Just passing on some information from One Book One Belmont, a great program to foster discussion and togetherness within town — all around works of great literature. This year, in honor of Belmont’s 150th birthday, the OBOB selection is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver with husband Steven L. Hopp and daughter Camille Kingsolver. There are a bunch of great events scheduled around it right through September and October. Here’s what planned so far:
Now – Oct. 2 “From the Garden to the Kitchen to the Table:” Belmont Gallery of Art, 3rd floor Homer Municipal Building, 19 Moore St.: Thirty-two Belmont artists exhibit work that addresses food-related themes. See www.belmontgallery.org for hours. Closing reception: Fri. Sept. 25, 6-8 PM.
Sept. 9 Frances Moore Lappé on “Food Choices for a Small Planet:” 7:00 PM Wed., Town Hall Auditorium, 455 Concord Ave.: Author of the bestselling Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé explores which food choices are best for our bodies, the earth, and the people who tend it.
Sept. 11 Book Discussion Group – 11:00 AM Fri., Flett Room, Belmont Public Library – Everyone is Welcome
Sept. 12-19 Food for Fines- to benefit the Belmont Food Pantry. Bring nonperishable foods to the library in place of overdue fines.
Sept. 15 When Belmont was a Town of Farms- 7 PM Tues., Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library: Writer Jane Sherwin gives a multi-media presentation on the history of Belmont farms and farming families. Co-sponsored by the Belmont Historical Society.
Sept. 16 Book Discussion Group- 3:00 PM Wed., Flett Room, Belmont Public Library
Sept. 21-25 (KIDS EVENT) Belmont Public Schools to serve locally grown food – part of statewide Mass. Harvest for Students Week by purchasing, serving and highlighting locally grown food.
Sept. 22 Farming in Belmont Today- 7 PM Tuesday, Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library Panel discussion with Nathan L’Etoile, Assistant Commissioner of the Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources; Henry Ogilby and Sal Sergi of Belmont’s last working farm, also known as Sergi Farms; and Joan Teebagy, an avid gardener who keeps bees and chickens.
Sept. 24 (KIDS EVENT) Herbal Soap Workshop for Teens- for grade 5 and up: 3 PM Thurs, Chenery Middle School Teachers’ Dining Room – Make soap with Phyl Solomon of the Haitat Intergenerational Program (HIP) using herbs grown at Chenery. Registration required; call 617 993-2880.
Sept. 30 (KIDS EVENT) Composting Workshop ages 5 and up: 3:00, 3:45 and 4:30, Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, 50 Juniper Road. Lisa Becker of Mass Audobon’s Habitat will lead 30 minute, hands-on programs on composting. Registration required; call Children’s Room at 617 993-2880.
Oct. 5 HomeGrown, a documentary presented by Belmont World Film- 7 PM Mon., Belmont Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Rd. See how the Dervaes family goes “off the grid” and harvests 6,000 lbs. of produce yearly on a quarter-acre property in Pasadena. Preceded by two short films, “Viva La Food” and “Hot Bread Kitchen.” Ticket prices at www.belmontworldfilm.org.
Oct. 7 Book Discussion Group- 7:30 PM Wed., Flett Room, Library. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Belmont.
Oct. 8 One Book One Belmont Afternoon at the Farmers’ Market– Market opens 1:30 PM, Municipal parking lot in Belmont Center — Come see the wide variety of fresh and freshly prepared foods at the market, and watch Belmont’s own chefs prepare locally grown foods! Cooking demonstrations by:
- 2 PM Michael Ehlenfeldt, chef/general manager, Stone Hearth Pizza
- 3 PM Joh Kokubo, chef/owner, Kitchen on Common
- 4 PM Dante de Magistris, chef/owner, il Casale