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christmas treeThe North Suburban YMCA located at 137 Lexington Street, in partnership with Social Capital Inc. and AmeriCorps, is once again playing host to a giving tree.  If you or anybody you know is in need of some help this holiday season stop by the YMCA to let the SCI members there know and to pick up some more information. You can also stop by the YMCA to pick up a item off of the tree and find out what to do with your special pick. The tags on the tree will have the persons name, their age, and what they would like to get for the holidays. What you as a giver will do is pick a tag off of the tree and buy the item that is on the tag or something close to it and bring it back to the YMCA so we can wrap it for the recipient.  The tags on the tree will either be in the shape of a book for the gift of a book, the shape of a teddy bear for an animal gift or in the shape of a sock or other shape of a piece of clothing for a article of clothing. 

Americorps Opening Day DevalThe Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) played host last Thursday to the Annual AmeriCorps Opening Day.  The yearly occasion was held at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The event featured over 2,000 AmeriCorps members across the state, including individuals serving with Social Capital Inc. in cities such as Dorchester, Lynn, and Woburn. The AmeriCorps members were privy to a special treat in the form of guest speaker, Governor Deval Patrick (pictured above with this year's Social Capital Inc. team).

Woburn Guild of ArtistsThis Thursday November 13th, the Woburn Guild of Artists will be presenting a demonstration by Forensic Artist Lt Det. Jerry Scalley from the Woburn Police Department.  The meeting and demo on pencil drawing will be held in the Terrace Lounge at New Horizons on 21 Warren Ave. at 7PM. The meetings are open to the public. Admission is free to Guild members, and there is a $3.00 fee for non-members.  

christmas houseThe time is fast approaching for our Holiday House Tour.  We are now in the final planning stages of our event, and our next meeting will be focusing on volunteers for the event, as well as decoration ideas, transportation, and ticket sales/locations.  We welcome anyone to our planning meeting to help finalize any decisions that need to be made regarding preparations and logistics for the event.  This is also a last minute reminder that our next planning committee meeting will be held on Monday Nov. 10th, at the New Horizons building on 21 Warren Ave. at 7PM.  We have also begun to sell tickets to our event, which can be purchased from our website here, or at the North Suburban YMCA and McCue's Florist, both located in Woburn. More locations will be available in the weeks before the event.

woburn senior centerThe Woburn Senior Center, located on 144 School Street, will host an “Indian Lunch” on Friday, November 7th at 11AM.  Minuteman Senior Services will sponsor this delicious lunch featuring lentil and vegetable dishes, yogurt, rice, bread and rice pudding (dal, sabji, raita, rice, nan and kheer).  The food is catered by Bollywood Café, located in Lexington.  A $3 donation goes toward programs put forth by Minuteman Senior Services.  Reservations are required.  Please call 781-935-2239 to reserve your space.

sons of italyThe Woburn Ladies Sons of Italy Lodge is holding its seventh annual Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 8th, from 9 AM. to 3:30 PM. at the Sons of Italy Hall, located on 168 Lexington Street in Woburn.  There will be about 50 tables filled with crafts, including, quilts, flower arrangements, table runners, candles, lotions, jewelry, handbags, stained glass and woodwork and other creative holiday gift ideas.  This year's event will be benifiting the Woburn Memorial High School Scholarship Fund, so please join us in supporting this worthy cause.

Woburn Youth Council Canned Food DriveLast Friday members the Woburn Youth Council spent their Halloween trick or treating like many others, but not for the traditional array of candy.  Instead the Youth Council conducted a door-to-door canned food drive to benefit the Food Pantry at the Woburn Council of Social Concern. 

While the Woburn Youth Council organized the drive, the overwhelming generosity of Woburn's residents is responsible for its success.  Even in difficult times the Woburn community reached into their pantries to help those in need.  Members of the Youth Council are hopeful that their donation will play a small part in alleviating the increased need for food seen during the holiday season.