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Budlong Pool to open

The Budlong Pool will open on June 25 at noon until the third week of August. The city staffs and maintains one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the country with depth measurements from 2 to 9 feet. Budlong Pool was renovated in 1997. 

Admission to the pool facility may be gained through the purchase of a season, individual, senior, or day pass available to Cranston residents. Non-resident guests may only purchase a day pass. Swimming lessons are available for youth.

Passes will be available at the pool. Approximately 1.1 million gallons fill the pool. Residents may bring their own chairs; yet the Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for personal property brought to the pool.

 Seasonal passes will be available for Cranston residents only and can be bought during regular pool hours. They cost $50 for a family season pass, $25 for an individual pass and $20 for seniors. A day pass costs $3. Nonresidents can buy a day pass for $10.

Free fire safety workshop

The Cranston Public Library is partnering with the Cranston Fire Department for a free public fire safety education workshop. The workshop will be on June 20 at the Central Library on 140 Sockanosset Cross Road in the James T. Community Room from 5 to 5:30 p.m.  

The fire department is offering free smoke & carbon monoxide alarms and free installation to Cranston residents (while supplies last).  Meet with a fireman and determine a date and time for your installation. For more information call 780-4039 or email

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

New Hope Art Gallery Summer Show

The New Hope Art Gallery Summer Show opening is scheduled for July 31 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 400 pieces of art in every style and media from 100 local, national, senior, special needs and student artists. 

They will feature vender tables of small original art items all at affordable prices from many of our artists. Entertainment will be provided by the music from Jim Chapin, Mark Greenwood, Robert Rizzo and friends.  Artist Jack Lai will be creating free portraits for guests. 

Come join in for a great night of beautiful art, great music and good food. The gallery is located at the Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St. in Cranston. This show will run for 3 months until late October. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. Feel free to contact Director Ricky Gagnon for more information at 280-6282.

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.

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, please 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:

Book Club will be held on June 26 at 10:30 a.m. and will feature “The Nightingale” By Kristin Hannah. This is a story of two French sisters who resist the occupying Nazi forces during WWII by hiding Jewish children so that they are not taken to concentration camps and by leading the escape of Allies pilots whose planes have been shot down over France.

Summer Locals – “Buy Local, Eat Local” will be held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presented by the URI Pharmacy Outreach Program, this program will help you select local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you are not only enjoying a more distinctive and personal experience, you are also helping build community.  Their “surprise duo” will bring you a sample of some local “delectable” for you to enjoy.

Arthritis Exercise Classes, “A Program for Better Living” will be held on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 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.

The RSVP Gift Shoppe at the Senior Center is open M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Items for sale are greeting cards, jewelry, handmade items, gift items, candy and other treats. Postage stamps also available.

SHIP Program - Rhode Island Senior Health Insurance Program will be presented, by appointment only, on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. The SHIP program is part of a national partnership to help consumers make informed health care choices. The Center’s 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.

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

No Coffee with Constituents this month

Due to Rep. Robert Lancia, District 16 Cranston, having to be in Washington, D.C. on the last Saturday of the month, “Coffee with Constituents” will not be held in June.

Summer Concerts at William Hall Library

Brought to you by the City of Cranston’s Department of Parks and Recreation, there will be a series of free concerts at the William Hall Library on Broad St. The New 40 kicks off the summer concert series on the library lawn with soulful covers that move and groove on June 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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.

Cranston 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 timeframe. 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.

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?

There is a term called June Bug, which is given to many large bugs found in the United States during May and June. The bugs get this name because the transition of larva to adult happens in this month. These are usually seen in the dark when they are attracted to light. (Source: June Fun Facts)

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