Share your St. Rocco memories
The Johnston Sun Rise is putting together a section devoted to the St. Rocco Feast and Festival, and is looking for photographs from the parish. If you have photographs of your family and friends enjoying the Festival, honoring the Feast, or celebrating milestones like First Communion, Baptism or weddings at the church, please send them to MegF@RhodyBeat.com. If you have images that need to be scanned, they can be mailed to or dropped off at 1944 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889, and will be promptly returned. Please include information on the people pictured, what year the image was taken and what events are being depicted.
The Sun Rise is also looking for unique, personal stories of how the Feast and Festival has shaped your family and your community. Did you and your spouse meet at the church? How do you think the parish has changed over the years? Share your thoughts with MegF@RhodyBeat.com, and you might see them in the Sun Rise!
RI Chamber Block Party
On Aug. 10, members of all Rhode Island Chambers of Commerce are invited to participate in the annual Chamber Block Party held on Block Island. The cookout begins at 1 p.m. at Champlin’s Hotel, Marina and Resort.
The cost is $27 per adult and $15.50 per child (12 and under) and includes: hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, barbeque chicken, ribs, chips, salads, soda and dessert.
Those interested in attending must be pre-registered and pre-paid, and Ferry reservations must be made prior to Aug. 3.
To register for this event, you can book through www.ChamberBlockParty.com. You will pay essentially the same price as if you booked directly with the ferry but will receive extra coupons, certificates, discounts, complimentary coffee and "treats" from Aldo's Bakery.
Twin Rivers Hearing Health selected for award
The Smithfield Award Program has selected Twin Rivers Hearing Health Inc. for the 2012 Best of Smithfield Award in the audiologist category.
You can now regularly listen to Dr. Mary Kay Uchmanowicz from Twin Rivers Hearing on the Patricia Raskin Positive Living show on WPRO. Tune in on Aug. 4, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on 630 WPRO AM and 99.7 FM, as well as online at www.630wpro.com.
Each year, the Smithfield Award Program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the image of small business through service to their customers and our community. The Smithfield Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Smithfield area.
Victory Day celebration next month
The Graniteville World War II Veterans Foundation will celebrate its 12th anniversary at its annual Victory Day celebration at the Graniteville war monument on Aug. 18 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.
Program for older adults
On Aug. 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m., Colleen Tetreault, LPN from CareLink and Lois Pirhala, RN from Homefront Health Care will be presenting an informative seminar to educate seniors, caregivers and providers about affordable home- and community-based services for older adults. This is a free community event open to all seniors, caregivers and their providers. Light breakfast will be served. This educational presentation is offered by the Saint Antoine Senior Wellness Group and it will take place at The Villa at Saint Antoine’s Community Room, located at 400 Mendon Road in North Smithfield. Seating is limited; call Isabel Pestana at 767-2574 ext. 602 to register.
At the Mohr
On Aug. 2, visit the Mohr Library to view “Francois and the Flying Fish” beginning at 6:30 p.m. and other 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., which will be 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 identify and follow their dreams. This program is generously sponsored by the Andrew Greene Fund. For more information on these or other programs at the Mohr, call 231-4980.
Leads Power Breakfast
Join the North Central Chamber of Commerce for Speed Networking – Leads Power Breakfast on Aug. 2 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The event will be held at Kountry Kitchen, located at 10 Smith Avenue in Greenville.
Following networking, a light breakfast will be served. The cost is $10 for members, or $20 for non-members. For more information, call the North Central Chamber at 349-4674 or register online at www.ncrichamber.com.
Did you know?
August is National Peach Month and did you know that the peach originated in China and has been cultivated at least since 1000 B.C.? It has special significance in Chinese culture: the peach has mystical attributes, and supposedly brings luck, abundance and protection. The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. Peach blossoms are carried by Chinese brides. China is the largest world producer of peaches, with Italy second.
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