Weekend in the Valley: Dogapalooza, New fishing regulations

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

In addition to all the great summer music and events found in our summer guide here, and our “things to know,” in Burrillville and North Smithfield here and here, the following is a brief roundup of things happening in and around the Blackstone Valley this weekend.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

Visit River Island Park in Woonsocket on Friday, July 30 to catch the latest free concert in the Levitt AMP music series, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with Rhode Island Reggae band Natural Element. The two-time Grammy Award-winning artist will perform at the park at 85 Bernon St. at a show from 6 to 9 p.m. Food trucks will also be at the event including Level Acres, Sweet Pea Street Dogs, Friskie Fries, Francesca’z along with an on site bar provided by Ciros Tavern.


Visit with more than 30 vendors plus non-profits, enjoy entertainment, food trucks and more at the Pawtucket Dog Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 at the 2021 Dogapalooza Family Festival. The event will feature raffles, contests, music and more, with free admission for attendees and their furry friends. Learn more at https://pawtucketdogpark.com/dogapalooza-2021

Car wash

Support the Burrillville High School Cheer team on Saturday, July 31 at the Binns Building at 111 Chapel St. The team will be holding a car wash and accepting donations, while also selling baked goods while you wait from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New freshwater fishing regulations take effect 

The Department of Environmental Management has announced that new Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing Rules and Regulations will take effect statewide on Saturday, July 31.

One major regulatory change affects children only fishing ponds.

·         Section 10.6.1 -9 – Children Only Ponds:  In addition to the other children only ponds listed, Cass Pond in Woonsocket and Geneva Brook and Pond in North Providence have been revised to be restricted to children for only the first two days of the trout fishing season.

For a full list of all other freshwater fishing rules and regulations in effect as of July 31, 2021, visit https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/250-60-00-10.

A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required to keep or possess a trout or salmon. The daily creel and possession limit for trout and/or salmon singly or in aggregate, is five fish from Opening Day to December 1, and two fish from December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022. The creel and possession limits for trout or charr taken in the Wood River between Route 165 and Barberville Dam at Arcadia Road shall be limited to two fish from the second Saturday in May through the last day of February, annually. Anglers are reminded to obey all fishing and boating regulations.

For updates on fishing information, follow DEM’s outdoor education page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rioutdooreducation, or call 401-789-0281.

And don’t forget…

Boobification Healing With Ink’s Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 870 River St. in Woonsocket. Read more on the free event here.


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