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Monday Essentials: NHS Winter Concert, Educational Change Forum and More

Today is Monday, Dec. 9, 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.

Storytime at SK Nature Center: From 10-10:45 a.m. Monday, the South Kingstown Parks & Recreation Department will host Storytime at the Tri-Pond Park Nature Center, located at 110 Asa Pond Road, off of Curtis Corner Road in South Kingstown. Children may join instructor Joyce Campbell by a warm fire and explore the wonderful world of Eric Carle stories, while meeting new friends and making a simple craft. Children 5 and under require adult accompaniment. $5 per child.

Public Education Forum: At 7 p.m. this Tuesday evening, the University of Rhode Island Fall 2013 Honors Colloquium will offer public a education forum in Edwards Auditorium on the Kingston Campus. This is the last event in a series, coordinated by David Byrd and Diane Kern, which allowed participants to explore how education still matters and debate key issues central to understanding the future of public schools and higher education. This week's forum, "Finnish Lessons - What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?"will feature a Distinguished International Visiting Scholar address by Pasi Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation, Helsinki, Finland. 

Winter Concert: At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Narragansett's Annual Winter Concert will be held in the Narragansett High School auditorium (245 South Pier Rd.). The event will feature performances by the NHS Band, Concert Choir and new Strings program. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students. All proceeds benefit the NHS Music Department.

Gansett Zoning Board: The Narragansett Zoning Board of Review will meet from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 in the large board room at Town Hall (25 Fifth Ave., Narragansett). Click here to view this evening's agenda.

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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