Whole Foods to donate to Melrose nonprofit
“The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership,” a Melrose nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and places volunteers in the Melrose Public Schools, was selected by Whole Foods Market in Melrose as the beneficiary of its upcoming quarterly 5-percent giving day on Feb. 9. The Bridge will receive 5 percent of the day’s net sales.
Established in 1993, The Bridge’s mission is based on the philosophy that young people benefit greatly when community members contribute their time, talent and expertise to assist public education.
Whole Foods Market created “5% Days” to give back to local communities by providing support to nonprofit organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding local stores. On “5% Days,” selected organizations receive 5 percent of a store’s total pretax sales for that day.
For information: 781-979-2299; firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Shop local’ event returns
Would you like to win a “Melrose Shopping Spree”?
Simply shop in Melrose during February and be eligible to win $500 in “Shop Locally” gift certificates. Sponsored by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce Merchants’ Group, this event encourages people to shop locally from Feb. 1 to 29. Every time you make a purchase of $25 or more at a participating Chamber of Commerce retailer, you can enter. The more you shop in Melrose from the better your chances of winning $500 in Shop Locally gift certificates. And, you have an extra day to shop because it is Leap Year!
Some of the participating retailers include: Hourglass, Miter Biter Frame Company, Buckalews, Melrose Oriental Rug, Morgan Jewelers, RADA Boutique, Lilah-Rose, the beauty café, Gray’s Appliances, Bodyography Wellness Center and Madison Ave of Melrose.
For a complete list of participants, visit www.melrosechamber.org.
The winner will be contacted in early March.
Chili Chowder Challenge III
On Saturday, March 12, the chili chowder challenge will be held at the LT Norman Prince VFW Post #1506, 428 Main St., Melrose, from noon to 3 p.m.
This is a fundraiser for Operation Respect, which honors Melrose’s female veterans. Cost is $10 for “all you can eat” food.
For more information, contact Melrose Veteran Services at 781-979-4186 or email@example.com.
The city of Melrose and Melrose Birth to Five have announced the first New & Expectant Parent Expo, to be held on Saturday, March 12 at Memorial Hall. This new community event will provide an opportunity for new and expectant parents to come learn about local businesses, child-care options, and family support services in the Melrose area.
There will be more details to follow in the coming weeks. The event will provide a range of demonstrations, discounts, and giveaways. This is an opportunity as well for local businesses and non-profits that provides direct services or caters to the needs of new and expectant parents.
To apply to be a vendor at the New & Expectant Parent Expo, fill out the vendor application on the City of Melrose website at cityofmelrose.org/birthtofive.
All vendor applications must be completed and submitted not later than Feb. 18. For additional information, contact Mike Lindstrom in the mayor’s office at 781-979-4441.
Grad Night donations
Need some pampering, an amazing facial, fabulous on point nails?
Book an appointment from Feb. 6 to 13 at Yen & Crew, located at 471 Main St., and mention Melrose Grad Night. They are donating 30 percent of each bill, just in time for Valentines Day. Book your mani/pedi now!
The Melrose Lady Red Raiders soccer skills program will take place for six sessions, from Feb. 13 to March 19.
Session I: 2 to 3 p.m. (6th to 8th graders); Session II: 3 to 4 p.m. (high school students). Cost is $75, and location is the Marcoux Gym.
This is a great way to work on fundamentals in the off-season. This program is skills and drills based and will not include any league game competition. Program is run by head coach Bill DeSimone and coaching staff. To register online, visit the Melrose Recreation Department website at www.cityofmelrose.org.
Melrose-Wakefield’s AAUW to meet
In recognition of February as American Heart Month, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital nurse practitioner Ginger Verge will speak on women’s heart health at the next Melrose-Wakefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Perkins Lecture Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose.
Verge is a nurse practitioner in the hospital’s Cardiac and Endovascular Center. She will address women’s heart health, cardiovascular disease risks and how to stay healthy.
Community members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. A $5 gratuity will be accepted. For information: 617-312-0192; firstname.lastname@example.org; aauwmwb.wordpress.com.
Primary voter deadline
The deadline to register to vote in the Presidential Primary is Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. There will be four party ballots — Democratic, Republican, Green-Rainbow and United Independent.
If you are registered in one of these parties, you can only vote on that party’s ballot. Unenrolled voters (meaning no party) and voters in political designations can choose any of the four party ballots.
Change of names and addresses must also be made by the deadline. The Presidential Primary will be held citywide on March 1, 2016.
School Committee school choice hearing
The Melrose School Committee will hold a public hearing on School Choice, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 76, Section 12B (d) for the 2016-17 school year at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Aldermanic Chambers at Melrose City Hall, 562 Main St. All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard for or against school choice.
Melrose Public Schools currently participates in School Choice with seats available in grades 9-11 only.
The recommendation for the 2016-17 school year will be for the Melrose Public Schools to extend School Choice accepting up to 10 seats in grade 6, 10 seats in grade 7 and 10 seats in grade 8.
Support group offers help
Are you suffering with a difficult relationship? Help is available, right here in Melrose. “Moving Forward in Your Relationships” is a free, weekly support group for adults who are dealing with challenges in current or past relationships, and is currently open to new members.
The support group is sponsored by the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) and is led by Justine Romano, MSW, LICSW.
The group meets in sessions that last between six and eight weeks, and participants are welcome to attend as many meetings as they’d like. No commitment is necessary. The group typically features eight to 10 members. The current session is focused on boundaries, communication and assertiveness.
For more information, call the Melrose Alliance Against Violence at 781-662-2010.
Melrose 200 Club Foxwoods trip
The Melrose 200 Club is planning another trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Feb. 9. Patrons will ride down in a luxury motor coach and receive coupon books including $15 in slots play and a $10 food voucher.
Pick-up will be at 9 a.m. at Levi Gould, 200 W. Foster St., Melrose. The return trip from Foxwoods will pick the group up at 5 p.m., with an expected arrival back at Levi Gould between 7:30 and 8 p.m. The Melrose 200 Club is made up of residents in the three local Congregational Retirement Homes — the Levi Gould at 200 W. Foster St., the Fuller House at 101 Cottage St. and the Cochrane House at 80 Grove St. Membership is open to all Melrose seniors. Membership is not required for 200 Club trips.
Trip fee is $25. Reservations must be made and paid for by Feb. 1. Checks should be made out to the 200 Club. Anyone interested in going to Foxwoods should call President Irene Thibeau at 781-665-5058.
Polymnia Society seeks singers
Polymnia Choral Society invites experienced singers of any age to join the chorale for the 2016 winter and spring season. Members from Melrose, Malden, Stoneham, Wakefield, Danvers and other towns come together to rehearse from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St.
“Polymnia Choral Society is a place where people can come and experience singing, music, and camaraderie,” Polymnia Choral Society director Murray Kidd said. “The group has great fun while learning great music. Come and join us!”
Kidd, the maestro, selected “Annelies” by British composer James Whitbourn for mixed chorus, soprano soloist, piano trio and clarinet. “Annelies” is a full-length choral piece based on “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at St. Mary’s Church, 46 Myrtle St., Melrose.
For the first time, Polymnia has scheduled two performances of its Pops concert, which will feature a full-length concert version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The concerts will be 7:30 p.m. June 3-4 at Memorial Hall, 590 Main St., Melrose. Information: polymnia.org.
Melrose Police to hold rape defense class for women
The Melrose Police Department will host a Rape Aggression Defense course for women from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 and 26 at Mount Hood Golf Course, 100 Slayton Road, Melrose.
The program is designed to teach personal safety skills, beginning with discussion about awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progressing to hands-on physical defense techniques.
“These are certainly valuable skills for women in our community to have in the event that they’re placed in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation,” Chief Michael L. Lyle said. “We encourage all those who are interested to sign up.”
Participants in the program will learn a wide range of tactics, including verbal techniques, ground defense options and escaping from bear hugs and choke holds. The practical techniques are designed to maximize the strengths of a woman’s body and build upon existing instinctive responses to provide effective self-defense options. At the end of the course, participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills in realistic simulation exercises.
Courses are taught by nationally certified instructors and are suitable for women of all ages and abilities. R.A.D. has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.
To sign up for the course: 781-979-4432; email@example.com. Space is limited; residents are encouraged to sign up early.
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