And we’re back to New London Main Street’s official newsletters! These were shifted to Friday for awhile, but have returned to Wednesday. Their first note: buttons for the Fall Food Stroll on Oct. 17 are available and can be ordered online until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, so don’t miss your chance for this downtown walkabout to sample some delicious local food.
Aside from that, there are a few opportunities to mix and mingle with the community. From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dev’s On Bank Street hosts a professional mixer for OPEN-CT, Pfizer's colleague resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals; all LGBT and allied professionals from southeastern Connecticut are invited. A holistic health and wellness fair will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Harris Building Atrium. Save Ocean Beach’s 12th fall fundraiser kicks off at 6:30 p.m. the same evening at Port N Starboard and features music, raffles, food, and more; tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and proceeds benefit projects at Ocean Beach Park.
The Public Library of New London also has a lot to offer. A knitting group meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Community Knit, and drop-in computer help sessions are available every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re interested in recent New London history, municipal historian Sally Ryan leads her last lecture of a series on the subject at 7 p.m. on Tuesday; it’s free, but pre-registration is appreciated.
Friday Night Folk welcomes Gordon Bok this week for an 8 p.m. show at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation; tickets are $23 at the door, $20 in advance, and $10 for students with ID. Bean and Leaf is still sprucing up its new space at New London Harbour Towers, but the regular music shows are set to return imminently. The Jazz Trio is a regular Monday fixture, performing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Finally, the organization highlights a few art exhibits around town. “Italian Visions/Visioni Italiane” is still on display at Hygienic Art, but Saturday is its last day. “Dinotopia: Art, Science, and Imagination” is a series of dinosaur-themed illustrations by James Gurney, and it’s up at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. You have more time to take this in, as the exhibit will be on display until Feb. 2.