Abington - Meat Raffle Sun, Jan 15, 2p. Come join us at D'Ann's for amazing food and to watch all the football games- all while taking a chance at winning some great quality meats from Previte's Marketplace! All proceeds go to support the Holbrook Rotary Club.

Acushnet - Saturday at the Sawmill - Winter Birding Sat, Jan 14, 11a - 12:30p. Join us at the Acushnet Sawmill River Reserve for an exciting hike while we look for winter birds. We will warm up afterwards in the visitors center with some hot cocoa while our friends from Massachusetts Audubon offer a presentation about bird life in the winter. The learning center has facilities, a water refill station and is heated. Wear weather appropriate layers and hiking shoes.

Bridgewater - Pet Supply Drive January 1 - 31, open hours at Bridgewater Public Library. For the month of January, we are teaming up with Furget Me Not Inc. for a Pet Supply Drive. Donations are accepted through January 31. We are looking for the following supplies: Canned or dry cat/dog food, Treats, toys, & leashes, Towels & fleece blankets, Paper towels, Gift cards to pet stores. If you're interested in signing up to become a short-term foster, contact Furget Me Not Inc. via email or visit their website.

Bridgewater - Abandoned: Photographs by Susan Hagstrom Now through Jan 31, open hours Flora T. Little Art Gallery at the Bridgewater Public Library. This exhibit includes an array of images that either show an abandoned place or give you a feeling of loneliness or solitude. Several images, including "Take a Seat," were made at an abandoned mill in Lawrence, MA. The black and white images, "Paned" and "Left Behind" were made in Williamstown, MA. Susan has been a photographer for twenty years, winning many local awards, including first place at the Duxbury Art Association's Winter Juried Show. Susan specializes in portrait photography, event photography and the creation of fine art images.

Bridgewater - Youth Group Informational Meeting Sun, Jan 15, 4p, Central Square Congregational Church. We are working on starting up middle and high school youth group again. There will be a meeting on Jan 15th at 11:30a for parents, kids, and anyone who would like to volunteer to help out, or just wants to know more. If you have any questions please e-mail Kathleen Mosher or contact the church office.

Bridgewater - Exercise: The Real Fountain of Youth Fri, Jan 13, 6 - 7:30p. We heard you asking for a conversation about those funky hormones and what they are doing to our bodies.
Come join Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Wellness Coach, Beth Federico to learn how to regain control of your fitness, even when your hormones have other ideas...Join Beth at Soul Focus Studio on January 13th for a night full of laughs and commiseration about the ever changing landscape of our aging female physique. Leave with a tangible fitness plan and a discount on all of Beth's wellness coaching services!
Bridgewater - Movie Showing: DC League of Super-Pets Sat, Jan 14, 10:30a. Join us for a showing of the movie DC League of Super-Pets 2022, rated PG, 1 hour and 45 minute run time. All ages, no registration. Popcorn while supplies last! Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped.

Brockton - Blood Drive Sat, Jan 14,7a - 12:30p, Brockton Masonic Building, 279 Prospect St.

Brockton - The Dream Continues Sat, Jan 14, 2 - 4p, Brockton Public Library, 304 Main St. Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. There will be performances by Rose Conservatory, Hannah Baptiste, Carmelo and Laurie Felix, Patrice and Andrew Ambroise. For more information, contact Jonathon Stroud at jstroud@cobma.us or 508-894-1123.

Brockton - Teen Movie Night - Selma Fri, Jan 13, 3 - 5p, Teen Room, BPL. For teen Movie night! To honor Dr. King we will be playing a showing of Selma (PG-13). Popcorn will be popped and ready to snack on as we learn about the life of one of our most integral civil rights icons. Contact: Nicole O'Brien,  508-894-1424.

Brockton - APCSM Bake Sale Sat & Sun, Jan 14 & 15, 12 - 3p, 1300 West Elm St Extension. Join us on the second weekend of every month for the APCSM's famous bake sale! Raise funds for animals while satisfying your sweet tooth! Common goods found at the sale include brownies, pies, cookies, breads, cupcakes, and more. Every dollar raised benefits the animals at the APCSM.

Brockton - Poetry Workshop at Brockton Arts Sun, Jan 15, 4 - 6p. If you have never attended our workshop, or haven’t attended in a long time, please consider stopping by. Our sessions are only two hours on a Sunday. In January, everyone expects the cold and the snow, but weather in New England can be capricious. The glow of the holidays fades fast. We may feel intimidated by the challenge of the new year and use our resolve to face what may come. Those complex emotions can be sorted out in a poem, and our workshop can help hone your writing. We welcome our friends, followers, and newcomers to the workshop. The event is usually held in the gallery but check for signage or the security desk if you have trouble finding us.

Brockton - Pet Food Pantry at the APCSM Sat & Sun, Jan 14 - 15, 12 - 3p, 1300 West Elm St Extension. Free pet food and supplies are available to families in need at the APCSM on the second weekend of every month. Items will be available near the front doors of the shelter.

Brockton - 1st Annual Fundraiser Gala Sat, Jan 14, 7p, Brockton VFW. League Fundraiser For The Best League In The City. Formal Attire , Dinner will be served, DJ, and Cash Bar. $25/ticket. 21+.
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Easton - Chakra Activation and Healing Workshop Sun, Jan 15, 1- 4p. As 2023 arrives, are you ready to begin the new year intentionally? Do you choose to fully awaken to your potential, and empower yourself to create your best, most meaningful life? YES……..then this Chakra Workshop is for you!

Hanson - Monthly Drumming Circle Sat, Jan 14, 6 - 9p. No experience needed (we have extra instruments), open to everyone, potluck afterward, indoor/outdoor depending on the weather/season, please call (781.733.6857) to reserve a space (limited to 15 indoor/20 outdoor). Alcohol free. 2 friendly cats!

Hingham - Bird Walks at World's End Sat, Jan 14, 9 - 11a. Walk the trails the second Saturday of each month at World’s End this winter, especially “Bird Alley” and “The Valley” searching for bird songs and activity. Positioned in Hingham Bay, World’s End offers an attractive oasis for birds flying along the coast. Poor weather conditions and unfavorable fronts often force birds to make landfall which, while not so ideal for the birds, can result in spectacular birding for new and experienced birders alike.

Hingham - New Year's Vision Board Craft and Sip Sat, Jan 14, 1 - 3p. What better way to pause, reflect, and set intentions for the year to come than by creating your very own vision board?! Join Weir River Farm and vision board artist, Stephanie Olsen, for a fun New Year Vision Board Workshop. Think about your goals for the new year, what you want to work towards, things you want to pursue- and then put it on your board. Share your intentions with new friends while creating your masterpiece and enjoying refreshments. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this event. This event is geared towards adults.
Hingham - Young Explorers: Winter Wildlife Tracking Sat, Jan 14, 10 - 11a. Calling all young explorers! Join Weir River Farm staff and become a wildlife detective! Winter is one of the best times to search for wildlife. Help us scour our woodlands in search of signs that animals have been out and about. On our scavenger hunt, we’ll keep an eye out for snapped branches, animal homes, footprints, food, and even the critters themselves! Who knows what we’ll stumble upon in the winter woodlands! Dress in warm layers, warm boots, hat and mittens. Bring track guides and binoculars if you have them. Tracking sheets will be provided. This family program is geared towards our young explorers, recommended for ages 5-8 with their caregivers. This program will take approximately 45-60 minutes. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Mansfield - Intro to Pendulum Sun, Jan 15, 11a - 1p. In this class, you will find ways to use pendulums for divination or finding answers to specific questions. This class is for you whether you are already using a pendulum and want to deepen your practice, or you are just beginning opening yourself to new possibilities. This class will show you how to find the correct pendulum for yourself. You’ll learn how to use the pendulum: finding out yes or no answers; how to get deeper answers, how to clear your chakras; how to clear your home; and, much more.

Mansfield - Home Firearm Safety Class Sat, Jan 14, 9a - 1p. Covers gun safety rules, and MA laws for storage and transport. Ideal for those who have never handled a firearm, and would like a safe, controlled environment to learn.
Students will receive a Massachusetts Basic Firearm Safety Certificate with proof of live fire and a NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety certificate. Call or text Mike at 508-631-1503 for pricing and to sign up.
Middleborough - Open Mic Night at Soule Homestead Sat, Jan 14, 5p. Join us for our 2023 Winter Open Mic Series! On the second Saturday night of every winter month. This is a free event held in the West Classroom. Doors open at 5p. Hot food and coffee will be made to order. Cold drinks and goodies for sale as well. All are welcome to perform, regardless of experience! As always, donations are greatly appreciated.

Milton - NICE & EASY HIKES Saturdays through Jan 28, 1 - 2:30p. Looking to get outdoors and take a gentle, guided hike in the beautiful Blue Hills? Join us for our weekly series of leisurely paced nature hikes (1.5-3 miles long). Learn about nature at your own pace and make some friends along the way. All ages.

Plymouth - Plimouth Patuxet New Volunteer Information Session Fri, Jan 13, 9:30 - 10:30a. Interested in volunteering at Plimoth Patuxet this season? Our volunteers are open-minded, life-long learners who enjoy engaging with people who share a common passion for history and community engagement. If this sounds like you, please join us for a Volunteer Information Session.
Plymouth - Hike with Malcolm Sun, Jan 15, 10a - 12:30p. Join the Trail Guy on another adventure in the forest. This month's Hike with Malcolm will take us through the trails around College Pond in Myles Standish State Forest (MSSF). MSSF part of a 20,000-acre corridor of contiguous protected land in Southeastern MA, vital for clean water, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation. This trail has some hills and is about 4 miles long. Malcolm will discuss the unique features of this area on our vast forests. Advanced registration required!

Plymouth - Chunky Knit Throw Workshop Sat, Jan 14, 6 - 9p. If you've been drooling over these chunky knit throws and want to learn how to make them yourself, jump into this fun and easy workshop with Michele! Absolutely no knitting experience needed and all supplies are included in the workshop fee. Bring your friends, some snacks and attendees 21+ are welcome to BYOB!

Plympton - Home Buying Workshop Sat, Jan 14, 2p, Plympton Public Library. Learn all about the ins and outs of buying a home. The process.
Are you ready to buy? Is it a good time to buy? Getting approved. Choosing the right lender. What are contingencies? and more!
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Quincy - Winter Wonderland Thurs - Sun, Jan 12 - 15. Come join us for a weekend of scrapbooking & crafting! Bring your scrapbooking, rubber stamps, painting, sewing, crocheting or whatever you're working on! This weekend sells out so don’t wait!

Raynham - Blood Drive Fri - Sun, Jan 13 - 15, 7a - 3:15p, 215 New State Highway.

Raynham - Circut Crash Course Sat, Jan 14, 2 - 6p. The Cricut 101 Crash Course - a one day class FOR BEGINNERS! Welcome to the Cricut Crash Course: An accelerated version of our famous 4-week Cricut 101 Class! In this class you'll gain all the basic knowledge you need to hit the ground running with your new Cricut. All tools, machines, mats, and materials are provided.

Rockland - Wet Felted Scarf at The Felted Bee Studio Sat, Jan 14, 9a - 12p. In this three hour class, participants will learn the basics of wet felting. Wet felting is a technique of using soap, water and arm strength to turn wool fibers into a scarf. Participants will learn about various wool types and different fibers that are great for wet felting. All materials and tools will be provided (there is a limited color palate of wool and silk). No experience necessary. Participants will leave with one finished yet wet scarf.

Sharon - Project FeederWatch Fri & Sat, Jan 13 - 14, 9 - 11a. Watch birds visiting Moose Hill's bird feeders and collect important data for Project FeederWatch in Moose Hill's beautiful sun room.
No experience is necessary to participate in Project FeederWatch, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology led research project to survey birds that visit feeders in yards, community areas, nature centers and other areas in North America.
Sharon - Blood Drive Sun, Jan 15, 8:30a - 1:30p, Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St.

Taunton - Fair Foods Fri, Jan 13, 3 - 5p. Fair Foods and Old Colony YMCA have partnered to sell fresh produce, meats, and more! Purchase a bag of groceries for $2 bag. Cash Only.

West Bridgewater - Genealogy Workshop with Rev. Diane Badger Sat, Jan 14, 1p, 162 Howard Street. We will cover the basics; starting with what you know and moving you back into your past. What are the sources available online; not online? Bring a notebook to take notes, and any information you might have and we will try pointing you in new directions for your research. The cost is only $5 and starts at 1p.

Weymouth - Winter Farmers Market Sun, Jan 15, 10a - 1p. Join us for the third installment of our winter farmers market! The market will be located in the gold cafeteria at Weymouth High School. Our SNAP match program will continue running throughout our winter markets, thanks to the generosity of the Weymouth Food Pantry.

Whitman - New Year, Less Stress Sat, Jan 14, 11:30a, 427 Harvard St. Join the Healing Path Farm for an 8-week therapy series for girls to learn about mental health symptoms and how to tackle stress, anxiety, and depression. Contact Jocelynn at the Healing Path Farm to register jocelynn.b.k@gmail.com or (617) 688-4557
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Ducks & Waterbirds - Fri, Jan 13, 7p. More than 25 species of ducks, geese, loons, and grebes can be found in New England. It may be cold, but winter is the best time to view large numbers of ducks and waterfowl. Familiarize yourself with their exquisite plumages from the comfort of your home in this online program before heading out in the field. We'll introduce you to our local waterbirds, examine similarities and differences between them, and show you the best places to find them. You will learn how useful patterns of contrast can be used to identify both individual birds and distant flocks. Interested in learning more? Join us for one, some, or all: this program is one part of a 6-session Winter Birding Series - online. By registering for the series before 1.12.23, you'll get access to all 6 sessions for the price of 5. You do not need to register for other sessions, or the full series, to enjoy this one.

How to Destroy Negative Thoughts in 2023 - Fri, Jan 13, 11a - 12p. During this message, Valencia Dantzler will offer invaluable insight on how to vanquish negative thoughts from your life. As a NeuroEncoding Specialist, she'll provide tangible ways to overcome the debilitating effects of such thinking and empower us with the knowledge that we can be successful in reaching our goals. We've all had moments of self-doubt and pessimism, so understanding simple yet effective techniques for avoiding these pitfalls is essential.
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Bridgewater - GBWOT Comedy Fundraiser Fri, Jan 20th, Bridgewater Vets, 85 Cottage St. Want something to look forward to after the holidays? Get your tickets for the Comedy Night Fundraiser. Laugh the night away for just $25 per ticket! Proceeds help local families in need. There will be a cash bar. Doors will open at 6:30p, and the show starts at 7:30p. To reserve a table for 8-10 people, contact bernadette.reed@comcast.net.

Bridgewater - Community Dance Fri, Jan 20, 7 - 9p, 10 Wally Krueger Way. All ages enjoy an evening of international folk dance, New England squares and contras, mixers, and line dances.

Whitman - Mindfulness with Laura Klain Sat, Jan 21, 10 - 11a, Whitman Public Library. Back by popular demand! Make a fresh start to the new year with Life Coach Laura Klain! Mindfulness is a great way to alleviate stress, develop more creativity, and cultivate more peace in your life. The practice can be added to any lifestyle and can be done anywhere. No special equipment or skills are needed! Come and learn how to use your breath, mind, and body as tools to help you be more present and peaceful even during times of stress. This hour-long mindfulness workshop and guided meditation will be experiential learning that's fun! Wear comfy clothes and get ready for a relaxing and enlightening experience! Laura Klain is a Certified Life Coach Specializing in Mindfulness. She has been practicing meditation for over 25 years and teaching for the last decade.

Hanson - Family Fun Night Sat, Jan 21, 5:30p, Calvary Baptist Church, 429 Monponsett St. Bring friends and family to have a night of fun and help raise money for "Night to Shine" prom for the special needs community. The cost is $10 per person and $30 for a family. Also make sure to bring extra for the auction and raffles too! connecttocalvary.com
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