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Films for Preschool Children
Roslindale Branch Boston Public Library
4246 Washington Street
Roslindale MA 02131
Monday, August 15, 2016, 10:30 – 11:30am

Preschool films are for children ages 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call in advance to verify that this event has not been rescheduled or cancelled.

Neighborhood: Roslindale
Cost: free
Audience: Children (Ages 0-5)

When: Mar 27, 2017 12am in Roslindale, MA

Roslindale Open Mike- Sue Petersen Graphic Design & Illustration- Mike Brier

The next ROM is Monday, 3/27/17, and our split features are Sue Petersen and Mike Brier. Double Feature's Bios Here are the bios for our next feature... Biography of Susan “Runaround Sue”* Petersen      * Chosen “stage name” based on the old song and in recognition of Sue’s “running around” to numerous open mics from Roslindale to Plymouth to Raynham and everywhere in between. “Since I am neither a song writer nor an accomplished/semi-professional singer I am honored (and surprised) that Neal has chosen me to be a feature at ROM. After first attending the weekly open mic at the Catbird Café in Weymouth in 2012 (where I first met Neal) I have greatly enjoyed the creativity and wide range of musical genres and gifted performers who participate. Thank you all for your friendship, example and encouragement!” Susan (Swart) Petersen was born and raised in Weymouth, MA and now resides in Hanover. A focus on art and music began at a very young age since her mother and grandmother were always painting and creating. Her grandmother was very musical, played piano by ear, got Sue singing regularly and encouraged her to join the church choir at age 5. Sue’s last memory of her grandmother is of her brief time in a nursing home (in wheel chair w/oxygen tank in tow) where Grammaw played “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” and sang harmony to Sue’s melody. She passed away a few days later just before her 96th birthday. The disciplined choir director taught Sue to read music, proper posture and breathing. Sue usually sang high range soprano and also duets and solos including the Mary Magdalene solos for church productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. During her teens Sue took guitar lessons briefly and taught her best friend (an alto from the choir) to play. Their music choices included popular folk (Peter, Paul & Mary; Dylan; Donovan and Pete Seeger) and early Beatles tunes which they sang in two part harmony. However Sue was primarily an artist who painted a portrait in oil of Ringo Starr at the age of 12. She recalls her first “caricature” as that of a very annoying/teasing 4th grade classmate with big ears. The boy was not pleased! (Was she a young “bully-via-art”?) Exhibiting extensively at school and the Weymouth Art Association, Sue won prizes at the Globe Scholastic Art Awards and received scholarships for college. While attending MA College of Art Sue married her high school sweetheart and received her BFA (Graphic Design and Illustration) in 1973. Being a working wife (of a sportsman not a musician) and then a mother led to Sue putting away the guitar and leaving the choir. Later as a divorced mom of two – then ages 8 and 12 – Sue devoted her “free” time to community, school and Boy Scout activities, where she painted scenery with her daughter for the drama club and helped her son earn his Eagle Scout badge. When her teenage son decided that being the drummer for the Colonial Hingham Militia was not “cool”, Sue took his place as the only woman marching in uniform (keeping the guys in step!) until 2009 when spine problems set in. Over the years Sue has donated graphic design services and artwork to many church, school and non-profits including South Shore Habitat for Humanity where Sue also recruited and trained volunteers, chaired committees, did public speaking and served a term on the Board of Directors (Faith Relations Coordinator). Yes, Sue might also be called a “tree hugging, liberal, hippy”! As a lifelong liberal-progressive-pacifist who was an activist against the Vietnam War and for the Equal Rights Amendment, Sue continues to do what she can to support those same goals today along with equality and equal opportunity for ALL people. A long career in graphic design and art direction at local printers, publishers and ad agencies, ended with a  layoff just prior to the job-killing recession of 2008. This combined with health issues resulted in freelance and contract work. She recently illustrated 3 children’s books (two authors from open mics!) and has done a band tshirt as well as many logos, caricatures (from photos), custom art for businesses, and various printed materials including magazines. Sue loves spending time with her children and 4 grandchildren who all live less than an hour away. After working alone most days Sue joins friends at open mics and live affordable music venues. She greatly cherishes the new friends she has made and hopes to further connect with musicians who might accompany her until perhaps she is able to again play guitar for herself. Biography of Mike Brier  When I was a young man I tried three different times to play fiddle—about two years each time. But I was unable to sustain because of taking care of four young children and busy work schedule.  Now is my last chance!  I started playing for real 8 years ago.  I love all music- especially Klezmer (Jewish), country western & Americana, bluegrass, Irish, classical, and jazz.  I never played professionally and ROM is the first time I seriously play gigs.  Thanks for all these opportunities! My pretty wife Marilyn accompanies and supports me at ROM and she enjoys the people and entertainment.  She is a glass artist. This summer we will be married 49 years and we have six grandchildren and a sweet and loveable dog, Nuna.  For over 30 years I was an electrical / computer engineer working in telecommunications and data communications. At the time of the 2001 recession, I became a math and physics teacher/ professor/tutor at some area schools and colleges.  My technical background led me back to engineering and in 2011 I started my energy and water management consulting business that serves commercial building owners, operators, and architects.  When I look back at my life, I recall that I always loved nature and realize I can do more to take care of the earth.  My business and passion give me many opportunities to explain to people all the reasons why we must care for the earth. I am very honored and happy playing music, sharing it with you, and being a ROM feature. ​ Thank Yous...  Thank yous go out to the Roslindale Congregational Church, Brian Higgins and Family of the F. J. Higgins Funeral Home for their years of help and donation to ROM and the RCC. Also, Sam of the GreaterBostonHomeTeam.com, Primavera Restaurant Roslindale, Panera Bread West Roxbury, Cecelia Dahl, George Cronin, Chip Canty, Sue Burgess, Gerry Ryan, Charlie Ortolani, Melissa Fleming, Junko Ogawa, Tom Irving, King Yee, David Jackson, Branson Bofat,  Ed Banatt, Darwin MacDonald, Ken Porter, Cheryl Perreault, Jimmy Dorr, Peter Neuendorffer, Chief Noda, Chris Lee, Kathryn Howell, Roberto Mighty, Jim Palana, Suzanne Mrozak, Brian Cartwright, Ben Chase, Ariella Montanez, Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, Branson Bofat, Tom Smith (again), Steve Rapson, Chrissy LeCato of In Tune Guitar Picks, Barry Spiro, Mel Gluskin, Ed Banatt, Johnny Flaherty, Chris Lee (again), Charlie Ortolani (again), Carolyn Rundquist, and Boston Radio Legend Dick Summer, for their time and generous donations to the church and ROM. The Details... NOTE: The Roslindale Congregational Church is NOT currently handicapped accessible--but hopefully not for long. Funds are being raised and plans are in the works to construct a first floor handicapped-accessible bathroom and a lift from the driveway to the first floor. ROM has conducted five fundraisers and the church has been raising funds too. Hopefully it will be a reality in the near future. THE REGULAR DETAILS: The Roslindale Open Mike (ROM) is held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month (and occasionally fifth Mondays) at the Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131. This is diagonally across from the Post Office near Roslindale Square. Parking: Park on the street or in the lighted public parking on Tafthill Terrace, which is less than a 5 minute walk from ROM across Roslindale Square.  All are Welcome!! No Cover!! THE RULES: Roslindale Open Mike (ROM) uses a random draw of names to set the order of performers. Our goal is to be fair, equitable, and consistent. The names are randomly drawn from the basket of names at 6:40 PM. As a courtesy to people coming from work or from a distance, early signups are accepted by Neal via email only at neal@roslindaleopenmike.org up until noon of the ROM Monday. Anyone arriving after the names are being drawn are added to the end of the list in the order of arrival. People with special needs (as defined by ROM) or who have indicated that they will be arriving late will be accommodated if possible. First timers are given their choice of a slot. After the performance order has been drawn, any swaps for an earlier or later slot may be arranged between the people requesting the swap, but only Neal, or his designee, will change the performance order on the board.  Anyone who misses their slot due to late arrival will be accommodated at some point after they arrive. Everyone will get to play one song (NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES including your introduction!) and if we finish the first round before 10PM some willing participants may get a second song using the same performance order. This should allow everyone to perform before it gets too late, with an ending time goal of 10:30 PM at the latest. Everyone is requested to be tuned up and ready to go when it is their turn and to keep song introductions brief. Everyone is requested to maintain a listening room atmosphere and is encouraged to be courteous and respectful of all performers. Doors open at 6 PM and the open mike performances start at 7 PM, with our evening feature act at 8:30 PM. We pass the "NOT-HAT" (because it's not a hat, it's a MASSIVE  BUCKET!) for the feature. Mike usually has his "practice session" at 6 PM. So, show up early, stay ‘til late, or drop by when you can. All refreshments are at NO COST but there is a donation basket, all of which is given to the church to thank them for offering this great venue. This is an all-volunteer effort, so we would love for you to help out making this open mike a success. Would you like to help us set up, host, mix sound, clean up, etc? Please consider bringing some food or beverages to share. (And of course this open mike is FAMILY FRIENDLY: non-alcoholic, drug-free, non-smoking and no inappropriate language. Please don't smoke on the church grounds--we don't want to lose this venue due to cigarette butts.) When he's available, Steve Friedman of Melville Park (www.melvillepark.com) will be there to record your performance for your upcoming live CD. You can email Neal (neal@roslindaleopenmike.ORG) or Mike (mike@mikedelaney.org) with suggestions on how to make the nights better and better.   Neal Braverman Mike Delaney

When: Mar 27, 2017 6pm in Roslindale, MA

Shake-Scene I with Stephen Collins

Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library
4246 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:30 – 11:30am

Who had more effect on the English language than William Shakespeare? He created over 1,700 common words that before him were either used differently or didn’t exist at all. He did this by changing nouns into verbs, changing verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, or just inventing entirely new words from scratch. From the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Stephen Collins brings the Bard's words to life. 

Presented as part of All the City’s a Stage: A Season of Shakespeare at the Boston Public Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Neighborhood: Roslindale
Type of Event: Performing Arts
Cost: Free
Audience: Adults, Seniors, Visitors
Library Program Series: Shakespeare

When: Mar 29, 2017 12am in Roslindale, MA

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Roslindale also referred to as "Rosinopoulos" by its residents for its large Greek population, which began as a classic street car suburb.

Today one of the most unique characteristics of the community is the number of people from all races, backgrounds and countries who call Roslindale home.