Thursday, December 27, 2012
The list often appears endless — but some movies just stand head and shoulder above others. What's your favorite?
When it comes to holiday-themed movied, I'm a junkie for "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." It's my favorite holiday movie ever. I watch it at least once every year. Clark Griswold. Cousin Eddy. Todd and Margo. Aunt Bethany. Audrey and Rusty. I start to laugh just thinking about the movie, which I've watched a zillion times. I've got several DVDs — but I still watch it when it's shown on TV, too. You must have a favorite holiday movie: "A Christmas Story." "It's A Wonderful Life." "Miracle on 34th Street." And, of course, there are so many others. What's your favorite Christmas movie? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Sky Zone brings it own brand of fun and fitness to Rhode Island with all-trampoline playing courts in East Providence.
Stella Downie likes to play — which means she likes to have fun. You and your kids can bounce, dip, dodge, duck and dive with her on starting today, when she opens her third Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in East Providence – the first one in Rhode Island. [Looking for other ideas of what to do with the kids over Christmas break? Check out our list of vacation things to do.] The all-trampoline playing courts are located at 70 Pawtucket Ave. in a brand new addition to a long warehouse-like building just east of Pawtucket in the Rumford section of East Providence. She's opening the park just in time for school vacation week. “People don’t know how to play any more,” said Downie, who also owns Sky Zone parks in the Hyde Park section of …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Here's a list of things to do over next week's vacation. Have fun!
Looking for something to do with the children in Bristol and Warren over holiday break? Assuming you can tear the kids away from their new toys for a few hours, here are some ideas for things to do at home and nearby. Entertainment: Bowling: Dudek Bowling Alleys is the closest place to throw a few frames. Have the kids try duckpin bowling, if they've never tried it before. Local libraries: Check out Rogers Free Library in Bristol and George Hail Library in Warren for borrowing a new book or DVD. They're also great resource for vacation programs and museum passes (some of which can give you discounts). Movies: For this one, you'll have to travel to the Showcase Cinemas on Route 6 Seekonk, MA — if you're a AAA member, check the AAA.com …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Here's where to find the schedule of Christmas Masses and services at houses of worship in Bristol and Warren.
St. Mary of the Bay, Warren Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24: 4 pm Children's Christmas Mass at St. Mary of the Bay Church 12 midnight Mass at St. Jean Baptiste Mission Church (324 Main Street) Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25: 7:15 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Bay Church 9 am Mass at St. Jean Baptiste Mission Church [This Mass is interpreted for the deaf/hearing impaired.] 10:30 am Mass at St. Mary of the Bay Church First Congregational Church, Bristol Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24: 6 pm: Family Christmas Eve Service Candlelight, Choir, gifts for the children and special music. Remember — No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! St. Mary's Church, Bristol Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24: 4 pm…
If you're open for business tomorrow, post your hours in the comments section.
Tomorrow is Christmas Day, Dec. 25. It's a national holiday, meaning federal and state government offices, as well as Bristol Town Hall and Warren Town Hall and other local offices [except for emergency services] are closed. [Warren Town Hall is scheduled to close today, Christmas Eve, at 12 noon.] The Bristol-Warren School District is also closed. Classes are scheduled to resume Jan. 2, 2013. Some businesses may be closed, or open for limited hours — use the Bristol-Warren Patch Directory to find information and links to their websites. If your business is open on Christmas Day, post your hours in the comments below.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Some 380 local kids will get a bit of Christmas cheer this year, courtesy of the dedicated volunteers who organized the "Giving Tree' toy distribution at the East Bay Food Pantry.
On Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, a small team of volunteers readied piles of gifts for distribution to local families and their children from the Franklin Court Community Center, above the East Bay Food Pantry Franklin Street in Bristol. Kara Rocha, Lauren Martel, and Nicki Tyska — who led the effort among about 10 local businesses, and purchased some of the gifts for the drive — were making final preparations before opening the doors of the center at 11 am. Dyan Vaughan, who alerted Bristol-Warren Patch to the event, explained that the trio "went above and beyond this year, taking care of many kids themselves." Vaughan estimated that 380 local children will be receiving gifts through the efforts of Rocha, Martel, and Tyska. Watch the …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Some two dozen artists from the area are scheduled to show their work at The Coffee Depot on Thursday afternoon.
What started as a couple of offhand conversations quickly turned into an art show and sale highlighting artists from the Warren area, scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 8 pm at The Coffee Depot on Main Street. Themed "In the Nick of Time," the event is meant to offer local artists' works for sale — just five days before Christmas. Paula Silva, a local realtor and member of the Warren Arts Initiative, explained during an interview at the coffee house on Tuesday morning that "everything started clicking" after she chatted with local artists Leigh Medeiros, who creates prints and cards, and Tony Depoto, a painter and sculptor. "I was talking to a couple of friends who are artists, who happened to produce some new work," Silva recalled. …