Cranston Chatter

Posted 12/2/20

By MERI R. KENNEDY Libraries remain open during 'pause' The Cranston Public Library's branches will remain open during the state's two-week "pause" and will continue to follow regular hours. However, the library system will be instituting a handful of

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Libraries remain open during ‘pause’

The Cranston Public Library’s branches will remain open during the state’s two-week “pause” and will continue to follow regular hours.

However, the library system will be instituting a handful of changes. Patrons are asked to limit their browsing to 15 minutes. Public computer time will be reduced to 30 minutes, and notary services will be suspended.

For more information, visit

‘A Christmas Carol Celebration’ moves online at Artists’ Exchange

This year, the Artists’ Exchange will present a digital production of “A Christmas Carol Celebration,” curated and edited by Megan Howe and based on Charles Dickens’s classic novel.

See the entire production on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS’s OVEE platform, followed by an interactive talkback.

Join in for a digital celebration of “Christmas Carols” past! Take a journey through 16 years of Artists’ Exchange productions of “A Christmas Carol,” featuring video footage from favorite past performances, interviews with former actors and directors, even featuring an interactive talkback experience through Rhode Island PBS’s OVEE online platform.

Registration is free but required through OVEE and the link will be published on the Artists’ Exchange Facebook page. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit or call 490-9475.

Holiday strolls at Garden City Center

At Garden City Center, Santa visits will not take place this year due to COVID-19. Holiday strolls continue, however, with carolers in Victorian-era clothing, hot chocolate and a brass holiday band playing traditional and modern holiday songs.

Santa and some of his elves will walk around during the strolls, handing out the occasional “surprise” for children and adults, too. Strolls will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

Additionally, a seasonal display at the gazebo, featuring trees and wreaths, has been set up for families to take holiday photographs.

Gingerbread house decorating

The Artists’ Exchange will pack up everything needed to decorate a gingerbread masterpiece from the comfort of your own home. Select a day and time to come pick up your house kit and take a peek at the organization’s gingerbread installation and workshop.

This year’s gingerbread house decorating kits are available for pick up. You can register and purchase kits for $10, and they can be picked up daily through Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Space per time slot is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 490-9475.

Visit for more information and to register. Once your house is complete, submit photos for the chance to win free camps and classes at Artists’ Exchange.

During this uncertain time, the Artists’ Exchange, located at 50 Rolfe Square, understands the social aspects a student receives from the classroom are extremely important and is doing everything it can to provide a safe environment for its artists. Please visit for information and safety measures taken due to COVID-19.

CCAP’s Adopt-a-Family Program

CCAP is accepting donations for its Adopt-a-Family Program. For $300, donors can support an entire family, although other amounts are accepted and appreciated. Donations are sought before Dec. 10.

Please make checks payable to Comprehensive Community Action and send to 311 Doric Ave., Cranston, RI 02910, Attention: Holiday Giving Campaign.

For more information about CCAP’s Holiday Giving Campaign, contact Sherry Diaz, vice president of social services, at 562-8336 or, or Lee Beliveau, vice president of development, at 562-8356 of

Neighbors helping neighbors

Hand and foot warmers are needed to help members of Rhode Island’s homeless community. They can be purchased at Ocean State Job lot or online.

Please drop them off at the home of Barbara and Kevin Dwares, located at 46 Balsam Court in the Garden City neighborhood. Please put the items in the plastic container located near their breezeway. The bin will be outside every day all week.

CCAP Emergency Housing Assistance

The Comprehensive Community Action Program’s Emergency Housing Assistance program assists individuals/families living in Cranston, Coventry, Scituate and Foster with back rent, security deposits, mortgage assistance, late fees associated with back rent or mortgage, moving costs and utilities. Funding is limited. For more information, call CCAP at 467-7013 or visit

Red Sox history program

Join in on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. and take an online journey through Boston Red Sox history with Martin Gitlin, author of “The Ultimate Boston Red Sox Time Machine Book.”

The event, being hosted by the Cranston Public Library, is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and participants must be 18 or older to register.

For more information and a registration link, visit

Trinity Rep’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

Trinity Rep’s free, on-demand digital production of “A Christmas Carol” will begin streaming at noon on Thursday, Dec. 17.

“A Christmas Carol Online” marks the 43rd consecutive year that the company has produced a new version of the holiday classic by Charles Dickens. Viewers may register now for free access to unlimited on-demand viewing of the video between Dec. 17 and Jan. 10.

Teacher registration for virtual field trips will include a study guide connecting the production to educational curricula and class work. Registration and additional information can be found at

Free flu clinics

The Cranston Health Equity Zone and CCAP Family Health Services will be offering free flu clinics in the community. Getting a flu shot is an easy way to help protect you and your family. To learn more, visit

Zoom-ba coming soon

The MS Dream Center will offer a virtual Chair Zoom-ba Program sponsored by Maguire Disability Law with the class being instructed by Michelle Calise.

Starting Nov. 16, classes will be offered nationally on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. for people with MS and their loved ones. There is no fee to participate and classes can accommodate up to 100 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Anne at to register for the classes and to complete a signed liability waiver, which is required of all participants.

The MS Dream Center provides a dedicated resource and support facility in which people living with Multiple Sclerosis, and their care partners, may engage in a wide variety of interactive social and educational activities, workshops and therapies. The MS Dream Center goal is to bring awareness to the disease and reach out to those living with it, empowering them and offering important respite opportunities for care partners.

Free dental assistant training

CCAP is excited to announce a new, free dental assistant training program. This 13-week program will be run using a hybrid model, with classroom work using Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays and hands on clinical sessions Fridays and Saturday mornings at CCAP’s Coventry dental office.

Participants must live in Rhode Island, be 18-24 years old, and have a clean BCI and a high school diploma or GED. Call the Cranston Youth Center at 562-8325 today.

Troop 22 looking for Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 22 Cranston is looking for new Scouts. Following all the BSA and state of Rhode Island safety protocols, the troop is meeting, hiking and camping. It has a full schedule of activities planned for the 2020-21 program year. Troop 22 is affiliated with girls’ Troop 13-G, which is also looking for new members. Both units meet at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., at 7 p.m. on most Thursdays.

The program is for youth ages 11 to 18. For younger children, Troop 22 also has a relationship with Cub Scout Pack 2 Cranston. Anyone interested is invited to call Paul Kelley at 401-595-6726 for more information.

CCAP’s Learn to Earn teacher assistant training program

CCAP has announced that its free Learn To Earn teacher assistant training program will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 10. The class will run for two weeks, with sessions held Monday through Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. The program is open to people between the ages of 18 and 24 with a high school diploma or GED and clean BCI. For more information, call 562-8325.

Medicare open enrollment ends this week

Medicare health and drug plans make changes each year to things like cost, coverage, and providers and pharmacies in their networks. Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is when all Medicare members can change Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage to better meet their needs for the following year.

Information for 2021 plans will be available beginning in October. To schedule an appointment, contact the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s Social Services Division – Jennifer at 780-6254, Amy at 780-6200, or Matt at 780-6255.

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Monday is a weekly drop-in meditation group open to all teens 13 to 18 years old. Brief meditations are facilitated by CCAP’s Community Response Program team members.

The program will be held on Mondays, on Zoom, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on Oct. 5.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pelkey at or 318-2555.

Transportation volunteers for seniors

Transportation volunteers are needed for the Cranston RSVP program. RSVP is seeking volunteers to deliver brown bag lunches to seniors, run errands for seniors and transport Cranston homebound seniors to medical appointments.

Anyone interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer can 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 travel costs.

Cranston Public Library seeking input

The Cranston Public Library is currently working on their new five-year strategic plan. This plan, required by the state, will help them to make decisions involving library services, programs, and building projects for the next five years. They need your feedback to inform them about the needs of our community.

They are asking you to complete their survey at

The anonymous survey will take under 10 minutes to complete and will provide them with valuable information as we engage in their planning process.

Trash and yard waste

Trash pick-up is continuing a normal schedule, while yard waste pick-up will be on residents’ usual trash day until mid-December. For more information, visit

Did you know?

NORAD’s “Santa Tracker” was born from a misprint in the newspaper. A 1955, Sears ad was supposed to print the number of a store where children could call and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. The number printed was to the hotline of the Director of Operations for the U.S. Continental Air Defense. Colonel Shoup ordered his staff to give the children updates on the flight coordinates of Santa. (Source: Christmas Fun Facts)

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