Sunday, May 26, 2019

2019 Central Square Congregational Church UCC Golf Tournament

Each year, Central Square Congregational Church, UCC hosts its annual golf tournament that includes golfing, various contests and raffles, a silent auction, and a catered luncheon. This year, the event is at The Back Nine Club in Lakeville, on Friday, June 21.

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Bridgewater Food Pantry as well as the support costs of our community outreach. Our church pays expenses such as heat, electricity, and minimal staff to keep the building open, and our building supports community outreach in creating a home for many local groups. We are proud to say that girl scouts, boy scouts, twelve-step support groups (AA/NA/Al-Anon), the BSU Alumni Chamber Choir, the Bridgewater Food Pantry, “The Soupman”, an annual youth mission trip, and mother and child programs are among the many groups that we call family.

We ask your support of this community fundraiser by:
* signing up to golf in the tournament
* sponsoring a hole for $100
* donating a raffle item
* making a cash donation
* spreading the word to your friends and family

If we could get each of you reading this to contribute one raffle item, or one $100 donation or sponsorship, it would mean so much to the work that we do and the Bridgewater community programs we support.

Full information and signup sheets are available at

Remember that we do not receive any financial support from the town, state, or federal governments for these programs. We rely on the generosity of our community to help us support our neighbors in need.

We thank you for the consideration of supporting our event, at any level. Please feel free to contact our church if you have any questions at 508-697-6016, or

The 2019 Golf Tournament Committee

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s Room

Tuesday, June 4 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, June 5 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, June 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story time and craft. Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. All ages, no registration.

Monday, June 10: Registration opens for Family Yoga Series held at the Bridgewater Public Library. Program will be Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9 and August 16. Caregivers and children will learn basic yoga postures through storytelling and songs. Families will practice mindfulness and relaxation as well as have fun! Everyone will come away with social and play skills in addition to learning how to be a mindful, less stressed family. For children ages 3-7. To register, call Nancy at Triumph. 508-822-5388 EXT. 208

Tuesday, June 18 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. This six week program begins on Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Other dates will be on Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 30 and August 6). There is NO registration for this program. Week 1.

Friday, June 21: Summer Reading Sale! Our summer reading sale in the Used Book Store
begins with all children's books, CDs, and DVDs half off. All children’s items are now 50¢, today thru August 13, 2019.

Saturday, June 22: Registration begins for Summer Reading. Open to ages 0-12, sign up for Summer Reading 2019, the theme this year is “A Universe of Stories”! Registration for Summer Reading must be done in person at the Bridgewater Public Library.

Saturday, June 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to Duncan, our lovable therapy dog. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children the opportunity to visit with a dog while building reading skills in a non-judgmental environment. No registration, all ages welcome.

Monday, June 24 @ 6:30 p.m.: Summer Reading Kickoff! Join us for a family friendly event as we kickoff Summer Reading 2019 with a program by Mike Bent, of AbraKidabra!™. He will perform his family friendly program for our Kickoff! Mike Bent has been voted Boston’s Best Children’s Entertainer by Nickelodeon, and “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine. Join us for his “Blast off with Books!” Magic Show. Comedy, storytelling, music and some amazing magic combine to inspire kids to read all summer long! All ages! No registration!

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Uno, Dos, Tres Spanish Story Hour with Maureen Holbrook

Join us for Spanish Story Hour! This Spanish-language program consists of stories, music, movement, games and is recommended for ages 3-7. There is NO registration for this program. Week 2.

Wednesday, June 26 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Make and Take craft: Drop in to make a Fourth of July wreath. This program is for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last!

Thursday, June 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Around the Common Readers Can Receive $7 from DoorDash

If you are anything like us here at Around the Common you are probably busy and might not always have time to cook a homemade meal or have the time to go to a restaurant and sit down for supper. Now, thanks to DoorDash Bridgewater residents are able to have their favorite food delivered to them at home or work from some of your favorite local businesses!

One of the benefits of DoorDash is that delivery is available from businesses that don't otherwise offer delivery. Interested in a couple of subs from Prisco's? Looking for some Thai food from SugarCane? Hankering for the Cape Cod Cafe, the Greyhound Tavern or nearby Atina, Colletti's Market or more? Have no fear, DoorDash has you covered!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Lecture

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society will host a lecture at the Memorial Building in West Bridgewater on Sunday, June 9th entitled: Bridgewater’s Black Yankees. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Africans were forcibly brought into New England as well as into southern states. They began a journey of assimilation that would ultimately transform them into Americans. Bridgewater had a complex, and well-documented cluster of these Black Yankees (to use the words of scholar William Pierson.) Surviving documents allow us to view them not as a generic community, but to trace them through the 18th and into the 19th centuries, as they married, had children, went to war, and sued for their freedom. We will look at the colonial culture they navigated and hear some of their stories.

It will be presented by Rita Hutchinson, a public historian who has worked for over 30 years at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth MA. She also teaches history and government at Quincy College. Rita received her M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she began her research and writing about slavery and the African American presence in colonial New England.

The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will take place at 162 Howard Street in West Bridgewater. Light refreshments will be available. Bridgewater’s Black Yankees is a free program; however, donations to OBHS will be gratefully accepted. For more information, visit the OBHS website at

Monday, May 20, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Colonial Kids' Day

Please join us at Colonial Kids’ Day, hosted by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society on Saturday, June 8th from 1-3 p.m. Participants will have fun learning about a Colonial child’s life at home, school, and play through hands-on crafts, games and storytelling. This free event is best suited for children ages 5-10, and parents must stay on the property during the program.

Colonial Kids’ Day will be held at the OBHS Keith House, located at 199 River Street in West Bridgewater.

For more information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society or about Colonial Kids’ Day, visit

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Around the Common Readers Earn $50 When Joining Aspiration Bank!

Around the Common is happy to announce a new deal with online bank Aspiration Bank! When you join Aspiration Bank you will receive a $25 deposit into your account and a $25 donation will be made to the charity of your choice!

Aspiration offers socially-conscious and sustainable banking services and investment products, so you can make money while making the world a better place. And, unlike the Big Banks, they don’t use your deposits to fund oil pipelines or turn your fees into campaign contributions to the politicians that work against you.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Babysitter Bootcamp 2019

Dates: Thursday, June 20th and Friday, June 21st
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:3O PM (both days)

Course Fee: $75
Application Deadline: June l4th

Call: 508-597-5800

Course Location:
Conant Community Health Center
5 Wally Krueger Way, Bridgewater

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

28th Annual Rudofsky Family Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit The Bridge Center

Monday July 15, 2019 

Registration & Breakfast starts at 9:00am
Shotgun start on the course at 11:00am
Reception, drinks, and dinner at 4:00pm at The Bridge Center.

Individual Player $300.00
Foursome $1,200.00

Register here!

The event has several different sponsorship opportunities for individuals or businesses that are interested in partnering with us! Click here for more information!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Free Concert May 19th in Central Square

A free concert of gospel, praise and contemporary music will be presented in Music Alley off the Central Square Common in Bridgewater on Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Musicians are Julia Scott Carey, pianist, and the band, Fox & Cox with Teresa Foley, Craig Hamilton and Tom Struzik.

The concert is sponsored by Central Square Congregational Church, UCC. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Fellowship Hall, the lower level of the church at 71 Central Square.

Friday, May 10, 2019