Loaves & Fishes ‘Spring Into Action’ 5k
No one should go hungry. Help the one in six Massachusetts residents in the area struggling with food insecurity. On Saturday, May 1, join the virtual “Spring Into Action” 5k for hunger. Walk, hike, run, or bike to benefit the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. The top fundraiser will receive a $200 gift certificate to Forge & Vine in Groton. Go to lfwalk.org to register.
Townwide book read
Arm in Arm presents a townwide book read, Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m., featuring “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” by Anne Fadiman.
The book celebrates the complexity and individuality of the human interactions that make up the practice of medicine, pointing out directions for change while addressing the tragedies of cultural displacement, medical limitations, and futile good intentions. Register at https://tinyurl.com/wxy9mk7v.
Go to fivesparks.org for more information, to sign up for a program, or to get a Zoom link.
“Understanding the Black Hole Image.” Webinar presented by Dr. Geoffrey Crew, researcher at MIT Haystack Observatory. Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Bonsai Basics Workshop. Zoom class, bonsai tree and all materials included. Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m.
Felting with Rachel Benson: Tuesday, April 13, painting with wool; Thursday, April 15, chicken; school vacation week, Tuesday, April 20, and Wednesday, April 21, flying pig or llama with milkshake; Thursday, April 22, flower buddy. Sign-up and more details at fivesparks.org.
Mother’s Day take-home craft kits. Two kits are available: cut paper flowers in terracotta pot, $15; tissue paper flower bouquet, $8. Preschool+. Order by April 26. Kit pickup on April 30.
Storyfest 2020 videos available for viewing at fivesparks.org.
Library hosts virtual story times and book groups
All story times, book groups, and events are virtual via Zoom. To be added to a story time email list, complete the registration form at bit.ly/2N8fYL6. A Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before each meeting.
Groups are limited to Harvard residents or HES/Bromfield students. Others may register one week in advance provided there is space available. To be added to a book group email list, fill in the HPL Virtual Book Group registration form: bit.ly/3vRay8M.
- Infant story time for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. No story time April 19 and April 22.
- Story time for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. No story time April 21.
- Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays at 1:30 p.m. No story time April 19.
- Saturday story time; ages 3 to 7; Saturday, April 10, 10:30 a.m., cat stories. Due to limited space, registration is limited to local families.
- Book Discussion Group for First- and Second-Graders; Monday, April 26, 4 p.m.
- Book Group for Third-Graders; Monday, May 3, 4 p.m.
- Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, April 12, 4 p.m.
- Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, April 13, 4 p.m.
- Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, April 27, 4 p.m.
- Teen Connections Book Group; Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Bloom ’N Art
Bloom ’N Art, the fifth annual exhibit of Harvard student artwork paired with floral arrangements by members of the Garden Club of Harvard, will take place online this year. The exhibit’s virtual opening will be Sunday, April 18, at https://bloomNart.online.
NRWA presents ‘Enhancing Stream Integrity’
Join the Nashua River Watershed Association for a free Zoom presentation in its series “Case Studies in Stream Protection and Restoration: Dam Removals, River Herring, Mussels, and Climate Impacts.” Tuesday, April 27, 9 a.m.: “Enhancing Stream Integrity: Combined Perspectives from Dam Removal to Mussel Conservation.” For more information, including registration, visit www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Music at Indian Hill
Indian Hill Music presents a conversation with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, composer, and music director Patrice Rushen, Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. live on Zoom; tickets start at $15. Free for Indian Hill Music and Berklee students. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2Pu7P50.
Solo violinist Robyn Bollinger appears Saturday, April 24, 8 p.m., via livestream concert, featuring works by von Westhoff, Bach, Ysaÿe, and Knox. Tickets start at $10. Go to bit.ly/3mnGzRn for tickets and more information.
Ducky Wucky River Race
The Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley, and Devens announces the 2021 Ducky Wucky River Race, its premier fundraiser, to be held Saturday, May 15. The winning duck wins its sponsor dinner for two anywhere in the world. To sponsor a duck, purchase a ticket from members of the Rotary Club or online at duckywucky.org. The race will again be run following pandemic protocols with only race officials and duck wranglers in attendance. Winners will be posted on duckywucky.org. The club’s annual Apple Blossom Festival, usually held before the race, is postponed until May 2022.
Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer
Registration is now open for Emerson Hospital’s 22nd annual 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care. All proceeds go directly to supporting patients who receive cancer care at Emerson Hospital. The virtual event will take place Saturday, May 1, through Saturday, May 15. Visit www.emerson hospital.org/5k for details, to register, or to make a donation to support cancer care at Emerson Hospital. Everyone who registers will receive a Run~Walk thank-you kit, including a high-performance race T-shirt.
Theatre III auditions
Auditions are open at Theatre III, Acton, for PlayPalooza, a 10-minute play festival performance via Zoom, at the end of May. No previous experience required, just a positive attitude and a love of theater. Open to anyone age 18 and older. To audition, complete the form at forms.gle/gFpB6MogcJKvgUi2A and email a 1- to 2-minute monologue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 23, 8 p.m., “Camelot: The Knights of the Square Table,” with music inspired by Monty Python. Streaming on Zoom. Admission free, donations accepted. More information at www.theatreiii.org/.
Devens events calendar
Devens is hosting a variety of events this year, including Mirror Lake Family Fun Day, Yoga on Rogers, Devens Dog & Musical Festival, and many soccer, lacrosse, and softball tournaments. Go to bit.ly/3fIoFYo for a full schedule.
Museum of Russian Icons free admission April 11
Enjoy free admission at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Sunday, April 11. Reservations required; call 978-598-5000. Saturday, April 10, 1 p.m.: Virtual Lecture: “How Women Must Write: The ‘Forced Marriage’ Scandal,” with Professor Olga Peters Hasty. Members free, Nonmembers $8. Sunday, April 18, 1 p.m., an afternoon of Russian poetry. Free; registration required. More information is available at https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/.
Virtual Patriots’ Day events
The Lexington Historical Society presents a variety of virtual Patriots’ Day events, including in-person house tours, Tower Park reenactment, “Rendezvous with Rachel Revere,” and “Take A Shot” trivia contest. Visit https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/patriotsday.html for a complete list of events.
Women’s Business Network event
The Women’s Business Network meets via Zoom, Thursday, April 8, 7:15 p.m. to discuss “12 Easy Ways to Ground, Balance, and Focus that Work for You and Your Family” with Krista Gordon. WBN is a local, volunteer-run networking group of 55 women in small businesses, professional practices, nonprofits, and the arts who meet monthly for mutual support, education, and networking. For more information or to get the Zoom link for the meeting, contact Deb Oliva at email@example.com, or 617-543-1208.