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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Hosted by Johnston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Citizens Bank, you and your family can enjoy Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 13 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Johnston Senior Center, located at 1291 Hartford Ave in Johnston.

This is a free event. Have your picture with Easter Bunny! Each child will receive a gift. Please bring a camera. Pastries and drinks will be available.

‘Be The Light’ for MAE Organization

MAE Organization For The Homeless, whose mission is to support and empower homeless and at-risk individuals through holistic healing programs for body, mind and spirit, will be hosting its fourth annual “Be The Light Gala” this month to benefit its programs and the opening of its Wellness Center.

The event will be held April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at the Park Theater, 848 Park Ave., Cranston. It will feature food from around the world, dancing and an auction with an array of items, including a trip to Portugal.

Tickets cost $80 and can be purchased on Eventbrite, by visiting or by calling founder and CEO Martinha Javid at 206-1451.

Youth Fishing Derby

On April 27, the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will host their Youth Fishing Derby from noon to 4 p.m. in the Johnston Memorial Park, located at 1583 Hartford Ave.

This is a free event and prizes will be awarded for individual achievement.

Fishing times for ages 4-7 will be held at noon to 1:30 p.m., and for ages 8-12 fishing time will be 2 to 3:30 p.m.

School vacation week at the Mohr

With school vacation week soon upon us, the Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library in Johnston will be hosting daily events for students.

On April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the library will offer Spring Crafts and Legos, several self-guided projects for children ages 5 and up with an adult. Craft programs are not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.

Sing and Dance with Mr. Rowland is another event Mohr is offering during vacation. Mr. Rowland will play the guitar and sing family favorites. Kids are invited to join in and dance with shakers. This program will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m.

Also, on Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m., the library will host a Mola Art program. Attendees will make mola designs and panels inspired by the appliqued fabric panels created by Cuna women, an indigenous people from Panama.

On Wednesday, April 17, at 10:30 a.m., Casey Farm will present Project Chick. Join a Casey Farm educator to learn about bird life cycles, explore eggs from many different birds and even interact with live chicks. There is no need to register.

On Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a magic show. Malik Haddadi will entertain the whole family with an exciting audience participation magic show. Free tickets will be available starting on April 15. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Mohr Library.

Storytime, which features stories, songs and rhymes for kids and their caregivers, will start on April 23 and run through May 29.

For more information on these and other programs at the Mohr Library, call Michelle Surpenant at 231-4980, ext. 5, or visit

Submissions sought for One Act Play Festival

Submissions are currently being accepted for Artists’ Exchange’s 14th annual One Act Play Festival. For consideration, send submissions of one-act plays of all genres by mail to Artists’ Exchange One Acts, 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI 02910, or by email to Include the name and title of the play in the subject line of the email.

The deadline for consideration for the festival is April 14. Those submitting plays are asked to include a cover page with their name, contact information (phone and email) and a synopsis of the play.

The festival will take place July 26 through Aug. 11 at Theatre 82, located at 82 Rolfe Square in Cranston. For more information, call 490-9475 or visit

Tag Sale for Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society will hold its Tag Sale on May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the society’s headquarters, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston. The society is also accepting donations of items for the sale. A detailed listing of the available items will be posted to Craigslist under “garage sales” the week of the sale. Proceeds will benefit the Johnston Historical Society.

Genealogy Group meetings

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 

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.

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

Saturday Family Crafts is held every weekend 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 and this is not appropriate for children under 3 as small parts might present a hazard.

Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursdays from 2-5 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 they are there.

Society dues cost $20 per year for an individual and $30 per year for a family (two adults and children under 18) membership. The purpose of the Johnston Historical 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.

Book Sales

Members of the Friends of the Mohr Library plan and run book sales and carry out other fundraising activities to allow the Marian J. Mohr Memorial 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 501(c)(3) 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 holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. This year, Passover begins on Friday, April 19, at sundown and ends on Saturday, April 27, at sundown. (Source: April Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail 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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