Humans of Cranston Nominations

Posted 11/29/22

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 Cranston 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 www.cpdcares.company.site.

Hi-Lo Jack Players Needed

Cranston Senior Center is starting a Hi-Lo Jack Card League starting Dec. 6 at 12:45 p.m. They have 18 partners and are looking for more players. If you don’t have a partner, they 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/.

City Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Ken Hopkins invites the community to attend the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 outside Cranston City Hall (869 Park Ave.). Singer Jake Kambo will provide a musical performance followed by Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio dancers and the Cranston East’s Jazz Ensemble. The tree lighting will occur at 5:30 p.m. and Santa arrives at 5:45 p.m.

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” on Dec. 2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 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.

Instrument Petting Zoo

The Cranston Public Library’s Oak Lawn branch will hold an instrument petting zoo on Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s program room. At this program for school age children and their families, participants will be able to try out ukuleles and an assortment of other simple percussion instruments. After individuals have “pet” all the instruments, Miss Tayla will play an assortment of classic sing-along songs on her ukulele. This program is indoors. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by visiting www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/9870572.

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. To register and for more information, visit www.artists-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/.

Celebrate Breakfast with Santa

The St. Mary’s Feast Society and Ladies Auxiliary will host Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 4 starting at 10 a.m. The event will include a full buffet and costs $15; kids under age three are free. Reservations are required, so please call 401-944-0004.

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.

Meet Elsa from Frozen

Step into a winter wonderland at the Park Place Cafe (848 Park Ave.) and enjoy tea and snacks with Princess Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” on Dec. 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include one adult and one children’s ticket, sing along, meet and greet and story time with Elsa, and complimentary frozen specialty drink for children and one mini pastry. A cash bar will be available for any additional coffee/drink requests and cafe food is available. To register, visit www.theparkri.com/event/princess-elsa-meet-and-greet/.

Warwick Symphony Orchestra

The Warwick Symphony Orchestra presents “Joyeux Noel,” both French classical and holiday works. See the show 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.

Step into the Holidays at Clouds Hill House Museum

The Clouds Hill House Museum is open between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, Dec. 4, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 for individuals to look at the holiday decorations. If you cannot make one of the pre-scheduled dates, call the museum to schedule a time that works for you. More information at www.cloudshill.org/calendar.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Join the one and only Mrs. Claus at the Garden City Center gazebo on Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 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. Story time lasts from 11 a.m. to noon.

Cardmaking for the Community

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to stop by Cranston’s Central Library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 for an evening of making holiday cards for the Cranston Senior Center. Participants can drop in for a little while or stay the entire three hour block. Teens receive community service hours for participating. Registration is required.

Cocktail Competition

Dig In Dining and Entertainment presents its cocktail competition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Park Theatre (848 Park Ave.). Bartenders will be competing for the best cocktail to raise money for their favorite charities. Tickets are $10.

Oaklawn Grange Tree Lighting

The Oaklawn Grange will be having its annual Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. The festivities will begin at the Oaklawn Gazebo at 6 p.m. Unfortunately, New Deal Farms will not be joining us this year, but we will have wagon rides by Confreda Farms.

Gingerbread House Building

The Huddle Center will hold a gingerbread building event on Dec. 8 starting at 4 p.m. at 70 Gansett Ave. They will also have CCAP Social Services there to talk about housing, rental, and heating assistance throughout the colder months. Please email Brandi Silvia to register: bsilvia@comcap.org.

St. Mary’s Feast Society Toy Drive

St. Mary’s Feast Society will hold a toy drive from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Dec. 9 at 15 Phenix Ave., Cranston. Steve Smith and the Nakeds will provide musical entertainment and, in order to enter, people must bring an unwrapped toy.

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 perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bye Bye Birdie

Cranston High School West Theatre presents “Bye Bye Birdie” starting Dec. 9. Individuals can view the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. Tickets are $12 per person.

Beautification Day

There will be a traditional fall/winter grounds beautification day at Governor Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.) on Dec. 10 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers should wear outdoor work attire and bring gloves, rakes, weedwackers and leaf bags (if possible). Chainsaws and leaf blowers are also appreciated. If individuals need community service hours, make sure to bring proper paperwork on Dec. 10. Contact Gregg and Mary at 401-944-9226 for any questions.

Bolts Bazaar

The bolts bazaar will take place at Cranston High School East on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors, raffles, homemade goodies, refreshments crafts and more. Kids will also be able to meet Santa. There is free parking and no entrance fee.

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 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.

De-Stress with OneCranston HEZ

Come de-stress with the OneCranston HEZ. On Dec. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Park Cafe (848 Park Ave.) there will be board games, free giveaways and free food to help relax during this busy holiday season. Registration is not required. Contact Ivy Swinski with any questions: iswinski@comcap.org.

Need to Wrap Presents?

Need a place to wrap presents without your kids finding out? The Huddle Center at 70 Gansett Ave. will be having open wrapping hours during the month of December for wrapping all Holiday gifts. They will provide the materials; you just need to bring the presents. For more information, contact Brandi Silvia at bsilvia@comcap.org.

Cookie Decorating

Holidays at the Huddle will be held on Dec. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 70 Gansett Ave. There will be hot cocoa and cookie decorating for Cranston families! For more information contact Brandi Silvia at bsilvia@comcap.org.

Virtual Cooking Class

OneCranston Health Equity Zone will host a virtual cooking class for Cranston families on Dec. 15 where individuals will make easy hummus. Free ingredients will be provided and classes are available in English and Spanish. To sign up, call/text 401-222-9222.

A Christmas Carol

Cranston High School East drama presents “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Tickets will be sold at the door ($10 for adults, $8 for students and free for children).

Menorah Lighting

There will be a menorah lighting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 20 in the Cranston City Hall lobby. Rabbi Yossi Laufer will light the menorah and recite traditional Hanukkah blessings.

Warm Clothing Drive

Councilwoman Aniece Germain  – in partnership with the Artists’ Exchange and Hope and Change for Haiti – will host a clothing drive for neighbors in need on Dec. 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. They will be collecting warm clothes such as coats, gloves, socks and hats. The drop off location will be at the Artists’ Exchange (50 Rolfe Square). Please reach out to aniecegermain2@gmail.com with questions.

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” now through 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. For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.

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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