−Green Eating Presentation @ Green Valley Country Club5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Casey Riley, chief operating officer of the Newport Harbor Corp./Newport Restaurant Group, and Chef Jonathan Cambra from Castle Hill in Newport, will help participants understand the hows and whys of eating in an environmentally friendly way. Topics and activities covered will include sourcing local foods, the state of food service in our public school systems, the benefits of community-supported agriculture, connections between farmers and chefs, the culinary benefits of local foods and recipes and tastings. RSVP to Courtney Huth as space is limited.+5:30 pmGreen Eating Presentation @ Green Valley Country Club
−Program on Green Eating @ Green Valley Country Club5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Casey Riley, chief operating officer of the Newport Harbor Corp./Newport Restaurant Group, and Chef Jonathan Cambra from Castle Hill in Newport, will help participants understand the hows and whys of eating in an environmentally friendly way. RSVP to Courtney Huth as space is limited.+5:30 pmProgram on Green Eating @ Green Valley Country Club
−Seekonk Celebrates: Read! Presents American Diner History @ Seekonk Public Library6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Seekonk Celebrates: Read! continues its celebration of Seekonk and Richard Russo’s novel Empire Falls with a fun discussion of New England Diner History.
Daniel Zilka, founder of the American Diner Museum, will join us to discuss the important role New England has played in the history of American diners.
As any fan of the Food Network’s Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins knows, no two diners look the same and each one has a unique attention grabber to ensure people stop in and eat.
Miles Roby, Richard Russo’s main character in Empire Falls, understood this and tried to update his diner with a new menu with lots of flair. Massachusetts has a particular fondness for diners and has even considered putting a diner on the back of its second state quarter.
Be sure to join us as we celebrate this fascinating food tradition! We will have items to take home and more surprises this evening. This event is free and open to the public thanks to a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. Registration is required. Call the library to reserve your space today at (508) 336-8230 or visit www.seekonkpl.org.+6:00 pmSeekonk Celebrates: Read! Presents American Diner History @ Seekonk Public Library
−Haunted Hallows and Monsters’ Lairs @ Riverside Branch Library6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Rhode Islander M. E. Reilly-McGreen, author of “Rhode Island Legends: Haunted Hallows and Monsters’ Lairs,” will tell ghoulish stories of the state’s most haunted places and the ones that helped define Rhode Island’s ghostly heritage and supernatural history. She’s an award-winning journalist and high school English teacher. Paperback copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.+6:30 pmHaunted Hallows and Monsters’ Lairs @ Riverside Branch Library
−Recycling Presentation @ Essex Library6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn about Rhode Island’s new single-stream recycling program from Kevin Proft, manager of ecoRI’s Green Team. The presentation is made possible by a grant from The Rhode Island Foundation and sponsorship from Waste Management and Save The Bay. Space is limited, so call to reserve a spot.+6:30 pmRecycling Presentation @ Essex Library
−RWU Common Reading Presentation to Feature Family of Henrietta Lacks, Subject of 2012 New York Times Bestseller @ Roger Williams University7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Was it right for doctors to harvest a poor black tobacco farmer’s cells without her permission? Opinions vary widely, but one thing is clear – if scientists hadn’t challenged the ethical divide with Henrietta Lacks in 1951, modern medicine might not look the same today.
On Thursday, October 18, David “Sonny” Lacks, will share his mother’s story – immortalized in Rebecca Skloot’s 2010 New York Times bestseller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” – during Roger Williams University’s annual Common Reading presentation.
Skloot’s book chronicles the story of the woman known to scientists as HeLa. Her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in-vitro fertilization and more. The bestseller raises questions about exploitation and ethics in scientific experimentation, subjects that are only escalating in importance in contemporary society.
The visit by Sonny Lacks comes as part of the Common Reading program, an annual tradition at Roger Williams University. Faculty, staff and first-year students read a selected text each summer and engage in discussions on the book during the fall semester.
In appearances across the country, Sonny Lacks has shared with audiences what it meant to find out – decades after the fact – that his mother’s cells were being used in laboratories across the world, bought and sold by the millions. He puts a personal face on issues such as the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics and the legal battles over informed consent.
The Common Reading presentation will take place on Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center on the University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. The event is free and open to the public with a ticket. Due to anticipated demand and limited space, some guests may be directed to satellite locations on campus to watch via live video feed.
Please call (401) 254-3210 to reserve a ticket or for more information.+7:00 pmRWU Common Reading Presentation to Feature Family of Henrietta Lacks, Subject of 2012 New York Times Bestseller @ Roger Williams University
−“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” @ Roger Williams University recreation center7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Roger Williams University in celebrating this year’s Common Reading text with an appearance by David “Sonny” Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks, the subject of Rebecca Skloot’s bestseller. Sonny Lacks has captivated audiences across the country, talking about his mother and her important contribution to science. Call to reserve your free ticket.+7:00 pm“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” @ Roger Williams University recreation center
−A Taste of Portsmouth @ Portsmouth Free Public Library7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
At this annual fund-raiser for Portsmouth Free Public Library, sample beer, wine and restaurant specialties from local businesses. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the library or at the door.+7:00 pmA Taste of Portsmouth @ Portsmouth Free Public Library
−Authors Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman @ Audubon Environmental Education Center7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The authors of the new “Field Guide to Nature of New England,” will describe some of their favorite adventures, share some of their favorite photos and talk about the endless potential for everyone to make personal discoveries about nature. A book signing will follow the talk. The program is free but you must register to reserve a seat.+7:00 pmAuthors Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman @ Audubon Environmental Education Center
−The Smile Makers and The Killdevils in concert @ Sandywoods Center for the Arts7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sandywoods presents a double bill featuring The Smile Makers, the musical brainchild of Eric Donaldson and Nicole Sutka who draw influences from funk, folk, ska, bluegrass and alt-rock; and The Killdevils (Chris Monti and Jacob Haller), which plays a quirky mix of Americana and blues-inflected music. BYOB and food allowed.+7:00 pmThe Smile Makers and The Killdevils in concert @ Sandywoods Center for the Arts