Community events: March 9 through March 16, 2016

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March 9: Shackleton discussion at Whiting Library

In March, the Whiting Library at 117 Main St. in Chester continues its exploration of Ernest Henry Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition with a book discussion and a two-part movie.

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, the library joins with Vermont Reads to discuss the book, “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” by Caroline Alexander. The book is available now to borrow from the library.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 16 and 23, a two-part movie will be screened about the Shackleton expedition. Contact the staff for more details.

March 11: Jennings and McComber return to Grounded4Life

Wear your kilt and be entertained by Jennings and MacComber

Wear your kilt and be entertained by Jennings and McComber

Back again with their special blend of music with a Celtic flair, Jennings and McComber return for a special evening of contemporary Christian and originals.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music will begin at 7 p.m. Grounded4Life is located downstairs at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St. in Chester.

The coffeehouse invites those with Scottish roots to join Andy wearing your plaid or your kilt. A coffee bar and refreshments table will be available. Events are always free.

For more information, visit the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at

March 12: Organic beekeeping workshop at NewsBank

Beekeeper Ross Conrad returns to discuss various aspects of beekeeping

Beekeeper Ross Conrad returns to discuss various aspects of beekeeping

Celebrated Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad of Dancing Bee Gardens will host an Organic Beekeeping Workshop on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St. in Chester. The event is presented by the Nature Museum at Grafton.

This workshop includes three topics often requested by local beekeepers:

Working with Honey Bee Queens: Conrad will provide beekeepers with information to work productively with queens.

Working with Swarms: Covering the intricate details of how the hive decides on a new location to build its home and its process of coordinating the movements of 10,000 bees so that they all arrive at the new location at the same time.

Organic Controls for Pests and Disease (other than varroa): Covering bears, skunks, wax moths, small hive beetles, foulbrood, nosema and other viruses.

Conrad will leave time to discuss beekeeping, answer questions, and meet other beekeepers. He will sign copies of his book, Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, and have bee-related products for purchase.

There will be raffles, a flow hive display, honey tasting and light refreshments. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch. Admission is $35. Visit or call 802-843-2111 to register.

March 12: St. Patrick’s Trivia Night at Rock Library

The Rockingham Free Public Library invites the public from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 for the second Friends of the Library “Books, Brains & Beer” pub trivia night at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Team up to raise funds for programming at the library. Register a team of up to six people for $75, or join a pick-up team for $12.

The event has a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Local restaurant, Donovans is providing a cash bar serving soft drinks, beer and wine. The Friends and Trustees will provide light refreshments. In celebration of the theme of the night, there will be a raffle for a basket of Irish goodies. Coordinating the competition will be masters of ceremony John Bohannon and Ellen Taetzsch.

To register and for more information, call 802-463-4270, email, or stop by the library.

March 13: Maps, drawings and ‘Eastern Question’ at Misty Valley

EasternquestionTed Danforth, author and illustrator of “The Eastern Question, A Geopolitical History in 108 Maps and Drawings,” will be at Misty Valley Books at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 to discuss the book accompanied by slides.

The event, at Misty Valley Books on the Green in Chester, is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow Danforth’s remarks.

In the 19th century, the term “the Eastern Question” referred to the problem posed by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the fall of which in the 20th century engendered the modern muddle of the Middle East in the 21st. What began as a struggle between East and West later emerged as a struggle between Islam and Christendom, and has now re-emerged as a new war.

For more information, contact Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or visit Contact Bill or Lynne Reed at or call 802-875-3400.

March 16: Free Medicare Boot Camp

Senior Solutions presents a Medicare Boot Camp from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 in Springfield. Registrants will receive location information once registered. The boot camp provides information about the Medicare system.

The class is appropriate for anyone who is planning to sign up for Medicare in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues. This is not a refresher class for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare.

Space is limited, so registration is required. To register and get full location details, call the Senior HelpLine at 800-642-5119. Additional Medicare classes will be listed at

March 16: Free AARP tax assistance at Rock Library

On Wednesday, March 16 at Rockingham Library from 1 to 6 p.m. AARP’s tax assistance program will provide free tax preparation help to low- and moderate-income residents at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Appointments and registration are required.

AARP Tax-aide counselors are volunteers trained each year on state and federal tax regulations and are certified by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services. To register or for more information, call 802-463-4270, email or stop by the library.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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