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Thursday, May 24
AARP, North Providence Chapter 4580, will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. at Dillon Council KFC, Douglas Avenue, North Providence. The guest speaker will be Daniel Lefkowiyz, pharmacist at Rite Aid in North Providence. Guests are welcome, and members are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Care to Share Program for the food pantry.
Friday, May 25
Friday Night Bingo at the Johnston Senior Center, 1291 Hartford Ave., starts at 5:30 p.m. Get there early for a good seat!
Saturday, May 26
Johnston Parks and Recreation, the JCCA and the Town of Johnston will hold their annual Memorial Day observance at Johnston Memorial Park, starting at 9:30 a.m. (changed from May 27). The event will feature bell-ringing to honor the 42 men killed in action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam from the town of Johnston, with honor guards from the Johnston Police Department and the RI National Guard.
The Bridge at Cherry Hill, 1 Cherry Hill Rd., will host a performance by the students of Dance Connection at 3 p.m., and invites members of the public to attend.
Sunday, May 27
The students of Denise's Dance will hold a car wash in the Denise Dance Studio parking lot, 80 Greenville Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date, Monday, May 28) The cost is $5 per car, with proceeds to help fund the Jr. Competition Dance Team’s travel expenses to the National Competition in Manchester, N.H., to be held from July 5 to 8.
A Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m. at the Graniteville Memorial, Putnam Pike (Route 44), next to the Graniteville Fire Station in Johnston.
Monday, May 28
Happy Memorial Day. Johnston Public Schools, Mohr Library, Johnston Town Hall, Johnston Senior Center – all closed today.
In the mood for a parade? The fourth annual North Providence Memorial Day parade commences from North Providence High School, Mineral Spring Avenue, at 1 p.m.
The R.I. Street Rodding Association will hold its annual Automotive Extravaganza at Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to dusk, with proceeds to benefit Johnston Little League.
Tuesday, May 29
The Ferri Middle School band and chorus will hold spring concerts, with the eighth-grade members performing at 5 p.m., and the sixth- and seventh-grade members performing at 7 p.m., at the Johnston High School auditorium.
Wednesday, May 30
The Bridge at Cherry Hill, 1 Cherry Hill Rd., will hold a resident art show at 1:30 p.m., and invites members of the public to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Art Show Extravaganza on 1:30 to 2:30 - this is art work that our residents have created. Refreshments will be served
The Johnston Historical Society will hold its monthly general meeting at 7 p.m., at the Johnston History Museum; guest speaker Roger Williams National Memorial park ranger John McNiff will speak on the founding of Providence and related topics.
Thursday, May 31
The Bridge at Cherry Hill, 1 Cherry Hill Rd., will offer swing dancing with entertainment by Frank Castle at 6 p.m., and invites members of the public to attend.
The Johnston Zoning Board will hold its monthly meeting at the Johnston Senior Center, 1291 Hartford Ave., at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 1
The 12th annual Special Olympics Bike Run and Torch run will be held in the parking lot of Metro Collision Center, 181 Putnam Pike (Route 44) on Friday, June 1. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and the ride leaves at 7 p.m. Donation: $30, includes t-shirt, food, live music and ride to URI for the opening ceremonies. This year's ride is dedicated to Caitlyn M. Adler. For info call Phil Viens at 641-3020.
Opening ceremonies will be held for the 2012 Johnston – North Providence Relay for Life at Memorial Park. Festivities continue through Saturday, June 2.
Saturday, June 2
ACI Customs and Pink Heals Foundation, Inc. will hold a car show to benefit Team Jenna – Jenna Jacques, age 9, being treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital – at ACI Customs, 539 Killingly St., from noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Save the date for the Johnston Lions annual scholarship breakfast, to be held at the Johnston High School cafeteria.
Tuesday, June 5
RIILE, Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, will hold its monthly meeting at Ribs & Company, 1383 Atwood Avenue, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 10
A motorcycle run to benefit homeless animals will be held, starting from the parking lot of Pure Paradise Pets store, 39 Putnam Pike. Coffee and donuts will be served during registration, 9 to 10:30 a.m., and the ride to Narragansett Cafe in Jamestown, leaves at 10:30 a.m. The event includes food and music, motorcycles and vehicles welcome. $15 donation. For more info, call 719-1516.
Monday, June 11
Save the date for the NCCC's Women in Business Council's Lipstick Luncheon.
Thursday, June 14
AARP, North Providence Chapter 4580, will hold its annual Installation Banquet at noon at Twelve Acres Restaurant, Douglas Pike, Smithfield, the officers to be installed by AARP Assistant Director Don Martin. Members: $25, guest $27. For reservations call: 231-0496 Guests are welcome. Members are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Care to Share program for the food pantry.
Saturday, June 16
The first-ever Rock-n-Roll Bocce Tournament, a fundraiser to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Department, will be held at 2 p.m. Teams can register at the Recreation office.
Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23
The Johnston Dance and Performing Arts group will be performing “The Story” on stage in the Johnston High School auditorium. (Postponed from May 10 and 11.)
Saturday, June 23
Campfires for Cancer will hold its first-ever Co-Ed Stiletto Fun Run at Johnston’s Memorial Park, with proceeds to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Department. Entry fee is $20, register by June 15 at the Rec office.
The annual Campfires for Cancer will be held at Memorial Park from 3 to 10 p.m., featuring live entertainment, free rides and games for children, and campfires to be lit at dusk.
Wednesday, June 27
The Johnston Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., at which time Kim Calcagno, wildlife refuge manager at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s HQ in Smithfield will speak on raptors found locally (and may bring along a live hawk).
Sunday, July 29
The Johnston Police Explorers will hold its annual car and bike show at Memorial Park.
Saturday, Aug. 11
The Johnston High School Class of 1987 will hold its 25th reunion at 7 p.m. at Spirito's, 477 Broadway, Providence. The cost of the event is $45 per person. All reservations and payments must be received by June 23. For more information, e-mail JulieA613@cox.net or call 741-3382.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Save the date for the annual Memorial 5K walk and run at Memorial Park.