Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wizard of Oz Collection on Display at the Library




The Bridgewater Public Library is currently exhibiting a collection of items related to The Wizard of Oz, loaned by Gail McCarthy. This is the 75th anniversary of the film’s first showing.

Gail works in the Reference Department at the West Bridgewater Public Library, and has been collecting Oz memorabilia for the past 40 years. 


The collection will be available for viewing through the end of June.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rescue of the Bounty




The Bridgewater Public Library will host Michael J. Tougias on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

Michael Tougias, bestselling author of 23 books, will give a dramatic presentation based on his co-authored book Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy (Simon & Schuster). Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue to make this “an edge-of-your-seat” visual program.

The story begins on October 23, 2012 when Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail the HMS Bounty from New London, Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida. Walbridge was aware that a hurricane was forecast. He explained to his crew of 15 that the ship would fare better at sea than at port and that he thought he could sail “around the hurricane”. Four days into the voyage Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the vessel suddenly overturned, sending the crew tumbling into the ocean.

“I enjoy doing these programs,” says Tougias, “because I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves “What would I have done?” It’s like watching a movie with the author giving behind the scene details.” Tougias says that besides focusing on the voyage and the disaster he will recount the heroic rescue attempts by Coast Guard rescue swimmers and pilots. A book signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for all ages.

Tougias, known for his fast paced writing style and character-driven stories, has written several true survival thrillers, including The Finest Hours, which is currently being made into a major motion picture by the Disney Corporation. His other sea sagas include Overboard!, Fatal Forecast, A Storm Too Soon, and Ten Hours Until Dawn, the latter selected by the American Library Association as an Editor’s Choice, “One of the best books of the year”

On a lighter note, the author penned the award-winning memoir There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain-man Wannabe. Visit www.michaeltougias.com for more information. Tougias is one of New England’s top speakers, giving over 70 presentations annually.

Rescue of the Bounty is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Carver's Pond Nature Trail and Family Fun


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Free metal recycling to benefit local food pantry


The Fifth Annual FREE Metal Recycling day will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. til noon at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, adjacent to the CVS in Bridgewater Center. All proceeds benefit the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

The metal drive is sponsored by the church’s Green Sanctuary Committee, in conjunction with KeyforHope, a local non-profit dedicated to providing food and support to those in need. Green Sanctuary churches are committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles for their members as individuals and as a faith community. In the past four years, the one-day drive has netted close to $1000 in food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry.

Bring your scrap metal, large or small, to the church parking lot!! All metal, including appliances, pipe, air conditioners, fencing, file cabinets, bikes, grills and more, will be accepted, minus any gas, propane, glass, etc. Friendly volunteers will help unload your metal. The metal recycling will be held rain or shine.

Please help get the word out!! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to keep us in mind when doing spring cleaning! Residents and non-residents are welcome. Let’s fill up those roll-off containers and support those in need in our own community.

For more information, please contact Debbie at catsmeow908@verizon.net or 508-697-6848.

It's Not About the Hike




The Bridgewater Public Library will host Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper on Saturday, May 3rd at 12:00 noon. The featured program is “It’s Not About the Hike”, a presentation that is for hikers and non-hikers, people who are sedentary or active, outdoor enthusiasts and indoor homebodies, 10-year olds and 90-year olds and everyone in between.

The hour-long presentation is not about the hike; it is an inspirational and motivational program about pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, overcoming our fears, finding our passions and living our lives to the fullest. The talk is a multi-media presentation including movies, music and photographs. It is both humorous and touching as the speakers share about their personal lives in a way that makes the message and learning universal.

Nancy and Pat are two 50-plus year old non-hikers who climbed the 100 highest mountains in New England. Their presentation is the story of their journey. It will lift your spirits and inspire you to climb that mountain in your life.


Their book, It’s Not About the Hike, will be offered for sale after the presentation. The book contains 360 pages, over 245 color pictures, and 60 inspirational hike reports.

Nancy and Pat’s presentation is part of Bridgewater’s ongoing One Book One Community program which is currently focusing on Bill Bryson’s hiking memoir, “A Walk in the Woods”.

For more information about Bridgewater’s One Book One Community program, visit our Blog at http://obocbw.blogspot.com/ or our Facebook page at: Bridgewater One Book One Community.

This semester’s One Book One Community program is a partnership of Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Williams Intermediate School, Bridgewater Middle School, Mitchell Elementary School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Senior Center, and the Nunckatessett Greenway.


“It’s Not About the Hike” is free of charge and open to everyone. For more information, contact Mary O’Connell at the library, 508-697-3331.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

May 1st Reception: Tenney Johnson Painting


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Angels in America


Angels in America, a 501 c3 non profit will be hosting a FUNraiser at Friendly's in Middleboro on Monday April 28, 2014 10AM throughout the day. You can dine it or take out - you just need to bring in the coupon to show them you are there to support us ! You will also be celebrating our ONE YEAR anniversary with us !!! So come get breakfast, lunch or dinner or just stop by for ice cream and help us help others !!Here is the link: http://www.angelsinamerica.org/event/friendlys-meal-out/

We will also be bringing the RED SOX WORLD SERIES TROPHY to Bridgewater !!! Ma 25, 2014 from 9:30-11:00 at the Senior Center (10 Wally Krueger Way) in Bridgewater - Come get your picture taken with the World Series 2013 Trophy !!!

Car Wash Fundraiser for Senior Lock-In


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 World Music Festival


BSU Music Department presents:

The BSU Annual World Music Festival on Thursday, April 24, 11am - 5pm.

Venue: Outdoors at the Fountain area behind Rondileau Campus Center.

Lineup:
11:00 KHAKATAY (BSU West African Drumming Ensemble)
12:00 BOOGALOO SWAMIS (Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music from the Bayous of Southwest Louisiana)
1:00 MARCUS SANTOS AND HIS SAMBA ENSEMBLE (Brazilian)
2:00 JOHN HUGHES (Voice and Kora ((West African Harp))
3:00 SCHWARZE SCHAFE GERMAN BAND
4:00 BSU WIND ENSEMBLE (with guest appearance by Khakatay)

Each group will perform for 45 minutes.
The event is FREE and snacks will be served! (Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes).
CDs of the 2009 and 2010 World Music Festivals will be available for purchase for $5.00 each.
Donations will be welcome! All donations and the CD sales will go to American Red Cross.
It will be an exciting event!

Additional Information
Contact Phone:
(508)531-1377
Contact Email:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bridgewaters Rotary Club’s Exotic Pancake Breakfast III & Yard Sale


Date: Sunday April 27, 2014
Where: West Bridgewater Senior Center
97 West Center Street/Rt 106
West Bridgewater
Time: 8am-11am
Tickets: Adults $6
Seniors & Children under 13 $5

Gift Baskets, drawings for Lottery Scratch Tickets and Other Valuable Items

Rotary is an organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, women and men, in more than 165 countries. Rotary provides humanitarian service and builds good will and promotes peace and understanding throughout the world.

The most important part of Rotary is the local club. The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters meets every Wednesday (except for the second Wednesday when it meets for lunch) for breakfast from 7:30 A.M. until 8:30 A.M. at Good Days Restaurant, 99 South Main Street/Route 28, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Each meeting features fellowship, networking, patriotic exercises, a meeting of cheer, often followed by a significant speaker from business and/or the professions.

The members of the club carry out local service, primarily funding: Scholarships to graduating seniors at East Bridgewater High School, Bridgewater-Raynham High School, West Bridgewater High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School and Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School; Dictionaries or thesauri for third graders; Books for Kids at Public Libraries; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; East Bridgewater Family YMCA; Natural Resources Trust ofBridgewater; Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA); West Bridgewater Gazebo Concerts on the Common. It carries out International Service: Working for Peace - Working to Eliminate Polio in the World - Supporting Literacy in South Africa - Working to teach reading where there are no schools - Working to provide clean water for every living person - Providing wheelchairs where they are needed - Providing Shelter Boxes for people affected by natural disasters.

For more information go to the club's web site www.clubrunner.ca/bridgewaters.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Program to Promote Psychological Health for Women Veterans


The Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project will hold a spring forum on May 2nd from 3 to 5PM at Bridgewater State University's Moakley Center Auditorium.

The project, under the direction of Dr. Victoria Bacon, was designed to promote psychological health for women veterans in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The formal presentation will begin at 3:30 PM following a reception that will showcase legacy preservation artifacts. 

The event is open to the public. RSVP by calling 508-531-1878.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bridgewater Garden Club Events


The Bridgewater Garden Club afternoon group will meet Wed. April 23rd at 1 pm at the Bridgewater Cole-Yeaton Senior Center, 10 Walley Kruger Way, Bridgewater Ma. A slide lecture will be given by Steve Silk on " Adventurous Annuals." This is President' s Day honoring invited guests and past presidents. 
 
The evening meeting will be held on Monday, April 28,at 7pm in the senior center. The program will be led by Robin Murray on the process of creating a small succulent planter. S SAVE THE DATE NEWS " Bridgewater Garden Club Annual Plant Sale will be held on Sat, May 10,9;00 -noon at the Bridgewater Cole Yeaton Senior Center, 10Walley Kruger Way, Bridgewater, Ma. COME EARLY SELLS OUT FAST

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BR-SEPAC Family Special Education Night

 
The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a Family Special Education Event, Friday, May 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Parents will connect with other parents and gather information from representatives of local special education service providers. School age children will enjoy arts and crafts, gym activities, and a movie while being supervised by volunteers. Snacks/refreshments will be provided. Raffle prizes to benefit the BR-SEPAC will include: Bridgewater Firetruck ride to school, Bridgewater Police 3 hour ride along, $100.00 Barretts gift card, Brockton Rox tickets, Water Wizz, New England Aquarium and much more. The event will be held at the Laliberte Elementary School at 777 Pleasant St. Raynham. 
 
The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. 
 
The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. The event is free and open to all. For more information visit facebook, our website: brsepac.org or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com or becca.jo@verizon.net. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BR-SEPAC Meeting


The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a meeting for the 2013-2014 school year on Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Behavior and Positive Support Plans. Everyone displays behaviors, or actions throughout their day. We all have challenges: avoiding anxiety provoking situations or trying to get a parent’s attention while they are on the phone….sometimes, when we don’t feel well, we can snap easily at people, or if a child really wants that pack of gum in the grocery aisle…the difference is, some of us display challenging behaviors that interfere with our quality of life. Amy Gordon, M.Ed., Executive Director from Second Nature Social Skills (www.secondnaturesocialskills.com) will share strategies and tips on how to help people to have expected actions during these challenging moments. The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Library Computer Lab (second floor) located at 415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. 

The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information visit our website: brsepac.org or email kwaskiel@hotmail.com.

Upcoming Events at The Reiki Shoppe


Title: Reiki Attunements for Cancer Patients for the Kay’s Way 111 Stop Drugs Program

Monday, April 28th, 2014 - 6:00 to 7:30pm - Reiki Attunements for Cancer Patients. Attunements and Information Sheets will be given to Cancer Patients for a $25.00 donation fee towards the Kay's Way 111 Program for those struggling from drug addiction. Contact Lauren Bortolami to book your time slot for the attunement between the hours of 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 508-697-3113. Attunements given by Lauren Bortolami and/or other master students she has trained in Reiki. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324. For more information visit lauren-bortolami.com

Title: Reiki Level 1 Training with Lauren Bortolami at The Reiki Shoppe


Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Reiki Level 1 Training Class from 9:30am to 3:30pm - Learn about Reiki to heal yourself from ailments, pets, as well as family members. In this level you will understand about this non-denominational hands-on therapy to heal your mind, body, and spirit through a series of hand placements. This class will be taught by Reiki Master/Teacher Lauren Bortolami. The cost for this class is $150.00 with a minimum of four people and a maximum of 10. Call Lauren to register at 508-697-3113. A deposit of $75.00 is required. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA. For more information, visit www.lauren-bortolami.com.

Title: Angel Practice Group with Angel Messenger/Medium Lauren Bortolami

Monday, April 28th, Angel Practice Group - 7:30 to 9:00pm - This group is designed for those who love angels and want to learn how to connect to angels safely through prayer and exercises. The cost is $35.00 with a minimum of six people and a maximum of 12. This group will be taught by Lauren Bortolami. Pre-registration and payment is required. Call Lauren to register at 508-697-3113. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA. For more information, visit www.lauren-bortolami.com 

 
Friday, May 2nd, 2014 –Voices from Heaven Event & Fundraiser for the Walsh/Kennedy Memorial Fund - 6:00 to 10:00pm at Camp Kiwanee, Hanson, MA. 


Come to this one of a kind event created by Renowned Medium Lauren Bortolami who has read for people across the world and who has been sought out by casting and production companies for her work and input. Lauren is a Psychic Medium, Angel Messenger, Reiki/Spiritual Teacher, and a Catholic who is the Founder of The Reiki Shoppe in Bridgewater. Understand your spirit and the innate gifts you have to connect to your angels and loved ones on the other side. Have you been saved by an angel? Have you felt your loved ones on the other side were trying to contact you but weren't sure? Find out by attending this event! Lauren will read many audience members and channel validating messages from voices she hears from heaven to prove you are never alone. There will be a Q & A session at the end for those who wish to ask questions about their spiritual experiences. Call 508-697-3113 for information. All tickets are sold online at Home - Lauren Bortolami

Title: Calling your Angels Class with Angel Messenger/Medium Lauren Bortolami

Saturday May 10th, 2014 - Calling your Angels Connection Class - 9:30 to 3:30pm - Learn the differences between guardian angels and archangels and how to connect to them for every day guidance, healing, and protection. You will learn various exercises not taught elsewhere! Minimum of 4 people are required to attend this class, maximum 12. Cost is $250.00 per person which includes instruction by Lauren Bortolami, a manual, and certificate of completion. Contact Lauren at 508-697-3113 to register. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA. For more information go to www.lauren-bortolami.com.

Title: Reiki Attunements for Cancer Patients for Relay for Life

Monday, May 19th, 2014 - 6:00 to 7:30pm - Reiki Attunements for Cancer Patients. Attunements and Information Sheets will be given to Cancer Patients for a $25.00 donation fee towards Relay for Life. Contact Lauren Bortolami to book your time slot for the attunement between the hours of 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 508-697-3113. Attunements given by Lauren Bortolami and/or other master students she has trained in Reiki. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324. For more information visit www.lauren-bortolami.com

 
Title: Spirit Medium Practice Group with Lauren Bortolami


Monday, May 19th, 2014 - Spirit Medium Practice Group - 7:30 to 9:30pm - This group is designed to help you learn your natural abilities to connect to your higher self and the spiritual realm. The cost is $35.00 with a minimum of six people and a maximum of 12. This group will be taught by Lauren Bortolami. Pre-registration and payment is required. Call Lauren to register at 508-697-3113. Held at The Reiki Shoppe, 63 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA. For more information, visit www.lauren-bortolami.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Presentation on the Amazon Rainforest




The Bridgewater Public Library will host world traveler Dana Zaiser on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30p.m. for a presentation on the Amazon Rainforest.

Dana will talk about his recent cultural and ecological cruise up the Rio Negro. The Rio Negro is one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon River. Did you know there are dolphins in the river in the middle of South America? Dana will discuss the proper technique for catching piranha, among other interesting subjects during this free illustrated presentation.

Dana got the traveling bug in 1995 while on a trip to Alaska. After that trip, he and his wife traveled to Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, Belize, London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona. Dana was able to explore his family genealogy while visiting distant cousins in Germany. He and his wife were also involved in a shipwreck during one of their cruises in 1995.

Dana is a registered pharmacist and lives in Norton with his wife. 


The Amazon Rainforest will be held in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level of the library. Parking is available in back of the library, located at 15 South Street.