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Saturday, April 7th Events

Wild Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Harris Center, Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Contact for more details, see below
Ages: Older

Improving the health of wild apple trees can enhance fruit production for wildlife. This basic introduction to releasing and pruning wild apple trees, with both an indoor classroom session and outdoor field practice, will be led by Nigel Manly (Director of the Forest Society’s Rocks Estate). The indoor portion will be held at the Harris Center; from there, we’ll carpool to the nearby Welch Family Farm and Forest for some field pruning practice. Bring a bag lunch and appropriate outdoor wear. If you have favorite pruning tools, you may bring those also. 

Preregistration is requested, either through SPNHF (Tina Ripley−,(603)224-9945), or through the Harris Center (Sara LeFebvre−, (603)525-3394). Cosponsored with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Music For Little Ones

Time: 11:00 am-11:45 am
Place: Putney Library, Putney, VT (about 27 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Newborn-Six

A combination of songs, stories and games performed with guitar, flutes, and hand drums for children ages newborn through age six. Sure fired fun! More information: 387-4407.

This event is FREE and is part of the Month of the Young Child, which is sponsored by Windham Child Care Association, the Early Educators Network of Southeastern Vermont and Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont.

Easter Bunny Breakfast

Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Bartlett Elementary School, Mast Rd., Goffstown, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: 11 and up $5/4-10 $3/3 and under free
Ages: All

The Greater Goffstown Community Association is proud to partner with Goffstown Primary Care as co-sponsor of the breakfast which includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and beverage. Free activities for all ages including Easter egg hunt for ages 1 to 10 starting at 10 a.m.

Enjoy arts and crafts, cake walk and more. Photographs with the Easter Bunny are also a big hit. Raffles include theme baskets, Fisher Cats game giveaway and more. Bring a canned good for the Goffstown Food Network and receive a free raffle ticket. Adult (11 and up) $5; children 4 to 10, $3; 3 and under get in free.

Cat in the Hat

Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Children's Museum of NH, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $9
Ages: All

Mischief may be afoot as the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire hosts a visit from The Cat in the Hat.

The museum’s popular Books Alive program, underwritten by Irving Oil, will welcome Dr. Suess favorite The Cat in the Hat at 10 a.m.

Museum staff will be reading Cat in the Hat tales aloud throughout the day. The friendly costumed cat will be popping in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five, and pose for photos. There will be a variety of feline-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for children in the museum’s large classroom.

Adding to the family fun, musician/puppeteer Amy Conley will perform music on banjo, guitar, harmonica and more at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Amy has performed at hundreds of concerts and parties in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. This will be her first visit to the Children’s Museum in Dover. She has produced two CDs for children and is also the Director of Music Together of Milford and Greater Manchester/Nashua.

All Books Alive activities are included with regular paid admission to the museum: $9 for adults and children over the age of 1 and $8 for seniors. Museum admission is free for Children’s Museum of NH members and children under 1 year old.

Bunny Bonanzoo at the Stone Zoo

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St, Stoneham, MA (about 100 miles from Keene)
Price: See below
Ages: All

Hop on down the bunny trail to Stone Zoo where an Easter celebration awaits! Children’s activities include scavenger hunts, crafts, opportunities to meet the zookeepers and other fun surprises. While at the Zoo, families can visit with a special guest, the Easter Bunny, who will be available for photographs. Guests may take photos with the Easter Bunny with their own camera. The suggested photo donation is $5. All proceeds benefit Stone Zoo.

TICKETS:  Stone Zoo admission: Adults, $13; Seniors, $11; Children 2-12, $9; children under 2 are free.

Come early! This event takes place on a Kid’s Price Saturday (first Saturday of the month). Between 10 a.m. and noon, all guests will be charged children’s admission ($9).

Baby Animal Day

Time: 10:00 am-3:30 pm
Place: Billings Farm and Museum, Rt. 12 and River Rd., Woodstock, VT (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: Adults: $12.00; over 62: $11.00; children 5-15: $6.00; 3-4: $3.00; under 3: free.
Ages: All

Meet the farm’s newest additions during on-going family-centered programs with the lambs, chicks, and calves. Also heirloom garden activities and wagon rides.

Explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past – your gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. Billings Farm features many aspects of farm work, including care of the Jersey cows and other livestock, milking of the herd, crop rotation, and feed production.

Get to know our Jerseys, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens through interactive programs and activities. Explore the barns and calf nursery and watch the afternoon milking of the herd. Visitors will experience a first-hand sampling of actual farm work, animals, and agricultural processes. The authentically restored 1890 Farm House, the center of the farm and forestry operation a century ago – features the farm manager’s office, family living quarters – and creamery, where butter was produced for market. Interactive programs in the farmhouse for visitors and students interpret 19th century agricultural improvement, butter production, and domestic life. Engaging exhibits housed in 19th century barns depict the annual cycle of rural life and work, as well as the cultural values of Vermont farm families a century ago.

Santacroce Family Singers

Time: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Place: Mole Hill Theater, 789 Gilsum Mine Rd., East Alstead, NH (about 10 miles from Keene)
Price: $10
Ages: All

Music and performing arts in the unique setting of a working tool & die shop. Guests are invited to participate in a potluck supper at every event.
This show is at 4PM.
$10 cover.
Directions: Gilsum Mine Road to Baine Way.

HSCC Gallery Walk

Time: 10:00 am
Place: Historical Society of Cheshire County, Main St., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Gallery Walk of Historical Society of Cheshire County HSCC's winter feature exhibit on Speed, Safety and Comfort: A History of the Railroad in Cheshire County, 1844-1984 begins at 10:00 a.m. in HSCC's Exhibit Hall with Wayne Gagnon. For further information, please contact HSCC by email or at 352-1895.

Film Camp for Young People

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Henniker Congregational Church, 43 Maple St., Henniker, NH (about 34 miles from Keene)
Price: $15 per session
Ages: 6-20

For ages 6 to 20. Includes improvisation, acting for the camera and behind-the-camera activities.

Easter Egg Hunt

Time: 10:00 am
Place: Wheelock Park, Park Avenue, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Ages 3-8

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 7th at 10 AM, at Wheelock Park on Park Avenue for Keene resident youngsters age 3-8 years old. Inclement weather location is the Recreation Center. Winners will be chosen by special eggs found , not the quantity of eggs they have in their basket. Each participant will receive a prize and a toothbrush. Bring your own bag or basket for collecting. This event is sponsored by the Keene Parks & Recreation Department, Price Chopper and the Keene Sentinel. Good Luck to all participants.

Music: David Kontak  & His Musical Machines
Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm/7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Sharon Arts Center, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $7
Ages: All

1-4pm Free DEMONSTRATION: come try out his instruments and find out about how they are made!
7-9pm Join for a performance as Dave plays!

He plays: strange guitars, metal rods, the String Thing, stereo amplified springs, a glass picture frame, whirlies, magnets, The Alien Language Generator, Plastic Tube Drums, electric motors, music boxes, recording devices and electric toys.This show will appeal to lovers of playful experimentation. It is not music in the normal sense, but is highly organized sound and movement that seems to appeal to children as much as adults.  

Gabe Washburn & His Children's Book "The Easter Frog"
Time: 11:00 am
Place: The Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Where did the Easter Bunny come from? A big-thinking frog by the name of Jimmy Flieza knows. In fact, Jimmy interviewed for the same position. Now Jimmy Flieza, Easter Frog, is here to tell the tale of how he almost had the Easter Bunny’s job.

Children will love this fun-filled story of what could have been. This is an eLIVE book: each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for a free download of the audio version of the book. Stop by and get a copy of The Easter Frog signed by author Gabe Washburn on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m.

Annual 5k Run/Walk Kids' Fun Run

Time: 8:00 am registration/event starts at 9:00 am
Place: Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchock, The Children's Learning Center, Keene, NH
Price: Call for more info
Ages: All

The annual Sports Medicine Center 5K Run/Walk is “a fun day for families to come out, get some exercise, and raise money to support our program,” said Sports Medicine Manager, Tate Erickson, MS, NHLAT, ATC. “We usually see a turnout of 150-200 people of all ages.”

People of all skill levels are invited to participate, ranging from children to walkers and elite runners. Racers start and finish at The Children’s Learning Center at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, 580-90 Court Street, Keene, NH.

Male and female overall winners receive monetary rewards for first and second place and the first place winner in each category receives a gift certificate. The top two walk finishers also receive gift certificates. All Kids’ Fun Run finishers receive a ribbon.

Entry fees are due for all entering the walk/run. There is no entry fee for the Kids’ Fun Run. All proceeds are donated to help the local high schools purchase new or up-to-date rehabilitation equipment to have in the athletic training rooms.

The Sports Medicine Center provides athletic training services to high schools in the Monadnock and surrounding regions. These schools have certified athletic trainers that evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate sports related injuries on a daily basis. It is important for these healthcare professionals to have a wide scope of rehabilitation equipment to treat athletes and return them to play as quickly and safely as possible.

For information, please contact Tate Erickson at 603-354-5454 x3080.

What's special about today?
World health day
5,000 suffragists march to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. , seeking the vote for women, 1913
The World Health Organization, a UN agency, was founded, 1948
Vermont becomes the fourth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, just days after Iowa becomes the third, 2009
Billie Holiday's birthday, 1915

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