The colorful and acrobatic Bandaloop vertical dance troupe performed Saturday on the outside walls of the revamped Pendleton Hall at Wellesley College before an appreciative crowd. Very cool.
MassBay Community College will hold its annual OneBook Project speaker event, featuring author Michael Anthony, on Thursday, November 2, at 11AM. Anthony has been selected by the MassBay OneBook Project and Wellesley Reads Together to present on his book “Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir” to the community.
According to MassBay, Anthony’s memoir reflects on his 12-month deployment in Iraq as an operating room technician. His feelings of numbness and rage upon reentry into civilian life led him to alcohol, drug abuse and suicidal thoughts. His salvation arrives by chronicling his wartime experiences. His message that coming home from war can be more horrific than war itself.
The OneBook Project is a college-wide partnership with the Wellesley Free Library that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the Wellesley community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community.
WHAT: MassBay’s The OneBook Project Author Talk
WHERE: MassBay Community College
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017
* Anthony will also be giving a talk on November 2, 2017 at 7PM at the Wellesley Free Library. These events are free and open to the public.
I divulged to you in May that I had my publishing job of 30 years taken away as part of a big layoff and was on the prowl for a new gig (as you may or may not know, Swellesley’s something I’ve done on the side all of these years).
Being laid off heading into summer had its benefits, and I tried to take advantage of everything from day games at Fenway to concerts in Boston to mid-week and traffic-free Cape jaunts, all the while fielding dozens of online job postings. I failed to learn to play guitar and juggle pins, as I had threatened to do, but I did get to fly a drone for the first time, caught my first bass and got surrounded by whales while out on my friend’s boat off of P-town.
Dozens of Swellesley readers have reached out to offer their help, their ears and expertise over the past few months and I’m really grateful for it all. The best part of my jobless period was actually meeting so many people in town I’d only known up until then by email or phone.
People shared their stories of losing their jobs and bouncing back, of working for themselves after being laid off, and of new opportunities realized. Some even went above and beyond by trying to explain this country’s insane healthcare system to me. I got to know the local business meeting hangouts, like Caffe Nero and Maugus, better than ever. I also went for walks and talks along the Brook Path with helpful neighbors, and got invited for a backyard chat around a fancy fire pit.
In the end, I wound up taking a super interesting job with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to work on the new Mass.gov website, an ambitious and worthwhile project that should impact you all. I’ve actually enjoyed becoming part of the Wellesley commuter rail community, too, though check back with me on that in February.
Wellesley Health Department announces a SEASONAL FLU CLINIC
High-dose and Quadrivalent Vaccine Available
A walk-in clinic for Wellesley residents 18+
WHO: Wellesley residents 18+
WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017
TIME: 9:00am – 11:30am
WHERE: Tolles Parson Center, 500 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA 02482
Medicare and insurance plans for those 18 and older will be accepted. Donations welcome. Homebound residents – please contact the Wellesley Health Department at 781-235-0135 to schedule an appointment for a home visit.
For more information visit: www.wellesleyma.gov/health
Marketplace is an annual retail favorite — and the unofficial start of the holiday season — for those seeking unique locally made gifts for family and friends. The event typically draws a crowd of over 1,700 shoppers eager to see what goodies the 200 vendors and artisans from New England and afar have brought. Available wares include gourmet foods, handmade jewelry, artwork, home accessories, dog toys, and even dolls’ clothes. About 500 smart shoppers last year paid for premium admission tickets to get into the show early. You are encouraged to join those early birds, and beat the crowds.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 (Veterans Day)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Wellesley High School, 50 Rice St., Wellesley, MA 02481
Tickets: General admission $15; students and seniors $5. Premium early-admission admission tickets $20 (for early entry from 9am – 10am)
Where to buy tickets: Roche Bros. and The Linden Store in Wellesley or online here. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.
Veterans’ discount: Military veterans and active-duty service members will get free admission at the door.