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ATHOL – Friday May 6, 13, 20, at 7 a.m., “Early Bird Birding with Jeff Johnstone”. Join Johnstone at the Environmental Center (100 Main St., Athol) before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. These are excellent events for the novice birder who wants to learn from one of our top field naturalists. Come as long as your schedule allows. Bad weather cancels. For further information: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. COVID-19 precautions are advised.
PHILLIPSTON — The Phillipston municipal garage sale will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up your map of participating homes on the common lawn in downtown Phillipston.
ATHOL – Join the Athol Public Library on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. to learn how to make great garden soil with vermicomposting. Julia Latady will present on composting using worm bins and using created soil to plant green vegetables. She’ll have trash cans and worms for sale. Registration is required for this event. Please register via https://athol.librarycalendar.com/event/worm-composting-program or by calling 978-249-9515. It is a free event.
NEW SALEM – The New Salem Public Library is sponsoring a composting workshop on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the New Salem Community Garden (located behind the Stowell Building), 19 South Main St. Meghan Siudzinski of the Franklin Conservation District will be sharing the whys and the outcomes of basic composting techniques for vegetable gardens. If you want to participate in the practical part, gloves are recommended.
Call or email for more information: 978-544-6334 or [email protected]
WARWICK – The 22nd annual Ned Green Scholarship Fund Memorial Walk will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Oscar Ohlson car park at the foot of Mount Grace, opposite Highway Garage Road in Warwick.
Come prepared with tick awareness, water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. Bad weather cancels the event.
WINCHESTER, NH – The ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, NH, will host a dance with live music from “Champaign Jam” on May 7 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Refreshments served, 50/50 raffle, (no meals -share ). Welcome everyone. $10 members / $12 non-members.
For more information, call: Barbara: 802-722-9205 or Tom: 978-249-6917 / 978-790-9322.
ORANGE — North Orange Grange will feature a show by Joe Young about his hike on the Appalachian Trail. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. The program will be held at the North Orange and Tully Community Church, 48 Main St. In addition to Joe’s speech, the Grange will present a Quilts of Valor quilt to a deserving veteran. Over the past few years, the Grange has gifted four deserving veterans with quilts to show their appreciation for their service to our country. This year’s recipient will be Edward Day.
ATHOL – North Quabbin Cruisers Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 from 4-8 p.m. at Market Basket #78 in Athol.
May 11: ABNC meeting in person and on Zoom
ATHOL — Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m., “Bat, Falcon, Social Flycatcher oh my! an Athol Bird and Nature Club presentation, will take place in person and on Zoom.
Club member Ernie Leblanc will guide attendees through a recap of a whirlwind and successful adventure in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.
In person at Millers River Environmental Center 100 Main St., or via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting: bit.ly/3E2uUjR
May 12: “A musical journey”
ATHOL — On Thursday, May 12, the Athol Council on Aging will host singer/artist Tommy Rull, who will present his show “A Musical Journey Through The Years.” Lunch starts at noon with the show to follow. Reservations and tickets are required by May 5 by calling 978-249-8986. For a short video of song clips from Tommy’s show, visit his homepage at http://www.tommyrull.com. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Athol Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
BARRE — The Cercle de la chanson will hold its 20th annual spring concert on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Barre Town Hall (corner of Exchange and Mechanic streets.) Everyone is welcome to enjoy a refreshment at the end of the concert.
Circle of Song is an intergenerational choir that welcomes anyone who wants to sing, is up for a challenge, and can learn 4-part harmony music. Contact co-director Julie Rawson at [email protected], 978-257-1192 for more information.
ORANGE — Rolling Thunder Vermont 1 will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 15 from 8-11 a.m. at the American American Legion, Daniel Shay Highway, Orange.
The menu is pancakes, sausages and scrambled eggs for $8.
May 17: Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club meeting
ATHOL – The annual meeting of the Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the club, located at 390 Doe Valley Road in Athol.
GARDNER – The Gardner Museum presents Athol author JR Greene and his latest book (“Calvin Coolidge in 100 Objects,” published fall 2021) about the man who graduated from Amherst College and went on to lead the nation as the 30th President of the United States. This is the 23rd book by JR Greene and the fourth about Calvin Coolidge.
You can buy a signed copy of his book. From 7 to 8 p.m. after a reception organized by the museum from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission for non-members is $3. Reservations Required: Call 978-632-3277 or email [email protected]
PHILLIPSTON – Arts and music festival scheduled for May 20-22 at Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston. Artistic activities, art vendors, food and raffles. FREE ENTRANCE. Sponsored by the Gardner Area League of Artists.