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Friday, May 4th Events

Family Dance at Your Library

Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Heberton Hall, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All ages and abilities

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing. 

All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

Play: Arsenic and Lace

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: The Dummerston Grange, Dummerston, VT (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $12/$10 students

The Vermont Theatre Company performs the hilarious classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" under the direction of Bob Kramsky.

First Friday at Mariposa Museum

Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)

Price: Free
Ages: All

5-6 pm - Kid Craft: Flowers. 6-7 pm - Reception Gallery Exhibit: Children and Grandparents with Photographer Ken Heyman. At 7 pm: Monadnock Flutes with Director Denise Nolan. All programs are free.

Cafe Night 
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Place: United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Come share your talent! Are you in a band? An aspiring actor/actress? Want to be a magician? Do you sing or dance? Open microphone for all, but must be appropriate for all ages. No cost to enter or participate.  Open to all. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Spring Bird ID Series
Time: 7:00 am-10:00 am
Place: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Rd., Holderness, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $12 member/$15 non-member
Ages: 14+

For age 14+ Thanks to Squam Lakes Conservation Society's land protection efforts, there are many protected acres of woods, meadows, and wetlands that provide outstanding and diverser habitats for birds. Join Iain MacLeod (on 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1), Bob Ridgeley (6/8), Rick Van de Poll (6/15), or Tony Vazzano (6/22), for this series of beginning birding programs to learn identification by sight and sound. Meet at the Science Center to travel by van to each site. Cost per program: $12/SLNSC or SLCS member; $15/non-member Register by calling 603-968-7194 or email

Boys Book Club

Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Place: Ingalls Memorial Library, Rindge, NH (about 20 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 6-8th grade ages

Any questions or for more information about the above programs call Mrs. Connor at 899-3303 or e-mail the library 

Craft Night at Main Street Arts

Time: 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Main Street Arts, 37 Main St., Saxtons River, VT (about 25 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 for the entire evening
Ages: All

Every Friday through May 11. Get those unfinished projects done. Scrapbook, sew, knit, collage…
Instructor: Gina Cote
Fri Apr 6 – May 11, drop in anytime between 6 & 10 pm.
$5 for the entire evening. Contact: 802-869-2960

80's Mentor Cabaret

Time: 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Place: New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: $10
Ages: All

Ready to travel back to the time of big hair and neon leggings? This totally radical show brings you fresh dancing, tubular singing and righteous comedy. With cookies and milk for snacks, this cannot be missed. The New England Youth Theatre Mentors present The 80’s Cabaret!
Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door. Proceeds to benefit Angels in the Wings Scholarship Fund.

Willy Wonka The Musical

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH (about 40 miles from Keene)
Ages: All

Three performances! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. Produced through special arrangement with MTI, the Playground is excited to bring this family classic to the Claremont Stage. Come and singing as Charlie learns what it means to really be the “good” boy!

All the money raised through tickets sales and concession at the Performer’s Playground goes back into supporting this local nonprofit and the over 500 youth that it has served!
Friday, May 4, 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5, 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM

Gallery Walk in Brattleboro

Time: 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Place: Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Gallery Walk in Brattleboro, Vermont happens on the first Friday of each month. A year-round, festive stroll in downtown Brattleboro and nearby locations.
See the work of leading New England artists in a welcoming setting: paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography. Most exhibits are ongoing throughout the month.

Photographer Peter Simon- I And Eye: Pictures of My Generation

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library, Main St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: Older

Peter Simon will present a slide show of his photographs, taken from his book, I and Eye: Pictures of My Generation.

I and Eye is an astonishing record of the far-ranging experiences of Simon’s generation, in which he has captured many of the major figures and events — in both the mainstream and the counterculture — of the past 40 years. Among his many eclectic subjects are the “New Age” quest for spirituality, reggae culture, the Grateful Dead, the New York Mets, and life on Martha’s Vineyard.

Peter Simon is a nationally acclaimed photographer, photojournalist, author, music historian, and instructor who has turned his enthusiasms into a highly entertaining and insightful career of articles, books, CDs, fine art prints, and calendars. His work has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, People, Village Voice, Atlantic Monthly, Cape Cod Life, Boston Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone.
Visit Peter Simon’s web site

Finned Friends

Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Amoskeag Fishways, Manchester, NH (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 per family
Ages: All

The Amoskeag Fishways presents a family program about fish.  Through games and activities, participants will learn about these underwater river creatures.  Families will find out which fish live in NH, which don’t, and which ones aren’t really fish at all!  Cost: $5 per family.  Advance registration with payment required.  Call 626-3474 for more information.

Peterborough Contra Dance

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $8/$6 students
Ages: All

The dances are held on the first Saturday of every month (excepting sometimes in August) at the Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove Street. The dance opens at 7:30 with a beginners workshop, and the dancing starts at 8:00. The callers and bands represent diverse choices from New England's finest. Admission to the dance is $8 / $6 for students and senior citizens. Web site: 

AerospaceFest 2012

Time: 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
Place: McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: Adults $10/Children $8/2 and under Free (these prices are for Friday evening)
Ages: All

Aerospacefest 2012: X-treme Flight will kickoff Friday evening, May 4 and continue Saturday, May 5 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Concord, NH

Aerospacefest celebrates the space sciences and aeronautics with numerous activities, demonstrations and speakers. The theme this year is “X-treme Flight”, featuring the 1956 XF8U-2 Crusader on display at the Discovery Center.

The festival includes helicopter rides, rocket launches, weather balloon launches, HAM radio
demonstrations, telescope viewing, and – back by popular demand – planetarium show Attack of the Space Pirates, featuring space explorers flying out to save the universe from the schemes of space pirates.

Visitors will also be able to see flying creatures of the animal kingdom with a visit from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center educators, enjoy Curious George activities with the Margaret & HA Rey Center, and be mesmerized by extreme science shows by Mad Science.

The winners of the 2012 Alex Higgins Space Camp Scholarship Awards and Astronomy Bowl VI will also be announced this year during Saturday's festivities. The Space Camp Scholarship Awards are for three talented New Hampshire students to be chosen by the Discovery Center and its philanthropic arm, Touch the Future, Inc., and covers the cost of tuition for in Huntsville, AL. Astronomy Bowl VI is a statewide competition for high school students. The top three winners receive scholarship prizes to be used towards higher education.

More information on keynote speakers and full schedule of events will be posted on The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups, and lifelong learners.

Music: Welcome Spring

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: First Congregational Church, 47 Main St., Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Early music concert by Lachrimae. Music of love, lust and spring from Renaissance England, France, Italy and Germany. Contact: 525-6628

Games Day

Time: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Place: Peterborough Community Theatre, 6 School St., Peterborough, NH  (about 19 miles from Keene)

Price: $2/residents;$3/nonresidents 
Ages: All

First Fridays, 12:30-2 p.m. Socialize and play a variety of games. Refreshments.

First Friday Music

Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: All

Jim Barnes, New Hampshire's own folksinger, troubadour and Irish balladeer. 

3rd Annual Diversity Day Celebration

Time: 5:00 pm-8:30 pm
Place: Harmony Parking Lot and River Garden in Downtown Brattleboro, Main St. and Elliot, Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

A festive celebration of our diverse community with music, art displays, live performances, and food. Come and partake in this Annual Community Event.

Play: Lacuna

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Marlboro College, Whittemore Theater, Marlboro, VT (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 16+

Written and directed by senior Samantha Hohl, Lacuna is a multimedia performance representing the silence within trauma, through the stories of an Afghanistan veteran and a Rwandan genocide survivor. This play contains depictions of violence and graphic war imagery, and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 16.

Music: Nostalgia

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Keene High School, Keene, NH
Price: $7
Ages: All

Keene High School Nostalgia. An evening of musical variety
Friday, May 4th & Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Tickets  $7.00 can be purchased at the door or in advance by email: or by phone 352-0640 x7033                         
Featuring A Cappella Chior & Jazz Band

Play: Oliver Twist

Time: Contact for more information
Place: Washington School, 62 Wolf Way, Washington, NH (about 35 miles from Keene)
Price: Contact for more information
Ages: All

An original musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ tale of the orphaned boy whose good and sturdy spirit support him through the difficult and exciting times of growing up in Victorian England. Enjoy all the fascinating characters involved in Oliver’s life: the Artful Dodger, Fagin, the menacing Bill Sikes and the kind hearted Nancy. The story follows Oliver from the miseries of the workhouse to the dangerous streets of London where he becomes involved in a plot containing mystery, robbery, and kidnapping. All is resolved when Oliver’s true identity is discovered and he finds a home and happiness with his Great Uncle, Mr. Brownlow. 

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International firefighter's day
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