Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for Events at the Library

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s room:

Tuesday, September 2:  Registration for Fall session of story hour begin. Preschool story time,

Toddler Time and Book Babies are registration only programs and last for six weeks.

Story times offered:

* Preschool story time and craft* (ages 4-6) ….Tuesdays @ 1:30-2:15 p.m. 

* Toddler Time* (ages 2-3 with adult) ….Wednesdays @ 9:30-10:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.

* Book Babies (up to 24 months with adult) … Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 11:15-11:45 a.m.

 To register, call the library or go online

Drop in story times for all ages with Mrs. Davis are offered on Fridays beginning September 26-October 31.

Thursday, September 4 @ 1:00-5:00 p.m.:  Drop in to make a card for your grandparents. 

Saturday, September 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Children of all ages are welcome to read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. Children are invited to bring their favorite book to read (or share pictures from) or choose one from the library. The Read to a Dog program provides a non-judgmental reading environment. This is a drop-in event.

Monday, September 8 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lego Club.  For ages 6+.  No registration, parent must remain in building.

Monday, September 15 @ 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Make a hat day!  Come to the library and decorate a newspaper hat to wear!  Ages 3+, no registration required.

Friday, September 26 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Drop in story time with Mrs. Davis.  All ages welcome.  Stories, songs and finger plays. No registration required.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Register for the Frances Morast 5K Run/Walk in Bridgewater

Registration is now available for the Frances Morast 5k Run/Walk which will be held in Bridgewater on September 13th in Bridgewater. The event kicks off from the Williams Elementary School and raises funds for Ovations for the Cure and a scholarship in Morast's name.

Frances Morast was a Bridgewater teacher who passed away due to ovarian cancer and her family has sponsored this annual event for the past several years.

To register for the event, please click here. You can also "Like" the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Be sure to read a full write up of last year's race on The Running Griffin's website.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Introduction to Power Point Course

The Bridgewater Public Library will offer a 2-part “Introduction to PowerPoint” workshop at 6:30p.m. on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26. The workshop will be taught by Jerry Muller.

This beginner’s course will cover the basics of creating a slide presentation. It will focus on entering text, basic charts, using photographs and clipart. Participants will learn how the toolbar can be used to help with slides. Sample slide presentations will be handed out at each class that highlight the topics covered. The focus will be on PowerPoint versions 2010 and 2013.

“Introduction to PowerPoint” will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library. This is a hands-on workshop and participants will need to bring their own laptops.

Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters

The Bridgewater Public Library will host award-winning pastel Gregory John Maichack’s all new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 6-8p.m. This workshop serves beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly, so please call 508-697-3331 to pre-register.

In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults (age 16 and up), Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the sunflower: Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. Materials will be supplied.

Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels and winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennngton Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack, commissioned by Westfield State College, painted the pastel portrait of the past college president, Doctor Frederick Woodward,. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. He is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, and also teaches at Greenfield Community College in their adult continuing education department.

This workshop is supported in part from a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library are also contributing towards the program.

For more information or to register for this workshop, call Mary O’Connell at the Bridgewater Public Library, 508-697-3331. Registration is required.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bridgewater Community Dance Series

The Bridgewater Community Dance Series will be starting its fourth year this coming September, featuring a mix of international folk dance and New England squares and contras. We have a steady group of 20-30 dancers, who not only enjoy the dancing (it’s great exercise!), but also enjoy the opportunity for joyful interaction with others. For 2014/2015, dancers may sign up for an eight session fall series, a twelve session winter/spring series, or both.

No prior experience is required and all dances are taught. Dances are held on alternating Fridays—with some exceptions—from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center. Dates for the fall are September 5 and 19, October 3, 17, and 31, November 7 and 21, and December 12. Dates for the winter/spring series are: January 2, 16, and 30, February 6 and 20, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1, 15, and 29. Session fees, per person, are $48 for the fall, $72 for the winter/spring, or $105 ($15 savings) to sign up for both. Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance.

Dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University, has over 40 years of teaching experience and continues to teach classes at BSU in folk, square, and contra dance. To obtain a registration form or for more information, contact Sam at 508-697-6848, or 774-208-2933, or

Don’t be afraid to try it out, maybe get out of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed!

Church service about beekeeping on 8/17 in Bridgewater

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 9:30 AM
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Bridgewater, MA
50 School Street
Beekeeping in Bridgewater - A 'Newbee's' Perspective: This special service will be hosted by the First Parish Green Sanctuary Committee and will feature a talk by Jan Thompson, a first year beekeeper in Bridgewater. The talk will focus on the importance of bees in the food chain and their impact on the interdependent web of life of which we all are a part, as well as the ups and downs of beekeeping as a hobby. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Safety Assurance Program

Do you remember the ―Are You OK Program‖ that was sponsored by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department?

Well the Sheriff’s Department is now offering a new program for seniors called the Safety Assurance Program. This is a free service. A computerized telephone system places a call to a participant at a specific time each day. You can choose between 6a.m. and noontime for your phone call. It’s a wonderful program that allows you to live independently and safely in your home. For further information or to enroll please contact the Plymouth County

Sheriff’s Department at 1-800-622-4300 or 508-830-6526. You can also contact us at 508-697-0929.

We are also seeking new members to join our Bridgewater TRIAD (Senior safety) program. We are taking the summer off but our meeting schedule typically is the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00p.m. at the Senior Center unless there is a special program. 

This is a joint effort between the Bridgewater Police and Fire Departments; The Bridgewater Department of Elder Affairs; the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office.