Humans of Cranston Nominations

Posted 11/22/22

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 …

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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 jfulbright@comcap.org or call 401-208-3487.

Holiday Concert

The Rotary Club of Cranston will present a holiday concert featuring Cranston High School East and West at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Historic Park Theatre. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at TheParkRI.com. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit East and West’s music departments as well as the Cranston Rotary scholarship program.

Holiday Ornament Arrival

The new 2022 Cranston Police Department holiday ornament has arrived. The cost is $20 and all money raised from the sale will go directly to families in need this holiday season. More information at cpdcares.company.site.

Hi-Lo Jack Players Needed

Cranston Senior Center is starting Hi-Lo Jack Card League Dec 6 at 12:45 p.m. They have 18 partners and looking for more players. If you don’t have a partner we can get you one. The cost is $3 a week and all monies collected will go back to the players. This is a very friendly group and they have their own large card room. If interested, call Ray Walsh at 497-8097.

Photos With Santa

Come visit Santa in his cozy cabin outside the Garden City Center gazebo now through Dec. 24 for a meet and greet and photo with the most holly jolly guy in the neighborhood. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Walkups are welcome but will be given a return time upon arrival. Pet photos are available every Monday. To register and for times/dates, visit www.gardencitycenter.com/event/santa-photos-2022/.

Ocean State Artisans Holiday Craft Show Food Drive

Jingle all the way to the Ocean State Artisans Holiday Craft Show Food drive on Nov. 25 to Nov. 27! Down at the Cowesett Corners Shopping Center (300 Quaker Lane). Bring along a canned good or nonperishable item and receive $1 off the admission fee! Follow the snowman and find the perfect Holiday gifts!

Santa’s Grand Entrance

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and everyone’s favorite big man in red is back at Garden City Center. Join the center at the Gazebo from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 26 as they kick off the holiday season and welcome Santa back to Garden City Center. Come watch Santa roll in his horse-drawn carriage, then enjoy live holiday jams that will get all the kids movin’ and groovin’, get your photo with the big guy, make reindeer food, enjoy hot cocoa and take a ride on his horse-drawn carriage.

Pre-registration will be required for hay rides and will be a $5 donation per rider to The Tomorrow Fund. Don’t snag a seat on the hay ride? No worries, there will still be plenty of free and fun entertainment for kids of all ages at this event. Santa will stroll in at 10 a.m. To register, visit www.gardencitycenter.com/event/santas-grand-entrance-2/.

1916 December Lecture

Ireland has been the scene of many conflicts over the years; one of the most significant was the Civil War from 1922-1923. It was at its conclusion that the island of Ireland was divided.

Dr. Timothy Hoyt, a professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College in Newport will present a lecture entitled “Understanding the Outcome: Causes and Conduct of the Irish Civil War.” Hoyt has been a student of Irish history for a number of years with a particular focus on the evolution of military strategy.

The 1916 Committee will sponsor the multimedia presentation on Dec. 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The venue is the RI Irish Ceilidhe Club, 60 America St., Cranston. The Irish Ramblers will provide music after the lecture and the pub kitchen will be open at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Breakfast with Santa

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Rhode Island presents Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 3 at 2115 Broad St., Cranston. Celebrate the season with Santa and his special green friend. Enjoy a breakfast buffet while watching The Polar Express and each child gets a personal visit with Santa. Pictures will be available for purchase and all proceeds go back to the charity. There are two seating times, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please register for tickets ahead of time to reserve your seat! 8:30 a.m. seating link: eventbrite.com/e/452529687477; 10:30 a.m. seating link: eventbrite.com/e/452610619547. Please make reservations by Nov. 26. $15 per Person -- kids three and under are free.

Providence Brigade Band Holiday Concert

The Providence Brigade Band will hold its holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Church of the Ascension (390 Pontiac Ave., Cranston). Tickets are $10 at the door and on Eventbrite. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. Not handicap accessible.

Gingerbread Contest

Join the Artist Exchange (50 Rolfe St., Cranston) for its 18th annual gingerbread house decorating contest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3. Take home kits are available. Spaced per time slot is limited and may fill – reservations are required. Guests will be limited to 90 minutes of decorating time. The cost is $15 per house and save $2 if you register before Thanksgiving. To register and for more information, visit artists-www.exchange.org/gingerbread-house-decorating-contest.

Sugar Plum Stroll

Join Garden City Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 for a new spin on its annual holiday stroll, with a tree lighting, ballet performances, real-life nutcrackers and more. Please register in advance for this free event so the center knows to expect you, and keep following along for an official schedule of the evening! Register at www.gardencitycenter.com/event/sugar-plum-stroll/.

Ward 3 Holiday Tree Lighting

Join the Cranston Historical Society from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for its annual holiday open house at Governor Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.). This will be an afternoon of holiday music, cookies, wassail and the society’s famous Sprague punch. Featured treats at the mansion are from DeLuise Bakery and Seven Stars Bakery. From 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. pianist Andrew Kaplan will entertain visitors. At 3:30 p.m., Mayor Ken Hopkins will bring greetings from the City of Cranston. At 5 p.m., there will be an outside special tree lighting sponsored by Ward 3 Councilman John Donegan. The Hugh B. Bain Middle School choir will provide a musical program of holiday tunes. Attendees can also visit OneCranston Health Equity Zone’s info table at the Carriage House and enjoy hot chocolate provided by parents/teachers of nearby schools.

Warwick Symphony Orchestra

The Warwick Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyeux Noel,” both French classical and holiday works. See the show Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at St. Bernard Church (Tower Hill Road, NK), or Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Scottish Rite Auditorium (Broad St, Pawtuxet Village, Cranston). Visit www.WSOri.org for more info.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Join the one and only Mrs. Claus at the Garden City Center gazebo on Sunday mornings this December while she reads some of her favorite holiday stories. Bundle up, bring a chair and sit by the gazebo with the famous lady in red and hear holiday tales for kids of all ages. Every Sunday in December from 11 a.m. to noon starting Dec. 4.

Brown University Lecture Series

Nonfiction@Brown lecture series presents Liza Yeager, “Listening as Action.” Liza Yeager, audio producer, reporter and editor, delivers a lecture on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Pembroke 305, 172 Meeting St., Providence. This event is free and open to the public! Please visit go.brown.edu/nonfiction_now for more information about Liza Yeager and the Nonfiction@Brown lecture series.

East Orchestra Plays at Roger Williams Park Zoo

On Dec. 9, the Cranston High School East Orchestra will perform at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular. The zoo has over 1 million lights. Last year over 100,000 people visited the display in the month of December. The Orchestra will be performing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday Night Thunderbolts – A Sports Story

Join John Gillooly, author of “Friday Night Thunderbolts,” at the Cranston Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10. His book tells the “untold story about Cranston East football” and he will discuss the genesis of the book, read some excerpts and participate in a Q&A with former Cranston East football coach Tom Centore who is featured in the book.

Gillooly was a national award-winning sportswriter/columnist at the Providence Journal for 50 years before retiring in the Fall of 2018. During his newspaper career he was recipient of an Associated Press Sports Editors national award for enterprising writing and a National Women’s Sports Foundation “Billie” media award.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale for $15.00 each, cash only.

Christmas Green Workshop

Join Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 10 for a Christmas green workshop. The museum will supply the oasis, greens, ribbon and cones for your special arrangement for the holiday season. You can bring your own container and any special decoration you would like to incorporate into your design. The cost is $40 per person. More information can be found at www.cloudshill.org/calendar.

Join Phillips’ Chime Choir

Phillips Memorial Baptists Church (565 Pontiac Ave.) is looking for children ages six to 10 who are interested in participating in a Chime Choir led by Minister of Music Martha Sobaje. The rehearsals won’t be too long and will occur at 11:15 a.m. after church on Sundays. This is an exciting and fun opportunity to learn music and a great way to meet others. If you are interested, contact Martha Sobaje at msobaje@gmail.com.

Winter Market

Warwick Center for the Arts will hold “The Winter Market” from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, Wednesday through Saturday – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3259 Post Road., Warwick. This year’s Winter Market features handmade items from over 20 local artists and represents the varied creativity that makes Rhode Island so special. In addition to handmade jewelry, toys, cards, ornaments, pottery and accessories, the Market will also sell affordable framed paintings, prints and other wall hangings in addition to WCFA gift certificates if you prefer to give the ‘arts experience’ as a holiday gift this year. The event is free to browse, but items are for sale. WCFA will be open one evening for our Winter Market on Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.

Need Christmas Help?

Families residing in Coventry, Cranston, Scituate, Warwick and West Warwick in need of Christmas help may apply for assistance from Little Free Pantry in Warwick by Nov. 26. Our goal is to provide one to three items per child: value of your gifts range from $5 to $35 dollars as this is a helping hand. We do our best to help as many as we can, we do not guarantee help. The application process is simple. Please send us a message with the following information.

  1. Your Name, a picture/copy of a recent utility bill in your name (your photo ID will be required at pick up) please block out account numbers, we just need to verify address and name. We can not accept people signing up for others, your Facebook name must be similar to your real name.
  2. For each child up to age 17, Child name (first name only), age, gender and wish list or a list of likes (of mixed value max $35 per item). You must provide a list because we can not fill requests without it. Please note we will consider children over age 17 with special needs, please PM us in regards to our requirements. No requests for gift cards/tickets, as well as any video games/systems (exception would be inexpensive headphones and accessories) will be honored.
  3. List of other programs you have signed up for, or intend to sign up for.
  4. Due to dishonesty about children, we now require birth certificate at pick up, your ID must match one of the parents listed on the birth certificate. Exception for those with legal custody paperwork will be required. This for visual inspection in person only!

While we never ask for income verification and reserve the right to ask for additional information for children as you may only sign up your children that live with you full time. Our pick up location is in Warwick, near RT 37. We provide this information when pick up times are arranged. This is borrowed space afforded to us by a local business in which we are allowed to use after business hours.

Call for Poetry Submissions

Notable Works Publication is working with Crosswinds Poetry on the third edition of “Voices of the Earth: The Future of Our Planet.” The theme is awakening a resolve for rediscovery, resolution, adaption, growth and a call for continued action. Poets accepted for the publication in this book will receive a complimentary copy upon completion. Three prizes will be awarded from entries. ($100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.) Poets may submit up to three original works not previously published, each one formatted in Times New Roman, not exceeding 60 lines (which includes title and any spaces in-between). No more than 66 characters on each line (which includes spaces and punctuation). The submission period runs from Jan. 1, 2023, to Feb. 15, 2023 at midnight. Please email your original poetry submissions to noreeninglesi@cox.net or info@notableworks.org. Or, mail to Notable Works PO Box 8122, Cranston, RI 02920.

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue.

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