Humans of Cranston Live

Posted 2/7/23

Humans of Cranston LIVE! Come meet the people who have been featured in Humans of Cranston on Feb. 11 at the Diner on Dyer from 11 a.m. to noon. There will time to chat, meet new people and the first …

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Humans of Cranston Live


Humans of Cranston LIVE! Come meet the people who have been featured in Humans of Cranston on Feb. 11 at the Diner on Dyer from 11 a.m. to noon. There will time to chat, meet new people and the first 50 people will receive a coupon to the Diner on Dyer to get some refreshments. Please contact Ivy Swinski with any questions at iswinski@comcap.org or 401-862-3811.

Virutal cooking Class

The OneCranston HEZ is hosting a virtual cooking class. The recipe this month is lentil soup and food pick-up will happen on Feb. 16 at 70 Gansett Ave. Call or text Monica at 401-222-9222 to register.

Super Bowl Breakfast

The 1916 Committee will sponsor a traditional Irish breakfast at Patrick’s Pub (381 Smith St., Providence) on Feb. 12. The menu will feature black and white pudding, ham, American sausage, eggs, home fries, beans, oatmeal, tea, coffee and breakfast pastries. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. There will also be raffle items available from the Hunger Strike era including leather goods made by Republican Prisoners and posters and framed photos. This family-friendly event begins at 10 a.m. and food will be served until 1 p.m.

OneCranston Wants to Hear from You

OneCranston HEZ invites Cranston residents to share their experiences in health, housing, youth opportunity, Covid-19 and more through their 15-minute survey. All responses are anonymous. The survey can be reached at bit.ly/3HEtAXZ.

Memory and Aging Program

Join Outreach Coordinator Athena Lavoie for a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease and exciting new research opportunities at Butler Hospital’s Memory and Aging Program from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at William Hall Library. Learn more about what can be normal in memory loss as individuals age as well as what people can do to maintain brain health and exciting breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s prevention research. Register by visiting www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10136040.

Baby Time at Hall

Join William Hall Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 for an indoor storytime for babies ages 0-2. This baby lap-sit program is especially for babies and will include open play, and circle time and opportunities for babies and caregivers to socialize with one another. Registration is required. Visit www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/9956647 for more information and to register.

Family Drop-In Activities

Join OneCranston HEZ for family drop-in activities this February at the Huddle Center (70 Gansett Ave., Cranston). There will be a storytime and free play on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Feb. 21, there will be Mardi Gras crafts from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Feb. 22, there will be Disney karaoke from 10 a.m.t o 11:30 a.m. On Feb. 23, there will be bingo from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On Feb. 24, there will be bead crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. These family-friendly events are for Cranston residents and all ages are welcome. Questions can be directed to Celia at cmhernandez@comcap.org or 401-649-0878.

Free Movie Night at Gamm Theatre

Join the Gamm Theatre (1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick) for a free movie night at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. The theatre will be showing Pan’s Labyrinth in its stadium theatre seating with the film projected in 4K resolution. Drinks and tickets will be available to purchase at concessions. No tickets necessary.

Cupcake Wars

Join Central Library’s competition for who can design the most beautiful cupcake from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 21! Teens will receive a plain cupcake and edible decorations, and then be given time to work their magic. Cupcakes will be scored by a panel of judges and a winner will be chosen. Registration is required. Please visit www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10211287 to register.

Character Breakfast

Come enjoy breakfast from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Park Theatre with some of kids’ favorite characters, including Cinderella, Spider-Man and Marshall from Paw Patrol. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit www.theparkri.com/event/character-breakfast-at-the-park-theatre/.


Send a little love this February. Inspired by a candy classic, stop by Garden City Center’s life-size conversation heart and pick up a postcard. Write a note and address it to a loved one, or leave the address blank and let the center send your kind words to community members who need them. This heartwarming will be available through Feb. 28 and is presented by Dunkin.

RIDE accepting Summer Meals Program applications

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is now accepting applications for organizations interested in participating in the 2023 Summer Food Service Program for children. The program, financed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, provides free meals to children from targeted communities and is designed to maintain and expand nonprofit food programs for children during the summer months.

“The Summer Food Service Program is vital for our children and families, ensuring they have access to free, nutritious meals over the summer,” said Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “We look forward to watching children have fun, accelerate their learning, and enjoy healthy meals over the summer. We encourage local organizations interested in helping us address hunger to apply to participate in the program.”

To participate in the summer program, sponsors must be public or private nonprofit school food authorities, organizations, residential summer camps, nonresidential day camps, or units of local or state governments. To be approved, a site must serve an area with at least 50 percent of the children eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or qualify as a residential camp or a nonresidential day camp. Meals must be made available to all children enrolled in the program without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. 

For more information on the program, call the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Statewide Efficiencies, at 401-222-8701. Applications for participation during the 2023 summer season must be completed and approved prior to June 15, 2023; interested organizations should reach out to RIDE no later than May 1, 2023 to start the application process.

Tree Planning Program now Accepting Applications

The Cranston Neighborhood Tree Planting Program is accepting applications for the 2023 spring planting schedule. The program is free to all eligible property owners – including homeowners, small business owners and non-profit organizations.

Help beautify Cranston by applying for a free, seven-foot-tall native species tree, which will be planted by a professional nursery.  Trees must be planted in the front yard, but not between sidewalks and the curb.

The program is funded by the city and coordinated by the West Bay Land Trust. For more information and application forms, contact cranstontree@gmail.com, call 401-941-1264 or mail to West Bay Land Trust, PO Box 2205, Cranston 02905.

Cranston Accepting CDBG Applications

Cranston is now accepting FY23-24 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications. Funds will be used to support a wide range of activities specifically targeted to benefit persons of moderate and low income. Program examples supported by CDBG funds include housing rehabilitation, emergency fuel assistance, minority outreach health programs, Adult Day Care and a Mayor’s Scholarship Program. To learn more and to apply for the FY23-24 CDBG program, go to www.cranstonri.gov/departments/community-development/.

Little Critter Camp

The RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals will hold its little critter camp for children ages eight to 11 from April 10 to 14. During this half-day camp, kids will learn small animal pet responsibility. Camp runs daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Riverside (186 Amaral St.). The camp fee is $150 and kids should bring their own lunch. To register, visit tinyurl.com/nr2567b9 or email humaneeducation@rispca.com for questions.

Audubon Summer Camp Scholarships

Audubon summer camps engage children in nature all summer long. Kids get outside exploring fields, forests, ponds, streams and the coast of Narragansett Bay. Campers enjoy hikes, live animal visits, ponding excursions, netting at the shore, messy crafts, games, and more! Friendships are made as kids discover the natural world together and are engaged with creative camp themes and hands-on science. It’s what summer should be: tons of outdoor fun! Audubon believes every child should have the opportunity to attend summer camp, so the organization offers generous scholarships for camps in Bristol, RI and Seekonk, MA. For more information and to apply for Audubon camp scholarships, visit audubonsummercamp.com or call 401-949-5454 (ext. 3014). Camp registration opens to the public on Feb. 11.

Understanding the War in Ukraine

Join Dr. Richard Lobban at Central Library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 18 for a presentation examining the recent past and current events in the War in Ukraine and looks at strategies, tactics and weapons systems involved in the months ahead. The talk will include a special look at Putin’s “Secret” Army: The Wagner Group and its African roots. Lobban, adjunct professor of African security studies at the Naval War College, offers his own perspective and does not speak on behalf of any agency or entity. Comments and questions will be welcome after the talk. Register at www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10211917.

Hike Steere Hill Conservation Area

The Explore the Woonasquatucket Recreation Series helps the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to continue restoring the Woonasquatucket River and Greenway. To register for one of the series’ hikes, visit WRWC.ORG/EVENTS. The next hike will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the Steere Hill Conservation Area in Glocester. This is a casual three-mile hike through the woods and meadows.

MAE Organization Gala

The MAE Organization will hold its annual Be the Light fundraising gala on Feb. 18, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. The cost is $100 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. To order tickets, visit www.maeorg.org/event.

Color and Calm

Adults are invited to drop by Cranston Public Library’s Auburn branch every Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to color. The library has coloring books, mandalas, colored pencils and markers available, as well as herbal and decaf teas and soothing music. Decompress and head into the weekend refreshed! Contact Karen McGrath at 401-781-6116 or auburn@cranstonlibrary.org with any questions.

Yoga in the Gallery

Join Warwick Center of the Arts (WCFA) every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an all-level yoga experience. You will learn to stretch and strengthen your body with breath and movement. Modifications are provided. Tuition is $12 per class and $10 for WCFA members. Payments can be made in person when you arrive for the class or online. Drops-ins are welcome, but please call 401-737-0010 or email admin@warwickcfa.org to RSVP. The facility is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. Parking is located at 3273 Post Road.

Looking for New Oaklawn Grange Members

The Oaklawn Grange is looking for new members. Anyone interested in learning more or joining, please contact Maria Manzi at 401-499-0796.

Share Your Recipes

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is putting together a community cookbook to showcase and celebrate Cranston residents’ family traditions and cultures. Submissions are open now through March 31. Email/call JB at jfulbright@comcap.org or 401-208-3487 to send your favorite family recipe to be featured.

Humans of Cranston Nominations

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is starting a new initiative with the Cranston Herald and local photographer Timothy McFate called Humans of Cranston; they will be interviewing Cranston residents to gain a deeper understanding of and celebrate those who live here. Those interviewed will be featured in a new column and on OCHEZ social media. If you are interested in nominating a Cranston resident, please email JB Fulbright at jfulbright@comcap.org or call 401-208-3487.

Youth Ushers Program

Are you a high school student aged 16-18 who loves theater? If so, you can learn about professional theater and see shows for free – plus earn community service hours. It's easy and fun! For detailsvisit gammtheatre.org/youthushers. Roles include: scanning tickets, directing patrons in the lobby and the theater, stuffing and/or passing out programs, seating patrons and answering patron's questions. In return, you have the option to earn community service hours and see Gamm productions for free! Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lauryn Sasso at 401-723-4266 x 163 or volunteer@gammtheatre.org with any questions. Performance Dates: Bad Jews, March 2 - 26, 2023, The Children, April 27 - May 14, 2023.

Hats Off to Reading

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with 15 local authors, a visit from the Cat in the Hat, crafts and more at the Park Theatre (848 Park Ave., Cranston). This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 4.

Oil Painting Class

Warwick Center for the Arts will host an oil painting class for beginners with Didem Kokturk on March 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. The cost is $85 for non-members and $65 for members. For more information, visit www.warwickcfa.org.

A Women’s World

Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum (4157 Post Road, Warwick) will hold an exhibit highlighting the important roles women played throughout history at the museum from March 11 through April 15.

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