May Meeting: Author Hallie Ephron

Hallie-EphronFor our final program of the year, we welcome novelist, book reviewer, journalist, and writing teacher Hallie Ephron! Author of nine acclaimed novels, Amazon describes her latest this way: “There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron is a compelling novel of psychological suspense in which a young woman becomes entangled in a terrifying web of deception and madness involving an elderly neighbor. When Evie Ferrante learns that her mother has been hospitalized, she finds her mother’s house in chaos. Sorting through her mother’s belongings, Evie discovers objects that don’t quite belong there, and begins to raise questions. Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother’s recent activities, but Mina is having her own set of problems…In There Was An Old Woman, award-winning author Hallie Ephron delivers another work of domestic noir with truly unforgettable characters that will keep you riveted.”There-Was-An-Old-Woman_Hallie-Ephron

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to bring your dues renewal of $70 to Susan Eason; checks may be made out to AAUW Melrose-Wakefield Branch. There will be a special raffle for those whose dues are paid by the day of the meeting!

We also have next year’s signup sheets available; don’t forget to pick a slot for President or Secretary of the Month, and do consider taking on a Board position or Committee Chairship.

See you Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 7PM at First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose!


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April Meeting: Movie Night!

The-HelpNote the change of location for our April 9th meeting! It’s movie night, so as we have in the past, we’ll meet at Windsor Oak Grove Village Clubhouse across from Pine Banks Park. Please arrive promptly at 6:45PM to grab snacks and a seat. The business meeting will begin at 7PM to accommodate the length of the movie.

We’ll be screening “The Help,” starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this role). The film was written and directed by Tate Taylor, who adapted it from Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name. From Netflix: In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia ["Skeeter"] Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots.

Windsor Oak Grove Village Clubhouse is on Main Street in Melrose, across the street from Pine Banks Park. Parking is allowed on Main Street, within the complex (as long as it’s not marked for retail only), and in the “guest” slots in front of the Clubhouse; there is also a parking lot at Hunt’s.

See you Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 6:45PM at Windsor Oak Grove Village!

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March Meeting: Coffee, Tea & Me


CTMWe’ll hear from Lorenzo Tenreiro, proprietor of Coffee, Tea & Me on Main Street in Melrose (and also La Qchara on Franklin Street).

Lorenzo and his wife, Emily, opened the doors of Coffee, Tea & Me in April of 2011. Their coffee and loose leaf tea drinks are all made from certified fair trade and socially sustainable products, and they offer an array of baked

Lorenzogoods and specialty items (like empanadas, my personal favorite!). Lorenzo will talk to us about sourcing high-quality coffee and more.

See you Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 7PM at First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose!

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February Meeting: Textilelations

beverly-hinckley-_001Beverly Hinckley, fiber artist and award winning (retired) Melrose teacher, will do a trunk show with several of the quilts she has made, some of the art pieces, and lots of stories about how she began and the fiber art process.

“I began my work with mixed media, but have always been a sewing and quilting enthusiast – working on commission pieces for weddings, graduations, and new arrivals and small wall-hanging pieces, bags, and coats. For many years, I have submitted artwork to the Juniper Island Arts Festival in Stoney Lake, Ontario, Canada and have been very well received. My original collage work utilized discarded frames, paper, rocks, wood, bones, feathers, dirt, nests, and found objects. One of my pieces hangs in the Chief’s Lodge house of the Ojibwa First Nation in Ontario. Now, however, I am using fabric pieces and leftovers to explore color and form; creating art through quilted pieces that utilize natural objects, hand-painted fabric, and dimensional objects.”


See you Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 7PM at First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose!

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First Meeting of 2014!

parks-protectionOur next meeting is on January 8th.  Join us for an evening with Lynn Hildenbrand, head of Visitor Services for Middlesex/Essex District of Massachusetts State Parks.  She will give a presentation on “The Prettiest Places in the Commonwealth.”

The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depend on the accessibility and quality of our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country.  Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.

The audience is welcome to share their experiences in the prettiest places in the Commonwealth and will be offered helpful dcr-trailsbrochures to plan their next trip. 

See you Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 7PM at First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose!

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First Meeting of 2013-14!


It’s September already. That means a new season of AAUW meetings, ideas, and reconnecting with friends — and, of course, our Welcome Back Dinner on October 9th!

This year our dinner will be catered by Petrone’s of Melrose, offering us a nice variety of dishes from which to choose: garden salad, ziti with marinara sauce, chicken parmigiana, and meatballs, plus delicious desserts from the Sweet Spot Bakery.

Come visit with friends after our summer break, get a preview of the programs being planned for the year, and enjoy the delicious food. We encourage you to bring a guest — or two. It will be a friendly, informal occasion, perfect for introducing a friend to AAUW.

You should receive a flyer in the mail soon — please return your reservation and your check by September 30, 2013, so we have an accurate count for ordering food and drink. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
645 Main Street, Melrose

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AAUW-MWB Needs You!

Hope everyone haUncle_Sam_(pointing_finger)had a happy, healthy, relaxing (or productive, whichever you prefer) summer!

As we gear up for our 2013-2014 season, we are still looking for volunteers for a few President and Secretary of the Month slots, Board positions, and committees.

Interested? If so, (a) we love you! and (b) you can sign up here: Volunteer Signup Sheet. (Note: After you fill in your name, move your cursor to a different cell; otherwise, your signup will not register in the GoogleDoc.)

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the duties entailed in any of these positions!

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