Events of Interest

Through June 29
Reception to celebrate “Birds, Flowers and Gardens’
10-5 PM
Francesca Anderson Fine Art, 56 Adams St., Lexington;
 Exhibit open through June 29.
 Regular gallery hours are 10-5 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 PM on Sundays.
Free; Info:  781-862-0660,
Tuesday, June 18
Workshop: Protecting Indigenous Stone Features
6:30-8:15 PM
Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Road, Harvard, MA
6:30 PM - Refreshments and photo-streaming of local stone features
6:45 Presentation by Doug Harris, deputy tribal historic preservation officer with the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office
7:15 - Brief presentations of preservation efforts in the region, with an emphasis on approaches and key takeaways - what worked and what didn’t
8 PM Q&A discussion about protection goals, methods, and resources.
The goal of this workshop is to begin the process of creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between each town’s Historic Commission, the Narragansett Indian Tribe, and potentially other tribes.    In 2015 the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Narragansett Indian tribe made a multiple property listing submission to the National Register of Historic Places defining what a Ceremonial Stone Landscapes are.  MOU’s activate a collaborative stewardship relationship for the identification and protection of the indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape, leading to greater knowledge of towns’ indigenous culture and ways to protect sites of significance.
  For more information, contact 978-456-3664
June 23
Summer Solstice and Riverfest; Cardboard Boat Race Challenge
3-6 PM
The Old Manse
Celebrate Riverfest and take part in the challenge to build and race a cardboard boat in the Concord River.  Bring your team, imaginations, and intrepid spirit.  Boat-making materials provided.  Details to come.
Summer Solstice Celebration
6-9 PM
Bring a picnic and enjoy music on the back lawn of  The Old Manse.  Then join Voices for the Earth in song on The Old North Bridge, and cap the evening with s’mores around a Solstice Fire.

Tuesday, June 25
Acton Dog Park Committee Public forum
7 PM
Emergency Operations Center of Acton’s Public  Safety Facility, 371 Main St.
Come year the latest news on the proposed Dog Park.
If you are unable to attend the forum, you are welcome to attend any of our meetings, which are posted at You can also email us at

Wednesday, June 26
 June Speaker: Marea Gabriel, Conservation Projects Manager, The Nature Conservancy -
Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
7 PM
680 Hudson Road  Sudbury, MA 
Marea Gabriel, Conservation Projects Manager with the MA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), works with TNC’s Landscape Conservation Program addressing global climate change through science-based conservation strategies including land protection, ecological restoration, nature-based solutions, and advancing a low-carbon economy.
Marea will discuss TNC’s Resilient & Connected Landscape analysis, which identifies a network of resilient sites that will sustain these species in a changing climate - she will demonstrate the concepts and data supporting this vision, discuss their applications to conservation decisions, and give some examples, including here along the Assabet River.

Birding Kits
Acton Memorial Library, Main Street, Acton
The library has two Birding Kits available for loan.  Each kit includes a canvas field bag with Eagle Optics 8 by 42 binoculars with case:  Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America:  Birding for the Curious; town of Acton Guide to Conservation Lands; and a laminated copy of Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Northeast, a quick reference card.  The kits circulate for two weeks, and must be checked out at the library and returned to the library.   Acton residents may place a hold on a Birding Kit by clicking here to visit the Minuteman Catalog or by calling the Reference Desk at 978-929-6543

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