Cranston Chatter

Posted 6/16/21

By MERI R. KENNEDY Support the library Looking for a way to support the local community? For the month of June, the Cranston Public Library Association will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop

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Support the library

Looking for a way to support the local community? For the month of June, the Cranston Public Library Association will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 200 Atwood Ave. in Cranston.

One Act Play Festival at Artists’ Exchange

Artists’ Exchange proudly announces the return of its 16th annual One Act Play Festival, running June 24-27.

This year, for the first time in festival history, the stage will be set outdoors in the heart of Rolfe Square.

This family-friendly event will have audiences of all ages enjoying quality, never-before-seen productions of seven one-act plays, all while celebrating the summer season and sunshine.

Performances are Thursday, June 24, through Saturday, June 26, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 27, at 12 p.m. outdoors under the trees in the lot next to Artists’ Exchange and across from Durfee’s Hardware.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, or for groups that wish to both save on ticket admission and sit together, take advantage of our new “pod seating,” which costs only $50 for a private 9-by-9-foot section for you and seven guests.

This event is truly family friendly, as well as handicap accessible. Additional event details, as well as behind the scenes information about casts, directors and playwrights can all be found online at

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 victory. 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

‘Discovery of a Masterpiece’ at the library

Cranston Public Library will host “Discovery of a Masterpiece” with Mallory Mortillaro on Tuesday, June 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is virtual and will be held on Crowdcast.

How does a priceless sculpture of Napoleon hide in plain sight for over 75 years? While Mallory Mortillaro was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial, she uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930s. After a year of research, the piece – a bust of Napoleon – was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin.

Mortillaro will share the story of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece’s provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

This program is presented with thanks to the generosity of the Cranston Public Library Association.

Questions about the event? Please contact Zach at

What happened to Snow Town?

A hardscrabble Providence neighborhood near the State House, Snow Town was home to a mixed-race community surrounded by saloons and brothels. In 1831, a racially motivated mob burned the homes of Black residents on nearby Olney Street.

On Monday, June 21, Heather Olson will describe the people and memories of Snow Town and show artifacts excavated at the site by the Public Archeology Lab. In a virtual program, she will show how the PAL used state of the art technology to uncover this lost neighborhood. Olson was project manager of the Snow Town excavation for Public Archeology Lab in Pawtucket.

This free Zoom program is sponsored by the East Greenwich Historic Preservation Society. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Register for this program at You will be sent the Zoom connection one day before it begins.

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

‘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

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.

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

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?

In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice, or longest day of the year, takes place between June 20 and 22 each year. This year it falls on Monday, June 21, which is the first day of the summer season.

To submit your news from the community, email Meri R. Kennedy at This includes virtual events which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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