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St. Brigid’s Cabaret

St. Brigid’s Church, 1231 Plainfield St. in Johnston, is having a Cabaret Fundraiser on June 23 at the Santa Maria Hall, 31 Walnut Grove Ave., in Cranston at 6:30 p.m. with appetizer stations by "RALPH'S". Tickets will be on sale in the foyer of the church prior to and following the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass and Sundays at the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses beginning May 13-14. Featured will be the popular Michael Panarello, Tribute Artist, with his famous interpretation of Frankie Valli. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information call 942-0576.

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 cents 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.

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 401-944-3343.

At the Mohr

Bookery and Cookery will be held on May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature a free program at the Mohr Library on how the it works. This is a free program, which will feature making, sharing and sampling appetizers.

For more on genealogy, meet on June 14 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss some new finds and share stories and on June 14 at 5:30 p.m. meet for the “Brick Wall Workshop” with Diane Boumenot. Are you having hard time finding certain relatives? Difficulty with where to research next or what to do? In genealogy, this is called this a brick wall. Diane and the group will attempt to tease out another path for you to research.

Save the date of June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Barbecue. Stop by Reference for details, or contact Grayce at 231-4980 x6.

On July 12 at 4:30 p.m. join in on a trip to the Johnston Historical Society Museum. Led by Lou McGowan and Johnston Historical Society members, you will be surprised at the outstanding collection of photos, mementos, decorative objects, and other memorabilia that the JHS has collected and displayed in a fascinating manner. Meet at Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston.

Coloring for grownups will be held each Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. All materials supplied including books to print from, colored pencils, paper and markers.  Join a group for a relaxing and therapeutic evening of coloring.

Spring Cavalcade of Bands

The Providence Federation of Musicians invites you to their Spring Edition of the Cavalcade of Bands on May 30 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. The program will feature a host of jazz and big band musicians and vocalists from 5 to 10:30 p.m., with a special appearance by Mike Dutra and the Strictly Sinatra Orchestra For a whole list of performers please visit

The apple does not fall far from this tree. In the Jazz Foyer from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. the Cavalcade will feature three generations of celebrated vocalists. Angela Bacari spent years performing both on the NYC and Las Vegas circuits. Her many credits include appearances on the "Dinah Shore Show", "Jay Leno", and many others. Angela worked with Rodney Dangerfield for many years and has continued over the years to perform to packed audiences around the country, as well as coaching and vocally training such names as Liza Minnelli and Marisa Berenson and Billy Gilman.  Her daughter, Lisa Baccari Ferraro has been the lead vocalist for the Mac Chrupcala Wedding Orchestra, is a staple to the Newport music circuit and performs regularly at Ocean House in Westerly. Grandson Nicolas King is a star in his own rite. At 4 years old, Nicolas performed in Beauty in the Beast on Broadway, in later years opened for Liza Minnelli in Las Vegas, sung at the Lincoln Center and is celebrated in the NYC Cabaret world with regular appearances at the Metropolitan Room and at Birdland! Accompanying this trio is a fabulous jazz quartet led by the renowned Emmy and Grammy winner Mike Renzi on piano.

The evening promises to be uplifting and SWINGtastic!  Tickets can be purchased on-line or for $20 at the door. Bring your dancing shoes and a picnic basket of goodies. Cash bar will be available in the Foyer.

Stretch Strong to the Core

Tamburini Golf Performance will present “Stretch Strong to the Core” on Sundays at 10 a.m. at Tamburini Golf Performance Center, 100 Federal Way in Johnston. Flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance and balance will all be taught during “Stretch Strong to the Core,” which will improve your total body flexibility, address mobility, strengthen your core and balance in order to enhance your overall functional fitness and golf performance.

Consistent stretching will allow you to have a more efficient swing, maximize on spinal rotation, produce more power, reach a greater distance with each drive and most importantly minimize the risk of injury. All levels are welcome, dress in comfortable clothing, bring a mat and water bottle with you. Space is limited, please reserve your spot with Lisa, 413-2526 or at and for more info on training packages visit A health history and waiver form must be completed.

Free self-defense workshop

Free self-defense workshop for moms will be held at Bochner's Self-Defense, 855 Dyer Ave., Cranston on May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be celebrating moms and all they do by bringing a free workshop on how you can keep yourself, and your children safe, at home, in the parking lot, and anywhere life takes you. Family (adults and children 10) are welcome!

Participants will learn how to present yourself as strong and confident, so that any adversary will see and know you are not someone to be trifled with. Participants will also learn simple, easy, and practical defenses that will help you get out of threatening scenarios safely. Call 943-4100 for more information.

Did You Know?

Batman is a 15-chapter serial, released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. It is based on the DC Comics character Batman, introduced May 1939 in Detective Comics issue 27. The serial starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. J. Carrol Naish played the villain, an original character named Dr. Daka. Rounding out the cast were Shirley Patterson as Linda Page (Bruce Wayne's love interest) and William Austin as Alfred the butler. The plot involved Batman—as a U.S. government agent—attempting to defeat the Japanese agent Dr. Daka at the height of World War II. (Source: Random Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sunrise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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