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Annual Meeting: Open to Everyone!
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting this Sunday, December 2nd starting at 6pm at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA), 1560 Westminster St, Providence, RI. The Annual Meeting is an important time for all Member-Owners and community members to come together to:
- Meet our new Urban Greens Project Manager!
- Vote for new Council Members!
- Talk location specifics! We're finalizing locations for a Market Study and want to hear from you!
- Come and hang out with your neighbors, friends, and fellow co-op enthusiasts
- Learn about all of the exciting progress that's been made in the last 12 months, and what's coming up!
- Bring a pie for our Second Annual Pie Contest!
Before the meeting please email us nominations for new council members and consider nominating yourself. Council membership involves working with a small core group of member-owners to help make the co-op a reality – time commitment is flexible and council members are encouraged to work on things that they are most interested in.
The Cooperative Council will provide soup and bread. If you would like to contribute, we suggest you bring a PIE for the pie contest!
Child care will be provided!
We are also asking for food donations for the Rhode Island Food Bank. For a list of the most needed non-perishable foods, check out the RI Food Bank website
Celebrate Co-op Month at the Urban Greens Fall Fiesta!
Last year the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives and every year in October, cooperatives across the world celebrate co-op month. To commemorate both the year of co-ops and co-op month, Urban Greens decided to throw a party! Join us as we celebrate Rhode Island's bountiful harvest with a night of local food prepared by some of Providence's favorite chefs, a cash bar of craft beer and spirits, a silent auction filled with local services and getaways, and ending with music from exciting Providence artists. All this will happen at one of the city's most creative spaces, AS220, on Sunday, October 21st beginning at 5:30pm.
Tickets are $25 per person and children under 13 are free. Urban Greens members and those who join at the event will receive a $5 discount on the price of their ticket! Tickets will be available at the door, but if you buy a ticket online before Friday, October 19th, you'll receive a FREE drink ticket!
With chefs represented from AS220 Foo(d), Broadway Bistro, Flan y Ajo, Julians, Local 121, Loie Fuller's, My Chef Lara, and North, the night is sure to be a delicious one!
At 9pm the AS220 concert hall will be filled with music from the Double Decker Dance Band, Gertrude Atherton, Big Al & members of The Tower & The Fool, Tyler James of the Silks, Us 'n Y'all, and Night Mode.
Tickets will get you into both the food and music portions of the night. If you'd like attend just the music portion of the night, tickets will be $8 at the door.
Urban Greens is excited to announce that we are hiring a full time Project Manager! The Hiring Team and Cooperative Council are currently evaluating applications submitted for this position. If you applied, you should hear from us soon.
Urban Greens hosts Djembe Drummer Sidy Maiga, Yarmulkazi Klezmer Band, and magician Marvelous Marvin at the Armory Farmers Market!
On Thursday, September 20, we’ll be hosting a potluck picnic at the Armory Farmers Market in Dexter Park on Parade St, from 4pm-7pm. Performers will include Djembe Drummer Sidy Maiga, the Yarmulkazi Klezmer Band, and magician Marvelous Marvin! We’ll also have, Refreshments, and fun family activities! Stop by and bring a snack, and learn about Urban Greens Food Co-op!
Sidy Maiga is a renowned West African Djembe drummer, whose performing is a hit with kids and adults—be prepared to dance! Sidy is the recipient of a MacColl Johnson Music Fellowship and the RI State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship, and teaches and performs all around the region—he will be performing Thursday with a few members of his band. More information on Sidy Maiga is available at: http://www.sidymaiga.com
Yarmulkazi is Brown University's Premier Klezmer Band! For thirteen years, Yarmulkazi has performed both original and traditional songs, keeping klezmer - the traditional folk music of the Jews of Eastern Europe - alive and hip.
Marvelous Marvin has been performing children's theater for over 25 years. Using circus arts, magic tricks, stupendous visuals and a unique rhyming text, Marvin educates and entertains audiences ranging from K-8th grade. He’ll be performing magic tricks throughout the picnic!
Urban Greens is planning for a new Market Study:
We were recently awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation for the cost of conducting a market study. This is very exciting because completing a market study is a necessary step to determine the feasibility of potential locations. We’re currently finalizing a list of locations to include in the market study, and are excited about the locations we’re focused on, but we’re still open to new suggestions, so don’t hesitate to email if you know of a site that might work!