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Posted 6/9/21

By MERI R. KENNEDY Summer concerts returning at Garden City Center Your favorite summer tradition is back at Garden City Center! Join in on Wednesday nights in July and August for good tunes, family fun and memories that will last well beyond the dog

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Summer concerts returning at Garden City Center

Your favorite summer tradition is back at Garden City Center!

Join in on Wednesday nights in July and August for good tunes, family fun and memories that will last well beyond the dog days of summer as part of the shopping center’s Summer Concert Series.

Garden City will be making these concerts even more exciting than ever, so stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

As of now, the schedule includes Funk Night featuring XS BAND on July 21; Tropical Night featuring The Copacetics on July 28; A night on the boardwalk featuring Elton John vs. Billy Joel on Aug. 4; and ’80s night featuring Fast Times on Aug. 11.

As always, the concerts are free of charge. To learn more, follow Garden City Center on Facebook or visit

Cranston East banner auction

Cranston High School East is thrilled to announce a silent auction to benefit the East athletic programs. In an unprecedented move, the school will be auctioning off the original individual banners for both division and state championships won throughout the recent history of Cranston East, spanning the decades from approximately 1985 to 2019.

The older banners that previously hung in the school gym have been replaced with individual banners by sport in the gymnasium.

Cranston East alumni, residents and any other interested parties now have the opportunity to own their very own piece of Thunderbolts history for home or office, for oneself or for a gift. Cranston East is the original Cranston High School, and participants will be supporting the future of the school’s athletic programs.

Those wishing to place their bids can visit the auction at The auction went live on May 28 and will remain open for bidding through June 17 at midnight. Items for bid can be viewed at

Anyone with questions can contact Tom Centore by email at

Gaspee Days Parade

The 56th annual Gaspee Days Parade will step off this Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. It will follow the route along Narragansett Parkway in Warwick to Broad Street in Cranston. Get your spot early! The ceremonial burning of the Gaspee will follow at 3 p.m. at Pawtuxet Park.

19th Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea

The Cranston Historical Society invites members of the community to attend the organization’s first 2021 event after the COVID shutdown.

The Rochambeau Strawberry Biscuit Tea at the Joy Homestead will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18, with a rain date of June 20.

Celebrate the 240th anniversary of General Rochambeau’s march through Cranston, Scituate and Coventry on June 18, 1781, on the way to victory over the British at Yorktown.

The Joy Homestead, a historic site on the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, a National Park Heritage Trail, celebrates this march to cictory. The biscuits symbolize the local citizens giving food to the French soldiers as they marched along. The wagon carrying the bread and biscuits tipped over on what is now Biscuit Hill Road in Coventry, just before the Waterman Tavern.

At the event, there will be tea and homemade biscuits and strawberries. The suggested donation is $5 donation. To RSVP, call (401) 944-9226. For more information, follow the Cranston Historical Society on Facebook or visit

Computer classes at the library

The Cranston Public Library is excited to resume in-person computer classes this month. All computer classes will be held in person, with an option to join in virtually via Zoom.

Course offerings include Introductory and Intermediate Microsoft Excel, Introduction to the Ocean State Libraries Mobile App, and a new course, Introduction to Video Conferencing, coming up on Thursday, June 10, at 10 a.m. In this course, students will learn how to use Zoom, Google Meet and Facetime to create and participate in video meetings.

All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

For more information, and to register, please visit

‘The Love Proof’ author at the library

Cranston Public Library is excited to invite members of the community to join librarian Zach Berger in conversation with author Madeleine Henry to discuss her book “The Love Proof” during the 2021 Adult Summer Reading kickoff event. This author event will be held online on Tuesday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required at

The first 20 people who register will receive a free hardcover copy of “The Love Proof” to keep. Recipients must come to the Central branch of the Cranston Public Library to pick up the book. Eligibility will be confirmed by library staff after registration.

This is an online-only event. Free and open to the public. For questions, contact Berger at

For more information, visit

Warwick Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp

Warwick Center for the Arts, located at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, will hold its 2021 Summer Art Camp from June 28-Aug. 13.

The camp will feature a variety of courses, such as “Comics and Coloring Books,” “The Art of Musical Theater,” and much more. Spend your summer creating, making friends and having fun.

For cost and times, and additional information, visit, call (401) 737-0010 or email

Trivia for a Cause

Join in for “Trivia for a Cause” on Tuesday, June 15, at the Thirsty Beaver Cranston to benefit the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center.

The nonprofit center serves individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Organizers of the trivia event are asking for a $15 suggested donation per person. There will also be over $1,000 in raffle prizes.

To purchase tickets, visit

Academic achievement

Michaiah Kojoian, a resident of Cranston, was awarded a bachelor’s degree during Providence College’s commencement ceremonies held on May and was recently honored for her academic achievements. She was a classics major and a math minor.

She was awarded the Highest Academic Record in Classics. She was also the recipient of Leroy D. Aaronson Prize for Classics. This award was established by private donations to recognize excellence in the study of ancient Greek or Latin. Each year, a student who demonstrates superior accomplishments in learning an ancient language receives a classical reference book to honor his or her outstanding achievement.

Kojoian will be pursuing a master of classics degree at Tufts University.

Pre-K lottery

The 2021-22 state pre-K lottery is now accepting applications for the fall. Cranston residents are able to apply for all Cranston sites, including Arlington Elementary, Edgewood Highland, Stadium Elementary, CCAP Head Start on Atwood Avenue, Cadence Academy and Little Learners Academy.

To learn more, visit For further inquiries regarding Cranston Public Schools sites and programs, please email

Over 65 Golf League

Attention all golfers 65 and older – if you are interested in golfing in a mixed league, the Over 65 Golf League, on Mondays at Harbor Lights, 150 Gray St., Warwick, please contact Carol Desforges at Desac63@gmail. Please indicate your name, phone number and email in your message.

To be a member or a spare (sub) in the league, you pay dues which include season play (May- Sept. 13, 2021), playoffs (Sept. 20- Oct. 4), scramble tournament (Oct. 13) and a banquet with distribution of prizes (Oct. 13). The membership dues are $55, or $30 for spares not attending the banquet.

Time to get back to networking

As COVID-19 restrictions relax, longtime networking organizer Pat Paolino Cruz is ready to get back to business. The Rhode Island Networking “Getting Back To Business” event, with limited tickets, will be held on June 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Chapel Grille in Cranston. To preregister, find the event on Online registration ends at 3 p.m. the day of the event and tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

Bring plenty of business cards. This is a great way for others to get to know you face-to-face and learn what you do. No speakers or sales pitches – just a few valuable hours of connecting, communicating and collaborating with real people in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be light appetizers and a cash bar provided by Chapel Grille. Parking is free.

If you would like to showcase your services or products with a vendor table at the event, there are five tables available. Vendor tables cost $75 and must be reserved in advance through Eventbrite only. Table registration comes with one entrance ticket.

If you would like to donate a basket, product or gift certificate for event raffles, contact Paolino Cruz at (401) 261-3300. Businesses that donate will be included in a spotlight email following event to all guests.

Masks are encouraged if you have not yet been vaccinated, and all COVID-related state enforced guidelines will be followed.

Garden City SWEAT

Every Saturday, Garden City Center will present its new fitness series, Garden City SWEAT. Each week, they will be bringing you outdoor group workout classes led by instructors from local fitness community, including CORE Studios and Haven Fitness. They mix it up with different styles and intensities, so there's something for yogis, HIIT-lovers and everything in between.

Plus, a lucky participant in each class will win a $50 gift card to either lululemon or Athleta. Spots are limited. Register and learn more at

Tender Love & Healing Day

Have you been hurt by past trauma? Have you been in a domestic violence situation or relationship? You’re not alone!

The RI Dream Center and Delicately Loved Women proudly present Tender Love & Healing Day, free of charge, on Saturday, June 12, at Praise Tabernacle Church on Park Avenue in Cranston.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pamper themselves at one of the free beauty stations, enjoy a few minutes of relaxation in the stretching station, listen to music, and enjoy food and refreshments. Child care will be provided and lots of fun planned for children as well. Each woman and child will receive a gift to bring home and there are lots of giveaways planned.

For more information, visit www.

Spring Craft & Vendor Show

The St. Mary’s Feast Society Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold a Spring Craft & Vendor Show on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Mary's Feast Society building on Phenix Avenue.

Vendors are asked to contact the St. Mary’s Feast Ladies Auxiliary or Maria Manzi for more information. Find the organization on Facebook.

Cranston RSVP seeking volunteers

The RSVP Program at Cranston’s Department of Senior Services is seeking volunteers to help to deliver brown bag lunches to seniors in the community, run errands for seniors and transport local homebound seniors to medical appointments.

You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. Mileage reimbursement is given to cover travel costs. AmeriCorps Seniors will also provide insurance protection with three types of coverage – excess accident medical coverage, excess volunteer liability insurance and excess automobile liability insurance.

If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer, contact Karen Porto at 780-6159 for an interview.

Summer jobs for young people

If you are 14 to 24 years old, CCAP’s Lean to Earn Program can prepare you for a great summer paid internship. CCAP’s youth employment, training and education programs provide a full range of services to young people enrolled in school and out of school. All enrollees are connected with a case manager to assist them in their education or employment goals throughout the program.

Programs offered include IT and manufacturing, interactive digital media and computer science, graphic communications, employer partner internships, intro to automotive, welding, it networking and marine trades and life skills.

For more information and to apply, visit or call the Cranston Skills & Youth Center at (401) 525-0869.

Books @ Home

Through the Books @ Home program, the Cranston Public Library provides free home delivery of books and other materials to qualifying, homebound residents of Cranston.

It doesn’t matter if you are permanently or temporarily homebound. Books, music and videos are delivered every three weeks at no charge.

For more information about Books @ Home, call the library’s Auburn Branch at 781-6116 or visit

Wonderful Weekend kits

The Cranston Public Library will be offering teens in grades six through 12 the chance to sign up for Wonderful Weekend kits. New kits will be announced every other Monday. To register, visit

CCAP Chip for Charity golf tournament

Save the date – CCAP has announced plans to hold its 2021 Chip for Charity golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Harbor Light Golf Club in Warwick. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. For more details, contact CCAP’s Lee Beliveau at (401) 562-8353 or

As a nonprofit community action program, CCAP needs to raise funds to assist families it serves. A large number of families CCAP serves have lost their jobs, suffered an illness, or experienced a different type of crisis, usually through no fault of their own. Last year, CCAP touched the lives of more than 40,000 people and provided over $1.2 million in uncompensated services.

Chip for Charity, presented by Neighborhood Health and Mutual of America, is CCAP’s largest fundraiser during the year to benefit its programs and services.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across Rhode Island through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up, go to Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check. Be Kind RI is open to those in Rhode Island experiencing COVID-19 risk factors, including seniors 65 and older, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

Did you know?

If you were born in June, then you’re one of two star signs. If you were born on or before June 20, then you’re a Gemini. Geminis are said to be passionate, adaptable and smart. If you’re born on or after the 21st of June, though, then you have the Cancer star sign. Those born under the Cancer sign are said to be loyal friends with great emotional depth.

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