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Introduction to Green Burial
Introduction to Green Burial
with Carol Coan 

Saturday, April 18, at 1 PM 

Introduction to Green Burial will address what green burial is, how it differs from conventional burial, how and where it can be done, and what the present situation is in Massachusetts.

Carol Coan is an anthropologist with a special interest in what we do with our bodies after death. She is a former president of Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts, and she regularly teaches classes on end-of-life planning. Carol is a founding member of Green Burial Massachusetts, whose mission is to start Massachusetts’s first conservation cemetery, open to all, and which has teamed up with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to locate suitable land for that project.

The Quest for the Eastern Cougar, with Robert Tougias

The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
with Robert Tougias

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 6:30 PM

Nature writer Robert Tougias journeys deep into the world of the cougar and into the reasoning of those that believe they exist and those that do not.  For decades, wildlife biologists have been telling us that cougars do not exist east of the Mississippi, and yet each year there are hundreds of people claiming to have seen one.  Eastern sightings have increased to offer better evidence of their existence.  No matter what you choose to believe, Tougais's book, The Quest for the Eastern Cougar: Extinction or Survival? provides an informative voice of reason that quiets the confusion regarding this powerful predator.  Robert asks why this phantom of the eastern woods stimulates such passion among so many people, but more importantly, whether or not cougars have survived in the East and if there is any truth to these claims.

Robert Tougias is an established nature writer and author.  He has contributed several outdoor columns to newspapers throughout New England and his articles on cougars have appeared in many magazines including Appalachian Trailways and Fur-Fish-Game.  Robert’s fascination with cougars began at an early age, and he is known by many wildlife biologists for his extensive knowledge on the cougar of the East.  His work on cougars was published in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the Eastern Cougar Conference.  Robert received his degree in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

Film: Big Hero 6
School Vacation Week Movie!

Wednesday, April 22, at 6 PM

Rated PG;  Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred into a band of high-tech heroes.

Teen & Tween Volunteering Day: South County Senior Center

Children's Music & Story Hour

Advance Directives, with Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D.

Advance Directives
with Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D. 
Director of Palliative Care Services 
Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Saturday April 25, at 2 PM

This talk will cover the basics of advance directives and medical orders for life sustaining treatment.
Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.  Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you're terminally ill, seriously injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia, or near the end of life.

By planning ahead, you can get the medical care you want, avoid unnecessary suffering, and relieve caregivers of decision-making burdens during moments of crisis or grief. Advance directives can also help reduce confusion or disagreement about the choices you would want people to make on your behalf.

Dr. Jeffrey Zesiger holds a primary certification in internal medicine. He is a member of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s medical staff and is the current medical director of the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson.

End of Life Care, with Maureen Groden
End of Life Care
with Maureen Groden, RN, MS, CHPN
Director of Hospice & Palliative Care
Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice

Saturday, May 2, at 2 PM 

This talk will cover the basics of Palliative Care: What is Palliative Care? Who receives Palliative Care? Where are Palliative Care Services provided? Who provides Palliative Care?  

Hospice and palliative medicine is devoted to achieving the best possible quality of life for a patient and their family throughout the course of a life-threatening illness through the relief of suffering and the control of symptoms. Hospice and palliative medicine helps the patient and family face the prospect of death assured that comfort will be a priority, values and decisions will be respected, and spiritual and psycho-social needs will be addressed

Wills & Trusts, with Attorney Richard Evans
The Basics of Wills and Trusts
with Attorney Richard Evans

Saturday, May 9, at 2 PM 

If you're going to leave or inherit anything, Attorney Richard Evans will cover the basics of wills and trusts.

Preparing for the distribution of your estate (assets you own at the time of your death) can be a very stressful experience.  After all, with so many important decisions to make, no one wants to make the wrong one.  One of the most common dilemmas is whether to have a will or a living trust – or both. Knowing the fundamentals of each will help you make the right decision.

Richard M. Evans has practiced law in western Massachusetts for over 35 years, concentrating in the representation of non-profit state and regional land conservation organizations.

T(w)een Writing Club continues...

Qigong with Dvora Eisenstein

Monday Knitting Circle
2015 Winter/Spring Preschool Storytime Schedule
Hen reading to her chicks

These story/craft times for children ages 3-6 and their families will be held on Fridays at 11:00am in the Children's Room.

The storytime dates are as follows:

9, 16, 23, 30
6, 13, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Each storytime is approximately 45 minutes in length. Please join us for theme-related stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts!

Sponsored by the Frontier CFCE Program, which is funded through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  This program does does necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Massachusetts Department of Education.  For more information, contact Karen Green, CFCE Coordinator at 665-8928.  Like us on Facebook at Frontier Regional CFCE Program.


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