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By Charlotte Henderson | Oct 13, 2017

Grange Variety Show

The Fifth Annual Grange Variety Show is ready to “hit the boards” this Friday evening, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Evening Star Grange. Organizer Mildred Melgard promises another evening of music, comedy, and what-have-you from local performers. The show is family-oriented and free (of course, donations are welcome). Bring the gang, enjoy the fun and stay for refreshments.

Monday morning Washington Walkers

If you want a chance to get out and build some stamina and strength, breathe fresh air, and enjoy companionship, Washington Walkers is worth a try. Walkers meet at Gibbs Library at 9 a.m. to walk at their own speed out Bill Luce Road to a turnaround point and come back. The course is 3 miles in total. Everybody is encouraged to set a pace and distance that works for them. Anyone who wants to walk is welcome and there’s no requirement to participate every time. For more information, contact Peg Hobbs at 845-2900.

Book group to read 'Bluest Eye'

“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison will be the focus of Gibbs Library’s book group Thursday, Oct. 19. The group for men and women meets in the library at 7 p.m. Sessions are usually around an hour, but time varies, as it did last month with what Toni Weiner, the group’s coordinator, called a “spirited discussion” of “Hillbilly Elegy.” Morrison, a black single mother with two sons, wrote her first book, “The Bluest Eye,” in 1970 while she was teaching at Howard University. It was considered controversial and was banned in several cities, yet it later (1993) captured the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The book is available at Gibbs Library and promises to be another good conversation for group members. Everyone is welcome to join in. If you haven’t read the book, it’s still very OK to come listen, but please hold back comments until the end of the session. The selection for November is “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng and, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, will be held Nov. 16 (the third, rather than fourth, Thursday).

Chef Vic at Masons’ supper

Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge will welcome Vic Oboyski to chef at its public roast pork supper Saturday, Oct. 21. Vic comes in from Brunswick every once in a while to help out the lodge and say hello to old friends and make new ones. All the regular cooks and servers will be there as usual to pamper you. Next week’s supper runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and includes roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, biscuits, dessert, coffee, tea and punch. The cost is adults $10 and children $5. This is always a great meal and good company. Hope to see you there.

New food bank dates

Please remember that the next Washington Food Pantry is Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Washington Village Church. (The October date has passed.) We ask everyone to share this information wherever appropriate. The schedule was changed to make distribution of seasonal produce more timely. The December food pantry is also changed and will be Dec. 6.

On a very personal note: I often hear the term “food insecurity” when people talk about not knowing where the next groceries will be coming from. Food insecurity: The euphemism annoys me to the nth degree. It disguises and diminishes the fear, anxiety, guilt and desperation of “hunger.” When the cupboard is bare it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day – really.

Need calm and quiet?

In our hurly-burly world, quietness can be hard to find, and yet a small group of us meditate. Our very layman definition is that it’s a way to calm oneself inside and out, relax (inside and out) and mentally move toward a feeling of serenity. Fortunately, we’ll have a chance to find out how a Zen guide defines the practice, hear him explain meditation and how it works, and how we can practice this discipline on our own. A workshop, “Loving Kindness Meditation,” is being offered to by the Washington Meditation Group that meets Thursdays.

The presentation is Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Peter Seishin Wohl, a Zen priest and teacher, will be on hand to talk about meditation and its healthful benefits. He has practiced Zen for more than 20 years and helped establish the Treetop Center in Oakland. The Washington Meditation Group welcomes everyone to participate. The “regulars” know there is a certain amount of mystery and shyness about joining a group that does something “different.” They are hoping Peter Wohl will help dispel some of those feelings. Come check it out in a couple of weeks or just show up Thursday mornings.

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