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PVMS Veteran’s 5K

The Park View Middle School Veteran’s Day 5K is an annual event designed to bring honor and recognition to Veterans Day. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for the school throughout the year and as a means of giving back to a worthwhile cause, Operation Stand Down RI.

There will also be a One Mile Kids Run. This event will take place in the Park on a specially designed course! This race will begin at 8:30 am. The race is open to all elementary and middle school students. Cost for this race is $10. T-shirts to go to the first 50 entries for this race.

Start and finish of the 5k race at the Park Avenue entrance to Roger Williams Park across from Park View Middle School.

T-shirts to the first 600 entries for the 5k race. Post-race food and beverages. Awards are given to the top male and female finisher. Awards to the top 2 men and women in each division: 8th grade and under, high school division, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80.

Registration for Saturday Basketball and Winter Tennis

The City of Cranston Parks and Recreation Department is now taking registration for Saturday Morning Basketball and Winter Indoor Tennis. Both programs begin on Saturday, November 24 and run Saturday mornings through March 16.

Saturday Morning Basketball is an instructional program to teach the fundamentals for Grades Kindergarten through middle school. Program runs at Western Hills and Park View for Grades 3 – 8 and Pastore Youth Center for Grades K – 2. Registration fee is $25 per child.

Winter Indoor Tennis is aimed at beginners, aged 6-12, looking to skill building. This is instructional program; there is no match play. Program runs at Hugh B. Bain Middle School gymnasium. The fee is $85 per person.

Register at the Recreation Office, Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Avenue. Registration is accepted Mondays thru Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to print registration forms, please visit the Parks and Recreation page at www.cranstonri.com. Follow them on Facebook for program updates.

RSVP Gift Shoppe

Located at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, from M-F from 9:30 a.m. is the RSVP Gift Shoppe is open.

Purchase greeting cards, jewelry, handmade items, gift items, candy and other great gift ideas. Affordable prices. Remember the holidays are just around the corner. Net proceeds from the gift shop help fund the RSVP Program.

Coffee with Constituents on Saturday

State Rep. Robert Lancia (District 16) and his wife, Maryann, invite members of the community to attend end-of-the-month “Constituent Coffees” on Oct. 27. The gatherings are held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Panera Bread in Cranston on the last Saturday each month and are meant as a forum to discuss local issues over coffee. For more information call 944-3315.

Bowl for the Animals

Defenders of Animals will sponsor a night of bowling at Town Hall Lanes, located at 1463 Atwood Ave., in Johnston, on Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. Donation price is $20 per person and includes two hours of bowling, a pizza and pitcher of soda for each lane. Call Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

New Hope Art Gallery Holiday/Winter show

New Hope Art Gallery Holiday/winter show opening is scheduled for Nov. 13 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

This wonderful show will feature over 400 pieces of art in every style and media including ceramic, drawing, fabric, glass, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. They will showcase over 100 local, national, senior, special needs and student artists in our very large two-floor gallery at the Michael Traficante Enrichment Center located at 1070 Cranston Street in Cranston.

They will also feature 15 tables of small original art items from our artists. All art is very affordable and perfect for holiday gifts for friends and family. Come for a visit on opening night and get a free portrait drawing created for you by their talented senior artist Jack Lai while enjoying some great music by Mark Greenwood, Jim Chapin, Bob Ruzzo and friends.

A fun night of beautiful art, good music, great food and free parking right at the center. New Hope Art Gallery is a nonprofit with a mission to bring art to all people and all people to art. If you're unable to make our opening night, then come for a visit during regular gallery hours from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. For more information please contact Director Ricky Gagnon at 280-6282.

Holiday Meal Program registration

Are you a Cranston resident and 60 years or older? Will you be alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas?

The Holiday Meal Program is sponsored by Mayor Allan Fung and the Cranston Department of Senior Services. Would you like a Thanksgiving Meal delivered to your home on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and/or a Christmas Meal delivered on Dec. 21?

If your answer is “YES” please leave your name, address/apt. number, zip code and telephone number at 780-6000.

Thanksgiving Meal registration deadline is Nov. 9 and for the Christmas Meal registration deadline is Dec. 7.

Fighting The Addiction Crisis

St. David’s on the Hill located at 200 Meshanticut Pkwy. will host Fighting the Addiction Crisis: Initiating Recovery, presented by Lifespan and Faith Infused Recovery Efforts, on Nov. 4 at 4 to 5:30 p.m. The causes and myths of the opioid crisis, the intersection of social justice and recovery, the pathways to recovery and interfaith and free naloxone training will be discussed by Michelle Mckenzie, MPH, Lifespan/PONI and Diego Arene-Morley, PRS, RICARES.

All are welcome to attend.

Pumpkins at Waterman Elementary this Friday night

Waterman Elementary School will host their Annual Light The Night on Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. The school is located at 722 Pontiac Ave. The students and families of Waterman decorate pumpkins and bring them to the event to be displayed. There will be games, music, balloon twisters, food, and more!  

Also, on display, will be artwork from every student attending Waterman. The event is free and open to the public.

Cranston library offers free home delivery of books

The Cranston Public Library will deliver anything that has a three-week loan period. Patrons never pay a late fee or fine, because they pick up all the materials within that 3-week time frame.

The volunteers deliver books (in regular or large print), audiobooks, magazines, music CDs and documentary DVDs to any homebound Cranston resident living in their own home.

Due to concerns about “chain of custody” they are unable to deliver to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Call Karen McGrath at 781-6116 or email her at karenmcgrath@cranstonlibrary.org, to register for the service or become a volunteer driver.

Pancake Breakfast

The West Bay Chorale will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 3 at 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church in Cranston. There will be pancakes, sausage, fruit, tea, coffee, juice and more with all proceeds supporting West Bay Chorale. Tickets are $7 per person/4 for $25.

Halloween Touch A Truck

The Rotary Club of Cranston will host a Halloween Touch a Truck at Garden City Center on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Come dressed in your costume and touch trucks of all sizes. Donation is $10 per family.

Chopstick Auction to benefit veterans

The Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post #2812 Auxiliary will be having a Chopstick Auction on Oct. 28 at their Post, located at 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, from noon until 4 p.m.

There are no tickets for the events and funds raised are through the sale of chopsticks at the door.

It is an annual fundraiser and their most successful. Each chopstick is $20 that has a 3-digit number and a corresponding chip that goes into a tumbler. Your chip will be in all the raffles and they usually have more than 100 raffles.

You can purchase as many Chopsticks as you like to sweeten your odds-on great raffles. They will also have finger foods and a cash bar.

At the Senior Center

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

Spooky Snacks & Devilish Delicious Drinks will be served on Oct. 31 for a special Halloween Luncheon at 10 a.m. There will be surprise guests, ideas for easy Halloween appetizers and quick cocktails…perfect way to begin the “spooky” night. Join the fun! Be sure to wear your favorite costume. Besides a delicious meal there will be a free raffle. Make your reservations early call 780-6134.

Learn more about United Healthcare under the new 2019 Medicare Insurance Plans on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

New – Chair Yoga Class will begin on Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at a fee of $2 per person. Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to stretch and loosen painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. They are now offering chair yoga for those unable to stand for traditional yoga. Bring a friend and come and try the class.

Diabetes Support Group called “Diabetes & Dementia” will be held Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. with facilitators Mario and the URI Pharm D Students. Dementia affects the brain with memory loss being its most common, recognizable symptom. Join us for a discussion on this topic and how it is linked to diabetes.

Reminisce Group, a time to share stories, memories and experiences will be held on Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Halloween BOOtique benefiting Help The Homeless RI this weekend

There will be a Halloween BOOtique to benefit Help The Homeless RI on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW 2812, located at 1418 Plainfield Pike, Cranston.

Shop for Halloween goodies or get an early start on Christmas shopping! Face painting and games for the kids, shopping and raffles for the adults. Fun for everyone and all money raised supports Help the Homeless RI.

Did You Know?

Halloween is more Irish than St. Patrick's Day. Halloween's origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits. (Halloween Fun Facts)

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