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Santa to visit Johnston Memorial Park

Santa Claus will make his visit to Johnston Memorial Park on Dec. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy free pictures with Santa, music, food and more. This event is brought to the public by the City of Johnston, Office of Johnston Park and Recreation.

Trinity Church Annual Christmas Bazaar

This year, Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 251 Danielson Pike, N. Scituate will hold their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 2 from 3 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature a large Penny Social, Super Raffle, Silent Auction, Crafts, and Bake Table which will include Specialty Homemade Desserts, "Maids of Honor," and Cookie Trays. Visitors will be able to purchase Boxwood Trees, and from a nice selection of Winter Greens.  The youth of the church will also offer a variety of Country Cupboard Treats. There is a new, updated Children's Room, which along with a Penny Social, offers a store where children are able to purchase gifts for their family. Vendors and local crafters will also be on hand. The Cafe will be open both days. Specials include: chowder, clam cakes, lasagna, meatballs, chicken salad, salad, and grilled cheese. Saturday the Cafe will be open to serve both breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact (401) 647-2322.

Holiday Show

Trinity Assembly of God Church, 2119 Hartford Ave., will host a holiday show December 8, 9 and 10, which is billed as a "Galactic Adventure" that will accelerate the Christmas spirit "into hyper speed." The program will feature the Trinity Holiday Choir. The students of Trinity Christian Academy will also present their Christmas Musical, "A Special Delivery," which retells the story of Christ's birth from the view of the heavenly hosts, with big musical numbers. Admission is free, doors open 1 hour prior to show time on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. For information, call 401-934-0202.

St. Brigid's Church Anointing of the Sick

St. Brigid's Church, 1231 Plainfield St. in Johnston, Prayer Shawl Ministry will be sponsoring their quarterly Mass of Anointing on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11a.m. Anyone that is ill in Body, Mind, or Sprit, may receive the sacrament. Prayer Shawls will be available for anyone that may need one or for a family member or friend.  All are welcome to participate.  Future Masses of Anointing will take place on Saturdays, March 4, June 3 and Sept. 9, 2017.

Jingle Bazaar

The First Annual J-DAPA Jingle Bazaar will be held on Dec.10 at the Johnston Senior High School, 345 Cherry Hill Road, and will feature more than 50 vendors, pictures with Santa, visits from costumed characters, holiday shopping, raffles and concessions.

Comedy for Cops

On Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. there will be a RI Comedy Hall of Fame's Comedy for Cops show, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. This event is free, although donations will be accepted toward a police charity. The event will feature Southern New England's finest comedians, such as Cranston's John Perrotta of the Comedy Factory and the RI Comedy Hall of Fame, Mike Murray of Funny 4 Funds out of Cranston and the RI Comedy Hall of Fame, Ace Aceto of Ace Aceto's Royal Flush Comedy and the RI Comedy Hall of Fame, Anthony Brooks-The Stuttering Comic, The Prince of Mystery-Southern New England's Best Comedy Magician and Rockin' Joe Hebert. The event is hosted by Doreen Collins of Women Behind Barz and the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. The comedians wanted to do something special for the men and women who place their lives on the line every day and donate their time for this very special comedy show. Whether you're a police officer, a supporter, or former convicted felon, you're invited to this one of a kind comedy show. You will be able to donate to a police charity that evening. There are no tickets, but spots must be reserved in advance, as the show is expected to fill quickly. To reserve tickets, email Dana this event is for adults age 21 and over. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit http://richof.org/free-comedy-show-for-cops-in-december.

Sparkling Snowflakes Annual Gift Show

Holiday shopping becomes a highlight of the season on Saturday, December 3, when Sparkling Snowflakes, One-of-a-Kind Gift Show, returns to The Village at Waterman Lake. Local artisans will offer a wide variety of unique selections at exceptional prices. Find jewelry, crafts, holiday decorations, handmade gifts, children's and pet items, clothing, accessories and more which are not available in any store. This is the place to find inspired gifts for the special people on your list. While shopping, enjoy a delectable assortment of complimentary hors d'oeuvres and hot and cold beverages. Sing along to live music provided by our talented Village musicians and savor the spirit of the giving season. Sparkling Snowflakes takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Lodge, and there is plenty of on-site parking. The Village at Waterman Lake is located at 715 Putnam Pike, Greenville, RI 02828. For more information, call 401-949-1333.

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball

Barnes & Noble Warwick is pleased to announce the first Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball being held on Dec. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at 1350 Bald Hill Rd. Warwick. Harry Potter fans are invited to join this spectacular magical holiday ball inspired by the Yule Ball in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book/movie. Costumes or holiday attire, music, dancing and special themed crafts will be at the heart of this event to celebrate all things Harry Potter this holiday season at Barnes & Noble. Special guest for the Ball at Barnes & Noble Warwick include musical guest, Errand of Mercy, a New York musician performing music inspired by the Harry Potter series, Vladimir Snape who will be providing participants with a Snape inspired encounter and photo-ops, professional cosplayer wand maker, and various other cosplayers. A dance instructor will provide dance lessons to sharpen ballroom style dancing. Additional activities include a Harry Potter Holiday Ornament, trivia, Harry Potter bingo and various other activities for all ages. Special giveaways will be had throughout the event. Customers are encouraged to wear their Harry Potter finest for this magical. For additional information, please contact Barnes & Noble Warwick at 401-826-8885.

Updated info on Computer Classes at Mohr Library

Mohr Library is offering Tech Night - drop in Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Stop into the library for computer and technology help. Learn how to use email, Microsoft Word, Facebook, resume formatting, download free eBooks and more! No appointments are necessary. Do you possess basic computer skills and want to add a computer certification to your resume? The Mohr Library is a certified North Star Computer Assessment site. Take and pass an online test and earn a printed certificate. Appointments are required for North Star. For more information, please call the Reference Department at 401-231-4980.

Friends of the Mohr Public Library

Members of the Friends plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow Mohr Library to increase services and programs. The Friends welcome new members who are willing to provide support either through donations, membership dues, or through volunteering. To find out more, contact them or the library director at 231-4980 (press 7). There is an ongoing book sale in the lower level hall across from the meeting room. The Friends also hold larger sales two or three times a year. Great selections at great prices include hard cover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Most prices range from 25 cents to $2. The Friends are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, with proceeds from fundraising supporting library programs and services. Donations of gently used books are appreciated, and may be left at the library's main desk during library hours. Receipts for tax purposes are available. Historical Holidays in Cranston The Cranston Historical Society invites the public to visit two of the historical homes in Cranston on Dec. 4. The Annual Open Houses will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at both the Governor Sprague Mansion at 1351 Cranston St. and at the Colonial Joy Homestead located at 156 Scituate Ave. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music, cookies, wassail and their famous Sprague Punch. For decades, the Cranston Historical Society has graciously opened both museums at no charge for visitors to enjoy.  It is their way to share some kindred warmth and welcome our visitors. Sharon Albert and Friends have provided 18th and 19th Century musical selections at the Sprague Mansion for at least 20 years. Sharon is a long-time resident of Cranston. The Western Cranston & Edgewood Garden Clubs have decorated the Mansion in a spirited Victorian-theme. Colonial-dressed hosts will greet visitors at the Joy Homestead -- enjoy colonial cheer and the warmth of the Job Joy's fireplaced home. Both museums are located on the historic W3RWashington-Rochambeau Route, the official National Park Service trail our French Allies marched from Newport to Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.  Santa to visit PetSmart On Dec 1 and Dec 10, from noon to 4 p.m., Santa Claus will visit PetSmart, located at 1386 Atwood Ave., Ste. 40. for a free photo of your pet with Santa! For more information, contact (401) 942-1912.

Did You Know?

Abraham Lincoln's youngest son Thomas, nicknamed Tad, was known as a sensitive youngster. On Christmas 1864, Tad, then 10, took the spirit of the season to heart and invited some street urchins into the White House for a meal. The cooks refused to feed the kids until Tad took up the issue with the president, who ordered that the children be fed. (Source: December Fun Facts)

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