Thursday, Dec. 27

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Crandall Family Preserve, Pound Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a free guided trail walk through the land trust’s Crandall Family Preserve. The walk is flat and through a variety of woods, surrounded by an extensive Atlantic White cedar swamp and open peatlands. Hikers should wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. Visit westerlylandtrust.org for more information.

Henry the Juggler

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

Cross’ Mills Library will host a family program with Henry the Juggler. The event is free. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org.

Merrill Fellow

meet and greet

5 to 7 p.m.; Water Street Café, 143 Water St., Stonington.

The James Merrill House will host a meet and greet with Sigrid Nunez, the December/January Merrill Fellow. For more information, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

North American

Birds of Prey

10 a.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

Groton Public Library will host an indoor presentation by Wingmasters about different types of raptors, including eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. The presentation includes six live birds and is designed for children ages 6 and up. Registration is not required. For more information, call 860-441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

Miss Florence’s

Birthday Party

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The museum will hold a celebration of Florence Griswold’s Christmas Day birthday with cake and activities, including balloon sculptures by April Balloon Creations. The event is included with museum admission. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information.

Dec. 27 -29

Holiday Basketball Tournament

2:15 to 8 p.m.; Westerly High School, 23 Ward Ave., Westerly.

Boys and girls basketball teams from Westerly, Chariho, Stonington and South Kingstown will compete with games at 2:15, 4, 6:15 and 8 p.m. The cost of admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults. All gate proceeds will be donated to participating schools’ sports boosters. For rosters and more tournament details, visit westerlyccu.com.

Dec. 27 - 30

“A Christmas Carol”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, directed by Mark Valdez with original music by Richard Cumming. For tickets or more information call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Disney On Ice

Various times; Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence.

Disney On Ice will present Worlds of Enchantment featuring characters from Disney’s “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.” For tickets or more information, visit dunkindonuts.center-ri.com.

Dec. 27 - Jan. 1

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

10 a.m. Newport Mansions, Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, decorated with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths and decorated Christmas trees, will be open for tours. Visit newportmansions.org for tickets and more information.

Dec. 27 - 31

Westerly Nature

Seal Cruises

Various times; Viking Marina, 19 Margin St., Westerly.

Save the Bay will run 90-minute Seal Watch and Nature Cruise down the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay. Cruises leave from Viking Marina. Cost is $22 or $17 for members, seniors and children. For more information, or to make reservations, call 401-203-7325 or visit savebay.org/seals.

Friday, Dec. 28

Animal Detective

11 a.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will give a presentation for children age 4 and older on becoming an animal detective and learning how to read the clues animals leave behind. Participants will create an animal track to bring home. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Apollo 8 Mission

anniversary

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

The Groton Public Library will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon. The celebration will include a screening and discussion of the documentaries “Earthrise” and “For All Mankind.” For more information, visitgroton-ct.gov/library.

New Year’s Eve-ish Dance

7 to 9:30 p.m.; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Road, Peace Dale.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County’s Wellness Team will host a New Year’s Eve-ish dance with the music of the Patterson-Smith Trio. Tickets are $10, with additional donations appreciated. Snow date is Dec. 30. For more information, visit musicatlilypads.org.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

5 p.m., Christ Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly.

Christ Church Westerly will present the Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas featuring choral music by the Christ Church Choir, under the direction of George Kent, organist and choirmaster; congregational singing of Christmas carols and the readings by parish members of the Christmas lessons. The event is free. Visit christchurchwesterly.org for more information.

All Ages Hike

2 p.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead an All Ages Hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park. The landscape overlooks the land once carved by enormous glaciers during the last ice age. The glaciers left behind kettle holes and huge boulders. The hike is moderate level due to hills and uneven, rocky footing. Interested hikers should contact guide Donna Anderson at 203-470-4566. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Music in the Galleries

1 to 4 p.m.; Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The Florence Griswold Museum will host a concert with harpist Faith Leitner in the gallery. The concert is free with museum admission. Visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org for more information.

Dar Williams

7 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center will host a concert with singer/songwriter Dar Williams. Tickets are $42. For tickets or more information, visit katharinehepburntheater.org or call 877-503-1286.

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve

Magic Show

11 a.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

The Westerly Public Library will present a magic show with Magician Russ DeSimone for children age 5 and older. The performance will be followed by a countdown to noon to celebrate the new year. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org.

Roger Ceresi’s All Starz: New Year’s Eve

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

The Knickerbocker Music Center will host a performance by Roger Ceresi’s All Starz for New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

New Year’s

Eve Bonfire

4:30 to 7 p.m.; Ninigret Park 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown.

The Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department will hold their annual New Year’s Eve Bonfire.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

11 a.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

The Groton Public Library will celebrate New Year’s at noon with a ball drop, music, activities, and crafts for children of all ages. Registration is not required.

Countdown to Noon

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; East Lyme Community Center, 41 Society Road, Niantic.

The Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut and East Lyme Parks & Recreation will host a New Year’s event for children and families, featuring a balloon drop at noon, food trucks, a photo booth and children’s activities, including arts & crafts, science demonstrations and StarLab. Cost is $8 or $6 for museum members in advance or $10 and $8 for museum members at the door. To register, visit childrensmuseumsect. org or call 860-691-1111.

Neal and the Vipers

7:30 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

The Courthouse Center for the Arts New Year’s Eve Bash will feature Neal and the Vipers, food, prizes and raffles. Tickets are $40. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

New Year’s Eve

Folkstravaganza

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren.

Common Fence Music will host a New Year’s Eve concert with folk musicians The Vox Hunters, Spitzer & Mareva and Craig Edwards. The show is BYOB and food. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of the show, and $23 for members. For tickets or more information, visit CommonFenceMusic.org or call 401-683-5085.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Unity Bell Ringing

Noon; Downtown Westerly

The Town of Westerly’s 350th Committee will host a New Year’s community wide bell ringing at 10 locations for the public to gather and ring bells simultaneously for one minute to show unity and solidarity and to kick-off the celebration.

Penguin Plunge

1 p.m.; The Windjammer, 321 Atlantic Ave., Westerly.

The WARM Center will hold their annual Penguin Plunge fundraiser with a hot lunch served immediately after. Registration will being at 11:30 am. Registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children age 12 years and under and military. For more information, visit warmcenter.org or call 401-596-9276.

Polar Plunge

Noon; Charlestown Town Beach, 557 Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown.

The annual RI-CAN/Ocean House Marina Polar Plunge will be held to raise funds for Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Immediately after the plunge, Breach Way Grill, 1 Charlestown Beach Road, will offer warm food and drinks with music by BoatCake. To register or for more information, visit rhodeislandcan.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Exhibit opening

5 to 7:45 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the January exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery featuring works by Paul Crimi. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Jan. 3 – Feb. 3

“Black Odyssey”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present “Black Odyssey” by Marcus Gardley and inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey.” For tickets or more information call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Friday, Jan. 4

Opening Reception

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the January exhibit, “Exploration - New Perspectives.” The exhibit will be on display through the month of January. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

Jan. 4 – 11

Play readings

7 p.m.; Planning Stage, 121 Water St., Stonington.

Community Design Workshop and the Planning Stage will host a concert reading of four new plays by local playwright and novelist, Michael R. McGuire. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4, 5, 11 and 12. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted. For more information, call 860-440-3415.

Saturday, Jan. 5

All Ages Hike & Park Rx

10 a.m.; Browning Woods Trail, Shannock Road, South Kingstown.

The South Kingstown Land Trust will lead an All Ages Hike on the trust’s Browning Woods Trail. The three mile hike passes by stone walls and through pine and oak forest For more information, visit sklt.org.

Peace Dale and Lafayette Mills: The Slave Cloth Trade

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

North Kingstown Town Historian Tim Cranston will give a talk on “Peace Dale and Lafayette Mills: The Slave Cloth Trade.” Cranston’s illustrated talk will examine the complicated business of supplying antebellum Southern plantations with textiles, and the little-known role played by two large South County mills. The talk is free. To register for the talk, or for more information, call 401-789-1555, ext. 108, or email jwilson@skpl.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Roberta Mudge Humble

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an evening of Rhode Island pride with Westerly native, Roberta Mudge Humble, the author of “I Am Rhode Island.” The presentation will feature photos of Rhode Island and a quiz with prizes from the bookstore. The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Mystic Middle

School Chorus

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

The Stonington Singers, consisting of students from grades 5-8 at Mystic Middle School, and conducted by Ellen Effman-Gilbert will present their Winter Concert. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Jan. 10 – Feb. 3

“The Burn”

The Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence.

The Wilbury Theatre Group will present the drama “The Burn,” by Phillip Dawkins and directed by Logan Serabian. For tickets or more information, call 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org.

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