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Dinner/dance sold out at Senior Center

The Johnston Senior Center is getting ready to hold a dinner and dancing event this Saturday starting at 6 p.m., but don't expect to get a ticket.

Assistant Director Millie Santilli said the event has been sold out for “a while now.” Doors will open at 6 with dinner starting at 7. Classic Blend will serve as the entertainment for the evening.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Santilli said. “We’re just doing the finalizations of everything right now. As usual, everything that we have here and everything that we get is all donated, which makes it nice because what we make is our profit.”

At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of each month, 9-11 a.m., for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Both the museum and Elijah Angell House continue to be open by appointment – they always welcome visits by interested individuals or groups. Just send them an email at or leave a message at 231-3380 to set one up.

The next meeting will be held on June 1 when a Civil War Encampment featuring Battery “B” 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations and refreshments. The Elijah Angell House and JHS Museum Barn will be open for tours. Rain date: June 2.

For more information, visit

On June 5 they will be holding a Clean (History) Day on the Greenway across from 7 Hillside Ave. JHS is partnering with the Woonasquatucket Watershed Council for a history walk and clean-up event. They will be walking from the Manton neighborhood to the Clemence Irons House, which will be open. The event is being held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Trash will be picked up on the way back. Rain date: June 6.

Vendors needed

Vendors are being sought for a yard sale at Kelley Gazzerro VFW Post 2812, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vendor fee is $20 pet table. To secure a spot or for more information, call Lillian at 829-6080.

9th MS Dream Center Golf Tournament

The ninth annual MS Dream Center Golf Tournament will take place June 10 at Valley Country Club in Warwick. The tournament benefits the MS Dream Center in Cranston, which is dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones.

Tournament registration and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start for golfers at 1 p.m. Dinner and the awarding of prizes begins at approximately 6 p.m. The event will feature raffles, dinner and a sports memorabilia auction from Sports And More.

Tournament sponsors include, but are not limited to, Commonwealth Soap, Aram Garabedian and Warwick Mall, Dan’s Place, Delta Mechanical, Wave Federal Credit Union, United Healthcare, Brown Neurology, Greenwood Credit Union, Maguire Disability Law, Mutual Cornell and Value Source International.

Sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and individuals. For more information, visit or contact Anne Delsignore at

Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble auditions

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble is currently hosting auditions for students in grades seven through 12 for two groups – the Wind Ensemble, directed by John Knasas, and the Symphonic Winds, directed by Dr. David Neves.

Both directors are nationally recognized music educators and conductors, and provide a joyful, uplifting, All-State quality musical experience every week.

The Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School program, performs three concerts during the school year. Its members are recognized as being among the best players in Rhode Island.

For more information, contact manager Chelsea Anderson at or Neves at

Free yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offers yoga for breast cancer survivors every Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Yoga at Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, is the place to be to explore slow flow, gentle movement to create space in the body and eliminate stress. This class is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Visit for more details.

Children’s programs at the Mohr

  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 or contact the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, 1 Memorial Ave., Johnston, at 231-4980, ext. 5, or

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 cents 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.

Free concert in Warwick

The Greenwood Concert Choir will perform a program titled “Creation” on Sunday, June 2, at 5 p.m. at Greenwood Community Church, located at 805 Main Ave. in Warwick. John Black will conduct the chorus and professional brass ensemble in performing selections from Haydn’s “Creation” oratorio and favorite hymns of faith. Special performances will include youth and handbell choirs and soloists, in addition to the world premiere of a work for an organ and brass ensemble.

Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be collected. For more information, call 737-1230 or visit

Did you know?

June is the first month of the summer season. It is also the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. June’s birthstones are pearl, moonstone and alexandrite and its birth flowers are the rose and honeysuckle. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sun Rise. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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