Washington Trust Community ice skating rink

The Washington Trust Community rink in Westerly is open for ice skating through March.

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Thursday, Jan. 3

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Hoxie Preserve, Canochet Preserve, Route 3, Hopkinton.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through the Hoxie Preserve, a part of the Borderland Dark Sky Trail System which stretches from Washington D.C. up the east coast. The walk will be about 4 miles over wooded trails with some interesting foundations and rock walls. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

8 p.m.; Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown.

Frosty Drew Observatory will host a viewing of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit frostydrew.org or call 401-859-1450.

Nathalie Bonafé

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

The Atheist Humanist Society of Connecticut and Rhode Island will host a talk by Nathalie Bonafé on “Elder Care & End of Life Doula.”

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.

Jan. 3 – March 17

Skating

Various times; Washington Trust Skating Rink, 61 Main St., Westerly.

The Washington Trust Skating Rink is open for free skate. For times and more information, call 401-637-7902 or visit oceancommunityymca.org.

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.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club

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 Jim Schell. The theme of the dance is food donation. There is an $8 donation for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 860-245-0164 or 401-596-1263.

Jeffrey Gaines

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

Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines will perform. For tickets, call 877-503-1286 or visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

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.

Monday, Jan. 7

Marc Cohn with Blind Boys of Alabama

7:30 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

Grammy award winner Marc Cohn will perform. The gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama will open the show. The performance is being filmed live for the CPTV series ‘The Kate.’ For tickets or more information, call 877-503-1286 or visit katharinehepburntheater.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.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Flutes and Piano Recital

6:30 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

A Flute and Piano recital, featuring John Graham on flute and bass flute, will be held. The recital will be held in the auditorium of the library. Admission is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Gold Rush talk

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

The Stonington Historical Society will host a talk by Paul Goodwin on the Gold Rush. For more information, visit stoningtonhistory.org.

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; University of Rhode Island Keaney parking lot, Keany Road, Kingston.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a tour of the University of Rhode Island’s main campus. Hike leader will be John Lanik. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call 401-783-4932.

Orchid expert talk

6:30 p.m.; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic.

The Mystic Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of CT, will host a talk by orchid expert, Dr. Joseph Benedict, in the undercroft of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. For more information, call 860-245-5257 or visit mysticwomansclub.org.

Denny Laine

7:30 p.m.; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook.

Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Denny Laine will perform. For tickets, call 877-503-1286 or visit katharinehepburntheater.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.

Jan . 10 - March 28

Wakefield Idol

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

Contemporary Theater Company will host Wakefield Idol, a karaoke-style singing competition where 64 local singers compete for a $1500 cash prize. The competition will run on Thursdays. Tickets can be purchased for the entire competition or for single rounds. For more information or for tickets, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Friday, Jan. 11

Exhibit Opening

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

La Grua Center will host an opening reception for the January and February exhibit, “A New England Perspective” by members of the Ninigret Art Guild. The show features an array of landscapes in various artistic styles and media. The exhibit will run through the end of February. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Legacy of John Lewis

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

Groton Public Library will host a digital concert series, performed by the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This month’s presentation is on the legacy of pianist and composer John Lewis. Gary Buttery of Connecticut College will serve as Jazz Ambassador for the series, introducing the concert and providing some background about the music. The program is free. For more information, call 860-441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

Completely

UnChained

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

The Van Halen tribute band, Completely UnChained, will perform. Tickets are $30. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Sigrid Nunez

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

December January Merrill Fellow Sigrid Nunez will read from her work. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, visit lagruacenter.org or jamesmerrillhouse.org.

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

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

Christine Ohlman, vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band, will perform with Rebel Montez. Singer / songwriter Matt York will open the show. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, visit knickmusic.com or call 401-315-5070.

24-Hour Play Festival

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

The Contemporary Theater Company will present their annual 24-hour play festival featuring 5 short plays, written, rehearsed, and performed in a single day. The resulting show will be performed for the public. Tickets are $12 and are available at contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Through the Doors

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

The Doors tribute band, Through the Doors, will perform. Opening the show will be Janis Joplin tribute band, Piece of My Pearl. Tickets are $23. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Popa Chubby

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

Blues rocker Popa Chubby will perform. For tickets, call 877-503-1286 or visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Sunday, Jan. 13

Youth Wind

Ensembles Concert

3 p.m.; Rhode Island College, Sapinsley Hall, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind ensembles, including the Symphonic Winds, under the direction of David Neves, and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Knasas will perform. The concert will include works by Holst, Cichy, Mozart, Bach and Stalter. The two ensembles will end the concert with a joint performance of Fillmore’s The Klaxon. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, age 18 and under, and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, visit ric.edu.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Nancy McCann

Bericker

Savoy Bookshop & Café and Westerly Library will present an author talk and book signing with Nancy McCann Vericker, the author of “Unchained: Our Family’s Addiction Mess Is Our Message.” Books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Thomas Christopher Greene

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host an author talk and book signing with Thomas Christopher Greene for his new book “The Perfect Liar.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Thursday, Jan. 17

“Letter From

Birmingham Jail”

5:30 p.m.; Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Westerly Area Peace and Justice Group will host members of the Westerly-Stonington community to take turns reading sections from Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” There will be music and a slide show of quotes from King’s sermons prior to the reading. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org.

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Barlow Preserve, 449 Westerly Bradford Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through their newly aquired Barlow Preserve. The 80-acre preserve includes a small pasture and moderate to easy wood trails. Hike leader will be David Prigmore. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org, call 401-348-2855 or email d.bprigmore@gmial.com.

David Gregg

7 p.m.; South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown.

The South Kingstown Land Trust will host an illustrated lecture by David Gregg, executive director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. The presentation will explore the biodiversity in South Kingstown. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m., followed by lecture at 7 p.m. For more information, visit sklt.org.

Jan. 17 – Feb. 10

“The Night Watch”

Various times; The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will present the U.S. premiere of the drama, “The Night Watch,” by Sarah Waters, adapted by Hattie Naylor and directed by Tony Estrella. Performances will be held on Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266.

Jan. 17,18

“Other Desert Cities”

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

The Saybrook Stage Company will present the family drama, “Other Desert Cities,” by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by Glenn Bassett. For tickets, call 877-503-1286 or visit katharinehepburntheater.org.

Friday, Jan. 18

Wine and Beer Tasting

6 to 8 p.m.; Westerly Elks Club, 1 Dixon St., Westerly.

The Preschool of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown will sponsor a wine, beer and spirits tasting. Tickets are $30. The event will include appetizers, music and raffles. The event will benefit St. Andrew Preschool. There will be a number of local companies pouring some of their local wines and local distilled spirits. For more information, call Kerry Gallup at 401-322-9256 or email standrewpreschool@gmail.com.

Epitome Jazz Band

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

Led by Cedric Mayfield of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, this newly formed Epitome Jazz Band ensemble will perform a wide range of jazz from a variety of styles. Tickets are $15 and free for children age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagruacenter.org.

Friday Night Folk

7:30 p.m.; All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay St., New London.

Friday Night Folk will host folk performers, Geoff Kaufman and Reggie Harris. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at door and $10 for students and military with current ID. For more information or tickets, visit fridaynightfolk. org or call 860-443-0316.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Dave Fields

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

Guitarist Dave Fields, a member of the New York Blues Hall of Famer, will perform. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, visit knickmusic.com or call 401-315-5070.

Trinity

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

The Crosby Stills Nash & Young tribute band, Trinity, will perform. Tickets are $23. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Jillian Barber

2 p.m.; Ocean House, 1 Bluff Ave., Westerly.

Artist Jillian Barber will give a talk about her life-long fascination with faces and mask-making beginning with an overview of masks in history. A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow the talk. The event is free.

Tamara Duker Freuman

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

Savoy Bookshop & Café will host a Self-Improvement Series talk and book signing with nutrition expert and author Tamara Duker Freuman for her book “The Bloated Belly Whisperer.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com.

Mystic River Chorale

3 p.m.; Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

The Mystic River Chorale will present the Beatitude Mass: For the Homeless by Henry Mollicone. The program also will include works by Dominick DiOrio, Ola Gjello, Michael Horvit, and Joseph Gentry Stephens. The performance will be conducted by Frank Martingnetti and will feature a chamber ensemble and soloists Richard Weidlich, baritone, and Eden Casteel, soprano. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and active duty military and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, call 860-460-1487 or visit mysticriverchorale.org Tickets will also be available at the door.

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