March is Youth Art Month and in celebration, The Wickford Art Association (WAA) will present its annual Scholarship Fund awards to three Rhode Island public high school senior art students with a fourth award presented by the Rhode Island Art Educators Association in March.
Each Rhode Island public high school chooses one college-bound senior art student for consideration. The competition uses National Scholastic Standards overseen by the Rhode Island Art Educators Association. The four winning students will receive cash scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000, $500 and with a fourth award from Rhode Island Art Education Association of $500 to use towards college. Winners also receive a one-year membership to WAA, a fine art exhibit in our gallery and exhibit space at the 57th Wickford Art Festival, ranked the #7 fine art festival in the country. This is an excellent, resume-building opportunity for college bound students. Interested students should speak with their art teachers about submitting their portfolio for consideration.
The 2019 WAA Scholarship Program application may be downloaded at http://wickfordart.org/scholarship-program-exhibit-and-awards-ceremony/
Application submission period ends February 21, 2019.
The Scholarship Program Exhibit is February 22 to March 1, 2019, free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.
The Scholarship Program Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Wickford Art Association, 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI. It is free and open to the public.
The 57th Wickford Art Festival is July 13 and 14, 2019. The festival experience will help build the winners’ resume and teach them the business side of art, including preparing, exhibiting and selling their artwork to approximately 60,000 festival attendees and providing the opportunity to meet other professional artists and art collectors.
The Wickford Art Association is a non-profit organization with 450 members from Rhode Island and New England. The association hosts art shows and classes in its gallery at 36 Beach Street in North Kingstown, and has produced the Wickford Art Festival every July since 1962. Wickford Art Association is dedicated to educating, encouraging and inspiring artists and art lovers of all ages throughout the community.
Wickford Art Association hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday noon to 3:00 PM. For more information, call (401) 294-6840 or visit www.wickfordart.org/ Admission to the WAA gallery and Wickford Art Festival is free and open to the public.
Forgetting their headphones at home or learning that their battery is about to go out sounds like a nightmare for most people that are used to working out in a gym with an amazing playlist to keep them company. Even though music helps you avoid any small talk with chatty strangers on the treadmill next to you, there is actual proof of how music affects exercise motivation.
Why listening to music while exercising is good for you:
Scientists have proven many times that music has beneficial and therapeutic effects on our health. Besides giving you a pace or a beat to follow while running or lifting weights, music can influence your workouts in many other ways.
Let's take a look at the most important reasons why we recommend you listen to music every time you work out. We can thank music for:
Relieve pain by listening to music:
When listening to the music you like, your brain produces the hormones that are in charge of making you feel good and happy. Pleasant emotions help you relieve pain and relax. Therefore, it is not only that music will distract you from feeling the pain, but it will also help you reduce it.
You will be able to work out longer with the right playlist:
A person's endurance level depends on many factors. Capability, pain threshold and motivation are just some of them. This is where music comes to the rescue. When listening to music while working out people usually end up running faster or longer without even noticing.
However, keep in mind that increasing your endurance doesn't mean that you should push through just any pain. In order to stay safe, it is extremely important to be careful and not push past the limit. It is all right if music gets you motivated and helps you push through a little pain, but you need to learn how to notice when music is distracting you too much. The best way to avoid injuries and still get to enjoy music while working out is to find a personal trainer that can provide you with important guidelines on how to stay motivated and safe. For example, if you enjoy working out to upbeat music, find a zumba instructor that schedules sessions in your area. This way, you will be able to exercise with the guidance of a trained professional while listening to music.
Music makes us happy:
Listening to a song you enjoy and associate nice memories with can instantly boost your mood. If you don't feel like working out today but still want to follow your training routine, an upbeat song that you like can get you out of the door and into your workout. Not only can music motivate you, but it can also help you relax and unwind. Listening to a radio station that plays good music can help you relax and reduce stress. Improving your mood is probably one of the most important ways music affects exercise motivation.
Distraction is one of the ways music affects exercise motivation:
Not only will listening to music help you exercise longer and increase your endurance, but it can also distract you from everyday stress and problems and help you focus only on the workout. Music can help you keep your mind off any troubles and, by improving your training routine, you will ultimately improve your health and overall fitness.
Music helps us improve our health:
Music can reduce our blood pressure, increase our heart rate and improve our metabolism. The important thing to keep in mind is that it is very important to pay attention to what kind of music you listen to during your workouts. Faster music can help you improve your pace while soothing music can help you recover after a workout.
Improve your coordination:
One of the ways music affects exercise motivation is by giving you tempo and speed, all of which motivates you to finish your workouts and improve your training routine. Moving to the beat of the music is something that comes naturally to most people while dancing. However, moving to the music you listen to while you exercise improves your motor coordination.
Music can improve our self-confidence:
Besides helping us produce dopamine and feel happier, music can boost our self-confidence in many different ways. Being relaxed during an intense workout and moving to the beat of music can improve our self-esteem greatly. All of which creates a positive association to exercise and motivates us to grow and improve our exercise routine.
Therefore, with a proper playlist and a professional trainer, you can improve your overall health and boost your self-confidence. The best way to do so is to hire an experienced and licensed professional to help you reach your goals. Wherever you might live, you can always go online and use reliable websites like Dubai Personal Trainers to find the right coach for you. With a personalized training plan and a great playlist, you can improve your health and everyday lifestyle.
Don't let music distract you too much:
Even though we have listed more than a few ways music affects exercise motivation, you need to make sure you stay safe and don't let music have any negative impacts on your exercises. Pay close attention to the signs your body is sending you. Turn down the volume when you have to do complicated workouts. Make sure your heart rate is ok. Even though music can help you push past your limits, make sure you are not pushing over your capabilities. Create a playlist you enjoy and take your workouts one step at a time. And, most importantly, don't forget the victory dance after a successful training session!
NARRAGANSETT– Rhode Island Sea Grant is now accepting pre-proposal submissions for research projects to help improve understanding and management of Rhode Island’s coastal and marine ecosystems. Projects will be funded from February 1, 2020 to January 1, 2022.
Over $2 million will be allocated towards research projects focused on the effects of ecosystem change: from ocean acidification and harmful algal blooms to the impacts of rising water temperatures and microplastics on shellfish and changes to the seafloor ecosystem in Narragansett Bay.
Proposals receive extensive peer review to ensure funded projects are of high scientific caliber and are relevant to stakeholders.
Applicants are encouraged to use the mesocosm facilities at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography for experimentation. Although their use is not required, mesocosms have been shown to be useful in mimicking the ecology of Narragansett Bay and its responses to various changes.
Pre-proposal submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, 2019.
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Chuckles the Klown, George Goner, and Chuck DeClown Join Tony Jones LIVE at the RI Free Radio studio to countdown the final hours from 2018 to 2019.
The Tony Jones Show #204 with music from: Mark Cutler, Johnny & The Bootlegs, Senior Discount, Glenn Robinson, Gutter Demons, Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight, Steve Volkmann, Umbrella Co, Midnight Creeps, Ravi Shavi, Time Out Timmy, The Sheila Divine, Susan Said, The Bitchin' Aardvarks, The Copacetics, Tex Railer's Doomtown, Only on Weekends, and Neutral Nation
Music and emotions are closely tied. The testament to this are the various love songs created over the years. For some people, music is a way to release their pent-up feelings and give them voice, while for others, it’s a way to awaken their emotions. There is also a lot of evidence which suggests that the music we listen to can affect our happiness. Namely, if the music you listen to everyday suits you, you’ll be a generally happier person.
So, what does it mean to listen to music that suits you? Should it be connected to the way you live and dress? Does it have to come from the same place as you do? You might not believe this, but the answer to all of these questions is NO. In most cases, even the music you always listen to won’t make you much happier than you already are. It all has to do with how you experience the music you listen to every day. For example, listening to party music in order to reach that euphoric state we usually are in while at parties will not make you happier - it will make you feel excited which can cause your regular day to feel a bit underwhelming.
For your music to make you happy, you need to really enjoy it. Not because it gets you pumped up for a workout or ready to party all night. Music will make you happy if you like what you’re listening to. In addition to this, it’s the music you listen to alone that will have the greatest long-term effect on your emotional state. If you’re not sure what you should listen to, here are some of the bands we think you should know about. They helped us through some tough times, so we hope they’ll awaken the same happiness in you when you listen to them.
Why does music make us happy?Music is the universal language and it can reach to anyone. There are numerous experiments which show this. Music makes the plants grow faster and lusher, calms down babies and animals and studies show that listening to music during your study breaks improves your thinking process. So, it’s pretty easy to understand that listening to tunes can affect how you feel. Thus, since music and happiness are connected, you might want to make a selection of what you’ll listen to.
As we’ve mentioned before, the music we listen to can seriously affect how we feel. From the general state we’re in, to the types of moods we experience. So, when you get emotional when listening to music, don’t be afraid to ride that wave. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve cried to a sad song. Learn about other ways in which music affects our mood.
Music can affect our memories in a lot of ways. Firstly, we can remember things more easily if there was music when they happened. Next, our brain ties memories to what we hear and smell much more than to what we see. This is why you’ll feel super happy when you hear that song you listened to on your vacation. It will remind you of the amazing/relaxing time you’ve had.
Finally, music and dancing are mostly inseparable. If you’re looking for a connection between music and happiness, you don’t have to look further than dancing. This art is the physical manifestation of music and a person’s feelings. Even if you’ve got two left feet and couldn’t dance to save your life, it’s still good to move to the music you like. Even if you just sway a bit or jump a few times, connecting what you feel when you’re listening to music with the movements of your body will definitely make you feel better. Unless you’re listening to RI free radio when driving. In this case, we implore you not to dance but to focus on the road. There’ll be plenty of time to be happy once you’ve safely arrived to your destination.
Another clear connection between music and happiness can be found in creation. If you play any instruments, giving them voice with music can help you express your feelings - for example, get something off your chest. Think of it as a creative outlet which is always there for you. By releasing your pent-up emotions through something as magnificent as music you’ll have an easier time dealing with everyday issues, which will in turn make you a generally happier person.
Just make sure you protect your musical instruments if you’re fond of them. Get good safety fuses, good electric isolation for your electronic instruments. As for the acoustic instruments, make sure you don’t keep them in damp rooms and regularly tune and clean them. This will help your instrument last longer and you’ll be able to play it more. Of course, you might want to consider getting some additional protection, such as insurance. No matter what kind of precautions you take, some things depend on chance. For example, a lightning strike can be damaging, but you can still recover your equipment if you’ve used the right insurance or if you have good protective equipment.
Unfortunately, there’s no proof that this is the case. Oh, you’ll generally feel excitement and satisfaction when you’re listening to the concert of your favorite band, but this doesn’t mean you’ll be any happier in general. In addition to this, even though listening to your music makes you happy when you’re alone, this isn’t always the case when you’re sharing your music with a lot of people.
Marijuana Policy Project: Regulated Adult Marijuana Sales Expected to Begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday; Advocates Hopeful It Will Inspire Similar Policy Reforms in Rhode Island
* Statements below from the Marijuana Policy Project, a member of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition *
Legal adult marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts Tuesday, with retailers in Northampton and Leicester reportedly set to be the first to open. The state is the seventh in the nation to establish a regulated marijuana market for adults.
Marijuana policy reform advocates say they are hopeful it will set an example for Rhode Island and other New England states, where lawmakers are expected to consider similar legislation next year.
“New England’s first regulated marijuana market for adults is now up and running in Massachusetts,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a member of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition. “It’s only a matter of time before more states in the region follow its lead. Rhode Islanders are ready to move forward with a similar system, and it’s time for Rhode Island's legislative leaders to allow a vote on the issue. If lawmakers continue to delay, the state will essentially forfeit significant economic opportunities to neighboring states like Massachusetts, including substantial tax revenue and good jobs."
An October poll commissioned by WPRI and Roger Williams Law School found likely Rhode Island voters in support of marijuana legalization by a 19-point margin, with 56 percent of respondents in favor and only 37 percent opposed.
In Massachusetts, adults 21 and older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from licensed marijuana retail stores, of which no more than five grams can be in concentrate form. It will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public. Marijuana products sold for adult use will be subject to a 6.25 percent state sales tax and a 10.75 percent state excise tax, and municipal officials have the option of levying additional local taxes of up to 3 percent. A study released in June by the state Department of Public Health estimated adult marijuana sales would generate more than $200 million for the state and up to $3 million for local governments in the first two years alone.
“Marijuana prohibition is officially coming to an end in the Bay State, and it will not be missed,” said Schweich, who oversaw the successful Question 4 campaign in 2016. “Voters in Massachusetts wanted a more sensible policy, new tax revenue, and safer communities, and that is what they are going to get.
“Finally, adults will be able to purchase marijuana safely and legally in regulated, taxpaying businesses instead of resorting to the underground market,” Schweich said. “Adults will simply stop at a licensed store, show their ID, pay, and be on their way. It won’t be long before the novelty wears off and it feels just like buying alcohol from a liquor store.”
Marijuana possession has been legal for adults 21 and older in Massachusetts since Question 4 took effect on December 15, 2016. The initiative was approved by 53.7 percent of voters on November 8, 2016, and legislation to implement the initiative was signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on July 28, 2017.
Voters in nine states, including Massachusetts, have enacted laws to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use, and similar legislation was approved by lawmakers in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands and signed into law in September. Lawmakers in Vermont and voters in D.C. have adopted laws making marijuana possession and cultivation legal for adults, but not regulating commercial production or sales.
Legal adult marijuana sales began in Colorado in January 2014; Washington in July 2014; Oregon in October 2015; Alaska in October 2016; Nevada in July 2017; and California in January 2018. In Maine, they are expected to begin in fall 2019. In Michigan, where the law was just adopted during the midterm election earlier this month, adult sales are expected to begin in 2020.
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. It has been a leading advocate for federal marijuana policy reform since its founding in 1995, and it has played a leading role in most major state-level reforms that have occurred over the past two decades. For more information, visit https://www.MPP.org.
In December of 2017, a big blown was dealt to rock fans everywhere with the passing of Smithereens founder and lead singer Pat DiNizio. While Smithereens fans were, and are, deeply saddened by Pat's passing they also overwhelmingly wanted the band to continue. Fast-forward to today, with the remaining original members of The Smithereens: Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken, and Mike Mesaros currently out on tour with singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, who is sitting in as the band’s guest vocalist.
I caught up with the singer prior to the band's stop in Rhode Island
Tony Jones: What can folks who attend the upcoming gig expect, as far as material, is it strictly Smithereens tunes?
Marshall Crenshaw: Yes, Smithereens Only. I do my stuff at my shows; this is their show. It’s fun for me to play in their band..
Tony Jones: Your association with The Smithereens goes way back, tell us about that?
Marshall Crenshaw: I have known the guys since forever, played a little bit on their first album. At Pat’s memorial back in January it felt like a giant family-reunion. I sat in with the band for 3 songs that night; a little while after that they reached out to me about doing what we’re doing now.
Tony Jones: Are there any plans for you to record new music with The Smithereens?
Marshall Crenshaw: Not that I know of.
Tony Jones: What keeps bringing you back to touring?
Marshall Crenshaw: Playing music keeps my spirit intact. God knows what I would turn into if I stopped doing it. Maybe I will stop sometime but I’m not there yet.
Tony Jones: How do you prepare for a tour?
Marshall Crenshaw: I don’t always prepare, actually. Sometimes I just show up at the first gig and wing it from there..
Tony Jones: You and I both share a passion for independent radio, is there any chance that The Bottomless Pit will someday return to the airwaves?
Marshall Crenshaw: Ah, thanks for asking. The show went on hiatus in January so I could focus on a film production that I decided to attempt. Once I’ve completed that (unless I die trying), I’d like to do the show again, probably will.
Tony Jones: What advice would you give to new and up-and-coming bands and musicians?
Marshall Crenshaw: Be yourself.
The Smithereens tour hits Rhode Island on Saturday, November 17th at The Greenwich Odeum. Tickets are available at: http://www.greenwichodeum.com/
Donations to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship fund can made online at: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/commemorative-giving/ (Select “Pat DiNizio Musical Performance Scholarship” in the drop-down menu)
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