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Johnston Holiday

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 1-5 p.m. at its headquarters, located at 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston.
Come in from the cold, traveler, and join the 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.

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

Toddler program at
the library

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library will host “Sing-Along with Mr. Rowland” on 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.

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. Children ages 5 and up may attend and no registration required.
“I Spy” is held anytime when the library is open. Play “I Spy Pokémon,” “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.

Happening at the Johnston Senior Center

On Dec. 6, Bingo will be featured at a new time slot beginning at 2 p.m. There is a free build-up special with each package, and the event is sponsored by Anchor Bay at Pocasset.
On Dec. 9, center will hold its Volunteer Christmas Party. On Dec. 13, the center’s Christmas Party will be held.
A trip to La Salette Shrine is scheduled for Dec. 13 with a departure time of 3 p.m. The trip costs $10 per person.
On Dec. 21, you can join in a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino at a cost of $15 per person. You will receive $15 in free play and $10 for food or free buffet.
Dec. 28 will feature a trip to Foxwoods Casino at a cost of $15 per person. Participants will receive $10 slot play and $10 for food or free buffet.
The Johnston Senior Center is located at 1291 Hartford Ave., Johnston, and may be reached by calling 944-3343.

Warwick Center for the Arts Winter Sale

The Warwick Center for the Arts Winter Art Sale will be held on Dec. 7 through Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, at their location, 3259 Post Rd. Warwick.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact director Taylor Terreri at or call 737-0010.
This is a great way to jumpstart your holiday shopping and you can shop from a variety of handmade items such as jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, crafts, ornaments, prints, cards and more. Browse these unique treasures in our beautiful gallery and bring home one or several for that lucky person or for yourself.

Help make a
house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a nonprofit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

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 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 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. 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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