Support the Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park this week (Wednesday through Saturday) and pick up some gifts at the "Holiday Book Sale." Thousands of books, many in gift-giving condition, will be for sale along with books for children, tweens, teens, and adults, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks. Hours vary based on day of the day so check the library website. Join the Friends (annual membership is $15 for an individual or $25 for a family,) and attend the Tuesday evening pre-view night, and preview nights for the 2020 book sales. Visit westerlylibrary.org


Join members of the Westerly Hospital Auxiliary Tuesday at 5 p.m. for the start of the 35th annual Lights of Love campaign where you can honor a loved one by purchasing a “Love Light” in their name. This year’s campaign donations will used to support patient care needs at the new Smilow Cancer Care Center and the inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry unit at Westerly Hospital. A reception will also take place.


Listen to Santa read "T’was the Night Before Christmas" Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. when he stops by the Westerly library for a visit and photos with all the good boys and girls, who are invited to tell him what they hope he'll bring on Christmas morning. Numbered tickets will be handed out at the door, reserving each a spot for every family so they can relax and enjoy free cocoa and cookies while they wait. Visit westerlylibrary.org for more information.


Remember your loved ones this week when the annual Angel of Hope Vigil takes place on Friday at 6 p.m. with a candle lighting ceremony on the grounds of the Westerly Hospital in the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden. Candles will be provided and the gathering will take place rain or shine.  


Place your bid on one of Betty Pearce's Moore Woods fairy houses Saturday at the annual Christ Church Christmas Bazaar where a luncheon (including a “child-friendly” hot dog lunch for $5) will be served from and fine crafts, hand-knitted items, boxwood trees, poinsettias, attic treasures, books, fair trade items, jewelry, and homemade holiday baked goods will be for sale and two silent auctions will be held; one for the fairy houses and another for a handmade Amish quilt.  


Relax and enjoy a "Traditional Christmas Tea" Saturday at The United Congregational Church of Westerly's popular Christmas Bazaar when gluten-free options have been added (prepared in a gluten-free environment with certified gluten-free ingredients but please reserve ahead by calling the church office by Thursday.) The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature, a silent auction, a nostalgia boutique and bundles of fresh local greens. A Children’s Shopping Room returns this year where the kids can shop on their own at reasonable prices. 


Head to Elm Street Saturday for Central Baptist Church's Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enjoy a luncheon and shop for holiday gift bags, Grandma's Attic Treasures, hand-work knitted, crocheted and sewn items, baked goodies and cemetery arrangements.


Head back to the library Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for 'A Festival of Stories" where local children's book authors will be on hand to read. Activities and refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase. For more information visit literacywashingtoncounty.org or call 401-596-941.


Wrap a red scarf around Fido's neck and head to Agway Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "Photos with Santa." All pets and children are welcome. A $10 minimum donation is requested.

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

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