standing Week Ahead

PATRIOT OF KING'S COUNTY

Learn all about one of Westerly's founding fathers, Joshua Babcock, and his friendship on Wednesday at 6 p.m. when Westerly Library host a showing of the documentary, “Patriot of Kings County,” by local filmmaker Betty-Jo Cugini. The story is about the friendship between Babcock and Benjamin Franklin.  The event is free. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org or call 401-596-2877.

ART SCHOOL

Join students from Westerly's elementary schools this week during a series of opening receptions for "Westerly Elementary Schools Art Show," an exhibit in the Hoxie Gallery at Westerly Public Library. On Tuesday, students from Springbrook Elementary School will welcome visitors, on Wednesday it will be students from Dunns’ Corners Elementary School, and on Thursday, young artists from State Street School Elementary School will be on hand. Opening receptions will run 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit westerlylibrary.org or call 401-596-2877. 

CHOCO-WALK

Join the sweet parade Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. during the Chocolate Stroll, which will wind its way throughout downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck. More than 30 businesses from downtown and the North End will participate in the stroll, which is sponsored by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce. Strollers can expect to sample chocolate-themed treats like a new chocolate and marshmallow flavored beer, raspberry mole chicken, cinnamon horchata sangria, and hazelnut and chocolate cannolis. Tickets are $20, but only 200 are available. They can be purchased at Amigo’s Taqueria, Bella Vita Salon, Grey Sail Brewing or the chamber. Proceeds will benefit the Westerly Light Parade fund. For tickets or more information, call 401-596-7761 or visit oceanchamber.org

ALOHA LUAU

Find your most colorful Hawaiian shirt, grab a pair of shades and head to the Venice Ballroom Friday for the annual Aloha Luau. Sponsored by The Misquamicut Business Association, the luau begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the music of Hit Play, a luau-related menu, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit misquamicut.org.

CHEERS FOR CHARITY

Drop by Grey Sail Brewery Thursday beginning at 5:30 to support the Olean Center at "Cheers for Charity." Enjoy beer sampling, great food, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support the Olean Center. Tickets are $20 and are available online oleancenter.org, at 93 Airport Road, or at the door. Tickets purchased for the cancelled October event will also be honored.

MUSIC FOR YOUR VALENTINE

Bask in the beauty of art songs sung in nine different languages Sunday when Roumanian coloratura soprano Nora Păunescu and French pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour perform two recitals called "Love Rules the Globe," at the North Stonington Historical Society's Stephen Main House on Wyassup Road. The first performance will be at 4 p.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Guests are asked to reserve seats by calling or texting 646-548-7497 or sending an email to frenchharpsichordist@gmail.com.  

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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