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Current & Virtual Events: March 12, 2021

Children’s trail walk

Introduce children to the wonders of spending time in the woods with Harvard Conservation Trust’s inaugural Storybook Trail Walk, featuring “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. March 15-April 2. Ideal for young readers of all skill levels, the trail offers an opportunity to experience a children’s story while wandering along a half-mile path through the woods. Stations along the trail contain two pages of the book. Start at the Burgess-Brown Land trailhead entrance at the end of Murray Lane. Access the trail from dawn to dusk; an easy hike for most.

Fivesparks events

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

  • 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.
  • Felting with Rachel Benson. March 16, Leprechaun; March 18, Lamb; March 23, Bird Nest & Eggs; March 25, Bunny. Sign-up and details at

Storyfest 2020 videos are available for viewing at

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 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: yFQyTkrh9.

  • 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, March 27, 10:30 a.m. Funny picture book stories. Email to be added to the Saturday story time email list. Due to limited space, registration is limited to local families.
  • Book Discussion Group for First- and Second-Graders; Monday, March 29, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Third-Graders; Monday, April 5, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, April 12, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, March 16, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, March 30, 4 p.m.
  • Teen Connections Book Group; Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Children’s Literature Book Discussion Group for Grown-ups: Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.
  • Write Stuff; Fourth- through Sixth-Grades; Tuesday, March 23, 4 p.m. Low-key, supportive, once-monthly virtual writing group. Register at:

Jazz at the Healing Garden

Enjoy an afternoon of jazz standards, original tunes, and Billy Joel songs performed by jazz pianist Elliot Steger, to benefit the Healing Garden Cancer Support Center. Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m. More information at https://healinggardensup

Annual Lions Club fruit sale

Online sales and cash and carry are both sold out for the 30th annual Harvard Lions Club citrus fruit sale. This year’s new option, smaller quantities and different varieties with gift boxes shipped direct to any address, is ongoing through April 16. Go to for more details.

Harvard Schools Trust fundraiser: hard cider tasting

Sip, savor, celebrate, and “spring forward” on Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. with a virtual hard cider tasting gala sponsored by Carlson Orchards and featuring local legend and cider maker Chef Paul Correnty in support of the Harvard Schools Trust. Tickets start at $30 and are available online only at, until Saturday, March 13, for the event portion only.

Pickup of ordered food and beverages will be at Carlson Orchards on the day of the event. A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees.

Warner Free Lecture: ‘A Journey into the Music of Mali’

Crocodile River Music presents the music of Mali, Friday, March 26, 7 p.m.. Registration via Eventbrite is required: Registrants will receive the meeting URL via email the day before, day of, and immediately prior to the lecture.

‘Healing From Hate’

The Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church and Mass Peace Action will host a panel discussion on the documentary film “Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” which explores the minds of men who gravitate toward hate groups. Go to to register and learn more. A link to view the film any time before March 14 will be sent to all registrants. Join a virtual panel discussion featuring former skinheads and neo-Nazis now engaged in de-radicalizing violent extremists, and Cassie Miller, an expert on hate groups, Friday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A separate link for the panel discussion will be sent in advance of the event.

National Women’s History Month

The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area presents “Heritage Stories: Visionaries & Experimenters,” stories of individuals whose actions, discoveries, and inventions shaped social, intellectual, and cultural innovation in Freedom’s Way and America. Go to

At Fruitlands Museum: “Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence,” until March 21. Paintings of nature and portraits, studies and sketchbooks. Classically trained and well-spoken, Starr bounded onto the 1930s art scene, gaining fame for her formal portraits of Boston’s elite. See for more information.

Bluegrass at Indian Hill

Traditional bluegrass music with fiddler and vocalist Laura Orshaw and guitarist Tony Watt, livestreamed from the Blackman Hall stage. Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. See mances/live-from-indian-hill/tony-watt/ for tickets and more information.

Strategies to enhance women’s business

The Women’s Business Network will meet via Zoom Thursday, 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. For more information or to get the Zoom link for the meeting, contact Deb Oliva ( or 617-543-1208). Check for event information or for membership info.

Museum of Russian Icons reopens by reservation

The museum has reopened Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. by reservation. Call 978-598-5000 to reserve a time to visit.

  • “Collecting Orthodoxy: A History and a Look Towards the Future,” June 11 and 12. Explore the many sides of collecting Orthodox material culture in the West.
  • “Painted Poetry,” exhibition of works by Russian-born American artist and designer Alexander Gassel through Sept. 26.

For information call 978-598-5000 or visit

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