The Chocorua Lake Conservancy will be offering a workshop on the use of a nature journal as a means to focus observation and learning in the natural world. On Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, join naturalist and Chocorua Lake Conservancy Stewardship Director Lynne Flaccus at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth to make simple journals and practice observation skills and sketching. Bring your own journal or make one. Supplies will be provided, but bring a pencil or favorite drawing or writing tool. If you have ever said, “I can’t draw,” this morning is for you. If you love to draw, but don’t make time for it, come join us for inspiration. All ages are welcome. The workshop is free, and registration is required. Sign up by Wednesday, April 10, by calling (603) 323-6252.

Later in the summer, Chocorua Lake Conservancy will have a field adventure along the shores of Chocorua Lake to practice journaling in the outdoors. This will be a stand-alone exploration with journals. The public will be welcome whether they participated in the April workshop. Flaccus has 30 years of experience in land conservation and stewardship, managing protected properties, studying wildlife, and educating adults and children.

On April 11, the Tamworth Recycling Project committee will be presenting to the selectmen plans for a swap shop at the transfer station on the weekend of April 20 and 21, as well as other recycling efforts they’ve been working on.

The Tamworth Recycling Project was started by a group of concerned Tamworth residents, concerned that the transfer station was no longer recycling because countries that used to process our waste are no longer doing so. Discussions have centered on ideas for reducing all forms of waste, particularly plastics, which pollute our oceans and are a danger to sea life.

We can all do the following: clean, flatten and save metal cans, as soon there will be metal can recycling once again at the transfer station. Some local stores, including Hannaford and Walmart, are collecting and recycling soft plastics, including single use shopping bags and bread bags. Take used newspapers to The Other Store for recycling; buy local milk and eggs and return glass bottles and egg cartons for reuse; support businesses, including The Other Store, that eliminate single-use plastic from the cafe and shelves; donate used magazines and books to the library for others to enjoy. Sales benefit the library. Donate unwanted clothes and other items to thrift stores, and purchase items from them; visit Agape in Ossipee, opposite The Pizza Barn, for great bargains. They accept used clothing and household items, and the store is manned by helpful volunteers.

If you receive unwanted catalogs and circulars in the mail, call the companies and ask them to remove your name from their recipient list; consider composting all vegetable food waste to remove a percentage from the trash. This benefits and augments soil and is easy to implement; use reusable, non-plastic bottles, cups, utensils and containers. Refuse plastic bottles, cups, and other single-use plastics whenever possible. If you drink soda, consider investing in a bubble-making machine and eliminate the use of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

The Tamworth Recycling Project now has a Facebook page, and everyone is urged to read the articles, comment and post links to relevant articles and videos: facebook.com/tamworthrecyclingproject.

On Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., Cook Memorial Library and the Tamworth Community Nurse Association will co-host a talk by Dr. Tom Kelly on “A New England Food Vision.” Dr. Kelly is executive director of the UNH Sustainability Institute, which he founded in 1997, and the chief sustainability officer of the University of New Hampshire.

Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices from throughout New England, “A New England Food Vision” calls for our region to reach a bold goal of 50 by 60 — building the capacity to produce at least 50 percent of our food by 2060 while supporting healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. The Cook Memorial Library offers a wide range of programs and activities for all ages with on line computers and tech savvy librarians who are always on hand to help.

The popular Wet Paint Week is coming up on April 29. Local artists are invited to join nationally recognized plein air artists from all over the country for a week long painting experience. Artists paint every day in and around Tamworth and showcase their work at public receptions.

This year, the newly refurbished Tamworth History Center, conveniently located in Tamworth Village will serve as a gallery. The event begins with the artists’ check in at the hospitality headquarters, The Preserve, in Chocorua. The daily painting fee is $10 a day; weekly painting fee is $50, plus one ticket to the Artist’s Table Dinner, costing $50.

For more information and forms, email mary@reservethepreserve.com.

This is an important reminder for parents of young children: If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 and you are a resident of Tamworth, you need to call Kathi Brown to make an appointment for registration at (603) 323-7271. Registration will take place on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7.

Attention, area residents over the age of 60: Ossipee Concerned Citizens provides daily community lunches at their location in the village area of Center Ossipee, Monday to Friday starting at noon. The cost is a free will donation. The food is plentiful, varied and usually includes a salad bar. If you know an elderly person who might be interested in attending the Ossipee Concerned Citizens meals, let them know or better still offer to drive them over.

On Monday, meals are brought over to the Tamworth Town House by a kind volunteer. Lunch begins at noon, and you can be sure of a warm welcome and a great, nutritious meal. The Tamworth Meals on Wheels program serves people unable to leave their homes or prepare meals for age-related or health reasons. If you would like to know more about it, call The Tamworth Community Nurses, who schedule deliveries, at (603) 323-8511.

Jo Radner was the presenter at a recent event at Cook Memorial Library, co-sponsored by Cook Memorial Library, the Tamworth History Center and the NH Humanities Council. The focus of the evening was storytelling as a way of continuing family history. She spoke about the importance of knowing about one’s ancestors. Studies have shown that knowledge about family history increases children’s mental and emotional well-being.

It’s important to write down family memories to keep them alive. Radner paired everyone up and tasked everyone with talking about a meaningful event relating to their childhood. It’s amazing how so many memories surface in this way. Participants then shared their stories. The event was an inspiration to start recording memories to share with our grandchildren, and I would like to thank the Tamworth History Center, the Humanities Council, and the Cook Memorial Library for making it possible.

Send items for this column to annmcgarity@yahoo.com or call (603) 323-7065.

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