Cookie smackdown, Reptile wonders: Five things to know in North Smithfield this weekend

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Coffee with the Super Plunge team

Stop by Red White and Brew Coffee House on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. to meet members of the 2020 Torch Run Super Plunge Team for the Special Olympics RI.

The Super Plunge, scheduled for March, is an effort to increase both awareness and fundraising for the Torch Run Plunge and Special Olympics Rhode Island. Participants plunge into the near-freezing water once per hour for a 24 hour period at Salty Brine State Beach, throughout the day and overnight, regardless of weather conditions.

Team members will be visiting the North Smithfield-based coffee shop to kick off their Hang Tag promotion, and talk with owner Michael Coyne.

Coyne made international news with the opening of the unique, inclusion-based Great Road coffee shop in November. Read his story here.

Cookie Smackdown

North Smithfield’s own Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery will participate in RI Food Fight’s 8th Annual Spectacular Cookie Smackdown this weekend at Waterfire Arts Center in Providence.

Bakers from across the state will compete at the Sunday event for the title of Best Cookie in Rhode Island. Tickets for cost $25, and from 1 to 3 p.m., guests are invited to stuff their faces with cookies from 14 different bakers.

The event is expected to sell out. Tickets can be purchased here.

Land Trust seeks volunteers

The North Smithfield Land Trust is seeking volunteers to take part in the Plant Conservation Volunteer program. Volunteers should have some botanical knowledge, and will participate in a variety of activities vital to the preservation of the native flora of New England, including rare plant monitoring, seed collection and habitat management. 

To learn more, contact Micah Jasny, botanical coordinator at mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org or 508 877-7630 x 3204, or fill out the application here

Reptile Wonders

North Smithfield PetSmart will host Reptile Wonders of the World on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., an opportunity to show off your favorite scaly pet.

Visit the Dowling Village store to check out the animals. The first 10 in-store customers who bring in their reptiles will receive a free hat.

Fort Refuge event cancelled

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has cancelled a winter snowshoeing event originally scheduled for Saturday. The organization holds wildlife hikes and explorations throughout the year, including events at the Providence Pike refuge.

View a full calendar of Audubon events, and register for a future Rhode Island hike here.

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