New Salem Arts Intensive dinner today
The New Salem Arts Intensive would like to invite all to our Brown Bag Dinner fundraising event today,
June 9,
at 5 p.m. before the 1794 Meetinghouse concert featuring Christine Ohlman. Choices will be a hummus wrap or a chicken salad sandwich, a side of potato salad or three bean salad, and a water, for $12.00 per bag. For more information contact Lisa DeWitt at lisa

Friends of the Library celebration today
Help Us Celebrate! Please join the Friends of the New Salem Library for an afternoon of celebration and conversation on Saturday, June 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at our annual meeting at the New Salem Library. Over wine, cheese, and desserts, we will look back at the accomplishments of the past year, celebrate outgoing board members, and look at how far we have come in realizing our plans for “reimagining our library.” The celebration won’t be complete without our loyal friends joining us! No need to RSVP … just come. There are always plenty of refreshments to go around.

Free Swimming Lessons
Every year the New Salem Recreation Committee sponsors free swimming lessons at Lake Mattawa. The child must be a resident of New Salem or Wendell and at least three years or older to participate. The lessons are provided by Athol YMCA swimming instructors. Week One is July 16-19 (make-up day is July 20) and the Week Two is July 23-26 (make-up day is July 27). There is a beginner and an advanced class at 9:30-10:30 and a beginner and an advanced class at10:30-11:30. To register and to find out more information, contact the Athol YMCA at 978-249-3305 or dbulmen.

Town Meeting June 19 7 p.m.
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Library News
978-544-6334 or n_salem
This Week:
Come sign-up for the Summer Reading program. For each age appropriate book you complete you will get a ticket for our end of summer raffle! There will be 3 raffles: 1 for children, 1 for teens, and one for adults. There are weekly prizes for children ages 12 and under!

June 11: Author Talk with Andrew Forsthoefel – 7 p.m.
This month our book discussion is an author talk! Come hear about Andrew Forsthoefel’s year-long, 4,000 mile journey on foot all the way across America and the people he met along the way. Join us for an evening of storytelling and reflection. Hear about the healing power of listening and its critical applications in the work of cultivating peace with ourselves, in our relationships, and with the Earth. We have copies of Andrew’s book Walking to Listen to borrow at the library.

June 13: Aging in Place: Health, Fitness and Wellness – 7 p.m.
The New Salem Aging in Place Task Force is offering presentations from various organizations offering services including podiatry care, health screenings, fitness and balance programs, and overall wellness life-style for elders. There will be time for questions and answers with each presenter.

Ongoing Yoga classes at the library:
Hatha Yoga – Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. with Natalie Reynolds
Hatha Yoga – Saturdays from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. with Natalie Reynolds

Natalie’s yoga classes are traditional Hatha yoga. The classes are gentle to moderate and include meditations from the Raja Yoga path.

Yoga classes are by donation. No previous experience, registration, or yoga mat necessary.

1794 Meetinghouse Concerts

  • Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. Soulful roots rock & blues. Opening night reception at 6:45 p.m.
  • Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m., choral music. QVPM presents folk music from England, Hungary, South Africa, the Austrian alps, and New England’s own Shaker communities.
  • Reprobate Blues Band, Thursday, June 14 – 7:30 p.m. Blues, Rock & Roots. The Reprobates bring high energy, danceable, rocking blues everywhere they play, and their enthusiastic audiences can’t get enough.
  • Samantha Farrell, Saturday, June 16 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz, Folk & Pop. Orange native Samantha Farrell’s ever evolving sound is an intersection of jazz, folk, pop and poetry.

Tickets: info, (413) 335-3489, or visit our

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