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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-27-2019

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8 CALENDAR / AT HOME NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION take some money, go to the casino, and play the slots. I don't go very often because it always feels wrong somehow, which I know is stupid because it's my money after all and it's not like I'm taking food from the mouths of my children (all of who are grown and fully able to feed themselves now) if I sneak off and blow $40 or $50 (yeah, that's really all I can bring myself to risk). Since I don't smoke or drink, I can mentally write it off as entertainment, which is quite reasonable when you think of it that way. And then I can take myself out for breakfast. Even have bacon or crispy fried corned beef hash and forget about eating healthy and watching my diet. Hah! I won't even get on the scale this morning, so there! Then I could come home, ignore the book I am already halfway through reading, and pick up the new book ("A Warning" by Anonymous) that just came in the mail yesterday. Butt down, feet up in my recliner, with not another thought in my head, I could lose myself in the juicy tell- all tale of life in the dysfunctional Trump White House. Oh, boy! That's all I needed to get me going as I brushed my teeth, got dressed, jumped in the car and hit the road. It wasn't quite 7:30 a.m. when I walked into the casino. Almost no one there, I had the place to myself as I slipped the first $20 bill into the slot and tried my luck, having mentally cautioned myself to just go ahead and not think of it as money. Like I said, I don't go often, and I don't risk much. Sticking to the penny machines, all I ask is that they allow me to play for a while before gobbling up all my money. Sometimes I win a little, sometimes I break even, and sometimes I lose it all and feel kind of stupid that I did it, but not for long as I brush it off, chalk it up to experience, and get on with my life. Today was a "losing it all and feel- ing kind of stupid day," but then I really lost it all ... in this case mean- ing the proverbial big picture ... when I lost my grip on frivolity and remembered that I needed to buy a turkey. Before I knew what I was doing, there I was at Walmart, wres- tling a 22.33-pound Butterball into my shopping cart. It was all downhill after that. Back at the ranch once again, responsibility and parochial school conscience both rearing their ugly heads, the spell was well and truly broken. I unloaded the dishwasher and reloaded it with last night's snack dishes. I got the crock pot out of storage, filled it with the makings of a new dish I had wanted to try and for which I had purchased all the ingre- dients, including meat that was going to go bad unless I got things going, and got the stupid meal cooking, although to be honest, the moment had passed and I was no longer quite as gung-ho about actually eating it. I futzed around baking a cranberry nut bread, cleaning up the kitchen and sweeping up the inevitable fine haze of flour that seems to settle on everything when I bake. That done, I went back out into the cold to fill the bird feeders so the little beggars didn't go hungry. As we speak, I am listening to the dryer downstairs buzzing every 60 seconds, reminding me that it's time to fold the gigantic load of towels I had forgotten to dry after running them through the washer before bed last night. I have a mild case of heart- burn from the frozen pizza I baked for lunch and the three (yes, three) nice big slices of warm-from-the-oven cranberry nut bread I followed up with for dessert. The stupid crock pot, still full of the new dish I cooked but now have no desire at all to eat, has been unplugged and so have I. Bunk day was a bust, but that's OK. Tomorrow is another day, and life will once again go on. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. Wednesday November 27 TRASH OR TREASURE SHOP – of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 490 Broadway, Pawtucket, has re-opened with fall/winter merchandise. New and gently- used clothing and shoes for the family is available along with handbags, books, home goods, soft domestics, etc. The shop is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m.- noon. FREE WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRD WALKS – by Audubon with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destina- tion will be chosen. Vist the Audubon webi- ste, asri.org, or Facebook Page for location. These walks are for ages 14 and up. Contact Laura at lcarberry@asri.org for more infor- mation. 9 a.m. BINGO – offered at The Forand Manor, 30 Washington St., Central Falls, every Wednesday and Friday nights. Kitchen opens at 3:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 5 p.m. KARATE SHOW AND LONG SHADOW SHEEP – perform at The Black Box, 15 West Central St., Franklin, Mass. The concert is 21+ only, ID will be checked at the door. Tickets are available at www.theblackbox- online.com, by calling the box office at 508- 528-3370, or at the door. 8 p.m. Thursday November 28 RHODE ISLAND FAMILY TURKEY TROT – Youth fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. 5K starts 10 a.m. Start and finish at Pawtucket City Hall. Pick up race number and T-shirt start- ing at 8:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. Visit https://familyturkeytrot.com . 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 information. 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. ARTISTS CIRCLE FOR ADULTS – held every Thursday at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library, 303 Clinton St., 7:15 p.m. A non-instructional gathering. Bring your own supplies or a project you are working on and meet with fellow artists and get inspired. Call the library at 401-769-9044 for more information. Friday November 29 "FESTIVAL OF TREES" – Open house and annual opening of Grace Country Store at at Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St., North Attleboro, Mass. Friday, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ANNUAL COAT DRIVE DISTRIBUTION – from the Helping Hands Club at Cumberland High School will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 301 Broad St., and the Boys & Girls Club in Cumberland, 1 James J McKee Way. Those in need can take home coats for them- selves and their families for the winter. 8:30 a.m. DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AT AUDUBON – Bring the kids for fun activi- ties and a Turkey Trot Nature Walk at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol. No registration required. Free with admission. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. THE CUMBERLAND LAND TRUST – is hosting a two-hour leisurely walk at Mercy Woods at 10 a.m. Meet at the intersection of Sumner Brown Road and Wrentham Road. For more information, visit www. RILandTrustDays.org . THE GLOCESTER LAND TRUST – will lead a two-hour walk at Steere Hill in Harmony Route 44 Music Series presents SARAH POTENZA and Ian Crossman at The Harmony Lodge, 102 Putnam Pike, Glocester. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sean Finnerty will open the show. For tickets, visit https://route44sarah.brownpapertickets.com . See FRIDAY, Page 10 RHEA From Page One ACROSS 1. Vital part of a lock 5. Adherent of Zoroas- trianism 10. European river 14. Nonprofit public health group 15. Make law 16. Three-banded armadillo 17. Monetary unit 18. Sandwich-like dishes 19. Sicilian city 20. Finger millet 22. Of she 23. Bullfighting ma- neuvers 24. Lawyers 27. A place to relax 30. Often said after "Hee" 31. Supervises flying 32. Cheer of approval 35. Something spiders twirl 37. Aggressive dog 38. Long-legged gazelle 39. Mogul emperor 40. Baltic peninsula 41. Fencing sword 42. A reward (archaic) 43. Pigeon sound 44. Type of groove 45. Inquire too closely 46. Nine Inch Nails' debut (abbr.) 47. An often unwel- come guest 48. Something you can draw 49. Songs to one's lover 52. Eastern Cairo mosque 55. A partner to cheese 56. Absorption unit 60. A type of sandwich 61. Herbaceous plant 63. Chinese temple classification 64. Native person of central Volga 65. Excessive fluid accumulation in tissues 66. Some take them up 67. South American nation 68. Threaten per- sistently 69. Morningwear DOWN 1. German courtesy title 2. Samoan capital 3. A type of carpet 4. Upper bract of grass 5. Al Bundy's wife 6. In a careless way 7. More uncommon 8. Expressing contempt 9. Belonging to a thing 10. Adventure stories 11. Copycats 12. Farewell 13. Greek mythological builder 21. Colorless, volatile liquid 23. Monetary unit of Burma 25. Bar bill 26. Body part 27. Mischievous child 28. Popular card game 29. Building occupied by monks 32. Spiritual leader 33. Independent ruler 34. He wrote about the Gold Rush 36. Bundle of banknotes 37. Corporate honcho 38. Touch softly 40. Made by oneself 41. Satisfies 43. Subcompact Toyota crossover 44. Cool! 46. Popular vegetable 47. Flower cluster 49. Transylvanian city 50. Robert and Stephen are two 51. Philippine island 52. Canadian law enforcers 53. Wings 54. He played Perry Mason 57. Ballpoint pen 58. Metrical foot 59. It has nostrils 61. Confederate soldier 62. Take in solid food Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 11.

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