THE LIVES WE LIVED
Take a look at photos from Westerly's past and peruse the interesting artifacts that have been gathered and arranged at opening reception for “Our Story 350 Years,” Wednesday at 6 p.m., a joint effort by members of the Babcock-Smith House Museum and Westerly Historical Society. The exhibit of Westerly history will also be a preview of a soon-to-be-released Babcock-Franklin documentary. The event is free. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org. Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.
Take your sweetheart out for a pre-Valentine's Day treat Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck at the "Bricks & Murals Chocolate Stroll" fundraiser. Visit the 14 stops on the chocolate tour where businesses will be chocolate specialties and chocolate drinks. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at BricksandMurals.org.
TAKE A HIKE
Lace up your hiking boots and head to Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park when volunteers from The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike through wooded trails with stumps, roots and rocks. Participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. Hikers should also wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. The event is free. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call Meg Lee at 860-575-0680. 10 a.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly..
Be wowed at a concert by award-winning composer Arlene Wow! Saturday at the Original Songwriter’s Night. Open mic performances start at 7 p.m. and Arlene Wow! will perform at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/originalsongwritersmystic.
JAZZ IT UP
Enjoy a performance by Sarah Hanahan Jazz Duo, with Sarah Hanahan, saxophone and Jeremy Galloway, guitar at La Grua Center Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and free for age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit LaGruaCenter.org or call 860-535-2300.
Have a few laughs Saturday at 1 p.m. when Stage Door Theater Company presents a live stage reading of the comedy “The Butler’s Parakeet,” written and directed by Eugene J. Celico. The show is not appropriate for children under age 17. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 401-596-2877 or Celico at 401-426-0848.
Head to Venice Restaurant Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. for the 15th annual Rotary Chowder CookOff sponsored by the The Westerly Rotary Club when local restaurants and culinary students will vie for best chowder awards. Cost is $10 and $5 for children 12 and under.
Learn about our president when local Lincoln scholar, Judge Frank Williams gives a talk on Abraham Lincoln Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.
WEAVE A TALE
Join the Westerly Weavers & Friends Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly for "The Art of Weaving," a hands-on weaving workshop. For more information, visit westerlyarts.org. 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.
LOVE IN THE PARLOR
Listen to “Exalted Love Art Songs,” with tenor Ian O’Brian and pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour Sunday at 4 and 6:30 p.m. during one of the Parlor Concert Series sponsored by the The North Stonington Historical Society. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are requested by calling 860-536-4826.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro