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Stages of Freedom’s Black Rhode Island Heroes class

Join Stages of Freedom for an exciting look at Black Rhode Island history-makers with live performances, videos and lively conversations. This is a free online class being held Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-14, from 9 to 11 a.m. It will be taught by Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick, co-founders of Stages of Freedom, with some special guests. This is appropriate for grades 8-12. For questions, email Please include your phone number when writing.

At the Mohr Library

The Mohr Library in Johnston is offering curbside service. Patrons can request books online, by email or by phone and they will provide them for contactless pick-up. They also are giving out free Grab-n-Go bags with crafts and activities for children in preschool and elementary school ages. The bags have several crafts, coloring sheets, bookmarks, stickers and activities. Patrons can request them by contacting me at Warwick Center for the Arts offers virtual photography classes

The Warwick Center for the Arts, located at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, is offering an Online Virtual Photography Class with Cindy Wilson on Aug. 12, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The cost for members is $150, and the cost for non-members is $185. To register, visit or call 401-737-0010

In this three-part class, participants will begin by learning to “see” in black, white, and gray tones. They will use Zoom for sessions one and three and for session two, they will photograph in the field. Students must own a camera capable of producing raw files.

Scary Acres RI is hiring

It’s that time of year! Scary Acres RI is now accepting applications for its 2020 fall season.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have reliable transportation to and from the event, and have availability to work the entire season. Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. or later. The season begins Aug. 16 and runs through Oct. 30. All hired staff must agree to a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Those hired will receive paid training/rehearsals on site. Available positions include scare actresses/actors and security. Experience is preferred. The pay rate $11.50 per hour.

Visit the hiring kiosk outside the farm store at 2150 Scituate Ave. in Hope for details and to fill out an application. Applications are available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All staff must follow all state-issued and company policies for protecting themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. This includes being able and willing to wear proper protection equipment and practicing social distancing.

For questions, email

MS Dream Center Golf Tournament

The MS Dream Center’s 10th annual Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, Aug. 24, at Valley Country Club in Warwick.

Tournament registration and lunch start at noon, with a shotgun start for golfers at 1:45 p.m. Dinner, raffles, and the awarding of prizes begins at approximately 6:30 p.m.

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and individuals. For more information on sponsorship and playing opportunities, contact Anne Delsignore at

The MS Dream Center was founded in April 2010 with a mission of engaging all members of the MS community in purposeful activity, while promoting a spirit of camaraderie. The center offers a wide range of activities, from support groups and exercise programs to educational seminars and various therapies.

The MS Dream Center is located at the Peter T. Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Ave. in Cranston.

Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble auditions

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble is looking for the finest student musicians in grades seven through 12 for the upcoming 2020-21 performance season. The Youth Ensemble is part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School.

Directed by Dr. David Neves, a nationally recognized music educator and conductor, the Youth Wind Ensemble includes over 75 band students from throughout the state.

The ensemble performs three concerts during the school year and members are recognized as being amongst the best players in Rhode Island. All students who love performing band music, play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments, and are looking for a challenging musical experience should audition.

Auditions will continue throughout the summer but interested students should audition as soon as possible before the groups are filled.

For questions or more information about auditions, contact Christine Eldridge at, Neves at or visit

Teen virtual programming during COVID-19

The Mohr Library is currently offering virtual versions of some of its teen programs as well as drop-in chats. They are all invite-only programs, so please contact the teen librarian at to register or if you have any questions.

Art Club meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m.; History Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 3 p.m.; and drop-in chat days differ weekly, so please ask when registering.

‘Blue Line’ patch offered by Johnston Police

The Johnston Police Department is now selling “Blue Line” edition collectible patches. All of the proceeds from the sale of the patches will support Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the work it does for the families of fallen police officers.

To purchase a patch, visit

Medicare eligibility

Coronavirus is presenting many challenges in the Rhode Island community for Medicare eligibles. Help with understanding Medicare health insurance is becoming an issue as companies transform their business processes. Luckily, local Medicare health plan agents are available and can operate remotely. Get no-cost help understanding Medicare health plan benefits from multiple insurance companies. Call today at 241-7985.

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.

Did you know?

August was first called Sextillia – the Roman word for “sixth,” as it was the sixth month of the Roman year. It was later changed to August by the Emperor Augustus, and he named it after himself. 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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