October East Side In the Know

Annual Coats for Coffee Drive, Paging for Aging, and more.


Our Annual Coats for Coffee Drive
Providence Media is proud to announce that we will be launching our ninth annual Coats for Coffee drive this month and we’re hoping you can help. And there’s a modest reward in it if you do. Donate a gently used coat to any Seven Stars Bakery or Courtesy Cleaners and receive a free cup of coffee. Donations made at Seven Stars on the first day of the drive will also get you a free pastry. The drive begins on October 17 and will go until October 23. Last year we collected 264 coats. All of them were cleaned by Courtesy Cleaners and then delivered to the Boys and Girls Club of Providence for families in need. Adult and kid sizes will be accepted. It’s a project that makes us feel warm all over and we hope you’ll join us.

Paging for Aging
Kudos to one of our former editors, Herb Weiss, who over the course of almost four decades has become one of the state’s most knowledgeable and prolific writers on the subject of aging effectively and graciously. He has just published his first book Taking Charge: Collected Stories on Aging Boldly, a compilation of some of his favorite articles produced over the years, mostly as the senior living columnist for the Pawtucket Times. Herb started his career as the founding editor for one of our publications, Senior Living (now called Prime Time). Divided into 13 separate sections, the book covers just about anything that applies to the preparation for (not to mention celebration of) the onslaught of advancing age. Sometimes serious, mostly informative, it’s a nice read. Congratulations, Herb.

This One’s For the Girls
An interesting East Side road race will be held on October 9 that is worth our attention. Called the Ronald McDonald House Women’s Classic Road Race, it’s also the only all women road race in the state. There will be a 3K and a 5K course, and both will be held entirely on the East Side. It starts at the Brown football stadium and finishes in what’s called “Olympic style” at the Brown University track. There will also be kids’ races and a wellness fair. The race is open to women of all ages, from the walkers to competitive racers. Contact for specifics about entering and supporting the House.

Missing the Extra Point
And speaking of Brown, we’re disappointed that the school will not be holding what had become, in our minds, a wonderful new tradition: the annual night game at the stadium. The event had been drawing sizable crowds of Brown students, along with interested locals like us who love to live vicariously through their enthusiasm. Here’s hoping this is only a one-year fumble.

Local Theatre That’s Really Local
One of the best-kept secrets about the local theatre scene in Providence is hidden right here on the East Side. The Brown University Theatre showcases its talented writers, actors and directors with some wonderfully creative plays and dance presentations. The ticket prices are great ($15), the performances are quite good given the Brown-Trinity collaborations and the location at Leeds Theatre on Waterman Street couldn’t be much easier to get to. They open their season with By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, (now through October 2 and October 6-9) which they describe as a “screwball comedy” about an up and coming black actor in the 1930s trying to break free of the Hollywood system. Next on the docket is The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a more serious play about how the famous developer of the atomic bomb confronts the challenges of scientific impulses and military pragmatism, which runs November 3-6 and 10-13 in the Stuart Theatre. And finally there’s a modern retelling of Hecuba, from December 1-4. To book tickets call 863-2838 or email We’re lucky to have them right here on the East Side and they certainly deserve a look-see.