Cranston Free Bulky Waste Program

Posted 3/7/23

Starting March 1, Cranston residents can take advantage of the city's free bulky waste program. The program runs annually during the month of March only. During this month, the Department of Public …

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Cranston Free Bulky Waste Program


Starting March 1, Cranston residents can take advantage of the city's free bulky waste program. The program runs annually during the month of March only. During this month, the Department of Public Works shall pick up bulky waste, free of charge, subject to the following guidelines:  Residents MUST call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a free bulky waste pickup;  Pickups shall be limited to one scheduled trip with up to Three items per residential unit; - Bulky waste DOES NOT include mattresses, construction debris, TV’s or electronic goods, white goods or any household trash/garbage bags that would fit into the City provided 65 gallon cart or Overflow Bags.

Youth Ushers Program

Are you a high school student aged 16-18 who loves theater? If so, you can learn about professional theater and see shows for free – plus earn community service hours. It's easy and fun! For details visit Roles include: scanning tickets, directing patrons in the lobby and the theater, stuffing and/or passing out programs, seating patrons and answering patron's questions. In return, you have the option to earn community service hours and see Gamm productions for free! Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lauryn Sasso at 401-723-4266 x 163 or with any questions. Performance Dates: Bad Jews, March 2 - 26, The Children, April 27 - May 14.

Chili Cook Off

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (111 West Shore Road) is hosting a Chili Cook Off on March 11, at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family; children under 6 are free. Please call the office at 737-3127 for reservations. If you would like to enter your chili let us know that – and make a crockpot full! Prizes will be awarded.

March is Women's Month at The Clouds Hill Museum

What were the roles played by women in society and at home?  Who held the world's records for mountain climbing at the beginning of the 20th century?  What did women do to help in the 1st and 2nd World Wars?  How did women fare trying to enter traditionally male occupations and while enjoying sports, while breaking free of traditional clothing restrictions?   Learn about Rhode Island's earliest female inventors, publishers, stock owners, and more.  This wonderful exhibit is open on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 3:30 pm without reservation. If you can't make it during these times, call us to arrange a tour through April 2. General admission rates apply. 4157 Post Rd, East Greenwich.

The Warwick Women’s Club (GFWC) Meeting

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Warwick Women’s Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, 821 West Shore Road, Warwick (big white house). The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month from September to May.

 The Warwick Women's Club is a civic/community-minded club which provides funds for local organizations such as the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and provides services and support for organizations such as the Norwood Boys' and Girls' Club, RI Community Food Bank, Project Undercover, FRIENDS WAY,  Amenity Aid and House of Hope.  There are many other activities that the club is involved in throughout the year including Pinwheels for Prevention of Child Abuse, thank you cards and Valentine cards for our veterans, and activities relating to domestic abuse.  Anyone wishing to attend this meeting, please call Carol at 738-1279.  For further information about this organization please visit our website at

Edgewood Yacht Club Open House

The Officers and members of the Edgewood Yacht Club will host its Annual Open House on Sunday, March 19, from 12 to 5 p.m. The Clubhouse, located at 1 Shaw Avenue in Cranston, has over 130 years of tradition on Narragansett Bay. Members will be available to offer tours and Information regarding yearly social activities within the Club. The Edgewood Sailing School will have staff on hand during the Open House for inquiries about Youth and Adult Sailing Programs. Light fare and refreshments will be available

CHS Tour with Tea Program

Enjoy an evening tour with tea at the historic Governor Sprague Mansion, 135 Cranston Street, Cranston, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.  We will share a brief introduction of the history of the Sprague Family and the A&W Sprague Textile Manufacturing Co.  Guests will tour the Sprague Mansion and will have an opportunity to visit the Sprague Carriage House (weather permitting).

The Tour with Tea program is designed to be a small, intimate gathering and includes a delightful treat.  Limited seating of 10 only.  Ticket:  Non-members $10; CHS members: $16.  Checks payable by March 19 to: Cranston Historical Society.  After March 19, call for availability.  For more details: 401-944-9226.

Seth Magaziner to Speak at Temple Beth-El

Newly elected 2nd district Congressman, Seth Magaziner is speaking at the Herbert Wagner Memorial Breakfast. At Temple Beth-EL, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence on Sunday, March 26, 8:45 a.m.  Advance reservations are required. Open to the public. $5.00 per person, bagels, lox, eggs, etc. Send payment to: The Brotherhood, 70 Orchard Avenue, Temple Beth-El, Providence, 02906.  For questions or details, contact Barry Schiff

Share Your Recipes

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is putting together a community cookbook to showcase and celebrate Cranston residents’ family traditions and cultures. Submissions are open now through March 31. Email/call JB at or 401-208-3487 to send your favorite family recipe to be featured.

Cranston Parks and Recreation

Will be hosting an EASTER EVENT on Saturday, April 8th, inside the Pastore Center at 155 Gansett Ave, Cranston, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny plans to visit. Photo opportunities will be available. (Phone photos).  There will be face painting, games, activities, and prizes to be won. Please see our Facebook page:  Cranston Parks and Recreation Department, for information and sign-ups.

St. Francis Xavier Academy Scholarship Applications

The St, Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association is accepting scholarship applications from Jan. 1, until July 31.  Forms are available on our two Facebook pages, by mail at SXA. P.O. Box 20452, Cranston, 02920, or contact a board member.

Coventry Senior Band

The Coventry Senior Band is looking for musicians. A group of retired volunteers, we play gigs at Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.  If you are over 55 and play an instrument call David at (401) 368-6895 or email at

Accepting New Patients

Tri-County Health Centers, located at 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston and at 33 Maple Ave. in North Providence are both accepting new patients. Tri-County Health Centers provide comprehensive primary care services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, and substance use treatment for people of all ages. Contact:  401-519-1940 for an appointment.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

More than 1 in 4 US households struggle with their home energy bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help keep the heat on. The Tri-County LIHEAP Program helps to cover the cost of home heating bills for those that qualify.

Visit for more information about the LIHEAP program, and other weatherization programs that can help to reduce your home energy bills. To apply for LIHEAP, or to see if you qualify, contact them at 401-519-1913. The Tri-County LIHEAP program has locations in North Providence and North Kingstown.

Tree Planting Program Now Accepting Applications

The Cranston Neighborhood Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for the 2023 spring planting schedule. The program is free to all eligible property owners – including homeowners, small business owners and non-profit organizations.

Help beautify Cranston by applying for a free, seven-foot-tall native species tree, which will be planted by a professional nursery.  Trees must be planted in the front yard, but not between sidewalks and the curb.

The program is funded by the city and coordinated by the West Bay Land Trust. For more information and application forms, contact, call 401-941-1264 or mail: West Bay Land Trust, PO Box 2205, Cranston 02905.

Color and Calm

Adults are invited to drop by Cranston Public Library’s Auburn branch every Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to color. The library has coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Contact Karen McGrath at 401-781-6116 or with any questions.

Looking for New Oaklawn Grange Members

The Oaklawn Grange is looking for new members. Anyone interested in learning more or joining, please contact Maria Manzi at 401-499-0796.

Humans of Cranston Nominations

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is starting a new initiative with the Cranston Herald and local photographer Timothy McFate called Humans of Cranston; they will be interviewing Cranston residents to gain a deeper understanding of and celebrate those who live here. Those interviewed will be featured in a new column and on OCHEZ social media. If you are interested in nominating a Cranston resident, please email JB Fulbright at or call 401-208-3487.

2023 Rotary Club of Cranston Community Service Scholarship

The Cranston Rotary Club will award four scholarships to one graduating senior from each of the four Cranston High Schools. Students are invited to apply to our scholarship before April 28. The scholarship awards will be announced in May. The financial amount varies each year depending upon the success of our club’s fundraising efforts.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians. Please complete all items listed in the application process; incomplete applications will not be considered.

You will notice that volunteer service is an important part of our application process. Through this process we hope to help hard working students gain a college education, but also hope to promote volunteerism in our Cranston community. Please review the National Rotary Website to understand exactly what our organization does and its values. (

Spring Street Festival

The City of Cranston and Cranston Police Department Special Projects Community Outreach Division will hold its spring street festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 21. The event will begin at the Park Theatre and run both sides of Rolfe Street. There will be vendors, crafters, food trucks, music, touch a truck and children’s activities. The fee for vendors will be $50 for a 12x12 space.

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