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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.

Gentian Garden Club February meeting

The Gentian Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the North Scituate Community House, located at 546 W. Greenville Road, Scituate. Jackie Marco, a club member and former president, will present a program titled “Native Plants and the Aiken Trail Development.”

Marco worked with Vermont’s Bennington Museum for the last 10 years, creating a number of trails and gardens through the Hadwen Woods at the museum. The beautiful Hadwen Woods and George Aiken Wildflower Trail are adjacent to the Bennington Museum.

For additional information, contact club membership chairperson Nancy Laurie at 647-6966 or gentryway@cox.net.

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 Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. featuring Steve Merolla who will present “The Bordens of Neutaconkanut Hill Part II.”

The meeting will take place at the Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, and is free and open to the public.

Behind the scenes at PPAC

You may have enjoyed a Broadway show or concert at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), but have you ever peeked behind the curtains to see how the magic really happens? 

Join them on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a behind-the-scenes look at Providence’s most spectacular theater. Opened in 1928 as “Loew’s State,” the largest movie palace in Southern New England, it was designed by renowned theater architects C.W. and George Rapp of Chicago known for their opulent and grand designs. It was a roaring success, but eventually the popularity of televisions took a toll on the theater and attendance declined. The building's careful restoration over the course of decades and its rebirth as Rhode Island's premier Broadway theatre has played a vital role in Providence's renaissance.

Today PPAC, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, is one of the greatest local landmarks.

You are invited to a special open house event at PPAC where you can: admire the intricacies and grandeur of the historic interiors; explore the projection booth for truly unique views of the theater below; step onstage and behind the curtains to see the mechanics of PPAC’s acclaimed productions and experience the powerful and reverberating sounds of the theater’s 1927 mighty 5-manual Wurlitzer pipe organ, one of only three of its kind ever made and meet house organist Peter Krasinski.

Discover the history of this special place, while developing new insights on all that goes into PPAC's operations today.  All are welcome!

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.

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?

The first heart-shaped box of chocolates was introduced in 1861. It was created by Richard Cadbury, son of Cadbury founder John Cadbury, who started packaging chocolates in fancy boxes to increase sales. He introduced the first heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in 1861, and today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year. That’s 58 million pounds of chocolate! (Source: Valentines Fun Facts)

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