Author Max Brallier at RPL: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave. Local children’s author Max Brallier will discuss his journey to become an author and how his childhood in Reading inspires some of his work. Brallier is a New York Times bestselling author, known for his chapter books for elementary school readers. His series include “Galatic Hot Dogs” and “The Last Kids on Earth.” His “Eerie Elementary” series is based on Joshua Eaton School, which Max attended in Reading. The visit will include a presentation, Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase by Whitelam Books.
High School Art Contest education session: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, RMLD Office, 230 Ash St., Reading. The snow date is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27. RMLD will hold an electricity-themed art contest for high school students in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington and Lynnfield Center. Various art mediums will be accepted, including, but not limited to drawings, paintings, photography and graphic art. Students who wish to participate must attend an education session to learn about the requirements of the contest. Each participating student will receive art supplies and a certificate for four hours of community service for taking part in the contest. The first-place winner will receive a $100 gift card and the chance to be featured on the cover of RMLD’s Annual Report; the second-place winner will receive a $75 gift card; the third-place winner will receive a $50 gift card; and the fourth-place winner will receive a $25 gift card.
Sen. Jason Lewis office hours: 2-3 p.m. Feb. 16, Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant St. Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, announced his February office hours schedule for the communities of the 5th Middlesex district. Residents of the district are invited to come by and share concerns or just say hello; and, they are welcomed to attend office hours outside of their town, if it’s more convenient for their personal schedules. Full details on Lewis’ office hours schedule are available at http://SenatorJasonLewis.com. Anyone unable to attend these times, but who has a concern to bring to the attention of Lewis and his staff, may contact his State House office at 617-722-1206 or Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov.
Pastel Landscape Demonstration: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, First Congregational Church, 25 Woburn St., Reading. For information: http://lisaregopoulos.com. Reading Art Association presents a demonstration by Lisa Rigopolous. Regopoulos is a Massachusetts artist who captures the beauty of the natural world with her award-winning pastel paintings. Her paintings feature landscapes, seascapes and night scenes.
Rising Seas — The Plum Island Story: 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave., Reading. This event is free and open to the public due to sponsorship of The Friends of the Reading Public Library. Bill Sargent will present drone footage of the human tragedy on Plum Island. During the winter of 2012013, close to a 1/3 of the houses on the southern primary dune were lost or damaged and the island sustained the most concentrated area of damage in all of New England. Responses to the damage set a precedent in the ongoing debate about homeowners’ rights and environmental policy in the new era of rising sea levels and more frequent and powerful storms. Due to warming waters, shoreline erosion and increasingly severe storms, New England’s sea levels are on track to rise up to seven feet this century and Plum Island is one of the region’s most vulnerable communities. Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA science series on PBS and the author of 20 books about science and the environment. His most recent books have dealt with the effects of sea level rise in places like New Orleans, Florida and on Cape Cod.
Blood donation opportunity: 2-7 p.m. Feb. 28, Good Samaritan Lodge, AF & AM, 110 Haven St., Reading. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting http://redcrossblood.org or calling 800-733-2767. Severe winter weather has forced approximately 600 blood drives to cancel in 2018, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Widespread flu across the U.S. has also resulted in lower turnout at blood drives. Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive life-saving treatments.
Instant Pot cooking class: 7 p.m. March 6 and 20, Pleasant Street Center, 49 Pleasant St., Reading. Registration is required and limited. Sign up online, call or visit a public service desk. Contact the Library at 781-942-6703 for further information. This demonstration and hands-on class will give teach techniques to help users get the most from their cooker. This is an introduction to cooking in an electric pressure cooker with experienced cook Laurie Tucker. Most of these techniques can be used with any brand of electric pressure cooker.
Rep. Bradley Jones Jr. office hours: 10:15-11:15 a.m. March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave. House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr., R-North Reading, has announced his 2018 district office hours. Reading residents can visit the library during office hours to meet with Jones or a member of his staff. No appointment is necessary, and residents will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Any constituent who wishes to speak with Jones, but is unable to attend the scheduled office hours, may make an appointment by calling 617-722-2100 or emailing Bradley.Jones@MAHouse.gov.
Reading Ramblers Walking Club: 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Fridays. For information: 781-942-6658; firstname.lastname@example.org. The club will meet all over town. For meeting spots, check out the Pleasantries newsletter or contact the Pleasant Street Center at 781-942-6794. People can walk at their own pace and enjoy benefits such as increased energy, a healthy lifestyle and a friendly, non-competitive exercise.
Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous meets weekly at the following times at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 95 Woburn St., Reading: 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For information: 781-641-2303.
Reading Food Pantry donation collection: The Reading firefighters are collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the Reading Food Pantry. Collection boxes are located at the Main Street Fire Station, 757 Main St., Reading. For information: 781-944-3132.