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Join the Summit Neighborhood Association board

Whether you’re new to the Summit neighborhood and looking to meet people and get more involved in the community or a long-time resident with a great idea for improving the area, the Summit Neighborhood Association (SNA) is seeking new board members like you. Neighbors with passion projects in mind that they would like support bringing to life, as well as those looking to connect with others to work on grassroots projects, are encouraged to apply. Joining the board is a great way to get to know the community while volunteering on projects like food pantry deliveries, tree planting, street improvements, park development, supporting the Rochambeau Library outdoor classroom, and so much more.

The SNA’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, April 29, at a location to be determined. SNA will hold elections for board officers and members, and would love to have interested neighbors join. For those looking to help out in other ways, consider joining the volunteer email list for notices about opportunities including assisting the Mount Hope Community Center and Your Neighborhood Food Pantry, and others, as they arise. Contact for more information.


Spring tree care and summer concerts return in the Mile of History

A day encouraging individuals and organizations to plant and care for the trees around them, Arbor Day is Friday, April 26. In the Mile of History, the Perennial Planters manage the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Park on Benefit Street, and they’re sponsoring a lecture by renowned tree expert Doug Tallamy on May 9 at the Hope Club at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. With summer around the corner, also keep an eye out for an announcement about the 2024 Music in the Garden concert series at Shakespeare’s Head Garden, sponsored by Mile of History Association (MoHA) in collaboration with the Providence Preservation Society. Look for more information online at


Fox Point neighbors enjoyed light festival, anticipate its return

At the February meeting of the Fox Point Neighborhood Association, neighbors heard from Nora Barré, executive director of the Downtown Providence Park Network (DPPN), about Lumina, the winter light festival presented by the DPPN and the Providence Tourism Council that took place from mid-January through late February downtown. Inspired by wintertime cultural programs in NYC and Montreal, the festival included a light exhibit called Prismatica and a lineup of community-oriented activities during the bleakest winter months. The idea, Barré said, was to “bring people out of their homes,” inspire a sense of community spirit among residents and visitors, and “increase the feeling of safety in downtown parks.” The Prismatica exhibit, a colorful light installation set up in the 195 District Park, consisted of 25 large glass prisms that lined the waterfront, emitted soft chimes, and rotated when pushed by passersby. “The response has been fantastic,” Barré said about visitor feedback. Lumina will likely be repeated in 2025, she suggested, with a theme of environmental stewardship.


Join neighbors for an Earth Day cleanup downtown

The Downtown Neighborhood Association and local businesses come together on Friday, April 19, to help beautify Providence. The DNA’s first project of 2024 will be the annual Earth Day Clean-Up, once again teaming up with the City of Providence, Providence Parks Department, The Partnership P3, Downtown Providence Parks Network, and the Downtown Improvement District to remove trash and natural debris throughout downtown and along waterways. Interested volunteers can arrive anytime between 9am and 5:30pm, and stay as long as they wish. Trash and planting crews are open to all ages, and offer a wonderful opportunity to collect community service hours. The DNA encourages local high school and college students, as well as faculty and staff, to join and represent their school for some fun competition. Check-in is located at The Landing PVD Café at 101 Dyer Street (above Capriccio restaurant). Volunteers can RSVP or learn more by emailing or calling DNA president Kristin McGinn at 401-580-2628.



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