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Saturday, May 5th Events

Get Outside Day

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free activites/$5 entrance fee
Ages: All

Come join the Monadnock Ecological Research and Education Project (MERE), in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Parks, for a day of hiking and exploring at Monadnock State Park on May 5. During Get Outside Day! MERE staff will be on hand to talk about natural history and outdoor safety, and to lead short activities with children.

The event will held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Monadnock State Park Headquarters Visitor Center in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The activities are free; the state park entrance fee is $5.

MERE was started by Antioch University New England (AUNE) in 2007 to help people learn about and appreciate Mount Monadnock through ecological research, monitoring, and educational outreach.

"We are hosting this day to help foster people's appreciation for what is on the mountain," said Peter Palmiotto, MERE's director and professor of environmental studies at AUNE. "There are numerous natural communities and natural wonders that make the mountain special. We, the MERE staff, will be there, pointing out them out, with the goal of enhancing visitors' experience of the mountain."

Spring Birding at Otter Brook Farm

Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am
Place: Meet at Happy Valley School, 132 Gulf Rd, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Join Backyard Birder Columnist Francie Von Mertens (Harris Center Honorary Trustee, and long-time leader of the Peterborough Conservation Commission). Otter Brook Farm’s extensive and diverse habitat with field, forest and wetland—protected now by a conservation easement given to the Harris Center last June—makes the area we’ll bird a great one to see and hear a variety of migrant and breeding bird species. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Happy Valley School,132 Gulf Road off Route 136 in Peterborough. Ends 11 a.m. 

Full Moon Saturday Night Hike

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Meet at Harris Center, Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: Older

For this climb, on a well-maintained and marked trail, meet leader and trail crew chief Jim Orr − along with the women of the Monadnock Roller Derby Team! − at the Harris Center at 7 p.m. Bring light refreshments and water (but leave your skates at home!). Back down by 10:30 p.m.

May Day Celebration

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Chesterfield Arch Bridge Society, 73 Spaulding Hill Rd., West Chesterfield, NH (about 11 miles from Keene)
Price: Donations appreciated
Ages: All

Maypole Dance with Andy Davis
Community Contra Dance
Clog Dance by Guiding Star Clog
Old Fashion Children Games
Poem by Leigh Chickering
Parking available at Riverside Mall

Quest Fest 2012

Time: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Place: Meet at Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main St., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

A "quest" is a treasure hunt with maps, riddles and pictures that you use to explore Keene's special places.  Explore Keene's landscapes and heritage. Free and open to the public!

Touch A Truck Day

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Rd., Amherst, NH (about 42 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Come join us in what is quickly becoming a favorite family activity! Both the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to see, touch, and explore large and fun vehicles from our town. Dump trucks, utility trucks, ambulances, police cars and fire trucks are just a few of the many types of vehicles that will be at this event. We'll experience these awesome vehicles up close and personally!  Children will even have the opportunity to meet Dora the Explorer.  Concessions will be available. Sponsored by Amherst Recreation Department.  Fee: Free

Acworth 5K for Play

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: United Church of Acworth, Turkey Shoot Rd., Acworth, NH (about 25 miles from Keene)
Price: $20 registration
Ages: All

The Acworth 5K for Play is a 5K run and 1 mile family walk. The Acworth Center School PTO is holding this event to raise funds to rebuild the school playground.

Registration for runners is $20. Registration for walkers is $20 per family.

All participants will be welcome to our refreshment tents featuring goodies sponsored by Acworth Village Store, Elm City Bagels, Walpole Grocery, Mr. G’s Liquidation Center, Hannaford Supermarkets and Shaw’s Supermarkets.

Pre-register online before April 23 and you will get a free t-shirt printed by the Ink Factory of Claremont. Shirts will also be for sale the day of the event. Just fill out the registration form, and then pay securely with your credit card via PayPal or mail a check with your registration fee. You can also print out the form and send it via regular mail.

If you have any questions, send email to
There will be a prize raffle for all registered runners and walkers.

Prizes include:
7 gift certificates from
4 $50 gift certificates from Huberts Family Outfitters
2 Gift Boxes from WS Badger Co.
$10 gift certificates from Walpole Creamery
gift boxes from Cabot Creamery
a gift certificate from BE Supply Greenhouse of Langdon

Sheep Shearing & Herding with Border Collies

Time: 10:00 am-3:30 pm
Place: Billings Farm & Museum, Rt. 12 and River Rd., Woodstock, VT (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: See website for more info
Ages: All

Watch the spring shearing of the farm’s ewes and demonstrations of border collies herding sheep in the farm fields. The Teago Volunteer Fire Department will provide lunch – proceeds benefit the department. Admission includes the children’s art show and the 27th annual spring commemorative button.

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.

Strategy Games

Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: All

Every 1st Saturday. Duels for Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic The Gathering.
Village Square Booksellers sells decks and boosters as well as Dungeons and Dragons books.

Support Music...By the Slice!

Time: 4:30 pm-7:00 pm
Place: Pizza Factory Inc., 141 Canal St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: See below
Ages: All

Join the Brattleboro Music Center for dinner at the Pizza Factory and enjoy a fun slice of fundraising to support the Center’s scholarship and outreach programs. Included is a gluten-free menu, musical entertainment, and a silent auction!
Reservations are $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under, $45 family maximum.
For tickets or more information, contact the BMC at (802) 257-4523

Available Light Portrait Photography Class

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Main Street Arts, Main St., Saxtons River, VT (about 25 miles from Keene)
Price: See below
Ages: Older

Understand how your camera works and take better portraits.
Instructor: Bill Sumner
$18 members/ $24 non-members

Show: Cinderella

Time: 1:30 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park St., Lebanon, NH (about 61 miles from Keene)

Price: $14 Children/$18 Adults
Ages: All

One of the most beloved ballets in the City Center Ballet repertoire. Three shows – 1:30 & 7 PM on Saturday; 2:30 PM on Sunday.

This classic story has enchanted audiences of all ages since its premiere. Following the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault, and set to the magnificent music of Prokofiev, the magical tale of a young girl who overcomes adversity to find true love and happiness comes to life through graceful and breathtaking dance.
Cinderella is a charming ballet perfect for both the young and the young-at-heart in your family!

Cinderella is performed in two acts with one intermission.
Cinderella’s Royal Luncheon is at 12 pm on Saturday, May 5, at the Lebanon Ballet School on the Mall in Downtown Lebanon. There, you and your young ones can enjoy a pre-performance buffet luncheon and meet some of the Cinderella dancers in costume. Attending the Luncheon guarantees admission to Cinderella at the Opera House, only a short walk away. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors/children and include preferred seating at the performance immediately following each luncheon; available only at
Ticket price includes $1 Theater Preservation Fee
Pricing: Adults: $18
Children/Seniors: $14

Ram Full Moon Festival

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Hastings Parish House-Walpole Unitarian Church, Corner of Main and Union St., Walpole, NH (about 16 miles from Keene)
Price: Contact for more info.

The River Valley Full Moon Meditation Group would like to invite the community to join us in celebrating the Ram Full Moon Festival. Each month, at the time of the full moon, people who are concerned about the state of the world and humanity as a whole gather to offer service by meditating, using a scientific form of creative meditation. This form of meditation helps to step down the spiritual and healing energies, available at this specific time, for planetary redemption. (Please note: This group recognizes the new, corrected, star-based astrological calendar.)

Each full moon occurs during a certain zodiacal sign that serves as a symbol for the energies available to humanity at that time. Each sign has a keynote, the keynote for the Ram being, “I come forth from the plane of mind, I rule.” This keynote reminds us that it is important to reflect on humanity’s purpose, to consider what is important to us, what parts of our collective life need re-visioning, what new activity could we initiate and what is essential to retry, redo, and improve.

The Ram Full Moon Festival will be held on Saturday, May 5th, from 7-9 pm at the Hastings House, Walpole Unitarian Church, corner of Main and Union Streets, in Walpole, NH. Meditations are open to the public and operate on the principle of shared responsibility. Please join us on the River Valley Full Moon Meditation Group Facebook page for news, interesting articles and information on scientific meditation, and why we meditate at the full moon. You may also email the group on FB or call (802) 536-5024 for more information.

Sirius Coyote

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Place: Hooker-Duham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Contact for more info
Ages: All

Sirius Coyote celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a journey to the magical sounds of the Americas with songs and styles from Latin America on a variety of ancient and modern instruments.

Alta Ifland at Toadstool

Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Place: Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

ALTA IFLAND current MacDowell Colonist reading from and signing her various works including poetry and short stories. 

Rindge Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale

Time: 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: First Congregational Church, 6 Payson Hill Rd., Rindge, NH (about 20 miles from Keene)
Price: Free to attend/A fee to sell
Ages: All

The First Congregational Church of Rindge will host its annual town-wide yard / garage sale on May 5th, 2012 from 8 am to 2 pm. (RAIN OR SHINE)

This event is open to all. Sellers must pre-register and addresses will be listed with an up-dated map of Rindge. The Lawn area at the Meeting House is also available for those who do not wish to use their own property or who are not from Rindge. We will have some Craft and Antique Items at various locations.

The Church will charge the following fees:
· $10 for Rindge residents to have their names & addresses placed on a town map
· $15 for space (12’ x 12’) on the Lawn at the Rindge Meeting House
· $25 for table (6’) for space inside the Meeting House

Each seller will be responsible for providing their own tables and displaying, marking and selling their own goods.

Free Maps and a list of ALL locations will be available at the Meeting House to buyers & bargain hunters, beginning at 7 AM on May 1st . To be eligible for the drawing, shoppers must collect signatures at the homes they visit and return the form to the Town Hall before 2 PM. A drawing will then be held at 2 PM for those who visit all locations --3 prizes will be awarded.

Coffee & donuts will be available in the morning and a light lunch will be served from 11 am to 2:00 pm.

This is a great way for all townspeople to dispose of their unwanted “stuff” before the summer begins. During these still long, dark, and cold days, as you clean a closet, cabinet, the basement or garage, just set items aside & you will be ready to earn a little money on May 1st. Jane Hannon 603-899-5789 Website

Woolly Weekend

Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Place: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
Price: Free

Ages: All

Meet Stonewall Farm's freshly shorn sheep and llama. Learn traditional methods of preparing and crafting the wool. Also on Sunday same time. Free. 

AerospaceFest 2012

Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: Adults $15/Children $11/2 and under Free
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.

5K Family Fun Walk for Emily

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Dublin Consolidated School, 1177 Main St., Dublin, NH (about 13 miles from Keene)
Price: $10
Ages: All

Fundraiser for Emily Brnger and support a cure for breast cancer. 759-1491 or


Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

New England's Green Living Expo and Festival. Part home show, tech fair, farmers market, and festival with music, sheep dog demonstrations and more.

Girls Tea Party

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Weare Town Hall, 15 Flanders Memorial Drive
Weare, NH (about 40 miles from Keene)

Price: $5
Ages: Ages 5-12

Girls 5-12 years old. Wear favorite dress-up clothes, make fun keepsakes, listen to storyteller, and bid on silent auction items. Adult must accompany. Fundraiser for Weare's 250th anniversary celebration. Reservations required. Contact: 529-0425 .

Japanese Children's Day Parade

Time: 12:00 pm
Place: Starving Artist, Keene, NH and Main St., Keene, NH
Price: See below
Ages: All

12pm: come to The Starving Artist to make your own FISH KITE - $5 each
1pm: Parade down Main Street, Keene
Cupcakes at The Starving Artist to follow!

Way Leads on to Way: Robert Frost in Speech & Song

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

Come explore the music of Robert Frost's poetry as senior Ellie Roark presents her original settings and interpretive recitations of five of Frost's contemplative wandering poems. Together we will consider how each poem lends itself to music, and our impressions of the transition from speech to song. Poems performed will include "The Wood-Pile," "Acquainted with the Night" and "Desert Places."

Bald is Beautiful

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Walier Chevrolet, 195 Winchester St.,  Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Bald is Beautiful
Saturday, May 5th from 9am-2pm
at Walier Chevrolet

Have your head shaved  or sponsor someone who will to support those living with cancer.
Make you donation or register at

Kids Planter Box Workshop

Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Place: Home Depot, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Kids Planter Box Workshop. Saturday, May 5th from 9am-noon
at the Keene Home Depot. Free. Paint & add your own embelishments & each child receives a kid-sized orange apron & achievement pin with certificate!

Antique Tractor Plow Day

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Foulke's Farm, Rt 12A, West Claremont, NH (about 40 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

NH Antique Tractor Club Annual Spring "PLOW DAY". Rain or Shine. Saturday, May 5th from 9am - 3pm . At Foulke's Farm on route 12a in West Claremont
Free Admission & Parking. Refreshments Available

Walk for Meals on Wheels

Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am
Place: Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls, MA (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: See website for more info
Ages: All

Join the 20th annual Walk for Meals on Wheels Sat., May 5th, 2012. Lead a team, become a walker, or pledge your support. Free t-shirts, snacks, and fun—including prizes. All money goes to provide home-delivered food AND a well-being check for homebound elders in Franklin County and North Quabbin. New groups get funds doubled by Greenfield Savings Bank or Greenfield Co-operative Bank. Rain or shine. Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls, MA. Win prizes for most money raised in many categories, most unique costumes, and more! Everyone welcome, because every little bit helps. Free FRTA busses available. Call today: 413-773-5555 ● 978-544-2259

Family Dance

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, VT

Price: $2 per person/ donations welcome
Ages: All

Music and calling by Andy Toepfr and the Main Street Arts string band. Everyone welcome, and no experience necessary. Fun for the whole family.

What's special about today?
Children's Day
Cinco De Mayo
Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread, 1809
Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor, 1891
Pablo Picasso's "Boy with a Pipe" became the most expensive painting ever sold, 2004

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