standing Week Ahead

CHRISTMAS EVE MUSIC

Make sure to check out The Sun’s religious listings and find a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service to lift your spirits. From Christ Church’s Christmas Eve Pageant and Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m., to their traditional Christmas Eve candlelight Eucharist at 10 p.m. with Christmas carols sung by the choir beforehand, to the 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service at the Pilgrim’s Baptist Church in Ashaway and the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service of scriptures and carols at Central Baptist Church, which ends with the singing of “Silent Night” by candlelight at 10 p.m., there’s sure to be a service for you to be able to choose a church and settle in for some of the spirit and music of the season. Visit The Sun’s religion section for more at www.thewesterlysun.com.

CHRISTMAS DINNER

Spend Christmas in fellowship with others in Mystic on Tuesday and join other families, singles, seniors and military personnel at Union Baptist Church when the church hosts its 27th annual Christmas dinner in the lower Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited, free of charge, and reservations are not required. Call 860-572-7158 for more information.

HOOP TIME

Get your fill of high school basketball this week during the Westerly Community Credit Union’s annual Holiday Basketball Tournament when girls’ and boys’ teams from Westerly, Chariho, Stonington and South Kingstown compete, with games scheduled daily at 2:15, 4, 6:15 and 8 p.m. Tickets are only $3 for students and $4 for adults. All gate proceeds will be donated to the participating schools’ sports boosters. For rosters and tournament details, visit westerlyccu.com.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Meet author Sigrid Nunez, winner of the 2018 National Book Award, at Stonington’s Water Street Café Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Nunez is the December and January Merrill Fellow and will greet people at a Merrill House event. For more information, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

BE AN ANIMAL SLEUTH

Take the little ones, ages 4 and older, to the Westerly Public Library Friday at 11 a.m. for a Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center presentation about learning to become an animal detective and how to read the clues animals leave behind. Participants will create an animal track to bring home. For more information, call 401-596-2877 or visit westerlylibrary.org.

CELEBRATE WITH SONG

Join members of the choir of Christ Church and organist/choirmaster George Kent on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas at Christ Church. The service will feature choral music by the choir, congregational singing of carols and hymns, and the reading of the lessons in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. The lessons are read by parish members and lay leaders from the community and recount the ancient prophecies and the joy of Christ coming into the world. Child care is provided in the nursery. A reception in the parish hall follows the service. The event is free. Visit christchurchwesterly.org for more information.

TAKE A HOLIDAY HIKE

Join other hikers Sunday at 2 p.m. for an all-ages hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park on Tom Harvey Road in Westerly sponsored by the Westerly Land Trust. Glacier Park overlooks land carved by the retreat of the enormous glaciers during the last ice age. The glaciers left behind kettle holes and boulders. The hike requires a moderate exertion level due to hills and uneven, rocky footing. Interested hikers should contact guide Donna Anderson at 203-470-4566. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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