The weekend: Open farm, dog fun and ‘splash’ event among unique things to do in northern RI

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Black Plain Road will play at The Island on Friday

Northern, RI – Our part of the state offers nothing if not variety, and this weekend’s events are a prime example.

Welcome to The Weekend, our Friday roundup of all that you can see and do in a three-town radius offering dozens of different ways to enjoy your free time.

This week’s diverse set of highlights include a bird walk, “open farm” at a petting zoo, a truck show and a chance to wander the streets of Pascoag with over-sized puppets, live entertainment, family activities and more. Learn to paint like Monet, take a bell ringing class, meet a local author or touch-a-truck at the Farmer’s Market – and don’t forget the vast variety of live music every night, with many outdoor shows on the docket.

It’s all part of what makes our region special and we hope you take some time to enjoy it, and check out these great local events and venues.

Friday, May 31 

Blood drive, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Glocester, 3-7 p.m.Rhode Island Blood Center bloodmobile on site with walk-ins welcome and all donors to receive a free box of Girl Scout cookies

Tim Hart & George, Burrillville Diner, 2731 Victory Highway, Burrillville, 6 p.m. on the patio

Meat raffle, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, 6 p.m.

Black Plain Road, The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 7 p.m.

Red Herring, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.

Meat raffle, 8 p.m. Friday Night Dance Party, 8:30 p.m. Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville

Three screens of movies, Rustin Tri-View Drive In, 1195 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 8 p.m. See schedule and buy tickets here.

One 2 One, Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Harrisville, 8 p.m.

Jesse Desorcy & Friends, Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 8 p.m.- midnight

Saturday, June 1

Bird Walk, Booth Pond Conservation Area, Dowling Village, North Smithfield, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The North Smithfield Land Trust will hold a guided walk on trails that require moderate effort, with some steep hills. Hiking shoes, bug spray, water and binoculars recommended. All are welcome to attend. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 2.

Eco-Depot Hazardous Waste Collection, Burrillville Public Works, 200 Clear River Drive, Burrillville, 8 a.m. to noon. Waste such as chemicals, paints and stains will be collected by appointment only by calling Rhode Island Resource Recovery Center at (401) 942-1430 ext. 3241.

Playground rehab, A.T. Levy Elementary School, 135 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers to help deep clean the black top with brooms, place stencils and paint. The PTA will provide lunch and workers can stay for a few hours or the whole day to help Participants should come dressed to make a mess, with comfortable shoes and clothes, and sunscreen and water are also recommended. Must be of high school age or older and community service hours are available. Register to help out here.

Run with the goats at Risty Buckle Petting Zoo’s Open Farm Day Saturday

Dog Fun Day, Destry Acres, 109 Buxton St., North Smithfield, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the Northeast Miniature American Shepherd Club as dogs take part in tests, tricks and activities

Plant sale, 404 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, 9 a.m. to noon. To benefit both the Glocester Manton Free Public Library and The Village Common of RI with an assortment of plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs.

Free yoga class, Good Working, 585 Smithfield Road, North Smithfield, 9-10 a.m. Join Ashley Sarji for an all levels class.

Book sale, Jesse Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 9 a.m.-noon. To benefit Friends of the library

Touch-a-Truck & Burrillville Farmer’s Market opening, Stillwater Mill Pavilion, 75 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. More than a dozen local vendors and farmers offering fresh produce, local meats, honey, farm-fresh goods, goat’s milk soaps, plants, handmade items, and more. Enjoy live music by Jim Lawrence Wilson with Not Your Average Popcorn also on site, and bring your little ones to explore and touch an impressive array of trucks on display, also sponsored by Liberty Farms.

Flag raising, Memorial Town building, 1 Main St., North Smithfield, 10 a.m. The North Smithfield Heritage Association will hold a ceremony raising a flag for the late Fred Carter, with participation by VFW Post 6342, Boy Scout Troop 1139 and others who hope to remember the veteran. Read more about Carter here.

Open Farm Day, The Rusty Buckle Petting Zoo, 138 Tourtellot Hill Road, Glocester, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interact with farm friends, cuddle baby goats, run and jump with an adult goat herd. Rub pigs bellies, snuggle with bunnies and brush mini horses. Petting zoo $3 per visitor, under 3 years old free and pony rides $10 per ride

Catch Back Rhodes at the Fountain Square Spring Splash on Saturday

Knitting Circle, The Hen House, 1189 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 10 a.m.-noon Every Saturday. Bring in any project – knit, crochet, or other needlework – you are working on. The group also enjoys doing yarn swaps, needle/hook swaps and book/pattern swaps.

Weekly authors’ visit, Job Armstrong House, 1181 Putnam Pike, Glocester, noon- 4 p.m. Book fair along with authors expected in attendance.

Paint like Monet drop in class, The Art of You, 73 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Fee is $10 per child and $15 per adult.

Ringing Skills Workshop with the Merrimack Valley Ringers, Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Green St., Slatersville, 2 p.m. Followed by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a then concert at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.

Fundraiser for Scott’s battle against Lymphoma, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 2 p.m. Buffet dinner for $15 and raffles. Stale Harvest, 8 p.m.

Fountain Square Spring Splash, Pascoag Main Street, Pascoag, 4 to 9 p.m. The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency and Bravo Brewing Company host an event with food trucks, vendor booths, carriage rides and new games and activities including a scavenger hunt, bounce house, Big Nazo and more. The street will be closed to traffic as businesses serve food and drinks in the street and Back Rhodes performs live music. The rain date for the event is Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. Read more here and view a map of the festivities here.

Live Music Band, The Island, 1600 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 7 p.m.

Charlie Rock, Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville, 8 p.m

Three screens of movies, Rustin Tri-View Drive In, 1195 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 8 p.m. See schedule and buy tickets here.

So Many Rhodes, Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, 8 p.m.

Karaoke Dance Party, Pascoag Cafe, 150 Main St., Pascoag, 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Music Bingo, Uncle Ronnie’s Red Tavern, 2692 Victory Highway, Harrisville, 8 p.m.

Stale Harvest will be at Cady’s Saturday night.

Sunday, June 2

Plant sale, 404 Saw Mill Road, Harmony, 9 a.m. to noon. To benefit both the Glocester Manton Free Public Library and The Village Common of RI with an assortment of plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs.

Truck show, 1 p.m., Po Boys, 2-6 p.m. Hill’s Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet

Free pool all day, Bingo, 1 p.m. Dev’s Tavern, 341 Chapel St., Harrisville. Spots are limited and should be reserved

Music at the Meeting House – Local Freight, Chepachet Baptist Church, 1213 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 2:30 p.m. Free will offering with refreshments to follow

Roadhouse Blues, Cady’s Tavern, 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, 3 p.m. Yo Adrien, 7:30 p.m.

Meat raffle, Lindy’s Tavern, 98 School St., North Smithfield, doors at 2, raffle at 4 p.m.

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