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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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8 CALENDAR APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION and although there may be alternate words that may do in a pinch, the very precise word that is exactly what I need remains tantalizingly just out of reach. Sooner or later, usually when I stop trying to remember, the word will suddenly reappear just as mysteriously as it had earlier vanished. The CT scan just put its finger on the cause. My brain is old and it is shrinking. Thankfully, none of the above qualify as precursors of the dreaded Alzheimer's disease, at least not accord- ing to what I have read, but it still used to embarrass me when it happened. Not anymore. I just say, "Oops, my train of thought just derailed," or I chalk it up to the fact that my synapses are no longer firing as they should. I can feel them struggling away, firing like mad in all directions but not quite making the neces- sary connection needed to retrieve what the French call "le mot juste." What makes all this so much easier to take is the fact that I know I am not alone. At a tea party for our knit- ting group, hosted by my sister Bev recently, I brought the subject up when I shared my CT scan results with the group. "I love hanging out with old people," I announced, because we are all in the same fix. We all forget words, and the great part now is that when this hap- pens there is no need to feel embarrassed or uncomfort- able. We're all in the same boat, and nine times out of 10 someone else will chime in with what they think might be the right word. We feel free to leap into the conversational abyss and finish each other's thought or sentence as needed. And then, even better, we laugh about it. Lively conversation around the table proved the point as the ladies, the youngest in her early 60s, confessed to the same prob- lem. And it's not just with words. I play in two different pitch (a card game) leagues. Both are senior leagues, and although rules may vary from one league to the next, I was relieved to learn that at least in these two, it is OK to ask what trumps are in the middle of a hand. So prevalent is the prob- lem that some people have small tricks that may or may not always be strictly legal in all groups, but help to keep things clear. Like leav- ing one trump card turned right side up, for instance, with just the suit left show- ing. Someone else has a small cube with the four suits embroidered on it that they just turn over as suits change, the trick, of course, being to remember to turn it. The part that I still find embarrassing, though, is when I forget what is trumps and it was my bid (sigh). But what can I say? Stuff happens. It will continue to happen. My brain and I are both aging, but life goes on, and just between you and me, it's all still pretty darn good. Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page One Thursday April 11 "THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW" – in the Rhode Island College Mainstage Theatre, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence. Runs through April 14. General admission $20; seniors $16; non-RIC students with ID $10; RIC faculty, staff, stu- dents and alumni $5. Visit http:// . 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, and more. 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. CHESS GAMES – at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, every Thursday, 1-4 p.m. All welcome. Call Vic Blank at 401-263-3888 for infor- mation. 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. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AFTER DARK: COCKTAILS, CORRUPTION, AND CAROUSING IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY PROVIDENCE – at the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St., Providence. Two times offered 5-6:30 p.m. and 6:45-8:15 p.m. Admission: $20 general; $15 RIHS members; tickets available at . Must be 21 or older to enter. 5 p.m. PAWTUCKET RED SOX VS. SYRACUSE CHIEFS – at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. Call 401- 724-7300 or visit www.pawsox. com . McCoy Stadium, 1 Ben Mondor Way, Pawtucket. Red Sox World Series Champion poster night. 6 p.m. VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE – at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Office, 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, Mass. Learn about the Volunteers-In Parks program. RSVP to volunteer@blackstone- or 508-234- 4242. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ROUTE 44 MUSIC SERIES – pres- ents Ronny Cox at The Harmony Lodge, 102 Putnam Pike, Glocester. Tickets are $20 in advance at or $25 at the door (cash only). Singer- songwriter and Smithfield resident Lainey Dionne will be playing a short set as part of the evening. Vsit . 7:30 p.m. Friday April 12 "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" – presented by Trinity Rep., 201 Washington St., Providence, through May 12. Tickets start at $25. Call the box office at 401-351- 4242 or visit . WHEELER CLOTHING AND MORE SALE – at Wheeler School's Madden Gymnasium, 407 Brook St., Providence. Friday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Features new and gently-worn women's, men's and children's cloth- ing, accessories, books, sports gear, household items and antiques. "THE SONG OF SUMMER" – pre- sented at Trinity Rep's Dowling Theater, 201 Washington St., Providence. For tickets and show- times, visit . 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. 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. JOURNALIST MICHÈLE OUIMET – will present a free talk at the Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main St., Woonsocket. The presentation will include reflec- tions on her experiences abroad, including time in Algeria, Rwanda, Iran, Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan and more. The talk will begin at 6 p.m., and will be preceded by a recep- tion at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Register for the talk by emailing 5:30 p.m. PAWTUCKET RED SOX VS. SYRACUSE CHIEFS – at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. Call 401- 724-7300 or visit www.pawsox. com . McCoy Stadium, 1 Ben Mondor Way, Pawtucket. 6 p.m. "NORMAN, IS THAT YOU?" – pre- sented by the Theatre Company of Rhode Island at the Assembly Theater, 26 East Ave., Harrisville. The show runs through April 13. Tickets are 15 dollars and can be purchased at or at the door. The performance is at the Assembly Theater, 26 East Ave, Harrisville, RI. 7 p.m. EQUISAT SATELLITE PRE- SENTATION – Skyscrapers, Inc. monthly meeting at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, 47 Peep Toad Road, Scituate. McKenna Cisler will present about Brown Space Engineering, a club at Brown University that created Brown's satellite, EQUiSat. Also, sky permit- ting, the 8-inch Alvan Clark refrac- tor will open for observing. Contact Steve Hubbard at cstahhs@gmail. com . Visit www.theskyscrapers. org . 7 p.m. RODNEY ATKINS – brings his 2019 tour to the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. Admission is $29, $35, $45, $65. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at . 8 p.m. STEVE SMITH & VITAL INFORMATION NYC EDITION – perform at Chan's, 267 Main St., Woonsocket. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Call 401-765-1900 or visit www.chan- . 8 p.m. Saturday April 13 INDOOR YARD SALE – open every Saturday, 8 a.m-1 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m-1 p.m., at the Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary, 266 Mendon Road, Woonsocket. New items every week. All proceeds benefit the cat sanctuary. Call 401-765-4174. CEMETERY RESTORATION AND AWARENESS DAY – A state- wide historical cemetery cleanup sponsored by the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission. For city/town contact information, visit www.rihistoriccemeteries. org for a complete list of where to help in your community, or email or cmacwil- 8TH ANNUAL ERNEST A. CARIGNAN JR. MEMORIAL FISHING DERBY – at Cass Park, Cass Avenue, Woonsocket. Open to children 12 and under. Fish weigh in by 10 a.m.; trophies at 10:30 p.m. 6 a.m. OUTDOOR YARD SALE – at Woodlawn Catholic Regional School, 61 Hope St., Pawtucket. Items available to purchase include small furniture, books, music, toys, Christmas items, material, tools, lots of household items and more. The rain date is Saturday, April 20. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. COMMUNITY YARD SALE & CLOTHING DRIVE – at the North Providence High School parking lot, 1828 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more informa- tion, contact Sherri Bonaminio at 8 a.m. SPRING MARKET – sponsored at the Quota Club at the Elks Club, Continues on next page

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