Five Things You Need To Know: July 19

Five things for Thursday in Tiverton and Little Compton.

Today's Weather: There will be a slight chance of showers through 10 a.m., with clouds hanging around throughout the day and temperatures hitting highs near 80. Overnight it will remain cloudy with temps dropping to 68, according to the National Weather Service.

1. Boogie Nights! Head over to Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton tonight at 6 p.m. and check out rock and roll cover band Summer School

Summer Music Nights are held every thursday from 6 to 8 pm at , weather permitting. Concerts cost $10 per carload. Enjoy a wonderful evening on the lawn with live musci and food available from the Coop Cafe.  Bring a blanket or chair; no outside alcohol permitted.

2. Jump into nature! Find out if the bird you're looking at is a piping plover or a sandpiper at The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island's Benjamin Family Environmental Center situated on the hill above  While you're there, check out the new exhibits and displays and find out about upcoming local events! The center opens at 11 a.m. 

3. Lend a helping paw.  is holding its monthly meeting at Tiverton Community Annex, 346 Judson St., Tiverton, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The community will discuss the feral, wild or abandoned cat/kitten problem we have in many areas and how with the help of the community and the volunteers of Pawswatch we can try to solve this problem through our trap/spay/neuter/release program.

4. Get involved. The Little Compton Town Council will meet tonight at the , 40 Commons, Little Compton at 7 p.m. Click here to read the agenda.

5. On this day in history in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been "dead" for nearly 2,000 years.


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