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Garden City to Celebrate 70 years

Garden City Center will celebrate its 70th year on Sept. 26 at the Gazebo from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy tasty treats from Garden City Center restaurants and relive the older days with their documentary and picture yourself in historical photos. There is a $20 admission with all proceeds going to the Cranston Historical Society. For more information, contact the Center at 401-942-2800.

City is seeking firefighter applications

The City of Cranston is accepting applications for firefighters now through November 2018. Note you will need to get your physical agility test card from the State. EMT-C is required at the time of employment. See Cranston City Hall Personnel Department for applications.

Sundaes in Cranston holds benefit for Rhode Home Rescue

There will be a Rhode Home Rescue special adoption event and fundraiser at Sundaes on Oaklawn Ave. in Cranston on Sept. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundaes will be donating 20% of their sales and for a list of adoptable pups, visit

Rhode Home Rescue is a RI Non-Profit and Federal 501(c)3 Public Charity that rescues dogs from high kill shelters, abuse and neglect situations, and owner surrenders.

FOOS coming Sept. 23

The Artists’ Exchange’s 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival (FOOS) will be held on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Artists' Exchange at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston.

Eat, drink, and make art on the block! Artists’ Exchange and Gateways to Change, Inc. invite all families, friends, and community to join the fun at the 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival. The festival will feature live music and theater, community art installations, raffles, crafts, artisans, art activities and contests, delicious food, beer, wine, and much more. The festival is pet-friendly and admission is free for everyone of all ages and abilities.

They are currently seeking volunteer performers, artists, artisans, and event volunteers for the 11th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival. If interested, send your availability for the festival date to Emily at More information at or call her at 490-9475.

Celebrate Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday

The Cranston Historical Society will celebrate the 188th Birthday of Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. with a buffet. The event will be held at the Sprague Mansion, located at 1351 Cranston St.

Enjoy the company of history enthusiasts and enjoy viewing some of the historical documents on display from the Sprague family collection.

Seating is limited and an $18 per person donation to the Society will help to continue the efforts of the organization.

To reserve your seat, send a check for $18 (per person) made payable to the Cranston Historical Society and mail to 1351 Cranston St., Cranston, RI 02920. After Sept. 13, call them at 944-9226 to see if seats are still available.

Cranston Senior Golf Tournament

The Cranston Senior Center will host their Annual Golf Tournament on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Cranston Country Club, located at 69 Burlingame Rd. Everyone age 55 years or older are invited to participate. The $75 fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch and a banquet immediately following. Call 780-6218 for a registration form.

33rd Cranston Greek Festival this weekend

For more than two generations, the Cranston Greek Festival has been held the on the church grounds, the weekend after Labor Day. This year it will be held on Sept. 7 through Sept. 9. More than 25,000 people will visit the Cranston Greek Festival over the course of this fabulous three-day event of Food, Fun, Greek Dancing and Culture. The 33rd Annual three-Day Cranston Greek Festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on the parish grounds at 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Route 5, Cranston.

At the Senior Center

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

“The Kitchen of Food” will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. with facilitator, Sean Reidy. This six-week series will include lively discussions regarding the ingredients we use in our Italian kitchen recipes.  As we all know, Italian men & women have a special way of preparing certain flavorful dishes when it comes to preparing family meals.  We will explore the origin of many food product and the nutritional benefits of each. Class size is limited.

Yoga will be held on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. for a fee of $4 per person. An exceptional program with both emotional and cognitive benefits. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India.

Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program - “Take Control, One Step at a Time, Keep Moving” will hold Orientation at the Center on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and walking, at the Cranston High School West Walking Track will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 to 10 a.m. The walking program will begin on Sept. 17 and end on Oct. 26. To register, call 780-6000.

Senior Signature Diabetes Series is for both Pre-Diabetics & Diabetics and features a free six-week program on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25 to Oct. 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is provided by The American Diabetes Association. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes. To address the need the American Diabetes Association has developed an older adult outreach program Senior Signature Series. This series will provide tips and resources needed to help seniors address the challenge of preventing diabetes and keeping diabetes treatment from impairing their lifestyle or slowing them down. To register call 780-6000.

Lang’s Memorial Car & Bike Show

Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave. in Cranston will host the 4th Annual Ed Lang Memorial Car & Bike Show and this year, all years, makes and models are welcome. The event is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with trophy presentations by 2:30 p.m. One hundred percent of proceeds go to the RI Community Food Bank.

They are collecting non-perishable food items for the RI Community Food Bank. For each food item you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Pizza Bowl (2 hours of bowling for up to 6 people, including shoe rental, 1 large pizza and a pitcher of soda.

If you are interested in entering a car or bike it is $10, and you may contact Matt Matteson by visiting the Bowlarama or by calling 944-0500. There is no fee to attend the event.

23rd Annual Artisans Steak Fry

The RI Shriner’s will host the 23rd Annual Artisan’s Steak Fry on Sept. 23 with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person which includes a delicious Steak Dinner! There will be a cash bar and the event calls for casual dress. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance by calling 467-7100. The event will be held in The Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place, One Rhodes Place, Cranston.

Woodridge Church Benefit Golf Outing

The 2018 Woodridge Golf Outing to benefit Leukemia research and Woodridge Church will be held on Sept. 22 with a 1 p.m. tee-off at the Midville Golf Club, located at 100 Lombardi Lane in West Warwick. The $75 fee includes golfing, a car and dinner after the event. All are welcome and for tickets or more information contact the Church Office at 942-0662.

Craft Fair to benefit Veterans

Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812 Auxiliary will be hosting a Craft Fair on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1418 Plainfield St. Proceeds go towards support of our veterans. If you would like to reserve a table for $20, please contact Lillian Macera at 829-6080.

Did You Know?

Always held on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire (although recent research has shown that it might have been his brother Matthew’s idea), a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. The date chosen was simply “convenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving.

Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the holiday has become a way to mark the end of the summer season and the start of the school year. (Source: Labor Day 2018 Fun Facts)

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