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Five Can’t-Miss Events: March 1–7

Go green at the Pawtucket St. Patty's Day parade, spring into spring with the URI Master Gardeners, party with the Providence Preservation Society and more fun things to do.

1. Pawtucket Saint Patrick’s Day Parade From Pawtucket Saint Patrick’s Day Facebook. Go green at the Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day parade. Watch people march in their best and brightest greens, listen to bands play live Celtic music or pick out your favorite float as they make their way down the street towards a pot of gold. Check out the post-parade…

The Weekly Weigh-In: A Tax on Violent Video Games

Plus, wine might help prevent tooth decay, anxiety and self-discovery, the deadly side of cleaning products, and more in health and wellness.

Thinkstock State rep Robert Nardolillo is introducing legislation that would tax violent video games and use the money to pay for mental health counseling in schools. Lovers of vino, rejoice: Scientists are now saying that polyphenols found in wine extract could help fight tooth decay. This article on the author’s anxiety explores the condition in a beautifully visceral way. He…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 22–28

Hear the Gershwin Songbook, walk through Ballard Park's illuminated garden, enjoy a movie, coffee and popcorn at the Nook and more things to do.

1. FirstWorks Presents American Rhapsody:The Gershwin Songbook Enjoy a night at the opera, on Broadway and at the movie theater all in one show. Michael Andrew and guest vocalist Michelle Amato bring American legends George and Ira Gershwin’s music to the stage, including beloved songs like “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The Gershwin’s music will leave…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Kiwi Troubles

Plus, Emergen-C might not be the cure-all you thought it was, pistachios are deemed a superfood, a wellness walk at Hope Artist Village and more in health and wellness.

There have been cases of students having bad reactions to kiwis across Rhode Island. How can such a tasty fruit cause sudden harm? Rhode Island officials thought that a peracetic acid cleaning solution was triggering these reactions, but now they’re supposing it’s just a case of allergic reactions.   When you start to feel a cold coming on, the go-to move…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 15–21

Celebrate winter in Newport, watch innovative children's films, listen to swing in the historic Lippitt House and more fun things to do.

1. Newport Winter Festival From Newport Winter Festival Facebook page Chill out with all of the fun that the thirtieth annual Newport Winter Festival has to offer. Known as New England’s largest winter extravaganza, the festival will feature more than 150 events including a chili cook-off, live music, food, and activities for all ages. Attendees can enjoy ice sculpting demonstrations…

Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips

Make your Valentine's Day healthy this year with these tips and recipes from a local dietitian.

Salad>Fries Skip the bread or appetizer, order vegetables or a salad instead fries, ask for half portions or split courses with your date and watch out for the calorie-loaded toppings like creamy dressings. Show Caption Hide Caption Avoid fruity, sugary drinks Another one of LoBuono’s tips is to avoid drinking calories (after all, us New Englanders are notorious for our…

The Weekly Weigh-In: Pizza for breakfast

Plus, the state of mental health in RI, the shampoo-sham, the flu epidemic hits home and more in health and wellness.

Pizza lovers rejoice! Pizza for breakfast might actually be better for you than a bowl of cereal. But, of course, there are some catches (but on this national pizza day, why not live a little? Check out our comprehensive pizza guide to find some of the best pies in the state.)  It’s not news that the flu is bad this…

Five Can’t-Miss Events: Feb. 8–14

Down desserts and drafts at Whalers, attend a sparkling winter benefit, see 5,000 years of Chinese history in dance and more fun things to do.

1. Desserts and Drafts From Whalers Facebook page. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re in a committed relationship or just looking for an excuse to indulge in yummy things, we’re of the opinion that it’s never too early to begin celebrating. Kick the week of love off right by grabbing your sweetheart (romantic, platonic, familial —…

The Weekly Weigh-In: The Strange Case of the Zombie Deer

Plus, the truth about all things"low carb," an app that diagnoses and prescribes, and the next big superfood.

So, apparently there’s a disease spreading around your local deer population that’s been turning them into ‘zombies.’ Oh, and it can spread to humans. Scared yet? Well it might not be the time to panic just yet. According to leading scientists, though it’s possible for humans to catch this disease, it hasn’t happened so far. Read more about the strange…