5 THINGS: Let It Begin!

It is our first Five Things since the merger, plus a weekend, so please watch as we include way more than Five Things in this article.

Here are the (more than) Five Things for Friday, March 9, 2012, and the weekend as well:

Insert obligatory Queen “We Are The Champions” reference here. On Saturday, the Narragansett girls’ basketball team looks for a Division II championship, as they take on Classical at 1:30 p.m. at the Ryan Center. We will be there live blogging for that game, as well as for the boys’ semifinals Friday night, and the three other girls’ and boys’ championship games Saturday. For more info and game previews, click .

“Oh my, look at your muscles!” At 7 p.m. tonight, Narragansett High School will host the annual Mr. Narragansett competition. Tickets are $5 at the door, and there will be a raffle that includes items from local merchants.

Put the thingamajig into the socket for the whatsit. Does technology leave you feeling frustrated and confused? Do you wish your iPad came with iDiotProof instructions? Well, Maury Loontjens Library in Narragansett might be able to help you out, since they’re having an E-Zone Drop-In at 2 p.m. today for one-on-one help with those devices, especially how it relates to reading books on those devices. Click for more info.

Learn a vocation that will pay for itself, or rather, have your kids do it. The Neighborhood Guild, via the Red Cross, will have from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $76 for SK residents, and $86 for non-residents. Bring a sack lunch, water, a notepad and a pen. Also at the Guild this weekend: ($20 residents, $25 non-residents).

Mmm, taste that freshness! Take advantage of our unusually-warm winter / early spring at . It opens up 10 a.m. Saturday on Kingstown Road, and runs until about 2 p.m. Make a minor morning of it, between that the girls’ basketball game at the Ryan Center. By the way, the Bloodmobile will also be at the farmer’s market, so while you’re there.

Don’t be a menace on the open ice. Can’t skate, but want to learn? There are available at the Boss Ice Arena tailored for novice skaters. They run every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the eight-week session costs $130.

Probably not “Zoot Suit Riot,” but everything else is cool. Paul Hoffman will be singing love songs of the swing era from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Dale library. This is exactly what it sounds like, so I feel no need to include further pithy comments. If Irish music is more your speed, “” is at Maury Loontjens Memorial Library from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Both concerts are free.

And where would our idea of proper body image be without her? On this day in 1959, Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York. Rebel against her common body stats of 6-foot, 101 pounds and a 19-inch waist by eating lots of cheesecake this weekend.

Weave your love letter into the birthday wishes. Be sure to wish former-House star Olivia Wilde happy birthday on Saturday. According to Wikipedia, she’s also somewhat-newly single, plus, she has dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States, in case you need more swaying on her positive traits. (Which you might, considering that her film career has consisted of The Change-Up and Cowboys & Aliens.)

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