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Memorial Day in Johnston Memorial Park

On May 24, join Mayor Joseph Polisena and the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department for a special Memory Day program at 9 a.m. in Johnston Memorial Park.

The event will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation. During the bell ringing ceremony, the names of the 42 men from Johnston who the park is dedicated to will be read. The program will take place at the outdoor bandstand.

Cycling for Youth Class

A Youth Cycling Class will be offered on May 19 in the Johnston Memorial Park from 9 to 11 a.m.

Taught by league certified instructor Donny Green, this class is designed to teach children who can ride a bike without training wheels how to safely and confidently enjoy riding their bicycle.

Children will learn rules of the road, as well as helmet safety and safe riding skills. Bring your own bike or you may request to borrow a bike during the program.

This event is a joint venture between the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition. Class size is limited, so register soon. You may register in person at the Johnston Parks and Recreation office located at 1583 Hartford Ave.

In the event of severe weather, the class will be cancelled. For more information, visit or call 272-3460.

At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9-11 a.m.

Both the museum and Elijah Angell House continue to be open by appointment, and the society welcome visits from interested individuals or groups. To schedule a visit or for more information, email or leave a message at 231-3380.

The society’s next meeting will be held on May 29. Grayce Moorhead, associate director of the Mohr Library, will give a presentation on genealogy.

The library hosts a Genealogy Group on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. The Library has yearly subscriptions to and New England Historical Genealogical Society databases on all library computers.

The library also publishes a monthly newsletter outlining upcoming program details and includes tips for searching. Former programs include field trips to the State Archives and Swan Point Cemetery, as well as speakers on cemeteries, medallions found on gravestones, how to search for a nationality, and much more.

The group’s meetings are open to all. For more information, call 231-4980, email or visit 

Art show for animals

On Saturday, May 25, from 3-6 p.m., Defenders of Animals will host a Community Art Show to benefit the organization. The event, being organized by curator Margy Feldhuhn, will be held at the Governor Sprague Mansion, located at 1351 Cranston St. in Cranston. Enjoy food, wine, music, raffles and animal-themed art from local artists. Tickets cost $25 each and may be purchased at

Craft Bash at Artists’ Exchange

The Artists’ Exchange, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, invites families to take part in free Crash Bash events on the last Saturday of every month. The expressive arts can work as a tool for strengthening students’ skills in all disciplines by offering alternative ways to think about core subjects.

Craft Bash is free and open to all ages and abilities. For more information, call 490-9475 or visit

Free yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offers yoga for breast cancer survivors every Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Yoga at Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, is the place to be to explore slow flow, gentle movement to create space in the body and eliminate stress. This class is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Visit for more details.

Children’s programs at the Mohr

  Through May 29, “Storytime for Children” is held on Tuesdays for newborns through 2-year-olds and Wednesdays for ages 2-5. Both groups meet at 10:30 a.m. No registration is needed.

Lego Club is held every second Thursday of the month through June from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The club has more than 10,000 Lego bricks for participants to use.

Family Drop-in Craft sessions are held every Saturday through June. Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy several self-directed projects for kids and parents to do together. There is no need to register. The program is not appropriate for children under 3, as small parts might present a hazard.

For more information, visit or contact the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, at 231-4980, ext. 5, or

Central High School class reunion

The class of 1974 from Central High School in Providence will hold its 45th reunion weekend June 21-22, with the main event taking place at Mulligan’s Island in Cranston. The cost of admission is $80 per person.

There will also be a reception on June 21 at Al’s Waterfront Restaurant and a brunch at Skyline at Waterplace on June 23.

To learn more, visit To purchase tickets, visit

For additional information, email or call Elaine Whited at 595-8012.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is in need of bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

May Breakfast for Defenders of Animals

Defenders of Animals will host its annual May Breakfast on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St., Cranston. The donation for the event is $25 per person. For more information, call Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

Book Sales

Members of the Friends of the Mohr Library plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library to increase services and programs. The Friends welcome new members who are willing to support either through donations, membership dues, or through volunteering their time. To find out more, contact them, or call 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) nonprofit organization, with proceeds from fundraising supporting library programs and services.

Donations of gently used books are appreciated and can be left at the library’s main desk during library hours. Receipts for tax purposes are available.

Did you know?

Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s, it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day. (Source: Memorial Day Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sunrise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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