Monday, September 20, 2010

Beyond Exit 17: Events Off Campus in the Local Area

Fall Star Gazing
Harvard’s Observatory offers public presentations by professional astronomers and authors on the third Thursday of every month. The evening is free . . . as is the event parking. On Thursday, October 7, the Observatory offers Fall Sky Viewing. Learn to spot the arrival of Andromeda, Taurus, the Bull and Orion the Hunter as the fall constellations arrive. After the presentation, guests are welcome to join the group in roof-top observing with telescopes.

Peace Corps, City Year, AmeriCorps - An Evening to Learn More
The Greater Boston Small Colleges Event features opportunities to hear from returned volunteers for organizations like Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year and related post-grad programs. The night is open to the public free of charge, and provides information about personal experiences and how these organizations shaped career and life paths.

Mass Hiking Club
The Trustees of Reservations will hold its Hike of the Month on September 26 from 1pm to 3 pm at Rocky Woods located off Hartford St. in Medfield. Explore a new trail, uncover historic facts, and meet other hikers. Join a ranger from the Trustees and our growing group of hikers as we explore several of the manmade ponds, view the former quarry site, and venture to the top of Cedar Hill. This event is free. Preregistration is helpful but not required by emailing Charles River Valley.

MORE Trails and Sails
Trails and Sails, presented by The Essex National Heritage Area, continues this weekend, September 24-26. The annual event features a full weekend of walks and all things water. Events are free and include over 100 partner sites (including an event here at Gordon) across the Essex National Heritage Area.

Foliage Report
Planning on leaf-peeping this fall? From the Kancamagus Highway to the Bourne Bridge and beyond, this interactive map shows this year’s foliage plans for New England.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Now in its 10th year, this year’s gathering celebrates New Orleans, the city that brought jazz to life. The festival features a wide variety of artists from Elan Trotman to Berklee City Music students. The culminating event on Saturday, September 25, runs from noon until 6 p.m. and features a free, outdoor festival with three stages along Columbus Avenue in Boston’s South End.

The Boston Local Food Festival
Presented by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), the Boston Local Food Festival, is a delicious outdoor event celebrating the many benefits of local food. Located on the historic Boston waterfront, along Fort Point Channel, the festival showcases affordable food grown and produced in the Boston area and New England. Festival-goers can engage with farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs, learn from exhibits and demonstrations, and enjoy activities and local music. October 2, 2010.
Easily accessible via the MBTA Silver Line, Court House Station, and a short walk from South Station off the MBTA Red Line.

Governor Speaks
Governor Deval Patrick will speak at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Wednesday, October 6, 7:30 a.m. Gordon College is an active member in the North Shore Chamber. To register, contact the Chamber directly at 978.744.8565.’s Fall Festival Guide
It's fall in New England—the season of festivals. And, whether you're interested in food, film or fun, there’s an event for you. Check out this sampling of the festivities happening in the Boston area this fall.

Vintage Boston: Exhibition
This exhibition, Hello Boston, provides an extraordinary and nostalgic window into the cultural, social and architectural history of early 20th-century Boston and its vibrant neighborhoods. It features select framed postcards from the Boston Public Library’s extensive postcard collection, which totals nearly 165,000 cards, and hundreds of photo-reproductions of Boston-area scenes, including main streets, civic halls, churches, businesses, schools, factories, parks, and transportation systems.

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