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At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of each month, 9-11 a.m., for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Both the museum and Elijah Angell House continue to be open by appointment – they always welcome visits by interested individuals or groups. Just send them an email at history@jhs.necoxmail.com or leave a message at 231-3380 to set one up.

The next meeting will be held on June 1, when a Civil War Encampment featuring Battery “B” 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations and refreshments. The Elijah Angell House and Museum Barn will be open for tours. Rain date: June 2.

For more information, visit batterybri.org.

Vendors needed

Vendors are being sought for a yard sale at Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vendor fee is $20 pet table. To secure a spot or for more information, call Lillian at 829-6080.

9th MS Dream Center Golf Tournament

The ninth annual MS Dream Center Golf Tournament will take place Monday, June 10, at Valley Country Club in Warwick. The tournament benefits the MS Dream Center in Cranston, which is dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones.

Tournament registration and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start for golfers at 1 p.m. Dinner and the awarding of prizes begins at approximately 6 p.m. The event will feature raffles, dinner and a sports memorabilia auction from Sports And More.

Tournament sponsors include, but are not limited to, Commonwealth Soap, Aram Garabedian and Warwick Mall, Dan’s Place, Delta Mechanical, Wave Federal Credit Union, United Healthcare, Brown Neurology, Greenwood Credit Union, Maguire Disability Law, Mutual Cornell and Value Source International.

Sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and individuals. For more information, visit msdreamcenter.org or contact Anne Delsignore at anne@msdreamcenter.org.

Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble auditions

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble is currently hosting auditions for students in grades seven through 12 for two groups – the Wind Ensemble, directed by John Knasas, and the Symphonic Winds, directed by Dr. David Neves.

Both directors are nationally recognized music educators and conductors, and provide a joyful, uplifting, All-State quality musical experience every week.

The Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School program, performs three concerts during the school year. Its members are recognized as being among the best players in Rhode Island.

For more information, contact manager Chelsea Anderson at canderson@riphil.org or Neves at dneves@ri-philharmonic.org.

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 gloriagemma.org for more details.

Children’s programs at the Mohr

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 mohrlibrary.org or contact the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, at 231-4980, ext. 5, or info@mohrlibrary.org.

Women’s self-defense class

Premier Martial Arts, located at 1099 Park Ave. in Cranston, will offer a free women’s self-defense class on Friday, June 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants in the workshop will learn about situational awareness, vital parts of the body that are vulnerable and easy to attack, basic strikes and kicks, defenses for the most common attacks on women and more. For more information, call 219-0166.

Goodwill collection at Farmers Market

On Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to noon, Goodwill of Southern New England will be present at the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, to accept donations of electronics and clothing/textiles. Electronics (except printers) will be accepted and need not be in working condition. The funds raised from all donations are reinvested in the training programs offered by Goodwill, furthering its mission to provide job training opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities and other challenges.

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.

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?

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd’s father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children in Spokane. (Source: Father’s Day Fun Facts)

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