Things to do: Week of Jan. 4

Jan 3, 2024

There’s always a lot to do in Dartmouth. While the holidays are typically a time for community organizations and event planners to take a break, the new year means more and more events will continue to pop up. This week, meet some friends that are sure to be a hoot, and chat with authors at the library.

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Thursday, Jan. 4
Gather some magic (and friends)

The first Thursday of each month, Southworth Library invites collectible card gamers from across town to a few Magic the Gathering games at 6 p.m.

Adults and teens are welcome.

This week, players will use the “Commander Deck” format, featuring 100 card decks with each card appearing only one time.

Saturday, Jan. 6
Owls and family fun

Mass Audubon Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary will host an informational session on owls, their anatomy, and their behavior on Jan. 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Owl pellets will be dissected to see what owls eat! The group willtake a short walk outdoors to see if they can see, or hear, any local owl friends. Dress for the weather! Register at The event costs between $6 and $12 depending on age and membership status.

Tuesday, Jan. 9
Make your voice heard

The town will host four informational sessions on Jan. 9 about the potential installation of a town-owned internet service. The public meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. inside Town Hall Room 304. The meeting for seniors will take place at 10 a.m. at the Maria Connor Center for Active Living. 

Wednesday, Jan. 10
Even more owls!

Go prowl for owls with the Dartmouth Natural Resoucres Trust. You never know whooo you might find. Development & Outreach Specialist Kendra Parker will lead a group on a night hike through Slocum’s River Reserve in search of Great Horned and Screech Owls at 7 p.m.

The event is free, but participants should register online at

Good bones for a book club

Join the Second Wednesday Book Group at the North Branch Library to discuss poet Maggie Smith’s memoir “You Could Make This Beautiful,” named after her famous poem “Good Bones.” The group is facilitated by Branch Librarian Sharani Robins.

Not surprisingly, this book club meets every second Wednesday of the month.

‘Embrace Love’ and libraries

The Dartmouth Friends of the Libraries continues its AuthorsLive series with Rebecca Serle, who will talk about her journey writing One Italian Summer, In Five Years, The Dinner List, and many more.

Additionally, in a special preview, Serle will briefly discuss her forthcoming novel Expiration Dates.

Register online at in advance. The event will take place virtually at 8 p.m.

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