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February 2017

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Thu, Feb 9th
Tea & Talk Series: Dating Vintage Clothing
Enjoy tea while listening to a short lecture that will take you more deeply into our History in the Stitches exhibition. All guests are invited to stay after the talk to view the exhibition.With an understanding of simple visual cues, anyone can identify different eras of fashion. For instance, did you know that sleeve shapes will tell you the difference between a dress from the 1830s and the 1850s? Learn how to date historic garments like a fashion expert from Framingham History Center Curator, Stacen Goldman. FHC Members are $5/person; Non-members $10/personSpace is limited; Reservations required. Reserve in advance by phone at 508-626-9091.

Sat, Feb 11th
Celebrate Trees!
10:30 Celebrate trees outdoors with a Jewish Shabbat service focusing on trees that will be welcoming for people of all traditions.11:45 Celebrate trees indoors during a delicious potluck lunch. Eat fruits and nuts, taste the seven species of the Land of Israel, and share readings and sing songs about trees.Join Rabbi Katy Allen of the One Earth Collaborative and Ma'yan Tikvah for this uplifting and interactive program. Come for just the service, just the lunch, or both. The event will be held at Open Spirit and on the nearby Carol Getchell Nature Trail. People of all ages and all faiths are warmly invited.Please bring your favorite tree reading or song, some kind of fruits or nuts to share, and a dish containing: wheat, barley, figs, olives or olive oil, pomegranates, or dates or date honey.Donations of $5-15 are suggested.RSVP to program is co-sponsored by Ma'yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope and is generously funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community.

Sun, Feb 12th
A Charter Chat: 100 Years of Charter Reform
2:30 PMHistoric Village Hall*2 Oak St, Framingham, MA As the town comes closer to a historic referendum on the work of our most recent Charter Commission, this program will provide historical context leading up to the town-wide vote on April 4th. Since 1911, there have been 7 pushes for Charter reform. Some specifically endorsed creating a city while others focused on strengthening the town form of government. Town Historian Fred Wallace and former FHC Board Chair, Kevin Swope, will share their research into the previous reform initiatives along with issues of the day that were pressing the need for change.Please note that this program is not an endorsement either way but rather an opportunity to provide perspective on a history making vote. While there are plenty of other forums to discuss and debate the new Charter, this program will answer questions about the evolution of Framingham's town government and how we arrived at where we are today.Admission: FHC Members are free, non-members $5/person. Questions? Call 508-626-9091*The Village Hall is not handicapped accessible

Sat, Feb 18th
Framingham Library Book Sale
With three large rooms filled with books, we have something for everyone. Planning to escape the Massachusetts winter? Stop by the book sale before you go to pick up books, books on CD, and DVDs. At these bargain prices, there's no need to worry if items get damaged. And if your New Year's resolution is to de-clutter, think of the Friends first. Small donations can be brought to the Main and Branch libraries during the week, large donations can be brought in on sale days.

Sun, Feb 19th
Loving-Kindness Scripture Study
Many spiritual traditions place a high value on "loving-kindness." What does loving-kindness really mean? What do our scriptures say about it? What wisdom do our spiritual traditions offer? As part of our "100 Days of Loving-Kindness," we will explore a small slice of that wisdom, focusing on Christian and Jewish scriptures.3:30 pm at Open Spirit (39 Edwards Street)

Tue, Feb 21st
Class on White Privilege
The Plymouth Church in Framingham is pleased to offer "Waking Up White," a seven-week course to equip participants in the conversation about privilege. How do we have hard conversations while holding fast to our beliefs? Can we disagree, yet still be kind in our efforts to understand? Using Debby Irving's 2014 book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, the class will examine how white Americans are socialized, how to reconsider the roots of their perspective, and their own role in dismantling old myths.The class will meet on Tuesdays, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., beginning February 21; and on Thursdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., beginning February 23.This class is free and open to the public. Facilitated by Rob Schadt and the Rev. Gregory Morisse, each class is limited to 15 participants, who are expected to attend all seven weeks. To sign up, contact the Plymouth Church Office at 508.875.1364.The Plymouth Church is located at 87 Edgell Road in Framingham.

Tue, Feb 21st
February School Vacation Workshops at Community Kiln
Spend your vacation week creating with clay! Students Ages 6-13 will learn hand building techniques such as slab, pinch, and coil to create original works of ceramic art; ages 10-13 will get a chance to explore the potter's wheel. Teens will work on the wheel and learn techniques such as wedging, centering, and forming. After the student uses underglazes to add color to their unique design, works will be fired in the kiln and parents will be notified when ready to pick up. All supplies included. Cost $160-$170.Create with Clay: Ages 6-9, 9am-12pmKids Clay Combo: Ages 10-13, (1-4pm)High School Wheelthrowing, (9am-12pm)Location: Community Kiln Address: 46 Park St, Framingham MA 01702E-mail: communitykiln@smoc.orgPhone Number: 508-309-4604

Wed, Feb 22nd
February Vacation Craft: Paper Dolls
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak St, Framingham. Discover Framingham's fashion from a new perspective! Children ages 7 and up are invited to cut, color and play with paper dolls ranging from colonial soldiers to 1920s flappers. Fashion coloring pages and a scavenger hunt of the History in the Stitches exhibit will also be available. No registration required. FHC Members (parents and/or grandparents) are free, Non-members $5/child

Sun, Feb 26th
International Dinner and Open Mic
Join us on February 26 at 5:30pm for a celebration of the people of Open Spirit–your spirit, your devotion, your gifts! We will share a meal with dishes from around the world, followed by dessert and a coffee-house-style Open Mic. Bring your guitar, your drums, your voice, your poetry, or just yourself and a friend!If you have a favorite international dish you would like to share, please contact Debbie at Please do the same if you know you'd like to share something for the Open Mic!Please RSVP to the email above or register on our website to help us prepare for the right number of people.For further information, click here.

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