Warm your pre-winter bones by the liquid fire at The Cocktail Challenge, on October 19, at Westerly’s Windjammer Surf Bar. Local Westerly restaurants submitted over 40 cocktail recipes to the event’s panel of judges, who narrowed the selection down to the eight most creative and innovative of cocktails. Guests have the privilege of sampling each selected cocktail and then voting for their favorite, in addition to noshing on local food and listening to live music. Plus, while the cocktails ward away the autumn chill, the event’s good cause will warm your heart and soul. Hosted by the Westerly-Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network, The Cocktail Challenge benefits Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children, an initiative of United Way of Rhode Island. All proceeds go to an education fund that provides school supplies and scholarships to help low-income Westerly students at the Tower Street School. And what better reason for a toast than helping Rhode Island’s children achieve a worthwhile education? $40. 7-10pm. 321 Atlantic Ave, Westerly. Tickets can be purchased online.