Things to Do Today: Meet Belmont’s New Vets Officer, Mosaic Work, Benton Stories

• Due to the Memorial Day holiday, garbage and recycling pickups are a day delayed. So if you thought you missed your “Tuesday” trash day, you can breath again.

• Join the new Belmont Veterans’ Services Officer Hsiu-Ann Tom at the Beech Street Center at 1:15 p.m. for an informational meeting about benefits for veterans, surviving spouses and dependents.

Pre-School Storytime will be held 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.

• Learn the timeless craft of mosaics at the Intergenerational Mosaic Workshop being held today, Wednesday and Friday at the Beech Street Center at 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For residents 6 and older; a $5 fee for each class which is limited to 14 participants. Assemble small pieces of colored glass, stone, ceramics and shells to create decorative tiles, mirrors, picture frames. No experience necessary. Attend one or a series of three classes.

• Drop-in Vinyasa-style yoga classes, taught by professional instructors, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St. starting at 9:30 a.m. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Free parking on Pleasant, Leonard, and in the Claflin Street Parking Lot behind Belmont Center. The classes take place in Gardner Hall, at the back of the church; enter the hall from Alexander Street entrance. $10 for the session. Child care available for $6 per child. All proceeds benefit Plymouth Nursery School. Also check out the Friday morning session.

• Today is the birthday of Julia Ward Howe in 1819 in New York City. In 1861, Howe – who was married to Samuel Gridley Howe, the founder of the Perkins School for the Blind – was inspired after visiting the new President Abraham Lincoln to write new words to the melody of “Ol’ John Brown’s Body.” The result was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

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