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FOOS coming Sept. 23

The Artists’ Exchange’s 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival (FOOS) will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Artists' Exchange at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.

Eat, drink, and make art on the block! Artists’ Exchange and Gateways to Change, Inc. invite all families, friends, and community to join the fun at the 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival. The festival will feature live music and theater, community art installations, raffles, crafts, artisans, art activities and contests, delicious food, beer, wine, and much more. The festival is pet-friendly and admission is free for everyone of all ages and abilities.

They are currently seeking volunteer performers, artists, artisans, and event volunteers for the 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival. If interested, send your availability for the festival date to Emily at More information at or call her at 490-9475.

Artists' Exchange is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated.  We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Garden City to Celebrate 70 years

Garden City Center will celebrate its 70th year on Sept. 26 at the Gazebo from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy tasty treats from Garden City Center restaurants and relive the older days with their documentary and picture yourself in historical photos. There is a $20 admission with all proceeds going to the Cranston Historical Society. For more information, contact the Center at 401-942-2800.

CCAP Benefit Million Dollar Hole-in-One

Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is calling all golfers from Sept. 3 through 13 to the 13th to the CCAP Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shoot-Out at Harbor Lights along beautiful Greenwich Bay in Warwick Neck.

A $10 donation gets you three balls and your chance for a Million Dollars. The two golfers closest to the pin will go onto to the CCAP Chip for Charity Million Dollar Hole in One Contest and a chance for One Million Dollars.

CCAP is Rhode Island’s largest community action agency that provides an array of quality programs and services that are dictated to fighting the war on poverty. For more information about CCAP go to

Join them for an evening reception and silent auction and the CCAP Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shoot-Out on Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harbor Lights. This will be the largest fundraiser they host during the year to benefit programs and services throughout the community. For information on sponsorship opportunities, golf registration or to purchase tickets, contact Lee Beliveau at 562-8353 or

Cranston Senior Golf Tournament

The Cranston Senior Center will host their Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Cranston Country Club, located at 69 Burlingame Rd. Everyone age 55 years or older are invited to participate. The $75 fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and a banquet immediately following. Call 780-6218 for a registration form.

33rd Cranston Greek Festival

For more than two generations, the Cranston Greek Festival has been held the on the church grounds, the weekend after Labor Day. The Festival marks the “Official End of Summer in Rhode Island.” This year it will be held on Sept. 7 through Sept. 9. More than 25,000 people will visit the Cranston Greek Festival over the course of this fabulous three-day event of Food, Fun, Greek Dancing and Culture. The 33rd Annual “3-Day” Cranston Greek Festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on the parish grounds at 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Route 5, Cranston.

At the Senior Center

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

AARP Smart Driver Program will be held on Sept. 5 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee is AARP Members $15 and Non-Members $20. The curriculum contains the latest research and industry insights and exciting new topics. Workbook contents are easy to follow. There are not tests. Advance registration is required call 780-6216. If you plan to have lunch at the Center you must make reservations two days prior by calling 780-6134.

Diabetes Support Group will feature “Diabetes & Allergies” on Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. with facilitators Pharmacist Mario and URI Pharm D Students. Everyone is familiar with allergies and the many different kinds that can occur.  But how does diabetes play into the treatment of allergies? What are the treatment options?

“The Kitchen of Food” will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. with facilitator, Sean Reidy. This six-week series will include lively discussions regarding the ingredients we use in our Italian kitchen recipes.  As we all know, Italian men & women have a special way of preparing certain flavorful dishes when it comes to preparing family meals.  We will explore the origin of many food product and the nutritional benefits of each. Class size is limited.

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program - “Take Control, One Step at a Time, Keep Moving” will hold Orientation at the Center on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and walking, at the Cranston High School West Walking Track will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 to 10 a.m. The walking program will begin on Sept. 17 and end on Oct. 26. To register call 780-6000.

Senior Signature Diabetes Series is for both Pre-Diabetics & Diabetics and features a free six-week program on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25 to Oct. 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is provided by The American Diabetes Association. Approximately 25 percent of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes. To address the need the American Diabetes Association has developed an older adult outreach program Senior Signature Series. This series will provide tips and resources needed to help seniors address the challenge of preventing diabetes and keeping diabetes treatment from impairing their lifestyle or slowing them down. To register call 780-6000.

Looking for Income Tax Assistance Volunteers that are trained and certified to prepare Federal and State Income Tax Returns for the low-income and elderly population. Additional training will be provided. For more information please call Karen at 780-6159.

Hall rental now available

St. David's on the Hill Episcopal Church located at 200 Meshanticut Valley Parkway in Cranston is now offering affordable rates for your next special occasion. Upper and lower halls for events of all kinds. For more information see their website at or contact the church office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call 942-4368 to schedule a personal visit.

Lang’s Memorial Car & Bike Show

Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave. in Cranston will host the 4th Annual Ed Lang Memorial Car & Bike Show and this year, all years, makes and models are welcome. The event is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with trophy presentations by 2:30 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the RI Community Food Bank. They are collecting non-perishable food items for the RI Community Food Bank. For each food item you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Pizza Bowl (two hours of bowling for up to six people, including shoe rental, one large pizza and a pitcher of soda. If you are interested in entering a car or bike it is $10, and you may contact Matt Matteson by visiting the Bowlarama or by calling 944-0500. There is no fee to attend the event.

Celebrate Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday

The Cranston Historical Society will celebrate the 188th Birthday of Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. with a buffet. The event will be held at the Sprague Mansion, located at 1351 Cranston St. Enjoy the company of history enthusiasts and enjoy viewing some of the historical documents on display from the Sprague family collection. Seating is limited and an $18 per person donation to the Society will help to continue the efforts of the organization. To reserve your seat, send a check for $18 (per person) made payable to the Cranston Historical Society and mail to 1351 Cranston St., Cranston, RI 02920. After Sept. 13, call them at 944-9226 to see if seats are still available.

23rd Annual Artisans Steak Fry

The RI Shriners will host the 23rd Annual Artisan’s Steak Fry on Sept. 23 with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person and includes a delicious Steak Dinner! There will be a cash bar and the event calls for casual dress. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance by calling 467-7100. The event will be held in The Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place, One Rhodes Place, Cranston.

Wine & Dine Extravaganza

The MS Dream Center of Rhode Island and Accessible Rhode Island will host a Wine & Dine Extravaganza on Sept. 8 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization, which is dedicated to benefiting individuals with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities.

The event, sponsored by Bob Gasbarro’s Oaklawn Liquors, features a wine and beer tasting, along with a variety of food from some of Rhode Island’s best-known restaurants. The event will also include entertainment, raffles, live auction, a 50/50, and a mystery wine and dine pairing. Tickets are $60 each or 10 for $500. To purchase tickets, visit

Additional Wine and Dine sponsors include Briova Rx (Platinum), Novartis (Gold), Wave Federal Credit Union (Silver), Greenwood Credit Union, Graphic Innovations, and Maguire Disability Law. Participating dining establishments include Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Trattoria Zooma, Chapel Grille, Matunuck Oyster Bar, BJ’s Brewhouse, Whole Foods Market, Texas Roadhouse, Luigi’s, Not Your Average Joe’s, Wes’ Rib House, Panera, Edible Arrangements, Uno Pizzeria, Legal Sea Foods and more. Essie Rhode Island which are dedicated to improving Accessible Rhode Island is the state’s premiere online guide to information regarding accessibility for places of dining, recreation, entertainment, culture and business. A 96-page Accessible RI Guide is also available.  For more information, visit

The MS Dream Center was founded in April 2010 with a mission of engaging all members of the MS community in purposeful activity, while promoting a spirit of camaraderie. The Center offers a wide range of activities from support groups and exercise programs to educational seminars and various therapies. The MS Dream Center is located at the Peter T. Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue in Cranston. To learn more, visit

Woodridge Church Benefit Golf Outing

The 2018 Woodridge Golf Outing to benefit Leukemia research and Woodridge Church will be held on Sept. 22 with a 1 p.m. tee-off at the Midville Golf Club, located at 100 Lombardi Lane in West Warwick. The $75 fee includes golfing, a car and dinner after the event. All are welcome and for tickets or more information contact the Church Office at 942-0662.

Cranston Senior Guild

Cranston Senior Guild’s next meeting will take place Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. at Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick. There will be a short meeting, followed by bingo, refreshments and a raffle. All men and women age 55 years plus are welcome to join. Membership is $12 for the year. Cranston residency is not required. Plan on coming for a fun afternoon. For more information, contact Lois Cohen at 944-2761.

Craft Fair to benefit veterans

Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812 Auxiliary will be hosting a Craft Fair on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1418 Plainfield St. Proceeds go towards support of our veterans. If you would like to reserve a table for $20, contact Lillian Macera at 829-6080.

Did You Know?

With students heading back to school this week, did you know that the Boston Latin School, established in 1635 in Boston, is the oldest school in America and the second oldest in the world. (Source: Back to School Fun Facts)

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