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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-26-2020

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18 ENTERTAINMENT MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION Land Trust upgraded its trail system for the Blackall/Ballou properties, according to its Facebook page. A centralized trail head is located on West Wrentham Road, and the new system includes two extended one-plus mile loop trails coupled by a single connector; the new trails bring hikers through 3.2 miles of forested rolling hill and valley complexes, aside wetland habitats, through an old and overgrown orchard, past farmers' rock piles and stonewall complexes. Another popular hiking spot in town is the Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, which "has an incredible network of trails for peo- ple of all kinds of walking abilities," Friday said, noting that some are handicapped-accessible while others are more rugged. Other hikes in northern Rhode Island include Sprague Farm Town Forest and the Steere Hill & Phillips Farm property in Glocester, Lincoln Woods, and the seven scenic walks in Smithfield. Most local land trusts have web- sites with information about their properties and trail maps. For a list, visit www.rilandtrusts.org/ landTrusts.htm . The R.I. Land Trust Council's Explore Rhode Island website offers interactive maps as well as a list of 103 trails across the state with a breakdown of miles, level of diffi- culty, and other information includ- ing whether bikes and/or dogs are allowed. Visit https://exploreri.org/ gtraillist.php . The council also launched a new website, exploreri.org/riwalks , which lets people track their walks and set goals, Friday said. "It's easy for people to find places to walk or just walk in your neighborhood," he said. Mitchell is reminding hikers to watch for ticks and recommends wearing brightly colored pants and socks over the bottom of your pants to prevent tick bites. Cyclists and walkers can also take advantage of the state's bike paths including the 18.2-mile Blackstone River Bikeway, the state's second- longest bike path, which includes 11.6 miles of continuous path from Cumberland to Woonsocket, accord- ing to the RIDOT website. Friday, who lives in Narragansett and walks the South County Bike Path, said bike paths are great for people with mobility challenges and baby strollers. Another way to get outside is to become a citizen scientist with DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife's new Herp Observer app, which allows members of the public to submit observations of amphib- ians and reptiles (aka "herps") to the division's databases. For more information, visit www.dem.ri.gov/ programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/ herp-observer-fs.pdf . If you're craving a walk or drive around Providence, The Avenue Concept offers self-guided tours of its sculptures and murals downtown and in the South Side and West End. For more, visit https://theavenue- concept.org/public-art-providence- self-guided-tours/ . A trail map of SPRAGUE FARM TOWN FOREST, one of two properties maintained by the Glocester Land Trust, which is open to hikers. NATURE From Page 17 Musical instruments for children needed PROVIDENCE – The Instruments for Children Program of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is seek- ing donations of used or new musi- cal instruments for children who express an inter- est in their school music programs, and would not be able to participate without help. The group is seeking flutes, trumpets, saxo- phones, trombones, clarinets, string instruments, elec- tronic keyboards, beginner drums, etc. There is also a special request for a baritone sax for a student. The organization fully restores the donated instruments before they reach the schools. These instruments will be provided to children for whom this activity would otherwise be a financial hardship. According to organizers, the pro- gram has provided more than 300 musical instruments to students in Rhode Island schools. Contact Tom Colantonio at 401- 793-1281 or Tcolantonio@cox.net or Cleveland Kurtz at 401-461- 0012 or clevekurtz@gmail.com . Visit www.bluespreservation- society.org for more on The Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society. ACROSS 1. As soon as pos- sible 5. Gateway (Arabic) 8. Doctors' group 11. Madder genus of plants 13. A team's best pitcher 14. Ancient Greek sophist 15. Go up 16. Neither 17. Bolivian river 18. Manila hemp 20. Comedienne Gasteyer 21. British School 22. Human reproduc- tive organs 25. Surrenders 30. Dog with long, silky coat and drooping ears 31. Sun up in New York 32. Lead alloy 33. Eastern Asian plant 38. Rapid deploy- ment force (abbr.) 41. Japanese warrior 43. Festivity 45. Interruptions 47. Nonsense (slang) 49. Data mining methodology (abbr.) 50. Calvary sword 55. French river 56. Global business conference (abbr.) 57. 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