Upcoming events: Origami Interpretations at Mass. museum; explore facets of nature at Rock Library; Keewaydin spaghetti dinner fund-raiser Thursday; dialogue on creation at Grounded4Life; discover giving thanks in other cultures; Santa Express rides this weekend; and Gov. Douglas final author at Vermont Voices 2014

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Origami Interpretations, an exhibit of vibrant paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist Gloria Garfinkel.

Nov. 18: Garfinkel art at Springfield, Mass., museum

Origami Interpretations displays 25 vibrant paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist, Gloria Garfinkel. Garfinkel’s work combines complex geometry and painterly invention, informed by Japanese art and design. 
Her work will be on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, Mass., now through April 26, 2015. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Her exhibition will complement the extensive collection of Japanese decorative art from the 18th and 19th century on view on the 2nd floor of the museum and “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami,” which opens on Jan. 20, 2015.

For further information contact: Katharine Carter, Katharine T. Carter & Associates by emailing ktc@ktcassoc.com, or calling 212-533-9530, or by contacting Matt Longhi, director of public relations  and marketing, the Springfield Museums by email at mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org, or by phone at 413-263-6800. Or visit www.springfieldmuseums.org/news/view/830-springfield_museums_to_exhibit_works_by_gloria_garfinkel.

Nov. 18: Nature exploration at Rock Library

The Rockingham Library will present three programs this week. The first will allow participants to tour the Rockingham night sky and the second to tour the brooks and trails of the town.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., join Bob Dudley at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellow Falls for a tour of the late autumn to early winter constellations. He will present a slide show in the library’s third floor meeting room, followed by stargazing on the front lawn weather permitting. Most of the constellations discussed are visible with the naked eye. Dudley encourages participants to bring their binoculars for viewing. A telescope will also be available.

Bird enthusiast Alma Beals will present a slide show and birding stories at the library at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19. Find out practical and fun facts, tips on feeding birds, their habits and habitats including a recent visit by a bear.

On Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., Peter Bergstrom, member of the Rockingham Conservation Commission, will discuss the brooks and hiking trails of the town of Rockingham. Mike Ghia, chairman of the commission, will also be present to answer questions. Bergstrom will describe the process of getting local, state and federal recognition for mapped but unnamed area brooks and waterfalls. If no historic names can be found, the public can propose new ones. History has shown that people care more about waterways that are named; so naming them can increase stewardship of them. Bergstrom will describe existing hiking trails in Rockingham, such as the ones around Minards Pond, and also describe some other trails in and near Rockingham.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 463.4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, go online to www.rockinghamlibrary.org, or stop by the library.

Nov. 20: Keewaydin spaghetti dinner fundraiser


ll are invited to attend the homemade Spaghetti Dinner fund-raiser to send 5th and 6th graders from Chester-Andover Elementary School to Keewaydin Environmental Center in spring 2016. The dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the school, 72 Main St. in Chester. All proceeds will go toward the week-long, outdoor learning experience.

Dinner is $8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $5 for children; and tots 3 and under eat free. Dinners to- go will be available: Call or text Carol Neff at 802-779-2988 or email Frank Kelley at frank.kelley@trsu.org.

Nov 21: Exploring creation at Grounded4Life

At 7 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 21, Chester resident Lee Gustafson will continue his lectures exploring creation from a biblical perspective at Grounded4Life, the coffee house in the lower level of the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St., Chester. In Part 3 of the series “Life, the Universe and Everything in It,” Gustafson will present summaries of various creation models, and a more in-depth discussion of theistic evolution, young-earth creationism, and old-earth creationism. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The program is free. Doors open at 6:30 with food, coffee, fellowship and conversation. Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm for more information.

Bada Raga to perform at Yagna Inn event

Bada Raga to perform at Yagna Inn event

Nov. 22: Native, Indian food, culture, thanksgiving at Yagna Inn

From 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.22 the Yagna Inn, the newly opened space for the promotion of cross-cultural understanding, located at 61 Williams Road in Rockingham, spotlights the true meaning of thanksgiving in indigenous cultures through stories performed by award-winning author, master storyteller, ecologist and educator Michael Caduto. Stories are carefully chosen from among the Native peoples of North America.

Participants are introduced to the Circles of Giving and Receiving — the traditional basis for living in balance with Earth and each other. Audience members are invited to sing, chant and dance.

The afternoon will begin with an Indian Tea time and some Indian foods. Attendees will enjoy beautiful Indian classical music performed in a uniquely Vermont style by Bada Raga.

A collaborative craft activity will be provided for children. At 5:30 p.m., the Clay Oven restaurant of Greenfield, Mass. will cater an Indian food dinner buffet.

Event tickets cost: $10 per person ($5 for children) if bought in advance by Nov 20. At the door: $15 per person ($7 for children). Tickets for the buffet dinner are $15 plus tax ($13 plus tax for children) if bought by Nov. 20 or $20 plus tax (children age 5–10: $15 plus tax) Purchase tickets by calling 802-463-1405 or emailing prachi@somaiya.com.

Have a magical ride with Santa departing Bellows Falls on Sunday.

Take a memorable train ride with Santa that will depart Bellows Falls on Sunday.

Nov. 23: Ride the Santa Express

Take a Christmas Train ride with Santa and the Grinch, caroling elves and special surprises on the Green Mountain Railroad in Bellows Falls. The Santa Express returns Sunday, Nov. 23 with three departure times available. The historic engines and coaches, with favorite Christmas characters providing entertainment leaves Bellows Falls to the North Pole (Chester Station) at 9:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a round-trip adventure.

Arrive early or stay late and participate in the Shop Local campaign of downtown Bellows Falls, part of the National Main Street Program.

Tickets are available at the Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Misty Valley Books in Chester, on-line at www.sustainablevalleygroup.org or call 802-376-9534. Ticket price are: $25 adults, $20 kids, toddlers under age 2 ride for free. Proceeds benefit the Bellows Falls Middle School Band Friends and Destination Bellows Falls.

Former governor Jim Douglas to share his political journey at Misty Valley Books.

Former governor Jim Douglas to share his political journey at Misty Valley Books.

Nov. 23: Gov. Douglas wraps up  Vermont Voices

The final author in Misty Valley Books’ Vermont Voices 2014 series, Gov. Jim Douglas, will present his recently published political memoir, “The Vermont Way, a Republican Governor Leads America’s Most Liberal State,” at 2 p.m.  Sunday, Nov. 23 at the First Universalist Parish in Chester’s Stone Village.

Since 1972, Douglas has been involved in Vermont politics becoming a true insider, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the people and practices of government. He served four terms as Vermont’s 80th governor.

“The Vermont Way” includes 41 photographs that show Douglas reaching out to Vermonters including kissing a cow at a county fair, chatting with kids at their lemonade stand, visiting Vermont National Guard troops in the Middle East, and offering advice to the president in the Oval Office.

A book-signing and reception will follow Douglas’s remarks. The event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information call Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

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