Things do: Bless your pets, learn about scouting

Sep 15, 2021

​​There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth in any given week. 

Thursday, Sept. 16 

Trombone performance

Music on the Lawn, a performance by the Tri-County Symphonic Band Trombone Ensemble, will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Dartmouth Council on Aging, 628 Dartmouth St.

The trombone ensemble is one of several smaller chamber groups that supplements the full, 55-piece orchestra. The ensemble plays a repertoire that includes classical, jazz, music of the 1940s and current pop and rock. 

The event is free to attend but anyone interested in attending should call the center at (508) 999-4717 to register.

Saturday, Sept. 18 

Bikes not bombs

A Bikes Not Bombs event, to gather bicycles for people in need, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at South Dartmouth Congregational Church, 17 Middle St.

Bikes in any condition will be collected to be distributed to the organization’s international partners in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

At the Sept. 18 event, bikes, accessories, tools and parts will be collected. A $20 donation per bike is requested to defray the cost of shipping the bikes and parts.

 For more information on the organization, visit

Visit piglets, goats, cow

Round the Bend Farm, 92 Allen Neck Road, will host an open farm day Saturday, Sept. 18.Four guided tours will take place. At 10 a.m. and noon, barnyard tours will focus on piglets, goats and cows and are kid-friendly. The 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours explore the barnyard, gardens and tiny houses and are open to all ages. At noon, there will be a garden tour of greenhouses and garden spaces. 

Due to Covid-19, the size of tours is limited. There will also be farm-made food available.

To reserve a space, visit

DNRT cookout 

A cookout celebrating the 50th birthday of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the organization headquarters, 318 Chase Road. Barbecue will be served, lawn games will be available and music from each of the previous five decades will be played. Beer, wine and a specialty cocktail will be available. Tickets are $50 (supporter) and $100 (sponsor) To order tickets, visit 

Redemption drive for dog group

Dartmouth Dog Advisory Work Group is sponsoring a plastic bottle and can redemption drive from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the dog park parking lot, 443 Old Fall River Road.

Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 19.

Bottles and cans must be redeemable, clean and rinsed and bagged or boxed. The advisory group is working with the town to build a permanent dog park in the Dartmouth Regional Parks and Trails facility. 

Sunday, Sept. 19 

Underground railroad talk

Professors Timothy D. Walker and Len Travers will discuss the recent book, “Sailing to Freedom, The Maritime Underground Railroad” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Russells Mills Schoolhouse, 1205 Russells Mills Road. The book is a collection of essays, one by Travers, in Chapter 9 titled “Making a Living in the Fugitive’s Gibraltar, 179 People of Color in New Bedford, 1838– 1845.” The essays reconsider and contextualize how escapes were managed along the East Coast, moving from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland to safe harbor in northern cities such as Philadelphia, New York, New Bedford and Boston. 

Blessing of animals, memorial service 

A blessing of the animals and a memorial service for Dr. Nicole Rickard will be held at 2 p.m. at Chase Farm Veterinary Hospital, 35 Ventura Drive. Dr. Rickard died at 47 in April 2020. Participants may bring their pets or items representing them such as toys or photos to be blessed. 

Monday, Sept. 20

​​Learn about scouting

The public is invited to learn more about scouting when Smith Mills Pack 74 hosts an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at the pavilion at 443 Old Fall River Road.

Activities will include bottle rockets, archery and an obstacle course. 

Registration for the year-round activity is $225 and includes free entrance into three locally owned adventure day camps and discounts on summer camp.

Thursday, Sept. 23 

Art reception 

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at UMass Dartmouth will present “Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions,’’ in the CVPA Campus Gallery through Oct. 23.

This major exhibition of Ives's work as artist and designer showcases some early works that will be on display for the first time. A reception for the exhibition will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23. All attendees must wear a mask when inside any UMass Dartmouth building.