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Things are changing by the day at MERA so rather then post upcoming events I encourage you to visit the online calendar and speak with your activity coordinator.   
Air Purifier
If you've been in Dean Hall lately you will see a new air purifier.   Barry did a lot of research and found this unit to help keep the air at MERA safe from air particles that can harm us, like the covid virus.   This unit has a HEPA filter, UV light, carbon filter and so much more.  The instructions and manual are in the hall so please take a look.  The most important thing to note is that the unit is most effective if run on low - not high - so please be sure to leave the setting at low to ensure it is beneficial.   We are in the process of getting a second unit for the pottery studio.
Reminder that the AGM is this Sunday. 
All information was emailed to
members on March 6th.
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.

Silhouette Painting


March 20, 2021, 10 AM-2 PM

Member price: $35

Non-member price: $42

To register and to send e transfer

please use

minimum age 14 years

minimum participants 4 people

Jan Griffiths and Heather Vriends

613 278 1684

Painted Wooden Garden Signs

 March 27th, 2021,  9 am – Noon

Member price: $40

Non-member price: $48

To register and to send e transfer

please use

Materials fee on the day: $15

minimum age 14 years

minimum participants 6 people

Monica Pope



Multi-media project

Adult/child cooperative

April 10, 2021, 10 AM-2 PM

Member price: $35,

Non-member price: $42

To register and to send e transfer

please use

minimum age 6 years

minimum participants 3 pairs

Heather Vriends and Jan Griffiths

613 278 1676

Tree of Life

Beads and Wire

April 24, 2021, 10 AM – 3 PM

Member price: $50

Non-member price: $60

To register and to send e transfer

please use

Supplies included for two trees

Bring pliers

minimum age: 14 years

minimum participants: 5 people

Patti Jo Wilson

613 278 1501

MERA has worked closely with TicketsPlease in Perth for several years.   Sadly we received a letter from Ann that she is having to close in April.   MERA will miss Ann as part of our concert team and wish her all the best on her next adventure.   
Covid Committee
At time of publication our health unit area is in the "yellow zone".  MERA has posted all of the requirements needed to attend groups and activities.  We thank everyone for being so proactive and following these guidelines.   As things are changing quickly I will be sure to send out via email any updates that will effect activities and it will be posted to our Facebook page as well.   If you have any questions please reach out to PJ or myself.  Stay safe!
What's CROW?
Children’s Resources on Wheels (CROW) & EarlyON Child & Family Centre
CROW is dedicated to supporting and strengthening childcare, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County. They have two main streams of service: EarlyON Child & Family Centres and Licensed Home Child Care.
EarlyON provides a broad set of free programs and resources for families with children 0 to 6 years of age.  They enhance children’s learning and development, provide support to parents and caregivers, and connect families to community services.  Throughout COVID-19 they have provided both in-person programs (following public health guidelines) as well as virtual programs on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Andrea Snyder is the program facilitator for Lanark. Normally she offers playgroups at Maple Grove School in Lanark but due to COVID restrictions programs are offered on Zoom and Facebook Live.  MERA has become a remote site for playgroups as well. 
There are many benefits for both children and parents that attend playgroup. Playgroups offer infants, toddlers and preschoolers a wide variety of early learning activities.  They promote social interactions, the opportunity for children to play and learn, assists in language development, communication and helps prepare children for future learning.  Playgroups give parents the environment to play and interact with their child, social interactions, time to share experiences, ideas and support one another and build new friendships.
Ways to connect with EarlyON Child & Family Centres:
Facebook – Lanark EarlyON Playgroup page
                      Children’s Resources on Wheels
Or visit
4 Ross Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario
1-800-267-9252 (toll free)
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