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Help needed to deliver senior holiday meals

Over the past 32 years the Cranston Holiday Meals Program has been extremely successful in providing holiday cheer to many Cranston seniors who will be alone for the holidays. 

Last year, over 300 seniors enjoyed delicious Senior Services’ Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. These holiday meals, which are prepared by the Senior Services’ Nutrition Staff and retired senior volunteers, were delivered by hundreds of community volunteers. 

This year, they are seeking help once again to deliver holiday meals to seniors. If you are interested in doing so call Yvette Grullon at Cranston Senior Services 780-6144 before Dec.17. 

Meals will be delivered from Cranston Senior Services, 1070 Cranston St. on Friday, Dec. 22 for Christmas from 10 a.m. to noon.

Diaper collection at Woodridge Church

Woodridge Congregational Church is holding their Annual Christmas Diaper Collection for foster children of all sizes (especially 3-5). Wipes are also needed. Collection boxes at the church office at 30 Jackson Road weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Sunday mornings through Jan 7.

Rhode Coders Club to meet

Don't miss your chance to sign up for the next session of the popular Rhode Coders Club, a free HTML/CSS coding class series for adults ages 18 and over. Rhode Coders Club is perfect for absolute beginners who are interested in learning about programming and coding, improving their analytical skills, or looking to advance their careers. 

The next session will take place weekly on Saturdays (Jan 20-March 24) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Central Library's C-Lab.  

Register today at Questions? Email Don Gregory at 

The Rhode Coders Club is working with State and Federal organizations to help facilitate exploration of computer programming/coding for all Rhode Islanders.

Senior Center holiday gift cards available

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

Eco Depot to be held

Resource Recovery invites Rhode Island residents to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste on Saturday, Dec.16 from 8 a.m. to noon at Resource Recovery located at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston. This Eco-Depot is available to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. This event is weather permitting. 

To make an appointment for the collection, visit or call 942-1430 x241.

At the Senior Center

The Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St. will offer the following programs and activities. 

A Christmas Luncheon will be held on Dec.15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $3 per person. 

You are welcome to join in as they celebrate with food prepared by our chefs, with music by Mike DeNato and with our many Senior Services’ friends.  Don’t miss this fun time. Raffles will round out the fun! Call for your reservation now 780-6134.

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

On Dec.20, there will be Surprise Healthy Culinary Treats provided by Mystery Guests beginning at 10 a.m. Looking for easy Holiday treats that are good for you and at the same time are delicious?  You will want to attend this special program.

Manicure Services are available at the Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a fee of Standard Manicure: $6 and Gel Manicure $10. You already know that manicures make your nails look fantastic. But did you know that manicures have long term and health benefits as well. One benefit is the chances of nails developing fungi and other infections are reduced and another benefit, it is a great way to relax while improving the look of your nails. Call Sarah for an appointment at 451-0362.

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 three-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.

Happy Holidays from the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation

This year the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation is featuring their mascot, Sport the Dog on Tees and Hoodies in adult and children sizes. All proceeds will benefit the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation, which grants funds to character-building initiatives that benefit community children K-12.  With your support, they are proud to have granted over $150,000 over the years to programs in arts, academics, sports and health.

Sport makes a terrific holiday gift, while fulfilling your year-end giving goals. Visit, and order your dog today.

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.

Did You Know?

In 1836 Alabama became the first state in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday. Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907. (Christmas Fun Facts)

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