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The Week Ahead: February 20-24

A look at what's on the docket during the coming week.

What's going on this week? Good question. Here's the scoop to keep you in the loop.

Monday, Feb. 20

President’s Day. Today is a federal holiday and all municipal and school offices are closed.

Meet and Greet. Celebrate President’s Day by coming out to Sam’s Bistro for a meet and greet with Board of Selectmen candidate John Arena. All residents are invited to swing by between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and meet the candidate.

Animals. Beat the humdrum winter routine and come out to Stone Zoo during February school vacation week. Watch cougars, black bears and others have fun in the cold, and learn about unique animal adaptations to the winter temperatures. Just like you, animals can get bored when they’re cooped up all winter, so we’ve come up with novel enrichment activities to keep them stimulated and happy! Come and see all the creative things we do for our animals, and learn how we keep them active and engaged throughout the winter using enrichment techniques.

Sports. The Reading High boys hockey team skates on Monday night at Burbank Arena against Andover in a non-league tilt. The puck is slated to drop at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the complete Rockets schedule.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Mardi Gras! Wear your PJs, bring along your stuffed animal and come celebrate at our Mardi Gras Pajama Storytime! Enjoy some great stories and music with the librarian and mascot Cocoa Moose. Get a mask to decorate so you can celebrate Mardi Gras in style.

That Smarts! Hallmark Health Rehabilitation Services will present "Oh My Aching Back," a free lecture on the treatment and prevention of back and neck pain, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hallmark Health Medical Center (30 New Crossing Road, Reading). Call 781-213-5140 to register for this free lecture, a community benefit of Hallmark Health.

Board of Assessors. Reading’s Board of Assessors will hold a meeting on Tuesday at the Town Hall. The proceedings get underway at 7 p.m.

Sports. The RMHS boys basketball team is taking part in the Masco Tournament at Masconomet Regional High School on Tuesday. Starting times are still TBA. Click here for the complete Rockets schedule.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Family Groups. Does someone’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon Family Groups has an ongoing, open, discussion meeting at Saint Athanasius Church (basement) on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Come join us and share in our experience, strength and hope – all are
welcome – anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program. 
(for further info, please call MA Al-Anon Family Groups at 781-366-0556
or www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org).

Prayer. Head over to Saint Agnes Catholic Church for a half hour of quiet scripture,  prayer and song followed by fellowship in the upper church. This will be a weekly event for each of the Wednesdays of Lent and the Wednesday of Easter week. It is a wonderful way to de-stress and appreciate the peace of the Lord!

Sports. Play continues Wednesday for the Rockets boys basketball squad at the Masco Tournament. Starting times are still TBA. Click here for the complete Rockets schedule.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Children’s Show. Ben Rudnick & Friends will be performing their annual children’s concert, sponsored by Newcomers & Neighbors Club of Reading, at Reading Memorial High School starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 in advance. For advance tickets visit: www.newcomersandneighbors.com.

Apollo Herbs. Come and meet Michael Ford, herbalist and founder of Apollo Herbs in Peace Dale, RI. Michael is an adjunct instructor for both Massachusetts College of Pharmacy's Natural Products Program and for University of Bridgeport's College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut. His Apollo tinctures are hand-crafted, mostly from herbs he grows himself, and are infused with delicious flavors from flowers and fruits which make them delightful to experience. He will be happy to speak with you and let you try his wonderful products.

Friday, Feb. 24

Critters! Come and meet some real live animals who have prehistoric relatives!
Learn more about them through fossils and replicas of teeth and claws. Our wildlife educator Mona will bring a number of animals including a Blue Uromastyn Lizard, Curly-feathered Chicken, Alligator, Egyptian Fruit Bat, Tortoise, Armadillo, Ball Python and Tarantula.  See replicas of a T-Rex tooth, Giant Ground Sloth claw AND ... don't miss the real piece of fossilized Triceratops poop! For ages 5-10. Free. No registration necessary. 

Painting. Local painters are invited to stop by the Reading Senior Center to paint and socialize in an instructor-free environment. Come by and enjoy three hours of painting and socializing, but call ahead to reserve your spot as there are space limitations.

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