Dress donations, Wunnashowatuckqut hike: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

Alexa Wallace spoke at Heritage Hall Friday at the North Smithfield Heritage Association's Heritage Night.

Prom dresses wanted

North Smithfield High School student Nina Finn is collecting gently used semi-formal and formal wear for a prom dress giveaway event as part of her senior project, in a drive that ends on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Clothing can be dropped off at the school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and tomorrow. Donors can also call or text Finn at (401) 767-6614 with any questions or to arrange pickup.

Pantry seeks tuna & beans

The North Smithfield Food Pantry is currently in need of tuna, beans, and pasta sauce.

Pickup dates for North Smithfield residents in need of food will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 18 & 25 from 10-1 0:30 a.m., and Tuesdays, Feb. 21 & 28 from 5:30- 6:00 p.m. The pantry is located at Slatersville Congregational Church and open to North Smithfield residents. Proof of address is required.

Those with questions can call (401) 678-0356.

Hike where the river splits

Editor’s note: The event below has been postponed to Sunday, Feb. 5 at the same time and location.

The North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department’s guided hikes begin this week, with exploration of Wunnashowatuckqut, or, “where the river splits,” on Saturday, Feb. 4. Hikers will meet at 9:30 a.m., parking on Martha Road, just south of the Blackstone Gorge, and explore state-owned properties along abandoned dirt roads and trails surrounding an area where the Blackstone River and Branch River meet.

The guided hike is open to the public and expected to take from one and a half, to two hours to complete. Hikers are advised to wear long shirts, pants and hiking shoes, use insect repellent and bring a bottle of water. 

For further information, visit the North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Facebook page or contact Richard Keene at rfkeene6@gmail.com, or Kate Pasquariello at kpasquariello@nsmithfieldri.org.

Winter clothes drive

North Smithfield High School Student Abdul Shaker is currently collecting used winter clothes for donation to the homeless community as part of his senior project. Shaker is seeking donations of socks, gloves, hats, jackets, pants, sweaters, shirts, boots and shoes in a drop box by the main office at the high school. For more information, contact Shaker at 109027@northsmithfieldschools.com or(401) 442-5126.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Jan. 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St. The agenda can be found here.

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