Here's what's happening in and around Cranston

Posted 11/1/23

Nov. 1, Brown University: Nonfiction@Brown Lecture Series on Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., Nonfiction@Brown presents the New York Times best-seller author Ross Gay. This event is free and open to the public! …

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Here's what's happening in and around Cranston


Nov. 1, Brown University: Nonfiction@Brown Lecture Series on Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., Nonfiction@Brown presents the New York Times best-seller author Ross Gay. This event is free and open to the public! Please visit https://Rossgay.eventbrite.com to reserve your ticket. The reading will be held in Salomon, Room 001, 79 Waterman Street, Providence.

November 2, Aging with Confidence: Options for You and Your Loved Ones is about planning for the future and knowing you are prepared for the twists and turns that life brings.  Being able to fully enjoy those retirement years means making decisions and taking actions now....

...On Thurs., Nov. 2, at Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Road, Warwick, a speaker panel that will touch on estate planning for all ages, retirement funding and spending, eldercare law and senior living options here in Rhode Island.  Resource tables - from life coaching to home accessibility options healthy aging activities will be available.  Light refreshments.  5:30 p.m. doors open.  6 p.m. panel discussion.  Bring your questions.  Free to the public but you must register in advance at https://checkoutri.com/events/aging-with-confidence-thurs-nov-2-2023/ or call 401-732-1100. 

Weekend Spotlight

Nov. 4 & 5, St. Francis Xavier Holiday Bazaar will be held at the church, 81 No. Carpenter St., East Providence, Sat., Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be something for everyone including: Grand Prize Raffle, Christmas Booth, Attic Treasures, Silent Auction,  Raffle Baskets, Liquor Raffle Baskets, Wine with a mystery gift card, Hand knitted & crocheted Items, Home Decor, Craft Supplies, Baked Good Booth, Lucky 7's, Games and Prizes, Kids Corner, Youth Group and more. After shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at the food court and don't forget to pick up some famous Portuguese malassadas.

November 5, Service of Remembrance to be held  Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. - Would you like a chance to publicly remember a deceased loved one, light a candle in their honor, and join with others in prayer, as together we remember loved ones who have died? Edgewood Congregational Church at 1788 Broad St. in Cranston is offering just that opportunity at a Service of Remembrance. You are invited to bring a photo – framed or unframed – of the loved one(s) who passed. Photos will be placed on a table and a candle will be lit. Together, in worship, we will grace the Edgewood Church sanctuary with love and music, prayer and candlelight.

For more information, please call the church office (401-461-1344). If Rev. Bill Sterrett is not in the office, leave a message and he will call you back.


Nov. 4, St. Mary’s Feast Society Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
will be held on Sat., Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Parish Center,  November 4th from 9am to 4 pm.

It will be held at the St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Vallone Road, Cranston.   Rain or Shine!!

There will be 40 vendors, raffles, games,  home-made cookies, and more. There’s something for everyone.  Start your shopping early and support small businesses. For more information:  401-499-0796. 

Nov. 4, The Woodbury Church Lighthouse Craft Fair & Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sat., Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbury Union Church, 58 Beach Avenue, Conimicut Village in Warwick. Over 25 craft vendors along with gourmet foods, baked goods, homemade crafts, raffle items and attic treasures will be offered.  Be sure to visit our kitchen in the fellowship room for a delicious lunch. For more information, contact:  Ginny 401-345-9935 or woodburychurchri@gmail.com.

Nov. 7, Photographic Society of RI will hold its meeting on Tues., Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., as a social time and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. It will be held at Lakewood Baptist Church, 255 Atlantic Ave., Warwick. The guest presenter for this meeting will be Shiv Verma.  The program will be Composition-The Instrument of Photographic Communication.  The digital medium allows to communicate in ways that would  have been too complex or virtually impossible in the analog capture.  Shiv will also talk about the key elements of composition judges look for in photos submitted for competition.  Future meetings will include live demos, competitions, set-ups for photo ops, image studies and presentations from experts on a vast array of topics for a wide range of skill levels.  Whether a member or not, please come and enjoy the program and to see what the club is all about.

Nov. 11, Veterans Through the Ages is sponsored by The Hope Historical Society, inviting the community to the meeting on Sat., Nov. 11, 2 p.m., at the Howland Barn, 35 Ryefield Road, Hope. Local heroes and others who have served our country from the Revolutionary War period to modern times will be honored.  Veterans will be recognized during the program. All are encouraged to bring photos, stories, and other memorabilia from the veteran’s period of service. Military uniform is not required. For photos please identify the individual, the military branch in which they served, period of service, description of their service, and any honors awarded to them.  All are welcome.

Intrigued by the topic but cannot attend “Veterans Through the Ages?”  No worries!  Post a picture and/or story on the HHS Facebook page: Hope Historical Society, Hope, RI.  Pictures and stories must be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting to be included in the program. Pictures or stories can also be emailed to the HHS at hopehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

Nov. 11, Woodridge Congregational Church Holiday Bazaar will be held on Sat., Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodridge Church (546 Budlong Road, Cranston.  The bazaar will once again have: Children’s Elf Shop; Country Store with cakes, pies, cookies, jelly, pickles and candy; Gift Baskets; Homemade Crafts; Silent Auction; Timeless Treasures; Books and more.  Homemade soup, pizza and sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please donate a non-perishable food item for the Cranston Interfaith Food Pantry. 

Nov. 11 & 12, Emanuel Lutheran Church Craft Fair and Bazaar will be held on Sat., Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 12, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 9 New London Ave., West Warwick.  Exquisite raffle baskets, candles, baby items, bird houses, dried flower items, handmade gnomes, handmade bags, jewelry and so much more.  There will be a lunch and bake shop as well.  All are welcome.

Nov. 11, Native Orchids will be the subject of the Ocean State Orchid Society, on Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., at Rocky Hill Grange, 1340 County Trail, East Greenwich (entrance at rear of building). Botanist Neela de Zoysa will be speaking to the society regarding New England’s native orchids. We will have our usual “grow and show” (members show and discuss their current orchid collection). Light refreshments to be served. Public is welcome to join.

Nov. 15, Scandinavian Holiday Brunch will be held on Sun., Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 60 Clyde Street, West Warwick.  Breakfast includes:  Coffee, juice, scrambled eggs, home fries, beans, Swedish pancakes, Swedish meatballs, ham, sausage, Swedish breads and rice pudding. There will also be a bake sale table. Donation: adults $18 and children 6 – 12 $5.  For reservations, contact Linda 401-739-3530. Event is sponsored by Star Lodge #56, Vasa Order of America.

Nov. 18, Armenian Evangelical Church Holiday Bazaar will be held on Sat., Nov. 18, from 12-7 p.m., at the church, 180 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston. Half Roasted Chicken, Losh Kebab, Kufta, and Kheyma dinners will be served with pilaf, green beans, salad, and bread.  American and Armenian pastries and delicacies including Choreg, Bourma, Paklava, Yalenche, Khadaif, Boreg, Stuffed Mussels and more, plus the always popular Penny Social. Please contact MaryAnn: (401)751-4568 with any questions.

Nov. 18, Phillips Memorial Baptist Church Holiday Bazaar will be held on Sat., Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 565 Pontiac Ave., Cranston. From  9 to 10:30 a.m., coffee and goodies at the “Coffee Nook,” and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch “to go.”  Featuring basement bargains and treasures, toys, puzzles, games, books, baked goods, crafts, jewelry, needlework, “oldtiques,” animal items and more.  The church is handicapped accessible. 

Nov. 21, Constitution is the Solution, a video lecture, is being hosted by The John Birch Society on Tues.,  Nov. 21, from 6 pm to 7:30 p.m. at the Cranston Public Library, Branch Central Library, Seminar

Room, 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston. Sitting is limited to ten (10) people.

Invitees will be provided with a practical understanding of how the Constitution is intended to work.

Study material and writing tools will also be available. For more information , call Marian Juskuv at 401-425-8025 or aa1vu@yahoo.com.  All are welcome.

Dec. 7 through Dec. 10, , “Oh? What Fun!”  will be performed by the Rhode Island Gay Men’s Chorus on Thurs., Dec. 7, Fri. Dec. 8, Sat. Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset St., Providence.  Combining traditional holiday favorites, the chorus is proud to be honoring the diverse heritages of choral members with songs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, Jewish, Czech, Irish, Latina, East Asian ethnicities. Join them in their celebration of each other’s unique qualities.  This is sure to be a sparkling concert filled with music of the season.  Tickets are on sale now: Adults $30, Seniors $25 and Students $20.  To purchase tickets, please visit: rigmc.org.

Every Monday, Parent Support Group takes place from 10 – 11 a.m., at The Huddle Center, 70 Gansett Ave., Cranston.  All Cranston parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to take part in this parent-led support group.  Discussions include: challenges, issues and concerns that all caregivers encounter.  Activities will be available for children while the meeting is taking place. Registration is required.  Contact Carol:  401-465-4593 or cpineda@comcap.org.

Every Monday,  Gaspee Celtic Jam - The Gaspee Celtic Jam meets at the Pawtuxet Village Baptist Church, 2157 Broad St., Cranston, every Mon. from 7 – 9 p.m. Do you play fiddle, guitar, Irish flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, folk harp, hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, acoustic bass, ukulele, keyboard, recorder, or sing? All skill levels welcome. Visit www.gaspeecelticjam.org for more info (including the current tune list/tune book) or to send us any questions. No specific Celtic music experience is required.

To submit your news from The Chatter to: Ida at idaz@rhodybeat.com. This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event.  Can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email, or scan the QR code below, today and see your event in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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