Around the Valley: Gala tickets, school supplies & Floodfest


There’s always a lot happening in the Blackstone Valley. Below is a list of upcoming events and things to know in the region.

Autumnfest Grand Marshal Gala

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, the 2019 Autumnfest Steering Committee and the Woonsocket Rotary Club invite the community to the 41st Autumnfest Grand Marshal Gala Fundraiser honoring Lisa Carcifero.

Carcifero is involved in numerous community activities.  She has been with the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition, formerly Woonsocket Prevention Coalition, since 2000.  She has been a member of the Woonsocket Rotary Club since 2004 and was the club’s President from 2013-2014.  She is the General Chairperson of The Milk Fund since 2016 raising money every Holiday Season to provide milk to all families needing assistance.  Plus, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Connecting for Children’s & Families since 2008.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Autumnfest Grand Marshal Gala to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Savini’s Pomodoro Italian Kitchen & Bar, 476 Rathbun St,, Woonsocket from 6 to 10 p.m.  Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and sponsor tables of 10 are available for $500.  Purchase tickets before September 20 as this event is usually a sellout.  Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. There will be a speaking program followed by music and dancing.  Visit” to reserve tickets.

Union made school supplies

As back-to-school shopping gets underway, Rhode Island AFL CIO has released a list of places to buy union-made school supplies.

See the full list below.

Quarter Auction Fundraiser

Visit the Harmony Lodge tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. for a Quarter Auction Fundraiser and collection of back to school supplies. Bring supplies for a raffle ticket and visit with affordable vendors. The event will also include a 50/50 for #NoahStrong, to benefit a Glocester boy ,Noah Daigle, who is battling stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

Foster Floodfest

On Saturday, Aug. 17, stop by Little Rhody Vasa Park in Foste for food, drinks, arts, and local music ranging from rock, blues, and country, to bluegrass, folk and funk.

The event will include more than 10 hours of local music on two outdoor stages, hot food and beverages for sale, alcohol and vendors selling art, jewelry, and other goods.

The lineup is as follows:

12:00 Mountaindale
1:00 Ray Cooke
2:00 Rah
3:00 Red Hot Rascals
4:00 Tai Chi Funk Squad
5:00 Infinite Groove
6:00 BHB
7:00 Nolan Leite Experience
8:00 Slurp
9:00 Toad & The Stooligans
10:00 Steve Malec & The Electric Flood

Tickets are $20 and will be available at front gates, and also online at

Doors open at 11 a.m. and children under 12 get in free at this family-friendly event.

RIDE releases eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals

Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free or reduced-price meals or free milk for the 2019-2020 school year. These guidelines are effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Meal Benefit Applications are sent to all households, along with a letter about the free and reduced-price program. The information provided on the application by a household is confidential and will be used to determine school meal benefits. Applications based on income must contain complete documentation of eligibility information requested, including: names of all household members, amount and source of income received by each household member, last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application or the adult household member has checked the box indicating he/she does not have a social security number, and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving SNAP or RIWorks, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials.

Children in households receiving Special Nutrition Assistance Program or RIWorks cash assistance are automatically eligible for school meal benefits. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.

The Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services have worked together to automate the Direct Certification process that certifies students for free school meal benefits. This process is called Electronic Direct Certification.  These families will receive an informational letter from DHS indicating that the children are automatically eligible for school meal benefits and no further action is needed.

Households receiving SNAP that have not been matched by the eDC process will receive a letter from DHS instructing them to bring the letter to the school and a meal benefit application is not required. Households receiving SNAP or RIWorks that have not been issued letters, can report their SNAP or RIWorks case number on the MBA in place of household income information.

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from the SNAP and RIWorks . Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application or your child is otherwise determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

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