ALC Clean Up Day
Children and parents from the Family Learning program took part in the ALC Clean Up Day. A special thanks to Jennifer from Cool Cheeks for the lovely Earth Day face painting.

Historical Tidbit:
The Brockton Shoe Museum

"Enhanced by a dramatic video documentary entitled, The Rise and Fall of the American Shoe Industry, our footwear exhibits trace the evolution of American shoe-making from the 16th century to the present. From early native moccasins, walking shoes and shoes of enslaved Americans, to present day work and athletic shoes the entire story is detailed."

"The shoe museum also features a unique collection of military shoes covering the period of the Civil War through the Desert Storm War."

Info & photo courtesy of: Brockton Historical Society
City Hall
45 School St 508-580-7123
Check the city website for important updates

Brockton Public Library
Main Library - 304 Main St. 508-580-7890
East Branch - 54 Kingman St. 508-580-7892
West Branch - 540 Forest Ave. 508-580-7894

Council on Aging 
 10 Father Kenney Way 508-580-7811
Email & phone contact only
Priscilla Luchetti
You won a A Healthy Minds Creative Arts workshop
Any Tuesday 4-5:30PM Westgate Mall (value $25)

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting

Thursday, May 11
North Baptist Church
899 No Main Street

The next Cultural Affairs and Tourism Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023
at 6p at North Baptist Church, 899 No Main Street. All non-profits, service agencies and volunteer organization are invited to inform everyone about their upcoming activities.

For more information, contact Anne Beauregard 774-297-4939 or
garden club, garden, plants, b, bridgewater
Brockton Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20
45 Meadow Lane

The Brockton Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale at the Brockton Park and Recreation
Office, 45 Meadow Lane. The sale is May 20th beginning at 8:30a, however, plan on arriving a bit earlier as things go quickly. Cash and checks are accepted, and the sale ends at 11a. All proceeds for this sale provide funding for flowers, wreaths, and other arrangements you see throughout the city. This sale takes place rain or shine.
For more information contact Claire at .
Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive
Saturday, May 13th
Please Leave donation next to your mailbox by 8a

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will again hold their annual food drive to benefit Bridgewater food pantries! Simply leave your non-perishable food donations next to your mailbox by 8a on May 13th, and they will be collected and returned to the food pantry. Your kind contributions have helped many in need in the community, and thank you for your generosity.

For more information, visit the National Association of Letter Carriers website.
Career Development Roundtable 

Saturday, May 13, 2–4p
Lingos Multi - Purpose Room
Ground Floor - Main Branch
304 Main St.

Career development is the process of finding your footing in your professional life. This process involves assessing where you are now compared to where you want to be and creating a plan to get there. Career development doesn't start when you find a job after college.

For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-894-1423 or email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library
Brockton Public Library Poetry Series: Everyone Has a Voice

Saturday, May 20
Driscoll Art gallery, 2nd Floor - Main Branch
304 Main St.

Brockton Public Library is hosting a live and in person poetry series with featured poets Pauline Anderson and Marcus Pierre, and an open mic with host Hammah Baptiste. Join us on Saturday May 20th. It is a free event and all are welcome! 

For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-894-1423 or email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library 
Mental Health Awareness With Maylisa Balthazar

Saturday, May 20, 10–11a
Driscoll Art gallery
304 Main St.

Many of us have somebody in our lives who is struggling with mental health issues.

Unfortunately, many of us may not be aware of this struggle as we are unable to spot the signs of mental health issues. And even when you can spot the signs, you may not know what to do or how to help somebody whom you can see is struggling. The Mental health Awareness program covers some of the most common mental health illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis. It will also help you to spot signs of these issues manifesting and provides you with practical tools to confront them. 

For more information email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library. 
Opening Day Repost from Downey Youth Baseball.
April 22, 2023
"Opening Day!! A tremendous amount of effort was spent by all at Downey Youth Baseball and our friends at Brockton Baseball to get here today. We all look forward to a fantastic season and to do our part to bring baseball back as a premier sport in our great City of Brockton. A very special thank you to our very dedicated board members, amazing volunteers, our generous sponsors, our city officials that have helped us along the way, and especially the families participating in and the players competing in THE BROCKTON BASEBALL ALLIANCE.
Rotary Club Day of Service

Saturday, May 20, 1–4p
D W Field E Pkwy

Join thousands of other Rotarians across the Region to give back to the community.

Please bring your work gloves & a rake (limited supplies will be on hand).

This is a COMMUNITY event - share with your family & friends. All are welcome! All who participate will have to sign a waiver at the registration table. Sign up here

For more information visit Brockton Rotary
Beginners Computer Class

Monday Mornings 10–11:30a
Computer Lab
304 Main St.

Basic computer classes. We cover all the office products, increasing your typing, speed and surfing the web. 

For more information email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library 
You're Invited!

2nd annual Evening of Champions for
Marvelous Martin Hagler Scholarships
May 13, 2023

Summer Classes at Massasoit!

Take advantage of our low tuition, transferable credits, and flexible summer schedule!

Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Today, Sunday, May 7th, is National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.
This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Brockton City Council Meeting
April 10, 2023
Video courtesy of BTV
Brockton Finance Committee Meeting
April 19, 2023
Video Courtesy of BTV
200 Westgate Drive, Brockton
Join Fuller Craft Museum for our FREE Opening Reception and Artist Gallery Talks!
Registration Required
Cornerstone Concert

Monday, May 22, 7p
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
900 Main St. 


The Cornerstone Concert Series May event at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900
Main Street on Monday, May 22, 7p will be a special guest organ performance by Manuel Piazza, Associate Music Director of Trinity Church Copley Square. This is all free thanks to the Brockton Local Cultural Council grant program.
Come relax, enjoy wonderful music and join everyone for a small gathering after the
performance. Donations are always accepted. If you need more information on this
program visit or call 508-586-9021.
DropIn Tech Help

Weekly, Thursdays
Top floor Reference Department - Main Branch
304 Main St.

Assistance with any tech question. For more information, visit Brockton Public Library

Every Saturday, 9a
D.W. Field Park 

Dave Gorman’s Kids Road Races will kick-off the spring season every week at D.W. Field Park at 9:30a registration. Yes, it is still $1.00 to run.
Ages 4 to 14 boys and girls for eight weeks can participate. For more information or to
pre-register contact Dave Gorman at or call 508-588-3148 for more information.
Lady CJ Soulfood Cafe
& Catering
Our Customers Say: "Smokiest BBQ Ribs I've ever had... Can't wait to go back again!!! ~ Geoff Diehl

Cafe: BAT Terminal 
10 Commercial Street 
& delivery through door dash

(508) 423-9273
Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Evening Conversation with Poet Laureates

Monday, May 22,
Driscoll Art Gallery
2nd Floor - Main Branch
304 Main St.

An evening of conversation with our poet laureates Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, New Bedford, Plymouth, Somerville, Worcester. 

Format: Reading of poetry with Laureates. Questions and discussion with prof. Mark Walsh. Q & A with the audience. 

For more information contact Philip Hasouris at 508-894-1423 or email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library 
Alkaline Diet: The key to Longevity And Fighting Chronic Disease

Saturday May 27, 1–2p
2nd floor - Main Branch 
304 Main St.

Achieving pH balance by eating an alkaline diet can be helpful in reducing morbidity and mortality from numerous chronic diseases and ailments. Alkaline Diet: The Key to Longevity and Fighting Chronic Disease?

Dr. Sebi's alkaline diet (Dr. Sebi was a herbalist who created a plant-based version of the diet). 

For more information email Jonathan Stroud at or visit Brockton Public Library 
Massasoit College Students Celebrate Earth Day with
Community Service & Education!
Dozens of students at Massasoit College came together to celebrate Earth Day last Friday, April 21st, by rolling up their sleeves and giving back to the planet. Over 30 volunteers spent their day cleaning up the sustainable gardens on campus, removing litter, and planting trees to promote environmental sustainability. Following their hard work, the students were treated to an inspiring lecture by Professor Melanie Trecek-King, who educated them about the significance of their contributions and the impact they can make in preserving our planet's health. It was a heartwarming display of community spirit and dedication to a shared cause, demonstrating how collective effort can go a long way in creating a cleaner, greener future for us all.

Story by: Jamie Puhi
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$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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 On May 10, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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Our world values money, fame and often reacts in fear, calling out differences as dangerous.

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