Buy Nothing, Bedford ~ Developing Community Through Sharing No Longer Needed Belongings

By Dot Bergin

Everything from a jar of pickles to a chintz-covered sofa to a set of elegant china – as well as children’s books, clothing, toys, and sports equipment – you can find it all on Buy Nothing, Bedford, a thriving social movement that has now grown to some 500 members in less than a year.

Buy Nothing, Bedford resides on a Facebook platform and is easy to join. It provides an innovative way for people to offer–for free–no longer needed household items, or, conversely, to put out the word for items they are seeking. But there is a deeper purpose beyond simply offloading one’s excess “stuff.” The goal of the project is to build community and forge deeper connections with neighbors, in the exchange of goods.

School Committee Receptive to Reducing Food Waste in Schools

By Carolyn Weaver, Bedford Mothers Out Front

McAllister reports his Belmont School is already Recycling and Composting

On Oct 2, 2018, three members of Bedford Mothers Out Front spoke to the School Committee on the topic of reducing food waste in school lunchrooms. Mothers Out Front is a non-profit organization that works to make climate change an issue our leaders can no longer ignore for the sake of all children. Surprisingly, food waste is the third largest contributor to global warming, according to Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown, a book listing 100 scientifically proven ways to reverse climate change.

POMS Salon ~ Sunday, October 28

Submitted by Bedford’s Patrons of Music Students

Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS), the nonprofit music booster organization for the Bedford Public Schools, will host its annual musical Salon on Sunday, October 28, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the St. Michael’s Parish Center, 90 Concord Road in Bedford.

Whether you are interested in a free, diverse musical performance or are ready to consider private music lessons for a child or teen in your life, the Salon will provide attendees an opportunity to hear beautiful music from a variety of instruments and styles, and to talk with music teachers who are committed to helping students develop their own musical skills.

There’s Something (Spooky) About Mary ~ The First Parish Bedford Haunted House, October 19 and 20

Submitted by First Parish on Bedford Common

First Parish Bedford Haunted House features Mary Shelley on the 200th anniversary of her creation, Frankenstein

The First Parish Bedford Haunted House is back for another frightening weekend on October 19 and 20. The 2018 Haunted House will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein. The iconic meetinghouse on Bedford Common will be transformed into Mary Shelley’s world.

Preparations Underway for Minuteman Bikeway’s 25th Birthday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 29, haikus submitted by residents are now applied to the trail! The haiku-mobile and dedicated volunteers used laser cut stencils and chalk paint in blue and white to add the words of wisdom (or humor!) to the trail. This paint will wear away with use and is expected to be gone by the end of winter.

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society ~ Winners in the 2018 Regional Art Show Named on Bedford Day

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

For the 19th year, the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS) has awarded prizes to artists competing in the Society’s Regional Art Show on Bedford Day. In addition to the individual artists who entered work, the show featured Sophia Wilson, the 2018 BACS Scholarship winner.

Local artist Gwen Chasan who teaches a variety of classes in creative painting techniques was this year’s judge. Winners in the following categories were announced by BACS President Sylvia Mallory on Bedford Day afternoon:

Frank Hamm ~ Building a Rustic Garden Trellis

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Garden Club invites the public to a presentation by Frank Hamm who has been building rustic furnishings and garden structures for more than 30 years. The program will take place at 9:30 am on Tuesday, October 9, in Fellowship Hall at First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 The Great Road Bedford.

Hamm will demonstrate building a rustic garden trellis using natural materials that would blend into the surroundings of anyone’s garden. The finished trellis will be donated to the Garden Club.

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