Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Giving Tree Offers Senior Discount

 
The Giving Tree Consignment is offering a senior discount on Saturday, March 23rd after noon at the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus, 582 Bedford St. Shoppers will find NEW and gently used baby and children's clothing, toys, furniture and sports equipment for a fraction of the cost of retail. Please visit us at http://www.thegivingtreeconsignment.com/.

Women’s Self Defense Course Offered


Introduction to Women’s Self Defense” will be held on April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way. This is a progressive four-week course instructed by Bridgewater Police Officer Scott Hile and Bridgewater Police Sergeant Carl MacDermott. This training is being offered to women age 15 and older and contains actual police cases, demonstrations, physical hands-on techniques, mace training and actual interaction between students and instructors. 

The cost is a $35 donation to the Bridgewater Coalition Against Community Violence. For more information or to register, call Sergeant Anne Schuster, 508-697-6118 or Lorraine Carrozza, 508-697-0929. Information and registration forms are also available on line at www.bridgewaterma.org

The program is sponsored by the BCACV and Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher Delmonte.

Children's Activities in March at the Library



Children’s Room at the Bridgewater Public Library will be offering the following programs in March:


Saturday, March 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: “Who loves books?” (A Dads and Donuts Program) Kids,
bring your dad, brother, uncle, or grandfather to the library for “Dads and Donuts”. We’ll be reading owl books, have owl themed crafts, and donuts! Brought to you by the Bridgewater Public Library, in collaboration with Triumph, Inc.’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.

Monday, March 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m.: “Read to a Dog”. Stop by and meet Cokie, a registered therapy dog. This drop-in program is for all ages. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children with the opportunity to build reading skills in a non-judgmental setting.

Tuesday, March 12, 4:30-6:00 p.m.: “Create your own journal”. All supplies provided- journal,
markers, stickers, glitter and more! Ages 8+. Spaces are limited. Registration begins on Monday, March 4. Brought to you by the Bridgewater Public Library, in collaboration with Triumph, Inc.’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Coffee and Coca in Colombia: Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs




Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. His topic is: Coffee and Coca in Colombia: Unintended Consequences of the War on Drugs.

The country of Colombia is the world’s third-largest producer of coffee, and is well known for the consistent production of high quality Arabica. Many of the coffee-producing areas of Colombia are also associated with the production of coca – both for traditional uses and for processing into cocaine. As a result, efforts by the Colombian and U.S. governments to disrupt cocaine production often have significant implications for coffee production. The lives of coffee producers are further complicated by shifting alliances and conflicts among drug traffickers and the interests of military, paramilitary, mining, and insurgent interests in the coffee-growing areas.

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, Professor of Geography and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Bridgewater State University, will discuss these and other complexities of coffee production in Colombia. Delicious coffee from Colombia – regular and decaf – will be served.

For more information about Dr. Hayes-Bohanan, visit his web page at: http://webhost.bridgew.edu/jhayesboh/coffee/index.html.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Messages from Heaven


On Friday, March 22, Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater will host “Messages from Heaven,” an evening with bestselling author, spirit medium, and healer Sandy Alemian, who’s been receiving and sharing divine inspiration from God, angels, and Spirit for nearly 20 years.

The event, which will feature a guided meditation to help guests to connect to their loved ones in Spirit and comforting readings for audience members, is open to the public. The evening will revolve around several universal truths that guide Alemian’s work: death is not the end, love never dies, and you are never, ever alone.

It was a personal tragedy in Alemian’s own life that opened her heart to communication with God and the divine. In the years since, Alemian has used her gifts to help others make powerful transformations in their own lives via spirit connections, empowerment coaching, divine guidance/intuitive healing and hypnosis.

She says that her work with individuals and groups “creates a unique form of healing that helps people become free from fear, guilt, worry and grief, so they can feel the limitless possibilities of peace, love and joy once again.”

The event will be held from 7 - 10 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Central Square Congregational Church, located at 71 Central Square, Bridgewater, Mass. Tickets to the event, which cost $30, are limited and can be reserved ahead of time by calling 508-697-6016. All tickets must be pre-paid by Friday, March 15. 

More information about Alemian is available at http://www.SandyAlemian.com.

Bridgewater Senior Painters Exhibit




The Bridgewater Senior Painters, led by Bill Pincolini, will exhibit their art in the Bridgewater Public Library’s Flora T. Little Gallery from March 2nd through April 12th. A variety of watercolors, oils, acrylics and pastels will be featured in the show.

Featured painters are: Paula Arms, Ruth Bates, Julie Bernache, Grace Bjorklund, Sis Denson, Norene DiNardo, Joyce Feeney, Evelyn Fleming, Claire Freeman, Donna Jones, Robert Lundberg, Lucille O’Connell, William Pincolini, Susan Puffer, Ruth Robinson, Ed Shonio, and Anita Smith.

The gallery is open during regular library hours. The library is open Monday-Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

The gallery is accessible by elevator.

Friday, February 22, 2013

AAUW Meeting




Dr. William Hanna, local historian and former Taunton High School Teacher, will be giving a talk called "Taunton Women of Strength", on Tuesday, March 12th at the Taunton Public Library, 12 Pleasant Street. This program, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) and is part of their monthly meeting series.

Dr. Hanna taught history in the Taunton public schools for 37 years and also taught part/time at Bridgewater State University and Endicott College. He is the author of A History of Taunton, Massachusetts.

The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

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.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bridgewater Cultural Council Awards



With the help of a $7420 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Bridgewater Cultural Council recently awarded grants to 18 individuals, schools and organizations. The Committee received 26 grant applications for programs including music, art, and promotion of literature.

Current recipients include: 

Robert Lundquist, Jacquelyn Rose, Robert Furness, Snapshots of Society local history project, $700
Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Band Concert 4th of July, $550. 

Bridgewater Middle School, New England Percussion Ensemble, $1375
Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Spring Concert, $190. 

Fuller Craft Museum, artKitchen Café performance, $300.
George Mitchell Elementary School, Big Ryan (storyteller), $1000,
Gregory Maichack, Painting Workshop, $445.
Jubilate Chorale, Inc., Winter Concert, $400.
The Marble Collection, Literary Magazine for students, $200.
Taunton City Band, Public Band Concert at Bridgewater Nursing Home, $500.
First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Empty Bowls (art) Project, $250.
Shane Wood Jazz Trio, Public Concert, $500.
Soule Homestead Education Center, Harvest Fair & Joe Davies Folk Festival, $300.
Scott Jameson, Magic and Juggling at the Bridgewater Public Library, $495.
Solstice Sackbuts, Concert, Medieval/Renaissance Music, Bridgewater Public Library, $450.
Spencer Aston, Fenway Quintet Concert at Bridgewater State University, $600.
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Music Program, Music in the Parks, $500.
Hanson Children's Museum, Wild West Traveling Exhibit at the Mitchell Elementary School, $500.

“The Bridgewater Cultural Council was happy to award these grants and support these fine programs which are available to Bridgewater residents”, said Matt Putnam, Bridgewater Cultural Council Chairman.

Members of the Bridgewater Cultural Council include Matt Putnam, Chairman; Mary O’Connell, Secretary; and members Angela Dimisioris, Mark Oliver, and Kathryn Golden.

At the present time, the Bridgewater Cultural Council has multiple vacancies and would welcome new members. The Cultural Council supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Bridgewater, through dispensing public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Council is responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is determined annually by the State Legislature.

Residents who have experience or an interest in the arts, event planning, fund raising, marketing, record keeping and public relations are urged to apply. Also needed is someone to assume the role of Treasurer and volunteers who want to take on leadership roles.

Interested persons should contact Matt Putnam or Mary O’Connell. The Council Secretary’s email address is: oconnell.marybcc@gmail.com.

The Bridgewater Cultural Council maintains a post office box and correspondence should be addressed to: Bridgewater Cultural Council, Box #832, Bridgewater, MA 02324
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Giving Tree Consignment's Spring Sale

 
The Giving Tree Consignment's huge Spring Sale will be March 23rd and 24th at the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus, 582 Bedford St. Shoppers will find NEW and gently used baby and children's clothing, toys, furniture and sports equipment for a fraction of the cost of retail. Consignor registration is now open at http://www.thegivingtreeconsignment.com/
 
The Giving Tree Consignment has partnered with Mitchell Elementary and the Williams school in Bridgewater to raise money for both schools. We would love to have you consign and shop with us!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Vacation Programs at Bridgewater Public Library


Saturday, February 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Children’s Room will offer “Read to a Dog”. Stop by and meet Jasper, a registered therapy dog. This drop-in program is for all ages. The “Read to a Dog” program provides children with the opportunity to build reading skills in a non-judgmental setting. 

Tuesday, February 19 from 11:00-11:45 a.m.: The Children’s Room will offer Book Bingo. This program is for ages 6+ and registration is required. Registration begins on Saturday, February 9. 


Wednesday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: The Children’s Room will offer Lego Club. This program is for ages 6+ and registration is required. Registration begins on Monday, February 11. 


Thursday, February 21 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: The Children’s Room at the Bridgewater Public Library, in collaboration with Triumph, Inc.’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program, will offer Animal World Experience. Come and meet a variety of exotic animals from around the world. Registration is not required for this program. Recommended for ages 3-99! 


Saturday, February 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Love your library! Drop in and create a bookmark! Supplies provided- from markers, to ribbons and beads.