Need to Know Newport: Week of May 11

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“The Search for Freedom,” an extreme-action documentary, plays at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover in conjunction with NewportFILM on Wednesday, May 13. Photo by “The Search for Freedom,” courtesy of NewportFILM.

Here’s what you need to know this week in Newport, RI.

• Tonight (Wednesday, May 13), the high-action documentary film “The Search for Freedom,” plays at the VOR Race Village, hosted by NewportFILM. The film explores the story of adventure seekers – including Tony Hawk, Warren Miller, and Kelly Slater – who discuss the freedom that comes from living in the moment and “doing what makes us feel most alive.” Judging by the trailer, the cinematography looks amazing. The screening is outside (bring a jacket), and begins at sunset. The event – the first NewportFILM outdoors screening of the season! – is free, but an r.s.v.p. is requested. (Parking is $10; more transportation options are listed below.

• Lululemon Athletica – the high-end workout wear brand – opens the doors to its Newport pop-up shop tomorrow (Thursday, May 14). Join them from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at 106 Williams Street (next to Newport Power Yoga’s new Studio B) for “surprise delights” and refreshments from Newport Juice.

• The Volvo Ocean Race teams will be racing in-port on Friday, May 15, beginning at 1 p.m. and on Saturday, May 17, starting at 2 p.m. Fort Adams promises to be a great spot for viewers to watch the action from land. (Transportation and more VOR logistics below.)

• The 33rd annual Birds and Breakfast event will be held on Sunday, May 17 at Norman Bird Sanctuary. The buffet meal is prepared by Chef Rich Silvia of the White Horse Tavern; guests are also treated to guided trail walks, nature activities for kids, and live music. Seatings are at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for adults, $10 for children tickets ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free.

Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Particulars
• The Race Village (here’s a map) is open to the public through May 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entry to the VOR Race Village is free; parking costs $10 today (Wednesday, May 13), and goes up to $20 May 14–17 … unless you drive a Volvo – then you park for free! Parking passes are available for purchase ahead of time. A full list of events is here.

• Two ferries will also be running – the Newport Harbor Shuttle, which will run from Perrotti Park, and the Newport Jamestown Ferry. Each costs $10 roundtrip. A shuttle bus will also leave from the Gateway Center. More transportation logistics are listed here.

• Bicycle parking is available at the Race Village at no cost. Thanks to Bike Newport, two park-and-bike locations — at Bike Newport on Broadway and at the YMCA in Middletown — are also available with free parking. Get more details here.

Meaghan O'Neill is a writer, editor, blogger wrangler, and the founder of Puddingstone Post. She was formerly editor-in-chief of TreeHugger, Discovery Channel online, and TLC's Parentables. Her writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, and her book, Ready, Set, Green: 8 Weeks to Modern Eco-Living (Villard/Random House) was published in 2008. She lives in Newport, RI with her family.

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