Block Party

Posted 5/24/22

OneCranston Health and Equity Zone will host a block party on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four Cranston library locations: Central, William Hall, Auburn and Oaklawn. There will be a shuttle …

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Block Party


OneCranston Health and Equity Zone will host a block party on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four Cranston library locations: Central, William Hall, Auburn and Oaklawn. There will be a shuttle going between all the libraries and there will be family-friendly activities available. Plenty of free parking is available at the parking lot behind Cranston City Hall, right near Auburn.

Fire Barn Crafts

There will be a craft and vendor event from 10 a.m. to 3 .m. at the Oakland Beach Fire Barn (651 Oakland Beach Ave., Warwick) on May 29. Some of the vendors include GoneKrafty27, Color Street, 31 Gifts, Crocheted Blankets, Reaper’s Beauty and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be a 50/50 to benefit Thrive Behavioral Health.

Garden City Sips

Wine in the sunshine? Sounds like the perfect pairing. Join Garden City Center and Avvio Restaurant weekends this June for Garden City Sips in the gazebo for varietals from a rotating selection of vineyards, live music, games, floral photo ops and more. This family (and dog!) friendly wine garden will be the kickoff to summer you won’t want to miss.

 Garden City Sips will take place every Friday (June 3 to June 18) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The events will also take place on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (live music from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with live music from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

These events are open to the public – seating is first-come-first-serve and operating hours will be weather permitting. Customers must show a valid ID in order to purchase an alcoholic beverage.

Gaspee Day Foot Race

Enjoy the excitement of running before a pre-assembled cheering crowd in anticipation of the annual Gaspee Days Parade. Over 1,600 runners each year participate in this event along the parkway’s famed red, white and blue road stripe. The Gaspee Days 5K will take place at 9:30 a.m. on June 11. Challenge yourself to place a record among our top runners and win a prize or just do it for the fun – either way, you are supporting one of the area’s favorite community events, as all proceeds support funding the annual Gaspee Days Parade. Dedicated to the loving memory of Allan & Edna Brown. For more information and to register for the race, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/RI/Cranston/GaspeeDays5k

Grandma Martha

On August 7, at 2 p.m., Flannel Polyester will present a “This Is Your Life” style show honoring the grand old lady of Rhode Island comedy, Grandma Martha. The event will take place at the Comedy Park, located inside the Historic Park Theater and Event Center.

 A cavalcade of New England’s comedy greats, along with host Jay Burns, will look back on Martha’s life through laughs, jokes and just a couple of roasts.

For this special show, Martha has requested that we help her friends at the Hope Alzheimer’s Center in Cranston. Proceeds from the afternoon’s raffles and photo opportunities will benefit the Hope Alzheimer’s Center. Tickets are available by going to www.thecomedypark.com.

Parks and Rec Summer Employment

The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking summer employment applications until May 27. Applications are available online only through the Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page. Completed applications can be emailed to Recreation Program Coordinator Scott Sevegny at ssevegny@cranstonri.gov. Applicants can scan or take a photo of the application to be emailed.

Applicants must be Cranston residents and at least 16 years old by the time of employment. Please note that by submitting an application, the applicant is not guaranteed a summer position with Parks and Recreation. Open positions will be based on need and the number of returning employees from last year.

Comedy at the Nelson Event Center

Join the Rotary Club of Cranston at on June 3 for a comedy night fundraiser at the Nelson Event Center (225 Niantic Avenue). Bernie Perrotty will host the event and Grandma Martha will be the featured act before headliner Robert Anderson. Raffle prizes and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the comedy show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. To reserve a table, email Dina Campbell at Dina.Campbell@WSDevelopment.com after your table tickets have been purchased. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-comedy-night-fundraiser-featuring-headliner-robert-anderson-tickets-327553199437.

Pilgrim Class of ’71 Reunion

Pilgrim High School will host its class reunion on June 18 at Richard’s Pub (3347 South County Trail East Greenwich). Appetizers and dinner are $40 per person. RSVP to nmcdowell728@gmail.com for additional details.

Music Festival Fundraiser

The Mãe Organization will host their music festival fundraiser on June 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pierce Memorial Field in East Providence. For tickets, visit maeorg.Org. Additionally, Mãe is currently recruiting individuals with a passion for making a difference in someone’s life and has some time to volunteer.

13th Annual Classic Car Show

After a two year hiatus, the 13th Annual “Cause for Paws” Classic Car Show roars to life on Sunday, June 12. There will be antiques and classic cars, plus all corvettes, custom, muscle, hot rod, rat rod, exotics and fire trucks. There is a $15 entry per car – registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and trophies are given at 2 p.m. For spectators, admission is free. Proceeds benefit homeless animals at the Warwick Animal Shelter. For more information, email shelterhelp@friendsri.org. The event will be located 171 Service Avenue (off Jefferson Blvd.), Warwick. Rain date is Sunday, July 17, 2022.

Summer Concert Series

Cranston Public Library announced this year’s Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Cranston Department of Parks and Recreation. The concert series features eight performances, at the William Hall Library, beginning June 30. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place on the William Hall Library front lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and snacks to make the most of these free, family-friendly events. Traditional concerts will take place on Thursdays, June 30 - August 4 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. June 30, Whiskey Rhode; July 7, Gemini; July 14, The Dick Clarks; July 21, Nightlife Orchestra; July 28, Bandemonium All Star Jazz Band; August 4, Nervous Breakdown – A Rolling Stones Tribute. Concerts for kids and kids at heart will take place on July 12 and July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 12, T-Bone; July 19, Toe Jam Puppet Band. William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St.

Theatre Summer Programs

The Rhode Island Youth Theatre Summer Programs will have two summer programs at the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center. “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” is for ages 7 to 16 and will take July 25 through August 6. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 6 at 7 p.m. The second program is “The Music Man, Jr.” which will run from August 8 to August 19. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 20 at 7 p.m. Visit www.riyt.org to register. Scholarships available for all programs, email ann@riyt.org.

AARP Martha’s Vineyard Trip

AARP Chapter 2210 has planned a Martha’s Vineyard trip for July 7. Bus pickup from the Exit 6A Park & Ride at 8 a.m., return time is approximately 7:30 p.m. Cost is $129/person. Trip includes motor coach transportation, ferry ride from Falmouth, guided bus tour of Martha’s Vineyard and sightseeing in Edgartown with a stop at Bertucci’s for dinner on the way home. For more information, call Maureen at 828-5188.

Pre-K Lottery

The RI State Pre-K lottery is now open – this lottery will run until July 6. Children who will be 4 before Sept. 1 may qualify. To apply, visit www3.ride.gov./PKL.

Summer camp

The Parks and Recreation summer camp will run from July 5 to August 12 and registration goes live at 7 a.m. on April 25. A Google Forms link will be posted on that day and time. No payment is necessary at the time of registration. Parks and Recreation will invoice you, which will serve as your confirmation for your child’s attendance. Payment is due in full prior to the start of camp. Weekly and all summer rates. Four locations -- both age groups will be at all four locations. Age groups are 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Schedule will be posted prior to the start of camp.

Women and Infants Hospital 2022 Gala

There will be a celebration of mother and earth on June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center located at 475 Valley St., Providence. This event is important for raising critical funds for a new labor and delivery center at the hospital. For sponsorship opportunities and event information, contact Cezarina (Sue) Jackson, 401-921-8508, or cajackson@carene.org.

Driving for a Cure

Please join the Cranston Country Club for the Gregory Rubino Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25. The club is “Driving for a Cure” at Cranston Country Club, and all proceeds go to benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Spots are filling up fast so please register now to secure yours. Learn more and register at grubinomemorialgolf.com.

Comedy Course

If you’ve ever thought of giving stand-up comedy a try, now’s your chance. This $200 Comedy Course kicks off Sept. 12 for six weeks in Warwick (except Columbus Day). The instructors are John Perrotta, Coleen Galvin Yaroshenko and Rockin’ Joe Hebert. At the end of the course, you’ll take the stage in our graduation show at Rhode Island’s newest comedy hot spot, the Comedy Park in Cranston. We anticipate a full class, so sign up early by calling the Comedy Factory at 401-639-7726. www.comedyfactoryri.com, www.richof.org.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.

Prepare RI High School Internships Program

Calling all RI public high school juniors: The 2022 PrepareRI High school Internship Program is accepting applications to participate in on-site/in-person, paid summer experiential learning internships with local employers across the state.

This program will help you earn, learn and connect with employers across Rhode Island. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit https://skillsforri.com/prepareri for more information.

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