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Fun Day for Families

Fun Day for families and friends will be held on Jan, 28 at the Town Hall Lanes,1463 Atwood Ave., Johnston, sponsored by their Social Ministry at St. Brigid’s Church.

Price for adults are $12 and children under the age of 5 are free. You will receive two hours of Cosmic Duckpin Bowling, shoe rental, pizza, chips, and drinks are provided. Arrival time is 1:45 p.m. followed by bowling from 2 through 4 p.m.

Payments can be made at St. Brigid’s Church located at 1231 Plainfield St. prior and after their masses. Payments much be made by Jan. 22. For questions, call Cynthia at 944-6778.

Volunteers needed

The Johnston Senior Center is seeking volunteers to help with various services throughout the year. They need volunteers on Thursday afternoon bingo and Friday night bingo. The Activity Department is also in need of volunteers for dining room servers and gift shop associates. Contact the Center at 944-3343.

At the Mohr

Storytime at Mohr Library will begin Jan. 17 to Feb.15 and children may join in for stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, literacy activities. There will be coloring or a simple fun craft. On Tuesdays, ages 0-2 at 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays, Ages 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Pajama Storytime is for ages 4 and up. For more information, contact 231-4980 x5.

Lego Club meets on the second Thursdays of the month; Jan 12, Feb.9 and March 9.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. you can Build! Create! Design! Imagine! 10,000 Lego Bricks donated by Legos Systems. Age 5 and up with an adult. No registration and held at the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave.

Drop-In Family Crafts are held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there are several self-directed projects for children and parents/family to enjoy together. No needs to register just bring your smiles any time during the craft time. (Craft programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.)

Science Club, for grade K-3, will be held Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Find out why cups and balloons make for fun activities to discover sound. Make a rain stick and decorate it with our bold and colorful embellishments. Free Sign Up in person or call231-4980 x5.

Monday Night Coloring for Grownups is held every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Join a group of patrons who enjoy coloring with pencils, markers and gel pens. All materials supplied. From coloring books that the library owns, you will select a black and white drawing, and copy that drawing onto special heavy paper that takes the coloring materials well. Enjoy the company of other participants in this fascinating, therapeutic, stress relieving hobby.

Tuesday Games Night is always fun and held every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Play some of our many board games. Bring a friend or bring yourself.

Monthly Genealogy Group, meets usually on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. New topics each month are outlined in the Genealogy newsletter.

For adults, The Fiction Book Club will be holding its next meeting on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Girls" by Emma Cline. 

The Bloodhounds, a book club for mystery lovers, will meet the third Thursday in February at 1:30 p.m. to talk about Karin Slaughter's "Fallen." 

Ocean State Toastmasters to meet

The Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Road, Warwick. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island. For more information, contact Robert Rogers, vice president of membership, at 782-7637 or Robert_Rogers@acm.org.

Sing Away Hunger

Ocean State Theatre Company has partnered with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank for their annual benefit concert featuring award-winning musicians Billy Harley and Keith Munslow. “Sing Away Hunger” will be presented as part of OSTC’s 2016-17 Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 59,000 people rely on the Food Bank’s network of food pantries and meal sites to feed their families.  One in three is a child under the age of 18. Thanks to the generosity of the musicians donating their time and talent, all proceeds will benefit the Food Bank in providing food assistance to neighbors in need.

The Food Bank solicits food donations from the public and from the food industry, including supermarkets, food manufacturers and growers.  To keep up with the high demand for food assistance, the Food Bank also purchases food at low cost from wholesalers.  In 2015, the Food Bank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. For more information visit rifoodbank.org.

Before and after the performance, families can enjoy drinks and snacks, which will be available for purchase at the theatre’s lobby concession stand.

The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick. Single tickets are $10 each with packages of three Family Fun Fest shows or more for $8. per ticket. Discount rates are available for groups of 20 or more by calling 921-1777 x112. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from noon-6 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and from noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling 921-6800.

My favorite teacher contest

Several years ago, Barnes & Noble in Rhode Island created the My Favorite Teacher Contest. It was a program to provide students an opportunity to voice their appreciation & recognize a teacher who has had positive impact on them - either personally or academically.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest provides students with the opportunity to tell our community how much their teachers are appreciated.

From now to March 1, middle school and high school students can nominate a teacher for the My Favorite Teacher Contest. Students fill out the entry form – and write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.

Submissions are due to Katie Rendine, Community Business Development Manager at Barnes & Noble Warwick at 1350B Bald Hill Rd. Warwick, RI 02886 by March 1. Entry forms can be obtained at Barnes & Warwick, emailing crm2159@bn.com, or visit www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher to download an entry form.

A panel of judges will read the submissions and rate each submission based on three different criteria.  One winning teacher and student is chosen, along with two runners up.  Barnes & Noble Warwick will host a recognition ceremony in April honoring the winner and runners up.  The winner than is entered into the regional contest and the five regional winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the national "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and the winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well. For additional information, contact crm2159@bn.com.

Did You Know?

The only Shakespeare plays that mention January are Much Ado About Nothing and Winter’s Tale. (Source: January Fun Facts)

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