Domestic violence continues to be an all-too-common scourge. It affects all socio-economic groups, and is again being discussed nationally due to the latest case involving an NFL player.

That discussion - yet another one by a league that doesn't seem to "get it" when it comes to the abuse of women - ironically coincides with the observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Yet the problem is one that will not be solved by giving it attention during a special month; any kind of solution will require nothing less than a dramatic change in society's attitudes toward women to make lasting changes.

That's why next month, a bunch of guys will gather once again in an ongoing attempt to lend a hand to one of the agencies that's dedicated to fighting domestic violence. The 27th annual Gourmet Guys fundraiser for New Hope will be held Friday, Nov. 18 at the Attleboro Elks, 887 South Main St. (Route 152), starting at 6:30 p.m., with dinner being served at about 7 p.m.

Prospective chefs can contact New Hope at 140 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703 or email Gabrielle Alan at galan@new-hope.org. Chefs are asked to prepare an appetizer, soup, salad, entree or dessert at their home and bring it to the Elks Hall that evening. If you've never done it, and are interested in joining, or if you haven't done it for a number of years and want to return, contact the agency.

People who want to buy tickets ($30 for adults or $20 for seniors and children), be a sponsor or donate cash or items to the raffle that always accompanies the event should also contact the agency. Those wanting to attend won't be disappointed, as the food rivals that found at many of the area's best restaurants.

An early Relay For Life kickoff

The Greater Attleboro Relay For Life will have an earlier than usual kickoff event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at the North Attleboro High School cafeteria. Organizers say that starting now instead of the traditional January or February will let teams get a head start on fundraising for the event, which aids research and various programs of the American Cancer Society.

The event will return to the North Attleboro High School track and will be held June 9-10, from 6 p.m. Friday through 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Wanted: Items for the troops

Kelly Fox of Ameriprise Financial Services, 30 Man Mar Drive, Suite 14, in Plainville, is for the sixth year participating in the Ameriprise National Day of Service. "I'll be supporting the men and women who serve our country in Afghanistan by sending boxes of supplies to give them some treats from home, " Fox said.

She'll be collecting the items through Nov. 11, and boxes will be packed in her Plainville office from 1 to 4 p.m. that day. She's seeking: K-cups, peanut butter crackers, peanuts, pretzels, protein/power bars, candy bars, cookies and sweet treats, sugar/creamer packets, canned tuna (pop top only), individual wet wipes, chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, powder, cough drops, small flashlights with batteries, soap, magazines and playing cards. Letters are also welcome. Info: 508-695-2336 or Kelly.d.fox@ampf.com.

SA Village Lions seek fair crafters

The South Attleboro Village Lions Club is hosting its 32nd annual craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Coelho Middle School/cafeteria, 99 Brown St., a new location for the event.

Homemade crafters who want to reserve a table, should ask for an application sending their name, email address or phone number and brief description of your craft to: Lori Porteleki at: pcaemtlp@comcast.net or at 774-254-0006; or Gail Case at: gcase1@comcast.net Put the craft fair in the subject line. Tables are $35 and set-up will be 8:15-9 a.m.

The craft fair was started in 1985 by the late Bev Leedham, of South Attleboro, one of the original club founders. The fair will include crafters, door prizes, a snack bar, penny social and baked goods.

Wanted: Volunteers to rake yards

The Attleboro High School Alumni Association is planning its fourth annual Attleboro Community Leaf Rake from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12. The alumni association, along with teams of Attleboro High School students, coaches, advisers, parents and volunteers, will rake the yards of Attleboro veterans and residents who are unable to do so themselves.

The leaves will be raked and brought to the city's compost center. Last year, about 150 people gave up a beautiful, fall Saturday to rake 21 yards. "Our goal is to not only provide a needed service to our neighbors in the community, but also to foster a relationship between the alumni of Attleboro High School and its current students," the group said in a news release. If you're interested in helping to rake, email organizer Bill Babcock at billwx58@comcast.net. If you're a senior citizen of Attleboro who needs the help, you should direct your request to the Attleboro Council on Aging at 774-203-1900. Yards are completed based on the number of student and volunteer rakers, and the list is coordinated through the council on aging.

LARRY KESSLER is a Sun Chronicle local news editor. You may reach him at lkessler@thesunchronicle.com.