Calendar

"Bag It" film showing

Thursday, April 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Here in the Monadnock region, plastic is the most common type of litter found in our parks and on our conserved lands. Across the country, Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes — single-use disposable plastic bags that we mindlessly throw away. But where is “away”? Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to wildlife and human health? "Bag It" follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Berrier's journey in this feature-length, award-winning documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are they made from? What happens to them after they’re discarded? When Berrier's explorations take a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it, starting now.
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Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education, Monadnock Food Co-op and Keene State College.
Location: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Brett Amy Thelen or call 603-358-2065.

“Give Earth a Dance!”

Friday, April 25, 2014, at 6 p.m. for potluck, 7 p.m. for music

The music starts with an all-star open mic session, and then two great, local bands will get your tapping feet out on the dance floor: Pat’s Famous Chili and The Whiteboards, self-proclaimed as the best country rock band on Granite Lake. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck and BYOB. Cover charge $10. Proceeds to benefit the Monadnock Conservancy. Learn more »

Presented by: Greater Monadnock Earth Days
Location: Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Rd., East Alstead, N.H.
Contact: Email Rowland Russell.

Earth Day expo

Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 12 to 4 p.m.

Come visit us at our table as part of this exhibition of local businesses, organizations, and vendors committed to sustainability. Check out the Keene event’s Facebook page »

Presented by: Antioch University New England and community partners as part of Greater Monadnock Earth Days.
Location: Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress St., Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Monadnock Earth Day Festival.

Trail skills workshop

Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. each day

This two-day training is intended to help community and land trust volunteers gain the skills needed to create and maintain trails, enabling them to facilitate trail projects back home. You’ll learn about tools and safety procedures, trail design and construction and maintenance of timber bridges, stone steps, puncheons, turnpikes and switchbacks. A fee covers instruction and food. Local lodging options are available.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Student Conservation Association.
Location: John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Emily Hague or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Greenerborough

Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come visit us at our table at this “green” expo and festival in Peterborough.

Presented by: Greenerborough committee of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and the Peterborough Grange #35
Location: Peterborough Town House and downtown, Peterborough, N.H.
Contact: Email Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce or call 603-924-7234.

Ephemerals hike

Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon

Before trees fully develop their leaves, which shade the understory, ephemeral spring wildflowers grow and bloom. Discover some of these New England floral gems on a hike with Conservancy Stewardship Director Emily Hague and an Antioch University intern. This hike will explore the Perry portion of the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Horatio Colony Nature Preserve.
Location: Off California Brook Road, Swanzey, N.H. Please email or call for specific directions.
Contact: Email Liz Kautz or call 603-282-2115.

Trail steward training

Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. each day

Chris Ingui from the Jolly Rovers will be leading this training workshop to get us all up to speed on trail maintenance, construction and tool use. Chris builds trails professionally, but also works extensively with volunteers, and he’s excited to help us kick off our season with the help of two other leaders from the Jolly Rovers crew. Lunch and tools will be provided; you just need to come prepared to spend a day outside learning and working on our Porcupine Falls Trail. Please register in advance for one or both days.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Emily Hague or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Preview screening of Ken Burns film “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” benefiting the Hooper Preservation Fund and the Walpole Historical Society

Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Premiering to general audiences on PBS in fall 2014, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Walpole’s Ken Burns and Florentine Films present this preview screening of a compilation of film excerpts to benefit the Hooper Preservation Fund and the Walpole Historical Society. Much as Theodore Roosevelt pioneered land conservation for public benefit, the Hooper Preservation Fund and the Monadnock Conservancy have partnered in a unique effort to purchase a conservation easement on the Hooper Golf Course and surrounding forest land, a property that benefited the Walpole community for nearly 100 years. A portion of this event’s proceeds will go directly toward protecting the Hooper property. Tickets: $20 for reserved seating, $100 for reserved seating and pre-film reception with Ken Burns. Purchase tickets at Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, the Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, or Galloway Real Estate or Ruggles and Hunt in Walpole (only Ruggles and Hunt has the $100 tickets). View trailer »

Presented by: Hooper Preservation Fund, Walpole Historical Society and Florentine Films.
Location: Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 The Square, Bellows Falls, Vt.
Contact: Email Ryan Owens or call 603-357-0600, ext. 103.

Trail skills workshop

Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. each day

This two-day training, a repeat of the one offered in May, is intended to help community and land trust volunteers gain the skills needed to create and maintain trails, enabling them to facilitate trail projects back home. You’ll learn about tools and safety procedures, trail design and construction and maintenance of timber bridges, stone steps, puncheons, turnpikes and switchbacks. A fee covers instruction and food. Local lodging options are available.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Student Conservation Association.
Location: John and Rosemarie Calhoun Family Forest, White Brook Road, Gilsum, N.H.
Contact: Email Emily Hague or call 603-357-0600, ext. 104.

Hewes Hill hike

Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon

Join Ryan Owens and Denny Wheeler for a moderately strenuous hike up Hewes Hill, following the Tippin Rock Trail for part of the way, with discussion of the notable geological features. Expect some bushwhacking, with opportunity for rock climbing if you are inclined. Meet 9 a.m. at the Golden Rod Grange in Swanzey Center (Route 32).

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy and Harris Center for Conservation Education.
Location: Tippin Rock Farm, Swanzey, N.H.
Contact: Email Ryan Owens or call him at 603-357-0600, ext. 103, or call Denny at 603-313-0350.