The Stoneham Firefighters received a donation of 40 plush dogs from a 9-year-old Wakefield resident Darius Noonan to distribute to children who have suffered trauma. Trouble the dog is a plush toy designed by Massachusetts artist Sheila Duncan in 2006 to help inspire struggling children. Darius’ gift was inspired by his own Trouble the Dog, which he received while in foster care before being adopted. “It was like his security blanket,” Darius’ father Kevin Noonan said in a statement. “Then one day we were just sitting down and he was like ‘Mum and dad, I want to be able to give other kids – if they’re having a bad day – one of these dogs.”
Essex Heritage presents Trails & Sails, a series of over 150 events celebrating the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County. The 10-day series runs through Sunday, September 26, with hikes, tours, lectures and family activities. The full list of events is available at trailsandsails.org. “Our mission is to bring together the exceptional places of Essex County – the places that make this region like nowhere else – in a fun way that inspires residents and visitors to make connections between their lives and these places,” said Annie, CEO of Essex Heritage. Harris.
The Umbrella Stage Company at Concorde is preparing to resume performance in person with “The Last Wide Open” by Audrey Cefaly. This production of the romantic play is directed by Nancy Curran Willis and will run from September 24 to October 10. COVID-19 security protocols for performances will include limited capacity, improved cleaning, mandatory masks, and mandatory proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Tickets start at $ 15 and are available at bit.ly/38W0Wze.
Open table, a Concorde and Maynard charity dedicated to the fight against hunger, announced the keynote speaker of its annual meeting. Katie Martin, Executive Director of the Foodshare Institute for Research and Solutions Against Hunger, will speak on September 22 at 7 p.m. Martin’s career spans more than 25 years of fighting hunger, including working with food banks and pantries. The online meeting is open to the public, but requires prior registration to the bit.ly/3DZ3hI5.
The first installment of the Weymouth The history lecture series will take place on October 7 when author Mark Schneider will give a presentation on his book “Colonial Weymouth: The Forgotten Second Settlement”. The conference begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 138 on the Ground Floor of the New Tufts Library at 46 Broad Street. The series is sponsored by the Weymouth Historical Commission and Weymouth Public Libraries. Registration is required at weymouth.assabetinteractive.com/calendar.
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