Thursday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m.
On the Trail with the Classics: Wyman Richardson. Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham. These 45-minute programs are set in locales that inspired writers and poets and include a one-mile walk. On Oct. 17 Mary Oliver’s poetry was featured; this time visitors can enjoy Wyman Richardson’s descriptions of Nauset Marsh. (Meet at the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center outdoor amphitheater.) Free.
Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.
“Venus & Neptune,” with Martha Clarke. Truro Public Library, 7 Standish Way. Access your divine creativity through a greater understanding of these planets in your natal birth chart. Free.
Friday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
Chili & Kale Soup Cookoff. Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 236 Commercial St., Provincetown. Chili entries should register in advance; entries will be accepted from both individuals and businesses. There are tempting categories, including the Townie Favorite (as voted by attendees), Best Overall, Best Kale Soup, and Best Vegetarian or Vegan Chili. $10 per person, $20 per family. Last year’s big winner was Chip Capelli’s “Jersey Devil Chili,” which won both Townie Favorite and Best Overall.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-noon.
Fort Hill Bird Walk from the Penniman House, Eastham: Sponsored by the Cape Cod Bird Club (508-367-7753, capecodbirdclub.org). Participants will check the Nauset Marsh for early waterfowl and wading birds and search the fields and woods for late sparrows. Meet at the trailhead parking lot (lower lot). Walk is canceled if it rains.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference 2019, Wellfleet Elementary School, 100 Lawrence Road. Dive deep into Wellfleet’s watery surroundings with a half-day of presentations and posters on a range of topics relating to health, ecology, economy, and the environment of Wellfleet Harbor and its connected waterways. Presentations this year include: What’s ahead for striped bass management; an analysis of Wellfleet Harbor’s “black mayonnaise”; how to save the Outer Cape’s declining horseshoe crabs; and assessing how climate change is affecting the Gulf of Maine. Free.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2-5 p.m.
Broken Sewing Machine Assistance & Creative Patches for Clothes. Do you have ripped clothing or a broken sewing machine? Come and find help mending torn fabrics and troubleshooting broken sewing machines. Wellfleet Public Library, 55 W. Main St. Free.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2-5 p.m.
Boomerang Bag Sewing Bee, Wellfleet Public Library, 55 W. Main St. Join community volunteers working to reduce plastic pollution. Started locally by Erica Gorn of Truro, this Australian idea involves volunteers coming together to sew shopping bags with old fabric to create new, attractive, and reusable means to carry groceries. Free.
Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m.
Jonathan Vatner, author of Carnegie Hill, will do a reading and book signing at East End Books Provincetown, 389 Commercial St. Carnegie Hill is a belated-coming-of-age novel about sustaining a marriage ― and knowing when to walk away. It chronicles the lives of wealthy New Yorkers and the staff who serve them, as they suffer together and rebound, struggle to free themselves from family entanglements, deceive each other out of love and weakness, and fumble their way to honesty. Vatner is an award-winning journalist who has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; and Poets & Writers. He has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.
“Cheep Eats: Seabirds,” at Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 Route 6. Keep warm with a hot beverage and a sweet treat while discovering the fascinating avian diversity of Cape Cod during a 30-minute indoor presentation with a question and answer period to follow. Wellfleet Bay Education Coordinator Jim Sweeney will discuss the amazing life histories, adaptations, and migration of pelagic birds. Learn where they come from, how they live, and the best local spots for observing them from land. $5. Registration required.