• Take A Hike !! 

  • FREE Golden Paint DEMO - for this one, please see details and register under Classes/Workshops above.

  • Go on a Birding Quest at Fort Tabor

  •  Cribbage and Backgammon CLUB

  • Join our Wicked Cool Book Group !!

To Reserve a spot for These

FREE Offerings: 

Call or Text 774 628 6415

Please specify your name, email address and name of event when registering.  

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

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Local Birding Expedition

WE'LL RESUME IN SPRING

Date: Saturday - Next Date TBD

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30

FREE !!

Must Register:  Limited to 8 people

Join local birders, Arthur Rainville, Carol Molander and Kim Wilson in a local adventure to find and discover some of our gorgeous local birds. We will look for and identify shorebirds, birds in the shrubs on the bike paths and in the wide grassy areas around Ft. Tabor. Come and learn more about the varied and fascinating birds around us in the South End. This hour and a half tour is open to those interested in birding at all skill levels, especially anyone who is new to birding.  All are welcome to join this walk. Wear comfortable shoes, Bring binoculars, if you have them, a hat, sunglasses, water, camera, a small notepad and pencil .   Maybe some good photo ops ! 

Use these tips to see more birds, have more fun!
1. Be quiet. Birds are easily startled by loud noises and will flee to cover. It is almost impossible to sneak up on a bird, because birds hear much better than human beings do. By minimizing noise, you can get much closer to a bird. The overwhelming temptation, when seeing an especially exciting bird, is to yell: “WOW! LOOK AT THAT! IT’S RIGHT OVER THERE!”

Bird watchers learn pretty quickly that the same message can be whispered. The result is that the bird is more likely to remain for everyone to see, for a long and leisurely look.

2. Avoid sudden movements. Just as loud noises startle birds, so does sudden movement. Getting close to a bird means stalking it, moving slowly and deliberately. Sudden, jerky movement, even when swinging your binoculars up to your eyes, can make a bird nervous enough to fly away. The closer you are to a bird, the more slowly and quietly you should move.

3. Follow the crowd. In the nonbreeding season (the winter months in most of North America) many small songbirds join flocks of mixed species both for protection and to make finding food easier. Typically these flocks are largely silent, but there will almost always be one or two birds making call notes. Following a single calling bird will often lead you to a larger feeding flock. In fall, a single chip note from high in the trees may signal the presence of a dozen or so warblers. In winter a seep sound from down in the thicket may mean that 20 or more sparrows, towhees, cardinals, and other seed eaters are present. Following a solitary chick-a-dee-dee call may lead you to a mixed flock of chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, kinglets, and woodpeckers.

4. Study habitat. Each bird is specially adapted to a particular habitat. Meadowlarks prefer large open fields, woodpeckers need trees, sparrows favor thickets. What you see will depend in large part on where you look.

5. Work the flocks. Your chance of finding an unusual bird is far greater in a flock, just because you have more birds to look at. Banding studies have shown that when you think you have ten chickadees in your yard, there are probably 20, and when you think you have seen all 20 sparrows in the brush pile, there are probably 20 more.

6. Be patient. A sparrow hopping around in a bush will eventually move into a spot where you can get a good look. Bird watching is often about being patient and waiting for the birds to show themselves.

7. Get the sun at your back. It is not always possible, but moving around so that the sun is behind you will make it much easier to see and identify birds. When the bird is between you and the sun, color disappears, and the bird you are trying to identify may be just a black silhouette.

8. Try pishing. Sometimes, no matter how patient you are, no matter how slowly and quietly you move, you just cannot get a good look at the bird. When this happens, bird watchers try a technique called pishing. Pishing involves making small, squeaky noises by kissing the back of your hand or making a low whistled pish by blowing air through your closed teeth. Small birds are attracted to such sounds and will often pop into view to investigate. Here’s how to pish: Clench your teeth, open your lips and whisper the word pish.

9. Avoid brightly colored clothes. Many birds have poor color vision, but bright clothes, like whites, will contrast with the surrounding environment and enhance the appearance of movement. Wear darker colors or earth tones to blend into the background. There is no evidence that actual camouflage clothing works better than neutral, dark clothing.

10. Look around. Many bird watchers, focused on the flock in the thicket, forget to look at the other habitats around them. In particular, they forget to look up and thus miss the flock of geese or the soaring hawk. Or, while studying the ducks on the lake, unaware bird watchers may ignore the flock of kinglets in the trees behind them and miss seeing a new bird.

 

     

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Hike This Way 

With Chris and Susana Charbonneau

Free !!

WILL RESUME IN SPRING !!

Time:  10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: The Assonet Ledge Loop

THE FIRST ANNUAL PRE-HOLIDAY HIKE  !! 

This is a Moderate level, 2 hour, 5 mile hike.  We hope to keep this as a yearly tradition!   We’ll start out at the side parking area of the Assonet Ledge Trailhead and work our way down  to The White Tail Loop where we’ll see an abandoned pet cemetery and The foundation to Dr. McGillicuddy's pharmacy.   One of our favorite pre-Thanksgiving traditions is a walk in the woods, beside a creek, or even along a tree-lined lane. Those walks help to remind us why it’s so important that we, as a nation, preserve the wild places that feed our souls and provide refuge for wildlife.   As the weather is colder, please dress appropriately and in layers. Please call 774 628 6415 to register and if you have hiking, meeting or parking questions, please message Susana at 774-271-4159

Come on and get moving !  Take some time for yourself and become involved with nature as you’ve always wanted to by spending time discovering beautiful local treks and trails with

seasoned hikers Chris and Susana.  They’ve been exploring locally and all over New England

and other parts of the U.S. for years and will guide you in safe, encouraging, health friendly explorations.  They’ll offer survival tips, best practices, how to’s, where to’s and everything

else along the way.  For this relatively short hike, it is essential to dress in layers, wear durable, comfortable clothing and footwear and bring water to drink.

 

10 Essentials for day hiking

Appropriate Footwear.  Comfortable socks and Walking Shoes or boots Vs. Sneakers or sandals. 

Rain gear and Dry Fast Layers. The weatherman is not always right. Dress in layers to adjust to changing weather and activity levels. Wear moisture-wicking items and carry a warm hat .
Safety items Fire, light , and a whistle
First aide kit

Knife or a multi tool. With countless uses, a multi-tool can help with gear repair and first aid.

Sun Protection

Shelter. Protection from the elements in the event you are injured or stranded is necessary. A lightweight, inexpensive space blanket is a great option.

Leave No Trace Behind. Trash Bag.

Ziplock bag is a great option for keeping the trash you pick up along the trail separate from the rest of your gear. 

 

Who are our Guides Chris and Susana Charbonneau? 

With years of experience in interior painting. Chris is a perfectionist in his vocational ability to guarantee customer satisfaction.  He reaps the contentment and benefits of providing good service.  In his downtime, cherished pastimes of his include playing his harmonica and visiting breweries.

In her professional capacity, Susana has been a well loved, Bilingual (Portuguese) Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Scribe and Injectionist at Advanced Eye Centers in Dartmouth and has been in the field for over 20 years.  Chris and Susana have translated those same high working standards into success in their beloved avocation, Exploring The Great Outdoors.  They enjoy travel of all kinds, but hiking and camping in particular are favorites.  Outdoors-men by nature, Chris and Susana routinely spend their weekends trekking the many trails and mountains of the surrounding areas and beyond.  The Charbonneaus know how to have fun and celebrate life's joys with family and friends. They love good food and drinks.  Vineyards and Breweries

Susana and her husband Chris currently reside in New Bedford, Massachusetts with their two sons. 

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Game night for grown ups  

Cribbage and Backgammon

ONGOING:  Join anytime

Tuesday evenings 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Come on and Join the Cribbage or Backgammon Club.  We'll be thrilled to teach you to play if you are a beginner, or thrilled to beat the pants off of you if you're not !!  Each week we'll play 2 out of 3 and see who becomes reigning champion by the end of the year.  We'll schedule play-offs and tournaments all for fun .... and maybe a few little prizes).    Join Anytime .

 

Cribbage - Join the club and Learn to play the time honored card game of cribbage.  With a little patience and a lot of open hands at first,  you’ll soon see how pleasant and rewarding it is once you’ve learned the rules.  It’s a fascinating game that you’ll enjoy playing for years to come.  You’ll learn to play with different opponents and understand the complexity and simplicity of it all.  It’s a game of simple mathematics, strategy and tactics and every game is different.  You’ll soon be addicted and looking for the next chance to play.  Tournaments and championships will be held eventually.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttkfRm5pZr

Backgammon - Brought to us from the middle east originating probably in Mesopotamia (Iran), about 5,000 years ago.  It is one of the oldest board games on record.  It is a two person game with 15 pieces, checkers or men each you decide who will be white or black.  There are 24 triangle points to land on and rolling 2 dice within a cup is the accepted method of determining your moves.  It is a game of both strategy and chance.  Tournaments and championship games will be played.  We’ll stick to the original purified way of playing without doubling dice as our goal will be good clean fun and competition vs. high or low stakes of any sort.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDvvKWi0ijs

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 Tuesday Book Group

with Kristen Cardoso 

NBACE cracks it open 

Where:  Physically at Howland Green Library Meeting Room - 3 Rodney French Blvd - 

ALSO available On ZOOM:

FREE BOOKMARKS !!!

WhenTuesday APRIL 19th ~ 1:00 - 2:00 pm

At:  The Howland-Green Library 

NBACE Book Club

In-Person & Virtual discussion

 Join us on Tuesday, December 21st at 1:00 pm either in-person in our meeting room at the Howland-Green Branch or online via Zoom to discuss this month's book: 

PICK:  New Bedford Mansions:  Historic Tales of County Street by Peggi Medeiros

A collaboration with the

New Bedford Arts and Cultural Emporium ~ NBACE

at Kilburn Mill! Join us for our once monthly book club.

There are plenty of copies at the library to borrow or you are welcome to buy your own. If you aren't able to finish the book, or just want to come and see what we're about, please feel free to listen in and participate however best suits you.

New Bedford Mansions: Historic Tales of County Street

by Peggi Medeiros is a fascinating look into local historic

architecture and the families who built them here.

Location: In-person in the Meeting Room at

Howland-Green

Branch Library & virtually on Zoom

Link to join: https://tinyurl.com/2exj3m2f

Call if you need help logging in: 508-991-6212

New Bedford Howland-Green Branch Library

3 Rodney French Blvd.

New Bedford, Massachusetts 02744 | (508) 991-6212

newbedfordlibrary.org

Link to join via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/ueenkw

Link to register for in-person (scroll down to bottom): https://www.nbartsandculturalemporium.com/happenings-events

Call us if you need help logging in: 508-991-6212

Join Howland Green Librarian Kristen Cardoso as she facilitates this informal and unpretentious group of curious minds.   Come as you are, bring your book and we'll meet once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  

There are plenty of copies at the library to loan, come on and get one, or you can buy your own new or used. 

We'll have a lively discussion, this is an informal, non-academic get together just to discuss and share ideas and opinions.  Do your best to finish the book, but if you can't, don't let that stop you from coming and listening to the feed-back and participating however you may.

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