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Citizens Police Academy

The Johnston Police Department will hold its Citizens Police Academy beginning April 17 at headquarters. The program is open to all adults in Johnston and recruitment is still underway through March 22.

The academy will be held every Wednesday for nine weeks from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Johnston Police Department.

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the station. For further details, contact Capt. Christopher Correia at 231-4210, ext. 3127; Lt. Michael Babbitt at 231-4210, ext. 3144; or Sgt. Lucas Lancellotti at 231-4210, ext. 3134.

Community Shred Day

On April 13, Washington Trust will host a Shred Day at its location at 1383 Atwood Ave. in Johnston from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Washington Trust will also be collecting jars of peanut butter at its various location to benefit the 2019 Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive. Learn more by visiting

Mohr Library Genealogy Group

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library hosts a Genealogy Group on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. The Library has yearly subscriptions to and New England Historical Genealogical Society databases on all library computers.

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 nationality, and much more.

The group’s meetings are open to all. For more information, call 231-4980, email or visit

Statewide Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

On March 26, the Statewide Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on March 26 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston.

Chamber members and non-members are invited to attend. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to network with hundreds of business professionals from throughout the state.

The event will feature more than 120 display tables and attendees can enjoy food provided by Russell Morin Fine Catering while making business connections that will last. Display tables are available for Chamber members only.

For more information, contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

Johnston T-Ball 2019

The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that T-ball registration has begun and will be held through April 6. The program is for boys and girls, ages 5 and 6, as of May 1. The fee is $60 per individual and $40 each additional child.

T-ball will begin on May 4 and end on June 22. They will play on Saturday mornings (50-minute sessions), learn fundamentals, become comfortable with the ball, develop skills such as catching, throwing, swinging the bat and more.

Sponsors and volunteer coaches are needed.

Registration can be made at the Parks and Recreation Department. Please call 401-272-3460 for more information.

‘Hello Spring’ art exhibit

On March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., Frame It RI, 991 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, will host an opening reception for an art exhibit titled “Hello Spring.” The exhibit will feature the work of three local artists – photography Jerri Moon Cantone (, painter Larisa Martino ( and mixed-media artist Sharon D. Eisman ( Light fare will be provided. The exhibit runs from March 19 to April 30. For more information, visit

Omelet-eating competition at Character’s Café

Character's Café, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston, will host an omelet-eating competition on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Entrants will compete against 15 other people to see who can eat a 16-egg omelet – filled with cheese and breakfast meats – the fastest. The cost to enter is $20. The winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate and a T-shirt. To register, call 781-2200.

Character’s Cafe is a full-service, nonprofit restaurant owned and operated by Gateways To Change Inc.

Programs and more at Mohr

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, located at 1 Memorial Ave. in Johnston, has announced both children’s events and vacation events.

Storytime, which includes stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for kids and their caregivers, will run on Tuesdays for babies to 2-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. through March 27. There is no need to register.

Lego Club is held every second Thursday of the month through June from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The club has more than 10,000 LEGO bricks donated by LEGO Systems.

Saturday Family Crafts is held every Saturday through June. Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy several self-directed projects for kids and parents to do together. There is no need to register. This program is not appropriate for children under 3, as small parts might present a hazard.

Science Club will meet on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Stack and drink layers of fruit juice to investigate how to make liquid denser and thicker and witness the process of diffusion. The program is for children in grades K-3, and families are welcome. Registration is required.

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 401-231-4980 (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.

Summer internships through CCAP

The Comprehensive Community Action Program, or CCAP, is offering the chance for young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to connect with paid summer internships through its Learn to Earn program.

CCAP's Youth Employment, Training and Education programs provide a full range of services to youth who are enrolled in school or out of school, including job acquisition skills, work-based learning projects, job searches and interviewing skills.

All enrollees are connected with a case manager to assist them in their education or employment goals throughout the program.

The application deadline is April 12. For more information, visit

Did You Know?

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Welcome Springtime! (Source: 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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