CULINARY READING As if there aren’t already enough reasons to visit the Concord Free Public Library — its stately architecture, unique historical archives, and far-ranging collection of books and other materials — now there’s yet another enticement: the cuisine.
Well, not every day. Just during the monthly meeting of the cookbook club, the newest offering on the library’s calendar of book clubs and other special programming.
Launching on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m., the cookbook club is the brainchild of Head of Reference Nathalie Harty. Each month the library will supply numerous copies of a designated cookbook for patrons. Those who wish to participate in any given month may peruse the book and then sign up to make a recipe of their choice from the book. The club members will then assemble for a tasting of the recipes and a discussion of the book.
In addition, November’s inaugural meeting, for which the selected book is “Spices of Life,” will include a special extra: a visit from the cookbook author herself, Nina Simonds.
If the idea succeeds, Harty looks forward to a whole year’s worth of diverse culinary programming. Some of her ideas for cookbook themes to cover include a Nantucket-style holiday table, paleo recipes, farm-to-fork cooking, and various cuisines from around the world.
Sign-up is on a month-by-month basis. To register or for more information, call 978-318-3349, go to www.concordlibrary.org, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Concord Free Public Library is located at 129 Main St., Concord.
A PRICKLY SUBJECT The Nashua River Watershed Association will offer a family workshop called “Discover the Secret Life of Porcupines” on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. Explore a porcupine den, touch and examine porcupine “hair” and claws, listen to porcupine vocalizations, make a pine cone porcupine to take home, and take a short hike on the trails surrounding the historic Williams Barn. Fee: $8/person or $24/family for NRWA members; $10/person or $30/family for non-members. Advance registration is required. Call (978) 448-0299, or e-mail MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
PAINTING WITH OIL The Wellesley Society of Artists invites the public to a demonstration by artist David Wells Roth, who will create an oil painting of a still life from start to finish, explaining the process and answering questions as he paints, on Thursday, Nov. 5, , from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley. Learn more about Roth and his work by visiting his website at www.davidwellsroth.com.
SALUTE TO VETERANS On Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Fort Devens Museum holds its annual Open House. Worcester resident John McAuliffe will talk about his experiences in Europe during World War II as part of an 81mm mortar squad with the 347th Infantry Regiment; and members of a 26th Yankee Division living history group will be in attendance in uniform to talk to visitors. Visitors may also view exhibits chronicling the history of Camp and Fort Devens and the roles its men and women played overseas and on the home front. Admission is free. The Fort Devens Museum is located on the 3d floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. For more information call 978-772-1286 or e-mail email@example.com.
HIKE IT OUT On Nov. 7, starting at 8:30 a.m., the Hale Reservation Trustees host the 2d Annual Tri-Town Hike, a day of trail discovery. Hike the entire 12 miles from Westwood through Dover and Medfield on the Tri-Town Trail, or tackle one of the shorter sections. Each section will explore more than 2,500 acres and take hikers to exciting vistas, ponds, and streams. The fee is $5 members/$7 nonmembers for individuals; $20 members/$28 nonmembers for family groups. To find out meeting points, find more information, or register, call 508.785.0339 x3003 or go to http://www.thetrustees.org/openminds.
CLASSICAL HARMONIES Lexington Symphony will launch its 2015–2016 season on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m., at the recently renovated Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. The season opener, “A Tribute to Sergei Diaghilev and Ballets Russes,” will feature works by composers Eric Satie and Igor Stravinsky. A conductor’s talk by music director Jonathan McPhee will precede the concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50 ($15 for students) and are available online at www.lexingtonsymphony.org, by telephone at 781-523-9009, or at the door at Cary Hall (based on availability).
Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra opens its 2015-2016 concert season by introducing Francisco Noya as conductor and artistic adviser. The first concert of the year takes place Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon St., Newton Centre, with a program featuring Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 and Dvorak’s Violin Concerto performed by renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Haldan Martinson. Tickets are $37 and $48 (seniors $34/$43 and students/$10) and may be purchased by calling (617) 527-9717, or online at www.newphil.org.
CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE The Needham Historical Society concludes its centennial anniversary with an exhibition of 100 artifacts and treasures representative of the town’s 300-year history. The exhibit opens with a public reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave., Needham, and will remain on exhibit for one year. For more information, call 781-455-8860 or go to www.needhamhistory.org.Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.