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Posted 12/28/21

Warwick to host NY Eve Fireworks

Come kick off your festivities at the City of Warwick’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! A family friendly event where you can enjoy food from local food …

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Warwick to host NY Eve Fireworks

Come kick off your festivities at the City of Warwick’s New Year’s Eve Celebration! A family friendly event where you can enjoy food from local food trucks 4-6 p.m. which will include Festive Music, Activities & Giveaways from the Warwick Police, and Prizes courtesy of BankNewport, Warwick Tourism, and local businesses.

Top it all off with a fabulous 12 to 15-minute Fireworks Display at 6 p.m. that you can enjoy from the warmth and comfort of your car.

Thank you to the City of Warwick and the team (Warwick Parks & Recreation - Police Department - Public Works - Tourism, BankNewport, and Central RI Chamber of Commerce) who came together to bring you this special celebration!

Wishing You All A Safe and Happy New Year!

Minnows, sharks welcome at Polar Plunge Jan. 1

A Wish Come True’s 18th annual Polar Plunge will be held on Jan. 1 at Easton’s Beach (also known as First Beach) in Newport. This year, an estimated 5,000 people will return to plunge into icy cold water to benefit children with a life-threatening illness. The plunge is a major fundraiser for A Wish Come True and is the largest event of its kind in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

The Plunge will begin right at noon. Participants are encouraged to arrive early due to new check-in requirements addressing safety protocols. Check-in begins at 10:30am. The charge for ‘Minnows’ is $20. For $40, ‘Sharks’ can plunge and get their choice of a towel or fleece blanket. Those who want to contribute without getting into the water can purchase a towel, fleece blanket or T-shirt for $25. Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card or Venmo. 

Plungers are encouraged to start a Just Giving Fundraising Campaign to help raise funds to support your efforts in helping Wish Families. More information is on the website at www.awish.org. Plungers that started a JustGiving fundraising campaign online will just need to check in to receive their bracelet and blanket. 

NAMI-RI: Registration open for Free Virtual Family-To-Family Course

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registration for their winter 2022 virtual Family-to-Family course. This is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition.

NAMI-Rhode Island's Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience with a loved one, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises.

For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060 or email beth@namirhodeisland.org.

Be Kind RI

Be Kind RI is a new program that connects volunteers to their neighbors across RI through text alerts to coordinate food deliveries from grocery stores and food pantries. To sign up go to www.BeKindRI.org. Volunteers must be 18 or older and undergo our background check.

Be Kind RI is open to those in RI experiencing COVID-19 risk factors including seniors 65, anyone with underlying health conditions, those in quarantine or isolation, anyone experiencing a lack of childcare, and those who would otherwise experience difficulty in obtaining food. For assistance signing up, call 877-958-8785.

New Hope has a new show

The New Hope Art Gallery is pleased to announce its Fall Show is now open. You can visit the gallery in person Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays, at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St. in Cranston. If you are unable to attend in person, you can view the artwork virtually at youtu.be/AIF7A-Sonio.

The New Hope Art Gallery located in the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St., Cranston. Regular Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except holidays.

New Transvan schedule

There is a new Transvan schedule for medical appointments. Please schedule your appointments Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 8 and 10:30 a.m. or noon and 2 p.m. For $25 per month, Transvan will take you shopping, medical appointments, pharmacy visits and to the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center for lunch or bingo. Call 780-6218 for the holiday shopping schedule.

Cranston Public Library Teen Space

The teen space at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Library on Sockanosset Cross Road has been newly renovated and is open for teen patrons entering grades 6-12.

Stop by to meet the teen librarian, hang out with friends, browse the collection, or participate in one of their many programs. The teen study room can be reserved by teens for gaming, studying, group projects, and more!

If you have any questions please contact Alyssa, teen librarian, at teens@cranstonlibrary.org.

RSVP transportation volunteers

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s RSVP program needs volunteers to help in many ways in the community. One is to transport homebound seniors to medical appointments or run errands for them.

The program is also seeking RSVP school readiness volunteers to assist Glen Hills Elementary School’s staff and students with an array of school activities and events.

Also needed are RSVP recycling volunteers who educate the community with assistance and guidance from Rhode Island Resource Recovery professionals on a variety of topics such as waste reduction and reuse, recycling and composting. Learn more about Resource Recovery – who they are, what they do, how they work, and much more, including a tour of the facility.

If you are interested in becoming a Cranston RSVP volunteer, contact Karen at 780-6159 for an interview. You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. A mileage reimbursement is given to cover your travel cost. RSVP also provides insurance protection in the event that your or someone else is injured while performing your volunteer duties.

What if you do not drive or do not have a vehicle? No worries. RSVP will provide you with transportation to your volunteer station.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

BBBSRI has opened a new Donation Drop-Off Center at 993 Oaklawn Ave, in Cranston.

BBBSRI’s main headquarters has been located on Pontiac Avenue for 12 years. With its headquarters moved from Providence this November, BBBSRI had to find a new location for its Cranston Drop Off Center.

Support Big Brothers, Big Sisters

For the month of December, BBBSRI will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 204 Garfield Ave. in Cranston. Get your reusable bag today to benefit a great cause!

Did you know?

The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as New Year’s Day. (Source: New Year’s Eve Fun Facts)

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