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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Cranston Police Department’s headquarters at 5 Garfield Ave. will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. For more information, visit the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tack Back Day website,

152nd annual May Breakfast

The Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church will hold its 152nd annual May Breakfast on May 1 from 6-11 a.m.

The church’s May Breakfast was featured in the 2007 edition of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz, as well as in the “Rituals of Spring” in the March/April 2011 Issue of Yankee Magazine. The church, located at 229 Wilbur Ave. in Cranston, is known as the “Home of the Original May Breakfast.”

The menu will includes clam cakes, scrambled eggs, ham, cornbread, coffee, juice and apple pie.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be several sales downstairs, including plants, Eugenia’s Boutique, baked goods, handmade May baskets and homemade fudge.

For additional information or directions, call 944-0864.

Voter registration drive

The Cranston Board of Canvassers will host a voter registration drive in the cafeteria at Cranston High School East, 899 Park Ave., on Friday, May 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Voter information and registration forms will be provided by staff from the Cranston Board of Canvassers and state elections officials. Anyone who is at least 16 years old may register, although citizens must be at least 18 years of age to vote.

Shred RI Day

On April 27 from 9 a.m.-noon, the Cranston Public Library’s Central Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, will host its annual Shred Day event. Bring up to four boxes of paper and watch it disappear. Then, if you have more than four boxes, you may get in line again. The event is sponsored by Mariner Private Wealth Management in Garden City. For more information, visit

Parks & Recreation Playground Program scholarships

The Cranston Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Cranston City Council and OneCranston, is offering scholarships to registered participants in its Playground Program. The scholarships are funded through a $6,500 legislative grant sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and the Cranston’s delegation in the General Assembly.

The scholarship application period runs through May 3. Scholarship recipients will be notified sometime during the week of May 6-10. Applicants should complete and submit a registration form to the Parks and Recreation Department. Scholarships will not exceed $650 per child.

The scholarship application can be found online at

Applications will be judged by members of OneCranston’s Youth Opportunity Zone, which is comprised of residents, school district staff and nonprofits. The names of the applicants will be removed so that judging is unbiased and will be scored through a point system strictly on the content of the application.

Bike Path cleanup

A cleanup of the Cranston Bike Path, hosted by Ward 3 Councilman John Donegan, will be held Saturday, April 27. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. where the bike path intersects with Carolina Avenue, near the entrance road to Lowe’s off Cranston Street and the former Kmart parking lot. Participants are asked to bring gloves. The cleanup will wrap up at noon.

Kiss Cancer Good ‘Buy’

Kiss Cancer Good ‘Buy,’ a bachelor and bachelorette charity date auction, will be held May 8 at 5 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence. The event will support Cranston resident and author, Gina Clapprood, who is a candidate for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year honors, as she seeks to raise $50,000 for the organization.

Scott Connery will serve as the event’s celebrity host, and Mary Halsey from “The Ellen Show” will serve as celebrity auctioneer. DJ Jack Rino will provide music during the evening.

The auction begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25. The event will feature complimentary appetizers and 10 percent of all food sales will benefit LLS. For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit the event’s Facebook pages or check out Clapprood’s campaign site at

Children’s sale at St. David’s

St. David’s on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 200 Meshanticut Valley Parkway, Cranston, will host a children’s clothing, shoes and toy sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most clothing items and shows will be priced at $1. For more information, visit

Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

Premier Martial Arts Cranston, located at 1099 Park Ave., will offer a free Women’s Defense Workshop on May 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. By learning the basics of self-defense, participants help prepare for dangerous and unforeseen circumstances. The workshop’s topics will include situational awareness, vital parts of the body that are vulnerable and easy to attack, basic strikes and kicks, defenses for the most common attacks on women and more. For more information, visit

Arthritis exercise classes

A pair of free, six-week sessions focusing on arthritis exercise will be held in the coming weeks at the Cranston Enrichment Center, 1070 Cranston St. The sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. The first session will begin on May 14 and end on June 20. The second session begins on July 2 and ends on Aug. 8. This low-impact physical activity will help participants keep joints flexible and muscles strong, sleep better, increase energy and improve their overall outlook. To register, call 780-6000.

‘The Opposite of Forgetting’ at Artists’ Exchange

An opening reception for an art exhibition entitled “The Opposite of Forgetting (But Not Holding So Tight It Breaks)” will be held Thursday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston. The exhibition runs through May 9.

The multimedia exhibition will feature work referencing the concepts of upheaval, memory and a life in flux. It is being curated by Kathryn LaMontagne.

The exhibition will feature work by artists Jane Park, Chantal Feitosa, Emily Small, Natasha Brennan, Steven Barthelemy, Kimberly Nguyen, Annika Tucksmith, Liviah Yeaw, Kristine Harvey, Adrienne May, Kate Park, William Samosir, Kathleen Radigan, David LaMontagne, Carillon Smith, Adriana Gramly and Emily Holtzman.

For more information, visit

Girls Scouts ‘Read to Grow’ event

Girl Scouts of Southern New England will host a Read to Grow membership event on Monday, April 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the council’s office, 500 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. All girls are invited to read a book, plant seeds and enjoy a snack. For more information, email

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.

Police support The Autism Project

Over the next four weeks, members of the Cranston Police Department will be wearing special patches commemorating Autism Awareness Month and raising funds to support The Autism Project. Patches are available for purchase at a cost of $10 each. The effort is being supported by the Office of Community Outreach with the assistance of Detective John Rocchio, an officer who has been a long-time advocate for The Autism Project. To purchase a patch, contact Capt. Vincent McAteer at 477-5127.

Edgewood waterfront cleanup

On Saturday, April 27, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association and Pawtuxet Village Association will host a cleanup of the Edgewood waterfront. The cleanup will also include Pawtuxet Park and comprise ditch work, trash and invasive plant removal, garden work with the Edgewood Garden Club and maintenance activities including storm-drain clearing and sidewalk sweeping. All ages are welcome, although parental supervision is required for children. All supplies will be provided, including water, gloves, trash bags, bug spray, sunscreen, and tools. Participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear. The rain date is April 28.

Knit and Crochet Circle at Auburn Branch

Do you like to knit or crochet? Do you need some help with a knitting or crocheting project that has you stumped? Knitters and crocheters of all levels of experience are invited to join the Knit and Crochet Circle, led by experienced knitter Barbara Baedeker, on Mondays from 2-4 p.m. at the Cranston Public Library’s Auburn Branch, located at 396 Pontiac Ave. For more information, visit

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