THURSDAY, JANUARY 16

OPENING RECEPTION: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 6-8 p.m. The Jamestown Arts Center announces "5th Decade: Hera Gallery" exhibition celebrating the 45th anniversary of Hera Gallery with the work of 20 current members and a selection of historical materials. www.jamestownartcenter.org

RTC MEETING: Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Road, 6:30 p.m. If you have fiscal concerns or have conservative ideas that could be implemented in Portsmouth, please attend. For more information visit PortsmouthRepublicans.com or call Joe Lorenz at (401) 683-2308.

BLOOD DRIVE: Knights of Columbus #256, 7 Valley Road, Middletown, 2-7 p.m. Community blood drive, free steak dinner and $5 Dunkin' coupon for donors. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and R.I. Blood Center.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

OPENING RECEPTION: Spring Bull Studio & Gallery, 55 Bellevue Ave. Newport, 5-7 p.m. 29th Annual Fakes and Forgeries. Exhibition of forgeries, inspirations and humorous riffs based on the works of Old Master, New Masters, or contemporary artists. Enjoy a fun-filled evening meeting friends and enjoying wonderful art by local artists. Also meet visiting artist Janet Gendreau, who is exhibiting through Jan. 31.

CENSUS JOBS: Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. 10 a.m and 1 p.m. Learn more about 2020 Census jobs in Rhode Island with a pay range of $20 to $25 per hour. The application process is all online and no resume is required. Visit 2020census.gov/jobs for more information.

FEATHERED FRIENDS: Tiverton Public Library, Children’s Activity Room, 34 Roosevelt Ave. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Learn about our native winter birds and make a bird feeder. Ages 5+. (401) 625-6796, Ext. 3.

MODEL TRAIN SHOW: Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, 10 a.m.-noon. The Little Rhody Division presents operating model railroads, including a T-Trak layout and Harry Potter layout. Free. www.littleshodydiv.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21

KNITTING MEET-UP: Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave., 5:30-8 p.m. A casual meeting for knitters looking to work on their projects with others who enjoy knitting and crocheting. Join us on the third Tuesday of the month to meet and socialize with local knitters. Must bring your own projects and supplies.

TEA TIME: Union Public Library, 3832 Main Road, 2-4 p.m. All are welcome to visit, browse the library's collection, and enjoy a cup of tea and some light refreshments. For more information, please call the library at (401) 625-6799.

AARP MEETING: Fenner Hall, Fenner Avenue, Newport, 1:30 p.m. The local chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting. New members are asked to arrive a few minutes earlier and bring their national AARP membership card. This month's speaker will be Lt. April Amaral of the Newport Police Department. Amaral will speak about the hoaxes, scams and deceptive practices of persons who are out to relieve senior citizens of their money, identity and security. All members interested in attending "South Pacific" in June at Goodspeed and the New York City trip in July are asked to sign up at this meeting. Members are asked to bring canned food for the local food pantries.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22

MOVIE NIGHT: Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave., 6-8 p.m. Join us for a showing of "Book Club" (2018; Rated PG-13; 1:44) on the big screen! Popcorn and drinks are provided; outside snacks are also welcome!

SPEAKER: Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., Newport, 7 p.m. "Queer history of Rhode Island," featuring speakers Brian Kovacs, Kate Monteiro, Rodney Davis and Rev. Gwendolyn Howard, this panel presentation on the history of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ community is part of Channing Memorial Church’s renewal of their dedication to being a welcoming congregation. Refreshments will be served, open to the public, donations welcome. Contact church office, (401) 846-0643, in case of inclement weather.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

PAINTING LANDSCAPES: Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave., 4 p.m. In this 2-hour session, local artist John Irwin will take you step by step through the process of starting a landscape painting and deciding when it is finished. All materials will be supplied. Registration opens on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. No exceptions. You can register in person, online at tivertonlibrary.org, or by calling (401) 625-6796 after 4 p.m on Jan. 16.

SNOWY OWLS: Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Road, 6;30 p.m. Award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spends his days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to our New England beaches. They fly quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic and Peter goes on location to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat. Peter is a regular speaker for Mass Audubon, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the National Wildlife Refuge System, and other groups focused on the outdoors and wildlife. Over the course of his career, Peter has had the lucky opportunity to rescue several birds, including: red tailed hawks, mockingbird, grackles, mourning dove, mallards, screech owl, and barred owl. This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please sign up at www.portsmouthlibrary.org or call the library at (401) 683-9457 to reserve your seat.

BOOK CLUB: Union Public Library, 3832 Main Road, 1 p.m. This month's selection is "Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions" by Amy Stewart.  Copies of the book will be available at Union Library during regular business hours on Tuesdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. starting in January and at Tiverton Public Library during their normal hours of operation. All are welcome to join in the discussion. For more information, please call the library at (401) 625-6799.

ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: NACTC, room 924, 109 Old Fort Road, 6-7:30 p.m. Studio JAED and Downes Construction Company will provide an update on the Rogers High School Stage II application and latest site plan and layout. RSVP to cathynash@npsri.net.

CENSUS JOBS: Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road. 1-4p.m. Representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the application process. The application process is online and you can apply while you are at the library. Computers will be available. Census jobs pay $25 per hour in Rhode Island.  The work is in your own community No resume or interview is required. You can also apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs