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Feb. 1
Sensory Stations
Morrill Memorial Library
10 a.m.
Get ready to explore the 5 senses! Miss Nicole will read a book and kids can participate in several themed sensory activities. This program has the potential to be a little messy so make sure you dress to play and have fun!!! For ages 2 and up. To register or for questions, email [email protected] or call the library at 781-769-0200, x3.
Feb. 2
Half Day Arts & Crafts Club
Civic Center, 12:30 p.m.
Looking for something fun and creative to do on a half day of school? Spark children’s creativity through arts and crafts! The afternoon will include completing a project that explores paint, collage, drawing, and more. For grades 3-5. Fee: Res: $70/NR: $80.00. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Stay Fit! Bollywood Style, Session 1
First Congregational Church, 100 Winter St., 6 p.m.
The Morrill Memorial Library is offering a series of in-person fitness classes to the beats of Bollywood music with Purnima Thakre on four Thursdays in February. The dates are February 2, 9, 16, 23. Enjoy a 45 minutes workout to the rhythm of Bollywood music. All you need to do is bring water and  wear workout clothes  Parking is available at the library, and the church parking lot at the back. The meeting room entrance is near the parking lot behind the church. No previous dance experience necessary. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200.
Whoopie Pie Creation
Civic Center, 1 p.m.
Create old fashioned whoopie pies! Using sweet ingredients to create one of the tastiest treats of all.  For grades 1-5. Fee: Res: $35/ NR $45. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Children’s Dining Etiquette Workshop
Civic Center, 1 p.m.
Present your child with the opportunity to feel confident in any dining situation by taking interactive lessons with a certified etiquette consultant. By introducing your child to proper table manners and dining etiquette today you will help build their confidence for any social situation tomorrow! For grades 2-7. Fee: Res: $70/NR: $80. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Children’s Restaurant Ready
Civic Center, 2:45 p.m.
In this class, students will learn how to use good manners at the table when dining out at a restaurant or a special event. Table manners are not just about how to hold your silverware or how to place your napkin. Good table manners also show self-awareness, respect, and courtesy to others. They are important tools for social interactions that will benefit children personally and professionally for the rest of their lives. For grades 2-7. Fee: Res: $55/ NR: $65.00. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Whoopie Pie Creation
Civic Center, 3:30 p.m.
Create old fashioned whoopie pies! Using sweet ingredients to create one of the tastiest treats of all.  For grades 6-12. Fee: Res: $35/ NR $45. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Feb. 3
Home Alone Safety
Civic Center
4 p.m.
Children will learn telephone and door answering techniques, internet safety, accident and fire protection, and first aid techniques. There will also be discussions about how to manage your time when you’re home alone for short periods of time. The class includes a variety of teaching methods, including a video and role playing. Please bring a snack and a drink. For ages 9-11 years old. Fee: $50/ NR $60. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visitnorwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
60’s & 70’s Oldie’s Dance
Norwood Senior Center, 275 Prospect St., 7 p.m.
Music by Chuck Palmer. $10 per person includes dessert, coffee, & tea. Sponsored by Senator Mike Rush and Representative John Rogers.
Feb. 4
VFW Post 2452 Meat Raffle
193 Dean St., 2-5 p.m.
The price for each drawing is $2. Ten drawings are conducted each Saturday. A pre-buy for $20 is available during the week at the Post. The pre-buy allows for entrance in all ten drawings conducted on Saturday. The winners of the pre-buys need not be present to win. The prizes are generous portions of meat and chicken. The Drawings also include a 50/50 money raffle.  A separate Winner Takes All Raffle is conducted at the end for an additional $5. The Meat Raffle is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Feb. 5
Winter Concert Series
Norwood High School, Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center
2 p.m.
Acoustic Fire fill the center with music on Feb. 5! As in past years, a free raffle sponsored by local businesses will be held during intermission each week. For more information, call the Norwood Town Hall at 781.762.1240 or visit www.norwoodma.gov/. FREE and open to the public.
Feb. 6
The Challenges of Being a Debut Author
Morrill Memorial Library (Virtual)
7 p.m.
Debut author (and librarian) Chelsea Banning was very excited to publish her first book, “Of Crown and Legends.” And then came the book signing where only 2 people showed up and the Twitter storm of support when Chelsea posted about the experience. Now, we speak with Chelsea in conversation with debut authors Laura Gao, Brian D. Kennedy, Jean Louise, and XiXi Tian to chat about the challenges and joys of getting your first book out in the world. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
Feb. 7
Revisit the Blizzard of ‘78
Morrill Memorial Library
6:30 p.m.
This February marks the 45th anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1978. Norwood was hit very hard by the incredibly destructive snow and wind of February 6 and 7 during what has become known as the worst storm of the 20th century. Norwood native Frank Ciavattone, Jr. will tell what it was like to fight that storm on the ground, as it happened. As a 23-year-old Norwood DPW employee, Frank worked the blizzard from its first flakes to the clean-up operation several days later. Come and hear what it was really like battling one of nature’s fiercest winter storms. And, we’re inviting you to bring your own stories and photographs so we can all share what it was like to survive the most memorable blizzard in history. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
Feb. 9
Stay Fit! Bollywood Style, Session 2
First Congregational Church, 100 Winter St.
6 p.m.
The Morrill Memorial Library is offering a series of in-person fitness classes to the beats of Bollywood music with Purnima Thakre on four Thursdays in February. The dates are February 2, 9, 16, 23. Enjoy a 45 minutes workout to the rhythm of Bollywood music. All you need to do is bring water and  wear workout clothes  Parking is available at the library, and the church parking lot at the back. The meeting room entrance is near the parking lot behind the church. No previous dance experience necessary. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200.
Feb. 10
Valentine’s Day Party
Civic Center
10:30 a.m.
Join a fun filled party with arts & crafts as well as delicious treats! There will be many activities for guests who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day! For ages 1.5-4 years old.  Fee: Res:$15. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit https:/norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Special Someone Valentine’s Dance
Civic Center
6:30 p.m.
Bring your special one for a magical evening and dance the night away! This semi-formal event will be a great time for all to enjoy. Pictures will be captured in the photo booth! SNOW DATE: Friday, February 17. Fee: $20/ couple (1 adult, 1 child), $5 each additional person. For all ages. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Feb. 11
Blessing Boutique Thrift Shop
First Baptist Church
10 a.m.-noon
Visit the boutique for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts as well as lots of stuff for yourself!  There will be find jewelry, purses, clothes for everyone, shoes, boots, movies, kitchen items, books, and so much more.  Everything’s in great condition and at a great price!
Author Talk: Dr. Rebecca Hall on “WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts”
Morrill Memorial Library (Virtual)
2:30 p.m.
Join in a discussion with author Rebecca Hall, JD PhD, an independent scholar, activist, and educator. Her paternal grandparents were born enslaved. She writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law, and resistance as well as articles on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory. Her most recent book, Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (Simon & Schuster, 2021) has won multiple awards, and was a finalist for the N.A.A.C.P. Image Awards and the Pen America Open Book Award.  Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
VFW Post 2452 Meat Raffle
193 Dean St., 2-5 p.m.
The price for each drawing is $2. Ten drawings are conducted each Saturday. A pre-buy for $20 is available during the week at the Post. The pre-buy allows for entrance in all ten drawings conducted on Saturday. The winners of the pre-buys need not be present to win. The prizes are generous portions of meat and chicken. The Drawings also include a 50/50 money raffle.  A separate Winner Takes All Raffle is conducted at the end for an additional $5. The Meat Raffle is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Feb. 12
Pancake Breakfast
VFW, 193 Dean St., 8:30-10:30 a.m.
The VFW Auxiliary will host a pancake breakfast that is open to the public! The breakfast will include eggs, hash browns, sausage, toast, coffee, milk, juice. All veterans receive breakfast for free. A donation from others to offset the cost. The VFW is handicapped accessible.
Winter Concert Series
Norwood High School, Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center
2 p.m.
Returning favorite Dan Gabel and the Abletones perform on Sunday, Feb. 12. As in past years, a free raffle sponsored by local businesses will be held during intermission each week. For more information, call the Norwood Town Hall at 781.762.1240 or visit http://www.norwoodma.gov/. FREE and open to the public.
Feb. 13
Paint Night
Civic Center
6 p.m.
Art supplies will be provided to create your own personal masterpiece. Participants will listen to music, be creative, and have fun! For ages 6 years old and up. Fee: Res:$25. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit https:/norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Sustainability Series: Solarpunk Norwood
Morrill Memorial Library
7 p.m.
Solarpunk is coming to our community, and we are the stars! Adults of all ages are invited to participate in a community-based art and writing project focused on producing short works of solarpunk fiction and/or artwork. “Solarpunk” is defined as an optimistic environmentalist subgenre of speculative fiction, art, and design that envisions future life on Earth transformed by the use of sustainable energy, close co-existence of human beings with nature, and progressive sociopolitical values. The final goal of this project is to make a digital book collecting fiction, poetry, and art (including paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, etc.) from community members. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
Feb. 14
Women’s Business Networking Meeting
Workspaces Norwood, 66 Winter St., 8 a.m.
The Women’s Business Networking (WBN) group is a non-profit organization for women in business or residents of Norwood and surrounding towns. The group meet two mornings per month and in addition to providing referral business, the women share and support business ideas and community events/fundraisers. If you would like more information about the organization, call 781-799-7068, or email [email protected]
Feb. 15
Turn the Page-“The Nickel Boys”
Morrill Memorial Library
10 a.m.
The group will be discussing “The Nickel Boys,” a novel written by Colson Whitehead.
Copies of the book in regular, large print and audio are available at the circulation desk. Email Patty Bailey with questions, [email protected] or call 781-443-8864. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
CPR Training
Civic Center
5:30 p.m.
Learn the life-saving skills of CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver to treat adults, children, or infants suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, choking, or other serious illness or injury. For ages 12 and up. Fee: Res:$65/NR: $75. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit https:/norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Turn the Page-“The Nickel Boys”
Morrill Memorial Library (Virtual)
6:30 p.m.
The group will be discussing “The Nickel Boys,” a novel written by Colson Whitehead.
Copies of the book in regular, large print and audio are available at the circulation desk. Email Patty Bailey with questions, [email protected] or call 781-443-8864. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/.
Feb. 16
Stay Fit! Bollywood Style, 
Session 3
First Congregational Church, 100 Winter St., 6 p.m.
The Morrill Memorial Library is offering a series of in-person fitness classes to the beats of Bollywood music with Purnima Thakre on four Thursdays in February. The dates are February 2, 9, 16, 23. Enjoy a 45 minutes workout to the rhythm of Bollywood music. All you need to do is bring water and  wear workout clothes  Parking is available at the library, and the church parking lot at the back. The meeting room entrance is near the parking lot behind the church. No previous dance experience necessary. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200.
Feb. 17
Sensory-Friendly Friday Movie at the Library
Morrill Memorial Library
1 p.m.
Join the Sensory-Friendly Friday Movie at the Library, a program specially designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The February movie in the Sensory-Friendly Friday series is TBD. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200.
BLAST Babysitting Safety
Civic Center
4 p.m.
The BLAST! (Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training) program provides training in First Aid, in household safety, and some fundamentals of childcare. This course helps prepare children to interview for a babysitting job, select safe and suitable games and activities, prevent accidents, and begin babysitting safely and competently. The course will cover choking prevention and relief and how to call 911. Participants will also be certified in CPR/AED. Participants should bring a drink and a nut-free snack. For ages 11-15 years old. Fee: Res: $85/NR:$95. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit https:/norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Feb. 18
VFW Post 2452 Meat Raffle
193 Dean St.
2-5 p.m.
The price for each drawing is $2. Ten drawings are conducted each Saturday. A pre-buy for $20 is available during the week at the Post. The pre-buy allows for entrance in all ten drawings conducted on Saturday. The winners of the pre-buys need not be present to win. The prizes are generous portions of meat and chicken. The Drawings also include a 50/50 money raffle.  A separate Winner Takes All Raffle is conducted at the end for an additional $5. The Meat Raffle is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Feb. 19
Winter Concert Series
Norwood High School, Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center
2 p.m.
The Winter Concert Series will close on  Sunday, Feb. 19, with ‘Portrait in Jazz’. As in past years, a free raffle sponsored by local businesses will be held during intermission each week. For more information, call the Norwood Town Hall at 781.762.1240 or visit www.norwoodma.gov/. FREE and open to the public.
Feb. 22
Electric Vehicles in Norwood
Morrill Memorial Library
6:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to own an Electric Vehicle (EV) in Norwood? How would you charge it, and where? How far can you go with a single charge? What about vehicle maintenance? And is it true there are local, state, and national rebates available? The Norwood Chapter of the League of Women Voters will welcome energy experts, Ray Stetkiewicz and Mark Scribner from Energy New England, to present the ins and outs of owning an EV in Norwood. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200 and to submit your questions in advance and make sure Ray and Mark cover the answers during their presentation.
Feb. 23
Stay Fit! Bollywood Style, 
Session 4
First Congregational Church, 100 Winter St., 6 p.m.
The Morrill Memorial Library is offering a series of in-person fitness classes to the beats of Bollywood music with Purnima Thakre on four Thursdays in February. The dates are February 2, 9, 16, 23. Enjoy a 45 minutes workout to the rhythm of Bollywood music. All you need to do is bring water and  wear workout clothes  Parking is available at the library, and the church parking lot at the back. The meeting room entrance is near the parking lot behind the church. No previous dance experience necessary. Register at www.norwoodlibrary.org/morrillcalendar/ or call 781-769-0200.
Feb. 24
Kids Night Out!
Civic Center
6-8:30 p.m.
Parents, take the night off! Kids, join Civic staff for a night of fun! The night will include group games, makes crafts, and more. Pizza dinner* and juice provided. Open to participants in grades 1-5. *Food not guaranteed for registrations made the day of the event. For grades 1-5. Fee: Res: $20/ NR: $25. To sign up, visit the Civic Center, 165 Nahatan St., or visit https:/norwoodma.myrec.com/ info/default.aspx.
Feb. 25
Blessing Boutique Thrift Shop
First Baptist Church, 71 Bond St.
10 a.m.-noon
This shop has a little of everything, and just what you need.  It’s so much fun to browse around and select special treasures!
VFW Post 2452 Meat Raffle
193 Dean St.
2-5 p.m.
The price for each drawing is $2. Ten drawings are conducted each Saturday. A pre-buy for $20 is available during the week at the Post. The pre-buy allows for entrance in all ten drawings conducted on Saturday. The winners of the pre-buys need not be present to win. The prizes are generous portions of meat and chicken. The Drawings also include a 50/50 money raffle.  A separate Winner Takes All Raffle is conducted at the end for an additional $5. The Meat Raffle is open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Feb. 26
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Ferrari of New England, 442 Bos.-Prov. Hgwy.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Feb. 28
Women’s Business Networking Meeting
Workspaces Norwood, 66 Winter St.
8 a.m.
The Women’s Business Networking (WBN) group is a non-profit organization for women in business or residents of Norwood and surrounding towns. The group meet two mornings per month and in addition to providing referral business, the women share and support business ideas and community events/fundraisers. If you would like more information about the organization, call 781-799-7068, or email [email protected]
Titles on Tap Book Group
Napper Tandy’s
7:30 p.m.
The February title has yet to be announced. Titles on Tap is a social book group for readers in their 20s and 30s and for the young at heart. We go in for stories that are shaken, not stirred, and we don’t mind taking our love of lit outside the library walls. Titles on Tap meets once a month in the left-hand bar of Napper Tandy’s to eat, drink, be merry, and discuss the latest reading selection.