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Saturday, May 12th Events

Incredible Spring Wild Edibles

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Place: Harris Center, Hancocok, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

You may know Rick as the state’s leading mycologist (appearing at the Harris Center many times as our marvelous mushroom man), but he is also well known for conducting top-of-the-line Natural Resource Inventories—which means he knows all things green too. And most of the edible greens are at their best for fixin’ and eatin’ in May. His photo-illustrated presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Harris Center, after which we’ll head into the field to see what’s ‘up’. Ends about half past noon. 

Kool Wheels Event

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Keen Recreation Center, Washington st., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Keene Kiwanis Family Fun & Safety Day.  Free helmets when they last for children age 4-12. Bicycle raffle. Bicycle safety checks. Bicycle safety course. Safety kits. Healthy snacks. Face painting. Visit from Ribby and more! Ride or bring your bike!
See flyer.

Bike Event

Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Railroad Square, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Guided trail rides hourly, fun and prizes. safety and maintenance demos, local and club information.  Bring your bike!
See flyer.

NH Renaissance Faire 
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Three Maples Farm, 9 Thorne Rd., Kingston, NH (about 90 miles from Keene)
Price: $12 adults/$8 kids 5-12/4 and under free
Ages: All

The NH Renaissance Faire is a family friendly, educational, visual, theatrical and fantastical event. Come be transported back in time. Live music, magic, knights in armor, royalty and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity. Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-12 and kids 4 and under get in free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faire also held May 19-20.

Shadow & Light: A Literary Anthology

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

SHADOW AND LIGHT: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY ON MEMORY -- reading and signing with editor Tina Rapp and contributors Rodger Martin, Kathleen Fagley, Kathleen Fortin, Linda Thomas and others. This is a publication of the Monadnock Writers Group.

Contra Dance Nelson

Time: 8:00 pm-11:00 pm
Place: Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Rd., Nelson, NH (about 11 miles from Keene)
Price: $8 adults/$6 children
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

HSCC Annual Used Book Sale

Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, NH
Price: Free

Ages: All

Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-1. Books are generally sold for $1 each with a limited selection of higher priced items.
HSCC encourages its members and friends to donate their unwanted books for this twelfth annual sale. We are looking mostly for saleable hardcover nonfiction books and some recent fiction. We are not seeking mass market paperbacks, older fiction, textbooks, or damaged items. Book donations should be delivered to HSCC by May 9. Pick-up of donated books may also be possible.
For further information, please contact or 603-352-1895.

Blacksmithing Weekend

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

On May 12-13, 2012 the Fort at No. 4 will feature a Blacksmith Weekend with a newly-formed group of blacksmiths calling themselves “The Granite State Hammer Alliance” demonstrating. They will be displaying the craft of blacksmithing spanning a limited time-line, focusing on traditional methods using charcoal, bituminous coal, and propane and will forge both iron and mild steel into traditional shapes and forms to create items for the gift shop at No. 4.

Although the Alliance is currently small, it is quickly picking up new members and others interested in this traditional craft. The group will be setting up adjacent to No. 4’s current blacksmith shop with various styles of forges, anvils and equipment.

Most blacksmith groups meet only amongst themselves. The focus of the Granite State Hammer Alliance is outwardly focused, demonstrating and educating the public on traditional methods and styles of blacksmith, and how these traditional techniques can be applied to modern forging. Many modern blacksmiths are producing more cost-effective items with electric welding and industrial style tools, and are not practicing the older ways. The Alliance’s goal is to keep these traditional techniques practiced over many centuries alive, and ensure these traditional ways are not forgotten.

Members of the Alliance have both volunteered and worked at No. 4 in the past, and are in total support of the new sponsorship and efforts to keep the Fort at No.4 alive and educating our young in the 18th century way of life of which blacksmith played a necessary and integral part.

Open Mic Poetry & 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
Ages: All

Every 2nd Saturday. Open Mic Poetry and short stories of 1-3 pages.
Hosted by River Voices Poetry Group.
Open to all ages (youth and adult).
Comfortable atmosphere. Refreshments served.

2nd Annual Bollywood Film Festival

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Wilton Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, NH (about 32 miles from Keene)
Price: $12 over 12/$8 kids under 12
Ages: All

Classics and Modern film from Bollywood will be screened in New Hampshire on May 12 as the state’s only Bollywood Film Festival kicks off seven hours of melodrama, action, comedy, and of course, dance in Wilton, N.H. The $12 admission includes an all-day pass, Indian snacks and a live dance performance.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go toward the Holy Cross Family Learning Center, a Manchester-based volunteer organization that offers English classes to recent refugees from such countries as Nepal, Bhutan, Haiti and Rwanda.

This year’s festival will include a documentary, a modern film, a dance tribute and our feature presentation, Sholay, one of the greatest curry Westerns ever made.

Children's Program - Everything Needs To Eat

Time: 10:00 am
Place: Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge, NH (about 20 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Walk along the Cathedral's paths and discover food sources and shelters of different animals. Create a snack for the animals.

National Train Day Celebration

Time: 11:30 am
Place: Brattleboro Train Station, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, VT (about 18 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Celebrate the rail way at the Brattleboro train station!

Please join us for this fun event for all ages!

Learn about better train service coming to Vermont, and check out historical displays, see the train station and meet train experts

There will be food and festivities.

We have cause to celebrate indeed. Amtrak's Vermonter was 100% on-time in March!

As anyone who watched the train's arrival knows, the train brings connections to love, business, family, culture. The train is fun. The train puts Brattleboro on the map and makes us accessible -- accessible to the 55% of New Yorkers who don't have cars but want to spend their money here -- accessible to people considering retirment or starting a business here who still need to visit clients and family -- and accessible in the future when oil changes our shared economic geography.

Child Safety Day

Time: 9:30 am-2:00 pm
Place: Noyes VW, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

John Walsh Child Safety Day
Saturday, May 12th from 9:30am-2:00pm
at Noyes VW in Keene

Biometric Fingerprints, DNA Kits & more
for more info call 357-7220

Free Self Defense Workshop

Time: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Place: Martial Arts Principles, 233 Marlboro st., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Older

Open to men and women, teens and adults.
Register Now.

Awakening Creativity Event

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Adult $15, Member $12, Teacher $10, Student/Child $5
Ages: All

The Mariposa offers a very special presentation "Awakening Creativity" by Lily Yeh, founder of Barefoot Artists.  She will share a slide show of her organization's work in different places in the world including the recent Dandelion Project in Beijing China.

Barefoot Artists brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. Barefoot Artists seeks to bear witness to the forgotten and the oppressed, and works to share their stories with the broad public to promote understanding and action. Each Barefoot Artists project is carefully documented and distributed widely through the internet, publications, speaking engagements, and video.

Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model of community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc. She has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, Palestine and the United States.

Admission to this event is Adult $15, Member $12, Teacher $10, Student/Child $5

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