Calendar: Jan. 13, 2021

Published: 1/12/2021 2:54:41 PM
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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.

Today: Join Jeff Blanchard on a bird tour

2021 7:00 PM (Zoom) Join Athol Bird and Nature Club member and photographer Jeff Blanchard as he takes us on a tour of some of the interesting birds that have appeared amid the 2020 pandemic: Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. via Zoom webinar.

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Saturday: Winter Tracking at Skyfields Arboretum

On Jan. 16, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is offering a wildlife tracking workshop at Skyfields Arboretum with tracking expert Paul Wanta. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the trust’s headquarters at 1461 Old Keene Road in Athol.

The group will explore the trails of the open meadows and the woods and wetlands of the Lawton State Forest while looking for signs of wildlife. The workshop teaches basic skills on how to spot, identify, and interpret different tracks found during the winter season. Marielena Lima, Communications and Engagement Coordinator says, “This is a great opportunity to learn a skill that most are not familiar with anymore and discover what animals call these woods home.”

The tracking workshop has been put on by the trust for numerous winters. Last year, attendees were able to spot and follow signs of rabbits, deer, wild turkeys, and porcupine. This event is open to the public, free to Mount Grace members, and $10 for non-members. Registration is required and can be done at Please register in advance as this workshop is limited to 15 attendees.

Jan. 30: Interactive Author Read Aloud: The Disappearing Forest

Join Mount Grace and author Steve Shanley for an interactive read aloud of his new book from 2-3 p.m.. The Disappearing Forest is a “choose your own adventure” type of story where you will get to decide what happens! Will you help Gary and his class of gnomelings save the world from their greatest threat yet?

It was just a normal day of hiking for Gary and his class of gnomelings until strange sounds are heard near Cherry Grove... Immerse yourself in the lovable world of gnomes as they struggle to preserve their secret way of life from the ever-wanting, ever-progressing...humans. Help Gary make wise decisions and endure the consequences as he’s constantly torn between age-old gnomish traditions and a bold new way…

Steve Shanley grew up in East Aurora, N.Y. He loves the natural world and spends his days teaching it throughout the northeast for an educational non-profit. When school is out, he’s usually traveling internationally conducting gnomthropological research. The Disappearing Forest was written as a surprise for his nieces and nephews who know and love Gary Gnomelley as a real gnome who has to look fake in order to trick people!

This event is limited to the first 100 participants. Register* in advance:

*If you are a student, please do not use your school email address.

Thursday, Feb. 4: 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, Feb. 6: 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.

Wednesday Feb. 10: Birding in 19th c. Mass.

Join members of the Athol Bird and Nature Club for an interesting winter evening presentation by Elizabeth Bradley of the Emily Dickenson Museum for a look at “Birding in 19th century Mass, Emily Dickinson and birds, and follow up with poems that feature observations of native birds.” The program is set for Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

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