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Grab a Burger - Burger Week


Who doesn’t like a juicy burger with fries every once in a while?! Here are some ideas if you’ve got that hankering…


In an effort to support local restaurants, the Burrillville Business Network is hosting Burger Week now through Saturday, January 16.  


Participating restaurants are located in and around Burrillville such as Cow’s Tail Deli and CreameryJohnny’s Victory Diner and Serio’s Pizzarama; but also includes Hill’s Tavern in Chepachet and Quik Stop Deli in Slatersville.


They are offering a variety of burger choices that all sound delicious like the “Smokehouse Burger” at Hill’s Tavern that includes Swiss cheese, onion rings and drizzled with barbecue sauce or the “Miss Piggy” at Johnny’s Victory Diner that has pulled pork and coleslaw on the burger plus Johnny’s house-made honey sriracha glaze.


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·     Through February 25th - Winter Member Show (by appointment or virtual) - Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket. More Info


·     Sunday, January 17 @ 1:00 - 3:30 pm - I Love You to the Moon and Back - Family Paint (virtual or in-person)Paint and Vino, Pawtucket. More Info.


·     Tuesdays @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Trivia Night Returns to the Guild, 461 Main Street, PawtucketMore Info.


·     Friday, January 22 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Owl Prowl at Fort Refuge, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield. More Info.


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Martin Luther King, Jr.


This year more than ever, we recognize the important contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. in regard to the civil rights movement.


In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.


MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off.


If you find yourself in need of an opportunity to volunteer, may we suggest you help the environment and sign up with Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful. Read more.


Here are few other community events to honor MLK.


·     Woonsocket Harris Public Library has Martin Luther King Jr. Take and Make Craft Kits. More info.


·     The Woonsocket MLK Community Committee is hosting two events: Friday, January 15 from 5:00-8:00 pm the Annual Saint James Baptist Scholarship Banquet will be an at-home event with take-out from Bugg'd Outt BBQ, and on Monday, January 18 @ 2:00 pm a virtual Community Conversation in Civil Rights.


·     Friday, January 15 @ 7:30 pm - We, They and the People: The Character of King, a virtual performance with Mixed Magic Theatre, Pawtucket. More Info.


·     Monday, January 18 @ 5:00 pm Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration with the City of Central Falls. More Info.

All Aboard!

Harmony Railway


Did you know that there is railway in Harmony, RI?


Operating since November, the Harmony Railway is part of a locally-owned business, Harmony Products, a rustic gift shop.


The gift shop offers hand-made soaps and candles made by the owners as well as other locally-made products including honey, home decor and nature-inspired t-shirts as well snacks and beverages.


The train operates on weekends, weather permitting. The railway offers a half-mile ride through their picturesque property on their fifteen-inch gauge, five-inch scale, diesel powered locomotive, is unique and exciting for all who ride. View Video


This is a great, safe adventure for the whole family with a generous heaping of genuine hospitality. Peruse their shop as they offer you a free cup of coffee or cocoa before or after your ride. More Info.



The Craft: Rhode Island | Official Trailer

Looking for a movie to watch this Winter weekend??? Check out "The Craft: Rhode Island" on streaming services like Amazon or your cable provider!!!


The film is a Grand Prize winner at the Rhode Island International Film Festival that takes you into and behind the scenes of our states great craft beer brewers including some right here in Blackstone Valley - Foolproof Brewing Company, Narragansett Beer, and Crooked Current Brewery!!!!!



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