Car shows, dinner & comedy, summer reading: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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North Smithfield Public Schools named high school mathematics teacher Thomas Yeaw the 2023 Teacher of the Year. Pictured is School Committee member Jean Meo presenting Yeaw with a token of recognition.

Car shows

The Beef Barn Restaurant at 200 Industrial Drive will host its first car show of the season on Tuesday, May 30 starting at 4 p.m. Guests are invited to stop by with their car and bring families and friends every Tuesday night, weather permitting, this summer.

Soccer camp

North Smithfield Youth Soccer has partnered with Bryant University Soccer to offer summer soccer camps on campus at the college. Join Coach Resendes’ staff and team to learn and enhance the fundamental techniques, concepts, and ideas of the game in a competitive, positive and fun environment for boys and girls in grades K through 8.

Camp #1 will be held June 26 through June 30 and Camp #2 will be July 31- August 4.

For more information email [email protected] or visit https://www.resendessocceracademy.com/2023-summer-camps.cfm to register.

Dinner & comedy

The North Smithfield Heritage Association will hold its third annual Heritage Dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at the lower level of Village Haven Restaurant at 90 School St. The community event features a traditional family-style chicken dinner followed by the comedy of Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings. Enjoy an informal night out with family and friends  

Tickets cost $30 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-smithfield-heritage-dinner-tickets-644903392407, in person with cash or check at the Town Hall at 83 Green St., Village Paint and Decorating at 900 Victory Highway, or at the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St.  

For more information or to get tickets brought to your door contact [email protected] or 401-651-6316. All proceeds benefit the Forestdale School Restoration Project. 

If you don’t plan to attend but want to donate to the project, donate online at www.nsheritageassn.org or by any of the other options offered above.

Summer reading

As summer approaches, the North Smithfield Public Library is trying to help beat the “summer slide,” a phenomenon in which children lose educational progress over their summer break, with a robust summer reading program that encourages kids, teens, and adults to read over the summer. Educational, fun enrichment activities throughout the summer are an important feature of the program and are free.

Library officials note that young people experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Libraries, they note, are part of the solution.

“We know how important it is for children to have access to books and fun educational
opportunities over the summer,” said Youth Services Librarian Renee Bichan. “That’s why we are committed to providing resources that make learning fun and exciting. Our goal is to help all kids continue to make progress over the summer months and have a great time while they’re doing it.”

Accessing books and programming is essential for beating the summer slide, and the North
Smithfield Public Library provides an ideal solution for families by providing books, summer
activities, challenges and so much more.

Stop by the North Smithfield Library to discover the “Ocean of Possibilities” this summer, or visit their website at www.nspl.info.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Water Supply Review Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 31 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 1 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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