standing Week Ahead

OCEANS OF PLASTIC 

Join the Town of Westerly’s Plastic Reduction Committee Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for a screening of the movie, “Oceans,” followed by a Q&A during a program designed to spread education and awareness about the reduction of waste in Westerly. The screening will be held at Westerly Library, 44 Broad St. For more information, visit facebook.com/westerlyplasticreductioncommittee.  

UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Stop by Savoy Bookshop & Café Wednesday at 7 p.m. for an author discussion and book signing with local author David James Madden, the author of the new book, “An Unknown Soldier.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.  

VETERANS WELCOME

Veterans are invited to stop by Stonington High School Thursday at 5 p.m. when the SHS student government hosts its annual “Fall Feast for Veterans” dinner in the Stonington High School Commons. All current and past members of the armed services are welcome to attend at no charge and each is invited to bring a guest. Members of the student government organize the meal and food is provided and prepared by the high school kitchen staff. Student-donated desserts and drinks will also be provided. Visit stoningtonschools.org.

SHARK TALK

Hear shark expert William McKeever, author of “Emperors of the Deep: Sharks— the Ocean’s Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians," on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at an event hosted by the Living Sharks Museum and Savoy Bookshop & Café. A total of 20% of the proceeds will be given to shark research and conservation. The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.  

THANKSGIVING'S BEGINNINGS

Hear all about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when author Harriet Grayson continues with her literary salute to thankfulness at the Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery, 37 High St. in Westerly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite Thanksgiving books to read. For more information email graysonharriet@gmail.com or visit oceanbreezepress.net

SPELLING BEE

Sharpen your spelling and head to Westerly Middle School this weekend when Theatre Scrapbook presents "The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets and more information, visit theatrescrapbook.com

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous music of Handel this weekend when the Chorus of Westerly and Handel Festival Orchestra, directed by Andrew Howell, performs movements from The "Messiah," Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kent Peformance Hall, 119 High St. in Westerly. Tickets begin at $21. Visit chorusofwesterly.org or call 401-596-8663 for more information.

ALL'S FAIR

Stop by Dunn's Corners Community Church Presbyterian Saturday between 9 a.m and 2 p.m. for a "Christmas Bazaar and Raffle" featuring a cookie walk, vintage jewelry, gift baskets, gourmet gift jars, handmade doll clothes, luncheon and more. Among other groups, proceeds will go to Jonnycake Center, Warm Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and Family Housing Support. 

MUSIC MATTERS

Enjoy a "Hearfelt Salon, Intimate Stage," Saturday at 5 p.m. at a concert with Soprano Sonja Du Toit Tengblad, Contralto Emily Marvosh and pianist Joseph Turbessi at La Grua Center's "Music Matters." Tickets are $20, free for age 18 and under. Visit lagruacenter.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.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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