Harvest Festival at Bain
Hugh B. Bain Middle School will host its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. at Tate Field at the Bain track, located at 135 Gansett Ave. The event will feature vendors, crafts, children’s activities, raffles, food and more. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library closed for Columbus Day
The Cranston Public Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 15. For more information, visit cranstonlibrary.org.
Thunderbolt Trivia Night
The Cranston High School East Music Department will host a Trivia Night on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Imperial Room, One Rhodes Plaza. Tickets cost $30 per person and include dinner, raffles and a silent auction. This is a 21-plus event, so no students are allowed. There is a limit of 200 seats and the deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 11. For more information, contact Krista Schmitz at email@example.com or 440-4401.
YMCA Community Yard Sale
The Cranston YMCA will host its Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon.
The yard sale will be held on the front lawn of the Pastore Youth Center, located at 155 Gansett Ave., Cranston. The cost to rent a table is $20, and all proceeds will support the Cranston YMCA’s annual campaign. Any items not sold can be left behind and will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island. Spots fill up fast. See one of the YMCA Welcome Center representatives to reserve a table. This event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 943-0444 or email Michelle Puhacz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentian Garden Club
The Gentian Garden Club invites the public to its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, at 7 p.m. Betty Sanders will speak on the topic “Gardening For A Lifetime.” Sanders is an accredited national flower show judge, a master gardener and a garden coach. To learn more about her, visit bettyongardening.com.
Consider joining the club by reaching out to its membership chairperson, Cheryl Hahn, at 934-3180 or email@example.com.
Touch a Truck in Garden City
On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Cranston Rotary Club will host a Touch a Truck event at the Gazebo in Garden City Center. Children will have the opportunity to see and explore police, fire, military and construction vehicles and more. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes. There will also be face painting and crafts. The suggested donation to support the work of the Rotary Club is $10 per family.
'Alzheimer’s Disease: Finding Hope Through Research’
The Cranston Enrichment Center will host “Alzheimer’s Disease: Finding Hope Through Research” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.
Join representatives from the four Rhode Island Alzheimer’s research sites – the Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital, the Memory & Aging Program Butler Hospital, the George & Ann Ryan Institute for Neuroscience University of Rhode Island and the R.I. Mood & Memory Research Institute – to learn more about their leading-edge research efforts to treat and end the disease. Refreshments will be served.
Space is limited. To register, call 780-6000.
Cranston resident awarded nursing scholarship
Madison DeMelo, daughter of Jorge and Erin DeMelo of Woodrow Avenue, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the CharterCARE Foundation to pursue her studies at Salve Regina University.
DeMelo graduated from Cranston High School West. In addition to outstanding academic achievement, she participated in the certifications offered in the Medical Pathways Program and is scheduled to fulfill the required CNA practicum hours as well as completing the requirements for EMT certification.
In preparation for her goal to become a neonatal nurse practitioner, DeMelo shadowed a local pediatrician as part of an internship program. She was a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the girls varsity cross country team and a freshman mentor. In her spare time, she has maintained part-time jobs in retail.
She recently spoke about her nursing goals at the foundation’s annual Scholarship Reception on Sept. 12.
Thunderbolt Marching Band Invitational
The Thunderbolt Marching Band Invitational, hosted by the Cranston East Alumni Music Association, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Cranston Stadium from 4-8 p.m.
The event will feature seven of New England's best high school marching bands, including Cranston East, Portsmouth and Westerly from Rhode Island and Dartmouth, Dennis-Yarmouth, Somerset Berkley and Blackstone-Millville from Massachusetts. The Thunderbolts will be performing their 2019 field show, “Pathways.”
The event will also feature food and a 50-50 raffle. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Children under 5 will be admitted at no cost. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the show begins at 5 p.m.
Venue change for Pilgrim High School class of 2009 reunion
The class of 2009 from Pilgrim High School in Warwick will celebrate its 10-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7-11 p.m. The reunion will be held at O’Rourke’s Bar and Grill, 23 Peck Lane, Warwick.
Tickets cost $25 per person and must be purchased before Oct. 6 to guarantee entrance. Attendees are welcomed to bring a guest with the purchase of a separate ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com. For more information, visit the class Facebook page or contact Jennifer Rawson (Kennedy) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AG to speak at CAN meeting
Attorney General Peter Neronha will be the keynote speaker at the next general membership meeting of the Cranston Action Network, or CAN, to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17,at the Church of the Ascension, 390 Pontiac Ave., Cranston. A question-and-answer session will follow his address.
Defenders of Animals will hold a Pasta Fest on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Edgewood Congregational Church, located at 1788 Broad St. in Cranston. Tickets cost $10 per person and there will be raffles. For tickets or more information, call Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.
Mt. Pleasant High School 60th reunion
The class of 1959 from Mt. Pleasant High School will hold its 60th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1-5 p.m. at Cucina Rustica, located at 555 Atwood Ave. in Cranston. For more information, email MarjeCatanzaro@gmail.com.
‘One Year Home’ author at library
The Cranston Public Library will host Marie Force, author of “One Year Home,” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Central Library, located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road.
Take part in an informal chat with this New York Times best-selling author whose books have been published in more than a dozen languages. Force will share some of the highs and lows of her author journey, discuss her books, and take questions about anything participants wish to talk about when it comes to writing, publishing and reading.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale courtesy of Barrington Books. For more information, visit cranstonlibrary.org.
St. Xavier class of 1969 reunion
St. Xavier Academy’s class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Sunday, Oct. 20. Classes who graduated in years ending in 9 and 4 will be honored as well. A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy Church in Warwick followed by lunch at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. All graduates are invited to attend. For additional information, call Margaret Mathias at 232-9006.
The annual Chopstick Auction at Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, located at 1418 Plainfield Pike in Cranston, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 12-4 p.m. For a cost of $20, attendees will be able to participate in more than 100 raffles. Proceeds will benefit nonprofit community organizations.
Passport Day at library
The Cranston Public Library will hold its annual Passport Day on Monday, Oct. 21. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the Central Library, located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, between 4-8 p.m. Passport agents will be at the library during those hours to process applications for individuals and families and answer any questions about the passport application process. They will also be able to take passport photos for a fee of $10.
Applicants need to bring proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid photo ID (for adults), and personal checks or money orders. Detailed information on the documents required can be found at cranstonlibrary.org or at the Central Library. The Department of State also offers complete information about the passport application process at travel.state.gov.
Cranston Hall of Fame
The 39th induction ceremony for the Cranston Hall of Fame will be held Friday, Oct. 25 at the Alpine Country Club, located at 251 Pippin Orchard Road, Cranston.
This year's inductees are Michael Chalek, David Schiappa, Meri Kennedy, Steven Maurano and the late Leonard D’Errico.
Tickets cost $40 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets or more information, contact Deborah Greifer at email@example.com.
Soil testing at farmers market
Fall is the best time to plant grass seed for next year. The soil is still warm from months of summer sun. This combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures and cool evenings encourages fast germination and establishment of newly sown grass seed. To make sure your newly planted lawn gets the most nutrients from your soil, a soil pH test should be performed as well.
On Friday, Oct. 25, bring soil samples to the Goddard State Park Farmers Market, located at 345 Ives Road in Warwick. University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will be at the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can provide pH results and soil texture analysis as well as provide recommendations for the gradual improvement of your soil’s pH and health.
For instructions on taking a soil sample or information on other testing locations, visit uri.edu/mastergardener/soil-testing-service.
Pilgrim High School class of 1984 reunion
Pilgrim High School’s class of 1984 will host its 35th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The reunion will be held at the Nelson Event Center at Lang’s Bowlarama, located at 225 Niantic Ave. in Cranston. For more information, contact the Reunion Committee at PHS84Reunion@yahoo.com.
Cranston High School class of 1960 reunion
Cranston High School’s class of 1960 plans to hold its 60th reunion on Sept. 12, 2020, at the Cranston Country Club. The cost will be $50 per person. For more information, contact Joan Farmanian Fratterelli at 349-3922.
Pickleball this fall
The Cranston Parks and Recreation Department will be offering Pickleball at the Pastore Youth Center, located at 155 Gansett Ave., starting this fall. Games will be played Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 2 p.m., through March 23, and Saturdays, 8 -11 a.m., from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16. If there is demand, additional time on Sunday afternoon/evening can be added once this session ends.
The fee is $3 per person per day. The program is open to Cranston residents and nonresidents. Three courts will be available to accommodate people of all skill levels.
For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page on the city’s website, cranstonri.com.
Youth basketball program
Registration is open for the Saturday Morning Basketball Program, which runs Saturday mornings from Nov. 23 through March 14.
This is an instructional program designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball. It is not a league and no teams will be formed.
The program will be held at the following times and locations:
Pastore Youth Center: grades one and two, 9-10 a.m.; kindergarten through grade one, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Western Hills Middle School: grades three through five, 9-10:30 a.m.; grades six through eight, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Park View Middle School: grades three through five, 8-9:30 a.m.; grade six, 9:30-11 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 per child. Registration forms are available for download on the Parks and Recreation Department’s page on the city’s website, cranstonri.com. Forms may be returned to the department’s office at the Pastore Youth Center.
New theater program
The Cranston Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Living Arts Theater, will be offering an eight-week acting class for students in grades two through 10 at all experience levels. Through these process-based classes, students will learn acting techniques and build scene study and improv skills, as well as building ensemble-based collaboration skills.
The classes will be taught by the Living Art Summer Theater teaching artists and will culminate with an acting showcase for friends and families in Pastore Youth Center’s acting classroom.
The fall session will run on Saturdays at the Pastore Youth Center from Oct. 19 through Dec. 14. There will be no class on Nov. 30. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for grades two through five and from 10:30 a.m. to noon for grades six through 10.
The cost of the class is $110. There is a strict limit of 10 participants for each class. Once a class is filled, we will accept people on a wait list.
To register, please return the form on Parks and Recreation Department’s page on the city’s website, cranstonri.com, along with a check made payable to “City of Cranston” to the Parks and Recreation Department.
Delivery of library books
The Cranston Public Library will deliver any item that has a three-week loan period. Patrons never pay a late fee or fine because the library picks up all the materials within that three-week time frame.
Volunteers deliver books in regular or large print, as well as audiobooks, magazines, music CDs and documentary DVDs, to any homebound Cranston resident living in their own home. Due to concerns about chain of custody, the library is unable to deliver to nursing homes or assisted living facilities. To register or to become a volunteer driver, contact Karen McGrath at 781-6116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregiver volunteers needed
Volunteers are being sought to provide respite services for homebound seniors. Services include providing companionship, running errands and providing transportation to medical appointments.
If you are interested in becoming an RSVP caregiver volunteer, contact Karen at 780-6159 for an interview. Volunteers must be 55 years of age or older and a BCI check is required. A mileage reimbursement is provided to cover the cost to travel.
St. David’s hall rentals
St. David’s on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, located at 200 Meshanticut Valley Parkway in Cranston, offers affordable rates to rent its upper and lower halls for events of all kinds. For more information, visit stdavidsonthehill.net/hall-rental or contact the church office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 942-4368.
Family health services at CCAP
Tired of ineffective yet expensive medical care? Check out Family Health Services at the Comprehensive Community Action Program. CCAP offers affordable, 24/7, professional family health and dentistry services. The experienced staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who are caring, compassionate and highly skilled. New patients are welcome. For more information, call 384-6007.
Did you know?
Did you know that Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31? The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain.
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