Community Events

Attleboro Council on Aging Writer’s Workshop
Tuesday, September 13th, 9:30am
Council on Aging (25 South Main St, Attleboro)
Tuesdays, from 9:30-11:00 am – This informal group gathers at the Center each week to encourage and perpetuate the craft, technique, passion and success of writing. Whether you are a beginning writer, have always wanted to try writing, or have been practicing the craft for a while, this group is the right place for you.  New members are welcome – join us. The Group will host a reading of their work for Attleboro’s Big Read on September 13th. For more info, contact the Council on Aging at 508-223-2235.

APL Writer’s Group
Thursdays 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20 at 7:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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APL Writers Group‘s memoir series “A Glimpse Into A Life” will present in collaboration with The Big Read “A Story To Be Told”.  The group meets on Thursdays on the following dates:  September 15th, 29th, October  13th (joining the Immigrant stories event) and 20th at 7:00 p.m. Each one has hidden inside the shadows of memories a story to be told: the stories of struggles and triumphs. Each holds its message waiting to be heard. These are the stories  that makes us who we are. They are the very elements that shape our character.   In Dinaw Mengestu’s  The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, the author presents Sepha as “slowly journeying back in time …to come to terms with his past.”   Writers will be inspired and empowered to search those shadows for their story to be told. Bernadine Veiga facilitates this event. Registration is required.
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Lee’s Pond Festival
Saturday, September 17th, 10:00am
Lees Pond (Gardner Ave, South Attleboro)
The Attleboro Public Library will present Attleboro’s Big Read 2016 with calendars of events and materials to encourage participation in this year’s project. The Lees Pond Festival is sponsored by the South Attleboro Lions Club and the South Attleboro Village Lions.

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th
5:30pm refreshments served, screening at 6:00pm

Bristol Community College (11 Field Rd, Attleboro)
Over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums, and Universities for one purpose…to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 19th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Attleboro’s BCC campus is one of the places to be for this incredible event! Sponsored by Rockland Trust. Please note, cost of admission is $10. Register by Sept 21st at 774-357-2007 or email Dawn at Dawn.Banville@bristolcc.edu

Attleboro Farmers Market
Saturday, September 24th, 9:00am
Capron Park (O’Connell Field, Attleboro)
The Attleboro Public Library will present Attleboro’s Big Read 2016 with calendars of events and materials to encourage participation in this year’s project. Supported by the Attleboro Farmers Market.

Kickoff Event ( Distinguishing Features Exhibition Opening Reception)
Saturday, September 24th, 2:00-4:00pm

Attleboro Arts Museum (86 Park St, Attleboro)
The theme of struggling with how to live with and maintain memories in Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is featured in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s invitational exhibition Distinguishing Features. Artists have been challenged to create original portraits based on their recollection of, or feelings toward, a subject. Works of all mediums have been crafted without the aid of a model or photograph to serve as a guide. Kickoff includes live hand drumming performance by Dave Curry, multi-instrumentalist and percussion specialist from Drums for One & All. The exhibit will be on view from September 23rd-30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Open to all. Free admission. Reservations for the opening exhibition are requested by Thursday Sept 22nd. Call 508-222-2644×10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org.

Attleboro Public Library Parent’s Book Club – Book Discussion 
Wednesday, September 28th, 7:00-8:30pm

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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On Wednesday, September 28th at 7pm the Parents Book Club will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary by discussing The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. The themes of identity, belonging and creating a family out of friends with common circumstances resonates with our group. This book promises a walk down memory lane, both as the story takes us on the journey of the main character and as we look at our own journeys through parenthood.
New participants are welcome! To register for this event, click here

Downtown Walk with Attleboro Industrial Museum
Saturday, October 1st, 9:00am

Attleboro YMCA Downtown (63 North Main St, Attleboro)
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Just as Sepha gains a sense of place and belonging through walks in his DC neighborhood, we too will bring a sense of connection with Attleboro through our downtown neighborhood walk. We start at the YMCA on North Main Street with a rooftop “birds-eye view” of downtown Attleboro and neighborhoods.  Take a walk with us, about a mile and a half, through downtown Attleboro and neighborhoods as we talk about our rich Attleboro community.  We will make a stop at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum on Union for light refreshments and a peek at Attleboro’s past represented at the Museum, then loop back to the YMCA through the center of Attleboro.   Coach Ed from the YMCA will lead the walk.  Director Carleton Legg, from the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will accompany the walk and host at the Museum. Registration is required. To register, click here

Workshop/Town Meeting 
Saturday, October 1st, 2:00pm

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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The Attleboro Council on Human Rights will host a community workshop/town meeting on “What Makes an Encompassing Community” in these uncertain time. All are invited to join the conversation. Registration is encouraged to assist with setup for this event. To register for this event, click here

“Seedfolks” Book Discussion
Tuesday, October 4th, 7:00pm

The Literacy Center (80 North Main St, Attleboro)
Multicultural Book Discussion:  The students of The Literacy Center will read and discuss the companion book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. All are welcome. For more information, contact The Literacy Center at 508-226-3603.

Wednesday Morning Book Group – Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 5th, 10:00am

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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Join the Wednesday Morning Book Group to discuss The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. New participants are welcome! To register for this event, click here.

A Different Kind of Neighborhood
Friday, October 7th, 6:00pm

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary (1417 Park St, Attleboro)
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Join the naturalist staff at Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided look at beauty in nature entitled “A Walk in the Woods – A Different Kind of Neighborhood”. We will start at the Ottmar Nature Center to get prepared for our hike and meet some sanctuary animal ambassadors. The 1.0 mile intermediate hike will take us through a field, forest, over a dry stream, and around Lake Talaquega. We will be looking at the beauty of nature’s design, and discussing how this beauty inspires us to create new technologies and art. To register click here, or call the Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-223-3060.

Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 13th, 7:00pm

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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The Literacy Center and the Attleboro Area Council of Churches will partner to present a panel discussion, inspired by the 2016 1ABC book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Panelists will relate their personal experiences of coming to America to seek economic or educational opportunity for themselves and their families or to seek safety and security from conflict in their home countries. Each individual has a unique story of why they left and what they experienced in settling in this area.  This forum is a place to share their stories with the Attleboro community. Panelists will address their expectations of their American experience vs. what actually has happened, as well as their assimilation into the community vs. isolation. We will also hear about what part of their American experience has surprised each individual the most. Registration is required. To register for this event, click here

International Coffee/Tea Tasting (plus crafts for kids!)
Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00am

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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The Friends of Attleboro Public Library and The Literacy Center will bring back the very popular International Coffee and Tea tasting event in the Marble Lobby of the Library. International crafts will be offered for Children on the First Floor. All are welcome. Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to register.

Finding Home: Universal Themes and Personal Reflections
Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00pm

Community VNA community room (10 Emory St, Attleboro)
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“Finding Home: Universal Themes and Personal Reflections” a panel discussion based on The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.  With Shawn Christian, Associate Provost, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Wheaton College, Carrie Bridges-Feliz, Director of Lifespan Community Health Institute in Providence, RI and others tbd. Mengestu’s novel calls us to consider the experience of displacement, of forging an identity and re-imagining a future while living between two worlds.  It is not just a “tale of two cities,” Washington D. C. and Addis Ababa, but an exploration of memory and forgetting, hope and loss, choice vs. circumstance, and of what it means for an immigrant to become an American today. May it lead us to examine what we can do to positively reshape our communities and welcome the inevitable process of change.  Event sponsored by Community VNA. Registration is required. To register, click here

Book Hungry Sock Monkeys – Middle School Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00-7:00pm

Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main St, Attleboro)
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Youth in grades 5-8 are welcome to join us in discussing Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. Readers will enjoy this short story packed with diversity in this story about community in an urban environment. Copies of the book will be available in children’s room beginning at the end of September. New participants are welcome. To register for this event,  click here

Official Big Read Finale – African Dinner
Thursday, October 27th, 7:00pm

Attleboro High School (100 Rathbun Willard Dr., Attleboro)
A feast of African dishes prepared by the students in the Culinary Arts program at Attleboro High School will be served at this public dinner. This event is sponsored by the Attleboro Rotary Club. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold from 9/26-10/14. Proceeds will benefit the AHS Culinary Arts program. More information on ticket sales will be available soon.

Open Book Discussion
Saturday, October 29th, 4:00pm

John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (32 Broad St., North Attleboro)
Church members lead a discussion on Mengestu’s novel. Open to all.