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Community Shred Day

Hosted by Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, Shred RI, located at 2111 Plainfield Pike, Johnston, will hold a shredding event on June 17 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Only personal documents generated in R.I. homes will be accepted; no documents from businesses, even home-based businesses, will be accepted. Tax returns, credit card statements, paycheck stubs, bank statements, cancelled checks, and medical records are all examples of sensitive, confidential documents. A sensitive or confidential document is one that contains a unique, identifying number that can be traced directly to a specific person, and which cannot be found readily through public searches.

The limit will be two containers full, similar in size to the old 22-gallon blue or 16-gallon green household recycling bins. Papers that are not sensitive or confidential in nature will not be shredded at this event. Please remove large metal binder clips, rubber bands, and plastic bags prior to attending the event. All documents should be dry; wet documents will be disposed without being shredded.

Note: This one-day event is not located at Resource Recovery. Residents looking to participate most go to Shred RI located at 2111 Plainfield Pike in Johnston.

Fundraiser for American Cancer Society

On June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Di Prata Society in Cranston will help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $50 and include dinner by Ralph's Catering located in Cranston and the show by Charlie Hall and the Ocean State Follies. No tickets will be sold at the door. Contact Allie Marisi at 595-0875 or Alliemarisi@yahoo.com.

News from the Genetian Garden Club

The Gentian Garden Club installed a new slate of officers in the month of May. New President Linda Proulx unveiled her new program theme for the year and it is entitled, Plants – Pests – Pollinators. They will be learning much about gardening and the public is invited.

Their first event under the new administration is a Pot Luck Supper on June 20 at 6 p.m. at a member’s beautiful garden. For the Pot Luck, they ask every member to bring a dish to share, and they will have a plant exchange and a tour of the garden. The garden is in North Scituate and has many perennials and whimsical items to enjoy. Gentian is a busy club and always welcomes new members.  Please attend one of our meetings and see if the club is a good fit for you. You should contact their new First Vice President, Nancy Laurie, if you are interested in attending out potluck meeting.  Her contact information is Gentryway@cox.net or call 647-5966. This is a great opportunity to meet the Gentian Garden Club members and share your love of gardening.

St. Brigid’s Cabaret

St. Brigid’s Church, 1231 Plainfield St., Johnston, is having a Cabaret Fun{d} Raiser 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 and after the Saturday 5 p.m.  Mass and Sundays at the 8 a.m. 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.

Ride 4 Hope

The 2017 Ride 4 Hope Motorcycle Ride to benefit the RI Dream Center will be on June 24 with a rain date of June 25. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the cost of $25 per person. Registration includes free Ride T-Shirt and food. Registration and run starts at Thirsty Beaver, 288 Atwood Ave. in Cranston and will end at Ocean State Harley Davidson at 35 Albany Road in Warwick. There will be music, raffles, prizes and more following the motorcycle ride. For more information, call 241-5120 or email them at RIdreamcenter.com.

Greater Providence YMCA 1st Summer Travel Basketball League

Every Wednesday night beginning July 12 through Aug. 16, the Greater Providence YMCA will run a summer travel basketball league. Games will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

This travel league will feature a game on Wednesday nights. Players will be traveling between Kent County, Bayside, Newman, and Cranston YMCA. The league is open to boys and girls entering grades 1 through 8 and all players will be divided into divisions based on the grade they are entering in the fall. For more information please contact your local Greater Providence YMCA.

At the Mohr Library

Register for Summer Reading, enjoy several self-directed craft projects for children and parents to do together, play with thousands of LEGO bricks, and go on a scavenger hunt. This will be held on June 26 at 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; June 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geared for ages 4 and up with a grown up. The Summer Reading Program is Supported by the R.I. Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Friends of Mohr Library.

Thursday Summer Programs at 11 a.m. for grades k-3 (Magic Show-all ages) (Smart Robot ages 11 and up) Registration required for O'Keeffe program and Smart Robots program. Tickets for Magic Show. Registration recommended for others. Call 231-4980 and press 5. (Siblings and families welcome.)

Wednesday’s program will feature Smart Robots presented by RI Computer Museum for Ages 11 and up. Working in teams, students will learn coding to instruct a simple robot to move objects in construction challenges.  Registration is required.

On June 29 at 11 a.m. “Let’s Grow!” will be held at the Mohr. Become familiar with the lifecycle and parts of a plant through stories and hands on activities of sorting and identifying parts of real plants. Participate in Supermarket Botany! Start a real plant with seeds here at the library to take home, care for and grow! Registration preferred.

The Magic Show on June 26 with the Great Baldini-Join the great Baldini and his assistant Skinny, will take you on a magical journey at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets will be available on June 26 on a first come, first serve basis. This program is sponsored by a Legislative Grant provided by Senator Frank Lombardo III.

Apprenticeship Program

The Operating Engineers Local 57 will be accepting applications for their Apprenticeship Program on June 19 through June 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at 873 Central Ave. in Johnston. The requirements are the you must be at least 18 years old with a High School Diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. You will also need to bring your birth certificate (copy or original) and your Social Security Car. Three letters of reference are also asked for (from non-family members) and you must apply in person.

End of Life

On June 19, join in with Father Christopher Mahar for a presentation and discussion on the Catholic Faith, Hope and End of Live. Father Mahar is an expert in his field and has been instrumental in developing end of life guidelines for the diocese. He also helped to create “A Catholic Healthcare Directive for RI” which is used throughout the state. Father Mahar has completed a Scared Theology License as well as his Doctorate in Theological Ethics.

The event will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston with the presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer discussion. All are welcome.

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.

Free Pet Food

Bonniedale Farm in North Scituate offers dog and cat food at no cost to struggling pet owners, hoping to provide for the animals while easing the burden on community members facing tough times. Those wishing to donate or in need of pet food can contact Dan MacKenzie at 574-6056. The mailing address for the farm is 1097 Chopmist Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857, while the physical address is 1056 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. MacKenzie asks that visitors call before making the trip.

More information can be found online at www.bonniedalefarmanimalsanctuary.com.

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.

Did You Know?

Sunday is Father's Day, the annual holiday where Americans celebrate the men who made them. Father's Day officially began in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it to honor the man who raised her when her mom died in childbirth. Dodd was at a church service thinking about how grateful she was for her father when she had the idea for Father's Day, which would mirror Mother's Day but be celebrated in June – her dad's birthday month.

The movement grew for years but didn't gain national-event status until 1924 under former President Calvin Coolidge. He said it would "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children" and "impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations," according to the Library of Congress Wise Guide.

The holiday gained traction during World War II, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June to be Father's Day. President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday six years later. (Source: Father’s Day Fun Facts)

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