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Join in Fez-tival of Trees

For any businesses and organizations looking for a spectacular way to market your product/service easily and cost-effectively, consider decorating a tree for the Rhode Island Shriners' Annual FEZ-tival of Trees, scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

What you do: Decorate an artificial tree of your choice, any size, theme or concept you wish - the more creative, the better. Guests attending the event will have the unique opportunity to enter raffles to win the trees (this includes the tree, any decorations, and anything gifts/gift cards/certificates that you choose to supply). For more information, contact Paula Cardi at 467-7100 x 33.

The FEZ-tival of Trees will feature an impressive display of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and menorahs that have been created and donated by local businesses and groups. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to enter raffles to win these displays and have the proceeds directly benefit the Rhode Island Shriners.

The FEZ-tival of Trees will be open to the public on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 3 p.m. that day, FEZ-tival of Trees will be closing out the raffle to win the trees. Drawings will take place and tree winners will be announced.

There is a suggested $2 per person for admission. All children are admitted free with free children’s activities, including face painting and arts & crafts. They can even write a letter to Santa Claus then visit and share their magical wishes with Santa.

Enjoy lunch in their Mrs. Claus Café, cash bar available with Holiday specials.

3rd Annual Knightsville Gazebo Christmas Tree Lighting

The 3rd Annual Knightsville Gazebo Christmas tree lighting will be held on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. The Gazebo is located at 10 Phenix Ave. This year’s celebration will have Christmas carols, hot chocolate and even a visit from Santa Claus.  BASICS Holiday GLEE club and St. Mary's School Chorus will be performing.

Church of the Ascension to hold annual silent auction

The Church of the Ascension, located at 390 Pontiac Ave. will be holding a silent auction on Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The funds raised from the auction are used to support their goal to sustain the ministry of the church to their diverse congregation, as well as enabling their continued support of the Cranston Food Pantry, Starbirth, the Epiphany Soup Kitchen and the non-profit groups that utilize their parish facility for meeting and educational programs such as debtors anonymous, Barony of the Bridge, cub scouts and girl scouts.

Old New England Christmas Bazaar

Visit the "Old New England Christmas Bazaar" at Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, 565 Pontiac Ave. in Cranston on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start the day with a cup of java and a tasty treat at the Coffee Nook. Tour Festival Hall and pick up some gifts at the Craft, Needlework and Jewelry Tables. The Oldtiques and Linen section may have the vintage piece you've been searching for. Purchase an item or two from our Mission Table and help those less fortunate.  Getting hungry? Stop by Phillips Café, have a delicious lunch, and then continue shopping at the Baked Goods Table. The Basement Bargain & Treasures Table (formerly Attic Treasures) has something for everyone. Wander through the Book Maze and purchase a book that will let your imagination soar. The Kiddies Corner Arts & Craft Tables will unleash your child's creativity. If you would like more information, please visit their website at or call the church office at 467-3300 ext. 1. The church is handicapped accessible.

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.

The Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation $3 per person. Please join your Senior Services family as they give thanks for all their blessings and their friends and at the same time, enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal prepared by our chefs. For a reservation call 780-6134.

Hearing Aid Services & Cleaning will be held Nov. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free hearing aid cleaning and a check to be sure that it is working properly provided by All You Need to Hear Hearing Aid Center. By appointment only call 780-6000.

Chair Massage Therapy will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. There is a $15 fee for a 15-minute massage, provided by: Jen Johnson, Certified Massage Therapist. 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 now to relax those muscles and reduce tension. Call for your appointment 780-6000.

Meditation Series – “Getting Through the Holidays” will be held Tues. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at the Center with facilitator Tyronne Jackson. This free four-part series will focus on practicing meditation for a peaceful Holiday season. The series will help reduce stress and enhance your physical and emotional well-being. Space is limited. Register now by calling 780-6000.

Book Club will meet on Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “Wishin’ & Hopin” by Wally Lamb. It is an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season…poignant and hilarious. Be sure to join us for an interesting discussion.

Bone Builders of RI, sponsored by The Village at Waterman Lake, will hold classes on Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. for a suggested donation of $2. Bone Builders is an innovative community-based program designed to promote health and over all well being for both men and women. Studies have shown that moderate free-weight training performed at least twice a week for six months can improve strength and balance, and increase energy levels, while significantly increasing bone density. The classes are all donation based and are on-going.

CHSE Funny4Funds comedy fundraiser

On Dec. 2, Funny4Funds will hold a comedy fundraiser to benefit Cranston High School East Music Department at the Brightridge Club, 59 Brightridge Ave. in East Providence. Tickets are $25 each and doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be light appetizers and dessert with cash bar available along with raffle prizes, live auction, and a 50/50 drawing. For tickets contact Sara Larrabee 536-0264.

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.

St. David’s Holidays

St. David's Holidays on-the-Hill Bazaar featuring Grannies' Attic and Elsie's Tea and baked goods will be held on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. David's Parishioners pre-sale opportunity will be held Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cranston Public Libraries’ Thanksgiving closures

All Cranston Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Regularly scheduled hours will resume on Friday, Nov. 24.

Holiday Craft Fair & Luncheon

Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church will host a Holiday Craft Fair & Luncheon on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. Fireside Luncheon will be held 11:30 am. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 229 Wilbur Ave

Start your holiday shopping and support local crafters. There will also be homemade baked goods for sale, a White Elephant Room to find treasures at great prices.

There will also be a Kids’ Holiday Design n’ Buy Studio – children can create holiday gift bags and then purchase gift items to fill them with (all items $5 and under) - Proceeds to Children’s Mission/South Providence Neighborhood Ministries

For more information, or to reserve a table (space is limited), call Laura 439-1776, or email

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month! Every year, thousands of writers across the globe participate in the challenge of writing 50,000 words in just four short weeks.

CPL has signed up as a "Come Write In!" partner. Stop by any library location to explore our curated writing resource displays or drop by the Central Library for a "Write In" and work on your novel with other NaNoWriMo participants: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Central; Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2 to 5 p.m. at Central. To learn more about NaNoWriMo, or to sign-up for the challenge, visit

Did You Know?

The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen. (Thanksgiving Fun Facts) To submit your news from the community, e-mail Meri R. Kennedy at Photos in .jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information. Be sure to check out our website at


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