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Rabies Clinic April 6Th

The Foxborough Board of Health is sponsoring its annual Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs with Dr. Richard Moschella, D.V.M. of the Foxboro Animal Hospital, on Saturday, April 6 at the Foxboro Highway Garage, 70 Elm Street. Cats are welcomed between 8-10a.m., while dogs should come between 10 a.m. to noon.

The cost of the rabies vaccine is $10.00. Microchipping is also available and provided by Foxborough’s Animal Control Officer, Kaycee Bailey for $25.00.

LET’S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, April 10th

Laugh “for the health of it” at Let’s Laugh Today on Wednesday, April 10th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin!

Laughter Yoga is a body/mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! They laugh together on every second Wednesday of each month.

There is a $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. Led by Certified Master Trainers, Bill and Linda Hamaker.

See www.letslaughtoday.com for opportunities to laugh in other towns. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Offers Childbirth Education Classes

Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s Maternity Services offers a variety of childbirth education classes to help prepare you and your partner for childbirth and parenthood.

Sturdy Memorial’s Preparing for Childbirth and Childbirth Refresher classes are taught by certified childbirth instructors. Both classes discuss the techniques for proper relaxation and breathing, conditioning exercises to improve comfort during the birthing process – both physically and emotionally, and cesarean births. The Preparing for Childbirth classes are for first-time parents and the Childbirth Refresher classes are for parents who have been through the birthing process before but would like a review.

The Introduction to Breastfeeding class is an excellent way to learn all the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as helpful information and hints to make your breastfeeding experience a success.

The Are You Ready for Baby? class helps children get ready for their new brother or sister through role-playing with dolls, a slide show, and a visit to the newborn nursery. The class is helpful for children ages three to eight.

To protect a new baby’s health and safety, Pediatric CPR classes are also offered for parents. 

The New Moms Group is for women with babies between the ages of 2 weeks and 12 months. Participants have the opportunity to talk about their growing babies, discuss concerns and expectations, learn different tips from other mothers in the group, and more. 

Sturdy’s maternity unit offers comfortable, private rooms and amenities like a Jacuzzi® shower, and a special breakfast buffet. The entire childbirth experience – from labor to discharge – takes place in one room that features the latest medical equipment.

For additional information, program fees or to register for any of the classes or for more information regarding maternity services, please call 508/236-7151.            

Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, independent, financially stable, not-for-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Patriot Place To Celebrate 10th Irish Festival Saturday, March 16

Patriot Place’s popular St. Patrick’s Day weekend event to feature live Irish music, step dancing performances and free Irish-themed family activities


The free festival begins at 11 a.m. and will occur rain or shine

Patriot Place is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the lifestyle center’s 10th annual Irish Festival on Saturday, March 16. The daylong festival, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. and features live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers along with free Irish-themed games and activities for children of all ages to enjoy.

The live music will take place on the main stage outside of Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ | Howl at the Moon | Topgolf Swing Suite and a second stage outside of Charming Charlie in the North Marketplace. The main stage will feature performances by Fenian Sons (11 a.m. – noon), Joshua Tree (12:30-1:30 p.m.) and Devri (2-4 p.m.) while the second stage will feature Stanley & Grim (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and the Celtic Ks (2-4 p.m.).

The Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band will be performing throughout Patriot Place from noon to 2 p.m.

The main stage will also be holding Irish step dancing performances by the Sullivan-Stewart Studio of Irish Dance of Plainville (noon – 12:30 p.m.), the School of Irish dance of The Harney Academy of Walpole (1:30 – 2 p.m.) and the Greene-O’Leary School of Irish Dance of Needham Westwood, Milton, and Dedham (2:20 – 2:50 p.m.).

Irish merchants like Boston Fire Gear, Erie’s Shop, The Irish Shop, New England Novelty, Mulligan Gear and JAT Creations (Irish and Celtic jewelry) will be set up throughout Patriot Place.

Free Irish-themed activities scheduled throughout the day include a sheep petting zoo, a caricature artist, an Irish-themed STEM program presented by The Children’s Museum of Easton, balloon twisting by Dan’s Balloons, face painting and a photo booth, just to name a few. Additionally, New England Patriots mascot, Pat Patriot, New England Revolution mascot, Slyde, and the Revolution Street Team will be making special appearances at the festival.

“The Irish Festival has become a St. Patrick’s Day weekend tradition at Patriot Place over the years and this year’s event will be cause for added celebration as it marks our 10th festival,” said Patriot Place Vice President and General Manager Brian Earley. “We have an excellent lineup of bands performing live Irish music to create a festive atmosphere throughout the property while guests of all ages are able to enjoy the many Irish vendors, games and activities we have planned throughout the day. It’s an event I always look forward to and am excited to celebrate the joys of the Irish culture and kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 16 at Patriot Place.”

Hockomock Area YMCA Announces Healthy Weight and Your Child Program Classes this Spring

Family Information Session on February 25th at Foxborough Regional Charter School

The Hockomock Area YMCA is excited to announce a new program called Healthy Weight and Your Child Program which empowers 7-13 year olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Beginning February 25 th , this program will take place onsite at the Foxborough Regional Charter School.

The Healthy Weight and Your Child program emphasizes three elements: healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change, engages the whole family, so together they can understand how the home environment and other factors influence the choices that lead to a healthy weight.

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 15 week physical activity and nutrition program that meets two times a week for 2 hours each session (Mondays and Wednesdays). There will be one hour of
fun movement-based activity during the class. Made up of a group of 10 children and their parents/caregivers, the program creates a safe, fun, and active environment for children and their families to explore and adopt proven methods to living a healthier lifestyle. The program is an evidence-based model, developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best available research, as well as clinical and government guidelines. The sessions are facilitated by trained content and activity leaders who are committed to engaging the whole family.

Those interested in this program are invited to attend a Family Information Session on Monday, February 25th from 6:15pm to 8:15pm at the Foxborough Regional Charter School. Interested
families can contact Marykate Bergen at marykateb@hockymca.org or call 508-339-4053 to register to attend the session. The Hockomock Area YMCA has been involved with youth obesity
prevention since 2007, which marked the start of their Healthy Futures Initiative designed to create healthier communities.

Program cost is $300 for YMCA members and $400 for non-members. Families will also receive a complimentary YMCA membership while enrolled in the program (a $300 value). To be eligible for the program, each child must be between the ages of 7 and 13, have a body mass index greater than or equal to the 95th percentile, be cleared for physical activity by a health care provider or school nurse, and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at every session.