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Sunday, June 10th Events

Gilsum's Glacial Potholes and "Bear Den" Bearing Ledges

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Bear Den, Rt 10, Gilsum, NH (about 8 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

The moderately strenuous route to these intriguing remains of the past ice age includes the trail to the potholes and up to the ledges, then a scramble to the cliff top before returning via the route in reverse. Meet leaders Roger and Ann Sweet−celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary(!)—at 9 a.m. at the Bear Dens Route 10 parking area on the east side of Gilsum (Bingham Hill). Be prepared for “bugs”, and bring lunch and water. Back about 1 p.m.

Jayne Kelly in Concert

Time: 3:00 pm
Place: St. James Episcopal Church, 44 West St., Keene, NH
Price: Suggest donation $10

Ages: All

A one time only show by pianist and jazz vocalist Jayne Kelly! Don't miss the chance to see her moving performance. Jayne is a classical pianist and jazz vocalist who will be performing pieces by Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Bartok, Rachmaninoff as well as singing jazz standards with pianist Walt Sayre. The show is one time only at the St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, NH. Suggested donation is $10. For more information call 352-1019.

All Aboard for Train Time

Time: Noon-2:00 pm
Place: The Children's Museum of NH, Dover, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $9 adults and children
Ages: All

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has created a special opportunity for young train enthusiasts, which includes activities at the museum as well at the Dover Rail Yard. Children will be issued special tickets as they enter the museum and a uniformed train conductor from the Amtrak Downeaster will be on hand to talk with families and punch each child’s ticket. Children will also receive free train activity books and learn about rail safety from representatives of Operation Lifesaver. The off-site part of the Train Time event takes place at the Dover Railyard at 75 Oak St. Families will be shuttled to this site via trolley service donated by Regal Limousine. At the railyard, visitors can tour an authentic Pan Am freight locomotive engine. Volunteers from Pan Am Railways will be conducting train tours, punching tickets and answering questions at the railyard. Noon to 2 p.m. Admission: $9 adults and children; $8 seniors; children under 12 months old free.

Vermont Ukulele Society

Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Open Music Collective, 74 Cotton Mill Hill Studio A-335, Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Ages: All

Uke players meet the second and fourth Sunday of every month to share the love of this fine four-stringed instrument.
“To create and foster a comfortable environment for exploring the sounds and playing techniques of the ‘ukulele.” This is the mission of the Southern Vermont ‘Ukulele Society.
The group meets from 2-4 PM and is open to all ages.
For updates and to follow the group, please visit

Cartoon Cereal Party & Farm Breakfast

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Harlows Pub, 1 School St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $12 farm breakfast/$5 cereal/Free if you just want to come watch cartoons

Come down to the pub in the morning and have a great breakfast!  We'll be showing old cartoons, and you can have a few bowls of great sugar cereals, or have an amazing farm breakfast, courtesy Sunnyfield Farm!

Orientation for the Summer Reading Greyhound Program

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, 14 W. Swanzey Rd., Swanzey, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Greyhounds Make Children Better Readers

At any given time, Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue in Swanzey, New Hampshire, has 50 or more greyhounds waiting for their new forever homes.  Due to their previous living conditions and treatment during their racing careers, many of the greyhounds come to us timid and nervous around new people.  In an effort to make the greyhounds less anxious and more receptive to new people, we are hosting a Summer Reading Program where children will come read out loud to the greyhounds.  Studies have shown that when children read out loud, they tend to read in a monotone, quiet voice which is very soothing and comforting to the greyhounds.  

The orientation for students is Sunday, June 10 from 11am – 12pm at Fast Friends.  We will introduce them to greyhounds as a breed, teach them about their life as a racing greyhound and explain why they are now at Fast Friends. We will also explain how reading out loud to the greyhounds helps them find homes faster. Once the children have gone through the orientation with their parents, they can choose a block of time to come and read to one of our greyhounds each week throughout the summer.  If they come at least 5 times during the summer, they will receive a gift certificate for a free ice cream cone from Twinkle Town. There will also be prizes for the students that come most often and complete the most hours of reading. 

The reading program enables children to improve their out loud reading skills without being judged by their peers and allows the greyhounds to become more relaxed around strangers. This in turn helps the dogs get adopted sooner. It is truly a win-win program for the kids, parents and the dogs. 

This is the second year for the Summer Reading Program and we hope you will join us in making it another greyt success!  Please feel free to call us at (603) 355-1556 to sign up for the orientation or if you have any questions. You may also reach us by email at  We hope to see you on June 10th!

What's special about today?
National flag day
Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by "Bill W.", 1935
Italy replaced its monarchy with a republic, 1946
Ontario, Canada issued the first full same-sex marriage licenses in North America, 2003
Maurice Sendak's birthday, 1928
Judy Garland's birthday, 1922

Saturday, June 9th Events

Touch a Truck

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Market Basket, 11 W. Swanzey Rd., Swanzey, NH (a few miles from Keene)
Price: $2 per child/$1 adult
Ages: All

Genealogy Workshop

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: See website
Price: Free
Ages: Older

The Walpole Historical Society will sponsor another free Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10-12 noon.  Jeanne & Peter Jeffries have pursued Genealogy for over 30 years and welcome beginners as well as experienced persons.  Hints regarding research sources as well as getting around or over stone walls will be shared.  Call for your reservation at 603-756-2933.  More information can be found on the Walpole Historical Society website:

Alice in Wonderland

Time: 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Place: KSC Redferns Art Center, Wyman Way, Keene, NH
Price: $17 adults/$12 under 18
Ages: All

MoCo Arts School of Dance will present Alice in Wonderland on June 9th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm and June10th at 2:00 pm at the Redfern Art Center at Keene State College. Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop performances flow together to present the classic story of Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and many more memorable characters. Rachel Wood, an advanced dance student, will star as Alice.
For more information on the performances or to purchase tickets, please contact the Redfern Box Office at (603) 358-2168. Tickets are priced $17.00 for adults and $12.00 for students under 18 years and seniors over 65.

Turners Falls Canal Walk

Time: 10:00 am-Noon
Place: Turners Falls Fishway, Turners Falls, MA (about 25 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 member/$10 non-member
Ages: 16+

Take a springtime stroll back in time to when Turners Falls was a paper and cutlery producing power house—and see it all from the fabulously popular canal side trail and bike path. Using historical maps and photographs, geologist and industrial history buff Steve Winters will lead you back to early 19th century Montague when the first dam on the Connecticut River at Turners Falls was built, not for power, but for barge navigation. We’ll investigate the ruins and existing structures of the Montague Paper Co., the John Russell Cutlery Co., and much more. Meet at the picnic tables next to the entrance to the Turners Falls Fishway and the bike path. This program is cosponsored with the Pioneer Valley Institute. Please make checks payable to PVI and register through Northfield Mountain by calling (800) 859-2950. Pre-registration required by calling 1-800-859-2960

Vermont Days: Free Entry at State Parks & Historic Sites

Time: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Place: All Vermont State Parks and Historic Sites
Price: Free
Ages: All

Vermont Days! FREE entry into all state parks, state owned historic sites, and the Vermont history museum. FREE fishing on Saturday, June 9 (no license required). Much fun and free activities!

5th Annual Spring into Summer Faire

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Hillsborough, NH (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Ages: All

The Hillsborough Area Artisans’ Spring Into Summer Faire is held the second weekend in June each year. It features HAA artisans as well as many juried guest artisans.
The faire includes baskets, jewelry, blown glass, fabric art; paintings, pottery, photography, woodburning, blacksmithing, and more.

In addition to artist displays in outdoor tents there are artisans in other local locations.
Coffee, tea, cold drinks, pastries, German soft pretzels and a lunch menu will be served.
Musical entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.

Variety for Your Shade Garden

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Horatio Colony House, 199 Main St., Keene, NH
Ages: n/a

A hands-on workshop covering types of shade; what grows best where; plants that naturalize and plants that invade. Conducted by professional gardener Sarah Mustin Stockwell.

Open Mic Poetry and Prose

Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Every 2nd Saturday. Open Mic Poetry and short stories hosted by the River Voices.
Read your own poetry or short story (1-2 pages), read from a favorite book, or just listen.
Comfortable atmosphere. Refreshments served.
Call for a reservation to read or listen: 802-463-9404.

Contra Dance Nelson

Time: 7:30 pm-11:00 pm
Place: Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Rd., Nelson, NH (about 10 miles from Keene)
Price: $8 adult/$6 child
Ages: All

Nelson NH Contra Dance sponsored by The Monadnock Folklore Society every second Saturday.
Workshop/lesson 7:30, Dance 8:00-11:00
$8 ($6 for students and seniors)
For more information, phone (603) 762-0235; email; or see

Murphy's Blues

Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Mole Hill Theatre, Gilsum Mine Rd., Alstead, NH (about 15 miles from Keene)

Price: $10
Ages: n/a

Murphy’s Blues is a high-energy band known for passionate performances, non-stop dance grooves and seriously fun-minded music. Their song list includes R&B, soul, funk, rock and blues favorites and originals done in their own playful, powerful style.
8 p.m. $10 cover
Directions: Gilsum Mine Road to Baine Way.

Julia Older Signing her "Tales of The Francois Vase"

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Colony Mill, Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Julia Older's obsession with the famous Francois Vase led to both the radio play and her book-length poem, Tales of the Francois Vase. The dramatic 25-century journey of the vase winds through a subterranean inferno of greed, passion, and terror. Twice it was smashed into 600-plus pieces, came unglued, and was puzzled together, each time with a piece missing. A third time - during the 1966 Florence Flood - a scientist intentionally broke the vase. He restored it with the missing piece, and at last it was whole. Older's book offers readers the entire fascinating story. The poem is illustrated with the vase figures from the Iliad and includes a "backstory" with Older's original translations of her research.
Stop by on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. to meet Julia Older and get Tales of the Francois Vase autographed.

Rock Crawl

Time: n/a
Place: Cheshire Fairgrounds, Swanzey, NH (a few miles from Keene)
Price: n/a
Ages: n/a

Contact for more information: 603 357-4740

"Broke" The Affordable Arts Fair 

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

A mainstay of The Thing in the Spring, *Broke presents 50 artist all selling work for under $50.  A great opportunity to engage with the artistic community at large, and to buy art without breaking the bank.  There will be music by David Kontak, a kissing booth, and all kinds of amazing folks from all over the country!

What's special about today?
International young eagles day
Donald Duck made his screen debut in The Wise Little Hen, 1934
The Republic of Iceland was established, 1944
Peter the Great's birthday, 1672

Friday, June 8th Events

Mushroom Man Morphed to Marvelous Moth Man

Time: 7:30 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Harris Center, Hancocok, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free

Yes, ‘renaissance’ naturalist Rick Van de Poll, Principal Ecologist of Ecosystem Management Consultants, knows his moths too—and he’ll be attracting and live-trapping many of them to show us after his illustrated introductory talk on these ecologically important creatures of the night. 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Center. For the moth walk after the talk, bring a flashlight, and a big spotlight if you have one. Done by 10 p.m. 

Homeschool Play: Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Place: Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner, NH (about 50 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

The Homeschool Drama Troupe presents its 8th Annual Production: "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner, NH. Friday, June 8 @ 1:00pm & Sat, June 9 @ 7:00pm. Free admission, open to the public.  No reservations necessary.

"A tale of romance and deception wrapped in a rich mantle of humor which captivates audiences today as surely as it did four hundred years ago" - Denzel Washington

One of Shakespeare's most entertaining plays performed by a talented group of homeschooled students!

Fun with Math for Parents and Children

Time: 10:00 am-10:45 am
Place: Keene Public Library, Youth Program Room, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Birth-5

This Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® workshop is for parents, grandparents, childcare providers --and their children from birth to age five.  The workshop presents five important early literacy practices along with interactive math activities that parents and caregivers can use to help children learn more about the world, acquire new vocabulary, and develop other early literacy skills.
Before children can learn to read, they must develop a range of early literacy skills. Learning these skills, which begins at birth, has a long-term impact on children's reading achievement and academic success. Children who enter school with well-developed early literacy skills have an advantage; they are ready to learn to read.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) worked with Dr. Susan B. Neuman and Dr. Donna Celano nationally-known researchers and educators to develop the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® @ your library® workshops and materials.

Windham Orchestra: Russian Festival

Time: 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Place: Landmark College, 1 River Rd., Putney, VT (about 25 miles from Keene)
Price: n/a
Ages: All

This concert is built around three Russian composers and a brilliant young artist from our region.
Hugh Keelan, Director; featuring Mathew Woodard, violin.
Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D (1931)
Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite
Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet
Matthew Woodard will play (on a Douglas Cox instrument!) Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, a touching and invigorating masterpiece that references the circus’ crisp, frolicking rhythms, and Bach, through glowing melody and extravagant ornamentation.
Matthew will also conduct Glinka’s lively overture to Ruslan and Lyudmilla.
Tchaikovsky’s glorious symphonic poem Romeo and Juliet, all youthful ardor and passion, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite complete this sumptuous program. The Firebird perfectly complements the Violin Concerto: aching, magical tenderness, infernal dances and breathtaking climaxes in Stravinsky’s early work, wry subtle humor and warmest affection in his later.
Friday, June 8, 7:30 pm, Landmark College, Putney, VT
Sunday, June 10, 3 pm, Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro, VT

Homeschool Backyard Puppet Show

Time: 11:00 am
Place: The Burkes, 6 Dale St., Andover, MA (about 80 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 child ages 2+/under 2 $2/Under 1 is Free
Ages: All

Come see local puppeteers One World Puppetry perform Flora & The Magic Seed on June 8th at 11am.  This is an all-ages outdoor show.  $5/child ages 2+, under 2 only $2.  Under 1 & parents = FREE.  Meet the puppets after the show & see behind the stage.  Rain date is June 13th at 11 am.  In order to reserve your child's seat, send payment via PayPal.  Only a personal, fee free payment will be accepted.  Please indicate the ages of the children so that we can be sure to have enough seating.  There will be an area of grass reserved in front for those who wish to sit on the ground or your own blanket.  Address provided upon payment.  PayPal account:  usborneburke at gmail dot com.  We can not issue refunds for no shows either on original or rain date.  Feel free to bring a drink or snacks. We request that all snacks be nut free so that everyone can enjoy the show.

What's special about today?
James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assassin, was arrested, 1968
1st indoor swimming pool built
Vacuum cleaner patented
Barbara Bush's birthday, 1925

Thursday, June 7th Events

Great Books "A Rose For Emily"

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Trustees room, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Great Books meets every other Thursday evening, September through June.  This year's selections come from The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler.  One copy of the collection will be available for checkout.
Tonight's discussion will be William Faulkner's  'A Rose for Emily.' This selection can be read in American Gothic Tales and The Oxford Book of Gothic tales. Both are available for checkout from Keene Public Library.
Using a method of collaborative, question-driven discussion, members enjoy the opportunity to reflect on their own lives and convictions in light of ideas from major thinkers. Participants are directed by “non-expert” lay leaders.

If you would like to know more about the Great Books Reading and Discussion Programs in general, please visit their web site at To find out more about our  local discussion group, please call the library at 603-357-0157 or group leader Ardis Osborn at 603-352-2198. The group heartily welcomes  new people to the discussion group, and will be glad to answer any questions you have about it.

13th Annual Roots on the River XIII Music Festival

Time: 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Place: Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: See website
Ages: All

Various venues and times. The best under-the-radar music festival.
See their website for information and line-ups.

Employment Workshop

Time: 10:00 am-Noon
Place: River Center, 46 Concord St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Using personality assessments and interest assessments participants will be able to explore soft skills and learn how to use their best characteristics to their advantage in their job search

Presented by: Morgan Jameson
, Good Prospects Training Coordinator
, Goodwill Workforce Solutions
, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
Using Assessments to Identify Soft Skills. Register. Donna: 924-6800.

It Don't Mean a Thing...the Music of Ella Fitzgerald with Nanette Perrotte

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

The singer that all other singers call the best – Ella Fitzgerald. This is the story of a young woman who against impossible odds achieved fame as a Jazz singer by the age of seventeen. She would go on to perform around the world for another 58 years. Nanette Perrotte tells Ella's story and sings her signature songs: Loverman, It Don't Mean a Thing, Misty, Tisket a Tasket, and Azure Blue. Nanette Perrotte has a BA in Jazz Compostion from the Berklee College of Music, an MA Ed from Lesley University and has been a professional Jazz singer for 25 years. She now teaches Music History and Voice at both Endicott College and The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is the director and founder of the John Singer Sargent Choir as well as being a member of Hancock's Norway Pond Festival Singers. This new performance allows Perrotte to combine her singing, storytelling and teaching talents to bring together Ella Fitzgerald's masterful work and complex life story. Free and open to all. Not to be missed!

What's special about today?
Vatican City became a sovereign state, 1929
Daniel Boone day
National chocolate ice cream day
Louis XIV was crowned king of France, 15654

Wednesday, June 6th Events

The Water Wizardry Show

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Marlborough-Harrisville Before & After School Program, 235 Chesham Rd., Harrisville, NH (about 11 miles from Keene)
Price: $5
Ages: All

In the Water Wizardry Show, Stephen Lechner presents science experiments for children and families in an exciting and upbeat manner, designed to tickle the imagination and funny-bone! Experiments are presented like Magic Tricks, but the audience is then invited to guess or figure out how the experiments work. Some of the tricks include the Trained Swimming Eggs, The Mysterious Diver, The Anti-Gravity Water, The Gigantifier, and more. Participants will experience science in a new way, proving it to be fun and educational at the same time! We look forward to spending the evening with your family & opening all eyes to the magical world of science!

Mid-Week Movie at the Library

Time: 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Auditorium, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Rated PG


After super-villain Megamind kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan , who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.

Animated Feature
Voices by: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
DreamWorks Animation; Directed by Tom McGrath
Rated PG; 96 minutes; 2010

Community, Compassion & Civility Film Series

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Auditorium, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: 13+

Of Mice and Men

In this film based on the book by John Steinbeck, the theme of loneliness and companionship highlights the value of community and compassion.

African Dance

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Sliding scale
Ages: Older

Most every Wednesday. Live drumming.
Sliding scale, $12-$15.
Naomi Lindenfeld, 802 258-6475

Classic Film Series on the Big Screen

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Bellows Falls Opera House, The Square, Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Adults $4/Children $2.50
Ages: Older

June series: America at War! One show only every Wednesday night, on the big screen – the way they were meant to be seen.

The Longest Day – June 6
Saving Private Ryan – June 13
In Harm’s Way – June 20
Kelly’s Hero’s – June 27

Adults $4
Students & Seniors, $2.50

Jazz Jam Session

Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill #222, Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Suggest donation $3
Ages: Varying ages

Jam sessions have historically provided opportunities for musicians of varying ages and abilities to come together and learn from each other. The Jazz Center has continued that multi-generational tradition for 12 years and was awarded Yankee Magazine’s “Best Jam Session in New England” in 2009. Listeners and musicians of all levels and instruments are invited to enjoy professionally supervised jam sessions every Wednesday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.
Suggested Donation $3.00

8th Annual Keene Idol Auditions for Youth and Adults

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: McCue's, 12 Emerald St., Keene, NH
Price: n/a
Ages: 7+

Adult grand prize of $2000, no karaoke, inclusion of audience voting. Minimum age of 15 for adults, who audition on Wednesdays. Youth 7-14 audition on Saturday. Proceeds benefit AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region.
Find more information here 

What's special about today?
National yo-yo day
The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, 1933
Thomas Mann's birthday, 1875
1st roller coaster opened

Tuesday, June 5th Events

Building Common Grounds with Familiar Fields: The Power of Community in the Work of Sarah Orne Jewett

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Auditorium, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

“Familiar Fields” is based on the life and work of 19th century New England author Sarah Orne Jewett. The program uses stories from Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs and Dunnet Landing Stories to explore her expertly drawn Down East characters and the community that binds them in time and place. It explores issues of community as reflected in Jewett’s stories, as well as the ways in which her regional portraits speak about both the essential New England character and universal experiences of geographic isolation, cultural insulation, and how individual identity is shaped and defined by community.

Young Writers Workshop

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Greenfield Public Library, LeVanway Meeting Room, Greenfield, MA
(about 30 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 15-20

Attention Young Writers
Love to write? Love to perform spoken word? Hope to one day be published?
My name is Amy and I am a fiction writer who seeks to build a strong coalition of young talent in Franklin County.
Join me in the meeting room at Greenfield Public Library for a series of FREE creative writing workshops, every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. May 22nd through July 31st.
Come! Share your talent and be prepared to receive encouragement and feedback from your peers in a laid back, non-judgmental atmosphere.
Grab the opportunity to later have your work published in the group anthology if you desire.
Participate in a performance of your work, if you choose, on August 7th.
Make new friends who also share your passion for writing. 

Experience a cool way to spend your summer vacation. 

This workshop is open enrollment based, so no registration is required.

Pens and notebooks will be provided.

Stonewall Farm Homeschool Program

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
Price: $12 non-members/$10 members
Ages: Pre-k-14 years old

Stonewall Farm is pleased to offer Home School Programs on the first Tuesday of each month.  Our programs run from 9am to 12pm, and we welcome home schoolers from Pre-k to 14 years old.

June 5: The Science of Life Under Your Feet.  Learn about soil science, soil mapping and even how people may create a plan for their town base3d on the soil types.  Students will also get a chance to explore the creatures that make the dark earth under your feet their home. 

Sign up to attend as few or as many programs as you would like.  Programs are $12 for non-members and $10 for members of Stonewall Farm.  Or you can sign up for the full Spring semester of four programs and receive a 10% off of the full price.  Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited so contact us today!  For information or to register call 603-357-7278.

First Tuesday Book Club

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

The last meeting before taking a break for summer! We will discuss the book Obsessive Genius:The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith. Join us. 

Butterfly Park Grand Opening

Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlborough St., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

The Grand Opening of Butterfly Park will take place on Tuesday, June 5, at 4:00.  The event is an opportunity to explore the park, enjoy live music and some springtime snacks and beverages, and participate in the release of six dozen butterflies.  It will be a very festive affair and we hope you can join us.  Please RSVP to Jessica Snelling at 352-2253 or     
Butterfly Park is made possible by the generous donations of local organizations and individuals.

What's special about today?
World environment day
The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS, 1981
First hot air balloon flight

Monday, June 4th Events

Book Discussion Group

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey, NH (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

"Birdology" by Sy Montgomery. Copies available. Contact information: 532-7301

What's special about today?
Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive, 1896
Aesop's birthday

New Keene Homeschool Teen Connection Started


Keene Teen Connection is a group for homeschooled youth ages 11 and up in the southern New Hampshire area. All teens are welcome! Teens can hang out, chat, play games, go on field trips (museums, park, library, beach etc.), meet new friends and nurture existing friendships.

The purpose of this group is to provide a social community for youth that they see regularly.

The cost is free. There is no hierarchy to the group, anyone can post an event or get together. Some ideas are:

Unschooling Picnic on June 3rd

Everyone's invited to an unschooling picnic!

Sunday, June 3rd, 1:30-5:30pm (as long as the weather is decent)

Centennial Grove, a lovely park in Essex, MA

Best GPS address is 100 Centennial Grove Rd, Essex, MA

Potluck, beach, basketball, and perhaps we can have a gathering under the pavilion to hear from some more "experienced" unschoolers. My husband will surely bring his guitars and will be happy to jam. If anyone wants to plan other activities- facepainting, crafts, group games, etc., I would be thrilled to have that as well. There are some ball fields down the hill if
we feel like baseball or ultimate Frisbee.

Mad Inventors' Ball for Ages 13-19 On June 2nd

The Voyagers Mad Inventors' Ball

(Voyagers is a non-profit, multi-cultural, secular, homeschooling resource center and Coop in Acton, Massachusetts. Run by a dedicated contingent of volunteers, we provide resources, a sense of community, and support for homeschooling families, including those with gifted children, in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire)

*When:* Saturday, June 2, 2012 7:00 p.m. to midnight
*Where:* Voyagers, 530 Main Street, Acton, MA
*Cost:* $25.00 per person, all inclusive
*RSVP:* secondhalfoftherain bow@gmail. com by May 29

* Live DJ!
* Dancing! Socializing!
* Delicious Food
* Beverages and Dessert

The Voyagers Association of Mad Inventors, Scientists, and Steampunk Characters would like to invite you to their annual spring ball, to be held on Saturday, June 2nd, from 7 in the evening until midnight. Dress is creative black tie, with steampunk wear encouraged, but attendees are free to wear whatever they find comfortable. Admission will be $25.
Refreshments, including dinner, will be served.

Homeschool Kayaking Trip in MA on June 4th

June 4th. If your child (ages 11-14) wishes to go on Andover Youth Services' (AYS) first homeschool program, a kayak trip on the Shawsheen River in Andover, MA, please register at their site (below). Bring a lunch, drink & sense of adventure. They provide the kayaks, paddles, life jackets, & transportation to the river. Meet at 37 Pearson St, Andover (the AYS
offices). On the website is a liability waiver that must be submitted in order to participate. There is a minimum of 5, maximum of 10. I believe you have to create an account in order to register. It is program number 181. 

Sunday, June 3rd Events

4th Annual Family Race Day

Time: Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with races to begin at 11:45 a.m.
Place: Keene High School, Scripture Field, Keene, NH
Price: See flyer
Ages: All

The Elm City Track Club & UCC Nursery School will be hosting a 5k Race, 1 mile kid’s race,
and Lil’ Tikes dash. All proceeds from this event will benefit the UCC Nursery School in Keene, New Hampshire

Hike on the Cahill Conservation Land

Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Place: Cahill Conservation Land, Stoddard, NH (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Join Paul Gagnon, Conservation Easement Steward with the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, for this moderate, 4 to 5 mile round-trip hike. We'll look at spring wildflowers, vernal pools, beaver meadows, bogs, ledges, and interesting rock formations on this remote, 900 acre property in Stoddard. Our end destination will be a scenic view from the 1,909 foot summit of Morrison Hill. Bring a lunch and water. 

Please preregister if you would like to attend. There is a limit of 10 participants. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For meeting place and to register, please contact Paul at, (603)224-9945 x 338, or, by cell phone, (508)885-4522. 

Happy Birthday Everywhere

Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH
Price: Child $3/Adult $5
Ages: All

Contact for more information: (603) 924-4555.

Wild New Hampshire Canines Day

Time: All day
Place: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $10 youth (3-15)/$15 adult
Ages: All

Why do coyotes howl? How sly is a fox? Can you tell the difference between fox, coyote, and dog tracks? Find out about foxes and coyotes through crafts and a scavenger hunt or take a challenge to survive in a wild canine game.

All activities are part of regular trail admissions: $15/adult, $10/youth (ages 3-15), children 2 and under free. 

Tour De Heifer

Time: 8:00 am-4:00 pm 
Place: Lilac Ridge Farm, 30 Covey Rd., West Brattleboro, VT
Price: Varies-see website
Ages: Older

The Tour is a trio of scenic farm-to-farm bicycle rides tailored to all levels of ability, with 10-mile, 30-mile and 60-mile routes. There is also a five-mile walking option.
All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

The tour is part of the eleventh annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, which takes place June 1-2-3, 2012 in the heart of New England — Brattleboro, Vermont. As always, the centerpieces of the weekend are the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade and the Live Green Expo that follows, both on Saturday, June 2. Come for the parade and expo, and stay for the Tour!

Proceeds from the Tour de Heifer will benefit the Strolling of the Heifers Farm/Food Business Plan Competition, a program of direct grants ($30,000 per year) to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in farm and food enterprises. Riders may participate purely for recreation, or they can do additional fund raising, either individually or in teams.

Sports Card & Coin Show Benefit

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Charlestown Middle School, Gym, 307 Main St., Charlestown, NH (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Buy, sell, and trade sports cards and vintage coins; dealers from all over New England.
Admission is free to the Twin state Sports Card and Coin Show, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Charlestown students who can’t afford to go on school field trips.
If you’re interested in selling, please contact Jim Younce: 603-543-7393, or email … Tables are $20.00 and selling fast.
This event promises to have everything for your sports cards and coin collecting needs.

31st Annual Car Show & Flea Market

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Westminister Center School, 301 School St., Westminister, VT (about 15 miles from Keene)
Price: $3 admission/under 12 free
Ages: All

Antique & classic cars and trucks on display at Now and Then Vehicles Club’s
31st Annual Car Show & Flea Market!
* Dash plaques to first 150 exhibitors and flea marketeers.
* 60 award trophies plus Car Dealer Trophies.
* Food and picnic area
* Public admission: $3
* Children under 12 Free
* Vehicle pre-registration: $8
* Vehicle registration at the gate: $10
* Flea market space: $15, open to all merchandise
* Car Corral: $10/car
* No Pets, Please!
More info and registration:
Chuck Ranney

Bull 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
Price: n/a
Ages: n/a

The River Valley Full Moon Meditation Group would like to invite the community to join us in celebrating the Bull Full Moon, or the Festival of Goodwill. Each month at the time of the full moon people who are concerned about the state of the world gather to offer service by 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 evolution.

(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 Bull being, “I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illuminated.” This keynote reminds us that it is important to see the intelligent design and necessity for the struggle and pain in the world and also what changes it will lead to and the eventual outcome of enlightenment. We also see the most appropriate way that we can serve evolution in that moment. These are seen as opportunities to give the gift we incarnated to give.

The Bull Full Moon Festival will be held on Monday, June 3rd, from 7-9 pm at the Hastings House, Walpole Unitarian Church, Corner of Main and Union Streets, Walpole, NH. 03608. 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.

Drumming Class for Children

Time: 11:45 am-3:00 pm
Place: The Starving Artist, 10 West St., Keene, NH
Price: $10
Ages: Up to age 14 depending on individual

Children's Drum Classes with Sayon Camara of Guinea West Africa. A rare chance to get a direct experience with traditional African culture and music. First Sunday of each month. All skill levels welcome.

FUNdamentals of Bead Stringing

Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Place: Micheals Craft store, Keene, NH
Price: $25
Ages: Older

Learn basic bead stringing techniques to complete a one-of a kind bracelet. Create patterns using different colors and bead types. Then, attach a charm with a jump ring. By Bead Corner Design Academy. 

4H Horse Show 

Time: 9:00 am
Place: Milot Green, Alstead, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Come celebrate the sport of horseback riding with the Colts and Fillies 4-H Club
Enjoy refreshments & Continue to celebrate Alstead’s public horse ring

Sunday June 3, 2012, Milot Green, Alstead, NH
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Rain or Shine
Judge: Marge Tanner
For more information, click here.

 Horse Drawn History
Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Place: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

This family program explores the use of horses and horse-drawn equipment on farms, and includes a hay ride with our Belgian draft horses, Prince and magic. FREE.


What's special about today?
Egg day
The world's worst oil spill occurred when an exploratory oil well, Ixtoc 1, blew out, spilling over 140 million gallons of oil into the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico, 1979
Henry James birthday, 1811 

Saturday, June 2nd Events

Birds and Blooms of Penemah Bog

Time: 8:00 am-10:30 am
Place: Ponemah Bog, Amherst, NH (about 40 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

With Harris Center. Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary in Amherst is among NH's most unique natural areas−a true bog. This 71-acre sanctuary lies in the heart of one of the most suburban parts of the state, but contains a diversity of plant and animal species found in few other locations. Late spring at Ponemah brings the carnivorous pitcher plant, puffy cotton grass, and the magenta-colored Bog Rhodora. This is an excellent place to find uncommon bird species such as the Eastern Towhee, Nashville Warbler, and Olivesided Flycatcher. Insect diversity picks up at this time of year, bringing numerous dragonflies into the blooming bog. 

Come see the spectacle of the bog in bloom, and learn about some of the unique history and adaptations of bog life. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Space is limited and preregistration required. Contact Phil Brown at or 525-3499 for details and to register. Cosponsored with NH Audubon and the Friends ofPonemah Bog. 

NHPTV Family Day at Story Land

Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Story Land, Glen, NH (about 167 miles from Keene)
Price: Admission to park
Ages: All

"Go, go, go, go...on an adventure" to Story Land and meet the Cat in the Hat, Curious George and Woofster from Super WHY! at NHPTV Family Day at Story Land, Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy a fun day at the theme park in Glen, NH, and support New Hampshire Public Television at the same time!

Strolling of the Heifers

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Downtown Brattleboro Vermont (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Live Green Expo
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
World-famous agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade — 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street; pre-parade entertainment from 9 a.m. Watch scores of lovable heifer calves led by future farmers, followed by many other farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and much more. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day 11-acre Live Green Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related to our mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. See website for details.

Dimensions in Dance presents "Once Upon a Fairytale"

Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Place: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, NH (about 60 miles away from Keene)
Price: $16
Ages: All

Dimensions in Dance presents "Once Upon a Fairytale" as their annual end of year production.  A mixture of favorite fairytale stories, including "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Hansel and Gretel", "Little Red Riding Hood", and many more, intersect throughout a show filled with ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and acrobatic dance.  There will be a few RHNH members in this production, as well!

Performances will be on Saturday, June 2nd at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM at The Palace Theatre in Manchester.  Tickets are $16.00 each and are available through the Palace Theatre either by phone, in person or at their website.  **Note:   The Palace Theatre charges an additional fee if tickets are purchased online.  To avoid this, purchase tickets either in person, or by phone, and ask for them to be held for you on the day of the show. Contact: 603-668-5588

Games Day at Mariposa Museum

Time: Noon-5:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

On Saturday, June 2nd from 12-5pm the Mariposa Museum and the Peterborough Historical Society are offering a family Games Day to complement their exhibitions on childhood. At the Mariposa visitors can play indoor games, some as ancient as the Pyramids, as well as some newly invented games contributed by David Beffa-Negrini games enthusiast, board game designer and owner of Fools Gold Puzzles. Educator Katie Richardson will lead a "top spin off" with her collection of tops from around the world. The Historical Society will have an exciting variety of historic games in Bass Hall as well as outdoor games on the green.
Guests will be invited to play stick and hoop, the game of Graces, ring toss, Old Maid, the game of the Authors and many more. Adults and children alike will be able to try their hand and compete in games from around the world and across time - but none will be electronic! 
Events at both the Peterborough Historical Society and Mariposa Museum are free and open to the public.

Free Fish Printing For Families

Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Place: Turners Falls Fishway, Turners Falls, MA (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 6 and older

Print your very own T-shirt or tote bag and discover the intricate beauty and important function of fish fins and scales. Learn about resident fish as well as fish that return to the Connecticut River to lay their eggs. Drop by anytime between 12 and 2 p.m. at the Turners Falls Fishway to create your work of art using scientifically accurate replicas of Connecticut River fish. Remember to bring a Tshirt or other material to use for fish printing. Fish T-shirts make great Father’s Day presents. Please wear clothes that can get stained. This event is part of the 7th Annual Family Fish Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Families may want to bring along a picnic and enjoy our beautiful riverside picnic area adjacent to the fishway.

Chowder Fest

Time: All day
Place: Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH (about 100 miles from Keene)
Price: $10 adult/$5 youth (12 and under)/members free
Ages: All

The annual Chowder Festival offers some of the best Chowder the Seacoast has to offer. Each year, more than 4,000 people help kick off the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer season by enjoying more than 500 gallons of piping hot chowder served up for tasting. Be your own judge and vote for your favorite chowder from more than a dozen restaurants as they compete for the Best Chowder title. Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Nashua Family Music Festival

Time: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Place: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, NH (about 45 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

The event will feature musical performances from students and local artists Baza Blues, delicious food offerings from Weirs Roasting, a karate demonstration from students at the Tiger Den Karate School, and an outdoor climbing wall run by Vertical Dreams, Nashua’s latest indoor climbing gym.

The Family Music Fest’s goal, in addition to providing inexpensive family fun, is to showcase local musical talent and raise awareness and support for the Nashua Community School.  The Nashua Community Music School provides southern NH with a broad spectrum of learning, performing and listening opportunities in music including vocal and instrumental lessons from the best professional musicians and educators in southern NH.

Spring Craft Fair

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Walpole Commons, Walpole, NH
Ages: All

Spring Craft Fair 9am-3pm. Walpole Common. Hosted by St. John’s Church. Food including hot dogs, pies, tea breads, cookies. Vendor space available by calling, e-mailing, or going online. Phone: 603-756-4533. Email: Web:

ConVal Spring Concert

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: ConVal High School, Gym, Peterborough, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

The ConVal Band presents the Cool Beans Spring Concert.

4th Annual Trek to Taste

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Forest Center, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, VT (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Celebrate local food and local trails at this fun, free, family-friendly event!
Join a guided walk, or grab a map and head off along one of three spectacular routes in Vermont’s National Park and Woodstock’s Town Parks. Each trail leads to samples of delicious farm-fresh treats prepared by area students and community groups — and you’ll also encounter family-friendly arts and crafts activities, trail games, displays and live animals. Return to the National Park Forest Center after your walk to enjoy local ice cream and great music from the band Billy Wylder.

This free event is co-sponsored by over 30 area organizations and is fast-becoming one of the most popular events in the Upper Valley.

Horse Drawn History
CANCELLED (June 3rd instead)
Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Place: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

This family program explores the use of horses and horse-drawn equipment on farms, and includes a hay ride with our Belgian draft horses, Prince and magic. FREE.

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.

Bird Nesting Program

Time: 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, Daniels Hill Rd., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Best for adults and children familiar with hiking

Migrating Birds are busy building their homes. Join us to learn from two New England birders who will teach you how to observe and identify this wonderful rite of spring without disturbing nesting birds. These folks will share with you their expert eyes and lots of birding experience! Best for adults and children familiar with hiking.
Meet at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve parking area off Daniels Hill Road in Keene (first pull off on left). Remember to bring sturdy walking shoes, water/snack, bug spray, hat and binoculars.
For more information or cancellation due to weather, please call 603-283-2115

French and Indian War Encampment

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Rd., Charlestown, NH (about 28 miles away from Keene)
Price: Contact for more info
Ages: All

Living Historians including British and French troops, rangers, militia, campfollowers, Native Americans and sutlers gather to recreate the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War.

Included during this two day event are tactical battle reenactments, open hearth and campfire cooking, and pioneer trades.

Music: Blackjack Crossing and JATOBA

Time: 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Rd., East Alstead, NH
Price: $10
Ages: n/a

Blackjack Crossing incorporates elements of Irish music, Gypsy, folk and rock into its unique take on string band music. JATOBA! offers quick, high-energy bluegrass tempos, thumping rockabilly bass lines, and soaring three-part vocal harmonies.
Potluck supper at 7 p.m., Music starts at 7:30. $10 cover, byob.
Directions: Gilsum Mine Road to Baine Way.

Take a Hike for Humanity

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Mount Monadnock, 116 Poole Rd., Jaffrey, NH (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Varies
Ages: All

Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity joins several area affiliates in this annual fundraiser to support our mission to help partner families build safe, affordable housing. Pledges and donations will go towards finishing our 3-family home in Manchester, our biggest undertaking yet. We need hikers, donors, and corporate sponsors! Hikers and teams create their own pledge page: Where? Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH When? Check-in 9am to 2pm

Black Fly Community Art Show

Time: 10:00 am-noon
Place: The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center, 4 Aiken St., Antrim, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Please join us as we display community art.  Local artisans share their craft.  People of all ages can join in our art stations and view art from local children, teens and adults.  Something for everyone!

Farm Tour

Time: 10:00 am
Place: Walpole Valley Farms, 663 Wentworth Rd., Walpole, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Farm Tour at Walpole Valley Farms. Come see some farm animals, and learn more about how animals are raised in a pasture-based environment. See a more detailed description here.

Edible Heirlooms Family Activities

Time: 12:00 pm-4:30 pm
Place: Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA (about 36 miles from Keene)
Price: Free with admission
Ages: All

Learn about heirloom vegetables and have fun outdoors as you help us plant and tend the History Workshop Garden.  Find out what makes something an “heirloom,” and learn about some of the vegetables that were important to the diet of early New Englanders.  You can plant a seed to take home, make a trellis out of natural materials to help your plant grow, and also take away a recipe booklet for your harvest.  Included with general admission.
Repeats every Sunday and every Saturday until June 25th, 2012.

Free Detoxing the Mind Workshop

Time: All day
Place: Healing Grace Worship Center, 55 Marlboro Rd., Brattleboro, VT (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

This free all day workshop is designed to help people remove the toxins in their mind that cause physical and emotional problems.

Replacing negative thinking with positive thinking improves both your physical and psychological health.  Toxic thoughts are like poison, but the good news is, you can break the cycle of toxic thinking and reverse the effects. Breaking the cycle of toxic thinking improves every area of your life - your relationships, your health and even your success.  Thoughts are measurable and occupy mental brain space.  Thoughts are active-- they grow and change.  Thoughts influence every decision, word, action and physical reaction we make.  Toxic thoughts affect people in all stages of life, in every part of the world, every day.  A minor irritation can become toxic, and these thoughts need to be swept away through a renewing of the mind.

The results of toxic thinking translates into stress in the body. This stress harms the body in a multitude of ways from patchy memory, to mental health, immune system problems, heart problems and digestive problems. In fact research today shows that 80% of physical, emotional and mental health issues can be a direct result of our thought lives. This manifests in our bodies through diabetes, thyroid problems, hypertension, aneurysms, coronary heart disease, and depression, to name just a few.  The good news is that you can break the cycle of toxic thinking and start to build healthy patterns that can bring peace to a stormy thought life.

This all day session will teach you about The Dirty Dozen of our thought life and will provide groundbreaking yet simple tools to make permanent change in your life and improve your health and your relationships within 21 days.

Please join us Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at 55 Marlboro Rd, Brattleboro, VT.  For more information or to confirm attendance please call 413-824-6381 or email us at

Orienteering Adventure in the Woods

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Fox State Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 per map
Ages: All

A treasure hunt in the woods, orienteering is a map-and-compass sport that is enjoyed by both runners and hikers.
Up North Orienteers, New Hampshire's orienteering club, is hosting an event on Saturday, June 2 at Fox State Forest in Hillsborough, NH. Start anytime between 10am-1pm. Courses of varying lengths for all ages and abilities will be offered. Beginners are welcome-- instruction and compasses are available. Join us for some outside fun. Bring your sense of adventure and a pair of comfortable shoes.
$5 per map. This event will run rain-or-shine. For more about the club and the sport visit
Please alert the meet director if you will be bringing a large group.

Milford Keyes Art Festival

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Milford Oval and Town Hall, Milford, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

The Keyes Art Group will be exhibiting and selling their artwork in the Milford Oval and the Town Hall Auditorium from Saturday, June 2nd from 9-4pm and Sunday, June 3rd, from 9-3pm. Additional events and attractions provided by the Milford Improvement Team. Event Sponsored by the Milford Masonic Association.

Kids Organizer Workshop

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

Kids Organizer Workshop
Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-noon

Kids paint their own organizer & get a kid-sized orange apron with achievement certificate & pin!

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