Photo by Noël Bailey

Recycling is ON; yard waste pickup is ON (this is the FINAL WEEK of fall yard waste pickup). For the full 2014 pickup schedule, click here.

Monday, Dec. 1

School Start Time Public Forum: The ad hoc School Start Time Committee is holding a public forum on the subject. Audience members will be able to ask questions and make comments. Jose Libano, principal of Sharon High School in Massachusetts, will be a guest speaker and will shed light on how his school made the switch. All are welcome. In the library at Cole Middle School. 7 p.m.

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Winter is coming: Sign up for the town’s emergency notification system.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Historic Cemetery Commission meeting: The panel meets in the conference room next to the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall. Find the agenda here. 6 p.m.

School Committee meeting: During this first meeting of the new School Committee, members will vote to elect a new chair and vice chair. Find the agenda here. In the library at Cole Middle School. 7 p.m.

Town Council meeting: A special orientation meeting of the new Town Council takes place at Swift Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Find the agenda here.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Lunch on the Hill: Turns out there IS such thing as a free lunch, every Wednesday in the dining room at St. Luke’s. Lunch is served for all in need, from 11:15 to 12:15.

Cove Commission meeting: The panel meets in the conference room across from Council Chambers in Town Hall. Find the agenda here. 4:30 p.m.

Planning Board meeting: The panel meets with the Affordable Housing Commission to discuss the status of affordable housing in East Greenwich. Find the agenda here. In Council Chambers at Town Hall. 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Town Tree Lighting: Santa will arrive on a fire truck and light the tree in front of Town Hall, then go inside to meet with children and pose for photos. The St. Luke’s children’s choir will perform before Santa arrives. Town Hall at 5 p.m.

Winter’s Eve at EG Free Library: The fourth annual Winter’s Eve Juried Art Exhibit begins at 6 p.m. with an opening reception in the library’s Howard Silverman Gallery. Sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The entire Library will be seasonally bedecked by East Greenwich-Warwick Garden Club members. Live music will be provided by harpist Judith Mitchell. An evening highlight will be the announcement of the Juror’s Award, a solo 2015 gallery exhibit. Juror Carol Strause FitzSimonds, a celebrated Rhode Island artist, will select one artist for the prestigious prize (www.csfitzsimonds.com for more information).

OLM Shopping Night: The second annual Christmas Shopping Night is back. The festive night will feature beautiful handmade items and artwork made by local crafters and artisans, as well as popular items from Scout Bags, Silk Tree Farm, Barrington Books, Pampered Chef, Birch Candles, TT Totes, and many more! Greenwich Liquors is sponsoring a wine tasting and many local restaurants will provide samplings of their cuisine. Local author Kerry Sheeran will be on hand to sign copies of her book The Marathon, and there will be some exciting raffle prizes with items from the participating vendors. From 5 to 9 p.m. in the OLM cafeteria, 55 Fourth Ave.


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