Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

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

Friday, May 5 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.
Saturday, May 6 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to Jasper, 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.

Tuesday, May 9 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, songs, a craft and FUN! All ages, no registration.

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

Wednesday, May 10 @ 10:30-11:15 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.

Thursday, May 11 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 11 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 12 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Tuesday, May 16 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, songs, a craft and FUN! All ages, no registration.

Wednesday, May 17 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 17 @ 10:30-11:15 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.

Thursday, May 18 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 18 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 19 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

Wednesday, May 24 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 24 @ 10:30-11:15 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.

Thursday, May 25 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, May 25 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, May 26 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

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

Wednesday, May 31 @ 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Wednesday, May 31 @ 10:30-11:15 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.

Thursday, June 1@ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Thursday, June 1 @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Book Babies. Lapsit for ages infant to 30 months with caregiver. Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime. No registration.

Friday, June 2 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Join Miss Nicole from Triumph, Inc. for a 12 week program featuring stories, art, songs and more. This program is for children ages 3-5 and registration is required through Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208.

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


Free Metal Recycling To Benefit Food Pantry




On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Bridgewater will hold a FREE metal recycling drive. Scrap metal may be brought to the church parking lot adjacent to the CVS on Route 104 in Bridgewater Center. All types of metal, including stoves, pipe, file cabinets, bikes, shelving, and grills will be accepted. Please do not include items containing Freon, gas, propane, glass, etc. Friendly volunteers will be on hand to unload your metal. The metal recycling drive will be held rain or shine and is open to residents and non-residents.


The metal drive is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee, in conjunction with Bridgewater Recycling Inc. Green Sanctuary churches are committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles for their members, both as individuals and as a faith community. A portion of the profits from the metal collection will be donated to the Bridgewater Food Pantry. In the past seven years, the one-day drive has netted over $1650 for the food pantry. For more information, please call 774-240-1307 or visit the church website at www.firstparishbridgewater.org.

Zoo New England Passes


The Bridgewater Public Library now has a membership to Zoo New England, Boston’s premier zoos! 
The membership offers patrons discounted admission for a group of up to 6 individuals per ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoos.
·        Franklin Park Zoo is a 72 acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the “crown jewel”.
·        Stone Zoo is a 26 acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir.
Reserve your discounted pass directly on our website atwww.bridgewaterpubliclibrary.org click on Museum Passes, locate the date you want and reserve with your library card number. 
Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston, MA
Stone Zoo is located at 149 Pond St., Stoneham, MA
There is so much to do at the zoo!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

McSheffrey Corner Dedication


American Association of University Women


On Wednesday, May 3, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will hold their annual pot luck supper at the home of Veronica Casey, East Taunton. 

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Officers for the coming year will be elected.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members. Members of this local branch include women from Bridgewater, Taunton, Raynham, Lakeville, and other South Shore towns.

For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW of Taunton also maintains a website at: http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/taunton/.

Liisa Budge-Johnson Elephant Ambassador April 26th at BSU


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bridgewater Garden Club Spring Plant Sale

Bridgewater Garden Club Annual Plant Sale (Rain or shine. Indoors at Bridgewater Senior Center. 10 Wally Krueger Way)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 9AM-Noon

Herbs, heirloom tomato plants, annuals, perennials, geraniums, hanging plants, trees and bushes, select day lilies


Proceeds to Scholarships and Civic Beautification Projects

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Memory Cafe

Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause Dementia know no boundaries. They are well documented as diseases that are not a normal part of aging. They do not discriminate between rich or poor, educated or uneducated. No one is immune, and your loved one or beloved could be next.

According to research, the latest facts show that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing. The current statistics are one in nine people aged 65 and over have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or provide a cure for this disease.

Alzheimer’s can also affect people younger than age 65. Up to five percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger onset.

Given these statistics and the prevalence of memory loss in the general population, Cherished Memories, Inc in partnership with the Old Colony YMCA - East Bridgewater, and Stoughton is working to enrich the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-causing disorders by offering a Memory Café within the branch.

With roots in the Netherlands, a Dutch psychiatrist named Dr. Bere Miesen, introduced the Memory Café concept in 1997 as one of the ways to break the stigma associated with Dementia and its many forms. The concept spread throughout Europe, to Ireland England and Australia and the United States.

The first Memory Café in the United States was established by Dr. Jytte Lokvig in 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The American version focuses very much on the individual with memory loss. The Memory Café will provide a break or respite from the daily routine of coping with Dementia and Dementia-related stress, as well as a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can come together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. It is a time away from medical appointments and the disease, and a place where participants can explore art, music, form friendships, people can have fun, interact, socialize, laugh, cry, find support, share concerns, and celebrate without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood.

With a focus on abilities, not disabilities, and a commitment to improving quality of life for all, the Old Colony YMCA branch in East Bridgewater, and Stoughton are ideal location(s) for a neighborhood Memory Café where friendship, love and acceptance are encouraged. It is here that dementia caregivers and those with dementia can explore art, pet therapy, music, poetry, drum circle, and socialization while forming new friendships with other like-minded people.

The Memory Café will provide the chance to have fun and curb feelings of loneliness and isolation while living in the moment. Participants will reminisce about memories, perform light exercise, and, most importantly, laugh. Let go and let flow!! If we don’t enjoy ourselves, then this activity is not worth doing.

Current research related to Alzheimer’s and dementia indicates that in addition to socialization, engagement in the arts is both important and beneficial. Music, painting, a palette of water color paints and a blank sheet of paper, poetry, and other forms of art can have a profound impact on the brain.

Our first Memory Café was a great success in East Bridgewater. We are now branching out with the Memory Café to the Stoughton YMCA. The next meet of the Memory Cafe presented by Cherished Memories, Inc at the Old Colony YMCA - East Bridgewater and in Stoughton is held on May 27, 2017. Guests must be accompanied by a family member or caregiver. The event is free and open to the general public.

To register contact Mary McElligott 617 688 4555 and or email: AlznDementiaConnection@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Annual Easter Sunrise Service


The Annual Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by the Bridgewater Council of Churches, will be held on April 16, 2017,  6:30 AM at Hanson Farm, 600 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, MA. 

Rev. Ken Mantler, pastor at Bridgewater United Methodist Church, will deliver the Easter message. A free-will offering will be received to support the Food Pantry at Central Square Congregational Church.  The Food Pantry is available to all Bridgewater residents, whether your need is great or small.