The Providence Children’s Initiative, a program of non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island, is holding a neighborhood block party Wednesday, July 27, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Harriet & Sayles Park, 375 Sayles Street, Providence, 02905. (Directions here).
The event’s goal is to promote community connections among residents, provide a venue for local performers, connect families with resources, and conduct outreach for the Providence Children’s Initiative to increase community involvement with school and neighborhood transformation efforts.
The Providence Children’s Initiative, created by Family Service of Rhode Island in 2010, seeks to revitalize Lower South Providence by partnering with residents, schools, community organizations, the faith community, and businesses to develop and connect people with opportunities and resources that will help them overcome poverty and support their children’s education and well-being. The primary focus is on students and families connected with Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School and the surrounding community.
Tentative timeline for  selected activities at the party:
5:15 p.m. Mr. Deep Positivity (positive rap)
5:35 Zumba demonstration class
5:55 Iglesia de la Comunidad Music School performance
6:15 p.m. Traditional Dominican Dance by Hispanic United Development Organization
6:30 p.m. Rhode Island Black Storytellers
Other activities include:
–Midnight Basketball League doing on-court basketball drills and competitions for kids.
–The Providence Children’s Museum, Greater Providence YMCA/Y on the Move, and Providence Playcorps will be on hand with games and activities for kids.
–The Providence Canteen will be cooking.
–United Way 211 and more than a dozen community partners serving South Providence will be on hand with resources and information.
Funding for the event is provided by the Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Family Service of Rhode Island.
More information about Family Service of Rhode Island is available at www.familyserviceri.org.