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Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society museum barn is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m., or by appointment for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society’s collection of printed materials. Just in case, call ahead to confirm it is open.

The society’s membership dues are $20 per year for an individual and $30 per year for a family (two adults and children under 18).

The purpose of the society is to identify, preserve and promote the history of the town. It is located at 101 Putnam Pike in Johnston and can be reached by calling 231-3380.

On March 27, Steve Merolla will provide a presentation on the King Cemetery.

For more information, visit

Johnston T-Ball 2019

The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that T-ball registration has begun and will be held through April 6. The program is for boys and girls who will be ages 5 and 6 as of May 1. The fee is $60 per individual and $40 each additional child.

T-ball will begin May 4 and end June 22. Children will play on Saturday mornings in 50-minute sessions. They will learn fundamentals, become comfortable with the ball and develop skills such as catching, throwing, swinging the bat and more. Sponsors and volunteer coaches are needed.

Registration can be made at the Parks and Recreation Department during open hours. For more information, call 272-3460.

Statewide Business After Hours

A Statewide Business After Hours event will be held March 26 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston. Chamber of Commerce members and non-members from across Rhode Island are invited to attend. The event will feature more than 120 display tables and attendees can enjoy food provided by Russell Morin Fine Catering while making business connections that will last. Display tables are available for chamber members only. For more information, contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

Omelet-eating competition at Character’s Café

Character's Café, 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston, will host an omelet-eating competition on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Entrants will compete against 15 other people to see who can eat a 16-egg omelet – filled with cheese and breakfast meats – the fastest. The cost to enter is $20. The winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate and a T-shirt. To register, call 781-2200.

Character’s Cafe is a full-service, nonprofit restaurant owned and operated by Gateways To Change Inc.

Call for artists

New Hope Art Gallery, 1070 Cranston St., has issued an open call for submissions for its upcoming Spring Show. Submissions will be accepted Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a registration fee of $10 for up to five pieces of ready-to-hang art. All artists are welcome. Submissions may not contain nudity or political or violent themes because the gallery is housed in a public building, the Cranston Enrichment Center. The Spring Show opens April 2 from 4-7 p.m. For more information, visit the New Hope Art Gallery’s Facebook page.

‘Warm Thy Neighbor’ campaign

The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s 33rd annual “Warm Thy Neighbor” campaign, which helps Rhode Island households facing financial difficulty to pay for energy expenses, is underway.

The United Way of Rhode Island, the administrator of the fund, has received seed money from the fund’s sponsoring energy companies – including National Grid, Ocean State Power, Pascoag Utility District, Petro Home Services and RISEC LP – so that eligible households can receive assistance immediately. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund’s 2018-19 campaign goal is to raise $350,000 and help more than 750 households.

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign relies on the generosity of individuals, families, local corporations and community organizations for support. Yellow donation envelopes are enclosed with energy bills through February.

Those interested in donating to the fund can text “WARM” to 91999 on their mobile phone, send a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” to United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909, or visit

Members of households in need of energy assistance are advised to contact their local community action program to determine their eligibility for assistance through the fund. Participating households may have an income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of four is eligible for the fund if its annual income does not exceed $75,300, while the income for a household of six cannot exceed $101,220.

Grants to individual households are determined by fuel type and need and will not exceed $650 per heating season.

Since its establishment in 1986, the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund has raised more than $14.2 million and helped over 45,500 families in need of temporary energy assistance. For more information about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund or how to receive assistance, contact either the United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island help line or a local community action program agency.

St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s celebration

On March 16 at 7 p.m., the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post, 1418 Plainfield St., Cranston, will host its St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Day celebration. The day’s menu will include Italian favorites as well as a boiled dinner. Entertainment will be provided by Vini Ames. Tickets cost $25 per person and reservations must be made by March 12. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Checks may be made payable to Kelley-Gazzerro VFW, attn: St. Pat Celebration, and mailed to the above address.

Programs and more at Mohr

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, located at 1 Memorial Ave. in Johnston, has announced both children’s events and vacation events.

Storytime, which includes stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for kids and their caregivers, will run on Tuesdays for babies to 2-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays for 3- to 5-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. through March 27. There is no need to register.

Lego Club is held every second Thursday of the month through June from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The club has more than 10,000 LEGO bricks donated by LEGO Systems.

Saturday Family Crafts is held every Saturday through June. Drop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy several self-directed projects for kids and parents to do together. There is no need to register. This program is not appropriate for children under 3, as small parts might present a hazard.

Science Club will meet on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Stack and drink layers of fruit juice to investigate how to make liquid denser and thicker and witness the process of diffusion. The program is for children in grades K-3, and families are welcome. Registration is required.

Free yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offer yoga for breast cancer survivors every Sunday from 6 to 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.

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Mohr Library Genealogy Group

The 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 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.

The group’s meetings are open to all. For more information, call 231-4980, email or visit

Book Sales

Members of the Friends of Mohr Public Library plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow the library to increase services and programs. The Friends welcome new members who are willing to provide support through donations, membership dues or volunteering their time. To find out more, contact 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 nonfiction, for adults, children and young adults. Most prices range from 25 cents 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?

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself. (Source: Wikipedia) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sunrise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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