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West Bay Chorale Concert to present Broadway Love Songs


The West Bay Chorale will hold their upcoming concert, “Love Change Everything”, on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m., at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St. in Cranston. Their featured selections include the beautiful Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes along with various Broadway Love Songs from well- known productions such as Les Misérables, Wicked, The Sound of Music, and many more.  This will all be under the direction of our very dedicated and enthusiastic director Eric W. Van Devort. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from one of our chorale members, on our website, or at the door the day of the performance. For more information, please visit them on Facebook, or on their website


Arlington Dedication Ceremony to honor former library trustee


The Arlington branch library will be renamed in honor of former library trustee and advocate Edward Costa at a dedication ceremony on Monday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join in with Senator Jack Reed and Mayor Allan Fung as they honor the memory of Edward Costa, a former Library Trustee, by dedicating the Arlington branch as the Edward Costa Memorial Arlington Branch. The Arlington branch is located inside the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center at 1064 Cranston St. All are invited to attend.


Day of Hopes & Dreams


The RI Dream Center will be holding a Day of Hopes and Dreams on May 19 beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a 5K run/walk, and an Artisan Market. The event will be held rain or shine. The registration fee is $25 for all adult participants. All race participants and their supporters are invited to attend this event. The Artisan Market will open at 8 a.m. at Western Hills Middle School on Phenix Ave in Cranston. Artisans from all around RI will be selling their homemade products. Come help support the small businesses in our community. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, contact Sharon Cogean at

The Run 4 Hope 5K will begin registration at Cranston West High School at 8 a.m. with race beginning at 9 a.m. The first 100 registrants will receive an inaugural finisher’s medal.

The Rhode Island Dream Center is an approved 501c3 non-profit agency that focuses on helping families and individuals in Rhode Island that are in need. All proceeds will benefit the RI Dream Center’s many programs. Their programs include providing education, food, clothing, self-esteem building, spiritual 13-step program and much more. Go to to find more information on the RI Dream Center.


Park View Food Truck Night


Park View Middle School will host another popular Food Truck Night on Thursday, May 24 from 4:30-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Park View Parent Teacher group and is free and open to the community. Current families are invited to attend, as well as past and future students, friends and neighbors. Frisky Fries, Kona Ice, Fancheezical, Incred-a-bowl, Open Season, and Sarcastic Sweets will all be at Park View. Park View Middle School is located at 25 Park View Boulevard in Cranston. For more information contact Principal Crudale, or parent Krista Schmitz at


Cranston Police Safety Day


On May 19, the Cranston Police Public Safety Day will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Texas Roadhouse parking lot, located at 99 Garfield Ave. The event is sponsored by the Cranston Police Department, OneCranston and the Substance Abuse Task Force. On hand will be the Cranston Police K-9 unit, police bikes, children’s obstacle course, Andy the Armadillo, police cars, face painting and more. This is a free event. For call ahead seating at Texas Roadhouse (not required) call 944-1900.


Ocean State Toastmasters to meet


Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 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. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or


Annual spring plant sale


The Gentian Garden Club will hold their Annual Spring Plant Sale on May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Scituate Community House located at 546 West Greenville Road. The event is rain or shine and there will be plenty of locally grown perennials, shrubs, herbs and native plants from local gardeners. All are invited.


Vendors being sought


Vendors wanted for a Yard Sale at the Kelly Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, on June 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is $20 for each table. To secure a spot or if you need more information please call Lillian at 829-6080.


New to the Artists’ Exchange and Theater 82


Fun and Funny - ad-lib comedy theater which is presented by the Almanac Drops will be featured every Thursday at 8 p.m. Each performance follows a workshop with the Artists’ Exchange Comedy Troupe. Pay what you can admission with a suggested donation of $5 per person at the door. Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Square in Cranston.


Lecture on stone carvings to be held at Sprague Mansion


Join the Cranston Historical Society on May 15 at 7 p.m. for a Cranston Historical Cemetery Commission (CHCC) sponsored lecture and informative session at the Governor Sprague Mansion Museum in Cranston.

The Cranston Historic Cemetery Commission will have on view and discuss some of the work they have accomplished at historic cemeteries throughout Cranston. The commission will welcome special guest speaker Karin Sprague, RI Stone Carver, The Art of Remembering.

Karin Sprague and her talented team compassionately design, and hand carve monuments for families. Her work is in cemeteries across the United States & Ireland. She is a mother of three and lives in a stone cottage surrounded by beautiful gardens in Scituate RI. Her studio is tucked into the woods close by. Karin Sprague Stone Carvers, Inc. is one of a dozen remaining stone carvers in the U.S., continuing in the rich tradition of memorial and gravestone carvings by hand. Their works include tombstones, sculptures, monuments, memorials, celebration stones – carving meaningful designs of remembrance, working from hand drawn letters, symbols and sculptures using time-honored tools of various mallets and chisels.

The Cranston Historic Cemetery Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the city with the purpose of planning the maintenance, restoration, and rehabilitation of Cranston’s 84+ historical cemeteries. This includes their main goals of locating and assessing all cemeteries and documenting every burial contained within them. Ultimately, these burial grounds will be cataloged electronically with names, dates, and photographs for each stone, have updated GPS coordinates and updated signage at each location.


Library note cards for sale


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Cranston Public Library; the Cranston Public Library Association is holding a special fundraiser! You can purchase a set of library note cards which features hand drawn sketches of each of the 6 library locations. You can purchase a box for $8 at any Cranston Public Library location.


At the Senior Center


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

Bone Builders of RI is promoting bone health and well-being with a twice-weekly exercise class for ages 55+. The classes will be Monday from 1-2 p.m. and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m.  For more information call 497-3358.

URI Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Clinic will be held the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on May 10 and June 14. If you have questions about your application, wish to apply for the assistance program, or have received correspondence from the SNAP office that you don’t understand then this clinic is for you. No appointment is necessary, first come first served.

The Reminisce Group will meet on May 11 at 9:30 a.m. and join in to go down memory lane.

Mother’s Day Luncheon will be held on May 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3. Their chefs “extraordinaire” will be preparing a special luncheon.  Entertainment by Ken Morracco along with a free raffle for the women.  Call now for a reservation at 780-6134.

AARP Smart Driving Program will be held on May 30 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $15 AARP members/$20 non-members. The curriculum contains the latest research and industry insights along with exciting new topics. There are no tests. Advanced registration is required as space is limited. For more information call Kathi at 780-6216. If you are interested in joining in for lunch in the dining room reservations are necessary two days in advance by calling 780-6134.

Hi Lo Jack League will be held Fridays beginning at 1 p.m. with a $2 weekly fee. For more information and to sign up call Kathy at 780-6216 or Ray at 497-8097.

Volunteer Opportunities: Retired…Working Part Time…Looking for something New to do? Call the RSVP Office to learn of the many volunteer opportunities available to you. You can make a difference in our community by calling 780-6159.


Edgewood Girls Softballs to hold series CCAP Drives


Edgewood Girls Softball League will be collecting diapers and wipes on Friday, May 11; Personal Hygiene Products; deodorant, toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes (adult & children), shampoo, feminine products, and hand lotions on Saturday, May 12; and canned food and dry products on May 13.

Each month CCAP’s Food Bank serves over 800 families in need...The families we serve have lost their jobs, suffered an illness, or a different type of crisis…usually through no fault of their own.

The collections will be held at the fields that are in front of Park View Middle School. You can also help support families in the community by donating food or personal hygiene products to CCAP. For more information call 562-9610.


Spring Cleaning


It’s time for your Spring Cleaning! Make space in your closets and garage at the Cranston YMCA’s community yard sale. Reserve your table today! Cost of table rental is $20. All proceeds for table rentals are donated to the Cranston YMCA Annual Campaign. Any items not sold can be left behind and donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters. (Purple bins in the parking lot.) Spots fill up fast, don’t miss out. See one of our Welcome Center Rep’s today to reserve your table. For more information, call 943-0444. This event is rain or shine.


Coming to Tin Town Studios


TinTown Studios will be opening their newest show, The 12x12 on May 18 from 6:30-8.30 p.m. They have more than 90 works of original art created by both professional and novice artists and designers across Rhode Island and other parts of New England. TinTown Studio is located at 40 Haven Ave. in Cranston.


Did You Know?


In 2018, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that US consumers will spend $23.1 billion celebrating Mother’s Day. Shoppers will spend an average of $180 on Mom. Most consumers will give cards (77%) and flowers (69%) to their mothers or take her out to eat (55%) in 2018, but more money will be spent on jewelry ($4.6 billion) than any other category, according to the NRF. (Source: CNN)


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