−Film: “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” @ The Meeting House7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Four Corners Arts Center presents this film which tells the story of one man, his farm and his family in the tiny town of Caledonia, Ill. This Fall Film Series is sponsored by Coastal Roasters in Tiverton.+7:30 pmFilm: “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” @ The Meeting House
−Free Cooking Demos @ Westport Council on the Aging10:00 am – 11:00 am
In conjunction with the Westport Food Pantry, the Westport Council on Aging (WCOA) hosts a series of cooking demonstrations to introduce healthy meals prepared from basic foods found in most household cupboards and refrigerators. These free demonstrations are open to all seniors and any Westport food pantry registrant. No registration is necessary. Program will repeat Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.+10:00 amFree Cooking Demos @ Westport Council on the Aging
−“Project Home,” Reconstructure Celebrates the Sojourner Collection @ Reconstructure5:00 pm – 7:45 pmProject Home celebrates the Sojourner Collection on Thursday, Oct. 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Reconstructure (96 Calverley Street) in Providence. The Sojourner Collection is a permanent art collection generously donated by local artists to help improve the lives and environments of victims of domestic violence. Reconstructure, (all woman-owned Providence interior design firm) Sojourner House (RI’s leading advocate and resource for victims of domestic abuse) and our local art community join their aesthetic and ethical sensibilities to help women and children in transition rebuild a notion of home that is positive, personal and inspiring. One of the easiest and most accessible ways to modify and personalize one’s environment is through the incorporation of artwork in everyday life.
In celebration of amazing local artist talent and donated work, the Sojourner Collection will be revealed to the public and featured in Gallery Night Providence. The evening’s festivities include refreshments from local vendors, music and an opportunity to meet and hang with members of the community. Join us in this effort to inspire through art. In support of victims of domestic violence, this event will be held in October, the nationally recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month.+5:00 pm“Project Home,” Reconstructure Celebrates the Sojourner Collection @ Reconstructure
−Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee Meeting @ Portsmouth Free Library5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Bi-weekly meeting of the Portsmouth 375th anniversary celebration planning group.+5:00 pmPortsmouth 375th Steering Committee Meeting @ Portsmouth Free Library
−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