Scavenger Hunt, SOS Big Band: Five things to know in Burrillville this week


Residents invited to participate in Cemeteries Week

The Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society will be celebrating RI Historical Cemeteries Awareness and Preservation Weeks with three events in April and May.  The first event will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Riverside Cemetery in Harrisville. The cemetery is located opposite the Harrisville Fire Station on Callahan School Street and is known as historical Cemetery #26. The public is invited to help in cleaning the cemetery and can bring supplies such as rakes, leaf blowers and brush loppers, gloves, water to drink and a wheelbarrow or cart if available to carry away debris. There will be demonstrations of proper headstone cleaning techniques and a stone setting, weather permitting. There will also be a table with information on the location of Burrillville’s historical cemeteries, how to maintain a graveyard and the Adopt-A-Cemetery program.  

The second event will be a tour of the Sayles-Cook Cemetery behind CVS in Pascoag on Sunday, May 1 from 1-3 p.m. The third event will be a hands-on gravestone conservation workshop at the Pascoag Cemetery on May 14 from 9-4 p.m. To attend this free event on May 14, you must register.

If you love old cemeteries or are just curious, stop by to see the work BH & PS is doing and join in the efforts to maintain the town’s abandoned cemeteries. Call (401) 568-8449 or (401) 500-0433 or email for more info or to register for the gravestone conservation workshop on May 14. 

Scavenger hunt

The Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department has begun the second annual Easter Scavenger Hunt, where participants are challenged to locate items at parks throughout town for a chance to win raffle prizes.

To participate, print the form found here and complete it by the deadline of Friday, April 8. Completed entries can be mailed to Burrillville Parks & Recreation at 200 Clear River Drive Oakland, RI 02858 or emailed to

Winners will be notified by phone the week of April 11.

Integrated preschool

The Burrillville Integrated Preschool Program is accepting enrollment of both typically developing children and those with disabilities. Children in the program learn to model appropriate speech, language and social skills.

Those interested in enrolling a child can pick up an application at Austin T. Levy School or visit For more information contact Preschool Coordinator Dot Murray at

SOS Big Band

The Assembly Theatre returns this week with a performance by the SOS Big Band of RI on Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy jazz standards from the 30s and 40s, through modern day. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

The theater has also announced a new collaboration with Swamp Meadow Community Theatre. See a list of upcoming shows here.

Town meetings

The Pascoag Fire District will hold a meeting on Monday, March 21 starting at 7 p.m. at 141 Howard Ave. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency will hold a joint meeting with the Burrillville Town Council on Tuesday, March 22 starting at 7 p.m. in the community room of Jesse Smith Library at 100 Tinkham Lane. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 23 starting at 7 p.m. at the town building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

The Oakland Mapleville Fire District will hold a monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 23 starting at 7 p.m. at 46 Oakland School St. The agenda can be found here.

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