Community events: April 21 through April 24, 2016

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April 21: School vacation program focuses on bats

617px-British_mammals_(Pl._1)_BHL48418555Bat enthusiast Jerry Schneider will be at Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 to present The Wonderful World of Bats, a free program for all ages.

Learn about the bats in our attics, vampire bats, bat eyesight, migration, hibernation and bat echolocation. The program will end with the opportunity to stencil a bat themed T-shirt. Bring your own shirt (100 percent white cotton) or buy one from Schneider for $4 on the day of the program.

For more information, call the library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to

April 21: Post-war Vietnam discussed in Bellows Falls

Inside outOn Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m., join a book discussion of Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai at the Rockingham Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, the book is a coming-of-age novel told in verse. To further the conversation, Susan Hammond, executive director and founder of the War Legacies Project, will be on hand to talk about her humanitarian work in Vietnam where people still struggle with the effects of the war.

Pick up your copy of Inside Out and Back Again at the library’s front desk. For more information, call 802-463-4270, or visit This event is free and open to the public.

April 21: Work with nature’s water cycles

Those concerned with floods, droughts, violent storms and rising temperatures in their region can learn how to take positive action in their communities and properties. It all has to do with rainfall management.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, Jan Lambert, editor of The Valley Green Journal, and author of “Water, Land and Climate — The Critical Connection” with Kelly Stettner, director of the Black River Action Team, will present a slide show about a Slovakian model to simply and inexpensively restore landscapes to soak up the rain.  The event takes place at at the Fletcher Memorial Library Community Room, 88 Main St., Ludlow.

The program is approximately one hour with time after for questions, socializing and book signing.

Lambert’s book will be available for purchase at the event for $19.95 through the Book Nook, 136 Main St., Ludlow. For more information visit

April 22: Nature Museum hosts Earth Day party

Jamie Maloof-Schilling teaches children at a Nature Museum summer camp. Credit: The Nature Museum

Jamie Maloof-Schilling teaches children at a Nature Museum summer camp. Photo by the Nature Museum

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22, visit the Nature Museum, at 186 Townsend Road in Grafton, for a special program for youth and families in honor of Earth Day. An indoor program, “Predators and Prey,” led by environmental educator Jamie Maloof-Schilling, will be followed by a moderate hike in the forest and fields surrounding the Nature Museum.

Through stories, games, and touchable artifacts the group will learn how animals find a meal– and avoid being one. Hone natural instincts while playing games that tap into the sense of sight, smell, sound, and touch. There will be plenty of interaction with fur, pelts, and bones to learn how carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores are connected.

The Museum’s natural history exhibits, educational mounts, and hands-on activities will be open to explore until to 1 p.m. The program is open to all ages and admission is by donation. Walk-ins are welcome but a reservation is appreciated.

Find more information about The Nature Museum on its Facebook page and on its website.

April 23: Trunk Show of 3-D print jewelry set

3-D Printed jewelry demonstration at 103

3-D printed jewelry demonstration at 103 Artisans Marketplace.

The gallery shop, 103 Artisans Marketplace, is holding a Trunk Show and retail event for the jewelry design company FISH3D from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the shop at 7 Pineview Drive and Vermont Route 103 South in Chester. The event is for everyone with an interest in 3-D printing, robotics, design or jewelry.

FISH3D is a collaborative effort of husband and wife team Renee and Jason Fishner.  Creative style and design begin with Renee and are completed by Jason with cutting edge computer-aided design and additive manufacturing.

On Saturday, FISH3D will showcase its design process and techniques and demonstrate the basics of 3-D printing with their Makerbot Replicator 2X. Visitors can request their own colors to be printed.

For more information, call 802-875-7400 or

April 23: Free community meal in Chester

The public is invited to a free Community Meal at noon on Saturday, April 23, at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall on 96 Main St. in Chester. Meals are not affiliated with any religious organization andare designed as an opportunity for people to gather and socialize while enjoying a meal together. Bring friends and enjoy fellowship with a delicious meal prepared by different teams of people each month.

April 23: Shakespeare Day at Rock Library

Celebrate Shakespeare Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 by attending a staged reading of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls. A staged reading is a seated dramatic performance with a cast of actors.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. It features young lovers who fall comically in and out of love over the course of a single, enchanted midsummer night.

For more information and to learn how you can participate in the performance, call 802-463-4270, email, go online to, or stop by the library.

April 24: Pinnacle Association annual meeting; forest walk  program

Cellar Hole

Cellar hole

At 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 24 forester Silos Roberts and cartographer Andy Toepfer will lead a “Whys and Hows of Forest Management for Conservation” walk.

The walk will feature sites illustrative of decisions and actions taken by Windham Hill Pinnacle Association to show the management of property for conservation and wildlife.

Interested hikers should call Silos Roberts at 802-869-1388 for more information and registration. Participants should dress for walking in the woods at this wet time of year and meet at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River. Hikers will return from the walk in time for WHPA’s Annual Meeting and program lecture there.

At 4 p.m., the Pinnacle Association hosts its annual meeting at Main Street Arts. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and view maps and materials. The short Annual Meeting will provide updates on recent accomplishments, upcoming plans, and allow members to elect new representatives to the Board. The program portion follows. Local historian Richard Ewald will present a slide lecture entitled “Looking into Cellar Holes: Foundations of Extremely Local History.”

This program provides good background information for participating in Cellar Holes of Old Grafton, a hike to be led by Richard Warren of Grafton on June 4.

Visit for more information about these and other upcoming Pinnacle programs.

April 24: Specker concert of traditional American music

John Specker will perform a solo Concert of Traditional American Music from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Andover Weston Road in Andover. This one-man-band show on fiddle and banjo, with vocals and percussive foot tapping, features several unusual tunes. A family event, there is no admission. Visit for additional information.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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