Public Night at the Whitin Observatory: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 27, Whitin Observatory, Wellesley College, 106 Central St. For information: The night will feature a talk on the history of the Whitin Observatory. Talks and activities happen at the scheduled time, rain or shine and telescopic observing only if skies are clear.

Wellesley Neighbors Open Lunch: noon Sept. 27, Lemon Thai, 555 Washington St., Wellesley. For information: 781-283-0417, ext. 1. Learn more and meet some members for lunch at the Wellesley Neighbors open lunch. WN is a nonprofit social and support organization that welcomes older couples and singles from Wellesley and nearby towns.

Author presentation: 10 a.m. Sept. 28, Wellesley Books, 82 Central St. For information: Lisa Rogers will present “16 Words: William Carlos Williams and ‘The Red Wheelbarrow,’” her new picture book. Buy a copy from Wellesley Books in order to meet the author and have her sign the book at the event.

New England Craft Beer Experience: 4-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Wellesley Country Club, Sunset Terrace, 300 Wellesley Ave. Cost: $45 per person. For information: 781-235-6690;;; The Wellesley Historical Society will host the second annual New England Craft Beer Experience. Tickets include seven beer samples and food. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online by Sept. 16.

Author presentation: 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Wellesley Books, 82 Central St. Free. For information: 781-431-1160; Maureen Stanton, author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,” will present “Body Leaping Backward.” This is a free event, however the store requests that attendees RSVP. You can do so in-store, by phone or online. All RSVP methods are free. Buy a copy from Wellesley Books in order to meet the author and have her sign the book at the event.

Author presentation: 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Wellesley Books, 82 Central St. Cost: $5. For information: 781-431-1160; Bryan Rafanelli, acclaimed event planner, will present his book, “A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration.” Tickets can be used as a coupon off of the book. Buy a copy from Wellesley Books in order to meet the author and have him sign the book at the event.

Middle school open house: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3, Dana Hall School, 45 Dana Road, Wellesley. For information: 781-489-1331;; The Dana Hall School Admission Office will hold its fall Middle School Open House. Prospective students in fifth through eighth grades and their families can meet and ask questions of Dana Hall School teachers and administrators. They will be invited to explore the school’s curriculum and extracurricular offerings. Current students will lead campus tours throughout the event and share details about life at Dana Hall School.

“Plants Go To War” lecture: 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington St., Wellesley. Cost: $30 for members; $45 for nonmembers. For information: Massachusetts Horticultural Society and botanist/author Judith Sumner will present the story of how history and horticulture came together in World War II.

“The Italians in Boston” lecture: 2 p.m. Oct. 6, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Main Library, 530 Washington St. For information: Well-known historian and author, Stephen Puleo, will discuss the history of Italian immigration to Boston from its inception in the 19th century right up to the present day. He will focus, in particular, on the role of the North End of Boston in the Italians’ remarkable rise from “rags to riches.” The lecture is co-sponsored by the Council on Aging. The lecture series is sponsored by Christine Mayer.

40th anniversary celebration: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6, 42 Elmwood Road, Wellesley. For information: Wellesley Baptist Christian Nursery School now known as Elmwood Christian Preschool will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an open house and barbecue. RSVP is not necessary but appreciated.


Shoppers Corner: 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays and 9-11 a.m. first Saturdays, Beginning Sept. 9, weekly until June 5, 2019, Schofield Elementary School, 27 Cedar St., Wellesley. Shoppers Corner offers high-quality resale and consigned clothing for men, women and children at affordable prices. The store is open when school is in session. Follow signs to entrance at rear of the playground. All proceeds benefit the Schofield PTO. Clothing donations and consignments are accepted.

Dance for health: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St. Cost: $12. For information: 617-759-1568; Ballroom dance basics learn the basics of social dancing; no partner necessary. Waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, rumba and salsa dancing. Learn the basic steps, posture, poise, lead and follow and technique.

Kiwanis Club: 12:15 p.m. Thursdays, Wellesley College Club, 727 Washington St. For information: Wellesley Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays for luncheon and a program. The public is invited to attend.

Volunteer opportunities with Constellation Hospice: Constellation Hospice is seeking hospice volunteers for patient/family visits or office work, in the Wellesley, Natick and Marlborough areas. An in-depth orientation program, ongoing training and supervision will be provided. Volunteer assignments will be made to best match volunteer’s and patient/family needs, schedules, interests and personalities. Volunteer service time can be an hour a week, or less or more. To arrange for an interview, contact contact Jean Berman, volunteer coordinator: 781-771-1293;