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Current & Virtual Events: September 18, 2020

Library hosts virtual storytimes and book groups

All virtual storytimes and book groups take place via Zoom. To learn more or to be added to a storytime or book group, send an email to childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org and indicate your child’s age. There is a unique Zoom link for each meeting. These links are emailed to storytime and book group members the day before each meeting.

  • Infant Storytime for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
  • Book Group for Third-Graders; Monday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, Oct. 19, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Fivesparks hosts new events

Go to fivesparks.org for more information or to sign up for these programs: 

  • Kids Sculpture Walk: Guided Tour at Old Frog Pond Farm, Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. Preregistration required.
  • Pumpkin Palooza in partnership with Carlson Orchards, Sunday Oct. 25, 2 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. More details coming soon.
  • Lighting on Location Photography with Kathryn Costello. Wednesdays Sept. 23 through Oct. 21, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Carlson Orchards, Students must have an SLR camera.

Healing Garden Walk & Ride

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center will host its annual Walk & Ride event as a virtual fundraiser Oct. 4 through 18. Community members of all abilities can walk, run, bike, hike, or any other physical activity they choose, anywhere they choose. The event, “QuaranTEAM 2020: Walk, Run, Hike or Bike to Thrive,” will raise funds to ensure that integrative therapeutic support programs and services are available to those affected by cancer. New this year is a free scavenger hunt intended to engage families and children. For details and to sign up go to https://bit.ly/2EN5NqT


Yoga on Rogers Field

Dragonfly Wellness Center offers free, outdoor yoga classes every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Rogers Field in Devens. The number of participants is limited; preregistration is required. Learn more at www.dragonflywellnesscenter.net/classes.


Farmers Market on Devens Common

Stop by the Devens Farmers Market on Devens Common Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6 p.m. for fresh fruits and vegetables. Place an order online for a produce box ranging from $25 to $40. Orders must be received by 2 p.m. on Tuesday for curbside pickup at that week’s Wednesday market. Visit www.dicksmarketgardens.com for more details.


Townwide book read: ‘Just Mercy’ 

Arm in Arm will host its next townwide book read Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The featured book, “Just Mercy” by lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson, is a New York Times bestseller and has become a major motion picture. The book recounts Stevenson’s efforts to reverse glaring mistakes in criminal justice cases. It focuses on the true story of Walter McMillian, whom Stevenson began representing in the late 1980s when McMillian was on death row. 

Registration is required prior to the event. For the Zoom link go to the upcoming events section at www.arminarmharvard.com.


Library trustees present virtual speaker event

The Harvard Public Library’s board of trustees will present a virtual conversation with Paul Tremblay, author of horror and suspense novels, Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of “Survivor Song,” “The Cabin at the End of the World,” Disappearance at Devil’s Rock,” “A Head Full of Ghosts,” the crime novels “The Little Sleep” and “No Sleep Till Wonderland,” and the short story collection “Growing Things and Other Stories.” 

The event is free. Register at http://bit.ly/hpl_tremblay


Community Harvest Project hosts online auction

Community Harvest Project (CHP) will host “Harvest Home (Alone) Online Auction” Sept. 25 through Oct. 2, in lieu of its annual summer and fall fundraisers. The auction will feature items from local businesses, artwork, virtual experiences, and more. It will be paired with a closing broadcast event that will highlight this season’s accomplishments with an address by Jim McPherson, CHP’s new executive director. All proceeds will support Community Harvest Project and its mission of providing fresh produce for hunger relief across Massachusetts. For more details, go to community-harvest.org.


Worcester Chamber Music Society presents livestreamed concerts 

The Worcester Chamber Music Society (WCMS) will present six concerts this fall, beginning with “Resonance,” Sunday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m., celebrating music of acclaimed Black composers and Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. The concerts will be livestreamed from Mechanics Hall in Worcester. 

Purchase tickets ($20 for adults, $5 for students) at worcesterchambermusic.org. There are 10 free tickets available for senior residents of Harvard funded by the Harvard Cultural Council. Email boxoffice@worcesterchambermusic.org, or phone 508-926-8624 to reserve. Contact Tracy Kraus at tracy@worcesterchamber music.org for more information.


‘The Long Way Home’ photos at Museum of Russian Icons

See the photographic record of Museum of Russian Icons founder Gordon Lankton’s 27,000-mile motorcycle journey from Germany to Japan. More than 40 large-format photographs document the experience. The exhibit continues through Sept. 27. 

The museum is open Friday through  Sunday by reservation. Admission is free the first Friday of each month. Reserve a visit at 978-598-5000.


Apple Festival online this year

In lieu of its traditional Apple Festival, the Congregational Church of Harvard will offer frozen homemade apple pies and Tuscan bean soup online Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10. Pies and/or soup may be picked up at the church by appointment. Preorder at http://congregational-church-of-harvard.square.site.


Habitat for Humanity ‘Walk for Homes’

Join Habitat for Humanity’s “Walk for Homes” event to call attention to local families and veterans who urgently need affordable homes. If you walk, run, or roll just 6,200 steps a day (anytime, anywhere, indoors or outside) you’ll reach 52 miles in 21 days or less. Ask family and friends to sponsor you. You can sync your fitness device or phone app to track your progress, connect with other participants, and make a lasting difference in the lives of local families. Go to bit.ly/2YSAm5z to register.


Panel discussion on religion and environment

On Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. Arm in Arm will bring back its panel of representatives of the three Abrahamic religions for a different twist. This time the panel will focus on the environment and what each religion says about humankind’s responsibility. Join this Zoom event for a lively discussion and learn more about religion’s role in protecting Earth. 

The event is supported in part by the Harvard Cultural Council. Go to the upcoming events section at www.arminarmharvard.com for the Zoom link.


Warner Free Lecture: ‘Pete Seeger and the Blacklist’

On Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. the Warner Free Lecture Trust will host musician and author Edward Renehan for a Zoom event. Renehan will present an overview of a dark episode in American history with his book “Pete Seeger vs. the Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist.” Get the Zoom link at www.warner-free-lecture.eventbrite.com.

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