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5 THINGS: Shameless Self-Promotion, Talkies and Books

Expand your mind with Charlie Chaplin and books, and then blog about it for Patch. Win, win, win.

Here are the (more than) Five Things for Friday, April 13, 2012:

Blog blog blog blog blogggggg. At Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch, we’re always looking for new bloggers, despite our obnoxiously long name. If you’d like free exposure for your existing blog, or simply want to start writing, feel free to shoot an email to Stephen.greenwell@patch.com to get the process started. You can write about WHATEVER you’d like!

More shameless plugging. I will actually be at in Narragansett for office hours this week, promise, I swear. Come by to shoot the breeze, or to just gaze awkwardly at me. Just make sure you leave an Alley’s Donut for me. I should be there from about noon to 2 p.m.

Well lookie here, it’s a talkie! Throughout April, the Center is viewings of Charlie Chaplin films with Dr. Gambarini. At 1:30 p.m. today, the subject will be The Great Dictator, Chaplin’s satire of Hitler. A discussion will follow.

Expand your horizons with a book (that thing with all the printed letters and words). Peace Dale Library will host a discussing group on Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. The starts at 2 p.m.

Space – The final frontier. Each Friday, the Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown holds a free public observation night. You can head on over around 7:30 p.m., you know, when it gets dark out. For more info, click .

“There’s more to boxing than hitting. There’s not getting hit, for example.” – George Foreman. A bunch of games were rained out yesterday, so I’ll remind everyone – RIIL normally has the most up-to-date schedule info, especially before 2 p.m., i.e. before school gets out for the day. Typically, if a game is going to be cancelled, the decision is made before 2 p.m., when all the buses leave for the day. That aside, today’s sports schedule:

  • South Kingstown boys’ tennis (1-0, 1-0 Division I-South) hosts Barrington (2-1, 2-1 Division I-South) at the Broad Rock tennis courts at 3:30 p.m. Junior varsity tennis plays at Barrington High School at 3:30 p.m. (Note: This match was rained out on Thursday.)
  • Narragansett baseball (3-1, 2-1 Division II-South) hosts Rogers (2-3, 1-3 Division II-South) at 4 p.m. at Sprague Park.
  • Narragansett girls’ lacrosse (2-0, 2-0 Division II-South) travels to Warwick Veterans Memorial High School (0-2, 0-2 Division II-South) for a 4 p.m. game. Junior varsity plays at 5:30 p.m.
  • Prout baseball (2-2, 2-1 Division II-South) hosts Exeter-West Greenwich (2-1, 2-1 Division II-South) at 4 p.m.
  • Prout softball (4-0, 3-0 Division II-South) hosts Middletown (2-1, 2-1 Division II-South) at 4 p.m. at Narragansett High School.

That whole Istanbul, Constantinople mess… On this day in 1204, Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade (not Prout, sorry). For more, please review the catalog of They Might Be Giants [video].

GO GO GADGET ARMS! Today is the birthday of Don Adams, also known as Maxwell Smart and to kids of my generation, Inspector Gadget. (Sorry Ferris.) Adams passed away in 2005, at the age of 82, and had an awesome backstory – He served as a Marine drill instructor, and also faked his way into an engineering job for six months.

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