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Friday, June 1st Events

Cafe Night 

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

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

Songbirds of Managed Forestland 
Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am
Place: Departs from log landing across from Market Basket, Swanzey, NH (a few miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Join Audubon’s Phil Brown and UNH Cooperative Extension County Forester Steve Roberge for an interpretive walk featuring the Forest’s long history of management, ecological research, and the resulting diverse avian habitat. Departs at 8 a.m. from the log landing across from the Market Basket store on Route 10 in Swanzey. Ends at 11 a.m. Cosponsored with NH Audubon and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Fun with Science for Parents & Children

Time: 10:00 am-10:45 am
Place: Keene Public Library, Youth 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 science 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.

Free First Friday at the Mariposa Museum

Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

First Friday KidCraft from 5-6pm will be Pinwheels. 
On Friday, June 1th the Mariposa Museum's new photography exhibit Every Person Has a Story will open with a reception at 6pm. Following the reception, at 7pm, there will be a performance by the Choristers from the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs. 
Every Person Has a Story are amazing photographs taken by children of Haiti, Cambodia and Rwanda, aided by the nonprofit Every Person Has a Story (EPHAS). EPHAS instructs children in photography in many parts of the world in hopes of giving them a voice. These children had never held a camera before nor seen a photo of themselves. Mountain Shadows School will be exhibiting in conjunction with EPHAS. 
At 7pm the Choristers from the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (formerly the Peterborough Children's Choir) will present a program of amusing, beautiful, inspirational, and delightful songs for a First Friday Celebration at the Mariposa. The Choristers are middle school age singers, directed by Maria Belva. and accompanied by Marybeth Hallinan. The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs provides a place for young singers to share the rewarding experience of making music together encouraging active listening, teaching proper singing techniques, musicianship, and fundamentals of concert performance. Through the exploration and performance of the highest quality music available for young voices, each member of the GMYC becomes a cultural ambassador, actively participating in the musical life of the community. The GMYC nurtures a lifelong commitment to artistic expression, and the development of creative, thoughtful, and cooperative individuals striving for positive change in the world both near and far.

Creatures of the Night

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Chesterfield Town Hall, Chesterfield, NH (about 10 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Presented by The WILD Center & Zoological Park of New England.

June 1, 6:30 pm at the Chesterfield Town Hall

The WILD Center & Zoological Park of New England will bring six nocturnal reptiles and mammals, including the only "Flying Fox" in the Northeast. This event kicks off the Summer Reading Program, "Dream big, READ" and will be a great time for the whole family!
Sponsored by the Friends of Chesterfield Library.

Spring ID Series

Time: 7:00 am-10:00 am
Place: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $12 members/$15 non-members
Ages: 14+

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

Free Family Night

Time: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Children's Museum of NH, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

On Friday, June 1, the Children’s Museum of NH will be open for special evening hours at no charge. All families are invited to explore the museum together.

This is the final Free Family Night of the school year. Free Family Nights are not held in summer. A new schedule for the fall will be announced in September.

Relay For Life

Time: 6:00 pm-12:00 pm
Place: Monadnock Regional High School, 580 Old Homestead Hwy., Swanzey, NH (a few miles from Keene)

Relay For Life is an event that helps communities celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events up to 24 hours in length. Relayers do not have to walk all night, but each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event.

Your reasons for walking in the Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

Relay For Life of the Greater Keene Area is an overnight community event of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out, walk or run a track around the track at Monadnock Regional High School to raise money for cancer research, patient support, education and advocacy.

Opening Ceremony: 6pm
Survivor Lap: directly following Opening Ceremony
Fight Back: TBD
Luminaria Ceremony: 9pm
Closing Ceremony: noon

No matter who you are, there’s a place for you at Relay. Each dollar you raise will help save lives. How far will you go to make a difference in the fight against cancer?
Your reasons for walking in the Relay For Life are as unique and special as the story that motivates you. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. Because of your support, we are creating a world where cancer can’t claim another year of anyone’s life. You are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

Registration required; Register online at or contact Dawna at
Registration Fee: $10 commitment fee per participant plus suggested $100 fundraising per individual.

The Mabel Story

Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Keene Public Library, Heberton Hall, Winter St., Keene, NH
Price: Tickets are $13 in advance/$15 at the door

Ages: All

A multimedia theatrical reinterpretation of the Russian folk tale “Vasilisa the Brave” featuring live musical storytelling and acrobatic dance theater. The show has been called a “visual feast”, weaving fantastical video art and shadow play with sets and costumes that harken back to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Maria Pugnetti, playing both narrator and hero, tells Mabel’s story through an all original musical score that combines freak folk with a touch of Bjork and the classic bedtime story. The dynamic dance trio Radha Newsom, Jahnavi Newsom, and Cyndal Ellis animate the stage with a contemporary fusion of modern dance, capoeira, acrobatics, and tribal style belly dance. The Mabel Story transports audiences of all ages on an other-worldly adventure.

Set in the 1800s of the American West, The Mabel Story tells the tale of a girl who loses her mother to typhus and is left in the care of a sinister widow and her two daughters. When Mabel comes of age, she embarks on a dangerous rite of passage journey through a surreal wilderness in search of the witch Baba Sova. Mabel enters a magical realm of plants and animals where she gains courage and gratitude for the natural world.

The show will take place at Heberton Hall at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St. in Keene, NH on Friday, June 1st. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8PM. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at The Starving Artist and Creative Encounters in Keene, NH. Reservations can be made by emailing or calling (408) 203-2731.
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Show trailer,
Brought to you by Firekeeper Productions, a women-run contemporary dance and theater company that uses the timeless and universal appeal of folktales to create socially relevant works. Company members are committed to a collaborative process, seamlessly weaving a diversity of dance, circus, musical theater, and visual arts mediums. Firekeeper performances breathe new live into the ancient art of storytelling for contemporary audiences.

This American Life - Live

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: The Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH
Price: $16
Ages: Older

Broadcast live from the Skirball Center at New York University, host Ira Glass will present stories by writer David Sedaris, David Rakoff, comedian Tig Notaro and Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington. Together they will perform a live stage version of the radio show, centered on the theme “The Invisible Made Visible.” The performance will also feature a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, live music by the rock band OK Go, a dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation and illustration, and special surprise guests.

Art Film After Gallery Walk: Climbing Redwood Giants

Time: 8:30 pm
Place: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: $5

Ages: Older

They are giants — stretching more than 300 feet above the ground, with hidden gardens and mysterious predators thriving within their canopy. National Geographic reveals the unexplored environment of redwoods using high-tech aerial laser surveys and breathtaking imagery. Obsessive redwood climber Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University investigates their monster crowns, tallying biological material and discovering new record-breaking trees, while escaping falling branches and crashing trees in the process. Down below, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay charts the redwood range. Climbing Redwood Giants (50 mins.) is an epic yearlong exploration to size up the past and future of this primeval tree threatened in 21st century California.
The first Friday of each month, following Brattleboro’s popular Gallery Walk, BMAC presents Art Films After Gallery Walk, screenings of cinematic gems for only $5.

The Word, the Poem, The Note, and the Song

Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Hancock Town Library, 25 Main St., Hancock, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

An evening of poets and musicians using improvisation, invention, possibility and surprise to create memories.
Contact: 525-4715

Strolling of the Heifers Booksale

Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Place: Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Join community members and out-of-town visitors as they sift through the thousands of hardcover books, paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books for the Tenth Annual Strolling of the Heifers Booksale.

Scheduled for Friday, June 1, 10 to 6 and Saturday, June 2,8 to 2, the books and other items are piling up for this important annual event. This is the Friends of the Library's main fund raiser of the year.

Become a Friends of Library member by downloading a Friends membership form at

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library was organized in 1991 to support the Library in providing the highest quality library service to the community by means of advocacy, public relations, and fund raising. For more information please contact the Library at 254-5290, ext. 0. 

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