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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-09-2020

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2 WOONSOCKET JULY 9-15, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – A lively scene of blue jays, cardinals and chickadees will be waiting to take flight when participants of PACE Organization of Rhode Island's adult day program return to the agency's center on Social Street. The new mural, unveiled on Tuesday, was created by Riverzedge Arts and funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts. Visible from the center's main room, the colorful scene will be a welcome sight for participants and visitors of all ages, according to Jen Wood, life enrichment coordinator. "With the blue background and the red on the front, I think a lot of people with visual impairments will be able to zero in," she said. Wood said she's been wanting to do a mural since PACE first opened its Woonsocket location about five years ago. The formerly drab stone wall stands over a side yard adjacent to the center's main room, previously offering little in the way of visual appeal. "It seemed natural to kind of put something for the seniors to look out at," she said. In an attempt to bring some life to the space, Wood had a birdfeeder installed in the yard just outside the center's windows. The feeder, she said, attracts all kinds of local birds, including woodpeckers and the tufted titmouse, offering a welcome distrac- tion for the center's elderly partici- pants. "We have a woodpecker family that visits all the time," she said. With that idea in mind, Wood reached out to Riverzedge Arts about creating a larger-than-life version of the birds who visited the space. The mural started off as an intergen- erational project, with the nonprofit organization's youth artists visiting the day center to speak with participants about their ideas. Along with the birds, the groups agreed to include a white swirl of lace as a backdrop to the scene to pay homage to the city's once-booming textile industry. Design in hand, artists began pre- paring the wall earlier this year to create their mural. Then COVID-19 arrived, and everything changed. "We had to shut down in-person programs, so we went all virtual with our youth early in April," explained Brad Fesmire, Riverzedge artistic director. No longer able to bring youth to the day center, Fesmire completed the mural himself. On the other side of the windows, the day center was also silent, with PACE's Woonsocket location closed due to COVID-19. Now complete, the mural drew a stream of admirers for its official unveiling on Tuesday, including PACE Chief Executive Officer Joan Kwiatkowski and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. Wood said the mural is hopefully the first of many intergen- erational projects, with another mural planned for inside the center once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. As for when the mural's audience will return, Kwiatkowski said that depends on state regulations. The center, she said, is hoping to reopen to participants sometime in August or early September. A bird's eye view By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer New mural highlights local wildlife at PACE day center BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM MAYOR LISA BALDELLI-HUNT, PACE Organization of Rhode Island CEO Joan KWIATKOWSKI, PACE Life Enrichment Coordinator JEN WOOD and Riverzedge Arts Artistic Director BRAD FESMIRE gather for the unveiling of a new mural at PACE's Woonsocket location on Tuesday. Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM • Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-7911 Emergencies Small Mammals Hospitalization Facilities Routine Exams PRogRessiVe MeDiCine in A FAMiLy PRACtiCe AtMosPHeRe We're Here To Provide Quality, Compassionate Care When Pets Need It Most. Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 oPen 7 DAys 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist At Hear For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! 401-475-6116 Remember the Sound? Reclaim your ability to enjoy every moment with the latest virtually invisible hearing aid technology.

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