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Free Yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offers yoga for breast cancer survivors every Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Yoga at Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston is the place to be to explore slow flow, gentle movement to create space in the body and eliminate stress. This class is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Visit GloriaGemma.org for more details.

Requests for proposals from Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation

The Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation will be awarding a total of $22,500 to organizations that support academic enrichment and to Cranston students entering college. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from worthy programs, including after-school activities or summer camps, and will continue the tradition of awarding scholarships to five high school seniors planning to attend college in the Fall.

Over the past few years they have worked in partnership with the Cranston Public Schools in an after-school STEM robotics program for 6th grade students, and it was widely received.

Grant guidelines and the official application can be found at the Lt. Jim Pagano website at www.jimpaganofoundation.com/ourwork, and the deadline for proposals is March 20. Final awards will be granted on April 20.

Again, this year, the Foundation will be awarding college scholarships to graduating seniors at CHSW, CHSE and the NEL/CPS schools. There will be five recipients each who will receive an amount of $1,500. High school seniors can access the scholarship guidelines and application through their guidance counselors.

The Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation makes charitable grants to individuals, groups and/or organizations that improve the quality of life for children, and foster character building and a strong foundation for their future. By funding these programs, the Foundation hopes to develop future heroes and leaders who will in turn do the same in their communities.

St. Pat/St. Joe Celebration in Cranston

Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Hall, located at 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston will hold a St. Patrick/St. Joseph Celebration on March 18 at 7 p.m.

In addition to being served the following Italian favorites: Salad, Pasta, Veal & Peas, Sausage & Peppers Coffee and Zeppole, you will also enjoy a boiled dinner.

Entertainment by Vini Ames during the event and tickets are $25 per person.

Reservations must be made by March 15. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For reservations, call 401-942-9500. Tickets can also be purchased at the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Hall.

It's Tax Time at CCAP

CCAP's VITA Preparation Assistance Program is a free Tax Assistance service for low-income workers.

CCAP serves as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site from Jan. 25 through April 17. They provide free tax preparation for individuals and families earning less than $54,000.

Last year, CCAP's VITA program filed over 1,000 federal tax returns, helping Rhode Island families receive $2 million in refunds without any cost. Its volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and will help you file your federal and state income taxes. IRS e-file is the most accurate, safest, and fastest way to file your tax return. You can get your refund in as little as 10 days.

CCAP's tax preparation services are offered at the Cranston location: 311 Doric Ave., Cranston, R.I. (lower level). Call them today for an appointment at 467-7013. They will provide you with a list of paperwork to bring.

Ocean State Toastmasters to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. At this meeting, they will hold our annual International Speech Contest. Guests are welcome to attend and enjoy the event.

Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries.

Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. For more information, contact Robert Rogers, vice president of membership, at 782-7637 or Robert_Rogers@acm.org.

Snow assistance for the elderly & disabled

Winter months bring snow and many R.I. elderly and disabled are neither physically nor financially able to deal with it. It means missing medical appointments, running out of food or medication, slipping on snow or ice. Serve R.I. has a special program for elderly and disabled who qualify for this help. Call Serve R.I. for more information at 331-2298.

Academic Decathlon seeks volunteers

Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is actively recruiting volunteers for their Sunday, March 12 state competition. Volunteers evaluate the speech and interview skills of high school students or assist with exams and event management. The competition is hosted by CCRI in Warwick, and most volunteers serve from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training is provided on the day of the event.

Twenty-five teams from high schools in Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Johnston, Providence, North Kingstown, North Providence, South Kingstown, Warwick and Westerly are competing. For more information on the RI Academic Decathlon, visit www.acdec.net, or email Mary at mary.johnson@acdec.net.

At the Senior Center

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center will present Acupressure & Acupuncture: “What are the advantages?” on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. The presenter will be Alanna Sousa-Pullan. Both can be used to treat symptoms such as pain, stress, depression etc. Still, there are some differences between them. What are they? What are the benefits?  How are they different?  Join in for this informative presentation.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop: “Living Well Rhode Island” is a six-week series beginning Feb. 24 and ending March 31 and held on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This free six-week program is for people living with chronic conditions including, but not limited to arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, COPD to name just a few. Topics include dealing with pain; fatigue and frustration; improving strength; flexibility and endurance; medications and nutrition; making informed decisions; and setting goals to improve health and lifestyle.  Upon successfully completing this program each participant will receive a workbook, a relaxation CD and a gift certificate. Space is limited. Register now by calling 780-6000.

Cyber Seniors – Connecting Generations are held on Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This is a URI Engaging Generations Program. Do you have questions about how to use or best utilize your smart phone? Laptop? Tablet? Computers?  Email? Storing photos? Facebook? URI students are available to meet with you on a one-to-one basis to go over your concerns and answer your technology questions. You may drop by or call for an appointment at 401-780-6000.

Brown Bag Program: “A Medication Review” presented by the URI Pharmacy Outreach Program will be held on Feb. 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This is your chance to sit with professional pharmacy staff to review and discuss your medications and the conditions they are being used to treat. This serves as an excellent opportunity to evaluate your current medication regimen and ensure that you are taking them properly for maximum benefit. Bring with you your prescription and over-the-counter meds or a list of them. Call for your appointment at 780-6000.

Women’s Golf Day

Tamburini Golf Performance, Neuro-Performance Studio and Mike Harbour Golf will present Women’s Golf Day on Feb. 25 at the Mike Harbour Indoor Golf Range, 100 Federal Way, Johnston.

Complimentary Titleist movement analysis with Lisa Tamburini, CGFS who will provide an “Assessment of your functional fitness as it relates to the efficiency of your golf swing.”

Group lessons with golf professional Mike Harbour who will provide “Assessing golf mechanics along with stance, grip, posture, follow thru” and Neuro-Performance and your swing with golf performance coach Steve Riggs who will be “Assessing mental strength and ability via the mind and body connection”.

RSVP to Lisa, tamburini.golf@gmail.com or 413-2526. Golf lesson fee with Mike Harbour is $35 per person, checks payable to Mike Harbour Golf, mail to Tamburini Golf Performance, 100 Federal Way, Johnston, RI 02919. Space is limited so reserve your spot. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a variety of golf prizes.

Tim White to speak at Hall Library

Join author and investigative reporter Tim White at the William Hall Library, located at 1825 Broad St., on Feb. 22 where he will discuss his new book, "The Last Good Heist" at 7 p.m.

The book focuses on the robbery (the “biggest single payday in the criminal history of the Northeast”) committed by eight daring thieves in Providence in 1975.

The book discussion will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. (Books will not be available for purchase, so bring your previously purchased copies for signing.) This program is free and open to the public.

Cranston East to host NESBA competition

For the second time, Cranston High School East plays host to 12 groups competing in the New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition. The event, which features bands from all over the region, will be held in the gym at Cranston High School East on Sunday, March 12. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the show begins at noon. Admission for adults is $10, while senior and student tickets cost $8. Children ages 6 and under are admitted for free. For additional updates, "like" the Cranston East Alumni Band Association Facebook page.

Did You Know?

Love was in the air this week with Valentine’s Day, but do you know the history behind it? The story is about a young Roman priest named Saint Valentinus who secretly performed matrimonial ceremonies of the soldiers belonging to Claudius II. The emperor had forbidden his soldiers to get married, fearing that they might not be able to concentrate on fighting wars. Saint Valentinus was hanged on February 14, 270 A.D. and since then the day is celebrated every year. While he was imprisoned he sent his last love note to the jailor’s daughter with an ending sign, “From your valentine.” (Source: Valentine’s Fun Facts)

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