the redevelopment of the former Parkview Nursing Home, updates on a new tot lot and volleyball court at Dexter Park, and brainstorming promotion of the state’s RFI for reuse of the Armory. Free food, child care and Spanish interpretation provided. ALL ARE WELCOME.
In the first hour of our November Neighborhood Nights general meeting, explore how being green can be a bigger part of our everyday lives with presentations from Urban Greens, Groundwork RI, RI Resource Recovery Corporation and more! In the second hour, a special presentation from RIDOT on the 6-10 Highway Connector Project plus all WBNA committee meetings. Free food, child care and translation. All are welcome!
As part of our Live Local, Give Local community giving campaign this holiday season, WBNA is collecting new and unwrapped toys for children ages 18 months to 13 years of age in support of West End Community Center's annual toy drive. Thank you for considering those in need in our community as you plan your holiday giving.
Bring your gently used or new coats, gloves, hats, and scarves to WBNA through November 20. Part of our annual Live Local, Give Local community giving campaign, all donations go to the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange, which has brought coats and warm things to children and families for 22 years.
Live local, give local! Join WBNA in supporting our 3rd annual community-led Thanksgiving food drive to help families at Asa Messer Elementary, Carl Lauro Elementary and West Broadway Middle Schools. Easy drop off at WBNA or purchase grocery gift cards here!
Decorate a spooktacular BOOth for Trick or Treaters, bring your costumed kiddos to enjoy activities and games, and help families in need by donating grocery gift cards or canned/boxed food items for our West Side Schools Food Drive.
WBNA is holding a special meeting for neighbors and our Community Development Committee to review development projects proposed for 110 Hudson Street and 473 Washington Streets. ALL ARE WELCOME.
Explore fantastic conversions of historic buildings, as well as private homes, artist studios and urban gardens creatively re-imagined on Providence’s West Side. The self-guided tour features locations nestled beside the Cranston Street Armory, between Hammond and Harrison streets.
Enjoy an evening in one of the Armory district’s exquisitely renovated grand homes, with a silent art auction, open bar, and the finest in local food, including oysters. Tickets to the Preview Party include free admission to Saturday's House Tour. Space limited.
Join consultants Utile Design and the State of Rhode Island as they present Utile’s findings from its year long re-use study, and update the public about exciting progress that is being made on this important neighborhood building. Free food, child care, and Spanish interpretation provided.
Behold the awesome sound of the 60+ piece The American Band at September's West Side Thursdays event, as well as kids' fun courtesy of Providence Children’s Museum and all the offerings of the Armory Farmers Market including food trucks/vendors and a Beer Garden from Troop and Revival Brewing Co.