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Voter registration drive

The Cranston Board of Canvassers is partnering with the Cranston Public Library to hold a Voter Registration Drive to mark National Voter Registration Day. The drive will take place on Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cranston Central Library Meeting Room at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road.

Stop by to register to vote or to update your voter registration. You can also register to vote or update your information online anytime here. For additional information, contact the Cranston Board of Canvassers at 780-3126 or visit their website.

September Bulky Waste Program

During the month of September, the Department of Public Works will pick up bulky waste, free of charge.

Residents must call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a free bulky waste pickup. Phone calls for the program will be accepted starting Aug. 28 and ending Sept. 22 for pickups starting on Sept. 1.

Pickups are limited to one scheduled trip with up to three items per residential unit. Bulky waste does not include mattresses, construction debris, TV's or electronic goods, white goods or any household trash/garbage bags that would fit into the City provided 65-gallon care of overflow bags.

Cranston Firehouse Chili Cook-Off

The Cranston Firehouse Chili Cook-off, presented by Cranston Firefighters IAFF 1363 to benefit the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation, will be held on Sept. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Blue Moon Pub, located at 42 Phenix Ave. Music will be provided by “DJ Cush” and tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 kids under 10 and are available at the Blue Moon Pub.

Statewide After Hours Networking at Twin Oaks

On Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m., a Statewide After Hours Networking event will be held at Twin Oaks in Cranston.

Networking events serve as a catalyst to ensure you meet the “right” people to include in your network and expand your sphere of influence. Whether you are a business owner, professional looking to increase client base, looking for career change, want to recruit employees or sales-reps, or simply want to meet new people; you will benefit from attending.

There are no formal presentations, just easy meet and greet happy-hour events held monthly, to help you build your network and your business.

Admission includes: complimentary appetizers, access to over 150 business professionals and a cash bar. There will be free parking with complimentary valet parking available. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 per person.

Color and Calm

Every Friday at the Auburn library for adults will be held Color and Calm from 4 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. They have recently changed the hours to add more time for coloring and relaxation. No reservations required.

Marching Band Invitational

Calling all alumni, music lovers and Cranstonians! Cranston High School East's Thunderbolt Band & Emerald Encore hosts its annual Marching Band Invitational at Cranston Stadium on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. featuring 8 of New England's best high school marching bands, including Cranston East, Dartmouth, Blackstone-Millville, King Philip, Dennis-Yarmouth, Somerset-Berkley, Bishop Feehan and Oliver Ames High School.

The Thunderbolts will be performing their 2017 field show “Shades of Latin.”

Come enjoy the music and food and try your luck at the 50/50 raffle. A great night of family fun and Cranston tradition. Adults $10; students/seniors $8; children under five free.

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.

Chair Massage Therapy will be held every fourth Tuesday of each month beginning Sept. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. “Don’t Take the Pain…Massage It” will be available for only $15 and you will receive a 15 minutes chair massage. Massage therapy has been proven to promote health and wellness. Medical studies have shown that massage therapy relaxes muscles, reduces stress, decreases inflammation and reduces pain intensity.  Schedule your 15 minutes with our Certified Massage Therapist know to relax those muscles and reduce tension. Call 780-6000 for an appointment.

A Matter of Balance “Managing Concerns About Falling” is currently being held at the senior center through Nov. 10. For a class fee of $10 this evidence-based program, A Matter of Balance, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and gradually increase your activity levels.  This class meets twice per week from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for six weeks.  Space is limited. To register call 780-6000.

What’s Your Story? will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 27 to Nov. 15. Everyone has a story, and most of us have many.  Let us help you tell yours.  In this eight-week memoir-writing workshop, we’ll meet weekly to learn about storytelling and effective writing techniques so you can remember and render the stories of your life effectively, eloquently and movingly.  Space is limited so call now to register at 780-6216. There is a class fee of $10.

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 $20, which includes continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and an awards banquet. Call 780-6000 to register. Golf will be held Sept. 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, 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.

Free safety inspections

The Red Cross volunteers and local firefighters are offering free safety inspections on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. To make an appointment, visit soundthealarm.org/rhodeisland or call 1-877-287-3327 and choose option 1. The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help.

Did You Know?

While the September equinox usually occurs on Sept. 22 or 23, it can very rarely fall on Sept. 21 or September 24. A Sept. 21 equinox has not happened since 1000 CE. This year we welcome the fall season on Sept. 22. However, in the 21st century, it will happen twice – in 2092 and 2096. The last September 24 equinox occurred in 1931, the next one will take place in 2303. 

The equinox dates vary because of the difference between how the Gregorian calendar defines a year (365 days) and the time it takes for Earth to complete its orbit around the Sun (about 365 and 1/4 days). This means that each September equinox occurs about six hours later than the previous year's September equinox. This eventually moves the date by a day. (Source: Fall Fun Facts)

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