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April 12 - 18

Food Explorers: Baking Class for Kids!: Bread Baking Class for Kids!

Monday April 12 at 2 PM

Join Food Explorers for a bread making workshop! You’ll make your own Focaccia bread masterpiece by decorating with fresh vegetables and herbs, and make dinner rolls from scratch in this two hour class.

You’ll need the following ingredients: flour (~6 cups total for both recipes), yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil, 1 egg, butter, salt and your choice of decorative toppings, such as: peppers, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, onion, olives, fresh parsley, rosemary, etc. The more colors the better!”

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

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CLAMS Book Group

Monday, April 12 at 7:00 PM

Classic Literature At Mystic (CLAMS) is a group of readers who want to engage in conversation about literature of various genres considered to be "classics." Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00pm.  Titles are chosen by majority vote.  We are meeting virtually via Zoom to discuss To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Wolff. You must email Sally Salancy to get the Zoom link.  This group is open to the public.

To register contact: Sally Salancy (salancy@gmail.com)

 

Digital Program: Gardening with Native Plants Series

Wednesday, April 14 at 6PM

Join us with Tim Wachtmann of Plantscapes of New England for in informative programming series about gardening with native plants. This series will teach participants about the native plants of New England, their ecological impact, and how individuals can restore the beauty, interest, and function of New England's natural habitats one garden at a time.

Part 2: Planting for Native Pollinators
Gain a greater understanding of how native plants impact native pollinators, why they are so important, how to plant for perpetual bloom, supporting native pollinators, and the effects of pesticides.

Register for this Program

 

Mystic & Noank History Book Club

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

We will discuss the book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick.   Multiple copies of the book are available at the Circulation desk.  Our discussion will be held virtually on the Zoom platform.  If you are interested in joining our discussion you must email Dana Semeraro to receive the Zoom link information.

To Register contact: Dana Semeraro  (dssemeraro@gmail.com)

 

Food Explorers Baking Class for Kids!

Friday, April 16 at 4:00 PM

Join  Food Explorers to make a Chocolate Ganache Tart with homemade Whipped Cream!

You’ll need the following ingredients:

Oreos or chocolate graham crackers, butter, heavy cream (1.5 cups), 12 of either dark or milk chocolate (or a mixture of both). Chocolate chips or bars of chocolate are both fine. You will need either a tart tin with a removable base, or a pie dish.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

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April 19 - 25

Monday, April 19 at 4:00 PM

Tech Class: Organize Your Photos

We all take more pictures than ever before, whether on digital cameras, tablets, or the mobile phones we carry with us everywhere. There are so many, it can be hard to know what to do with them all, or find a photo when you need to show it to family or friends. Analysts at Mylio, a photo organizing app company, estimated that in 2020 people would take more than 1.4 trillion photos throughout the year. Come learn the basics of organizing your digital photos and make this task a little less daunting. We will cover how to easily move photos from your phone to your computer, the best practices of file preservation, how to come up with a photo organizational system, and how to find photos when you need to show them to a friend or family member. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Monday, April 19 at 6:00 PM

Digital Program: Mystic Conversations on Race

This intentional book club, Mystic Conversations on Race (MyCOR), is intended for people who understand that the toxicity of historic and contemporary racism must be confronted...in our hearts, in our minds, and in our communities.

In this book club, we will reflect on texts (fiction and nonfiction), films, and podcasts on the origins of race, the processes and effects of racism, and on white complicity and supremacy. We will be reading (among others) Toni Morrison, Ibram X. Kendi, Isabel Wilkerson, Dorothy Roberts, Imani Perry, and more. We will also be viewing/listening to films/podcasts by Katrina Browne, Ava Duvernay, and The New York Times' "1619 Project." 

Click here to view a schedule of meetings and the accompanying material(s) to be discussed.

Please register: Please email start@stmarksmystic.org with "Mystic Conversations on Race" as the subject and include your name and phone number. 

 

Friday, April 23 at 4:00 PM

Upcycling: DIY Cardboard Loom and Weaving Workshop for Kids!

Come join Hazel learn how to weave fabric scraps into a wall hanging using a cardboard loom. All the materials will be provided and ready for pickup in the Ames room after you register for this fun event. All ages welcome.

Materials in Bag:

Cardboard Loom 

Fabric Scraps

* You might need a pair of scissors

Register Here


April 26 - May 2

Upcycling Craft: Neck Cowels

Monday, April 26 at 4:00 PM

Looking for ways to be creative for free? Come join us once a month to brainstorm and create new fashion from old garments, extend the life of your clothes with mending and enhancements, and help the environment by keeping textiles out of the landfill. All ages welcome. No sewing skills necessary. Finish an existing project or come learn how to start one!

This month's craft is "neck cowels." You will need the following supplies: 1-2 knitted sweaters (any weave type), a few large buttons, needle and thread, and scissors. 

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Celebrating Poetry: A Community Reading

Monday, April 26 at  6:00 PM

Let's celebrate National Poetry Month this year by reading, sharing, and celebrating our favorite poets and poems in this all ages community event. The poems can be classics or contemporaries; strict rhyme schemes or free-flowing verse; contemplative or bombastic; joyful or morose; long (up to two printed pages) or short (just a single couplet!). All the criteria for which poems you decided to read is up to you. What's important is that they speak to you.

Signing up to read is simple: type in your name, the name of the poem you'll read, and the poet who wrote it. If you'd like to say a few words about why the poem speaks to you after reading, please share. Our meeting will last from 6PM to 7:30PM, or as long as it takes for everyone who'd like to share a poem to share. You do not have to read to join in, relax, and enjoy an evening of poetry.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Classic Literature At Mystic (CLAMS) Book Club

Monday, April 26 at 7:00 PM

Classic Literature At Mystic (CLAMS) is a group of readers who want to engage in conversation about literature of various genres considered to be "classics." Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00pm.  Titles are chosen by majority vote.  We are meeting virtually via Zoom to discuss The Leopard, by G. Di Lampedusa. You must email Sally Salancy to get the Zoom link.  This group is open to the public.

Contact: Sally Salancy (salancy@gmail.com)

 

Digital Program: Gardening with Native Plants Series

Wednesday, April 28 at 6PM

Join us with Tim Wachtmann of Plantscapes of New England for in informative programming series about gardening with native plants. This three-part programming series will teach participants about the native plants of New England, their ecological impact, and how individuals can restore the beauty, interest, and function of New England's natural habitats one garden at a time.

Part 3: Enjoying Your Native Landscape
Wednesday, April 28 at 6PM
Turn your knowledge of native gardening into beautiful landscapes! Learn about traditional vs. ecological gardening, edible native plants, planning your landscape, local resources for learning more, and plant names and habitats.

Register Here

 

Healthy & Amazing Sauces

Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 PM

Join us for an instructional cooking video with Colin McCullough, of Colin Cooks Vegan, who teaches vegan and non-vegan people alike how to incorporate whole-foods, plant-based meals into their diet. You can also join us for the other programs in his Whole Foods Cooking Series: Healthy & Amazing Sauces in April and Veggie Burgers & Veggie Sausages in May.

A great sauce is the secret to making healthy foods taste delicious! In this class, we'll learn how to make four different tasty sauces for hearty and heart-healthy bowl meals using fresh, whole-food ingredients. Right now many people are trying to find uses for their pantry items like beans, grains, etc., and these delicious sauces are a versatile way to put those pantry items to use! Click these links for the ingredients and instructions for each sauce: Lemon TahiniCuban Smoky SweetGinger Miso, and Nacho Cheese.

Don't miss out on our final whole foods cooking class next month!
Veggie Burgers & Sausages. Thursday, May 27 at 6PM

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Food Explorers Cooking Class for Kids!

Saturday, May 1 at 3:00 PM 

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Homemade Tortillas with Guacamole! That’s right, you’ll learn how to make Tortillas from scratch. You’ll mix, knead, roll and cook the tortillas just in time for an afternoon snack. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

 AP flour, water, olive oil, salt, 1 avocado & 1 lime. You will also need either a cast iron skillet or a medium sized non-stick frying pan.”

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

Join the Waitlist


May 3 - 9

Food Explorers Cooking Class for Kids!

Saturday, May 1 at 3:00 PM

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Homemade Tortillas with Guacamole! That’s right, you’ll learn how to make Tortillas from scratch. You’ll mix, knead, roll and cook the tortillas just in time for an afternoon snack. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

 AP flour, water, olive oil, salt, 1 avocado & 1 lime. You will also need either a cast iron skillet or a medium sized non-stick frying pan.”

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

Join the Waitlist

 

The Golden Age of Musicals (1950s)
Monday, May 3 at 6:00 pm

Join us for an audiovisual lecture series on the history of movie and Broadway Musicals! The programs will be hosted by Sam and Candy Caponegro, who teach educational, entertaining, and critically reviewed classes at libraries and universities around the country on American musicals. 

In no other period of time were more great original film musicals made. Join and explore "GiGi", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "A Star Is Born", and everyone's favorite: "Singing in the Rain" among other musicals from the era. Our lecturers will show scenes and clips from popular musicals along with history and analysis of their importance and longevity. 

Big Stars of Early Musicals
Mon. June 7 at 6:00 pm

According to some experts, singing and musical show tunes lead to mental clarity. True or not, this lecture will explore the history of the early movie musical. Beginning with "The Jazz Singer" in 1927, film musicals changed the entertainment industry. Clips from the period include performacnes by Mae West, Bing Crosby, and the extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Food Explorers Baking Class for Kids!

Friday, May 7 at  4:00 PM 

Join Food Explorers to make Lemon Bars! This lightened up version uses Greek yogurt for a light texture, and we’ll also be making a quick and optional raspberry sauce to accompany this dessert.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

6 oz cream cheese, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 3 eggs, white sugar, 2-3 lemons, graham crackers, butter and optional vanilla extract and raspberries.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

Join the Waitlist

 

Upcycling: Fabric Bead Bracelet Workshop for Kids!

Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 AM

Come join Hazel to learn how to make stylish bracelets using nothing but fabric scraps and beads. All the materials will be provided and ready for pickup in the Ames room after you register for this fun event. All ages welcome. 

Materials in Bag:

Beads

Fabric Scraps

* You will need a pair of scissors

Register Here


May 10 - 16

Mystic & Noank History Book Club

Monday May 10 at 7:00 PM

We will discuss the first half of the book The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology, by Simon Winchester.   Multiple copies of the book are available at the Circulation desk.  Our discussion will be held virtually on the Zoom platform.  If you are interested in joining our discussion you must email Dana Semeraro to receive the Zoom link information.

To register contact: Dana Semeraro (dssemeraro@gmail.com)

 

Drawing to De-stress

Wednesday, May 12 at 6:00 PM

You don't have to be da Vinci to enjoy drawing. A Drexel University study published in Art Therapy in 2016 found that drawing releases stress reduction hormones for everyone, regardless of skill level. Join us for an ongoing Zoom program about basic tips and techniques for drawing, and how to make drawing a stress relieving practice. We meet monthly to share art, sketches, or doodles we've been working on with other group members, and then have built in time to free sketch and chat. Group members will share tips and strategies they've discovered to make drawing fun and stress free. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting with their own materials.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here