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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-08-2020

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16 THE VALLEY JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION This summer join the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council for bike rides, paddle trips, and nature walks as part of its Explore the Woonasquatucket: Recreation Series, which includes events in Smithfield, Glocester, and Providence. "We are always so excited to get people out in the Woonasquatucket River watershed, exploring and see- ing different parts of it," Amanda Blevins, recreation program leader for the coun- cil, told The Valley Breeze. "It's such a beautiful gem in the state of Rhode Island." The council has hosted recreation programs in vari- ous forms for almost 25 years, said Blevins, who has been with the orga- nization since 2009. Given the ongo- ing health crisis, she said organizers have been working on finding safe ways to still let people take part in their popular recreation series. Upcoming events include: • Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m.: Paddle and Swim at Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield • Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m.: Bike to Sundae's Ice Cream in Johnston • Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.: Hike at Steere Hill Conservation Area in Glocester • Saturday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m.: Family-Friendly Bike Ride and Scavenger Hunt in Providence • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6 p.m.: Paddle the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond) in Smithfield Each event will be limited to 10 participants to allow for safe social distancing, and people are asked to wear masks. Pre-registration is required. Events are described as give-what-you-can; people can choose from free tickets up to $20. "I think everybody has felt really cooped up and mental health has certainly been suffering," Blevins said. "We were really excited to be able to offer this opportunity for people in a safe way." The events are family-friendly, said Blevins, who noted that the Steere Hill hike is good for younger chil- dren. On Friday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., participants can join an early evening paddle on Georgiaville Pond in Smithfield. The trip will launch from the historic Smith-Appleby House, 220 Stillwater Road, and will travel to the town beach where folks can swim or just relax. There should be a nearly full moon in the sky for the return paddle. Due to precautions surrounding the virus, participants are asked to bring their own boat, paddles, and a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. On Monday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., take a leisurely bike ride on the Woonasquatucket River Greenway bike path from Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo St. in Providence, to Sundae's Ice Cream in Johnston. The ride is approximately 4 miles round- trip with a short section of riding on Greenville Avenue. Participants must bring their own bike and wear a helmet. Bring cash for the ice cream shop. Join a casual 3-mile hike through the woods and meadows at the Steere Hill Farm Conservation Area, Route 44/Putnam Pike in Glocester, on Tuesday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The hike will take approximate- ly two hours. Walkers will pass by old farms and hike up to the top of Steere Hill, which used to be an old orchard, Blevins said. The property is main- tained by the Glocester Land Trust. Sites include scenic ledge vistas, vernal pools and wetlands, two large fields, stone walls, trout streams, and stone foundation walls for barns and farmhouses. Walkers may catch a glimpse of birds and other wildlife, including meadowlarks, bluebirds, owls, New England cottontail rabbits, butterflies, and deer. "That's a really pretty hike," she said. "There are lots of beautiful views." Bring the kids to a family-friendly bike ride and scavenger hunt, put together by the R.I. Bicycle Coalition, starting at Riverside Park in Providence, on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Families will bike to the end of the off-road portion of the bike path at Lyman Avenue in Johnston and back and see what artwork, buildings, animals and other items they can find along the path and in the parks. Each participant will receive a print- out with colorful pictures to guide their ride. The ride is described as an easy 4 miles with plenty of breaks. Bring your own bike and wear a helmet to this event. Another paddle will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., this one at the Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond) in Smithfield. The 2.5-mile paddle will begin and end at the boat launch on the west side of the reservoir and will take about two hours. Participants will go by homes, small islands, and secluded woods, pad- dling up to the north end where the Woonasquatucket flows into the reservoir at the Mowry Conservation Area. The pond is home to different spe- cies including little green herons, great blue herons, box turtles and many types of fish, according to the council. "Stump Pond is another beautiful paddle," Blevins said, noting that it's the least developed body of water in the watershed. "We're really excited to see people out enjoying the Woonasquatucket River watershed," she said. "We promise we'll take good care of you." For more information and to regis- ter, visit . Hike, bike, paddle with Watershed Council this summer By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer BLEVINS Folks enjoy a paddle on GEORGIAVILLE POND in Smithfield at a past event hosted by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. The council is hosting a recreation series this summer, including a paddle at Georgiaville Pond on Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. 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