The Weekly Vista

BVPL to host 'The Sounds of Spring' in March


The Bella Vista Public Library will usher in spring by offering a series of musical, creative and educationa­l events in March.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 7, recorder player Marc Paine of Bella Vista will offer “The Sounds of Spring.” Patrons may sit and listen to the soft, melodic sounds, or enjoy the music while browsing for books.

Despite suffering from asthma, Paine, who is a licensed psychother­apist, began learning and playing both baroque recorder and traverso with the Bella Vista Baroque Consort under Charles Whitford.

In addition to the recorder and traverso, Paine plays the historic marching fife, the Irish flute, the modern Boehm flute, the Native American flute, the Shakuhachi, the Xiao and the Dizi.

His aim is to help people realize they have a much better ear for music than they may think.

“Anyone who really wants to learn to make or enjoy music can do so, no matter their age or ability,” he said.

Paine will perform at various times and dates, while giving attendees an opportunit­y to ask questions and learn more about the instrument­s.

No registrati­on is required for the drop-in events.

The performanc­e schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m.

• Monday, March 13, 1 p.m.

• Thursday, March 23, 2 p.m.

• Thursday, March 30, 5 p.m.

Throughout the month of March, the Children’s Department will offer art-making stations for patrons of all ages. Those creations will be utilized during the Summer Reading Program this summer.

Patrons will be able to create portraits, handprints, flowers and cranes during the library’s regular operating hours.

“We are excited to offer these opportunit­ies for the community,” said Library

Director Suzanne Adams.

“We are hopeful that patrons of all ages will find something they enjoy here.”

All activities are free.

No registrati­on is required and parking and space are limited.

In addition to March’s come-and-go events, library staff members will kick off

the Adult Speaker Series

for 2023 with a special guest presentati­on at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at the library.

Darlene Tuohy of the Support Group for Care

givers of Alzheimer’s and

dementia patients will speak about the local support group and resources available.

She will be joined by

Betsy Broyles Arnold of the

Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation, who will speak

about Alzheimer’s disease

and dementia, the warning signs and support in Bella Vista.

The event is free. No registrati­on is required. Space and parking are limited.

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