Things to Do: Learn about owls, hear harrowing tale

Dec 1, 2021

There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth in any given week.There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth in any given week, here’s what’s coming up.

Monday, Dec. 6

Talk on German occupation in Paris 

The UMass Dartmouth Boivin Center for French Language and Culture presents its first program for the 2021-2022 academic year on Monday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library on campus. The program will feature Amherst College Professor Ron Rosbottom who will speak about the German occupation of Paris between 1940-1944.

 The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot 13.

 For more information, contact Maria Sanguinetti at

Tuesday, Dec. 7 

Snowy owl presentation 

A talk on snowy owls will be presented at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Davoll’s General Store, 1228 Russells Mills Road. 

The talk will be delivered by Norman Smith, a self-taught naturalist who has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 1974. 

The talk is free and no reservations are required.

Parsons Reserve work party 

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the daffodil field from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s Parsons Reserve property, 50 Horseneck Road. Wear clothing appropriate for the conditions and protective footwear. Tools, coffee and snacks will be provided. An additional work party will be held Dec. 9 at the same time and location. 

Thursday, Dec. 9 

Author recounts Amazon survival

Holly FitzGerald of Dartmouth, author of “Ruthless River: Love & Survival by Raft On the Amazon’s Relentless Madre De Dios,” will present a slide show and discuss her book at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Clare T. Carney library at UMass Dartmouth. Her book details a time when she and her then new husband survived a plane crash, only to build a log raft, take it downriver on the Amazon for hundreds of miles through Peru and Bolivia and face harrowing conditions.

Have an event that we should include next week? Email details to Christopher Shea at