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Annual Irish & Italian dinner

 On March 11, Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 546 Budlong Road, will celebrate the spirit of St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day with an “All You Can Eat” buffet. This family event features Irish and Italian food and the menu includes corned beef, cabbage, pasta, sausage, meatballs and more. Menu also includes coffee and specialty desserts.

The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3 to 12). You may also select from one of the two seatings: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Reservations required and you may email the church at woodridgechurch@verizon.net or call 942-0662.

“Shakespeare in the Hall” at William Hall Library

The Cranston Public Library is pleased to announce the introduction of “Shakespeare in the Hall” at the William Hall Library. Once a month, this series invites readers and performers of all experience levels to join a shared reading of a Shakespearean work led by children’s book author Michael Willhoite. The next reading, Much Ado About Nothing, will take place on Tuesday, March 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The series is perfect for a library, explains Branch Librarian Adrienne Gallo-Girard.

“The combination of literature and community makes for a terrific library program."

Attendees are invited to either bring their own Shakespeare collections to read from, or to contact the William Hall Library (781-2450) to reserve a copy ahead of time. Readers may choose to read entire soliloquies, or limit their reading time to a mere line.

“Shakespeare in the Hall” will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of every month. This series is free and open to the public. The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St., Cranston.

At the Senior Center

Join in the new Reminisce Group, which will focus on “Finding Meaning in Memories” on March 10 at 9:30 a.m. with Facilitator Karen Porto. This new group will be meeting on the second Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m.  If you love to reminisce about the “good old days” then this group is for you. Topics will vary each month. Participants are also encouraged to share their old photos, memorabilia, and stories from the past. 

Learn more about Multi Dose Packs - “An easier way to take your medications” on March 15 at 10 a.m. Your medications are pre-packaged the way you take them: by date and time. This might work for you. Come to this presentation to learn more about this new service.

Laughter Yoga will be held on March 15 at 1 p.m. Laughter Yoga? If you have never heard of it, you are missing out. It is one of the most stress-free hours you will spend. Come and participate with Larry, a certified Yoga Laughter Instructor. It will make you feel like a new person.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Luncheon will be held on March 17 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3. Remember everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Wear your green, come and enjoy the sounds of Mike DiNardo while enjoying an Irish feast provided by their “chefs extraordinaire.”

Technology HELP - URI Engaging Generations: Cyber Seniors is held every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do you have questions about how to use or best utilize your smart phone? Laptop? Tablet? Computers?  Email? Storing photos? Facebook? Etc. We have help!  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 780-6000.

Bank RI supports Books are Wings

As children across the country kick-off National Reading Month, Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) is continuing its local support of improving childhood literacy with the launch of its 7th annual Book Drive in partnership with Books Are Wings.

Throughout the entire month of March, each of BankRI’s 20 branches across the state will host a collection to benefit Books Are Wings, offering members of the community a convenient way to help foster a love of reading among Rhode Island youth by making a donation of new or gently used children’s books.

BankRI began its book drive partnership with Books Are Wings, a Pawtucket-based nonprofit whose mission puts free books in the hands of children from some of the state’s neediest communities, in 2011. Over the effort’s first six years, Bank customers and staff have donated more than 12,000 books, including 2,300 in 2016. For 2017, BankRI has set a goal of collecting 2,500 books.

BankRI’s seventh annual Book Drive will run through Friday, March 31. To find the BankRI branch closest to you, visit www.bankri.com/locations. To learn more about Books Are Wings, visit www.BooksAreWings.org.

Spring Concert Series Returns to William Hall Library

Beginning March 11, the Spring Concert Series returns to the William Hall Library in Cranston. The library welcomes musical groups Ten Strings, the Baker Brothers Band and the Aristocats to their auditorium stage for three free concerts for the public. The performances will take place Saturdays, March 11, March 25 and April 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.

On March 11, Ten Strings warms up early spring with bossa nova, jazz standards and swing tunes. This acoustic jazz group, comprised of musicians David Spadazzi (guitar), Dennis Pratt (bass), and new addition Mike Clarke (drums), has been playing jazz standards, bossa nova, and swing tunes for over fifteen years. 

On March 25, the Baker Brothers Band performs a musical tribute to jazz great George Benson. This jazz trio consists of Mark Baker (guitarist and arranger), Dick “Papa” Souza (upright bass), and Paul Marcil (drums). The ensemble focuses on improvisation and tasteful interpretations of melodies from the 1940s-1980s.  For this series, they will be performing a tribute to jazz guitarist George Benson featuring his instrumental music from the 1960s to the 1974 crossover album Breezin’.

On April 15, the Aristocats rounds out the series with a combination of Dixieland and swing (a genre the band calls “Swixie”), performing pieces from the Great American Songbook. Currently, the Aristocats features 96-year-old Nat Piccirilli on guitar and banjo, Dennis Pratt on the upright bass and vocals, premier jazz drummer Joseph Holtzman, and Lloyd Kaplan on clarinet and saxophone.

The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St., Cranston.

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.

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 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 942-9500. Tickets can also be purchased at the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Hall.

Stretch Strong to the Core

Tamburini Golf Performance will present “Stretch Strong to the Core” on Sundays at 10 a.m. at Tamburini Golf Performance Center, 100 Federal Way in Johnston.  Flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance and balance will all be taught during “Stretch Strong to the Core” will improve your total body flexibility, address mobility, strengthen your core and balance to enhance your overall functional fitness and golf performance.

Consistent stretching will allow you to have a more efficient swing, maximize on spinal rotation, produce more power, reach a greater distance with each drive and most importantly minimize the risk of injury. All levels are welcome, dress in comfortable clothing, bring a mat and water bottle with you. Space is limited, reserve your spot with Lisa, 413-2526 or at Tamburini.golf@gmail.com and for more info on training packages visit lisatamburini.com. A health history and waiver form must be completed.

Winners at the Western Cranston Garden Club

At their February meeting, The Western Cranston Garden Club announced the winners of the Annual Christmas Door Decorating Display. Congratulations to Pat Yearwood, 1st place; Cheryl Celeste, 2nd place, Clara Ruzzo, 3rd place and Paula Munko, Honorable Mention. The doors were judged by Vera Bowen and Ann Huntoon; Master Judges of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs.

Did You Know?

Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, St. Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century. (Source: St. Patrick’s Fun Facts)

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