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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Last feast before Lent. Although Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, literally) is properly limited to Shrove Tuesday, it has come to be popularly applied to the preceding two weeks of celebration. Celebrated especially at New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL and certain Mississippi and Florida cities. State holiday in Louisiana.
     
           

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Marks the beginning of Lent. Forty weekdays and six Sundays (Saturday considered a weekday) remain until Easter Sunday. Named for the use of ashes in ceremonial penance.
     
           
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Most Christian churches observe a period of fasting and penitence (40 weekdays and six Sundays) beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending the Saturday before Easter.
     
           

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. 65th annual. The NBA All-Star Game is held outside the United States for the first time in its history when squads representing the Eastern and Western Conference tip off at the home of the Toronto Raptors. The All-Star weekend kicks off Feb 12th with the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Est attendance 100,000.
     
           
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - St. Valentine's Day celebrates the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name. One, a priest and physician, was beaten and beheaded on the Flaminan Way at Rome, Italy, Feb 14, AD 269, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Another Valentine, the bishop of Terni, is said to have been beheaded, also on the Flaminian Way at Rome, Feb 14 (possibly in a later year). Both history and legend are vague and contradictory about details of the Valentines, and some say that Feb 14 was selected for the celebration of Christian martyrs as a diversion from the ancient pagan observance of Lupercalia. An old legend has it that birds choose their mates on Valentine's Day. Now it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays. It is an occasion for the exchange of gifts (usually books, flowers, or sweets) and greeting cards with affectionate or humorous messages.
     
           

Monday, February 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. 58th annual. Celebrating the best in recording arts and sciences, the Grammys cover more than 100 categories, from classical to jazz to pop and rock. Awarded by and to artists and technical professionals. National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
     
           
  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - President's Day observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12). With the adoption of the Monday Holiday Law (which moved the observance of George Washington's birthday from Feb 22 to the third Monday in February), some of the specific significance of the event was lost and added impetus was given to the popular description of that holiday as President's Day as a day to honor all former presidents of the US, though the federal holiday is still Washington's Birthday. Annually, the third Monday in February.
     
           

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

  • - Join us for a free parent seminar on speech and langauge development sponsered by Let's Talk Speech & Language Therapy Services, LLC. Topics will include:Communication milestones from birth through kindergarten – what to expect from your child.

    Speech vs. language – what is the difference?
    Red Flags/Early Detection of Speech, Language, & Hearing Disorders.
    Tips for helping your child develop appropriate speech & language skills.
    Parent Resources:
    Early Intervention
    School Services
    Private Practices
    Local Parent Groups
    The Learning Experience
    639 Washington Street South Easton MA 02375
    Kathy 508.238.2934 southeaston@tlechildcare.com
  • | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Kids
    - Join us for our annual BeCause Our Hearts Beat Art Auction! Come on by and bid on some woderful art that has been created by our children, teachers, and members of the community. All procees will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
    The Learning Experience
    639 Washington Street South Easton MA 02375
    Kathy 508.238.2934 southeaston@tlechildcare.com

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - February 18, 1930, Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.
     
           

Friday, February 19th, 2016

  • | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs
    - Mansfield Fish & Game Protective Association invites you to join us for a Club Open House, 6:30PM, February 19, 2016.

    Learn about our club and activities we enjoy from our members, see the newly opened clubhouse, our ranges and enjoy a few snacks. Best of all we’ll be offering a significant new membership savings if you want to sign-up and join. Please stop by for further information and visit, we are located at Mansfield Fish & Game, 510 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048 (behind the town barn).

    See us online at http://www.mansfieldfish.com

    510 East St Mansfield MA 02048
  • - February 19, 1945. Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight the last man to protect massive strategic fortification linked by tunnels.
     
           

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. 58th annual running of the "Great American Race." The world's top drivers compete in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious motorsports event. Est attendance: 100,000.
     
           

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because this time of year sees heavy snowfalls. Also called the Hunger Moon, because of the meager hunting at this time of winter. The February full moon.
     
           

Friday, February 26th, 2016

  • - A 1,210-pound bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation). The powerful blast left a crater 200 feet wide and several stories deep. The cost for damage to the building and disruption of business for the 360 companies with offices in the Center exceeded $591 million. Fifteen people - the fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and 14 of his followers were indicted for the bombing. Rahman was given a life sentence, and the others received prison terms of up to 240 years each.
     
           

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA. 88th annual Honoring film achievements of the previous year. (Nominations were announced Jan 14th) Televised live.
     
           

Monday, February 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - In 2016 we add one day, February 29th, to bring our calendar more nearly into accord with the seasons. Under the Julian calendar of 46 BC every forth year was a leap year, on the assumption that it took Earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun. However, Earth's orbit period is actually 365.24219 days. For more than 1,600 years the Julian calendar was used, the calendar got out of sync with the seasons. The Gregorian calendar made just one small change: a leap day is added to the calendar every four years except for century years that are not exactly divisible by 400. Traditionally leap year is a time during which women may propose marriage to men.
     
           

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

  • - On March 1, 1872, the first area in the world to be designated a national park, most of the Yellowstone is in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by an act of Congress.
     
           

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

  • - On March 5, 1970, a skirmish between British troops and a crowd at Boston, MA, became widely publicized and contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in the colonies before the American Revolution. Five men were killed and six more were injured by British troops commanded by Captain Thomas Preston.
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - 44th running of "The Last Great Race on Earth"* (first run March 3, 1973). 1000 miles through Alaskan Wilderness from Anchorage to Nome, AK along the historic Iditarod Trail.
     
           
  • - March 5, 1933 – On his first full day in office, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the nation's faltering banking system.
     
           

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On March 6, 1836, the anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort, the Alamo. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Anna, began Feb 23rd and reached its climax March 6th, when the last of the defenders was slain. Texans, under General Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry "Remember the Alamo" and, at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21st, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas's independence.
     
           

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  • - A day to honor women, especially working women. Said to commemorate an 1857 march and demonstration of New York, NY, by female garment and textile workers.
     
           

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

  • | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, surrogate, disability, special education, children and youth, advocacy, IEP
    - Are you interested in supporting children in your community?

    You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in the custody of DCF whose parents are unknown or unavailable. In Massachusetts, these children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education. Many of these students have experienced chronic trauma throughout childhood, and thus may have social/emotional issues that impact their ability to learn and their performance in school. SESPs serve as appointed decision-makers who help these children receive appropriate supports. They have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend special education team meetings, approve or reject IEPs, and, if necessary, file a complaint or appeal. On average an SESP spends about 30-40 hours a year volunteering his/her time.
     
    Join us at this free training session offered by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, where you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning, and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. This training will be held on 12/16 from 6pm to 9pm at our office in the Schrafft Center at 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston 02129.

    Registration is required. Contact Renee Williams at rwilliams@fcsn.org or (617) 399-8311 to sign up for an orientation or to request more information about the program. You can also register online at http://fcsn.org/rtsc/events/ . Visit our website for additional trainings opportunities near you!
    The Boyden Library
    10 Bird Street Foxboro MA 02035
    Renee Williams 617.399.8311 rwilliams@fcsn.org
  • | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, surrogate, disability, special education, children and youth, advocacy, IEP
    - Are you interested in supporting children in your community?

    You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in the custody of DCF whose parents are unknown or unavailable. In Massachusetts, these children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education. Many of these students have experienced chronic trauma throughout childhood, and thus may have social/emotional issues that impact their ability to learn and their performance in school. SESPs serve as appointed decision-makers who help these children receive appropriate supports. They have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend special education team meetings, approve or reject IEPs, and, if necessary, file a complaint or appeal. On average an SESP spends about 30-40 hours a year volunteering his/her time.
     
    Join us at this free training session offered by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, where you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning, and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. This training will be held on 12/16 from 6pm to 9pm at our office in the Schrafft Center at 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston 02129.

    Registration is required. Contact Renee Williams at rwilliams@fcsn.org or (617) 399-8311 to sign up for an orientation or to request more information about the program. You can also register online at http://fcsn.org/rtsc/events/ . Visit our website for additional trainings opportunities near you!
    The Boyden Library
    10 Bird Street Foxboro MA 02035
    Renee Williams 617.399.8311 rwilliams@fcsn.org

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