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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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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THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 4, 2018 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 25 eral hours, then trim the wick to ¼ an inch to finish. Variations: Items such as dried flower petals, funfetti sprinkles, seashells, lavender, coffee beans or lemon slices can be added to the candle containers before the wax is poured. To create a fun treasure candle for a child, drop a costume jewelry ring or other (non-melting) toy into the bot- tom of the candle to find later. Planters The possibilities for do-it- yourself planters are seemingly endless. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing: • Dollar store finds: a plas- tic laundry basket or trashcan wrapped in burlap or tightly wrapped with rope. • Recyclables: Coffee tins, mason jars or other recycled jars can be spray painted bright colors or embellished with designs using stencils. • Terra cotta: Classic terra cotta pots can easily be painted over in fun designs. Chalkboard paint is a fun alternative to traditional paints. Did you know that a single house- plant could be propagated to create new plants? Depending on the spe- cies, cuttings can be easily removed from a mother plant and re-rooted in separate containers to make more plants, completely free of charge. Some of the easiest plants to grow from cuttings include herbs and suc- culents like jade and sansevieria, also called the snake plant. Other species such as aloe vera and spider plants readily offshoot baby plants, or pups. Note: Remember to poke drainage holes in the bottom of your container! If you're using one of the aforementioned glass jar options, create drainage by dropping some sand and/or small stones into the bottom of the container before adding the soil. Hot chocolate One of the easiest favors to assemble, create "build-your-own hot chocolate" kits by layering a mason jar with the following ingredients: a single packet of hot chocolate mix (alternatively, mix sugar, cocoa and powdered milk to create your own), mini chocolate chips, mini marsh- mallows and crushed candy canes or peppermint. Tie off the jar with a piece of festive ribbon. Note: Instead of using mason jars, try fill- ing plastic ornament balls from the dollar store. From preceding page Three easy ways to simplify your holidays It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of the holiday season – from perfecting your home décor to searching for gifts for everyone on your list to creating a delicious holi- day menu. To help simplify the holidays, here are some tips, so you can spend more time enjoying the most magical time of the year. Deck the Halls Get festive this season by creating a holiday wonderland in your home. Pick a color theme like red and green or blue and silver – whatever best fits your taste. Carry the theme through- out your home as you decorate the tree, holiday table, mantle and gifts. Consider adding a wreath to greet guests as soon as they arrive, as well as candles. Small touches like a table runner or a floral centerpiece can also make your home feel like the perfect holiday escape during this busy season. Holiday Meal Prep Cooking for a big crew can cer- tainly be stressful. This year, use digi- tal recipes to help you plan for the big event. Holiday sweets are always a favorite, so consider gifting your favorite desserts. If you plan to spend a lot of time prepping for a big holi- day party or just a special dinner for your family, don't forget the snacks to tide everyone over as you await the main course. For snacking you can feel great about, consider whole- some choices like roasted almonds or granola with less sugar. Gift-giving The holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends and loved ones to exchange presents in celebration of the season. If you're worried about finding something affordable for everyone, consider shopping at a dis- count retailer. With deals throughout the stores on picture frames, books, candles, coffee mugs and more, you can treat everyone on your list with- out breaking the bank. Don't forget the gift wrap! Get creative with your gift trimmings by choosing a unique theme for each person on your list. With so many wrapping paper, gift bag and ribbon options, you can make every gift as special as the person receiving it. This season, keep your sights on the essentials. Simplify your shopping by creating a signature theme for home décor, finding deals on gifts for everyone on your list, and baking up something easy and delicious for the whole crew. Plan ahead this year and enjoy the extra time celebrating the season with friends and family. - StatePoint Friday, December 7th Stroll begins at 3 p.m. Trolley Rides from Newport Trolley 4 p.m.-9 p.m. North Scituate Public Library- Elsa and Anna from Disney Frozen 5:30 p.m. North Scituate Elementary PTO – Crafts & Raffles, Visit Santa in the Cafeteria and Food Trucks North Scituate Baptist Church – Christmas Faire Crafts at Community House 3 p.m.-9 p.m. St. Joseph Church – • A Night in Bethlehem Family Activity 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in Church Hall • Children's Nativity Pageant 7 p.m. in Church • Christmas Carols (Youth Choir) 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Church Food Trucks and visit our Stores listed below Saturday, December 8th 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Stroll Continues Visit our Crafters in the Community House 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Trolley Rides from Newport Trolley 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. North Scituate Baptist Church – Christmas Faire Visit all the Food Trucks and Stores open on Saturday Check out the Gazebo décor to take photos Sunday, December 9th Christmas Concert at High School with Reggie Centracchio 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Christmas in the Village - Tree Lighting, Music and more Christmas in the Village with Reggie Centracchio at Gazebo at 5 p.m. Kelly Lennon Concert at 6:30 p.m. at North Scituate Baptist Church Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 7th, 8th & 9th Visit our Merchants (some stores open at 10 a.m.) Bittersweet & Ivy -FREE GIFT with purchase and delicious cookies served Bewitched Of Scituate- Surprise discounts from our cauldron Charmed & Dangerous -(Friday & Saturday) Sunset Orchards treats and wassel, take photos on our front lawn Charming Treasures - (Friday) 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Luca and Danni give-a-ways, photos on the porch. (Saturday)5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jewelry Designer, John Medeiros appearance. Cold Brook Cafe - Sensational coffees, gourmet hot chocolate and hot apple cider! Country Gardener - Join us for our "Create Your Own" Christmas workshop series Charland Insurance- For all your insurance needs Devine Hair Designs - All hair care and coloring Glitz- Going Out Of Business Sale all clothing 50% OFF tons on sale Sweet Salvage - Serving refreshments Shine Salon & Boutique - Serving refreshments. Check out our fashion boutique and full service salon. Senior Choice Consulting - At The Community House to answer your care giving questions Hatter & Hare - Hats and specials store wide Sunset Orchards- At Charmed & Dangerous - Offering wassel, gourmet caramel and chocolate apples, mini apple pies and more Circle 100 Real Estate - Jeanne Lomastro - Collecting for Scituate Food Bank We would like to thank our sponsors and members that are non-retail Craft Fair in the Community House 546 West Greenville Rd. Katryn's Kreations - Jewelry Evelyn Leduc - Soft Sculpture Mona Begin - Mona's Handmade Crafts Arlene Sedgley - Repurposed Wood Signs Squiggley Bugs - Toys , Baby-Gear, Blankets Little B's BBQ Food Truck Across The Street Vicky Gaudiano - 3D Stain Glass Pictures and Glass Ornaments Sunzup Creation - Handknit Hats, Scarves, Mitts, Headbands Pat Landry - Decorated Boxwood Trees Links Of Change - Cuff Links 18th Annual Scituate Village Candlelight Stroll Friday, December 7, 2018 3 p.m.-9 p.m. (some stores open at 10 a.m.) and Saturday, December 8, 2018 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Sponsored by The Scituate Business Association and special sponsor Navigant Credit Union 18th Annual Scituate Village Candlelight Stroll Friday, December 7, 2018 3 p.m.-9 p.m. (some stores open at 10 a.m.) and Saturday, December 8, 2018 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Sponsored by The Scituate Business Association and special sponsor Navigant Credit Union Navigant Credit Union John Mahoney Construction Long Realty The O'Brien Company Rachyl's Goat Milk Soap Travis Family Farm Travis Construction Scituate Liquors Scituate Lumber The Scituate Rotary Club is holding window decoration contest! Strollers will be able to vote on their favorite window displays. Also enter your name for a free raffle. Rotary members will be on the trolley as monitors. Cindy's Diner Jean Hutnak Photography Cherry Valley Herb Farm

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