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Need help accessing or getting food?

Everyone needs a little help from time to time. If you, or someone you know, needs nutritional assistance, CCAP’s Food Bank can help.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 12 percent of Rhode Islanders, 51,000 households, are food insecure, meaning they are often unsure where their next meal will come from due to lack of resources. The most severe conditions associated with hunger are reported by 4.7 percent of our state’s residents, 20,000 households. 

Call CCAP today to learn more about CCAP’s Food Bank which is located at 311 Doric Ave. (lower level). Food Bank hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 467-7013.

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.

Coffee with Constituents

Rep. Robert Lancia (District 16, Cranston) will hold his monthly “Coffee with Constituents” on Saturday, Dec. 30 at Panera Bread in Chapel View in Cranston, from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information call 944-3315.

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.

At the Senior Center

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

Wrap-Up 2017 will be held on Dec. 27 with Facilitator Nurse Marylou. Join in as they will wrap-up the year with a discussion on the hot health topics of 201 and end the discussion on future health programs for 2018. 

Diabetes Support Group will host “Management of Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia, and Sick Days” on Jan 3 at 10 a.m. with Facilitators CVS Pharmacist Mario Casinelli & URI Pharm D Students. There will be an overview of signs and symptoms of low and high blood sugar levels and how to properly manage them. There will be a review of the common medications that may cause hypoglycemia. There will also be a discussion on how anyone with diabetes should properly care for themselves during sick days.

Movie Time at the Center will be held Jan. 8 and Love Actually starring Hugh Grant and Laura Linney will be shown at 9:30 a.m. in the Theater Room. Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all – love.

Exercise Programs include Chair Exercises, Aerobics, Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga, Making Fitness Easy, Zumba Gold, Bone Builders of RI, Ballroom Dancing and Line Dancing. For more information on any of the above classes call 780-6000.

You can follow the latest news and programs from the Senior Center on their Facebook Page: Cranston Senior Enrichment Center.

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.

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 that 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.

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 their office at 944-9226.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

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?

Santa wore a variety of colorful suits through the years — including red, blue, white, and green — but legend has it that the popular image of his red coat came from a 1930s ad by Coca Cola. (Source: Christmas Fun Facts)

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