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Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

Save a Life: Keene YMCA Offers CPR & First Aid CoursesYMCA CPR classes

Submitted by Organizational Champion, Keene Family YMCA

Save a life and take a First Aid and CPR class at the Keene Family YMCA!

Date: Sunday February 2nd, 2014
Time: AHII CPR Pro: 9:00 am-2:00 pm & ASHIII First Aid 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
Location: Keene Family YMCA, 200 Summit Rd, Keene

Event Details:

  • Must be 15 yrs old to take either courses.
  • Participants may take one of both courses.
  • Registration is required and is separate for each course.

CPR Pro Pricing: Y Members: $50.00            
Non members: $75.00
First Aid Pricing: Y Members: $40.00            
Community Participants: $50.00

Looking for a certification, but these options don’t work for you? We’re committed to offering First Aid, CPR, AED and Oxygen courses throughout the year. Like us on Facebook and check out our website for up to date information.

For more information about this course, contact Kelley O’Hara at

Regional Farms CSA Fair Set For Sunday, February 16th

Submitted by Organizational Champion, The Monadnock Food Co-op

A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will be held at the Monadnock Food Co-op on Sunday, February 16th from 1-4 p.m. Nine area CSA farmers will have informational tables and be on hand to answer questions on their farms and CSA memberships.

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others offer eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown, and are assured of high-quality and nutritious produce, grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor and more vitamins and minerals than many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface ground water often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.

Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting. In addition, small farms are able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank.
Some CSA farmers chose to receive organic certification for their produce, other farmers use organic and /or biodynamic techniques exclusively but do not choose certification.

Cheshire Fairgrounds CSA: Vegetables & herbs. To find out more information about the CSA or to sign up, contact farmer Taylor Barnes at (603) 762-5037 or For more information about the Cheshire Fairgrounds, contact Jori Johnson at (603) 357-4740 or stop in at the Fairgrounds at 247 Monadnock Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446.  

7th Annual CMC/DHK Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk & Kids' Fun RunSports Med 5K
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Join us for the 7th annual CMC/DHK Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 12th, 2014.

Date: Saturday April 12th, 2014
8:00 am Check-in Opens
9:00 am Kid’s Fun Run
9:30 am 5K Walk Begins
10:30 am 5K Run Begins
11:15 am Awards Ceremony

Location: Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, 580-590 Court St. Keene

Event Details:

  • $20.00 through 5:00 pm Thursday April 10th
  • $25.00 on Race Day Saturday April 12th
  • Kid’s Fun Run FREE!
  • First 300 Runners and walkers to register receive a FREE T-shirt!
  • Register here:
Healthy Happy Hearts Weekhealthy hearts week
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Cheshire Children’s Museum

The Cheshire Children’s Museum is celebrating Valentine’s Day by focusing on what makes a healthy, happy heart. Eating well, exercise, being kind to others and doing things we love are a few of the ways to keep your heart healthy and happy. Join us for the week to celebrate hearts!

All week long, we will have supplies out to decorate bags for “Meals-on-Wheels” recipients. Giving to others makes your heart happy! In addition, check out the special activities we will have going on each day below:

Sunday 2/9: Take our heart challenge scavenger hunt. Find the pictures throughout the
museum and choose which picture shows the heart healthy activity (all day).

Tuesday 2/11: What do you love to do? Make a Valentine Fortune Teller to find out! (all day). At 4:00 join Bridgette from for a half hour of heart pumping cardio!

Wednesday 2/12: Make a wooden heart craft to add some love to your home.

Thursday 2/13: Loving a pet can help keep hearts healthy and happy. Come see the adoptable animal the Monadnock Humane Society brings at 10:30!

Friday 2/14:11:00 Hannaford’s registered dietitian presents “Eat This Not That”, a program about heart-healthy food choices and ideas.

For more information, visit our website or call (603) 903-1800.

Upcoming Events at the Keene Rec Center!
Submitted by Organizational Champion, City of Keene Parks and Recreation Dept.

February Family Winter Carnival
Come out to Robin Hood Park to enjoy a day ice skating, having cardboard sliding competition and a snowman making contest. This event is free and open to the public. There will be music , hot chocolate prizes and more!

Date: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Robin Hood Park, Keene

For more information please contact Meghan Spaulding at (603) 357-9829.

Father/Daughter Dance!
Come to KPRD for our Father/Daughter dance! This event will be from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The cost per couple will be $5.00. All proceeds will benefit our program scholarship fund! 

Date: Friday February 21st, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Keene Rec Center, 312 Washington St, Keene

For more information please contact Meghan Spaulding at (603) 357-9829.