Trick-or-Treat and Daylight Savings Time This Week!

children trick-or-treating

Halloween is finally here! In case you were unsure about when trick-or-treating is in Woburn, it will be on October 31, rain or shine! There are no specific times scheduled for it, but some parents like to start early when it is still light out. For those interested in trick-or-treating indoors, the Woburn Mall (300 Mishawum Road) will be handing out candy from 5 to 7pm. 

Another important date worth mentioning is Sunday, November 4. On the first Sunday of every November, it's time to "Fall back." Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour at 2am for Daylight Savings Time! Did you know that Daylight Savings Time started during World War I?

Friends Helping Seniors Holiday Auction Open for Bidding!

Senior Center sign

Every holiday season, shoppers brave the lines at the mall to purchase gifts for friends and family. This year, have some fun shopping for gifts by bidding on an auction from the comfort of your own home. The Friends Helping Seniors are opening up the bidding for their annual holiday auction on November 1 at 8:00am through November 16.

There are a number of fun and unique items that will make the perfect holiday gifts! The highest bidder will get the chance to win items such as gift certificates, Red Sox tickets, gift baskets, hotel stays and much more!

Proceeds from the auction will help support services for the seniors of Woburn such as transportation services, Senior Center programs, domestic services and educational opportunities. The "Friends" are a private, non profit organization that works cooperatively with the Woburn Council on Aging. This auction will allow the Friends to expand upon the programs already offered to seniors.

St. Charles Borromeo Parish 150th Anniversary Events!

St. Charles 150th Anniversary Save the Date

St. Charles Borromeo Parish is celebrating its historic 150th Anniversary this month with a few fun-filled events. On November 3 at 4:00pm, there will be a mass followed by a gala celebration dinner at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. Cocktails will kickoff at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 7pm! Tickets for this event and the 150 raffle can be obtained at the Rectory. 

The events don't stop here because on the following day at 10am St. Charles will be holding a mass/feast of St. Charles Borromeo as well as a mass for deceased members of the parish. This will then be followed by a coffee social and the 150 ticket drawing.

58th Annual Halloween Parade!

halloween parade

If you love Halloween time and cannot wait until the very last day in October for it to arrive, then start celebrating a few days early! Join the Woburn Host Lions Club on Sunday, October 28 from 1-3pm for their 59th Annual Halloween Parade!

Every year this parade draws in a crowd of at least 80,000 people to see more than 90 floats from local groups and organizations. The parade hosts over 25 bands such as the University of New Hampshire, Mass Maritime, Waltham American Legion and local community bands! This parade is sure to be a fun time for the entire family!

The parade will kick off at 1pm sharp beginning at the intersection (rotary) of Rt. 38 and I-95 by the Woburn Cinema/Holiday Inn Select (exit 35 off of I-95). The parade will head south on route 38, Main Street, Woburn and travel for 2.2 miles to the Woburn/Winchester line.

Children's Halloween Party at the Public Library!

children in costumes

Although the Woburn Public Library recently hosted a Halloween Party for adults, they certainly did not forget about the children! Bring the kids, dressed up in their spookiest costumes, for a Halloween Party at the Library on Monday, October 29 from 3:30-4:30pm.

The children will enjoy both funny and spooky Halloween tales read and told by Cynthia Fordham and Karen Mattes. Other highlights for the afternoon include a mummy-wrapping contest and yummy treats! 

Party-goers will also have a chance to enter the Dino-basket raffle. By purchasing tickets, which cost $2 each or 3 for $5, you will have a chance to win a basket full of dinosaur-themed books ($80 value) donated by the Fernald Family. The drawing for the basket will take place at the end of the party. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Library Building Fund. 

Local Resident Pens New Book About Woburn During the Civil War

Woburn Historical Society logo

History buffs rejoice because Woburn resident and Woburn Historical Society member Leon E. Basile has just written a new book called "A Union Town During the Civil War; Woburn, Massachusetts" (Volume One). Published and copywritten by the Historical Society, this book has been a long time coming and 937 pages later it is here for readers to enjoy! The book covers the history of Woburn before the Civil War from 1850 through July of 1862.

This book would not have been possible if it wasn't for the assistance of Kathy Lucero and Bob Maguire who made sure it got published, along with the help of John Flaherty who generously offered to pay for the printing fees and the entire project. Both Flaherty and Basile would like the proceeds from the book sale to go to the Historical Society.

If you would like to order a copy of the book and support the Historical Society, you can order it on their website (click here) or pick up a copy for $35 at the Burdett Mansion on Tuesday's from 10-12pm and Saturday's from 10-12pm. 

Cancer Prevention Study- 3 - October 24th

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The North Suburban YMCA blood draw is on Wednesday, October 24th from 3-7pm in the Rock Climbing room. They need volunteers to help set up for it at 2:15pm. They are also looking for more participants.

The American Cancer Society is helping sponsor this study. They hope that by having more participants, it will help them have a better understanding of how to prevent cancer and save lives. Each participant will fill out some paperwork and get their blood drawn. Then, they will complete periodic surveys at home about their health, lifestyle habits, and family history which will help researchers learn factors that can cause and prevent cancer.

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