Gingerbread house competition
Artists’ Exchange will be holding their annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest on Dec. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Artists’ Exchange, located at 50 Rolfe Sq.
Participants start with a simple graham cracker construction and craft it into a work of art. Armed with 30 minutes and access to heaping supplies of frosting and a variety of colorful candy, the possibilities are endless. And with no age limit, everyone is invited to join in on the fun. While participants can take their houses home that day, they are invited to submit their creations for judging in their corresponding age category.
Families can also opt to work on a house together and be judged in a separate family category. Participating houses will be photographed and the winners will be announced online by Dec. 5. Prizes include free classes at Artists’ Exchange, valued at up to $200.
Also included in the weekend’s festivities will be holiday grab bags, raffles, face painting and, new this year, a series of holiday photo booths. Local professional photographer Mike Luciano will be on hand to photograph attendees interacting with a mural depicting the Abominable Snowman, posing in front of a giant gingerbread house, or commemorating the day with a photo of their completed gingerbread creations.
The cost for participating in the seventh annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is $12 per house. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 490-9475.
Eden XO to hold cut-a-thon for cancer
Eden XO, located at 705 Oaklawn Ave., will hold a cut-a-thon for cancer with all proceeds benefiting the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation on Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a $20 donation, both men and women who visit the salon will receive a shampoo, haircut and finish.
Refreshments will be served, donated by co-sponsors Whole Foods and Tommy’s Pizza.
Reservations must be made for the event and can be made by calling Eden XO at 275-2077. There will be no walk-in service that day.
The Joy Homestead on Scituate Avenue needs people who would like to learn the basics of weaving and would enjoy showing local schoolchildren how the Joy family made their own cloth. Weaver Donald Carpenter will show you how to weave in a session without the children. Afterward, you will fill in for Donald when he can't make it. The weaver position is part of the educational program run at the homestead for the past 27 years. The program runs once a week during the school year with a break from December to March.
For more information, call 603-5987.
Nominations sought for SkillsUSA
Congressman Jim Langevin has announced an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to nominate contributors to career and technical education (CTE) for statewide honors.
SkillsUSA’s Rhode Island Chapter is accepting nominations through Dec. 1 for its CTE Educator of the Year and Advisor of the Year, with winners revealed next March. The Educator award goes to a teacher, school administrator or businessperson who has had the most impact in helping high school students develop their technical skills, preparing them for quality jobs, and advancing the state’s CTE efforts.
For the Advisor contest, eligibility is limited to CTE advisors in Rhode Island schools participating in SkillsUSA programs. More information, including nomination forms, can be found at www.skillsusari.org. Any questions regarding either award should be directed to Josh Klemp, the Rhode Island SkillsUSA director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical holidays in Cranston
The Joy Homestead, located on Scituate Ave., will host their annual Open House on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. The event is free to the public but donations are welcome.
Also on that day, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Sprague Mansion will also hold a holiday open house with free tours of the mansion, refreshments and musical entertainment. For more information, contact the Cranston Historical Society at 944-9226.
Did you know?
With the holidays right around the corner, did you know you can make a soldier’s day by sending a holiday card? Send your holiday greeting card to: Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.
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