Since 1989, the Biomes Marine Biology Center has immersed visitors of all ages in the lives of sea creatures through a range of hands-on programs. Though it recently moved to a new location, it has kept aquatic habitats focused on the denizens of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Amid tanks of native and tropical species such as octopuses, horseshoe crabs, lionfish, tortoises, and sharks, the staff treats visitors to a range of events—including educational demonstrations and hermit-crab-socialization seminars.
In a separate area for kids aged 3–6 , staff members lead animal-themed story times, and walk children through corresponding craft projects afterward. They also organize birthday parties, during which kids can pet tide-pool animals such as eels, horseshoe crabs, and small sharks.
Catherine Hellman’s secret is cookies. Freshly baked cookies, to be exact. Every day upon arriving at her studio, she pops a batch into her on-site oven, their aroma coaxing smiles from even the grumpiest of guests. Catherine and Carl¬¬––her co-photog and husband¬¬––go out of their way to help their patrons “relax and really feel welcome,” fostering a cozy, friendly atmosphere for their shoots via a living room-like studio set-up and the fragrant aroma of the aforementioned cookies. In the years since they started their business, the duo has morphed into a snapping dream team, working in tandem on every shoot to combine their separate skills and strengths into those of one super-photographer. Champions of capturing naturalistic shots, they set camera-shy sitters at ease with casual conversation or, when faced with moody children or lonely ventriloquists, they introduce a cheerful puppet. Catherine and Carl have five children of their own and, as a result, their forte lies in creating candid shots of kids and families that encapsulate the energy and personalities of each of their subjects.:
Throughout his years as a firefighter and EMT, American Heart Association-certified instructor Chris Albro lends a hand in countless medical emergencies. He and his fellow emergency workers are often the first on the scene of an accident, and have training in a number of situations to care for those in harm’s way, no matter the threat. In addition to helping those in need, Chris decided to embark on a new mission—teaching others how to help those in need.
As Ocean State Safety's head instructor, Chris now also ventures to clients' homes and businesses to lead emergency classes that prepare parents, grandparents, and professionals for a multitude of emergencies. His CPR/AED certification classes show students how to provide basic medical aid to others and earn them two years of AHA certification. Basic Life-Support sessions teach techniques for a slew of medical situations, and HAZWOPER lessons equip students with the know-how necessary to handle hazardous waste in their workplace and wine stains on shag carpets.
Over the years, Nicole LeBlanc's Catholic roots grew into a deep sense of spirituality, so much so that she left her corporate medical-sales job on a mission of self-discovery, pursuing a career in healing. Today, she's dedicated to helping others find their true self in mind, body, and spirit. In the comfort of the Spiral Healings studio, guests can request a one-on-one Angel-Card intuitive psychic reading, a Reiki crystal session, or chakra clearing and balancing to unblock energy channels, or Law of Attraction coaching to help unlock their potential.
Photographer Scott Sylvia has been capturing the precious moments of area babies, children, students, pets and families since 1995. Your one-hour portrait session ($99) will be an exercise in heavenly lighting encased in a soft outer shell of friendly service, as Scott works with you closely to camera-craft portraits deserving of prime real estate on the mantle, in the foyer or projected onto the surface of the moon. Though it takes a trained photographer to focus a camera or a baby's attention, it takes a masterful one to accomplish both at once; Scott specializes in child and family photos, as well as capturing the playful personality of fresh-faced youth in high school senior shoots. At the end of your modeling stint, Scott will arrange the session's most esteemed snapshots into a DVD video montage ($129) that can be shared in person or online to increase Grandma's family-bragging clout. The personalized DVD montage will contain at least 15 images and be approximately one minute long.
After more than 15 years of plumbing the depths of the spirit world as a reader and guide, Grace still leads her clients toward brighter futures through a number of ancient fortune-telling techniques. She is versed in palm reading, which unveils insights about the client’s personality and health, and the interpretation of tarot cards, which reach through the past, present, and future to answer questions of love and prosperity. Her psychic readings seek to right the balance of positive and negative energy at play within each client. Spiritual readings reveal questions specifically related to love, such as whether or not the cute person you keep seeing in the mirror is single.