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Antique Fire Truck Show

On Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be an Antique Fire Truck Show, sponsored by the RI Antique Fire Apparatus Society, at Johnston Memorial Park, located at 1583 Hartford Ave.

Admission is free, yet they will be collecting unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in need during the holidays. There will be burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks – all provided by the Providence Canteen. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Vingi of Pleasure Sounds Unlimited. For more information, email

Johnston Historical Society

Their museum barn is open Tuesdays from 9 to 11am and 6:30 to 8:30pm; Thursdays, 2 to5 p.m.; or by appointment, for those who would like to visit the museum or examine the society's collection of printed materials. Just in case, call ahead to confirm they are there. Dues are $20 per year for an individual, $30 per year for a family (two adults and children under 18) membership. The purpose of the JHS is to identify, preserve and promote the history of our town. It is located at 101 Putnam Pike in Johnston and can be reached by calling 231-3380.

Teen End of Summer Party at the Mohr

The Mohr Library will celebrate the end of the Summer on Aug. 28 in the Teen Room with Librarian: Emilie from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Chill out, relax, and celebrate summer one last time before school start. Enjoy ice pops & earn prizes.

If you have participated in any summer library workshop, club, or drop in activity you can enter the raffle to earn an item prize.  If you have participated in the Summer Reading Challenge or any school summer reading you can enter for an item prize or one of our $25 Gift Card Grand Prizes.

33rd Cranston Greek Festival coming soon

For more than two generations, the Cranston Greek Festival has been held the on the church grounds, the weekend after Labor Day. The Festival marks the “Official End of Summer in Rhode Island.” This year it will be held on Sept. 7 through Sept. 9. More than 25,000 people will visit the Cranston Greek Festival over the course of this fabulous three-day event of Food, Fun, Greek Dancing and Culture. The 33rd Annual “3-Day” Cranston Greek Festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation on the parish grounds at 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Route 5, Cranston.

RI Pagan Pride Day 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 22 the RI Pagan Pride Day will be held in Johnston Memorial Park. For more information, contact Darrell Moore at or Join for a day of education, community, entertainment, and celebration of the harvest. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., join in for a day of education, community, entertainment, and celebration of the harvest. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

At the Mohr

Circus Dynamics Variety Show & Workshop will be held on Aug. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. Maurice & Acacia of Circus Dynamics perform an energetic, audience interactive, & highly skilled circus variety show. Full of laughs & incredible tricks, come & witness gravity-defying juggling, incredible hula-hoop manipulations, hat tricks, flag spinning, & more! After the performance Circus Dynamics will teach a hands-on Circus Workshop where teens will have the opportunity to try their hands at Juggling, Hula-Hooping, & Flag Spinning. 20 spaces available. Registration required; contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register This Program is made possible by the generous support from Friends of Mohr Library.

Teen Arts & Crafts Club will meet every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Love arts & crafts? Join in each week to make something new and express yourself. We will paint, collage, draw, sculpt, and use paper, textiles, natural objects and recyclables to create all different works to take home. Each week make something new! 20 spaces available. Registration required; contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club will be held every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Dungeons & Dragons for Teens is a cooperative role-playing game recently made famous in Stranger Things. Teens create their own characters & play out a story together. We will be beginning a new storyline called Storm King’s Thunder, where adventurers battle giants. Both new members and beginners welcome. 10 spaces available. Registration required; contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register

Teen Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Mohr.  Join them for the classic strategy game Chess. Battle your friends or test your wits against the librarian! Don’t know how to play? No problem they can teach you! The rules are simple, the opportunities endless. Practice all your strategies here while relaxing away from the heat. 20 spaces available. Registration: contact Emilie the YA Librarian to register at

The Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library is located at 1 Memorial Ave., in Johnston and may be reached at 231-4980 x5 or

Join the Little Sisters of the Poor at McCoy Stadium

The Little Sisters of the Poor are hosting their annual PawSox Family Fun Day at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 19. The 13th annual outing begins at 11:30 a.m. with a delicious pre-game summertime barbecue, after which fans can cheer for a Little Sister who will throw a ceremonial pitch just before the PawSox take the field for a contest with the Durham Bulls.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12 and include the all-you can-eat BBQ and general admission tickets to the game. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Aug. 10 at or by calling Jeanne Jugan Residence at 305-4001.

Ongoing Book Sale at the Mohr

Looking for a book to relax with? You'll find more than a few at the Friends of Mohr Library's ongoing book sale. The friendly bookshelves in the hallway on the lower level of the library have been filled with lots of gently used books for sale, thanks to recent donations from local book lovers. Open daily during regular library hours, you can find something for everyone - children, young adults, and lovers of mystery, romance, science fiction, sports, biography, cookbooks, etc. The Friends, a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to the library, helps to support special services and library programs through memberships, donations, and fundraising efforts. Email address is


The Mount Pleasant High School Class of 1968 will hold their 50th Reunion on Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. through midnight at the Imperial Room, Shriners of RI, One Rhodes Place Cranston. A meet and greet, with cash bar, will be held between 6 and 7 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner. Tickets are $50 per guest and payment deadline is Aug. 24. For more payment information, please contact Reunion Organizer Constance D'Ambra at

Teen Task Force

Teen Task Force seeking members. Do you want to show the community how teens can make a positive impact? Join the Mohr Library’s Teen Task Force to help build a better world. Become part of this teen-driven group advocating for the library and for the teens in our community. Plan monthly teen programs, organize weekly activities & crafts, give suggestions for new material purchases, initiate teen participation, and earn volunteer hours. Participate in bi-weekly meetings and teen-led activity benefiting the teens, the community and causes of your choice.

Did You Know?

On August 21, National Senior Citizens Day honors our elderly population. On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.

In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said "For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older."

On National Senior Citizens Day, we should: spend some time with senior citizens. show our appreciation for senior citizens and do volunteer work in support of the elderly (Source: August Fun Facts) Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can range from community events, promotions, academic news and non-profit events. E-mail today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sunrise! Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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