Monday, April 23, 2012

Outrun Homelessness At Borderland, April 28

BROCKTON--Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run or walk with School on Wheels of Massachusetts at its Outrunning Homelessness Race & Fun Walk on April 28 at Borderland State Park in Easton.
There will be a 5K run and a 2 mile walk.
The event is open to people of all ages and abilities, including competitive runners, children, families, and teens. Individuals and teams are invited to participate.
To preregister please visit School on Wheels website at
Preregistration is $20. Registration on the day of the event is $25. Family walk registration is $75.
Registration on day of the event begins at 8 a.m.
The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. Borderland State Park in Easton.
There will be T-shirts for the first 100 runners who register on-line, prizes for each race category winner and refreshments.
Proceeds will benefit children experiencing homelessness in Brockton, Middleboro, New Bedford, Norwell, Quincy, and Stoughton.
The mission of School on Wheels Massachusetts is to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing academic support and one-on-one mentoring so children can reach their potential.
School on Wheels is also nearing the end of a "100 Families Challenge," a fundraising drive that asks families--100 or more--to donate $100 toward a $10,000.
If School on Wheels can collect $10,000 by April 30, the Weed Family has pledged to donate $10,000.
Those interested in donating can find more information on Schools on Wheels' website at

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Library "Food For Fines" Week Until 4/14

BROCKTON--Help Brockton Public Library celebrate National Library Week with “Food For Fines” from Monday, April 9 through Saturday, April 14.
The library will waive your overdue fines in exchange for one nonperishable, unexpired, unopened food or personal care item per dollar owed.
No candy, gum, or soda. Pet food is accepted. Value of the item does not have to equal one dollar--for example, bring in three cans of tomato paste that you purchased for $1, and have $3 taken off your overdue fines.
Amnesty extends to overdue fines only if material is returned in good condition.
Amnesty does not extend to the following:
*materials received through inter-library loan;
fees for lost or missing items;
checks returned without sufficient funds; or
for lost card fees.
Patron must present the OCLN library card in order for library officials to access the library record.
All food and personal care items collected during this period will be donated to The Charity Guild local food pantry.
Library officials said library users can do a number of things all at the same time: clear up a library record, bring back long overdue materials, get rid of overdue fines, and help the community.
Brockton Public Library is located at 304 Main Street, Brockton, Mass. 508-580-7890.
All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Any resident of Massachusetts can register for a free Brockton Public Library card.
To get a library card bring photo ID and proof of current address to the main circulation desk.
For more information, call 508-580-7890 x101.
For branch hours and locations, calendar updates, and online/downloadable products, check out the library's website at; Twitter at brocktonlibrary; Facebook fanpage at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fuller Celebrates Life Of Actor Paul Robeson

BROCKTON—The Fuller Craft Museum will host a special program, “A Night with Paul Robeson” to celebrate the life and career of pioneer actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. Robeson, who may be best known in the US for his rendition of “Old Man River” from the musical “Showboat,” will be remembered not only for his work in Hollywood and as a part of the famed Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, but also for his role as a civil rights leader on the world stage.
All are welcome and the event is free.
Fuller officials said April 9 marks Robeson’s 114th birthday and the Fuller Craft Museum, along with Indaba Theatre of New England and Berklee College of Music will celebrate his life and accomplishments with an evening of live music and drama.
The night will begin at 6 p.m. with a rendition of “Old Man River” and other classic Robeson songs for piano and voice performed by baritone Aaron Ray.
Ray’s performance will be followed at 7 p.m. with “The World is My Home, The Life of Paul Robeson,” a one man show performed by actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta.
The Robeson commemoration will kick-off the first of Fuller’s monthly, Free Thursday Night performances in the artKitchen CafĂ©.
Due to upcoming renovations at the museum, the Fuller’s free admission day has been moved to Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.
Since preparations began for renovations a few months ago, the Fuller had been closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As of April 3, the Fuller has reopened on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and returned to its usual schedule Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday nights are free from 5 to 9 p.m.
(Photo courtesy Fuller Craft Museum)