Tonight, come see the undefeated Melrose Red Raiders play the Winchester Sachems at Fred Green Field at 7 p.m.
Brad Hutchinson Real Estate will hold their annual pumpkin giveaway on Saturday, October 14. Stop by the office at 193 Green Street with a child under 12, and pick out a free pumpkin. The giveaway runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or while supplies last.
Then come to the Horace Mann Pumpkin Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy games, pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, all the delights of the season! This is a fund-raiser for the Horace Mann School and everyone is welcome!
Enjoy the Melrose Arts and Crafts Society’s annual exhibit on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The exhibit will feature a raffle table, craft demonstrations, and handmade items for sale. Complimentary tea and pastry will be served.
On Saturday evening, cheer on the Melrose High School band in the Northeast Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) Competition from 5-9:30 p.m. at Fred Green Field. Melrose is tentatively slated to perform at 7:20pm. Admission $10 Adults, $8 Student/Senior. All are welcome!
The Melrose Fire Department is holding an Open House at Fire Headquarters on Main Street on Sunday, October 15, from 12-2 p.m., as part of Fire Prevention Week. Activities will include a firehouse tour and possibly an outdoor burn demonstration, if the weather cooperates, as well as pizza and soft drinks.
And looking far into the future…
Downtown Trick or Treat will be October 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
A Better Companion is collecting supplies for hurricane victims which will be delivered by Jet Blue. If you would like to help you can either drop things off there at 162 Tremont Street or at the Health Department. They are specifically looking for the following:
- Diapers/pull ups
- Baby wipes/disinfecting wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Powdered formula
- Women’s sanitary supplies
LCM PLUS has partnered with the Department of Public Works to construct a new Adopt-A-Site within the traffic island at the intersection of the Lynn Fells Parkway with Bellevue Avenue. Work should be completed within the next week. Special thanks to Joe Guarino and his crew for again giving back to the community by partnering to renovate Bellevue Park.
“As a long-time resident of this community, I am happy and proud to be able to contribute and give back to the beautiful town of Melrose” says Joe Guarino, owner and President of LCM PLUS.
In partnership with the City, LCMPLUS has adopted this site to make it more usable and enjoyable for the community of Melrose. LCM provided labor and materials needed to bring the park new life and add to the beauty of Melrose including: a stone wall, walkways, a sitting area, all-new landscaping, plantings, landscape lighting and irrigation system. LCM PLUS will also donate their time and labor to the upkeep of this park on an on-going basis to the City of Melrose.
Established in 1986, LCM PLUS is a licensed builder and landscaping firm headquartered in Melrose, MA. With over 30 years of experience, they have serviced clients from Southern New Hampshire, all the way down to Cape Cod. Services include landscaping, masonry, irrigation, holiday lighting, creative outdoor living and much, much more. Visit LCMPLUS.com or call (781) 662-0883 to learn more.
If you are interested in a similar Adopt-A-Site project, please contact Joan Bell, Superintendent of Mount Hood and Public Open Space, at 781-662-0210.
Join the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market on Thursday, September 28, anytime between 2-6pm for a special Senior Day at the Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Forestdale Park Senior Living. The farmers have an abundance of delicious, locally grown, fruits and vegetables, and a nice mixture of vendors selling custom handmade jewelry, personal care products, prepared foods, and sweet/savory treats. The day will begin with music from Senior Tones, 2-4pm, and also feature Tai Chi at 3pm, Chair Yoga at 4pm, a Brain Healthy cooking demo throughout the day, raffles give-aways, and more live music (4-6pm). SNAP match sponsor, Melrose Bank, is offering a sit and sip tent with free coffee generously donated by Starbucks. SNAP match up to $10 is available and two of the farmers accept HIP for additional savings.
The market is located at Bowden Park, on West Emerson and Vinton Street, across from the Cedar Park commuter rail station. For more parking options and a closer drop off, free transportation from the Milano Center until 5pm, Seniors should call 781-665-4304 to schedule their time. Free parking available at the Cedar Park Commuter Rail Stop and the Trinity Church lot. Please support your local farmers’ market!
Join Hallmark Health for the 2017 Stride for Healthy Communities 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, September 30, at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Register at hallmarkhealth.org/stride. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers in each age group category, and all children 12 years old and younger will receive a medal. Tech race shirts are included with registration while supplies last. Proceeds from the Stride benefit Hallmark Health family health services, such as CPR training for high school students, rescue resources at a local fire department, diabetes education and other initiatives to keep our communities healthy. Help us continue to make a difference in our communities while enjoying this family-friendly event. You can also help support the walkers and runners by volunteering at the water stop. To volunteer or for more information about the event, please contact the Fund Development office at 781-338-7620.
This Saturday from 1-5, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet will have a fundraiser event for Haymakers for Hope with multiple wine/beer/food vendors and lots of great raffle prizes! 100% of raffle donations will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Food vendors include Melrose Cake Company, Deanos Pasta and Fixx Chocolates.
Donations can be made online at www.haymakersforhope.org/profiles/rebecca-beraldi and tickets are still available for purchase using the code BERALDI
There are 13 amazing prizes donated by Melrose Chamber of Commerce member businesses to be won in this year’s Big Ticket Raffle, as part of the Victorian Fair scheduled for Sunday, September 10th. Look at the list and decide what prizes you would like to win, then purchase your tickets!
Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased before the Fair at Miter Biter Frame Company, 479 Main Street or at Eastern Bank, 441 Main Street. Be sure to stop by Edward Jones at 502 Main Street to view the display window of these great prizes too!
Tickets may also be purchased by contacting the Melrose Chamber of Commerce’s office at 781-665-3033. On Fair day, you can purchase tickets at the Chamber’s booth #92 (cash only), pending tickets have not been sold out. Proceeds from raffle ticket purchases benefit the Chamber’s programs and events.
“The Big Ticket Raffle is just one of the many traditions that make up the Victorian Fair and is always popular among Melrosians. Melrose Chambers members have donated some really great prizes this year and it’s yet another wonderful example of how our business community gives back throughout the year,” said Chamber Executive Director, Lauren Grymek.
Winners are drawn at the conclusion of Center Stage performances on Fair day. You don’t need to be present to win.
This year’s School Supplies Drive, sponsored by Chris Cinella of Edward Jones Investments, was the best one ever! If you have been past Chris’s office, at 502 Main Street, you already know this: Generous Melrosians, donated over 70 backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, boxes of crayons, packages of pens, glue sticks, rulers, and other necessities to help ensure that all our Melrose students have a great first day of school. Thank you to all who donated, and thank you Chris for sponsoring this wonderful school supplies drive every year.
Business has been booming in Melrose! Our vibrant business districts are one of the things people point to as making Melrose special, but we have to support them to keep our community diverse and desirable. August is always a slow time, so I want to encourage you to do some shopping in our local stores—or stop into one of our fine restaurants when it’s too hot to cook. We have just added 19 new public parking spaces in the Larrabee lot (behind Hugo’s and the VFW) and reallocated 13 more in the City Hall lot for merchants and customers, making a total of 32 more merchant and customer parking spots in the downtown area. Whether you’re shopping and dining downtown or in one of our neighborhood business districts, please support local businesses and keep your dollars in Melrose!