What’s Happening Around & About Gazette Country, Nov. 26

Franklin Knights hold holiday food card drive

FRANKLIN — From Dec. 15 to Dec. 15, the Franklin Knights of Columbus Council 1847 is holding their seventh annual holiday card drive.

Proceeds will be used to support the Knights of Columbus’ ongoing charitable efforts and to feed those in greatest need. There will be two options to purchase or donate a Stop & Shop Food Card to those in need this year:

Visit the Knights website at www.kofc1847.orgCredit cards can be used online for orders. Checks can also be mailed to: Knights of Columbus, c/o Food Card Drive – PO Box465, Franklin, MA. 02038 — Include name, address, phone number, email, and indicate the number of $10 food vouchers you are donating, as well as the number of $10 food coupons you are purchasing.

Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus Council 1847.

The Knights will also have a table where they will be selling Stop & Shop gift card cards outside St. Mary’s Church (1 Church Square), Franklin after Mass on Saturday, December 4, and after each Mass on Sunday Dec. 5.

A $10 Stop & Shop foodcard can be purchased and 5% of sales will go towards feeding those in need. You can donate one or more of your food cards and 100% of the card(s) will go to those in need.

Plainville Historical Commission hosting open house

PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Historical Commission will host an open house at Plainville History Museum (136 South St./Rte. Small Business Saturday is at 1A on Saturday Nov. 27.

The Humphrey House will open its doors from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. The Historical Commission has partnered with An Unlikely story to offer vouchers redeemable at the bookshop. Visitors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to get a voucher. All donations will be donated to the Plainville Living Bread Food Pantry.

There will be other giveaways and commission members will be on hand to discuss local history with you and how you can help protect and preserve Plainville’s past for future generations.

PEDC to declare “The Nutcracker”

FRANKLIN – The Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center is presenting the holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker, for four performances in December.

The 20th Anniversary PEDC Nutcracker performances at Bellingham High School will be held at 60 Blackstone St. Bellingham on December 11 and 12.

Showtimes are at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on  Saturday, Dec. 11, and at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Tickets start at $18 Visit www.pattieisenhauerdancecenter.com/events to order tickets. If you have any questions, please call 508-520-7873. All audience members will require masks, and there will also be a smaller seating capacity. Tickets are available on an “first-come, first served” basis.

MRPAC holding Holiday Extravaganza

FOXBOROUGH – The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center is holding its 3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, 1 School St., Foxborough.

As more than 12 community arts organizations come together to present a joyful and festive holiday performance, you can join them. Local groups will perform, including the Foxborough music department and Elite Dance Center, Studio 6 Foxboro Classical Ballet, and many others.

This event takes place in conjunction with the Foxborough Common tree lighting. Both performances are before and after the lighting. 

Tickets start at $15 Tickets are $15. For more information and tickets, visit www.orpheum.org.

Roudabout Productions staging “A Christmas Carol”.

NORFOLK – Roundabout Productions will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”Friday, December 17, at 7:30 pm. Saturday, December 18, at 2 and 7:30 pm.

The classic story of Ebenezer and the Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Present, And Future is produced in association to the Mass Cultural Council (NCC) and the Norfolk Cultural Council.

For tickets ($15), go to roundaboutproductions.org/buy-tickets

Register for Franklin Lifelong Learning to be notified about upcoming programs

FRANKLIN – Winter/spring registration opens Dec. 1 at Franklin’s Lifelong Learning Institute. Franklin Public Schools’ community education branch, Lifelong Learning, offers educational experiences for Franklin residents and others from nearby towns, from elementary school to retirement.

Adults can choose from a variety arts and crafts, exercise & well-being, team sports, or online learning options in Lifelong Community Learning. Badminton, LaBlast Dance Fitness Yoga, Volleyball, Ladies Light Hiking and Yoga are just a few of the many exercise and sports options.

For children, Lifelong Community Learning’s popular Kids’ Corner program is once again offering kids’ cooking classes. In these one-hour classes, students will gain kitchen skills like searing, sautéing, folding, and more. They will create one to two dishes each week depending on their complexity and timing.

Lifelong Learning will offer Home Safety and Internet Safety classes again for students. Language classes and February vacation art camp and kids’ cooking camps round out the offerings.

The Lifelong Music Academy’s private lessons are available throughout the schoolyear. They offer instruction in 16 instruments to students at all ages — teens, children, and adults. Instructors are able to teach students from beginner to advanced levels and can tailor lessons to individual student needs. Lessons are held at Franklin High school. Lifelong Learning’s Solutions Extended Day program offers a safe and enriching program that can be used before or after school (Franklin Public Elementary Schools only). This program is designed to meet the needs of working families. Many schools have limited availability. For more information, please visit the website.

All Lifelong Learning students currently enrolled in classes at Franklin Public Schools will need to follow the FPS mask policy. “Effective Aug. 25, 2021 all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks in school buildings.”

Visit www.FranklinLifelongLearning.com for full course details and to register, or call Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480, Lifelong Music Academy at 508-613-1481, or Solutions Extended Day at 508-613-1771.

Fiske Library will host a baking workshop

WRENTHAM — Fiske Public Library 110 Randall Road, Wrentham hosts a workshop on baking — Pajama Living — Navigating Food and Life Challenges — Tuesday November 30, 6:30-8.30 p.m.

Do you think that now is a good time to eat healthier? But you don’t want your family to stop enjoying the desserts they love? Are there food allergies or dietary restrictions that prevent your family from enjoying the sweets they love? Do you want to learn how to adapt favorite baked recipes to meet almost any food requirement you and your family may have?

Learn how to substitute ingredients in recipes to make desserts that are not only healthier but also more delicious. Paula Castner is a professional with almost 40 years of experience in food allergies. She also has 20 years of experience cooking for family-owned restaurants.

Friends of the Fiske sponsor this program. For more information, call the library at 508-384-5440.

Franklin Newcomers & Friends will meet Dec. 15

FRANKLIN — The annual Yankee Swap and Holiday Party of Franklin Newcomers & Friends is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. upstairs. “3”Restaurant, 461 W. Central St. Franklin.

Take a wrapped gift (limit 20) to participate in the swap. You’ll receive one back during the swap. A cash bar is available and complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served.

You don’t need to be new to the area. There is also no need for you to RSVP.  The Newcomers & Friends club is multi-generational and offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. They emphasize fun and camaraderie. This is a member-driven club that welcomes new ideas and faces.

Residents of Franklin or nearby towns are welcome to join this group on the third Wednesday of each month. Sometimes, the group may have to change Wednesdays due to special circumstances. Meetings are held in September through May. To stay connected, the Newcomers organize many events throughout each year.

For more information, check out the Meetup pages of Newcomers & Friends for more information. https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Newcomers-FriendsOr https://facebook.com/FranklinNewcomersFriendsClub

Franklin Garden Club will sell holiday wreaths & floral arrangements

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Garden Club will sell decorated holiday wreaths on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Daddario’s Hardware Store, 528 West Central St., Franklin.

Also, holiday fresh flower arrangements will be available for purchase on Instagram starting Dec. 6-20. The Franklin Garden Club Instagram handle is @franklingardenclubma. The club will benefit from the sales.

Real wreaths can be decorated with a variety of colors, styles, and ornamentation such as bows and other decorations. Many will come with a variety greens. They will retail for $25-$35. The floral arrangements will be made with fresh flowers and greens and will be priced between $15 and $25.

You can pay for wreaths and centerpieces with credit card, check or cash. Venmo is also available.

“We are very excited to offer area residents the opportunity to purchase beautiful holiday wreaths and arrangements created by members of the Franklin Garden Club,” Club Co-Presidents Janice Cederquist and Mary Anne Dean said. “This will help those who may not have the time to decorate their own wreaths or make arrangements, while also assisting the Club.”

All proceeds will benefit Garden Club activities, including the Club scholarship, pine tree seedling program for elementary school students, some of the Franklin Common and library plantings, and education programs open to the public. The Franklin Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.

BWOT pastries fundraiser under way

BELLINGHAM — It’s time for the Bellingham Women of Today’s annual fundraiser of popular Butter Braids pastries, and Joyful Traditions cake rolls.

The hand braided pastries come in a variety of flavors:  Raspberry, Bavarian cream, cinnamon, apple, strawberry cream cheese or blueberry cream cheese. They are light and flaky with more than 20 layers of pastry dough, made with 100% real butter, and natural ingredients.

Easy to prepare for special occasions or any time; just thaw and rise overnight and bake the next day.  These braided pastries are perfect for upcoming special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas or a Sunday morning treat for the family. Each 22 oz. pastry serves 5 to 6 for breakfast or 10 for an evening sweet and cost $14.

The Joyful Traditions cake rolls are frozen so you can use them when it’s convenient for you. Just thaw and they are ready to serve. The cost is $15. Cake rolls come in the following flavors: Pumpkin, chocolate cream, red velvet, strawberry cheesecake, carrot cream cheese, and lemon cream.

The BWOT are taking orders from Oct. 11-26. To place an order, send item name, flavor and price to BWOT, PO Box 405, Bellingham, MA 02019.  Include a check for payment made out to BWOT.

For more information contact Melonie at 508-657-1113 or check the BWOT Facebook page. Items will be available for delivery or pick up Nov 2. Proceeds will go to local BWOT charities and projects.

The BWOT is a nonprofit civic organization that has served Bellingham and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.  The group is open to men and women 18 years or older and meets in the Bellingham police station conference room on Blackstone Street the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m., September through June.

For more information call Julie at 508-272-0978 or email [email protected]

Norfolk Lions holding Christmas tree sale

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Lions Club is once again holding its annual Christmas tree sale. This month-long event is one of the club’s most important fundraisers and a great opportunity for the Lions to connect with members of the community during the holiday period.

Sales begin on Saturday, Nov. 20 and continue until all trees are gone.

The Norfolk Lions Christmas tree sale is located on the lot next to the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in downtown Norfolk. The Lions thank the owners of the local Dunkin Donuts for their continued support of the club.

Hours are Weekdays from 3-9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The Lions will be happy to trim the bottom of trees and secure it to customers’ cars, although pickup trucks are very much appreciated.  The club accepts cash and checks payable to the Norfolk Lions.  No credit cards.

Did you know that it takes 10 to 12 years of growing time and professional care to bring a Christmas tree to harvest?  The Lions’ trees come from northern Maine and include both balsam and Fraser fir trees, which are the most popular.

This year the Lions are also once again offering popular silver fir, which looks almost like the Fraser firs but have the aroma of the balsam firs.  The Lions also have a selection of wreaths, as well as tree bags and tree life preservative to promote needle retention and help keep trees fresh.

All of the proceeds from the sales of the trees go into the local Norfolk community and to various Lions charities.

“Monies that the Lions generate go to seed such research as blindness prevention, diabetes prevention and numerous other causes”, said Jack Campbell, this year’s president and King Lion.

The Lions will once again have a collection box at the tree lot this year. “Coats 4 Kids.” They are collecting coats for men, women and children to be given to families in need in the community.  Any and all coats in good condition are needed and all will be dry-cleaned, courtesy of Anton’s Cleaners.

The Lions are also be collecting non-perishable food donations for the benefit of the Norfolk Food Pantry.  Paul Terrio, co-chairman of the Christmas tree sale, further noted, “Your contributions to the Norfolk Food Pantry are much appreciated at this time of year”.

The Boy Scouts of Norfolk offer a tree picking service after the holidays. For $5 for seniors, and $15 for everyone else, the Scouts will take down any tree in Norfolk and bring it to a transfer station for recycling.  Register online to sign up for this service https://rebrand.ly/Troop80Trees2022. The Boy Scouts will also visit the tree lot to answer your questions and give you flyers detailing all the details.

The Lions will observe all guidelines and regulations of the CDC and state regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information or to get involved with the Norfolk Lions Club, visit www.NorfolkMALions.org, or send email to [email protected] or talk to any Lions member.

Expressions Enrichment has holiday programs planned

FRANKLIN —  Expressions Enrichment, 475 Franklin Village Drive, is offering a lineup of holiday programs in November and December.

Shop ‘til you Drop! Black Friday will be offered on Nov. 26. Drop off kids 9 a.m.-12 p.m. while parents and caregivers have time to go holiday shopping. Kids will create their own holiday gifts. This program is suitable for grades K-6. The cost is $75 and includes all materials.

Gingerbread House Decorating is planned on Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This event will be for a parent with a child. All the supplies are included: House, decorating candy and fixings, and icing. The cost is $50 and includes all materials.

For more information or questions, visit www.expressions-enrichment.com or call 508-346-3251.

Norfolk Lions begin Coats 4 Kids campaign

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Lions announce that the Coats 4 Kids winter outerwear drive is being held again this year.

The campaign started on Oct. 23 at the Haunted Car Crawl, during which many coats were collected. Consider donating gently used or unwanted coats, whether they are for infants, kids, men or women to this annual drive.

Drop off locations this year are at the Lions’ Christmas tree sales located next to Dunkin Donuts in downtown Norfolk, and at the Norfolk Grange, 23 Rockwood Road.

All coats will be cleaned by Anton’s Cleaners Medfield Donations can be made up to Jan. 10 for this worthy cause.

Dover Trucking is a special thank you from the Lions for donating new bags for their collection stations. Cindy Ladue can answer any questions at 508-667-0002.

Norfolk Santa Parade planned

NORFOLK — Santa Claus will arrive in Norfolk on Sunday Dec. 5, and a host groups will celebrate his arrival by offering a variety of activities.

Santa Claus and his entourage are escorted into town by the King Philip High School Marching Band, under Michael Keough’s direction.

Santa stops by Hillcrest Village before the parade to give out cookies and other treats.

Santa’s parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Village on Rockwood Road. Santa’s elves, Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, Norfolk Police and Fire Departments, area scouts, and others will join Santa along Rte. Continue on 115 through the center of town, then turn right onto Liberty Lane. You will reach Norfolk Public Library.

Residents are invited to visit Santa outside the library at 4 p.m. and have their photos taken. Santa’s elves will be bustling around assisting all. After the parade, participants will be able download digital photos with Santa. The Norfolk Recreation Department will provide refreshments.

Children are encouraged to bring in their own ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree in the community. The tree will be lit to celebrate the start of the season.

The Norfolk Lions Club and Norfolk Recreation Department sponsor the Santa Parade and other festivities. They also work with many town departments, including the Fire, Police, and Highway Departments and staff from the Norfolk Public Library.

Medway Signs of Fall photo contest underway

MEDWAY — Medway Parks & Recreation and the Medway Cultural Council invite residents of the town to capture this fall’s pumpkin-Halloween and Thanksgiving season in a photo and then send in their best original and recent photographs to the ‘Signs of Fall’Theme photo contest

The contest ends on November 26th. Please submit your photos by midnight on November 26th. Late submissions are not accepted.

Accepted photos can include up to five photos per entrant. Submit each photo to [email protected] –include your name, address, email, cell phone (optional), and photo(s).

You don’t have to pay anything to participate. The organizers only ask that participants think outside of the box and submit original photos. All entries will be posted on the organizers’ social media pages and in print.

Dec. 10 will see the announcement of winners and prizes.

Orpheum invites artists to exhibit work by MRPAC

FOXBOROUGH – The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center/Orpheum Theater at 1 School St. in Foxborough is calling for artists to submit work to its November and December gallery exhibits.

MRPAC is dedicated in showcasing the work local artists.

Submissions for November and December should be submitted as follows: “Festival of Trees”The theme illustrates the diversity and transition of the New England landscape trees from fall through winter in all of its glory and despair. They are resilient to all kinds of weather and provide a beacon of hope for the world.

Artists are welcome and encouraged to submit a comprehensive solo exhibit. MRPAC may consider inviting multiple artists to this curated collection. To ensure that all submissions are considered in relation to one another, MRPAC will consider each submission.

Those interested in showcasing their work should email Jennifer Rathbun, MRPAC Artistic Director at [email protected]

You can find more information about upcoming events at Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center at: https://www.orpheum.org

Temple Etz Chaim worship services

FRANKLIN – Temple Etz Chaim, 900 Washington St., Franklin, is holding services remotely in response to the current COVID-19 emergency. Go to https://temple-etzchaim.org/live.

Friday, Dec. 3: Family Erev Shabbat/Hanukkah service, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 4: Hanukkah lights, 7-8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10, 7:30-8.30 pm.

Friday, December 17: Erev Shabbat Service, 7:30-8.30 p.m.

Friday, December 24: Erev Shabbat Service at 7:30-8:30 pm

Friday, December 31, 2021: Erev Shabbat Service, 7:30-8.30 p.m.

For more information, please call the temple at 508-528 5337 or visit the website. http://www.temple-etzchaim.org

St. John’s lists Christmas Services

FRANKLIN — St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 237 Pleasant St. in Franklin and invites the public to celebrate Christmas and Epiphany.

These are the upcoming programs and services:

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: Children’s pageant with Communion. COVID protocols make seating limited so please reserve space in advance at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054CAAAE29A7F58-christmas

Candlelight service at 9 pm on December 24 is also available. Reservations are not required.

Sunday, Dec. 26: Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. with Christmas Carols. No reservations necessary.

Sunday, January 2: Epiphany family worship at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 508-528-2387, or email [email protected]

Like St. John’s on Facebook at St John’s Episcopal Church, or visit the website at www.stjohnsfranklinma.org

BWOT Muffins – Santa & Letters

BELLINGHAM — Santa will be visiting the Bellingham Women of Today for their annual Muffins With Santa event on Saturday, December 11, 9-11:30 AM at St. Blaise Church Hall 1158 S. Main St. Bellingham

Enjoy muffins, bagels and juice as well as milk and coffee. Santa Claus can be visited by children to help them make their Christmas wish lists. Photos with Santa cost $4 each or two for $6, and food and beverages are 50 cents each.

There will be coloring pages and crafts for children as well as raffle baskets, holiday items and other goodies for sale. All proceeds will be donated to local BWOT charities.

Santa and his elves are so busy getting ready for Christmas that the Bellingham Women of Today can help them send personalized letters. These letters are great gifts for children, seniors, college students, and anyone young at heart. Each letter costs $2, or three for $5.

BWOT will accept requests at Muffins With Santa. You can also send your name, address, phone number, payment and any additional information to BWOT, PO BO Box 405, Bellingham MA 02019, before Dec. 15.

The BWOT is an organization that serves Bellingham and its surrounding communities for more 30 years. The group meets the second Monday of the month, September through June, in the police department’s conference room on Blackstone Street.

To contact the group, email [email protected] or visit them on Facebook.

Norfolk Lions offer weekly raffle online

NORFOLK — This week, the Norfolk Lions launched a new online weekly raffle called the Norfolk Lions luck of the Draw.

The cost for the raffle tickets is $25 per ticket, $45 per two tickets and $60 for three. A winning number will be drawn each week for the remainder of 2021.

The number holder who wins the drawing receives a $25 check. The number is then returned to the pot for the weekly drawings.

Dec. 26 will see the draw for the final Lions Luck of the Draw big winners of $500 and $200, $100, $100, and $100.

Tickets can be ordered now. Tickets must be purchased by 3:00 p.m. on Sundays to be eligible for the weekly drawing. Every Sunday night, the Lions Luck of the Draw winner is drawn.

Tickets can also be purchased at https://www.norfolkmalions.org/lions-luck-of-the-draw

The Norfolk Lions Charitable Fund will benefit from the proceeds of the raffle. Distributions have been made in the past to support local and national causes.

Zoom: Let’s Laugh Together

FRANKLIN — Let’s laugh today, a group for laughter yoga, is available free of charge every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. via the Zoom app

To help ease stress and anxiety in these difficult times, nothing can replace a good belly laugh. Deep breathing and laughter can help bring more oxygen to the body and brain, making you feel more energetic. It’s a great method to make eye contact with others while remaining distant. It is also incredibly uplifting and immune-boosting.

See www.letslaughtoday.com for a link to the free Zoom meeting. All ages are welcome. You can stand or sit for the entire time.

Normal circumstances allow Let’s Laugh Today to meet at the Franklin First Universalist Society meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, 7:30-8.30 p.m. Once it is safe to resume, free in-person meetings can be held.

Laughter Yoga, a body/mind practice for well being, involves deep breathing and stretches. There are also playful laughter exercises (no jokes and comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It is not only a joy to laugh, but it also has many other benefits. It can improve the immune system and combat the negative effects associated with stress. It is also a powerful antidote against anxiety and depression.

Participants can be of any age and have any level of physical abilities. There are no poses. Keep a water bottle handy, as laughing can cause dehydration.

Linda and Bill Hamaker, certified master trainers, will lead the group. For more information, call 508-660-2223 or e-mail [email protected] We are always open to new laughs.

Stony Brook Camera Club meets virtually

FRANKLIN – After 50 years worth of in-person meetings the Stony Brook Camera Club now meets via Zoom until it’s safe to return. SBCC continues to provide high-quality programming online and interactively.

The program committee has created a complete calendar for 150 national, international, and local speakers. It also includes image studies, competitions, and Saturday workshops. The Wild Side of Nature Photography is one of the speaker topics. The other topics are: Astrolandscape Photography (Time Lapse Photography), Astrolandscape Photography (Processing for Black and White), The Art of Landscape Photography (The Well-Equipped macro Photographer) and The Art of Landscape Photography (The Art of Landscape Photography).

When the group is able to meet in person again, they will organize field trips and camping excursions to increase members’ photographic experience. All abilities and ages are welcome at SBCC. The club welcomes all levels of photographers, from novices to professionals.

SBCC offers a mentoring program that matches inexperienced shooters with experienced ones.

Visit www.StonyBrookCC.com for more information and to view the entire 2020-2021 events calendar. See “Be Our Guest”Click on the homepage to fill out the form and be notified by Zoom about the next meeting. This registration gives new members a 30-day membership and access for meetings.

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