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Date(s) - Monday, March 2, 2020
11:00 am

First Unitarian Church of Providence


Jane’s Walk
Speakers: Joelle Kanter and Barbara Barnes

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations, inspired by writer, urbanist, and activist Jane Jacobs. Held on the first weekend in May in more than 240 cities around the world, local coordinators, such as Joelle and Barbara, organize these volunteer walk leaders. They will highlight key principles that guide the festival, describe changes at the global and local levels, and offer opportunities to get involved.

Barbara Barnes led walking tours and public programs for 25 years for the Providence Preservation Society and Rhode Island Historical Society until her retirement in 2015. Joelle Kanter has managed programs for business-improvement districts and their partner organizations and currently works as a planner at RIPTA, focusing on human services transportation.


About the Alliance

Established in 1882 and incorporated in 1904. the Women’s Alliance has, since 2014, been affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Providence. The mission continues to be to serve the community, both locally and at large; to provide friendship and spiritual and cultural stimuli for its members, and to support the church and its denomination.

The Alliance meets on the first Monday of the month from October through May, with an annual outing in June. Monthly programs, which are open to the community, feature inspiring speakers followed by a delicious optional luncheon ($10).

Membership dues ($35) support the programs and business expenses of the Alliance; all fundraising profits after expenses benefit selected charitable organizations that support women and families. The Alliance conducts fundraiser throughout the year such as selling organic coffee and cheese, and a night at the theater event. Their major fundraising event of the year is an annual “Antiques and Uniques” indoor sale. The Alliance also partners with the residents of the Tockwotton Courtyard Memory Unit for a garden project.

Contact: Gail Brule, Alliance President gailbrule@gmail.com