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Eric Medeiros Memorial Foundation at Spain Restaurant

There will be a fundraiser for the Eric Medeiros Memorial Foundation at Spain Restaurant (2nd floor) on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. There will be passed hors durves, fabulous buffet, desserts and a cash bar. Also included will be a raffle. All proceeds to benefit CCAP food pantry and Brain Injury Association of RI.

Founded by Anna Casador, Eric's mom and the Founder President/CEO of the Eric Medeiros Memorial Foundation. She began the Foundation in memory of her son Eric who tragically died in a car accident.

Casador is currently the 2017 National Elite Woman of Service and she will soon start her second reign with the title of Mrs. Knightsville.

Tickets can purchase online at event page www.eventbrite.com or by contacting Anna at 316-2663. They accept all major credit card payments.

Kids, Cops and Classrooms now underway

The Cranston Police Department is joining other members of Rhode Island Law Enforcement, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, as well as area corporate sponsors in collecting donations of backpacks and school supplies for children who are clients of the Cranston COZ, Crossroads Rhode Island, Children’s Friend, Project Night Vision, the Center for Southeast Asians, the Hispanic Ministers’ Association, Family Service of Rhode Island, the Multi-Service Center for All, the African Alliance, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, and the Chad Brown Alumni Association.

The school supplies are for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. This is the ninth year that this effort has been undertaken.

The goal of “Kids, Cops, & Classrooms” is to help relieve the burden parents experience when they prepare their children to return to school. Due to budgetary restrictions in the state’s cities and towns, families are being asked to provide more of their own school supplies, as well as other supplies for use by the entire class. Another goal of this event is to show children that police officers are their friends and are in the community to help them. Rhode Island law enforcement has a long and wonderful history of helping families, especially children.

If interested, please drop off donations at the Cranston Police Headquarters c/o the Office of Community Outreach (Captain Vincent McAteer). They will be accepting donations until Aug. 30. The Cranston Police Department looks forward to hosting a similar effort during the Christmas holiday season.

Getting ready for FOOS

The 10th Annual Fall Out of Summer Festival in Cranston, presented free of charge by the Artists’ Exchange, Theater 82 and Character’s Café, will be held on Rolfe Sq. on Sept. 17. Fun and family-friendly event featuring live music and theater, artisans, art activities and contests and more!

Are you a Musician? Do you know a Musician? Artists' Exchange is looking for Musicians for our 10th Annual Fall Out of Summer Festival! Pass it along! Call, email or stop in for more information 490-9475 or info@artists-exchange.org.

Color and Calm

Every Friday at the Auburn library for adults will be held Color and Calm from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. for a relaxing start to the weekend. Library provides coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers. Soothing music and herbal and decaf teas. No reservations required.

Craftbash

Families welcome to join us for free crafts at Artists' Exchange on the last Saturday of every month. On Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., build a clay cup and travel through time and space in history to learn how ancient artisans would have decorated them. This event is free and open to the public. Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Sq.

New members welcome to West Bay Chorale

The West Bay Chorale will begin rehearsals on Sept. 11. At this time we welcome any new members who are interested in joining our singing group. No auditions necessary. If you have the love for music and are looking to share that talent, then The West Bay Chorale is the place to be.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., Cranston. If you would like more information, visit our Facebook page or our web site WestBayChorale.org. You may also contact Eric@westbaychorale.org or jenil@email.com.

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.

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 401-780-6216.

Book Club featuring “Never Change,” by Elizabeth Berg, will be held on Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m. with facilitator, Kathi Dunphy. “Never Change,” tells the bittersweet story of a 51-year-old home care nurse who is assigned to care for the “golden boy” she had secretly worshipped back in high school.

AARP Safety Driving Course will be offered on Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $15 with an AARP active member and $200 for non-members. Come and brush up on your safety skills. There is no test. At the end of the class you will receive a certificate of completion to send to your insurance company. Depending on the insurance company you may qualify for a discount.

The Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program orientation will be held on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. and the program begins on Sept. 25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Cranston High School West Track. Need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active? This walking program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Great fun walking with others three mornings a week. Meet at the track or take Transvan from the center. To register call 401-780-6000.

55 No Limits TV – the Cable Show featuring segments on better living as well as services and activities available at the Center. It can be viewed on Cox Cable (Channel 18) or Verizon (Channel 30). “55 No Limits TV” is aired every week, Monday at 4 p.m., Tuesday at noon, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Improve Your Health for a Better Self – The secret to feeling better and living longer? Staying active! Check out the varied exercise classes offered at the Center: Chair Exercises, Aerobics, Laugh Yoga, Let Your Yoga Dance, Tai Chi, Yoga, Making Fitness Easy, Zumba and then, of course, there is Ballroom Dancing and Line Dancing. For more information call 401-780-6000.

2017 Senior Games – “Fitness for the Body & Mind” will begin with Opening Ceremonies at the Center on Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. Join in for a week of fun and sport! The Senior Games provide seniors 55 and older, throughout the state and beyond, the opportunity to compete in events including billiards, bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, and much more. Registration fee is $20, which includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet and an awards banquet. Call 780-6000 to register.

Golf will be held Sept. 19, 20 and 21 at the Cranston Country Club. Registration fee $75 which includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, sleeve of golf balls, continental breakfast, lunch – grilled hot dogs – and a banquet immediately following golf. Call 780-6220 to sign up. For more information or to print a registration form visit the City of Cranston’s website www.cranstonri.com.

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) nonprofit 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 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Yard sale to benefit Defenders of Animals

A large yard sale will be held at the Warwick Animal Hospital on Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Warwick Animal Hospital (back parking lot), 1950 Elmwood Ave., Warwick. Proceeds to benefit Defenders of Animals.

Defenders of Animals and the Warwick Animal Hospital work together assisting pet owners and stray animals with medical emergencies and routine medical care. When funds are available, Defenders of Animals will assist pet owners financially when they can’t afford medical treatment or their pets.

Did You Know?

Back to school fun fact: The Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in the United States, founded in 1635. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school including Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper. (Source: Back to School Fun Facts)

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