This Week: Lots of Authors and Speakers and a Trip to See the Harvard Rothkos

• A quiet week on the government side: the Belmont Conservation Commission will discuss an application for keeping bees at Rock Meadow while there will be an update of the construction of the Underwood Pool by Town Administrator David Kale at the Recreation Commission. Both meetings are at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Town Hall. There will be an update on the off-leash program (that’s for dogs) at the Board of Health meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The Community Preservation Committee will be review the final application for grants at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall.

• Author Richard Primack will speak on his book Walden Warming:  Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods, as part of the Belmont Public Library’s Books and Bites program on Monday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. A Boston University professor and Newton native,  Primack searched for evidence of climate change at Concord’s Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau. Primack tells the deeply instructive story of the challenges he and his dedicated graduate students faced during the past decade as they identified the many plants that have disappeared since Thoreau’s time and those which are flowering earlier in successive years as spring temperatures rise. All are welcome to attend this free program.  Refreshments will be provided.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

• Tuesday, Jan. 13 is story time at both of Belmont libraries. Pre-School Story Time at the Benton Library, Belmont’s independent and volunteer run library, at 10:30 a.m. Stories and crafts for children age 3 to 5. Parents or caregivers must attend. Siblings may attend with adults. Registration is not required. The Benton Library is located at the intersection of Oakley and Old Middlesex. Over at the Belmont Public Library on Concord Avenue will be holding two sessions of Story Time for 2’s and 3’s, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

• Photographer Carole Smith Berney will present a multimedia show with images and music at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1:15 p.m. as she shares the surprising variety of the local natural world, including colorful flowers, autumnal fruits, and even winter wonders. Berney’s photography exhibit, “Seasonal Colors,” is currently featured at the Center. 

• The Friends of the Belmont Public Library welcomes author Adam Tanner who will speak on his book, What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy As We Know It, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Belmont Public Library. Tanner takes readers beyond the headlines of national government snooping to unveil how private businesses are gathering personal data on multitudes of individuals every day. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

• Dr. Jolene Ross of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals will speak on “Natural Solution to Executive Function Struggles and ADHD,” on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at  7 p.m. in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library. All are welcome to attend this free program.

• The Council on Aging will be visiting the newly-opened Harvard University Art Museum on Thursday, Jan. 15 with the bus leaving Belmont at 9:30 A.M. and returning at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $17; $13 for admissions plus $4 for the bus transportation. Harvard spent six years renovating their Quincy Street space, incorporating three of its existing museums. The result is exquisite. Current exhibits include the famous Mark Rothko (restored) Harvard murals and bronzes from the Mediterranean and ancient Near East.

• The Book Discussion Group for Lower Middle School students in 5th and 6th grades will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library.

• The Belmont Stormwater Working Group meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. 

• State Sen. Will Brownsberger will be holding office hours at the Beech Street Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16.

• Well-loved local musician Liz Buchanan performs original songs and traditional favorites at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, in the Belmont Public Library’s Assembly Room. 

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