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CCAP in need of help for the holidays

Each month CCAP serves over 600 families in need at their Food Bank, and they are seeing more and more families having trouble making ends meet and are unable to purchase needed food. The families we serve have lost their jobs, suffered an illness or a different type of crisis, usually through no fault of their own.

Providing extra food for the holidays is an even bigger burden for families that need help. CCAP’s goal is to provide 1000 Baskets for the Holidays. We would like to ask you to join them in "lending a helping hand during the holidays" by hosting a CCAP food drive in your church, work place, service group, school or community.

Food needed

Frozen turkey, canned corn, canned green beans, canned yams, boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing, canned turkey gravy, canned cranberry sauce, pie crust, canned pie filling, rolls, or $25 grocery gift cards.

Please join us this year to help collect food for our Holiday Food Baskets, or you can make a cash donation of $35 for a competed meal basket. Checks can be made out to CCAP's Holiday Food Drive, 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910.

All food and donations are due by Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 during business hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920 (lower level). We can also arrange pick-up. For more information, contact Joanne Gregory, Vice President of Social Services at 562-8333.

Pink Ribbon Bagels now available to benefit Gloria Gemma

Panera Bread is once again partnering with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation during its 16th annual “Pink Ribbon Bagel” promotion. Throughout the month of October, to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of proceeds from all Pink Ribbon Bagels sold in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts will go to the Pawtucket-based nonprofit.

This is the fifth consecutive year that proceeds have benefited the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, whose mission is to provide education, access to wellness resources and support programs to those touched by cancer. Pink Ribbon Bagels are baked fresh daily in each Panera Bread café, formed by hand into a ribbon shape, and feature dried cherries, cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Announcing the RI Shriners Country Concert

The RI Shriners will be hosting a Country Concert on November 5, at the RI Shriners, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston. This is a free event for the community that will have an Old-Time Country Theme. Enjoy a full afternoon of live music, fun dancing, country style food, cash bar and shopping with crafters and vendors. The proceeds of the day will directly benefit the Rhode Island Shriners.

At 2 p.m. there will be Boot Stomping Line Dancing with Melissa Caldarone from GET in Line RI. Intro session to line dancing for first 15 minutes then a full hour of Line Dancing fun.

There will be a Tribute to Johnny Cash, The Man in Black Concert performed by Robert Black, Award-Winning Tribute Artist, at 3:15 p.m. Robert Black is best known by his Tribute Concerts of Elvis Presley.

At 5:15 p.m. will be the RI Rednecks, CMA of RI Band of 2015, 2016, & 2017. The Classic Country Music Band of RI.

Free Admission and the RI Shriners is fully handicap-accessible with plentiful, free off-street parking.

For more information on our event please contact us at 467-7100 ext 33 or, or see our event page on Facebook at “RI Shriners.”

New Hope Art Gallery Fall/Holiday Show

New Hope Art Gallery will have their Fall/Holiday Show Opening on Nov. 14 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston Street in Cranston.

The Fall Show will feature more than 400 pieces of art in every style and media from 100 local, national, senior, special needs and student artists. We are honored to include a special curated show in our gallery by Ellie Brown who was awarded a RISCA grant to create an important and wonderful show called “Care (Give and Take)” featuring art by local, national and senior artists living with memory loss. We will feature 20 tables of small original art, clothing and jewelry for sale at affordable prices. There will be live entertainment by Jim Chapin, Mark Greenwood, Bob Rizzo and friends and Jack Lai creating free portraits for our guests.

This event is free and open to the public so come for a visit with family and friends to help us welcome in the holiday season and enjoy the amazing art, wonderful music and refreshments with our talented New Hope Art gallery artists. Regular Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays, and the show runs until Early March 2018.

Turkey Trot

The Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812/Post Auxiliary, located at 1418 Plainfield St. will host a Turkey Trot on Nov. 1.

This event runs through 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. complete with Turkey Raffles (certificates will be awarded), Italian Ham Raffle and a Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Basket.

For the raffles, a donation: $1 per Ticket, book of six ticket for $5. Tickets for the event are on sale at the bar.

Cranston Public Library Locations Closed Veterans Day

All Cranston Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Central Library will be open on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 1-5 p.m., and regular hours at all other locations will resume Monday, Nov. 13.

West Bay Chorale

Rehearsals are in full swing with the West Bay Chorale under the direction of their new director Eric W. van Dervort. They are in the process of preparing for their Winter Concert entitled “What Sweeter Music,” which will be held on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Selections include Vivaldi Gloria and music by Peter Anglea, Z Randall Stroope and John Rutter. Tickets for this concert are now available through any Chorale member.

Their Spring Concert entitled “Love Changes Everything” will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. Selections for this concert will include Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and Broadway Love Songs. Concerts are held at the same place as our rehearsals.

Their annual Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston. There will be an Italian Buffet dinner and raffle. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under and children five and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance from any of our chorale members. All proceeds go to help support the West Bay Chorale.

For more information about the West Bay Chorale, please visit their website at or find us on Facebook. You can also contact them at or

Color and Calm

Held every Friday at the Auburn library for adults will be 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.

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, please call 780-6000.

A flue clinic will be held on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Getting a flu shot lowers your risk of getting the flu virus. Please be sure to bring your insurance card with you.

Veterans Coffee Hour will be held on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Veterans Day is upon us and we invite you to join us for a special Coffee Hour dedicated to you our Veterans. Come and meet with other veterans. Chat and reminisce.

New Nutrition Facts Label will be presented by the URI SNAP ED Program on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. The U.S. Food & Drug administration has finalized a new Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods that will make it easier for us to make informed food choices that support a healthy diet. This is your chance to learn all about it.

Do You Have Both Medicare & Medicaid? If you are a Rhode Island resident and have both Medicare and Medicaid, you may be able to get more benefits than you are currently receiving from Original Medicare for a $0 plan premium. Come and learn about this dual complete plan that you may be eligible for. This program will be held Nov. 9 at 10 a.m.

A Salute to Our Veterans Luncheon will be held at the Senior Center on Nov. 9 at 11:45 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3.

Reminisce Group will meet on Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Come and enjoy a casual conversation down “Memory Lane.”

Hearing Screenings will be held on Nov. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program will be provided by Nancy Fox, All You Need to Hear Hearing Aide Center. Call 780-6000 for your appointment time.

Arthritis Exercise Classes are back by popular demand, and will be held on Tuesday beginning Nov. 14 at 1:15 p.m. Take charge now and register for this 12-week free Arthritis exercise program. Remember, exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis. To register, please call 780-6000.

Painting for Beginners will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. Session fee is $3 per person. Students who have a basic drawing background are invited to take this class. Although the class is for beginners, those students having a background in painting on any level are welcome. For more information or to register call 780-6000.

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 office 944-9226.

Did You Know?

Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2,000 years to the time of the Celts who lived in Britain.

Trick or treating comes from the Middle Ages practice of the poor dressing up in costumes and going around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for prayers. The food given was often a Soul Cake, which was a small round cake that represented a soul being freed from Purgatory when the cake was eaten. (Source: Halloween Fun Facts)

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