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11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

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1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

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Local briefs: Oct. 1, 2013

Granite Theatre Bowl-a-thon at Alley Katz

WESTERLY — The Renaissance City Theatre Company will host the second annual Granite Theatre Bowl-a-thon at Alley Katz Bowling Alley, 116 Granite St., on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. A variety of food and snacks will be available, compliments of local merchants. There will also be drawings as well as prizes for best team, best bowler, and the worst bowler.

The Bowl-a-thon will raise funds to cover production expenses and to maintain the historic building.

To bowl that night, supporters need to raise $30 or more in pledges. Patrons may wish to show their support by attending the event without bowling for a contribution of $15. Lane sponsorships are also available. For $100, business names will be prominently displayed above a lane.

To reserve a spot or for more information, call 401-596-2341.

Wood River Health hosting film, webcast discussion

WESTERLY — Wood River Health Services, in partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation, is hosting a free movie screening of the health care documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.” The screening is open to the public and will take place at The Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The film explores the flaws within our health care system and the responsibility we all have in lowering costs and making positive changes. Information on the movie can be found at

The event is part of a larger, state-wide screening of the film, which will occur simultaneously in Warwick, Woonsocket and Newport. Following the film, Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO of Blue Cross, will host a question-and-answer session in Warwick, which will be streamed live via webcast to other locations. Attendees across the state will be able to share questions, comments or reactions to the film via Twitter and email.

Visit to make reservations to attend.

Free Kaplan PSAT prep offered

GROTON — A Kaplan PSAT test preparation is being offered at the Groton Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from Kaplan testing are offering the practice test for students. Participants must register to attend.

Call 800-KAP-TEST or visit to register. For more information, call Anne Campbell at 860-441-6750.

Gala to benefit Children’s Museum

OLD LYME — The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut will hold a gala fundraiser — Be A Kid Again! — at the Old Lyme Inn & The Sidedoor Jazz Club, 85 Lyme St., on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. Special guest Joe Furey, Fox CT meteorologist, is the emcee and auctioneer.

The evening will include a live auction featuring an African photo safari, a sitting with Kim Tyler Photography, a laser-signed N.Y. Jets football and more; a silent auction; live music by the Andy Sherwood Band; and gourmet fare. Dress is cocktail attire with a dash of whimsy.

Tickets are $75 per person for dessert, drinks, auctions, and entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., or $125 per person for cocktails, dinner, dessert, auctions, and entertainment, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Rooms at the Old Lyme Inn may be reserved at discounted rates. Details are provided at time of buying gala tickets.

For information or tickets, call 860-691-1111, or visit

Center for Hospice Care will create Healing Garden

NORWICH — Center for Hospice Care will create a Healing Garden on its campus in Norwich, which will provide people in New London County a sanctuary of tranquility and rejuvenation where they can work through their loss and grief.

As designed by Kelly Sisk of Oasis Gardens, the Healing Garden will include flowers and Zen-garden sand patterns, aromatic herbs and traditionally therapeutic plants and a centerpiece waterfall sculpture. For children in Hospice’s bereavement programs, there will be a lawn to play on, which will also feature large xylophone/chimes for them to make music. There will also be a small vegetable garden for adults and children to learn and harvest from. And to honor veterans, the garden will feature a Vets Commemorative Rock with an inscribed plaque beside a flagpole. For help in planting and maintaining the garden, Hospice plans to engage the region’s Master Gardeners, garden clubs, and other volunteers.

To pay for the Healing Garden, Center for Hospice Care are hoping to raise $100,000 in a mini-capital campaign. Plans call for completion and opening of the Healing Garden next summer, with a community celebration and blessing.


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