1. Today is Friday, Oct. 19. The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of showers and a high temperature of 66 degrees. Rain is expected to continue tonight, and the low will fall to 58.
2. Groton is among nine eastern Connecticut towns that will receive 50 percent reimbursement for bulletproof vests, Congressman Joe Courtney said this week. Groton will receive $1,612 for three vests as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998.
3. Mystic Aquarium will release two five-year-old harbor seal pups at 10 a.m. on Oct. 23 at Charlestown Breachway State Beach in Rhode Island. The seals, Hershey, a female, and Brunswick, a male, were rescued in Maine and rehabilitated at the aquarium. Hershey was rescued was thin and dehydrated when she first got to the aquarium. Brunswick was also thin and had a wound on his neck and eye infection.
4. The Noank Foundry Artist Studios, in connection with the Breast Health Task Force of Southeastern Connecticut, will host the “IN THE PINK” Harvest Art Festival from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the foundry at 70 Marsh Road. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about early breast cancer detection and health. In addition to art displays, the festival will include desserts, massages, herbal remedies and spices, photography, hot mulled cider and music.
5. Mystic & Noank Library will host an international film series from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 17, starting this weekend. Showings will be held in the Ames Room and are free and open to the public. The films are recommended for adults; children’s movies, supervised by a librarian, will be shown at the same time. For more information, call (860) 536-7721.