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Monday Essentials: Digital Photography Made Easy, Education Colloquium and More

Today is Monday, Oct. 22, 2013 and here are some things to know about the week ahead.

Welcome to Monday Essentials, your new weekly snapshot of one or more critical things coming in the week ahead. If you know of something coming up that would make a great addition to Monday Essentials, email lauren.costa@patch.com.

Morning Book Talk: From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, the Narragansett Public Library (35 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett) will host its free Monday Morning Book Talk. Bring a friend or make some new ones while discussing what you're currently reading or sharing ideas for your next literary adventure. Coffee will be provided.

Public Education Forum: At 7 p.m. this and each Tuesday evening through Dec. 10, the University of Rhode Island Fall 2013 Honors Colloquium will offer public education forums in Edwards Auditorium on the Kingston Campus. In this series, coordinated by David Byrd and Diane Kern, participants will explore how education still matters and debate key issues central to understanding the future of public schools and higher education.

Walk-A-While Wednesday: From 12-1 p.m. this and each Wednesday through Dec. 4, URI's College of Human Science and Services in partnership with the Dept. of Kinesiology will host "Walk-a-While on Wednesdays".The new health initiative will be led by Kinesiology walking coaches who will guide participants through various mapped paths each session. The names of people who participate in at least eight sessions will be entered in a raffle for a free pair of sneakers from Feet First Quality Footwear.

Photography Course: From 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, South Kingstown Parks & Recreation will hold a "Digital Photography Made Easy" class at The Neighborhood Guild (325 Columbia St., Peace Dale). The course instructed by Ronald Zincone will help participants understand 35mm photography by learning a basic strategy known as "the photographer's triangle" while learning how to use their cameras to create digital art. (Bring your 35mm digital camera to class.) $32 Resident; $37 Non-resident.

Star Gazing at Frosty Drew Observatory: This and every Friday night at 6 p.m., get star struck at the Frosty Drew Observatory's Public Stargazing Night (61 Park Ln., Charlestown). Be sure to subscribe to the Frost Drew Observatory mailing list or follow them on Twitter (@FrostyDrewOBSY) to receive status updates about the public stargazing program. This is a free event, however donations are greatly appreciated. 

To find more things to do this week, check out our event listings.

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