The following comes courtesy of the Bacon Free Library in South Natick:

The Trustees of the Bacon Free Library have announced the launch of the Bacon Free Library Capital Campaign with a kickoff event scheduled to coincide with the library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 18 at 6 p.m.

The library first began in the parlor of Sarah Griffin Bacon’s home in the 1800s as the Ladies Social Circle Library. After she passed away, her husband, Oliver Bacon, obtained the land where the library is sited and first built a small library. When Oliver Bacon passed away in 1878, his will established a trust to build and operate a more substantial structure, which is still the current Bacon Free Library building.

In 1908, the Massachusetts legislature passed a statute forming the library as a charitable corporation, and it has operated in that form for more than 100 years.

While the Town of Natick has provided financial support for the library services since 1951, including salaries of the library director and staff and financial support for the collection, operating costs, maintenance and upkeep of the library building are the responsibility of the nonprofit corporation.

The library relies on generous donors and volunteers to operate. For instance, charitable contributions and the library endowment fund the library programming as well as building maintenance and improvements, while volunteers (through the Friends group and separately) help with programs and special events.

The goal of the Bacon Free Library capital campaign is to address several maintenance issues which are key to the longevity and health of the library building and its operation. The first phase of the capital campaign, which totals $255,000, focuses on the replacement of the existing and failing library windows with more historically accurate and energy-efficient windows as well as the repair and redesign of the interior space.

Award-winning children’s singer and songwriter Stacey Peasley will perform; snacks and further information regarding the capital campaign will be available.

For information, call the library at 508-653-6730, or visit



… Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project personnel will be in Natick to investigate residents’ concerns about mosquitoes in their area on the following dates: June 19, 20, 26, 27.

Any dates in June are very tentative and all dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and /or special event spraying. This program will shut down when cool night time temperatures become predominant in the area.

A detailed notice about our spray schedule is posted on the CMMCP phone system after 3:30 p.m. each day, and it is also listed on Click the “2019 Spray Schedule” button on the right.

Requests for service may be recorded by calling the CMMCP office at 508-393-3055 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by logging on to Results of these requests may initiate an application of mosquito insecticides to defined site-specific areas. Such an application may be accomplished by using hand or truck-mounted equipment depending on the extent of the application.

… Join the Natick Lodge of Elks and be part of a spirited, friendly and charitable organization. They support veterans, local charities, drug awareness programs and many more community related charities and activities. For more information on the lodge, including programs and events, contact Club Manager Paul Sanford at 508-653-9792, ext. 215, or, or visit

… The Friends of the Morse Institute Library have a “Book Nook,” an ongoing book and DVD sale. The Nook occupies the former display shelves in the lobby, and is open during library hours.

… Casey’s Diner on South Avenue is now open on Saturdays until 10:30 p.m., and Sundays until 7 p.m.

… Open Door at Sherrill Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Central Street, takes place Thursdays from September through June from 5-7 p.m.; come for a free meal and a chance to meet friends old and new.

… The Natick Historical Society and History Museum is now open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Check out the renovations and new exhibits, and the museum has maps, magnets and books for sale, along with a “Doors of Natick” poster.

Events for June include a free Oldtown Walking Tour on June 30 from 1-2 p.m. at the Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot St.

For details on other upcoming programs, visit

… The Lincoln Café at the Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central St., has returned to its regular schedule — Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with monthly birthday parties during lunch.

… The latest on the Cochituate Rail Trail — crews have started cleaning up the trail in preparation for the construction, which is scheduled to start sometime in August.

… What an incredible weekend, with blue skies and temps in the 70s.


For the weekend:

… June 14 is Flag Day; both the Elks lodge and the AMVETS are planning flag retirement ceremonies. The AMVETS on Superior Drive will have its ceremony at 6 p.m., while the Elks will have their ceremony at 7 p.m.

… The Farmers Market has returned to the Common. Stop by on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for local food, crafts, services and more. Free parking is available in the Town Hall parking lot and the lot behind the police station (metered parking along the roadways enforced from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). The market will be outdoors through October.

… Fisk United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut St., will hold recycling for electronics and bicycles from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All towns are welcome. For the electronics, fees will be charged for TVs ($15-$35), air conditioners ($15), appliances ($10-$20), refrigerators ($10-$25) and small electronics ($5). Free drop-off for bicycles.

… There will be a grand re-opening of Camp Arrowhead on Joseph Sheridan Way (off Route 9 westbound) on June 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served; parking will be at the Natick AMVETS Post 79 for those able to walk the Cochituate Rail Trail to the camp. Please RSVP to Kathy Lentini at or 508-647-6475.

… Memorial Beach on West Street will open for the season on June 15 and 16 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The beach will be open the week of June 17-20 from 3-7 p.m., then June 21-Aug. 11 weekdays from 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. From Aug. 12-27, the beach will be open daily from noon-5 p.m.

… On June 16, the Natick Rotary will present its annual “Tour de Natick” family bike ride. The 6-mile route will start and finish at the Common; lunch will be provided after the ride. Registration will be $40 for single riders, $65 for families. There will also be a drawing for a 2019 Trek FX bicycle, courtesy of Landry’s Cycles. Proceeds will benefit Natick’s schools, including scholarships. For information, visit


And just beyond:

… Come to “Coffee with a Purpose” on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. at the Common Street Spiritual Center. Have coffee, get social and discuss local issues. For details, email Pat Conaway at

… The Center for Arts in Natick will conduct its 12th annual Golf Outing on June 19 at Sassamon Trace Golf Course off West Street. Registration at 12:30 p.m., tee time at 1 p.m. Golfers of all levels and abilities are welcome; there will be awards and a picnic lunch from Blue Ribbon BBQ. To register or for more information, visit

… The Tunnel of Love adjacent to the downtown commuter rail station, community art made from hand-stitched creations, will be formally dedicated on June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

… The Natick Center Cultural District will offer “Natick Nights” on Thursdays in June and July from 5-8 p.m. Upcoming themes include Bling Quest on June 20; Healing Arts Night on June 27; Craft Brew Night on July 11, ArtWalk on July 18; and Christmas in July on July 25.

For details, visit

… Get ready for a lot of art this spring and summer.

From June 29 to Aug. 28, the exhibit at the Morse Institute Library will be the “Perspectives” photography show. A reception for this exhibit will be held July 15 at Lebowitz Hall from 5-7 p.m.

Looking ahead, the annual Natick Artists Open Studios will take place the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For information on these events, visit

… Update from the Friends of the Fourth:

This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Natick’s Diversity.”

Fundraisers include a Trivia Night at the Lookout Farm Taproom on June 20 at 7 p.m., and Giving Night at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza on June 26 from 11:30 a.m.-10 a.m. (mention “Friends of the Fourth,” and 20 percent of the sales will be donated to the Friends).

The current events scheduled include a Children’s Parade on the Common on July 1 at 5:30 p.m., along with the parade on July 4 at 9 a.m.

Volunteers, sponsors and donations are always welcome. For details, visit

… Charles River Rotary Club will stage its seventh annual Scoopapalooza Ice Cream Festival on June 22 from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Common. All-you-can eat frozen treats, along with music, family activities and local sponsors. Proceeds from the event will support Rotary’s scholarships and SPARK Kindness and its free “Resilient Parent, Resilient Child” speaker series. The rain date will be June 23. Event information is available at

The Charles River Rotary Club is a regional service club which serves Natick, Framingham, Wellesley, Ashland and beyond. Meetings are Thursdays from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at The Hampton Inn in Natick. For more information, visit

… Fisk United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut St., will conduct a Vacation Bible School, “To Mars and Beyond,” from June 24-28 for children age 4-11. The VBS will feature games, songs, learning, crafts and fun. There is no cost; register via For information, call 508-653-1674 or email

… Save the date for Natick Days on Sept. 7, and the Oldtown Photo Calendar competition on Oct. 20.


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