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Editor's note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, many organizations have canceled or postponed  events scheduled for the coming weeks. We advise readers to check on the status of various  events, and we will provide updates as they become available.

Zoo to hold Youth Art Contest

Roger William Park Zoo’s third annual Youth Art Contest on Endangered Species opens March 1.

In celebration of Endangered Species Day on May 15, the zoo is accepting art entries from local K-12 students and homeschoolers in the New England area depicting threatened/endangered species. Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats, and what can be done to help protect them.

All entries are to be submitted electronically. Students’ artwork must be original. Computer-generated and traced images will not be judged.

All artwork must depict threatened/endangered species. Each art entry must also include a short explanation as to why saving the chosen species/subject from extinction is important.

Entries must be received by April 19. Late entries will not be judged.

All artwork becomes the property of Roger Williams Park Zoo. Submission of the artwork grants the zoo a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish a student’s/child’s artwork in its editorial, educational, and promotional print and digital materials, and on social media. All published artwork will be credited “Artist’s Name.”

For additional information, visit

Boys & Girls BSA Troop to meet

Troop 28 Providence is proud to be the first Troop in the Providence area to initiate the creation of a Girls Linked Scouts BSA Troop. The existing troop will serve as mentors for the new girls troop but will share the leadership and troop committee for the first year or so until the Girls Troop is well established.

Scouting BSA has offered premium outdoor skills, leadership training, and adventure for boys for decades. It is the organization’s joy to be able to offer the same experiences to both boys and girls for the upcoming year. The annual Rally Night will take place on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Central Congregational Church.

They will introduce participants to the leadership, talk about some of the programs and past events, and key them into what they have planned for the rest of the year.

Prospective families should plan to bring any questions they may have and all the enthusiasm that they can muster. All children ages 11-17 are eligible to attend the information session with their families.

Both Troop 28 and Troop 20 are welcoming participants, and all people regardless of race, creed, national origin, immigration status and gender or sexuality identity are welcome. Any questions should be directed to CJ Meehan at

Happenings at the Johnston Senior Center

The center hosts Bingo every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and every Friday at 2 p.m. Bingos have jackpot buildups.

Pop-up workshops on cell phones, tablets and other devices will be held on Thursdays and Fridays in March. These walk-in sessions will be led by instructor Pat Strezo.

Memory Café, sponsored by Briarcliff Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, is held the second Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. It is facilitated by Laurie Mantz and Stefany Reed.

A St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon will be held March 17 at 11 a.m. at Twelve Acres. The event will feature lunch and a show, and tickets cost $28 per person. A St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon will be held March 19 with details to be announced.

On March 20 at 11 a.m., the center’s Book club will discuss “Disappearance” by Gilien Ayotte.

A trip to Foxwoods Casino will leave the center on Saturday, March 21, at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 per person, which includes $10 of slot play and $10 toward food or a free buffet.

A Mystery Lunch will be held March 25 at 11 a.m. at a cost of $10 per person.

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

50th reunion for Cranston East

Cranston High School East class of 1970 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 8 at the Cranston Country Club. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and music by Tommy Tunes. The Reunion Committee is seeking help in locating classmates. Please send information to Jim Brailsford at or Barbara Russo at

Call for poetry

Cranston-based nonprofit Notable Works has announced a call for poetry submissions for consideration in its next publication. The theme is “Voices of the Earth: People Helping People/Resilience.”

Poetry submissions may be emailed to or mailed to Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co. Inc., PO Box 8122, Cranston, RI 02920. Those whose work is selected for publication will receive a complimentary copy of the book upon its release.

The deadline for submissions is May 1. For more information, visit

At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon 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 or leave a message at 231-3380 to set one up.

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?

What started St. Patrick's Day? It began as a religious celebration in the 17th century to commemorate the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This “Feast Day” always took place on the anniversary of Patrick’s death, which was believed to be March 17 in 461 A.D. 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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