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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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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26 SUMMER 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE 26 26 Nos Falamos Portugues Se Habla Español 3 Lower Road (off Front St. Lincoln, RI 02865 401-725-4543 Insurance Company Approved•Loaners Certified Technicians It's your choice who repairs your vehicle, not the insurance company's The decorating will still be judged. There are six categories where winners will be named this year: Most Ancient and Horrible, Most Patriotic, Best Spirit of '76, Best Americana, Best Political, and Best Current Event. Glocester residents and businesses will have until Thursday, July 2, to email their name, address and phone number to ahparade@ or message the group on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ahparade/ if they plan to participate. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 3. Food Trucks Another typical sign that summer has arrived is the appear- ance of food trucks gathering at one location to each offer their specialty fare. Many of the towns in northern Rhode Island host regular food truck nights throughout the summer season. Eric Weiner, of PVD Food Truck Events, says that food trucks will still be out this summer, but with some new restrictions. "We're basically still doing everything, we are just reinventing them so they match the current guidelines," he said. Weiner said the events will feel and look a bit different, "but we want to continue to support local food truck operators," while at the same time giving people a way to get out of the house and support local businesses. He said in the past an event may have looked like 15 food trucks in one place, with live music, and beer and wine. This year it might be five or six trucks in one location, with online ordering, people picking up their food and either heading back to their cars to tailgate, finding a patch of grass away from others to eat, or possibly taking their food to a new location. There will be music streamed from a "secret sound stage," for attendees to enjoy. Weiner said another way he might adapt could be for a town to have three trucks in three locations on a particular night for a total of nine trucks spread out. The goal is to host smaller events with less components, where people can come and go, without crowds gathering. There are summer food truck events currently scheduled for Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket and Foster, with dates, instructions and information updated at foodtruckevents/ and . Arnold Mills Parade In Cumberland, The Arnold Mills Parade Association will be celebrating its 94th annual July Fourth Parade and 52nd Road Race in new ways. To keep in line with crowd size restrictions, a "wave parade" or "motorcade" throughout the major highways in town is being organized. The road race will be a "virtual road race." Parade Grand Marshal, Jack Thornhill, will ride with some accompanying celebratory cars as well as patriotic music throughout local roadways. Visit or https://www.facebook. com/arnoldmillsparade/ for up-to-date information. North Providence In North Providence, while the town's annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular won't be held this year, officials say they are hoping to do some kind of fireworks display before the end of the summer season. Mayor Charles Lombardi said, "We still want to do a splash, and by that time maybe this social distancing thing might ease up a bit." Lombardi said officials will do everything possible to make sure a display still happens. "We want people to enjoy it, but it's a little dangerous to try it now," he said. Lombardi added that holding a fireworks display automati- cally brings people into close proximity of each other, and that officials are already planning for next year's Fourth of July dis- play as well. WaterFire If you're a fan of WaterFire, the organization is planning new ways to deliver this year. Though there are no in-person events planned at the moment, Managing Director Peter Mello said, "We have a number of things offered virtually. We have the Beacon of Hope, which honors every life lost from the corona- virus and is streamed every night at 8:30 p.m." There is also a virtual #ChooseRI Gallery showcasing local artists. The group is planning more Virtual WaterFires to honor dif- ferent people and organizations, as well as a Salute to Veterans Virtual WaterFire. The first virtual #StayHomeWaterFire was held on May 1 and Mello said 15,000 people from around the world viewed the event. Mello said it was the largest co-creat- ed art experience live show. The show was anchored by two co-hosts. For more information, visit . With Rhode Island navigating each new phase of reopening, summer plans are bound to shift and change. Check frequently on your favorite events to stay up-to-date on the latest information. More options for sum- mer fun could be just around the corner. EVENTS From Page 24

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