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Local Last Minute Gifts

Last-minute gift ideas to put a wrap on your Christmas shopping.

For the Girl Who Has Everything You can never have too many skin-care products. This shea butter hand cleanser cream will save skin from the dryness that comes with cooler days and from having the heat on full blast. jmarcel.com Image from jmarcel.com. Show Caption Hide Caption For the Girl Who Has Everything The person on your list may have…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Dec. 14–20

Take a ride on the Polar Express, watch sugar plums dance in the Nutcracker, hear Celtic Christmas music and more fun things to do.

1. Blackstone Valley Polar Express From Blackstone Valley Polar Express Facebook. Make-believe comes to life during this ninety-minute holiday train trip and reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s modern classic: The Polar Express. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, get your ticket punched by the conductor, hear the engineer call “all aboard!” and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will also receive…

5 Ways to Safely Observe a Snowy Owl

The regal-looking owls have been spotted in various places around Rhode Island, including East Greenwich, Middletown, Narragansett and Block Island.

This winter’s forecast is predicting cloudy with a chance of snowy owls. Rhode Island has seen a recent influx of the owl species, according to wildlife officials.

Five of the Best “Caught in Providence” Moments

The Internet-famous show, which is shot in Providence Municipal Court, will begin airing nationally on Fox this fall.

Photo via Caught in Providence. Judge Frank Caprio is Rhode Island. He’s Italian. He’s got the accent. He’s blunt, but kindhearted. He makes us look good. And now, he’s getting his own national TV show. That’s right: Your favorite courtroom superstar — sorry, Judge Judy — will debut on Fox stations around the nation this fall, according to an announcement…

Read, Drink and be Merry at the Newly Opened Riffraff Bookstore and Bar

The new bookstore and bar serves up good reads and unpretentious libations.

Happy hour + books = dream come true. Image from Riffraff Instagram. Show Caption Hide Caption Riffraff also serves up coffee and tea to cozy up to your book with. Image from Riffraff Instagram. Show Caption Hide Caption The stacks. Image from Riffraff Instagram. Show Caption Hide Caption Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan. Image from Riffraff Instagram. Show Caption Hide…

The Weekly Weigh-In: A Farm-in-a-Box

Plus, CVS buys Aetna, RI native Voila Davis sounds off to POPSugar, get your wheels in gear with a holiday bike ride and more in health and wellness.

Thinkstock Ever heard of a farm-in-a-box? Well, there’s a first time for everything. The Cumberland School District has the first Leafy Green Machine in Rhode Island, a hydroponic growing facility that will bring fresh vegetables to the plates of all students in Cumberland. Over the course of just one year, the innovative machine is expected to grow the same amount…