Thursday, October 31, 2019

Upcoming Programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s Room

Friday, November 1 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 1.

Tuesday, November 5 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, November 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, November 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, November 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, November 8 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 2.

Monday, November 11: Closed.

Tuesday, November 12 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Story Time with Miss Emily. Stories, games, a craft and FUN! All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, November 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, November 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, November 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, November 15 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 3.

Saturday, November 16 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to a Dog! Come meet Duncan, a registered therapy dog! Read him a story or just visit with him! All ages welcome, no registration.

Monday, November 18 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Celebrate National Princess Day by joining us for a Make and Take craft: Drop in and make a “Unicorn Mask”! Ages 3+ with adult helper. While supplies last, no registration required.

Wednesday, November 20- Wednesday, December 11: Mail your letter to Santa at the library! (Bring the letter to the library by December 11 for a reply!)

Friday, November 22 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Fun with STEM with Ms. Nicole. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5 with adult. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration is required for this 7 week program. To register, call Nancy at Triumph, Inc. @ 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 4.

Monday, November 25 @ 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos creations displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Tuesday, November 26: Registration opens for decorate an edible Christmas tree. This program will be held on Tuesday, December 10 @ 10:30 a.m. and is open to ages 3-5 with an adult helper.

Wednesday, November 27: Registration for “Mom & Me Gingerbread House Decorating” opens. Program will be Monday, December 9 @ 4:00 p.m., ages 5-9 with adult. Limited spaces.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Author Susan Orlean at BSU in November!


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Music In The Round at Off the Common Coffeehouse

The Off the Common Coffeehouse concert on Saturday November 2nd will see Kim Moberg, Tom Smith, Rachel Marie, and Julia Mark sharing the stage for an amazing evening of Music in the Round at 7:30. The $15 tickets will be available only at the door when they open at 7:00pm. The Coffeehouse is at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

Kim Moberg
Kim Moberg is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician in the Folk/Americana genre.

A self taught, finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim's passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners
while her compositions tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness.

“Kim Moberg combines a lovely voice with a deep insight into the human experience. Her songs evoke genuine emotional responses in the listener, as she carries on the acoustic folk tradition in the 21st century. ” — Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL, WICN (Worcester Public Radio)

Tom Smith
Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.” Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over forty years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.

Rachel Marie

Rachel Marie follows in a tradition of unapologetically forthright women folksingers, with songs that hearken to "overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, and lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell." The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. Rachel takes a straightforward and honest approach to songwriting in an effort to foster genuine human connection and encourage empathy through music. Passion for using the power of her voice to shed light on injustice gives rise to poignant poetic statements on subjects from heartbreak and death to police brutality and immigration. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.

Julia Mark
Julia Mark’s endearing warmth and charm has quickly made her a favorite in the Boston music scene and beyond. As a singer-songwriter and pianist, her music explores the duality of emotions, pairing wordplay and wit with the weight of being human. Julia Mark's jazz-inflected album "Gemini" (2018) contains lyrically rich songs about life on the moon, heartbreak on Earth, shifting homes, and palindromes. Julia Mark was a 2016 Iguana Music Fund grantee, spurring the creation of her first full-length album, “Gemini". In 2018, she was nominated for a New England Music Award for Songwriter of the Year and a Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. In 2019, Julia was nominated for a New England Music Award for Female Performer of the Year.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bridgewater Youth Basketball Registration Now Open



Bridgewater Youth Basketball Registration is Now Open
Season Begins December 2nd

What is Biddy Basketball: Town recreational basketball designed to be a fun, learning experience for all! No experience is necessary. We work on basic fundamentals, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Who can register: Boys grades 1-10 and Girls grades 1-8

When: Girls play on Saturday mornings/afternoons. Boys will play Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays depending upon grade level. Season runs December through March.

Cost: $65 for girls grade 1-8; $95 for boys grades 1-10

Coaches are needed for all grade levels. All coaches must be CORI checked through BYB. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Annual Church Fair and Turkey Supper


Central Square Congregational Church, UCC, 71 Central Square, Bridgewater (on the common)

FAIR:
Friday, November 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm (featuring pie & coffee night!)
Saturday, November 2, 9:00am-2:00pm, including lunch service

All of your favorites will be there: Pie Night! (Friday evening pie & coffee) * The cookie walk (how many different cookies can you fit in your bag?) and other baked goods * Homemade candy and goodies * Holiday items * Jewelry * Attic treasures rummage * Silent auction & raffle * Beth Basler’s amazing luncheon offerings * WALKING TACOS! * Hanson Farm harvest table * Vendor tables

Special this year: Framed sports photos silent auction, featuring Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, David Ortiz, the Red Sox, Jordan Spieth, and more. Preview the auction items now at www.csccucc.org/events

TURKEY SUPPER:
Saturday, November 9, 4:30 seating; 6:30 seating; or takeout
Thanksgiving-style turkey supper fundraiser! Turkey and all the “fixins”, including dessert and beverage (dine-in only). Adults, $12; senior/student, $10. Reservations required. For online reservations, visit www.csccucc.org/fall-fair, or call 508-697-6016. (Pay at the door.)  

Visit www.csccucc.org for full details, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/csccuccbridgewaterma, or contact us at office@csccucc.com or 508-697-6016 with questions.

MADEIRA Real Estate


Around the Common would like to welcome MADEIRA Real Estate as our newest local business supporter. We encourage you to always support local businesses!

Introducing Tiffany McCombe, REALTOR with MADEIRA Real Estate -   Discover the MADEIRA Difference!

MADEIRA Real Estate is a boutique real estate brokerage, proudly serving Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 15 years.

At MADEIRA Real Estate, we sincerely value our clients' needs throughout the home purchasing and selling processes. We work our hardest to ensure the best interest of all our clients. Let our energy and experience work for you!

• We believe in honesty and respect for clients. We do not play games with numbers or emotions. Our style is straightforward and simple.

• In consideration for everyone's time, we believe in actively listening to our clients, so that we can best guide them in a direction that will lead to their desired end result.

• We believe in being a proactive agency. We vow to give you the most options to fully prepare your home for the market to help it sell faster.

• We respect and embrace all cultures. We believe language should never be a barrier to working together. We are able to accommodate clients who speak Cape Verdean Criolu, Portuguese, and others upon request.

• We believe in the value of sustainability efforts. We partner with local communities to implement public and private 'green' initiatives.

• We support local youth leadership, music and arts enrichment programs.

MADEIRA Real Estate is  fully invested in our clients, long after the transaction is completed. We can refer you to a number of highly-esteemed professionals for all of your home needs.

Are you ready to experience the MADEIRA difference? Contact me today!

Tiffany McCombe
781.974.4455

Bridgewater Citizens for Civility & Respect Pot Luck Dinner


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Holly Berry Fair



2019 Holly Berry Fair
Sat., Nov. 2, 9 am-2 pm
  • Unique Arts & Crafts
  • Stone Meadow CafĂ©
  • Victorian Tea Room
  • Raffles       
  • Baked Goods
  • Grandma’s Attic
Free admission / Free Parking
Stone Meadow
(off Plain St)
Bridgewater

Fundraiser for Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

Bridgewater Academy Lions invite you to help the Lions of Massachusetts raise money for Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERF) at no extra cost to you beyond your guest check at Brockton Texas Roadhouse Restaurant. 

On October 30th, enjoy a good meal for this good cause. You can print out the flyer (above) and give to your server or show the flyer on your smartphone to qualify for the donation on October 30th.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Intruder Alert! Invasive Insects!


Intruder Alert!

Invasive Insects presentation at the Bridgewater Public Library given by Blake Dinius on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m.

A program on real-life creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween.

-Invasive insect update (Gypsy moths, winter moths, stink bugs). How are they spreading? Will they get worse?
-What’s new on the horizon? Are there any new insects to be aware of?
-What are the most effective ways to manage these insects?

Come join Blake Dinius, Entomologist Extension Educator from the Plymouth County Extension Program and learn about some creepy critters, and a few simple tips to prevent them from turning your home into a haunted house.

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

Monday, October 14, 2019

GBWOT Touch-a-Truck


The annual Greater Bridgewater Women of Today, Touch-A-Truck event will be held at Sullivan Tire & Auto Service located at 300 Bedford Street (Rte. 18), on Sunday, October 27th from 11-2 PM. The cost of the event is $5 per person. The event will feature tons of trucks for children to touch and explore! Even Monster Truck BIGFOOT will be among the vehicles! Children can wear their Halloween costumes and Trick-or-Treat at each vehicle. Noodle Doodle Facepainting by Lisa will be at the event and music will be provided by DJ Jeff Fowler Productions. There will be hot dogs, and hamburgers, and other concessions available for purchase. Come to this great event and meet Big League Brian (he’s the one on stilts on Yawkey Way before Red Sox Games), and much more! Please park at HarborOne Bank (diagonally across the street from Sullivan Tire) at 295 Bedford Street and there will also be a free shuttle service running from Legion Field to the event. This is a weather permitting event.

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today would like to thank the sponsors of this event: Right Key Mortgage/ Jane McCarthy, Prisco’s Market & Deli, Crocetti’s, DJ Jeff Fowler Productions, LaBelle Sales & Service and especially Sullivan Tire & Auto Service, for co-hosting and allowing us to hold our event there every year.

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local charities and community members, and foster friendships. GBWOT has established a Family in Need Fund to assist local families experiencing hardships and offers scholarships to graduating local seniors. To date, GBWOT has helped more than 90 families in various ways, including supplying gift cards to families with an immediate family member in the hospital, providing photography services to families with a terminally ill parent, providing meals and Christmas gifts to families with a recently deceased parent, donating gift cards to family who lost their home in a fire, and much more. GBWOT meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. For meeting location in Bridgewater or membership information visit the groups Facebook page and send them a private Facebook message.

Family Special Education Night


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Trunk or Treat at St. Thomas Aquinas



Halloween celebration for the whole family!
Date: Sunday, October 27th 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm
Where: St. Thomas Aquinas, 103 Center Street

Trunk or treating, games, crafts, and concessions

If you would like to participate, volunteer or donate please contact Shanna Carlstrom at shanna.hammaker11@gmail.com or call/text 717-421-6100.

Prizes for the following three categories: 

-Spooktacular (Halloween/Fall Themed-not too scary), -Original/Creative, and
-Interactive (kids need to be able to interact/play in order to get the candy).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bridgewater Girls Softball League Trunk or Treat


When: Saturday, October 26th 

Where: Crescent Street Softball Fields in Bridgewater (next to the Marathon Park and behind the police station)

Time: 7PM

No entry fee for Trunks or Trick or Treaters. Those interested in decorating a trunk should contact fundraising@bridgewatergirlssoftball.com to reserve a spot.

Decorated trunks provide their own allergy conscious candy or treat to hand out to Trick or Treaters.

Suitable for all ages.

Prizes for the top two trunks.

The BGSL snack shack will be open!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Three Upcoming Learn to Curls!



Learn to Curl with the South Shore Curling Club!

Upcoming Learn to Curls

We'll be teaching new curlers at three Learn to Curls on Friday, November 1st, 2019 (space is extremely limited so don't wait!), Friday, January 3rd and Friday January 10th from 7:15PM 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!

https://southshorecurling.com/ltc-2019-2020/




 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

23rd Citizens Police Academy



The Bridgewater Police Department will be holding their 23rd Citizens Police Academy starting on Wednesday January 8th, 2020. This is a FREE program to familiarize Bridgewater residences with the daily operations of the Police Department. Applications are available at bridgewaterpolice.org and can be dropped off at the station or emailed to roconnell@bridgewaterma.org 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wicked Salem with author Sam Baltrusis at Bridgewater Public Library





“Wicked Salem with author Sam Baltrusis” lecture at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Sam Baltrusis, author of "Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends" has penned a dozen historical-based ghost books including "Ghost Writers" and "Mass Murders." He has been featured on several national TV shows including Destination America's "Haunted Towns," the Travel Channel's "Haunted USA" on Salem and served as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's "Haunted Encounters."

In 2019, he was featured on the one-hundredth episode of "A Haunting" that aired on the Travel Channel. Baltrusis is a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England, including an author discussion at the Massachusetts State House and paranormal conventions that he produced called the Plymouth ParaCon in 2018 and the Berkshire's MASS ParaCon in 2019. Visit SamBaltrusis.com for more information.

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

AAUW Meeting

On Wednesday, October 16th, the Taunton branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at the Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton. A dinner will be served to members beginning at 6p.m., followed by an after-dinner lecture.

The speaker will be Adrienne Williams, an actor from the musical play, We Did It For You: Women’s Journey Through History, who portrays Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Her favorite role is to play Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist and suffragette. Truth is also known for her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech, which Williams performs. Williams retired in 2016 from a 45 year career in education, and has served as a special needs teacher, principal, trainer, and founding member of the New Bedford acapella group UMOJA.

Membership in AAUW is open to a graduate holding an associate or equivalent or a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. Student affiliates are enrolled in an associate’s or a bachelor’s program at an accredited two or four year institution.

The AAUW, founded in 1881, advances 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.

BSU to hold STEM Expo

Bridgewater State University will host its annual STEM Career Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center atriums. The expo is open to the public.

More than 20 employers will be present, recruiting candidates from majors such as biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, mathematics and physics. Recruiters will offer part- and full-time jobs, internships, research projects, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities.

Details on participating organizations are available on the Career Services site that can be found on bridgew.edu and clicking on the Upcoming Events tab. The DMF Science & Mathematics Center is located at 24 Park Ave. Free parking will be available on campus.

Professional dress is recommended and those attending should bring resumes to the event. For more information, contact Laurent Troland at 508.531.1328 or at ltroland@bridgew.edu.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

St. Thomas Aquinas Rummage Sale



St. Thomas Aquinas
103 Center Street, Bridgewater

Saturday October 12, 9:00AM—3:00PM

From 2PM-3PM $2.00 a bag

*Clothing*Books*Appliances*
*Small Furniture*Jewelry*
*Bric-a-Brac*Household Items*


Come early for a great selection or come later for a great bargain.

Something for everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hither and Yon



The Bridgewater Public Library will feature an exhibit titled “Hither and Yon” by Margaret Farrell Bruno in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display during the months of October and November.

Margaret Farrell Bruno lives and paints on the Massachusetts South Shore. Being a native of the area, she grew up surrounded by the splendid coastline and luscious cranberry bogs, which have inspired her landscapes. Margaret’s vibrant style is influenced by her sensitivity to the use of color, light, and composition.

Melding the ideals of realism and impressionism, her bold artwork responds to the energy and emotion of her subject matter. Margaret is a nationally award-winning artist who was formally educated at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and launched a three-pronged career as a fine artist, portraitist, and illustrator. Margaret’s landscapes are included in the permanent collection of the Ocean Spray Corporation, Perini Private Collection, New England Met Life, Massachusetts General Hospital, along with other public and private collections. Artist's Statement: “I am continually humbled and honored with the beauty of color and light whether it be on the soft face of a precious child or on a majestic landscape before me. I hope to always consider it a privilege, a blessing and a challenge to be inspired by that beauty.” Website: www.mfbruno.com

Blog: http://mfbruno.blogspot.com

Meet and Greet the Artist in the Flora T. Little Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

BCCR Potluck Social