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Fall with the Gentian Garden Club

The Gentian Garden Club will hold their next meeting on October 16 at 7 p.m. at the North Scituate Community House, Rte. 116. This will be a joint meeting with the Chatham Village Garden Club of Warwick and they are proud to have Karen Bussolini as the speaker.

This meeting is open to the public. Karen Bussolini is a well-known Garden Photographer, writer of garden books and gives many garden talks. Karen also does friendly garden coaching for clients. With her art background and focus on environmental topics; ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects her program has something for every gardener! There is a fee of $5 for the meeting. If you have any questions, call Edna Duffy at 349-4694 or Sharon Gainey at 464-0373.

Their Junior Activity is Oct. 17 at the North Scituate Library and it is entitled “Something with Pumpkins”. Members will be working with children who sign up at the library to make a special project with pumpkins!

Members will also be doing the fall clean-up of the barrels on the Village Green, the Community House window boxes, the Community House Garden and the containers at the North Scituate Post Office and Tyler Library in Foster. All the flowers from the summer will be taken out and the soil refreshed. Members will also be working at the Gentian Wildflower Garden and the Blue Star Memorial Garden to get them ready for the long winter ahead.

On Oct. 27, they have a new activity when members will be hiking at Borderland State Park in North Easton, Mass.

As you can see the Gentian Garden Club offers something for everyone! If you have any interest in joining our club after reading the above, please contact Membership Chairperson Nancy Laurie by email at or by phone at 647-5966.

Youth basketball

The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 youth basketball season. For more information visit

Johnston Historical Society in October

On Oct. 13, the Johnston Historical Society will host a Tag Sale at their headquarters at 101 Putnam Pike in Johnston. Between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. come by and buy stuff. Better yet, donate some gently used stuff that they can sell. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Johnston Historical Society. A detailed listing will be posted to Craigslist under “garage sales” the week of the sale. On Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. join the Society as they welcome Donovan K. Loucks, creator of the H.P. Lovecraft Archive website, who will give a presentation on Lovecraftian Geography. For more information, contact the Johnston Historical Society at 231-3380.

Ms. or Jr. Miss Wheelchair applications now being accepted

Do you have what it takes to be the next Ms. or Jr Miss wheelchair Rhode Island? Must be 5-15 years of age for Jr. Miss and 21 years or older for Ms. and for both categories, applicants much use a wheelchair one hundred percent of the time in public. This is not a beauty pageant, instead a competition of advocacy, education and making a difference. Empowering the state to make positive change. Send an email to Tina Pederson at for more information and applications. Competition will be Feb. 2 or 3 in Providence.

Blessing of the Animals

Defenders of Animals, Inc., will be holding its annual Blessing of the Animals outdoor event at the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St. in Cranston, on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

“We wanted to bring attention to the value of animals and the goodwill and caring of both animals and their human guardians and the value that they bring to each other,” said Dennis Tabella, Director of Defenders of Animals, Inc.

“Anyone that has ever lost a pet realizes how deep that human companion and companion animal relationship was, and the Blessing of the Animals events bring attention to how invaluable that connection can be,” said Tabella. “It’s important that we recognize with gratitude the protectors and animal companions who have blessed our lives.”

North Kingstown resident The Reverend Sandra Demmler D’Amico will be performing the blessing of the animals.

Defenders of Animals, Inc., began in 1978 and has held numerous annual events along with the Blessing of the Animals like the Homeless Animals Day/Candlelight Vigil/Humane Awards Ceremony.

Book Sales

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 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.

Exciting programming for children at the 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, 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 now 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 now 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: 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. from now 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, 231-4980 x5,, email info

Halloween BOOtique benefiting Help The Homeless RI

There will be a Halloween BOOtique to benefit Help The Homeless RI on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW 2812, located at 1418 Plainfield Pike, Cranston. Shop for Halloween goodies or get an early start on Christmas shopping! Face painting and games for the kids, shopping and raffles for the adults. Fun for everyone and all money raised supports Help the Homeless RI.

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

Did You Know?

Halloween! The one night a year where taking candy from strangers is totally acceptable is also a very expensive one. Each year, more and more people are handing out candy, and each house gives about two handfuls per kid – that’s four to eight pieces of yumminess (sometimes including full-size chocolate bars). Americans spend about $2.1 billion on Halloween candy. (Source: Fall 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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