Local Calendar: Dec 8-11

Published: 12/7/2018 11:16:08 AM

2nd Annual Hat & Mitten Drive, through Dec. 21, at Hamshaw Lumber Inc., 68 New Athol Rd., Orange. For children and families in our community: new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves accepted. Proceeds to benefit Athol Salvation Army and Valuing Our Children who will distribute as needed. Hours: mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 8-4; Sun. 9-2. Monetary donations welcome. Info: Blayne Calcari or Tyler Robideau. 978-544-8211 or paint2@hamshawlumber.com.

The Athol Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Project is under way. Tags for children bearing gender and age and item needed (toy or clothing and size) are available in local banks, Nana’s Country Kitchen, and Adam’s Farm. Items (along with the original tag) may be returned to the place where it was obtained, or to the Salvation Army, 107 Ridge Ave., Athol.

Saturday, December 8

7-11 a.m — Pancake breakfast with Santa Claus, Athol Lodge of Masons, 336 Main St., Athol.  

10 a.m. to Noon — Holiday celebration, hosted by the Athol Credit Union, 513 Main St., Athol,  with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Families are encouraged to stop by and take free photos with the jolly pair. Free coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be available.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. Peter’s Church Christmas Bazaar, in the church hall 18 North St., Petersham. Information: Islay Boeri 978-24-0205.

Noon to 1 p.m. — Decorate real stockings and design paper snowflakes: For children ages 5 to 12 and their caregivers. This program is FREE and all materials will be provided. Space is limited, please call the Children’s Room to register. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St, Orange 978-544-2495.

1-3 p.m. — Farewell celebration/open house for Dr. C. Joseph Mathew, to honor his dedication to the community for the last 37 years, upon his retirement. Athol Town Hall; light refreshments. Parking courtesy of L.S. Starrett available in the Starrett lot next to the town hall, as well as the lot across from Starrett’s main offices.

6 p.m. to Midnight — Midnight Madness, local shopping celebration in Athol and Orange. The Midnight Madness Carolers will sing their way around Athol and Orange. The public is welcome to join Will Johnson, Al Benjamin, Bob Schwein, and Bonnie Benjamin. Gather at 7 p.m. at the YMCA. No experience needed. Song books are provided. Information 978-249-8296. The Inside/Out Dance Company performs 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA, 7 in downtown Athol, 7:30 at the House of Wax and 8:15 in downtown Orange. Garold Amadon will sing/play throughout the evening at the Orange Innovation Center.

7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Carol, performed by the Barre Players, 64 Common St., Barre. Suitable for adults and children over age of 7. Directed and produced by Diana Canterbury of Barre. Also playing Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets/info: 978-355-2096.

8 p.m. — Rockapella, a five-man a cappella group, returns to Fitchburg State University for a seasonal show in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St., Fitchburg. Ticket info: 978-665-3347.

Monday, December 10

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m — Baby and Me Storytime: For children birth to 36 months old. Join us for songs, rhymes, bounces & a board book. Includes 45 minutes of informal playtime.Older and younger siblings are always welcome at our storytimes! All library programs are FREE. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St, Orange. 978-544-2495.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — LEGO Club: Children in grades 1 - 5 can drop in for LEGO Club; Athol Public Library. No registration necessary.

6:30 p.m. — Relay for Life For Greater Gardner leadership committee meeting at the Community Center, 69 W. Main St., Westminster. New people are sought to help with planning and with the days of Relay. For information contact sandyredsox18@yahoo.com.  

7 p.m. — Quabbin Valley Pro Musica chorus rehearsal, with Music Director Geoffrey Hudson, at the Central Congregational Church, 24 South Main St., New Salem.Info: Harry Haldt 978-249-4691.

Tuesday, December 11

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m— Rise and Romp Storytime: For children ages 2 to 5 years old. We'll read stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, dance, and make an easy craft. Older and younger siblings are always welcome at our storytimes! All library programs are FREE. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St, Orange. 978-544-2495.

4 to 6:30 p.m. — Story Walk: Story boards are set up in Millers River Park for people of all ages to read; afterward children can make a craft in the Children’s Library, Athol Public Library. In inclement weather, the story is set up inside the library. This program is made possible by Valuing Our Children of Athol. No registration necessary.

6-8 p.m — Tuesday Tales Book Club Fiction: discussing “Noir” by Christopher Moore at the Moore-Leland Library, 172 Athol Road, Orange. Contact the Wheeler Memorial Library for more information, 978-544-2495.


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