1. La Grua Center hosts a children’s book reading and signing on Saturday at 3 p.m. Childrens’ authors Albert Kauchsch and Nelson Valsilchik of The book of Ing and the Book of Fighting will hold the reading. The event is free but seating is limited so if you go, go early.
2. Groton Town Manager Mark Oefinger said he has been in contact with a potential group interested in using the Mystic Education Center property. The group has not been named publicly, but is expected to submit a proposal to the state to use the facility as a school. The plan would use most of the existing buildings, keep the swimming pool and possibly partner with the town so that it could also use facilities like the pool or fields. The deadline for proposals to use the property is today, Feb. 17, according to the state Department of Administrative Services.
3. Enjoy a hike through Moore Woodlands this Saturday. The Friends of Ledyard Liberaires and the Avalonia Land Conservancy will guide hikers through the woodlands off Capstan Avenue, The hike begins at 1 p.m. and complementary refreshments will be provided. Contact the Gales Ferry Library to sign up.
4. Madame Butterfly premiered at La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy on Feb. 17, 1904.
5. Today's thought: "Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons"—Ruth Ann Schabacker.