The Stonington Historical Society invites the community to celebrate the publication of “Stonington’s Old Lighthouse and Its Keepers,” a new history by James Boylan and Betsy Wade. The celebration and book signing will be held at the Stonington Lighthouse on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. Free admission.
The Windjammer Beach Resort, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, will host a trivia night to benefit the Westerly Animal Shelter on Friday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Stand Up For Animals and Friends of the Westerly Animal Shelter, and includes finger foods and door prizes. The cost is $20 per person, 6 people per table. Only 40 tables available. Call Tammy Loughlin at (401) 584-7941 for reservations.
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
The Ocean Community Youth Center, 62 Granite St., Westerly, at the former Curves Fitness Center (same lot as Guytano’s) will hold at Back to School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a bounce house for kids, Wii, X-box 360 and PS3 play, face painting, hamburgers and hotdogs, and giveaways. The event is intended for K-12 students from Charlestown to Pawcatuck and North Stonington and all points in between. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 401-596-7401 for more information.
BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY
A back to school party will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St., Westerly. The event will include a magic show, free barbeque, school supplies, health screenings, and healthy cooking demos. Rain or shine. The event, attended by more than 300 people last year, is sponsored by the Church at Westerly, Westerly Parent Academy, Wood River Health Services and Jonnycake Center of Westerly. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-348-2319.
HOT DOG ROAST
Local storyteller Mark Levitt will tell stories around the campfire during a hot dog roast sponsored by the Rhode Island Land Trust. Hot dogs, salads and drinks will be served at the family event at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, on Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family. Registration required. Call 401-789-0962 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Westerly Land Trust will offer an evening pot luck supper and gardening workshop, featuring a discussion of vermi-composting, on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the community garden, 177 Main St., Westerly. For information on these programs or the land trust’s weekly summer guided paddles and other programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit westerlylandtrust.org.
5K AND FITNESS WALK
The 6th Annual Roger H. Schonning 5K Run & Fitness Walk will be held at the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA, 95 High St, on Wednesday Aug. 28. The Kids’ Free Run starts at 5:30 p.m. in Wilcox Park. The Adult 5K and Walkers start at 6 p.m. at the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA. Awards for top finishers. Entry Fee: $20.00 pre-race day registration, $25.00 on race day. Under 18 $15.00. For information or to register, email email@example.com or call 401-596-2894 ext. 103.
New London Maritime Society offers narrated boat trips to view area lighthouses every Saturday through Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Six passengers per trip. Boat trips leave from the New London Custom House pier. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 children age 14 and younger. Reservations are necessary. Call 860-447-2501.
Experts will showcase trained dogs at the Dog Days of Summer program every Monday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 26 at the Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. Ringo, a police dog from the Ledyard Police Department, will demonstrate his skills while Officer Dan Gagnon explains police dog training. Guide dogs and dogs from obedience classes at My Dog’s Place in Mystic will also appear. Cost is included in the aquarium ticket price.
The Westerly Library hosts free movies on Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Aug. 27: Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform Aug. 28 at the Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., as part of the Kidsploration program. Performance will start at 2:30 p. m. and will include opening act Steve Elci & Friends. Free with aquarium admission. Music is appropriate for ages 2-7. mysticaquarium org.
The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, presents Magic by the Sea featuring Larry and David every Thursday through Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Misquamicut Business Association. Larry and David will perform one of Houdini’s famous escapes in 3 seconds. For more information call 401-405-6652.
“Bound Home: Native American Whalemen,” an illustrated talk by Dr. Nancy Shoemaker, will explore Native American whaling during the mid-19th century on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society. For more information, visit stoningtonhistory.org or call 860-535-8445.
YOGA ON THE BEACH
Charlestown Parks & Recreation and Community Yoga will hold a yoga class on the Charlestown Town Beach, 557 Charlestown Beach Road, on Thursday evenings through Sept. 5. All classes are taught by certified yoga teachers. Participants should bring water and mat. Cost is $5.
A Classic Car Cruise Night will be held every Thursday through September, 5 p.m. to dusk, at the Windjammer East Parking Lot, 321 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut. Radio station 102.3FM will announce prizes. Sponsored by the Misquamicut Business Association. Free and open to all.
FAMILY MOVIE MATINEES
Movies will be shown at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Family-friendly movies, loosely based on wildlife, such as “Madagascar” and “Over the Hedge,” will be shown. Popcorn and drinks are provided. Free and open to all ages.
Stonington Walking Tours are held every summer Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Meet at the Old Lighthouse Museum, 7 Water St., Stonington. Sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 for students up to age 18. Discounts available when combined with museum admission. For more information, call Mary Beth Baker at 860-535-8445.
Dozens of classic cars, DJ spinning oldies tunes, barbecue and miniature golf on Friday evenings through Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. at The Pavilion, 15A Frontier Road, Ashaway. Prizes for the hottest rods.
Displays of local sea creature at Save the Bay, 8 Broad St., Westerly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story hours Monday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.