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Tee Par Tee to benefit Brain Injury Association of RI

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island will hold its first Family Tee Par-Tee, a miniature golf tournament on July 28 at Mulligan’s Island, 1000 New London Ave., Cranston.

The Brain Injury Tee Par-Tee will be an opportunity for those who attend to have serious fun with family and friends and to raise funds and awareness of the growing need for support and advocacy for those affected by traumatic and acquired brain injury. The day will consist of a miniature golf tournament competition with awards going to the team with the lowest 18-hole score total.

 Registration on the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. with a tee time of 10 a.m. The cost per player is $35 in honor of BIARI’s 35th anniversary, celebrating 35 years of service to the community, with foursomes being encouraged at $140.

Children 12 and under cost is $25. Those who register by July 16 will be entered a special drawing. Admission price includes lunch and refreshments. Contact Community Relations Manager Robyn Chapman at 228-3356 for early bird registration or information.

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is dedicated to increasing awareness of brain injury and its consequences, providing education to prevent brain injury, and enhancing the quality of life for those affected by brain injury. For more information about the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island visit

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

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.

Ocean State Toastmasters to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on July 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Rd.

Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries.

Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or

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 – deadline approaches

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.

At the Senior Center

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

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.

Movies at the Center featuring “Hidden Figures” will be held on July 10 at 1 p.m. Based on the untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson. The brilliant African-American women working at NASA who were the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glen. 

The Benefits of Ice Cream will be held on July 11 at 10 a.m. and will be presented by the Dynamic Duo or Trio. July is National Ice Cream Month, and what a perfect time to cool off with a little taste of this wonderful treat.  While you are at it, you will learn that there are benefits to eating the favorite dessert.

Game Show Wednesdays! Family Feud is Back on July 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A special version of Family Feud will be held. Come and spend a great hour of friendly competition. Sign up now in the Programs’ Office.

Creative Stitchers, “Monday Morning Glories” will be held each Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. If you enjoy quilting, knitting or crocheting don’t stay home alone come and join in the Monday morning group.  Time to socialize and at the same time enjoy your craft.  Pat, the facilitator, is always available to guide you through your project, if needed.

Mark Your Calendar for the RSVP Volunteer Fair on July 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There are plenty of volunteer positions and, any current RSVP volunteer looking to change their volunteer placement or would like to take on an additional placement should also attend. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: Front Desk, Gift Shoppe, Dining Room, Snack Bar, CCAP’s Food Pantry & Weatherization Program, Tax Assistance Program, Fall Prevention Program, Recycling Program, Scam Prevention, and “A Matter of Balance” Coach.

“Tools for Healthy Living” - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will be held on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Aug. 7 through Sept. 11. The “Living Well Rhode Island” free program is for people with one or more chronic conditions, such as, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer etc. Topics will include: dealing with frustration, pain, fatigue; exercise; medications & nutrition; isolation; evaluating new treatments and effectively communicating with family, friends and especially health professionals. Upon completing the workshop, you will receive a relaxation tape and a gift certificate. If you are interested in participating register now, space is limited, call 780-6000.

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.

On July 5, The Rockin’ Soul Horns will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and all are invited to enjoy the blues, soul and R&B of The Rockin’ Soul Horns on the front lawn.

Summer Performers for Kids and Families will be held on July 10 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. featuring the Toe Jam Puppet Band. On July 17, Johnny the K will perform for Kids and Families. Johnny K bring fun songs delivered with pizazz.

On July 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., The Barley Hoppers will bring classic country mixed with oldies to heat up a July night.

19th Nervous Breakdown, which is a tribute band for the Rolling Stones will perform on July 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will feature songs of the Rolling Stones and a mix of music from the ’60s through today.

On July 26, The Jesse Liam Band will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Jesse Liam Band, playing classics through contemporary hits.

Closing out the Summer Concert Series will be Sh-Bop on Aug. 2 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. They will feature music from the birth of Rock and Roll.

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 3-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.

Library launches digital archive of historic newspapers

The Cranston Public Library has launched a new digital archive of local historic Cranston newspapers. This archive is free and available online. The archive has full .pdf scans of Cranston newspapers from 1885-1975. The list of available newspapers is: Cranston Herald (1936-1975), Cranston City Times (1921-1925), Cranston Herald Today (1975), Cranston Leader (1889-1890), Cranston News (1922-1939), Cranston Today (1972-1975), Howard Times (1885-1905), Herald News (1939-1940), Cranston Herald News (1939) and Neighborhood News (1930).

The scans were produced with full Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which will allow for keyword searching for specific names, topics, etc. Other advanced searching options are also available. The archive is available at This digital archive was created in partnership with Advantage Preservation and was funded by a grant from the Champlin Foundation.

Did You Know?

Congress made Independence Day, July 4, an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. (Source: Fourth of July Fun Facts)

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