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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Week in Preview: Juliet Gordon Low could stand on her head and would do so every birthday to prove she still could.

Week in Preview

Monday

Still going strong

Not so long ago, women were expected to spend more time in their kitchens than in the great outdoors. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, founded today in 1912 by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, helped to change that. A century later, the organization continues to broaden the horizons of girls and young women and give them the confidence to succeed.

After meeting Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Low was inspired to start something similar for girls in the United States. On March 12, 1912, she held the first meeting of the American Girl Guides, the name of which would be changed to the Girl Scouts in 1913.

Low’s first troop was made up of 18 girls, including her niece and namesake Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, who was also the first the organization’s registered members. These numbers have grown considerably over the past century. Today, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America has about 2.3 million youth members and nearly 900,000 adult members.

Wednesday

One bad bug

The symptoms of Lyme disease may extend far beyond the typical bull’s-eye rash. Learn more about this oft-misunderstood disease at a lecture by David Hunter, director of the Bedford Lyme Disease Council, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Wadleigh Memorial Library at 49 Nashua St. in Milford.

People suffering from Lyme disease may be inaccurately diagnosed with other chronic ailments like multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia, which does little to help the patient. Hunter will dispel some of the myths surrounding the illness and provide information as to the nature of Lyme disease, what you can do if you have it and what you can do to prevent it.

To register for this event, call 673-2408 or visit www.wadleighlibrary.org and click on the Calendar tab.

Thursday

Natural barriers

In this part of the country, it’s hard to go for a walk in the woods without stumbling over the remains of a stone wall. Explore the historical and cultural significance of these structures at “Stone Walls of New England,” a presentation by Kevin Gardner, from 7-9 p.m. in the theater at the Nashua Public Library at 2 Court St.

As a stone wall builder in a family business that specializes in traditional New England stonework and historically accurate restoration of antique structures, Gardner has more than 30 years of experience in constructing stone walls. He’ll demonstrate his skills on a more diminutive level by building a model wall out of small stones.

Copies of his book, “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls,” will also be available for purchase and signing.

Space is limited, so arrive early to guarantee entry. For more information, call Carol at 589-4610 or visit www.nashualibrary.org.

Friday

Holiday harmonies

St. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some rousing Irish tunes. Enjoy the musical stylings of Matt and Shannon Heaton at 7:30 p.m. at Simple Gifts Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 58 Lowell St. in Nashua.

The Heatons’ blend of traditional and modern Irish music incorporates a variety of instruments, including bouzouki, accordion, guitar and Irish wood flute. They are husband and wife as well as talented musicians, and their duets are solid and heartfelt, their stage banter witty and comfortable.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door. There is a $2 discount for seniors 65 and older and students with ID. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.uunashua.org/simplegi.

Teresa Santoski (who writes The Week in Preview) can’t stand on her head, but she can stand on her hands – she just puts them under her shoes. Know of an event worthy of filling this space? Call 594-6466 or email tsantoski@nashuatelegraph.com. Information should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Follow TWiP, Tete-a-tete and Teresa’s articles at twitter.com/Telegraph_TS.