EGBA MLK Tourney: The EG Basketball Association’s annual MLK Jr. Tournament started Friday and goes all weekend at venues across town. In total, 125 teams are participating in a 148 games – that’s a lot of basketball, but it’s also a lot of visitors to our town and, likely, local businesses. Let’s put out the red carpet!
Winter Assistance Fair for Military: The Family Assistance Center wants to help military service members and their spouses stay warm this winter by offering the first annual Winter Assistance Fair Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. Offerings (all free) include heating assistance, winterization demos, financial Counseling, expert tax preparation, gently used winter coats and door prizes. First 40 families receive Free Stop & Shop Gift Cards. To register and check eligibility, please go to http://vetswaf.splashthat.com/ Questions? Call Pattie Musto, 401-275-1243.
Homeless Awareness Campout & Fundraiser: The youth of First Lutheran Church of East Greenwich are holding their Annual Homeless Awareness Campout & Fundraiser Weekend beginning at noon Saturday and ending at noon Sunday. The young people will be camping out on the front lawn of 118 Division St. to bring awareness to the plight of homeless individuals and families in New England. They will be collecting funds and donations (clothing, blankets, nonperishable food) for the Rhode Island Family Shelter – the only shelter in Rhode Island that accepts entire families. The public is encouraged to stop by and chat with the socially conscious youth about what this weekend means to them and what impact they hope it will have.
‘The September Issue’ @ library: Ever wonder exactly who decides what next year’s trends will be? On Saturday at 2 p.m., show up unfashionably on time for a screening of "The September Issue," with an introduction by EG resident Diane McCraken of Johnson & Wales Fashion Merchandising Department. This revealing and sometimes funny documentary is a rare look inside the workings of Vogue magazine as editor Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington produce the heavyweight September issue. Free.
Coastal Growers Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market in North Kingstown features many vendors selling produce, meat, baked goods and artisan goods. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lafayette Mill at 650 Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown.
On Sunday …
Adopt-A-Pet Open House: Animals are available for viewing and adoption today with the assistance of a dedicated East Greenwich Animal Protection League member. The open house takes place at Greenwich Bay Animal Hospital from 10:30 to 1 p.m. Individual appointments are also available.
Fran McKendree in concert: St. Luke's and the Episcopal Conference Center are sponsoring Fran McKendree in concert at St. Luke's Church Sunday at 4 p.m. (you can DVR the Patriots!). "Fran weaves melodies and lyrics that gather community and invite the Holy Spirit in the soul through laughter, gentle rhythms, and foot stomping beats alike,” said one fan. All are welcome at this free event. For more about McKendree, visit his website.
And …Have you joined the town emergency notification list yet? The Town of East Greenwich is looking for residents to join its emergency notification system. The town can only obtain phone numbers for households with land lines; if you have a cell phone you want the town to use for emergency notifications, you need to register it with the town. You can do that from a link on the town’s home page. You’ll find the link in the upper left corner. In addition, you can sign up to receive a weekly “eNews” email from the town. Get connected!