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Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

First Parish Presents Earth Day Poetry Reading
FITCHBURG, MASSACHUSETTS—In honor of Earth Day and National Poetry Month, First Parish Church presents a free poetry reading on Sunday, April 21, 2:00 p.m., at 923 Main Street,
Upper Common, Fitchburg.

All poetry lovers are invited, and free refreshments will be provided.

Readings by Patricia Caspers, Lori Ann Tessier,
Elizabeth Gordon, and Trish Crapo
Followed by an open mic session.
All are welcome to attend and recite.
FREE! Refreshments. Donations gratefully accepted.

Patricia Caspers is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared recently in Ploughshares, Futurecycle, and The Mom Egg. She holds an MFA from Mills College and edits poetry for the online journal, Prick of the Spindle.

Lori Ann Tessier is an educational tutor and a Lunenburg resident who has been writing poetry for 15 years. Her poetry, which covers a wide range of themes and motifs, is inspired by nature.

Elizabeth Gordon is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in several journals as well as in anthologies such as Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian Women and How We Live Now: Contemporary Multicultural Literature. Elizabeth holds an MFA from Brown University.

Trish Crapo writes a poetry column for the Greenfield, MA Recorder and reviewsfiction for the Women’s Review of Books. Her poetry has appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Sanctuary, and the national column, American Life in Poetry, among other places. Trish will co-lead a workshop at this year’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

Winter sunset Fitchburg

Winter sunset Fitchburg

The Earth Day Poetry Reading is the first event of the First Parish Cultural Series, a program that will feature a different cultural activity each month.
First Parish Fitchburg, which strives for justice, equity, and compassion, is an open and affirming congregation dedicated to recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Give a hand and help children read books in Fiji

Dear friends,

Even a dollar can go a long way when combined with another dollar that someone else contributed to help ship books to impoverished Viwa Islands, Fiji. Michele Darmanin has taken the cause up in 2012 and has already had one successful shipment to school children om Viwa Island, Fiji.

It turns out that other impovershed schools on Fiji islands want books for non existing school libraries also. Michele has received books from around the world. This is one piece of the puzzle. The other part is the books need to be shipped and it costs thousands of dollars to do so. Michele estimated shipping at $2,000. The ship leaves in March and she needs to raise necessary funds to ship then.

Can you please give her a hand. Michele is not asking for the moon only a small donation that would brighten the lives of children who will never otherwise see the world as a place of beauty and joy. If they don’t read books that educate, how will they be productive citizens in the future?

We can do our part. I shipped two different books over the past year. I made a small financial donation of $5.00. I know it is nothing, but if you all contribute $5 or more, then it will grow and take wing, just like the butterfly.

Let’s make Michelle smile today. She is under a lot of pressure to get thousands of books shipped on pallets. Let’s give her a hand at

Click on this link:
gogetfunding.com/project/please-help-us- ship-books-to-15-…
Please support this genuine cause and share with your friends.
For more information, please contact Shelly at:
Mobile: 0405 326 080 (anytime)
www.facebook.com/DonateABookToTheSchoolC hildrenOfFiji?ref=hl
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