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Caregivers of elders

 

The Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., will offer a free presentation “Self Care Tips for Caregivers of Elder Loved Ones” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

Licensed social worker Marsha Jackson will assist caregivers identify their own stressors, develop a plan for themselves and learn a few techniques to both maintain emotional balance and lessen being overwhelmed while continuing to give care.

 

Jackson most recently presented “Essentials of Living and Aging” to the Alzheimer’s Research Center, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals and the NAACP Health Committee of Greater Boston.

 

For more information, visit www.bpl.org or call 617-522-1960.

 

Winter birds

 

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a winter wonderland bird walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday,

 

Feb. 23, meeting at the Bussey Street gate. Arboretum gardener Brendan Keegan will lead this easy walk looking for winter birds. Participants will listen for and discuss birdcalls and talk about owl mating season.

 

Some binoculars will be available to share; if possible, participants should bring their own.

 

Registration is requested for this free program. Call 617-384-5209 in case of inclement weather.

 

Visit www.arborteum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

 

Sunday afternoon concert

 

Josie Lowder will be the guest performer from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

 

Lowder has a passion for music that is rooted in sharing and learning. From this very open-minded, community-based approach she has learned to call upon many styles from around the world just by having musical conversations. Her sound is rooted in the deepest of funks and delicately explores the space as fervently as it explores the substance.

 

A tea service will follow the program and is included in the admission. Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

 

Visit www.loring-greenough.org or 617- 524-3158 for further details.

 

Build a better birdhouse

 

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer a workshop on building birdhouses from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

 

Arboretum gardener Brendan Keegan will show how to build safe homes for native birds. This class covers best practices for general birdhouse design using the arboretum’s own nest boxes (for tree swallows, eastern bluebirds, black capped chickadees and screech owls) as examples. Students will learn tips for deterring predators and non-native competitors, as well as how to safely monitor young nestlings. They can then build and take home their own “Chickadee Tubes,” a design suitable for many Boston yards.

 

Tickets are $28 for members and $35 for non-members.

 

Visit www.arborteum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277 for further information.

 

Introduction to Medicare

 

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St., will host an Approaching Medicare workshop from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 27.

 

The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program at Ethos will offer free, unbiased Medicare counseling services to guide the audience through the complexities of health care coverage, including when and how to enroll, what is covered under Medicare, how to avoid penalties and supplemental coverage. Admission is free.

 

To RSVP, call and leave a name, phone number and a reference to this event and date on the dedicated voicemail line at 617-522- 9270.

 

African American legacy

 

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., will present “Five Themes of African American Legacy in Massachusetts” with Rosalyn Elder from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

 

Elder will discuss the presence of African Americans in the history of Massachusetts and their contributions to every aspect of the legacy of this state including its political, literary, artistic and scientific arenas.

 

The author of “Exploring the Legacy: People and Places of Significance,” Elder is an entrepreneur and a registered architect with a passion for the arts, architecture and cities and history. Her book may be purchased at this event.

 

Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and are available online or at the door. Reservations are recommended.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.loring-greenough.org or 617- 524-3158.