Hear the stories of the seven Civilian Conservation Camps that once dotted Rhode Island between 1933 and 1942, when the Charlestown Historical Society and the Cross Mills Public Library host a presentation by author and historian Marty Podskoch at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cross’ Mills Library. Podskoch will focus on the camp that was at Charlestown’s Burlingame state park. For more information, call 401-364-6211 or visit crossmills.org
BOOK LOVERS TREK
Pack a lunch and head to Providence Thursday to hear Syrian-American author and Brown alum Zeyn Joukhadar, a rising star in Arab-American literature who has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, talk about her book “The Map of Salt and Stars," at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Church Pavilion, 300 Westminster St. Tickets for the author-book event, which is sponsored by Savoy Bookshop & Café and Reading Across Rhode Island, are $20 and include a copy of the book. For more information or for tickets, visit saltandstsars.eventbrite.com, or email Elissa Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how Master Granite Carver Richard Comolli continued the legacy of the Westerly Granite industry during the last half of the 20th century when John Coduri gives a free talk at Babcock Smith House Museum, 24 Granite St. in Westerly, Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.
HIGH SCHOOL ARTS
Stop by the Hoxie Gallery of the Westerly Library Saturday between 10 a.m. and to 2 p.m. for the closing reception of the Westerly High School Art exhibit.
RUN FOR GOOD
Support the The North Stonington Education Foundation Saturday at a road race and walk at the North Stonington Grange Fairgrounds, 21 Wyassup Road in North Stonington. The annual 5K begins at 10 a.m. and the 2-mile walk begins at 9:45 a.m. Same day registration begins at 8:45 a.m. To register in advance or for more information, visit nsedfoundation.org.
VIRTUE ART FESTIVAL
Stroll through Wilcox Park this Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and marvel at the works of art from artists around the region during the 23rd annual Virtu art festival, sponsored by The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Visit oceanchamber.org or call 401-596-7761 for more information.
ALL-STAR BOOGIE TIME
Get out your dancing shoes and head to the Knick, 35 Railroad Ave. in Westerly, on Saturday for a night of dancing and fun with the Knickerbocker All-Stars. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit knickerbockerallstars.com.
Head to Foxwoods Resort Casino, Saturday and catch a show with Emmy-award winner Bill Maher during his East Coast tour. Maher, a stand-up comedian for almost four decades, typically sells out all shows, so move fast. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $60 and $70.
Observe Memorial Day on Sunday during the Charlestown Memorial Day Parade Sunday. The parade will step off at Ridgewood Road and Old Post Road beginning at 1 p.m. and proceed to Cross ’ Mills Baptist Church then to Cross Mills’ Brook and end at Fort Neck Road. A ceremony will follow in Ninigret Park at the Navy War Memorial and at the Kimball Pavilion with the Wakefield Concert Band, observances and speeches.
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.