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Grant Deadline Posted

The Winthrop Cultural Council has set a December 14 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Winthrop — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Winthrop Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The Council is accepting applications, which will be available on October 1, 2020.  Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at   For local guidelines and complete information on the Winthrop Cultural Council, contact Joanne Hillman Chair at [email protected]

Learn to Skate Classes Offered at 10 Greater Boston Rinks

Ice skating rinks are now open. Bay State Skating School is one of Greater Boston’s most established and popular skating programs.  We have taught Learn-To-Skate classes to children ages 4-18 in the Greater Boston area for over 50 YEARS.

Bay State Skating School is compliant with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid-19 guidelines. The number of students allowed on the ice will be limited. Masks and social distancing are required. Safety is our #1 priority.

Professional Instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey Skating Skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters.  Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

New lessons are held at 10 Greater Boston Rink locations including: Brookline-Cleveland Circle, Larz Anderson, Cambridge, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Weymouth.

Our emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate.  We have taught over 90,000 students to ice skate.  Come skate and feel great!

For more information and to registration, visit or call Bay State Skating School (781) 890-8480.

Encore Boston Harbor Invites Non-Profits to Reach Out for Gently Used Office Furniture Donations  

Encore Boston Harbor is asking members on non-profits to reach out to them for donations of gently used office furniture to include desks, chairs, filing cabinets, tables and other items. Hundreds of pieces of furniture will be donated by Encore Boston Harbor to any charities who have a need for it.  Beginning immediately, Encore Boston Harbor asks that interested non-profits and charities reach out to Encore Boston Harbor at 857-770-7000 to request information on furniture and items available for pickup and please ask for Beth Gibbons. All equipment and furniture must be picked up by the organization.

A list of the donated items available include: single cubicles, double cubicles, office chairs, office stools, long meeting tables and filing cabinets. Interested organizations must be able to provide a 501C3 to receive the furniture, free of charge. The pickup will take place starting this week through the end of the month.

Encore Boston Harbor is located at 1 Broadway in Everett, MA. For additional questions, please email Beth Gibbons at [email protected]

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