The Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24 at the Warwick Center for the Arts (3259 Post Road, Warwick). This second annual Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit is an …
The Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24 at the Warwick Center for the Arts (3259 Post Road, Warwick). This second annual Rhode Island Art Educators Exhibit is an opportunity for students, colleagues, patrons, friends and family to recognize and celebrate Rhode Island's Art Educators' own art. The opening reception will take place Aug. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For further information, visit www.warwickcfa.org or call 401-737-0010.
Homeless Animals Day
The Defenders of Animals in cooperation with the International Society for Animal Rights will hold a homeless animals day candlelight vigil at Governor Sprague Mansion on Aug. 20. The humane heroes award ceremony will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join the Cranston Family Center/COZ and the Cranston Historical Society for a Spragueville Walk on Aug. 11 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour will include a narrated three-block walk of the area – starting on the grounds of Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.). You will be able to walk the same places that the mill workers walked. Space is limited, so email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-8384.
Mayor’s Annual Senior Picnic
The Mayor’s annual senior picnic will take place on Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.). The menu includes boneless BBQ chicken, hot dog on a roll, buttered corn, tomato and cucumber salad, diced pears and water. There will also be games, live music and prizes. Tickets cost $3 and are available at Cranston Senior Services. Transportation is available from Cranston Senior Services to Sprague Mansion. Advance reservations are necessary. Contact Transvan at 780-6220. For more information, call Yvette at 780-6144.
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 email@example.com or call 401-208-3487.
Exhibit of Commemorative Ceramics
Currently on display at Clouds Hill Museum in Warwick is a collection of commemorative and souvenir ceramics. Intern Wren Joyrich has gathered dozens of pieces collected by the many generations of the family of Clouds Hill and created an exhibit for all to see. Call 401-884-9490 to arrange a time to tour -- there is always something new.
Warwick’s Clouds Hill Museum is planning for a second “Paint-out” this fall on Oct. 8. For more information and registration, contact the Warwick Center for the Arts at www.warwickcfa.org or 401-737-0010.
Blackstone Valley’s Operation Zap
Fifty years ago in September 1972, 10,000 volunteers lined the banks of the Blackstone River to remove tons of trash, appliances, furniture, even cars and a school bus from its banks; it became the largest one-day regional environmental clean-up in American history. Join the Blackstone Watershed Collaborative Aug. 27 to clean up and green up part of the Blackstone River Watershed and mobilize Project ZAP50. Learn more at www.zaptheblackstone.com.
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 Aug. 11. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you caring for someone with dementia who exhibits difficult to manage behaviors? You may be eligible to participate in a research study seeking advice and feedback from caregivers about what types of supports are needed. Enrolled participants will be compensated for their time. The study will take place (video call) through Rhode Island Hospital’s Neuropsychology Program. If interested, contact the study coordinator Dr. Kim Chapman at 401-829-4310.
Annual Pow Wow
The Narragansett Indian Tribe will celebrate its 347th recorded annual August meeting/Pow Wow on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14. Chief Sachem Anthony Dean Stanton invites Rhode Islanders to join the Tribe in celebration and share in the traditional food, singing and dancing.
Grand entry will being at 2 p.m. both days. The Church board invites all to share in services at the Tribes’ historic church (Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.)
All activities will be held on the Narragansett Indian Reservation off Route 2 and Old Mill Road in Charlestown. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days and admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.
2022 Cranston Senior Golf Tournament
The Cranston Senior Golf Tournament (55 and over) will be held at the Cranston Country Club on Sept. 27 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and a best ball format. The entry fee is only $85 per person and will include 18 holes of golf along with a cart, a continental breakfast, lunch with grilled hot dogs and chips and a banquet immediately following in the Cranston Country Club banquet facility. For more information and to register, call Jane, Golf Tournament Coordinator, at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center 401-780-6220.
Splash into Summer
The Cranston YMCA is offering free community pool hours for Cranston residents this summer. From now until Sept. 3, residents can top by the YMCA on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to swim. Waiver and registration is required for all who attend, and anyone under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and strict adherence to YMCA safety guidelines will be enforced. For more information, call 401-943-0444 or visit www.gpymca.org.
Cranston Public Library is hosting two StoryWalks – one at the Auburn Branch and another at William Hall Library now through August. A StoryWalk combines movement and reading, two things that are good for us. Illustrated children's books are taken apart and displayed page by page, along a walking path. Visitors to the StoryWalk can take their time and enjoy the story as they stroll along the path.
The Auburn branch will feature “Hiking Day” written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. The William Hall Library will feature “We're Going on A Bear Hunt” written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. These StoryWalks are part of the Library's Summer Reading Program. The Auburn Branch is located at 396 Pontiac Ave., and the William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad St.
Free Canoe Rides
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council is once again offering free canoe rides on the Woonasquatucket River in Providence on Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. throughout July and August. Meet at the Fish ladder at Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St., Providence. On-site registration is required for adults and children, and all ages are welcome.
The WRWC’s experienced paddle team will guide participants up and down the river for about a 10-minute loop, where you will likely see painted turtles basking on the banks and red-winged black birds flying ahead on this surprisingly peaceful stretch of the river.
Paddles and life jackets are provided by the organization. Participants must sign a waiver and wear a life jacket in order to ride. All youth must be accompanied to the launch site by a parent or guardian.
This Community Canoe Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of AARP RI and REI COOP.
Free Meals for Children
There will be free meals for all children at different schools around the city. Meals will be served Monday through Friday and will be available from June 27 to Aug. 19. Hours/places are as follows: Dutemple Middle School, 11 a.m. to noon; Gladstone Elementary School, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Arlington Elementary School, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tate Field, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; CHSE, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Knightsville Library will also have free lunch on Wednesdays only from June 29 to Aug. 3. Meals will be given out at 11:30 a.m.
Free Farmer’s Market
OneCranston HEZ will sponsor a free farmer’s market starting July 7. The market will start at 5 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. at the track next to Bain Middle School. The market will be free for all Cranston residents. The only questions asked will be what zip code they live in and if their child goes to school what school they attend.
CHSE Class of ‘70 Reunion
Cranston East’s class of 1970 will hold its reunion on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club. The class is accepting responses until July 15. If anyone needs an invitation or would like a list of who is coming, contact email@example.com.
CHSE Class of ‘55 Reunion
Cranston East’s class of 1955 will hold its reunion at noon on Sept. 6 at Gregg’s Restaurant in North Kingstown. Anyone interested in attending please call Margie Grossi Gemma at 401-263-2129 or Ethel Caparrelli DiPrete at 401-632-4705.
Sounds of Korea
Sounds of Korea will take place on Aug. 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the McVinny Auditorium in Providence. The event includes traditional music and dance in celebration of Korean Independence Day. Admission is free and Korean food will be served.
EP 50th Class Reunion
The East Providence High School Class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 14 at the East Providence Yacht Club (9 Pier Road, East Providence). At 1 p.m. there will be a meet and greet, while “Tanya McEntire and the Professors” will provide music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pub-style food and drinks are available for purchase, and the event is free for all class members and their partners. Donations will be appreciated toward a gift from the Class of 1972 for the new East Providence High School. Contact Dave Marchetti: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-258-6412.
CHSW Class of ’72 Reunion
Cranston High School West's class of 1972 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club. The event starts at 6 p.m. There will be a social hour (cash bar), a buffet dinner and music. The cost is $65 per person. Please contact Helene (Gelberg) Arbor at email@example.com to confirm your attendance (and, if applicable, your +1) and for payment details. Please respond by Aug. 1.
JHS Class of ’82 Reunion
Johnston High School Class of 1982 will celebrate its 40th reunion on Oct. 28 at the Alpine Country Club. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legos and Lunch
Stop by the Knightsville Library Wednesdays, from June 29 to Aug. 3 at noon to enjoy a free and nutritious meal while making Lego brick creations; the event will last until 1 p.m. and the meal is free to anyone under 18 years old. Registration is not required, but space is limited. The first 25 children will receive tickets for free lunch.
WVMHS ’72 reunion
The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School Class of ’72 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Potowomut Golf Club (439 Ives Road, East Greenwich). The event starts at 6 p.m. and there will be cocktails (cash bar), followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets are $70 and individuals can purchase tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wvmhs-1972-50th-reunion-tickets-362596635297. For questions, contact David Revens at DavidR@rrswlaw.com.
CHSE Class of ’65 reunion
Join the Cranston High School East Class of 65 for a belated 55th reunion on Sept. 17 at the Radisson Hotel (2081 Post Road, Warwick), from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Join the class for dinner, dancing and seeing old friends. Tickets are $65 per person. For more information contact email@example.com.
Charity Golf Tournament
Nico’s Tree nonprofit will hold its fifth annual charity golf tournament on Sept. 25 at the Cranston Country Club (69 Burlingame Road, Cranston) to benefit the nonprofit. Join Nico’s Tree for nine holes of golf for a great cause. After the game, enjoy a multi-course buffet dinner with dessert. Don’t golf? Join the nonprofit after the tournament for Nico Tree’s “Grow a Little Hope” dinner and raffle event for $40. Registration deadline for golf and dinner is Sept. 19. For more information, call Dana Venteuolo at 401-241-5311 or Dennis Venteuolo at 401-261-3032.
If you’ve ever thought of giving stand-up comedy a try, now’s your chance. This $200 Comedy Course kicks off Sept. 12 for six weeks in Warwick (except Columbus Day). The instructors are John Perrotta, Coleen Galvin Yaroshenko and Rockin’ Joe Hebert. At the end of the course, you’ll take the stage in our graduation show at Rhode Island’s newest comedy hotspot, the Comedy Park in Cranston. We anticipate a full class, so sign up early by calling the Comedy Factory at 401-639-7726. www.comedyfactoryri.com, richof.org.
Walk and Talk at Rocky Point
Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sunshine and burn off some pounds.
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