Drop in crafts

Posted 1/4/22

By Meri R. Kennedy Drop in crafts Drop in to the Knightsville Branch during the month of January and pick up a kit with materials to make a snowman craft at home! All ages. No registration required. While supplies last. Dr. Fine to lead discussion at

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Drop in to the Knightsville Branch during the month of January and pick up a kit with materials to make a snowman craft at home! All ages. No registration required. While supplies last.

Dr. Fine to lead discussion at library

The Cranston Public Library invites you to join them on Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. as they present Being One People: Reading and Discussion with Author Michael Fine, M.D.

Dr. Michael Fine, award-winning author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, will read from his latest collection, Rhode Island Stories, and lead a discussion on the things that bring Rhode Islanders together.

Dr. Fine will take questions from the audience and provide information about purchasing copies of his books locally and online.

Free and open to the public. Registration required. You can register at the following link: https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/8626204 or contact the library for assistance. The Zoom link will be emailed shortly after 5 p.m. on the day of the event. **Please note that this session will be recorded and the audio portion will be used for a future podcast episode. Your attendance at the event denotes your consent to being recorded.

Edgewood Garden Club meeting with Save The Bay Expert

Cranston and Warwick citizens are fortunate to live alongside Narragansett Bay but maintaining its water quality is a growing concern. At the Edgewood Garden Club’s meeting on Jan. 12, an expert from Save The Bay will discuss measures residents can take to help ensure the bay’s future health. The event will take place in the William Hall Library Auditorium at 1825 Broad Street in Edgewood; the public is invited to attend along with club members and guests and can arrive at 6:30 p.m. The 7 p.m. program will feature Jed Throp, Save The Bay’s Advocacy Coordinator. Throp will discuss how nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from lawn fertilizers contribute to water quality problems in the bay and its watershed. Each summer, many local ponds and waterways are deemed unsafe for swimming, fishing or other recreational activities. Throp will speak on what’s being done at the state and local levels to combat this issue and how individual homeowners can be part of the solution. The auditorium is large enough for social distancing and other COVID-safe protocols will be observed. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, 401-781-9484 or kyduffy@cox.net.

NAMI-RI: Registration open for free virtual Family-To-Family course

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for their winter 2022 virtual Family-to-Family course. This is a free, eight session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem --solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI-Rhode Island's Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with a loved one, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.

Scouts BSA Troops 13-G and 22-B looking for new members

Troop 13-G (girl) and Troop 22-B (boy) are inviting any interested youth ages 11-18 to join their programs. Both units meet at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St. in Cranston at 7 p.m. most Thursdays. They share an active activity schedule that includes camping, hiking and day outings that have been planned by the Scouts and are geared toward learning new skills, becoming leaders and fun! Are you up for the challenge? Anyone interested is invited to call Paul Kelley at 401-595-6726 for more information.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across R.I. through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check.

Be Kind RI is open to those in R.I. experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

New Hope has a new show

The New Hope Art Gallery is pleased to announce its Fall Show is now open. You can visit the gallery in person Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St. in Cranston. If you are unable to attend in person, you can view the artwork virtually at youtu.be/AIF7A-Sonio.

The New Hope Art Gallery located in the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St. in Cranston. Regular Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.

New Transvan schedule

There is a new Transvan schedule for medical appointments. Please schedule your appointments Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 8 and 10:30 a.m. or noon and 2 p.m. For $25 per month, Transvan will take you shopping, medical appointments, pharmacy visits and to the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center for lunch or bingo. Call 780-6218 for the holiday shopping schedule.

Cranston Public Library Teen Space

The teen space at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Library on Sockanosset Cross Road has been newly renovated and is open for teen patrons entering grades 6-12.

Stop by to meet the teen librarian, hang out with friends, browse the collection, or participate in one of their many programs. The teen study room can be reserved by teens for gaming, studying, group projects, and more!

If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa, teen librarian, at teens@cranstonlibrary.org.

RSVP transportation volunteers

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s RSVP program needs volunteers to help in many ways in the community. One is to transport homebound seniors to medical appointments or run errands for them.

The program is also seeking RSVP school readiness volunteers to assist Glen Hills Elementary School’s staff and students with an array of school activities and events.

Also needed is RSVP recycling volunteers who educate the community with assistance and guidance from Rhode Island Resource Recovery professionals on a variety of topics such as waste reduction and reuse, recycling and composting. Learn more about Resource Recovery – who they are, what they do, how they work, and much more, including a tour of the facility.

If you are interested in becoming a Cranston RSVP volunteer, contact Karen at 780-6159 for an interview. You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. A mileage reimbursement is given to cover your travel cost. RSVP also provides insurance protection in the event that your or someone else is injured while performing your volunteer duties.

What if you do not drive or do not have a vehicle? No worries. RSVP will provide you with transportation to your volunteer station.

Did you know?

The birthstone for January is the garnet. This rare gem comes in a variety of different colors. However, the most popular and lucrative garnets are a deep shade of red. The word garnet is derived from the Middle English word, ‘gernet,’ which means dark red. This also shares its origin with the seed-filled fruit the pomegranate. (Source: January Fun Facts)

To submit your news from the community, email Meri R. Kennedy at CranstonChatter@aol.com. This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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