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Annual Friends of the Poor Walk

On Sept. 30, the 11th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk (SVDP RI) will be held in the Garden City Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a Step to end Poverty! Join in for music, food, and family fun! Don't forget to bring food, clothing, and toiletry donations to help local friends in need. SVDP RI is a nonprofit organization which is comprised of 434 parish-based volunteers who provided nearly $2.5 million in assistance to needy Rhode Islanders since 2015.

Outdoor Church Bazaar

Trinity Assembly of God located at 2119 Hartford Ave. in Johnston, are seeking vendors for their upcoming Outdoor Church Bazaar to be held on Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per spot (large enough for a 10x10 tent).

If interested, contact Nicole at 215-4410 or

Exciting programming for children at Mohr Library

A Sing-Along with Mr. Rowland for all ages with a grown-up. Dance and sing along with family favorites and best loved holiday songs on Tuesdays, Sept. 11, Nov.20 and Dec. 11 at the Mohr Library.

Toddler Time— stories, songs and fingerplay for babies and toddlers with a grown-up. Ages newborn to can enjoy time at the library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. from Sept. 18 through Oct. 16.

Preschool Storytime – stories, songs and fingerplay for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 y. o. with a grown-up will be held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from Sept. 19 through Oct. 17.

Halloween Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers when children are encouraged to come in costume and caregivers may bring snacks or drinks if they wish will be held on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Science Club for Grades K-3 will focus on experimenting with luminescence and glow in the dark fun on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. with Registration Required by calling 401-231-4980 x5 and on Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. the club will focus on building a rocket and racing it against other participants.

On Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., children will be able to build a catapult! Try building the different models of catapults to find which works best!

On the second Thursdays: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. come build with 10 000 plus Lego bricks, donated by Lego Systems. Ages 5 and up with an adult. No need to register.

Drop-In Family Crafts will be held every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 8 through the end of June. This will feature several self-directed projects for children and parents to do together. (Craft Programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.)

(Craft Programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.) No need to register. Drop-in at any time during the program.

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave, Johnston, R.I. 02919 (401) 231-4980 x5,, email: info

Defenders of Animals Pasta Fest

On Sept. 29, Defenders of Animals will host their Pasta Fest from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edgewood Congregational Church, located at 1788 Broad St. in Cranston. Admission is $10 per person and their will be plenty of raffles. To register call Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

23rd Annual Artisans Steak Fry

The RI Shriners will host the 23rd Annual Artisan’s Steak Fry on Sept. 23 with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person which includes a delicious steak dinner. There will be a cash bar and the event calls for casual dress. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased in advance by calling 467-7100. The event will be held in The Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place, One Rhodes Place, Cranston.

Garden City to Celebrate 70 years

Garden City Center in Cranston will celebrate its 70th year on Sept. 26 at the Gazebo from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy tasty treats from Garden City Center restaurants and relive the older days with their documentary and picture yourself in historical photos. There is a $20 admission with all proceeds going to the Cranston Historical Society. For more information, contact the Center at 942-2800.

RI Pagan Pride Day 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 22 the RI Pagan Pride Day will be held in Johnston Memorial Park. For more information, contact Darrell Moore at or Join us for a day of education, community, entertainment, and celebration of the harvest. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join in for a day of education, community, entertainment, and celebration of the harvest.

Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

Johnston Historical Society

Their museum barn is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11am and 6:30 to 8:30pm; Thursdays, 2 to5 p.m.; or by appointment, for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Just in case, call ahead to confirm they are there. Dues are $20 per year for an individual, $30 per year for a family (two adults and children under 18) membership. The purpose of the JHS is to identify, preserve and promote the history of our town. It is located at 101 Putnam Pike in Johnston and can be reached by calling 231-3380.

Celebrate Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday

The Cranston Historical Society will celebrate the 188th Birthday of Governor Sprague’s 188th Birthday on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. with a buffet. The event will be held at the Sprague Mansion, located at 1351 Cranston St. in Cranston. Enjoy the company of history enthusiasts and enjoy viewing some of the historical documents on display from the Sprague family collection.

Seating is limited and an $18 per person donation to the Society will help to continue the efforts of the organization.

To reserve your seat, send a check for $18 (per person) made payable to the Cranston Historical Society and mail to 1351 Cranston St., Cranston, RI 02920. After Sept. 13, call them at 944-9226 to see if seats are still available.

At the Mohr for Teens

Teen Arts & Crafts Club will meet every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Love arts & crafts? Join in each week to make something new and express yourself. We will paint, collage, draw, sculpt, and use paper, textiles, natural objects and recyclables to create all different works to take home. Each week make something new. 20 spaces available. Registration required; contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club will be held every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons for Teens is a cooperative role-playing game recently made famous in Stranger Things. Teens create their own characters & play out a story together. We will be beginning a new storyline called Storm King’s Thunder, where adventurers battle giants. Both new members and beginners welcome. 10 spaces available. Registration required; contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register

Teen Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Mohr.  Join them for the classic strategy game Chess. Battle your friends or test your wits against the librarian! Don’t know how to play? No problem they can teach you! The rules are simple, the opportunities endless. Practice all your strategies here while relaxing away from the heat. 20 spaces available. Registration: contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register at

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library is located at 1 Memorial Ave., in Johnston and may be reached at 231-4980 x5 or

Help the Homeless RI's Bowling Fundraiser

On Sept. 15, the Help the Homeless RI's Bowling Fundraiser will be held at 8 to 10 p.m. at Town Hall Lanes, 1463 Atwood Ave, Johnston. For a $20 donation, you will receive 2 hours of bowling, rental of bowling shoes, pizza and soda. To make reservations, call or text 524-5283. All proceeds from this event will benefit the homeless and impoverished in RI. To learn more about this organization, please go to

Teen Task Force

Teen Task Force seeking members. Do you want to show the community how teens can make a positive impact? Join the Mohr Library’s 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 and teen-led activity benefiting the teens, the community and causes of your choice.

Did You Know?

The autumnal equinox (Fall) arrives Saturday, September 22 this year. During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south. Because of this, Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal. (Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac) 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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