WESTERLY — The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles’ Westerly branch will be closed on Friday. It will reopen on Friday, Dec. 6. To accommodate customers, registry offices in Woonsocket, Middletown and Cranston will be open for business transactions as usual on Friday. For more information, visit dmv.ri.gov.
WESTERLY — The Ocean State Community YMCA, 95 High St., will hold a blood drive on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Rhode Island Blood Center drive will mark a milestone of more than 1,000 blood donations that have been made at the YMCA. Also, 43 individuals who have donated at least once at the YMCA’s drives, have donated between 1 gallon and 12 gallons. For more information, visit ribc.org.
Youth Orchestra to perform seasonal classics
WESTERLY — The Westerly Youth Orchestra, a newly formed division of the Chorus of Westerly, will hold a holiday concert at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Under the direction of Kathleen Monroe, the performance will showcase the talents of young area musicians as they perform various seasonal classics.
Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults; children younger than 18 are admitted for free.
PAWCATUCK — A job search workshop, presented by a Connecticut state career development specialist, will be held at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase St., on Monday, Dec. 9, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The workshop, titled Job Search Strategies for Today’s Tough Job Market, is part of the weekly Job Search Club held at the center. Registration is required by calling 860-599-3285, Ext. 23, or emailing email@example.com.
Woman charged with arson following house fire
PROVIDENCE (AP) — A woman has been charged with first-degree arson after witnesses say she left her building with packed bags before the blaze began.
Providence Police Commander Thomas Oates said Monday that 45-year-year Toni Irons was arrested following an investigation into Saturday night’s fire at 164 Linwood Ave.
Irons lived in the building, which consists of an apartment above a first-floor garage. The Providence Journal reports that witnesses in the neighborhood saw Irons leaving the residence carrying bags before the fire started.
WJAR-TV reports that two firefighters suffered minor injuries after responding to the fire. They were treated at the scene.