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Thursday, April 19th Events

Vacation Theatre Camp

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Heberton Hall, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: 9-12

The Keene Public Library is offering an exciting theatre camp for children ages 9 to 12 during April school vacation.   For the first time ever members of Keene's resident theatre company, The Edge Ensemble, will be offering a spring theatre camp!  Dakota Benedetto and Scott Rodenhauser will create a safe, fun, and supportive place to learn about the basics of theatre.  Camp participants will learn to express themselves more effectively by participating in theatre games and other cool activities.  No theatre experience is necessary to attend this camp.  All you need is a willingness to do something new and different.  This is an exciting opportunity for any youth ages 9 to 12 who want to have fun during their spring break!  Camp dates and hours are April 16 - 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Recycle Art Activity

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Kay Fox Room, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Join us from 7-9 pm as we work on completing decorations for the Monadnock Earth Day Festival. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow Earth Day committee members and have a little fun with art projects. We will be making the ceremonial City Bus ribbon from recycled paper and our Earth Day Sponsor Tree. Cutting, coloring, gluing and imagination are all the skills needed.

Part 1: Keene Vernal Pool Project Volunteer Training

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene State College, Science Center, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Part 1. 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. 

The Gun Behind the Door: A Staged Reading of Two Plays

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Marlboro College, Whittemore Theater, Marlboro, VT (about 29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 13+

Written and directed by senior Mercedes Lake, these two plays examine the consequences brought on by women who struggle to find power. Valley Town, set in the 1850s and written for the class co-taught by Ain Gordon (see April 7), tells the story of a midwife who journeys to a small Vermont town in the grips of a terrible disease, and the mysteries and secrets she discovers there. The second play, Sheltered, is set in the 1950s and examines the apocalyptic results of a discontented housewife’s dalliance with the fallout shelter salesman. This production is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Teddy Bear Tea

Time: 10:30 am
Place: Frost Free Library, Marlborough, NH (a few miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Dress up in your best duds and bring your teddy bear for stories, games and fancy tea.

Earth Week 2012 at Franklin Pierce University

Events for April 19th:

10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Renewable Energy Tours with Prof. Gary Heald.
Gary Heald has never paid an electric bill in his life. Check out passive solar, photovoltaic panels and more. Location: Shuttle Stop.

4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with Environmental Science Professor Susan Rolke.
Get your tribe on! Modern blend of tribal styles and earthy movement to strengthen your core. Location: Cheshire Comm. Room.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Northfield Public Library, 115 Main St., Northfield, MA (about 20 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Join us for a very glamorous tea time and story hour. Elegant ensembles, extraordinary etiquette, creative crafts and delectable desserts prevail! RSVP: (413)498-2455 or 

Free Home Depot Workshop: Decorated Light Switch Plates

Time: 10:00 am-Noon
Place: The Home Depot, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: 5 and up

Make decorated light switch plates at the Home Depot in Keene. Project takes about 30 minutes to complete. Come anytime between 10-12 pm. 

Caring for Fruit Trees the Organic Way

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Place: The Wholistic Family Wellness Center, 31 Old Nashua Road, Unit 14, Amherst, NH (about 44 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Come learn from Chester Mandrik how to grow beautiful fruit trees in your own back yard, without toxic chemicals or fertilizers. Chester Mandrik is the Founder of Yard Spice Organic LLC, the only 100% organic garden center in the area and Southern New Hampshire's largest organic natural lawn care company.
This presentation is hosted by the Holistic Moms Network (HMN) of Hillsborough County, and is free and open to the public - no registration is required.  For more info about this event or HMN, call (603) 540-2734 or email

Tale of the Francois Vase with Julia Older & Friends

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Julia Older and Hobblebush Books poets Sid Hall, Rodger Martin, and Becky Sakellariou will celebrate April National Poetry Month with a group reading of Older's new book-length poem Tales of the Francois Vase. Chosen as the third volume of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series, the poem follows the 25-century journey of a real Greek vase smashed twice into 600-plus pieces and puzzled together, each time with a piece missing. A third time—during the 1966 Florence flood—a scientist intentionally broke the vase, the missing piece was inserted, and at last the vase was whole. Initially, Older's obsession with the famous vase resulted in a radio play produced by NH Director Kevin Gardner and broadcast nationally by Radio Works to more than 60 NPR stations. Now the complete book includes lively Iliad vase figures, a backstory of the poet's translated research, and a CD of the award-winning radio drama. Please join us for what a recent Keene Sentinel review calls: "Strange and engrossing tales. Falling under the spell of these voices is a deeply satisfying experience." After the reading there will be a signing and you may meet Julia and poets Sid Hall, Rodger Martin, and Becky Sakellariou. 
Free and open to all.

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 19th Events:

Days of Service
Antioch students as participating members of SERD will facilitate the matching of volunteers to community service project from 9am to 4pm. Mobilize your friends, co-workers and neighbors to come out a join us as we work towards a healthy community and healthy planet. Volunteer with local organizations and projects like community gardening, American Red Cross, and the Keene Senior Center. For more info or to sign up, contact

Earth Friendly Reading Circle
Keene Public Library 10am (Ages 1 ½ -3)

What's special about today?
The "shot heard around the world" was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution, 1775
Garlic day
Dudley Moore's birthday, 1935

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