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Seasonal employment at RI Rec areas

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is recruiting for a variety of seasonal employment positions at recreational facilities across the state. Rhode Island residents, ages 16 and older, are encouraged to apply.

Full-time lifeguard positions are available at all State swimming areas, including Lincoln Woods, Fort Adams and Goddard Memorial State Parks, as well as at Misquamicut, Scarborough, and East Matunuck State Beaches. Hourly rates range from $10.50 to $12.50, based on location and position level. For more information on becoming a lifeguard or to apply for a position, visit

Other seasonal positions available include park rangers; beach managers; laborers; recreational area assistants; and clerical support. Visit for a complete list of employment opportunities. Most positions are full time and include weekend and holiday hours. Hourly rates range from $9.60 to $14.50. Applicants to park ranger positions at levels II and III must be 18 years of age or older.

Applications must be completed online. Paper applications will not be accepted. The State of Rhode Island is an equal opportunity/diversity employer. For more information about DEM divisions and programs, 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.

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

Print-making will be held on April 20 at 11 a.m. for grades 1 and up. They will use fruits, vegetables, flowers and leaves in a way you never thought possible!  Children will be armed with the foundations of basic printmaking and will be able to create their own amazing works of art. Please outfit children in clothes that may catch runaway paint! Registration is required. Call 231-4980 x5.

Join in Art-Play With Your Food on April 21 at 2 p.m. This program is geared towards Grades 2 and up. When the kids play with their food, it may drive you up a wall. Instead, drive them to the library so that they can play with their food. They will provide the children with healthy fruit and vegetable snacks and guide them to create food masterpieces that are worthy of being in a museum but will probably get eaten quite quickly! Registration is required. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library is located at 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, and to register, please call 231-4980 x5.

Plectoria - A musical trio, will be held in the library May 4 at 6:30 p.m. From Strauss Waltzes, Broadway, Gypsy Jazz, Blues and more, Plectoria, featuring one mandolin and two guitars, will present a program for an enjoyable night of music for all ages. Call 231-4980 x6.

The Mohr Library will be coordinating trips to watch films in theaters with discussions afterwards. Participants must provide own transportation. Time announced the week of the trip. For more information or to sign up, contact Kevin at 231-4980 x0.

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, please call the Reference Department at 231-4980.

"Let Freedom Ring"

The West Bay Chorale will be holding their annual Spring Concert on May 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St. in Cranston. Come and enjoy some Patriotic music along with some American Classics.

Admission: Adults $12 and Children 12 and under are $6. Children 5 and under are free of charge. For more information please visit

Pasta Fest

On April 22, Defenders of Animals will sponsor a fundraising Pasta Fest at Edgewood Congregational Church, located at 1788 Broad St., Cranston. The dinner is $10 per person and will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

Did You Know?

Earth Day was first conceived by Sen. Gaylord Nelson in the early 1960s. Nelson worried that environmental issues were not being addressed in the political arena. In his conservation efforts, Nelson organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration in the spring of 1970, to further promote conservation involvement and awareness.

Support for and interest in the activity was immense and the 1970 demonstration became the first official Earth Day. The first Earth Day helped inspire the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Each year, April 22, marks the celebration of Earth Day, which is now observed around the world. (Source: Earth Day Fun Facts)

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