Cranston Parks and Recreation

Posted 3/29/23

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 …

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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.

Gorton High School Luncheon   Classes  1941 - 1955

Wednesday,  April 12, at 1 p.m., The Island Restaurant,  2318 West Shore Rd.,  Warwick. Order from the menu. PLEASE call for reservations:  Fran Allin  463-8679 or Barbara Kane  821-0161,  For further information call Nat 742-7433. Bring a classmate.

The Future of Trees in Edgewood

Please join us for the Annual Meeting of the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association (EWPA). Hear from experts about where we are and where we are going.  Tuesday, April 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at William Hall Library Auditorium,  1825 Broad St, Cranston.  Free and open to the public.

AARP Charter 2210 Day Trip Events

Lobster Bake & Foxwood Trip at Cap'n Jack's & Foxwoods Casino, Tuesday, April 18. Bus pickup from the Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 10 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $119/person. For more information call Maureen at 828-5188. Final payment due Thursday, April 6.

Bronx Zoo Trip, Tuesday, May 16. Bus pickup from the Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 7 a.m., return time is approximately 8:30 p.m. Cost is $114/person. For more information call Maureen at 828-5188. Final payment is due by Tuesday, April 18.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Trip for Thursday, June 22. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 9 a.m., return time is approximately 5 p.m. Cost is $119/person. For more information call Maureen at 828-5188. Final payment is due by Thursday, May 25.

NAMI-RI: Family-to Family Course

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for our next virtual Family-to-Family course which begins Wednesday, April 26 , 6:30 – 9 p.m. This is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidence-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 activities.

For more information on the Family-to-Family course and to register, visit or call 401-331-3060 or email

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: The Children, April 27 - May 14.

Amenity Aid – Volunteers Needed

 We are looking for volunteers that would like to help us plan and staff community events, organize hygiene product collection drives and raise funds for Amenity Aid. If you are interested in doing any of the above or would like to be a member of our Community Outreach Committee, please contact Stacey Silva, Community Outreach Chair at

 Amenity Aid’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations by creating access to essential hygiene products. Serving all of Rhode Island, we distribute toiletry necessities to those most vulnerable through our network of direct service agencies.

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

Cranston Hall of Fame is looking for nominees

Did you or someone you know/love graduate from Cranston public high school more than 10 years ago? Are they a success in their chosen field, and give back to their community? Now is your opportunity to share their accomplishments with the rest of the world. Cranston Hall of Fame is looking for nominees for their 42nd class to be inducted on Friday, October 13, at the Alpine Country Club. It is not necessary to be a Cranston resident currently.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 21, 2023. Applications can be found at, and on Facebook at For details or more information, reach out to Cindy Soccio, President 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 Planning 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.

Hi-Lo Jack Players Wanted

Next Session on Friday April 7 at 12:45 p.m. We have lots of fun. Cost to join is $3 a week and all proceeds go back to the players. Games are held at the Cranston Senior Center. For more information call Ray Walsh at (401 497-8097).

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.

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 will run on 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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