Youth Ushers Program

Posted 2/28/23

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 …

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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 details visit 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 with any questions. Performance Dates: Bad Jews, March 2 - 26, The Children, April 27 - May 14.

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.

Smart DriverTEK Vehicle Technology Workshop

The way we drive is changing. The Smart DriverTEK workshop, developed jointly by AARP Driver Safety and The Hartford, will keep you in the know about the latest high-tech safety features in your current or future car. Learn all about blind-spot warning systems, forward collision warnings, smart headlights and more.

This 90-minute workshop at Central Library from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 4 is open to drivers of all ages and includes an overview of top vehicle safety technologies, a step-by-step guide of how these technologies work and how they can make driving safer and more enjoyable. You’ll also receive a vehicle technology checklist, which offers guidance on what technologies you may need when shopping for a new car or what features may already be in your car. This event is free and open to the public. Register at

Oil Painting Class

Warwick Center for the Arts will host an oil painting class for beginners with Didem Kokturk on March 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. The cost is $85 for non-members and $65 for members. For more information, visit

Celebration of Irish Dance

Come get your jig on at Central Library on March 6, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to join us for this special celebration as student performers from the Kelly School of Irish Dance demonstrate traditional Irish steps, followed by a mini-lesson for the audience and a performance by all who want to participate. A CPL staff person will also read a related story. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Register at to receive email reminders of the event.

OneCranston HEZ Musical Series

Come Join the OneCranston HEZ and The Haus of Glitter in a musical series where we will learn, music from the Afro-Latinx traditions. This series will run every Tuesday starting March 7th and running through April 11th at the Pastore Center 6:30- 8pm. To register or any questions reach out to Ivy Swinski: (401) 862-3811.

Visiting Author Michael Fine

Join author Michael Fine at William Hall Library on March 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a presentation on his new book “On Medicine as Colonialism.” This book is a reframing of the health care debate in the U.S. It is a strident meticulously researched expose that shows how corporate America uses Medicare and Medicaid to extract resources from communities, as it rethinks the process of colonialism in a globalized world. It has been called “a sobering diatribe on health care in America”, driven by “outrage at what has been wrought” – but also provides “a realistic perspective on achieving health equity.” Register at

Chili Cook Off

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (111 West Shore Road) is hosting a Chili Cook Off on March 11, at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family; children under 6 are free. Please call the office at 737-3127 for reservations. If you would like to enter your chili let us know that – and make a crockpot full! Prizes will be awarded.

A Women’s World

Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum (4157 Post Road, Warwick) will hold an exhibit highlighting the important roles women played throughout history at the museum from March 11 through April 15.

CHS Tour with Tea Program

Enjoy an evening tour with tea at the historic Governor Sprague Mansion, 135 Cranston Street, Cranston, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.  We will share a brief introduction of the history of the Sprague Family and the A&W Sprague Textile Manufacturing Co.  Guests will tour the Sprague Mansion and will have an opportunity to visit the Sprague Carriage House (weather permitting).

The Tour with Tea program is designed to be a small, intimate gathering and includes a delightful treat.  Limited seating of 10 only.  Ticket:  Non-members $10; CHS members: $16.  Checks payable by March 19 to: Cranston Historical Society.  After March 19, call for availability.  For more details: 401-944-9226.

Seth Magaziner to Speak at Temple Beth-El

Newly elected 2nd district Congressman, Seth Magaziner is speaking at the Herbert Wagner Memorial Breakfast. At Temple Beth-EL, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence on Sunday, March 26, 8:45 a.m.  Advance reservations are required. Open to the public. $5.00 per person, bagels, lox, eggs, etc. Send payment to: The Brotherhood, 70 Orchard Avenue, Temple Beth-El, Providence, 02906.  For questions or details, contact Barry Schiff

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 or 401-208-3487 to send your favorite family recipe to be featured

St. Francis Xavier Academy Scholarship Applications

The St, Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association is accepting scholarship applications from Jan. 1, until July 31.  Forms are available on our two Facebook pages, by mail at SXA. P.O. Box 20452, Cranston, 02920, from board members.

Coventry Senior Band

The Coventry Senior Band is looking for musicians. A group of retired volunteers, we play gigs at Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, etc.  If you are over 55 and play an instrument call David at (401) 368-6895 or email at

Accepting New Patients

Tri-County Health Centers, located at 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston and at 33 Maple Ave. in North Providence are both accepting new patients. Tri-County Health Centers provide comprehensive primary care services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, and substance use treatment for people of all ages. Contact:  401-519-1940 for an appointment.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance

More than 1 in 4 US households struggle with their home energy bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help keep the heat on. The Tri-County LIHEAP Program helps to cover the cost of home heating bills for those that qualify.

Visit for more information about the LIHEAP program, and other weatherization programs that can help to reduce your home energy bills. To apply for LIHEAP, or to see if you qualify, contact them at 401-519-1913. The Tri-County LIHEAP program has locations in North Providence and North Kingstown.

OneCranston Wants to Hear from You

OneCranston HEZ invites Cranston residents to share their experiences in health, housing, youth opportunity, Covid-19 and more through their 15-minute survey. All responses are anonymous. The survey can be reached at

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, call 401-941-1264 or mail: West Bay Land Trust, PO Box 2205, Cranston 02905.

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 with any questions.

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.

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 or call 401-208-3487.

2023 Rotary Club of Cranston Community Service Scholarship

The Cranston Rotary Club will award four scholarships to one graduating senior from each of the four Cranston High Schools. Students are invited to apply to our scholarship before April 28. The scholarship awards will be announced in May. The financial amount varies each year depending upon the success of our club’s fundraising efforts.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians. Please complete all items listed in the application process; incomplete applications will not be considered.

You will notice that volunteer service is an important part of our application process. Through this process we hope to help hard working students gain a college education, but also hope to promote volunteerism in our Cranston community. Please review the National Rotary Website to understand exactly what our organization does and its values. (

Spring Street Festival

The City of Cranston and Cranston Police Department Special Projects Community Outreach Division will hold its spring street festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 21. The event will begin at the Park Theatre and run both sides of Rolfe Street. There will be vendors, crafters, food trucks, music, touch a truck and children’s activities. The fee for vendors will be $50 for a 12x12 space.

To submit your news from the community: Ida at This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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