Friday, August 30, 2019

9/11 Bears Fighting Hunger



You are invited to join BSU students and staff for a community volunteer event! Bears Fighting Hunger is the 2nd annual service kickoff event at BSU. The event is a collaboration between BSU, local communities and the national nonprofit The Outreach Program. The Outreach Program organizes food and supply packaging events around the country to provide food, safe water, education, and medical care to those in need at home and abroad.

Together on 9/11/19 we will package 18,000 meals that will be distributed to local food pantries to serve community members who may be facing food insecurity. Volunteer with us on Wednesday 9/11/19 on BSU’s campus in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom from 6:30-8:00.

Registration is available through the link below. 20 spots are available to community members. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Register now to kick off your year with service!

Register here: https://bsuform.wufoo.com/forms/z15frmd41bp1uqa/

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Bridgewater Kids Road Race


After a three year hiatus, the one mile, Bridgewater Kids Road Race, open to Bridgewater children only in grades K-8—with separate races for boys and girls, will be staged again this coming fall, on Sunday afternoon October 6th , at 2:00 p.m., on the campus of Bridgewater State University. 

The race was a fixture in Town from 1980 through 2015, a 36 consecutive year run. The 37th edition is presented by Bridgewater State University Athletics (track and cross country teams), with support from Northeast Race Management, Colonial Road Runners, and the Bridgewater Police Foundation. 

There is no registration fee. Race information will be sent home with each child during the first week of school, but, in the meantime, race registration is now available at the following website:

www.bridgewaterkidsroadrace.com

For more info, contact race director, Sam Baumgarten, at 774-208-2933 or sbaumgarten@verizon.net.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society Quasquicentennial Fundraiser Announced

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is celebrating its 125th year in operation. Founded in 1894, OBHS is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton.

The Board of Directors of OBHS is excited to announce our Quasquicentennial celebration fundraiser. Our “125 th Anniversary Raffle” includes some wonderful items including
2 TICKETS TO THE PATRIOTS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS GAME on October 27th at
Gillette Stadium, donated by 3Phase Elevator Corporation. These are club seats valued at $700.

But that's not all!!! Also in the basket are gift cards for Atina Asian Bistro, Boston Tavern, Bridgewater Bagel, Crystal's Kitchen, Good Days Restaurant, Kenny O'Bryans Pub, Lawadessa Restaurant, My Sister and I, Skinner's Sugar House, Roche Brothers, Trader Joe's, Dewherst Lumber, Hobby Lobby, Champion's Barbershop, Cindi's Hair Studio, Get in Shape for Women, Martha's Cleaners, South Shore Cinemas (EBW), P & L Paintball, and gifts from Michael H. Jewelers, Sunny Line Builder's Supply, Meineke, Perfect Nails, and Jessy's Liquors. OBHS has contributed a one year membership to OBHS, an Ancestry DNA kit, New England Rocks book, washtub and fairy lights, OBHS mug, and OBHS tee-shirt. The basket is valued at over $1800.

Tickets are available (5 for $20) through the website's store at https://www.oldbridgewater.org/…/2019-raffle-basket-entries/ or from OBHS board members.

They will also be sold at upcoming OBHS events, and at West Bridgewater’s Park Day on
September 8th. The drawing will be held at Bridgewater’s 99 Restaurant on Sept. 24th at our
"Dining for a Cause” event. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Additional information about the Old Bridgewater Historical Society and all of its upcoming events can be found on the website at www.oldbridgewataer.org/

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Battle of the Bulge at 75

A presentation titled “Battle of the Bulge @ 75” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m.
The year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive of the war. Over the objections of his generals, Hitler ordered a massive counterattack against Allied forces in the area of the Ardennes Forest.

Hitler’s plan was to split the Anglo-American front and to seek a negotiated peace in the West. With over 19,000 Americans killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle experienced by American forces in all of World War II.

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.

Friday, August 16, 2019

BSU Senior College Launch Celebration Event! You're Invited!



Please join Bridgewater State University on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library (Flora T. Little Room) located at 15 South Street in Bridgewater. Celebrate with them and learn more about their new Senior College program. 

Delicious refreshments will be served. The Senior College program will offer six-week classes taught by university faculty and local experts that are targeted to those ages 50 and older. Please invite a friend, neighbor, or family member who you think may be interested in the Senior College.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hikes Through History


"Hikes through History" with author Alison O'Leary
Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you?

In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites with you through this hour-long program.

Using maps and historic photos, she describes several day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features in Massachusetts. Special effort is made to include varying levels of difficulty and a variety of scenery. A book signing will follow the program.

Alison is a longtime journalist, public speaker, and the author of three books, including Inns and Adventures: A History and Explorer’s Guide to New Hampshire, Vermont and the Berkshires, coauthored with Michael Tougias. Their other coauthored nonfiction book is So Close to Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival in WWII. For more information see www.alisonoleary.com.

No registration required. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Old Bridgewater Historical Society to Host Shakespeare in the Park


The Old Bridgewater Historical Players are proud to present a rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the War Memorial Park in West Bridgewater on Sunday, August 18th. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and folding chairs. Food and refreshments will be available on site for purchase. The event begins at 4 p.m.; entertainment begins at 5 p.m.

The event is free and the public is invited. Suggested donation: $5. A Rain Date is scheduled for August 25th at 4 p.m.

War Memorial Park is located on River Street in West Bridgewater.

The Old Bridgewater Historical Society is a private organization, started in 1894, dedicated to the collection, preservation, and publication of history relating to the original Bridgewater area, which includes the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and the city of Brockton. The OBHS Memorial Building is located at 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater. For more information, visit the OBHS website at www.oldbridgewater.org.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hikes Through History

Hikes through History with author Alison O’Leary at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you?

In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites with you through this hour-long program.

Using maps and historic photos, she describes several day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features in Massachusetts. Special effort is made to include varying levels of difficulty and a variety of scenery. A book signing will follow the program.

Alison is a longtime journalist, public speaker, and the author of three books, including Inns and Adventures: A History and Explorer’s Guide to New Hampshire, Vermont and the Berkshires, coauthored with Michael Tougias. Their other coauthored nonfiction book is So Close to Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival in WWII. For more information see www.alisonoleary.com.

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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Bridgewater Community Dance Series Starting Ninth Season




The Bridgewater Community Dance Series will be starting its eighth year this coming September, featuring a mix of international folk dance and New England squares and contras.

We have a steady group of 20-30 dancers, who not only enjoy the dancing (it’s great exercise!), but also enjoy the opportunity for joyful interaction with others. For 2019/2020, dancers may sign up for an eight session fall series, a thirteen session winter/spring series, all 21 sessions, OR may attend any dance without committing to the series. No prior experience is required, all dances are taught, and first time attendees get a free night! 

Dances are held on alternating Fridays—with some exceptions—from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Bridgewater Senior Center. (Note: This is not a seniors’ only event.) Dates for the fall are September 6 and 20, October 4, November 1, 15, and 29, and December 6 and 20. Dates for the winter/spring series are: January 3, 17, and 31, February 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, May 1 and 29, and June 5 and 12. Session fees, per person, are $48 for the fall, $78 for the winter/spring, or $110 ($16 savings) to sign up for both. Single night attendees will be charged $8 per dance. Dance leader, Sam Baumgarten, professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University, has over 40 years of teaching experience and continues to teach classes at BSU in folk, square, and contra dance.

To obtain a registration form or for more information, contact Sam at 774-208-2933, or
sbaumgarten@verizon.net. Don’t be afraid to try it out, maybe get out of your comfort zone.

You won’t be disappointed!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

EEE Notice



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Exhibit in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery: Visual Conversations


On display during the months of August and September.

Is it possible to have a conversation without words? Seven photographers, Deb Ehrens, Lisa Redburn, Paula Laverty, Jean Schnell, Estelle Disch, Diane Collins and Karla Bernstein were going to find out.

This exhibit explores communication via the exchange of images rather than words. The conversation was initiated by one photographer sending an image to a second photographer, who “responded” by sending one of her images to the next, and so on. When they received an image, they had no context or knowledge of the previous images. As soon as they finished one round of the circle, they began another round, but changed places in the circle. A conversation was “complete” once each had the opportunity to respond to each of the others (seven intersecting circles). Individually, it was inspiring and challenging! Did they want to do something similar or change the conversation? What was most significant about what they were seeing? Did they respond to the subject, the color palette, a shape, the quality of light, a ripple on the water, a feeling? Would an image convey an emotional response? Should they create a new image or search files for a good fit?

The work exhibited presents one complete conversation and short runs from other conversations. As a viewer, what do you see? Do you understand their responses? What surprises you? Gather some friends and try your own visual conversation!

Meet and Greet the Artists in the Flora T. Little Gallery on Tuesday, September 10th from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

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.



Learn to Curl on September 6th and 13th


Learn to Curl with the
South Shore Curling Club!

Learn to Curl on September 6th and 13thWe'll be teaching new curlers at two Learn to Curls on Friday, September 6th, 2019 and Friday, September 13th, 2019 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM at the Bridgewater Ice Arena. The session includes on-ice training followed by a real game, and all equipment is provided. More information is available on our website.

The cost is $45 per person. Sign up on our website before it sells out!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Registration for TOPS Fall Soccer is Open!!





TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-14 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than to competition.

TOPS is open to any child with a disability including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. It may be necessary to provide a doctor's permission slip in order for your child to participate. Participants must be born on or after September 1, 2005 and on or before January 1, 2015. (U6-U14). Participants are not limited to the town of Bridgewater and this is a no cost program.

The season will begin on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and continue every Saturday for eight weeks. Each game/practice will be held at the Flagg Street fields at 2:30 p.m.

Please check out our website for details!