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This year the South County Art Association will finally get a chance to mark its 50th annual holiday art sale, even if it took another year to do it.

Executive Director Kathleen Carland told The Independent this week that she’s happy to  throw open the doors again to the public, have the works of more than 90 artists on display and give shoppers the opportunity to get creative and one-of-a-kind gifts again.

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When the average fan thinks of Celtic music, they’ll probably think of the acoustic based songs they’ve heard while walking into an Irish pub during a session. Turns out that this certain style is a lot more wide-ranging than that. Outside of Ireland, the music also hails from Scotland, Canada, northwestern Spain and the same region of France. Boston’s Fellswater is well versed in the Celtic sounds and they pull it off with a vast array of instruments that include the mandolin, cello, flute and a harp. Tomorrow night, the ensemble will be performing at Pump House Music Works on 1464 Kingstown Road in Wakefield.

Ahead of the gig I had a talk with percussionist Kyle Forsthoff about how he got into Celtic music, his joy of teaching the trade, managing a band with a lot of members and his thoughts on the Pump House.

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Artist Molly Kaderka may have recently moved to Oklahoma, but that didn’t stop the RISD graduate and former New England resident from submitting to Hera Gallery’s Small Works Show.

Kaderka mailed one piece to Hera for inclusion in the show. It’s a painting that explores her fascination with the universe and astronomy, and she said it was created with materials such as linen, rabbit skin glue and oil grounds.

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This column, over 45 years, has begged people to make the lifestyle changes that will help them avoid the development of type 2 diabetes. Failing that, there’s mounting scientific evidence that natural supplements supporting glycemic control can help mitigate dietary obstinance and lack of exercise. And in the event diabetes takes hold, then give thanks to Banting and Best for their discovery of insulin 100 years ago.

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During a birdwatching trip last month to Costa Rica, I was impressed by how little our enjoyment of the wildlife and natural world was interrupted by human-made noises.

Nearly everywhere we went – and we visited many parts of the West Virginia-sized country – we were mesmerized by the unimpeded sounds of howler monkeys waking us up each morning, unusual insect noises in the rainforests, and beautiful birdsong everywhere. While hiking and observing hummingbirds, parrots, sloths and all sorts of other amazing creatures, we seldom heard the noise of cars or planes or other signs of human civilization. Not even other people.