Calendar: Feb. 24, 2021

Published: 2/23/2021 2:47:26 PM
Modified: 2/23/2021 2:47:26 PM
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Saturday: Local farmers to host workshop on organic fruit tree management

Many Hands Organic Farm will be hosting a workshop regarding “Organic Fruit Tree Management” on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the farm in Barre and via Zoom. Many Hands Organic Farm has about 100 fruit trees, with some of them as old as 40 years, all cared for in a certifiably organic fashion. Attend the workshop to learn about grafting, fertility, and try your hand at pruning some of their trees. Registration is free, and available on the Many Hands Organic Farm website at

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.

Thursday, March 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, March 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.

Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m.: Geology Webinar

Join the Athol Bird and Nature Club’s Geology Division and guest speaker Harry Sharbaugh and for this webinar, “My Magical Drive to Work: Pelham Dome to Jurassic Valley.” Join Sharbaugh Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. to visit a series of sites from Erving to Deerfield and examine rock specimens representing a cross-section of the Pelham Dome and Jurassic Rift Valley at Route 2 level.

Register in advance for this webinar:

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

March 9: Northfield Bird Club program

Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Northfielder Charley Eiseman presents beautiful photos and scientific discoveries made in his own yard: new insects identified on native plants ... after he stopped mowing his lawn. Please email to register, and for Zoom info.

March 13: Naturalist Walk at Winchendon Community Park

The North Quabbin Trails Association will host an “easy, naturalist walk” on March 13 at Winchendon Community Park.

March 26: Dance of the Woodcock Viewing, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Inclement weather date: Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cass Meadow North in Athol (access off Pequoig and Pinedale Avenue)

Sponsored by the Athol Bird and Nature Club and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Come witness one of the most spectacular dances on earth — the courtship display of the American woodcock. Normally a reclusive forest dweller, the male of this game bird species takes center stage in his springtime dance to attract a female. We will start with a display of a stuffed woodcock specimen and an explanation of the courtship dance by David Small, then hike into the meadow for the evening show. For more information and to register, contact Marielena Lima at or 978-541-1762. COVID protocols will be in effect.

Fridays starting in April: Early Bird Birding with Jeff Johnstone

Join Johnstone on Fridays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 and Sunday May 9, at 7 a.m. at the Millers River Environmental Center (100 Main St., Athol) 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.

April 3: Royalston walk

The North Quabbin Trails Association will host a more challenging 5- to 7-mile hike with multiple vista points and two waterfall views around Tully Lake in Royalston.

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