There will be a Pride flag raising outside Cranston City Hall (869 Park Ave.) on June 9 at 5:15 p.m. The ceremony will happen rain or shine.
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There will be a Pride flag raising outside Cranston City Hall (869 Park Ave.) on June 9 at 5:15 p.m. The ceremony will happen rain or shine.
Join library partners this June for small business Saturdays – a series of workshops designed for adults and youth interested in exploring/starting their own small business. The next event will take place at Pawtucket Public Library (13 Summer St.) and will focus on banding/digital marketing for teens. On June 11, Cranston Public Library will host a marketing on a shoestring workshop at Central Library in the C-Lab. On June 18, Rochambeau Library (708 Hope St.) will have a workshop on becoming a pop-up market vendor. The series will end with a branding and trademarks basics workshop on June 25 at Providence Public Library (150 Empire St.). All events will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
There will be an art sale on June 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Arnold Conference Center Regan Building, 3 Regan Court at Eleanor Slater Hospital. There will be canvas art, paper art, art cards, painted plaques, coasters, jewelry, matted framed art and shell art. All sales benefit the artists of the Eleanor Slater Hospitals and students of the UCP Adaptive Arts Program.
Join Pilgrim High School on July 9 for an informal class reunion at the East Greenwich Veterans Firemen’s Hall. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and Ray Renzi will provide the music. Wolf Rock Caterers will provide a buffet ($35 per person). The class picture will cost $17. Checks can be made payable to PHS Class of 64 and individuals should respond by June 10. Mail checks to Patricia (Teolis) McGrath at 83 Elberta St., Warwick, RI 02889. For questions or more information, email email@example.com or call 401-921-1246 or 401-286-1044.
The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is accepting registration for its summer 2022 virtual Family-to-Family course which begins on June 15. This is a free, eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means 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 exercises. For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIBBA (Rhode Island Black Business Association) in partnership with the Institute of Economic Empowerment and Development are now accepting applications for their 2022 scholarship. Award amounts range from $500 to $1,000 for each student. To be considered for the scholarship, individuals must be a Rhode Island resident, identify as Black or Afro-Latinx, be a high school senior in the fall of 2022 and begin their freshmen year at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2023. Applications must be completed and received by June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m. For more information and questions, email email@example.com or call 401-383-1179.
Kids in grades K-5 are invited to join the Western Cranston Garden Club for a special outdoor program at 4 p.m. on June 8. They will start by reading garden stories followed by a gardening demonstration. Kids will then have the opportunity to plant a flower in the front library garden beds. Registration is required. In case of rain, this program will be rescheduled for June 15.
There will be a free Covid vaccine clinic on the front lawn of the Central Library in the James T. Giles Community Room on June 10 from noon to 2 p.m. First shots, second shots and boosters are available. Register on the library’s website.
This special story time on June 11 is intended for children ages 2-8 to attend with a caregiver. Join the Cranston Public Library as they celebrate the rainbow of different families and people in Cranston’s community. Wear your best rainbow-themed outfit and enjoy stories focusing on LGBTQ+ families. Finish off your celebration with a craft and a donut hole from Knead Donuts. Registration is required. Central Library from 11 a.m. to noon in the James T. Giles Community Room.
St. Mary’s Feast Society Ladies’ Auxiliary will host their annual St. Mary’s Feast Society banquet on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at 15 Phenix Ave., Cranston. There will be a complete prime rib dinner; the cost is $45 per person. Contact Maria at 499-0796 for tickets.
Phillips Memorial Baptist Church will host a rummage sale on June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is handicap accessible and there will be baked goods, handmade spring wreaths clothing, household items, shoes, linens, games, puzzles and more. The church is located at 565 Pontiac Ave.
Cranston Public Library invites the community to bring their unwanted electronics to the Central library on June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon for their e-waste recycling event. The IndiCycle van will be in the upper parking lot to help individuals dispose of unwanted electronics in an environmentally safe way.
Items accepted for free disposal include: computers, routers, monitors, TVs, laptops, mice, keyboards, cameras, printers, toner, wires/cables, batteries (no single use), microwaves; cell, cordless, and landline phones; stereo equipment, plastic speakers, CD/DVD players, gaming stations and other electronic gadgetry.
A $10 disposal fee is charged for: wooden speakers, laserjet printers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, mini fridges and other coolant containing appliances.
The following items are not accepted: lightbulbs, glass, broken TV tubes, smoke detectors, single use batteries, furniture, paint, plastic, paper/styrofoam and chemicals/aerosol cans.
For More Information, visit www.indiecycle.com.
EGAPL Heart of RI will hold a Pet fest on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 44 Worthington Road, Cranston. The organization will have small local businesses, the things they specialize in, raffles and a day of family fun for everyone. Proceeds will help Rhode Island small businesses as well as help EGAPL Heart of RI with continued rescue efforts.
Local author Bernadette Conte will be at Barnes and Noble for an author’s night at 6:30 p.m. on June 17. She will be there with her three books: “Eviva Maria, Madonna della Civita,” “Under the Pear Tree” and “Trauma at the Border.”
Come make slime outside at William Hall Library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on June 28. This program is for kids grades K-5; the library will provide all of the ingredients and the recipe and you can have a blast making a mess with slime outdoors. Registration is required and opens May 31.
The YMCA will host its 2022 Race 4 Chase free triathlon program from July 5 to August 14. This is a six-week Monday through Friday program for individuals ages six to 12. Children will learn to run, bike and swim and make friends along the way. Fill out an application to be considered for the program (available at the YMCA’s front desk). Applications are due July 1 to Kristen Ryer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1225 Park Ave., Cranston.
The East Providence High School Class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion on August 14 at the East Providence Yacht Club (9 Pier Road, East Providence). At 1 p.m. there will be a meet and greet, while “Tanya McEntire and the Professors” will provide music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pub-style food and drinks are available for purchase, and the event is free for all class members and their partners. Donations will be appreciated toward a gift from the Class of 1972 for the new East Providence High School. Contact Dave Marchetti: email@example.com or call 401-258-6412.
Nico’s Tree nonprofit will hold its fifth annual charity golf tournament on September 25 at the Cranston Country Club (69 Burlingame Road, Cranston) to benefit the nonprofit. Join Nico’s Tree for nine holes of golf for a great cause. After the game, enjoy a multi-course buffet dinner with dessert. Don’t golf? Join the nonprofit after the tournament for Nico Tree’s “Grow a Little Hope” dinner and raffle event for $40. Registration deadline for golf and dinner is Sept. 19. For more information, call Dana Venteuolo at 401-241-5311 or Dennis Venteuolo at 401-261-3032.
Applications opened May 1 for RISCA’s general Operating Support for Artists. The program provides grants of $6,000 for ] three consecutive years (totaling $18,000) for artists to work toward large, specific and self-identified goals in their art practice.
To assist in the application process and meet the July 1 deadline, Arts Council staff member, Mollie Flanagan, has scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout May and June. (RSVP is required).
Workshops: June 1, 4 p.m. Drop In Office Hours: June 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; June 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., July 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. One-on-one meetings start June 2.
Wine in the sunshine? Sounds like the perfect pairing. Join Garden City Center and Avvio Restaurant weekends this June for Garden City Sips in the gazebo for varietals from a rotating selection of vineyards, live music, games, floral photo ops and more. This family (and dog!) friendly wine garden will be the kickoff to summer you won’t want to miss.
Garden City Sips will take place every Friday (June 3 to June 18) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The events will also take place on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (live music from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with live music from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
These events are open to the public – seating is first-come-first-serve and operating hours will be weather permitting. Customers must show a valid ID in order to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
On August 7, at 2 p.m., Flannel Polyester will present a “This Is Your Life” style show honoring the grand old lady of Rhode Island comedy, Grandma Martha. The event will take place at the Comedy Park, located inside the Historic Park Theater and Event Center.
A cavalcade of New England’s comedy greats, along with host Jay Burns, will look back on Martha’s life through laughs, jokes and just a couple of roasts.
For this special show, Martha has requested that we help her friends at the Hope Alzheimer’s Center in Cranston. Proceeds from the afternoon’s raffles and photo opportunities will benefit the Hope Alzheimer’s Center. Tickets are available by going to www.thecomedypark.com
Pilgrim High School will host its class reunion on June 18 at Richard’s Pub (3347 South County Trail East Greenwich). Appetizers and dinner are $40 per person. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
The Mãe Organization will host their music festival fundraiser on June 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pierce Memorial Field in East Providence. For tickets, visit maeorg.Org. Additionally, Mãe is currently recruiting individuals with a passion for making a difference in someone’s life and has some time to volunteer.
After a two year hiatus, the 13th Annual “Cause for Paws” Classic Car Show roars to life on Sunday, June 12. There will be antiques and classic cars, plus all corvettes, custom, muscle, hot rod, rat rod, exotics and fire trucks. There is a $15 entry per car – registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and trophies are given at 2 p.m. For spectators, admission is free. Proceeds benefit homeless animals at the Warwick Animal Shelter. For more information, email email@example.com. The event will be located 171 Service Avenue (off Jefferson Blvd.), Warwick. Rain date is Sunday, July 17, 2022.
Cranston Public Library announced this year’s Summer Concert Series, sponsored by the Cranston Department of Parks and Recreation. The concert series features eight performances, at the William Hall Library, beginning June 30. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place on the William Hall Library front lawn. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and snacks to make the most of these free, family-friendly events. Traditional concerts will take place on Thursdays, June 30 - August 4 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. June 30, Whiskey Rhode; July 7, Gemini; July 14, The Dick Clarks; July 21, Nightlife Orchestra; July 28, Bandemonium All Star Jazz Band; August 4, Nervous Breakdown – A Rolling Stones Tribute. Concerts for kids and kids at heart will take place on July 12 and July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 12, T-Bone; July 19, Toe Jam Puppet Band. William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St.
The Rhode Island Youth Theatre Summer Programs will have two summer programs at the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center. “The Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition” is for ages 7 to 16 and will take July 25 through August 6. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 6 at 7 p.m. The second program is “The Music Man, Jr.” which will run from August 8 to August 19. No experience needed. Shows will take place August 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and August 20 at 7 p.m. Visit www.riyt.org to register. Scholarships available for all programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Chapter 2210 has planned a Martha’s Vineyard trip for July 7. Bus pickup from the Exit 6A Park & Ride at 8 a.m., return time is approximately 7:30 p.m. Cost is $129/person. Trip includes motor coach transportation, ferry ride from Falmouth, guided bus tour of Martha’s Vineyard and sightseeing in Edgartown with a stop at Bertucci’s for dinner on the way home. For more information, call Maureen at 828-5188.
The RI State Pre-K lottery is now open – this lottery will run until July 6. Children who will be 4 before Sept. 1 may qualify. To apply, visit www3.ride.gov./PKL.
The Parks and Recreation summer camp will run from July 5 to August 12 and registration goes live at 7 a.m. on April 25. A Google Forms link will be posted on that day and time. No payment is necessary at the time of registration. Parks and Recreation will invoice you, which will serve as your confirmation for your child’s attendance. Payment is due in full prior to the start of camp. Weekly and all summer rates. Four locations -- both age groups will be at all four locations. Age groups are 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Schedule will be posted prior to the start of camp.
There will be a celebration of mother and earth on June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center located at 475 Valley St., Providence. This event is important for raising critical funds for a new labor and delivery center at the hospital. For sponsorship opportunities and event information, contact Cezarina (Sue) Jackson, 401-921-8508, or email@example.com.
Please join the Cranston Country Club for the Gregory Rubino Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25. The club is “Driving for a Cure” at Cranston Country Club, and all proceeds go to benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Spots are filling up fast so please register now to secure yours. Learn more and register at www.grubinomemorialgolf.com.
If you’ve ever thought of giving stand-up comedy a try, now’s your chance. This $200 Comedy Course kicks off Sept. 12 for six weeks in Warwick (except Columbus Day). The instructors are John Perrotta, Coleen Galvin Yaroshenko and Rockin’ Joe Hebert. At the end of the course, you’ll take the stage in our graduation show at Rhode Island’s newest comedy hot spot, the Comedy Park in Cranston. We anticipate a full class, so sign up early by calling the Comedy Factory at 401-639-7726. www.comedyfactoryri.com, www.richof.org.
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. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.
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