Victory Day celebration next month
The Graniteville World War II Veterans Foundation will celebrate its 12th anniversary at its annual Victory Day celebration on Aug. 18 at the Graniteville War Monument beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the memorial service, the Graniteville veterans will gather for their annual reunion lunch at the Greenville Inn, located at 36 Smith Avenue in Greenville starting at 1 p.m. Tickets for the buffet cost $18 per person. For more information, call Laura at 658-2234.
At the Mohr
On July 31, the Mohr library will present Library Night Fever at 6:30 p.m. for a night of disco with Mohr's resident D.J. Miikey B and make a retro craft. No registration required. This event will be held on the grounds of the library.
On Aug. 2, visit the Mohr Library to view “Francois and the Flying Fish” beginning at 6:30 p.m. and other fantastic fables, written and directed by Kevin Broccoli.
Mat Franco Magic Show will be featured at the library on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m., presented by Johnston's own Mat Franco. Packed with interactive magic and comedy, this program has a powerful underlying message that encourages children to develop strong reading skills to help them follow their dreams. Students will leave with the knowledge base they need to perform beginning level tricks with ordinary objects they have at home. The Andrew Greene Fund generously sponsors this program. For more information on these or other programs at Mohr, call 231-4980.
Gearing up for Flames of Hope
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation is gearing up for the annual Flames of Hope weekend Oct. 5 to 7. Flames of Hope has become the largest breast cancer/health awareness event in the Northeast, drawing more than 100,000 people into downtown Providence. This is the perfect venue to promote your organization, business or products and services to large numbers of people. A vendor marketplace is available for those who wish to register for a table. For more information, contact office manager and survivor Carol Ann Donnelly at 861-4376 or email her at email@example.com.
Recipe submissions now being accepted
HP Hood dairy company is now accepting recipe submissions for the 4th annual Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off. It was also announced that the amateur cooking competition would move from its previous location of Portland, Maine to the Rhode Island Convention Center on Oct. 21.
The 2011 Grand Prize winner of $10,000 was Cranston native Dan Rinaldi, for his surf and turf sliders with Maine lobster sauce.
The recipe contest is open to all amateur cooks from the six New England states. The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and be featured in the 2012 New England Dairy Cook-Off recipe book.
Submitted recipes must be original and include at least one of the following Hood products: Hood milk, Hood Simply Smart milk, Hood cream, Hood sour cream, Hood cottage cheese, Hood Country creamer, Hood eggnog and Hood Calorie Countdown. Contestants may enter one or more of the following five categories: breakfast/brunch, soups/chowders, appetizers/side dishes, lunch/dinner (entrée) and dessert.
Cooks can submit their recipe or find out more information by logging onto HoodCookOff.com. The deadline for entry is Sept. 10.
Gear for grades at Citizen’s
To help children go back to school with the supplies they need to learn, Citizens Bank has launched its Gear for Grades initiative. Customers and the public are invited to donate new items such as pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other school supplies at any Citizens Bank branch through Aug. 10. This year’s Gear for Grades program is in partnership with Back to School of Rhode Island, Coast to Coast Promotional Products and 92 PRO FM.
In addition to collecting school supplies in its branches, the Citizens Bank Foundation is giving a $30,000 grant to Back to School of Rhode Island to help support the purchase of 14,000 logo-free backpacks for local children in need.
According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family spent $603 in 2011 on back-to-school expenses. For low-income, at-risk or homeless families, the cost of even basic school supplies can be a burden. The supplies most in need include child-safe scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable markers, rulers, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencil boxes and index cards.
The Villa concert series continues
The Villa at St. Antoine, located at 10 Rhodes Avenue in North Smithfield, will continue their free concert series in the courtyard. The series got off on a good start with a performance by the Illusions band. With more than 200 people in attendance, there was plenty of singing, dancing and audience participation. Coming up in the series are performances on Aug. 7 featuring Avenue A and on Aug. 21 featuring The Deluxe Quality Band with a rain date of Aug. 22. Refreshments are served and all concerts are free to the public.
Did you know?
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Did you know that each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products? More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
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