Trinity Church (139 Ocean Ave., Cranston) is sponsoring a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is open to the community with no reservations needed. At 6:30 …
Trinity Church (139 Ocean Ave., Cranston) is sponsoring a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is open to the community with no reservations needed. At 6:30 p.m., family pancake relay races will be held for teams of four or any four individuals. Each team will need to supply a fry pan or grill. Suggested donations: adults: $8 and children (ages 4+) $4.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (111 West Shore Road) is hosting a Chili Cook Off on March 11 at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family; children under 6 are free. Please call the office at 737-3127 for reservations. If you would like to enter your chili let us know that – and make a crockpot full! Prizes will be awarded.
Join members of the Cindy Wood Garden Club on Feb. 21 for a program on how to incorporate native plants in your landscape projects. Karen Asher, a member of the RI Wild Plant Society, will talk about how to use native plants and their importance in our gardens. The program is at Oceans of Grace (118 Division St., East Greenwich) and begins at 9:30 a.m. with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Email Suzanne Wind at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and the University of Rhode Island are developing a computerized test as a convenient way to screen for memory and thinking problems. Join researchers on Feb. 21 anytime from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center (1070 Cranston St.) to learn more about this study and how to get involved.
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.
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.
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. to 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 email@example.com or 401-649-0878.
Join Central Library’s competition for whoever 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.
Tri-County Health Centers, located at 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston and at 33 Maple Ave. in North Providence are both accepting new patients. Tri-County Health Centers provide comprehensive primary care services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, and substance use treatment for people of all ages. Contact: 401-519-1940 for an appointment.
More than 1 in 4 US households struggle with their home energy bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help keep the heat on. The Tri-County LIHEAP Program helps to cover the cost of home heating bills for those that qualify.
Visit www.tricountyri.com for more information about the LIHEAP program, and other weatherization programs that can help to reduce your home energy bills. To apply for LIHEAP, or to see if you qualify, contact them at 401-519-1913. The Tri-County LIHEAP program has locations in North Providence and North Kingstown.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 401-941-1264 or mail: West Bay Land Trust, PO Box 2205, Cranston 02905.
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 people 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/.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. The facility is located at 3259 Post Road, Warwick. Parking is located at 3273 Post Road.
The Oaklawn Grange is looking for new members. Anyone interested in learning more or joining, please contact Maria Manzi at 401-499-0796.
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 email@example.com or 401-208-3487 to send your favorite family recipe to be featured.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-208-3487.
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 details visit 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 email@example.com with any questions. Performance Dates: Bad Jews, March 2 - 26, 2023, The Children, April 27 - May 14, 2023.
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.
The way we drive is changing. The Smart DriverTEK workshop, developed jointly by AARP Driver Safety and The Hartford, will keep you in the know about the latest high-tech safety features in your current or future car. Learn all about blind-spot warning systems, forward collision warnings, smart headlights and more.
This 90-minute workshop at Central Library from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 4 is open to drivers of all ages and includes an overview of top vehicle safety technologies, a step-by-step guide of how these technologies work and how they can make driving safer and more enjoyable. You’ll also receive a vehicle technology checklist, which offers guidance on what technologies you may need when shopping for a new car or what features may already be in your car. This event is free and open to the public. Register at www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10058229.
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.
Come get your jig on at Central Library on March 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome to join us for this special celebration as student performers from the Kelly School of Irish Dance demonstrate traditional Irish steps, followed by a mini-lesson for the audience and a performance by all who want to participate. A CPL staff person will also read a related story. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Register at www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10241475 to receive email reminders of the event.
Join author Michael Fine at William Hall Library on March 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a presentation on his new book “On Medicine as Colonialism.” This book is a reframing of the health care debate in the U.S. It is a strident meticulously researched expose that shows how corporate America uses Medicare and Medicaid to extract resources from communities, as it rethinks the process of colonialism in a globalized world. It has been called “a sobering diatribe on health care in America”, driven by “outrage at what has been wrought” – but also provides “a realistic perspective on achieving health equity.” Register at www.events.cranstonlibrary.org/event/10129500.
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.
The Cranston Rotary Club will award four scholarships to one graduating senior from each of the four Cranston High Schools. Students are invited to apply to our scholarship before April 28. The scholarship awards will be announced in May. The financial amount varies each year depending upon the success of our club’s fundraising efforts.
All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians. Please complete all items listed in the application process; incomplete applications will not be considered.
You will notice that volunteer service is an important part of our application process. Through this process we hope to help hard working students gain a college education, but also hope to promote volunteerism in our Cranston community. Please review the National Rotary Website to understand exactly what our organization does and its values. (www.rotary.org).
The City of Cranston and Cranston Police Department Special Projects Community Outreach Division will hold its spring street festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 21. The event will begin at the Park Theatre and run both sides of Rolfe Street. There will be vendors, crafters, food trucks, music, touch a truck and children’s activities. The fee for vendors will be $50 for a 12x12 space.
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