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Current & Virtual Events: March 19, 2021

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

Crocodile River Music presents the music and oral history traditions of Mali, Friday, March 26, 7 p.m.

Featuring the balafon, an instrument similar to the Western xylophone, and the djembe, a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands. Registration via Eventbrite is required: Registrants will receive the meeting URL via email the day before, day of, and immediately prior to the lecture.

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. Friday, March 19, 7 p.m.

Felting with Rachel Benson. Thursday, March 18, lamb; Tuesday, March 23, bird nest & eggs; Thursday, March 25, bunny. Sign-up and details at

Take-home spring terrarium craft kit. Make a Mason jar terrarium to celebrate spring. $15, order by Wednesday, March 31.

“Understanding the Black Hole Image.” Webinar presented by Dr. Geoffrey Crew, researcher at MIT Haystack Observatory. Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

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, April 13, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, March 30, 4 p.m.
  • Teen Connections Book Group; Thursday, March 25, 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:

Fitchburg Art Museum reopens

The Fitchburg Art Museum will reopen to the public on Friday, March 26, Fridays 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 11 to 5 p.m., except for the “Discover Ancient Egypt” exhibition, which will reopen Wednesday, April 14, when the museum expands its hours to Wednesday through Friday. Also at the museum: “The Big Picture: Giant Photographs and Powerful Portfolios,” and “Cloth Is Money: Textiles from the Sahel.” For more information, go to

Habitat for Humanity virtual beer tasting

Habitat for Humanity presents “Virtual Taste for Home 2021,” Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Learn about craft beers, the brewing process, and the brewery; bid on auction items. Ticket includes six different craft beers from Mayflower Brewing Company in a reusable tote. The cost for a ticket is $80, or $40 to participate in the program; beer may be picked up at Jack O’Lantern in Ayer, ReStore in Leominster, or the office in Acton. A Zoom link will be sent after registration. Proceeds from this event will be used for local home building and repair projects. Register at:

Indian Hill Music events

Spring classes include:

  • Music for Aardvarks, ages 1-4, with parent/caregiver. Drum Buddies, ages 4-6. 10-week sessions start in April.
  • Drums, guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, and recorder, for families. Six-week sessions start in April and May.
  • Intro to voice, music theory, family recorder, custom ensembles, and more. Ages 6-17. Four-, 8-, or 10-week sessions start in April. For other classes and more information, go to
  • Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. Traditional bluegrass music with fiddler and vocalist Laura Orshaw and guitarist Tony Watt. See mances/live-from-indian-hill/tony-watt/ for tickets and more information.
  • Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. “Little Music Train - El Trencito de la Música.” Free online music play date in English and Spanish. Sign up at

Freedom’s Way webinars

Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area presents a free webinar series, “Using Environmental & Place-Based Education to Engage with Families.” Register for the Thursday, March 18, 2 p.m., session, “Laying the Groundwork for Environmental & Place-Based Education,” at Register for the Thursday, March 25, 2 p.m. session, “Successful Strategies for Outdoor Programming for Children & Families,” at A question-and-answer period will follow each presentation.

NRWA presents ‘Promoting the Return of River Herring’

Join the Nashua River Watershed Association for the second program in the free series “Case Studies in Stream Protection and Restoration: Dam Removals, River Herring, Mussels, & Climate Impacts.” On Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m.: “Promoting the Return of River Herring” with guest presenter Matt Devine. There will be a free live Zoom presentation, focusing on river herring restoration using Lake Potanipo in Brookline, New Hampshire, as a case study. To register, visit, Programs and Events.

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

Poetry at the Museum of Russian Icons

The museum presents “An Evening with Paul Muldoon and the Iconic Russian Poets,” Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m. Works of Russian poets Akhmatova, Brodsky, Mandelstam, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Voznesensky, and Yevtushenko. Registration required by Wednesday, April 21. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the morning of the program. Learn more and register at

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 for details, to register or 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.

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