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113th Saint Mary’s Feast this week

Fun times are head this week and next weekend with the 113 St. Mary’s Feast in Knightsville. Held on the corner of Cranston St. and Phenix Ave., the festival will be open this Wed-Fri from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 11 p.m. The Fireworks will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. and the Traditional Procession begins at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at St. Mary’s Church, 1525 Cranston St., Cranston.

The festival held each year by the St. Mary’s Feast Society hosts Italian food and music with two main stages. One is at the Knightsville Gazebo and the second is at the Feast Society’s Main Stage. Just some of the featured acts include TLC Dance Studio, Robert Black-Elvis Tribute, General Centracchio Band and Brass Force. The midway, full of rides and games, are presented by Rockwell Amusements.

On Saturday, July 21, will be the 46th running of the St. Mary’s Feast Society Summer Sizzler, a 5k road race beginning at 5 p.m.  Race packets can be picked up that day at the St. Mary’s Feast Society at 15 Phenix. Ave. Entry fee is $30 per person.

New Hope Art Gallery Summer Show

The New Hope Art Gallery Summer Show opening is scheduled for July 31 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The show will feature 400 pieces of art in every style and media from 100 local, national, senior, special needs and student artists.

They will feature vender tables of small original art items all at affordable prices from many of our artists. Entertainment will be provided by the music from Jim Chapin, Mark Greenwood, Robert Rizzo and friends.  Artist Jack Lai will be creating free portraits for guests.

Come join in for a great night of beautiful art, great music and good food. The gallery is located at the Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St. in Cranston. This show will run for 3 months until late October. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays. Please feel free to contact Director Ricky Gagnon for more information at 280-6282.

Garden City Free Concert Series continues

The free summer concerts at the Gazebo in the Garden City Center have already begun and all concerts will be held each week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. This year’s sponsors are BankNewport and Tasca Chevrolet. Everyone is asked to bring a food donation of peanut butter or tuna fish to each concert for the CCAP food pantry.

The schedule is as follows: July 25: Neal & The Vipers, Aug. 1: LoVeSeXY (Prince tribute band), Aug. 8t XS Band, Aug. 15: Timmy Maia Band and Aug. 22: The Pop Rocks. All concerts are held at the Gazebo and all are encouraged to bring chairs.

National Night Out coming to Garden City

Join the Cranston Police Department at their first National Night Out! This event is based on the community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

It will be held on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo in Garden City Shopping Center and will include activities and an interactive display with the police officers.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.

For more information, please contact Captain Vincent McAteer in the Office of Community Outreach 477-5127.

At the Senior Center

The Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St., will offer the following programs and activities:

Season of Sharing the 50’s, “A Reminiscence Program” will be held on July 25 at 10 a.m. with a guest speaker: Rhonda Taddei, RN. Remembering the past can bring a great deal of satisfaction and fun to everyone.  It is a way to affirm who we are, what we have accomplished in our lives, and a chance to relive happy times. Rhonda will help us step back in time to the culture, the history, the music, and the stars.

Christmas in July will be held on July 25 at 1 p.m. “We Need a Little Christmas Right This Very Moment” The Senior Center will  haul out the holly and put up a tree to celebrate Christmas in July, along with a touch of summer come celebrate with an Ice Cream Social along with fun games such as bean bag toss, scrabble to name just a few.  Bring a friend and spend a fun filled afternoon at the Center surrounded by Christmas decorations and Christmas songs!

Book Club will meet on July 31 at 10:30 a.m. and will focus on “Driftwood Cottage” By Sherryl Woods. “Sherryl Woods is a uniquely gifted writer whose deep understanding of human nature is woven into every page”…New York Times  This romantic novel is about a single mon’s dreams of home and family that are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores.

Cranston Senior Golf Tournament is scheduled for Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Cranston Country Club. Everyone 55 years or older is invited to participate. Fee: $70  which Includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, continental breakfast, lunch & a banquet immediately following. Call 780-6218 for a registration form.

“Tools for Healthy Living” - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program will be held Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. This program will be held from Aug. 7 to Sept. 11. The “Living Well Rhode Island” free program is for people with one or more chronic conditions, such as, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer etc.  Topics will include: dealing with frustration, pain, fatigue; exercise; medications & nutrition; isolation; evaluating new treatments and effectively communicating with family, friends and especially health professionals. Upon completing the workshop, you will receive a relaxation tape and a gift certificate. If you are interested in participating register NOW, space is limited, call 780-6000.

Edgewood Rocks! on the William Hall Library Lawn

You Rock School of Music announces: Edgewood Rocks! on the William Hall Library Lawn. This outdoor concert will feature local youth rock stars ages 12-18 from Edgewood’s You Rock School of Music and special guests from Woodstock, New York's Rock Academy performing originals and rock covers from the 1960’s to the present. The concert will be on July 24 from 6-8 p.m. The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad Street. This program is free and open to the public.

RSVP Volunteer Fair

Mark Your Calendar for the RSVP Volunteer Fair on July 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There are plenty of volunteer positions and, any current RSVP volunteer looking to change their volunteer placement or would like to take on an additional placement should also attend. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: Front Desk, Gift Shoppe, Dining Room, Snack Bar, CCAP’s Food Pantry & Weatherization Program, Tax Assistance Program, Fall Prevention Program, Recycling Program, Scam Prevention, and “A Matter of Balance” Coach.

Coffee with Constituents

State Rep. Robert Lancia (District 16) and his wife, Maryann, invite members of the community to attend end-of-the-month “Constituent Coffees” on July 28. The gatherings are held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Panera Bread in Cranston on the last Saturday each month and are meant as a forum to discuss local issues over coffee. For more information, call 944-3315.

What’s new at the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Providence has completed infrastructure repairs at its Cranston Branch located at 1225 Park Avenue. The recent renovations were the result of a $296,325 grant awarded by the Champlin Foundation, which was earmarked for replacing an antiquated heating and hot water system and replacing the facility’s roof.

The Champlin Foundation is a longtime supporter of the YMCA of Greater Providence and this grant is one of the largest awarded to the organization. The heating/hot water system was replaced earlier this year and roof construction was just completed. During construction, the branch remained open to members without interruption, thanks to McKenna Roofing & Construction.

Since 1932, The Champlin Foundation has awarded more than $550 million to fund capital projects for Rhode Island non-profit organizations. These investments have fostered better medical care, improved education, expanded access to social services, conservation of open spaces, preservation of historic buildings, enrichment of the arts, advancement of animal welfare and more.

Cranston library offers free home delivery of books

The Cranston Public Library will deliver anything that has a three-week loan period. Patrons never pay a late fee or fine, because they pick up all the materials within that 3-week time frame.

The volunteers deliver books (in regular or large print), audiobooks, magazines, music CDs and documentary DVDs to any homebound Cranston resident living in their own home. Due to concerns about ‘chain of custody’ they are unable to deliver to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Call Karen McGrath at 781-6116 or email her at karenmcgrath@cranstonlibrary.org, to register for the service or become a volunteer driver.

Did You Know?

Wow, it's sure hot and muggy. That's because we're in the Dog Days of Summer, the hottest, muggiest days of the year. As the song goes "roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer".  If you are feeling the effects of hot, muggy, sultry, "weather that you can wear", you can be certain that you are in the Dog Days of Summer. It is also a period of drought and occasional strong thunderstorms.

The Dog Days Summer are the hottest and steamiest part of summer. Typically, this is the period when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the Sun, from July 3-August 11. (July Fun Facts)

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