Thanks to the Sensata Technology employees as part of one of their United Way of Greater Attleboro-Taunton Days of Caring, there are now 16 plots ready for community gardening at the Newman YMCA in Seekonk.
The employees built the plots and spruced up the preschool playground and pavilion. Anyone interested in gardening should contact the Y at 508-336-7103. There's no fee for the plots, but a sharing of the gardening duties is required.
At the library …
Seekonk Public Library's upcoming events include the ones listed here. To register, go to the event start date in the event calendar on the library's website, www.seekonkpl.org or contact the information desk at 508-336-8230, ext. 140.
The library's summer reading program is including random drawings on Fridays, starting today. To be eligible, library users must fill out a one-line book review on the library's website or at the library. Today's winners will get a King's Oak Pizza gift certificate, and the winners on July 29 will receive a Starbucks 1 pound coffee and mug.
The library has the Early Literacy Station (ELS) with 50 educational software titles for children aged 2-10. The ELS' education software offers seven areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts & music and reference.
The library offers discount passes to see the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium. Contact the library for details.
Steve Krasner will speak about his experiences with the Boston and Pawtucket Red Sox at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26. He's covered both teams for more than 35 years, first for the Providence Journal and now for ESPN.com.
Scrapbooking expert Darshell Silva on Aug. 10 will show participants how to use the many tools, papers, and accoutrements beloved by scrapbookers everywhere. Participants will then design their own page using their personal photographs. Registration is required; reserve spaces at www.seekonkpl.org or by calling the library directly at 508-336-8230. A SAILS library card is required in order to register for this event.
The summer youth reading program, "One World, Many Stories," is taking registration. Free library events will be offered for registered children of all ages and their families through Aug. 18. You may sign up at seekonkpl.org. Questions? Call 508-336-8230, ext. 140.
"Novel Destinations" is the theme for this year's adult summer reading program at the Seekonk Public Library. This program, which will last through Aug. 20, is open to adults 18 and older and will include events, prizes, a concert series Friday Night Flix. The adult program will run concurrently with the children's and teen's summer reading programs. For more information, visit seekonkpl.org.
Seekonk Class of '86 to gather
The Seekonk High School Class of 1986 will hold a reunion, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, 52 Pine St. in Providence. The cost will be $45 per person, which will include appetizers, stations, dessert and a cash bar. Those interested are asked to RSVP by Saturday, July 23 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out concerts …
The Seekonk Public Library's annual summer concert series has two performances to go:
Wednesday, Aug. 3 will feature Vini Ames and Sh-Bop.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 will feature Jumpin' Juba.
In the event of rain, the concerts will be rescheduled. Patrons interested in being notified about rain dates should register through the calendar of events on the library's website at www.seekonkpl.org.
Community calendar …
Community events and notices include:
The Town of Seekonk's Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Fund has funds available to assist elderly and/or disabled Seekonk residents to defray the cost of their property taxes. The fund consists of donations received from residents, businesses, community groups, churches, and friends. Applications and guidelines are available at the Seekonk Assessor's Office and also at human services, with applications due in the assessor's office by Oct. 3.
The Seekonk Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help feed, walk, or play with, the cats and dogs among other animals. To help, call Sharon Hall at 508-336-6663.
Friends of Friends helps needy seniors and young families in Seekonk with fuel, medicine and food. The group gets referrals from the Seekonk Human Services Council and local churches and provides assistance through donations. For more information to attend a monthly meeting, call Edith Krekorian at 508-336-8130 or email@example.com or call human services at 508-336-6272.
Seekonk Human Services administers these programs for all Seekonk residents that qualify: Fuel assistance through Citizens for Citizens, Friends of Friends Emergency Assistance, Salvation Army, and The Good Neighbor Program; Food Stamps and Doorways Food Pantry intakes and application, WIC, health insurance programs (SHINE), blood pressure clinics and healthcare coordination.
Any senior citizen who resides in Seekonk is eligible to obtain a Golden Pass from Seekonk Human Services. This will allow you to attend all Seekonk School functions such as plays, sporting events and concerts at reduced rates. You may get your pass at Seekonk Human Services, 320 Pleasant St., second floor.
Also at the library …
The Seekonk Public Library provides discount passes for Pawtucket Red Sox games at a savings of up to 57 percent. Reserve a pass to get up to six general admission tickets for a flat rate of $18 for most home games this season.
Residents are welcome to donate books to the ongoing lobby book sale. Books should be in readable condition. Books with broken spines, missing pages, mildew or water damage should be discarded. All donations can be dropped off at the library.
An online language-learning system designed for patrons of the library, in partnership with Transparent Language of Nashua, N.H., and Recorded Books of Prince Frederick, Md., called Byki Online Library Edition. The link for Byki Online can be found at seekonkpl.org. Registration is limited to SAILS library cardholders by calling 508-336-8230, ext. 130.
OptimalResume, an online resume builder that helps job seekers prepare for employment. Library cardholders can access the program at www.seekonkpl.org.
A Text-A-Librarian service and a mobile-friendly website. To send a question, send a new message to number 66746. Begin the text with "seekref" or visit www.seekonkpl.org/mobile.
The library has museum passes to borrow giving discounts to many area attractions. Go to seekonkpl.com and click on museum passes. Find the date on the calendar you are planning to go to the museum and select the attraction.
The Friends of the Library need books for its perpetual book sale, which takes place in the library's lobby during regular hours. Residents can shop any time the library is open. Prices are $1 for hardcover books and most videos, 50 cents for paperbacks, 25 cents for magazines and 10 cents for older magazines. Jeanne Dunne, Friends volunteer coordinator, reports a good selection of books about cooking, crafts for the holidays at a cost of $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks.
Joseph S. Siegel covers Seekonk for The Sun Chronicle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.