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Time to register for BASICS Summer Glee Club

BASICS Summer Glee Club is now accepting registrations for this Summer’s Glee Club which is open to any student entering first through eighth grade and there is no experience needed.

The program runs on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for a fee of $80 per child and there is a sibling discount – register one child and the second one is only $60.

They have planned a “Flash Mob” for Aug. 9, weather permitting and will join in for a summer sing-a-long on Aug. 25 during BASICS All Hand On Deck Guinness World Record Attempt.

For more information and to register, visit

Flowers for Ward 5 this weekend

Join Councilman Chris Paplauskas on June 16 for a neighborhood beautification event - Flowers for Ward 5.

According to Councilman Paplauskas, “this is the inaugural year and with your help we can make a huge impact on our neighborhood!”

The meeting place is the Knightsville Gazebo at 9 a.m. All volunteers are welcome to join in.

Color and Calm

Every Friday at the Auburn library for adults will be held Color and Calm from 4 to 5:45 for a relaxing start to the weekend. Library provides coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers. Soothing music and herbal and decaf teas. They have recently changed the hours to add more time for coloring and relaxation. No reservations required.

RI Pre-Kindergarten applications

If you have a child who is a Cranston resident and will be four years old by September 1, you may enter your child’s name in a lottery to receive one year of free, high-quality preschool education through the Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program. You must apply no later than June 30 to be part of this lottery.

Applications are available now at the Comprehensive Action Community Program or CCAP (848 Atwood Ave.), Cranston Public School District Arlington Elementary School (155 Princess Ave.) and The Children’s Workshop (546 Budlong Rd.).

If you have any questions or need more information about the lottery or the Rhode Island Pre-K Program call 222-8184.

Summer Reading Kick-Off

On June 16, join in for the Summer Reading Kick-Off at the William Hall Library between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m. This program is geared toward grades K-5 and families.

Sign up for the summer reading challenge and get your backstage pass if you arrive earlier. The first 100 students who sign up for the challenge will also get a free, limited edition lanyard and plastic case for their pass for the 1 p.m. Musical Art Circus.

The event will also include Musical Art Circus Dynamics, Rock ‘N Roll Murals, Make Your Own Mohawk, Rockstar Photobooth and a Kona Shaved Ice Truck (offering free cups for the first 100 to sign up).

Cranston Senior Guild offers trip to Foxwoods

The Cranston Senior Guild is planning a bus trip to Foxwoods on July 11. The cost of the trip is $25 per person; make check payable to Cranston Senior Guild. The price includes roundtrip deluxe motor coach bus, free buffet or $10 food coupon to any restaurant at the casino, and $10 bonus slot play (bonus subject to change).

The bus pickup is 9:15 a.m. at the former Sears Auto Center at the Rhode Island Mall. The bus will depart Foxwoods at 3:15 p.m. Payment must be received by June 20. Be sure to respond early.  Last spring, the bus filled up before the deadline and we had to inform others there was no more room.  For more information call Sunny at 785-0748.

“Bowling for WISHES” Bowl-a-Thon

A Wish Come True is sponsoring their first “Bowling for WISHES” Bowl- A–Thon on Saturday, June 23 at Lang’s Bowlarama, located at 225 Niantic Ave., in Cranston.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost of bowling, including shoes, is $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 & under. There will be music, raffles and fun activities!

To register, call A Wish Come True office at 781-9199 or go to You may also show up at Lang’s the day of the event.

A Wish Come True, is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to grant wishes to children age 3 through 18 who suffer from life threatening illnesses and live in Rhode Island and parts of southeastern Massachusetts. The average cost of a WISH is between $3,500- $5,000. At this time, A Wish Come True is working with 27 different kids.

For more information about A Wish Come True visit their website,

At the Senior Center

The Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St., will offer the following programs and activities:

Flag Day Luncheon will be held on June 14 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3 per person. People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on  June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. The American flag also nicknamed “old Glory” or  “star-spangled banner,” has changed designs over the centuries.  Today there are 13 equal horizontal stripes representing the 13 original colonies and 50 small, white five-pointed stars representing each of the 50 states. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue. Call 780-6134 for reservations.

A special Father’s Day Luncheon will be held on June 15 at 11:30 a.m. with a suggested donation of $3. Music by Bud Pistacchio and guests will enjoy a special luncheon and a free raffle to celebrate the men in our lives: fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, special men friends etc. Call for a reservation at 780-6134.

Healthy Eating as We Age will be held on June 18 at 1 p.m. and will be provided by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI. Maintaining a healthy diet is important regardless of age.  But recent research demonstrates that as we age our ability to absorb and utilize many nutrients becomes less efficient.  What can we do about this and which nutrients are essential for healthy aging?

Arthritis Exercise Classes – “A Program for Better Living” – will be held on Tuesdays at 1:15 through 2:15 p.m. Research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis.  Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, increases flexibility and endurance and so much more. Take advantage of this free low-impact physical activity led by certified instructors.

SHIP Program - Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program will meet by appointment on Fridays from 9 to noon at the Center. The SHIP program is part of a national partnership to help consumers make informed health care choices. The SHIP volunteer counselor provides one-on-one, unbiased counseling to seniors and adults with disabilities and helps them understand health care cost and coverage. The SHIP counselor can discuss Medicare, Medicare Part D, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and other health insurance options. Call 780-6000 to schedule an appointment.

Hi Lo Jack League - “A 15 Week Session” will begin on June 29 at 1 p.m. Fee is $2 weekly. Come and enjoy the comradery! The session ends with a free banquet. For more information call Ray at 497-8097.

Vendors being sought

Vendors wanted for a Yard Sale at the Kelly Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, on June 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is $20 for each table. To secure a spot or if you need more information please call Lillian at 829-6080.

Library offers free home delivery of books

The Cranston Public Library will deliver anything that has a three-week loan period. Patrons never pay a late fee or fine, because they pick up all the materials within that three-week time frame.

The volunteers deliver books (in regular or large print), audiobooks, magazines, music CDs and documentary DVDs to any homebound Cranston resident living in their own home.

Due to concerns about ‘chain of custody’ they are unable to deliver to nursing homes or assisted living facilities, at this time.

Call Karen McGrath at 781-6116 or email her at, to register for the service or become a volunteer driver.

Help the Homeless Bowling Fundraiser this weekend

On June 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. there will be a bowling fundraiser at Town Hall Lanes, 1463 Atwood Ave., in Johnston, for Help the Homeless RI. Andrea Smith, of Cranston, serves as President and Executive Director.

Help the Homeless is an all-volunteer organization. They are currently feeding people in two communities and work with outreach workers and case managers to get items for their clients. They became a 501(c)3 in 2016.

In 2017, they purchased over $2,200 worth of hats, gloves, and hoodies to distribute, provided over $10,000 for rental assistance and security deposits, spent over $800 on tents and sleeping bags, and provided over $5,000 for hotel stays.

Library note cards for sale

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Cranston Public Library; the Cranston Public Library Association is holding a special fundraiser! You can purchase a set of library note cards which features hand drawn sketches of each of the 6 library locations. You can purchase a box for $8 at any Cranston Public Library location.

Did You Know?

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. (Source: June Fun Facts)

In the history of horse racing, 13 horses have won the Triple Crown: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), American Pharoah (2015), and Justify (2018).

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