Here's what's going on in Cranston

Posted 6/7/23

June 9, Cranston High School East Class of 1973 50 th Year Reunion Cranston High School East, Class of 1973 will hold its 50th Year Reunion on Friday, June 9, at the Valley Country Club, 251 New …

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June 9, Cranston High School East Class of 1973 50th Year Reunion Cranston High School East, Class of 1973 will hold its 50th Year Reunion on Friday, June 9, at the Valley Country Club, 251 New London Avenue, Warwick. Cash bar: 6 – 7 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $75 per person.  For more information, contact:  AC 401-559-6627.

June 9, 10,  & 11, RIGMC Spring Concert Series The Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus is presenting their Spring Concert series, “Are We There Yet?” at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2115 Broad St, Cranston on Friday and Saturday, June 9 & 10, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. This concert will take you on a “road trip” from New York to San Francisco!  So don’t worry about the price of gas, just fill your tank with music that only the RIGMC can provide!  Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission, $20 for Seniors, $15 for Students with ID and Children 12 and under Free. Tickets can be obtained online at Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus (rigmc.org)

Weekend Spotlight

Gaspee Day Events Continue through this weekend

June 10, Gaspee Days Parade Parking
The Asbury United Methodist Church will provide safe parking, use of bathroom, water and snacks for sale on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 550 Fair Street, Warwick (corner of Ann Mary Brown and Fair), 1 block from the parade route.  A $5 donation is kindly requested.

June 10, Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night Fundraiser
Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue, Funny 4 Funds Comedy Night Fundraiser, Warwick Knights of Columbus, 474 Sandy Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. $25/person. Raffles, 50/50 and auctions. Sponsor opportunities available. RICSAR is a non-profit 501c(3) search and rescue team. Our focus is to ensure that the families of the missing will be reunited. For links to more information or tickets, ricsar.org, or email ricsar.treas@gmail.com.

June 10, Rummage Sale
Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, 565 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Clothing, shoes, household items, linen, garden tools, games.  Nice, slightly used items at low prices.  For more information:  401-467-3300.  The church is handicap accessible.

June 16, Gladstone Street Elementary School Good-bye Event
Friday, June 16, from 3 – 7 p.m., all Gladstone Street Elementary School Huskies, past and present, are invited to the Gladstone Goodbye Event, 50 Gladstone St, Cranston. The public will be allowed inside and outside the building. Feel free to take pictures and share a memory or two.

On June 17 Get ready for Pride with us!
Stop by The Huddle Center (70 Gansett Ave) to get anything you may need for the Pride Fest in Providence. Drop in and get ready with us for Pride! Pack a goodie bag, take some Pride swag and get some Pride tips from community health worker Jill, a PVD Pride Fest regular. Please reach out to Jill at 401-258-3084 or jsparaco@comcap.org with any questions!

June 18, Annual Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea
on June 18, from 6 – 8 p.m., The Cranston Historical Society will hold its 22nd Annual Rochambeau Strawberry biscuit Tea at the Joy Homestead to celebrate the 242nd Anniversary of the March to Victory of General Rochambeau.  Rochambeau led his French forces of King Louis XVI through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18, 1781, on his way to join General Washington to defeat the British at Yorktown.  Enjoy an evening of pleasantries and tea with homemade biscuits & strawberries. $5 donation. Reservations required.  (401) 944-9226.

June 20 from 4 to 6pm
The Huddle Center (70 Gansett Ave) is hosting a College Survival Guide Series over the Summer. We will be talking all things financial literacy. Are you nervous about keeping track of your money in college? Then this is the session to come to. We will be focusing on graduating seniors and rising Juniors in High School and giving them the tools to be confident about their finances moving into this new time of their lives. Please reach out to Jill at 401-258-3084 or jsparaco@comcap.org to register.

June 21, Firefly Walk
Wednesday, June 21, 8:45 p.m. there will be a Firefly Walk. Meet at the lower Rhodes on the Pawtuxet parking lot, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, for a half hour walk at twilight to watch the fireflies. Wear long sleeves and pants. Please do not bring nets, jars or dogs. Contact timlehnert@live.com for more information.

June 26 – June 30 – Summer Drama Camp
, Monday, June 26 – June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, 20 Leaf Street, West Warwick, will be holding their Summer Drama Camp for children ages 5 thru 14.  Cost is $20 for first child, $10 for second child and $5 for additional children ($35 max per family).  Scholarships are available.  Call or email for more information or to pre-register:  pastor@emanuelww.org 401-821-8888.  You may also register at the door on Monday, June 26, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  www.emanuelww.org.

July 11, NAMI-RI: Registration Family-to Family course 
The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is now accepting registration for our summer session of NAMI’s Family-to-Family course which begins Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. This is a free and virtual, 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 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.

July 22, The Prout Class of 1973
will hold its 50th reunion on Saturday, July 22 at 12 p.m., at The Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.  All 1973 graduates are cordially invited to attend. For further information, 1973 graduate alumni are asked to join the Facebook Group “Prout Class of 1973,” or contact Mary Paolino at mary.paolino@yahoo.com.

June 23, Johnston High School Class of ‘73 Reunion,
Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m., The Inspiration of ‘73 will celebrate its 50th year reunion.  It will be held at the Valley Country Club, 251 New London Ave., Warwick. Cocktails:  6 – 7 p.m. and Dinner: 7 p.m.  $80 per person.  There will be live music.  If you are in contact with any classmates, spread the word. For more information, check out the JHS Class of 1973 Facebook page or call Donna at 401-497-9292.

June 24, Strawberry Festival
Smith’s Castle, 55 Richard Smith Drive, North Kingstown, invites the public to celebrate their annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 24, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. This family friendly event will feature once again puppeteer Dan Butterworth, as well as pop singer Jesse Liam. Plenty of colonial games, activities, and crafts will be provided as well as pony rides for children. Vendors will be on-site, and they will be selling their famous strawberry shortcake as well as plants for the garden. A special exhibit will feature collections from the Narragansett Bay Quilt Association. Admission to Strawberry Festival is $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for children over 6 years of age. Family Cap is $25. For more information: http//:www.smithscastle.org or 401-294-3521.

June 29, Tour with Tea Evening
Enjoy a relaxing intimate evening, tea and a special sweet. Thursday, June 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston. Presentation on A&W Sprague Manufacturing Co. with mansion tour. Seating of 10 only by reservation 401-944-9226. $18 nonmembers/$16 members, payable by June 25 to Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston St., Cranston, RI 02920. After June 25th, call to inquire if seating is available.

July 1, Live Bait,
Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. "True Stories From Real People”, Rhode Island’s longest running adult story telling show for over 10 years. No scripts or notes, no rants or stand-up, just true stories told in six minutes or less. Audience participation encouraged; performers and non-performers are welcome or just watch an evening of funny, gut-wrenching, scary, enlightening, soul-baring, true stories!"  Continues every first Saturday of the month at this new location.

July 30, Warwick Veterans/TollGate High School Class of 1973 Reunion Warwick Veterans Memorial High School/TollGate High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th Year Reunion on Sunday, July 30, at the Valley Country Club, 251 New London Ave, Warwick. Cocktails 6 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m. $50 per person. Checks payable to “VetsTollGate Class of 1973” can be sent to Ms. Judy Snow, 29 Oberlin Dr. Warwick 02886. Contact us at ClassOf73VetsTollgate@gmail.com with any questions. 

August 17, Lake Winnipesaukee Luncheon Cruise AARP Chapter 2210  Lake Winnipesaukee Luncheon Cruise trip on Thursday, August 17. Experience the majesty of Lake Winnipesaukee during your 2.5 hour narrated scenic tour aboard the historic M/S Mount Washington cruise vessel. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 8:30 a.m., return time is approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost is $134/person. For more information call Maureen at 401-828-5188. Final payment due by July 10.

Sept 11, The Comedy Course
The Comedy Course is returning for a 6th year, every Monday night for 6-weeks. Three instructors, with over 100 years of combined stage experience, will guide you on a 6-week journey from writing your first joke to performing your debut comedy routine. You learn the do's and don’ts of standup comedy and have fun doing it.  The course is $200 per person.  The place: TBD.  Instructors include: Joe Hebert, Coleen Galvin and John Perrotta. Class size is limited. Call John Perrotta at 401-639-7726 to reserve your seat, now. Payment options are available.

September 12, Boston Duck Tour & Margaritaville Faneuil Hall Trip
AARP Chapter 2210  Boston Duck Tour & Margaritaville Faneuil Hall trip on Tuesday, September 12. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 8:30 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $134/person. For more information call Maureen at 401-828-5188. Final payment is due by August 12.

October 3,  Mohawk Trail Fall Foliage Tour AARP Chapter 2210  Mohawk Trail Fall Foliage Tour on Tuesday, October 3. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 9 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $109/person. For more information call Maureen at 401-828-5188. Final payment is due by September 3.

October 14, Annual  No More Hunger Walk
A walk to call attention to food insecurity and raise funds for local food pantries  will be held on Saturday, October 14. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Over $20,000 has been raised in the past two years. The walk will begin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick and proceed along West Shore Road to Donovan Park, in Conimicut Village.  Any interested churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join.  Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail  WoodburyChurchRI@gmail.com for details.

October 15, Central Falls High School, Class of 1963 Reunion
Central  Falls  High  School  Class  of 1963, will hold a  60th  Class Reunion  on Sunday, October 15, 12 – 4 p.m. at Chelo’s Banquet Hall, 2225 Post Rd., Warwick.  Tickets: $60 for buffet and dancing. Please send checks to: Patricia (Guillette) Mannix, 111 Col. John Gardner Rd.,  Narragansett, RI 02882. Please include maiden name and phone number on check. For more information call or email  Patricia Mannix 401-789-0451; Patriciagmannix@gmail.com Or, Nancy Dube Brazeau  401-789-0304; nancybraz@gmail.com.

November 7 – 9, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City
AARP Chapter 2210  Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Tuesday – Thursday, November 7 – 9 . The tour includes 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 meal credits (up to $20 value each) & $20 slot play. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 7 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $299/person (double occupancy), $279/person (triple occupancy) or $399/person (single occupancy). For more information call Maureen at 401-828-5188. Final payment is due by September 21

Every Monday,
  Gaspee Celtic Jam (No Jam on Monday, May 29) The Gaspee Celtic Jam meets at the Pawtuxet Village Baptist Church, 2157 Broad St., Cranston, every Monday from 7 – 9 p.m. Do you play fiddle, guitar, Irish flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, folk harp, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, acoustic bass, ukulele, keyboard, recorder, or sing? All skill levels welcome. Visit www.gaspeecelticjam.org for more info or questions.

Every Thursday,  Get-a-Job-Thursdays We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, hosts a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, 200 First Ave., Cranston. We Make RI offer job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger and Hitachi Cable. For more information about this event or other training opportunities, visit www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.  

Every Saturday, Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market, every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., offers locally grown vegetables, eggs, fruit, meat, honey, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods, locally roasted coffee, and local packaged foods (kimchi, hot sauce, marinara, sauerkraut, seitan). The market features vegan and gluten-free options and local handmade goods. There will also be food trucks, live music, and occasional visits from community groups.

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

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 Stacey@AmenityAid.org.

 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.

Hearts for Hospice
Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20.00 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications are listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.

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