CCL Weekly Update – 2/11/2021

A weekend to enjoy the Beauty of Birds.

Throughout this long weekend there are two concurrent opportunities to be a citizen scientist. The International Great Backyard Bird Count runs 2/12-15. You can learn more about how to participate by clicking the link here. This link will also provide some suggested smartphone Apps for the novice birder, to help in identifying and participating in the bird count. You can also help support the NH Audubon’s Winter Bird Survey, 2/13-14. The NH Audubon defines “in your backyard” as any bird you can see in your backyard. So you’re able to stay inside and look at your backyard bird feeders while participating! Please click here for more on how to participate. In both bird surveys, the focus is to explore nature and beauty in your own backyard. CCL has encouraged participation in these events by offering DIY pinecone bird feeder kits to all who are interested, and the support and engagement has been amazing! If you would like instructions on how to make your own pinecone bird feeder, click here.

To further encourage engagement and curiosity about birding we have partnered with the Lyme School and Matt Brown Fine Art, and we’ll be seeking entries to a virtual art exhibition: The Beauty of Birds. We hope your creativity is flowing!

I started by saying a weekend, when in reality it’s been a month full of collaboration on this theme. Another huge thank you to both Dan Lambert of Northern Woodlands, who contributed a guest blog post you can read here, and our local Bird expert, Blake Allison, who offered some encouragement for my fellow novice bird aficionados, which you can enjoy reading here

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off – and they are nearly always doing it.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

All My Best,

Shelby Wood
Manager of Program Development
603-795-0603 (CCL office)

Don’t forget: 

SATURDAY! Galentine’s Day “Roaring 20’s” Celebration.

The ‘20s have been roaring! Celebrate with wonderful women at our virtual Galentine’s Day gathering. Please consider this an opportunity to feel your best and look your best!  Perhaps wear “roaring ‘20s” attire (1920’s fancy, 2020’s comfy, or anything that makes you feel good.) During our celebration, we invite you to share a poem, an image, a reflection, or song that celebrates sisterly love and female friendship. Maybe treat yourself to a special meal or other little comfort before we gather. Ariana’s, Latham House Tavern, Peyton Place Restaurant, and Stella’s all have great specials this weekend! See their listserv posts for the latest.

To RSVP, email or call 603-795-0603. All who participate will be eligible for “Zoom” (AKA “door”) prizes of Peyton Place gift certificates. Thank you to Jim and Heidi Peyton, our partner in past years’ in-person Galentine’s Day parties! And there might be a surprise or two. Please share this event widely. We look forward to celebrating love and strength together as new and old friends.

Black History Month continues 

This week, Stephanie Carney shared a beautiful Langston Hughes poem, “My People”. Joy is powerful. 

Continuing with Dartmouth’s Black Legacy Month programming: The brothers of the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are proud to invite you to SILENTLY OR LOUD, our inaugural Black Arts Festival centered around exploring impactful works of art created by Black filmmakers, writers, dancers, musicians, and artists across the Diaspora. The kickoff event is TONIGHT, February 11th at 8pm. screening the film Mandabi, the first color film done by the Senegalese creative Ousman Sembène, “a bitterly ironic depiction of a society scarred by colonialism and plagued by corruption, greed, and poverty” (Film Forum, Criterion Collection). Details, including Zoom link here.

We noted that James Baldwin’s entire album collection had been made available on the usic streaming service, Spotify. It’s quite something. This week, the fabulous Rhiannon Giddens shared: “I had the pleasure of curating this banging #OurRoots playlist for Spotify – featuring some of the most powerful, talented black women in modern roots music. Give it a listen!” We’re in!

Please watch for more activities; and continue to share your resources and ideas to honor Black History month with your listservs and social media connections, or with Shelby at

In the Lyme Light – Kathy Sherrieb

CommunityCare of Lyme has been built and is sustained by extraordinary volunteers who share their time, compassion, and expertise to further CCL’s mission, harnessing neighbors’ collective warmth and generosity to build and sustain a healthy community. We honor a volunteer each month, placing them “In the Lyme Light.” As we experience this unfamiliar kind of New Year, we are looking forward to new energy and possibility, and also comforted by stability around us. It seems fitting that our January honoree embodies both the promise of the new and an extraordinary strength and dedication that has been central to CommunityCare of Lyme since our initial year. She is one of our longest serving Board Members and has helped lead several important initiatives. In 2020, she founded and currently coordinates the Lyme Food Pantry, a major act of love and service. Kathy Sherrieb is In the Lyme Light!

Vaccination Update.

The Phase 1b vaccination scheduling process is well underway. Getting everyone vaccinated will take several weeks, and bumps in the road are still being smoothed out. All involved – state and federal leaders and department teams, system developers, workers at vaccination sites, local helpers, and individuals trying to navigate the process as independently as possible – are doing their best. Patience will continue to be in order until all vaccination phases are complete.

If you are eligible and haven’t yet registered to get your first shot: To register online (encouraged), go to If you don’t have internet access, call 211. Wait times on the phone are likely to be long, but all callers will reach a live, trained helper. They are working as quickly as they can to help callers with many different kinds of challenges. For more information: the Lyme Emergency Operations Center will continue to post details as they emerge at (click on “Covid-19 Information” on the left.) CCL is here to help. Call 603-795-0603 or email with any questions about scheduling an appointment or if you’re stuck with the online registration process.

ARC Programs – So much support … and fun.

Once again, we’d like to encourage you to take some time to see what Dartmouth’s Aging Resource Center is offering: tech help, art and poetry, chronic disease self-management, dementia caregiving support, end of life conversations, balance testing, and much more. Here’s this week’s update from director, Lori Fortini. You can subscribe to receive her lovely messages and weekly news about programs. We’ve included links to several programs ARC Programs (noted in the event names) below and on the Lyme Events Calendar

We are here. Every day. 603-795-0603 or

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to make someone else feel really good, contact us at 603-795-0603 or We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved, in Lyme and in nearby communities: Deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Health and wellbeing boosts. Handy help around home. Ways to stay warm and connected. A little help problem-solving. Tech support. You name it.

Coming up: 

You can find events and fun activities to enjoy virtually, outside, or following Covid-safe protocols. Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, or the Aging Resource Center  for ideas. The calendars include free and by-donation food and meals throughout the season.

This week, don’t miss:

  • Saturday (2/13) at 7pm: Galentine’s Day “Roaring 20’s” celebration by Zoom. Join us!
  • Friday-Monday (2/12-15): Count the birds! You can be a citizen scientist for a long weekend, with two birdcounts underway. The International Great Backyard Bird Count runs 2/12-2/15. You can learn more about how to participate by clicking the link here. This link will also provide some suggested smartphone Apps for the novice birder, to help in identifying and participating in the bird count. You can also help support the NH Audubon’s Winter Bird Survey, 2/13 – 2/14. The NH Audubon defines ‘in your backyard’ as any bird you can see from your backyard. So you’re able to stay inside and look at your backyard bird feeders while participating! Please click here for more on how to participate.
  • Tuesday (2/16) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery. Now located at Lyme Congregational Church. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items and Willing Hands fresh produce. Gift cards for other groceries and prepared meals are available. Boxes of food may be ordered ahead, and if we’re asked for something special we’ll do our best to make it available. There is plenty. Contact us at 795-0603 or

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for many more events and activities, including free and by-donation food and meal options welcoming everyone. 

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home. You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!