CCL Weekly Update – 3/12/2021

Spring Forward

After watching the sun set on this week’s lingering flirtation with Springlike warmth, and in anticipation of changing our clocks ahead one hour to usher in longer sunny evenings, I’m flooded with metaphors that describe how so many aspects of our lives and world are unfolding right now. Perhaps you are too.

Whether you’re feeling it existentially or pragmatically, and whether it seems sudden, too-long delayed, or maybe just unbelievable, Spring is coming. Maybe not next week. Certainly not without mud. But it’s coming! I hope you are able to take a deep, happy, and hopeful breath with me this weekend.

Thank you to Kata Sasvari for sharing her beautiful “Drone Painting” over Cummins Pond, while enjoying the trails at Green’s Woodlands. What a week it has been!

Do take a look at the notes and calendar listings below. There is lots to do safely, with others, all week long. It’s kinda nice.

May your spirit be filled with this week’s promise of Spring.

With Love, Martha

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News & Notes: 

Vaccination update.

Did the President say all adults should be eligible by May 1st?? Did we say “have patience”? “Yes!”, to both. President Biden is directing states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1st, and there’s every reason to believe that vaccines will be available. This is so hopeful! Still, the logistics and communications challenges are big, and they are different in each state, and even each community. That means that it’s perfectly appropriate to be excited, because we all will get our vaccinations sooner than expected … and also certain that there will be bumps along the way. You are doing an amazing job, showing patience with the process and careful attention to your own vaccination schedule (including challenges some are experiencing). Thank you!

We are so very fortunate to have Margaret Caudill-Slosberg (“EOC Lyme” on the Listserv) in close contact with community members, as well as those at the heart of New Hampshire’s vaccination planning team, and communicating the latest details. Watch for her emails. Also watch for public announcements across media. Things are evolving quickly. Call 603-795-0603 or email if you have questions or need any help getting – or getting to – your appointment. We’re in touch with Margaret and regional vaccination planning teams. 

“The Beauty of Birds” – Submit your art by Monday!

The Beauty of Birds is a virtual art exhibition where the subject of each work is birds. This exhibit is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Please note, while the virtual exhibit is open to all media, the emphasis of the show is on art created by hand. As this is a virtual show, there are no matting or framing requirements. Photos should be submitted of your physical artwork for entry into the show. Information on the physical piece will be detailed as part of your virtual submission. 

Important Dates for this Virtual Art Exhibit:

Submission window is open until Monday 3/15 at noon.
Virtual exhibit: 3/16 – 4/15
Vote on your favorite from each category: 3/20 – 3/27
Zoom Award celebration: Wed. 4/7 6pm

Click here for details on how to virtually enter your items to the exhibit. When you’re ready, click here to submit your entries.  Still have questions? Email or call 802-468-7776. 

Senior Fraud Prevention Workshop

This free workshop is Wednesday, March 17th at noon. Learn how to make decisions and enlist assistance to keep our (or our loved ones’) finances safe. Local expert Tori Lloyd presents on ways to prevent financial abuse and exploitation and shares about resources available if you or someone you know becomes the victim of a scam or fraud. It’s one of many helpful Caldwell Law free educational programs.

Wellness Wednesdays

Our new initiative to support and encourage wellness in all aspects of our lives. Click here to read this week’s post  on “The Joy of Walking”, by CCL’s Debbie Whitaker. You’ll be able to watch this new initiative grow on our website at you have a wellness tip or resource you would like to share, please contact

March Craftiness – Quarter Finals Bracket!

March is National Crafting Month and we have a few fun things in the works. Please continue reading our weekly updates for more information. In the meantime, we’re doing our own version of March Madness, highlighting popular crafts in brackets going head-to-head for your votes! This week we continue March Craftiness with the Quarter Finals. You can submit your votes by clicking here. Votes are due Sundays, with results being posted each Monday. Read more here, and track your favorite craft’s path to victory! 

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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 lots of free and by-donation food and meals every week.

This week, don’t miss:

  • Monday (3/15) Submission deadline  for The Beauty of Birds, virtual art exhibition. All are invited to participate!
  • Monday (3/15) at 7pm: Painting with Pastels, a Zoom art gathering with Beth McGee. You may know Beth from her work at local schools and the AVA Gallery. No experience required! The class will last approximately one hour. Donations will be gratefully accepted to cover costs and support future programming. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact or call 802–468-7776.  A second pastel session will be held on Wednesday (3/24). Come to both!
  • Tuesday (3/16) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery. St. Patrick’s Day special: ingredients for a New England boiled dinner! 
    We are 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 (as well as Corned beef and veggies to make a boiled dinner) 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
  • Thursdays (3/18, 4/1, 4/22): Happy Feet Clinic, therapeutic foot care at Lyme Congregational Church. Appointments required. Email or call 603-795-0603.

Save the Date:

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

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!