UMass Dartmouth Observatory Open House: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Free. Viewing will take place through the Observatory's 16-inch telescope and other telescopes operated by ASSNE members, weather permitting. The Observatory is located in the field to the right of the main entrance to UMass Dartmouth off Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth. Parking is available in designated spaces on the campus Ring Road or in lot 17. 

Community Archaeology in Southeastern Massachusetts: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Craig Chartier, Director & Principal Archaeologist of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, speak about regional archaeology. Please register for this event by calling 508-758-4171 or emailing rsmith@sailsinc.org, providing the number of people attending and contact information. Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow St.

Basket weaving: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 16. $100 (includes instruction, materials and lunch). Join Sharon Owens as she passes on her knowledge of technique, fiber, color and design to create a basket for your home or, if you prefer, pass it along to a special friend or relative. Choose your favorite color for your basket trim. This class is fun and inspiring, geared towards all levels of weaving. Utility Basket is 12” diameter, 12” high. Partners Village Store, 865 Main Road, Westport. Call Partners for reservations 508-636-2572.

Animal Welfare and Behavior: 11 a.m. Oct. 23. $10. In light of recent Westport animal abuse cases, Dr. Temple Grandin will speak about animal welfare and behavior, including best practices to avoid animal abuse. Register online: https://www.classy.org/events/detail?eid=88190. The Marion Institute, 202 Spring St, Marion.