Irish Music at Pontiac Free Library


The Pontiac Free Library would like you to join them on March 19 at 11 a.m. for a concert of traditional Irish music featuring uilleann pipes, whistles and vocals performed by Keegan Loesel of Keegan-Irish-Music. Sign up by calling 401-737-3292 or visiting their website

Visit the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt

The City of Cranston Parks and Recreation is hosting the Egg Hunt again this year on April 9 at Cooney Field (field next to Bain Middle School). In case of bad weather, the event will take place inside the Pastore Youth Center.

There are designated times based on age. For the “stepping” age group into pre-kindergarten, the hunt will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Kindergarten to Grade 2 age group will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Easter Bunny is planning to visit and photo opportunities will be available. Be sure to bring your camera. There will also be several Easter baskets to be won.

Free workshops to address caregiving and chronic pain

The Southern Providence County Regional Prevention Coalition has partnered with the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and the Rhode Island Patient Information Network (RIPIN) to offer a series of six-week virtual workshops that address pain chronicle and caregiver challenges. .

Powerful tools for caregivers (18 years and older) for six weeks starting March 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Do you feel overwhelmed, alone or isolated? Do you have trouble sleeping and are you worried, sad or depressed? This workshop offers tools to help you manage your own emotions, your stress, your physical health and will provide you with tips for communicating effectively with your loved ones.

Self-management of chronic pain (55+) for six weeks starting March 17. from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Do you suffer from chronic pain, stress, fatigue or trouble sleeping? Do you need help managing your medications and symptoms? This workshop empowers adults with chronic conditions to lead productive lives and teaches patients to evaluate treatments and develop a plan of action. For a more detailed description of the workshops, visit or contact Pam Taylor at 401-830-1788. The coalition will enlist if you call on Thursday.

NAMI-RI: Free Virtual Family-to-Family Course Begins April 13

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2022 Virtual Family-to-Family Course which begins Wednesday, April 13, 2022. It is a free eight-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental disorders. It is a designated evidence-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving skills of those closest to a person with a mental health problem.

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

For more information about the Family-to-Family program and enrollment requirements, visit or call 401-331-3060 or email [email protected]

Community evening at the Seniors Center

The Community Health Celebration Night will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center. The public is invited, free of charge, to join them for this event featuring local community organizations focused on healthy living for your whole. family. Light refreshments will be served. Raffle prizes, children’s crafts, gifts, music and more.

Who doesn’t love a hearty dinner of pasta and meatballs, good friends and good times! Go out with your family and spend an evening with them. Dinner includes their pasta and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and dessert. They will have music, a photo booth and great raffles.

The Rotary Club of Cranston will host Touch a Truck

Save this date! The Rotary Club of Cranston will be holding its Spring Touch a Truck event on Sunday, May 22 at the Garden City Center. More details to follow. Interested in bringing your vehicle? Email the club at [email protected]

The Citizen Police Academy will be held

Are you interested in learning more about law enforcement? If you answered “yes”, then the Cranston Police Citizens Academy may be for you.

The DPC Training Division will offer this unique opportunity to a limited number of people. If you are accepted, you will participate in class presentations and have the chance to participate in police training on the scenarios. Through these classroom experiences and conversations, you will gain a better understanding of law enforcement.

To be considered, you must be at least 18 years old and complete the electronic entry form. Once completed, you will be contacted by a member of the Cranston Police Training Division. This 10-week program will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. from April 13 to June 15.

Registrations close on April 1, 2022. It’s free for everyone. This program is a hands-on learning experience about the inner workings of the police department. Topics include patrol duties, detectives, BCI, firearms, K-9 and more. Apply now at For more information, contact Officer Mike Janson at 477-5155 or email [email protected]

Volunteers wanted

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is asking for volunteers to help with the Boots on the Ground for Heroes 2022 memorial. Volunteers are needed for setup, Help Weekend, and troubleshooting. The installation days are as follows: May 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 26, 9 a.m. to noon; May 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are a corporate office or business interested in volunteering, each person who volunteers must register through OSDRI’s online registration. If your company sends an internal volunteering portal, you will also need to register with OSDRI on our online portal. This helps us to correctly count the number of people present to help. Installation will be at Fort Adams in Newport. Set-up tasks include taking boots out, cleaning/glossing boots, lacing boots, lining up boots on a pre-designed grid, cleaning boots, attaching name signs, stuffing boots, and to place American flags. Volunteers must be physically able to bend/walk.

We will also need volunteers for the event itself. Volunteers to help with set up/take down of the group, parking in the main parking lot, assistance entering and leaving the fort and other miscellaneous tasks. We are looking for two to four people to fill each volunteer shift. The following shifts are available: May 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; May 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; May 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The dismantling will take place on May 31 at 8 a.m. It is also a labor-intensive activity that requires the help of volunteers. Please consider signing up for this activity as it is just as important as setting up. If anyone is interested in volunteering, they should register via the link: https://osdri.charityproud. org/Volunteer Registration/Index/3308. Please note that you must move the calendar to May 2022 in order to see the details. Questions or concerns can be directed to Amanda Driscoll at [email protected] or 401.383.4730.

The Tomorrow Fund Ride

The Tomorrow Fund returns to the Garden City Center for its 19th edition of the Tomorrow Fund Stroll ‘n Roll this April 3. Enjoy a morning of laughter strolling and rolling through the Garden City Center to benefit Tomorrow Fund patients and their families. More information to come.

Bring the percussion

The Cranston Combined Percussion Band Competition will take place on Saturday, April 2 at the Cranston East Gymnasium at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the public and $8 for students.

Schools that perform with Cranston Combined are Bishop Hendricken, Bishop Feehan and Dartmouth High School, with a 30-minute drumming clinic following their performance. Haven Brothers will set up a food truck right outside the gates.

Walk and talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9am, weather permitting. They meet at the door of Rocky Point Avenue. Soak up the sun and burn some holiday pounds.

Prepare for the RI High School Internship Program

Calling all RI public high school juniors! The 2022 PrepareRI High School Internship Program is accepting applications to participate in paid on-site/in-person summer experiential learning internships with local employers across the state.

This program will help you earn, learn, and connect with Rhode Island employers. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. To visit for more information.

Consider blood donation

The Rhode Island Blood Center needs blood. People wishing to make a donation must make an appointment at the donation center; visits without an appointment are only accepted if the safety distance allows it at the time of the person’s arrival.

Nearby areas to donate include The Shops at Greenwood, which is located at 615 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Register by visiting

Youth Arts Scholarships are now open to apply

Do you know a student aged 11 to 14 who likes to create and perform? Encourage them to apply for our ARTS Fellowship Program 2022. Applications and Guidelines are now available at

The ARTS Scholarships 2022 program, sponsored by Textron Charitable Trust and the PPAC Annual Fund with support from WPRI 12 and Ocean State Charities Trust, offers young artists the opportunity to participate in a local arts education summer program that will broaden their experience in the field of their choice. of Study.

Qualified students must be between the ages of 11 and 14 as of June 1 of this year and reside and attend school in Rhode Island.

Did you know?

See you on March 20, 2022! You may have heard that the vernal equinox is the official first day of spring, and it is true that this auspicious event traditionally marked the beginning of spring for many different cultures as well as the start of the new year on the ancient Indian and Persian calendars. Even today, the vernal equinox or “vernal” is often used to indicate the first day of spring. What it really means, however, is the astronomical onset of spring as opposed to the meteorological onset. Weather seasons are grouped by month and are based on weather and temperature variations. Meteorologists and climatologists agree that the first true day of spring in the northern hemisphere should be March 1. (Source: Spring Fun Facts)

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