Framingham State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 24 for the grand opening of Rams Resource Center, a food pantry for the university community. The center offers nonperishable food items, toiletries, and resource referrals for students, faculty, and staff. The center is located in West Hall, 100 State St., and is staffed by trained volunteers who keep the identity of those who visit anonymous. The center is open Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 508-626-4596 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The work of Lynda Schlosberg and Naoe Suzuki will be featured in the exhibition “Elemental,” on display at 13FOREST in Arlington. Both artists explore nature and human perception in their art, which ranges from digitally altered photographs by Schlosberg to a more improvised approach by Suzuki, who placed a pen on the center of a page and “allowed the imagery to grow organically,” according to a gallery administrator. The artists will discuss their work Saturday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit at 13FOREST, 167A Massachusetts Ave., is open through Nov. 9. All events are free to attend. Call 781-641-3333 or visit www.13forest.com.
On Oct. 16, the Waltham Public Library will host a presentation on freedom of the press by the New England First Amendment Coalition. The speakers include Maria Manning, a trustee of the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts; Maggie Mulvihill, a professor at Boston University’s College of Communications; and Emmanuel Paraschos, professor emeritus at Emerson College’s Department of Journalism. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. at 735 Main St. Call 774-244-2365 or e-mail email@example.com.
Regis College in Weston has received a $100,000 grant from the Flatley Foundation for the Flatley Scholars Program. The program awards stipends to Regis students who demonstrate financial need so they can participate in off-campus, unpaid internships. Orientation for interested students will be held Friday, Oct. 12, and Oct. 16. Students who are accepted are required to attend a class to prepare them for their internships. Applications are due Dec. 1 for spring semester. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gore Place in Waltham is hosting a series of events this month for all ages. Tour the 1806 mansion while hearing spooky tales for “Frightful Fridays,” with sessions beginning at 7 p.m. and again at 8:15 p.m Friday, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26. The tour, at 52 Gore St., costs $12 for children under 12, $18 for all others who are nonmembers, $15 for members. Capacity is limited. Visit frightful-fridays.bpt.me. Gore Place also will host a series of events for families with young children, including Tot Time at the Nature Playscape, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. Accompanied children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years will be able to explore a playground with natural elements and partake in kid-friendly activities. Reservations are required; admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. E-mail email@example.com, call 781-894-2798, or visit goreplace.org.
Open rehearsals for Shir Joy Chorus will be held Monday, Oct. 8, and Oct. 14 at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough. The community chorus seeks new singers for its winter concert in February. No auditions are required and the chorus is open to all regardless of ethnicity or religious background. The group performs in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and other languages. Pronunciation will be taught during rehearsals. Potential members can observe or sing at the rehearsals, which begin at 7 p.m. at 117 East Main St., where registration will take place. Board members and director Nan Gibbons will be available for a meet and greet. Regular rehearsals take place Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Annual dues are $85. Visit www.shirjoychorus.com or e-mail ShirJoyMA@gmail.com.