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5 THINGS: Spring Fever Edition

Sure, it might only be the first day of April vacation… but maybe you really, really need to get the kids out of the house already.

Here are the (more than) Five Things for Monday, April 16:

“Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach… It [annoys] me! I’ll go over to a little baby and say, ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!’” – Steven Wright. As a reminder, area high schools are on vacation this week. Adjust accordingly.

Chicks! (Note: the animal kind. Get your mind out of the gutter.) will be hosting Project Chick at 10:30 a.m. Staff from Casey Farm will describe all about chicks to the kids – how they hatch, what they eat, etc. Admission is free.

My buddy used to design Nerf guns. will host a on cartooning, cool toys and comic book covers at 11 a.m. Aimed at children 7 to 14, cartoonist Corinne Adams will have a show and tell of toys.

Just like peanut butter and jelly. What goes together better than National Poetry Month and Earth Day? Nothing, that’s what. So celebrate with the at 2 p.m. at . The event is meant for kids 6 to 12, since silly poems will be read, and they’ll get a chance to decorate a flowerpot. Also, prepare to get a bit messy, since this is a craft project.

And then there’s sport. Here is the high school sports schedule for today:

  • Local match-up: South Kingstown junior varsity softball hosts Prout at 4 p.m. at the Broad Rock Playfields.
  • South Kingstown baseball (3-2, 2-2 Division I-South) hosts Portsmouth (3-2, 3-1 Division I-South) at 12 p.m. at Old Mountain Field. South Kingstown junior varsity baseball hosts Portsmouth at 12 p.m. at the Broad Rock Playfields.
  • South Kingstown boys’ tennis (2-0, 2-0 Division I-South) plays at Smithfield High School (2-1, 2-1 Division I-North) at 10 a.m.
  • Prout boys’ tennis (2-2, 2-2 Division II-South) travels to Slater Park to play Tolman High School (2-2, 2-2 Division II-Central) at 10:30 a.m.
  • Narragansett junior varsity baseball hosts Exeter-West Greenwich at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Sprague Park. Yes, it is a scheduled doubleheader.

Holy cow, I don’t believe it! On this day in 1940, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians threw the only Opening Day no-hitter. The Plain Dealer has an awesome feature on its website – the original game story for that. (And as a reminder, the annual Marathon Day game for the Red Sox is at 11:05 a.m. today.)

“Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” Kareem Abdul-Jabber, I’m happy you’re turning 65 today. I’m not so happy that you played for the Lakers.

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