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Monday - Friday: 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

WCC Highlights

LAST CALL - Wooed By The Food Vendors!

Join us June 9th!
We are still accepting Food Trucks & Event Vendors for our 4th Annual Wooed By The Food event on June 9th. Fill out your Vendor Registration form today! For Food Vendors we will accommodate the space needed for your truck/trailer, and a generic 12'x12' space for Event Vendors. Discount pricing is available for Vendors who register for all 3 Whitin Park events this year! Below is some important information for each event: All events & Vendors selling, sampling or handing out food products, regardless of whether a fee is charged, MUST obtain a One-Day Food Permit from the Northbridge Board of Health (BOH). The BOH requires that you submit an application for a One-Day Food Permit a minimum of 14 days prior to the event (May 26th). ALL Food Vendors must contact the BOH to determine permit requirements, permit fees, and inspection schedules. This permit is separate from the Registration fees for the WCC Event(s).
Northbridge Board of Health, 14 Hill St. Whitinsville, MA 01588, 508.234.3272, http://www.northbridgemass.org/board-of-health
4th Annual Wooed By The Food, Saturday, June 9th, 11am-5pm Setup time for ALL Vendors is from 8am-10am and breakdown is any time after 5pm. Our goal is to make the Wooed By The Food a profitable day for everyone, with this, we will not accept duplicate Food Vendors (i.e. 2 BBQ Vendors, 2 Ice Cream Vendors etc.). We will do our best, although cannot guarantee, exclusivity on specific menu items. This being said, registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The application deadline for Wooed is May 26th, 2018, and payment must be received to reserve your space.
Register Vendor Space online here!

Already Enrolled In BVCP?

Refer a friend & earn rewards!
It has been our experience that satisfied parents are our best advertisers. Our way of recognizing your efforts on behalf of BVCP, will be $150 for every referral you make to us! Please refer to your Parent Handbook for more information. Or contact BVCP Director, Ginny Alicea at 508.234.8184 ext 105 or Ginny.Alicea@OurGym.org for more information.

N-O-W Enrolling For Fall At The Blackstone Valley Children's Place!

Voted #1 Daycare in Northbridge!
Registration is open for Fall 2018! A learning experience is found in every moment of a child’s life. Blackstone Valley Children's Place provides a nurturing atmosphere that encourages every child to discover their potential through exploratory play. By providing quality educational early childhood and school age experiences, our professionally trained staff offers an environment that promotes creative, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Children gain confidence and independence, learn communication and problem solving skills; all while making friends and enjoying a full range of enrichment activities designed to prepare every child to enter kindergarten with a strong foundation in educational skills.
Please contact BVCP Director, Ginny Alicea at 508.234.8184 ext 105 or Ginny.Alicea@OurGym.org for more information on how to enroll your child!

Shoe Drive Fundraiser to Raise Money for All Abilities Community Playground

Collecting Now Through November 23rd!
The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from September 24th- November 23rd to raise funds for the Community Playground Project. The WCC will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Those dollars will benefit the WCC’s Community Playground Project. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes in the WCC’s Lobby. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs to help them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing & Events. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that could be donated, I know I personally do. By doing so, we raise money for our Community Playground Project, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.” The WCC’s Community Playground Project will encourage everyone to go outside and play no matter what age or ability! The WCC’s Blackstone Valley Children's Place (BVCP) believes that interacting with nature and enjoying physical activity is an experience that should be enjoyed by all residents in our community. Not only does it provide exercise and fresh air, but the opportunity for social interactions. As a fulfillment of our mission, this playground will not be just for children, but for people of all ages who want to improve their health and wellness. The goal of the Community Playground Project will be safety, dignity and the independence for all abilities and ages to enjoy!
By donating your gently worn, used and new shoes to the WCC the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world. Only have 1 shoe, not a problem, your donation will still be accepted!

Black Friday Blowout!

You don't want to miss this! Big reveal coming soon!
It's coming, stay tuned for details!

Fall For Savings Membership Drive

Sign up as a Member and enjoy the benefits!
(October 1-October 31) Every NEW Family Membership paid in full or by monthly automatic withdrawal will receive a 25% discount and no joining fee!
(November 1st-November 30th) In the spirit of “it takes a village”, November is Giving Back month. For every NEW membership that is taken out during the month, we will donate the value of one month to be used towards the Support Our Troops drive for mailing & supplies. Do something good for yourself and the community! ****NOTE***** The membership promotions listed above cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Corporate rates, Tufts Health Insurance discounts, and Black Friday Gift Certificates are not eligible for these membership promotions. Other exclusions may apply.

Pain Awareness Month

September 1st-30th
Chronic pain comes in many shades. The descriptions alone can be colorful: throbbing, shooting, aching, burning, freezing, and so many more. Pain patients rarely describe their pain by using only one of these vivid explanations. Just as there are innumerable ways to describe pain, there are countless conditions that can cause or contribute to chronic pain.
What You Need to Know: Nearly 100 Million Americans experience chronic pain - more than those who who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Pain is a warning sign that indicates a problem that needs attention. Pain starts in the receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body. Living with pain can be debilitating and adversely affect your daily life.
In 2001, a coalition of groups and organizations established September as the official month for the chronic pain community to receive national recognition. Organizations across the country come together during the month of September with the combined goal of bringing awareness and highlighting how pain affects individuals, families, communities, and the nation. These awareness goals include educating caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the community about available treatments – ranging from alternative to mainstream – that may complement existing care for a more holistic approach to pain management.
FAQ About Pain Management

Healthy Aging Month

September 1st-30th
Healthy Aging® Month is an annual obser­vance month designed to focus national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older. The mis­sion of Healthy Aging® Month is to encourage local level Healthy Aging® events that pro­mote tak­ing per­sonal respon­si­bil­ity for one’s health… be it phys­i­cally, socially, men­tally or financially.
10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September Is Healthy Aging Month: -Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. -----What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. -Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. -Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. -Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. -Stand up straight! -Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Lonely? -Volunteer your time, Take a class, Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. -Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. -Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. -Find your inner artist. Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!
For more info click here!

"Natural Health 101" with Dr. Theolinda Barry

WCC Conference Room, September 26th, 7:00-8:00pm
If you’ve ever thought about getting healthier but figured it’s just too overwhelming, then come hear Dr. Theolinda Barry, a local naturopath, discuss simple but effective ways to get - and stay- healthy, naturally! You’ll leave with practical take-home suggestions you can implement right away in your own home!
Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. FREE Members, $5 Non-Members
For more information please contact Theolinda at: drtbarry@verizon.net, Healthy By Nature, 800 Providence Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588, 508.234.5655

Historic Paint Restoration Of The Gardeners’ Shed

Thank you to Gadoury Homes, LLC!
The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is pleased to announce that the paint restoration is complete! The building referred to as the “Tennis Shack” originally known as the Gardeners’ Shed, located in Whitin Park, has undergone an extensive historic paint restoration over the past few weeks. The project was donated and completed by the skillful and expert hands of Gadoury Homes, LLC. Its architecture recalls an earlier time and is an important feature of Whitin Park that tells the story of the Victorian gardens. This building is the only remaining original building left from the John C. Whitin estate (circa 1875) on the property. The 11 acre estate of the founder of the Whitin Machine Works was developed in the 1870s as a gift to Whitin's second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Pratt. On the northern border of the estate, High Street, there was a large glass greenhouse constructed. Below the greenhouse, the land was terraced flat to accommodate a large formal garden. Many specimens grown in the greenhouse were transplanted into the formal gardens. Built into the foot of this garden area was a simple building - commonly referred to as a Gardeners’ Shed. The Gardener’s Shed was once adjacent to tiered flowerbeds and an award-winning greenhouse that produced orchids year-round.
When the estate was closed and the mansion was torn down in 1943, the land was deeded to the Whitin Community Center. It was then the Trustees of the WCC discussed how the newly acquired 7.5 acres of the "upper estate" could be utilized toward our mission to support the health and well-being of individuals and families and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. The entire parcel of land was on a hillside, rising some 75 feet in elevation that made the land unsuitable for sports such as baseball, football, or soccer. There was one flat area, however, the former formal garden, and it was decided to build 3 tennis courts across the expanse. In 1945, the Gardeners’ Shed was retained, and was put to new use as the Tennis Shack where players could assemble before their matches on one of three courts above the building. This building now stores our tennis equipment and materials needed for our park fundraising events.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our Board of Trustee member, and owner of Gadoury Homes, LLC, Norman Gadoury and his team, the building has been painted to its original grandeur. The Tennis Shack will now be able to be enjoyed and used for generations to come.

Kids Coloring Contest!

Enter the WCC’s Coloring Contest for your chance to win great prizes!
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place prizes will be awarded in two age categories: Ages 4-6 & Ages 7-10. Entries may be mailed or hand delivered to the WCC at: Whitin Community Center 60 Main St. Whitinsville, Ma 01588
All entries must be received by October 5th to be qualified for the prizes. All qualified entries will be on display in the WCC Lobby. Be sure to stop by and cast your vote! One vote per person.
Winners will be contacted after the Fall Food Festival on October 13th.
Download your entry here!

NEW! Scarecrow Contest

Contest open to everyone: individuals, schools, organizations, youth groups, clubs & businesses.
Entry Fee: $5 (12'x12' space).
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place prizes will be awarded. All qualified entries will be on display in Whitin Park and must withstand New England weather. Entrants can be begin putting up their displays Thursday, October 11th at 12:00pm, all entries must be in location no later than Friday, October 12th at 6:00pm. Judging will be by people’s choice at the Fall Food Festival on Saturday, October 13th. One vote per person. Winners will be announced at the Fall Food Festival and winners and contacted after the event. Scarecrow entries must be taken down, no later than Friday, October 26, 2018.
Please see Entry Form for complete contest details. Entry Forms may be mailed or hand delivered to the WCC at: Whitin Community Center 60 Main St. Whitinsville, Ma 01588 For more information, please contact Sarah Lawson, at 508.234.8184 or Sarah.Lawson@OurGym.org or WhitinParkFallFoodFestival@hotmail.com.
Download your scarecrow entry form here!

Get Your Hands On This Fresh Cookbook!

At Uxbridge Hannaford in the month of September!
The Whitin Community Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley, has been selected as a benefiting non-profit of the “fresh Cookbook” fundraiser at Uxbridge Hannaford for the month of September. The fresh Cookbook was released in July 2018 and contains the best fresh Magazine recipes that Hannaford customers have enjoyed for years. These recipes are perfect for everyday cooking and special occasions. The cookbook contains delicious recipes and a little "frosting on the cake" for local communities. Every fresh Cookbook purchased in September generates a $5 donation to support the critical work of the Whitin Community Center. Also, each cookbook contains $15 in coupons for products shoppers can find at Hannaford stores!
The Whitin Community Center has a goal of raising $250 during the month of September, which is equivalent to 50 cookbooks bought in support. The Whitin Community Center plans to use the projected funds to benefit our Rockdale Youth Center after school program, that is FREE to children in our community ages 8–13 who need financial assistance. The program strives to inspire youth by establishing a true commitment to character, positive attitude, and a sense of purpose through 5 primary ideals: Education, Personal Well-being, Recreation, Creativity, and Meaningful Relationships.
For more information on the “fresh Cookbook” fundraiser at Hannaford, visit www.hannafordcookbook.com. Books can be purchased in store at the Uxbridge Hannaford for $10. Grab your Fresh Cookbook throughout the month of September to directly benefit the Whitin Community Center and our Youth Outreach program!

Get Noticed With Our Quarterly Schedule Advertising!

Now accepting AD space for Winter 2018!
ADVERTISE WITH US -In our quarterly schedules! When you advertise with the Whitin Community Center, your AD will be seen by our 5,000+ membership base and equally as large non-member base, seen on our website, trade shows, events & more! Advertise your business with us in our upcoming Fall schedule from November 26, 2018-March 3, 2019.
PRICING PER QUARTER: 1/8th page horizontal - 3.75in x 2.5in - $50. 1/4th page vertical - 3.75in x 5in - $80. 1/2 page vertical - 3.75in x 10in - $140. 1/2 page horizontal - 7.50in x 5in - $140. Full page - 7.50in x 10in - $260.
Contact Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing & Events today at 508.234.8184 ext 122 or Sarah.Lawson@OurGym.org for more information or to reserve your space!

Wicked Local Readers Choice Award

Voted #1 Choice Health Club & Yoga Studio in Northbridge the past 7 years!
Thank you to all who voted us #1 Choice Health Club & Yoga Studio in Northbridge! We appreciate your love and support, and are honored to serve such a wonderful community!
 
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