SYMBOL OF HOPE: Like so many people throughout the world, artist Eleanor Rubin of West Newton was shocked by the news reports and images of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan last March 11.
“I always felt a connection to Japanese art and people through my work,’’ said Rubin, who uses a variety of Japanese printmaking and painting techniques, and traveled to Japan six years ago to interview feminist artist Tomiyama Taeko for a book, “Imagination Without Borders.’’
“I was overwhelmed,’’ she said. “For months, I wondered how could I ever express the terror, and the need for rebuilding not only houses, but people’s lives.’’
Rubin discovered her inspiration through the story of a single tree that survived among 70,000 uprooted pines in the Takata-Matsubara forest. She created an 11-by-17-inch poster, and is donating all proceeds from a signed, limited-edition print to the Japan Disaster Relief Fund-Boston.
She is hoping the poster “reminds people of the possibilities for reaching out and helping people in trouble,’’ Rubin said.
“Things often seem insurmountable at first, but if you can find a way to connect with other people, you really can make a difference.’’
EICHMANN’S LEGACY: Natick resident Devin Pendas, associate professor and director of graduate studies at Boston College, will present “Telling the Truth About Evil: The Eichmann Trial and Its Legacy’’ next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton.
Pendas will discuss the way in which the extensive use of testimony from Holocaust survivors helped to create a global awareness of Nazi Germany’s genocide of the Jews. Previously, he noted, the mass murder of Jews had been typically seen as part and parcel of the wider horrors of World War II.
“After the Eichmann trial, it came to be seen - even by non-Jews - as something distinct and, more, unprecedented,’’ Pendas added. “This is part of the reason why we had a Holocaust museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., even before we had a World War II memorial.’’
Pendas, whose teaching interests include German history, European legal history, war and genocide, war crime trials, and human rights, is a faculty affiliate and cochairman of the German Study Group at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.
HEIRLOOM TIPS: Wellesley native Ken Greene will be returning to his roots, so to speak, for his lecture “Heirloom Gardening, From Seed to Seed’’ Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Boston Flower & Garden Show.
Greene, cofounder of the New York-based Hudson Valley Seed Library, will feature antique and vintage seed catalogs, seed packs, and ephemera, discuss which varieties of heirloom flowers, herbs, and vegetables can be most easily grown, and offer tips for saving seeds.
Greene, who lives and farms in Accord, N.Y., said he thinks of seeds as “living histories’’ of the diversity that has been largely lost over time.
“I hope people leave feeling really inspired to try heirloom varieties in their own gardens,’’ said Greene, who will also be available at Hudson Valley’s booth at the flower show to answer gardening questions.
“I’d like people to have a deeper understanding of where seeds come from, and why it’s so important that we revive our regional seed system.’’
For more information about the Boston Flower & Garden Show, which runs Wednesday through next Sunday at the Seaport World Trade Center, visit www.bostonflowershow.com. To learn more about the Hudson Valley Seed Library, visit www.seedlibrary.org.
COMMUNITY SUPPER: Weston-based Land’s Sake hosts a monthly supper club to provide a greater understanding of local ecology while promoting a sense of community.
Each month, executive chef Chris Chung of AKA Bistro in Lincoln prepares three courses of modern French and Japanese cuisine, which is served family-style in the barn of Josiah Smith Tavern in Weston.
“It’s a quintessentially quaint, historical experience with everyone sitting at one, long table,’’ said Land’s Sake board member John Marchiony of Weston.
According to Marchiony, the meals highlight seasonal produce from Land’s Sake Farm and other local sources. The menu is set about a week in advance, and most allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Guests, which are limited to 40, may bring their own wine or other beverages.
“We’re community oriented, with a commitment to promoting an appreciation for where food comes from,’’ Marchiony said, “and how Land’s Sake participates in the food ecosystem.’’ ’
PLAYING IT SAFE: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand recently partnered with alumni of the NHL club to conduct a clinic for more than 60 youth hockey players at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
The event was sponsored by the Westborough-based Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts as part of its campaign to teach young athletes to “play smart, and wear your helmet.’’
The players, ages 7 to 13, additionally benefited from tips from former Bruins Ken Hodge Jr., Bob Sweeney, and Bob Beers, who now is part of the team’s radio broadcast team.
Northborough resident B.J. Williams, who played semipro hockey and is the association’s manager of prevention, spoke about the risks and consequences of concussions.
For more information, or to order a copy of the association’s award-winning video “Play Smart,’’ call 508-475-0032 or go to www.biama.org.
ALLERGY AWARENESS: Dr. Michael Pistiner, a pediatric allergist from Newton, and AllergyEats.com founder Paul Antico will present “Eating Out with Food Allergies’’ Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St. in Newton.
The free event, which is sponsored by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s New England chapter, based in Needham, will provide tips on how to read a restaurant menu, and ask the necessary questions about ingredients.
Pistiner, author of “Everyday Cool with Food Allergies,’’ and Antico serve on a committee overseeing a 2009 law that requires Massachusetts restaurants to be responsive to food-allergy issues.
For more information, call the foundation at 781-444-7778 or visit www.asthmaandallergies.org.