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Green Burial

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altFrom Death to Grave: Caring for Your Own Dead

a talk by Carol Coan


Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm

at the Wendell Free Library

Free Event

Wendell is one of the few towns in Massachusetts in which a burial vault is not required and natural burial practices are common. Hooray! “But,” you may ask, “now what?”

What else do you need to know to accomplish a green burial?

Is it possible to keep your deceased loved one at home?

Must you hire a funeral director?

Where does the death certificate come from?

How is the body transported?

Is there any way to prepare for all this ahead of time?

Join Carol Coan for an informative talk, followed by a Q&A, to learn answers to these questions and more. Carol is an anthropologist with a special interest in human anatomy and body disposal. A former president of FCAWM, she continues to field questions for the FCAWM’s hotline and teaches a class on Funeral Planning for the Living. Carol is co-chair of the Green Burial Committee, which has recently teamed up with Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to locate suitable land on which to start Massachusetts’s first conservation cemetery that will be open to all.

For more information, contact Carol Coan at (413) 774-2320 or Sean Pollock at (978) 248-2055 x16 .

Co-sponsored by Green Burial Committee of Funeral Consumers Alliances of Western and Eastern Massachusetts (FCAWEA)and by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust


April Adult Art Classes

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Mostly Drawing and Painting for Adults


Adult Art Classes at The Striving Artist

Wednesdays in April, 6-8 pm
Please sign up at the Library.



  • Session I:    April 2nd & 9th (led by artist Joanne McDonough)
  • Session II:  April 23rd & 30th (led by artist Heather Willey)
The artists leading the classes will set up drawing and painting challenges and teach techniques to achieve particular results.
Materials provided.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Wendell Free Library

"The Giant Gila Monster"

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Saturday April 26, 2014 at 7:30pm

The Giant Gila MonsterA couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend, Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang for help. A series of tragic motor accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and depleting the town of its citizens and passer-throughs, including two hot-rodding teen-agers. And might have plans on attending the BIG record-hop party.


Springtime Expressive Arts

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with Amanda Shippee

Note date change. These are the correct dates!

APRIL 9th - MAY 14th
1:30- 2:30 pm

$15.00 fee for series- that's $2.50 per class.
                               Limited to 12 students.
Register at the Library, (978) 544-3559. Arrangements can be made by parents with the school for bus stop at the Library.

"Expressive Arts" include visual arts, dance/movement, music, drama/theater, and writing.

In this six week class, we will explore all five areas of the arts through fun, EXPRESSIVE individual work and group activities!

Amanda  Shippee - Fine ArtistAmanda Shippee, originally from Western Massachusetts, studied and began her career in Vermont. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Expressive Arts with a focus on Art to Heal Childhood Trauma. She also studied with Project Seasons, The Outdoor Classroom this past summer at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne Vermont. She has spent time in a Waldorf classroom, and hopes to incorporate some of their techniques in her work.

Shippee worked with VSA VT (Very Special Arts, Vermont) in the Vermont Family room as the Early Childhood Arts Director. Because of her conviction that art and nature go well together, she plans to spend a lot of time outside for this class.



Sunday Hours Extended

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Wendell Free Library
Sunday Hours

Noon-4pm will continue to the end of April


Sunday April 20th, Easter:

YES - Mostly Yoga at 10AM
NO Library hours


AA Meetings

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Saturdays & Sundays
6-7 PM
Wendell Library Herrick Room

All Welcome


Art Exhibit: Point of Departure

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March 2 through May 3, 2014

in the Herrick Room at the Wendell Free Library

Water Portal

Water Portal

Please stop in to see this powerful show and come meet the artist at her reception on Saturday, April 5, 1:00-3:00 pm in the Gallery.

Paula Tessier of Shutesbury shows five powerful large oil on canvas paintings based on natural events or situations. Except for “Grandmother Tree”, a painting of a close up view of a tree (conifer) against woods, the other four are quite abstract. However, in all the works the artist primarily focuses on movement, energy, and the raw power of nature rather than on representations of a landscape. Even in the former painting the choice of the tree (conifer) results in branches that stab out horizontally and diagonally against a soft background. This results in a very dramatic, almost violent image.

The overall effect of these paintings is that the viewer is confronted with the bigness of nature, its power, its unending movement, its growth and change. Since the images are large and the compositions bold and simple, they strike the viewer as clusters of energy. The loose brushwork, often moving diagonally across the surface, combined with the high contrast of dark and light result in a kinesthetic experience for the viewer. These works result in a “stand eight feet back and wow” experience.


Playgroup with Sylvia

Sylvia's awesome playgroup is held most Wednesdays 10 - 11:30 am

Children ages newborn to five and their guardians are welcome to attend.

Silvia has a sand table and lots of other activities to engage participants. Parents enjoy socializing with their peers just as much as the kids do with each other.

The program is co-sponsored by Union #28 Community Partnership for Children and the Wendell Free Library.

Please note: the playgroup is not held on school vacation days or school snow days.

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LIBRARY HOURS through April 2014:
Tue: 12:00-6:00
Wed: 10:00-8:00
Sat:   9:30-3:30
Sun: 12:00-4:00
Mon: 12:00-5:00
-Internet use only

PHONE: (978) 544-3559
LIBRARIANS: Rosie Heidkamp, Director
Joy Brenneman, Asst. Librarian
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 236
7 Wendell Depot Rd
Wendell, MA 01379


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Library Calendar

Springtime Expressive Arts
Wed Apr 23 @01:30PM - 02:30PM
April Adult Art Classses
Wed Apr 23 @06:00PM - 08:00PM
Green Burial
Thu Apr 24 @07:00PM -
AA Meeting
Sat Apr 26 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
"The Giant Gila Monster"
Sat Apr 26 @07:30PM -
Mostly Yoga
Sun Apr 27 @10:00AM - 11:15PM
AA Meeting
Sun Apr 27 @06:00PM - 07:00PM
Springtime Expressive Arts
Wed Apr 30 @01:30PM - 02:30PM
April Adult Art Classses
Wed Apr 30 @06:00PM - 08:00PM
AA Meeting
Sat May 03 @06:00PM - 07:00PM

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