Saturday, April 2, 2022

7th Annual Empty Bowls Event - May 19

7h Annual Empty Bowls Event 

to Benefit the Franklin Food Pantry  


Annual Event Back In-Person with Traditional Soup and Bread Dinner 



The Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club will again host an Empty Bowls dinner to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry on Thursday May 19. The event will take place at Franklin High School in the cafeteria from 6 to 8 PM. The club partners with the Franklin Food Pantry to create hand-made empty bowls to give to attendees as a reminder of the many "empty bowls" that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger.  

The event will feature a traditional soup and bread dinner, ceramic bowls to take home that the students have made, an online and in-person art auction, and a giving wall.  Attendees can purchase tickets online ( until noon on Thursday, May 19.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check only.  The online auction will open on May 18 at midnight and will run through 

June 1. 


"After two years of smaller events, we are so excited to be able to bring back Empty Bowls in its original intent," said Tina Powderly, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. "It's a wonderful way to raise awareness about our neighbors in need while partnering with the community.  We could not run this event without the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club and FHS Art Teacher Brenna Johnson. Brenna works tirelessly with the students to educate them about hunger in the community – awareness that they take forward in life after school - and helps them to create beautiful bowls for guests to take home."  

Johnson said, "I love Empty Bowls and it's one of the best things I have ever been a part of!  As a teacher, I'm so glad I can help students learn that they can make a difference in the lives of so many families with their art."


Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally.

For more information about the event, visit or call 508-528-3115. To sponsor the event please visit here. 


About the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club 

Franklin High School is participating in an international charity project called Empty Bowls, which supports hunger initiatives in local communities. The objective of the Empty Bowls Club is to teach students of all ages that they can make a difference in their local community. Club members, their families, coupled with the Franklin community spend the year making ceramic bowls by hand. Then, the Empty Bowls Club and the Franklin Food Pantry co-host a fundraiser at FHS. All funds raised at this event are donated directly to the Franklin Food Pantry.  


About the Franklin Food Pantry 

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to almost 1,100 individuals per year. The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners.  
We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs. Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck. Other programs include home delivery, Weekend Backpack Program for Franklin school children in need, mobile pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages.  
The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.  

7th Annual Empty Bowls Event - May 19
7th Annual Empty Bowls Event - May 19

Recreation Dept provides April vacation programs -registration is open now

Our friends @FranklinRec  have plenty of great programs to keep the kiddos entertained this April Break.  

Registration is live now!

Recreation Dept provides April vacation programs -registration is open now
Recreation Dept provides April vacation programs -registration is open now

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Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media (03/24/22) (audio)

FM #762 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 762 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media event held at Franklin High School on March 24, 2022. 

The recording runs just under 2 hours, so let’s listen to the Critical Conversations event.

Audio file =>


Event page -> 

Critical Conversations Social Media resources -> 

Substance Abuse Task Force ->

SAFE Coalition -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit or

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media (03/24/22) (audio)
Critical Conversations: The Impact of Social Media (03/24/22) (audio)

Memorial Day 2022 - Weekend event schedule - Save-the-Dates

Memorial Day 2022 - Save-the-Dates

Join us as we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country

Memorial Day 2022 - Weekend event schedule - Save-the-Dates
Memorial Day 2022 - Weekend event schedule - Save-the-Dates

Veterans Coffee Social - All Vets Are Welcome! - April 6 at 10 AM

April 2022 Coffee Social - All Vets Are Welcome!

Join Us April 6 As We Celebrate 3 Years of Monthly Coffee Socials!

Veterans Coffee Social - All Vets Are Welcome! - April 6 at 10 AM
Veterans Coffee Social - All Vets Are Welcome! - April 6 at 10 AM

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Savvy Seeker Series: Caring Transitions with Steve Harvey - Apr 7

50+ Job Seekers in MA Statewide Networking Groups presents...

Savvy Seeker Series: Caring Transitions with Steve Harvey!
Thursday, April 7, 11 am - 12 pm

Please register in advance for this event! ->

This free program is available through a grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)
#networking #jobseekers #jobs


Ed Lawrence
Authorized DISC Administrator
Member, CPRW Certification Committee; NCOPE

Savvy Seeker Series: Caring Transitions with Steve Harvey - Apr 7
Savvy Seeker Series: Caring Transitions with Steve Harvey - Apr 7

Savers Clothing Donation Drive - Drop offs Scheduled for Multiple dates from April to June

Greater Attleboro Council for Children
Savers Clothing Donation Drive - Drop offs Scheduled for Multiple dates from April to June
We are collecting your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories & linens. The Greater Attleboro Area Council for Children will receive cash from Savers for every pound donated. No donation is too small!

So grab a bag and clean out some of your closets!

We have the following collection dates scheduled:
Saturday, April 2nd, 16th, 23rd - 9-11 am
Saturday, May 7th and 21st - 9-11 am
Sunday May 1st and15th
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday June 12th - 9-11am
FINAL DATE Saturday, June 18th 8-10am

Contactless drop off available. Simply put your items in your trunk, drive up to the building at Door D, pop your trunk and a volunteer will empty your vehicle for you.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any small kitchen/houseware items, sport equipment, toys or books for this collection drive.

Please bring your donations to us at 135 County Street, Attleboro. No drop offs directly to Savers please. We won't receive the credit.

Thank you for your support! 

We have many other events coming up.

Click here to visit us on the web and find out 
more about other upcoming events.

Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place!
Attleboro Area Council For Children | 4 Hodges Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Apr 1, 2022 to Apr 7, 2022

April is upon us bringing showers today for flowers in May. There are also quite a few opportunities for performing arts this weekend. FHS Theater gives a free final dress rehearsal today before their METG competition performance on Saturday. The FSPA Ballet group provides 2 performances on Sat and Sun. 

Electronics recycling event Saturday morning provides a good window for spring cleaning. The Historical Museum is open on Sat/Sun as well.

If we missed sharing an event for this week's outlook, please use the form to submit it for publication:

Friday, April 1
3:30pm - Free performance "CAVE Dreams"

Saturday, April 2
10:00am - Electronics Recycling Event
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
3:30pm - CAVE Dreams - METG Competition
4:00pm - FSPA Ballet - Alice in Wonderland
7:00pm - FSPA Ballet - Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, April 3
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm - FSPA Ballet - Alice in Wonderland
4:00pm - FSPA Ballet - Alice in Wonderland

Tuesday, April 5
7:00pm - Franklin Garden Club Features Program on Easy Rose Care

Wednesday, April 6
7:00pm - Franklin Art Association

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

SAFE Radio - Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (audio)

Anne Bergen and Jim Derick are hosts for SAFE Radio.

It is estimated that over 85 percent of all people suffering from substance misuse also suffer from a mental health challenge. The Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition exists to support recovery.

Audio file ->


The Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition is dedicated to expanding employment, housing, educational, social, and leadership opportunities available to Massachusetts citizens who have a mental illness. The MCC was organized to uphold and promote the values, principles and financial integrity of the international Clubhouse model toward the empowerment of people with mental health needs. Toward this purpose the MCC will take action, advocate, provide support, and offer opportunities to network and educate ourselves and the community while working as an organization to remove barriers to successful community integration. The Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition is committed to helping Clubhouses and individual Clubhouse members reach their full potential. 

Dedicated to assisting adults with major mental illness to live full, productive, stable lives in the community, the MCC is a non-profit organization whose membership includes more than 15,000 Massachusetts residents who have a major mental illness, and belong to at least one of the 32 community-based vocational and social rehabilitation centers, called “Clubhouses”. Membership in the MCC is awarded to Clubhouses (and their members and staff) which achieve certification from the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) ensuring the quality of services provided by these rehabilitation centers.

The MCC helps its member Clubhouses expand rehabilitative opportunities and services for employment, housing, education, health, peer support and mental health care. It also helps individual members develop the leadership skills that enable them to participate fully in life – not only at the Clubhouse, but also in the community. The MCC works to remove obstacles to gaining employment, an education and housing in the community and helps to diminish the stigma of living with a mental illness by engaging in educational endeavors. Operating as a clearinghouse of information, a provider of technical assistance, a vehicle for organizing and a coordinator of services and resources for Clubhouses across Massachusetts, the goals of the MCC are:

  • Work in partnership with local employers to increase employment opportunities for Coalition members through education and system change.
  • Increase local opportunities for members to gain an education.
  • Utilize educational approaches to increase affordable housing opportunities for members.
  • Organize and advocate for access to health care, dental care, substance abuse services for individuals with a major mental illness.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for individual members through formal training, conferences and by encouraging and developing leadership towards participation in activities that influence public policy and on-the-job learning through leadership activities within individual Clubhouses and the community.

Participation in the clubhouse is free to those who have a serious and persistent mental illness. The Clubhouses are funded with state tax dollars via the Department of Mental Health. Clubhouses are founded on the belief that rehabilitation for people who are working to recover from the effects of mental illness is greatly facilitated when individuals participate in meaningful work, including paid employment.

Visit their webpage for more information -> WWW.MASSCLUBS.ORG 

SAFE Radio - Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (audio)
SAFE Radio - Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition (audio) 

Panther News: Friday, April 1, 2022 (video)

Watch the Panther News for Friday, April 1, 2022 

Video link ->

Home Selling (and Buying) Seminar with Industry Experts - Apr 14

Come hear from local experts, and gain insight as well as useful tips, on how to sell your home (or buy a home) in the current market.

Enjoy a light dinner and some incredible beer, while learning about Selling (and Buying) a home in the current real estate market.

Local Experts to include:

  • Ted Cormier- Leger, Realtor with Suburban Lifestyle Real Estate in Franklin, MA
  • Bob Melone, Loan Officer with Radius Financial Group
  • Stacy Norrell, Real Estate Attorney with Sharaf & Maloney, PC

Date and time


67 Degrees Brewing

158 Grove Street

Franklin, MA 02038

To register (free) -> 

Home Selling (and Buying) Seminar with Industry Experts - Apr 14
Home Selling (and Buying) Seminar with Industry Experts - Apr 14

Franklin Diaper Drive - April 9

"Looking for a way to help your neighbors!?

🚙 Come on down to support our FHS National Honor Society students with their senior project on April 9th to donate diapers and wipes! These diapers will be shared to families working with the SAFE Coalition! "

For more information about the SAFE Coalition and their programs 


Franklin Diaper Drive - April 9
Franklin Diaper Drive - April 9

Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2022

April 2022 Franklin Library News & Events

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 17th for Easter, and Monday, April 18th for Patriots Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Book Sale

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, April 8th ,  1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, April 9th , 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, April 9th , from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

Homework Help Program

The Franklin Public Library is now offering its free Homework Help program for grades 1-8. The program takes place Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Students will be assisted by either retired teachers or high school students. Application forms for both participants and volunteers are available at the Circulation Desk and on the Library's website .

Museum Passes

Your Franklin Library card gives you the opportunity to receive either free or reduced cost admission to many of the areas most popular museums and attractions! Some of the most popular destinations are the Boston Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and the Mass State Parks Pass. Reservations may be made up to thirty days in advance on the Museum Pass page of the library's website. Be sure to check back regularly as we are continually adding more passes for you to enjoy.

Friends of the Franklin Library

From the Friends… Allow your mind to wander and your heart flutter at The Butterfly Place. The Friends of the Franklin Library recently donated 200 passes to The Butterfly Place, an indoor botanical garden filled with hundreds of freely flying butterflies - both native New England butterflies as well as tropical species from around the world. Go for the butterflies, but don't stop there, visit the koi fish, see the quail birds and enjoy the other exhibits.  After you've seen it all, take a seat on the "Show and Tell" bench where volunteers are ready to answer any of your questions. Located in Westford, MA, The Butterfly Place is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm daily (except Easter Sunday and July 4th) now through October 10th. Ready to plan your trip? If you are a Franklin resident, you can use your Library Card to request up to 4 passes which will allow your group of up to 4 to visit this gem of a museum free of charge. The Friends hope that you enjoy your visit to The Butterfly Place!

The Friends of the Franklin Library is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting The Franklin Public Library's collections and programs. Want to learn more or get involved? Send us an email at .

The newsletter was shortened for publication here. To view the full set of content visit ->
Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2022
Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2022