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I feel compelled to take umbrage with the article in the February 20, 2014 Wanderer article "Getting a Taste of World Hunger." The general theme of the article is that world hunger is caused by "Companies and governments"and that "exacerbating the problem is climate change which has dramatically increased throughout the planet."
Governments, which ultimately control the banks, have a direct effect on the distribution of funds related to the sustenance of the populations of countries; however, companies are there to provide a product and are at the mercy of the governments therein. This is not my real concern. What I'm worried about is the fact that the idea of "Global Warming" and the new term of "Climate Change" are so tacitly accepted and taught to our 7th graders as this is the end of the discussion on this hotly debated subject. The premise is that the "science is complete." "No more discussion." "The world is flat and you'll sail off the end of it if you go west, Mr. Christopher Columbus." "Disregard the calculations of that Copernicus fellow and his heliocentric model of the universe. We all know that the world is flat."
Climate change is nothing but a model. Einstein's theories are nothing but models, and even he understood that. How can we base our whole thought process and our actions on a model that takes only data from a few hundred years and extrapolate it in this way?
There is no argument that drought, flood, storms and other acts of nature are significant contributors to famine, but as to whether or not climate change is a function of man or not still needs to be addressed. The students are told to accept that idea. Shouldn't they be taught how to think and not what to think?
For the past seventeen years, there has been no exponential increase in the average world temperature, and if we were to believe the prognosticators of twenty years ago, Mattapoisett would be well out to sea and the polar ice caps wouldn't have increased in the magnitude that they have recently. Polar bears would have had to develop gills because they would be swimming all the time. We're told now that the "polar vortex" which has descended is further proof of the coming of the "end of the world due to climate change." I can remember in the early 1980s when Buzzards Bay was frozen solid from New Bedford to Woods Hole, and there was no explanation of Global Warming but rather that a New Ice Age was coming. Do you think that someone might have an agenda for raising new "revenues" through taxation? Someone has to pay for it. Let's make the tax payers think that they're responsible, and we'll hit them with a "CARBON TAX." We are the ones who control the universe. We can change Mother Nature.
Enough of this cynicism. It's time to listen to the debate. It's time to see all sides. It's time to understand that learning how to think is the most important thing and that you must investigate on your own. "Do your homework" is what is required here.
Paul E. Osenkowski, Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee
The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Republican Town Committee is Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library. Guest speaker will be Dan Shores, who is a candidate for Congress in the 9th District. Meetings are held in the conference room on the lower level of the Library, and we invite all interested voters to hear his message. For questions or more information, please contact Committee Chairman Jane Awad at 508-813-6304.
International Women's Day
The 4th Annual International Women's Day networking event in New Bedford will be held at the Wamsutta Club on Thursday evening, March 6 starting at 5:30 pm.
This is the fourth annual International Women's Day event in New Bedford. The 100th Anniversary in 2011 was the first networking event co-sponsored by the Women's Fund, YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts, and The Women's Center. The event has grown each year, and this year UMASS Dartmouth Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality and the Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women will join the group to jointly sponsor a networking event for women (and men) from throughout the Southcoast area.
Mattapoisett Free Public Library News
Sunday Afternoon Library Hours: Beginning in March, the Mattapoisett Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Patrons are welcome to come in for library service, programs, or simply a leisurely read of the Sunday papers and a cup of tea or coffee. Sunday hours will extend until the Memorial Day weekend.
Author Michael Ponsor to Read: Judge Michael Ponsor, who has just published his first novel, will read from The Hanging Judge on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Michael Ponsor graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him as a life-tenured U.S. district judge. From 2000-2001, he presided over a five-month death penalty trial, the first in Massachusetts in over 50 years. Judge Ponsor continues to serve as a senior U.S. district judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division. Everyone is welcome to attend this free program. Refreshments will be served.
New Knitting Group: Wish you knew how to knit? Would you enjoying knitting and sharing patterns with fellow knitters? A new group is forming and will meet for the first time on Thursday, March 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the library Reading Room. Some yarn and needles will be available for those who are brand new to this enjoyable craft. All ages welcome. Call 508-758-4171to sign up.
Dr. Who Night! Join with other aficionados for a fun time watching episodes of Dr. Who on Friday, March 14 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Lots of discussion and fun snacks. Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome.
Saturdays with Sadie: Come meet Sadie, the listening ears dog, and her handlers on Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 - 11:45 am. She loves to listen to children read. This month, Sadie will listen to And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano. Children who are 5 years old or older may register. The group is limited to 10 children. Please call to sign up 508-758-4171.
Blind Date with a Book: There are still great "dates" to enjoy! Stop by the Reading Room and check out your blind date. Books in various genres are waiting to be asked out. Rate your date by March 17 and be eligible for an iTunes gift card, movie passes, or a gift certificate to Nick's Pizza. Titles are suitable for adults and teens.
Art Exhibit: During the month of March, the work of Greta Anderson and Jo Barrett will be displayed in the Reading Room. Both artists are art teachers in the Old Rochester Regional school system.
Friends' Used Book Sale: The next Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the library. At the same time, the Junior Friends group is holding a baked goods sale. From 10:00 to 11:00 am, redeemable bottles and cans will be collected to benefit the work of the Junior Friends.
Spring Story Time Series: Registration for toddler and preschool story times will begin the week of Tuesday, March 18. Please call the library to register your child and learn more about the story time schedule.
Chess: Chess lessons are offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 pm. This class is for beginners. Additional chess coaches are always welcome. The Chess Club meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Open to all children who have learned the basics and would like to practice and learn strategy.
Calling All Volunteers!
The Elizabeth Taber Library is starting an Adult Volunteer Program this spring and is seeking interested volunteers to assist with shelving books, collection maintenance, and other various projects. To learn more about this program, please stop in, call Libby at 508-748-1252, or email us at email@example.com.
South Coast Chamber Music Society
For the final concerts of their winter season, the South Coast Chamber Music Society will present piano trios by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert on Saturday, March 8 at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion at 5:00 pm and on Sunday, March 9 at Grace Church in New Bedford at 4:00 pm. Violinist Piotr Buczek, cellist Tim Roberts, and Mattapoisett pianist Janice Weber will join forces in delightful chamber music by three great masters. Join us for a memorable event! For ticket information and driving directions, please see www.southcoastchambermusic.org.
The Dixie Swim Club
How long has it been since you had a good, old-fashioned belly laugh? Make your reservations now for the Marion Art Center's production of The Dixie Swim Club, a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The show will open on Friday, March 28 and will run on Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 30 in a matinee performance at 2:00 pm, Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The all-female production in two acts is directed by Rex McGraw and features Marion Art Center Players Suzie Kokkins, Suzy Taylor, Michele Letourneau, Kim Teves and Linda Landry.
Enduring friendships are among the most important aspects of human existence. They sustain us when all else fails - marriages, children, careers, investments. The Dixie Swim Club, in many ways a companion piece to Steel Magnolias, celebrates the best of women's relationships and the best aspects of Southern culture. And if you loved the quick repartee and situational comedy of TV's The Golden Girls, you will love this show as writers Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten all worked on that show.
The five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. Sheree (played by Kim Teves), the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfect" life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah (played by Linda Landry), the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie (played by Suzie Kokkins), pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married - over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette (played by Suzy Taylor), acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal (played by Michele Letourneau) experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
By the time The Dixie Swim Club reaches its final act, the characters are in their late 70s, and we've seen 33 years unfold inside the small cottage. Children have become parents, and parents have become grandparents; new relationships form and old ones fade.
Despite everything that occurs, nothing really changes - the characters might grow older and further apart, but their essences remain the same. In the case of The Dixie Swim Club, their worlds revolve around those weekends at their cottage, and they're at their happiest when they're with one another, a cocktail in one hand and a biscuit in the other.
The story has heart. You can't watch characters develop relationships over 33 years and not get attached to them. Some of the developments are sad, some surprising, some satisfying. But the story's serious side isn't half as good as the humor.
To make a reservation, please call 508-748-1266. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. Cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four. Reservations are highly recommended as this is sure to be a sellout. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general public. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.
Tri-County Music Association Scholarships
The Tri-County Music Association is now accepting applications for College Scholarships and Summer Study Grants.
Scholarships are offered to students attending a four-year college or university as a music major. Current college students and college-bound high school seniors are eligible to apply.
Summer music study grants are offered to deserving high school students (grades 9-12). This program helps to defray the cost for recipients' musical study in summer camps, summer programs and private lessons. Grants in the past were applied to the Tanglewood Institute, the SUNY Purchase Jazz Institute, the Vermont Vocal Arts Institute, The New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra trip to Greece, the Summer Youth Music School in New Hampshire, the Music Institute at Rhode Island College and the Jack Martin Trumpet Camp.
This year's deadline for both the college scholarships and the summer study grants is April 1, 2014.
For more information and applications, please visit: www.tricountysymphonicband.org/scholarships.html
End of Life Planning Seminar
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church is hosting a program to guide parish and community members in important planning steps with family and loved ones on Thursday mornings, March 13 to April 17, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The six sessions will be guided by the clergy and guest speakers from the community.
Subjects covered include Right Relationships, Legal Matters, Health Care, Financial Matters, Ceremonial and Practical Matters, and Spiritual Matters. Each participant will receive a comprehensive planning guide, the What If ... Workbook by Gwen W. Morgan of Scituate. Registration cost is $25, payable with registration form.
Participants may register at the St. Gabriel's Parish Office, 124 Front Street, Marion, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 12. Call 508-748-1507 for more information.
March Programs at Plumb Library
Brian J. Lowney, author of Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart and the "Fin, Fur, and Feathers" column in New Bedford's The Standard-Times and other regional newspapers, will be at the Plumb Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm to read from his book and discuss our favorite furry friends. Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart was written for anyone who loves animals, especially those furry, finned, and feathered creatures that bring pure joy to their owners' lives. Whether you share your heart and hearth with a friendly feline, a comical canine, a colorful tank of fish, or other creatures, this book will entertain, educate, and inspire you with stories that illustrate how animals transform lives and make the world a better place. Lowney has been writing about pets for two decades as a weekly newspaper columnist and freelance writer for numerous publications. He is the past president of the Wampanoag Kennel Club and an active AKC and 4-H judge. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of supplies for local animal shelters. Anyone bringing a donation for a shelter will be entered in a drawing for a door prize.
"Just the Facts," the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, by Michael Patrick MacDonald. In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. We meet his mother, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie; and Michael's beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost to drugs, murder, or suicide. Reminiscent of Angela's Ashes, but much closer to home, this book is in turn explosive and touching. We will discuss All Souls on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk or through Overdrive.
Cafe Parlez' selection for March is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. Born mute and speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle lives an idyllic life on a farm in Wisconsin raising dogs until his uncle Claude returns unexpectedly. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Edgar suspects Claude, but is forced to flee to the woods with three of the dogs. He comes of age in the wild, but is determined to face his father's murderer and take care of the rest of the dogs. This modern version of Hamlet is a riveting family saga. We will discuss this book on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. Cafe Parlez is sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.
The Plumb Library Knitters meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, including beginners. Chocolate is always served.
The Plumb Library is located at 17 Constitution Way, Rochester. For more information, call 508-763-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classic Film Friday
On Friday, March 14 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for this month's Classic Film Friday Presentation: The Quiet Man. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public, free of charge. The 1952 American romantic comedy-drama stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story by Maurice Walsh. The story follows an Irish-born American (Wayne) as he travels to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm. There, he meets and falls in love with a spirited young Irish woman (O'Hara). A fiery relationship ensues, further complicated by her brother's attempts to keep the pair apart. Notable for its stunning photography of the lush Irish countryside and a long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight, The Quiet Man won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Running time for The Quiet Man is 129 minutes. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Mattapoisett Road Race
The committee met recently to start planning the 44th Annual Mattapoisett Road Race, which will start at Shipyard Park at 9:00 am on July 4. The course is mostly shaded, and winds through the village of Mattapoisett, around Ned's Point lighthouse and back to Shipyard Park. There are plenty of water stops along the way, and drinks and fruit for the runners at the finish line. All proceeds from the race are awarded to college-bound Old Rochester Regional High School athletes. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, over $100,000 dollars have been awarded throughout the history of the race. Award applications are available on the website or at the ORRHS guidance office.
Runners can register on-line at mattapoisettroadrace.com or by completing and mailing the registration form on the website. This year, we will again be guaranteeing moisture-wicking T-shirts to the first 750 entrants.
The next committee meeting will be on March 13 at 6:30 pm in the ORRHS library. Anyone wishing to participate in planning this year's race is invited to attend. Additional information for runners, volunteers and sponsors is available on the website or by emailing email@example.com.
Gateway Youth Hockey
Mite Bobcats: The Mite Bobcats lost a close game, 6-4, to the SC Panthers. The Panthers came out flying, scoring the first four goals of the game in the first two periods, but the Bobcats roared back in the third to score four goals. The Panthers scored on a power play to get ahead and kept the lead despite numerous chances by the Bobcats. Derek Gauvin, Juni Suarez, Thomas Leger and Christian Fiore had the goals for the Bobcats. Charlie Carroll played solid in net with several break away saves.
Squirt Grizzlies: The Gateway Squirt Grizzlies traveled to Pembroke Sunday for their final regular season game in the Yankee conference. The Grizzlies beat the Hawks of WHK, 6-4, to finish in first place. Chris Gauvin led the offense with four goals and two assists. Bailey Tieu and Matt Quinlan had the other goals. Austin Fleming had two assists, and Ben Martins and Jack Satterley each had one assist. Ryker King had 20 saves in net for the win.
Pee Wee Warriors: The Gateway Warriors finished their regular season with a 6-0 shutout over the Lower Cape Coyotes. The defensive efforts of Jackson St. Don, Noah DeMoranville, and Jameson Woodward allowed merely a handful of shots, which were easily handled by goalies Steven Strachan and Zachary Pateakos, who combined for the Warriors' 18th win. Outstanding back-checking from centermen Robert Ramsay and Jake Demoranville further supported the understaffed defense. Offensively, each forward contributed to the Warrior victory. Ben Demoranville had two goals, while brother, Jake, notched a pair of assists. Ramsay, RJ Vickery, Zachary Barris, and Danny Flynn each found the back of the Coyote net. Barris also had two assists, finishing the season as the team's leading playmaker, while line-mates Ramsay and Flynn also added helpers. The Warriors enter this month's Yankee Conference top-tier playoffs as the No. 2 seed, and will likely face a formidable foe in either the Cyclones or North Devils; each split their regular season match ups against the Gateway team with a win and a loss.
Middle School 1 Vikings: The Vikings won a hard-fought game Friday night against Taunton. The Tigers found the net first, scoring on Vikings' goalie Steven Strachan midway through the first period. The Vikings soon tied it up, with a goal by Matt Maloney, assisted by Zack Lovendale. Vyper LaTulippe scored to start the second, with assists by Lovendale and Quirino DoCanto. The Tigers scored again, this time on relief goalie Teaghin Andre. Cameron DeMarco scored to lead off the third period, with the help of DoCanto and Seth Tomasik. Play was very aggressive between the two teams, and with the referees barely making any calls, the game quickly got out of hand. Taunton had a giant of a player that bulldozed his away across the ice, but the Vikings' players were undaunted. DoCanto and Kaitlin Kelley especially pestered him, keeping close at his heels despite getting tossed around the ice. Their efforts, combined with the always excellent Vikings' defense, kept the net safe for the rest of the third period, earning the Vikings a 3-2 win. The Vikings' goalies had identical stats, making 13 saves apiece.
Sunday's game was not as successful against Canton. The referees had better control of this game, but it was still chippy, with penalties called on both teams. Defense had a heck of a game, doing their part to protect the net. Jackson St. Don continued to display the fire he's had of late, making several key plays to keep the puck out of the net. Makayla Wood, playing injured, also made a huge defensive contribution on the ice. Goalie Teaghin Andre had a shutout for his half, making 14 saves. Relief goalie Steven Strachan also did a great job, protecting the net with 15 saves, though two goals slipped by. Despite several attempts on net, Vikings' offense could not make the rebounds work for them, and the game ended in a 2-0 loss.
Hockey Unlimited Honors 3 Players
During the final week of the season at Tabor Academy, Hockey Unlimited bestowed awards upon three of its young players. Mason Taft of Marion received the Most Improved Player award. Tim Dyer, Managing Director and Head Coach of Hockey Unlimited, said "Mason's hard work and dedication have certainly paid handsome dividends" while presenting the award. Dyer went on to say "For several years, Mason was always intent on shooting - and he was good at it. But, this season he became one of our best passers ... and it really elevated his game."
The Hutchinson Family Sportsmanship Award was presented to two players. This award is named after the long-time southeastern Massachusetts hockey family for "outstanding contributions to the program relative to sportsmanship and preserving the true spirit and 'love of the game' of hockey." These awards were presented to Brenna Delaney of Plymouth and Jake DeMoranville of Rochester. Coach Jim Hutchinson stated, "I am very pleased to see both Brenna and Jake recognized by Hockey Unlimited in this way. The sportsmanship and friendly spirit each brings to our organization clearly contributes to the culture we strive for with our young people - on and off the ice."
Hockey Unlimited is committed to teaching the fundamentals of ice hockey to local youths ranging in age from nine to 14 years. The organization is preparing for its 50th season this fall. All sessions are held at the Travis Roy Rink, inside Tabor Academy's Fish Center for Health and Athletics.
Talking about Trees
If trees could talk, what stories they might tell about the many events that have occurred under their branches! The Mattapoisett Tree Committee is eager to hear your stories of events that occurred with your favorite trees or learn about your favorite trees that are currently in town or those that used to be in our town. Come to the Mattapoisett Council on Aging on Tuesday, March 11 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm to meet with representatives of the Tree Committee or send your stories or photos to the Tree Committee, Town Hall, P.O. Box 89, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
A corned beef and cabbage dinner for Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 6 in Mattapoisett on Saturday, March 15. Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Tickets for adults are $12, children ages five to 10 are $8, and children under five are free. For tickets, please call Jim at 508-863-3496 or Rick at 508-758-4933. Information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattapoisett Historical Society Trivia Night
How much do you know about Mattapoisett? Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society for an evening of fun, testing your intellectual mettle as you compete to see who knows more about Mattapoisett. Eat, drink and be stumped on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm at the Inn on Shipyard Park. $10.00 fee per team, up to four people per team; there will be prizes for the winners. Proceeds from this event will help fund Adult and Children Programming at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, so bring all your friends! For more information, please call the Mattapoisett Historical Society at 508-758-2844 or email email@example.com.
ORCTV Receives Grant
Old Rochester Community Television is pleased to announce that it has received a $500 Community Reinvestment Grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Steven Schwartz, Marion Branch Manager for Eastern Bank, informed ORCTV of their award during the last week of February. The grant will be used to subsidize the taping and broadcasting of the Marion Board of Selectmen's meetings on ORCTV's Marion Government channel during the second quarter of 2014. ORCTV received a similar grant from Eastern Bank in October 2013, with those funds also being used towards the access station's efforts in the taping and cable casting Marion Board of Selectmen's meetings during the first quarter of 2014. ORCTV is pleased to continue this partnership with Eastern Bank and is grateful for the assistance provided by the Charitable Foundation's continued support of the station's efforts to help keep the community informed about and involved in their local government.
Mattapoisett Woman's Club Eye-Catching Osprey
Gina Purtell, Executive Director of the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Westport, will present "The Osprey, a Unique North American Raptor" during our March 20 luncheon at 11:45 am in Reynard Hall, Mattapoisett Congregational Church. For a full list of activities and more information, call Bobbie Ketchel at 508-758-9593.
Seussical the Musical
The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will present on April 3 - 6 the Broadway smash hit Seussical the Musical by Composer and Librettist, Stephen Flaherty, and Lyricist and Librettist, Lynn Ahrens. This family-oriented show boasts over 100 talented ORR students. The musical is based on several of Dr. Seuss' books including: The Cat in the Hat; Horton Hears a Who!; McElligot's Pool; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; and many others. This lively production features the Cat in the Hat who tells the story of Horton, an elephant that discovers a speck of dust containing Who's, including JoJo, a Who child sent off to a military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's attention to the speck of dust and his "loitering" care of Mayzie LaBird's egg has elicited taunting and accusations from the rest of the animal kingdom, except for Gertrude McFuzz, who longs for his attention. Ultimately it is JoJo, whose "thinks" save them all in the end.
The cast includes: Senior Makenzie Despres as The Cat in the Hat; Senior Troy Rood as Horton the Elephant; Sophomore Kaeli Peters as JoJo; Senior Sam Resendes as Mayor of Who; Sophomore Lexi Meloni as Mrs. Mayor; Sophomore Emily Faulkner as Gertrude McFuzz; Senior Nicole Enos as Amazing Mayzie La Bird; Freshman Sara Achorn as The Sour Kangaroo; and Junior Michael Amato as General Gengus Khan Schmitz. The cast is supported by ninety actors and technicians.
The show is produced and directed by Paul Sardinha, costumes by Helen Blake, lighting by John Farrell, ad music conducted by Michael Barnicle.
The musical is presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series. Seussical will be performed Thursday - Saturday, April 3, 4, and 5, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for students and senior citizens, $15 for the general public and may be purchased at Plumb Corner Market in Rochester, Pen and Pendulum in Mattapoisett, and the Marion General Store in Marion. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.
For more ticket information, please contact Lisa at 508-758-6762.
Ham & Bean Supper
The American Legion, Florence Eastman Post 280 will hold an Old Fashion Ham & Bean Supper at the Post Hall on April 5 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Call 508-758-9311 for reservations or questions. The supper will feature Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Dessert and Beverage, as well as our signature Baked Ham and Homemade Beans.
Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family (Mom, Dad and small children). We need your support to continue our Community Service and look forward to providing our guests with a great meal and good fellowship!
MAC Hosts All Abstract Show
The Marion Art Center will present an exhibition of abstract art featuring works by Bouldin G. "Bo" Burbank, Jeffrey Rappo, and Filipe Miguel, from March 7 to April 19. A reception honoring the artists and their guests will be hosted by the Marion Art Center on Friday, March 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
While the word "abstract" could describe or define the type of art that is produced by the artists exhibiting in this show, the three artists most definitely have diverse mediums. Jeff Rappo is a digital photographer, Bo Burbank is a painter and found object sculptor, and Filipe Miguel creates works using the "encaustic" method of painting. The resulting show will break out of the normal box for exhibitions usually shown at the Marion Art Center.
Meet The Artists:
Bo Burbank defies artistic standardization as far as style and approach. He rotates from one medium to another, going back and forth between paint, watercolor, sculpture and multimedia. He often starts his works with a mental image of a landscape or a stored-up feeling over an event or issue, but once initial contact with the canvas is made, his mind set and energies become open-ended, evolving on the canvas. Most of his compositions are abstractions, full of quick action and reaction strokes allowing the viewer to interpret the image through his or her own way of "seeing". His sculptural pieces are inspired by the "found objects" he collects, producing works that are the products of emotion impelled by personal feelings or by public events and issues. Bo resides in Marion.
Filipe Miguel grew up in South Eastern Massachusetts. He was born in Paris in 1972, immigrated with his parents to the U.S. at a young age and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005. As an artist, Filipe fuses different mediums and techniques to create his work. In his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, he explored drawing and painting while earning a BFA in Painting and Art Education. He achieved an MFA from the University of Connecticut in 2003 where he developed his interest in multi-media installations.
Of his work Filipe says, "The paintings start with the building of the wood panels. Then I mix pigments, beeswax, resin crystals and heat it up. I drip it on, layer it, smooth it out with a hot iron. Afterwards I fuse it with a heat gun or blow torch." The resulting pieces are known as "encaustic" paintings. His sources of inspiration include natural selection, evolution, and mutation.
Filipe resides and works in Raynham where he lives with his wife and family.
Jeff Rappo's life-long interest in music and art has inspired his most recent creative pursuit of digital photography. This medium is a perfect outlet for his experimental nature. An affinity towards the unusual and darker aspects of the human psyche is expressed through his abstract works. Jeff is a social science graduate of UMass-Dartmouth and currently resides in Marion.
Located at 80 Pleasant (the corner of Pleasant and Main Streets) in Marion, the Marion Art Center has been promoting the visual and performing arts since 1957. For more information about this exhibit and all the events at the Marion Art Center, please visit www.marionartcenter.org or visit during Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
SHS and ETL Special Lecture Presentation
The public is invited to the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 7, as Lawrence S. DiCara discusses Turmoil and Transition in Boston, which is also the topic of his recent political memoir. The book details his rise on the Boston City Council and within the local political scene, as well as the development of today's Boston. DiCara is currently a partner at Nixon Peabody, practicing real estate and administrative law. A former president and member of the Boston City Council, DiCara has served as a member of the Democratic State Committee for over 40 years, giving him a unique insider's perspective on state and local politics. He has spent many happy summer days in Mattapoisett and Marion since 1976.
Co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Elizabeth Taber Library, Mr. DiCara's presentation is offered free to the public, with no reservations required. Copies of his book, Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era, will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, please call the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Town of Mattapoisett Auction
The Town of Mattapoisett will hold an auction of twelve (12) town-owned properties on Friday, March 7, at 11:00 am at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on 7 Barstow St. For more information, visit the town's website, www.mattapoisett.net, and click on the link.
Fire Fighters Clam Boil
The Marion Fire Fighters Association is holding its annual winter clam boil Saturday, March 22. This year's event will be held at the Marion VFW Post 2425, 465 Mill St (Route 6), and will feature a traditional winter seafood dinner, raffle prizes, and a cash alcohol bar. There will be a Raw Bar available at 6:00 pm, dinner served at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 each and available from Association members or by calling Ron Auld at 774-263-2589 or Brooks Wilson at 508-728-0840. The deadline to purchase tickets is Saturday, March 15. We look forward to seeing you there.
Women's Fund Tiara 5K Mother's Day Race
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K Mother's Day Race, Walk and Fun Run. The Women's Fund Tiara Race Team is in full training mode as they prepare for the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K, walk and fun run, to take place on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11. As in prior years, the race will start and finish at the Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett. Registration opens at 7:00 am, with the Children's Fun Run starting at 9:00 am and the 5K starting at 9:30 am.
Many friends and family have made Mother's Day morning with the Women's Fund Tiara 5K their annual tradition. A scenic course, festive t-shirts, music and kids activities draw an enthusiastic crowd. Through the efforts of these runners and walkers and many generous sponsors, the Women's Fund Tiara 5K has become the largest fundraising activity of the Women's Fund, as well as its signature event. Last year's event attracted close to 1,000 participants and raised over $40,000. Join us now and register at www.womensfundtiara5k.com. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $5 for the kid's fun run. Starting May 1, 5K registration increases to $30, so register early. T-shirts will be provided to the first 300 5K registrants.
The mission of the Women's Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern MA. Organized by a committed "Tiara Team" of volunteers, the Women's Fund Tiara 5K began seven years ago to offer women and their families the opportunity to engage in a philanthropic, family friendly, Mother's Day activity on a day that celebrates women and motherhood. Revenue from the Tiara 5K will support all Women's Fund activities.
Celebrate Mother's Day in a different way this year. No breakfast in bed. No sleeping in. Instead, wrap around Ned's Point lighthouse with your family and loved ones in Mattapoisett at the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K. You don't have to clock your fastest time - just the best time with those you love!
The Women's Fund Tiara 5K is sponsored in part by Healthcare for Women at Hawthorn Medical. For more information about the Women's Fund, to become a sponsor, or to register for the Tiara 5K visit www.womensfundsema.org or call 508-717-0283.
Give Us Your Ghosts!
Do you have a true ghost story which you would like to share? The editors at Rock Village Publishing are seeking stories for a forthcoming book about hauntings, ghastly deeds, or weird goings on in New England. You may submit your story either by regular mail or by e-mail. Be sure to include your address and phone number. Your story may be of any length. (Don't worry about spelling or grammar; the editors will make it perfect!) Please state whether photographs are available, but do not include them with your submission. The deadline for submitting stories is March 31, 2014. If your story is accepted, you will be notified, and you will receive a copy of the book when it is published sometime next year.
Mail your story to Rock Village Publishing, 41 Walnut Street, Middleborough MA 02346. Do not send originals (copies only). No stories will be returned. Or e-mail your story to firstname.lastname@example.org; enter "Ghost" in subject line of e-mail.
South Coast Bikeway Summit
The South Coast Bikeway Alliance invites all supporters of the South Coast Bikeway to the 4th Annual Bikeway Summit March 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Fort Taber Community Center - on the bike path - at 1000 Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA. Welcoming Reception will begin at 5:00 pm. Come meet your neighbors and friends who are committed to completing a regional bike path. The program will begin with Mayor Flanagan and Mayor Mitchell presenting highlights of their cities' planned bike paths, Quequechan River Rail Trail and Saulnier Bike Path respectively.
Representative Bill Strauss, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, will discuss current status of state planning for bike paths. Eric Weis and Molly Henry of East Coast Greenway Alliance will unveil the Old Colony Bike Touring Loop, including a segment on the South Coast Bikeway. The final routing is the result of a collaborative effort with public input from many local partners and residents along the south coast and along the Cape.
Keynote Speaker will be Willie Weir, nationally-acclaimed columnist for Adventure Cyclist Magazine and the author of Travels with Willie and Spokesongs. Mr. Weir is also a photographer, radio host, inspirational speaker and bicycle advocate. Mr. Weir has cycled over 60,000 miles throughout the world.
Pre registration is appreciated. Go to southcoastbikeway.com click on "events calendar" or call SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 and ask to speak to the Bicycle Coordinator, Jackie Schmidt.
The presentation will be important to all advocates of the South Coast Bikeway: cyclists; walkers; public officials; planners; transit officials; and employers. Presentations will be followed by open discussion of the importance of making the South Coast region a more bike- friendly region.
The South Coast Bikeway is a component of the SRPEDD's Southeastern Massachusetts Bicycle Plan. The bikeway, once realized, will be a 50-mile continuous system of bike paths (or multi-use paths) and bike lanes that will connect Rhode Island to Cape Cod. Cities and towns included in this plan are Swansea, Somerset, Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion and Wareham. Several segments of the bikeway already exist in Swansea, Fall River, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett.
South Coast Bikeway Alliance is a consortium of South Coast towns who meet monthly with other regional advocates of a regional bikeway, including SRPEDD, Voices for a Healthy South Coast, Mass in Motion both in Fall River and New Bedford.
Second Annual Beach Party
The Marion Fireworks Committee will hold the Second Annual Beach Party on Saturday, April 5 at the Marion Music Hall. There will be music, refreshments, auction, and raffle items. Tickets are only $25 per person and are available at Marion Recreation, Top of the Hill Liquors, Serendipity by the Sea and the Marion General Store. In order for the fireworks to return for the summer of 2014, your support and donations are needed. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please make checks payable to Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, MA 02738. Any questions or if you would like to volunteer, please contact the Marion Fireworks Committee at 774-217-8355 or email@example.com.
Upper Cape Tech College Fair
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School welcomes all area parents and students in Grades 9 through 11, as well as seniors who have not finalized their plans, to attend a College Fair at Upper Cape Tech. The College Fair will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the gymnasium. Over 50 colleges, universities, technical schools and the Armed Services will be represented.
New this year: On the spot admissions for seniors! Several institutions will be available from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to review applications and issue admissions decisions for seniors.
Visit Upper Cape Tech's website at www.uppercapetech.com/collegefair for a list of institutions attending and for those offering on the spot admissions! For more information, please contact Jennifer McGuire at 508-759-7711 ext. 247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-County Symphonic Scholarship Program
The Board of Trustees of the Tri-County Symphonic Band is pleased to announce they have named their annual Grant and Scholarship Program in honor of their founder, John R. Pandolfi.
A native of Rhode Island born in 1930, John R. Pandolfi began his musical studies on clarinet at the age of 10. He was a scholarship student of Rosario Mazzeo at the New England Conservatory of Music where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in clarinet performance. He also received a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Institute where he performed under conductors Serge Koussevitzky and Leonard Bernstein. He later went on to become principal clarinetist of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Hilsberg. In 1957, after a short professional performing career, Mr. Pandolfi accepted the post of Director of Music at Tabor Academy where he served for a total of 24 years. During that time, he led summer town bands in Marion, Mattapoisett, Onset, Barnstable, and Falmouth, and served for several years as the conductor of the New Bedford Symphony. In 1962, he opened the Symphony Music Shop out of his Marion home, moving it to Mattapoisett in 1964 and finally to North Dartmouth, where it operates today. He and his wife Nancy founded the Regional Symphonic Band (currently the Tri-County Symphonic Band), which was comprised of area professionals, amateurs, and talented students. Because of his many contacts in the professional music world, he was able to bring a number of world class professionals to the South Coast. Mr. Pandolfi retired from Tabor Academy in 1990, and a few years later sold his music store and moved to Whately, MA. John Pandolfi passed away on December 4, 2013. John Pandolfi was a musical giant in southeastern Massachusetts and influenced many musicians who continue to contribute to the art form as it flourishes in this area.
The Tri-County Music Association, Inc. is committed to supporting music in our community and is proud of the many scholarships it has given over the last 50 years. We are focused on helping student musicians pursue their goals and ultimately share the gift of music for years to come. Students in Barnstable, Plymouth and Bristol counties are encouraged to apply for college scholarships and summer study grants offered through the John R. Pandolfi Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are offered to students attending a four year college or university as a music major. Current college students and college-bound high school seniors are eligible to apply.
Summer Study Grants are offered to deserving high school students (grades 9 - 12). This program helps to defray the cost for recipients' musical study in summer camps, summer programs and private lessons. Grants in the past were applied to the Tanglewood Institute, the SUNY Purchase Jazz Institute, the Vermont Vocal Arts Institute, The New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra trip to Greece, the Summer Youth Music School in New Hampshire, the Music Institute at Rhode Island College and the Jack Martin Trumpet Camp.
For more information and an application, please visit http://tricountysymphonicband.org or email: email@example.com.
Fairhaven Homecoming Fair
Applications for the 2014 Fairhaven Homecoming Fair which will be held on Saturday, June 28 are now available. Applications are available on our website: www.fairhavenhomecoming.org or copies may be picked up at the Millicent Library, Fairhaven Town Hall (Selectmen's Office) and the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. Questions may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden Treasures Appraisal Day
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is hosting its own version of Antiques Roadshow on March 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the meeting room at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street.
Frank McNamee of Marion Antique Shop, Marion Antique Auctions and Frank H. McNamee Certified Estate Appraisals, will be on hand to evaluate your favorite treasures such as paintings, prints, silver, furniture, Oriental rugs, books, glass and china and nautical items. Frank's assistant, Paula Deane, estate jewelry specialist, will be appraising jewelry and collectibles.
Frank McNamee's qualifications include 35 years in the antiques business and 25 years of appraisal experience. Frank is a graduate of the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Institute program on American Furniture and Decorative Arts; he also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Providence College, a degree in Marketing from Bridgewater State College and is a member in good standing of the New England Appraisers Association. He has completed a course on Appraisal Studies, as well as Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice Course (USPAP) at Rhode Island School of Design.
Paula Deane, of Sandwich, has been in the antiques and appraisal business for over 30 years. She is a general antiques dealer who specializes in vintage jewelry.
The cost is $5 per item to be appraised, with a three-item limit. If an item is too large you can bring in a photograph. If the piece is a bit obscure or needs preliminary research, send an e-mail prior to the event to Frank at Frank@MarionAntiques.com with "Mattapoisett Fundraiser" as the subject line. Frank and Paula don't appraise stamps or coins, and diamonds aren't graded as a gemologist would do.
Members of the Friends will be on hand to talk with patrons about membership and to provide refreshments. As always, your donations support the library, its programs and services.
BWAA Offers Art Scholarships
The Bourne Wareham Art Association has art scholarships available to graduating high school seniors living in Bourne, Wareham, Falmouth, Pocasset, Rochester, Lakeville, Plymouth, Sandwich, Buzzards Bay, Berkley, Marion, Hyannis, Newton Center, Concord and Onset, who are planning to further their art education. In past years, these BWAA Art Achievement Awards have been given to Bourne and Wareham students who plan to pursue an art career. They now also include seniors from all communities where BWAA members reside.
More information about these Art Achievement Awards and applications may be obtained from the art department of your school or by contacting Betty Beaulieu, email@example.com, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770 or 508-763-2724. Applications are due by April 1. Applicants will be required to present their portfolio of eight to 12 pieces to the members for judging at the April 12 meeting of the Art Association at the Wareham Library at 12:00 pm.
Join the PMC Mission to Fight Cancer
To know someone who has been affected by cancer is a scary and heart-wrenching experience for an adult, let alone a child. By starting a Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride in your area, you can provide children, ages 2 to 15, with the opportunity to join the PMC mission.
PMC Kids Rides are spokes in the wheel for the PMC. The PMC is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. From a short obstacle course for tykes on tricycles to a 26-mile trek, PMC Kids Rides vary in course, mileage and set-up. Some have music, games and food. Others have silent auctions, character appearances and face painting. All PMC Kids Rides offer a way for children to participate as young philanthropists by actively working to help others and engaging in exercise.
The PMC is looking for volunteer coordinators to start PMC Kids Rides in Mattapoisett. PMC Kids Rides can be held in a school parking lot, a park, or anywhere there are safe roads. A PMC staff member will be there to support coordinators throughout the planning process with regard to logistics, signage, rider recruitment, promotion and fundraising. Coordinators are able to choose the date of their ride and make their own event a fun and unique experience for families, volunteers and supporters alike. They can involve local businesses to provide food and entertainment and to help spread the PMC's mission by word-of-mouth and through social media.
"Planning a PMC Kids Ride has proven to be such a rewarding experience for all those involved," says Denise Singleton, coordinator of the PMC Westwood Kids Ride. "With so many families in town affected by cancer in some way, I realized that there is a real need for people to come together and show their support. The PMC is an amazing organization and I feel good knowing that I am playing an important role by providing an outlet where kids can feel empowered when they might otherwise feel helpless."
The original PMC Kids Ride sprouted as a grassroots effort in 1998 when 13 children rode around their Medfield neighborhood 25 times and raised $1,600 for the PMC. During the past 14 years, PMC Kids Rides have continued to form throughout New England and beyond as parents and children invite neighbors with tricycles, training wheels and two-wheelers to get involved. Since the program's inception, young cyclists have raised more than $5.5 million. This year's goal is to raise $900,000.
Cyclists of varying experience levels can ride as individuals or as part of a team. Many cyclists ride in honor of a family member or friend who is fighting or has lost his or her life to cancer. Help children in your town honor loved ones and make an impact in the community by starting a PMC Kids Ride.
For more information about the PMC Kids Rides program, to start a ride in your area, or participate in an existing ride, visit www.kids.pmc.org or call Justine Darmanian at 781-449-5300 for spring 2014 rides.
Marion Council on Aging
"Easy Yoga": Beginning March 7 at 10:45 am. This is seated and standing only. Come try this free 12-week class at 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion.
IKEA: March 26. Pick up begins at 10:00 am. Space is limited.
Free tax assistance for elders who have simple tax returns. Call for appointment.
YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion Visiting Nurse. 10-week sessions are $45. Try once for free. Sign up for one, two or three days.
Low Impact Aerobics: Mondays and Fridays at Atlantis Drive Facility from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Cardio, strength, flexibility; $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation; blood pressure and glucose monitoring; wound assessment; and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday at the Fairhaven Social Day Program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, first and third Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Call the COA for appointment.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the Police Station. No liquids.
Newsletter on-line: Please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also access the newsletter on our website.
Transportation: You must call at least 48 hours in advance.
Medical Appointments: Wareham area Monday am and Thursday pm; Dartmouth and New Bedford Monday pm and Thursday am; Plymouth on the fourth Tuesday of the month; Boston on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Shopping: Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm. Alternate Fridays to Shaws in Wareham and Fairhaven Marts, pick up 12:30 pm. Please arrange errands with the above schedule. Donations are appreciated.
Outreach Work: Outreach Worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment. Emergency Funds for Marion residents in need of emergency services such as food, fuel, utilities, and medications.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Legal Assistance: The second Thursday of the month. Basic legal advice. Appointments are needed.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT Supper Club for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center at 508-979-4029, 229 Huttleston Avenue, to sign up.
Movies: Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm. Free Admission. March 14: Quiet Man; April 4: Easter Parade; May 9: Viva Las Vegas.
Everyone is invited to the one-man play celebrating the Theater of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s performed by veteran actor, Stephen Collins. Join us on Thursday, March 20 as Mr. Collins performs monologues from playwrights that include Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and others. Met to rave reviews for over a decade, Mr. Collins' performances deliver not just the poetry and plays, but they bring poets and playwrights to life on the stage. The shows also convey an understanding of the impact and the reactions of the characters to their respective times, giving the audience not just a performance, but an experience. Don't miss this rare local performance, made possible by a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. Lunch will be offered at 12:15 pm, followed by the 1:00 pm performance at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Cost: $5 lunch and show; $2 show only. Call 508-758-4110 to register.
Marion Toastmaster's Club
The Marion Toastmaster's Club, a public speaking, communications and leadership organization will hold an Open House on Thursday, March 6 from noon to 1:00 pm at the Marion Recreation Center, 13 Atlantis Drive in Marion. The building is located near the Sippican Healthcare campus and Marconi Village.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, two 5 - 7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Food and refreshments will be served. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our website at www.Marion.ToastmastersClubs.org
Rochester Council on Aging
* The COA's Annual Irish Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 14, at 12:00 pm. The meal is the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner! The cost for this meal is $10 per person and must be paid in advance at sign-up. Space fills up quickly, and the limit is 100, so you must sign-up in advance for this dinner! The deadline to sign-up is Friday, March 7. Call 508-763-8723. Anyone is welcome to attend. A 50/50 Raffle will also be held at the luncheon that day for the Senior Center Building Fund. May you have the "Luck of the Irish" and win 50%!!
* The Cosmetology students from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be offering free manicures and hand massages to anyone interested here at the Senior Center on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 9:45 am. Anyone is welcome to come!
* Rochester COA March Day Trips:
-Friday, March 21: Hyannis Shopping Trip (Christmas Tree Shop, Trader Joe's, Hyannis Mall), and Lunch Stop; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
-Sunday, March 23: Maple Sugar Days at Old Sturbridge Village; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Note: Advance sign-up is necessary to reserve your seat - call 508-763-8723!
* Housing Options as We Age: Legal and Financial Considerations: A free Panel Presentation at the Rochester Senior Center on Thursday, March 6, 4:00 - 6:00 pm offering information on financial and legal aspects to consider as you contemplate making a housing change. Panelists include Daniel Surprenant, Esq., a Certified Elder Law Attorney; Carol Milligan of Bank of Canton; and others. The public is welcome to attend. Advance registration requested by calling COA at 508-763-8723 or Mary McCann of Jack Conway Mattapoisett office at 617-930-2170. Refreshments will be served.
* Soup & Sandwich Lunch: Mondays at 12:00 pm; suggested donation $4. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please call 508-763-8723 in advance to sign-up.
* The Quarterly Birthday Party for Rochester's older adult residents having a birthday in the months of January, February or March is scheduled at the Senior Center for Monday, March 31 at 12:00 pm. A complete lunch includes beverage and traditional cake and ice-cream. Anyone can attend the lunch. Suggested donation for non-birthday attendees is $4. Please call 508-763-8723 in advance to sign-up.
* Recently-released current DVD movies are shown each Friday at 1:30 pm at the Rochester Senior Center. Movies are free and anyone is welcome to attend. If interested, call by Wednesday each week to learn which movie will be shown that coming Friday. Movies are rented online through Netflix.
* Ballroom Dancing Lessons are given every Wednesday at 10:00 am by Instructor Nancy Barrett. Singles and couples are welcome. No advance registration needed. Just come! Suggested $4 donation per person per week. All levels and abilities are welcome. Come every week, or come when you can!
* Chair Yoga Classes at the Rochester Senior Center on Mondays at 1:00 pm with Instructor Susan Ashley. Suggested donation of $3 per person per class. Prior registration not needed. Just come when you can! Anyone is welcome!
* Weekly Blood Pressure Checks at the Rochester Senior Center on Mondays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, given by the Rochester Health Department. Free service and anyone is welcome.
* Dental Clinic at the Rochester Senior Center with Holly Petruzzo, a visiting Dental Hygienist in Public Health. The mobile dental program offers cleaning & fluoride, dental cleanings, sealants, and oral health education. Cost: $79 and/or a sliding scale for those who can not afford this price. Accepts Mass Health and Senior Whole Health. Appointments in Rochester are on Tuesday, March 18, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. Call Holly directly at 774-766-7238 to schedule your appointment.
* Free Income Tax Preparation appointments are being scheduled on Wednesdays through Tax Season, and will be processed by Certified AARP Tax Volunteer Ann Cambra at the Rochester Senior Center. Call 508-763-8723 to reserve your appointment! Don't forget to apply for the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax at the same time!
* Rochester COA provides transportation for grocery shopping for Rochester residents to the New Bedford Market Basket on Wednesdays, leaving at 8:30 am. Anyone is welcome to ride the van, but they must reserve their seat in advance by calling 508-763-8723.
* Rochester seniors have a growing Bowling League on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am at the Lanes in Mattapoisett. Anyone of any skill level is welcome to join in!
* Line Dancing Classes are held at the Rochester Senior Center on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30 pm and again on Friday mornings at 9:30 am. Instructor is Nancy Cabral. Suggested donation of $2 per person per class is given directly to instructor. No registration necessary. Just come!
* Stepping & Stretching Exercise Class: Instructor Karen Corcoran offers this class two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Program is grant funded through Coastline Elderly Services. Donations for each class are appreciated. Any senior is welcome to attend. No prior registration needed.
* "Ye Olde Breakfast Shoppe": Anyone of any age is welcome to drop in for breakfast from 7:00 - 9:00 am, Monday through Friday, at the Rochester Senior Center. Breakfast is an expansive varied menu, with weekly specials, and reasonable prices! Includes a bottomless cup of coffee. Sponsored by volunteers from the FRIENDS of the Rochester Senior Center and the Rochester Lions Club. Closed holidays, snow days, and weekends.
* Cardio Dance-Fit Exercise Program: Instructor Ellie Higgins leads this fast-paced program on Tuesdays at 9:00 am. Cost is $4 per person per class, paid directly to instructor. Anyone of any level is welcome to come and participate! No prior sign-up necessary.
* The monthly Veterans Social for area Veterans of all ages will be held on Wednesday, March 19, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to come to this free, informal gathering of brothers who share experiences and camaraderie. Refreshments are served. No prior registration needed. Just come!
* Hot Congregate Meals are served at the Rochester Senior Center on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 11:30 am. The program is federally funded and operated through Coastline Elderly Services. Call 508-763-8723 for the daily menu. Suggested donation of $2 per meal and 24-hour advance sign-up is requested. Any senior is welcome to attend.
* Cribbage Enthusiasts: Cribbage is scheduled every Monday from 9:00 - 11:30 am. Anyone interested can just drop in and join in with a group. Just bring your cribbage board and a deck of cards. Program is free! Stay for lunch, too!
* The Painters in the Monday morning Art Group at the Rochester Senior Center extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in painting to come and join other artists from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm for friendly encouragement and conversation. All levels welcome! Watercolors or Acrylics, whichever you enjoy! Instruction materials are available. Bring your own supplies. Free! Why not stay for lunch afterwards, too!
* The Rochester COA has the following Volunteer Opportunities available:
1. Breakfast Program Cook: one day a week, or as a substitute
2. Kitchen Assistants (waitresses & dishwashers)
3. Friday afternoon Movie Attendant
4. Computer Teacher to teach organized class on any topic. (The Senior Center is now wireless!)
5. Crafts Instructor (general or one specific craft)
If interested, please call Sharon Lally at 508-763-8723.
Mattapoisett Lions Club Award
The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International that consists of 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members worldwide - making it the world's largest service club organization - is pleased to announce a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded this year to a graduating high school student residing in Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester.
The funds for this Award are raised through fund raisers held by the Mattapoisett Lions Club through out the year including Harbor Days, an annual festival held in Shipyard Park every July and attended by up to 10,000 people.
The Lion's Club motto is 'We Serve' and one of the largest charitable causes of Lion's International includes raising funds for eye research in an effort to end preventable blindness through out the world and providing services for those in need in our community.
To qualify, a graduating student or home-schooled student shall be enrolled in their first year of a recognized school of higher education, must be a resident of the Tri-Town area, and must have demonstrated service to the community. Special consideration will be given to those looking to a career in an eyesight-related field.
To obtain an application, learn more about this Award, or to learn how to become a member of the Lions Club, visit our website www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org. Award applications are also available through the guidance department at your high school. Applications may also be obtained by calling Helene Rose at 508-758-9841. Applications must be received by March 30.
ORCTV 2014 Annual Meeting
Old Rochester Community Television will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 pm at the ORCTV Studio located at 345 Front St. in Marion. This meeting will include the election of officers to the Board of Directors.
The nominees are: Mike Parker - Membership Seat; Jay Pateakos - Marion; Bunny Mogilnicki - Rochester; Mike Botelho - Mattapoisett.
All current Old Rochester Community Television members are encouraged to participate in this event. If you are a current member who needs to renew your membership or would like to become a new member, the membership fee is $5 per person or $5 per family. Area not-for-profit organizations may also become members for a fee of $5. Tri-Town seniors can become ORCTV members for a fee of $1, and the membership fee for area businesses is $75 per year.
One note to our current members: If you signed up prior to January 1, 2014 your membership must be renewed at this time. Annual membership to ORCTV runs concurrent with the calendar year - January through December.
Thank you and we are looking forward to meeting with all of you on March 22.
Marion's Annual Town Election
The Town of Marion's Annual Town Election will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014. As of February 3, 2014, nomination papers for elected positions are available at the Town Clerk's office, 2 Spring Street, Marion.
Selectman: 1 position for 3 years
Assessor: 1 position for 3 years
Moderator: 1 position for 1 year
Board of Health: 1 position for 3 years
Planning Board: 3 positions for 3 years
Marion School Committee: 2 positions for 3 years
ORR School Committee: 1 position for 3 years
Open Space Acquisition Commission: 2 positions for 3 years
Town Clerk: 1 position for 3 years
Tree Warden: 1 position for 3 years
Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's office for certification by 5:00 pm on March 24. Please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-748-3502 if you have any questions.
From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Annual Town Census: 2014 Census has been mailed. Please make changes where necessary, sign and return as soon as possible. There is a dog license renewal form on the back with directions. If you did not receive a form or have any questions, please call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4103 ext. 2
Mooring Inspections: If your mooring number is 500 or above you will need to file a new or updated mooring inspection form with this office before payment will be accepted for the 2014 season. Be sure you have filled in the boat description also before returning the form. A letter was sent out the beginning of August to allow you sufficient time to have your mooring inspected and upgraded if necessary before the 2014 billing season. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Town Clerk's office at 508-758-4103 ext. 2.
Please Note- Per The Harbormaster: Beginning this year, we will no longer accept "self-inspection" of moorings. Mooring inspections must be done by inspectors that have been accepted as qualified by the Mattapoisett Harbormaster's Office. The list of qualified inspectors will be available on the Harbormaster's portion of the town website.
Annual Town Election: Mattapoisett's Annual Town Election is Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Nomination papers are available in the Clerk's Office for the following positions: Selectman - three years; Town Clerk - three years; Assessor - three years; Mattapoisett School Committee - three years and Mattapoisett School Committee to fill a one-year vacancy; Old Rochester Regional District School Committee - three years and Old Rochester Regional District School Committee to fill a two-year vacancy; Trustee of Public Library - three years; Moderator - one year; Water/Sewer Commissioner - three years; Board of Health - three years; Planning Board - five years; Mattapoisett Housing Authority - five years and Mattapoisett Housing Authority to fill a one-year vacancy; Community Preservation Committee - two years. Please address any questions or concerns to the Clerk's Office.
Take the Pledge!
The Elizabeth Taber Library is holding a Read-a-Thon! Between February 3 and March 31, everyone is invited to join the reading fun! Sign-up at the library now and receive your pledge sheet with instructions. Individuals of any age or whole families may join. All proceeds will go towards beautifying our library! Top readers will win a prize! For more information, call the library at 508-748-1252 or check our website www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org.
Rochester Transfer/Beach Permits
The 2014 transfer/beach permits are now available for Rochester residents. Residents are required to bring in their vehicle registration in order to obtain a permit. Permits are $20 each.
Silvershell Summer Program
Marion Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Silvershell Summer Program (formally known as Camp Silvershell). The program is open to all boys and girls entering grades 1-6. You do not need to be a Marion resident to participate. New this year, the Silvershell Summer Program will take one field trip per week! The SSP is a two-week minimum; however, weeks do not need to be consecutive! $325 for two weeks per child. Once you have enrolled for two weeks, additional weeks may be added for $162.50 per child. Take 10% off your second child! If you are enrolling three or more children, please contact Marion Recreation for more details. The first day will be June 23 and the program will run for eight weeks until August 15. For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com, call Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or email email@example.com.
Blanche B. Perry Scholarship
Whether you are looking in the field of technology, biology and/or environmental education, your career pursuit will require support and that is why, for the fifth year in a row, The Mattapoisett Land Trust is looking to select a qualifying candidate for the $1000 "Blanche B. Perry Scholarship Award." This award is available to a resident senior, graduating by June 2014 from secondary school and pursuing an education in the sciences and/ or environmental studies or a related field. The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to provide support for children in the community. The scholarship is consistent with the Mattapoisett Land Trust's mission "of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors and of furthering environmental education in the community".
Along with the application, the following additional information is required:
1. A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2. A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3. Professional letter of reference from a teacher or guidance counselor.
4. A Character letter of reference from an employer, scout or community leader and or neighbor is required.
5. Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
The application forms will be found in the guidance offices at the local public and private schools or at the Mattapoisett Land Trust website, http://www.mattlandtrust.org/education/
Participating schools are:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett 02739
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd, N Dartmouth 02747
3. OCRVT High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester MA 02770
4. Tabor Academy, Front St, Marion, MA 02738
The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 24, 2014. Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, pursuit of education in the sciences and/ or environmental studies or a related field, personal statement, professional and personal references, community service, and financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.
The recipient will be selected by May 18, 2014 and will be notified by mail. The recipient will be recognized at his or her school's awards ceremony. The award will be disbursed after the student submits to the President of the Mattapoisett Land Trust an official college transcript documenting a successful completion of his or her first semester in college.
For more information, contact the MLT at: Mattapoisett Land Trust, ATTN: Education Committee. P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Seat in the House? Every Seat!
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two very significant donations - an audio system donated by an anonymous donor, as well as 150 comfortable, new chairs from a dual donation by an anonymous donor and the Sippican Historical Society. The Committee is deeply grateful for these wonderful contributions that will greatly enhance the comfort and enjoyment of audiences for the many civic and cultural activities held at the Music Hall.
For information on various programs held at the Music Hall by organizations such as the Sippican Historical Society, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging, as well as other local venues, you can now consult the Town of Marion's Events calendar at http://www.marionma.gov/Pages/MarionMA_Eventscal/.
Increased use of the Music Hall has led to more awareness of the maintenance issues it faces, and the Committee is very pleased to be working actively with the town's new Facilities Manager, Shaun Cormier, to ensure the long-term 'health' of this historic building. We look forward to honoring the vision of Elizabeth Taber when she built the Music Hall in 1891, as well as the generosity of another benefactress whose large donation in 1995 provided funds for a major renovation to the building as well as an endowment.
The focus now is on stabilizing the Hall's foundation, increasing handicap access, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the furnace, redoing the interior painting and floors, as well as furnishing the Reading Room. Excellent assistance from many local volunteers has proved invaluable, and the Committee welcomes any and all suggestions as the project moves forward.
Anyone who wishes to be involved in the Music Hall's improvement initiative is encouraged to contact Phyllis Washburn at email@example.com.
BBAHFH Home & Garden Show
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity (BBAHFH) will host a Home & Garden Show at Old Rochester Regional High School on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The show will be held inside the cafeteria at Old Rochester Regional High School, located at 135 Marion Road in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
BBAHFH is currently seeking exhibitors for the event. The show offers opportunities for contractors, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage companies, and other homecare experts to promote products and services to the public. The exhibit booth donation is $200 for an 8'x8' space. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Businesses and suppliers interested in exhibiting at the show or sponsoring the event can email Christine Lacourse, Executive Director at BBAHFH, at BuzzardsBayAreaHabitat@yahoo.com, or call 508-758-4517.
Admission into the Habitat Home & Garden Show will be free to the public with donations accepted. The event is in support of the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. BBAHFH will hold raffles throughout the show. The Home & Garden show will feature a variety of home improvement vendors, including contractors, window and door suppliers, energy efficiency experts, kitchen designers, architects, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage and insurance companies. The event will also include activities for children. Complimentary BBAHFH tote bags will be distributed to the first 50 attendees.
BBAHFH would like to thank Old Rochester Regional High School for the use of their facility.
ORR Class of 1974
ORRHS Class of '74, where are you? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any information on anyone, we'll take it!! Reunion date, time, and place to be determined, but we know it will be summer 2014.
From the Marion Town Clerk's Office
Marion Annual Street Listing 2014 (census) forms are being mailed out this month. Please complete the forms as soon as possible and drop them off at the Town House, 2 Spring Street, or mail them back in the enclosed envelopes. These census forms are very important for the town, as State aid is based on the numbers returned. The Annual Street List is compiled from this information. No children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list; however, it is very important that children be noted on the census form for school and state purposes. Again, no children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list.
2014 Dog Licenses are now available at the Town Clerk's office. Please stop by or use the application, which will be with the Annual Street List form, making sure to read the instructions carefully as incomplete applications will be returned. People over 70 years of age do not have to pay for one dog license fee, but they are still responsible for showing current rabies information.
Notice to Rochester Residents
The Lakeville Animal Control Officers cannot accept stray dogs from anyone other than the Rochester Animal Control Officer. Lakeville Animal Control Officers will accept dogs from their owners that are being surrendered, as long as they pay the standard $50 surrender fee.
Heavenly Treasures Thrift Store
Half-Price Winter Clothing Sale at Heavenly Treasures thrift store located in the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven at 34 Center Street from March 15 - 29.
Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is again pleased to offer three $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors graduating June 2014. The returning student scholarship award is for $750. This award is designed for a student who is re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2014, and is in pursuit of a post-secondary degree program.
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization that plans and executes fundraising events to help generate the revenue for these scholarships and other charitable donations. In offering these scholarships, the club supports educational leadership and helps to give back to the community that has partnered with the club in its fundraising efforts.
To apply and obtain the scholarship applications, contact the Guidance offices at the local high schools or preparatory schools. Both applications will be available. You must be a Mattapoisett resident, and those who are a member of or have a family member belonging to the Mattapoisett Woman's Club will also be considered.
Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30, 2014.
The following schools will be participating:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd, N Dartmouth, MA 02747
3. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester, MA 02770
4. Tabor Academy, Front St. Marion, MA 02738
The scholarship winners will be announced at the schools' awards night prior to graduation.
The actual money from the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30, 2014; no one will be considered after this date.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Lighthouse Fund Grants available for Tri-Town
Up to $5,000 in grants will be available through the Lighthouse Fund of the Old Rochester Tri-Town Education Foundation for the 2014-2015 school year.
Lighthouse Fund grants will have a maximum award of $1,250 for individual applicant or intra-school collaborative project; up to $2,500 for a collaborative inter-school project. A total of $5,000 in grants will be available.
Grant applications must address one of the following categories: Curriculum Enrichment; Faculty-Mentored Student Projects; or Professional Development. Proposals must include an Evaluation Plan and a Budget.
Eligible applicants include faculty-mentored students, faculty and administration of the Old Rochester Regional School District. Grant award will for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
The deadline for the 2014 Lighthouse Fund Grant Application is March 16, 2014.
Grants awarded for the 2013-2014 school year included: OHS Courtyard Garden Edible Schoolyard Project - $634; Responsive Classroom II Training - $1,934; A Look Inside the ORR School District - $3,000; ORR Visual Arts in the 21st Century - Multiple Platforms for Installation and Inspiration - $3,500.
For more information on the Lighthouse Fund grant process, go to http://www.oldrochester.org and the link is on the front page.
Winners will be announced in May 2014, with funds available after July 1, 2014.
The Lighthouse Fund is an endowed fund of the Old Rochester Educational Foundation Inc., developed through private philanthropy to support our public schools in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Its vision is to enrich the educational, cultural and civic experience for all students; enhance each student's success in school, in our communities and in life; and encourage academic excellence, innovation and creative thinking in our schools.
Together We're Ready Campaign
The Marion Rochester Regional Health District and the Mattapoisett Board of Health announce the DPH Campaign for Emergency Preparedness "Together We're Ready - Massachusetts Prepared."
"Together We're Ready - Massachusetts Prepared" is a statewide public health campaign developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Emergency Preparedness Bureau, in partnership with state and local agencies.
The campaign serves to promote emergency preparedness and to encourage Bay State residents, families and communities to make plans for severe weather, natural disasters or other emergency events.
"Emergencies can happen at any time. Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family, your pets and your community makes the entire community more resilient and better able to respond to and recover from any emergency event."
For more information and guidance, please call your local board of health or visit www.mass.gov/dph/ready.
Women's Club Garden Tour
The Mattapoisett Women's Club is branching out across town searching for Mattapoisett gardens - small or large - for our 2014 Biennial Garden Tour. Even the foliage of a recently established walled vegetable garden could be your ticket for inclusion in our garden tour.
So, if your garden is growing happily, please consider sharing your horticultural paradise with other like-minded gardeners by contacting one of the following Women's Club members: Peg Olney, 508-758-3069; Leda Kim, 508-758-2526; or Eileen Marum, 508-748-1282.
No life is well-rounded without the subtle inspiration of a garden.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free
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