Here's what's happening in Cranston!

Posted 5/24/23

June 3, Eagle Scout Court of Honor Troup 4 Gaspee Plateau will honor five Eagle Scouts: Harry Dolan, Matthew Weeden, Benjamin Fontaine, Samuel Paolino and Nicholas Maroni on June 3, 1 p.m. at St. …

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June 3, Eagle Scout Court of Honor Troup 4 Gaspee Plateau will honor five Eagle Scouts: Harry Dolan, Matthew Weeden, Benjamin Fontaine, Samuel Paolino and Nicholas Maroni on June 3, 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 350 Fair Street, Warwick. Refreshments to follow. RSVP to Leslie Maroni: 401-632-6781 or airmccrea@hotmail.com.

Weekend Spotlight

May 30, “Billie and Amy,” at The Cabaret Room, Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m., The Cabaret Room at The Arctic Playhouse, 1249 Main Street, West Warwick, will host Boston performing artists singer, Frankie Campofelice and accompanist, Andy Lantz with their tribute to Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Tickets are $20 in advance/$22 at the door. Full-cash bar available, table seating. Reservations highly recommended as this cabaret series is sold out every month: https://www.thearcticplayhouse.com/shows/may-cabaret-billie-and-amy/ or box office: 401-573-3443.

June 3, Free Car Seat Check & Touch a Truck Event
On Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., South County Health will host a free car seat check and touch-a-truck event. Members of the South Kingstown Police Department, trained in Child Passenger Safety, will provide free car seat installation checks. This is a convenient opportunity for community members to ensure that they are using the right car seat, with the right installation, for their children’s ages and sizes. Other family-friendly activities will include: face painting, touch-a-truck, and guided tours of South County Hospital’s award-winning Birthing Units.  For more information, or to reserve a car seat installation check, please visit: South County Health - Car Seat Check Event.

Friday, June 2 from 3 to 7 PM + Saturday, June 3 from 8 to 12 PM

St. David’s Annual Yard Sale: Mark your calendars to attend, and if you’d like to drop off any items for the yard sale, they can be dropped off during office hours or on Sunday morning.

June 3, 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.

June 3, The Rat Pack, Direct from Las Vegas, Strictly Sinatra presents the Rat Pack, Saturday, June 3 at the Park Theater, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, 8 p.m. in the VIP Mezzanine. Tickets: $45.00 per person. Includes pasta, meatballs and salad. Meet and greet the performers. St. Mary’s Church, Cranston, Contact Richard C. 401-527-8382.

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 (www.rigmc.org).

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, www.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 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 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 – 9:30 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 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.

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.

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.

To submit your news from the community: Ida at Idaz@rhodybeat.com. This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event. Can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your event in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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