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Transit of Mercury
On Monday, May 9, a fabulous celestial event is happening. Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, will pass in between the sun and Earth, visibly crossing the surface of the sun from our view point. Frosty Drew Observatory will be open all day long in celebration of this spectacular event. Starting at 7 p.m. screens and viewing stations will be setup across the campus showcasing live views of Mercury transiting the Sun. Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory, Ninigret Park, 61 Park Lane, Charlestown, R.I. For more information call (401) 364-9508 or visit www.frostydrew.org
Springfest includes World Class Carnival and Amusements with Ferris Wheel and major rides, International food court, petting zoo, games and more. International Music Headliners, local and regional acts. May 13, - May 15, Fri., 5p.m. - 11p.m., Sat. 11a.m. - 11 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Misquamicut State Beach, 257 Atlantic Ave., Misquamicut, Westerly, RI. For more information call 401-322-1026 or visit www.misquamicutfestival.org
East Farm Spring Festival
A day where visitors can find answers to anything from gardening to energy problems. 'Green' exhibitors, workshops, entertainment, food, low cost compost bins, rain barrels, and plants grown by URI's master gardeners. Children's activities are a major attraction. Free. May 14, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at URI East Farm, Route 108, Kingston, RI. For more information call (401) 874-2900 or visit www.uri.edu.
Experience spring migration with Audubon at Fisherville Brook. Explore the wildlife refuge each week with an expert guide in search of new neo-tropical migrants. Observe birds like Northern Waterthrush, Prairie Warblers, Bluebirds, Scarlet Tanagers and more. Bring your binoculars and meet in the parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Free. Ages 12 and up. April 29, to May 27, at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI. For more information call 401-949-5454 or visit www.asri.org.