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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-01-2021

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16 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION missed so much during the past year. I can have Elaine over for a baked mac and cheese dinner followed by some vigorous "kickass" Scrabble just like we used to do way back in pre- pandemic times. Jeanne and I can finally go out for the fried clams we had searched for in vain in fall at Flo's Clam Shack in Newport, which should have its seasonal reopening almost any day now. Not only that, but we had also promised to take each other out for Chinese food to celebrate our April birthdays. She said she would pay for my lunch. I said I'd pay for hers. "Same day?" she asked. "Yep," I replied, and then we laughed and laughed, which is what you do when you're friends. I am also champing at the bit to resume our regular French immer- sion group meetings in person again, although we realize it won't be quite the same without our friend Walter who always volunteered to bring pas- try, often from Wright's Farm, to our monthly meetings. When he failed to show up at our last gathering, held outside in the cold last November, we wondered where he was, only to learn that he had died of COVID-19 just days later. (My eyes are tearing up now just writing this.) He was a big guy with a white beard who loved the color red, so his absence from our tables will be a painful reminder of our loss for some time to come. I have missed our Tuesday morn- ing knitting group! The large brown shopping bag has stood near the hearth for more than a year now, waiting for knitted hats to start drop- ping into it once more. And dare I even hope that as more and more seniors are vaccinated, the Senior Pitch leagues might be able to start playing again soon? These are people I only saw at cards, but have missed schmoozing with for more than a year now. It has left two large but separate holes in my life that I look forward to filling back in again soon. And then there's bowling! I know some already went back once the bowling alley opened again with modifications, but between my recent back surgery and my fear of catching the virus, I have stayed away. However, given my newly acquired vaccinated status, I am seri- ously thinking of stopping by some quiet morning to see if I can still swing my sissy 9-pound ball with- out dropping to my knees in pain. (Fingers crossed.) Biggest and best of all, however, is the possibility of getting together with my family. I miss the whole gang getting together over potluck meals where everyone comes in with enough food and drink for an army (Remembering our family motto: If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing) and filling every nook and corner of the house with chatter and laughter. I really miss having my youngest grandson JR (who is currently quar- antined in N.Y. with school-acquired COVID-19) and the rest of the cous- ins here. The four guys are already between 13 and 14 years old, so I know they will soon be outgrow- ing me ... as they should ... but in the meantime I would enjoy having them here and taking them out to the Texas Roadhouse, KFC, and wher- ever else floats their boat as much as possible while I still can. Pity that we have already had to miss the whole last year. It just occurred to me how much fun it would be for all the families to get together as soon as the weather warms up just a bit more for a night at the drive-in theater. They wouldn't all need to be vaccinated for that and it wouldn't even matter what was playing. I can see it all now, three generations of us with coolers, blan- kets, folding chairs and bug spray yucking it up and having a grand old time together at last. I'd even volun- teer to bring a giant bucket of home- made buttered popcorn to share. What a blast! Looks like life as we once knew it is getting ready to crack open again and I can hardly wait! Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. RHEA From Page 15 Audubon announces April school vacation programs SMITHFIELD – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, announces the following April school vacation pro- grams. Kids get up-close with turtles, hawks, and frogs and head outside to explore wetlands, streams and more. All programs are designed with safety in mind. Face masks and social distancing are required. Participants must bring their own masks. Unless noted, advance registration is required for all programs. For more details and to register, visit the events calendar at www.asri.org or call 401-949-5454, ext. 3014. • Life Under a Log: Tuesday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn what animals make their homes under the logs and rocks and bark. Dress for dirt and avoid any insect repellent or sunscreen on hands as we will be seeking and touching small creatures. The fee is: $5/member child; $7/ non-member child. Ages: 3 and up. • Drawing in Nature for Families: Tuesday, April 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Bring your favorite young artist, some colored pencils and pad of paper, and join Audubon for an afternoon of nature drawing. Take a slow walk on the trail with stops to sit and sketch the beautiful things found in nature. Fee: $5/member; $7/non-mem- ber. Ages: 5 and up. • "City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male," Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m.-noon. Based on the true story of Pale Male, "City Hawk" brings New York City's favorite hawk to life in a story of family, persever- ance, and big-city living. After the story, meet a live red-tailed hawk. The fee is $5/member; $7 non- member. Open to ages: 3 and up. • Raptors Rock!: Wednesday, April 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Visitors will find out what makes a raptor a rap- tor and meet a couple of live ones. The fee is $10/member adult, $5/ member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Open to ages: 5 and up. • Totally Turtles!: Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Learn about these interesting creatures and meet some live turtles. The fee is $5/member child; $7/ non-member child. Open to ages 3 and up. • Earth Day Photo Scavenger Hunt: Thursday, April 22, 2-4 p.m. How many scavenger hunt items can you find and photograph out on the refuge within the time allot- ted? Easy items are one point. Harder ones are five or 10 points. Special prize for the most points, but all participants will get a nature treat bag. Bring a smartphone, tab- let, or a digital camera with a view screen to take photos with. The fee is $5/member adult; $5/ member child; $7/non-member adult; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 5 and up. • Froggy Fun: Friday, April 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Hear a froggy story. Sing a froggy song. Make a froggy craft. Meet a live frog, and learn all about these fun creatures. The fee is $5/member child; $7/ non-member child. Open to ages 3 and up. • Build Your Own Bird House: Friday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m. Learn about bluebirds and other cavity nesters, when and where to place the nest box, and how to care for it. Each child registrant will get one kit to complete. All building materials are provided in each kit, but par- ticipants should bring safety glasses for each builder. The fee is $30/member child (bird house kit); $40/non-member child (bird house kit). Ages: 7 and up. • Meet a Live Raptor and Refuge Walk: Sunday, April 25, 1-3 p.m. Meet an Audubon Raptor Ambassador and take a walk with a naturalist through the fields and forest of Powder Mill Ledges to find raptors in the wild. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. All ages welcome. The fee is $10/member adult, $5/ member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Open to ages 3 and up. The Audubon Society of R.I. Powder Mill Ledges, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, will offer the program TOTALLY TURTLES! on Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Learn about these inter- esting creatures and meet some live turtles. The fee is $5/member child; $7/non-member child. Open to ages 3 and up. Get your gardening questions answered SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The URI Master Gardeners have launched a new online question and answer program on Saturday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m., for people starting new gardens this season or wondering what went wrong last year. Bring your gardening questions and listen to some garden stories. Use the link web.uri.edu/master- gardener/radiohour and during the program just type in your ques- tions. Submissions sought for Congressional Art Competition WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's office is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in Rhode Island's First Congressional District. Cicilline's Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students who reside in the First District. Students or teachers interested in participating should register by contacting André Herrera by email at andre.herrera@mail. house.gov or by phone at 401-729- 5600. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30. Cicilline will convene a panel to award first-, second-, and third-place awards, and the overall winner of the competition will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The second-place awardee will have their piece displayed in the congressman's Washington office for one year, and the third-place award- ee will have their piece displayed in the congressman's Pawtucket office for one year. Uncle Tony's Pizza & Pasta Family Style Restaurants — THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS — Wednesday – Sunday ® $ 15 95 BAKED SEAFOOD SCROD Comes with pasta, soup or salad and crusty Italian bread www.uncletonys.com Daily Lunch Specials OPEN Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. 46 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI 231-8111 260 Newport Ave., East Providence, RI 438-4646 1455 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston, RI 463-7785

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