Johnston SUN RISE SCOOPS, May 19, 2022


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Vintage Truck Show

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on June 5, Rhode Island Vintage Haulers will hold a vintage truck show at Johnston Memorial Park.

Johnston Historical Society General Meetings

At 7 p.m., May 25, the Johnston Historical Society will hold its monthly General Meeting (a speaker is TBD).

At 7 p.m., June 29, the society will host its next General Meeting. The speaker will be author and historian Marty Podskoch, who will talk about his new travel book, “The Rhode Island 39 Club,” that encourages people to visit all 39 towns and villages in Rhode Island.

Tour the Johnston Historical Society

Just a reminder that Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. are open hours at the Johnston Historical Society. Tour the museum! Tour the Elijah Angell House! Ask all the questions you ever wanted to ask about Johnston history! All are welcome!

Contact the Johnston Historical Society at 231-3380 or at, or

Memorial Day Service

On May 28, Johnston will pause for a Memorial Day Service.

The service will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 at Johnston Memorial Park. The town will honor the 42 Johnston residents who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Annual Chowder and Clamcake Dinner

At 6 p.m., Saturday, June 25, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 54 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield, RI will hold a chowder and clamcake dinner. There will also be coleslaw and hot dogs for kids. For dessert there will be strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

The cost for Adults is $15, $8 for 5-12 years old, and under 5 eat free. Please call 232-7575 for reservations by June 13.

Neighborhood Watch

The 2022 season of Johnston’s Neighborhood Watch has officially kicked off. This Neighborhood Watch brings together residents who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together with members of the police department. The program pairs residents with Johnston Police officers in an effort to open up communication, meet other neighbors and create partnerships that help build community resiliency. According to the Johnston Police Department, “We appreciate everyone who came out and walked with us.”

NAMI-RI will hold “Bridging the Gaps” Conference May 25

NAMI Rhode Island is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

NAMI-RI’s Bridging the Gaps Annual Conference brings together heroes and allies in the mental health community. Discuss the issues side-by-side with peers, family members, mental health professionals, advocates, legislators, volunteers, and friends. This year, the Bridging the Gaps conference will be held virtually on May 25.

REGISTER TODAY! NAMI Members attend for free. $10 for non-members. For more information on Mental Health awareness Month and/or to register for the upcoming Bridging the Gaps Conference, please visit, call NAMI-RI at (401) 331-3060 or email

Pre-K Lottery

The RI State Pre-K lottery is now open. This lottery will run until July 6 so you know a child who would be 4 before Spt. 1 may qualify. To apply, visit

Reminder from Parks & Rec

Just a reminder of some of the rules and regulations at Johnston Memorial Park. There are no dogs allowed in the park or walking tracks. Dogs are allowed in the nature trail across the street from the parking lot. No smoking or tobacco use. No bikes, scooters, skateboard, etc. are allowed on the walking track that surrounds the pond. They may be used on the center path of the park, Please do not feed the ducks, birds, or any wildlife.

Please keep the park clean by using the available trash barrels. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages on town property. No vehicles allowed in the park. No swimming or boating in the pond; No open flames or charcoal grills. Gas grills are permitted. Fireplace use is prohibited. For your safety, please do not climb trees or fences. The park closes at 10 p.m. No overnight parking. No foul language or loud music. Field use is by permit only.

Also, please be mindful of parking. Please display a handicap placard if you park in a handicap space. The area behind the office is reserved for employees. If you have any questions, please call 401-272-3460.

Driving for a Cure

Please join the Cranston Country Club for the Gregory Rubino Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25. The club is “Driving for a Cure” at Cranston Country Club, and all proceeds go to benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Spots are filling up fast so please register now to secure yours. Leran more and register at

Johnston Senior Center offers classes & services

At the Johnston Senior Center, all exercise classes have resumed, and new classes have been added too. Call the center for information.

If you need any help with heating, housing, etc., during this cold winter or humidity or any other time, contact the Johnston Senior Center Social Services Department by calling 944-3343. Madeline or Amy will be happy to help you.

Arts Scholarships for youth now open to register

Do you know a student aged 11 - 14 who loves to create and to perform? Encourage them to apply to our ARTS Scholarships 2022 program! Applications and guidelines are now available at

The ARTS Scholarships 2022 program, sponsored by the Textron Charitable Trust and the PPAC Annual Fund with support from WPRI 12 and Ocean State Charities Trust, offers young artists an opportunity to participate in local summer arts education program that will broaden their experience in their chosen area of study.

Qualified students must be aged 11 - 14 by June 1 of this year and reside in and attend school in Rhode Island.

Consider donating blood

The Rhode Island Blood Center is in need of blood donations. Individuals wishing to donate must book an appointment at the donation center; walk-ins are only accepted if safe distancing allows at the person’s time of arrival.

Nearby areas to donate include The Shops at Greenwood, which is located at 615 Greenwich Ave., in Warwick. Sign up by visiting

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.

Prepare RI High School Internships Program

Calling all RI public high school juniors: The 2022 PrepareRI High school Internship Program is accepting applications to participate in on-site/in-person, PAID summer experiential learning internships with local employers across the state.

This program will help you earn, learn, and connect with employers across Rhode Island. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit for more information.

Apple Fest Scheduled

The 34th Annual Apple Festival has been scheduled for: Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11froom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days.

The event will be held at the Johnston Memorial Park – 1583 Hartford Ave. in Johnston. Register:

Friends of the Mohr Public Library

Friends of the Mohr Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to Mohr Library.

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 library director at 231-4980 (press 7).

Mohr Library events

Fridays at 5 p.m., the library has a craft and discussion program for adults who love young adult books, books which often feature young protagonists finding their place in the world. The first book to be discussed is "Vassa in the Night," which reimagines a slavic folktale in modern-day Brooklyn.

The Rhode Island Tree Council is offering their Tree Stewardship classes at the library Thursday nights from 6-8 during May, plus Saturday, June 4, from 10 to noon, to plant a tree on the library’s lawn. There is a charge of $50 for members and library cardholders. Register with the Rhode Island Tree Council at 401-764-5885 or at

For teens, there is a Dungeons & Dragons group meeting each week. Call or email to leave your contact information for Emilie.

For middle-school and high-school-age kids, there are things to do almost every day after school.

Storytime for ages 2 to 5 began May 4 at 10:30 a.m. Call to register.

During all hours, the Children's Library has scavenger hunts, I Spy games and craft kits to do in the library or take home.

Every day, we offer help with computers and technology, either on the spot, by offering to schedule one-on-one sessions, or by trying to find the right class for you.

Through June, Providence Public Library will send one of their specialists to Mohr Library for one-on-one "Digital Navigation" help, by appointment Fridays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Speak with one of the librarians.

Mohr Library offers public wifi and computer use, printing and copying at a small charge, faxing at $1 per page, free scanning, and free notary when available. Contact us to print from your device or from home.

The book drop is available to return books from any Rhode Island public library or to donate like-new books. The Friends' Book Sale is ongoing whenever we are open.

For more information, email or call 231-4980.


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