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MERA Spring Speaker Series
Brighten up your early spring on Thursday evenings by listening and watching an exciting series of talks presented by MERA.
They will be shown on ZOOM, safely in your home. The talks include art in the community, hiking, writing, and Lanark wild places. We have tried to plan something for everyone.
The series of four talks starts on March 11 and runs until April 1 from 7 to 830 pm. The admission is by donation to MERA by sending an e-transfer to  
Interested viewers need to subscribe to the series in order to receive the invitation to watch the talk, by emailing Helen at
Visit  to see the list of topics, speakers and biographies, as well as all the other exciting things happening at the schoolhouse.
March 11 – Chandler Swain, The value of art in the community
Chandler is a master studio potter living near Almonte. Besides her studio practice and teaching week long intensive courses at her home/studio each summer she has worked for decades in organizing non-profit events to promote the work of other visual artists.
March 18 – Victoria Walsh, Spring Hiking: Tips, Trips, and Dips for Wellness
Adventure, media, and health are the backbone of GirlGoneGood®. It is where the prioritization of wellness while exploring the wilderness is encouraged.
March 25 – Claudia Coutu Radmore, Writing about anything, everything, every day.
What drives a writer? Join Claudia and find out! What made her decide what to write, and whether to use prose or poetry? Claudia's published writings are based on personal letters and memoir, oral history, historical and genealogical investigation, and attentiveness to nature.
April 1 – Dr Paul Keddy, Enjoying Wild Nature in Lanark County: Thirty Green Gems
In this talk, Paul will introduce some of the wild landscapes of Lanark County, introduce some of the wild species that live here, and provide a list of our thirty most important natural areas that need to be protected.
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