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Homeschooling Intro, Little Pictures & Cold!

Your guide for life in North Kingstown today, Dec. 13.

Dressed for the holidays: The window at Five Main. Credit: NK Patch
Dressed for the holidays: The window at Five Main. Credit: NK Patch

Intro to Homeschooling: ENRICHri, a nonprofit secular organization, provides support and guidance for homeschooling families in Southern New England. Bev Burgess, State Coordinator for ENRICHri, and Melissa Robb, a homeschooler with six years of experience and an ENRICHri Board member,  will present this program that covers the basics of homeschooling. 10 a.m.

Little Picture Show @ Wickford Art Assoc.: The Wickford Art Association gallery features Our Little Picture Show from Nov. 22 to Dec. 18 at our gallery at 36 Beach St. in North Kingstown. The Little Picture Show is our last gallery event of the year. All the artwork in this exhibit is 8" x 10" or under and priced to sell. If you (or someone on your Christmas list) like art, this is a good opportunity to pick up a wonderful, moderately priced piece from a talented local artist.

Baby, It IS Cold Outside: According to local weather blogger Harold Ambler (who says he learned it from WeatherBell Analytics' Ryan Maue), "the six days ending December 10 were the coldest for the whole country since at least 1979. The surprise is that it happened in early December. January and February are generally colder. It's harder for the system to generate sustained cold so early in the season." And it's only been colder – in New England anyway – since then. And snow is on the way. Ambler's prediction from Thursday: "My best guess for snowfall over the weekend, comparing various model predictions, is 4 or 5 inches. Could easily be half that, and could easily be 6 to 8. But it shouldn't be none and it shouldn't be a foot, either." We will soon find out!

On Saturday …

Newtown Anniversary: One year ago, right next door in our sister state Connecticut, the unthinkable happened – 26 young children and adults were gunned down at an elementary school. People are marking the day in different ways – Patch invites you to send a note to Newtown here. Some area churches are are also ringing their bells at 9:35 a.m. If you have another idea, share it in the comments section below.

Tim Cranston at Davisville Free Library: Davisville’s Second Saturday Series features local historian Tim Cranston for a reading and book signing. Mr. Cranston will be reading from his Walking in Olde Wickford guidebook series and his popular newspaper column, The View from Swamptown. After the reading, Mr. Cranston will answer questions about local history.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. 2 p.m.

Holiday Craft Show: Come and shop for unique gift ideas from local crafters and venders wile supporting the North Kingstown High School Art Club. 9 a.m. at North Kingstown High School.

Candlelight Tour: The Stone Ridge Neighborhood Association om East Greenwich holds its annual Luminaria Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Dec. 15). The neighborhood provides an outdoor display for the holidays which includes traditional holiday decorations and thousands of paper bag lanterns decorating curbs, driveways and walkways. Last year the neighborhood was lined with over 3,000 lit lanterns. Come drive slowly through the neighborhood with headlights dimmed.


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