Local briefs for Oct. 25, 2013

Local briefs for Oct. 25, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Springbook School

WESTERLY — The Tower Street School Community Center will present a Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Springbook School, 39 Springbrook Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m.

Eat, dance, play, parade and view altar displays for el dia de los muertos. For more information, call Joan Serra at 401-348-2785.

Arcadia YMCA hosting Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree

WYOMING — A Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree will be held at the Arcadia Branch of the Ocean Community YMCA, 1190 Main St., on Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The free family event will include games, activities, crafts, refreshments, jack-o-lantern carving and painting.

Call 401-539-2306 for reservations.

Group raising funds for tennis facility

STONINGTON — The Paddle Tennis Advisory Group, working with the Stonington Community Center, is raising funds to build a platform tennis court facility on the community center’s property at 45 Cutler St.

Paddle Tennis is an outdoor racquet sport generally played in cool or cold weather, combining elements of tennis with racquetball and squash. The court is smaller than a tennis court and is surrounded by tightly strung gauged wire fencing (also known as screens) that lets players keep the ball in play after the ball hits off the court and then the screens. There are heaters underneath the decking that is used to melt off the winter elements of snow and ice.

Contributions are tax deductible. For more information, visit thecomo.org/como-paddle-tennis or email annlobdell4@gmail.com.

Black and white photos on display at library

N. STONINGTON — Photographer Ted Hendrickson’s large-format black and white photographs are on display at the Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., through Nov. 15.

The photos are of southeastern Connecticut, document cairns, chambers, propped boulders, walls and other features. Hendrickson studied photography at the University of Connecticut and Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches photography and the history of photography at Connecticut College.

Visit wheelerlibrary.org/ for more information.

Spooky nature trail offered by Denison Pequotsepos

MYSTIC — The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will offer winding and weird trails filled with spooks and creepy creatures for the annual Spooky Nature Trail today and Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Children and families are invited to the Nature Center to take a self-guided walk along the trails. There will also be Halloween treats, crafts and games, as well as appearances by resident snakes, turtles and frogs. Trails will be dark and haunted, so participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Tickets are $7.50 per person for members, with a $30 family maximum, and $9.50 per person for non-members with a $38 family maximum. All proceeds from the Spooky Nature Trail benefit environmental education programs at the Nature Center.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 860-536-1216 or may be purchased at the door.

‘Sentimental Journey’ opening at Courtyard Art Gallery

MYSTIC — On Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Courtyard Art Gallery, 12 Water St., will present the opening of “Sentimental Journey,” showcasing new paintings by Sarah Stifler Lucas, along with selected work from Courtyard favorites.

Call 860-536-5059 for more information.

Pancake breakfast to aid sailing team

MYSTIC — The Stonington High School sailing team will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday at the Hoxie Fire Station, 34 Broadway Ave., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children. The fundraiser will help the team purchase sail boats.

Mystic Lions Club hosting tasting, auction fundraiser

MYSTIC — The Mystic Lions Club’s Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting and Fundraiser Auction will take place at the Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St., on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

The evening includes casual bidding on silent auction items including baskets with gift certificates, spa treatments, dinners out and garden baskets. The highlight of the event is a live auction of high-end items including a Newport getaway weekend, tickets to local theaters, special Mystic happenings and Lantern Light Tour tickets.

All proceeds support Mystic Lions charities to help the blind, visually impaired, and local needs.

Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple, and are available at the door, at Cask ‘n’ Keg, 14 Clara Drive, or from any Mystic Lion. Email MysticLionsClub@comcast.net or visit mysticlionsclub.org for more information.

Symphony orchestra begins 67th season

NEW LONDON — The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music director Toshiyuki Shimada, begins its 67th season at the Garde Arts Center on Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Symphony, the concert will feature pianist Vijay Venkatesh, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert begins with Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and ends with Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4.

The performance will be preceded by a conversation between music director Shimada and Venkatesh at 7 p.m. Members of the audience are invited to a post-concert reception.

Tickets can be purchased at gardearts.org. For more information, visit ectsymphony.org.

Classical guitar quartet at Connecticut College

NEW LONDON — The Dublin Guitar Quartet, a classical guitar ensemble that plays contemporary classical music, will perform as part of the onStage at Connecticut College series in Evans Hall, 270 Mohegan Ave., tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The quartet’s concert features arrangements of works by contemporary minimalist composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.

Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and $9 for students. They can be purchased at onstage.conncoll.edu and at the Palmer Auditorium box office until the night of the show, when they will be available at Evans Hall.


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