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At the Johnston Historical Society

The Johnston Historical Society’s museum barn is open Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.; and the first and third Saturdays of each month, 9-11 a.m., 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.

On Sept. 15, the society will host an Open House Fundraiser at the Shang Bailey Road House, 2737 Hartford Ave., and on Sept. 25, it will host a general meeting featuring Patrick Donovan from Varnum Armory as the guest speaker.

Wine & Dine Extravaganza for MS Dream Center

The MS Dream Center of Rhode Island and Accessible Rhode Island will host a Wine & Dine Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MS Dream Center, which is dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities.

The event, sponsored by Bob Gasbarro’s Oaklawn Liquors, will include a wine and beer tasting along with a variety of food from some of Rhode Island’s best known restaurants. The event will also include entertainment from the Ambrosiani Italian-American Band, raffles, a live auction, a 50/50 raffle and a mystery wine and dine pairing.

Tickets cost $60 each or 10 for $500 and can be purchased at To learn more, visit or

Johnston Police Explorers

Open to people between the ages of 14 and 20, the Johnston Police Explorers program provides a unique way to learn about law enforcement. The program is challenging and demanding, but also a fun learning experience.

A few areas in which the Explorers participate are firearms training, self-defense, traffic investigation, criminal investigation and community policing.

For more information, contact the Johnston Police Department at 231-4210.

Author at the Mohr

On Monday, Sept. 16, the Mohr Library will host author Michael Fine at 6:30 p.m. Fine will present a reading from his debut novel “Abundance,” is a love story that travels from the streets of Rhode Island to the civil war in Liberia. To learn more, visit

Children’s programs at Mohr Library

On Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m., you can Sing-Along with Mr. Rowland and dance with shakers and sing along with family favorites and best loved children’s songs. The program is open to all ages with a grown-up.

On Tuesdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. is Toddler Time, with stories, songs and fingerplay for babies and toddlers with a grown-up.

On Wednesdays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m., enjoy Preschool Storytime. There will be stories, songs, puppets and fingerplay for children ages 2½ to 5 with a grown-up.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m., there will be Halloween Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Children are encouraged to come in costume and caregivers may bring snacks or drinks if they wish.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m., there will be Martial Arts for Tots. Sensei Dean from Rising Sun Jiu Jitsu will offer a free martial arts class for children ages 2½ to 5 with a grown-up.

All programs are free and open to the public and there is no need to register. For more information, visit

Defenders of Animals yard sale

Defenders of Animals will hold its annual Community Yard Sale at the Edgewood Congregational Church, located at 1788 Broad St. in Cranston, on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Scary Acres seeking actors, actresses

Scary Acres at Confreda Farms, located at 2150 Scituate Ave., is hiring actors and actresses to scare guests during its upcoming 17th season.

Pay begins at $10.50 per hour and applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must also have a valid government-issued ID and either a birth certificate or Social Security card.

All actors and actresses must be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in September, through Oct. 6, from 6 p.m. until the closing time of 10 p.m. or longer. There will be paid training and rehearsals for all those who are hired.

Applicants may apply at Confreda Farms between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week. Positions are also available working at the kiosk at the front door.

The number of available positions is limited. For more information, email

Sacrament of Anointing to be held

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Elderly will be celebrated at St. Bartholomew Church, 297 Laurel Hill Ave. in Providence on Sept. 21 at 11:30 a.m. by Father Pranzo, Parochial Vicar of St. Bartholomew Parish.

Anyone whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age may receive the sacrament. This special Mass will be offered every third Saturday every other month. For more information, call 944-4466. Pray shawls will be available free of charge. Donations are appreciated. All are welcome.

Flea Market

Trinity’s Annual Flea Market, located at 2119 Hartford Ave. will be held on Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors are being sought to rent a 14 by 14 area for $20 to sell your yard sale, crafts or new items.

No food items or drinks are allowed, and lunch will be for sale.

For more information, contact Nicole Palazzo by text or phone at 215-4410. Tell her you saw it in the Sun Rise!

11th Holly Charette Motorcycle Run

The 11th annual Holly Charette Motorcycle Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The ride will begin at the post office on Rolfe Square in Cranston and travel along scenic roads to the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter to honor Charette. The ride will then continue to Narragansett Town Beach before returning to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick for a dinner, raffles and the presentations of this year’s college scholarship recipients.

Charette, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps after Sept. 11, 2001, was 21 when her convoy was struck by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2005. She was the first female Marine to lose her life during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lance Cpl. Holly Charette Scholarship fund. This nonprofit organization was started in 2006 to remember and honor Charette. Each year, a student from Cranston High School East and Coventry High School receives a college scholarship in Charette’s name.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $30 a person and includes the ride, a T-shirt and dinner.

To purchase tickets, contact Ray Charette at 347-9619, Regina Roberts at 615-9265 or Ed Roberts at 623-1164.

North Providence High class of 1964 reunion

North Providence High School’s class of 1964 will hold its 55th reunion on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5-10 p.m. at Meenhan Overlook, located at 2 Governor Notte Parkway (off Douglas Avenue) in North Providence. The reunion will feature stations with American and international appetizers, a fabulous dinner buffet, music, dancing and much more. Tickets cost $60 per person and can be purchased by calling Paula (Pellecione) Lipsey at 724-7222 or 742-4993 or Anthony Parente at 725-2019.

Mohr Library Genealogy Group meetings

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.

Meetings are open to all who are interested. For more information, call 231-4980, email or visit

Free yoga for breast cancer survivors

The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation and Yoga at Studio Exhale offers 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. Visit for more details.

Did you know?

Although it has felt like fall, it is still summer! In the Northern Hemisphere, summer ends and autumn starts on the September equinox, which occurs every year on Sept. 21-23. This year, summer officially ends on Monday, Sept. 23. (Source: Summer Fun Facts) 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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