Saturday, July 20, 2019

BLACK BOX Cabaret presents “I Only Wanna Laugh" - Jul 27

On Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM, BLACK BOX Cabaret presents “I Only Wanna Laugh,” an evening of musical shenanigans with Ali Funkhouser, The ACME Rhythm Section, and violinist Irina Fainkichen. A graduate of Oklahoma City University's prestigious Music Theatre program, Ali played Margot and understudied Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, directed by Laura Bell Bundy, at THE LEXington Theatre Company in Kentucky. 

Ali toured internationally with Electric Youth across the U.K., France, Italy, Austria and Slovenia, and on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. National tour credits include Evita (directed by Hal Prince) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Additionally, she sang the role of La Novizia in Puccini's Suor Angelica with Chelsea Opera in New York City. Ali was trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and is an alumna of Broadway Artists Alliance. She studies improv comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.
Ali Funkhouser
Ali Funkhouser

With Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), Ali was recently seen as Katherine in Disney’s Newsies opposite Broadway’s Christopher Rice (choreography by Chaz Wolcott). A lifelong member of FPAC, Ali has performed three solo cabaret shows at THE BLACK BOX blending comedy and traditional musical theatre.

Tickets are available at, by calling the box office at 508-528-3370, or at the door. A full cash bar is available. A suburban hub for great music and the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

Concerts on the Common: Leeds Band - July 24

Enjoy Franklin’s Summer Concerts Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
There are also fun programs for the kiddies from 6:00 to 6:30 PM.

7/24 Leeds Band
Kids program: Story teller - Elaine Kessler

7/31 Electric Youth 
8/07 DJ Mike Rutkowski
8/14 Southland Train - Kids program: Mike Rutkowski
8/21 Frank Padula Band - Kids program: Jamie Barrett *rescheduled from Wed Jul 17 due to  the stormy weather

Concerts on the Common: Leeds Band - July 24
Concerts on the Common: Leeds Band - July 24

Correct schedule for 2019

FTC Consumer Alert: Medicare does not give out DNA kits

Medicare does not give out DNA kits
by Lisa Lake,  Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Here's one that goes to show just how creative scammers can be. The FTC is getting reports that callers claiming to be from Medicare are asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information…in exchange for DNA testing kits. 

The callers might say the test is a free way to get early diagnoses for diseases like cancer, or just that it's a free test, so why not take it? But the truth is, Medicare does not market DNA testing kits to the general public.

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This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Jul 19 to THU - Jul 25

Friday, July 19
 SUMMER Family Yoga (outside if permitting)
 Knitting Group
 Farmers Market
 Book sale
 SUMMER PERFORMER: Todd Brodeur Frisbee
 Dancing on Dean: "Old Town"
 Lauren Kinhan with the Mark Poniatowski Trio
Saturday, July 20
 Book Sale
 SNETT Train - group walk/dog walk
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 SUMMER EVENT: Mobile Mini-Golf
 Bag Sale
Sunday, July 21
 2019 Annual Franklin Hockey Golf Tournament
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Monday, July 22
 SUMMER MOVE ALONG (outside if permitting, otherwise in Community Room)
 SUMMER PROGRAM: Picnic Storytime
 TEEN SUMMER Writer's Block
 Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 23
 Cool Cruisers
 SUMMER PERFORMER: Mr Vinny's Shadow Puppets
 School Committee meeting
Wednesday, July 24
 SUMMER PERFORMER: Davis Bates: A Universe of Songs and Stories (Community Room)
 SUMMER Crafternoon!
 Concerts on the Common: Stories with Elaine Kessler
 Concerts on the Common: Leeds Band
 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, July 25
 Baby Tummy Time
 TEEN SUMMER Board Game Cafe!
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 SUMMER Thursday Movie Night

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For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this link

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Jul 19 to THU - Jul 25
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI - Jul 19 to THU - Jul 25

Dog Walk/Group Walk on the SNETT - July 19 - 9 AM

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Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee

Dog Walk/Group Walk on the SNETT
July 19th, 9 AM - 10 AM
Grove Street Trail Head, Franklin

Please join us on Friday, July 19, 2019 for a dog walk/group walk on the SNETT rail trail. We will start at 9am from the Grove Street trailhead in Franklin. Parking lot is across the street from the trailhead (next to Metcalf Materials). The trail is shaded and an easy walk. Please bring leash and anything else you and your dog may need on the walk.
No dog? No problem. We welcome anyone to join us!
Please visit our event website or our Facebook event page for more information or any weather related changes.
See you on the trail!

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Franklin Library Book Sale - Jul 19 & 20

Franklin Library Book Sale

Friday, July 19, 1:00 - 5:00 PM 
Saturday, July 20, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

All books are just one dollar!

Bag Sale - $5 A Bag
Saturday, July 20, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Franklin Library Book Sale - Jul 19 & 20
Franklin Library Book Sale - Jul 19 & 20

In the News: Governor more positive about MA budget; heat safety tips

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"With the state budget stalemate between Democratic leaders now spilling into the second half of July, Gov. Charlie Baker met privately with House Speaker Robert DeLeo in his office on Thursday morning and said he spoke with other legislators throughout the day, leaving him “more optimistic” that a compromise could be near.

Baker has not yet said whether he’ll heed the House speaker’s call for him to file another spending bill to fund the government through August, and told the News Service on his way to an event in Brighton on Thursday that he’d prefer not to have to file such a bill.

Baker was reluctant to discuss the specifics of his meeting with DeLeo, but said, “I’ve talked to a lot of people in the Legislature today about the budget and I’m feeling a little more optimistic than I was on Monday that this might all get resolved.”

Asked if he planned to file a second interim budget, Baker said, “No, not if I don’t have to.”

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"Hot temperatures combined with high humidity levels are expected to create dangerous heat conditions, with the most oppressive conditions expected Saturday. High temperatures Friday-Sunday are forecast to be in the 90s to lower 100s, and dew points in the low to mid 70s. Heat index values are expected to reach the mid to upper 90s Friday, 100 to 110 Saturday, and 97 to 105 Sunday, with the highest values occurring on Saturday in eastern Massachusetts and parts of the Connecticut River valley. The hot temperatures and high heat indices can lead to serious heat related-illnesses.

“MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme heat. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle, find an air-conditioned public space, cooling center, or other cool spot for relief, and watch for heat-related illnesses,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Samantha Phillips. “Please check on your family, friends, or neighbors to make sure they are safe during the extreme heat.”

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The full listing (with links for more info) can be found on the page

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Elderly Resident Hot Weather Safety Announcement

Elderly Resident Hot Weather Safety Announcement

Given the excessive heat forecasted for Saturday, July 20, please be aware that the Franklin Public Library welcomes elderly residents on that date from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 PM. 

If you need to access the Library but do not have transportation, you can call the Franklin Police Department at (508) 528-1212 to obtain a ride to the Library. 

Hot weather safety tips:
Elderly Resident Hot Weather Safety Announcement
Elderly Resident Hot Weather Safety Announcement

Shared via the Town of Franklin alert:

"Full water bans are rare in Franklin"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

In spite of widespread efforts to get the word out about a full water ban that’s in effect, not everyone is getting the message.

Public works officials reported via the DPW’s Facebook page on Monday that more than 100 homes were identified Sunday night as still running irrigation systems.

Under the ban, town water customers may not do any outdoor watering - except for watering vegetable gardens and ornamental plants by hand-held hose - until further notice as part of emergency water conservation efforts to ensure adequate water for consumption and fire suppression.

The ban was put into effect July 7 after a mechanical failure at the town’s main treatment plant late on July 6 that caused heavy smoke and forced a shutdown of the facility, in addition to the town’s two largest and oldest wells that are associated with the plant.

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auto sprinkler system watering the grass during 2016 drought
auto sprinkler system watering the grass during 2016 drought

The Solutions Extended Day Program is hiring:

Solutions Extended Day is hiring!

Solutions is the before and after school program of Franklin Public Schools that serves Kindergarten-7th grade students. 

We are seeking individuals who would like to join our team.




For more info about the Solutions Extended Day Program, visit their Town of Franklin page

The Solutions Extended Day Program is hiring:
The Solutions Extended Day Program is hiring:

Lifelong Learning: Kids' Summer Vacation Cooking Camp

Begins July 29
with chef Sandhya Jain of Sandhya's Kitchen

For Students Grades in 4-7

Still Time To
July 29 - August 1, 2019

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

During camp, students will:

  • Enhance their kitchen skills
  • Learn complex techniques like: searing, sauteing, folding & more!

A sample of what students will be cooking:

  • Breakfast for dinner: carrot cake pancakes, smoothies, quiche
  • Comfort food: butter dinner rolls, Parmesan crusted chicken nuggets, & apple pie cups with whipped cream
  • Cookies: healthy oatmeal fruit cookies, stained glass cookies, coconut macaroons
  • Snack attack: fresh pretzels, cheese-flavored crackers, granola parfaits
Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak St., Franklin, MA 02038
FPS- Lifelong Community Learning | 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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