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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-01-2021

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18 ENTERTAINMENT APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION spring will be a new electric-assist OPair wheelchair bike. The purchase of the OPair was made possible through a grant received from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, New England Region. Bike-On, of Warwick, supported BHC in obtaining the grant to purchase the bike, which was imported from the Netherlands for the program, and also discounted the purchase as a contribution to BHC. Alison Zack Darrell, community relations coordi- nator for Bike-On, said the company will continue to help with mainte- nance and upkeep of the OPair, and training of volunteers in the use of the bike. The Adaptive Cycling Series includes dates scheduled in Lincoln and Blackstone as well as rides geared toward veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces that begin in Worcester, Mass. Suzanne Buchanan, volunteer coor- dinator for the BHC, said the feed- back from people who participate in the program is, in a word, "joy." It's "opening the doors to the out- doors," Buchanan said. "It's magical that they say, 'I can't believe that I had limitations for doz- ens of years and I've just discovered this,'" she said. "It's like a breath of fresh air." Karen Foster, executive director of nonprofit All Out Adventures based in Northampton, Mass., said, "The goal is to help people of all ages and all abilities get outside and access the state parks and beautiful places. There's a bike for everybody." "What we see a lot is people who think that for whatever reason biking isn't for them," Foster said. Whether it's aging, balance con- cerns, back pain, physical, cognitive, or developmental limitations, two- wheel cycling may no longer be an option, she said. "Through all the different bikes we use, as well as our own experience, it allows people to be successful and participate in biking," Foster said. Once a participant pre-registers for one of the events, All Out Adventures will ask a series of ques- tions to learn more about the rider's interests and abilities, from there matching the rider with an appropri- ate bike. Both Buchanan and Foster said this year's events will be a bit differ- ent, and all COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Ride times will be staggered so that only one party will be setting up at any one time. Touch points on equipment will be sanitized between users, masks must be worn, riders will be asked to bring their own helmets if they have them, and there will be a hand sanitizing station on site. While Bikeway Ambassadors will be providing volunteer services, they won't be riding with guests as during past events. People who need personal care will be asked to bring a caregiver or a friend or loved one to help out or to ride with. On Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., BHC and All Out Adventures will offer "Celebrate Trails Day," in recognition of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on the Blackstone River Greenway in Blackstone. This adaptive cycling event will be presented in part- nership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Bike-On of Warwick. The event is dedicated to the mem- ory of Margaret Carroll, longtime BHC volunteer who died on March 13. Carroll provided the inspira- tion to bring adaptive recreation to the Blackstone River Bikeway and Greenway. Buchanan said that in 2017, during a Greenway dedication event, Carroll (93 at the time) expressed that num- ber one on her bucket list was to see the Bikeway on the seat of a bicycle, but said she didn't think it was pos- sible for her. Buchanan said that with a few phone calls to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Carroll's wish was made possible, and she rode the length of the Greenway on a tandem adap- tive bicycle. Buchanan said that ride inspired many phone calls from people wondering how they could set up the same type of adaptive riding experience, and the rest is history. BHC and AOA also have two adaptive cycling events scheduled along the Bikeway in Lincoln, on Tuesday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in coor- dination with the month of May being National Bike Month. These events will be made possible by a partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Bike-On. The series also includes four rides for veterans along the Bikeway, departing from the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Center in Worcester, made possible by a Veterans Adaptive Sports Grant secured by All Out Adventures. Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces, along with their loved ones, are invited to ride on Tuesdays, April 13 and 27, May 11, and June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for any of the events, call All Out Adventures at 413-584- 2052 or email info@alloutadventures. org. Addresses for each event will be provided upon registration. Those interested in adaptive cycling volunteer opportunities should visit tinyurl.com/9x8b6h5h . Buchanan said the goal is to fill these free events so they "sell out." Special events like this series dem- onstrate a need for more of this type of programming, and show that with support they could happen on a more frequent basis. She said she hopes people see that while these programs are made pos- sible through grants and that BHC has the resources, "we have to find a way to make this sustainable" – for example with a large company or assisted living facility stepping up to the plate to sponsor rides. Buchanan said she's looking for- ward to the riders with this series experiencing that joy that comes along with cycling along the Bikeway. "You can still tell someone's smil- ing with a mask on by their eyes, and that's what I'll be looking for." JACKIE BROWN, program leader and trike shop coordinator for All Out Adventures, demonstrates the Blackstone Heritage Corridor's new electric-assist OPair wheelchair bike. CYCLING From Page 15 answers WNRI is pleased to present our Special Good Friday Programming. This year's presentation is scheduled for Friday April 2 ~from noon to 3:00 pm. Three hours of sacred music for inspiration and meditation. The program will be hosted by Father John Kiley and Roger Bouchard This is our 28th year of presenting this radio broadcast. Heard on WNRI 1380 AM; 99.9 FM and on the internet at wnri.com News/Talk 1380/WNRI since 1954 WNRI/1380 Good Friday Programming Do you know someone celebrating a May Birthday? 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