Calendar: Dec. 1, 2021

Published: 11/30/2021 1:14:49 PM
Modified: 11/30/2021 1:14:41 PM
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Dec. 4: Cider with Santa

ATHOL — On Saturday, Dec. 4, the local chapters of Rolling Thunder VT-1 and the Athol-Orange Eagle Riders will once again combine their efforts to help fill the donation boxes for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. They will be set up at the Uptown Common on Main Street in Athol from 10 a.m. to noon serving cider and cookies and joined by Santa for pictures with the children.

Dec. 4: St. John’s Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar

ATHOL — St John’s Episcopal Church, 15 Park Ave., Athol, is in full swing preparing for their annual Christmas Bazaar. This year, the Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include fresh hand decorated wreaths and swags, Center Table, Bake Sale, crafts and knit, to-go snack bar, Santa's Workshop, and Thrift shop. Drawings begin at 2 p.m.

Dec. 4: Monadnock/Tristate Dance Club

WINCHESTER, N.H. — The Monadnock/Tristate Dance Club will hold a dance at the ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. on Saturday, Dec., 4, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Live music by: “Rachel and The Western Partners”

Also at this dance: Pot Luck Supper at 5:30 p.m., and Christmas Party. Refreshments served; 50/50 Raffle

Everyone welcome, $10 Members, $12 Nonmembers.

For further information, call Tom at 978-249-6917 or 978-790-9322.

Dec. 4-5: St. Martin’s Holiday Fair

BALDWINVILLE — St. Martin’s Church in Otter River will hold its annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the American Legion Hall, 3 Central St., Baldwinville.

Dozens of theme baskets and a wide array of hand-crafted decorations will be among the highlights, along with a major prize raffle, Chinese auction and fresh Christmas wreaths and greens decorated to order. The Fair’s “Polish Auction” will offer more than 30 beautifully-wrapped gift baskets that are sure to delight all ages, and a variety of homemade baked goods will brighten your holiday table. Lunch will be available both days as well as coffee and pastry throughout the day.

Dec. 8: Members Night for ABNC

ATHOL — Athol Bird and Nature Club President Dave Small invites all members and friends to Members Night: Wednesday Dec. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. (Virtual on Zoom or in person at Millers River Environmental Center.)

Small says, “Come one and all! No matter where you are you can participate in this year’s virtual members’ night.

“In the past we’ve had submissions from Minnesota, Tropical birding, and local favorites. Send us up to 15 images from some of your favorite adventures to share.”

Send images you want to share to Dave@atholbirdclub.org Or put your photos on a stick drive or SD card; if in doubt call 978-413-1772.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/3HzDnwu

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

Dec. 9: ‘Bing Crosby: King of the Christmas Crooners’ comes to Athol Public Library

ATHOL — Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street, Athol, on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 7 p.m., when they present “Bing Crosby: King of the Christmas Crooners.” This is a one-hour slideshow presentation with film lecturer, Frank Mandosa.

Advance registration is required, and there will be a sign-in table at the door. Register online at athollibrary.org using the library’s convenient and easy new calendar or call 978-249-9515.

Dec. 11: Accessories Sale at Athol Public Library

ATHOL — The Friends of the Athol Public Library’s Accessories Sale is back and scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Items are priced to sell with most pieces costing from 50 cents to $5. The Friends book sale room will be open and filled with new and lightly used reading choices in many genres. They will have canvas tote bags and notecards for sale featuring images of the library. The library is at 568 Main St.

Dec. 11: Pioneer Valley Brass concert

HUBBARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Brass will be performing a free public program of traditional and modern seasonal music at the First Parish Unitarian of Hubbardston on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m., returning to a 30-year tradition of a vespers service in Hubbardston, sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana. This service is the 794th in a series of performances paid for through a trust fund set up when the First Universalist Parish of North Dana was forced to leave its church building in North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir.

Dec. 11: Holiday Open House at Beals Library

WINCHENDON — On Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Beals Memorial Library will be hosting a Holiday Open House. In the auditorium, guests can view the decorated trees for the library’s third annual Toy Town Tree Festival. Tree viewing is ongoing from Nov. 29 through Dec. 11. Most of the trees are to be auctioned off and will go home with the highest bidder. Bidding ends on Dec. 11 at 12:45 p.m. Tree Festival goers can also purchase tickets for $1 to vote on their favorite tree. By voting, ticket buyers are entered into a raffle for gift certificates to local businesses, like To Each His Own Design, Not Just Produced and Smith Country Cheese. For the kids, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance to take photos and read a few timeless classics.

The Friends of the Library will be running a Winter Bake and Book Sale in the library basement. The bake sale will only run from 10 a.m. to noon, but the book sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 13: College essay-writing workshop

WINCHENDON — On Monday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., the Beals’ Teen Advisory Board will be presenting a College Essay Workshop. This workshop will be geared towards teaching students the skills they’ll need for the essay portion of their college applications. This event will be facilitated by library Trustee, Caela Provost, who has an M.A. in English and has worked in the field of higher education since 2014. For more information, contact the library at 978-297-0300 or visit their website at bealslibrary.org.

Dec. 18: All day Christmas Bird Count

Join this “Citizen Science” project, the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Contact Dave Small, president of the Athol Bird and Nature Club, for additional information and to participate in this nationwide annual event: Call 978-413-1772 or email Dave@atholbirdclub.org

COVID-19 rules are in effect. National Audubon has issued guidelines which ABNC will use.

Dec. 18: Christmas Bird Count Tally and virtual Party (or in person at MREC)

Join us as we find out the preliminary results of the Annual Christmas Bird Count. An informal group discussion and meeting. Find out what unusual birds were seen during the day’s count.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Dec 18, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: bit.ly/3nsBhq9

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


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