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The Insiders: You can’t see your lawn, but you can learn about it at St. Paul’s

“ Get off my lawn!” – Concord Insider staff on Feb. 20, to snow. And small children. But mostly snow.

It’s humorous and a little depressing to think about lawns right now – okay, it’s actually just depressing. But St. Paul’s School and the Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee are going to make it humorous, at least for a little while, with a free screening of Gimme Green in the Lindsay Center Lecture Hall at St. Paul’s tonight at 7 .

Gimme Green examines “the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life.” That’s some heady grass talk. No word on whether that annoying bearded guy with the accent from the Scott’s commercials will be featured.

The film is 27 minutes long, which is the longest anyone has ever voluntarily watched blades of grass grow. Kidding! There’s other stuff in the film, like viewpoints from homeowners, real estate professionals and landscapers. It’s a veritable who’s who of lawn knowledge (minus your stupid neighbor who somehow always manages that perfect emerald green surface. At least until your dog pees on it.) A panel of experts will follow the screening with their reactions, and there will be time for attendees to ask them questions. There will also be refreshments from The Works Bakery Cafe and St. Paul’s School.

Everyone enjoys a good memoir. And tonight everyone can enjoy one at Gibson’s Bookstore, as Maine native Helen Peppe is on hand to read from and sign her book, Pigs Can’t Swim: A Memoir at 7 p.m. She will also present a photographic presentation on perspective and memory. But we forget what it’s about. Looking for a sample of Peppe’s humor? Here’s her “about the author” notation on the Gibson’s website: “Helen Peppe, writer and photographer, lives near Portland, Maine, with her two children, four dogs, eight rescued rabbits, four guinea pigs and two destructive kittens.”

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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