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MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast

The Rhode Island Ministers Alliance will celebrate its 37th annual Martin Luther King Day Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the breakfast program starting at 8 a.m. The Scholarship Breakfast enables the alliance to provide scholarships to qualified college students to assist them in their pursuit of higher education.

This year’s guest speaker is Carlon Howard, chief impact officer for the Equity Institute and the co-leader of EduLeaders of Color. Attendees will also hear from two scholarship recipients and from the Unity Chapel Church Youth ministry.

A number of dignitaries are also set to attend and address the gathering, including Gov. Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Education Commissioner Angelica Infante Green.

More information regarding the event can be found at riministersalliance.org.

Bowling for Animals

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Defenders of Animals will host a fundraising event at Town Hall Lanes, located at 1463 Atwood Ave. in Johnston, from 2 to 4 p.m. For $20 per person, the package includes two hours of bowling, a pizza and a pitcher of soda at each lane. For more information or to register, contact Defenders of Animals at 461-1922.

Event for post-9/11 veterans

The VFW of RI and the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812 invite all post-9/11 veterans for a get-together on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 5-8 p.m. Post 2812 is located at 1418 Plainfield St. in Cranston.

Food and refreshments will be provided at no charge, and DJ Tony Weaver will provide musical entertainment.

The purpose of the event is to meet and engage post-9/11 veterans and to provide benefit claim assistance and information about VFW. For more information, contact David Lage at David.Lage@va.gov.

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.; and 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 history@jhs.necoxmail.com or leave a message at 231-3380 to set one up.

There will be a special Sunday meeting on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. featuring Gerald Carbone, who will speak about Brown & Sharpe and the history of American industry at the Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, The event is free and open to the public.

Eco-Depot in Johnston

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. will host an Eco-Depot at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston from 8 a.m. to noon. The event affords residence a free opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste – anything labeled with words like “toxic,” “poison,” “flammable” or “combustible.” Appointments should be made in advance by calling 942-1430, ext. 241. Additional information is available at rirrc.org.

Happening at the Johnston Senior Center

On Jan. 13, Basic One Computer 8 week classes will begin and be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Memory Café social group will meet at the center on Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Learn to download pictures from your camera to your computer at 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 16.

On Jan. 25, join in for fun at Foxwoods Casino at a cost of $15 per person on Jan. 25. Bus leaves at 9 a.m. Includes $10 slot play $10 food or free buffet.

The Johnston Senior Center is located at 1291 Hartford Ave., Johnston, and may be reached by calling 944-3343.

Dining for Dogs 2020

Rhode Home Rescue is hosting its fourth annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Santa Maria di Prata Society at 29 Walnut Grove Ave. in Cranston. There will be a buffet-style dinner to go with two drink tickets and awards and raffles. Tickets cost $30 per person.

Warwick Center for the Arts

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Warwick Center for the Arts, located at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, will host an opening reception for its Artist Member Show. The event is free and open to the public and will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

The exhibit will highlight the center’s artist members and their unique individual styles. Meet the artists and view their works in such mediums as drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, photography, textiles, jewelry, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit warwickcfa.org.

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 gloriagemma.org for more details.

‘Meet Virginia’ at school choice event

Rhode Island Families for School Choice will host an afternoon with school choice advocate Virginia Walden Ford starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Park Theatre, 848 Park Ave., Cranston. The event will include a free screening of the film “Meet Virginia,” and attendees will receive a complimentary copy of her Ford’s new memoir, “School Choice: A Legacy to Keep.” Door prizes will be available. To RSVP or for more information, visit edchoiceri.org.

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.

Did you know?

Jan. 25 is the Chinese New Year in 2020! This festival is celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Chinese New Year is marked by fireworks, traditional lion dances, gift giving and special foods. It’s the Year of the Rat. (Source: January 2020 Fun Facts)

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