Need a job?
The Johnston Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications now for summer work in the town. Stop by the department inside Memorial Park, call 272-3460 or visit www.johnstonrec.com for more information.
Tea for you?
The Rhode Island Tea Party will be sharing its Get Out The Vote efforts as part of the On The Road with the RI Tea Party visits across the state. The goal is to bring opportunities for activism to various communities statewide. Tea Party members will share opportunities for citizens to get involved in activities such as poll watching, phone banking, candidate training, "honks and waves" and other strategies used to help get candidates elected who share a goal for accountability and transparency in government, fiscal responsibility, including lowering taxes, cutting spending and a return to the core values of the Constitution. The next meeting of the Johnston Tea Party will take place on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at Ribs & Company, located at 1383 Atwood Ave. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.riteaparty.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand old flag
Join The Bridge at Cherry Hill for a Flag Ceremony on Thursday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. in celebration of Flag Day.
Also coming up on the schedule is entertainment by Peter Filippi on Saturday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m., and entertainment by Nick King on Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. There will be a concert series every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the months of June, July and August.
The Bridge at Cherry Hill is located at 1 Cherry Hill Road in Johnston.
Voter IDs to be available
Voters who need a photo ID in order to comply with the state's new Voter ID law can get a free one on June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon when the Secretary of State's office visits Aimee Forand Manor at 8 Forand Circle in Johnston.
Beginning this year, voters will be asked to show an ID when they vote at the polls. Poll workers will accept a wide range of common IDs, including a R.I. driver's license, RIPTA bus pass, college ID and employee ID card.
In order to obtain a free ID, voters must bring proof of identity such as a Social Security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or government-issued document. The ID, which includes a color photo of the voter and the voter's full name, will be created on the spot.
In addition to the June 21 stop in Johnston, voters can also obtain a free ID at the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 148 West River St. in Providence, on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Colonial games, crafts and tours
Colonial games and crafts for kids, and historic house tours for everyone, will be featured at a Smith-Appleby House Museum event on June 30, in Smithfield.
Children are invited to learn and play Colonial games and make crafts just like children of long ago. Hosted by volunteers in 18th century costume, children can spend the afternoon playing Graces, running and rolling a hoop with a stick, learning Colonial dances, making stencils and other crafts.
The Smith-Appleby House was originally built circa 1696 as a one-room stone-ender with a loft by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith "The Miller," one of Roger Williams' original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to settle in Providence. Expanded by later generations of the family to 12 rooms, today the House is one of a few remaining 17th century houses in Rhode Island and features original furnishings, designs and exhibits.
"Colonial Games, Crafts & Tours Saturday" is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. with a requested donation of $5 per adult, and children are free of charge. No reservations are needed.
The Smith-Appleby House Museum is located just off I-295 (Exit 8B) at 220 Stillwater Road in Smithfield.
June Business After Hours
North Bay Retirement Living will host this month’s Business After Hours for the North Central Chamber of Commerce on June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Join the Chamber and North Bay for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, summer sangria and more on their outdoor patio overlooking their gardens and pond. There will be networking, conversation and raffles. Meet North Bay’s Executive Director Chris McGee and his staff, including Michelle Pelletier, sales and marketing director for North Bay Retirement Living.
Both members and non-members are welcome, along with friends. To register for this event, call the North Central Chamber of Commerce at 349-4674 or go to www.ncrichamber.com.
North Bay Retirement Living is located at 171 Pleasant View Avenue in Smithfield.
Looking for Johnston High graduates
The Johnston High School Class of 1976 is planning a reunion this fall. All classmates who are interested in attending are asked to contact one of the following: Susan (Cirelli) Rose at Rose28@cox.net; Robin (Antonelli) Leonti at RonRobL@cox.net or Laurie Langford at Wishes Under Wraps, located at 225 Greenville Ave., at 232-1190. The reunion will be held Sept. 22 at the Radisson Hotel, located at 2081 Post Rd. in Warwick.
Did you know?
Father's Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother's Day in the United States, some wanted to create a similar holiday for other family members, and Father's Day was the choice most likely to succeed. The credit for the modern holiday is always given to Sonora Dodd when it was founded in 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children.
It was not until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
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