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First Parish 2014 Book-of-the-Year

By , May 22, 2014
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The Parish voted for Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver to be our book of the year.  Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

Put this book on your summer reading list and we will have a book discussion and perhaps a speaker next fall.

Charles River Ballet’s annual recital

The Charles River Ballet Academy will hold it’s annual Workshop Performances on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:30pm and Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7pm at the Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston. Tickets are available online at or get your tickets at the door.

Come be inspired by talented young people from our community in this beautiful performance by First Parish’s resident ballet company! The show will feature authentic classical excerpts from Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and the Nutcracker as well as exciting new contemporary pieces. Lovely music and costumes along with exquisite dancing and choreography will make the show a hit with everyone old and young. The running length is two hours including one 15-minute intermission. Children are welcome but must be at least three years old. There will be an opportunity for children in the audience to Meet the Dancers in costume at intermission.

Positively Aging: Downsize – the time is now

At our May meeting, we were challenged to start downsizing by the presentation from Hillary Case. We’re pretty sure that her presentation caused us to squirm a bit, think of at least one category of “stuff” that we would like to get rid of, and perhaps even to motivate us to start somewhere. Wherever you decide to start on downsizing your stuff, we want to hear (and see) what you’ve done.

At our June meeting (Tuesday, June 10, 4:00), please bring one item (it can be a box of like items) thar you’re ready to part with. We’ll draw numbers and then each have a chance to take home something we’d like. All the leftover items will be donated to the community council.

Also we’ll have a potluck supper, so please bring something to share.

As part of our meeting time, we’ll talk about summer plans (Potluck supper at Phyllis Beck’s July 8) and a data sheet for each of us to fill out with contact information to be kept at First Parish in case of an emergency.

Above all, please come and join in the fun and conversation.

The Positively Aging team: Fred Kresse, Phyllis Beck, Helen Lane, and Kay Taylor

Annual Meeting and Annual Report

By , May 15, 2014
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Please join us for the Annual Meeting which will be held THIS Sunday, May 18, at 7:30pm in the Meetinghouse; note this is a change from the original starting time of 7pm. The Warrant and the 2013-14 Annual Report are now available for your reading pleasure.  A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Annual Meeting. The Auditor’s report will also be available at the Annual Meeting and will be amended to the final draft of the Annual Report.

Roll and Stroll on Sunday, May 18

By , May 1, 2014
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Reduce Carbon Emissions on Roll and Stroll Sunday, May 18.  This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine,  event. 

What is Roll and Stroll?   Walking, biking, scootering, or carpooling to church.

Roll and Stroll will be your first fun opportunity to join neighbors from your neighborhood group, and Roll and Stroll to church together.  And, anyone can join a “walking church bus” if you like!   This is how the “walking church buses” will work:There are four start spots for the “buses.”  Feel free to walk to, or drive and park at the start spot. 

The Cotte/ Eastman group: gather at  11 Pond Street( about a block away from the intersection of Central Ave. and Great Plain Ave.) by 9:40 a.m.,  leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.    Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Marked Tree and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

The Edwards/ Lemon group: gather at 101 Manning Street (near the intersection with Hoover) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Manning St. and Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.    

The Harris/ Menken group:  gather at 534 Great Plain Ave. (near the intersection with Birds Hill) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

Lisa Bond’s group, gather at 54 Pleasant St. (near the intersection with Kimball St.), by 10a.m.  Leave at 10:05 a.m. and walk along Lincoln St. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route. 

 If biking to church, you can lock your bikes on the playground fence at the end of the church driveway. 

All participants will gather on the church lawn at 10:15 a.m. for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo.  For each two people who participate, we will save an estimated 1 pound of carbon dioxide emissions!

A Hard Choice: Downsize or Drown in “Stuff”

By , April 24, 2014
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Positively Aging will meet Tuesday, May 13 at 4:00 with a presentation and discussion of the dreaded “downsizing.”  Hilary Adams Case, Bob and Bobby Jorgensen’s granddaughter, will present the topic from her perspective as a professional organizer working for Living Peace in Beverly, MA.  We will follow her presentation with discussion in small groups.

Are you thinking about moving to a smaller home?  Do you have mountains of stuff that your children are not likely to want?  What do you do with the boxes of photos, greeting cards, and letters from people you no longer remember and that your children never knew?  What about the hundreds of books, magazines, clippings, recipes, out-dated clothes, garden tools, excess furniture, etc., etc., etc.  How can we start to downsize before a health crisis prevents our doing it?  How can we help each other?

Some of you have gone through the downsizing and can help the rest of us.  Come to share your thoughts and ideas, and stay for supper and more conversation.  

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