Learn about birds in Gilmanton

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
GilmantonLearning about birds

In its continuing efforts to educate and entertain, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will be hosting a popular presentation on Backyard Birds on Thursday at 6 p.m. Stephen Hale of Open World Explorers will be the keynote speaker. Hale, a New Hampshire resident, and a recipient of university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology and ecology, will be presenting slide presentations, recordings and sharing plenty of personal wisdom. The talk will feature common and likely residents and migrant visitors to any backyard in New England. It will offer ID tips, focusing on visual field markings, songs/calls and habitat associations that will enable participants to distinguish some challenging birds that live among us, like Hairy v. Downy Woodpeckers and Purple v. House Finch. Included will be tips on feeding birds to attract the most diversity. Hale will share personal stories of his favorite wildlife encounters. Questions after the address are welcome and encouraged.

Lakes RegionRetired educators will meet for lunch

The Lakes Region Retired Educators’ Association will hold a meeting on May 15 at The Margate Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee, 76 Lake St., Laconia. The meeting will start at 11 a.m., with check-in starting at 10:30. Following the meeting, a dinner will be served. The cost of the meal is $21. The phone captains will be calling for your reservations or call Virginia Hiltz at 393-2762. The program will start at 12:30 p.m. with Kate Chabourne, a singer, poet, storyteller, harpist and scholar with a doctorate from Harvard in Celtic studies. It will be a delightful program that you will not want to miss.

ConcordDrinking water week

Concord General Services encourages the community to celebrate Drinking Water Week though Satudray. This annual event is hosted by the American Water Works Association to recognize the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. This year’s theme, “Protect the Source,” focuses on ways water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source. The Concord community can celebrate Drinking Water Week by learning more about their local H2O and practice conservation methods to protect the source. The public is invited to schedule a tour of the city’s Water Treatment Plant for an overview of Concord’s public water supply by visiting concordnh.gov/tours or calling Concord General Services at 228-2737. Learn more about Concord water in celebration of Drinking Water Week at concordnh.gov/water.

Belmont New England lighthouse lessons

Everyone knows there’s something about lighthouses that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past. Because lighthouses are of such interest in the New England area, the Belmont Historical Society has invited Jeremy D’Entremont, an authority on lighthouses, to “enlighten” about these New England treasures and the people who kept them. His presentation combines both the historical as well as the picturesque aspects of lighthouses and primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families. The program is sponsored by the Belmont Historical Society with funding from N.H. Humanities. It will be presented on May 15 at the Belmont Corner Meeting House at 7 p.m. The Meeting House is located at the corner of Fuller and Sargent streets in the Village of Belmont. Parking is available behind the building or on Sargent Street to the south. The facility is handicapped accessible and the program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

WarnerBlack history documentary

How does New Hampshire, a state with the motto “Live Free or Die,” confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? Shadows Fall North, a film produced by the University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Humanities with Atlantic Media Productions of Portsmouth will address those questions and more June 1 at 7 p.m. at Warner Town Hall at 5 E. Main St. The free screening is a joint effort of The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens and the Warner Historical Society. A conversation and question-and-answer will follow with the filmmakers, Nancy and Brian Vawter of Atlantic Media Productions, and featured historian JerriAnne Boggis. For information on the film and on future screenings, contact humanities.center@unh.edu. Learn more at nhhumanities.org or blackhistorynh.com.