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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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10 NORTH COUNTY OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Tinkergarten, an educational outdoor play-based activity group for chil- dren ages 6 months to 8 years old, to bring the free community walk to Smithfield. Tinkergarten leader Jennifer LaPreste teaches year-round classes at Revive the Roots on Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. and is leading this first lantern walk in Smithfield. "It's a really simple, magical eve- ning that brings the community together. It is also about celebrating the darkness that comes with day- light saving time," LaPreste said. (Remember to set clocks back one hour late Saturday night.) "We'll sing songs, read a marvel- ous book and then we'll light our lanterns and go on a walk around Revive the Roots through their fields and forest with our lanterns lighting the way at dusk," LaPreste said. Parents and children will be given lyric cards for the songs that will be sung to traditional tunes such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," LaPreste said. Lanterns will be lit using LED tea lights rather than open flames. LaPreste said guests are also wel- come to bring flashlights or other lights from home for the walk. More than 400 Tinkergarten lead- ers across the country will be hosting the Fall Lantern Walks at the same time in this 7th annual event. Too much screen time and not enough time outdoors is not healthy, said LaPreste, a mother of three. That is what inspired her to become a Tinkergarten leader, where she fosters children's fondness for the outdoors through science and self-led play. She said she sees the trend where parents and children believe outdoor activities stop when days shorten dur- ing the fall. The Fall Lantern Walk celebrates many outdoor activities, such as making stone soup or fall brews. "We are teaching children that we can play outside together regardless of the weather," she said. Revive the Roots will be at the event serving hot cocoa for $2 per cup. Tinkergarten leader JENNIFER LAPRESTE is hosting Smithfield's first- ever Fall Lantern Walk at Revive the Roots to celebrate daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. LANTERN From Page One Ponaganset Distinguished Alumni Award recipients announced GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset High School Distinguished Alumni Award Committee has announced that the 2019 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Anne Marie Gabriele (1982), Roderick MacDonald (1977), Brian O'Connors (1978), and Terry ( Johannessen) Smythe (1975). • In the field of music, Gabriele is a nationally recognized orches- tral musician and solo performer whose career has spanned the continent and Hawaii. Since 2000, she has held the position of sec- ond oboist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music as well as a guest lecturer at The Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Arnold Jacobs School of Music. • MacDonald is an internation- ally recognized trumpet soloist and conductor who has performed with and led orchestras and ensembles around the world. After years of performance in Germany, he returned to the United States, teaches at the State University of New York, and is the Music Director of the New England Symphony Orchestra. • Serving his country for more than 35 years, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and attaining the rank of Command Sergeant Major, O'Connors fulfilled his life plan for a "hands-on" military career. His awards and accolades are numerous. • Smythe was a world-class elite rower whose passion for the sport and people led to coaching, teach- ing, mentoring, and developing programs in Michigan for all ages – the able-bodied as well as special needs individuals. A melanoma diagnosis galvanized her deter- mination to promote awareness, treatment, and research funding. The committee is now accept- ing nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. Call the superintendent's office at 401- 710-7568 for more information. The qualifications are that the individual must have graduated from Ponaganset High School, must have graduated at least 10 years prior to the nomination, and must display the highest standards of ethical conduct and moral char- acter. Applications must be sub- mitted by March 1, 2020. 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