NAMI-RI: Registration Open for Family-to-Family course

Posted 1/17/23

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for its next virtual Family-to-Family course which begins Feb. 2. This is a free, eight-session …

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NAMI-RI: Registration Open for Family-to-Family course


The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for its next virtual Family-to-Family course which begins Feb. 2. This is a free, eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. NAMI-Rhode Island's Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with a loved one, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit www.namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.

1916 Commemorative Committee Meeting

The 1916 Commemorative Committee will sponsor a lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the RI Irish Ceilidhe Club (50 America St., Cranston). This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement which brought to an end most of the violence in the North of Ireland. Ciaran Quinn, the Sinn Fein representative for North America will discuss the agreement’s potential for Irish unity. He will also point out the challenges of the British government that continues to cover up its actions during the conflict and the current state of play on Brexit. The downstairs pub will be open from 6 p.m. serving drinks and pub grub. There will be music after the lecture which is open to the public.

Help Garden City Center Celebrate 75 Years

Have photos, videos or memories from the last 75 years at Garden City Center? The center would love to see them! Send Garden City Center an email at gardencitycenter@wsdevelopment.com sharing your memories for a chance to have them included in their 75th anniversary celebrations.

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.

Faith Chapel’s Youth Group

Faith Chapel (located at 43 Scituate Ave., Cranston) holds a weekly youth group for teens ages 14 through 18 on Monday nights at 6 p.m. There will be games, snacks, fellowship and fun.

Family Game Day

The Huddle Center will be holding a Family Game Day on Jan. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at 70 Gansett Ave. Please contact Brandi Silvia at bsilvia@comcap.org or 401-302-2145 to register.

Community Barn Dance

Warwick Center for the Arts (WCFA) is offering a community barn dance in its gallery on Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event will feature live folk music, a caller and contra and square dancing. At 7:15 p.m. there will be an opening session/beginners dance lesson. No experience is necessary. Individuals should wear comfortable clothes and non-street shores. This event is $10 for WCFA members, $12 for general admission and $8 for students. Tickets are sold at the door. Visit www.warwickcfa.org for more information. The facility is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. Parking is located at 3273 Post Road.

Explore the ‘Woony’

On Jan. 21, hike Olivia’s Forest Hike at 10 a.m. This is a short, 0.7 mile hike, but it is delightful and has some tricky spots to traverse. Wear your hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the serenity of this quiet, peaceful, lovely path. To register for the Jan. 7 hike, visit wrwc.org/wp/events/stillwater-scenic-trail-hike-1-7-23/. To register for the Jan. 21 hike, visit www.wrwc.org/wp/events/olivias-forest-1-21-23/.

Wicked Best Margarita

Join the Park Place Cafe for a friendly competition on Jan. 22 from noon to 2:30 p.m. as local bartenders provide sample tastings, showcasing their skills featuring Hotel California Tequila. Tickets are $25 to $70 and can be purchased at www.theparkri.com/event/wicked-best-margarita-tasting/.

Community Conversation

The OneCranston HEZ is holding their next Community Conversation on Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room. We will be talking about 'what is your narrative': how does understanding our own family and heritage influence how we treat others? Please contact Ivy Swinski at iswinski@comcap.org or 401-862-3811 with any questions.

Hip Hop with Tameekah

Join OneCranston HEZ and Cranston YMCA on Jan. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1225 Park Ave. for a hip hop dance class with Tameekah. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact JB at jfulbright@comcap.org or 401-208-3487.

Birth of Rock and Roll – Songs that Defined an Era

Take a step back into one of the greatest musical eras in American history with this entertaining, interactive virtual event on Jan. 24 through Cranston Public Library. Watch video clips of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and more. Learn about the impact these rock and roll pioneers had on society and pop culture, including the pushback by those who railed against this new style of music. Test your musical knowledge with a trivia game and ask questions of the presenter.

This event, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Registration is required: https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/9616725. The Zoom link will be emailed shortly after 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

Poetry Workshop

Do you write poetry? Would you like to share what you write and get feedback? If so, please come to the first Poetry Workshop meeting at William Hall Library on Jan. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the program room. This group will be led by local resident Ira Schaefer, a poet and retired CCRI Professor. He will share his knowledge and facilitate the group.

This is not a class but a space for growing your poems. The workshop continues for eight weeks with the possibility of a Poetry Reading as a culminating event in April. All are welcome. There are 15 seats available, so register online at https://events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10042692.

STAND UP Against Domestic Violence

Join the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center on Jan. 27 for a night of stand-up comedy to benefit the organization and its free programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Rhode Island. Bring in the New Year with a guaranteed night of laughs with performances by John Perrotta's Comedy Factory. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Odeum (59 Main St. East Greenwich). Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.ebccenter.org/comedy.

Time Travel Youth Art Class

Wellness New England is offering a class on steampunk art where individuals will explore feelings through art and music. The class will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living (292 West Shore Road, Warwick). This class is set up to enhance and strengthen the link between mind-body, promote emotional intelligence and help individuals learn to love themselves. Youth are invited for a fun night of socializing, healthy snacks and art. The price is $35 and includes all materials as well as snacks/drinks. For more information, please call Wellness New England at 401-593-6055.


The OneCranston HEZ is holding a Winterfest and 'Speak-Out' on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Library Community Room! There will be snow globe making, crafts, and activities to share your experiences in Cranston. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Ivy Swinski at iswinski@comcap.org or 401-862-3811 with any questions.

Mattress Fundraiser

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, Cranston’s Combined Percussion will host a mattress fundraiser in the Cranston East gym. Mattresses include top-quality name brands like Simmons Beautyrest and Therapedic Mattresses. Up to 50 percent off retail prices. Same-as-cash financing, delivery and tons of savings on mattresses, pillows, sheets, adjustable bases and protectors.

Cigar Dinner

St. Mary’s Feast Society’s cigar dinner will be held on Jan. 30 at 15 Phenix Ave., Cranston. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and includes a prime rib dinner. The cost is priced at $75 and ticket inquiries can be directed to Matthew Volpi, Ryan Nardolillo or a bartender at the society.

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.

RBG Contest

How Has Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Inspired Me? RWU Law Announces RBG Contest for K-12 Students – Rhode Island elementary, middle and high school students are invited to submit drawings, essays on how iconic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has inspired them. Visit law.rwu.edu/events/essayart-contest-how-has-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg-rbg-inspired-me for details. Contest Deadline: Jan. 31, 2023 by 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to RBGessay@rwu.edu.

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.

PrepareRI Internship Program

The 2023 applications are now open for the PrepareRI High School Summer Internship Program. If you are, or have, a rising senior this summer, this paid opportunity is an excellent one for college or career resumes. Students attend a one week paid ($15/hr.) boot camp which prepares them for interviews and work-related skills as well as helps them to determine things like their strengths and weaknesses, and then are matched to a full-time, paid ($15/hr.), five-week summer internship that gives them hands-on, real world work experience in a possible career interest. Hundreds of students across RI participate in these internships and the application process is a multi-phased process including submitting essays, a resume, participating in an orientation and interviews. It is an amazing opportunity for all students. If you are in need of appropriate work clothes, technology or transportation, PrepareRI will work with you.

Join Phillips’ Chime Choir

Phillips Memorial Baptists Church (565 Pontiac Ave.) is looking for children ages six to 10 who are interested in participating in a Chime Choir led by Minister of Music Martha Sobaje. The rehearsals won’t be too long and will occur at 11:15 a.m. after church on Sundays. This is an exciting and fun opportunity to learn music and a great way to meet others. If you are interested, contact Martha Sobaje at msobaje@gmail.com.

Call for Poetry Submissions

Notable Works Publication is working with Crosswinds Poetry on the third edition of “Voices of the Earth: The Future of Our Planet.” The theme is awakening a resolve for rediscovery, resolution, adaption, growth and a call for continued action. Poets accepted for the publication in this book will receive a complimentary copy upon completion. Three prizes will be awarded from entries. ($100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.) Poets may submit up to three original works not previously published, each one formatted in Times New Roman, not exceeding 60 lines (which includes title and any spaces in-between). No more than 66 characters on each line (which includes spaces and punctuation). The submission period runs from Jan. 1, 2023, to Feb. 15, 2023 at midnight. Please email your original poetry submissions to noreeninglesi@cox.net or info@notableworks.org. Or, mail to Notable Works PO Box 8122, Cranston, RI 02920.

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.

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.

To submit your news from the community, email Emma at EmmaB@rhodybeat.com. 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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