On Saturday, Oct. 1, families will get a chance to get a closer look at Monarch Butterflies during a free, educational event at Perfect Smiles in Westport.

There will be butterflies flocking to the pond, an opportunity for a family fall photo shoot, and exciting keepsakes to usher in the start of school and the fall season.

Perfect Smiles and Their Love For The Community

Nicole Moniz, a dental hygienist and CEO of Perfect Smiles, has been working alongside Dr. David Ahearn for the past 16 years.

“We do mission trips and have been trying to do more community events,” she said. “We figured this was a perfect back-to-school event” catered to the fall season and the great outdoors.

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Before Ahearn went to medical school, he accumulated four years of botany. His love of plants comes to life on the weekends when he spends his time farming and gardening, and being able to incorporate pollination education for the company’s upcoming community event is seemingly the perfect fit.

What To Expect on Oct. 1

In partnership with Kid Friendly New England and The Lloyd Center, this free event will be a hands-on experience during which “little scientists” will gather information to help understand the monarch migration mystery.

Kid Friendly New England was created by Crystal Young, a dental hygienist and co-host for the event, who keeps up with her "Kid Friendly" blog, traveling the area and hosting family-friendly activities.

The Lloyd Center is the educational environmental center in Dartmouth, and it will join to host the education portion and butterfly release.

Lunch will be provided and the first 20 children will receive a gift to encourage butterfly visits to their own homes. All children in attendance will receive a goodie bag from Perfect Smiles.

The butterfly event coming up this Saturday is just another way that allows Perfect Smiles to get to know their community. And hopefully will allow children to catch a butterfly or two.

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