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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | JUNE 4-10, 2020 AT HOME / ENTERTAINMENT 29 seatbelts, and three people could slide into the front seat," she said. Norma later met her hus- band, Gary, and they will be married for 61 years this September. They, too, have enjoyed summering in Vermont, although she said, "He was ocean and I was mountains," and that could have been a deal breaker. Summer traditions live on as they enjoy a home on a lake in Vermont with their friends and family. Norma worked for 35 years at Lincoln High School, first with children with special needs and later in the library. "I love to read," she said. It wasn't something that came easily to her when she was young, though. "I remember my mother sitting with me to try to teach me phonics. But it did not click until much later. I had a learning problem," she said. Life has had its ups and downs; she and Gary lost a son, David, when he was 42 years old. "He developed a form of meningitis at just four days old – he was born healthy," she said. They told her he would never walk, or talk, but he did both. That taught her to fight for him and advocate for the services he needed, which really did take her out of her bashful shell. Her experiences explain her eternal optimism. "Any day I get up – it doesn't mat- ter if it's raining – it is a good day," said Norma. She is now 80 and has overcome lung cancer. "I walk my rescue dog four times a day," she added. And as for her recipe, it came from a newspaper in Vermont about 30 years ago. "We got friendly with a couple from Montreal, she hand-wrote it down in her penmanship for me. My daughter loves to cook," said Norma, "but I hate cooking." So this chicken recipe won her over because it is so easy to make. She and Gary have four grandsons, one great-grand- daughter and two more great-grandchildren on the way. She loves to decorate her home for every season and right now the red, white and blue theme is in effect. "I needed to say something (to show thanks) during the pandemic," she said. "My husband was a paratrooper." RECIPE From Page 27 Chicken Broccoli Bake Ingredients: 2 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked 1 large head of broccoli, cook al dente 1 can cream of mushroom soup (or any creamed flavor) 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup bread crumbs 4 tbsp. melted butter or margarine 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (optional) Directions: Lay the cubed cooked chicken in the bottom of a casserole dish, top that with the al dente broccoli. Spread the soup and sour cream over all. Sprinkle with bread crumbs that have been mixed with the melted butter. Sprinkle poppy seeds over the top if using them. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy! HIGGINBOTTOM R.I. Philharmonic Music School announces dates for online ensemble auditions EAST PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School ensembles pro- grams offer elementary, middle, and high school students an opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality ensemble repertoire. Student musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut are welcome to apply. Due to social distancing guide- lines, all ensemble auditions for the 2020-2021 season will take place online using the Zoom platform. Interested students that are unable to use Zoom may contact Christine Eldridge at or 401- 248-7012 for alternate arrange- ments. • Ensemble programs are offered in the following catego- ries: • Youth Orchestras including: Beginning Strings, Intermediate Strings, String Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra; • Wind Ensembles including: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds; and • Jazz & Rock including: Big Band, Jazz Combos, and Rock Combos. Ensemble descriptions and audition requirements for each instrument are available at . Audition dates and times are as follows: • Youth Orchestras Ensembles: Monday, June 15, 4-8 p.m.; Thursday, June 18, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Youth Wind Ensembles: Wednesday, June 10, 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, June 16, 3:30- 7:30 p.m. • Youth Jazz & Rock Ensembles: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesday, June 17, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Mixed Magic Theatre presents online poetry event June 5 PAWTUCKET – Mixed Magic Theatre will host its 5th annual "Poets on Fire!" in an online performance on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m., at mmtheatre . The event will feature former Rhode Island poet laureates Rick Benjamin and Lisa Starr, along with international acclaimed rap/poet Chachi Carvalho, actor/poets Rudy Rudacious, Cole Rodriquez, and Bernadet V. Pitts-Wiley. Theatre at a Distance is a donation-based stream- ing experience, to donate, visit . Improv show offering shows online WARWICK – Bring Your Own Improv, an interactive comedy show for all ages, is now offering its weekly improv comedy shows via Zoom and YouTube. Bring Your Own Improv's shows are held online every Friday evening at 7 p.m., via links on its website www. . BYOI is unique in that audience members are wel- come to play along. Each game is explained and the audience can choose to vol- unteer and play right along with the cast. All shows are free, but donations are welcome. answers

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