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Community shred event at Cherry Hill Manor

Cherry Hill Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2 Cherry Hill Road, Johnston, is hosting a free community shred event Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shred-It will be on hand to shred confidential documents, receipts, credit cards and other financial and legal papers. It is requested that attendees remove binder clips, though staples and paper clips are acceptable. No plastic bags, CDs or computer disks are allowed, and paper must be removed from three-ring binders or spiral notebooks.

While the event is free, Cherry Hill Manor is accepting canned good donations.

Reiki at Johnston Senior Center

The Johnston Senior Center will host a Reiki event on Saturday, May 11, with master level practitioner and teacher Melissa Procious. A fee of $5 covers a 10-minute Reiki session, which according to Procious is a “Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.”

Youth Fishing Derby

On April 27, the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will host its Youth Fishing Derby from noon to 4 p.m. at Johnston Memorial Park, 1583 Hartford Ave. This is a free event and prizes will be awarded for individual achievement.

Fishing times for children ages 4-7 will be held from noon-1:30 p.m., and for ages 8-12 fishing time will be 2-3:30 p.m.

Tag Sale for Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society will hold its Tag Sale on May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the society’s headquarters, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston. The society is also accepting donations of items for the sale. A detailed listing of the available items will be posted to Craigslist under “garage sales” the week of the sale. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston Historical Society.

Earth Day on the Hill

On April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with a rain date of April 28), volunteer help is needed for Earth Day on Neutaconkanut Hill, with projects including trail clearing, trail blazing, spreading wood chips, painting, litter pickup and debris removal to ready the trails for spring, summer and fall seasonal events. The unusually wet and windy winter caused havoc on the trails, used by educational groups and the general public.

Attendees are asked to meet on top of the hill, at Neutaconkanut Hill Park, entering from 58 Legion Memorial Drive.

Participants are asked to wear sensible work clothes and appropriate footwear for walking in the woods. All other supplies, including gloves, safety glasses, bug spray, snacks and water, will be provided.

The event is sponsored by the Providence Parks Department and the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Inc. For additional information, call 649-4366 or email susan@nhill.org.

Genealogy Group meetings

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 Ancestry.com 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 Archives 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 info@mohrlibrary.org or visit mohrlibrary.org. 

Kiss Cancer Good ‘Buy’

Kiss Cancer Good ‘Buy,’ a bachelor and bachelorette charity date auction, will be held May 8 at 5 p.m. at Skyline at Waterplace, 1 Finance Way, Providence. The event will support Cranston resident and author, Gina Clapprood, who is a candidate for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year honors, as she seeks to raise $50,000 for the organization.

Scott Connery will serve as the event’s celebrity host, and Mary Halsey from “The Ellen Show” will serve as celebrity auctioneer. DJ Jack Rino will provide music during the evening.

The auction begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25. The event will feature complimentary appetizers and 10 percent of all food sales will benefit LLS. For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit the event’s Facebook pages or check out Clapprood’s campaign site at pages.mwoy.org/ri/ri19/gclapprood.

Girls Scouts ‘Read to Grow’ event

Girl Scouts of Southern New England will host a Read to Grow membership event on Monday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the council’s office, 500 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. All girls are invited to read a book, plant seeds and enjoy a snack. For more information, email nmcallister17@outlook.com.

Children’s programs at Mohr Library

Science Club will host a “Pasta People” program on May 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants will design and building moveable “Pasta People” using a variety of pasta shapes. The program is for children in grades K-3. Registration is required by calling 231-4980, ext. 5.

Lego Club is held every second Thursday of the month through June from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The club has more than 10,000 Lego bricks for participants to use.

Family Drop-in Craft sessions are 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. The program is not appropriate for children under 3, as small parts might present a hazard.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is in need of bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Book Sales

Members of the Friends of the Mohr Library plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow the Marian J. Mohr Memorial 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) nonprofit 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.

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