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Current & Virtual Events: February 26, 2021

Fivesparks events

Go to fivesparks.org for more information, to sign up for a program, or to get a Zoom link.

  • You Can Afford College If … Tuesday March 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Learn the ins and outs of college financial aid.
  • Lucky Shamrock Pot Craft. Purchase a take-home craft kit from Fivesparks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Purchase by March 12.
  • “PENdemic Short Story Contest.” Three categories (grades 5-8, grades 9-12, and adult). Submission deadline is Friday, March 19.
  • “Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials.” Massachusetts Naturalist John Root describes the essential roles played by pollinators in our ecosystem and provides guidance on meeting their needs for food, cover, and water. March 19, 7 p.m.

Storyfest 2020 videos are available for viewing at Fivesparks.org.


Library hosts virtual storytimes and book groups

All storytimes, book groups, and events are virtual via Zoom. To be added to a storytime email list, complete the registration form at bit.ly/2N8fYL6. A unique 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.

  • Infant Storytime for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. No storytime April 19 and April 22.
  • Storytime for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. No storytime April 21.
  • Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays at 1:30 p.m. No storytime April 19.
  • Virtual Saturday Storytime; ages 3 to 7. Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. Fun stories about dogs. Email childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org to be added to the Saturday Storytime email list. Due to limited space, registration is limited to local families.
  • Book Group for Third-Graders; Monday, March 1, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, March 8, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, March 16, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, Feb. 30, 4 p.m.

Book group membership limited to children who are Harvard residents/HES students. To be added to a book group email list, fill in the HPL Virtual Book Group Registration Form: https://forms.gle/gg9xnRKxyFQyTkrh9


Library presents live concert with Red Yarn

Musician and puppeteer Red Yarn (Andy Furgeson) will present a 45-minute livestream Zoom show for local families, Thursday, March 4, at 3 p.m.

Red Yarn is a family performer who weaves folksongs and puppetry into high-energy, interactive shows for family audiences. His shows are a raucous, inclusive celebration of the multicultural musical heritage of the USA, and he will have the audience singing, dancing, stomping, clapping, and celebrating.

Registration is required; the Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before the program. To register, send an email to childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org.


‘Rising from the Rails’

In celebration of Black History Month, the Warner Free Lecture Trust, the Harvard Historical Society, and Arm in Arm will host author Larry Tye, who will discuss his book “Rising from the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of a Black Middle Class.” The talk will be on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. Registration via Eventbrite is required. Registrants will receive the meeting URL via email the day before the event.


Annual Lions Club fruit sale

The Harvard Lions Club will hold its 30th annual citrus fruit sale March 6 through 14 in the town center (Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Fresh ruby grapefruit and Valencia oranges in 20-pound boxes will be available. You can also order online now and have the fruit delivered to your home.

There is a new option this year: smaller quantities and different varieties with gift boxes shipped direct to any address.

Go to www.harvardlions.org for more details.


Talking to kids about race and racism

The Hildreth Elementary School and Arm in Arm will present a conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a two-part virtual program, on Feb. 25 and March 4 at 7 p.m. Dr. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist known for her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education.

Participants will watch a prerecorded presentation and discussion, sponsored by the Acton Discovery Museum. (A link can be provided to watch at another time to those who cannot attend the screening.)  The  March 4 program is a moderated discussion for those who watched the Feb. 25 recording.  Register for the event at: https://tinyurl.com/44wf5dzf.


Learn about controlling pesky invasive plants

The Nashua River Watershed Association and the Groton Invasive Species Committee will cosponsor a free online webinar on identifying and controlling overly opportunistic plants Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. The presentation will focus on natural organic methods and materials. Speaker Michael Nadeau’s 30-plus years in the organic landscaping business have positioned him as a leading authority in the field of sustainable organic and ethical land care strategies.

Register at www.grotongardenclub.org.


Carlson Orchards hard cider tasting

Virtual hard cider tasting hosted by Carlson Orchards cider makers and local legend Chef Paul. March 13 at 7 p.m. More details to follow.


Strategies to enhance your business

WBN (Women’s Business Network) meets via Zoom March 11 at 7:15 p.m. to address “Social Media and Online Strategies to Enhance your Business.” Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom, and YouTube will be discussed. 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 (dboliva@charter.net or 617-543-1208). Also check www.facebook.com/WomensBusinessNetwork for event information or www.wbn-ma.org for membership info.


Family music play date in Mandarin and English

Indian Hill Music will present “Music Peekaboo” for preschoolers (ages 1-4) and their parents/caregivers,  Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. Miss Chuen-Yi will share songs, stories, and musical activities in Mandarin and English. Sign up for this free online event at bit.ly/2Zmf1kK or call 978-486-9524.

Indian Hill offers online group classes for kids ages 5-9. Choose from drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, or beginner family recorder class. Various starting dates in March and April. Scholarships available for all music education programs. Learn more and sign up at bit.ly/3u0EsGC or call 978-486-9524.


Latin Jazz with the Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Duo

Indian Hill Music will present Cuban-born pianist/composer and vocalist Zahili Gonzalez Zamora and her husband, bassist Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga in a unique Latin jazz experience, Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. Zahili’s music is founded in Cuban music, bebop, funk, and soul, while giving a nod to modern artists such as Michel Petrucciani and Erykah Badu. Tickets start at $10. Sign up at bit.ly/3rW3eWO or call 978-486-9524.


Museum of Russian Icons events

Virtual Lecture: “A Byzantine Princess in Moscow: The Life and Art of Sophia Palaiologina.” Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Members free, nonmembers $8.

“In Search of Paradise:” virtual film screening and discussion with director Alexander Smoljanski of Soviet artistic underground leader Oscar Rabin, and his wife, painter Valentina Kropivnitskaya. March 6, 11 a.m. Members $6, nonmembers $12.

“Painted Poetry,” exhibition of works by Russian-born American artist and designer Alexander Gassel. The exhibition is open now, virtually, and will open for  in-person viewing, March 5-Sept. 26.

“Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal,” through April 11. Contemporary artist Lesia Sochor’s exhibition inspired by the tradition of intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter egg painting.

For information call 978-598-5000 or visit https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/.


Virtual tours from Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area

Celebrate Black History Month with sites and stories. Explore Concord’s African American history with a Robbins House virtual tour at robbinshouse.org. Visit freedomsway.org/programs/heritage-stories/ to listen to a heritage story of people whose actions, discoveries, and inventions shaped social, intellectual, and cultural innovation in Freedom’s Way and America.

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