‘Punkin Chunkin’ To Benefit Boy Scouts

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Blood Drive At HighPoint Apartments Oct. 22

Quincy Elks, Lodge 943 and HighPoint Apartments will host a blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The drive will be located at HighPoint Apartments, 12 HighPoint Circle (off Quarry Street) Quincy, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood collected at the drive will benefit patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

People undergoing treatment for cancer, heart disease – as well as accident victims, transplant recipients, babies in the Newborn ICU and many other patients – depend on transfusions to control their bleeding.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for these patients.

For appointments:  Logon https://tinyurl.com/QuincyOct2016

For eligibility questions, email BloodDonor@partners.org or call 617-632-3206.

In general, to donate blood, you should be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds or heavier, and in good health.

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Holiday Pop Up Shop Call For Artisans

Calling all local artisans!

Thanks to a local business, Discover Quincy welcomes local artists with the opportunity to show and sell their work at our temporary retail location during the holiday season.

“The revitalization of downtown Quincy creates a unique opportunity to give artisans access to otherwise unaffordable retail space,” said Margaret Laforest, vice president of Tourism, Quincy Chamber of Commerce.  Applicants will be juried and accepted until all spaces are filled. Priority will be given to Quincy area artists to sell unique, handmade works; art, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, photography, woodwork and more. Vendor acceptance is based upon the quality and originality of the work as well as booth presentation.

Booth space sizes to be determined individually. Artwork will be displayed on 3-foot by 6-foot panels with each artist assigned one panel for the duration of the show.

In order to ensure a balanced and varied selection of exhibitors, the number of exhibitors accepted may be limited in any single genre. This is an opportunity for local artists to sell their work within the up-and-coming art community in Quincy.

Apply online at DiscoverQuincy.com by priority deadline of Nov. 4. Artists will be notified of acceptance by Nov. 10 and arrangements to be made for artwork drop off on Dec. 3 and 4.

The Discover Quincy Holiday Pop Up Shop will return to 1400 Hancock St. and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  from Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 17.

Participation is free, however, artisans are expected to volunteer a minimum of four hours and will be charged a 10% sales commission to help cover the event expenses.

Fees will be utilized to cover operating and advertising expenses. Artists will be paid for their sales at the conclusion of the event.  For more information, email mlaforest@thequincychamber.com or call Margaret at 617-639-1117.

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Gasoline Prices Up Three Cents

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up three cents this week, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA’s Oct. 11 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.13 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is thirteen cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.26. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was two cents lower at $2.11.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $1.99 to a high of $2.39. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.13 ($1.99-$2.39)                            Regular Unleaded

$2.36 ($2.19-$2.59)                            Midgrade Unleaded

$2.52 ($2.29-$2.85)                            Premium Unleaded

$2.32 ($2.19-$2.49)                            Diesel

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.

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Wollaston School Harvest Festival Oct. 15

The Wollaston School Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, Oct 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school’s 205 Beale St. location.

The Harvest Festival is a fun-filled Quincy family tradition featuring food, games, raffles, crafts, a silent auction, and entertainment.

All proceeds from the Harvest Festival will benefit the Wollaston Elementary School. Funds will be used to enrich academic programs, purchase classroom supplies, software, and library books, and fund field trips and in-school assemblies.

This year, the festival will include kids’ activities such as bouncy obstacle courses, a fast pitch, face painting, and dancing. Performances are expected from a variety of neighborhood organizations, including Irish dancing, martial arts demonstrations and more. And the “Wollaston Midway” will be open on Taylor Street, featuring carnival games with prizes.

The silent auction is expected to be the largest ever, where bidders can win sports memorabilia, rounds of golf, and goods and services from local businesses including restaurants, spas, hotels, and retailers. In addition, the event will feature a range of great raffle prizes, including a 50/50 raffle.

The Harvest Festival is sponsored by the parents and staff of the Wollaston School, in conjunction with many local businesses and community leaders.

Those interested in becoming a Harvest Festival sponsor, or making a donation can contact the Wollaston School PTO at wollastonschoolpto@yahoo.com or by calling 617-984-8791.

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