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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. 

Statewide Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

 In response to growing concerns regarding COVID-19 coronavirus, and in order to safeguard our businesses, their employees and guests Statewide Business After Hours is being moved to Tuesday, May 19 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you have already purchased a ticket or display table for this event through your chamber, they will be in contact with you soon to make sure that you are able to attend the new date.

Chamber members and non-members are invited to attend. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to network with hundreds of business professionals from throughout the state.

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.

Roger William Park Zoo Youth Art Contest

Roger William Park Zoo will be hosting their 3rd Annual Youth Art Contest on Endangered Species. The Youth Art Contest which opens March 1. The zoo is currently closed, yet the contest will continue.

In celebration of Endangered Species Day (May 15, 2020) Roger Williams Park Zoo is accepting art entries from local K-12 grade 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, their habitats, and learn what we can do 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 your chosen species/subject from extinction is important.

Entries must be received by April 19, 2020. 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 your student’s/child’s artwork in our editorial, educational, and promotional print and digital materials, and on social media. All published artwork will be credited "Artist’s Name.”

Public restrooms at Parks & Recreation

Due to public health concerns, there are no public restrooms inside the recreation office. The public restrooms in the center of the park will be open on Wednesday, April 1.

Kids can tee off with CLCF

CLCF Golf has announced its 10th season of instructional golf. CLCF’s Birdie Golf and Eagle Golf programs that are open to all Cranston residents aged 6-17 and will be opened, on a limited basis, to 6-17-year-old residents of nearby communities.

CLCF Golf welcomes back PGA Professional Mike Hughes, Director of Golf and Head Coach at Brown University (28 years teaching experience including former Golf Pro at PGA National and Long Boat Key Club in Florida and Director of Instruction at Ken Venturi Golf Center in Chicago).

Mike has been with CLCF Golf from the beginning. CLCF Golf welcomes the addition of Todd Campbell, Director of Golf Academy at Mulligan’s Island (22 years teaching experience including former Golf Pro at Ledgemont Country Club, certified by Titleist Performance Institute and by US Kids Golf). Mike and Todd are among the best youth golf instructors in the state.

CLCF Golf meets on Monday afternoons May 4, 11 and 18 and June 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Mulligan’s Island driving range located at 1000 New London Avenue, Cranston.

CLCF’s Birdie Golf program, from 4 to 5 p.m., is geared toward the beginner golfer (less than three years’ experience) and focuses on the basic fundamentals of golf safety, swing, chipping, and putting.

CLCF’s Eagle Golf program, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., is for more experienced golfers who have a solid understanding of golf safety and provides advanced instruction on full swing, pitching, chipping and putting.

Please go to for additional information.

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 Girl’s Linked Scouts BSA Troop. The existent 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 our joy to be able to offer the same experiences to both boys and girls for the upcoming year. Please join us for them for their annual “Rally Night” on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Central Congregational Church.

They will introduce you to the Leadership, talk about some of the programs and past events, and key you 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 Troops, all people regardless of race, creed, national origin, immigration status, gender or sexuality identity, etc. Any questions should be directed to CJ Meehan at

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. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by 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

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.

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