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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | JULY 11-17, 2018 CALENDAR 7 behavioral "readiness signs" that he insisted be pres- ent before toilet training is attempted. Mind you, the only readiness sign to which mothers in the pre-psycholog- ical parenting era (pre-1960s) paid attention was their own readiness to stop changing and washing diapers. Almost instantly, Brazelton's "child- centered" approach to toilet training became the gold stan- dard in the pediatric commu- nity. As pediatricians began advising mothers to hold off training until 30 to 36 months lest they wreak psychological havoc on their kids, a pro- cess that had taken 3 days to a week, on average, began taking months, even years. Likewise, mothers went from being fairly nonchalant about the entire affair to being toi- let-training basket cases. The problem rapidly expanded to the point where some psychologists began specializing in toilet train- ing. In Charlotte, N.C., in the 1970s, a psychologist advertised an in-home toi- let training service. Yes, he would come to someone's home and either toilet train the child in question or walk the parents through the pro- cess. Books on how to toilet train began to proliferate. (I even wrote one in which I simply described how it was done before Brazelton threw his monkey wrench into the matter.) After all, where chil- dren are concerned, there is nothing new under the sun (despite propaganda to the contrary). Do parents need special- ized professional training to properly teach children to feed themselves? No, they do not. Thankfully, no one with capital letters after his or her name has ever claimed that improper spoon training will begin a child's descent into psychological pandemonium, even criminality. Perhaps it's only a matter of time. There must be a market there, somewhere. After all, there are several similarities between spoon training and toilet training. First, they both involve the digestive system. Second, they both involve messes. Third, said messes must be taken care of by parents (or nannies, as the case may be). Surely someone smarter than myself can make a case for waiting to teach children to feed themselves until they are at least five, lest an emotional apocalypse ensue. Said some- one – a Ph.D. psychologist, of course – could come up with spoon-training readiness signs, as in, "child shows no significant anxiety at being handed a small spoon cov- ered in soft rubber." Then the recommenda- tion that "child be allowed to handle and chew on rubber- coated spoon for at least a week before training in self- feeding actually begins." Within five years, we will have therapy and medication for "self-feeding anxiety dis- order." I'm being a tad, but only a tad, facetious. Nonetheless, history strongly suggests that if a child-rearing problem doesn't yet exist, the profes- sional community can be counted upon to remedy the situation. Family psychologist John Rosemond:, PARENTING From Page 1 Do you like to read The Breeze? Please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' advance and $35 at the door. Call 401-765- 1900 or visit . 8 p.m. Sunday July 15 CHRISTMAS IN JULY VENDOR FAIR – hosted by Fit For Life Training Complex, 970 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. Features more than 50 crafters and vendors. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FARMERS MARKETS AT DANIELS FARMSTEAD – The eighth season of fresh organic vegetables are growing in the Daniels Garden. Other vendors will be on hand offering locally grown fruits and veg- etables, grass-fed natural meats, goat milk soaps, gourmet foods, fancy fudge, and more. The grill will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Justine Brewer at justine @ or 1-508-726-2042. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EAST PROVIDENCE HERITAGE FEST – sponsored by Eat Drink RI featuring a live jazz brunch with he New Providence Big Band at Pierce Memorial Field in East Providence. More details can be found at 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. AUTHOR SHAWN FLYNN VISITS SMITHFIELD BARNES & NOBLE – 371 Putnam Pike, to share his inspirational pet rescue story. Flynn's book, "The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him," reveals how the pets we love sometimes turn around and care for us. 1 p.m. NORTH SMITHFIELD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – at the Slatersville Congregational Church Common, 25 Green St., on Sundays, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. This week: Branded performs. 5 p.m. RIVERFRONT CONCERT SERIES – at Veterans Park Amphitheater, corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street, Pawtucket. Sundays at 6 p.m. This week: Nickel Jukebox. Monday July 16 HAPPY NOTES CHORUS – Singing group open to all seniors and meets every Monday at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence, at 10 a.m. Call 401-231-0742 or email Tuesday July 17 TAI CHI – at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence, every Tuesday at 9 a.m. A gentle, easy form of exercise. Call 401-231-0742. 9 a.m. VETERANS MEMORIAL MUSEUM – is open every Saturday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 78 Earle St., Woonsocket. Admission is free for veterans and students. Call 401-222-9025. BEGINNER LINE DANCING LESSONS – meets every Tuesday at the Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike, Chepachet. Call 401-710-9860. 12:45 p.m. Wednesday July 18 THRIFT SHOP – at Epworth United Methodist Church, 915 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Variety of children's, men's and women's clothes. Shoes, handbags, and jew- elry, too. Open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OLD BUSINESSES FROM WOONSOCKET R.I. EXHIBIT – presented by The Woonsocket Historical Society, 42 South Main St., Garden Level, Woonsocket, behind the Museum of Work & Culture. Open every Wednesday and Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Artifacts from past businesses associated with the city of Woonsocket on display. Call 401-356-0067. Noon to 3 p.m. MEDITATION GROUP – meets every Wednesday at 1 pm at the Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield. Call 401-949-4590. 1 p.m. SCITUATE SUMMER CONCERTS – Billy Harpin Band will perform. Bring your own seating. Non-Alcoholic beverages welcome. May be canceled due to inclement weather. North Scituate Gazebo, 606 West Greenville Road. There will also be a food truck event at this concert. 5 p.m. RIDES OF DISCOVERY – meet at the Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center, I-295 northbound in Lincoln, and will venture south to Lonsdale, for a 7.5 mile round trip. Visit . 6:30 p.m. Thursday July 19 AQUA ZUMBA – Classes are held at the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave. Free to all SMRAC Members. Upon arrival members must show their SMRAC ID Card. 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. CHESS GAMES – at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, every Thursday, 1-4 p.m. All welcome. Call Vic Blank at 401-263-3888 for information. MEDITATION GROUP – meets every Thursday at the Lincoln Senior Center, 150 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln. Call 401-753- 7000. 1 p.m. CUMBERLAND LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOKSTORE – offers used books, sorted and categorized, for sale. Books are $1 or less. Book donations are also accepted. 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Call Nancy at 401-334-3268 with questions. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ZUMBA – at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence. Open to members only. Memberships: age 55+; North Providence Residents - $10 per year and non-residents - $15 per year . Call 401-231-0742. 5:30 p.m. DAGGETT FARM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – at Slater Memorial Park, 426 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, Thursdays at 6 p.m. This week: Billy Shears Band. 2018 RANGER WALKABOUT SERIES – Meet up with a national park ranger to explore some of the places that are special to the Blackstone Valley, every Thursday evening through the end of August. Free program of Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. This week: a nature walk at Blackstone River State Park Visitors Center, I-295, Lincoln. For details, visit www.nps. gov/blrv . 6:30 p.m. MUSIC AT THE MONASTERY CONCERT – The band Strumdawgs will perform at the first concert in the the Cumberland Public Library's Music at the Monastery series. Free concert on the front lawn between the library and the Porter's Lodge on the Monastery Grounds, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Contact Aaron Coutu at 401-333-2552, ext. 2, or 6:30 p.m. MEDITATION GROUP – meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the North Providence Union Free Library, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave. Call 401-353-5600. Friday July 20 SOUTH COUNTY BALLLOON FESTIVAL – Roomful of Blues and Billy Gilman will head- line the 40th South County Balloon Festival on Friday-Sunday at the University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields, South Kingstown, rain or shine. Roomful of Blues will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Gilman will perform at 7 p.m. on July 21. During both concerts, bal- loonists offer tethered rides for $20, giving riders a view of the festival and surrounding area. Admission is $10 per person and free for kids 10 and under. Visit www.southcoun- "MAMA MIA!" – presented through July 21 at Theatre by the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays, noon-5 p.m., performance days until curtain, and online at www.theatreby-, or call 866-811-4111. BUBBLEOLOGY – presented by Keith Michael Johnson as seen on Discovery Channel's "Time Warp" and National Geographic TV, Bubbleology enchants audi- ences of all ages with the art and science of soap bubbles at Theatre at Theatre By the Sea, 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. For tickets, visit or call 866-811-4111 or 401-782-8587. SALSA LINE DANCE CLASS – Learn to dance the salsa, swing, merengue, samba and bachata at the Salvatore Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence. No registra- tion is needed. Call 401-231-0742. 1 p.m. CREATIVE WRITING DISCUSSIONS/ CLASSES – at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd. For more information, contact Joanne Ruggere at 401-353-0978 or jruggier@ . 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. LEVITT AMP SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – in River Island Art Park, 95 Bernon St., Woonsocket, 5-9 p.m. This week's genre is French Folk music and the artists include Hudost and Sidy Maiga. Admission is free and concert goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the open lawn. For more information, visit concerts.levittamp. org/Woonsocket . ANTHONY GOMES – will bring his blues rock show to Chan's, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, on Friday, July 20. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 401-765-1900 or visit www.chanseggroll- . 8 p.m. BRIAN WILSON: GREATEST HITS LIVE – at the Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase at Twin River's Box Office or at Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. 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