Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Bridgewater Democratic Town Committee Memorial Scholarship application is now available.

The Bridgewater DTC Memorial Scholarship this year will be for $500.00 and will be awarded to a Bridgewater student graduating from high school and looking to further their education. The scholarship application consists of a short essay and some background questions.

To obtain a copy of the scholarship application, please email the Scholarship Committee by clicking here.

Completed applications will be due back by May 1, 2019 so do not delay your opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond



Understanding and Responding to White Nationalism in Bridgewater and Beyond

This presentation will be given at the Bridgewater Public Library on Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Presentation given by Dr. Carolyn Petrosino, BSU Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice; Robert McEvoy, Detective Sergeant, BSU Police and Jillian Orr, BSU Senior Criminal Justice Major.

This presentation is the fourth in a series titled “Being Neighborly, Finding Common Ground” sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect (BCCR) and the Bridgewater Public Library.

BCCR is a group of local citizens in Bridgewater that have formed an organization whose goal is to ensure that Bridgewater is a safe, inclusive community, one of civility and respect for all.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Garden Tourist, 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast



Local author, Jana Milbocker, will be speaking on her book “The Garden Tourist, 120 destination gardens and nurseries in the Northeast” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!

The Garden Tourist is a specialty travel book aimed at weekend gardeners, professional landscape designers and vacation travelers. The 256-page book profiles 120 botanical gardens, historic estates and destination nurseries. The book is richly illustrated with 665 color photos that entice the reader to hop in the car. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Jana Milbocker is an avid gardener, plant collector, garden designer and writer. She lectures on a variety of gardening topics and has presented at the Boston and Connecticut Flower Shows, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and at many garden clubs and organizations.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Refugee Crisis in Africa: Perspectives from Uganda

The Minnock Institute for Global Engagement will present a lecture by the Honorable Jacqueline Amongin, Member of Parliament, Uganda--REFUGEE CRISIS IN AFRICA: PERSPECTIVES FROM UGANDA--on March 21 from 12-1:45 pm in the Welcome Center, Room 202.

A BSU Mandela Fellow in 2017, Ms. Amongin was awarded the Mandela Women Leadership Prize that same year for her "actions towards social justice and valuable achievements in community change." She is a founder of the Jacqueline Amongin Development Foundation (formerly the Hope Foundation). JADEF is a non-governmental organization targeting educational, health, and agricultural improvements in the social economic status of vulnerable groups, especially women and needy children in Uganda.

Ms. Amongin will deliver a second lecture, AFRICAN UNION AND UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, on March 26 from 9:30-11 am in the Heritage Room.

The events are open to the BSU community and the public.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Crafting Spring Flowers


Book Crafting Spring Flowers workshop at the Bridgewater Public Library on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m.

This is a creative way to give old books new life. We will be making spring flowers and the best part is these flowers don’t wilt. This program is open to ages 12 and up. Supplies provided however we are asking you to bring a glue gun if you own one as our supply is limited. No registration required. Come join the fun!

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Regional AAUW Meeting Scheduled

On Saturday, March 16th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City on Broadway in Taunton.

This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting. Those attending will discuss: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, by author Linda Hirshman (2016). Hirshman’s dual biography includes revealing stories of how these trailblazers fought for their own recognition in a male-dominated profession—battles that would ultimately benefit every American woman. She also makes clear how these two justices have shaped the legal framework of modern feminism, including employment discrimination, abortion, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and many other issues crucial to women’s lives.

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate of higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members. For more information about the Taunton Area Branch of the AAUW, contact Rosemarie Buote, Vice-President of Membership, at 508-669-5069. The AAUW also maintains a website at: http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton/.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Miles for MSA


Hey, Around the Common friends! It's Kevin from Around the Common with somewhat of a personal posting today.

On Saturday, May 18th I will be heading to Fargo, North Dakota to run the Fargo Half-Marathon. Having run a number of half-marathons in the past this one is going to be different. Here's why.

My father, Mike, has been diagnosed with MSA, also known as Multiple System Atrophy. If you are like me, prior to my dad's diagnosis I had never heard of MSA and so as we began the intial journey into the world of MSA I wander through the confusion as to what the disease is and have begun exploring the nuanced facets of a disease so few people know about. When talking with medical professionals, the initial response is often times, "Is that a form of MS" or an even simpler, "I have never heard of that" so as someone newly impacted by what MSA truly is the road ahead is an unsure and confusing one but just like running a half-marathon we'll take things one step at a time.

So what is MSA? Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a combination of symptoms that affect both the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary action such as blood pressure or digestion) and movement. The number of Americans affected by the disease is less than 50,000. It's a wildly unknown disease, one without a playbook for how to wade through it and one without a cure as of this time.

Let's change that. The MSA Coalition has a primary purpose of assisting researchers to find a cure. In the meantime, The Coalition also provides much needed patient and caregiver support, educational resources, and advocacy to create awareness and to fight for issues important to the MSA community.

My dad has always been there for me and now it's time to do my part and I ask you to join me in trying to find a cure for MSA. I wish there was a simple answer with this disease; that with "x" treatment or with "y" pill he would be better but I understand it's just not this simple. So my pledge then is to do what I can do to help. Running a half-marathon is easy, particularly when compared to what my dad and all of those with MSA face so as I am pounding the pavement of Fargo, I'll carry with me the immense honor and responsibility of knowing that each step I am taking is hopefully one step closer to finding a cure for MSA.

So, will you join me in helping work to find a cure for MSA? To donate in support of my run, please click here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/miles-for-msa

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

B-R SEPAC Meeting



The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 pm titled, MassHealth Presentation.   Lauren Almedia of CCBC, Laura Conrad-Laberinto of MassHealth, and Cathy Hickey of Brockton ARC will educate parents/guardians on the pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/ Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. 

Gather information on eligibility for the Department of Developmental Services, DDS, as well as the Brockton Area ARC. The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. 

The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. 

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org 

A Celtic Celebration: Songs and Stories for the Season



“A Celtic Celebration: Songs and Stories for the Season” given by Storyteller Davis Bates at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the arrival of spring with a performance for adults, teens and tweens. The program will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions. It will include traditional songs and tales from Ireland and other Celtic cultures, sea songs & chanteys, ghost stories and family tales. There will also be plenty of sing-alongs, a short lesson in how to play the spoons, and an appearance by an Irish dancing wooden dog.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over forty years. His recording of Family Stories won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award and was named one of the year’s best Audio Recordings by Booklist Magazine.

The performance is funded by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Upcoming BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, March 12th at 6:30 pm titled. The MassHealth Presentation will be presented by Lauren Almedia of CCBC, Laura Conrad-Laberinto of MassHealth, and Cathy Hickey of Brockton ARC.

Learn pathways to eligibility to Mass Health/ Commonhealth, Accessing Benefits and Services, and Explaining Associated Costs. Gather information on eligibility for the Department of Developmental Services, DDS, as well as the Brockton Area ARC.

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm.

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Saturday, March 2, 2019

54th Massachusetts Regiment Display



Now on display at the Bridgewater Public Library, a rare collection showcasing a Bridgewater resident that served in the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

Be sure to check out our display cases on the mezzanine of the Bridgewater Public Library. We are featuring Lewis L. Simpson, 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Mr. Simpson was a Bridgewater Resident for over 58 years and served in the 54th Massachusetts Regiment for the duration of the Civil War. The collection includes his portrait, 54th Massachusetts Regiment Certificate, Discharge papers, and medal from the Grand Army of the Republic.

The Flora T. Little Gallery is open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9a.m.-8p.m.; Thursday 10a.m.-5p.m., Friday, Saturday 10a.m.-2p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Emily Mure and The Whispering Tree

Off the Common Coffeehouse March 2019 concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 7:30 will feature both Emily Mure and The Whispering Tree. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA
Emily Mure

"The first time I heard Emily Mure sing was 2am in the swirling chaos of a music conference.  Unfazed, delicate and fierce, she stood poised singing confidently like a wise oak tree.  That's what she does. Her music is deeply grounded and heavenly at the same time. She is quietly confident and roaring with passion. In this uncertain chaotic world, we need voices like Emily Mure to heal us, to remind us who we are, and to give us places to rest our hearts" - Joe Crookston

New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, Worth (September 2017), brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting.

While she has no fear of tackling difficult subjects, Mure also has a soft touch with love songs, as evidenced by her song “Already Are,” a composition she wrote for her husband as a gift on their wedding day. The song summarizes the enormity of recognizing love, building trust, and growing alongside another person.

Mure’s songwriting, which she began cultivating during her years at Ithaca College, has been recognized in prestigious national competitions (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival) and has been featured on networks including NBC, ABC and PBS.  As a live performer, she also frequently collaborates with other artists.  Mure spent time in 2017 opening for, singing harmonies with (and sometimes playing oboe for) notable musicians including Joe Crookston, Elizabeth and the Catapult, and The Bones of J.R. Jones.  

The Whispering Tree

The moniker The Whispering Tree is rife with imagery and symbolism. One interpretation is the subtle call of natural forces, as if listening to the noises trees make as wind passes through them may mystically reveal answers or profound truths.  It’s a “call of the wild” ideal, but for the Franco-American folk-rock duo the concept of The Whispering Tree spoke to them during a period of aimlessness.

The Franco-American duo, which includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, nature imagery, perspectives from travel, and a panoramic musicality that encompasses traditional folk, indie rock, classic rock, and 1960s pop and rock n’ roll. The twosome has garnered favorable comparisons to Cowboy Junkies, Over the Rhine and Aimee Mann.

The twosome met at music school in London.  At the time, Eleanor was a singer-songwriter seeking to collaborate, and Elie had a reputation of being one of the institution’s most gifted musicians.  At first, the pair had a band mindset, but slowly found freedom in creating as a duo, working together to blossom Eleanor’s song seedlings with a full range of harmonic, instrumental, and arrangement possibilities.


Charged by the creative process, The Whispering Tree tours nationally and internationally, and is releasing more new material. “I’ve felt compelled to release these songs, and I can’t wait to share this new music,” Eleanor says. Elie adds definitely: “This is the closet we’ve gotten to our ideal vision for The Whispering Tree.”

March & April Services at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church

Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church 
2 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Sunday School & Choir Practice 9:30-10:15am

Worship 10:30am, fellowship following.
www.bridgewaternewchurch.org 508-697-3068

Sermon Titles for March and April

3/3 - What Will Your Lenten Practice Be?
3/10 - Finding Yourself in Solitude
3/17 - St. Patrick's Day - How the Irish Saved Civilization
3/24 - Sharing Sunday - Movement & Dance
4/7 - Honoring the Divine in Nature
4/14 - Palm Sunday
4/21 - Easter Sunday
4/28 - Sharing Sunday - Music & Poetry

Events at the Bridgewater Public Library in March

In the Art Gallery:  During the months of February and March is an exhibit of stunning ocean images even after the snow starts flying by Paul Girello. Girello is an avid surf photographer who captures images of wintery beach landscapes and the New England surfer lifestyle for a number of magazines.
 
Friday, March 1 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 8.
 
Saturday, March 2 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom (PG, 91 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, March 4 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Care Bears (PG, 77 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, March 4 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13, 134 min). No registration.
 
Monday, March 4 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13, 134 min). No registration.
 
Tuesday, March 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Taste a Book Club.  Do you love to cook and love looking at cookbooks?  This is the club for you!  We have selected the cookbook "The New Essentials Cookbook; A Modern Guide to Better Cooking" by America's Test Kitchen.  Stop by and borrow a copy.  Call the library with the page number of the recipe you would like to reserve.  Cook the recipe.  Bring your dish to the meeting to share.  After eating discuss the book.
 
Wednesday, March 6 @ 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, March 6 @ 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.
 
Thursday, March 7 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.
 
Friday, March 8 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 9.
 
Saturday, March 9 @ 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, March 11 @ 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD Lecture Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood
 
Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30 p.m.: A Celtic Celebration with Davis Bates!  Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring with songs and stories.  The program will include traditional songs and tales from Ireland and other Celtic cultures, sea songs & chanteys, ghost stories and family tales. This performance is funded by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council.
 
Wednesday, March 13 @ 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, March 13 @ 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.
 
Thursday, March 14 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.
 
Friday, March 15 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 10.
 
Saturday, March 16 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.
 
Monday, March 18 @ 1:30 p.m.:  Movie: A Star is Born (R, 136 min). No registration.
 
Monday, March 18 @ 5:00 p.m.:  Movie: A Star is Born (R, 136 min). No registration.
 
Tuesday, March 19 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Wednesday, March 20 @ 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, March 20 @ 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.
 
Wednesday, March 20 @ 6:00 p.m.:  Book Crafting: Make Spring Flowers out of repurposed books. Supplies provided however if you own a glue gun please bring as we have a limited supply.
 
Thursday, March 21 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.
 
Friday, March 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 11.
 
Saturday, March 23 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Nutcracker and the Four Realms (PG, 110 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Monday, March 25 @ 10:30 a.m.:  Movie: Hop (PG, 94 min.) All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, March 26 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily.  Stories, games, a craft and FUN!  All ages with adult, no registration. 
 
Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m.:  Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit! The lecture is followed by a book signing by Jana Milbocker, author of The Garden Tourist.
 
Wednesday, March 27 @ 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, March 27 @ 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.
 
Thursday, March 28 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.:  Book Babies.  Lapsit for children up to 30 months with caregiver.  Join Mrs. Davis for rhymes, songs, story and playtime.  No registration.
 
Friday, March 29 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  The Learning Tree with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.  Registration is required for this session.  Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 12.

The Visiting Authors Series presents Hanif Abdurraqib

The Visiting Authors Series presents poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:30 in the Maxwell Library Heritage Room for a reception, reading, Q&A, and book signing. 

Abdurraqib is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016), They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), and Go Ahead in the Rain (University of Texas Press, 2019).

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Empty Bowls Project

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bridgewater will be hosting The Empty Bowls Project on Saturday, February 23rd from 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm.

This pottery bowl painting party is sponsored by the Religious Education Committee of the church: participants can paint a bowl and decide to purchase the bowl they painted (and keep them forever after kiln firing) or donate them for sale at a soup dinner in March. Proceeds of the bowl sale will be donated to Support The Soupman, a cause which helps the homeless in the direct area.

Drop by any time between 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm to paint a bowl, have some fun, and support a good cause!

The church will then host an Empty Bowls soup dinner on March 30th to sell both the painted pottery bowls and also some delicious soup, with proceeds going to Support the Soupman.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

TED Talks! at the Bridgewater Public Library

New monthly program! TED Talks! at the Bridgewater Public Library on Thursday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m.

Expand your horizons with a TED Talk! TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on a wide variety of topics including science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk we will watch approximately 40 minutes of a common theme and discuss the talks for 20 minutes. This month’s topic is Life-Long Learning.

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

The program begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Monarchs & Milkweed Magic: Kids Program


Monarchs & Milkweed Magic
Saturday March 16, 2019
Time: 10AM-11AM
Location: Cole-Yeaton Senior Center

Provided by Bridgewater Garden Club

This program is for children 5 – 12 years to learn about the Monarch butterfly and the stages of life. Come be a Monarch butterfly! Start an egg, eat your way through milkweed as a caterpillar, turn into an adult butterfly and migrate to Mexico! Then make milkweed seed balls and plant milkweed seeds to take home to your own garden. Preregistration is required and is at no cost to you. 

To register please send an email to Gardening74@yahoo.com and give child’s name, age, email and phone number. Adults must attend with child and will be involved in the lessons. If your plans change and you are unable to attend please email or call 774-210-0072 before Friday March 15 so we may give others a chance to join.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Day Garden Club Meeting "Power Couples: Perennial pairings for jaw-dropping gardens and containers"

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 1 PM – 3 PM
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center
Power Couples: Perennial pairings for jaw-dropping gardens and containers."
with Deborah Trickett from The Captured Garden


Come see what we're all about!


All are welcome - we hope to see you there!


Perennials are perfect for adding beauty to gardens and containers. But are there some perennials that work better together than others? Are there some pairings that, like the power couples of Hollywood and industry, just naturally cause heads to turn? Join Deborah Trickett, owner of The Captured Garden, as she shares some of her favorite Power Couples – perennial combinations that will get your gardens and containers noticed.
https://thecapturedgarden.com/

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Free Viewing of the Movie "Loving"

Come to a FREE viewing of the movie "Loving" on Tuesday, February 26 at the First Parish UU Church in Bridgewater. The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960's Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.

The public is welcome to join for the viewing and the discussion to follow.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Upper Parish Hall, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School Street, Bridgewater

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Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of The First Parish UU Church and the Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect

Monday, February 18, 2019

Garden Club Meeting "Eat What You Grow" with Meg Muckenhoupt

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center

“Eat What You Grow” with Meg Muckenhoupt
Open to the public.
Come see what we're all about!

The choice of our crops has reflected in our climate, economics and food fashion. Hear local author and environmental writer Meg Muckenhoupt speak about “Eating What You Grow". Meg is an environmental and travel writer and co-creator of the Green Spaces: Boston smart-phone app. She has appeared on NPR’s Radio Boston and WCVB’s Chronicle, as well as WGBH’s Forum site. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and the Time Out Boston Guide. Her book, Boston Gardens and Green Spaces, is a Boston Globe Local Bestseller. Meg was awarded a certificate in Field Botany by the New England Wild Flower Society and earned degrees from Harvard and Brown Universities. She lives in Lexington.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Bridgewater "Hometown Hero" Banners Are Now on Display

Approximately, 50 faces of veterans, ranging from World War II to current members of the military, are now adorning the walls of the lower level at the Bridgewater Public Library.

The Bridgewater “Hometown Hero” banners feature veterans with Bridgewater ties who served or are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces. The project was started by a committee made up of members of the Bridgewater Historical Commission, veterans and Bridgewater residents.

The banners, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, each feature an image of the veteran, his or her name, the branch of service, the era of service if applicable and a sponsor’s name or message if desired.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February Vacation Cupcake Class with Cakes by Paula




Last minute cupcakes class!

Pull apart cupcakes

Fish aquarium

Thursday Feb 21 11-3

Masonic Lodge, Bridgewater

$40.00 per student

Similar but more detailed than picture below. We will make our own fish! 508-415-9890

PayPal or credit cad payment required before day if class.

No refunds. Snow date will be in April.

Events At The Bridgewater Public Library in February


Events At The Bridgewater Public Library in February

Monday, February 18: Closed.

Tuesday, February 19 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: Smallfoot (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, February 19 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: Smallfoot (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 20 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: The Grinch (PG, 86 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 20 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: The Grinch (PG, 86 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Thursday, February 21 @ 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 displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in craft: edible necklaces. Come create edible necklaces with Froot Loops. Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration required, while supplies last.

Thursday, February 21 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: Goosebumps 2. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Friday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG, 105 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Saturday, February 23 @ 10:30 a.m.: Pixar Shorts Volume 3 (includes Bao, LOU, Piper, Lava, Sanjay’s Super Team, Riley’s First Date?, The Radiator, Springs 500 1/2,Party Central, The Blue Umbrella, The Legend Of Mor’du, Partysaurus Rex.) (76 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Monday, February 25 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration required for this session. Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.

Wednesday, February 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in and make a polar bear themed craft. Recommended for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

** CANCELLATIONS for library run programs will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

What Goes Around Comes Around: American Interpret the Lincoln Assassination


What Goes Around Comes Around: American Interpret the Lincoln Assassination
Sunday, February 17 at 1pm
Memorial Building, 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater, MA


There are many theories as to why John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Was he an insane actor, a dedicated Southern patriot backed by the Confederate government, a front man for Lincoln's northern enemies the Radical Republicans, or was the murder a simpler conspiracy? This program will examine some of the major theories surrounding the Lincoln assassination, revealing the circular motion involved as once discredited arguments slip in and out of favor.

Presented by Dr. Thomas R. Turner, Professor Emeritus at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Turner taught for 39 years in the History Department at the university, and is the author of "Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" and "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln." He also worked as a historian for the assassination movie "The Conspirator," directed by Robert Redford and starring James McEvoy and Robin Wright. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

PUBLIC WELCOME. FREE EVENT. DONATIONS GRACIOUSLY ACCEPTED. IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, EVENT WILL BE HELD ON FEB. 24TH AT 1PM.

Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500.00 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2019 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls.

For an application, download at http://aauw-ma.aauw.net/branches/Taunton/ or contact Louise Freeman at freemanlou@aol.com The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.

The American Association of University Woman (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood

A presentation titled “Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m.

In the early afternoon of January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot steel tank filled with over two million gallons of molasses collapsed in Boston's North End sending its sticky contents in a fifteen-foot wave through the neighborhood streets. The disaster was blamed on immigrant anarchists. The event knocked Prohibition and the end of World War I out of the headlines and resulted in a huge civil law suit that was not resolved until 1925.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground

Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground
Sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect and Bridgewater Public Library

February 11, 2019—6:30 p.m. at the Library
Experiences of International Students and Faculty, at BSU and in the Community: How are they doing?

Guest Presenters: Dr. Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost, BSU Institute for Global Engagement; Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic Director of Global Learning; Dr. Simone Poliandri, Assoc. Prof. and Coordinator of American Studies; Dr. Irina Seceleanu, Assoc. Prof. Mathematics; plus
international students.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

B-R SEPAC Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm titled, Special Needs Trusts.  Shelley Coelho will have a discussion on the unique needs that families have in planning for the financial and legal future of their relative with a developmental disability. Topics will include: Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning; Special Needs Trusts and the ABLE Act. 

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. 

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse February 2019 Concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday February 2nd 2019 at 7:30 will feature the Boxcar Lilies with Ric Allendorf as an opener. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

The Boxcar Lilies
Combining spine-tingling harmony and exceptional songwriting, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music.

Though each member of the Massachusetts-based duo has a distinct singing talent, Jenny Goodspeed (electric bass, guitar) and Stephanie Marshall (washboard, guitar) deftly weave their voices into a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always innovative and soul-stirring.

Their trademark harmonies may have put the band on the Americana music map, but their genuine and charming stage presence and off-the-cuff banter helped keep them there. They’ve brought their engaging live show to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Iron Horse Music Hall, CaffĂ© Lena, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel.

Ric Allendorf

As a native New Englander currently living in Southeast Massachusetts, Ric has spent nearly half his life as an acoustic musician, illustrator, art educator, and breadsmith. He has featured from Maine to Cape Cod, from Boston to Providence, both as a solo performer and in the duo Still Willow.

Music is his tool of navigation, discovery, and anchoring. Songs find him in times when they are most steeped in relevance. His guitar is always nearby, sometimes pulling deeper into the unfamiliar, and sometimes being as steady and supportive as a mast. Whether performing solo or with others, Ric gravitates toward unique voicings, percussive frailing, and meticulous fingerpicking patterns that honor his influences – which originate back to the late 80's with the singer-songwriter resurgence in the Boston acoustic music scene.

February Services at Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church

Bridgewater New Jerusalem Church 2 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Sunday School & Choir Practice 9:30-10:15am

Worship 10:30 AM, fellowship following.
www.bridgewaternewchurch.org 508-697-3068

Sermon Titles
2/3 - The Chinese Lunar New Year ~ Year of the Pig
2/10 – Keeping Up Relationships
2/17 – Leadership Sunday ~ The Legacies of Washington & Lincoln
2/24 – Sharing Sunday ~ Art & Photography

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Getting the Most of Your DNA Test Results

Getting the Most of Your DNA Test Results given by Richard Reid from the Friends of Irish Research on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. 

In this presentation Richard will provide an overview of what all the DNA tests seek to accomplish. You will learn how to read and utilize the results. There are many tests out there and each has partners that will help you match up with cousins and ancestors. Throughout the presentation Richard will use examples that are in his family tree and show how you can expand, verify and document your family tree.

Richard is the director of the Friends of Irish Research which is based in Brockton, MA. The Friends provide training seminars, host a website full of research resources and provide consultations in the Brockton facility or via email. He is an active member of MSOG, MGC, APG, NEAPG, PCGI, and the Cape Breton Genealogical and Historical Association.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Evening Garden Club Meeting "What's new at Haskell Gardens"


When: Monday, January 28th at 6:30 PM
Location: Bridgewater Senior Center

"What's new at Haskell Gardens" in New Bedford, with horticulturist, Kristin McCullin
Come see what we're all about!
All are welcome - we hope to see you there!


Link to The Trustees - Haskell Gardens Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thetrusteessegardens/?rf=663876413713868


The Trustees preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Taste a Book Club


Taste a Book Club! A new type of book club meeting held on Tuesday, January 29th @ 4:00 pm.

Do you love to cook and love looking at cookbooks? This is the club for you!

We have selected the cookbook "
The Pioneer Woman Cooks; Food from my Frontier" by Ree Drummond.

Stop by the library and borrow a copy located at the front desk. Notify the library with the page number of the recipe you would like to reserve. Cook the recipe. Bring your dish to the meeting to share. After eating discuss the book.

The Library will supply the paper products. We hope to meet every other month.

The event, which begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

American Association of University Women - Taunton Area Branch





The public is invited to join the AAUW Knit-In for Scholarships on Saturday, February 9th at the Bridgewater Senior Center. The Knit-In begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with a snow date of February 23rd.

Crafters who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting will spend a pleasant afternoon of comradery creating one or more 7 x 9 inch blocks which will be assembled into colorful afghans and donated to a local charity.

Participants should bring size 7 needles or J/K crochet hooks and acrylic yarn (worsted). For beginners, supplies will be provided. This will be a good opportunity to clean out your yarn stash – yarn color is not important! The donation to participate is $10 for the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

The Bridgewater Senior Center is located at 10 Wally Kreuger Way (off Route 18) in Bridgewater.
This fundraiser for local college scholarships is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, a non-profit organization advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Additional information about the AAUW can be found on their website at www.aauw.org.

For more information about the Knit-In, contact Cris Ajemian at 508-697-6653.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

B.R.E.A.D Community Outreach Center Closed



Please be aware that B.R.E.A.D is now closed. There has been an illness in the family and they are no longer able to keep this service available. B.R.E.A.D would like to thank all of their many volunteers who put in countless hours to help the Bridgewater community and surrounding towns. The space at 46 Central Square is now for rent.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lunar Eclipse Event at the Observatory


A total lunar eclipse will occur beginning this Sunday, Jan. 20. Weather allowing, the observatory will be open from 9:30 pm on Jan. 20 - 1:00 am on Jan. 21 to see it! 

Check the weather hotline before coming (508-531-2093). 

You can also find weather announcements on our Facebook page or Twitter @BSUObservatory.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Black Lives Matter Film Series


Essential Oils to Beat the Cold and Flu Season


Essential Oils to Beat the Cold and Flu Season given by doTERRA wellness advocate Chris Ventura on Tuesday, January 22nd @ 6:30 pm.

Having the flu is a lousy experience that can knock you out for days. The good news is, there are ways to help ease symptoms while boosting the immune system so that you can cut the duration of the flu, get better rest and feel better sooner.

Come join Chris Ventura, doTERRA Wellness Advocate as she guides you on essential oils that help boost your immune system and combat the cold and flu season.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

BR-SEPAC Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, January 24th at 6:30 pm titled, Behavioral Interventions. Maria Robbins and Meredith Stetson will be discussing strategies and interventions for helping students experiencing social, emotional or behavior difficulties at home and/or at school. We will aim to provide useful information for helping students across settings by highlighting research-based techniques with which we have also had real- world success. 

E-mail: kwaskiel@hotmail.com to confirm you are attending

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. 

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http:// www.thebridgectr.org

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse January 2019 Concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday January 5th 2019 at 7:30 will feature an Americana band named Cold Chocolate. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00 PM. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root's music scene's finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. 

Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.