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Mohr book sale


On May 2 and May 3, the Mohr Library will hold its annual book sale. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be children’s books, adult fiction, cookbooks, craft books, DVDs, CDs and much more. 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 cents to $2. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Mohr Library. The Friends Bookshelf on the lower level of the library is open for browsing and sales every day during library hours.

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.


Do you need a prom dress?


We were contacted by email by a senior at Smithfield High School, Sarah Thompson, who is once again spearheading a very successful prom dress consignment sale. Her goals are to give local girls the opportunity to buy a beautiful, gently used dress without spending a fortune; and to give local girls the opportunity to consign their beautiful, gently used dresses and recoup some money by receiving 75 percent commission while raising money for St. Thomas’ Church in Greenville through the remaining 25 percent.

Last year Sarah’s goals were met, and more than $1,250 in dresses were sold. This being her final year, she is planning another sale for May 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Church in Greenville. Dressed may be dropped off for consignment on May 2. For more information, contact her at 300-2158 and help make a young woman’s dream come true.


Business Booster Series


Join the North Central Chamber of Commerce for their upcoming business booster series.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to enhance your virtual presence and craft stronger social media messages for your personal and company brands.

The program on May 7 will be brought to you by Dave Lubelczyk of IMAGEidentity, LTD, and the North Central Chamber of Commerce. A delicious lunch from Uno Chicago Grill, located at 371 Putnam Pike in Smithfield, will be served, and the program is held beginning at noon. Cost is $15 for Chamber members $20 for non-members. For more information, contact Kelly Patz at 349-4674.


Auditions to be held


Artists’ Exchange’s ninth annual One Act Play Festival is coming soon. Auditions will be held on May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; May 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and May 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional appointments may also be available. Audition slots are 10 minutes per person. Please email Jessica Bradley at with first and second slot preferences, indicating the dates and times. Those applying will receive confirmation of their scheduled date/time prior to the audition. Actors must prepare a one-minute monologue; slides will be available for cold readings. Those auditioning are asked to bring a current headshot and resume (if available). Auditions will be held at Artists’ Exchange, located at 50 Rolfe Square in Cranston. Call 324-9436 for more information or visit


Academic News & Notes

Emerson College student Karlan Baumann of Johnston, a marketing communications major, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. The criterion to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.


Class reunion


The classes of 1963 and 1964 at Johnston High School are having a combined reunion at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the West Valley Inn, West Warwick, in the Green Room. Please contact Carol Pezzullo Salvatore at 401-353-0294 (home); 401-585-2390 (cell); or by email at


Farmers’ Market apps


The North Providence Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for the 2014 summer season.

The market runs every Friday starting July 11 through Sept. 13 at Governor Notte Park parking lot. Consider participating the entire season or just one Friday. The market welcomes independent consultants of any kind, farmers, bakeries, specialty producers, artisan producers, diaries, delis, authors, crafters and anyone or any business that sells something fresh, local and/or handmade. The application can be found at Questions and concerns can be directed to 349-5625 or


Did You Know?


Mr. Potato Head is an American toy consisting of a plastic model of a potato, which can be decorated with a variety of plastic parts that can attach to the main body. These parts usually include ears, eyes, shoes, a hat, a nose and a mouth. The toy was invented and developed by George Lerner in 1949, and first manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television and has remained in production since its debut. The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. However, due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body within the toy set in 1964. (Source: Wikipedia)


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