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Saturday, April 14, 2012

What's Happening in Charlestown - April 16-22

Our list of What's Happening is getting so long that we're publishing it weekly now.

Read below the break for our suggestions for the next week.

Cross Mills fire station open house

The Charlestown Fire District and the firefighters of the Cross Mills Fire Department are excited to be in their new station on Old Post Road. They would like you attend their open house at the new station on Sunday April 22 from 1 until 4 pm, to thank the community for its support. Take tours of the station and equipment, eat some free food, and chat with the firefighters.

Programs at the library

We recommend two special programs this week at the Cross Mills Public Library.

At 7 pm on Monday, April 16, the Garden Tour Lecture Series will be hosting Backyard Farming and Composting. Lois Fulton of Manna Farm will demonstrate how a little bit of work will lead to a beautiful backyard.

At 1 pm on Wednesday, April 18, Vivian & John Maxson from the Born to Be Wild Nature Center will present an up close & personal view of live hawks and owls.

Earth Day Cleanup

Join the cleanup effort organized by the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and show that you care about our environment. Help is needed at a number of sites along the Pawcatuck River. You can choose to help Friday, Saturday or Sunday, April 20 - 22. Sign up at the WPWA events page.

Be safe with that gun

Your Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free basic gun safety class on Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 am until noon at the Senior/Community Center in Ninigret Park. Call 364-1222 for more information or to register. Parental permission is required for those under 18. Please do not bring a gun!

Frosty Drew Classic 5K Run and Walk

This annual benefit event will be held on Saturday, April 21, with registration starting at 10 am. See the Frosty Drew website for more information.

Kayaking class

Ever wonder if you were approaching kayaking properly? Come to the Kettle Pond Visitor Center (50 Bend Road) on Saturday, April 21, at 11 am to learn some kayaking basics from Jim Cole, author of “Paddling Connecticut and Rhode Island,” including the correct way to paddle, many tips on how to make paddling easier and more enjoyable (as well as a review of basic paddle strokes and when to use them!).

Spring Blooming Native Plants

Come to the Kettle Pond Visitor Center (50 Bend Road) at 1 pm on Sunday, April 22, and join USFWS Volunteer and Master Gardener Jenifer LoVetere to learn all about which Spring blooming Rhody Natives to add to your garden this year. This program will include a brief presentation, followed by a walk around the Refuge to get more ideas on which natives to plant at your home. (You can attend this presentation and walk and still have time to hit the Cross Mills fire station open house!)

Get the rest of the story on these suggestions and find lots more in our calendar, a free service at Progressive Charlestown. If you know of other great events, let us know by email.