The Sputnik Years
Wednesday July 17, 2019, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
AMHERST – When a Russian rocket lofted Sputnik 1 into orbit on October 4, 1957, the worldwide reaction was a mixture of awe and apprehension. The Space Age '' and the Space Race '' had begun. To an American public that had grown accustomed to our country's growing global primacy, Sputnik's launch was a traumatic wake-up call. This retrospective will explore the events leading up to Sputnik's launch, the political fallout that led to America's response (Explorer 1), the formation of NASA, and the crucial role that amateur astronomers played in tracking the first satellites.
Kelly BeattyKelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel.
Library: July Artist Exhibit – Howard Muscott
Howard MuscottAMHERST – The Friends of the Amherst Library welcomes nature photographer and Amherst resident, Howard S. Muscott who will be displaying his artwork at the Amherst Town Library, during the month of July.
Howard Muscott’s photography has captured the exquisite beauty of the natural world and the amazing wildlife within it for more than 45 years. Grounded in his early years of hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing, Howard’s love for nature photography is fueled by the exquisite beauty of the natural world. “The ideal photograph tells a story that speaks directly to the heart and moves people to self-reflection. It combines one’s vision for the image with the best natural, ideally golden light, and requires both persistence and opportunity.”
Self-taught, Howard has had more than 25 individual and 40 group shows highlighting among other things autumn colors, Southwestern peoples and light, the mountains of Alaska, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest, and wildlife. Howard’s work has been published on the cover of national journals in education, in newspapers and books, and used on educational and other websites. He has won numerous awards for both wildlife and portraits including most recently, Best in Show for his Snowy Owl in Flight at Beaver Brook Association His work can be found on his website (www.chasingthegoldenlight.com) and at various stores, galleries, and office buildings around NH.
Howard is a lifelong special educator and retired professor who directs the New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC in Bedford, NH.
Grill Like a Professional at the Amherst Town Library
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30PM
AMHERST – Let's face it, most of us are terrible barbecuers. But this can be the summer that you finally master outdoor cooking! Join Sterling (Tex) Trumphour and his daughter, Jessica, from The Happy Butchers, at the Amherst Town Library on Tuesday, July 23, 6:30-8:30PM as they teach you to grill like a professional.
The program will begin with a demonstration of how to cut up a whole chicken, a boneless pork loin, and a rib eye. Buying a large piece of meat and cutting it yourself can save you money now, and time later. Next we'll move on to cooking, as they teach you the technique, timing, and temperature, and recommend marinades for each cut, to get the most out of your barbecue. And finally we'll sample the tasty eats.
The Happy Butchers will provide participants with coupons off of a future purchase (5% off $50, 10% off $75, 15% off of $100) to ensure that everyone leaves ready to host their own backyard barbecue.
Rain date is Wednesday, July 24
And remember, attendance at adult programs qualifies you to mark a checkbox on your library “Reward Card”. Completed cards will be entered in a raffle for great prizes.
All adult programs offered at the Amherst Town Library are free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED for each program due to space limitations. You can register for these events listed above by calling 673-2288 or by visiting the website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
Eat Well, Live Well, Play Well
Wednesday July 31, 2019, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
AMHERST – Do you dislike working out? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Join us for Gail Parker's Signature Talk, Eat Well. Play Well. Live Well.
Gail believes in helping the community become healthier one person at a time. Her mission is to empower individuals to make different choices about fitness and nutrition in order to encourage better health and wellness.
Eat Well. Play Well. Live Well. will provide attendees with easy-to-use techniques that will allow you to focus on one change at a time. These techniques will help to take the frustration and fear out of eating, cooking, and physical activity.
Along with these tips and tricks Gail will: dispel myths about common food and fitness, share recipes to make meal planning simple, give advice on how to get physically active, and learn how to make health a life long journey.
Gail Parker M.Ed. is a Certified Nutrition & Sports Advisor & Herbalist.
Gail has been successfully living with Diabetes for over 25 years and will say she has reversed it, naturally. She teaches others to do the same even before it happens. Her personal walk in naturally defying diabetes and other health concerns empowers others to break unhealthy habits and defy illness even before it happens. She has a genuine passion for addiction counseling, coaching and mentoring women and men.
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