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April Vacation Programs at the Mohr

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave, Johnston will be very active during school vacation week.

On April 14 at 2 p.m. come Celebrate RI Library Day with a llama story time, a craft and a live llama.

April 16 from 11a.m. to 5p.m., join in for Spring Crafts and Legos – several self-guided projects for children ages 3 and up with a grown-up. Drop-in anytime between 11a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Craft Programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.)

Also, on April 16 Monday at 6 p.m. there will be a Magic Show featuring Malik Haddadi who will entertain the whole family with an exciting audience participation magic show. Free tickets are now available. This program is made possible by The Friends of the Mohr Library and the Andrew Greene Fund.

On April 17 at 11 a.m., Sing and Dance with Mr. Rowland. Mr. Rowland will play the guitar and sing family favorites. Kids will be invited to join in with shakers. No need to register. This program is made possible by The Friends of the Mohr Library and the Andrew Greene Fund.

Also, on April 17, at 2 p.m. the library will feature Dog Man – Create your own fused superhero, make a flip-o-rama and a superhero mask. Grades K and up. No need to register.

Casey Farm presents Project Chick Join a Casey Farm educator to learn about bird life cycles, explore eggs from many different birds and even interact with live chicks on April 18 at 11a.m. No need to register. This program is made possible by The Friends of the Mohr Library and the Andrew Greene Fund.

On April 20 at 2 p.m. the library will present: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Listen to a story, do a craft and enjoy fun activities. Geared for grades K and up and no need to register.

Toastmasters to meet

Ocean State Toastmasters will hold its next meeting on April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Rd. Regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

The club is one of some 13,500 in Toastmasters International, a nonprofit, educational organization devoted to the development of public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has approximately 280,000 members in 116 countries. Founded in 1963, Ocean State Toastmasters is one of the oldest clubs in Rhode Island.

For more information, contact Merrill Winoker, Vice President of Membership, at 688-4741 or merrillwinoker@icloud.com.

Special raffle at St. Brigid’s Church

St. Brigid's Church, 1231 Plainfield S. in Johnston, 20 Week Committee is sponsoring a Special Raffle that will be drawn at their luncheon on April 22 at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston.

1st Prize: $500 gift certificate to Target; 2nd prize: Framed Patriots Picture (value $200); 3rd Prize: $150 Gift Card to Spirito's Restaurant in Providence; 4th Prize: $100 Gift Card to Stop and Shop and 5th Prize: $100 Gift Card to Stop & Shop. Prizes total over $1,000.

Ticket prices are: 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 7 for $15 and are on sale in the foyer of the church. For information or to purchase tickets please call Rich at 641-3048 or Louisa at 942-0576.

Cricket Field Clean Day in Johnston

Hosted by Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council a Cricket Field cleanup day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12.

Meet at 15 Riverside Ave. in Johnston and help with mulch mobs, litter sweeps, graffiti knockouts and general sprucing up for the season. Kids Klub adopted Cricket Field for 2017-2018 last year, and we’ll bring out the picnic tables the kids designed for the park on this day.

There will be free t-shirt and refreshments for volunteers. Tools and gloves will be provided but bring your own if you have them.

Ready to volunteer? Contact Amanda at 861-9046 or at aobannon@wrwc.org.

April meeting of the Gentian Garden Club

The April meeting of the Gentian Garden Club will feature noted author and gardener Neal Sanders on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the North Scituate Community House. Neal will be sharing his humorous observations about gardening and gardeners. Sanders retired from the corporate world in 2005. His “second act” is as a writer of mysteries with a gardening theme. His 12th book was published in March 2018.

Neal and his wife maintain a two-acre garden in Medfield southwest of Boston that has been part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program as well as featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Sanders readily acknowledges that he is not the “head gardener” at home; but rather he is the Principle Undergardener! His humorous talk is entitled “Gardening is Murder.” This lecture is open to the public, a small fee of $5 will be charged.  Neal Sanders will also be bringing books for sale.

The April meeting will also have Birds and Conservation Chair, Jane Dempsey speaking about the Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers found in the Scituate area.

On April 14 members will be planting pansies in the barrels at various locations in Scituate and Foster, we will be reviving the Community House Garden in North Scituate and celebrating Earth Day which is April 22 by picking up litter in our local areas.  Finally, in April as a club, we will be Stepping Out to visit the Wicked Tulip Flower Farm in Johnston.

If you have any questions on any of the events above, please contact our membership chairperson Nancy Laurie at her email gentryway@cox.net or by phone at 647-5966.

Ongoing Book Sale at the Mohr

Looking for a book to relax with? You'll find more than a few at the Friends of Mohr Library's ongoing book sale. The friendly bookshelves in the hallway on the lower level of the library have been filled with lots of gently used books for sale, thanks to recent donations from local book lovers. Open daily during regular library hours, you can find something for everyone - children, young adults, and lovers of mystery, romance, science fiction, sports, biography, cookbooks, etc. The Friends, a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to the library, helps to support special services and library programs through memberships, donations, and fundraising efforts. Email address is friends@mohrlibrary.com.

At the Mohr for Teens

Falling for Fun with the continuing the theme of “Build a Better World,” this autumn we are dedicated to transforming our library into a welcoming space for teens. We want to encourage teens to look at how they can take a lead in building a better world. Join our Teen Task Force to step up and make a difference in the library, the community, and the world.

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?

Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.

In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22.

Millions of people participated, and today, Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated. (Source: Earth Day Fun Facts)

Common Earth Day activities include planting trees, cleaning up litter, or simply enjoying nature through hiking, gardening, or taking a stroll in a local park.

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