standing Week Ahead

MONDAY LENTEN LUNCHEONS

Make your way to  Stonington Borough on Mondays through April between noon and 1:30 p.m. for one of the famous Lenten Luncheons served at Calvary Church, 27 Church St. in Stonington. Today's menu will feature beef stew, fresh salad, bread, a homemade dessert and a beverage. There will also be vegetarian and gluten free alternatives and take out available. The cost is $10 per person and each week, proceeds will be dedicated to a different local charitable organization. Today's meal is served in honor of the New London Community Meal Center. For information, call 860-912-4144.

SOUL DOG

Meet Elena Mannes, author of "Soul Dog," Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Savoy Bookshop & Café and support Stand Up for Animals during a talk and book signing. The event is free and Savoy, located at 10 Canal St. in Westerly, will donate a portion of each book sale to Stand Up for Animals. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901. 

FUN WITH DRAGONS

Catch a presentation Thursday of “The Reluctant Dragon,” a puppet show based on a story of the same name by Kenneth Grahame. The show, which will be held at 11 a.m. at at the Wheeler Library, 101 Main St. in North Stonington, is suitable for ages 4-11. The program is free. For more information, visit wheelerlibary.org or call 860-535-0383.

POETS' CHOICE

Join poets Tom Kirlin and Richard Harteis and visual artists Mark Patnode and Serena Bates Thursday at 6 p.m. for a poetry reading with a special touch. Presented by Savoy Bookshop & Café and Poets Choice Publishing, the evening celebrating of poetry and art will feature Kirlin reading from his new collection, “Enabling Love;” Harteis reading from the works of Elisavietta Ritchie and Barbara Goldberg (winner of the Valentin Krustev Award for Translation); and Bates and Patnode sharing some of their creations. The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901. 

DANCE UP A STORM

Head to the Westerly Senior Center Friday from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and get ready to cut the rug when Surfside 8 Square Dancers hold a St. Patrick’s Day dance with caller Jim Schell and cuer Margene Jervis. There is a $8 donation for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 860-245-0164 or 401-622-8084.

RUNNING FOR THE GREEN 

Wear your best green gear and run in the annual Mystic Irish 5K race Saturday. The course starts and ends in downtown Mystic and travels along River Road on the banks of the Mystic River. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and there is a $30 registration fee. For race route map and more details, visit GrotonRec.com.

WEARING OF THE GREEN

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day listening to traditional and modern Irish music of Shannon (vocals, wood flute and whistles) and Matt Heaton (vocals, guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán) as they perform Irish music that melds the heart. The pair are known for their understanding of the Irish soul and style. Concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, free for age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit lagrua.org or call 860-535-2300

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.

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