Today is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 and here are five things North Smithfield residents need to know:

NSHA history night

The North Smithfield Heritage Association will host a history night on Friday, Jan. 17 starting at 7 p.m. at 190 School St. Gail Denomme and Richard Keene will talk about NSHA volunteer efforts to locate and restore the town’s 65 abandoned cemeteries, with a talk about the history connected with some of the people buried in them.

Admission to the event is free and light refreshments will be offered.

Remembering King

Monday, Jan. 20 is Martin Luther King Day and town services will be delayed and many businesses closed as the community celebrates the civil rights leader.

Local events will honor King, including several in neighboring Woonsocket throughout the three-day weekend. While some required advance registration, a brief service and community conversation on Monday is free and open to the public.

Visit the intersection of Mason and South Main Streets at 11 a.m. to attend the remembrance.  A wreath will be hung at the city’s memorial sculpture garden.

A pot luck and community conversation will follow at The Millrace Kitchen.

Foot/hand scrub party

JMs Massage Tech will host a foot and hands scrub party on Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 3 p.m. The event will include hand/foot scrub demos, food and drink  catered by Glenny Cortorreal and raffles. An entry fee is $5 buys you 5 raffle tickets at door. RSVP here.

Volunteer bakers needed

Bakers are wanted for the 3rd Annual Valentine Cookie Walk to benefit the North Smithfield Library.  Volunteers are asked to register to make one dozen or more of their best homemade cookies and deliver them to the Library on Friday, Feb. 7 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bags of approximately 1.5 pounds will be available for purchase for $10 at the fundraiser to be held Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To register, call the library at 767-2780.

Warming center

With frigid temperatures expected to continue this week, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has published a list of places where residents can stay warm and dry.

Scouter’s Hall at 10 Main St. will be open on an as-needed basis. Residents are asked to contact the North Smithfield Emergency Management Agency hotline at 401-767-2206 to request access.

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