The Westerly Senior Citizens Center hosted the Surfside 8 Square Dance Club’s annual “St. Pat’s Dance” on Friday evening, March 15th, 2019. Jim Schell provided the calling for the square dancing and Margene Jervis provided the cuing for the round dancing. Both individuals are longtime members of the club. | Jackie Turner, Special to The Sun.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance a the Westerly Senior Center on Friday, at 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

Thursday Hike

9:30 a.m.; TriTown Forest Preserve, North Stonington.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Avalonia’s TriTown Ridgeline Forest. It is a well blazed trail system with diverse topography. Hikers will meet at the Park & Ride off Rte. 95 at Rte. 2 & 95 in Stonington and carpooling from there. For more information, contact hike leaders Irene Rieder at 401-596-3368 or ireneleighbaker@aol.com or Sally Hanson at 401-348-9109 or sally.hanson@verizon.net. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Mary Norris

6 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Bank Square Books and La Grua Center will host an evening with bestselling author Mary Norris, author of “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen,” in conversation with Elissa Sweet. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Amazing Animal

Ambassadors

11 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library. 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Wildlife educators will present animals from around the world to educate children of all ages. The event is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

Rhode Island

Wireless Pioneer

6:30 p.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library. 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Local historian Brian Wallin will present an illustrated lecture on Walter Massie, a Providence native and civil engineer who became fascinated with the potential of wireless radio at the turn of the 20th century. The talk is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

Benedict Arnold,

Patriot and Traitor

7 p.m.; Monument House Museum, 300 Monument St., Groton

The Friends of Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park will host a program with Kevin Titus, living history actor, magistrate, author, historian, radio and TV personality, on Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor. Titus will portray both sides of Arnold. The program is free and but registration is requested. To register, email info@fortgriswold.org.

April 18 - 20

“The Diary of

Anne Frank”

Various times; The Arctic Playhouse, 117 Washington St., West Warwick.

The Arctic Playhouse will present the drama “The Diary of Anne Frank,” by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Rachel Hanauer. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit thearcticplayhouse.com or call 401-573-3443.

April 18 - May 25

“Clothes Encounter”

Various times; Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant, 102 Connell Highway, Newport.

The Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant will present the comedy, “Clothes Encounter.” written by Roger Karshner and directed by W. Richard Johnson. For more information or for tickets, visit newportplayhouse.com.

April 18 - May 12

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Provi-

dence.

Trinity Rep will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Tyler Dobrowsky. For tickets or more information, visit trinityrep.com or call 401-351-4242.

April 18 - May 11

“Gypsy”

7 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Contemporary Theater Company will present the musical “Gypsy, with ” lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Jule Styne and book by Arthur Laurents. For tickets or more information, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com or call 401-218-0282.6, 17

Friday, April 19

Square Dance

8 to 10:30 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance with caller Jim Schell and cuer Mike Alexander. The theme is Graduation Dance. Donation $8 for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 860-245-0164 or 401-596-1263.

Woodland Egg Hunt

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will hold a Woodland Egg Hunt for children age 10 and under. Participants will search for wooden eggs on the center’s trails then decorate them at the center. Participants should bring a basket to collect the eggs. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit dpnc.org or call 860-536-1216.

Saturday, April 20

Project Chick with Casey Farm

11 a.m.; Cross’ Mills Public Library. 4417 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Casey Farm will give a presentation for children on eggs and chickens including live baby chicks. The event is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

Party for the Planet

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic.

Mystic Aquarium’s annual “Party for the Planet” will feature environmentally-minded scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and games. The event will also teach attendees how to reduce their personal impact on the environment. Activities are included with aquarium admission. For more information, visit mysticaquarium.org or call 860-572-5955.

The Eagles

Experience

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host The Eagles Experience, a tribute to The Eagles. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts or call 401-782-1018.

A visit with

Mark Twain and

Stephen Foster

2 p.m.; South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale, 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale.

South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale will present a program, A Visit With Mark Twain and Stephen Foster, with musicians Mary King, on fiddle, mountain dulcimer and Celtic harp; and Ed Sweeney on 6- and 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo, and fretless banjo. The program is free. For more information or reservations, contact Jessica Wilson at 401-789-1555, ext. 108, or jwilson@skpl.org.

Sunday, April 21

Community Easter Sunrise Service

6 a.m.; Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.

The Westerly-Pawcatuck Clergy Association will hold its annual interfaith sunrise community service featuring songs, readings, reflections and prayers on the beach in front of the main pavilion. The morning message will be offered by the Rev. Mal Davis of Pleasant Street Baptist Church. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the sheltered area of the pavilion.

Monday, April 22

Quilt exhibit opening

5 to 7 p.m.; Textile Gallery, Quinn Hall, University of Rhode Island, 55 Lower College Road, Kingston.

The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design will hold an opening for the “One American Family: A Tale of North and South” exhibition. Graduate students of the department are creating the exhibit under the guidance of Rebecca Kelly and will present research at the opening. For more information, visit uri.edu.

Tuesday, April 23

Carlos Hernandez

6 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an author talk and book signing with middle-grade author Carlos Hernandez for his new book “Sal and Gabi Break the Universe,” a Rick Riordan Presents novel. The event is free. For more information, call 401-213-3901 or visit banksquarebooks.com.

Poetry reading and open mic

6 to 7 p.m.; Mystic Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic.

Lisa C. Taylor will give talk about imagination and the power of words, followed by a short reading of her poetry. The reading will be followed by an open mic in honor of National Poetry Month. The event is free. Registration is requested for anyone wishing to recite poetry. To register, visit mysticnoanklibrary.org or call 860-536-7721.

Wednesday, April 24

Carlos Hernandez

7 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop & Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a talk and book signing with bestselling author Juliette Fay for her book “City of Flickering Light.” The event is free. For more information, call 401-213-3901 or visit banksquarebooks.com.

Community

Conversations

7 p.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

Community activist, Kevin Booker, Jr. will moderate a panel discussion on “The Trajectory of Our Planet is in Our Hands.” The discussion will explore Earth’s vulnerabilities when it comes to our climate and sustainability. For more information, visit grotonpl.org or call 860-441-6750.

Thursday, April 25

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Grills Preserve, Bowling Lane, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through Grills Preserve. The 500-acre preserve is over primarily flat terrain often along the Pawcatuck River on clear, wide trails. Hikers are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange due to hunting in the area. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or contact hike leader Meg Lee at 860-575-0680 or mlee@westerlylandtrust.org.

Jill Lepore

6:30 p.m.; Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

Connecticut College’s fourth annual President’s Distinguished Lecture will host a talk by Jill Lepore, an award-winning writer and scholar. She will be discussing her most recent project, “These Truths: A History of the United States,” a study of the history of the American experiment and the course of democracy in the U.S. For more information, contact Pamela Wrinn at pwrinn@conncoll.edu.

Friday, April 26

Bon Voyage Choral Concert

7:30 p.m.; Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence.

The Rhode Island College Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus, accompanied by the Rhode Island College Chamber Orchestra, will perform Fauré’s “Requiem,” in addition to works by composers throughout western music history. Admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors and free for Rhode Island College students, faculty and staff. For more information, visit ric.edu

April 26 – May 11

“The Last Night

of Ballyhoo”

Various times; Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St., Westerly.

Granite Theatre will present the comedy, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Alfred Urhy. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 730 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-2341 or visit granitetheatre.com.

April 26, 27

Providence Book Festival

Various times; Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence.

LiteraryArts RI will host a book festival featuring presentations by nationally acclaimed authors, workshops, panel discussions, and literary-themed exhibits and activities. There will also be programs are suitable for children and young adults, pop-up events, food trucks and music. For more information and schedule of events, visit providencebookfestival.org.

Saturday, April 27

Duck Race

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Downtown Westerly/Pawcatuck.

The Ocean Community YMCA 21st Annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race will feature 20,000 rubber ducks dumped into the Pawcatuck River for a race that benefits more than 40 local charities and schools. Prizes will be awarded to owners of the winning ducks. The event will feature children’s games and food booths. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more information or to purchase a duck.

Benefit Auction

and Dinner

4:30 p.m.; North Stonington Christian Academy, 12 Stillman Road, North Stonington.

North Stonington Christian Academy will host the 30th Annual Auction to benefit school scholarships with Bob Ward, auctioneer. A lasagna dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. and auction will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 860-599-5071.

Scott Kirby

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host singer, songwriter, guitarist and storyteller Scott Kirby. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts or call 401-782-1018.

Titans Concert

7:30 p.m.; Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London.

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will perform Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture, Mozart’s Mass in C Major and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Titan, with Terrence Fay, tenor; Matt Sullivan, baritone; and Caroline Olsen, mezzo-soprano. For tickets or more information, visit ectsymphony.com or call 860-443-2876.

April in Paris with Poulenc

8 p.m.; Carter Center for Music Performance & Education, 667 Waterman Ave., East Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School hosts April in Paris with Poulenc featuring pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, with a special appearance by Trinity Repertory Company’s Curt Columbus. Stillman and Columbus will perform with orchestra members Rachel Braude, flute; Denise Plaza-Martin, oboe; Ian Greitzer, clarinet; Kevin Owen, French horn and Ronald Haroutunian, bassoon. For tickets or more information, visit tickets.riphil.org, or call 401-248-7000.

Sunday, April 28

Foraged of the

Earth Dinner

4 p.m.; Knickerbocker Music Center, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will hold a dinner prepard by chefs Chris Champagne of 84 Ale Works and Tavern and Mark Lacz of Casa Della Luce and Vetrano. The dinner will include edibles foraged from the wild, including local shellfish, moose, venison, trout, and pheasant. Courses are paired with Jonathan Edwards wine and Grey Sail beer. Tickets are $60. For tickets or more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call 401-315-2610

Concert for

Conservation

2 p.m.; Union Baptist Church, 119 High St., Mystic.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will host a concert with violinist, Hilary Castle, Nora Fox, soprano, Raymond Wong, piano, Geoff Green, Guitar and Tom Castle, piano, to benefit the Nature Center’s educational programs. Cost is $25 and $5 for students.

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