What's happening in Cranston

Posted 7/5/23

Saturday, July 8, at 5 p.m. The new Knightsville Park Opening Celebration , Saturday, July 8 the new Knightsville Park will officially to the public. The opening celebration will have a traditional …

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Saturday, July 8, at 5 p.m. The new Knightsville Park Opening Celebration, Saturday, July 8 the new Knightsville Park will officially to the public. The opening celebration will have a traditional ribbon cutting starting at 5 p.m., followed by a band concert into the evening by the Reggie Centracchio Quintet, featuring retired Lieutenant Gen. Reginald A. Centracchio. Free and welcome to the public.

July 8 & 9, Wickford Art Festival, The Wickford Art Association announces the production of the 60th Wickford Art Festival on Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Festival will be held at Wilson Park in North Kingstown. Wilson Park is located just outside of historic Wickford Village, where the first Festival was held in 1962. This Wickford Art Festival is a juried Fine Art Festival that will display the work of up to 200 artists from all over New England and beyond. 60th Wickford Art Festival | North Kingstown, 02852 (

July, 8 The R.I. Rose Society will meet on Saturday July 8, 2023 at Shepherd of the Valley Church, 604 Seven Mile Rd., Hope (western Cranston line), 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Learn how to take great pictures with your phone. This will be a hands-on workshop so bring your phone with you.   Jacqui Nye, a prize-winning photographer, will also share photography tips for those who don't have a cell phone or use Big Box Cameras to take photos.  Free to the public:

July 8, Live Bait, Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. "True Stories From Real People”, Rhode Island’s longest running adult story telling show for over 10 years. No scripts or notes, no rants or stand-up, just true stories told in six minutes or less. Audience participation encouraged; performers and non-performers are welcome or just watch an evening of funny, gut-wrenching, scary, enlightening, soul-baring, true stories!"  Continues every first Saturday of the month at this new location. (this is a reschedule of the first Saturday of the month for July ONLY)

July 11, NAMI-RI: Registration Family-to Family course  The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is now accepting registration for our summer session of NAMI’s Family-to-Family course which begins Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. This is a free and virtual, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidence-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 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 or call 401-331-3060 or email

July 15, Marketplace/Food Trucks/Live Music on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., the City of Warwick and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals, will present “We Be Jammin’” with food trucks. On the beautiful back drop of Rocky Point, 1 Rocky Point Ave, Warwick.  “We Be Jammin’” will be front and center with some of RI top Artisan Vendors! Enjoy some of RI’s Best Food and Dessert Trucks to fill your foodie desires!  Black & White Band 12 – 3 p.m.

July 15,  Rhode Island affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America will hold next meeting on Saturday, July 15, from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.,  at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. Captioning Provided - CART will be in person. At the meeting HLAA will be introducing  the new Executive Director of RICDHH, Michelle Cline, and hosting a presentation by Sue Black and Claudia Martin on Meniere’s Disease. 

July 19, Summer Concert Series/Food Trucks on Wednesday, July 19 from 6 – 8 p.m., at Pawtuxet Village Park, 2 East View Street, Warwick, the City of Warwick presents their Summer Concert Series, so grab your lawn chair, blanket, friends, family and enjoy the evening with music by Mary Day. The music is from 6 – 8 p.m., but the food trucks will be ready at 5 p.m. to purchase your treats before the show begins.

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!

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

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 with any questions.

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 30, Pilgrim High School Class of 1983 will hold its 40th Reunion at Quonset Tavern by the Green, 615 Callahan Rd., North Kingstown, RI.  For more information, please email 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, October 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 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, October 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; Or, Nancy Dube Brazeau  401-789-0304;

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 (No Jam on Monday, May 29) 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 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 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

 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 or by calling 401-682-2100 extension number 1631.

To submit your news from the community: Ida at 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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