Goings On – The Landmark

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STERLING — The Hiram O. Taylor Post 189 American Legion is in the midst of its annual fund drive to remember veterans and the homeless through the holiday season. 
Backpacks will be filled with warm clothing, personal care items and individual size packaged food items and then delivered to the homeless throughout Massachusetts and neighboring states. Some volunteers carry a backpack or two in their vehicles; if they see someone who appears to need one, they offer it. Backpacks are also delivered to Veterans Inc. Worcester, the New England shelter for homeless veterans, and some temporary shelters and medical facilities.
Items being collected include gently used or new backpacks, warm jackets, sweatshirts and pants, gloves, new socks, thermal underwear, hats, 55 gallon trash bags, new blankets (not comforters). Other items include individual snack foods, energy bars, snack crackers, cookies, bottled water, travel size nonalcohol soap, lotion, lip balm, and $5 and $10 gift cards for Dunkin or Panera Bread. 
If you would like the legion to do the shopping, send a check with Vets Christmas in the memo line to Hiram O. Taylor Post 189, P.O. Box 245, Sterling, MA 01564-0245.
The deadline to donate items is Sunday, Dec. 19.
For more information or to arrange pickup or drop off, call Bob Temple at 978-479-0086.
PRINCETON — Storytime every Friday at 11 a.m. with Miss Jessie. This program takes place outdoors when weather permits.
Cookbook Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, via Zoom. Cooking along is encouraged, but not necessary. For more information, the Zoom link, and an ingredient list, email [email protected]
PAXTON — Pianist/vocalist Dan Kirouac will entertain at the John Bauer Senior Center, 17 West St., at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. The event is free and open to members of the senior community in Paxton.  Please call 508-756-2833 to inquire about seating availability.
For more information, visit the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/Rl0ABkxT.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Paxton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
STERLING — The Conant Public Library is offering free weekly yoga classes at the 1835 Town Hall. Join in on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. through Jan. 11. 
This class will help you turn down the head noise, stretch out your stress and bring relaxing energy for your night. This is a beginner’s Hatha yoga class offered by Sharyn Hocurscak. This series of yoga classes will start with mindful centering with breath, then go to poses for gentle stretching, strengthening and toning. The class will always conclude with a relaxing meditation.
Bring your yoga mat and blanket. If you have yoga blocks, straps or other props that will help you, bring them as well. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 978-422-6409.
PAXTON — Every Friday, books are on sale in the basement of Richards Memorial Library, 44 Richards Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All items are 25 cents, including books, CDs, DVDs, and toys. Senior Center directors and teachers looking for curriculum items will be allowed to shop for free.
Children are invited to place their Letters to Santa in our special outdoor mailbox by Wednesday, Dec. 22. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and receive a reply.
Storytimes are Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., outdoors in the library yard unless there is severe weather. Come dressed for the outdoors and ready to move, play, and have fun. 
The December Take and Make Craft is Sparkly Snowflakes. Drop by the library while supplies last.
Pop-Up Tech Help is available from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Get free tech help with Libby, Overdrive, the library computers, or your smartphone or tablet. 
Register now for Tween and Teen Subscription Book Boxes. Receive two books (themed for tweens grades 3-5, handpicked for teens ages 12-17) and goodies monthly January through March. Return the books and keep the goodies. Visit the tween and teen pages at rmlpaxton.org for details and to register.
For more information, visit rmlpaxton.org or call 508-754-0793.
PAXTON — The Paxton COA has created an opportunity for residents from Paxton and neighboring towns to display their artwork to the Paxton community. Various art styles and many paintings will also be on sale by participating artists.
Artists in the gallery at the Senior Center for December are Jennifer Niles, Elias Pritsoulus and Linda Spencer. 
The Paxton COA Art Gallery is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paxton Senior Center, 19 West St.
PAXTON — Paxton Recreation is offering the following programs:
Mondays: Kids music program from 10:30 to 11 a.m.; Zumba from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Volleyball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays: Yoga from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.For more information, visit https://townofpaxton.net.
STERLING — Kids, babies, and children’s programs: 
Monday Ski Program: Grades 3-12 Mondays, 3:15-8 p.m. Jan. 3-Feb. 14. $137 before Dec. 1, $157 after Dec. 1; participants provide their own transportation at this time.
Saturday Ski Program: Grades 3-12 Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 8-Feb. 12. $167 before Dec. 1, $187 after Dec. 1; participants provide their own transportation.
Music & Movement: Infant-age 5 Mondays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. at 1835 Old Town Hall. Jan. 6-March 14 and April 4-June 13. Register at www.pakmusic.org.
Adults and teens:
Y.A.H.O.O. Grades 7-12. Learn more at SterlingYahoo.org
Friday Morning Yoga: Fridays, 7-8 p.m. at 1835 Old Town Hall. Session I, Nov. 5-Dec. 17, facility fee $14. Drop-in rate $3. Session II, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, facility fee $16, drop-in rate $3. Session III, March 4-April 29, facility fee $18, drop-in rate $3.
STERLING — Conant Public Library, 4 Meetinghouse Hill Road, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The library is looking for community members interested in participating in our Strategic Plan committee. This short-term commitment starts in January 2022. Contact Betsy Perry, Library Director, at [email protected] or 978-422-6409 if you’d like to join in.
Museum Passes. The library has a pass to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson. This pass provides half-price admission for up to six visitors. The American Heritage Museum is a military history museum that features one of the world’s largest collections of armored vehicles and tanks. For more information and to reserve a pass, call 978-422-6409. 
Adult Coloring Program. Discover the stress-reducing, relaxing benefits of coloring. Come to the library at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, for a fun afternoon of coloring. No registration required; all supplies are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. For more information, call 978-422-6409.
Intergenerational
Adult and Kids 10-plus Gingerbread House Decorating. For adults and kids ages 10-plus. Come to the library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, to decorate your own gingerbread house using a vast selection of frostings, candies, and other materials.  All materials, including the gingerbread houses, are provided; this program is presented by the Friends of the Conant Public Library. Registration is required and is limited; call 978-422-6409.
Children’s programming:
Masterpiece Monday. 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20. Create a masterpiece in the Baker Room. Supplies provided – you bring the creativity. Open to children and teens of all ages, no registration required. For more information, call 978-422-6409.
Card and gift tag making. 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21. Make your own holiday cards and gift tags. Supplies provided. Open to all ages, no registration required. For more information, call 978-422-6409.
Light a luminous luminaria. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22. Craft a luminaria to light the longest nights. Celebrate winter with friends and create painted lanterns to glow when the sun does not. Open to youth ages 8 and older. Registration required.
Holiday story hour. Children 18 months and up and their caregivers are invited to a special Holiday Story Hour at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22. Enjoy festive stories and songs and make a holiday craft together before bedtime. PJs optional. Registration required.
Thank you notes. Stop in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, to make and write thank you notes. Cards, stickers and more provided to help you create fun notes to send to friends and family. Open to all ages, no registration required. For more information, call 978-422-6409.
Winter Scavenger Hunt. Children can win a prize by participating in our Winter Scavenger Hunt. Come to the library during school vacation week (Monday, Dec. 27, to Thursday, Dec. 30) and pick up an instruction sheet. Activity available in three age-based difficulty levels; for children ages 18 months and older. No registration required.
Cozy storytime. Snuggle up and stay warm with a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28. Relax and enjoy the cozy side of winter while we read, sing and craft our way into winter wonderland. Open to children 18 months and older and their caregivers. Registration required.
Cozy Care Kits. There’s nothing like cuddling with a book on the coldest days. Come to the library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, and concoct a Cozy Kit to make those days even more comfy, including custom hot chocolate mix and bath bombs. Treat yourself or give someone the gift of coziness and comfort. Open to youth ages 9 and older. Registration required.
Drop-in Lego. Build a Lego masterpiece between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, in the Baker room. For children of preschool age and older. No registration required.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. Children 18 months and older and their caregivers are invited to read, sing, craft and play their way into the year with this special storytime celebration ay 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. End with a bang by counting down to the new year (36 hours early). Registration required.
Explorer’s Club. Meets 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, for some scientific fun and experiments, including a New Year’s celebration of the science of fizz. Open to kids in grades k-4. Registration required.
Babytime: Drop in for a time just for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers. Share in simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and sensory activities to bond with your little one in a safe and social environment. Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Baker Room. No registration required.
PAXTON — The American Legion Paxton Post 306 will hold a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Legion, 885 Pleasant St. Fish and chips are $12; scallops, $14; combo, $16; chicken nuggets, $6. Indoor dining and takeout available. For tickets, call 508-753-9252. 

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