Calendar: May 12, 2021

Published: 5/11/2021 1:48:10 PM
Modified: 5/11/2021 1:48:13 PM
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Today: “What the
camera sees”

The Athol Bird and Nature Club presents “What the Camera Sees” on Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m., on Zoom.

Have you ever taken a picture, and when viewed on the computer screen, found some unexpected results? Several years ago, club member Ernie LeBlanc purchased a camera to carry along during bird trips and other outdoor excursions. Join him in this presentation and see what images the camera captures — some surprising, some artistic, and some even in focus!

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thursday: ‘Trunk or Treat’ at middle school

The Athol-Royalston Regional School District will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event on Thursday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Athol-Royalston Middle School at 1062 Pleasant St. in Athol. Families will drive from “trunk-to-trunk” to gain information about local business, community resources and school resources that are available to them.

Fridays: Early Bird Birding with Jeff Johnstone

ATHOL — Join Johnstone on Fridays, May 14 and 21, at 7 a.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main St.) before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. These are great events for the novice birder to learn from one of our best field naturalists. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. Covid rules will be in effect. Masks, no carpooling, and no sharing optics.

Saturday-Sunday: Plant sale

ORANGE — Dianne Salcedo is having her annual plant sale at Maple Valley Farm Greenhouse at 190 Main St. in North Orange (follow North Main St to the end): Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ten percent of all sales proceeds will go towards the Athol Bird and Nature Club and Millers River Environmental Center. Customers should mention ABNC when making their purchase.

May 20: Calling all railroad buffs

GARDNER — Learn about Gardner's lost railroads and train stations at a joint presentation by local railroad buffs under the leadership of Chuck Heidorn at the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., on May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m., following a museum-hosted reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission for non-member adults is $3. Reservation required: or call 978-632-3277.

May 22: North Quabbin Garden Club plant sale

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Garden Club will put on a plant sale Saturday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the lawn at Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. Join friends of the North Quabbin Garden Club for a fun rite of spring.

 May 25: ‘Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors’

The Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, Inc. will present a genealogical lecture via Zoom, “From Pilgrims to Pioneers: Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors,” May 25 at 7 p.m. The Great Migration of New England started with the Pilgrims, who sailed on the Mayflower and ended in 1640. During that period, almost 20,000 individuals came to the New England Colonies from Europe but mostly from the British Isles. Over the next 150-plus years, many of their descendants migrated westward. The lecture will discuss some of the common migration patterns out of New England and record collections helpful when tracking your ancestors back to New England.

To join the meeting on Zoom, visit or find them on Facebook.

May 26: Bugs for Beginners

TEMPLETON — The Ware River Nature Club presents “Bugs for Beginners,” Wednesday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Bridge Pond.

The program will be a hands-on learning experience along with a talk by naturalist, photographer and insect identification master Tom Murray, who will teach participants how to tell an insect from a true bug, spiders, millipedes etc. then explain the basics of taxonomy and all the different families of insects. He’ll also demonstrate how and where to find insects and some live-collecting methods for observing and photographing these creatures.

Murray is the author of and major contributing photographer for the field guide “Insects of New England & New York.” He is a regular contributor/editor for

Pre-registration is required. Contact

May 27: Birds of New England and the Quabbin Reservoir

GARDNER — Dale Monette, local birder and nature photographer and retired educator and naturalist with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, will present wildlife images focusing on birds that visit New England, and birds and mammals that live here and call New England home. Both of his books, “Secret Lives of the Quabbin Watershed” and “Voyagers, Visitors and Home,” will be available for purchase, signed on request by the author. At the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., from 7 to 8 p.m., following a museum-hosted reception from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission for non-member adults is $3. Reservation required: or call 978-632-3277.

June 13: Hiking With Your Neighbors

PETERSHAM — Join Village Neighbors and the North Quabbin Trails Association for a hike on Sunday, June 13, at 11 a.m. (Rain date: June 20) Participants will meet in Petersham and walk on a flat trails two to three miles. The walk will lead to a perfect picnic spot at Feldman’s Cascade, so bring a portable lunch. The trail map can be downloaded here

Please register at Include your phone number. Or RSVP Trail Hike with your contact info to

Thursdays and Saturdays: Book and media sale

WINCHENDON — The Friends of the Beals Memorial Library in Winchendon are holding their used book and media sale, now on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. The library is at 50 Pleasant St. in Winchendon. For more information or to make an appointment to either browse the book sale or contribute donations, call 978-297-0300.

First Thursdays: Eat at Wendy’s for Athol H.S. senior class

ATHOL — The Athol High School Class of 2021 encourages readers to eat at Wendy’s of Athol every first Thursday of the month. You just have to mention the “Senior Class Funddraiser” at the time you pay and a portion of the proceeds goes to the class. Thank you!

Saturday: AHS
Bottle and Can Drive

ATHOL — The Athol High School Class of 2021 Redeemable Bottle and Can Drive is held every first Saturday of the month at the Kessler Investments parking lot, 2070 Main St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring only Massachusetts-redeemable bottles and cans. No water, Gatorade-like or New Hampshire bottles and cans will be accepted. Benefits the Athol High School Drug and Alcohol-free After Prom Party. For more information, call Lonnie Bonenfant at 978-895-0930.

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