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  • HopArts exhibit 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hope Valley
  • Zumba Dance Fitness 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly
  • Chess Club 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly
  • Career and College Readiness 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly
  • Author presentation 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly
  • Hoxie Gallery 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

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    Through Sunday, Oct. 6

    RESTAURANT WEEK

    Participating restaurants in the Westerly area are offering a three-course, fixed-price menu for $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner during Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Restaurants include Trattorio Longo, 84 High Tavern on Canal, Amigo’s, Brazen Hen, Bridge, Casa Della Luce, Cooked Goose, Ella’s, Guytanno’s, Haversham Tavern, Pavilion, Sea Goose, Shelter Harbor Inn, Twisted Vine and Venice. Visit westerlychamber.org for a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus.

    Thursday, Oct. 3

    MANGIA, MANGIA

    The Dante Society will sponsor the annual Anna Turisi cooking demonstration tonight at 6 at the Calabrese Club in Westerly as part of its celebration of Italian Heritage Month. Chef Eric Perrin, catering manager at Dunns Corners Market, will lead the demonstration. Tickets (if any remain) are $12. Call 401-596-7826 for more information.

    Thursday, Oct. 3

    FIGHT NIGHT

    The Emerson Theater Collaborative production “Fight Night” by Judith Clinton will open tonight at 7 at First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow St., Mystic. The production explores women’s relationships with men and other women. Friendships are tested when Betty accompanies Jimmy to a heavyweight fight at the casino. Produced by Camilla Ross and directed by Stephanie Lapointe. Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 3-5 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 6. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students and seniors. Visit emersontheatercollaborative.org to purchase tickets.

    Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 3 - 20

    ODD COUPLE

    “The Odd Couple,” by Neil Simon, will be performed at The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, Kingston. Felix Ungar, a neurotic neat freak newswriter, is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a messy sportswriter. The Odd Couple will star JC Wallace (director of the Rhode Island Shakespeare Company) as Oscar Madison. The role of Murray the Cop will be played by an actual police officer, Jim Carr of the Providence Police Department, in his acting debut. Performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sundays, when there is a matinee. Tickets are $25 each. For more information call 401-782-1018 or visit courthousearts.org.

    Friday, Oct. 4

    KEVIN SHORT

    “An Evening with Kevin Short,” scheduled Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the George Kent Performance Hall in Westerly, will feature a wide variety of musical pieces including work by Copland, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Johnson, HT Burliegh and Dougherty, and songs from “Showboat,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Carousel.” Melissa Woolverton will accompany on piano. Bass-baritone Short performs regularly in both North America and Europe and is a frequent soloist with the Chorus of Westerly. The concert will raise money to support the Chorus of Westerly’s 55th concert season. There will be a cash bar at the event. Admission is $50 for a table seat, which includes table snacks, or $35 for a limited number of general admission balcony seats. Call 401-596-8663 for tickets or visit chorusofwesterly.org.

    Friday, Oct. 4

    EVOLUTION OF LOVE

    Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josi Davis will perform her newest project, a cabaret-style original rock show titled “The Evolution of Love,” Friday night at the Knickerbocker Cafe, 33 Railroad Ave., Westerly. Doors open at 6 p.m. Premium seating and half-price dinner specials are available at 6:30 p.m.; a complimentary cheese board and mingle are set for 7 p.m. The performance begins at 8 p.m. For tickets visit theknickerbockercafe.com.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    CLASSICAL GUITAR

    The La Grua Center in Stonington Borough, will present a recital with classical guitarist Simon Powis on Saturday at 5 p.m. Powis, a soloist, chamber musician and innovator, has performed throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas. Saturday’s concert will explore the subtle diversity of Isaac Albéniz, Fernando Sor, Leo Brouwer, William Walton, and Bach’s D minor ciaconna. The event is open to the public and free of charge although a $10 donation is suggested.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    LIVING CANDY LAND

    The United Congregational Church of Westerly, UCC, at the corner of Pequot Trail and Castle Hill Road in Pawcatuck, will sponsor a living Candy Land on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children will be able to play the Candy Land game in real time on a life-size game board with Candy Land characters that come to life. The event will include craft activities and face painting. The public is welcome. The cost is $3 per child, maximum $10 per family. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. For more information call 860-599-1226.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    TEA PARTY

    The Anna Warner Bailey Chapter of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Martha Washington’s Tea Party on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic. Volunteers will serve tea, finger sandwiches and cake on bone china, incorporating Martha Washington’s recipes. The keynote speaker, author Lisa Saunders of Mystic, will present the life of Martha Washington, the original first lady who set the standard for future first ladies. Proceeds will benefit several civic projects. For information, contact Janet F. Purinton, chapter regent, at 860-572-8780 or awbregent@gmail.com.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    BEER TASTING

    Mystic Seaport will host a beer tasting in the seaport boat shed from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Guests may sample a wide range of beers, including local varieties, and enjoy New England clam chowder and other snacks. Local beer brewer Aaren Simoncini, of Beer’d Brewing Company in Stonington, will talk about how he got into brewing one beer at a time. Local musician James Harris will perform throughout the evening. Guests must be 21 years or older; ID is required. Walk-ins are welcome. Tickets are $40 for non-members. The seaport is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase tickets online or call 860-572-5331.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    BOWL-A-THON

    The second annual Granite Theatre Bowl-a-thon will be held at the Alley Katz Bowling Alley, 116 Granite St., Westerly, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the alleys will be assigned and shoes fitted. The games begin at 6 p.m. Bowlers are asked to raise $30 or more in contributions. Other supporters may attend without bowling for a $15 contribution. Snacks, prize drawings and awards for best team and best bowler will be included. All skill levels are invited. There will also be a prize for the worst bowler. Lane sponsorships are available for $100. All money raised will support Granite productions. To reserve a spot call 401-596-2341.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    FASHION SHOW

    A fundraiser to benefit the Stonington Community Center — featuring a fashion show with clothing by local designers, including Maria Barraza of Stonington and New York City and Susan Hickman of New London — will be held at the Velvet Mill, 22 Bayview Ave., Stonington Borough, on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. The Velvet Mill and Barraza have a long history together: Barraza used many yards of velvet from the original mill that she transformed into dresses and skirts that will be on display at the event. Also participating in the show are Antonio Hair Design, Simply Majestic jewelry design, Toscano’s Men’s Shop and Huxter Goods. The entertainment will include music by DJs Newsflash, #Dagyo, and Kid Igloo. Also planned are “fire and ice” culinary tastings from Octagon Steakhouse and libations from local wineries, breweries and distilleries. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Ticket-holders receive two drink tickets and a gift bag of gift certificates for area businesses. Purchase tickets at thecomo.org or by calling 860-535-2476.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    ART FESTIVAL

    The Wakefield Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday downtown and along the river in Wakefield. The day will include food, live music and strolling entertainment by The Ladies of the Rolling Pin, magician Eddy Raymond and the puppets of Big Nazo. Free.

    Saturday, Oct. 5

    FILM SHORTS

    On Saturday, The Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London, will participate in the Manhattan Short Film Festival for the fourth year in a row, along with 200 other theaters, galleries, museums and universities spanning six continents. Garde festival-goers will view 10 nominated films selected from the world’s best filmmakers and then vote for the Best Short Film of 2013. Screening begins at 7:30. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at gardearts.org.

    Saturday & Sunday,

    Oct. 5-6

    BIRTHDAY BASH

    Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., will host its 40th Birthday Bash with a 40-foot “river” of cupcakes kicking off the celebration on Saturday when kids can claim a cupcake to decorate. On Sunday, visitors can cheer on local bakeries competing for the best tasting, ocean-themed birthday cake. Special animal sessions, live entertainment and a bounce house obstacle course all weekend. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit mysticaquarium.org.

    Saturday & Sunday,

    Oct. 5-6

    HARVEST FEST

    Jonathan Edwards Winery, 74 Chester Main Road, North Stonington, will hold its Harvest Festival, the annual celebration of the grape harvest, from noon to 6 p.m. Live music, gourmet food vendors and local artisans, a wine tasting of the latest Jonathan Edwards vintages, pumpkin painting, hayrides and grape stomping contests are planned. Admission is $25 per person. For more information, visit jedwardswinery.com or call 860-535-0202.

    Sunday, Oct. 6

    BLESSING OF ANIMALS

    Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly, will hold a Blessing of the Animals service to honor St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of all animals, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary with Rev. Christine Purcell presiding. Pets should be leashed or in a crate. Music will be provided by the Christ Church Choir under the direction of George Kent. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served on the church lawn following the service.

    Sunday, Oct. 6

    CELEBRITY CHEF

    The Westerly Lions Club will hold its fourth annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., at the Westerly Yacht Club. Tickets are $65. The event includes a five-course meal with wine pairings for each course. Each chef will give a live demonstration of his course being prepared before it is served. Mystic Video Productions will provide audio and a televised production of the event, viewable by event-goers. Proceeds will help the Lions’ charities. Call Heather Morrone, 401-578-2358, or David Urso, 401-741-2998, for ticket information.

    Sunday, Oct. 6

    BABCOCK SMITH

    Brian Cooper from Early New England Restorers will present a talk on early New England restorations at the Babcock Smith House, 124 Granite St., Westerly, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Cooper will speak about a restoration project on Martha’s Vineyard, a cottage with 17th, 18th and 19th century building elements. This free program is sponsored by the Westerly Historical Society.

    Sunday, Oct. 6

    MUSICA DOLCE

    Musica Dolce will perform a classical program featuring compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Rosenbloom on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Dunns Corners Community Church, 221 Post Road, Westerly. The musicians are Paul Rosenbloom, piano; Alexey Shabalin, violin; Ted Mook, cello; and Robert Hayden, clarinet. The public is invited. A donation of $15 for adults is requested. Children 12 and under admitted free.

    Sunday, Oct. 6

    CORVETTE SHOW

    As many as 250 Corvettes will be on display at the Olde Mistick Village on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. Corvette owners are invited to participate. A $10 donation per car is requested to enter the show area. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Rain date is Oct. 14. Info: 860-536-4941.

    Monday, Oct. 7

    CINEMA ITALIANA

    In honor of Italian Heritage Month, the Dante Society of Westerly is hosting “Cinema Italiana” at the Westerly Library, 44 Broad St. A different Italian film will be screened on four successive Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The film on Oct. 7 is “The Salt of Life,” described as the amusing, poignant story of Gianni, who is beginning to ask himself questions about what it is like to become old. Other movies in the series: “Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow” with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni on Oct. 21; “Bellissima” with Anna Magnan and Tina Apicella on Oct. 28; and the opera “Rigoletto” with Lucianno Pavarotti on Nov. 4. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles. No movie on Columbus Day, Oct. 14 when the library is closed. The public is welcome to attend these free movie screenings.

    Monday, Oct. 7

    PASTA SUPPER

    The Calabrese Club, 28 Pleasant St., Westerly, will hold a pasta supper from 5 to 7 p.m. to support the annual Columbus Day Parade. Suggested donation is $10.

    Monday, Oct. 7

    GOLF FUNDRAISER

    A golf tournament to benefit Stand Up For Animals will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club, 1 Golf Club Drive, Charlestown, on Monday. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with lunch at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is at noon. An awards banquet will follow the golf (modified scramble format). Cost is $275 per player which includes greens fee, golf cart, lunch and dinner reception. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information, call 401-348-9595, or email info@standupforanimals.org.

    Thursday, Oct. 10

    COCKTAILS EVENT

    Cocktails with the Whales, an after-hours event presented by Ocean Blue Catering, will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd. The aquarium’s four beluga whales, Kela, Naku, Naluark and Juno, will frolic as guests mingle to live music and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Cash bar and food available for purchase. Admission: $5 with advance reservations; $10 at the door. Call 860-572-5955, ext. 520, to make a reservation or visit mysticaquarium.org. Attendees must be at least 21.

    Thursday, Oct. 10

    BE AGGRESSIVE

    University of Rhode Island Theatre will open its new season on Oct. 10 with a production of “Be Aggressive” by Annie Weisman at the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston campus. The upbeat, highly physical and fast-paced story about high school cheerleaders has a darker side. It tells the story of Laura, whose life is upended when her mother is suddenly killed in a car accident. Performances: Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. General admission for the performance is $20; for seniors, $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401-874-5843 or online at web.uri.edu/theatre.



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