13th Annual Rabbit Run – 10K Run and 3 Mile Walk
The 13th annual Rabbit Run is Saturday, May 21st at the Common in New Salem. Prizes are available for all age groups. This year the race will benefit all the other activities of the Recreation Committee - free swimming lessons, playground and recreation field repair, Egg Hunt, Halloween party. The Rabbit Run, named after the former train route which ran through what is now the Quabbin Reservoir, takes runners into the scenic Quabbin watershed for a 10K foot race and walkers for a 3 mile walk. Interested runners can pick up registration forms at the New Salem General Store, New Salem Library, Wendell General Store, Wendell Library, or the Athol YMCA or downloaded from sugarloafmac.org. They can register online at runreg.com. Participants can still register on the day of the event for $20. Note: The registration fee will be waived for volunteers who also want to participate! Race-day registration begins at 9:00 am at the Common in New Salem for the races which begin at 10:00 am. The event is sponsored by the New Salem Recreation Committee. For further information contact Carla Halpern at 978-544-2676.
Old Home Day Committee Seeking Vendors
The Old Home Day Committee is seeking vendors for this year’s Old Home Day which will take place on Saturday, July 16th. Vendors set up on the Common from 10:00-3:00 and offer their wares to the Old Home Day visitors. The cost is $10 for a 10’ by 10’ area. A vendor formcan be downloaded here if you are interested or you could contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Home Day - Save the Date – Saturday, July 16
The theme of this year’s Old Home Day on Saturday, July 16th, will be New Salem Salutes Volunteers! The Committee would like to pay tribute to all the present and past volunteers who have helped our town function. If anyone would like to help plan the event or volunteer to help out on the day of the event, please contact Janet Henderson at 544-3410 or email@example.com or Jane Clukay at 544-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the tentative Old Home Day schedule.
New Salem Library News
Book Discussion Group: The Book Discussion Group will be talking about Girl at War by Sara Novic on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm.
Toddler & Pre-Schooler Reading Time. On Thursdays May 5th 12th, 19th and 26th from 10:30 to 11:30 am there will be a Toddler and Preschooler Reading Time featuring local readers. Snacks will be provided. People wishing to volunteer as readers for this progam may call the library at 978-544-6334.
Lego Club: The Lego Club will be on Saturday, May 14th from 12:30-2:00 pm. This program is offered at the same time the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Teens and Tweens: Free snacks, computers, games, movies, all free - only for 11 to 18 year olds from any town. Every Wednesday afternoon, 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Call 978-544-6334 for more info!.
Friends of The New Salem Public Library News
Feasting in Literature: On May 5th at 7:00 pm, The Friends of the New Salem Public Library are hosting Liz Barbour for a Feasting from Literature program. This will be held at the New Salem Town Hall (the big one) located at 15 South Main Street. The entrance is in the back of the building. Parking is available in back as well. This is a demonstration which includes cooking two recipes, tasting samples, and recipe cards. Tasting samples are available for up to 35 people so please call the library (978-544-6334) to reserve a snack!
Tag Sale Table at the Town Wide Tag Sale: The Friends of the Library will be having a Tag Sale Table at the Town-wide Tag Sale on May 7. All proceeds from sales will go to the Friends for programming and books for the library. Any small items are welcome especially toys and games suitable for children. All you have to do is bring them up to the tag sale which begins at 8 am on May 7. The Friends' table will be set up in front of the side door of the library. If you are not available you may drop off items at the library the Thursday before the sale, May 5. Please don't drop them off any earlier as space is limited and we'd like to keep the library neat and ready for patrons. Many thanks for your help.
Aging in Place in New Salem
The Central Congregational Church of New Salem, the Friends of the New Salem Library and the New Salem Council on Aging are co-sponsoring a series of discussions on the concept of aging in place. The series is designed to provide information for aging parents as well as ourselves as we age, reach retirement age, and face the end of life. There will be three sessions and each session will last for approximately two hours with presentations from various agencies and speakers. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions as well.
Upcoming sessions will take place on Wednesday, May 25 and Wednesday, June 22 also at the New Salem Library but at 7:00 pm. The sessions are free and open to all. For further information contact Janet Kraft at email@example.com or Sue Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Council on Aging News
Luncheon: The Council on Aging will be moving back to the Town Hall in May. They will be meeting on Friday, May 13th and Friday, May 27th at 10:00 am for Bingo and visiting followed by lunch at noon. Let Hendra Reidy know if you are coming (978-544-2178).
June Bus Trip: Our bus trip in June to the Ogunquit Playhouse is full at this time. Hendra has a waiting list. If you wish to be added to the list, please give her a call.
Busy Bs: Busy Bs continue to meet on Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Stowell Building. Bring your project and join us anytime.
New Salem Community Garden Update
We finally have spring! With that said, we are looking for plants to be donated for the Old Home Day plant sale to support our fence project. If you have plants that need dividing or want removed, please let me know. I will come over to your home to pick them up or divide them for you. Contact Sandy at 413-219-4458 or email@example.com. Also, there are 3 available plots at the garden, if you are interested in planting in full sun. The cost is $10 per plot and $5 for shed key. Thanks! Let's get growing together!
Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of New Salem will meet Friday, May 20th in the Stowell Building. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry: http://www.shawlministry.com
Free Home-Visiting Program
Talk, Read & Play is a free home-visiting program for families with children two years old and younger who live in New Salem, Wendell, Shutesbury, Leverett and Erving. Help build the foundation for your child's learning. Participants will receive free books, toys and learning materials. When children talk, read and play, they build skills that prepare them for a lifetime of success. To participate in this free program or have questions call 978-544-5157. Find flyer and more details at the Community Network for Children’s website at: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events