Free car wash for a cause
The Edgewood Cheerleaders are giving back for the Great Danes Around New England Rescue at their annual car wash in front of Cranston High School East on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Great Danes Around New England Rescue to assist with medical needs, food and care for the gentle giants. The car wash is free; however, a donation for the Great Danes Around New England Rescue is requested. There will be a booth there with volunteers from the rescue with Danes to meet and items to benefit the rescue.
Cranston Public Library adult summer reading challenge
Looking for a way to let adults rediscover the joy of summer reading, Cranston Public Library has launched its Adult Summer Reading Challenge for 2012. The theme is “Between the Covers.”
Anyone 18 or over who reads or listens to two books between June 25 and Aug. 13, and submits a two-page review packet will be entered to win the summer challenge prize. This package includes a Nook e-Reader, accessories and other goodies. Each entry is two reviews, so the more you read, the better your chances. The drawing will take place on Aug. 14.
Pick up your review forms at any Cranston Public Library location or print them from the library’s website at cranstonlibrary.org. For more information, visit your local library or call 943-9080.
One-act play festival
The Artists’ Exchange will showcase 21 one-act plays for six weeks, from July 19 to Aug. 26 in the Black Box Theatre at 50 Rolfe Square during their 7th annual One Act Play Festival.
This year’s festival drew more than 200 submissions, doubling last year’s take, and for the first time included several entries from international playwrights. Of the 21 final selections, most are regional premieres, many are world premieres and several are by returning playwrights. Nineteen playwrights are included in this year's line-up, four of whom are local.
Each two-week wave will showcase 7 of the 21 plays. For complete listings, visit www.artists-exchange.org. For reservations, call 490-9475.
Fontana blood drive
Peter Fontana was busy planning his wedding when he received the news that he was diagnosed with leukemia. A Johnston resident, Fontana spent most of his life in Cranston.
His doctors at Roger Williams Medical Center told him that his only hope for a cure would be a bone marrow transplant. He had no matching donors in his family, but an unrelated donor was found on the Be The Match Registry and he received his transplant in November 2011.
Fontana has unfortunately relapsed with the disease and is currently receiving treatment while waiting for his second bone marrow transplant.
Manpower will be hosting a blood and bone marrow drove and registry on July 16 at 1375 Park Ave. between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a free small cup of yogurt from Yo Mix Self Serve Yogurt Lounge.
To make a donation in Fontana’s name at any other time, visit the Rhode Island Blood Center or any blood drive and provide the sponsor code #3155.
CPR recertification offered
Sanford Brown Institute, located at 85 Garfield Avenue, will be holding a CPR re-certification program on July 20 and Aug. 17, both from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person, which includes book and card. Registration must be completed online at www.sblearninglink.com. There are also private, on-site and Saturday classes available. For more information, contact Tomi Costa at 824-5343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special waste collection in Johnston on July 14. This free Eco-Depot collection will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and is only available to Rhode Island residents. Rhode Islanders are encouraged to attend the collection at the Central Landfill at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, where RIRRC officials will accept and dispose of their household hazardous waste.
Common household hazardous waste items include fluorescent light bulbs, oil-based paint, mercury thermometers, used motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, pool and lawn chemicals, propane tanks and pesticides.
For those who wish to attend the Eco-Depot event an appointment must be made with Eco-Depot in advance. By making an appointment for the Eco-Depot drop off, customer wait times are kept to a minimum. To make an appointment and view the complete list of materials Eco-Depot accepts, or to see the entire 2012 Eco-Depot collection schedule, visit www.ecodepotri.org or call 942-1430 ext. 241.
Program manager needed
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections is looking for a Program Manager for its Books Beyond program, which enables motivated, qualified inmates with a minor child or children to read and record books onto cassette tapes, which are then forwarded to the children. The purpose of the volunteer-run program is to provide a regular and essential link between incarcerated parents and their families.
The Program Manager will work approximately five hours per week in a volunteer capacity. He or she will fulfill a range of responsibilities including, but not limited to: supervising interaction between inmates and volunteers; distributing applications from the inmates to the volunteers; monitoring volunteers before, during and after their sessions with inmates; periodically reviewing recorded tapes as a security check; mailing the tapes returned by volunteers, and also setting up sessions between securities and the volunteers.
Those interested should contact Marylouise Joseph at 462-0608 or via e-mail at Marylouise.email@example.com.
Did you know?
In 1989, the General Assembly of Rhode Island passed a law that made lying on the Internet a misdemeanor crime which was punishable with a fine ($500) and up to one year of jail. Now, in 2012, the R.I. General Assembly has voted to remove the law. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed the initiative.
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