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The North Providence Breeze 12-12-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 12-18, 2018 THE VALLEY 19 Mixed Magic Theatre seeks to recover after water damage 'Miracle' event planned for this weekend PAWTUCKET – Mixed Magic Theatre, closed for two months after extensive water damage, is set to make its comeback of sorts starting with a pair of events planned for this weekend, says Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, who owns the theater with his wife, Bernadet. "We're on the rebound," said Pitts- Wiley. The biggest hit to Mixed Magic has been the loss of income, with money invested in multiple shows at the time of the water damage and closure. Pitts-Wiley said some water began infiltrating the theater's space at the Lorraine Mills, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., over the summer. Management made some temporary fixes, he said, but additional heavy rain "got past those stop-gap measures." Ongoing rain kept delaying the replacement of the roof, he told The Breeze, to the point where the facility became unsafe to be in. With a new roof in place, Mixed Magic is planning a grand reopen- ing, hopefully for during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebrations in January, said Pitts-Wiley. The theater company is in negotia- tions with the owner of the property now on how to address the theater's losses, he said, notably the tickets he and his wife weren't able to sell. Mixed Magic is hosting "Miracle on Mineral Spring Avenue," an exploration of the arts, artists, foods, gift shops, brewers, and distillers this Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Where else in Rhode Island can you find a theater company, an art gallery, three dance companies, bak- ers, juice makers, photographers, cap and T-shirt makers, a comedy club, custom jewelry, one-of-a-kind quilts, a pop-up bookstore, Game Day Fitness Center, a sneak peek at a soon-to-open cable car-style diner and so much more?" states a release. "It's all under one exciting roof at the arts and business center located at 560 Mineral Spring Ave." Saturday's event is free and open to the public with plenty of free park- ing. The day ends with caroling and a tree lighting at 2:30 p.m. at Mixed Magic. The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery will be open during the event, and visitors can also watch a drawing session where artists will create portraits of a model. PAC will also feature several members selling wares in the hallways around the gal- lery. The Woodman Family Community Performing Arts Center, 250 Lloyd Ave. in Providence, will host a fun- draiser for the theater company this Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include a special concert performance of "The Songs from Celebrations: An African Odyssey," a musical by Ricardo Pitts- Wiley. Reserve $10 tickets at www. brownpapertickets.com . To make a donation to Mixed Magic's restora- tion, visit www.mmtri.org . By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Happy Notes BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE DEBBIE CELLETTI, Happy Notes director, leads the group through a variety of Christmas songs accompanied by ANTHONY PISANO on piano. Pisano has been playing piano with the group for the past 10 years. FRANCES BADESSA, of North Providence, sings "O Holy Night" during a perfor- mance by The Happy Notes at the Mancini Center last Monday. The senior-based chorus meets every Monday at the center and welcomes new members. www.ginosautosalesandbodyworks.com 4 Tag Drive No. Providence, RI Body & Fender Work – Expert Refinishing CORVETTE REBUILDERS 24 Hour Towing Gino's Auto Sales & Body Works 401-231-9000 Complete Collision Services Quality late model vehicles Specializing in insurance work HAPPY HOLIDAYS From Our Family To Yours! HAPPY HOLIDAYS From Our Family To Yours! S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 www.StanleyTree.com Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization

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