ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER- If you’re headed to Burlington bring this pass along with you.  It’s not free access,  but it DOES reduce admission to $4 per person for up to four people.  Call or e-mail to check availability or to reserve.  For more information about ECHO, check out echovermont.org


 First and Third Saturdays of every month 9:30- 11:00- Waterford Woolies.  Bring your needles and yarn and join the Woolies for all things knitting (or crocheting).  All ages and abilities welcome; free and open to the public.

First and Third Thursdays of every month from 1:00-3:00- Rug Hooking.  Are you a rug hooker or just want to check out what it’s all about? Join them with your equipment and materials or bring your questions, curiosity and respect for such a beautiful art!  All ages and abilities welcome.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm: Restorative Justice: Concept and Application in Caledonia County  Restorative justice incorporates principals of engaging citizens to take responsibility for creating an environment that is conducive to safe and happy living. The Community Restorative Justice Center works with schools to help them develop a climate of compassion and belonging. Join us as Executive Director Susan Cherry shares real stories of success that will give you hope for our communities. This program is free and open to all.

Saturday, May 21st at 6:30 pm: Henry Homeyer’s “Growing Great Flowers” with extra tips on which ones will delight the butterflies.  Henry Homeyer is a lifelong organic gardener who lives in Cornish Flat, NH.  His weekly gardening column appears in 12 New England newspapers, and he has written for the New York Times and the Boston Globe.  Every month he presents garden news on VPR, and he is a UNH Master Gardener.  Suggested donation: $5 per adult.  Family friendly- kids are welcome!

 Tuesday,May 24th at 6:30pm: Book Club. Next up in May is Jodi Picoult’s “Leaving Time.” For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.  (Amazon.com)  Open to all, books are available through Interlibrary Loan.  Contact the library for details.

 Thursday, August 4th at 7:OOpm: “The Finest Hours: The true story of the Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue” On February 18th, 1952 an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor’easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.   Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half.  On both fractured tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives.  Join us as author Michael Tougias presents a slide show sharing the events of this harrowing rescue just off the New England coast.  This is the book that inspired the Disney movie released this past January!

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