Meet and learn from local authors this fall at the Sandwich Arts Alliance Center.

Fourteen published local authors are offering the chance for readers, writers and fans to meet with them one-on-one during the eight-week “Meet the Alliance Authors” fall series, presented by the alliance, October 2 through November 20. The series is free to the public and takes place on Wednesdays from 11 AM to noon at the Sandwich Arts Alliance Center, 124 Route 6A, Sandwich. Donations are welcome.

The list of novelists, biographers, memoirists, children's writers, inspirational writers and songwriters includes Bob Aubin, Paulette Boudrot, Dean Coe, J.J. Cunis, Jana Dillon, Sidney Frye, Catherine Kelly-Mahon, Carolyn LeComte, Christie Lowrance, Alison McLennan, Christina Nordstrom, Jim Petipas, Bob Reese and Donna Lavalle Rockwell. Each week will feature one or two of these writers sharing their valuable information and experience.

“This is an opportunity to hear excerpts and learn more about the book writing process”, offered Diane Scharf, the alliance's vice president of programming. “Guests can relax and enjoy coffee while authors read, discuss and sign their books."

Children’s authors Dean Coe and Jana Dillon will kick off the series on October 2.

Coe is the author of children's picture books that feature an ever-curious and good natured Cape Cod weasel named Chesterton. His books include Chesterton Keeps His Town Jumping, Chesterton Saves the Whale, Chesterton's Scary Breakfast, Chesterton's Winter Rescue and Chesterton Saves The Bunnies, a story about the once-threatened New England cottontail.

Dillon has authored or illustrated eight children’s books including Scarecrow’s Pumpkin Patch, Lucky O’Leprechaun Comes to America and Little Thumb. She is an experienced presenter who has visited schools from Florida to New Hampshire, firing up enthusiasm for writing and reading while explaining how authors work and get published.

“The idea of the series is to introduce residents and tourists alike to alliance authors and provide an opportunity to learn more about us and our books, and of course, to sell the books” said event manager Christine Lowrance."You may be a bit familiar of the names of a few local authors, but here's a chance to get to know 14 of them over a cup of coffee and good conversation on Wednesday mornings this fall. Drop in at the SAA Center on Rte. 6A, Wednesday mornings this fall from 11 to 12."

To see the full schedule and learn more about the “Meet the Alliance Authors” series, visit sandwichartalliance.org or call the center at 774-338-5201.

RUMBLING AROUND TOWN

Sandwich Police Trunk or Treat

It's almost Sandwich Police Trunk or Treat time!

The Sandwich Police Department will be hosting this event at Oakcrest Cove, 34 Quaker Meeting House Road, on October 26 from 10 AM to noon.

Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes and to bring their own bags.

If you wish to enter your vehicle for this event, registration is required. Registration forms can be picked up in dispatch at the police station.

Although this event is free to the public, police are kickstarting their Toys for Tots collection. A new unwrapped toy is greatly appreciated!

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Check the Sandwich Police Facebook page for updates.

Fire station opens to the public

Come see the brand new fire station off Quaker Meetinghouse Road. The new facility will be open to the public for tours October 26 from noon to 3 PM.

See what your investment got for our firefighters, EMTs and emergency personnel. There will be food and snacks, fire extinguisher training, fire hose spraying and a jaws of life demonstration. The kids can go into a fire engine. The event also offers a great opportunity for keepsake photos.

It’s all at 251 Cotuit Road. Come on down and meet the people who protect you and your property from fire.

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 2,700 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the internet’s entertainment superstation. He also started the Sandwich News group on Facebook, which has over 12,400 members. Have a story idea? He can be reached via snyderssandwich@aol.com, toll free fax at 866-655-8234, and on Facebook,www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio.