Here's what's happening in Cranston

Posted 7/19/23

July 20, Music on Main Stroll, on Thursday, July 20, starting at 5 p.m., East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its Monthly Stroll on Main Street, Main Street, East Greenwich.  This month …

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July 20, Music on Main Stroll, on Thursday, July 20, starting at 5 p.m., East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will hold its Monthly Stroll on Main Street, Main Street, East Greenwich.  This month is Music on the Main Stroll.  Local restaurants and retailers provide side-walk offerings.  Come join a great local gathering!

Weekend Spotlight

July 22, Come get your hot dog on! - Saturday, July 22, 2 p.m., at the Thirsty Beaver, 288 Atwood Avenue, Cranston, will hold its first ever Hot Dog Eating Contest: $10 per entrant. This is to raise awareness and funds for the 11th annual Hope for the Homeless Summer BBQ.  Do you have what it takes to become our first competitive eating champion? Interested applicants please email chloe@thirstybeaverpub.com. Thank you to our sponsor: Saugys on Rolfe. Also, remember to bring canned goods and other nonperishables as donations if you’d like to help provide food for the homeless and those in need.

July 22, The Prout Class of 1973 - will hold its 50th reunion on Saturday, July 22 at 12 p.m., at The Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.  All 1973 graduates are cordially invited to attend. For further information, 1973 graduate alumni are asked to join the Facebook Group “Prout Class of 1973,” or contact Mary Paolino at mary.paolino@yahoo.com.

Saturday, July 22 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM Making Autobiographical Comics with Jonathan Todd - Graphic memoirs are one of the most popular types of graphic novels. In this workshop, at Central Library 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, author Jonathan Todd will share his approach to creating them, and you'll have the opportunity to reflect upon personally meaningful moments in your life and think of precise ways to express these memories—and their significance—in comics form.

Jonathan's debut graphic novel Timid, coming Spring 2024 from Scholastic/Graphix, is about an African-American tween in the 1980s who must overcome shyness to discover the value of being part of a black community in a predominantly white middle school in a Boston suburb. And that’s in addition to learning to stand up to his peers and father in using his talent in cartooning for projects and a hopeful career. Space is limited, and registration is required. Register at https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10244059 or contact the library for assistance

July 24, Monday Board Game night
- Stop by the Central Library at 6 to 7:30 p.m. for board game night! Bring a friend or make new ones while playing Carcassonne, Tokaido, Rummikub, Bananagrams, and much more.

Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Visit our event calendar at cranstonlibrary.org for more information.

July 25, Tuesday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. online program: Filling Our Hearts with Love Through Meditation –
Join Central Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road, and long time meditator Arvind Naik as he offers this engaging online workshop on how to use the practice of meditation to transform the heart. The workshop will include how to incorporate more love and peace in your life to transform your overall well-being. Learn how to let go of anger, fear, and worry in order to create more harmonious relationships, improve work and home environments, and experience a deep sense of personal contentment. The workshop will include a short meditation session.

Free and open to the public. Registration with an email address is required.  Register at https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10343219 or contact the library for assistance. The registration link will be emailed shortly after 5:00 PM on the day of the event.

This event is part of CPL’s Healthy Families series.

July 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Maker Morning: Morse Code Keychain
- Come make a Morse code keychain with us at Central Libray, 140 Sockanosset Cross Road! All materials will be provided.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Register at https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10244024 or contact the library for assistance.

July 30, Warwick Veterans/TollGate High School Class of 1973 Reunion -
Warwick Veterans Memorial High School/TollGate High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th Year Reunion on Sunday, July 30, at the Valley Country Club, 251 New London Ave, Warwick. Cocktails 6 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m. $50 per person. Checks payable to “VetsTollGate Class of 1973” can be sent to Ms. Judy Snow, 29 Oberlin Dr. Warwick 02886. Contact us at ClassOf73VetsTollgate@gmail.com with any questions. 

Aug. 31, Tea and Tour Program
  - The Cranston Historical Society is hosting an end of summer Tea with Tour program will on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m., and invites you to enjoy a relaxing evening at the historic Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St., Cranston.  A brief introduction of the history of the Sprague Family and A&W Sprague Textile Manufacturing Co. will be shared. Weather permitting, an additional tour of the Sprague Carriage House may be available.  The Tour with Tea program is designed to be a small, intimate gathering and includes tea of the evening and a delightful sweet. Limited seating of 10 only. Call (401) 944-9226 to reserve your place by August 24. Ladies and Gents; age appropriate 12 and older. Tickets: Non-members: $18; CHS members: $16.00. Checks payable: The Cranston Historical Society. Sorry, we cannot accommodate food sensitivities. After August 24, call to inquire if seating is available. Handicap access and parking at back of mansion.  Host your next special event, meeting ~ or tea ~ at the Governor Sprague Mansion. Call for details (401) 944-9226.

Sept. 11, The Comedy Course - The Comedy Course is returning for a 6th year, every Monday night for 6-weeks. Three instructors, with over 100 years of combined stage experience, will guide you on a 6-week journey from writing your first joke to performing your debut comedy routine. You learn the do's and don’ts of standup comedy and have fun doing it.  The course is $200 per person.  The place: TBD.  Instructors include: Joe Hebert, Coleen Galvin and John Perrotta. Class size is limited. Call John Perrotta at 401-639-7726 to reserve your seat, now. Payment options are available.

Sept. 19,  The Ocean State Toastmasters Open House
- will be held at the Proclamation Brewery, 298 Kilvert Street, Warwick, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6 – 8 p.m. Come and find out why the Ocean State Toastmaster’s Club (OSTM) is a place to learn, grow, have fun and practice leadership, problem solving, storytelling and public speaking skills. RSVP - Please. For more information call (401) 359-3197 or go to www.oceanstate.toastmastersclubs.org or send an email to:  oceanstatetm.20@gmail.com.

The Warwick-based Ocean State Toastmasters, 99 James P. Murphy Industrial Highway, Warwick, meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 7 p.m. there is informal networking and from 7 – 8:30 p.m., the Toastmaster meeting begins which includes testimonials, presentations, conflict resolution, blog post.

Sept. 30, Pilgrim High School Class of 1983 -
will hold its 40th Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Quonset Tavern by the Green, 615 Callahan Rd., North Kingstown, RI.  For more information, please email pilgrimclass1983@gmail.com or visit our new Facebook page Pilgrim High School Class of 1983. Hold the date!

Oct. 14, Annual  No More Hunger Walk - A walk to call attention to food insecurity and raise funds for local food pantries  will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Over $20,000 has been raised in the past two years. The walk will begin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 West Shore Road, Warwick and proceed along West Shore Road to Donovan Park, in Conimicut Village.  Any interested churches, organizations, and individuals are invited and encouraged to join.  Call 401-737-8232 or e-mail  WoodburyChurchRI@gmail.com for details.

Oct. 15, Central Falls High School, Class of 1963 Reunion -Central  Falls  High  School  Class  of 1963, will hold a  60th  Class Reunion  on Sunday, Oct. 15, 12 – 4 p.m. at Chelo’s Banquet Hall, 2225 Post Rd., Warwick.  Tickets: $60 for buffet and dancing. Please send checks to: Patricia (Guillette) Mannix, 111 Col. John Gardner Rd.,  Narragansett, RI 02882. Please include maiden name and phone number on check. For more information call or email  Patricia Mannix 401-789-0451; Patriciagmannix@gmail.com Or, Nancy Dube Brazeau  401-789-0304; nancybraz@gmail.com.

Nov. 7 – 9, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City -
AARP Chapter 2210  Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Tuesday – Thursday, November 7 – 9 . The tour includes 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 meal credits (up to $20 value each) & $20 slot play. Bus pickup from Exit 19 Park & Ride on Hopkins Hill Road at 7 a.m., return time is approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $299/person (double occupancy), $279/person (triple occupancy) or $399/person (single occupancy). For more information call Maureen at 401-828-5188. Final payment is due by September 21

Every Monday,
  Gaspee Celtic Jam - The Gaspee Celtic Jam meets at the Pawtuxet Village Baptist Church, 2157 Broad St., Cranston, every Monday 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 or questions.

Every Thursday,  Get-a-Job-Thursdays - We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, hosts a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon, 200 First Ave., Cranston. We Make RI offer job seekers a chance to meet with employers, get career counseling, resume help and more. Some employers include Swissline Precision, Admiral Packaging, KB Surfaces, Warwick Hanger and Hitachi Cable. For more information about this event or other training opportunities, visit www.wemakeri.com/get-a-job-thursday or contact Mike at (401) 232-0077 x109.  

Every Saturday, Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market -
The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market, every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., offers locally grown vegetables, eggs, fruit, meat, honey, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods, locally roasted coffee, and local packaged foods (kimchi, hot sauce, marinara, sauerkraut, seitan). The market features vegan and gluten-free options and local handmade goods. There will also be food trucks, live music, and occasional visits from community groups.

January 1 – July 31, St. Francis Xavier Academy Scholarship Applications -
The St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association is accepting scholarship applications. Forms are available on our two Facebook pages, by mail at SXA. P.O. Box 20452, Cranston, 02920, or contact a board member.

Amenity Aid – Volunteers Needed -
We are looking for volunteers that would like to help us plan and staff community events, organize hygiene product collection drives and raise funds for Amenity Aid. If you are interested in doing any of the above or would like to be a member of our Community Outreach Committee, please contact Stacey Silva, Community Outreach Chair at Stacey@AmenityAid.org.

 Amenity Aid’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations by creating access to essential hygiene products. Serving all of Rhode Island, we distribute toiletry necessities to those most vulnerable through our network of direct service agencies.

Hearts for Hospice -
Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice (VNH&H) is asking for individuals to support their hospice programs by giving $20.00 or more to their Hearts for Hospice campaign. People can dedicate their gift to a loved one who is always in their heart; all dedications are listed on the organization’s website. You can make your donation at www.visitinghursehh.org/giving/ or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.

To submit your news from the community: 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 today and see your event in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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