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BASICS Holiday Glee

BASICS Holiday Glee is back again this year, with an exciting schedule of spirited, festive holiday performances! Families from all over Rhode Island will be able to enjoy the popular children's singing group at several events throughout the 2017 holiday season.

They have already made appearances at the Knightsville and City Tree Lightings and coming up the will be performing on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. in Garden City as they stroll through the center singing holiday songs, Dec. 14 at the Oaklawn Grange Tree Lighting and on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Glee event at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Warwick.

Holiday Glee will also be producing out their third CD of holiday music. CDs will be available for sale on our website, Proceeds benefit BASICS to keep music programs going for the children in Cranston and surrounding areas. There are still a few spaces open for other programs, including Glee, acoustic guitar lessons, and Intro to Broadway, registration is open at on our website,

BASICS, Benefiting All Students In Cranston Schools, began as a group of concerned parents and community members, to save music in local schools. Through the years, BASICS has become a non-partisan advocacy and information group with a mission to “help Cranston become a better place to learn and live.”

Since 2009, BASICS has run a citywide elementary school music program, developed an art program, and held yearly concerts and art shows. BASICS has also established a charity organization called Kids4Kids, which empowers children to help others through volunteering and community service.

Visit the BASICS website and Facebook page for more information, or stop by and visit them at their new location at 1985 Broad St. in Cranston.

Hanukkah in Pawtuxet Village

On Dec. 13, the Menorah at the Pawtuxet Village Gazebo will be lit at 6:45 p.m. and the community is invited to attend.

Ocean State Toastmasters to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or

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.

Reminisce Group will meet on Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. for a trip down memory lane as attendees share their own memories.

The holiday movie, “A Christmas Carol” will be shown on Dec. 12 at 12:45 p.m. to help celebrate the season with this Charles Dickens classic.

Gluten Free Eating will be the topic of the URI SNAP-ED program on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Getting the basic gluten free diet right is easy when you know the ground rules.

There will be a Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3. Join in to celebrate with food prepared by our chefs, with music by Mike DeNato and many Senior Services’ friends Raffles will round out the fun. Call for your reservation now 780-6134.

Chair Massage will be offered on Dec. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Each 15-minute massage costs $15 with Massage Therapist Jen Johnson. What a great holiday treat! A 15-minute chair massage will help relax muscles and reduce stress. Schedule your appointment now by calling 780-6000.

Looking for a perfect gift to honor a friend or family member? The Center offers gift certificates in $5, $10 and $25 denominations that may be applied to a membership fee, program fees, Snack Bar items, Transvan trips and The RSVP Gift Shoppe. Call or stop by the reception desk for more information call 780-6000.

A Christmas to Remember

Praise Tabernacle's 15th Annual Christmas presentation. There will be live animals, drama, comedy, singing, dancing, Santa, toys and much more.  Best of all, it is free. Over a 3-day weekend and 5 shows, PT has over 2,500 people who attend this event each year. The production will be held on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

In 2015, Praise Tabernacle modified one of the shows and made a Special Sensory Friendly Show. This is the third year for the Special Sensory Friendly Show and it will be held on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. For this show only, the will provide a calming room in case there is a need for it. The church is also handicap assessable for those in need. Praise Tabernacle Church is located at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston.

Through the Decades NYE Party

The St. Mary’s Ladies Auxiliary, located at 15 Phenix Ave., will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party “Through the Decades” on Dec. 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The $25 per person charge includes a buffet and entertainment by DJ Vito Georgio. For ticket information, contact Maria Manzi at 499-0796.

Holiday music program

On Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., Woodridge United Church of Christ and the Greenwich Bay Brass will present a program of Holiday Music including sing-a-long opportunities and a reception following the program.  Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. The group has been performing since 2006. It is an all-volunteer, British style Brass Ensemble with unique instrumentation. Based in Rhode Island, the GBB has made many appearances around the state including concerts at First Lutheran Church in East Greenwich, the Barrington Congregational Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Providence, Hearthstone House Lincoln, Wilcox Park Westerly, and the Gazebo in Barrington.

They have supported the Homeless Memorial Services at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, and the Salvation Army Christmas effort in RI by playing “around the kettle” at the Eastside Marketplace. As an ensemble of 10 players, they can perform in smaller venues, performing as a chamber music version of a full Brass Band. Woodridge Church is located at 546 Budlong Road in Cranston.

Holiday Strolls through Garden City Center

On Dec. 8 and 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Garden City will host their annual holiday strolls for the season. It will be held rain, snow or moonlight. Both nights will include live ice carving, strolling carolers including Brown Derbies, VOX and Merry Dickens and a Strolling snowman. On Dec. 8, Hope Highlands chorus and jazz band will perform, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Winter Concert

The West Bay Chorale proudly presents its annual winter concert entitled “What Sweeter Music”.  It will be held on Dec.10 at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St. at 3 p.m. The major selection is Vivaldi Gloria along with Rutter, Angela and Stroope. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for $12 and under.  Children 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from any of the chorale members or at the door. For more information please go to their website

Did You Know?

A copywriter named Robert L. May first invented the oddball reindeer in 1939 as a marketing gimmick for Montgomery Ward's holiday coloring books. (May considered naming the beloved misfit Reginald and Rollo.) And his nose wasn't originally going to be red: a red nose was viewed as a sign of chronic alcoholism, and Montgomery Ward didn't want him to seem like a drunkard. Good thing they changed it. "Reginald, the blue-nosed reindeer" doesn't have quite the same ring…or charm. (Source: Christmas Fun Facts)

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