Legos Club begins tomorrow at the library


Legos Club is back for the fall!

Every other Saturday beginning TOMORROW, October 1, from 9:30-11:00am, in the children’s program room of the main library, children between the ages of 4 and 12 can come play with the largest collection of Legos this side of Legoland.

Be amazed as the only sound that comes out of these children is the soft shuffle of Legos!

More details here.

Many thanks to the Friends.

(Image: Lego, a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic image from Phil Whitehouse’s photostream.)

Caution: Free Books

For some of us, the prospect of free books is dangerous.  If you are one of us, you may not want to read any further.

Ben Franklin Bookstore is giving away [all its] books today through Saturday from 10am-6pm.

If someone goes (and does not have a blog), please take pictures.  This is a really depressing end of an era.

Driving the ALB out of Worcester

Someone needs to tell this person that we’re supposed to keep Worcester’s firewood in Worcester.  It oughtn’t be travelling the region as a replacement bumper.

If he/she were truly as “bad ass” as they claim to be, they’d have bolted a steel girder back there instead of a log.  Worcester’s got a lot of spare girders piling up on Worcester Center Boulevard, and they’re ALB-proof.

There are folks with day-glo vests and binoculars tree-gazing on Rattlesnake Hill today.  If they find any Asian Longhorned Beetles, I’m blaming the jamoke in the log-mobile.

CWW: 24 Hour Comics Day at Worcester Art Museum

Artists are invited to join a 24-hour Comics Day marathon Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Worcester Art Museum to create their own graphic novels.
Starting at 9 a.m., artists of all ages can gather in WAM’s classroom studios in the Higgins Education Wing and for the fourth consecutive year race against time and fatigue to create a 24-page comic before 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
The museum will supply all the coffee artists need to keep their creative juices flowing.
Youth under 18 years old are welcome at no cost to participate in the 3-hour and 8-hour challenges.  All challenges begin at 9:00 a.m.  The coffee and food fee for adults is $5.  Results will be on display in the Education Wing through October 29.
More info here; registration (REQUIRED) here.

Dressing the Dead

Regular readers of this blog know my personal (and official) concern for The Dead.  To that end…

Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor is seeking nice men’s suits and ladies’ dresses in which to dress less fortunate clients for their wakes and funerals.

This funeral home takes care of the funeral arrangements for many homeless and indigent folks.  They want to ensure that all of their clients have the opportunity to be buried in decent clothes.

Please contact Graham, Putnam, and Mahoney Funeral Parlor at 508-754-1717 if you have items of clothing you think would be suitable (or to ask what they might need in particular).  They’re located at 838 Main Street, near the intersection of May Street.

Please keep this in mind the next time you’re cleaning your closet or organizing a yard sale or swap, and please pass this information along to your friends & family.

I know that some of you (well, perhaps just one) are interested in reading more about the funeral ‘industry’ and modern burial practices.  I try to read as much as I can about both the rural cemetery movement in particular and funerals and cemeteries in general.

I recently acquired a copy of Grave Matters by Mark Harris; it’s a good (‘though obviously biased towards ‘green’ burial practices) overview of modern funeral options.

Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-training by Tom Jokinen was an interesting look from the (somewhat) inside of a modern, small family-owned funeral home.  Much more biased towards ‘traditional’ (or, at least, common practice for the last 50-100 years) forms of funeral practice.  Highly recommended.

My notes from the last Hope Cemetery Commission meeting will be posted soon.