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Coming to Garden City Center

As Garden City Center begins construction on Phase IV of renovations, two new restaurants have signed leases to join Legal C bar in the new 30,000-square-foot building located between Bank of America and Newport Creamery. The Simple Greek and Tavern in the Square are set to open their doors in 2018 adding more variety to the growing number of dining options for shoppers at Garden City Center.

Tavern in the Square will open its first Rhode Island location at Garden City Center with a 7,000-square-foot venue that offers the feel of a traditional Boston sports bar combined with a family restaurant offering a wide selection of food including steak, salads, specialty burgers, and sandwiches. Diners will also can casually dine and enjoy cocktails on Tavern in the Square’s outdoor patio.

The Simple Greek joins the mix with a 2,000-square-foot eatery that offers traditional Greek foods in a fast-casual setting. Customers can customize their meals in an assembly line, open kitchen style that encourages interaction with employees and offers a personal touch to every meal.

R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles extends license, credential expiration dates

Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Walter R. “Bud” Craddock has announced that he has extended the validity periods for Rhode Island motor-vehicle credentials with July 2017 expiration dates to Sept. 30.

The extension applies to license, registrations and other credentials due to expire between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017.

This “grace period” announcement follows action this week to extend the validity period for temporary license plates from 20 to 40 days. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration has informed the Division that individuals carrying Rhode Island credentials that expire during the computer transition period should not encounter difficulty during domestic air travel. It is recommended that Rhode Islanders with expired credentials bring a second form of identification.

For more information, visit and click on the “DMV Customer Alerts” section.

Garden City Concert Series

The Garden City Concert Series will continue at the Gazebo on July 12 with Nancy Paolino & Black-Tie Band will perform and on July 19 the stage is set for Steve Smith & The Nakeds.

On July 26 Red Hot Horns will perform, followed by the URI Jazz Band on Aug. 2. Superchief Trio will perform on Aug. 9. The series will wrap on with Nicolas King with special guest Angela Bacari on Aug. 16. All concerts are free and held at the gazebo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

112 Annual St. Mary’s Feast coming up

The St. Mary’s Feast will in held July 19-23 in Knightsville, Cranston. The feast features entertainment, rides, amusements and a variety of food and some craft vendors. It will be open Wed-Fri from 6 to 11 p.m.; Sat from 3 to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday will also feature the Traditional Procession at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday beginning at St. Mary’s Church, 1525 Cranston St.  The annual fireworks display will also be held on Sunday at 10 p.m.

12th Annual One Act Play Festival

Hosted by Artists' Exchange, the 12th Annual One Act Play Festival will begin on July 21 to July 20 at 7 to 9 p.m. (Wave I) and Aug. 4 to 12 (Wave II) with shows also on Saturdays from 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Artists' Exchange's One Act Play Festival is summer theater at its best. Storytelling and honest relationships are at the heart of this year's festival. Family, friends, lovers, enemies, colleagues...we'll examine humanity and all the complexities of being human. Stories of joy, sorrow, hope, heartbreak, and more will delight, inspire, sadden, and make you come back for more. Join us for original and fresh plays written by playwrights local, regional, national, and beyond. Tradition and twists combined with live music will keep you on the edge of your seat. Artistic Direction by Jessica Chace and Music Direction by Tom Chace. Lauren Annicelli, Jessica Chace, Tom Chace, and David Kane will direct a cast of community actors of all ages, experience, and abilities.

For more information about the festival lineup, please visit and for tickets visit All performances will be held at Theater 82 & Café, 82 Rolfe Sq.

Quidditch Tournament

There will be a Quidditch Tournament at the William Hall Library on Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Battle it out for House glory in the library's annual Quidditch Tournament! Kids will be Sorted into teams and play until only one winning team remains.

This program is open to children entering grades 4 to 9, registration is required. Anyone entering grades 10 - 12 can sign up to volunteer as Snitch-throwers, coaches, or alternates should the need arise.

For more information, contact

“Country Nite” at the Cranston Senior Center

A special “Country Nite” will be held at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center on July 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are limited and are $10 each.

Coordinated by the Cranston Department of Senior Services’ RSVP Advisory Board and sponsored by the Texas Roadhouse of Cranston this will be a night to remember! 

Featuring Chris Monhollen, Nashville recording artist/songwriter/guitarist and a special appearance by Joanne Lurgio, R.I. singer/songwriter.

Refreshments will be available: Beer, wine, soda and bottled water. Tickets may be purchased at the Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call 780-6000.

Take a chance to benefit the homeless

Mae Organization for the Homeless is celebrating its founder's birthday on August 15, by giving away $1,000. Spend just $10 for the opportunity to turn it into $1,000.

This is a virtual fundraiser, allowing anyone around the world to participate! All proceeds from this fun giveaway will be going toward their holistic programs for our homeless clients.

The mission of Mae Organization, Inc. is to operate on a Mind, Body and Spirit Wellness program model that empowers and compassionately supports our homeless demographic through expressive arts and holistic modalities in the healing of mental illness and substance abuse.

Expressive Arts Programs in conjunction with clinical medicine have been proven extremely effective worldwide in hospitals and other healing centers in the healing process of aids, cancers, alcohol and drug abuse cases.

Mae Organization uses these holistic healing therapeutic modalities as their platform to work supportively and compassionately with our homeless clients in finding their inner voiceless child.

They are currently raising funds to purchase a transportation vehicle and open their Wellness Center. 

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting RI Dental at 1351 South County Trail, suite 120 in East Greenwich or by calling 206-1451 for additional ticket locations. You may also visit

RI Detective Stories

The subject of the next open meeting of the Cranston Historical Society, on July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St. will be R.I. Detective Stories. The speaker for the evening will be Sam Kafrissen, the author of mystery novels set in Rhode Island during the 1950s featuring a local detective.

His latest book, “The Missing Films,” takes place in the area around the Sprague Mansion and the Cranston Print Works.  He will discuss the stories and characters he has created in books that stir memories of mid-20th century Rhode Island. 

A social hour with refreshments will follow the meeting, which is open to members and guests. For more information please call Mary Mierka at 944-9226.

Applications for Cranston Explorer Program

Applications for the Cranston Police Explorer Program are now being accepted! Our program is open to young adults ages 15 to 20, who have completed 8th grade, and will give Explorers the opportunity to learn police functions and participate in mock police calls, as well as assisting the Cranston Police Department in the community. They anticipate a competitive process so make sure the application is complete. Please note that the application period will be open through the month of July. It may be extended depending on the amount of applications.

Please click on to begin your application. Please email Captain Vincent McAteer at if you experience any problems or have any questions.

Bowl-A-Thon to benefit animals

Sponsored by Defenders of Animals, a Bowl-A-Thon will be held on July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., which includes two hours of bowling at Town Hall Lanes, 1463 Atwood Ave. in Johnston. The fee is $20 per person which includes a pizza and a pitcher of soda for each lane. Call Defenders of Animals for reservations at 461-1922 or send an email to

Summer concerts at the William Hall Library

The Cranston Public Library, Parks & Recreation Partnership Brings Summer Concerts to William Hall Library, located at 1825 Broad Street, Cranston.

“Music In Our Town,” a summer concert series, will feature summer performances, at the William Hall Library.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place on the William Hall Library front lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and snacks to make the most of these free, family-friendly events. Free ice cream provided by Scandinavian House at selected performances.

Traditional concerts will take place on Thursdays, through Aug. 3, from 6:30-8 p.m.

July 13 will be Branded, which brings award-winning country and western music mixed with oldies to heat up a July night.

July 20 will be R & J Review which is a dynamic duo and a crowd-pleaser with a mix of music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. This concert is sponsored by Webster Bank.

July 27 will be Avenue A: An evening of swing, jazz, standards and popular music to wrap up the month of July.

Aug. 3 will be Billy Shears Band as they close out the Summer Concert Series with the music of the Beatles.

Kids’ concerts will take place on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with Magician Tommy James who wows the crowd with a unique blend of humor and magic that entertains both kids and parents and on July 25 will feature the Toe Jam Puppet Band.

At the Senior Center

Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center the former Cranston Senior Enrichment Center is located at 1070 Cranston St. For any additional information on the following programs, call 780-6000.

URI SNAP Outreach Clinic on “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” will be held on July 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Available on a “first come first served basis” a SNAP Outreach Worker will answer your questions regarding this assistance program.  The program was formerly known as food stamps.  It is a federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your food budget and buy healthy food.

Reminiscence Group: “Remembering the Past” will meet on July 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with facilitator: Jennifer Kevorkian. Are there benefits to reminiscing?  Experts say, “very definitely!!” Experts studying memory and aging say those who take the time to look back at the highs and lows of their lives find greater satisfaction as they age. It can also be great fun… join in on the second Friday of each month while we “Remember the Past” together.

Laugh Yoga/ “Laughter the Best Medicine” will be held on July 19 at 10 a.m. Laughter Yoga not only increases happiness, but it also strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and lowers stress.  Laughter relaxes the whole body. It triggers the release of endorphins, helping to promote an overall sense of well-being.  

Over Active Bladder will be the topic of a presentation on July 19 at 10 a.m.  Over Active Bladder (OAB) symptoms affect millions of men and women.  Many just learn to cope with this condition, rather than talk to their doctor about it. It may be because they are embarrassed or they do not realize that it can be treated. Do you know what OAB symptoms to look for?  How and why does OAB happen?  Don’t miss this very informative presentation on a condition that affects so many of us.

A Mobile Manicure Spa - More Than Just Pretty Nails will be at the Cranston Senior Center to pamper. On Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, getting a manicure is a nice routine and it is even nicer when it is coming to you here at the center!  Sarah, our manicurist, will be with us on Thursdays throughout July from 9 a.m. to noon.  For only $7 you will have the opportunity to enjoy a standard manicure.  By appointment only please call now at 780-6216.

In search of Cranston history

The Cranston Historical Society is always so grateful to the good people of our city who allow us to borrow old pictures of Cranston schools, activities, businesses, parades, landscape photos, farm pictures, etc. that show Cranston's rich history, civics and industry. If you have any of these, and would like to share call 944-9226.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 401-831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Did You Know?

“The Dog Days of Summer” refers to the weeks between July 3 and Aug. 11. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major. (Source: Summer Fun Facts)

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