rThe Lehrer Report: March 24, 2023

Published: 03-23-2023 7:30 PM

Ramadan greetings to all our Muslim friends and neighbors.

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Garden report: I have picked forsythia branches and brought them inside to force. Iris and tulip shoots are also up.

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The free Stolen Beam series sponsored by the Jones Library and the African Heritage Reparations Assembly will be presented on Zoom on successive Thursdays: April 13, 20, 27, May 4 and May 11 from 7 to 8:20 p.m. The series was developed by members of the Reparations Committee of the Jewish Community of Amherst and will be co-facilitated by members of that committee, according to an email from Janet Ryan, head of programing and outreach at the Jones Library.

“The goal of the series is educational engagement with a narrative of U.S. racial history that is different from what many of us learned in our schooling. The class will focus on the legacy of African enslavement, what was stolen, what may be owed, and historical examples of reparations,” she wrote.

Each class offers readings as well as videos or audio recordings that will be provided via the internet. Suggested study questions are included for each class.

“Please note: This is not a lecture format. We bring the hope and expectation that all participants will prepare the reading and/or viewing of the assigned materials for each session and come prepared for thoughtful discussion,” Ryan wrote.

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The deadline to register is April 4 at the library website.

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The Two Roads Trio with Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano, Ian Scarfe, piano and Karl Knapp, cello will perform” To Keep the Dark Away, Songs of Hope,” Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at The Drake, according to an email from Amy Gates of Amherst. The event includes songs set to Emily Dickinson poems by Andre Previn and popular chamber works by Leonard Bernstein and others.

Tickets: www.thedrakeamherst.org/events/jamie-rose.

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Save the date, April 11: A gospel choir concert will be held at the Grace Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the ABC (A Better Chance) program.

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