---- — Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar will be a special guest at Etz Hayim Synagogue in Derry on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
He will speak on “Why is it so difficult for Middle Eastern Muslims and Westerners to understand each other?” The event is free and open to the public.
Kedar is a lecturer at Bar-IIan University in Israel, and an expert on Arab political and popular culture and society in the Arab world.
The Etz Hayim program is sponsored by the Bill Einhorn Interfaith Education Fund set up in his memory by his wife, Miriam Gitterman, and is part of Etz Hayim’s interfaith campus alongside Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration on Hood Road.
For more than 15 years, both Derry churches have honored a close relationship.
Following his appearance in Derry, Kedar will also speak on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Anselm College in Manchester.
Household waste grant approved
Town councilors gave the go-ahead for town environmental officials to apply for up to $4,304 in grant money to support a household hazardous waste collection event in the spring of 2014.
Derry and Londonderry take turns hosting regional waste collection efforts.
In the past, grant money from the state Department of Environmental Services has supported not only hazardous waste collections, but also watershed assessment, improvements to the town’s recycling center and other municipal projects.
Adams Pond group moving forward
A group of residents still hoping to save Adams Pond and its dam continue to meet regularly to form strategies and share ideas on how to move ahead.
Conservation Committee Chairman Margie Ives leads the group, known as the SAP’s or Save Adams Pond, and invites people to get involved to offer any information.
At the last meeting, residents heard from town historian Richard Holmes, who offered an extensive look at the history of the pond and dam.
The group’s meetings comes after the Town Council decided not to move forward with a proposal by dam owner and land developer Jean Gagnon to have the town take control and ownership of the failing dam.
The group’s next meeting is Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the municipal center.
Art awards begin at Pinkerton
The New Hampshire Scholastic Art Awards hosts its 14th annual exhibit at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre, beginning Jan. 22.
Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Judging is done prior to the public exhibit hours.
The exhibit closes Feb. 2. The top winners will move on to the national level of judging.