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To the Editor:
"Adios" to the Wells Gas Station in Marion.
We wish we could say farewell to our dependence on poisonous petroleum products that power our motor vehicles and boats. And, we would really like to say "adios" to the Wells gas station that was closed for six years and now is preparing to reopen on a triangular patch of property within the borders of Wareham Road, Wells Road, Mill Street and some wetlands.
However, because a senior healthcare facility (Sippican Healthcare) and a senior/handicapped housing complex (Marconi Village) are abutters; we first have to say "so long" to our outdated perception about the elderly and the handicapped. NO! It is not okay to view us as expendable and unworthy residents by simply deeming the area where we live a "sacrifice zone," out of sight, out of mind. It is easy for these profiteers to ignore us when they do not live in the neighborhood.
As senior citizens, we should not have to bear the disproportionate burden for toxic pollution at the hands of those who will make a quick profit. There are no benefits for us, only the external costs of a gas station: the fumes, the traffic, the tailpipe emissions, the glaring lights and the inescapable noise. Yes, it is easier to ignore the elderly and handicapped for many of us are too old and too weak to fight big corporate gas stations, but those of us with the ability will carry on the struggle in the name of environmental justice.
We invite the pastors of our local churches, the Marion and Massachusetts Department of Health, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection and Coastline Elderly Services to connect with us and take a toxic tour and evaluate the potential human health risks from exposures to chemicals in the ambient air because the risk or probability of developing adverse effects increases with intensity and frequency of exposure to these harmful chemicals.
We have to change our thinking, just because we are elderly and/or physically handicapped does not give anyone the right to disrespect, disregard or devalue us as human beings. Rather than a gas station pushing poisonous chemicals within 100 feet of our front yard, we suggest installing a quiet, non-polluting, clean energy producing solar farm on that property.
Eileen J. Marum, Marconi Village, Marion
Adult Wharf Dance
Remember planning all week for the Thursday night wharf dances? Remember meeting all your friends at the last dance just before heading off to college? You've been asking for a "flashback," so the Mattapoisett Track Club is bringing it to you. On Friday, August 14 between the hours of 7:30 and 10:30 pm, come to the Holmes Wharf in Mattapoisett and we will play all the music you remember. This dance is open to anyone 18 years and older. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at The Slip, The Inn at Shipyard Park, Nick's Pizza and Matt's Blackboard. You can also buy tickets the night of the dance. So call all your friends and plan your outfit because you're coming back to the wharf!
Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, Aug 3: Chicken a la king, fluffy white rice, peas & mushrooms, oatmeal bread, cantaloupe
Tuesday, Aug 4: Sloppy Joe, hash browns, California blend, hamburger bun, pears
Wednesday, Aug 5: Chicken bruschetta, Italian-style penne, Tuscany blend, Scali bread, chocolate chip cookie, diet: fresh fruit
Thursday, Aug 6: Beef stew with vegetables, boiled potato, corn on the cob, multigrain roll, fresh orange
Friday, Aug 7: Seafood & shrimp Newberg, rice pilaf, cut green beans, wheat bread, pineapple
St. Philip's Episcopal Church 131st Summer Season
Visiting clergy will conduct services at "the Church by the Town Beach" in Mattapoisett, St. Philip's Episcopal, from July 5 to September 6. Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are at 8:00am and 10:00 am.
On August 2, The Rev. Robert Malm, Rector, Grace Church, Alexandria, VA will officiate. All are welcome to attend.
Rochester Country Fair Pie Bake-Off Contest
The Pie Bake-Off contest at the Rochester Country Fair is on Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 pm. We will be under the big tent. The application can be found on the Rochester Country Fair website or in the fair program. Dessert pies only please. The rules are as follows: Two categories-one-crust and two-crust pies; you may only enter in one category; home-made pies only, no pre-made crust; include your recipe; include your name on the bottom of the pie plate; and if you would like your pie plate returned please write "return" on the bottom. Mail your application to: Nancy Boutin, 128 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02770 or Nancy.email@example.com. Attach your recipe to your application. Happy baking!
Barking Bulldog Sailing Regatta
Mattapoisett Yacht Club hosted the first annual Barking Bulldog Sailing Regatta this past Saturday outside Mattapoisett Harbor. It was a beautiful sunny day with light/medium shifty winds. The Regatta was held to benefit the new ORRHS Sail Team that was formed this past winter. ORR athletic director, Bill Tilden, joined in the fun by racing on one of the boats. There were two classes of boats participating, Ensigns and J-24s. After the races, MattSail hosted an after party at the home of John and Dawn Mello. Awards were presented to the top three finishers in each division.
This summer, some of the High School team will be racing in 420s in the MYC Tuesday Night Series.
Results from the Barking Bulldog Regatta were:
1- Odyssey, Rick Warren
2- One Love, John Mello
3- Brou Ha Ha, Steve Clark
1- Fast Food, Bonnie Kirchner
2- Wild Thing, Cam Tougas
3- Pagramin, Freddie Popitz
Get Prehistoric at the Rochester Country Fair
The Rochester Country Fair, located at 65 Pine Street in Rochester, will celebrate its 16th Annual Fair from Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16.
Admission to the Fair is only $4 on Thursday and $5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free.
We will be celebrating a "Prehistoric" Theme at the Fair this year.
Events centered around this event will include our Parade which takes place on Sunday, August 16. We tossed around the thought of eliminating the Parade from the Fair's lineup due mostly to police detail costs and participation. However, after polling the opinions of those who attended our Annual Dinner Dance fundraiser, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of continuing the tradition. So we're hoping that spectators will come to line the parade route and the participants will decorate their vehicles and floats with a prehistoric or caveman theme or with articles now considered to be prehistoric by today's standards.
Other "Prehistoric" events include a Dinosaur Dig Hunt, Children's Bam Bam Strong Man Contest, Diaper Derby & Costume Contest. Please call Children's event coordinator Lori Souza at 508-997-9100 if you have any questions about these events.
There will also be "Prehistoric" Photo Contest where participants can pull out old photos. Personal drawings will also be allowed and judged in a separate category. We will also be displaying older objects from the past, like old phones, unique items and antiques from earlier times. We hope the community will contribute to the photo contest and display!
Other new and exciting events to this year include:
Thursday, August 13 - Boston Fanueil Hall Magician & Juggler Robert Clarke will perform a non-stop high-energy, crowd-pleasing and action-packed show at 6:15pm.
Friday, August 14 - Rochester welcomes Marion's 16-year old guitarist and musician Aaron Norcross who will perform with his band, Aaron Norcross Jr & The Old Dogs, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
This year's Professional Wrestling will feature a Midget Match as well as the return of Rochester's own Gary Eleniefsky. Professional Wrestling starts at 7:00 pm. Ring-side seating is available for $5
Saturday, August 15 - New London County Tractor Pullers features Limited Modified, Enhanced Farm, Pro Modified and Pro Enhanced Farm Tractor Pull Classes starting at 3:00 pm.
We are also very excited to bring a Live Concert by Vyntyge Skynyrd to Rochester on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.
Of course our popular events like the Woodsman Show Competition, Cow Chip Bingo, Frog Derby Races, Pie Bake-Off and Live Auction sponsored by Camara' Auction will also be returning. For a complete schedule of events, please visit our website www.rochesterma.com.
Evening Worship at Mattapoisett Congregational
On Sunday, August 2, the Church will offer an evening worship service and everyone is welcome! Worship will begin at 7:00 pm in Reynard Hall at the corner of Church and Mechanic Street in Mattapoisett. The service will include music, prayer, scripture and other traditional liturgical elements but the style will be comfortable and casual. Talented local musicians will provide the music.
The Sunday evening services will continue into the fall on the first Sunday in September, October and November. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please call the church office at 508-758-2671.
Historic Walking Tour
Meet up with Historian Seth Mendell of the Mattapoisett Historical Society at 5 Church Street on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 pm for a Walking Tour of the historic waterfront of Mattapoisett. Walking Tour is free with Museum Admission: $5 Adults, $2 Children (6-12), Members Free. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or visit www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.
Old-Fashioned Candy Tasting
Children - and adults, too! - are invited to taste old-fashioned candies at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, on Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 pm. After tasting all of the different old-fashioned candies, children will vote on their favorites. They will also make a craft to take home. $2 Donation; Members Free. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or visit www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.
Family Scavenger Hunt
Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust for a Family Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 pm at the Munro Property west of the Town Wharf. Families will get a chance to explore the wharf and waterfront while learning about our town and its environment. $5 Donation, Members Free. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or visit www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.
Rochester Board of Health Receives Grant
The Rochester Board of Health was awarded a grant from the Department of Public Health to begin a sharps disposal program for the Town of Rochester. Rochester residents who need to dispose of syringes can come to the Board of Health for their own personal container. Then when the containers are full, they can return them to the Board of Health for disposal.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Board of Health office at 508-763-5421.
On Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, the Sippican Historical Society will present a special lecture by Richard L. Morningstar, former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, and his wife, Faith P. Morningstar. The Ambassador's lecture will provide an update on the issues of greatest interest in the relationship between the United States and Azerbaijan. Mrs. Morningstar, who initiated two programs related to the empowerment of Azerbaijani women and girls, will speak about the Azerbaijani women's issues on which she has worked.
The former Ambassador was appointed by President Obama and sworn in by Secretary of State Clinton in July of 2012. He served until July of 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. Having begun his career as an attorney, he also spent many years as a corporate professional, then as a lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. He has also taught at Brown University and Boston College Law School. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Ambassador to the European Union. Faith Morningstar is a developmental psychologist with a primary interest in the development of respect and has created and implemented educational programs designed to increase children's positive regard for both themselves and others.
The lecture is offered free of charge to the public, and no reservations are required. The Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street in Marion; ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Brad Barrows Memorial Athletic Fund Ride
The Sixth Annual Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday September 19 at The Stowaway Tavern (formerly Ricks Tavern), 35 County Rd, Route 6 Mattapoisett. Rain date is September 20. Registration is at 10:00 am, kickstands up at 12:00 pm. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger. No bike? Join us after the ride for $10. Proceeds to benefit youth sports and activities in the Tri-Town Area For more information, contact Dick Barrett at 774- 263- 4596. Hope to see you there.
The Best of Broadway
On Friday, July 31, the Marion Concert Band will continue its Friday evening concert series with a program of music from the Broadway stage. The program, which includes a soprano soloist and highlights from some of Broadway's most memorable shows, is as follows:
Lohengrin (Introduction to Act III) - R. Wagner
Broadway Show-Stoppers Overture - arr. W. Barker
Embraceable You - G. Gershwin
Tracy Fiore, soprano
Opening Night on Broadway - arr. M. Brown
Hey, Look Me Over - C. Coleman
Selections from Into the Woods - S. Sondheim
Over the Rainbow - H. Arlen
Tracy Fiore, soprano
West Side Story Selections - L. Bernstein
Selections from My Fair Lady - F. Loewe
American Legion March - C. Parker
Tracy Fiore is a cantor at Holy Name Church (Fall River) and teaches Musical Theatre at the Onstage Academy of Performing Arts in Fall River. Her recent theatrical credits include Glinda/Auntie Em for the Little Theatre of Fall River's performance of The Wizard of Oz, The Baroness in The Sound of Music, the Mother in the opera Amahl & the Night Visitors and Maggie in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (all with LTFR). Ms. Fiore has sung in an American Pop review in Downtown Disney, Orlando, FL for the Magic Music Days program, the Rockin' America review at Disney (2009) as well as the Swingin' on a Star Musical review in several venues in Tennessee (2007).
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion.
Bike for Clean Water
Fall is the perfect time to hop on your bike and enjoy the outdoors here in southeastern Massachusetts. If you love to ride and want to make a difference for your local environment, then sign up for the ninth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 4 by visiting www.savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to protect clean water.
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. Choose from a 75-mile route starting in Westport or a 35-mile route starting in Rochester. Both routes end with a seaside finish line party on Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole that includes dinner, drinks, and live music.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride attracts expert and casual bike riders alike. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. Many riders also form teams with their friends and families. Together, they put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay. With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, all riders can feel safe and supported.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to programs and projects that protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay.
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The 2015-16 Blue Books Have Arrived!
The latest edition of the Blue Book - the popular Tri-Town telephone directory - has recently been mailed to 8400 postal addresses in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Check your post box for your book. If you haven't yet received one, contact your local post office for your free copy.
The directory, published by the League of Women Voters of Marion-Mattapoisett-Rochester, contains the names, addresses and phone numbers of Tri-Town residents as well as community pages that provide contact information for community services. Advertisements by local and area businesses and professionals are found in the yellow pages and make the book a useful shopping service. Please support our advertisers who have made this phone book possible.
Every effort has been made for accuracy in the book. Any corrections, additions or deletions should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail to LWV Phone Book, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738. The new information will be added to the online version of the book which can be found at www.lwvmmr.org.
Extra copies of the 2015-16 directory are available while they last at The Bookstall in Marion, Mail Boxes in Mattapoisett and at the Plumb Library in Rochester. While a resident's delivered book is free, the League would welcome a donation of any amount for an extra copy.
The League of Women Voters is proud of this community service and is grateful to our advertisers for their support of the project.
Tabor Academy to Construct Bleachers
Tabor Academy will begin construction shortly on a set of concrete bleachers to be installed on the hillside above the school's football field. The bleachers will step down from the Spring Street parking area, and span across the 35-yard lines. Will Saltonstall, the architect on the project shared, "The bleachers will provide fans with easy access to more comfortable seating with midfield views of all the action. Part of the plan also includes handicap parking spaces in the Spring Street lot so that everyone can enjoy the games."
Head of School John Quirk said, "We are pleased to be able to provide townspeople and our community, as well as people from visiting schools, with a comfortable and safe place to view the games and to cheer on the competitors. Whether hosting games for Tabor teams or from other area athletic programs, we are excited to know that we'll have much improved seating for the great and supportive fans that so often join in the competitive spirit of our school."
Will Saltonstall shared the project with Marion's Planning Board on July 20 as a courtesy to make them aware of the upcoming construction and field any questions.
Car Break-Ins in Marion
The Marion Police Department is investigating several car break-ins, which occurred during the overnight hours from Sunday into Monday morning. All the incidents happened in the North Marion area, on Route 105, County Road and Quails Crossing.
It appears that all the vehicles were unlocked. Items reported missing were tools and a car stereo.
Police are reminding people to lock their vehicles and secure any valuables. Anyone with information, please contact Marion Police at 508-748-1212.
Movies in the Park
The Movies in the Park series, presented by the Mattapoisett Lions Club, continues this Friday night, July 31, with the movie Up! This movie got a 98% approval rating on rottentomatoes.com! Bring your family and friends to Shipyard Park and enjoy the exciting funny family adventure offering and impeccably crafted story presented by Pixar Studios! The movie will start shortly after sunset, 8:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you at the park!
ORR Freshman and New Student Orientation
Old Rochester Regional High School will be holding its Annual Freshman and New Student Orientation on August 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the high school, see their Home Room, access their locker and receive their first-term schedule. Members of the High School administration will be on hand to answer question as well as the school Nurse, Athletic Director and Upperclassmen. Any questions regarding this event can be sent to Aimee Fox 508-758-3745 x 1612 or email@example.com.
Shaw Farm Trail Ribbon Cutting
The Buzzards Bay Coalition and partners from the federal government, state government, and the towns of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett will celebrate the protection of more than 400 acres of beaches, salt marshes, forests, fields and coastal farmland in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett and the opening of a new public trail connecting the bike path with Nasketucket Bay State Reservation.
Following a speaking program at DeNormandie Farm, the Coalition will formally open Shaw Farm Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the trailhead on the bike path on Friday, July 31 at 2:00 pm at the DeNormandie Farm, 65 Shaws Cove Road, Fairhaven.
Old Rochester Farmers' Market
The Old Rochester Farmers' Market runs every Tuesday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm outside the ORRJHS. This year's market will have two produce farms, Cervelli's and Skinny a Dip (organic); Sweet and Salty Farm which has veal and yogurt; Wyandotte Farm with chicken and a variety of other meats; and Robbins Trout Farm with fresh-harvested trout. The market also has cheese, bread, honey, oils & vinegars, fresh ground coffee, sweets (also gluten free and vegan options), homemade pies, sweet and savory cinnamon rolls, freshly popped kettle corn, organic baby food, barbecue sauces, soups, toffee, jams and herbs. Additionally, artisan vendors with soaps, candles, skin products, jewelry, roped nautical items, and organic and gluten-free pet treats. Lastly, the market will include healthy option food vendors and Running Brooke Vineyards winery. We also welcome weekly guest vendors. Come check us out - an event the whole family can enjoy with musical entertainment and free face painting!
Marion's Annual Town Party
Marion Recreation and the Marion Firefighters Association is proud to announce the Annual Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 22 (rain date is Sunday, August 23) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm. Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
There will be food and beverages for sale. Also, as in past years we will have a fabulous selection of baked goods for sale at the Bake Sale Table. FREE bounce houses sponsored by the Marion Police Brotherhood, a FREE rock climbing wall, music and a Photo Booth by Ensemble Events as well! PLUS, a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family!
New this year, organizers are seeking corporate sponsors. We will have different levels of sponsorship. Also, we will be selling advertising space in the Town Party booklet. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, bake sale items, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible.
For further information or to make a donation, please contact Steve Gonsalves at 508-264-5852, Chris Berg at 508-776-1615, Jody Dickerson at 774-217-8355, or you may send a check to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.
National Night Out 2015
On Tuesday, August 4, the Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Police Departments will celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event will take place on the grounds of the Old Rochester Regional High School from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. We will be joined by the Tri-Town Fire and EMS departments, the Marion Harbormaster Department and Marion Recreation Department. The South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (S.E.M.L.E.C.) will have representation from their Search and Rescue and SWAT divisions.
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is designed to encourage camaraderie between citizens and local first responders. This event is designed to produce an opportunity for local residents and law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies to come together and strengthen the relationships with each other.
Admission is free. There will be free face painting by Handi Mandi Face Painting and an inflatable moonwalk for the children. Limited food and beverages are being provided by local vendors in collaboration with the hosting departments. Special thanks go to other sponsors of this year's event: Tedeschi Food Mart, On the Go, Perry's Ice Cream, and First Citizens Federal Credit Union.
This year there will also be a raffle for a pair of Boston Red Sox tickets being donated by Disaster Specialists.
Marion Art Center Celebrates 58 Years
The Marion Art Center celebrates 58 years of serving the area as a unique community center for the arts.
This year, classes and lessons in music, art, dance and theater were offered throughout the year. ArtStart, a summer program for children is running its 29th year. The theater has recently produced Dixie Swim Club, Anton Chekov's Seagull, Drinking Habits and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Rehearsals are underway for its summer comedy production A Bad Year For Tomatoes by John Patrick. MAC hosted the Halloween Parade and the Fourth of July float won fourth place in the Civic Group division! Special events included the ninth annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park with over 40 artisans exhibiting beautiful handmade jewelry, paintings and ceramics. One of eight gallery shows during the year, the gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of mono-prints and oils by Copley Society master Leslie Baker and sculpture by St. George Tucker Aufranc.
Membership is open to all and the annual membership drive is underway. For information, please call 508-748-1266, visit the website www.marionartcenter.org, and click on the Membership tab, or stop by during gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Saturdays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA 02738. Admission to the galleries is free and open to the public.
Teen Wharf Dances Cancelled
Due to low attendance, the teen wharf dances sponsored by the Mattapoisett Track Club have been cancelled for the remainder of the summer. If there is enough interest, we may hold a dance on August 27, the last Thursday before the start of school.
Marilyn Monroe Matinee Series
The public is invited to enjoy Sippican Historical Society and Marion Council on Aging's summertime collaboration: The Best of Marilyn. Beginning on Tuesday, August 4 and continuing over the following three weeks, the organizations will present a selection of Marilyn Monroe's most popular and acclaimed films.
The selection for Tuesday, August 4 is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Co-starring Jane Russell, the film chronicles two lounge singers from Little Rock, who work their way to Paris on a transatlantic cruise, enjoying the company of eligible men they meet along the way. The colorful 1953 musical features Monroe at her best as guileless fortune teller Lorelei Lee, with Russell as her practical sidekick. A careful balance between musical and comedy, gold digging and sentimental dreams, the film is a classic.
Tuesday, August 11 will feature The Seven Year Itch. Co-starring Tom Ewell and Evelyn Keyes, the film tells the tale of a married man who falls for the blonde bombshell upstairs while his wife is on vacation. The 1955 comedy was directed by Billy Wilder and is mostly immediately recognizable for its iconic image of Monroe standing atop a subway grate, skirts billowing. Based on a popular Broadway play written by George Axelrod, The Seven Year Itch helped turn Monroe from a sensation into a legend.
The 1961 film The Misfits is the third film in the series, to be shown on Tuesday, August 18. It features Monroe as a sensitive divorcee who gets mixed up with modern cowboys roping mustangs in the desert. Directed by John Huston, the film boasts an all-star cast, to include Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter. The Misfits was a pioneering work in the development of the American Western - a more contemporary, nuanced take on the genre.
The series wraps up on August 25 with the screening of the legendary comedy Some Like It Hot. The 1959 film co-stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as two musicians on the run from gangsters, masquerading as members of an all-girl band. Produced, directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, the broad farce features Monroe as a simple, singer/ukulele player with a soft spot for saxophone players and men with glasses. Along with Curtis' and Lemmon's dynamic performances, Ms. Monroe's charmingly naive portrayal helped make Some Like It Hot one of the highest regarded comedies of all time.
Best of Marilyn Matinees will be held in the front room of the Music Hall (164 Front Street in Marion) and offered free of charge to the public. Ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. Films begin at 11:00 am, and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Millicent Library's Teddy Bear Parade
Be sure to join us for the Millicent Library's 31st Annual Teddy Bear Parade on Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00 am. We will join our Teddy Bear Parade Marshall on the Walnut Street side of the Library and march to Union Street and down to Our Lady's Haven, where the residents will be enjoying our parade, then back onto Center to the corner of Walnut once again.
The parade concludes the "Every Hero Has A Story" statewide Summer Reading theme. Our Teen group of loyal volunteers - whose theme this year is "Unmask!" - will be on hand to pass out snacks and juice boxes for the children.
Daisy D. Dots will be there once again to paint faces during the festivities.
The Millicent Library is handicapped accessible. For further information, please contact Jane Murphy, Youth Services Librarian, at 508-992-5342 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeville Arts & Music Festival
The annual Lakeville Arts & Music Festival will take place this year, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 3 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. To date we have some entertainment news to share.
The Starry Night Duo, who will play inside the old Town House, includes Barry Simon on hammered dulcimer and Patty Simon on flutes and mountain dulcimer. This local pair plays an eclectic variety of music from lively Celtic and Appalachian tunes to fresh arrangements of classical and sacred pieces, plus soulful originals. They have released three CDs to date.
Town Crier George Hebert of West Bridgewater will be roaming the grounds letting everyone know what the activities are and where to locate them. One activity he will help you find is the Silent Auction table so you can bid on some of the great Silent Auction items.
As always, there will be artisans and craftsmen selling their own skillfully handcrafted work and nonprofit organizations ranging from community service organizations to environmental groups there to educate the public on their causes. For anyone interested in participating in the festival, email the Craft Committee at Lakeville.Fest.Crafts@hotmail.com to have an application emailed to you. To ensure diversity, we limit the number of artisans and crafters in certain categories. (To date, the jewelry and soap categories are closed.)
The Festival is free! To make the Festival possible every year, the organizers would like to thank some of our many sponsors: Eastern Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, HarborOne Bank, and Acushnet Federal Credit Union, to name just a few.
Perhaps you would like to volunteer on October 3? It's a fun way to enjoy the festivities. You can spend as little or as much time as you have available on that day to help out. Contact us at LakevilleFestival@hotmail.com for details.
Visit www.LakevilleArts.com to learn about other cultural goings-on in Lakeville and additional information about the 2015 Festival. Both the Lakeville Arts Council and Lakeville Arts & Music Festival are on Facebook with additional information.
This event is supported in part with grants from the Freetown and Middleborough Cultural Councils. Both are local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
A Bad Year For Tomatoes
Marion Art Center Players announce their summer production, A Bad Year For Tomatoes by John Patrick, a hilarious comedy in two acts. Directed by Rex McGraw, the show will open on Thursday, August 6 and runs on Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8, Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15. All shows start at 7:30 pm.
The Story: Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marlowe (played by Cynthia Latham) leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent (played by Jay Ryan), but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors (played by Suzie Kokkins, Suzy Taylor and Susan Sullivan) is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister--who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman (played by Thom O'Shaughnessy) develops an affection for "Sister Sadie" (really Myra in a fright wig) and the nosy lady neighbors decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie's soul. In desperation, Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston, which brings on the sheriff (played by Mark Letourneau) and the suspicion of murder! Needless to say, all is straightened out in the end, but the uproarious doings will keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some.
This play is the perfect evening out in the air-conditioned theater at the Marion Art Center. Get a group of four together and reserve a cabaret table! Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general admission. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. Cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four or more.
Don't miss this show! Reservations are highly recommended: Email email@example.com. In the subject line of the email please type "Drinking Habits." In the body of the email please include your full name, your telephone number for confirmation, the date you will be attending and how many tickets you need. We will send a confirmation email. Or call 508-748-1266 and leave a message with your name, phone number, the number of tickets needed and the date you are coming.
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738.
Marion Is Getting A Senior Center!
Well, maybe not a complete Senior Center, but we're making a start with a mini version beginning on August 3 at The Music Hall on Front Street.
It will probably be some time before a true Senior Center is a reality for Marion so the COA, along with the help from the Friends of the Marion Council on Aging and the Music Hall Committee, is going to offer a Mini Senior Center every Monday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Music Hall.
The day will begin with the weekly Blood Pressure Clinic from 9:30 - 11:30 am. At the same time, Chair Yoga (with Pamela Smith Paquetter) will be offered in another room from 10:00 - 11:00 am. From 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, a conversation/social hour with free lunch will take place, (Libby O'Neill will be available on August 3 to answer any of your technology questions) followed by a "Learning and Leisure" lecture from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The blood Pressure Clinic, Chair Yoga, and lunch/social hour will continue every Monday throughout the month of August. The lecture hour will offer varied topics:
August 3: "Furniture Flip" with Harriet Ingerslev
August 10: "Insomnia" with Dr. Katherine Krefft
August 17: "Meet Cecil Clark Davis" with Wendy Bidstrup
August 24: "The Card Lady" with Marge Primavera
August 31: "The Arts will Change Your Life" with Mary Worden
All seniors are invited to attend for part or all of the day at no charge, and we welcome suggestions for future programs and lectures. Depending on the popularity and success of the mini center, the COA is prepared to expand the program and add another day each week. So mark your calendars for every Monday beginning on August 3 and let's make a start together!
New trip added: Trader Joe's at Patriot Place on July 27. This trip fills up fast, so call today to reserve your spot on the van!
Music from Land's End
Music from Land's End Wareham returns to the Wareham Free Library on Thursday, July 30 at 4:00 pm for a Family Concert fundraiser.
Internationally acclaimed violinist and Wareham summer resident Ariadne Daskalakis brings a stellar new group of musicians from around the world for a glorious festival of classical music concerts.
Performing with Ms. Daskalakis will be Nina Tichman and Anthony Spiri on piano, Andria Chang on violin, Sebastian Gottschick on viola and Paige Riggs on cello. The Library concert will include works by Debussy, Nono and Leclair.
In addition to the concert at the library, the ensemble will perform at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion on Friday, July 31 at 8:00 pm. The final performance will take place on Saturday, August 1 at 5:00 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham and will be a fundraiser to benefit the Tobey Hospital Guild. For more information, visit www.mlewareham.org.
Admission to all performances is by donation.
Tri-Town Area Mentors Needed
What kind of place could Wareham become if all children attended school, set goals, rejected peer pressure, and had the confidence to dream and succeed in life? This is the goal of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Child & Family Services.
Communities need to provide positive role models for youth, and one local program has proven successful. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization's mission is to "change children's lives for the better, forever." BBBS fills a critical gap by emphasizing strong social bonds in children's lives and by providing positive adults to support children in need.
Who are the "Littles"? According to Deanna Bodeau, Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child and Family Services, those currently waiting are ages 7-14 and most come from either single parent homes or live with their grandparents.
What is the time commitment? "Bigs" are asked to spend four hours per month with their "Little." This sounds like a lot, but it's not. Pick a Saturday, grab ice cream, go to the park, the zoo, stop by the library, and before you know it, it's been four hours! So if you're really busy, one day a month is really all it takes!
What do matches do together? This is all based on your "Little" and their unique interests. You can go bowling, see a movie, or play mini-golf. You might surprise them on occasion by taking them somewhere truly amazing, like a show, the theatre, or an amusement park. This is your chance to show them a world they have never dreamed of.
How does BBBS help kids? Children aim higher, enhance their confidence, and learn to create stronger, more positive relationships. A strong role model helps them avoid risky behaviors (drop-out, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.). A positive and encouraging mentor also helps children obtain and retain educational success - one of the greatest challenges facing youth in Wareham today.
What can you do to help? Contact Deanna Bodeau, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-990-0894. There are lots of boys and girls in your surrounding community waiting for someone like you to make a difference. Be a Mentor!
Bourne Wareham Art Show
The Bourne Wareham Art Association will hold their 51th Annual Art Show and Sale at Buzzards Bay Park, Bourne, MA on Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Art Association was organized in 1963 by a group of artists and art lovers in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal. The purpose of the group is to promote the appreciation of fine arts in the Canal area. The Association has held an art show every year since 1963 to benefit annual BWAA art achievement awards for local art students. This year, awards were presented to Danielle Simpkin and Katie Motta, both students at Apponequet Regional HS.
Visit the show and meet local artists who will be exhibiting award winning original fine art working all mediums as well as photography, jewelry and giclee prints. For more information or an application for the show, please contact Carole Raymond @ email@example.com. Final registration date is August 1.
Marion Rochester Youth Soccer League
Marion Rochester Youth Soccer League (Fall Recreation) deadline is August 15.
Marion Rochester Youth Soccer Club is taking registrations for the upcoming Fall Recreational Season that kicks off in September. Formerly Oceaneer's Youth Soccer, the MRYS is now under the leadership and directorship of Jody Dickerson from the Marion Recreation Department. Don't miss this upcoming fall season. You can register in person at the Marion Recreation Department on Atlantis Drive in Marion; please see Jill Pitman to drop off your registration. You can also register on the MRYS Soccer website at www.MRYouthSoccer.org and click on "Registration" tab from the home page.
If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 774-217-8355.
Moonlight Kayaking on Leonard's Pond
The Rochester Land Trust invites kayakers and canoeists to join them for a Full Moon Adventure on Leonard's Pond on Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 pm. You need to bring your own kayak/canoe, bring bug spray and a flashlight and wear a life vest.
We will put in at the Town's Kayak/Canoe access lot to Leonard's Pond on Mary's Pond Road. Cars can park along the bog roads across the street after launching if needed. Moonrise is scheduled for 8:45 pm, so plan to paddle thru twilight to enjoy the full effect!
This paddle is another in RLT's series featuring Open Space properties listed in their Explore Rochester Guide. Copies are still available at the Town Hall Annex.
Marion Library Book Sale
Don't miss the Elizabeth Taber Library's Annual book sale this summer! It will be held at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St, on Friday, August 7 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 8 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. There will be over 3,000 items for sale including books for all ages, DVDs and more!
The Elizabeth Taber Library is funded in only two-thirds part by the Town of Marion, and the remaining one-third is through the generous donations and this book sale. Our goal for the library is for it to be much more than just a place we go to check out books; it should also be a place to participate, face to face, in community activities in a way we can't do over the internet.
Please come and support your local library. All funds raised from the book sale are spent on enhancing our programs and services. Hardcover books will be on sale for $3, large paperbacks for $2 and regular paperbacks are $1. Children's books will be three for $1. DVDs will be priced at $2. Gently-used book/CD/DVD donations will be collected at the library during our open hours until August 6. For more information on the book sale, please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Gateway Youth Hockey Golf Classic
Please join us to raise money for Gateway Youth Hockey. Gateway Youth Hockey is a nonprofit organization solely based on the children. Our goal is to help children from the Tri-Town area continue to participate in youth hockey and to provide learn-to-skate programs for all ages at the lowest cost possible, allowing any child to play! The proceeds from this golf tournament will help in allowing more children to be able to play hockey. It will also help defer the cost of equipment and ice time.
The golf classic and raffles will take place at Bay Pointe Golf Club, 19 Bay Pointe Drive, Onset, MA on Saturday, August 1 with a 1:00 pm shot gun start time! Cost is $500 per foursome; $125 per single person. For additional information, please contact Ben Hathaway, President, at 774-454-1114 or Jenny Wilson, Head of Fundraising, at 774-766-9436.
Movies in the Park
Marion Recreation's Movies in the Park is back for the summer on Wednesdays. Fun for the whole family! Bring your snacks and chairs to Island Wharf and enjoy the show!
The movies scheduled are:
August 5: Up! - 8:10 pm
August 12: Wall-E - 7:55 pm
August 19: Back to the Future - 7:45pm
Movie times are subject to change.
In case of inclement weather, please check www.marionrecreation.com and the Marion Recreation Facebook page for cancellation notices.
Any questions, please call Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or email email@example.com.
Tax Relief Grants Available in Marion
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2015-2016 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 28. Applications are available at the Town Hall in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, or by calling 508-996-8253. They can also be downloaded at www.cfsema.org.
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.
Marion Master Plan Forum
The Town of Marion is updating its Master Plan (MP), a document that will guide the Town's evolution through the coming decade and beyond. Community input is essential for producing a valuable, constructive MP. All interested in having a "voice" should plan to attend the Public Forum on Saturday, August 1 at 9:00 am in the Marion Music Hall. The discussion will be on housing, economic development, and land use.
The MP addresses housing and business development, infrastructure needs, natural resource protection, and public service plans. Massachusetts requires that municipalities update their MP every 8-10 years and makes it is a prerequisite to obtain state funding for community development. Marion last updated its MP in 2006.
The Planning Board is leading the MP process, assisted by professionals from the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) and a recently approved Town Planner. In addition, three advisory committees, composed of selected community members and representatives from town boards, will provide further insight on specific topics. Please mark your calendar today for this important Public Forum. Your engagement, input, and participation will ensure Marion's MP will protect our Town's special charm while meeting the future needs of our residents. For more information, visit www.srpedd.org/marion-master-plan.
Marion Council on Aging
The Annual Marion Social Club at 44 Pumping Station Rd. will hold a BBQ dinner for Marion elders on August 16 at 1:00 pm. Doors will open at noon with door prizes for everyone. Marion residents may bring one guest. No take out meals allowed, but meals will be delivered to the homebound. Transportation will be provided by the Council on Aging. The cost for the event is $0.50 (fifty cents). Please pick up your ticket at the Council on Aging.
Become a Volunteer Baywatcher with the BBC
Do you love the water and want to help protect it? Volunteer as a Baywatcher with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in your community this summer! The Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the Buzzards Bay region.
The Coalition is looking for Baywatchers to monitor the water in the following locations:
- Falmouth: Mashapaquit Creek, Quissett Harbor, Rands Harbor, West Falmouth Harbor and Wild Harbor River
- Bourne: Back River, Briarwood Center, Eel Pond, Phinneys Harbor and Red Brook Harbor
- Wareham: Agawam River, Broadmarsh River, Onset Bay, Shell Point Bay and Weweantic River
- Rochester: Sippican River
- Marion: Blankinship Cove, Hammett Cove, Sippican Harbor and Wings Cove
- Mattapoisett: Brandt Island Cove, Eel Pond and Mattapoisett River
- Fairhaven: Little Bay and Nasketucket River
- New Bedford: Acushnet River, Clarks Cove and New Bedford Harbor
- Dartmouth: Apponagansett Bay and Salters Pond
The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the Coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors - an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay.
Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.
If you're interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at 508-999-6363 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/baywatchers.
The Friends' Jewelry & Accessory Sale will open with a Members-Only Preview Friday, August 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and continue Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Your donation of jewelry, handbags, and scarves can be brought to the library.
The Members-Only Preview is the perfect time to become a member or to renew your membership. The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and your donations are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the library.
SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and BRING your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at http://southcoast.toastmastersclubs.org/.
Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The Mattapoisett Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Marion COA Trips
The Marion Council on Aging has the following trips scheduled for 2015. Call to reserve your spot on the van. These trips fill up quickly.
August 17 - Canal Boat trip
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum
Marion COA Information
Outreach Worker: 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.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
- Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
- Donations are appreciated.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Health & Wellness:
- YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
- Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
- Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
- Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $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 to 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, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.
FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.
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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