Seeing Red: With just a few weeks left until Halloween, maybe it's appropriate that the vampires at Rhode Island Blood Center will be in town on Saturday, Oct. 5, for the annual friendly blood drive competition between the Bristol and Warren Fire Departments. Last year, the two crews collected 71 pints of blood. Sign up for a donation appointment: Bristol FD Blood Drive | Warren PD Blood Drive
Fall Beauty: Blithewold Mansion hosts horticulturalist Laura Eisener on Thursday for a workshop on border gardensbeginning at 6:30 p.m. $26 for members, $32 for nonmembers.
Revolutionary Reading: Author Nathaniel Philbrick visits Roger Williams University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday for a Common Reading Presentation. Philbrick is scheduled to discuss his works on the Mayflower and Bunker Hill. Tickets are required — call (401) 254-3210.
Home Cookin': The East Bay Food Pantry starts its Healthy Cooking classes on Friday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Franklin Court Community Room on Wood Street in Bristol. For more information, contact Anita at 401-396-9490 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org