Things to do: Run a 5K, tag monarchs, get to know a tree

Oct 4, 2018

There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth on any given week. Visit for your itinerary.

Saturday, October 6

Run through a rainbow.

The Quinn School, 529 Hawthorn St., is hosting a color run fundraiser and fun fest, rain or shine. Participants will run an untimed one mile course while being doused in color. Check in starts at 9:30 and the run will begin at 11. Register online at

Get to know a tree.

Head to the Lloyd Center at 430 Potomska Rd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a fall tree walk to learn about what makes this forest unique. Pre-registration is required online at

Take a spooky pic with your pet.

The Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast at 31 Ventura Dr. is hosting a Halloween Photos event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the whole family and pets in costume for fun photos. Photos will cost $15 and photos with a pet costume purchase will cost $30.The event will also feature a bake sale, popcorn sale, raffle. All proceeds will benefit animals at the shelter.

Get up close and personal with monarchs.

Get to know monarch butterflies and how to handle and tag them at Allens Pond at 1280 Horseneck Rd. from 12 to 3 p.m. on October 6. This event is appropriate for all ages 5 and up. Registration is required online at or by calling 508-636-2437, and costs $10 for members and $12 for non-members, regardless of age.

Explore the firehouse.

Dartmouth Fire District No. 3 will host its annual Open House, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at its 140 Cross Road station. The event will feature demonstrations, a bouncy house, a meet-and-greet with firefighters and Sparky the fire dog. A demonstration on cooking fires will be held at 11 a.m., and those attending can also spray a fire hose and climb on a fire truck. Food from Papa Ginos will be served at 12:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 7

Run a 5K.

Dartmouth High School is hosting the “Go Big Green 5k” to benefit the class of 2020. The 5k will start and end at the high school at 555 Bakerville Rd. Registration is available online through October 6 at, and costs $20 for student runners and walkers, and $25 for non-student runners and walkers. Sign-ins will begin at 9 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

Have a pet blessed.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 351 Elm St. will offer a Blessing of Animals and Pets at 10:30 a.m. in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Pets of all sizes and shapes are welcome to attend. Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals to be blessed. Please have pets contained or leashed. Everyone is invited to join us for this fun community-wide event.

Tuesday, October 9

Spot birds.

Join the Junior Bird Club at Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseback Rd., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Club is free and open to children and adults of all ages. Learn about local species with hands on field study and guided birding walks. Registration is required online at or by calling 508-636-2437.

Have an event we should include next week? Email Douglas McCulloch at