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The deadline for a submission for Briefly is noon the Friday prior to it appearing in the paper, though earlier submission is encouraged. Your news will also appear online at Wicked Local Carver.
Gift wrap fundraiser
PLYMOUTH — Hadassah Plymouth will host its annual gift wrap fundraiser during regular mall hours through Dec. 24 at the Kingston Collection, 101 Kingston Collection Way. Wrapping will conclude at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Hadassah Gift Wrap is located at center court, near Santa, Country Marketplace and Maziply Toys. Take items purchased anywhere to be wrapped and decorated at Hadassah’s Gift Wrap booth. Volunteers have all needed supplies to wrap gifts. Donations will benefit medical and education programs.
This is the 32nd year of gift wrapping in the Plymouth and Kingston area, raising funds for Hadassah’s world-wide programs. Hadassah impacts millions of lives through research and medical care, global relief, innovative education and life-changing programs in the United States, Israel and around the world. For more information about Hadassah, visit http://Hadassah.org.
Pajamas, gifts for kids
KINGSTON - Children's pajamas are being collected once again for the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless to distribute to deserving area kids. The program is coordinated by Debb Batchelor, as before, based on seven years of successful pajama collecting for the Coalition. The Coalition operates the Pilgrim's Hope family shelter in Kingston and also the Children's Holiday Fund, which collects holiday gifts for children in the area. Pajamas can be dropped off at Setting the Space, 2 Main St. in downtown Plymouth, and at the Carver Reporter office, 182 Standish Ave. in North Plymouth. Gifts and donations for the Children's Holiday Fund may also be dropped off at the Reporter office at 182 Standish Ave. in North Plymouth.
Recreation Committee vacancy
CARVER — The Carver School Committee announced a vacancy on the Recreation Committee for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Interested persons should submit a letter to Carver School Committee, c/o Scott E. Knief, superintendent of schools, 3 Carver Square Blvd., Carver, MA 02330.
One man 'Christmas Carol'
PLYMOUTH — Using only Charles Dickens’ original text, Neil McGarry delivers a riveting performance of the classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” portraying each and every character and, somehow, making you believe you’re watching a full company of players. Fully staged, complete with dancing, this one-man tour de force has audiences of all ages laughing and crying with joy. McGarry is touring his award-winning production of the Dickens favorite for the fifth holiday season in a row. His final performance of the tour will take place at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St. in downtown Plymouth on Friday, Dec. 22. Tickets for this performance will be available at the door or by calling 508-746-7222.
Church of the Vine announces Christmas Eve schedule
CARVER — Church of the Vine, 5 Wareham St., invites one and all to their Christmas Eve services.
The services are as follows:
10 a.m.: Worship Celebration will have a family focus with children and youth participating in the service.
11:30 p.m.: Traditional Candlelight Service will offer many carols, an inspiring message and will end with a candlelight ceremony.
For more information, visit http://thevinecarver.com.
Project Outreach Program drop-in dates
PLYMOUTH — The next dates for Project Outreach’s community drop-in centers are from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 26 at New Hope Chapel, 89 Court St., Plymouth, and from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Community Covenant Church, 400 Pleasant St., Bridgewater.
The drop-in centers are designed to address ongoing battles with opioid substance abuse.
Also present will be representatives and coaches from these agencies to provide guidance and counseling to those inflicted with opioid and other addiction problems and their families. Anyone who has a family member who suffers from, or they suspect may have an addiction problem, is invited to drop in.
Events at The Spire
PLYMOUTH – The Spire Center for Performing Arts presents eclectic entertainment at 25 1/2 Court St. in downtown Plymouth. The Spire is handicap accessible; parking is available street side and in public lots in close proximity. For more information, to order tickets online or to learn more about The Spire, visit www.spirecenter.org, or follow the Spire Center for Performing Arts on Facebook.
Dec. 27: Jazz and Blues Jam Sessions with the Spire House Band, 7 p.m., $5
Dec. 29: Enter the Haggis, 8 p.m., $26
Friends of Myles Standish State Forest First Day Hike
CARVER — The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest will hold their sixth annual First Day Hike at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 1, at the amphitheater behind forest headquarters on Cranberry Road in Carver.
The hike has an 11 a.m. start time. Two walks will be offered: a short walk, 2.5 miles, or a long walk, seven miles. All walkers will start off together around the East Head Reservoir. Part of the group will split off and continue to the Bentley Loop, adding another 4.5 miles to the hike. Dress warmly and wear good boots. Bring water and snacks, particularly for the longer walk. The bathrooms should be open.
If weather threatens on Jan. 1, call the forest HQ at 508-866-2526. For more information, visit https://meetup.com/friendsofmylesstandishstateforest/events/245184529.
Tour Burial Hill
PLYMOUTH – Each year through 2020, Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society will present “Burial Hill: History in Progress,” a series of history expeditions on Burial Hill, one of America’s oldest and most significant burying grounds.
Free tours are offered at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Local historians and guides, including Stephen O’Neill and Joyce Poremski, join Pilgrim Hall Museum Executive Director Donna Curtin as tour leaders, sharing their individual expertise on a range of topics.
The tour meets at the main Burial Hill stairway; no reservations are required. Participants may traverse steep and slippery slopes, so wear appropriate shoes. Severe weather may cancel the tour; updates will be posted on the Plymouth Antiquarian Society Facebook page. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-746-0012 or visit www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org.
Habitat for Humanity information session
PLYMOUTH — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth announced they are hosting an information session at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St.
Habitat of Greater Plymouth representatives will be in attendance to answer any questions about the organization, or how one may become involved. They are beginning the process of building three homes on Long Pond Road in Plymouth, two of which are for veterans. Volunteers can help build the homes, provide lunches for the construction crew or serve on one of the many committees.
For more information, visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth website at http://hfhplymouth.org.
Plymouth Farmer’s Market indoor season
PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Farmer’s Market at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave., is open for its indoor season. This season’s schedule is as follows: Jan. 11; Feb. 8, March 8; April 12; and May 10.
The Plymouth Farmers’ Market features local farmers, bakers and artisans. For more information, email email@example.com or visit http://plymouthfarmersmarket.org.
John Carver Inn & Spa dinner theater
CARVER — John Carver Inn & Spa, 25 Summer St. in downtown Plymouth, will host a night of dinner theater on Jan. 13.
The 2018 season brings murder-mystery, America’s master mentalist Jon Stetson and stand-up comedy with Harmon-Marino's Comedy on the Road. Tickets include a dinner buffet and the show. A limited number of show-only tickets are available.
For complete schedule and ticket information, visit http://johncarverinn.com/theater. For reservations, call 508-591-8206.
Spectacle Management to present Air Supply
PLYMOUTH — Spectacle Management will present Air Supply at 7:30 p.m. May 10, at Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St.
Air Supply become a staple of early-'80s radio, producing seven straight Top Five singles. In 2013, the duo was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame. Air Supply celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and continues perform all over the world.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 17. Tickets for Air Supply are $59-$89 and can be purchased at http://memorialhall.com or by calling 617-531-1257.
Plymouth-Carver Class of 1983 reunion
The 35th reunion for the Plymouth-Carver Class of 1983 will be held Aug. 3-5, 2018, at the Garibaldi Club in Plymouth. Plans are underway. For information: plymouthcarver1983.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report a pothole
CARVER - If you see or "experience" a pothole on any town road in Carver, the town asks that you report it immediately by sending its location by email to email@example.com.
Nathan Hale welcomes veterans
PLYMOUTH – Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center hosts free coffee hours for veterans from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at its facility at 763 State Road in Plymouth. The center offers coffee, bagels, cake, donuts and other pastries. Friday is bakery day at the center, so veterans can pick up free bakery goods and as well as other free food and clothing. Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers provides gently used clothing, a food pantry and other free programming at this facility. For more information visit nathanhaleveteransoutreachcenter.com.
Cranberry Hospice seeks volunteers
PLYMOUTH — Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care in Plymouth is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients and their families, vigil visits at the time of death and to help with day-to-day activities such as running errands and providing local transportation. Also, some volunteers may help with clerical tasks or fundraising activities in the hospice office. In addition, Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care is also seeking veteran volunteers to support the Veteran’s Program, a program that places a veteran volunteer with veteran patients, and volunteers for the Pediatric Palliative Care program Fragile Footprints.
The Cranberry Hospice team and families rely on the dedication and commitment of its volunteers to provide the extra care and open hearts that they bring with them on each visit and every phone call.
Cranberry Hospice provides training to all volunteers. The next training session will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning March 20 at Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. The training program will run for the following nine Mondays.
Interested residents should contact Karen Foster, volunteer coordinator, at 508-210-5956, or complete an application and to make an appointment for an interview prior to the start of the training.
Carver dog licenses available
CARVER — Carver dog licenses for 2017 are available. It is a Massachusetts General Law that all dogs must have a current rabies vaccination and be licensed in the town in which they reside. All dogs 6 months or older shall be licensed annually in the town of Carver beginning January of each year. To license a dog, mail a check or money order made out to the Town of Carver along with a copy of the rabies document and a self-addressed stamped envelope or visit the town clerk’s office with the fees and a copy of the rabies document. Residents should remember to write the correct year for the date on the check. Fees are accepted in the form of check, money order or cash and include $7 for neutered or spayed dogs; $10 for nonneutered or unspayed dogs; and $10 late fee, effective March 1. A $50 fine per dog will be applied for failure to license. Upon receipt of the check and rabies certificate, the dog license will be returned to the resident. Residents who no longer have a dog should contact the town clerk’s office so they can update their records.
Transfer Station, beach stickers available
CARVER — Transfer Station and beach stickers for 2017-18 are available at the Permitting Department, 108 Main St. Stickers are $20 for two years and $10 for age 65 and older. Proof of Carver residency is required with name and address, license and registration or tax bill.
Carver Middle School movie pass books
CARVER — The Carver Middle School Student Government is selling movie pass books to Flagship Cinema for $25. All proceeds will go back to the students by subsidizing field trips and organizing community service projects. The books contain two free movie passes, four buy-one-get-one-free movie passes and concession discounts. Residents interested in purchasing a movie pass can call Sean Sullivan at 508-866-6196.
Carver Middle High School Student Government collects clothes
CARVER — The Carver Middle High School Student Government is collecting gently used clothes at a collection box located outside the Middle School Guidance Department, 60 South Meadow Road, Carver.
Accepted items include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, handbags, bed and bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains and tablecloths. For information, call Dave Wechter at 508-866-6318.
Carver Music Boosters launch website
CARVER — The Carver Music Boosters recently launched a website at carvermusic.org. The website celebrates the musical accomplishments of Carver students and features notices of upcoming music events in Carver and opportunities for Carver students. The website also acts as a central organizing point for people who wish to support music in Carver. Residents can visit the website to sign up for Carver Music Boosters emails and to learn how to designate Carver Music Boosters as an Amazon Smiles charity of choice.
CARVER - Our Lady of Lourdes in Carver hosts Bingo from 6:30 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, at 130 Main St. The doors open at 4 p.m. and paper sales will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Special needs preschool screening
CARVER — Residents with children who are preschool-aged, ages 3 to 5, can contact the Carver Public Schools preschool and schedule a screening. Screenings are generally held on the first Friday of the month throughout the school year. To schedule a screening or for information, call Annemarie Blackden at 508-866-6307; Emily Levenson at 508-86-6377; or Lisa Wethington at 508-866-6403.
Al Anon group meets
CARVER — The Road to Serenity Al Anon group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday mornings at The Church of the Vine, 3 Wareham St., South Carver, in the downstairs fellowship room. Al Anon is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics and addicts.
CAPT PAL preschool openings
CARVER - CAPT PAL Preschool is accepting applications. CAPT PAL is a traditional preschool offering morning sessions for children ages 2.9 through 5. The preschool is located downstairs at the United parish of Carver church, in Carver center. For more information about the programs available or to request an application, call the school at 508-866-5415.
CARVER - The DCR is offering a full calendar of events in Myles Standish State Forest to engage and educate people of all ages and experience. These events are free and open to the public and are held at 194 Cranberry Road in South Carver, unless otherwise specified. Dress for the weather, wear boots and take water and a snack. Programs may be modified due to trail conditions or cancelled in the event of rain, snow or icy trails. Call ahead to confirm at 508-866-2526. For a trail map, including parking lots, visitmass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/mssf3.pdf.
Donations for Chrissy’s Charity
PLYMOUTH – Chrissy’s Charity is in great need for donation of rosaries, even broken, which can be prepared and sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They bring great comfort to the troops of any religious denomination or even of no known faith at all in life-threatening situations. The group has sent more than 600 rosaries to date. Also needed is any type of jewelry (even broken), religious medals, four-ply yarn for prayer shawls and beads for the blessed faith bracelets to be given to those facing great health problems at the local hospital. Drop off donations are at both Rockland Trust locations, Court Street and Pilgrim Hill Road in Plymouth, and Balboni’s Drug Store on Court Street in North Plymouth. Call or email Jane at 508-746-6095 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Nautical and military cadet training
BUZZARDS BAY – Gosnold Division and Training Ship Patriot State of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps are welcoming new applicants to the training program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Young men and women between the ages of 11 and 13 who may be interested in nautical or military opportunities are encouraged to join. Training is conducted on alternating Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Harrington Building at Mass. Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. Interested applicants should contact Lt. Cdr. James McLoughlin at 508-759-8606.
Rent the United Parish hall
CARVER - Looking for somewhere to hold your next bridal shower, birthday party or meeting right here in town? The function room at the United Parish of Carver may be the answer. Its wide-open space with room for 125 people, a full working kitchen and plenty of tables and chairs provides a great space for a variety of needs. For more information, contact Cheryl in the church office at 508-866-4493.
Young Peoples’ Alliance of Carver
CARVER –YPAC has a home in the former CCAT television studio at Carver Middle High School. YPAC’s after-school programs for students in grades 6-8 include free time, homework/tutoring time, physical activities, game time and special programs. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.ypacinc.org. For information, email Executive Director Roger Shores at email@example.com. To volunteer with YPAC, contact YPAC Volunteer Director Mary Ross by personal message on Facebook or call her at 508-397-9239. Daily attendance is not mandatory to register for YPAC’s after-school programs.
Stray dogs policy
CARVER – Lakeville Animal Control Officers cannot accept stray dogs from anyone other than the Carver Animal Control Officer. They will accept dogs being surrendered by their owners, as long as the standard $50 surrender fee is paid.
Beach/transfer station stickers
CARVER – Town of Carver beach/transfer station stickers are available in the Building Department at Town Hall. The stickers are $10 for those 65 and over, and $20 for everyone else. Take your license or registration to verify residency.
CARVER – Free playgroups are held Wednesday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Community Room at the Carver Library, located at 2 Meadowbrook Way, for children ages 3 to 5 years with a parent or guardian. The activities are based on science, technology, engineering and math. The program is free to Carver residents as well as families in surrounding communities. Call 508-747-7575, ext. 6247, to register. This is funded through a grant from the state Department of Early Education and Care.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
PLYMOUTH - Do you need help paying for groceries? Times are tough and money is tight. Paying for food can be hard. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of Americans put food on the table. South Shore Community Action Council Inc. (SSCAC) is scheduling appointments to help low-income and working South Shore residents apply for SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps. If you currently receive SNAP benefits, SSCAC can help you recertify your eligibility. The highly trained and compassionate staff will help you submit your SNAP application and documents. Don’t go without, reach out. SNAP Eligibility Guidelines include: · Households with children under 19 and pregnant women living alone must have a total gross income below 200 percent of the poverty level. · Adult-only households (age 19-59) must have a total gross income below 130 percent of the poverty level. · Households made up of all elders (age 60+) or disabled individuals have no gross income limit, but are subject to an asset test. Since 1965, South Shore Community Action Council has provided a range of critical services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore of Massachusetts. SSCAC works to eliminate poverty along the South Shore by providing low-income people with opportunities and supports for education, training, and work. For more information about SNAP or to schedule an appointment, call 508-747-7575, ext. 6239. The SSCAC office is located at 71 Obery St. in Plymouth.
Veteran’s Work-off Program Valor Act
CARVER – The Veteran’s Work-off Program Valor Act is open to any veteran with a DD-214 whose condition of service is other than dishonorable. A veteran, as defined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, must have served a minimum of 90 days on active duty, not active duty for training. A veteran who is an employee of the town of Carver is ineligible to participate in this program. The veteran’s property tax liability is reduced in exchange for the volunteer services. The number of participants is limited. For more information, contact the assessor’s office at 508-866-3410.
Road to Serenity Al Anon support group
CARVER – The Road to Serenity Al Anon group meets from 9:30 to 11 Friday mornings at the Church of the Vine (downstairs in the Fellowship Room), at 5 Wareham St. in South Carver. This is a support group for families and friends of alcoholics and substance abusers.
Coalition seeks donations
KINGSTON – The Plymouth Area Coalition seeks donations of bath towels and washcloths in good, usable condition for parents and children residing in the family shelter program. Deliver your donation to 149 Bishops Highway in Kingston. For more information, call 781-582-2010.
Fit Club at Blue Angel Healing
CARVER – The Carver Fit Club at Blue Angel Healing invites you to attend its weekly meetings at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays at Blue Angel Healing, in the Landmark Center at 40 North Main St. This is a free health/wellness group dedicated to collectively helping each member reach their fitness goals. All fitness levels are welcome. The club uses workout programs that are pre-approved by Beachbody, and are beginning with the Slim in 6 series by Debbie Seibers. For more information, contact Cindy at 774-773-5467 or Blue Angel Healing at 781-964-6606, or go to facebook.com/carverfitclub.
Old class pictures sought
CARVER – The Carver Historical Commission would like to add old class pictures to its collection. Photos of classes attending the Benjamin Ellis School, the old Center School and the Gov. John Carver School would be appreciated. Identification of pupils is most helpful. Contact Connie Shaw at 508-866-4453 or leave pictures to be loaned or donated at the main desk of the Carver Library.
VNA of Cape Cod
CARVER – Kathy Ganey, a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod, is at the COA every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon for blood pressure checks and on the first Tuesday of the month for glucose testing. Adult immunizations are offered by appointment only, by calling 800-631-3900.
CARVER – Doing some summer cleaning and not quite sure where to put all of the things in that unwanted pile? Donate those items to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth’s ReStore. Habitat’s ReStore, located on Route 58 in Carver, sells donated materials to contractors and the general public at a discounted price. The proceeds from the sale of all donated items go toward the construction of Habitat homes. No item is too small, as items currently in the ReStore range from windows and home decor to nuts and bolts. As long as it’s still in good condition, the ReStore would love to have it. Donating to the ReStore is also a good way to help the environment by keeping your unwanted items out of landfills. If you’re looking to take in some new items for remodeling projects, stop by the ReStore and save 50-90 percent off retail price on everything in the store. New merchandise comes in on a regular basis from retailers, contractors and individuals. The store is located at 72 N. Main St. in Carver, and the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information about the ReStore and how to volunteer or donate, visit www.hfhplymouth.org or visit the Greater Plymouth Habitat & ReStore Facebook page.