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‘Lighting the Way’ workshop

On May 16 from 5:30-8 p.m., join Sean Roy for a free workshop for families called “Lighting The Way: Helping Families See Possibilities In Building Futures.” The workshop will be held at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick, located at 2081 Post Road.

As a parent of a disabled child, it may be difficult to see a future for your child that includes employment. However, many people with all types of disabilities are working. The workshop is designed to help participants learn more about opportunities and address concerns.

To register, contact Nikki Honauer at nhonauer@westbaycollaborative.oprg or 941-8353, ext. 117.

Happening at the Mohr

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave, Johnston, is hosting two upcoming special programs.

On May 8 at 6 p.m., the library will host “Irish-American Heritage and History” with Dr. Darra Mulderry. The event will follow the regular Genealogy Group meeting at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the reference desk at 231-4980, ext. 6.

Biking will be the topic on May 15 at 6 p.m. “The Biking Program” with Donny Green will focus on biking around Rhode Island, biking safety, maintenance and other issues. It is recommended that participants bring their own bike along to the program, but Green will have a limited number of bikes on hand. For more information, contact the reference desk at 231-4980, ext. 6.

Animal art

Artists with animal-themed artwork are asked to donate their pieces for a special art show coming to Sprague Mansion on May 25. All of the proceeds from the show will benefit Defenders of Animals Inc. Work of all mediums and sizes is being accepted. Submissions must be dropped off at 960 Reservoir Ave., Suite 27, Cranston, by May 10. Please submit your artwork with your name, the medium used, title and price. All proceeds are donated. For more information, email the show’s curator, Margy, at margy@interviewconnections.com.

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 https://pages.mwoy.org/ri/ri19/gclapprood.

Bowling for Brains

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, or BIARI, will hold its first-ever Bowling for Brains team event on Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Lang’s Bowlarama, 255 Niantic Ave,, Cranston.

The Bowling for Brains event will be an opportunity for those who attend to have serious fun with family and friends and to raise funds to support the BIARI’s mission to increase awareness of brain injury and its consequences, to enhance the quality of life and advocacy for those affected by traumatic and acquired brain injury. The day will consist of team bowling competitions, with awards going to the winning teams and the top scoring individuals. Additionally, individuals raising more than $100 and teams raising more than $600 will be eligible for a bowler bag full of goodies.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 11 a.m., and the bowling competition will start at noon. The cost per individual player is $50 with teams of six being encouraged at a cost of $250. Children’s admission costs $10. Admission price includes a pizza lunch with soft drinks and bowling shoe rentals.

The event will also feature a Bowling for Brains costume contest, face painting for all ages and a chance to win raffle prizes.

Anyone interested in registering before the day of the event should visit biari.org to find the Bowling for Brains registration page. Contact community relations manager Robyn Chapman at 228-3319 or robyn@biari.org for more information about the event. Lang’s Bowlarama is wheelchair accessible.

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.

Through May 29, “Storytime for Children” is held on Tuesdays for newborns through 2-year-olds and Wednesdays for ages 2-5. Both groups meet at 10:30 a.m. No registration is needed.

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.

For more information, visit mohrlibrary.org or contact the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, at 231-4980, ext. 5, or info@mohrlibrary.org.

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.

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.

Did you know?

Many states have bean suppers, pancake breakfasts and strawberry festivals, but only Rhode Island has May breakfasts. The tradition began in 1867 at the Old Quaker Meeting House, the first church in Cranston. Mrs. Ruby King Wilbur, president of the Searle's Corner Benevolent Society, originated the event to raise funds for a new building, borrowing the idea from the English May Day celebration. Four-hundred and sixty-six people attended the first May breakfast, helping to raise $155.50. (Source: Michael Bell)

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