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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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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4 BUSINESS / WOONSOCKET JULY 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET 'Artful Dodger' studio offers art for all ages BLACKSTONE – As temperatures soar and school vacation gets into full swing, parents might be glad to know there's a new local activity that doesn't involve packing the family into the car and driving an hour to the beach. Artful Dodger, a new ceramics and art studio on Main Street in Blackstone, will open its doors for the first time this Saturday, July 13. Paula Rezendes and Diane Mayers, the two owners behind the venture, said they hope to offer a family- friendly atmosphere where budding artists of all ages can take classes and paint their own ceramic figures. "We want it to be family oriented. Getting back to sitting down and doing things with the family," said Mayers. Mayers, a retired Woonsocket High School art teacher, was less than a year into her retirement when Rezendes, who works as a project manager for real estate development for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, pitched the idea to her in April. The two women, both from Woonsocket, have known each other for more than 20 years from sing- ing together in the chorale at Saint Anthony Church on Greene Street. The idea, they said, was driven by nostalgia for the ceramics projects they used to do as children. "We just happened to be talk- ing one day and I said, remember when we used to do ceramics with our moms? Whatever happened to ceramics?" said Rezendes. Though the venture might have been driven by nostalgia, the ceramic pieces here are not your grandmother's pottery. Unlike some studios that require pieces to be fired in a kiln, explained Mayers, Artful Dodger, named for the character from "Oliver Twist," will offer "grab and go" ceramics that can be painted and taken home the same day. The choices range in price from $8 to $50 and include vintage pieces as well as child-friendly options such as animals and sports figures. In addition to walk-in ceramics painting, the studio will offer themed acrylic painting nights, children's birthday parties and oil painting classes for more advanced learners. The two women said they looked at several locations before settling on Main Street and felt very welcome in Blackstone, where they hope to fill a void in the local arts community. "I don't think of this as work. I just think it's going to be a fun and happy environment to be in," said Rezendes. Artful Dodger is located at 63 Main St., next to TKO Pizza. The studio will hold a grand opening celebration this Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including raffles and free ceramic pieces for the first 25 children. The hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., with Thursday eve- nings from 7 to 9 p.m. reserved for oil painting classes. By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM DIANE MAYERS, left, and PAULA REZENDES, both of Woonsocket, are the owners of Artful Dodger ceramics and art studio at 63 Main St. in Blackstone. The studio opens its doors this Saturday, July 13. Lops Brewing slates July 27 opening date WOONSOCKET – Sean Lopolito, owner of Lops Brewing at 122 North Main St., has announced the brew- ery will officially open its doors to the public at noon on Saturday, July 27, with other activities planned for the opening weekend. The announcement came after the project cleared one of its final regulatory hurdles, approval for a state brewer's license, on June 25. Brewing has already begun at the location, which includes a 40-seat tasting room and a 3.5-barrel brew- ing system. In the next month, Lopolito said, he plans to finish the final details on the tasting room, including install- ing cabinets, cameras and a sound system, painting and securing occu- pancy permits. The brewery will host some limited open hours ahead of July 27 to test the draft and point of sale system. St. Ann offering chowder and clamcakes WOONSOCKET – Let the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center do the cooking for you. On Saturday, July 20, come to the center at 84 Cumberland St. any time between 1 and 7 p.m. to enjoy a Rhode Island favorite of chowder and clamcakes, with coleslaw and watermelon. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available at Bileau's Flowers, The Honey Shops, Salon Royale, Vose True Value Hardware, on Sunday after- noons at the Center or online at www.stannartsandculturalcenter. org . The event will be held in the lower auditorium. The St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center also announces that TripAdvisor has awarded the center with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence for the consistent achievement of ratings from travel- ers. Visit TripAdvisor to see what people are saying about the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center. Free book giveaway at Globe Park Saturday WOONSOCKET – As part of its renovation of the Globe Park Elementary School library, the Woonsocket Rotary Club will be distributing any out-of-circulation books and materials from the library to the public on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of the public are invited to attend the giveaway at the entrance to the school. All items will be free. NORTH SMITHFIELD ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW HEARING NOTICE Pursuant to the provisions of the North Smithfield Zoning Ordinance, the North Smithfield Zoning Board of Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 7 PM at the Primrose Fire Station, 1470 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896. The application by Rory Berghammer to construct a 28' X 34' addition to the single family dwelling at 11 Ridge Hill Road, parcel 014-078, North Smithfield, RI. The property is located in an RR/RA (Rural Residential/Residential Agriculture) zoning district. The applicant seeks a dimensional variance from section 5.5.1 of the ordinance which states the side set-backs for a principle structure must be a minimum of 25'. The proposed addition will not meet the set-back requirements. Application materials and operating procedures of the Zoning Board of Review are available for review at the Office of the Zoning Official, Town of North Smithfield Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, RI during regular business hours. Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must call (401) 767-2200 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting date.

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