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Free tax preparation for those who qualify

CCAP's 2018 VITA Tax Preparation Assistance Service provides free tax preparation for individuals and families earning less than $54,000.

Last year, CCAP's VITA program filed over 1,000 federal tax returns, helping Rhode Island families receive $1.6 million in refunds without any cost. Their VITA tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS and will help you file your federal and state income taxes at no cost.

CCAP's tax preparation services are offered at our Cranston location: 311 Doric Avenue, Cranston, RI (lower level). Call 467-7013 today for an appointment.

Cranston Public Library closed Presidents' Day

All Cranston Public Library locations will be closed Sunday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents' Day. All locations will resume regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Cranston Public Library fundraising for book sale

They need your help with the Cranston Public Library Association's May 5 book sale. Help continue this tradition by donating your gently-used (and mildew-free) items to the sale. They are currently accepting donations of books (especially nonfiction books), CDs and LPs, and DVDs during regular business hours at the Central Library and William Hall Library. They are unable to accept magazines, VHS tapes, textbooks or encyclopedias.

Time for Lacrosse in Cranston

The new Cranston Lacrosse Club is open for registration for Spring 2018 boys and girls lacrosse.

Early registration is in full swing and you may register at their web site at www.CranstonLacrosseClub.com.

The early bird discount is intended to defray the cost associated with membership in US Lacrosse, participation is US Lacrosse is required to play in the Rhode Island Youth Lacrosse League (RIYLL). This requirement mirrors years past.

Registration is $150, US Lacrosse $30 and the Early Bird Discount $30.

Uniform to include Jersey, Shorts/Skirt, Shirt, and Sweatshirt and $100 to be collected when practices start.

For ten years, recreational youth lacrosse in Cranston has experienced growth. Please join in spreading the word for the Spring 2018 season. Indoor practices are planned for the 2nd week of March, outdoor practices in April, and games beginning roughly the second week of April.

Just say hello

Just to Say Hello Program is a Cranston Department of Senior Services program that provides a daily telephone call to Cranston seniors who are alone and have few family contacts. Each day a caring volunteer will make a simple, friendly phone call at a mutually agreed time which helps relieve loneliness, enhances wellness and develops friendships. If you know of any Cranston senior who would like to receive a daily telephone call or if you would like to be a volunteer caller contact Jennifer Kevorkian, Social Services Director at 780-6254.

City summer jobs applications date announced

The Parks and Recreation Department will make available summer job applications from April 2 to May 4. Applications will be available for download on the Parks and Recreation website and for pick up at the Recreation Office. Applicants must Cranston Resident and be 16 years old at the time of employment. Forms should be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Positions include Camp Counselor, Lifeguard, Pool Attendant, Pool Maintenance.

This is for new applicants only. Last year's summer employees in good standing with the department will receive a re-application form in the mail in the coming weeks.

Ocean State Toastmasters to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

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 merrillwinoker@icloud.com.

In search of volunteers

Rhode Island Academic Decathlon is actively recruiting volunteers for their Sunday, March 11 state competition. Volunteers evaluate the speech and interview skills of high school students or assist with exams and event management. The competition is hosted by CCRI in Warwick, and most volunteers serve from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Training is provided on the day of the event. Twenty teams from high schools across the state are competing. For more information on the RI Academic Decathlon, visit www.acdec.net or email frank.lenox@acdec.net. To register as a volunteer, visit riadregistration.org/decathlon/volunteers.pl or call 732-7700 extension 104 or email Jen Randall at jen.randall@acdec.net.

At the Senior Center

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

Presidents Day Luncheon will be held on Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3. For reservations, contact 780-6134.

Movie Time at the Center will be held Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Concussion starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Will Smith and Alec Baldwin. Forensic Pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, while conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player, discovers neurological deterioration that is like Alzheimers disease. He then embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma. Interesting and poignant true story.

Heart Healthy Treats will be featured at the Senior Center on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Join in for some heart healthy recipe treats.

Senior & Police Awareness Series will continue Feb. 21 with the Cranston Police Detective Division at 10 a.m. The Detective Division of the Cranston Police Department is made up of five distinct units. At this presentation you will learn what they are and what they do.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, called Living Well Rhode Island, will be held on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning March 20 and ending April 21. Anyone with a chronic issue be it arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, pain etc. are invited to participate in this free evidence-based program. Topics covered during this six-session workshop include: dealing with frustration; pain & fatigue; medication & nutrition; exercise for improving strength, flexibility & endurance; evaluating new medications and more. Upon successfully completing the program each participant will receive a certificate of completion, a relaxation CD and a gift certificate. Space is limited so register now by calling 780-6000.

New to the Senior Center is the Hi Lo Jack Card League beginning March 9 at 1 p.m. The cost is only $2 weekly. For more information and to sign up call Kathi at 780-6216 or Ray at 497-8097.

Cranston East hosts Band competition March 10

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*J>Come enjoy the sights & sounds of over 20 indoor percussion & color guard groups! Cranston High School East is proud to play host for the 3rd straight year to a New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) competition. The event will be held in the GYM at CHSE on SATURDAY, March 10, 2018. Bring your friends and family while supporting our Thunderbolts! Adult Admission: $10.00, Seniors/Students: $8.00, Children under 5: Free. Doors open at 3pm; Percussion groups start at 4pm; Color Guard groups start at 6pm. There will be raffles, 50/50 and a full concession stand available.

In search of Cranston history

The Cranston Historical Society is always so grateful to the good people of our city who allow them 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, please call the Society at 944-9226.

People helping People

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc. of Cranston will host a concert and poetry reading, which will honor Amos House of Providence, entitled Voices of the Earth: People Helping People which is scheduled for March 4 at 1 p.m. at Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, 209 Douglas Ave., in Providence. This spring event, hosted by Notable Works and sponsored by Second Story Graphics of Providence and Ann Tanzi of Cranston, will feature folk artist Joanne Lurgio of Warwick, who was voted 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year by Motif Magazine. Singer songwriters Mary Zema and Noreen Inglesi as well as poets from the Poetry Loft will also be part of this event. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing and refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public and is handicapped accessible. Admission is $5 per person. Please bring a can of coffee or a hand or bath towel for Amos House and you will receive a gift. For more information call 946-5357.

Bowling for animals

Defenders of Animals will host their Bowling for Animals on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Bowling Lanes, 1463 Atwood Ave. in Johnston. The $20 per person donation includes two hours of bowling, a pizza and a pitcher of soda for each lane.

For more information, contact Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

History of Newports Brenton point shown on TV this weekend

The bloody reef a history of Brenton point byy Jesse Correa Jr (a Cranston native ) will be on Cox channel 13 and Verizon channel 32 this Saturday, Feb. 17. The show will give a comprehensive history of Newports Brenton point from Indian occupation to now, with an insight into the odd activity that occurs there today.

Did You Know?

Presidents' Day falls on the third Monday in February in the United States. It is also known as Washington's Birthday, after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The day is meant to celebrate George Washington and all the presidents of the U.S. It became a federal holiday in 1879. Although there was an attempt in 1968 to officially call the third Monday in February Presidents' Day, it failed. It eventually came to pass that in 1971. Still many states choose to call this day Presidents' Day instead of Washington's Birthday. Some states also celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday at this time as well. (Source: Presidents Day Fun Facts)

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