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Cranston Country Fest

On July 15, from 2 to 10 p.m., hosted by the St. Mary’s Feast Society Ladies' Auxiliary will host the Cranston Country Fest at St. Mary’s Feast Hall, located at 15 Phenix Ave. in Cranston. There will be music, food, games, drinks and line dancing.

From 2 to 4 p.m. will be Line Dancing Lessons with DJ Jim Harvey followed by Liz Boudreau Trio from 4 to 7 p.m.

Also, that evening, there will be an Antique Car & Truck Cruise Night to benefit A Wish Come True at the corner of Briggs St. and Green Ave. Donations of $5 or more will be accepted.

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 three months until late October. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. Please feel free to contact Director Ricky Gagnon for more information at 280-6282.

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island cancels Family Tee Par-Tee

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island has announced that it will be canceling the Family Tee Par-Tee, a miniature golf tournament, that was to take place on Saturday, July 28 at Mulligan’s Island, 1000 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI. A future mini-golf event is under consideration.

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 please visit

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.

Learning about Lighthouses

The Cranston Historical Society July 17 open meeting will feature a lecture by Fred Mikkelsen at 7 p.m. Mikkelsen, 1950s Lighthouse Keeper ("My life as a lighthouse keeper in the 1950s) will speak  at the Governor Sprague Mansion Museum, Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston St., Cranston.

Fred Mikkelsen, a Conimicut Lighthouse Keeper, served as lighthouse keeper from 1958 to 1960. He will share his experiences as a lighthouse keeper at the historic cast iron “spark-plug shaped light house” – Conimicut Lighthouse.

The Conimicut Lighthouse was built in 1883 and still stands today the Conimicut Lighthouse. An incandescent oil lamp and a fourth–order Fresnel lens produced the beacon light. And during foggy weather, the fog bell had to be wound by hand which would run for only two hours at a time. It was finally updated to electricity in the 1960s.

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. 

On July 17, Johnny the K will perform for Kids and Families. Johnny K brings fun songs delivered with pizazz.

You Rock School of Music announces Edgewood Rocks! on the William Hall Library Lawn. This outdoor concert will feature local youth rock stars aged 12-18 from Edgewood’s “You Rock School of Music” and special guests from Woodstock, New York's Rock Academy performing originals and rock covers from the 1960’s to the present. The concert will be on Tuesday, July 24th from 6-8 p.m. The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad Street in Cranston. This program is free and open to the public.

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 60’s 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.

At the Senior Center

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

A reminisce group on Friday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m.  This is a time for sharing, remembering, and looking back.

Scams and Frauds Seminar will be held on July 13 by the RI Attorney General’s office at the Center. The seminar will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the upstairs card room. The seminar will inform seniors on potential scams and frauds to be on the look for in their everyday life, and train them on how to defend against becoming a victim of one.

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.

On Wednesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. there will be “Understanding Psioratic Arthritis.”  Guest speaker Dr. Jay Scott Toder will speak about psioratic arthritis, a chronic form of arthritis that affects joints. The presentation will tell you the difference between PsA and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as how PsA is diagnosed and what its symptoms/treatments are.

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.

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.

“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.

Coffee with Constituents

State Rep. Robert Lancia (District 16) and his wife, Maryann, invite members of the community to attend end-of-the-month “Constituent Coffees” on July 28. The gatherings are held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Panera Bread in Cranston on the last Saturday each month and are meant as a forum to discuss local issues over coffee. For more information, call 944-3315.

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, currently.

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

Senior Center gift cards available

Looking for a perfect gift to honor a friend or family member? The Cranston Senior Center offers gift certificates in $5, $10 and $25 denominations which may be applied to a membership fee, program fees, Snack Bar items, Transvan trips and The RSVP Gift Shoppe. Call or stop by our reception desk for more information.

Did You Know?

July is, on average, the warmest month of the year in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Early July is sometimes referred to as the “dog days of summer.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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