Last week’s Garden City Center Summer Concert Series event, which was rained out, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature tribute band performances of Elton John and Billy Joel music.
On Wednesday, Aug. 11, the concert series will host ’80s Night featuring the band Fast Times. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Gazebo. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Thursday, Aug. 12, at the same time.
To learn more, visit www.gardencitycenter.com.
St. Mary’s Road Race postponed
This year’s 49th annual St. Mary’s Feast Society 5.5-Mile Road Race, originally scheduled for Aug. 14, has been postponed. The St. Mary’s Feast Society is exploring the availability of dates in September. Follow the society on Facebook for additional updates.
Senior Golf Tournament returns
The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center has announced that the Cranston Senior Golf Tournament is back, and organizers hope you will be, too!
The event will be held at the Cranston Country Club on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Registration costs $85 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, grilled hot dog and chips, a banquet immediately following play, and a great day of fun for all.
For more information, call Jane at the center at (401) 780-6220.
Ward 3 community meeting
Join Ward 3 City Councilman John Donegan for a community meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Bain track. Meet at the lower baseball field and bring your own chair.
This is a space for residents to discuss issues coming before the City Council, what projects and proposals Donegan is working on, and any questions or concerns you’d like to see addressed.
Donegan may be reached at (401) 644-2403.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island will host its fifth annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) event on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston.
Participants can sign up in teams of five to participate in a private bowling party, and raise donations from family, friends and colleagues leading up to the event – with a fundraising goal of $100 for each participant.
You’ll also have the chance to win raffle prizes … and really great karma for giving back to local kids!
No experience is required – just a desire to have fun and support youth mentoring. All of the proceeds from this event stay in Rhode Island and help Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfill its mission. Donate today or register your team at www.secure.qgiv.com/event/bbbsri2021.
Providence Brigade Band
This year marks the 25th year for the Providence Brigade Band. The original band was founded in 1846 and performed until around 1890. The band reemerged 150 years after its original founding to perform again.
The band portrays a brass band from 1850 to 1875 and performs music from before, during and after the American Civil War. They play authentic musical arrangements from the period and use original instruments from the era that the band provides. Also, they wear authentically reproduced uniforms typically worn by militia or military bands at that time.
The Providence Brigade Band, which is a registered nonprofit organization, will hold open rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. during the month of August. Brass players, especially trumpet players, are encouraged to attend and check us out. The rehearsal location is in Cranston. For more information about the band, visit pbband.org or call (401) 374-4718. There is no fee to join, and all ages are encouraged to apply.
MS Dream Center seeks ‘Exceptional Individual’ nominees
The MS Dream Center is looking to reward outstanding individuals in the community by recognizing their efforts to “make a difference,” and we need your help! Nominate someone for the “Exceptional Individual Contest” and tell us why you think that person is deserving of being acknowledged.
Three people will be chosen and each will receive two tickets to the upcoming “An Evening to Remember” event on Saturday, Sept. 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Each person will receive special recognition at the event.
Entries must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 1, via online submission at msdreamcenter.org; please include contact information of nominator and nominee as winners will be contacted directly. Winners will be determined by representatives of the MS Dream Center and Accessible RI.
‘Shakespeare Under the Stars’
“Shakespeare Under the Stars” will come to Cranston on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28, at the Governor Sprague Mansion, located on Cranston Street.
What Cheer, Shakespeare? Theatre Company, founded by Cranston resident Joseph Wallace and his partner Karen Valcourt, will be staging Shakespeare’s comedy “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at 7 p.m. both nights, weather permitting.
The company has been producing “Shakespeare Under the Stars” in various locations throughout southern New England. It is the longest continuously running Shakespeare company now performing in Rhode Island. With a style that can be best described as “irreverent,” the company strives to bring Shakespeare to everybody, regardless of their previous experience or knowledge. While remaining true to the text, the actors wear modern clothes, and there’s almost no scenery. The focus is on entertaining the audience with some of the greatest works ever produced.
Several members of Wallace’s and Valcourt’s Company are former students from the drama program at Cranston High School East, where Wallace has taught for 31 years. Several Rhode Island theater veterans also make up the cast and crew, including director Christopher Ferreira, who has worked for most of the amateur theater companies in the state.
Tickets for the event cost $20 online at eventbrite.com and $22 at the door. Children 14 and under will be admitted free of charge. For more information, call or text (508) 933-4233.
NAMI Rhode Island is there to help
At NAMI Rhode Island, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, they believe that when a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the United States who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.
You may be trying to help a family member who doesn’t have access to care or doesn’t want help, or you may want to learn how to support and encourage someone who has been hospitalized or experienced a similar mental health crisis.
At NAMI-RI, they realize that the challenges of mental illness do not only affect an individual’s family members but also friends, teachers, neighbors, coworkers and others in the community. Here we use the terms family member and caregiver interchangeably to refer to someone giving emotional, financial or practical support to a person with a mental health condition. Whether you’re providing a lot of assistance or very little, NAMI-RI can help you better understand the issues that you might face.
For more information on programs, support and other resources, visit the Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at namirhodeisland.org, call (401) 331-3060, or email [email protected]
‘How to Run for Office’ event
Black Lives Matter RI PAC, Cranston Forward and the Rhode Island Working Families Party will host a “How to Run for Office” training event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Library at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road.
This training is geared toward people with little or no experience with campaigns and will cover everything from how to determine which office to run for, what you need to know in terms of deadlines and requirements, and what you need to do to have an effective campaign. The organizers encourage people to attend who want to help elect good people to public office, as well as anyone who may want to run for office or manage a campaign themselves.
A subsequent more in-depth training series will be offered by RI WFP in September 2021. People who are not Cranston residents may also attend, but in the event of limited capacity, preference will be given to Cranston residents and members of the co-hosting organizations.
To register, visit www.cranstonfwd.us/howtorun.
Community yard sale at St. Kevin’s
St. Kevin’s Church in Warwick is hosting a yard sale and flea market on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, at St. Kevin’s, located at 333 Sandy Lane. Sellers can purchase a booth for $20. To reserve a spot, or for any questions, contact Laurie at (401) 524-6207.
‘A Physics Love Story’
The Cranston Public Library presents ‘Lise Meitner: A Physics Love Story’ on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m.
In this virtual program, Edward Sierra will offer an engaging and informative presentation about the life and science of Lise Meitner. Meitner, born into a Jewish family, was an Austrian and later Swedish physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was one of the great experimentalists of her day. Einstein dubbed her “Our German Madame Curie” during their Berlin heyday in the roaring 1920s.
Meitner is the unsung hero of nuclear fission, having played an essential role in its 1938 discovery. That year, when Hitler’s rise to power put all Jewish scientists at risk, Meitner made a daring escape out of Germany. She faced both gender and racial discrimination yet never ceased to pursue her work – the science that was the passion of her life.
This program is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.cranstonlibrary.org. For assistance, call (401) 943-9080, ext. 3, or email [email protected] The Zoom link will be emailed shortly before the event.
Sierra began his career in the United States Navy. Upon completion of a two-year training program, Edward reported to the Electrical Division onboard the U.S.S. Billfish SSN-676, which was a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. He went on to work as a field operator at the Hope Creek Nuclear Power Station in New Jersey, and then as a nuclear reactor operator at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is the president-elect of the Long Island Chapter of the American Nuclear Society. He has earned graduate degrees from New York Institute of Technology, Dowling College and Marist College.
Church seeking vendors for Holiday Bazaar
Our Lady of Grace Church, located at 4 Lafayette St. in Johnston, would like invite vendors to participate in its Holiday Bazaar on Oct. 17. There will be crafters, vendors, a penny social, food and more. For information, contact Pat Leon at (401) 529-7592.
RSVP transportation volunteers
The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s RSVP program needs volunteers to help in many ways in the community. One is to transport homebound seniors to medical appointments or run errands for them.
The program is also seeking RSVP school readiness volunteers to assist Glen Hills Elementary School’s staff and students with an array of school activities and events.
Also needed are RSVP recycling volunteers who educate the community with assistance and guidance from Rhode Island Resource Recovery professionals on a variety of topics such as waste reduction and reuse, recycling and composting. Learn more about Resource Recovery – who they are, what they do, how they work, and much more, including a tour of the facility.
If you are interested in becoming a Cranston RSVP volunteer, contact Karen at (401) 780-6159 for an interview. You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. A mileage reimbursement is given to cover your travel cost. RSVP also provides insurance protection in the event that your or someone else is injured while performing your volunteer duties.
What if you do not drive or do not have a vehicle? No worries. RSVP will provide you with transportation to your volunteer station.
Mayor’s Picnic for seniors
The annual Mayor’s Picnic will be held on Friday, Aug. 20, at Brayton Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Transportation will be provided from the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center.
Tickets go on sale July 12 and the cost is $3 per person. Call Lisa at 780-6215 to make your reservation.
East 61st reunion announced
Cranston High School East’s class of 1960 will hold its 61st reunion on Sept. 12, 2021, at the Cranston Country Club. A social hour will begin at noon and dinner with entertainment follows at 1 p.m.
The cost is $50 per person and the deadline to respond is Sept. 1. For details and reservations, contact Dolores DiMeo Carroll at (401) 942-0949 or [email protected]
New Hope Art Gallery now open
Ricky Gagnon, director of the New Hope Art Gallery located in the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St., has announced the gallery is once again open with a new show coming this fall.
Guests can come to see the current show in their large gallery located on two floors of the center. This show features wonderful art in many styles and media from 50 local, special needs and senior artists. Our current show will run until Oct. 1.
They will feature a new fall show with a scheduled opening on Tuesday Oct. 26, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Come visit and enjoy the art. Regular gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.
Greek Festival dates announces
The dates of the 35th annual Cranston Greek Festival have been announced as Sept. 10-12, 2021. More updates will follow.
Over 65 Golf League
Attention all golfers 65 and older – if you are interested in golfing in a mixed league, the Over 65 Golf League, on Mondays at Harbor Lights, 150 Gray St., Warwick, please contact Carol Desforges at [email protected] Please indicate your name, phone number and email in your message.
To be a member or a spare (sub) in the league, you pay dues which include season play (May- Sept. 13, 2021), playoffs (Sept. 20- Oct. 4), scramble tournament (Oct. 13) and a banquet with distribution of prizes (Oct. 13). The membership dues are $55, or $30 for spares not attending the banquet.
Books @ Home
The Cranston Public Library offers homebound services for Cranston residents who still live in their own home or apartment. Patrons may be permanently homebound or temporarily unable to drive because of illness or injury.
The service is completely free. There are no charges or overdue fees.
A volunteer driver will deliver to patrons once every three weeks. Materials available include books (in regular or large print), audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, and documentary DVDs.
To learn more, visit cranstonlibrary.org/homebound-services. Contact Karen McGrath by phone at (401) 781-6116 or email at [email protected] to register for the service or become a volunteer driver.
CCAP Chip for Charity golf tournament
Save the date – CCAP has announced plans to hold its 2021 Chip for Charity golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Harbor Light Golf Club in Warwick. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. For more details, contact CCAP’s Lee Beliveau at (401) 562-8353 or [email protected]
As a nonprofit community action program, CCAP needs to raise funds to assist families it serves. A large number of families CCAP serves have lost their jobs, suffered an illness, or experienced a different type of crisis, usually through no fault of their own. Last year, CCAP touched the lives of more than 40,000 people and provided over $1.2 million in uncompensated services.
Chip for Charity, presented by Neighborhood Health and Mutual of America, is CCAP’s largest fundraiser during the year to benefit its programs and services.
Be Kind RI
Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across Rhode Island through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up, go to BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in Rhode Island experiencing COVID-19 risk factors, including seniors 65 and older, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.
Did you know?
In August 1762, the sandwich, as we know it, was created when the Earl of Sandwich requested meat between two pieces of bread. (August Fun Facts)
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