Connect with poetry in library workshop
DOVER – The Dover Public Library will present “Strange Terrain: How not to get poetry and let it get you instead, a virtual workshop, on Monday, April 11, at 6:30 pm Former New Hampshire poet laureate Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could in this workshop, which is your quick, self-help program for “getting” poems. Sign-up needed to receive a link to the program at library.dover.nh.gov or call 603-516-6050.
Black Heritage Trail resumes in-person Good Friday walk
PORTSMOUTH – The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and St. John’s Episcopal Church will present their Good Friday Walk in person this year, after two years of virtual only tours.
This year, the Walk will be in-person on Wednesday, April 13. Participants will meet at 10:30 am at Prescott Park at the Liberty Pole, visit 14 sites, and end at noon at the African Burial Ground Memorial. Anyone interested is invited to join the Seacoast Community Lunch at Middle Street Baptist Church immediately following the tour. For those who cannot attend in person, the Walk will be offered virtually on Friday, April 15, at 2 pm Both the virtual and in-person walks are free and open to the public. Registration is required for both walks. For more information and links to register, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org.
Albacore Park lecture series continues
PORTSMOUTH – The Albacore Park Winter Lecture series continues on Saturday, April 16, with an in-person lecture at the Portsmouth Public Library entitled “Heroes and Homecomings: Norman Rockwell / WWII” with Jane Oneail.
America’s most beloved illustrator created dozens of images related to the Second World War. What happens when an artist known for his use of humor tackles the serious subject of war? This program explores how Norman Rockwell’s work departs from earlier artistic interpretations of American conflicts and considers how and why he chose specific wartime themes to present to the millions of readers of the Saturday Evening Post.
Lecture is free. Zoom links will be provided to you upon your RSVP to either 603-436-3680 or [email protected] The Portsmouth Public Library’s Levenson Room is located at 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth.
Red’s Race for a Better Community on Saturday
DOVER – The 39th annual Red’s Race for a Better Community will take place on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Dover. The event is open to anyone who wants to run or walk to raise money for three local non-profits who provide important services in Strafford County. These non-profits are Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, Seymour Osman Community Center, and Woodman Park Parent Teacher Organization. The race is 5 miles for runners and 2.4 miles for walkers. Registration will begin at 8 am on April 16, and the race will begin at 10 am
Registration is available online at https://tinyurl.com/2p872dnb and will be open until April 13. There will be in-person registration opportunities the day of the race, as well.
Bib pick-up will be held the day before the event at Red’s Shoe Barn, in addition to day of. All runners will receive a 10% discount for the week following the event at Reds Shoe Barn when they bring their bib in to shop.
Remember the Titanic at Rochester Library
ROCHESTER – Join the Rochester Public Library for their Titanic program on Saturday, April 16, at 2 pm in the Community Room honoring the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. This presentation is suitable for ages 8 and older. Presenter Dillon Guyer grew up in Rochester and was a patron here at the library for many years. The program will consist of a presentation sharing facts about the ship itself and its fateful night. He will also allow people to handle some of the Titanic artifacts he has collected. He will be giving away a relic from the ship to one lucky child in attendance.
To register, visit the Main Desk or call 603-332-1428 ext. two. Questions? Email Abby at [email protected]
Deadline for Peeps Show Contest at Dover Library
DOVER – Enter the Dover Public Library’s “Peeps Show”! Build a diorama based on a scene in a book using Peeps of any color or species in a standard size shoe box. Ages 4 years to adults are welcome to participate. Winners will be picked in four age categories. First ten entries will receive a free plush Peep chick. Deadline: Sunday, April 17.
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds returns to Strawbery Banks
PORTSMOUTH – Tickets are on sale now for the 5th annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke, Strawbery Banke’s signature spring event showcasing heritage-breed barnyard animals. At this family-friendly educational event, guests visit with and learn about domestic livestock typically found on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to the present day. The event takes place daily, rain or shine, from Saturday, April 23, through Sunday, May 1, from 10 am to 3 pm, under a heated tent. Tickets are $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children aged 3-17. Admission for children under 3 is free. Museum members receive free or discounted admission.
Strawbery Banke is also hosting a special program in conjunction with the event: Children’s Program with Baby Animals, from 9 to 10 am Presented for an hour before the event opens to the public, the Children’s Program is led by a heritage breeder and educator and is designed to give children ages 4 to 8 an opportunity to meet the baby lambs, kids, chicks, and other animals up close. Tickets are $ 20 per child (must be accompanied by a responsible adult, at no additional cost) and include access to the main Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event. The program is limited to 12 children per day. For more information, or tickets to either event, visit StrawberyBanke.org.
Dover Library’s Poetry Contest deadline is April 20
DOVER – Submit an original poem to Dover Public Library’s 20th annual Poetry Contest. Prizes will be awarded in seven different categories ranging in age from 5 to adults. Poems will be judged on originality, style, and creativity. Deadline is April 20. For more information, visit library.dover.nh.gov or call 603-516-6050.
Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack to meet
SALISBURY, Mass. – The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will meet at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 13 at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, Mass.
The April meeting will include a presentation by Christopher Gwynn entitled “Fall A Shadow: A Story of Murder and Heroism in Civil War New England.” Gwynn has served as the Supervisory Park Ranger for the Division of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park since 2014. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, visit www.cwrtmerrimack.org.
Hike to learn about vernal pools in Tatnic Woods
WELLS, Maine – On Saturday, April 16, from 9 to 11 am learn about the rich hidden life in the high concentration of vernal pools nestled in this special landscape led by naturalist Sue Bickford of Wells Reserve. This is an excellent hike for families with young children. Meet at the right-of-way at 2460 Tatnic Road in Wells, between Allen and Cheney Roads. No dogs please. Preregistration required. Call 207-646-3604 or [email protected], outings limited to 25. Free to GWRLT members, suggested donation is $ 5 for non-members, $ 10 for families.