Mud Dodgeball, Trail Walk & a Fall Artisan Fair: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

North Smithfield Public Library hosted a book hike celebrating J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan last week in partnership with the North Smithfield Land Trust. The group created Neverland in the Booth Pond Conservation Area, visiting scenes from the novel while hearing excerpts read aloud at each location. Another walk will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and participants can register on the library's website.

Mud Dodgeball

A Mud Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Goodwin Brothers Farm to raise funds for Evan’s Crew and Artisan Bridge. Players of all ages are invited to register teams of six in advance here at a cost of $120, and spectators can attend for $5. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. with round robin games from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fun Run

The North Smithfield Parent Teacher Organization’s annual Fun Run will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, with students collecting donations to be used for school supplies, field trips, the 4th grade step up ceremony, and events and experiences throughout the year. North Smithfield Elementary School has raised $22,879 so far through the event, with 43 percent of students registered.

To send a donation or register your child visit

Land Trust Trail Walk

The North Smithfield Land Trust will hold a guided trail walk of the Booth Pond Conservation Area on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m., with participants to meet by the trailhead at the entrance to The Club apartment complex inside Dowling Village.

The first half of the walk, which he trust notes is of moderate difficulty, will visit the pond, and guides will return to drop off those who do not wish to go further. The second half includes challenging sections with uphill and downhill terrain, and a scenic overlook.

No registration is necessary for the free hike, which is open to all ages, and participants are advised to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.

Fall Artisan Fair

The Beef Barn Restaurant will host a Fall Artisan Fair on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the business at 200 Victory Highway. The rain date for the event is Sunday, Oct. 1.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St. The agenda is here.

The Water Supply Review Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website here.

The North Smithfield Budget Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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