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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

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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8 AT HOME / CALENDAR MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Museum, 677 Great Road, Lincoln. General admission is $10 adults and $5 for youth ages 10-17, and free for members of Friends of Hearthside. Payment at the door, cash preferred. Call 401-726-0597 or visit www. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. VICTORIAN SILHOUETTES – at Lincoln's Pullen's Corner Schoolhouse at Chase Farm Park, 671 Great Road, Lincoln. Learn about the historic art of paper cutting and silhou- ette portraits from a professional artist and try your hand at cutting out simple designs to take home. 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 . 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. THE RHODY RANGERS – Special Olympics team will be holding their second annual pasta dinner fundraiser at the Cumberland Public Safety Union Hall, 7 Cray St. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For Special Oympics athletes and children under 10, tickets are $5. To purchase tick- ets in advance, email Donna and Dan at or Lorrie and Ron at 2 p.m. "AND STILL I RISE" – Women will read Maya Angelou's poetry at First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main St., Providence. Free event. Visit . 2 p.m. Monday April 1 LINE DANCE CLASS – at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence. Call 401-231-0742 or visit . 1 p.m. BEGINNER LINE DANCING CLASSES – at Trinity Episcopal Church, 247 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. $7 per class. For more information, call 401-300-6593. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday April 2 KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – The Needlers meets at the Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. Call 401- 353-5600. 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. BEGINNER LINE DANCING LESSONS – meets every Tuesday at the Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike, Chepachet. Call 401-710-9860. 12:45 p.m. EVENING BINGO – every Tuesday at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 and specials are $1 each; progressive jackpot. Call 401-231-0742. 6 p.m. SCITUATE FINANCIAL TOWN MEETING – at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, Scituate. 7 p.m. Wednesday April 3 FREE WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS – Audubon offers free bird walks with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Visit or the Facebook page for the location. Ages: 14+. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. MOVIE MATINEE WEDNESDAY – meets every Wednesday at the Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. These newly released films are intended for adult audi- ences and are free and open to the public. Bring a friend and a snack. Call 401-353- 5600. 11 a.m. ANNUAL PAWSOX LUNCHEON – held by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at the Twin River Events Center, 100 Twin River Road, where Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher, Bob Stanley, whill be the keynote speaker. All are welcome to attend and celebrate America's favorite past-time with the entire PawSox team, food and crowd. Tickets are $40 per person. To reg- ister, call the Chamber at 401-334-1000 or visit 11:30 a.m. MEDITATION GROUP – meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m., at the Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield. Call 401-949-4590. FRANKLIN ART ASSOCIATION – meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., Franklin. FAA meetings are free and open to the public. Visit . URI MASTER GARDENERS – will hold a presentation on pruning shrubs, trees and perennials at the Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center, Room 2, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. For further information, contact Project Leader, Mary Malouin at 6:30 p.m. KNITTING AND CROCHET GROUP – The Needlers meets at the Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center, 1810 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. Call 401- 353-5600. 7 p.m. JAZZ AMBASSADORS PERFORMANCE – at Ponaganset High School, 137 Anan Wade Road, North Scituate. The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. For more information, call 401-710-7500. To obtain free tickets, visit and click: Get Concert Tickets Here. Ticket hold- ers must be seated by 6:45 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 p.m. Thursday April 4 ZUMBA CLASS – offered at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd. Classes open to the public; $5 drop- in fee; free to North Providence Mancini Members. Call 401-231-0742 or visit . 5:30 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. HOPEHEALTH DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – at The Village at Waterman Lake, 715 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. Advance registration is required. For more informa- tion or to sign up, contact 401-415-4664 or 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday April 5 "THE SONG OF SUMMER" – presented at Trinity Rep's Dowling Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence. For tickets and showtimes, visit . "OUR TOWN" – presented at the Burbage Theatre, 249 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. Runs March 15-April 7. Tickets are $25 gen- eral admission; $15 for students; free for high school students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.burbag- . TWISTING FIBERS: AN ART FOR ALL REASONS – Art League of Rhode Island presents this free art exhibit on fiber arts trough May 8 at Gallery 175 and the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SALSA DANCING – every Friday at the North Providence Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., North Providence. Learn all the latest dance moves. Call 401-231-0742. 1 p.m. LENTEN FISH FRY – every Friday during Lent at St. Paul's Parish Center, lower hall, 48 St. Paul St., Blackstone. Haddock, fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce at $10 per order. Call 508-883-6726. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. REMNANTS ARISE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY – at the Providence Marriott Downtown, 1 Orms St., for the second annual conference of Divine Destiny and Purpose. Also Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact, Esther Duncan, 401-516-7494, estherdun- 7 p.m. gers and continue rolling. • When the dough reaches 1/4 inch thickness, scrape the dough up with a pastry scraper, lightly re-flour the surface, and flip the dough over. Continue rolling the dough out very thin (less than 1/8 of an inch thick). The thinner you roll the dough, the more delicate and crisp the cookies will turn out – just make sure that the dough is still thick enough to hold the filling and its shape! If you prefer a thicker, more doughy texture to your cookies (less delicate), keep the dough closer to 1/4 inch thick. Lightly flour the rolling pin occasionally to prevent sticking. • Use a 3-inch cookie cutter (not small- er) or the 3-inch rim of a glass to cut circles out of the dough, cutting as many as you can from the dough. • Gather the scraps and roll them out again. Cut circles. Repeat process again if needed until you've cut as many circles as you can from the dough. You should end up with around 35 circles (unless you've kept your dough on the thicker side, which will result in less cookies). • Place a teaspoon of filling (whichever filling you choose) into the center of each circle. Do not use more than a teaspoon of filling, or you run the risk of your hamantaschen opening and filling spilling out during baking. Cover unused circles with a lightly damp towel to prevent them from drying out while you are filling. • Assemble the hamantaschen in three steps. First, grasp the left side of the circle and fold it toward the center to make a flap that covers the left third of the circle. • Grasp the right side of the circle and fold it toward the center, overlapping the upper part of the left side flap to create a triangular tip at the top of the circle. A small triangle of filling should still be visible in the center. • Grasp the bottom part of the circle and fold it upward to create a third flap and complete the triangle. When you fold this flap up, be sure to tuck the left side of this new flap under- neath the left side of the triangle, while letting the right side of this new flap overlap the right side of the triangle. This way, each side of your triangle has a corner that folds over and a corner that folds under – it cre- ates a pinwheel effect. This method of folding is not only pretty – it will help to keep the cookies from opening while they bake. • Pinch each corner of the triangle gen- tly but firmly to secure the shape. If any cracks have formed at the places where the dough is creased, use the warmth of your fingers to smooth them out. Repeat this process for the remaining circles. • When all of your hamantaschen have been filled, place them on a lightly greased baking sheet, evenly spaced. • Place them in the oven and let them bake at 350 degrees for 10-25 min- utes, until the cookies are cooked through and lightly golden. Start checking them at 10 minutes; because the dough thickness tends to vary on these cookies they can cook quite fast if rolled thin. In most ovens, it will take around 15-20 minutes, but best to keep a close watch over them as they cook to avoid overcooking or burning. Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Store them in a tightly sealed plastic bag or Tupperware. Filling: Recipe for Lekvar - plum butter, can be used as a filling for hamantaschen or any cookie or pastry. Thick filling, will not run. Ingredients: 2 cups pitted prunes 1 cup water 1/4 cup orange juice 1 tsp. orange zest 1/4 tsp. salt 1/3 cup brown sugar Instructions: • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan except for the brown sugar. Stir and bring to a boil for one min- ute. • Reduce heat to medium low so the mixture simmers slowly and con- stantly. Cover the pot. Let the mix- ture simmer covered for 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes. • Remove the lid from the pan. Let the prunes continue to simmer for 3-5 more minutes, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has evapo- rated/absorbed. Keep a close eye on the pan to make sure the prunes don't burn. When there are about 3 tablespoons of liquid left in the pan, remove from heat. • Stir the brown sugar into the prune mixture till brown sugar melts and dissolves. • Mash the prune mixture with a potato masher till a smooth puree forms. Run a fork through the mixture to break up any pieces the potato masher missed. You can also use an immersion blender for a smoother puree, if you want to. • Let cool to room temperature before using. Store in a sealed, air- tight container in the refrigerator. Refrigerating the filling to chill com- pletely will make it easier to work with when filling hamantaschen. COOKIES From Page 5 Sunday March 31 From preceding page 7 answers

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