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Edgewood Yacht Club Open House

The Edgewood Yacht Club, 1 Shaw Ave., will be holding an Open House on March 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Gather your friends and neighbors and join in for a celebratory sneak peek at the long awaited new Yacht Club. This state of the art building features a clubhouse, special event facilities and is home to the Edgewood Sailing School.

Garden City Easter Bunny to appear this month

Hippity Hoppity! Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin’ down the bunny trail to Garden City Center for his annual visit in the weeks leading up to the Easter holiday.  Shoppers will find the fluffy bunny located at the magical Bunny cabin next to the gazebo in front of J Crew and Pottery Barn daily for visits and pictures from March 9 through March 31.

Visits are free, and professional pictures are available for purchase on a first come first serve basis.

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Bolt’s Bazaar

Cranston High School East will be holding their Bolts Bazaar on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the school gymnasium.

The event is free to enter, and they are welcoming guests of all ages. The event will have over 50 local vendors and crafters (list of vendors on their Facebook Event Page: Bolts Bazaar) and will even feature the Easter Bunny!

At the Bolt’s Bazaar, they will have children's activities, face painting, henna, raffles and more! All the proceeds are going to the school to help aid students and families who may not be financially able to pay for extra activities such as dances and proms.

Bulky Waste Pick Up

During the month of March, with a scheduled appointment, residents can have bulky waste items picked up curb side on their regular trash day.

To schedule an appointment with Waste Management, residents must call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a free bulky waste pickup. Phone calls for the program are being taken now for pickup starting on March 1.

Pickups are limited to one scheduled trip with 3 items per residential unit.

Bulky waste does not include mattresses, construction debris, televisions or electronic goods, white goods or any household trash/garbage bags that would not fit into the City provided 65-gallon care of overflow bags.

For more information, please contact Waste Management.

St Patrick’s Day at the Ceilidhe Club

Hosted by Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island on March 17 at 10 a.m., the Club will host St. Patrick’s Day with a Mass, Flag Raising, Step Dancing, Corn Beef sandwiches or hot dogs and raffles.

Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island is located at 50 America St, Cranston.

Dinner and Silent Auction at Asbury Church

Asbury United Methodist Church, located on 550 Fair St. in Warwick, will be holding an Italian dinner and silent auction on Saturday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. The dinner will be catered by Rigatoni’s Italian Restaurant (gluten-free available) and the auction will feature gift certificates for goods, meals, services, and household/gardening items. There will also be a book autographed by Tony Bennett up for auction. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $7 for children under eight years old. All proceeds will go back to the church. For more information, call Kathleen at (401) 921-6850 or Beth at (401) 739-6386.

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 Ave., Cranston, RI (lower level). Call 401-467-7013 today for an appointment.

Easter Bunny Pet & Family Photos

On March 11, Pet Supplies “Plus” in Garden City in Cranston will hold their annual Easter Bunny Pet & Family Photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All photography services are donated by Gene Hutnak Photography. Proceeds will benefit Animal Depend On People, Too (A.D.O.P.T.).

Pets, children and adults may have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny and a $20 donation to A.D.O.P.T. will provide you with two different photos that can be reproduced.

Band competition to be hosted at Cranston East

Come enjoy the sights and 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 Cranston High School East on March 10.

Adult Admission: $10; Seniors/Students: $8 and there is no admission charged for children under the age of 5. Doors open at 3 p.m.; Percussion groups start at 4 p.m. and; Color Guard groups start at 6 p.m.

There will be raffles, 50/50 and a full concession stand available.

At the Senior Center

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

l Reminisce Group will be held on March 9 at 9:30 a.m. Benefits of reminiscing: happy memories make people happy; many important stories only live on as long as they are repeated; telling stories exercises the brain & memory and reminiscing about our lives remind us of our purpose.

l Hi Lo Jack Card League at the Center will begin on March 9 at 1 p.m. at a cost of $2 weekly. For more information and to sign up call Kathi at 401-780-6216 or Ray at 401-497-8097.

l Healthy Snacks to Grab & Go will be presented on March 14 at 10 a.m. by the URI SNAP-ED Program. Snacking can be a valuable part of a healthy eating plan but when you are hungry and in a hurry what should you reach for that is quick, easy, and yet nutritious? Come find out!

l St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Celebration will be held on March 16 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3 per person. On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish! Join us for a special luncheon and entertainment by Bud Pistachio. Remember to wear green! Call for your reservation now 401-780-6134.

l 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 401-780-6000.

l Keep on Dancing - Brush up on your Ballroom Dancing and your Line Dancing or come and learn new steps. Great exercise and lots of fun. Ballroom Dancing every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fee $4 per person. Line Dancing on Wednesdays 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Fee $2 per person. For more information call 401-780-6216.

New Hope Art Gallery Spring Show

The New Hope Art Gallery Spring Show opening is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 400 pieces of art in every style and media from 100 local, national, senior, special needs and student artists.

The will feature vender tables of small original art items all at affordable prices from many of our artists. Also featured will be wonderful music from Jim Chapin, Mark Greenwood, Robert Rizzo and friends. Artist Jack Lai will be creating free portraits for guests.

Come join in for a great night of beautiful art, great music and good food. The gallery is located at the Michael A. Trafficante Enrichment Center (Senior Center) at 1070 Cranston St. This show will run for 3 months until early July. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The West Bay Chorale

West Bay Chorale Spring Fundraiser – West Bay Café – will be held on March 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston. It will feature acclaimed Irish trio Kindred and other local talent. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through one of our chorale members, on our website or at the door. For more information, please check out or website

Spring Concert Series at the Hall

Cranston Public Library is welcoming the spring season with the return of its annual Spring Concert Series at the William Hall Library. The series will run on selected Saturdays from March-May and will feature local musicians. Concert performances will take place in the William Hall Library Auditorium on March 24, April 7 and May 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

On March 24, Atwater-Donnelly (American Traditional & Celtic Music) will perform. Based in Warren, RI, they have traveled extensively for 30 years to perform, and this highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and more.

On April 7, Hungrytown (Folk Music) will perform. Rebecca Hall & Ken Anderson, a Vermont folk duo has earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. Their introduction to folk music came when a close friend who died young entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar. Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson's flair for musical arrangement.

On May 12, La Bella Musica (Classical String Music) will perform. Emily Chen & Morgan Santos were in middle school together and La Bella Musica has become one of the most sought-after string ensembles for weddings, concerts and other special occasions. Alongside the traditional classical repertoire, La Bella Musica is well known for their large and extremely diverse non-classical repertoire including jazz, oldies, movie themes and today's pop and rock tunes.

For more information about the music series, contact the William Hall Library at 401-781-2450 or The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St, Cranston.

Did You Know?

March’s birth flower is the daffodil or jonquil. The daffodil signifies regard or unrequited love. The jonquil means “I desire a return of affection.”

March’s birthstone is the aquamarine. This gem is a type of beryl; its color can be pale to dark blue, greenish-blue, or blue-green; deep, intense blue versions are more valuable.

March’s Zodiac signs are Pisces (Feb. 20 to March 20) and Aries (March 21 to April 20). (Source: March Fun Facts) To submit your news from the community, e-mail Meri R. Kennedy at Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information. Be sure to check out our website at


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