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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 PAWTUCKET / ENTERTAINMENT 17 Pawtucket employees receive diversity training PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket has announced that all employees have undergone diver- sity training to further support them in assisting the residents that they serve. All City Hall, school, police, and fire personnel participated in trainings this cal- endar year. "It is important that all of our employees receive diversity and inclusion training in order to pro- vide the greatest possible custom- er services to all of the residents of this diverse community," said Mayor Donald Grebien. "The city will continue refreshing and train- ing our employees as we continue to foster a welcoming environ- ment for all of our residents." All City Hall and School Department employees under- went a mandatory diversity and inclusion in the workplace train- ing through Coastline EAP in January. The sessions addressed topics such as disparities regard- ing race, religion, creed, back- ground, sexual orientation and opinions of others to help employees better understand the individual experiences and view- points of co-workers and constitu- ents. The Pawtucket Police Department trains in accordance with the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission stan- dards, conducting a refresher training on biased-based policing every three years, most recently in February. New recruits receive eight hours of academy training in fair and impartial policing. The Planning and Training Division trains new officers on fair and impartial policing during depart- ment indoctrination and conducts annual firearms simulator train- ing in accordance with The Trust standards, utilizing interactive role play scenarios. The Fire Department has also completed cultural, drug, and alcohol awareness training, with the last one on Monday, March 18. The General Assembly is cur- rently considering an amend- ment, led by Pawtucket Sen. Sandra Cano and Warwick Rep. Evan Shanley, requiring that "all municipalities shall require all municipal employees to annually receive training in cultural com- petency." Hearthside Museum opens season with exhibit on the evolution of weddings LINCOLN – Lincoln's Hearthside House Museum on Great Road kicks off its 2019 season with the return of its beloved exhibit Something Old, Something New: The Evolution of Wedding Fashions & Traditions on Sunday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Featuring over 40 wedding dresses dating from the 1860s to the 1990s, this exhibit looks at the evolution of wedding fashion as well as marriage traditions for more than a century. Guides dressed in period attire will help to guide visitors through the ages as they tour the expansive Hearthside House Museum's two floors during this special exhibit. The displays of wedding fashions, facts and memorabilia are set among a backdrop of the home's 10 fireplace mantels, all beautifully decorated with spring flowers, while traditional wedding music is heard in the back- ground. In addition to the distinctive fash- ion trends of each era, there will be information pertaining to cake styles, receptions, and honeymoons from each decade. A plethora of artifacts will be on display relating to the superstitions and nuptial celebra- tions, such as bridal photographs, toasting glasses, garters, and elabo- rate marriage certificates spanning over 100 years. Family traditions are honored with some of the dresses having been worn by two gen- erations of the family, while others Bride NANCY SUTCLIFFE throws the bouquet from the porch of her home, Hearthside, during her 1949 wedding. include both a mother's and daugh- ter's dresses displayed together. The exhibit debuts to the public on Sunday, March 31, and will also be open on Saturday, April 6; Sunday, April 7; and Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., with the last admission one hour before closing. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth 10-17, and free for members of Friends of Hearthside. Payment at the door, cash preferred. For more information, contact 401- 726-0597, info@hearthsidehouse.org, or visit www.hearthsidehouse.org. Learn about Victorian silhouettes LINCOLN – The school bell will ring as the 2019 season gets underway at Lincoln's Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse at Chase Farm Park, 671 Great Road, on Sunday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a special pro- gram about Victorian silhouettes. Learn about the historic art of paper cutting and sil- houette portraits from a professional artist and try your hand at cutting out simple designs. During the Victorian era, silhouettes were an inexpen- sive way to have a portrait made of a loved one. Today, graphic artists still use this technique for book illustra- tions and print designs, as well as a nostalgic novelty. Visit this recently restored, one-room school at Chase Farm Park where costumed docents will demonstrate and teach participants the history of this sentimental art. Appropriate for both children and adults. The cost is $5 donation per participant. Free for visitors of Hearthside with paid admission to the wedding exhibit at the museum. Call 401-726-0597 or visit www.hearthsidehouse.org . Providence Brigade Band to hold open rehearsals in April CRANSTON – The Providence Brigade Band will hold open rehearsals on Tuesdays for the month of April from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Symphony Auction Gallery, 1120 Wellington Ave. Brass players and drummers who may be interested in playing in a 19th century brass band are encour- aged to attend. Visit www.pbband.org . FPAC will hold 8th annual Culinary Cabaret FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present its Culinary Cabaret 2019 on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Black Box, 15 West Central St. The annual food and wine event showcases the culinary and performing arts, featuring creative dishes and gourmet specialties. The evening also includes a culinary-themed silent auction and entertainment by FPAC special guest art- ists and the international touring ensemble Electric Youth. Tickets are $75 and are fully inclusive of the evening's food, wine, beer, and entertainment. Event proceeds sup- port Electric Youth's 2019 European concert tour of France, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom including a Fourth of July show for troops and families stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base. For more information, visit www.FPAConline.com. Tickets may be purchased online at www.the blackboxon- line.com or by phone at 508-528-3370. Local news. Local owners. 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