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Johnston Holiday Festival

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Mayor Joseph Polisena, the Johnston Community Center Association and the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will host a Holiday Festival at Johnston Memorial Park from 2-4 p.m.
There will be food, music and a bike raffle. Santa Claus will also make an appearance, so be sure to bring your camera.
The event is free, and donations of nonperishable canned goods are requested. For more information, visit
Johnston Historical Society Holiday Open House

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Johnston Historical Society will host a Holiday Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. at its headquarters, located at 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston.
Come in from the cold, traveler, and join the Johnston Historical Society for yuletide music, local history, light refreshments and cheer in the restored 1824 farmhouse. The adjacent Johnston History Museum, housed in a replica post-and-beam barn, will also be open. This event is free of charge, and donations will be welcome.

Pet photos with Santa

Defenders of Animals will offer a chance for pets and their people to have pictures taken with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. at Warwick Animal Hospital, located at 1950 Elmwood Ave., Warwick. Photos will be available at a cost of $10. Additionally, microchipping will be available for $25 and pet nail clipping will be offered for $10.

Santa to arrive in
Garden City

Continuing a longstanding tradition, Santa will arrive at the Gazebo in Garden City Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. Visits with Santa are free and professional photos are available for purchase. The arrival event will be held until 1 p.m. and Santa will be in his cabin at Garden City every day through Dec. 24. For more information or to secure a fast pass, visit

Garden City Center
Holiday Strolls

Garden City Center will host its annual Holiday Strolls on Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m. The festivities will include strolling carolers, ice carving and of course, Santa Claus. For more information, visit

Toddler programs at
the library
Here are some upcoming events for toddlers at the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, located at 1 Memorial Ave. in Johnston:
Now through Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m., there will be stories, songs and fingerplay for babies and toddlers with a grown-up. This program is geared for ages newborn to 2½.
Preschool Storytime will be held on Wednesdays until Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m. There will be stories, songs, puppets and fingerplay for children ages 3-5 with a grown-up.
Holiday Storytimes will be held on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. This program is geared for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and features holiday stories, songs and puppets. Caregivers may bring snacks or drinks if they wish.
“Sing-Along with Mr. Rowland” will be held Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Dance with shakers and sing along with family favorites and best-loved children’s songs. The program is open to all ages with a grownup.

Happening at the Johnston Senior Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, a Mystery Lunch will depart at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per person.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, a trip to Foxwoods Casino will depart at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for slot play and $10 for food or full buffet.
The Johnston Senior Center is located at 1291 Hartford Ave. and may be reached by calling 944-3343.
JHS 50th reunion
Johnston High School’s class of 1971 is planning a 50th reunion celebration for Sept. 17, 2021. Classmates are asked to send current contact information to Harold J. Hemberger at

Mohr Library
Genealogy Group

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 (NEHGS) 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.
For more information, call 231-4980, email or visit

Cranston High School
60th reunion

Cranston High School’s class of 1960 is planning its 60th reunion for Sept. 12, 2020, at the Cranston Country Club. The cost will be $50 per person. For more information, contact Joan Farmanian Fratterelli at 349-3922.

At the Mohr for children

Storytime has begun and offers stories, songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and their caregivers. The program is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is open to all ages. Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. There is no need to register.
Saturday Drop-In Crafts are held when the Mohr Library is open. Come anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for several self-directed projects for kids and parents to do together. Craft programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.
Lego Club meets every second Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Play with Lego bricks donated by Lego Systems. Ages 5 and up. No registration required.
“I Spy” is held anytime when the library is open. Play “I Spy Pokmon,” “I Spy Pete the Cat” or three other “I Spy” games that a talented volunteer has made for you and get a sticker for each one. The program is open to all ages.
The Mohr Library offers discount passes to several fun places in and around the state. These passes have been donated by the Friends of Mohr Library. For more information, call 231-4980 and press 5 for the children’s room.

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 6-7:30 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.

Winter survival

This November, Rhode Island Dream Center will be celebrating 11 years of distributing fully equipped “winter survival” backpacks to homeless and low-income members of the Rhode Island community. The backpacks will be distributed on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the center’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner held at Praise Tabernacle Church, 330 Park Ave., Cranston.
Many members of the state’s homeless population must carry all of their belongings with them throughout the day until they are allowed to re-enter local shelters for the evening. The Dream Center’s goal is to purchase 350-400 quality, waterproof backpacks and fill them with essential such as winter hats, scarves, gloves, socks, hand warmers, shampoo, razors, combs, lotion, powder, deodorant, rain ponchos and other hygiene hygiene products.
The Dream Center is asking for help from the community in the form of donated items or monetary donations. For more information or to participate, email or visit Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include 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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