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Limited in-library use

The Mohr Library will be open certain hours for in-library browsing of books for all ages, computer use, printing and copying for up to 50 minutes. Part of the children’s collection has been moved into the teen room while the children’s level is closed.

Mask wearing is required and people are asked to maintain physical distance. Members of the public will be admitted as capacity allows.

You are not required to reserve time but may do so, but they will hold your reservation five to 10 minutes.

Meeting rooms, faxing and notary are not available at this time.

Open hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zoobilee goes virtual

Roger Williams Park Zoo has invited the community to attend a free, virtual celebration of Zoobilee on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Visit the zoo’s Facebook page on Sept. 17 and tune in to join in for a festive, socially distanced party featuring special behind-the-scenes animal encounters, including a peek at Beany, the new baby two-toed sloth. There will also be important messages from valued stakeholders and other fun surprises and performances.

Every year, Zoobilee raises much-needed funds for conservation and education programs. This year, the community’s support is needed more than ever.

One of the most exciting parts of every Zoobilee is the annual online auction. From unique zoo experiences, to beautiful artwork, there is something for everyone. Check it out at

Interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the auction? Please send an email to or call the Development Department at (401) 785-3510, ext. 453.


Volunteers sought for memory loss study

Researchers at Butler Hospital are partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to test whether two different healthy lifestyle programs can prevent memory loss in older adults. You may be eligible to join if you are between the ages of 60-79, do not regularly exercise (generally less than three times per week), and have other risks for memory loss in the future, such as a family history of memory problems or slightly high blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar.

Benefits of participating include regular lifestyle coaching to improve health, a physical exam, and two blood draws and memory checkups per year.

Help prevent memory loss for the next generation. To learn more, call 401-POINTER or email


Johnston Historical Society to meet in September


The Johnston Historical Society will meet on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, they will be meeting outside; masks required. The speaker will be food historian David Stone, who will talk about his recent book, “Lost Restaurants of Providence,” and research he’s done for a follow-up volume on lost restaurants of Newport.

The Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn is located as 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, and programs are free and open to the public.

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 Meri at

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

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, 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?

The Boston Latin School, established in 1635, was the first school in what is now the United States. Although it has changed locations, the public school is still operating today. On April 23, 1635, the first public school in what would become the United States was established in Boston, Massachusetts. (Source: Education 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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