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Saturday, April 21st Events

Earth Friendly Saturday Stories & More

Time: 10:00 am-10:30 am
Place: Keene Public Library, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Even young kids can take part in this year's Monadnock Earth Day Festival Week.

This drop-in storytime takes place each Saturday that the library is open. The storytime will include stories, songs, finger plays, and sometimes simple crafts. The storytime is appropriate for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.
This is a drop in program. You are not required to sign up but you could sign up below and receive a email reminder regarding the program.

Science at your Library: Rockets

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Heberton Hall, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Geared toward 7-10

Learn to make your own rocket launcher. These 'rockets' will go up to 20 ft in the air. The power for these rockets comes from the gas created by combining two common items. Join other young scientists to find out what these common items are. 
Enrollment is limited. Please register to ensure a space in this free workshop geared towards young people ages seven through ten.
This program is run by the Keene State College's Student Chapter of national Science Teachers Association.  

Part 2: Peterborough Vernal Pool Project Volunteer Training

Time: 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
Place: Peterborough Town House, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Part 2. Vernal pools are small, temporary ponds that serve as critical breeding habitat for amphibians, insects, and even tiny clams and crustaceans. In efforts to protect this vital (yet often overlooked) wildlife habitat, Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory and the Peterborough Conservation Commission are training volunteers to ground-truth and document potential vernal pools located on public lands throughout the Town of Peterborough. We will cover the building blocks of vernal pool ecology in an indoor training session on Wednesday, April 18 from 7 - 9 pm at the Peterborough Town House, then venture outside for hands-on instruction in vernal pool identification and documentation at a local vernal pool on Saturday, April 21 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Volunteers must attend both the indoor and outdoor training sessions to participate in the Peterborough Vernal Pool Project. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education the Peterborough Conservation Commission.
Both trainings are free & open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065.

Part 2: Keene Vernal Pool Project Volunteer Training

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Keene State College, Science Center, Room 102, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Part 2. Vernal pools are small, temporary ponds that serve as critical breeding habitat for amphibians, insects, and even tiny clams and crustaceans. In efforts to protect this vital (yet often overlooked) wildlife habitat, Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory is again training volunteers to ground-truth and document potential vernal pools located on public and conserved lands throughout the City of Keene. We will cover the building blocks of vernal pool ecology in an indoor training session on Thursday, April 19 from 7 – 9 pm at KSC, then venture outside for hands-on instruction in vernal pool identification and documentation on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am – noon. Volunteers must attend both the indoor and outdoor training sessions to participate in the Keene Vernal Pool Project. Co-sponsored with the Keene State College School of Sciences. Both trainings are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065. 

Dance Plan Performance by Cookie Harrist

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Marlboro College, Serkin Dance Studio, Marlboro, VT (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

How can we perform onstage and be ourselves? An evening of choreography and performance by senior Cookie Harrist will investigate why we dance and why we perform our dances. Performances range from untrained dancers taking their movement to the stage to a solo about presence that was chosen to be performed at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Please join Cookie and other Marlboro student dancers in the fight to be vigorous, honest and present human beings.

Steve Leicach Drumming

Time: 10:30 am
Place: Timson Hill Preeschool, Williamsville, VT (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Steve will be drumming and making music with children of all ages. More information: 348-6319.
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.

Discover WILD New Hampshire

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: NH Fish & Game Dept Grounds, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is set for Saturday, April 21. This family friendly event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the grounds of the NH Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free. Come enjoy dozens of exhibits presented by New Hampshire environmental, conservation and outdoor organizations. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. The kids can try archery, casting and making arts and crafts. Explore new trends in recycling, environmental protection and energy-efficient hybrid vehicles. This is a great place to discover how you can connect with life outdoors. Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services - now celebrating its 25th anniversary - with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Visit

Homeschool Skywatch Party

Time: 6:45 pm
Place: New Ipswich, NH (get directions privately here) (about 27 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

For the April Astronomy Club skywatch we will meet in New Ipswich. The April Skywatch event will be held on the new Moon to view the Lyrid meteor shower.
Lyrid Meteor

This event will begin an hour before sunset. (7:42 PM sun set) Please feel free to arrive at the time that works best for your family and leave when you wish. We will have a potluck meal and then a bonfire with vegan marshmallows.

The ultimate time frame for viewing the meteors is before dawn. We are open to anyone wishing to camp at our home. We have an open yard with a nice mountain view. We also live next to the Wapack Trail for anyone wanting to take a Sunday Hike the following morning.
If you have binoculars or a telescope, bring it along, we will have ours available to share as well. Bring a flashlight and a camping chair if you wish. Bring your own water bottles as well as a dish to share.

Visit our Astronomy Club page for more discussion:

Contact: 878.1711

Elisabeth Von Trapp Concert

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 206 Central St., Franklin, NH (about 70 miles from Keene)
Price: Donations

Ages: All

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Franklin and the Unitarian Universalist
Society of Laconia have joined forces to bring Elisabeth von Trapp to each of our
meetinghouses to present concerts. Elisabeth, the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von
Trapp, will perform in Franklin on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 7 PM and in Laconia on
Sunday April 22, 2012 at 4 PM.

Elisabeth has performed across the United States, Austria, and Russia. The Boston
Globe has reported, “before the concert is over, she will have the crowd gasping with the
sheer beauty of her voice.”

It sounds like a concert that you won’t want to miss!  The concert is open to the public and the cost is by donation.  Since no tickets will be sold you should arrive early to get seats.
So, mark your calendars and prepare yourselves for what should be an evening of
beautiful music!

16th Annual Parenting NH Family Fun Fair

Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: New Hampshire Sportsplex, Bedford, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 per person/$20 per family
Ages: All

Parenting NH presents the 16th Annual Family Fun Fair -- an interactive event that offers fun and entertainment for families with children of all ages, while providing information from local businesses on health, creativity, learning and other subjects important to parents and caregivers.

The Family Fun Fair features an action-packed stage of performers that will entertain and educate children of all ages and adults -- including professional acts, performances by talented NH kids and roving entertainers.

In addition to live performances, the Family Fun Fair features many activities for children to enjoy including:
  • Bounces houses
  • Indoor train ride
  • Bubble dance party
  • Gaming station
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Face-painter
  • Arts and crafts
  • Games of skill
  • Various activities provided by exhibitors
  • *New!* Party Palace princess parade
This event benefits Child and Family Services of NH.

Buy Tickets. 

Spring Treasures Faire

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: American Legion Post 11, 20 Webster st., Jaffrey, NH (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: n/a
Ages: All

Crafts,baked goods, new and used items. 7-8:45 a.m., set up time. Vendor information: 532-5759.

Book Signing

Time: 11:00 am
Place: Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Julia Older discussing her new book, "Tales of the Francois Vase."

Good Neighbor Series

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Sharon Arts Center, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Call for more info
Ages: All

ConVal High School students reading their poetry. 
Contact: 924-7676

Rummage Sale

Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: United Church of Christ, Central Square, Keene, NH
Price: Varies
Ages: All

Spring Rummage Sale & Flea Market
Saturday, April 21st from 8am-3pm
at the United Church of Christ on Central Square

$2 a bag sale from 1pm-3pm!

2012 Monadnock Earth Day Festival

Community service projects will run throughout the week of April 15-21. Come and join us at the 2012 Monadnock Earth Day Festival celebrating our planet and community at the Keene Recreational Center from 9am to 4pm on April 21st.

April 21st Events:

Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10am (All Ages)

SEMINAR: Transition Keene
Do You Support a Transition to a More Sustainable, Resilient, and Self-Reliant Local Economy and Way of Life? Join Katy Locke and Flora Caoqian who will led the discussion for local folks facing up to peak oil, climate change, and a dysfunctional global economy with creativity, courage, and a positive vision.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

SEMINAR: Don't Move Firewood
NH Division of Forests & Lands will be discussing the national campaign to protect our natural and urban forests from invasive insects. Join them and learn what you can do to protect our trees.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

SEMINAR: Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA)
The MRTMA recognizes the broad impacts that our transportation system has on us as individuals and as communities - everything from our jobs to our cost of living to our health. Sit in on this seminar to learn about current and future transportation issues and options.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Keene Recreational Center Bike/Bus Shelter Dedication
Join in the ribbon cutting for the new bus/bike shelter at the Keene Rec Center, provided with funding through the City Express. Keene's City Express will be available for viewing all day. Join together to encourage people to bike, walk, and use public transit.

Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award
Come out and meet the Monadnock's Green Business of the Year Award honorary. The Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award recognizes for-profit businesses that have developed innovative practices or programs resulting in environmental stewardship and social responsibility while contributing to the economic vitality of the region.
Dedication & Presentation will be made by Mayor Lane beginning at 2pm.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Earth Friendly Nature Art Activities
Join Leigh Whaley and friends for Girl Scout Day Camp favorite past time: Arts and Crafts. Several activities will be available to accommodate most ages. Stop by, be creative, learn more about today's Girl Scouts. Activities are from 10-11am.

WORKSHOP: The Art of Communicating Nature
Peter Harris graphic designer and illustrator will host a workshop to discuss visually conveying the environment or nature through art. For more information please contact: Peter Harris Creative @
Location: Keene Recreation Center

WORKSHOP: Persian Dance
Jackie Raiford of Ananke Dance, Keene will lead you through the communication of nature through dance. In this classical folk art, you'll learn postures that emulate natural symbols (willow tree, nightingale, the moon, the sun, etc.) to tell a story through movement. Persian dance emphasizes a mind-body connection that promotes wellness, strength, and flexibility. Suitable for women of all ages, no dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting or stretchy clothing and be prepared to dance in socks or bare feet. For more information please contact:
Location: Keene Recreation Center

WORKSHOP: Story-telling
Antioch Professor Alesia Maltz is looking forward to sharing the traditional methods of history and culture preservation, story-telling. Story-telling is delightful way to unplug from the modern world and communicate topics with one another in an entertaining and participatory manner.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

WORKSHOP: Creative Worm Composting Solutions
This event is hosted by Jessica Skinner who has a passion for educating people of all ages about local and sustainable food systems. Worm composting is a great way to recycle your organic food waste and an excellent way to connect to the food system. Dig into compost by participating in a compost relay, observing worm bins in action, and participating in a compost Q&A. Bring your questions and go home with your own worm composting bin! Chat with Jess more about composting at Twitter: GoEdibleYardins or her blog
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Snack Shack
Refreshments will be available for purchase all day through a variety of fundraising organizations. From 9-11am the Center for Tropical Ecology will be offering Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, and other breakfast snacks; From 11-2: TBA; From 2-4pm Antioch University's Student Alliance will be hosting their infamous Coffee House.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Bicycle Blender
Stop by the bicycle blender and pedal your way to a delicious smoothie. Parents can harness children's energy and have a smoothie too.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Meet the Community (Vendors)
Visit with local organizations and businesses to learn of their passion for the Earth. A variety of organizations will be available to talk with you concerning their organizations, initiatives, and programs. Thinking about volunteering? Many participating organizations would welcome your volunteer efforts. Looking for local eco-friendly businesses? We will have a few of the many eco-friendly businesses located in the Monadnock region available for you to meet; some will have items for sale.
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Billion Acts of Green
Earth Day Network International campaign to gain one billion pledges to live more earth friendly lives is being championed by Diversified Computers of Keene. These one billion pledges will highlight the world's commitment to a healthier planet and be presented during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio De Janiero in 2012. Diversified Computers is hosting the Billion Acts of Green Pledge Kiosk. Throughout the festival visitors will be able to pledge their own commitment to the Earth. Be one of the billion - stop by and make your pledge. Learn more at
Location: Keene Recreation Center

Walk with Wessels
Professor, author, and scientist, Thomas Wessels will led a guided tour of Pisgah State Park's old growth forest. Meet at the Horseshoe Road Trail head at 9am. The hike will be to North Round Pond and will take about an hour both ways with additional time for stops. We will start in abandoned agricultural lands. Head into the heart of Pisgah that was always forested, see severe impacts from the 1938 Hurricane, and end up in the largest old-growth stand in Pisgah on the south east side of North Round Pond.
Location: Horseshoe Road Trail - Pisgah State Park.

Historic Keene Walking Tour with Tom Haynes
Join Tom Haynes, Director of Education-Historical Society of Cheshire County at 10:30 for a walk to Keene's Central Square on Washington Street. While walking you will learn some of the history in the development of this section of Keene.
Location: Meet at Keene Rec Center

Conant Public Library
Children can participate in Earth Day festival activities such as Reading Circle, Recycle Relay, and Decorate A Tree - a take-home craft activity. Please call 603-239-4331 for more details. Location: Conant Public Library, Winchester, NH

EMS Bike Maintenance Clinic
Eastern Mountain Sports is hosting a bike maintenance clinic. Learn basic repair and maintenance for your bike and network with other riders.
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: Antioch Campus

Toadstool Bookstore Reading Circle
An enchanting Earth Day related story time at your neighborhood bookstore is sure to delight.
Time: 11am to 12pm
Location: Toadstool Bookshop, Colony Mill Marketplace, Keene

Hinsdale Conservation Committee Community Cleanup
Hinsdale Conservation Committee is hosting a Community Clean-up. The Con Comm, Select Board and Lions Club of Hinsdale will provide collection bags for roadside litter pick-up. How to participate: Come to the Hinsdale Community Center or the North Hinsdale Boys/Girl Scout Building to pick up your collection bags from 8-10am. Head out to do your site for litter pick-up and leave filled bags along the roadside for collection between 12 and 2pm. For more information: Time: 8am - 12pm Location: Hinsdale

Keene YMCA
Keene YMCA Outdoor Club is hosting 2 activities that are sure to delight. First is the "Let's Get Rollin" adventure, a family friendly bike ride to get you moving. "Seed Planting and Pet Rocks" activities will include planting your own seeds, make a eco-friendly friend, and learn how to live green.
Time: 9am to noon and 1 to 4 Location: Keene YMCA

Diversified Computers continues their support of Monadnock Earth Day Festival by again hosting this year's E-cycling event. On April 21st from 10am - 1pm they will collect in front of their store at 255 West Street unwanted computer and related equipment for proper recycling. Computers, keyboards, flat panel displays will be taken at no charge. Older, glass tube displays (CRT's) will incur a $5 per charge due to their higher recycling costs. For this event, Diversified Computers contracts with a certified e-cycling center which assures data destruction. For $20 and prior-to-event-day drop-off, Diversified Computers offers onsite hard-drive wiping. More information visit Location: Keene.

Madeline Birthday Party

Time: 11:00 am
Place: Jaffrey Library, Jaffrey, NH (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All 

The Jaffrey Public Library is having a birthday party for Madeline April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am. No registration needed. There will be stories read, a craft, and of course a birthday cake! Hope to see you there!
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