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With the winter set in and COVID preventing some travel plans to warmer climates, many find themselves craving a tropical getaway. Now, thanks to a new cookbook by Narragansett resident Pamela Child, locals can take their taste buds to the Florida Keys without ever leaving South County.

“Keys Eats” features over 60 recipes from some of the top restaurants of the Keys featuring some of the best of “Floribbean” cuisine, including seafood staples such as conch, tuna and shrimp, as well as the classic Key Lime Pie and rum cakes to make everything from the traditional to the experimental.

“You have a lot of things that have jalepeños, mangos and tropical fruits,” Childs said. “It’s just kind of a little twist on some regular dishes.”

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A group of Narragansett High School students will exercise their green thumbs this spring in order to help the environment.

The dozen members of the school’s Eco-Club, along with outside volunteers, plan to plant 100 trees in town on May 1.

It’s part of a nationwide program started by Tree-Plenish, a nonprofit organization that has partnered with more than 85 schools to help build sustainable communities through youth engagement.

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In the memory of the late civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Towards An Anti-Racist North Kingstown (TANK), put on their first public event via Zoom, “Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy: Our Community in Action,” Monday night, featuring a candle light vigil, music, art and talks from members and activists.

The group was first started in October, with founder Jen Lima saying she was inspired by a similar group in South Kingstown.

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The national debate over getting the COVID-19 vaccine has some South County emergency responders waiting to roll up their sleeves to get inoculated.

A survey by The Independent this week showed that both South Kingstown and North Kingstown police departments had about 50% of sworn personnel take up the offer to be vaccinated, while about 75% of eligible Narragansett officers got the shot.

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Another South County childhood performer is finding success through television appearances, coaching other actors and even jumping into the pandemic chaos with a newsletter to help actors struggling to find work.

Jenna Doolittle, a South Kingstown High School alum, brings a history rooted in local theater that forms part of the foundation on which her achievements are built.

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During the 2000s, Zox was the biggest band coming out of Providence. The quartet of guitarist and co-vocalist Eli Miller, violinist and co-vocalist Spencer Swain, bassist Dan Edinberg and drummer John Zox combined alternative rock, folk, classical and even a bit of reggae to create a stunningly original sound that garnered a dedicated fan base that still exists to this day. After their initial breakup in 2009, the band has had a few reunion shows, but on Jan. 11 Zox put out its first release in 12 years with Lost and Found: B-sides.

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In 2019, the world saw thousands take to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the increasingly restrictive measures being put in place on the island by Beijing, and watched as police became increasingly more violent with protestors and cracked down further on dissent.

Among those thousands of activists, artists, students and other citizens were photographers, videographers, writers, sound artists and more who captured the moments and scenes in real time and chronicled theirs and others’ experiences.Some of those artifacts have become part of a new multimedia exhibition, “afterbefore: images and voices from Hong Kong,” which is now on display at the Hera Gallery through Jan. 30.

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The first Wickford Arts Association exhibit of 2021 may be called “Black N’ White,” but there’s plenty of gray area for the artists’ interpretation.

“Black N’ White,” which debuted Friday and runs through Feb. 7, features 59 different pieces from both member and non-member artists that consist of a wide array of mediums, including photography, painting, sculpture and drawing, which utilize the colors to give “an artist’s interpretation of color (or lack thereof), race relations, positive/negative space” and more.

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“Adjusting” has been a key word to describe the last 10 months. Regardless of your profession – if you still have one – or what your life as a whole is like, you’ve definitely had to do things a tad differently because of COVID-19. Due to the nature of an industry that relies on people gathering, music venues have made plenty of adjustments as well. The Knickerbocker Music Center on 35 Railroad Avenue in Westerly has shifted from its status as one of the most legendary establishments for musical sounds in New England to a recording studio and practice space. In fact, they also have a livestream series happening this weekend that’ll go on for the next few months.