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The subject of our obsession with plastics and how their proliferation is affecting the environment is hardly a new one. But the documentary film We Are All Plastic People Now” takes a new – and scary – approach that makes the viewer look inward. Plastic is not only all around us, it tells and shows us, it’s inside our bodies, too. And that has all kinds of sinister implications.

“I urge you to see it,” Owen Gleiberman wrote in his Variety review of the film, “to ponder its message, to consider what it’s saying about how microplastics — plastic particles that are less than 5mm in length, though the key ones may be microscopic — have invaded our food, our water, our air, and, quite specifically, our bodies.”

And now you can see it, with a local audience, tonight – Monday, May 13 – at the Plymouth library, starting at 7 p.m. The free screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Barry Potvin, chair of the town’s board of health.

The film is directed by Ben Addelman and Ziya Tong, and features an introduction by actor Ted Danson. It comes in at a brisk 59-minutes, so there will be plenty of time to discuss the issues it raises with Potvin afterward. “We Are All Plastic People Now” won an Emmy and has streamed on PBS, but there’s something about seeing a film with an audience that elevates the experience.

More to do this week

Monday, May 13

As you likely know by now, Pilgrim Hall Museum is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Part of that involves raising money to restore the original 1824 building and the priceless art and artifacts housed within it. And today, that involves swinging a golf club. The  museum’s 200th anniversary golf tournament benefit takes place at Southers Marsh, 30 Southers Marsh Lane today, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 14

A Plymouth library program engages babies and their caregivers with 30 minutes of stories, bounces, fingerplays, and songs in a program held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fehlow meeting room.

Inky Hands owner Kay Libretto will offer a lunch and screen-printing session at the Plymouth Center for the Arts on May 14. Credit: (Photo by Carl Mastandrea)

Plymouth Center for Arts, 11 North St., offers lunch and a screen printing session with Kay Libretto, owner of Inky Hands Print Studio and Gallery in Plymouth, from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. Reserve here.

The library’s Teen Graphic Novel Club for ages 9 to 12 is reading “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier. The book is available at the main circulation desk. The club meets between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Register here, so the library knows how many snacks to provide.

Wednesday, May 15

Wednesday Walks at Mass Audubon’s Tidmarsh Sanctuary, 60 Beaver Dam Road, take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about the sanctuary’s successful wetlands restoration, view the sanctuary’s native plant and animal species, and learn what is in store for the future. This free guided walk is led by Mass Audubon staff and geared toward adults.

Plymouth library’s Teen Craft Club, for ages 12 to 18, will be making jewelry with sea glass from 6 to 7 p.m. All supplies are provided. Registration is required, and you can do it here.  

A corridor at Quincy College’s Cordage Park campus. Credit: (Photo by Mark Pothier)

Quincy College’s Class of 2024 conducts its Physical Therapy Assistant Program Pinning Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the college’s Plymouth Campus, in Room 330 at 36 Cordage Park Circle. The ceremony recognizes the students’ successful completion of their two-year program of study (classroom instruction and clinical training) and formally represents their transition into the profession.  The event concludes with students reciting the Physical Therapist Assistant Oath in which they pledge a commitment to their profession and to the patients to whom they will provide care.

Thursday, May 16

American Parkinson’s Association South Shore support group meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s Fehlow meeting room. This group is regularly visited by educational speakers.

“Crafty Kiddos,” for children ages 3-5, and their caregivers meets in the library from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The group will be making a craft, reading a picture book, and singing a song. You can register here.

The Spire Lobby Series presents the Smack Dab of Plymouth, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This series showcases local and regional musicians in a relaxed and intimate setting. Tickets are $15.

Friday, May 17

Volunteers will be cleaning up litter – like these leftovers left by irresponsible people on South Street – as part of the Hometown Spring Cleanup on May 17 and 18. Credit: (Photo by Wes Ennis)

The Hometown Spring Cleanup takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up at Town Hall, pick up the trash bags, and clean up the town’s main Street, Court Street and Water Street corridor.

Fridays on Shirley Square offers live music, outside at4 North St., from 4 to 6 p.m.

The students of artist Heidi Mayo host an opening reception for their art exhibit and auction from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Harborwalk Apartments Lobby, 30 Loring Blvd. It’s free. The exhibit can also be viewed during business hours through June 14.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from TV’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” perform at Plymouth Memorial Hall 83 Court St., Plymouth, from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $109 and are available here.

Funny how these things work out. The Spire will present comedian Nick Griffin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 and $25. They’re available here.

Saturday, May 18

Plimoth Patuxet Museums, 137 Warren Avenue, holds a spring heirloom plant sale offering a bountiful selection of more than 100 types of heirloom species from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Plymouth’s Hometown Spring Cleanup continues today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up at town hall, pick up the trash bags, and clean up the town’s Main Street, Court Street and Water Street corridor.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation hosts its annual gathering at Nelson Memorial Park 255 Water St., from noon to 4 p.m.

Crafts on the Green displays the talents of local artisans in an array of locally made and sourced items outside Plymouth Town Hall, 26 Court St., from noon to 4 p.m. It’s free.

Sunday, May 19

Plimoth Patuxet Museums, 137 Warren Avenue, continues its spring heirloom plant sale, offering a selection of more than 100 types of heirloom species from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Untold Brewing Cycling Club rides from 10 a.m. to noon. Group rides along the South Shore will alternate routes every Sunday, starting from the taproom at 2 Loring Blvd. The rides are open to all cycling enthusiasts. Beginners are welcome. It’s a free ride.

Tourist in Your Own Home Town invites residents to “play tourist” in downtown Plymouth, starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors. Call for reservations, 508-517-8355. Walk-ups are accepted as space allows.

Tristan McIntosh’s “Linda Ronstadt Experience” is coming to The Spire on May 19.

American Idol Star Tristan McIntosh’s “Linda Ronstadt Experience portrays the singer in the prime of her career at The Spire, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available here.

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