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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 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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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 9 going to work out. I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Donna Kaehler, director of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, told The Valley Breeze. "I'm excited to see what our valley com- munities are going to come up with." After identifying one community spot to improve, municipalities will plan and purchase supplies for their location and organize groups to help with the work. While projects must be located on town- or city-owned property, any individuals or groups – garden clubs, conservation commissions, scouting groups – can volunteer and partici- pate. "Anyone can work on doing the sprucing (up)," said Kaehler, a North Smithfield resident. To register, municipalities should contact Kaehler by emailing keep@ by Monday, April 1. Include the location, partici- pants, and a "before" picture of the spot. Projects must be completed by Friday, June 21, and winners will be announced on Friday, June 28. First prize is $1,000 along with a private boat ride for 30 people on the BV Explorer on the Blackstone River. "Whoever helped the transforma- tion … we want to show them a piece of the river and have some fun," Kaehler said. The second-place winner will receive $500 and third place, $250. Prize money could be used to reimburse the groups for the sup- plies they purchased or it could go to the town to encourage future beautification projects, Kaehler said. BETA Group Inc. in Lincoln is sponsoring the contest. Lowe's Home Improvement in North Smithfield is the supplying sponsor, offering discounted supplies for the contest. Judges from BETA, Lowe's, and the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener program will choose winners based on transfor- mation, sustainability and visibility in the community. Points will be won for beautify- ing locations that have previously been graffiti-tagged, overgrown with weeds or an area where people illegally dump, as well as for creat- ing a sustainable project that "looks good year-round and that people are going to see" often during day-to- day activities, Kaehler said. People should "think a little bit outside the box," she said, suggest- ing that if there's a spot in the com- munity that people drive by every day and think is an eyesore, that could be the location to tackle. Kaehler didn't want to put too many parameters on the competi- tion, she said, and looks forward to seeing what communities create. For ideas, competitors can check a list of plants that thrive in the val- ley, assembled by the URI Master Gardener program: www.keepblack- plant-listings . The competition is "a way to show pride in your community and get people involved," she said. Even municipalities that don't win "still end up with another pretty spot in the community for people to enjoy." It's also a way to make people think about their everyday actions and how slight changes can help the environment, Kaehler said. People might hesitate to litter if they see a nice, clean area, but "an area that is littered makes people feel that they can litter there." Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, which is run through the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, is an affili- ate of Keep America Beautiful, a national nonprofit that works with millions of volunteers on beautifica- tion and greening programs in more than 20,000 communities annually. Projects include native species and tree plantings, sustainable communi- ty gardens, urban forestry, vacant lot transformation, graffiti abatement, and fighting blight, according to its website. The idea for Blackstone in Bloom sprung from an annual, award-win- ning competition in Belper, England, called Belper in Bloom, Kaehler said. Pawtucket's sister city Belper is the hometown of Samual Slater. She said she plans to make this an annual competition in northern Rhode Island. The contest will not only benefit each individual community but will add to making the Blackstone Valley more of a tourist destination, Kaehler said. "I think sometimes the Blackstone Valley doesn't get thought of. We always think of the beaches, Providence, (or) Newport," she said. "However many communities (participate) that's how many more beautiful spots we have." For more information, visit www. . KEEP BLACKSTONE VALLEY BEAUTIFUL invites nine cities and towns to beautify a location in their community to win monetary prizes and bragging rights. CONTEST From Page One R.I. Post Card Club meets March 31 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Post Card Club will hold its next meeting and sale on Sunday March 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett St. Post cards of all descriptions including town views and holiday greetings will be available for sale. This month check out the antique Easter cards. The meeting and sale is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Providence Brigade Band to hold open rehearsals 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. For more information about the band, visit . Wine tasting fundraiser will benefit Angelcat Haven PLAINVILLE, Mass. – Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue will host a wine tasting fundraiser on Saturday, March 30, 5 p.m., Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central St. The event will feature a formal sit down tasting with six wine tastings and light snacks. Mark Lenzi, owner and sommelier, will share informa- tion on each wine as well as current wine trends. Tickets are $30 and the event is limited to ages 21 and up. Buy tick- ets at or on Angelcat's Facebook page. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event. All proceeds will benefit rescued cats. 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 perform- ing arts, featuring creative dishes and gourmet specialties. The eve- ning also includes a culinary-themed silent auction and entertainment by FPAC special guest artists and the international touring ensemble Electric Youth. Tickets are $75 and are fully inclu- sive of the evening's food, wine, beer, and entertainment. Event pro- ceeds support Electric Youth's 2019 European concert tour including a Fourth of July show for troops and families stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base. For more information, visit www. Tickets may be purchased online at www.the black- or by phone at 508- 528-3370. ACROSS 1. Joint 6. A group of coun- tries in special alliance 10. Stone 14. Move with a splashing sound 15. Can be fixed 17. Giving human characteristics to the nonhuman 19. Other side of yang (Chinese) 20. Consume 21. Gave it a go 22. One point north of due east 23. Fat used to make puddings 24. Turfs 26. Not awake 29. Not nice 31. Frighten 32. Political action committee 34. Skin problem 35. Type of music 37. Intestinal pouch- es 38. Eight 39. Emerald Isle 40. Interpret char- acters 41. Abandon 43. Felines 45. Energy and enthusiasm 46. Resembles a pouch 47. Relating to sense of smell 49. Swiss river 50. Bradley Int'l Airport 53. __ __ __ __ yonder 57. Tarred and ___ 58. Boyish 59. This (Spanish) 60. Male parent 61. Lounge chair DOWN 1. Sports award 2. Monetary unit of Angola 3. Some animals live here 4. Former CIA 5. Global health group 6. Male given name 7. Opposite of right 8. Open Payment Initiative 9. Desert plants 10. A bird that can- not fly 11. Off-Broadway theater award 12. Lump of clay 13. Barbie's pal 16. Seldom 18. Noses 22. Denotes past 23. Selling at spe- cially reduced prices 24. __ Claus 25. Comes before two 27. Fencing swords 28. Nocturnal rodent 29. Chinese revolu- tionary 30. Electronic count- er-countermea- sures 31. Enjoyable 33. Villain 35. Discussed 36. Waterfall (Scot- tish) 37. Old television part (abbr.) 39. Roughly chipped flint 42. Helps change channels 43. __ Sagan, astron- omer 44. Cooling unit 46. Uttered words 47. Small integers 48. Type of data 49. Inspired 50. France's first Jewish PM 51. Famed sci-fi novel 52. Body parts 53. Nigerian City 54. Amount of time 55. Coloring material 56. Type of constric- tor snake Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11.

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