Johnston SUN RISE SCOOPS, May 19, 2022

By Meri R Kennedy

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Vintage Truck Show

On June 5th, Rhode Island Vintage Haulers will host a vintage truck show at Johnston Memorial Park from 8am to 3pm.

General meetings of the Johnston Historical Society

On May 25 at 7:00 p.m., the Johnston Historical Society will hold its monthly general meeting (one speaker to be announced).

On June 29 at 7 p.m. the society will hold its next general meeting. Speaker will be author and historian Marty Podskoch, who will talk about his new travel book, The Rhode Island 39 Club, which encourages people to visit all 39 towns and villages in Rhode Island.

Tour the Johnston Historical Society

Just a reminder that the Johnston Historical Society is open on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Visit the museum! Tour Elijah Angell’s Home! Ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about Johnston history! All are welcome!

Contact the Johnston Historical Society at 231-3380 or at [email protected], or

memorial service

On May 28, Johnston will be on hiatus for a Memorial Day service.

The service will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Johnston Memorial Park. The city will honor the 42 Johnston residents who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Annual chowder and clamcake dinner

A chowder clamcake dinner will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 54 Cedar Swamp Road, Smithfield, RI. For children there are coleslaw and hot dogs. For dessert there is strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for 5-12 year olds and children under 5 eat free. Please call 232-7575 for reservations by June 13th.

neighborhood help

The 2022 season of Johnston’s Neighborhood Watch has officially begun. This neighborhood watch brings together local residents who want to work with members of the police to make their neighborhoods safer. The program connects residents with Johnston police officers to open communications, meet other neighbors, and build partnerships that help build community resilience. According to the Johnston Police Department, “We appreciate everyone who came out and went with us.”

NAMI-RI will host the Bridging the Gaps conference on May 25th

NAMI Rhode Island is the chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

NAMI-RI’s Bridging the Gaps Annual Conference brings together heroes and allies in the mental health community. Discuss the issues side-by-side with peers, family members, mental health professionals, attorneys, legislators, volunteers, and friends. This year the Bridging the Gaps conference will take place virtually on May 25th.

REGISTER TODAY! NAMI members attend for free. $10 for non-members. For more information about Mental Health Awareness Month and/or to register for the upcoming Bridging the Gaps Conference, please visit, call NAMI-RI at (401) 331-3060, or send an E -Mail to [email protected]

Pre-K Lottery

The RI State Pre-K Lottery is now open. This lottery runs until July 6th so you know a child who would have been 4 years ago Late. 1 can qualify. To apply, visit

Memory of Parks & Rec

Just a reminder of some of the rules and regulations at Johnston Memorial Park. Dogs are not allowed in the park or on the hiking trails. Dogs are allowed on the nature trail opposite the parking lot. No smoking or tobacco use. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc. are not allowed on the trail around the pond. They can be used in the middle of the park. Please do not feed ducks, birds or other wildlife.

Please keep the park clean by using the garbage cans provided. Absolutely no alcoholic beverages on the city premises. No vehicles allowed in the park. No swimming or boating in the pond; No open flames or charcoal grills. Gas grills are allowed. Use of the fireplace is prohibited. For your own safety, please do not climb trees or fences. The park closes at 10pm. No overnight parking. No swear words or loud music. Field use is only possible with permission.

Please also think about parking. Please display a disabled sign when parking in a disabled space. The area behind the office is reserved for employees. If you have any questions, please call 401-272-3460.

Driving for a Cure

Please join Cranston Country Club for the Gregory Rubino Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25th. The club is Driving for a Cure at Cranston Country Club and all proceeds benefit the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Spaces fill up fast, so register now to secure yours. Find out more and register at

The Johnston Senior Center offers courses and services

At the Johnston Senior Center, all exercise classes have resumed and new classes have also been added. Call the center for information.

If you need help with heating, housing, etc. during this cold winter or damp or any other time, call the Johnston Senior Center Human Services Department at 944-3343. Madeline or Amy will be happy to help you.

Art grants for young people are now open to register

Do you know an 11-14 year old student who loves to create and perform? Encourage them to apply for our 2022 ARTS Scholarship Program! Applications and guidelines are available now at

The 2022 ARTS Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Textron Charitable Trust and the PPAC Annual Fund with support from WPRI 12 and the Ocean State Charities Trust, offers young artists the opportunity to participate in a local summer arts education program that enhances their experiences in the of their chosen field of study expands.

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

Consider donating blood

The Rhode Island Blood Center needs blood donations. Individuals wishing to donate must make an appointment at the donation center; Walk-ins will only be accepted if safety distances permit at the time of the person’s arrival.

Nearby areas where you can donate include The Shops at Greenwood, located at 615 Greenwich Ave. located in Warwick. Sign in when you visit

Walk and talk at Rocky Point

Take a walk around Rocky Point with the “Rocky Point Pacers” every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9am, weather permitting. Meet you at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sun and burn off a few holiday pounds.

Prepare Internship Program for RI High School

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 experiential summer internships with local employers statewide.

This program will help you earn, learn, and connect with employers across Rhode Island. Applications are checked continuously. Visit for more informations.

Apple Fest planned

The 34th Annual Apple Festival is scheduled for: Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The event will be held at Johnston Memorial Park – 1583 Hartford Ave. held in Johnston. Register:…/the-34th-annual-apple.

Friends of the Mohr City Library

Friends of the Mohr Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the Mohr Library.

Members of the Friends plan and conduct book sales and conduct other fundraising activities to enable the Mohr Library to expand its services and programs. The Friends welcome new members who are willing to support their time either through donations, membership fees, or through volunteering.

To learn more, contact the library director at 231-4980 (press 7).

Events at the Mohr Library

On Fridays at 5 p.m., the library offers a craft and discussion program for adults who love young adult books, books in which young protagonists often find their place in the world. The first book to be discussed is “Vassa in the Night,” which reimagines a Slavic folk tale in modern-day Brooklyn.

The Rhode Island Tree Council is offering its Tree Stewardship classes in the library during May Thursday evenings from 6 am to 8 pm and Saturday, June 4th from 10 am to 12 pm to plant a tree on the library lawn. There is a $50 fee for members and library card holders. Register with the Rhode Island Tree Council at 401-764-5885 or at

For teenagers there is a Dungeons & Dragons group meeting every week. Call or email to leave your contact information for Emilie.

For middle and high school aged children there is something to do almost every day after school.

Story time for children from 2 to 5 years old started on May 4th at 10:30 am. Registration required.

Throughout the period, the children’s library will offer scavenger hunts, first-person spy games, and craft kits to make in the library or take home.

Every day we offer help with computers and technology, either on site by offering to arrange individual sessions or by trying to find the right course for you.

Until June, the Providence Public Library will send one of its specialists to the Mohr Library by appointment on Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for one-on-one help with “digital navigation”. Talk to one of the librarians.

Mohr Library offers public Wi-Fi and computer use, printing and copying for a small fee, faxing at $1 per page, free scanning, and a free notary when available. Contact us to print from your device or from home.

Book Drop is available to return books from any public library in Rhode Island or to donate new books. The Friends’ Book Sale runs whenever we’re open.

For more information email [email protected] or call 231-4980.

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