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Santa to be in 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.

Holiday Show

Trinity Assembly of God Church, 2119 Hartford Ave., will be hosting a holiday show for December 8, 9 and 10. Billed as a “Galactic Adventure” that will accelerate the Christmas spirit “into hyper speed”. The program features the Trinity Holiday Choir. The students of Trinity Christian Academy who will also present their Christmas Musical, "A Special Delivery." The musical 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 934-0202.

Jingle Bazaar

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

TriBeCa Annual Christmas Party

Everyone is invited to Ciara's Restaurant & Lounge, 678 Killingly St. in Johnston on Dec. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is a free event. Seating will be limited, so please make your reservations early by calling 354-8800.

Santa to visit PetSmart

On Dec 10 and Dec 11, from noon to 4 p.m., Santa Claus will visit PetSmart, located at 1386 Atwood Ave., Ste. 40. Free photo of your pet with Santa! For more information, contact 942-1912.

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. As comedians, they wanted to do something special for the men and women who place their lives on the line for us every day and donate their time for this very special comedy show.

There are no tickets, but you must reserve your spot in advance, as they are expecting this show to fill up quickly. To reserve tickets, email with your request. (When making a reservation by email, you will need to give us your phone number to verify.)

Please note: this is an event for adults age 21 and up. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit

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 their location at 1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.

Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to join us for 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, Errandofmercy, a New York musician performing music inspired by the Harry Potter series, Vladimir Snape who will be providing participants a Snape inspired encounter with photo-ops, professional cosplayer wand maker, and various other cosplayers.

A dance instructor will be providing dance lessons to sharpen our ballroom style dancing.  Additional activities include a Harry Potter Holiday Ornament, trivia, Harry Potter bingo and various other activities for all ages. Special giveaways throughout the event.

Customers are encouraged to wear their Harry Potter finest for this magical event which will delight Harry Potter fans. For additional information, please contact Barnes & Noble Warwick at 826-8885.

Computer classes at Mohr Library

The 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 NorthStar Computer Assessment site. Take and pass an online test and earn a printed certificate. Appointments are required for NorthStar. For more information, call the Reference Department at 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 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 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 can be left at the library's main desk during library hours. Receipts for tax purposes are available.

Did You Know?


In 1924, the annual Thanksgiving parade started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, N.J., at the Bamberger’s store was transferred to New York City by Macy’s. In New York, the employees marched to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square. At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy’s balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then “crowned” the “King of the Kiddies.” With an audience of over 250,000 people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event. (Source: Wikipedia)

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