Kid’s Seeding Good Deeds: ” Z News Chooses Kiki’s Garden!”

“Z News” chooses Kiki’s Garden! SEED A GOOD DEED Spotlight is on Zachary Weller!

Zach created a newsletter, Z NEWS, to raise funds to support non-profits. Zachary donated over $100 last year to Amigos de Honduras and Pure Water for the World. Both charities work in Honduras. Z’s money went towards building a school and installing a water filter into a home. Z’s Fall edition raised $40 which he donated to Kiki’s Garden in memory of his Auntie, Krista Weller Burns. Thanks, Zachary, for all your work to help kids BLOOM! Part of the Kiki’s Garden Mission is to promote kindness by encouraging kids to “Seed a Good Deed”. Thanks you Zachary!

Do you know of someone or a group of kids seeding good deeds? Please share the good news with us.

Community Outreach: Helping those affected by domestic violence heal through the arts

We are excited to announce our affiliation with The Women’s Resource Center. We kicked off our 2015 Outreach Initiative yesterday by providing art supplies for their programs that help women and children who have been affected by domestic violence.

The Women’s Resource Center Mission:
“Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.”

The healing power of involvement in the ARTS is well documented and with the support of all our donors we work together to help those in need BLOOM! Thanks to all and stay tuned for updates.

$250 Donated to Exeter Food Bank

Food Bank

In the spirit of the holiday season, and in keeping with Krista’s wishes to “feed those in need”, Kiki’s Garden spread a little sunshine with a donation of $250 to the Exeter Food Bank. Director Silvia Curry accepted the donation along with several of her dedicated volunteers. Pictured from left to right… Kate Conroy, Silvia Curry, Joan Briggs and Joanne Walsh. We thank them for the good work they do in their community!

Miss RI Collegiate America at the Sunflower Soiree


Ashton Penney




Ashton Penney, this year’s lovely and personable Miss RI Collegiate America will make an appearance at the Sunflower Soiree from 1 -4 pm. Ashton was 3rd runner up in the National competition in Orlando earlier this month. Come meet her! She will be signing autographs and answering questions about the recruitment of Rhode Island contestants for the upcoming Miss High School America pageant season. She will also be helping our bevy of character princesses with storytelling, face painting and crafts. Ashton will add her own little bit of sunshine to the Soiree. We are happy to have her on board!

2014 Music Lineup Announced!

music photo

2014 Sunflower Soiree Music Lineup

July 26th (schedule subject to change)

In the Lodge:

12 -1
Megan and the Dream Casters…
-Acoustic Folk/Rock
1 – 1:45
Ell Pond Ramblers…
1:45 – 2:30
Accidental Tourist…
2:30 – 3
Sammy B…
3:00 – 3:45
The Carneys
3:45 -4:15
Picard Brothers
4:15 – 6:00
Open Mic with Sammy B

On the Green:

12 – 2
Freedom Band
& Guests
2 – 4
Power Play & Guests
4 – 6
The Sometime Boys
– Americana, bluegrass, country, blues, folk-rock, R & B, soul, gospel, zydeco, jazz, indie folk

Band Photo



Free Zentangle 101 Workshop





Free Zentangle Workshops at the Sunflower Soiree

Zentangle® 101 – An introduction to the Art of Zentangle
Unlock your hidden creativity and discover an artist within. This practical and inspiring workshop will introduce you to Zentangle and show you that ‘Anything is possible – one stroke at a time’ .
• Understand the basic principles of Zentangle design, terminology and philosophy.
• Learn an assortment of Zentangle creative techniques and patterns.
• Follow a series of step-by step instructions that help you build complex designs, one stoke at a time.
• Unlock the artist within, and create your own Zentangle inspired artwork during the workshop.

• Practice the art of relaxation through Zentangle.

All materials necessary will be provided. Suitable for Adults & Children 12+
Instructor: Brendan Burns, Certified Zentangle Master
Brendan Burns is an accomplished British artist now living in Rhode Island. His artistic interests include wildlife, portraits, and land/seascapes. Brendan’s newest artistic intrigue is the exploration of the art of Zentangle.
As a Certified Zentangle Master, he is happy to share his love and knowledge of this meditative art form that gives everyone the opportunity to discover the artist within.

Click here to learn about Brendan.

Call for Art! Children’s Sunflower Art Competition

Sunflower Art Competition





That time of year is upon us once again.  We are looking for Children’s Art submissions to enter into the Annual Sunflower Art Competition. All Children’s Art submitted will be displayed in the Sunflower Labyrinth during the Kiki’s Garden Fundraiser on July 26th.  The winner of the art competition will be selected for publication in our 2015 Sunflower Art Calendar. Please click on the form below for competition entry details.

Sunflower Art Competition Entry Form

*Please print out the form below and submit it along with your entry.

Sunflower Art Competition


1st Scholarship Awarded for 2014

Ashley Diaz

Congratulations to Ashley Diaz, the recipient of the Aspire Higher Achievement Award at the Spring 2014 graduation at Exeter Job Corps Academy this morning. Ashley is excited to be continuing her studies in music and culinary nutrition at Naugatuck Valley Community College in CT. Kiki’s Garden is very proud of her accomplishments and so is her mom!

4 Aspire Higher Scholarships Awarded in 2013


Michael Carnevale









Michael Carnevale

Exeter/West Greenwich High School Graduate
Attending Curry College










Emily Rondeau

Exeter Job Corps Graduate

Attending Johnson & Wales University









Alexandre Saylor
Exeter Job Corps Graduate
Attending Gateway Community College

VIctoria Albin








Victoria Albin
North Kingstown High School Graduate
Attending The University of Wyoming

Emily Rondeau Awarded Aspire Higher Scholarship


Keeping with the tradition of Seeding Good Deeds, we are very proud to announce on May 11th we awarded Exeter Job Corps Student Emily Rondeau the Aspire Higher Scholarship. Emily will be attending Johnson & Wales University in the fall and plans to pursue a career in Culinary Nutrition. This is the first private foundation scholarship awarded to the Exeter Job Corps. Kiki’s Garden is so happy to be involved with Exeter Job Corps by giving students the opportunity to achieve their dreams and Aspire Higher.

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