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Next RI Great Outdoors Pursuit Event to be Held at Goddard Park on Bay Day

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that the annual Governor's Bay Day celebration is scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Free parking will be available at all Rhode Island state beaches and family-friendly activities will be offered at Goddard Memorial State Park, Roger Wheeler State Beach, Scarborough State Beach, and India Point Park.

Highlights of the Bay Day festivities include the annual complimentary Neighborhood Barbeque, Great Outdoors Pursuit activities and a day of free saltwater fishing for anglers, as allowed through a provision in the new licensing legislation. Music will fill the air with beach-side performances by Vini Ames & Sh-bop, Kicking Hole Band, Lite Rock 105, WPRO-AM and Kingdom.

DEM will host the 4th event of the 2012 Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit on Sunday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with Governor's Bay Day at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. The Pursuit event is open to the public and will feature a host of free activities. There is no cost to register and all activities are either free or low-cost. The general public who do not wish to register are also invited to participate in all activities. More information is available at

The Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit, co-sponsored by DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health, seeks to connect families with outdoor public spaces and inspire active outdoor lifestyles while educating them about environmental and health issues. Teams receive points for participating in each event and will be eligible for prizes of outdoor equipment donated by local retailers and sponsors that will be awarded at the Pursuit finale on August 18. The full schedule and game rules are posted on the program website:

The full schedule of Governor's Bay Day and Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit activities is as follows:

Governor's Bay Day

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Scheduled Activities*

Free Parking at all State Beaches

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County Beaches on Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee)**

* Subject to change.

** service to the beach will be provided on a first come, first served basis. These buses will stop at Kennedy Plaza on the way to the South County beaches. Passengers should consult the Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) schedule for details.

Goddard Memorial State Park

Warwick, RI

Meet the Puffin Mascot and join The Children's Workshop Backpack Raffle with summer essentials Stop by the Verizon booth to learn what the power of FiOS can do for you. FiOS a Network Ahead. Verizon will also be doing face painting. REI, Cranston – Learn How To Kayak Class. This event has a fee and requires pre-registration at Tutor Doctor – Prize wheel and information about tutoring services for students of all ages. Meet MaxMan, the Recycling Super Hero - 11am to 1pm – Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation Explore the Critter Hut presented by DEM Naturalist Recycle your old computers, TVs, cell phones and other electronics at our FREE Electronics Recycling Drop Off - Indie Cycle Research Vessel and Touch Tank – US Environmental Protection Agency Tide Pool Touch Tank with sea creatures DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife Learn about lake ecology and water quality monitoring with URI's Watershed Watch Program Backyard Chicken Keeping – part of the Rhode Island Food Revolution – DEM Explore environmental and nature topics like insects, plants, water quality, and wind with Rhode Island 4-H Learn the basics of Geocaching – DEM Parks & Recreation Healthy Cooking Demonstration – sponsored by the DEM Division of Agriculture Farmers' Market featuring locally grown products for sale - sponsored by the DEM Division of Agriculture Reduced Rate Pony Rides $3 per child and Equestrian Information; discounted horseback riding – C&L Stables Hula Hooping with Judi Ann Jones aka ENERGIZER from Creative Game Parties Mastery Martial Arts – demonstration 12:30 pm Learn how to protect groundwater and to recycle more in RI - DEM Waste Management Play Environmental Jeopardy with DEM's Office of Customer and Technical Assistance Play a loop of Disc Golf with NEFA/Greg Wintrop Complimentary Neighborhood Barbeque, from 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. First come, first serve basis

Entertainment and Musical Performances:

Coast 93.3 FM from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Vini Ames & Sh-BOP, Oldies Rock and Roll Show from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Roger Wheeler State Beach

Narragansett, RI

Sunsmarts- Free skin cancer screening

Department of Elderly Affairs and THE POINT will be available with information on programs and services for seniors, adults with disabilities, families, and caregivers URI Outreach Center - Watershed models, waste management, and water quality information

Entertainment and Musical Performances:

Join Lite Rock 105, from 9 - 11a.m. for fun summer prizes from Block Island Ferry, Six Flags New England, concert tickets and more- PLUS register to win a 2 year lease on a Scion IQ courtesy of Wendy's.

Bekah Berger from News Talk 630 WPRO & 99.7 FM! Various activities, AND your chance to win a pair of tickets to see The Who at the Dunkin Donuts Center and Kiss and Montly Crue at the Comcast Center.

Northeast Groove will be playing from 12p-2p., sponsored by 630 WPRO & 99.7 FM. Weather permitting.

Scarborough State Beach

Narragansett. RI

Join 92 PRO-FM from 9am to 11am, on the Main Pavilion! The 92 PRO-FM Flood Free Ride Beach Dig is going down at 10:30am! 92 qualifiers will dig for the keys to a new car! Grab one of the last 10 spots that morning from 9am to 10am. The winner will drive free for two-years in their choice 2012 Ford Focus, Mazda 3, or Lincoln MKZ. Powered by Flood Auto Group & Today's Hit Music, 92 PRO-FM!

Rhode Island Army National Guard from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

- Rock Climbing Wall

Entertainment and Musical Performances:

92 PRO-FM from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Kicking Hole Band Concert from 12 - 4 p.m.

India Point Park

Providence, RI

Afternoon outdoor event celebrating Narragansett Bay and its watershed with performances by popular area musical acts, outdoor activity displays/demonstrations, environmental organization displays/booths and fun activities! Activities scheduled from 11:00-4:00pm

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

- Member eligibility, resources, coloring books, and giveaways

- Dr. Care Bear will be on-site!

Hot 106 @ Celebrity Volleyball Game with the Hot 106 personalities!

Department of Health Beach Program - Sun Safety coloring contest

- Interactive Pollution Source activities

- Flyers, handouts, and educational materials on water quality

- Beach Trivia games

Seaweed art with the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program – come make your own artistic statement with Narragansett Bay seaweed

Community Boating Center from 1:00-4:00pm Enjoy the Bay with free boat rides sponsored by Community Boating Center!

Honey Dew Donuts will be onsite providing their products.

Complimentary Neighborhood Barbeque provided by Sodexo 11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. First come first served basis.

Entertainment and Musical Performances:

Hot 106 Mark Cutler & the Men of Great Courage Jay Feinstein & the Furnace of Love Biscuit City Jelly Roll Soul

Event contacts:

Richard Ribb, Director – Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. 401.874.6233

Robert McMahon, Director – Providence Parks Dept. 401.785.9450

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