Tree Planning Program now Accepting Applications

Posted 1/24/23

The Cranston Neighborhood Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for the 2023 spring planting schedule. The program is free to all eligible property owners – including homeowners, …

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Tree Planning Program now Accepting Applications


The Cranston Neighborhood Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for the 2023 spring planting schedule. The program is free to all eligible property owners – including homeowners, small business owners and non-profit organizations.

Help beautify Cranston by applying for a free, seven-foot-tall native species tree, which will be planted by a professional nursery.  Trees must be planted in the front yard, but not between sidewalks and the curb.

The program is funded by the city and coordinated by the West Bay Land Trust. For more information and application forms, contact cranstontree@gmail.com, call 401-941-1264 or mail to West Bay Land Trust, PO Box 2205, Cranston 02905.

Cranston Accepting CDBG Applications

Cranston is now accepting FY23-24 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications. Funds will be used to support a wide range of activities specifically targeted to benefit persons of moderate and low income. Program examples supported by CDBG funds include housing rehabilitation, emergency fuel assistance, minority outreach health programs, Adult Day Care and a Mayor’s Scholarship Program. To learn more and to apply for the FY23-24 CDBG program, go to www.cranstonri.gov/departments/community-development/.

Little Critter Camp

The RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals will hold its little critter camp for children ages eight to 11 from April 10 to 14. During this half-day camp, kids will learn small animal pet responsibility. Camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Riverside (186 Amaral St.). The camp fee is $150 and kids should bring their own lunch. To register, visit tinyurl.com/nr2567b9 or email humaneeducation@rispca.com for questions.

St. Paul School Open House

St. Paul School will host its open house on Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1789 Broad St., Cranston. The school is now accepting enrollment for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about the school, visit www.saintpaulschoolcranston.org.

STAND UP Against Domestic Violence

Join the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center on Jan. 27 for a night of stand-up comedy to benefit the organization and its free programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Rhode Island. Bring in the New Year with a guaranteed night of laughs with performances by John Perrotta's Comedy Factory. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Odeum (59 Main St. East Greenwich). Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.ebccenter.org/comedy.

Service Saturday at Central

Central Library will host its monthly Service Saturdays for teens in grades 6-12 to earn community service from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. Individuals can stop by for a little while or stay the full two hour block. There will be an activity for teens to do that benefits the library or community. Registration is required. Please contact Alyssa Taft, teen librarian, at teens@cranstonlibrary.org if you have any questions. For more information, visit www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/9423646.

Time Travel Youth Art Class

Wellness New England is offering a class on steampunk art where individuals will explore feelings through art and music. The class will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living (292 West Shore Road, Warwick). This class is set up to enhance and strengthen the link between mind-body, promote emotional intelligence and help individuals learn to love themselves. Youth are invited for a fun night of socializing, healthy snacks and art. The price is $35 and includes all materials as well as snacks/drinks. For more information, please call Wellness New England at 401-593-6055.


The OneCranston HEZ is holding a Winterfest and 'Speak-Out' on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room! There will be snow globe making, crafts, and activities to share your experiences in Cranston. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Ivy Swinski at iswinski@comcap.org or 401-862-3811 with any questions.

Mattress Fundraiser

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, Cranston’s Combined Percussion will host a mattress fundraiser in the Cranston East gym. Mattresses include top-quality name brands like Simmons Beautyrest and Therapedic Mattresses. Up to 50 percent off retail prices. Same-as-cash financing, delivery and tons of savings on mattresses, pillows, sheets, adjustable bases and protectors.

Cigar Dinner

St. Mary’s Feast Society’s cigar dinner will be held on Jan. 30 at 15 Phenix Ave., Cranston. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and includes a prime rib dinner. The cost is priced at $75 and ticket inquiries can be directed to Matthew Volpi, Ryan Nardolillo or a bartender at the society.

Tools for Managing Your Health

Join William Hall Library from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 for a workshop on managing your health. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Health, this chronic disease program is meant to empower individuals to take charge of their own health. There is no charge for the session. Registration is required. Please visit www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10128400 for more information.

NAMI-RI: Registration Open for Family-to-Family course

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for its next virtual Family-to-Family course which begins Feb. 2. 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 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 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 beth@namirhodeisland.org.

AARP Tax Aide at Central

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program will be available for tax help on Fridays (from Feb. 3 to April 14) in the Giles Community Room at Central Library. This is by appointment only. Individuals should call 401-484-1415 to make an appointment between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Once an appointment has been made, please pick up a tax intake form at the Central library Circulation Desk during open library hours. Individuals should come to the library at their appointed time with their completed intake form and tax documents to file your taxes with a tax aide. Masks will be required for everyone participating in the AARP Tax Aide program. 

1916 Commemorative Committee Meeting

The 1916 Commemorative Committee will sponsor a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the RI Irish Ceilidhe Club (50 America St., Cranston). This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought to an end most of the violence in the North of Ireland. Ciaran Quinn, the Sinn Fein representative for North America will discuss the agreement’s potential for Irish unity. He will also point out the challenges of the British government that continues to cover up its actions during the conflict and the current state of play on Brexit. The downstairs pub will be open from 6 p.m. serving drinks and pub grub. There will be music after the lecture which is open to the public.

Robot Obstacle Course

Come to William Hall Library and challenge yourself with their Robot Obstacle course on Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon. Using Dash Robots, kids in grades K-5 will team up to get their robots through various challenges with opportunities for free play and building as well. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/9961156.

Wild Game Dinner

St. Mary’s Feast Society (15 Phenix Ave., Cranston) will host a wild game dinner on Feb. 5 starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy a delicious menu of chilled venison salad, antelope nachos, rabbit escarole soup, venison Bolognese with penne, deconstructed rabbit pot pie, boar and peas, elk meatloaf, garlic parmesan game hens and bear stuffed peppers. Tickets are $40. For ticket inquiries, call 401-944-0004 to speak with one of the feast society’s bartenders.

Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive at Central Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 7. All presenting donors will receive a $10 Whole Foods gift card. Donations by appointment. Walk-ins will be welcomed if availability permits at the time of arrival. Book your appointment at ribc.org/drives. Sponsor code 0472. Eat, hydrate and bring identification with you.

Audubon Summer Camp Scholarships

Audubon summer camps engage children in nature all summer long. Kids get outside exploring fields, forests, ponds, streams and the coast of Narragansett Bay. Campers enjoy hikes, live animal visits, ponding excursions, netting at the shore, messy crafts, games, and more! Friendships are made as kids discover the natural world together and are engaged with creative camp themes and hands-on science. It’s what summer should be: tons of outdoor fun! Audubon believes every child should have the opportunity to attend summer camp, so the organization offers generous scholarships for camps in Bristol, RI and Seekonk, MA. For more information and to apply for Audubon camp scholarships, visit audubonsummercamp.com or call 401-949-5454 (ext. 3014). Camp registration opens to the public on Feb. 11.

Hike Steere Hill Conservation Area

The Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series helps the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to continue restoring the Woonasquatucket River and Greenway. To register for one of the series’ hikes, visit WRWC.ORG/EVENTS. The next hike will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the Steere Hill Conservation Area in Glocester. This is a casual three-mile hike through the woods and meadows.

MAE Organization Gala

The MAE Organization will hold its annual Be the Light fundraising gala on Feb. 18, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. The cost is $100 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. To order tickets, visit www.maeorg.org/event.

Color and Calm

Adults are invited to drop by Cranston Public Library’s Auburn branch every Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to color. The library has coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Contact Karen McGrath at 401-781-6116 or auburn@cranstonlibrary.org with any questions.

Yoga in the Gallery

Join Warwick Center of the Arts (WCFA) every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an all-level yoga experience. You will learn to stretch and strengthen your body with breath and movement. Modifications are provided. Tuition is $12 per class and $10 for WCFA members. Payments can be made in person when you arrive for the class or online. Drops-ins are welcome, but please call 401-737-0010 or email admin@warwickcfa.org to RSVP. The facility is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. Parking is located at 3273 Post Road.

Looking for New Oaklawn Grange Members

The Oaklawn Grange is looking for new members. Anyone interested in learning more or joining, please contact Maria Manzi at 401-499-0796.

Help Garden City Center Celebrate 75 Years

Have photos, videos or memories from the last 75 years at Garden City Center? The center would love to see them! Send Garden City Center an email at gardencitycenter@wsdevelopment.com sharing your memories for a chance to have them included in their 75th anniversary celebrations.

Share Your Recipes

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is putting together a community cookbook to showcase and celebrate Cranston residents’ family traditions and cultures. Submissions are open now through March 31. Email/call JB at jfulbright@comcap.org or 401-208-3487 to send your favorite family recipe to be featured.

Faith Chapel’s Youth Group

Faith Chapel (located at 43 Scituate Ave., Cranston) holds a weekly youth group for teens ages 14 through 18 on Monday nights at 6 p.m. There will be games, snacks, fellowship and fun.

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.

RBG Contest

How Has Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Inspired Me? RWU Law Announces RBG Contest for K-12 Students – Rhode Island elementary, middle and high school students are invited to submit drawings, essays on how iconic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has inspired them. Visit law.rwu.edu/events/essayart-contest-how-has-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-rbg-inspired-me for details. Contest Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023 by 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to RBGessay@rwu.edu.

Youth Ushers Program

Are you a high school student aged 16-18 who loves theater? If so, you can learn about professional theater and see shows for free – plus earn community service hours. It's easy and fun! For detailsvisit gammtheatre.org/youthushers. Roles include: scanning tickets, directing patrons in the lobby and the theater, stuffing and/or passing out programs, seating patrons and answering patron's questions. In return, you have the option to earn community service hours and see Gamm productions for free! Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lauryn Sasso at 401-723-4266 x 163 or volunteer@gammtheatre.org with any questions. Performance Dates: Bad Jews, March 2 - 26, 2023, The Children, April 27 - May 14, 2023.

PrepareRI Internship Program

The 2023 applications are now open for the PrepareRI High School Summer Internship Program. If you are, or have, a rising senior this summer, this paid opportunity is an excellent one for college or career resumes. Students attend a one week paid ($15/hr.) boot camp which prepares them for interviews and work-related skills as well as helps them to determine things like their strengths and weaknesses, and then are matched to a full-time, paid ($15/hr.), five-week summer internship that gives them hands-on, real world work experience in a possible career interest. Hundreds of students across RI participate in these internships and the application process is a multi-phased process including submitting essays, a resume, participating in an orientation and interviews. It is an amazing opportunity for all students. If you are in need of appropriate work clothes, technology or transportation, PrepareRI will work with you.

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.

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.

Hats Off to Reading

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with 15 local authors, a visit from the Cat in the Hat, crafts and more at the Park Theatre (848 Park Ave., Cranston). This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 4.

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