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Community Christmas Dinner at the Bridge Workshop on Sunday

Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor

The Christmas holidays are almost here (or maybe even started for some) and hopefully all the obligations and duties associated with the season are being wrapped up.

If you are done or just need a little break from shopping Duncan's has live music for you tonight with Dean and Mike from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. followed by Drew Polagate for 3 hours beginning at 7:30 p.m.  It is a slower time of year events in the arts, culture and entertainment realm as people take a break to spend time at home or with family and/or loved ones.  

If you are done or just need a little break from shopping Duncan's has live music for you tonight with Dean and Mike from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. followed by Drew Polagate for 3 hours beginning at 7:30 p.m.  It is a slower time of year events in the arts, culture and entertainment realm as people take a break to spend time at home or with family and/or loved ones.  

A little reminder that for the entire month of December all Cumberland Public Libraries will be forgiving overdue fines in return for non-perishable food items. 

For each food item brought into a library they will forgive one overdue fine, for more information call your local library.  

An important and uplifting community event is marking its 10-year on Christmas Day at the Bridge Workshop.

A community Christmas Dinner will be held on the 25th from 2 until 4 p.m. and it is open to everyone, free of charge or tickets but donations are welcome to go towards the 11th annual event planner for next year.  

There are no tickets to buy and there is no charge for the dinner, although donations are welcome to help prepare for next year’s dinner.  

In 2015 about 450 dinners were served including those that were distributed to emergency personnel who were working as well as volunteers at the event. 

The event receives support from many local business including Bambinos, Highland Market, Sobeys and Oxford Frozen foods among others and this year there will be live music to entertain the guests. 

If you are free on Christmas Day and would like to volunteer call Betsy Prager, there are many jobs including greeting guests at the door, serving meals and clearing tables.

As I think back to the year 2016 there are a number of events/issues that come to mind including the election in the USA. 

Recently I had a discussion with a friend about the election of Trump and what it represents to him. We both agreed that all the presidential options were cut from the same cloth, super rich, white, entitled and generally unkind people, however he pointed out that Trumps racist, sexist etc. statements will likely encourage those with similar views to voice them and make life generally more difficult for those who are already experiencing some level of challenge/oppression. 

This was a particularly alarming opinion for me as I was never too concerned about Trump (disliking both options, and most options for that matter) and in thinking about it, I have come to the conclusion that we must redouble our efforts to be tolerant, kind and understanding to those who are oppressed. 

This seems like a beautiful opportunity for something that on the surface seems negative to turn into a positive, as a culture we can no longer afford to walk away from those who are experiencing challenging times we must run towards them and offer assistance and compassion. 

In doing so we can overcome the fears of hatred, misogyny and violence that have been voiced recently, this is a wonderful opportunity for people to grab hold of the reins of power and take control from those who would express hate and act oppressively. 

In reality this isn't that hard and allows us to each act in our own way as individuals to create a better culture for everyone. 

 

Andrew MacGregor’s column appears weekly in the Amherst News

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