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National Night Out in Johnston

This Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Johnston Police Department will host a National Night Out event beginning at 6 p.m. in Johnston Memorial Park.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

Food, drinks, bounce houses and more will be provided.

Meals at Memorial Park

Now that it is summertime, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Chartwells provides free meals to children during the summer.

Meals will be served until Aug. 16, Monday through Friday, weather permitting, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Park at 1583 Hartford Ave. in Johnston.

There are no income requirements and no registration is required. Any child under age 18 may come to eat. For more information, contact Erin Shoemaker at 233-1920, ext. 2653.

Narragansett Indian Tribe meeting

The Narragansett Indian Tribe will celebrate its 344th Recorded Annual August Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11.

All activities will be held on the Narragansett Reservation off Route 2 and Old Mill Road in Charlestown. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days. The cost of admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.

Chief Sachem Anthony Dean Stanton urges all Rhode Islanders to join the tribe in the celebration and share in traditional food, singing and dancing.

Grand entry begins at 1 p.m. on both days, and the Church Board additionally invites all to share in services at the tribe’s historic church. Sunday services will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Homeless Animals Vigil

Defenders of Animals Inc. will host its 23rd annual Homeless Animals Day/Candlelight Vigil and awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Sprague Mansion in Cranston at 7 p.m.

The event will be held outdoors, or indoors in the event of rain. The vigil is held throughout the world on the third Saturday in August. All are invited to participate, and the event – held in cooperation with the International Society for Animal Rights – is free of charge.

For more information, visit defendersofanimals.org.

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.

North Providence High 50th reunion

The North Providence High School class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Oct. 4 at Camp Meehan at Notte Park in North Providence. Please email NPHCougar1969@gmail.com for more information.

Mohr Library Genealogy Group meetings

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library hosts a Genealogy Group on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

The Library has yearly subscriptions to Ancestry.com and New England Historical Genealogical Society databases (NEHGS) 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 Archive and Swan Point Cemetery, as well as speakers on cemeteries, medallions found on gravestones, how to search for a nationality, and much more.

Meetings are open to all who are interested. For more information, call 231-4980, email info@mohrlibrary.org or visit mohrlibrary.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 6-7:30 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.

Cranston High School class of 1959 reunion

The 60th reunion of Cranston High School’s class of 1959 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, 1149 Division St., Warwick. Registration costs $50 per person. Send checks payable to “Class of Cranston High School 1959” to Dianne Apici, 573 Cedar Ave., East Greenwich, RI 02818, by Aug. 24. For more information, contact Dianne Apici at dapici@cox.net or 885-4595.

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.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a nonprofit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Book sales

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 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 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?

 We often hear about the “dog days” of summer, but few know what the expression means. Some say that it signifies hot, sultry days “not fit for a dog,” others suggest it’s the weather in which dogs go mad. The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3 and Aug. 11 each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs?

In the summer, Sirius (The Dog Star) rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as “dies caniculares,” or “dog days.” (Source: Farmer’s Almanac)

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