Monday, December 29, 2014

All Are Welcome Menu


The All Are Welcome Community Kitchen has released its menu for the month of January. For more information about the All Are Welcome Community Kitchen, please click here.


Friday, December 19, 2014

KOA Festival of Lights


FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS TONIGHT
: KOA Campgrounds, Plymouth St., Middleboro. 4-10 p.m. daily, December 19-21. Visitors will be able to drive through the KOA and enjoy thousands of lights for $1 a car load.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Craft Fair at Northbrook Academy



Northbrook Academy is hosting their First Annual Craft/vendor Fair on Tuesday, December 16th from 6-9 pm.

There will host 25 crafters and vendors and a bake sale put on by Northbrook Academy students.

During the fair students, families and staff will also be offering tours of our private middle and high school.

Discover the Difference at Northbrook Academy. The event will take place at 40 North Main Street in Middleboro.
      

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Experience a Fun Farm Winter Vacation Program at Soule Homestead!



Plans are underway for another exciting December Winter Fun Farm Vacation Program at the Soule Homestead Education Center! Designing natural environmental programs is their specialty and this year's program promises to be a great adventure for children ages five to ten years. In fact, there is so much fun being packed into each day that older folks will wish they could attend too!

Explore OWLS, STARS and MOON on Tuesday, December 30, with an outside adventure into the night world albeit during the day! Look for signs of owl activity outside while enjoying a walk on a nature trail. Indoors, the children's attention will be directed to the night stars and moon while making an art project to share with friends and family. On Wednesday, December 31, find out what WINTER WILD ANIMALS are awake when the rest of our world is asleep and what animals are awake by day! Learn to walk like a fox and hear like a deer through Soule's frozen farm fields and surrounding woodlands to search for clues of animal activity and join in on a scavenger hunt game searching for camouflaged animals. Experience the magic of the farm in winter as you meet a variety of FARM ANIMALS on Thursday, January 1st. Find out what barn yard animal live at Soule Homestead. Come walk the farm yard and visit the barn and chicken coop to meet both furry and feathered farm friends. Children will have an opportunity to feed and pet the animals while learning a little about their care. Discover how SNOW AND ICE is formed on Friday, January 2nd. Children will spend some time walking the farm looking for interesting ice formations and then make one of their own to take home! Later, they'll head outside for a winter hike (weather permitting) to slide and glide on Soule's hills and make a snow man or two!

How does it all work? Each day, participants gather inside the classroom to discuss the theme of the day and have fun making a theme related craft to take home before venturing outdoors to explore the grounds on a fun farm adventure. Afterwards, the group returns to the classroom to warm up by a cozy wood burning stove while listening to a winter story and enjoying a snack. Later, an indoor or outdoor game will be played depending on the theme and/or weather. There will be plenty of interactive farm related tabletop activities to keep everyone busy while gathering, waiting, and departing. Some of the these stations may include an art station, a hands-on feel and touch table with magnifiers, a bird station with binoculars to watch the birds at the feeders, a group puzzle and a book and joke station. The classroom is located on the lower right side of the barn and parking is available on both sides of the building. Children should dress for winter weather and the staff at Soule Homestead highly recommends everyone bring a Zero Waste snack (or lunch), a drink using recyclable containers, a cloth napkin, and reusable silverware in a lunch box. Recycling and composting are both subjects that will be covered during the regular story/snack time.

The program meets each day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The per-day price per child is $13 for members and $15 for non-members; a 4-Day Week is $50 for members and $58 for non-members. Registration and payment is required the Friday, December 26th. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt. Space is limited, however, inquiries will be accepted up to the day before a program. There is no guarantee of space availability for late applicants. Payment by cash or check (payable to Soule Homestead Education Center) can be dropped off or mailed to Soule Homestead Education Center 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346.

To register, or obtain more information, please contact Laurie Amberman, 508-947-6744 or email: educator@soulehomestead.org. Visit www.soulehomestead.org to view their calendar of events, and program information and be sure to follow them at www.facebook.com/soulehomestead.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Police Station Building Committee Vacancy


The Police Station Building Committee has a vacancy for an at-large member. Anyone who is a resident of Middleboro is eligible to serve. Appointments are made by Town Moderator Wayne Perkins. Letters of interest should be sent to him and addressed to Town of Middleborough c/o Town Moderator, Middleborough Town Hall Annex, 20 Center Street, Middleborough, MA 02346 by Friday, January  9, 2015. Thank you.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Debbie Blais Scholarship Applications Due




The 2015 Debbie Blais Dream Scholarship application deadline is Dec. 14. Founder, owner, and operator of Debbie Blais Real Estate and Blais Builders, Debbie Blais reached out to Lorna Brunelle (owner of The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts) in January of 2010 offering $1,000.00 annually in scholarship to help children experience the joy of art. The Debbie Blais DREAM Scholarship is available each January to help local students express themselves through art. The scholarship was inspired by one of Debbie’s favorite Thoreau quotes, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

With success in real-estate, development, and construction, Miss Blais values the role public speaking, communication, and performance plays in the artistic evolution and education of children. A lifelong resident of Middleboro and successful business woman for over 28 years, Debbie has been active in countless community projects and events.

In 2011, Blais and Brunelle hand selected Patrick Rogers of Lakeville and Destiny Cobb of Middleboro for the award. In 2012, Alannah Henault of Berkley and Emily Travers of Taunton were awarded the scholarship. The 2013 recipient was Middleboro student Michael Braddock. The 2014 recipients are Eve Ciriello, Addison Graham and Michaelah Nunes. Each student received $500.00.

The deadline for the 2015 applications and letters is Dec. 14.

The award recipient will be contacted over the holiday recess and will begin classes the first week of January. Families can find an application form on burtwoodschool.com under The Debbie Blais DREAM Scholarship, or letters (must contain address, phone number, and the age and name of the child) can be mailed to: The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro, Mass 02346 ATTEN: The Debbie Blais DREAM Scholarship.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Half-Day Kids Cooking Workshop


Join Lexie Williams, 16 year old cookbook author of Lexie's Gift: A Cookbook for Kids Living with Cancer will be at the Library on Thursday, December 11 during the early release day. Sample some of her nutritious recipes and learn how easy it is to eat healthy. Lexie will have her cookbook for sale and will be available for book signings at the end of her program.

The workshop begins at 3:00 in the Meeting Room. All ages are welcome. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dora's Coming to the Middleborough Public Library


Dora the Explorer will be at the Middleborough Public Library Wednesday, December 10 at 10:30 am for a very special story time. Children are invited to participate in an engaging story and related activities with their favorite literary character. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras, as all participants will have an opportunity to meet Dora, have their photo taken, and receive a goody bag filled with materials and a new book.

Dora's visit is part of the U.Fund Start U. Reading Series, one of Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority's (MEFA) statewide early college planning initiatives designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading and literacy through interdisciplinary activities.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Annual Appeal for the Massachusetts Archaeological Society

 
As friends and members of the MAS, you know the many ways the Society reaches out to preserve archaeological sites and artifacts and to educate the public about the importance of such resources. But, did you know that the MAS is facing steeply rising costs of maintaining the century-old Robbins Museum building? Utilities, major systems repairs, and even the equipment used to protect the collections are a big part of the operating expenses.

Your gift to the MAS Annual Appeal will be used immediately to maintain and support the Society's repository and mission. Be sure to visit www.MassArchaeology.org to find out how to connect, give, and make an impact on archaeology in Massachusetts. We thank you for your support!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NoteAble Blend Concert


The Middleborough Public Library will be presenting a holiday concert on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm. The concert will feature the NoteAble Blend Women's Barbershop Chorus. The chorus has entertained area audiences for a number of years. NoteAble Blend is an energetic, women's a-cappella barbershop chorus that shares a passion for singing, a support of friendship, a love for teaching and promoting the art of barbershop music, and a desire to contribute to the local artistic community through musical expression. The ladies will be in fine holiday spirit as they will have just performed at the Taunton Tree Lighting the day before. 

This will be a great family event. All Library events are free and open to the public. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wreath Making Workshops


Soule Homestead's Annual
HOLIDAY FAIR & WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS
Saturday, DEC 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Homemade Baked Goods
Hand-crafted Items
Artisan Crafts Booths
Children's Arts & Craft Table 

Sign up for one of our wreath making workshops:
Wreath and / or Swag
10 a.m. to 12 noon
~ or ~
Wreath and/or Table Arrangement
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Wreaths: $25 (M) / $30 (NM)
Swags & Table Arrangements: $10 (M) / $15 (NM) 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Annual Holiday Extravaganza


Please join the Mary K. Goode Elementary School this year for their annual Holiday Extravaganza!

We will feature free events such as crafts, carnival games, cookie decorating, letters to Santa and vendor shopping. There will also be an opportunity to meet with Santa! There will be a fee for pictures with Santa, gingerbread house decoration, face painting by Art on the Spot, food purchases and raffle items. Admission is $10 per family. Hope to see you there!


Around the Bogs sponsor Trades of Hope will be there so be sure to check them out!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Candle Making Workshop

 
 
Candle Making Workshop at Soule Homestead
Saturday, NOV 22
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Candles make great gifts and the art of making them can be learned quickly with the help of a qualified instructor. Join Tracy Marzelli to make a set of 12 soy tealights (includes customized gift box) or a medium size jarred soy candle. All materials are provided and additional kits will be available for purchase from the instructor. Workshop fee: $15 for members, $20 for non-members; space is limited.

Payment is due by NOV 19. (mail or drop-off during regular office hours).
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book Donations for Ex-Libris


With the holidays approaching, we know that many of our patrons will be doing some housecleaning. Please consider going through your bookshelves for good-looking books that can be added to the Friends of the Library's Ex-Libris bookstore. At this time, we are looking particularly for children's books that are in great condition and could make great Christmas or Hanukkah presents.

On Saturday, November 29, the store will be participating in Small Business Saturday with a special bag sale. New inventory is needed now.

Donations are accepted any time during normal Library hours with a few ground rules. We would love your new, pristine, recently published or released (no more than five years ago) items. Children's classics can have older publication dates. 

We cannot accept videotapes, cassette tapes, moldy, mildewy or dirty items, or encyclopedias. A staff member will ask to see your items before you can leave them with us. (If you ask, we would be happy to go out to your car to look at them before you bring them into the building.) If we can't accept them, but they're in decent condition, we ask that you donate them to another charity. 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this new procedure, and are grateful for your contributions to the Middleborough Public Library. All proceeds from the bookstore go to support the programs and services of the Library. 

Speaking of holiday gifts, some lucky donor can take home this beautiful handmade Christmas quilt lovingly crafted by one of the Friends Board members. For every dollar donated between now and Small Business Saturday, you will receive a chance to win. For every $5, you get 6 chances. 

Donations are accepted in the bookstore during their regular hours:

Tuesday 11 - 3, Thursday 5 - 7, Saturday 10 - 2 and Sunday 12:30 - 2:30.

The drawing will take place on November 29 just prior to the Library's 3:00 close. The winner will be notified by phone.

Monday, November 10, 2014

All Are Welcome Will Serve Thanksgiving Dinner


ALL ARE WELCOME COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND BAKERY, INC. (AAW), a non-profit community restaurant located at 60 Union Street, Middleboro, is pleased to announce the third annual “donate-as-able” Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 27 at 1PM.

"This Thanksgiving Dinner is for everyone!", said Karen Cook, Executive Director. "We don't want people to feel if they are 'taking away' anything from folks who are struggling. We plan every meal at All Are Welcome so that folks who are alone can enjoy the company of other guests, Thanksgiving is no exception, and we hope more people will join us this year. "

The Thanksgiving meal will include appetizers, a complete turkey dinner with the traditional sides, dessert and (non-alcoholic) beverages.

We have coordinated our efforts with the Council On Aging and have arranged transportation for those who are unable to get to the center of town. Folks who would like to attend and need a ride should call the COA at 508-946-2490 with your name, address, phone, number of people attending, and if wheelchair assistance is needed. Reservations for transportation are required and must be made by Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

For those who don't require transportation, reservations for this meal are strongly encouraged. Anyone interested in attending can call All Are Welcome at 508-443-0243 or email manager@allarewelcome.us. As with all of the meals served at AAW, those who are able are encouraged to donate what they can for their meal. 


Thanksgiving dinner will be served at our regular location – 60 Union Street, Middleboro, MA 02346 at 1PM. Those who have never shared a meal at AAW are encouraged to join us for our weekly meals, Thursday lunch served from 11AM – 2PM and Saturday breakfast from 7:30AM – 11AM.

It is the mission at ALL ARE WELCOME COMMUNITY KITCHEN AND BAKERY, INC. to provide access to nutritious meals to all members of the community regardless of means. By encouraging those able to support themselves to assist in the support of others, ALL ARE WELCOME seeks to reduce food insecurity and build community, one meal at a time.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sip, Dip and Dabble Paint Night


Please support Angels in America for their upcoming Sip, Dip and Dabble Paint Night which will be held on November 7th at the Fireside in Middleboro.

For more information about the event, please click here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Recycling Fundraiser This Saturday


SATURDAY, NOV 1
ELECTRONICS & APPLIANCE RECYCLING FUNDRAISER
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will host our fall Electronics & Appliance Recycle Fundraiser in the parking lot of the Middleboro Town Hall. For a minimal fee, drop off your old electronics and appliances. Almost anything with a cord will be accepted and volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist with larger items. Also accepting clean, redeemable bottles and cans. 
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Octoberfest at KOA Tomorrow


10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Middleboro KOA Campground on Plymouth Street, sponsored by Middleboro Tourism Committee. Admission is $1 per car. There will be hay rides, train rides, jack o'lantern and scarecrow contests, shopping, food and a beer garden. The Middleboro Park Dept. will also be hosting a Costume and Pumpkin Carving Contest from 3-6:30 at the campground. 

For more information, visit the Tourism Committee's website, discovermiddleborough.com, or email discovermiddleborough@gmail.com.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Massachusetts Archaeological Society 75th Anniversary Celebration

The Massachusetts Archaeological Society is holding its Annual Meeting and 75th anniversary celebration this Saturday, October 11th. For more information about the event, please click the photo below.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Woodblock Printing Workshop

 
Woodblock printing is a simple technique for printing text, images or patterns on paper or textiles using blocks of carefully prepared wood and Stephanie Hannum will share her knowledge of the process and skills with others during two new introductory workshops for children at the Soule Homestead Education Center on two Saturdays, September 27th and November 29th, from 2 to 4 p.m. 
 
Stephanie is a social worker who enjoys crafts and art as a hobby. She teaches basic woodblock printing techniques with an emphasis on low-cost methods and materials. "The class I hope to provide is a basic introductory to block printing for kids. The class will use 'found objects; such as paperclips and rubber bands to make a one of a kind print" she says, and adds "I think it can be a great stress reliever and a way to bring people together as well". 

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

3rd Annual Food Pantry 5K Walk and Run is Sept. 28



On Sunday, Sept. 28, the 3rd annual Food Pantry 5K road race/walk will
take place at the John T Nichols Middle School in Middleboro. The event
is organized by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, operators of the
Sacred Heart Food Pantry.




3rd annual Food Pantry 5K walk and run is Sept. 28

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Children's Programs





Family Fun Nights on Tuesdays at 6:30pm will include activities such as stories, games, art projects, movie nights, science experiments and more. All ages welcome and we will explore a new theme each week. 

Join Miss Amanda for stories and activities best for children age 3-6 at 10:30am on Wednesdays for Preschool Storytime. After the 30 minute program, enjoy a snack and play in the room.

Mother Goose on the Loose for children birth through 18 months will resume on Thursdays at 10:15am. Join Miss Amanda for a rhyme-filled program promoting early literacy. Learn songs, stories, and more. Program will conclude in 20 minutes with time to talk and play until 11am.

NEW this Fall: Wiggles and Giggles on Thursdays at 11:15am is best for children 18 months through 3 years of age. We will sing, dance, play instruments, and use the parachute. Program will conclude in 20 minutes with time to talk and play until noon.

Lego and Duplo Club is back! Come build with us on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm. There will be a new challenge each week.

No Registration is required for any of the programs listed above.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Edaville USA Pass Available




Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, the Library now has a set of passes to the Edaville USA Park. The park is currently open only on weekends, but will re-open weekdays during the holiday period. Many adults who grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts will have fond memories of riding the train at Edaville through the colorful cranberry bogs in the fall or through the Festival of Lights. They can now share this experience with their own children to the expanded park located in South Carver.

The Library's pass will admit 2 people free of charge. This will save a family $40 on their visit. Children under 2 are always free. Because of the limited schedule and the number of actual passes that are available, the rules for borrowing this pass are different from the other passes. The Edaville pass is restricted to Middleborough residents only and is limited to one use per family per month. The pass can be reserved in person or online at the Library's website. Each pass must be picked up on the day it is being used and must be returned by the time the Library opens on the following day. It cannot be used on Fridays as the Library is closed that day. Readers should note that the pass is good for the park and the traditional train but not the Polar Express. 

For specific information regarding dates and hours of operation, it is best to visit the park's website.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pasta Dinner with Cheerleaders!





Fundraising to Support OCY BLITZ All-Star Cheerleaders of Middleboro

Too much kids sports and activities on Saturdays?? Or just plain tired of planning for dinner over the weekends?? Let us help you make dinner for you and your entire family! Come join us for PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER at Camp Yomechas! Gift cards to local restaurants and other gift baskets will be available for raffle. PASTA DINNER include salad, pasta (tomato sauce or butter), drink, desert and some entertainment by our Blitz cheerleaders

When: October 4th (Saturday 5:00pm-7:00pm)
 

Where: YMCA Camp Yomechas (375 Wareham St. Rt. 28 , Middleboro, MA 02346)

Contact
Justine Rouillier
Ejkar61700@verizon.net

Price
$10 Adult, $5 Kids under 12 years old
Donations are greatly appreciated!

Additional Info:
Tickets are available pre-sale and at the door. Please contact Justine Rouillier to reserve your tickets.