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Kids’ Fishing Derby on April 22nd
The Annual Knights of Columbus Kids' Fishing Derby will be held at the Conservation Pond on Towle Road in Epping on April 22nd. The Derby begins at 8:00 am and is open to all children 12 years and younger. Bait will be provided, no artificial bait or lures are allowed. Children must bring their own fishing rods and help will be available for those parents who are not comfortable fishing. A parent or adult must be present for safety reasons.
For more information or questions, please contact Tim Acerno at 693-496-2687. If no answer, leave a message he’ll return calls as soon as possible.
Upcoming Events at the Harvey-Mitchell Library
April 9: Chakra Essential Oil Yoga Workshop
In this two hour workshop, Leah Pacione, RYT -200, guides participants through gentle yoga poses while aligning chakras using an appropriate fusion of pure and blended essential oils. Each participant will use and take home a sample kit containing 7 essential oils and instructions on how to effectively use and apply in order to maintain health and emotional well being. Sunday 4:30-6:30 pm. Please register in advance, as space is limited; call 603-679-5944, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop into the library.
In the Youth Room:
We'll continue to have Story Time on Mondays and Fridays at 11:15am-- a new story and craft every week! Children's Yoga takes place Wednesdays at 4pm, until April 19th.
4/11: Knitting and Craft Group
Bring your current project in knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, embroidery, hand quilting, etc. (or start a new one!) and see what other local crafters are up to, exchange ideas, and socialize while you work. All levels of experience are welcome. Tuesday from 6pm-8pm.
4/25: No Fret Cooking Presentation
A fun and healthy cooking presentation for families, with music! Join local cookbook author Marilynn Carter and jazz guitarist Steve Carter as they demonstrate how to make simple, healthy, yummy recipes, accompanied by music to cook and dine by. The focus is on fresh, local, organic ingredients without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Alternative ingredients are used to create gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, vegetarian recipes, that even children love! 2-3:30 pm 4/25: Knitting and Craft Group (description above) 6pm-8pm.
4/27: Native American Springtime Stories
Anne Jennison’s storytelling performance will begin with a Seneca Friendship song, accompanied by drumming. After that you will be taken on a spell-binding and entertaining journey through a series of traditional Native American springtime stories that explain everything from Why Maple Syrup Was First Created, to How the First Strawberries Came to Be, to How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes, The Coming of Corn, and How Hummingbird Put the Stars in the Sky. Prepare yourself for an interactive storytelling experience filled with humor, drama, silliness, and moments of wonder that are appropriate for audiences of all ages, from 5 – 105!
4/29: Saturday Afternoon Concert
Join us for another great musical performance right in your library! This month we’ll host David Thompson and Wayne Benham, who will entertain us with choice songs influenced from the folk/blues/pop genre with acoustic guitar, harmonica & vocals-- including the songs of Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Bruce Springsteen and more. The music begins at 3pm.
5/3: How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
Brooklyn-based tea blender Paige Zaferiou returns to Epping to share with us her tea expertise! The presentation will include: a brief history of the uniquely American aspects of the tea tradition and innovation (i.e. iced tea); the history of the tea party; how to make easy cold-brew iced tea out of any tea or herb in your fridge overnight; the secrets of green tea and how to make it taste good (how to brew the perfect cup of cooling green tea for summer); the health benefits of common tea types (black, oolong, green, and herbal) -- including the unexpected uses of tea for sore eyes and summer sunburn; the truth about white tea-- dispelling common myths and misconceptions; and as always, how to brew the perfect cup of tea WILL be covered, because you just can't hear that information enough. Join us for a “cuppa” on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm.
5/5: Art Show Opening: Eunice Miller
Come celebrate our newest display of local artwork at the library, featuring the watercolors of Epping resident, Eunice Miller. Get a chance to meet the artist, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and admire the new display of work. Eunice will also treat us to a presentation on watercolor technique! See how the paintings are made in person. Friday from 5-7pm.
5/11: A Garden for Wildlife
Learn how anyone with a backyard, garden, or landscaped area can help wildlife by altering their landscaping and gardening practices. Includes a slideshow and discussion of wildlife and habitats, plant choice, use of native plants, nest boxes and feeders, and issues such as invasive plants. Part of the Speaking for Wildlife Series through UNH Cooperative Extension. Thursday at 6pm.
Important Web Extra for readers of the Speak Up Epping! Newsletter from your webmaster:
If you are a regular reader of Speak Up Epping!, you know that it is your non-partisan, all-in-one source for all things Epping. From town schedules and events, to school news and schedules, senior activities and service organizations; every two months, Speak Up Epping brings it all together for you. What you may not realize is that for nearly five years, one woman has been the sole editor and only financial support keeping it going. Unlike the early years in its ten year history, there are no longer any advertisers to bear the expense of printing and distributing the print copies that are mailed out. This is not an inconsiderable amount - $250-$300 every other month for printing and distribution. Add to that web hosting costs and there is a total expense of about $2,000 each year. These are solely hard costs that are paid to printers, the postal service, a hosting company and a domain registrar. Neither the Newsletter editor, the Facebook editor, nor the Webmaster receive any money for their work and time - all services are volunteered.
On October 24th, a frequent contributor to the newsletter, Sandy Cray, and the Speak Up Epping! newsletter editor, Barbara Helmstetter, went before the Board of Selectmen to ask for assistance. Several ideas were discussed. If you would like to see the discussion, you may view it on the streaming site here: https://etv22.viebit.com/#ox9Ip83Tadr3. The SUE discussion is at the 31:00 minute mark.
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