2013-11-28 / Calendar



December 1

Newport Nutcracker 1 and 6 p.m. See Nov. 29.

Touro’s 250th Rededication of Touro Synagogue in celebration of its 250th anniversary, 2 p.m., followed by Hanukah party, reservations required, rsvp@tourosynagogue.org.

Open Mic Sunday Open mic at Portsmouth Publick House, 600 Clock Tower Square, 2-5 p.m., featured performers 3-3:45 p.m.

Polar Express 4 and 6:30 p.m. See Nov. 29.

Holiday Open House Newport Historical Society’s annual holiday open house, with costumed interpreter reading “The Night Before Christmas,” free, Colony House, 4-5 p.m.

Christmas in Newport Begins Newport’s 43rd annual monthlong celebration kicks off with a cannon salute, mayoral proclamation, entertainment, tree lighting, bonfire, Washington Square, 5 p.m., christmasinnewport.org.

Portsmouth Tree Lighting Santa, holiday music, cocoa, cookies and candy canes, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 5:30 p.m., Santa arrives at 6 p.m.


December 2

Fort Adams Tours Guided tours of the nation’s largest coastal fortification, daily 12 and 2 p.m., weather dependent, 401-619- 1511, fortadams.org.

Historical Research Workshop Learn about the Newport Historical Society holdings and how to research the history of your house, family, neighborhood or any period from Newport’s history, Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., 1 p.m., members free, non-members $10, reservations required, space limited, 401-846-0813.

Make It, Take It Crafts Make jewelry with beads at dropin craft time at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 5+, no registration required.

Monday Night Mysteries Jamestown Philomenian Library group examines “A Woman’s Eye,” edited by Sara Paretsky, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., drop-ins and new members welcome, jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org.


December 3

Pre-K Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Computer Help Help with computers/devices available, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 3-4:30 p.m., registration required, 401-423- 7280.

Global Issues Forum The Learning Center at Channing Church presents “China: Competition or Cooperation?” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 6:30 p.m., free, 401-847-8720 x209.

‘Yamashita’s Ghost’ Author Allan A. Ryan discusses “Yamashita’s Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur’s Justice and Command Accountability,” SRU, Pell Center, 518 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., reserve at pellcenter@salve.edu or 401- 341-2927.


December 4

Film Noir Series Newport Library presents the classic, “The Lady From Shanghai” (1947), with Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208.

After School Stories and Crafts Kids in grades K-4 enjoy stories, arts and crafts, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in, 401-847- 0292, redwoodlibrary.org.

Book Chat for Knitters Bring knitting, crocheting or other fiber craft to work on, talk about your favorite books, Newport Public Library, 7 p.m.

Festival of Lights at Salve 12th annual celebration of hope for peace and justice, Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., lighting of the Diwali diyas, the Chanukiah, the Advent wreath and the fanous, 401-341-2444.


December 5

Nature Storytime Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature themed storytime with craft, animal or discovery walk, dress for the weather, preschoolers ages 3+, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577.

Middletown Book Sale Buy two bags of books for $8 and get another bag free, Middletown Public Library, 1 – 7 p.m.

‘Legendary Locals’ Talk Annie Sherman will discuss her book on Newport notables, “Legendary Locals,” Colony House, members $5, non-members $1, 401-841-8770.

Channing Land Use Lecture Gail Darrell, lecturer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, on community involvement in land use decisions, parish hall behind Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., $10, 401-846-0643, office@channingchurch.org.

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Thomas C. Hone discussing his book, “The Battle of Midway: The Naval Institute Guide to the U.S. Navy’s Greatest Victory,” Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101.


December 6

Middletown Book Sale 9:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m., see Dec. 5 for more details.

Computer Workshop IPad Tips and Tricks, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401- 847-8720 x208.

NMAI The National Museum of American Illustration offers “The American Muse,” 492 Bellevue Ave., open for self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m., americanillustration.org.

Skating Center Opens Newport Skating Center opens for the season at the Yachting Center, 5 p.m., tree lighting, skating performance, caroling, cookies and hot chocolate, and Santa.

IYRS Holiday Party Community open house with holiday cheer, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Restoration Hall, 449 Thames St., 5:30-8 p.m., 401-848-5777 x204.

‘A Christmas Carol’ Middletown High School drama club presents the Dickens classic, 130 Valley Rd., 7 p.m., 846-7250.


December 7

Middletown Book Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m, see Dec. 5 for more details.

Winter Bird Walk Birding walk at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., bring binoculars, heavy precipitation cancels.

Author Talk Urban anthropologist Elizabeth Greenspan discusses her book, “Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., drop in.

‘A Christmas Carol’ 7 p.m. See Dec. 6.

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble Concert Common Fence Music hosts Brian Bender’s dynamic klezmer band, traditional Eastern European folk music, harvest soups and baked goods available, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the “folk tailgate picnic,” concert 8 p.m., tickets $20 in advance, $23 at door, commonfencemusic.org.


December 8

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org.

Grinch Showing Bring a blanket, wear PJs and come watch “The Grinch,” Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., 3 - 4:15 p.m., free and open to 2 - 6 year olds and their caregivers, 401-849-4646.

Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble Workshop Free workshop for all ages, funded by The New England Foundation for the Arts, Levi H. Gale House, 89 Touro St. (use Division Street entrance), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., bring instruments and dancing shoes, register at commonfencemusic@yahoo.com.

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