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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT / CALENDAR FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION from dozens of major domes- tic and import manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Nissan and Toyota, the event gives visi- tors a chance to talk to prod- uct specialists and check out new cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, hybrids, alternative fuel options, as well as exotics and classics. The show, presented by the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers Association and pro- duced by MotorTrend Auto Shows, will include hundreds of 2019 models, such as the 2019 Jeep Wrangler (named MotorTrend's SUV of the Year) and the 2019 Ram 1500 (named MotorTrend's Truck of the Year). New car buyers can bring questions for manufacturers and will have an opportunity "to get behind the wheel," Taft said. On Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can test drive latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram. "The great thing about this show is that everyone is wel- come to talk to manufacturers and ask questions," Taft said. "These are the experts in the industry … It's a great opportu- nity to learn what's happening and what's new." Bob Tasca Jr., president of Tasca Automotive Group, which has approximately 18 dealerships throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and south- eastern Massachusetts, said the show offers buyers "one place to look at all the products," including vehicles with newer and better safety features. Today's cars, trucks and SUVs "are so much safer than they used to be," said Tasca, whose family is preparing 2019 Ford and Lincoln models for viewing at the Auto Show. "There's not a bad product out there … They're all pretty darn good." While safety features used to be exclusive to luxury cars, they're being rolled out to lower-priced cars and trucks, Tasca said. "A few years ago, it was a big deal to have a backup camera," he said. "Now, there's so much technology that's being put in vehicles today." Driver assistance technolo- gies, such as blind-spot warn- ings and automatic emergency braking, seek to help drivers avoid collisions or at least reduce the impact of an acci- dent. Some features come stan- dard nowadays, while others are optional upgrades, but they all use software and hardware (such as cameras, sensors and radar) to warn motorists of safety risks that they might not have seen on their own. "The availability of safety features is amazing now," Taft said. Many manufacturers "have driver assistance programs to some level," offering features such as adaptive cruise control, parking assistance and lane- departure warning systems, she said. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, 94 percent of all serious motor vehicle crashes are caused by human error or choices. "Driver assisting technologies," the NHTSA says, "have the potential to reduce crashes, pre- vent injuries, and save lives." Once a driver experiences these features, "they'll never buy a vehicle without them," Tasca said. Both Taft and Tasca pointed out that cars available to the public aren't yet fully autono- mous, but "we're almost there." Not all drivers are eager for self-driving cars, but many do appreciate features that improve the way they drive. According to a 2018 survey by Consumer Reports, 51 percent of buyers looking to purchase a new car want a rearview cam- era or backup warning and 45 percent want a blind-spot warn- ing system, compared to 11 percent who said they want a car with automatic acceleration, braking and steering. In addition to safety features, today's car buyers are also interested in fuel efficiency, connectivity with mobile devices, and electric vehicles, Taft said. The majority of manufac- turers now offer all-electric, hybrid electric or plug-in elec- tric vehicles, and if they don't, they have plans for them in the future, she said. Massive trucks are out, as the mid-sized pickup makes a return, Taft said, pointing to the 2019 Ford Ranger as an example. These trucks offer "a lot of functionality" and are more fuel-efficient than bigger counterparts. "The sedan business is getting less and less of a percentage of the market," Tasca said. "I think people feel safer in an SUV, sitting up a little higher." He added that most SUVs now have all-wheel drive, a good feature for Rhode Islanders who have to deal with snowy winters. With a showcase by duPont Registry Ferrari & Maserati of New England, the Auto Show also offers an opportunity for visitors to do a little dreaming, Taft said, by trying out luxury cars "without having any pres- sure" to buy. Admission to the show is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens (62 and older) and $8 for students (21 and under with a school ID). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.ProvidenceAutoShow. com . Thursday February 7 CHRIST CHURCH THRIFT SHOP – Open Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Departments include special occasion apparel and baby and toddler essentials. Other offer- ings: furniture, family clothing, shoes, jewelry, seasonal decora- tions, craft supplies and books. 1643 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln. 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. New hours:. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – will take place at the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, in the Children's Program room. Watch as these super friends made from everybody's favorite building blocks take on an ener- gized adventure. Registration is not required. 6 p.m. Friday February 8 "MACBETH" – at Trinity Rep. Runs through March 3. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 401-351-4242, online at www., or in person at the theater's box office at 201 Washington St., Providence. "THE SNOW QUEEN" – pre- sented by RISE Jr. at the RISE Playhouse, 142 Clinton St. in Woonsocket. Visit www.ristage. org for tickets and showtimes. 2019 NORTHEAST INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW – at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. Featuring more than 250 vehicles from dozens of major domestic and import manufacturers. Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. "JEKYLL & HYDE: IN CONCERT" – presented by the Academy Players Friday and Saturday at the James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center, 180 Button Hole Drive, Providence. For complete details, visit 7 p.m. "LORD OF THE FLIES" – pre- sented by the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film at Providence College in the Angell Blackfriars Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts, Eaton Street, Providence. Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students; seniors/ PC employees, $9; $13, adults. Call 401-865-2218 or purchase online at theatre.providence. edu . MONTGOMERY GENTRY – Here's to You Tour at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. For tick- ets and information, visit www. . 8 p.m. OCEAN STATE FOLLIES – will present a comedy show at Chan's, 267 Main St., Woonsocket. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.chanseggrollsand- or call 401-765-1900. 8 p.m. Saturday February 9 "BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL" – presented by the Franklin School for the Performing Arts Musical Theater Department at The Black Box, 15 West Central St., Franklin, Mass. Also on Sunday, Feb. 10. For tickets, visit www. or call 508- 528-8668. CUMBERLAND LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOKSTORE – Friends Bookstore at the Cumberland Public Library offers used books, sorted and categorized, for sale. Books are $1 or less. Book donations are also accepted. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Call Nancy at 401- 334-3268 with questions. WINTERTIME FARMERS MARKET – at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. Features over 80 vendors selling their locally- grown products, including pro- duce; seafood, meats, poultry, and eggs; artisanal cheeses, breads, gluten-free, prepared foods, flowers, plants, wreaths and more. Visit www.farmfresh. org . 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. THE SATURDAY BRUNCH BUNCH TOASTMASTERS – club will hold its next meet- ing Saturday morning at the Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The public is wel- come. For more information, e-mail or call 508-293-1488. 9:15 a.m. NAKED TREE I.D. – at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield. Discuss branching patterns, bark and buds, all to help us determine deciduous species. Evergreen species will be discussed as well. Fee: $10/member; $14/ non-member. Ages: adult. Register through the events cal- endar at . 10 a.m. VETERANS MEMORIAL MUSEUM – is open every Saturday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also open for tours by appointment. The museum is located at 78 Earle St., Woonsocket. Call 401-222- 9025. CHRIST CHURCH THRIFT SHOP – Open Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continues on next page The new 2019 FORD RANGER, filled with driver-assist technologies, will be one of hundreds of cars available for viewing at the 2019 Northeast International Auto Show. AUTO SHOW From Page One

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