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Santa Claus is Coming

Join the St. Robert Bellarmine Youth Group for their 8th Annual Family Christmas Party on December 2 from noon until 3 p.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church located at 1804 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. Come and celebrate the season with a family filled day of fun and activities including lunch, drinks and dessert for everyone, gifts and story time with Santa, DJ, dancing, crafts, activities and more. Cost is $8 per person, $5 for parishioners. Call Toni at 764-5910 to reserve your spot as a headcount is needed.

Santa to arrive at Memorial Park

Join in with Johnston Department of Parks & Recreation on Dec. 9 for the Holiday Festival, held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Johnston Memorial Park. Join in for food, refreshments, and music and a bike raffle. Everyone is invited to this free event and have your picture taken with Santa (please bring your own camera).

Christmas Caroling

Come along to join in the festivities with the St. Robert Bellarmine Youth Group who will be caroling, sipping hot cocoa, eating cookies and celebrating the Christmas season at The Bridge at Cherry Hill Nursing Home on Monday, December 4. Meet at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1804 Atwood Avenue at 5:45 p.m. for a quick rehearsal then head over to The Bridge at Cherry Hill Nursing Home for 6:30 pm. Toni at 764-5910 to reserve your spot.

Christmas Faire

Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, the North Scituate Baptist Church will be participating in the 17th annual N. Scituate Village Candlelight Stroll by sponsoring a Christmas Faire. Start your evening by eating at the Holly Berry Café or enjoying some pastry and coffee. There will be a large selection of Christmas arrangements made with greenery.  Take home some freshly baked goodies or Vermont Cheese.  Kick off your Christmas shopping with items from the Baptist Boutique. There will also be a Penny Social to support five church members heading off on a mission trip to Honduras. You do not need to be present to win. The church is located at 619 West Greenville Road in North Scituate.

Author Expo

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) will hold their 5th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.

This year, the Expo will feature a record 135 published Rhode Island authors headlined by bestselling romance author Marie Force (Gansett Island Episodes) and Jon Land (Strong Cold Dead). Books on display from participating authors will represent a wide variety of genres including romance, mystery, horror, history, biography and children's. Hundreds of autographed books will be available for purchase and a list of all participating authors is posted on ARIA's website, www.RIAuthors.org/riexpo. Parking and admission to the expo will be free.

In addition to book signings, the expo will feature several presentations. Marie Force will be speaking on her own personal writing journey, and presentations on memoir writing, humor writing, self-publishing, and other topics are scheduled throughout the day. A special writer’s resource area will also include exhibits from a variety of literary organizations across the state.

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is located at 60 Rhodes Place in Cranston’s historic Pawtuxet Village just minutes from Routes 10 and 95. The Rhode Island Authors Expo is co-sponsored by Motif Magazine, The Rhode Island Center for the Book, Pawtucket Credit Union, AAA of Southern New England, Airport Taxi, Dean Warehouse Services, Cardi’s Furniture, Wakefield Books, Compass Self-Storage and L’Europa Auto Repair.

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of local, published writers of both fiction and non-fiction committed to raising awareness of the outstanding written works crafted by writers in Rhode Island. More information about the group can be found on its website www.RIAuthors.org.

At the Mohr

Tis' The Season for Science for Grades K-3 (families welcome) on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. to join in for a story, a hands-on candy cane science experiment and create holiday art. A second Tis' the Season for Science on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Join in for a story, hands-on peppermint Oobleck sink/float experiment, stack and build a special holiday tree with our seasonally inspired cups and solve holiday tangram puzzles! Registration required by calling 231-4980 x5.

Story Time-Stories, songs, rhymes, puppets and coloring for children of all ages and their grown-ups will be held on. Tuesdays for- babies to 3 years old and Wednesdays for children from 3 to 5 years old at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 through Dec. 6.  No Registration required.

Bark & Books for Grades K and up will be held on Monday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.  Join in for a story and craft and welcome our reading buddy, Pepper, a certified therapy dog. Please Register 401-231-4980 x5. Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave, Johnston 231-4980 x5, info@mohrlibrary.org, www.mohrlibrary.org.

Mohr Library Genealogy Group Meetings

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library has yearly subscriptions to Ancestry.com and the New England Historical Genealogical Society databases (NEHGS) on all library computers. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. The Library also publishes a monthly newsletter outlining upcoming program details and includes tips for searching. Former programs include field trips to the State Archive and Swan Point Cemetery, as well as speakers on cemeteries, medallions found on gravestones, how to search for a particular nationality, and much more. Meetings are open to all. Join avid ancestral sleuths, learn tips from others. All nationalities discussed. For more information contact the library at 231-4980; info@mohrlibrary.org; www.mohrlibrary.org.

Ongoing Book Sale at Mohr

Looking for a used textbook? You might find it at the Friends of Mohr Library's ongoing book sale on the lower level of the library. A rolling cart in the area is filled with textbooks and other books helpful to course work, assignments and home schooling, along with a few literary classics. Books on the cart are marked with prices up to $2 and will be available through Sept 23. The Friends, a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to the library, supports special services and library programs, including summer reading, through their fundraising efforts. Email address is friends@mohrlibrary.org.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

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 for Teens

Teen Task Force seeking members. Do you want to show the community how teens can make a positive impact? Join our Teen Task Force to help build a better world. Become part of this teen-driven group advocating for the library and for the teens in our community. Plan monthly teen programs, organize weekly activities & crafts, give suggestions for new material purchases, initiate teen participation, and earn volunteer hours. Participate in bi-weekly meetings & teen-lead activity benefiting the teens, the community & causes of your choice.

Library Cards for Teens! Teens are encouraged to sign up for library cards all year round! Young Adults ages 14-17 may apply for a library card on their own. According to Ocean State Libraries, “students ages 14 to 17 may provide proof of their enrollment in a public or private school in Rhode Island (class schedule, transcript, report card, etc.) in lieu of a photo ID if they do not otherwise have one. Proof of home address must still be provided if not stated on school enrollment documents.” For computer privileges, all students under the age of 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the permission form.

Did You Know?

The earliest known use of the name Santa Claus in English was in 1773 in America. His modern image, with flying reindeer and entry down chimneys, began with Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit From St Nicholas in 1823. (Source: Santa Fun Facts)

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