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Welcome Back Scoop fans!  

It's hip to be Square!  Next time you head out to shop or dine please consider this: can you get it in the Square?  With the downturn in the economy and increased retail competition, the small independently owned businesses in Dedham Square are feeling the effects.  These locally owned businesses in the Square, and throughout Dedham, are the ones who provide the most support for the dozens of community groups and non-profits in town and provide jobs for local residents.  They help keep more money in our very own community as locally owned businesses purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms.   Put simply, keeping it local is good for our local economy.

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....It looks like mostly sunny skies for the rest of the weekend.  Get out and enjoy! Many thanks for your continued support. See you in the Square!
News Circling the Square
disco infernoDisco Inferno!
Put on your dancing shoes and boogie on down to the Dedham Square Circle's Annual "Fall Spectacular" on Saturday, November 14th featuring a special celebrity guest DJ! Want a hint? He also happens to be our honorable State Rep. and he was a DJ long before he took the oath of office!   The event will take place in the beautiful space at 619 High Street, the building formerly known as the Christian Science Church.    Tickets are limited so get yours early.   $75 and up. In the meantime, save the date and start practicing the hustle!  For a copy of the invitation, click here.

whole foodsSuper Coups! During the month of October, shoppers at the new Whole Foods Market in Dedham will have the opportunity to help support the efforts of the Dedham Square Circle  to revitalize Dedham Square.  At the checkout register, customers can select a register coupon, in the amount of either $1 or $3, which will be added to their total grocery purchase.   At the end of the October, Whole Foods will contribute the funds collected through these coupons to DSC.  An easy way to give! Help spread the word!

yoga energy signSign of the Times - Passersby to 399 Washington Street in Dedham Square have noticed something new, a three dimensional fašade sign with a bold and colorful logo, advertising "Yoga Energy", which opened the doors to its new studio last spring.   Yoga Energy's new sign was funded in part by the Dedham Square Circle's  "Sign & Fašade Improvement Program" which offers matching funds to merchants and property owners seeking to make physical improvements to the exterior of their properties and storefronts.  Click here to learn more about this Dedham Square Circle initiative.

codfishDid You Know...that at one time the Square had a fish market? It was in the space now occupied by Dedham Square Service Center at 361 Washington Street. 

small biz workshop
Merchant Support Program
-   the Dedham Square Circle will be offering a free workshop for Square businesses on creative marketing strategies on Monday, October 19th from 7-9 p.m. at the Dedham Community House, 671 High Street.   This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Beth Darman Stone of ClairStone Communications, a marketing and PR professional who has worked with small independently owned businesses in the Greater Boston area for over 20 years.  Square Businesses interested in attending this workshop should RSVP to Amy Haelsen at dedhamsquarecircle@gmail.com or 617.968.3040.   Special thanks to the Dedham Community House for their in-kind sponsorship!

wwwOut of Site!
Haven't checked out the newly redesigned Dedham Square Circle website yet?  Come on already!  All you need to know about what's going on in the Square is just a click away!  Visit www.dedhamsquarecircle.org.

today show logoLocal Mom on the Small Screen -  Dedham resident Katrin Schumann O'Marah will be on the "Today Show" on Monday to discuss the book she co-wrote called 'Mothers Need Time-Outs Too'.  O'Marah is being interviewed about the book as part of the show's new segment focused on mothers.   Tune in and cheer on another local author!

market scene 17 down, 3 to go!  - It's hard to believe the Dedham Farmers Market has already been to the Square 17 times this year! Haven't made it over yet? Don't fret, there are still 3 more markets left! Head down to the Square on Wednesday afternoon to see what all the buzz is about.  The market, an initiative of the Dedham Square Circleis held in the town's  permit lot across from Citizens Bank on Eastern Avenue.   Featuring fresh locally grown produce from Massachusetts' farms, specialty food suppliers and more, the market runs from 12-6 every Wednesday, rain or shine, through the end of October.  To learn more about our vendors and find some great recipes click here.

cooking classBon Apetit! Want to try out even more new recipes with the local ingredients you've purchased at the Farmers Market? Check out the new cooking class added to the Fall Program lineup at the Dedham Community House.  "Cooking with the Seasons" will run on two nights, Thurs. 10/22 & Thurs. 10/29. Come learn about cooking and eating foods when they are at their freshest and most delicious.  You'll learn to make appetizers and entrees with seasonal, locally grown ingredients taking the spotlight.   Led by Waltham High School culinary arts instructor Paul Piantedosim.
To learn more, visit www.dedhamcommunityhouse.org/programs

Dedham Square Happenings
DAD logoLive Tunes!  Head on down to the Deli After Dark tonight to catch Ben Arnold play your favorite covers starting at 8 p.m. As always, there's no cover charge at DAD! 

burning plain movieIt's Show Time!   Opening this weekend at  The  Dedham Community Theatre are two films everyone's talking about.

The Burning Plain:  An audience favorite, Charlize Theron top-lines the romantic ensemble in The Burning Plain, written and directed by Babel screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. The film tells the tale of a web of interconnecting love stories, with Theron playing Sylvia, a woman with a troubled past who tries to reconcile with her parents.  Also starring Kim Basinger.

bright starBright Star: The tragic but intensely passionate love affair between Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the radiant Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is detailed in this romantic period drama from critically acclaimed writer/director Jane Campion. Critics everywhere are raving about Bright Star.  See why Claudia Puig of USA Today writes" More admirable than emotionally affecting, Bright Star unequivocally celebrates the joys of poetry".     For show times, visit  www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com.

yoga Deep Breaths - The fall Schedule is in full swing at Yoga Energy with new classes and instructors: Karma Dawn, Lesli Penni, Erica Nunnally, Kristin Henry, and many more soon to come!   They're featuring some  great workshops in the coming weeks:
  • Reiki Demo with Amy Hamel, Sat. 10/17  from 2-4 pm.
  • "Yoga for Runners" workshop with Stacey Shipman (avid runner and yoga instructor) will be held on Sat. 10/17 from 2-4pm.
  • "Anusara Master Class" with a focus on building up to Inversions will be held on Sun. 11/1 from 2:30-4:30pm with Charles Faris.
  • "Reiki Level 1 Practitioner Certification" with Amy Hamel to be held Sat. 11/14 from 12-4pm.
  • Rise & Shine at 6 a.m.:  Yoga with Erica NunnallyStarting its second 4 week session 10/20 thru 11/12.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All Levels Welcome!
Space is limited so sign up soon!  For additional info. visit www.myyogaenergy.com.

bunniesSome Bunny to Love -  The Monday morning preschool story time at The Blue Bunny will have some special visitors this week. Come meet Liz Orenstein and her furry friends from the House Rabbit Network, a local rescue league especially for bunnies! Learn about the care and keeping of rabbits, and hear some great bunny-tales. 10:30 a.m. FREE and appropriate for all ages.

DMA logoLive Theatre in the Square?!   All are invited to see a production of "Enchanted", performed by Discover Music and Art's Musical Theatre class.  The children have prepared their sets, learned their songs and memorized their lines to take you on an enchanted journey in Dedham Square.  Thursday 10/15 at 4:15 p.m. at Discover Music and Art,  565 High Street. Visit www.CreateYourAdventures.com for more info.

wine and cheeseWine and Cheese Social Dedham Parent Time and the Dedham Junior Woman's Club cordially invite all Dedham women to a Wine and Cheese Social on Friday, 10/16 from 7-9pm at the Dedham Community House. Come and learn about these two great organizations and what they have to offer you in the way of community involvement, social activities, personal connections and family networking. Free raffle prizes and brief presentations from both clubs about their upcoming events and the benefits of membership while you enjoy red and white wine, non-alcoholic drinks, coffee and plenty of delicious finger foods. All Dedham women are welcome - bring a friend or two! Please RSVP to Sunshine Millea at johnandsunshine@rcn.com

Grace LinMeet the Author -  On Sat. 10/17 author Grace Lin will sign copies of her best-selling book for middle schoolers "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" from 1:30-3 p.m. at The Blue Bunny. Lin is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture books, including The Ugly Vegetables, Dim Sum for Everyone! and several children's novels, including The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat.  


pumpkinsFall Fair! There will be fun for all ages at First Church's Fall Fair on the Common on Sat. 10/17 from 10-2. To be held rain or shine.   Pumpkins, apples, moonwalk, face painting, raffles, games and more from 10- 2. Pony rides from noon until 2pm. Stay for lunch from the grill or bring home some homemade soup and baked goods.  Check out the sale of gently used Halloween costumes and dress up clothes!  Corner of High Street and Court Street, Dedham Square.

coffee cakeWant to Boast About Your Baking?
Do you bake the best brownies? Is your chocolate cake truly to-die-for?  Perhaps scrumptious strudel is your specialty? Now is your chance to earn your baker's bragging rights by entering the Second Annual Baked Goods Contest at First Church's Fall Fair. In addition to being crowned King or Queen of the Kitchen, the winner will receive half of the entry purse. The contest is open to amateur bakers only, with a limit of three entries per person. For complete contest rules and entry forms, please visit www.dedhamuu.org.  Entries will be judged and announced at First Church's Fall Fair on 10/17.

first churchSpecial Service - Ministerial Student Seth Carrier will preach "Welcoming the Other" on Sun. 10/11 at First Church and Parish Unitarian when he will reflect upon what it means to truly be welcoming to those who our different from us. Seth will explore his experience so far as Unitarian Universalist seminary student studying at a Christian seminary, and the challenges that has entailed.   Service begins at 10 a.m.

yarn ballsKnit Wits!   With the cold weather imminent, now is a great time to learn how to knit!  Check out SheepSkate's upcoming class schedule:
Intro to Crochet Clinic:
Sun. 10/18 from 12-2
Come learn some
basic skills!  Attention mini knitters -kids classes are back!  Sundays from 4-5pm for ages 8-14.  
"Let's Get That Done" :  Tues. 10/13 and Tues. 10/27 from 6-8 pm. 
Bring in those projects that need to be stitched or got shoved in the back of the closet because you can't figure out what to do next.  "Sock-o-rama":  Wed. 10/7, 10/14 and 10/21 from  11-1 or
6-8pm.   Class sizes are limited and pre-registration and pre-payment is required.  For more info. call Eileen at 781.320.9276.
Bob HansonCalling All History Buffs!  On Thurs. 10/22  Bob Hanson will be the featured speaker for the Dedham Historical Society Lecture Series on the Civil War.  7:30 PM at DHS, 612 High Street.   Free for members; $5  for non-members.         Hanson, the unofficial town historian for Dedham, will give the talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, which includes a number of interesting and unusual Civil War items.   Hanson indicates "The talk will be about what was going on during the war, with a small "tag" observation about how it affected subsequent life and perspective here in Dedham.
Elsewhere Around Town
earthDedham Climate Day - Celebrate and Enjoy International Climate Day with your neighbors and friends on Sat. 10/24 from 11-3 at Dedham Middle School. Listen to live music, eat healthy snacks, mingle with Dedham's green heroes, and find out why this is the most important climate day, ever. For more info. visit www.dedhamclimateday.org

cowDedham Day
- rescheduled to Sun. 10/25  at Memorial Park on Eastern Ave.  with barbecue, games, rides, crafts, shows, music, and, of course, the infamous cow flap contest.  A good time for all ages!  Proceeds benefit Dedham Parks & Recreation Dept.
Square Biz

exchangeOpen For Business -  The Dedham Exchange,  a non-profit gift shop located at 445 Washington Street, is open for business during construction next door. Drop in to see their freshly painted walls, creative displays, and baby galore. Cozy fleece jackets & blankets and hand-knit sweaters, dresses, & hats are perfect for autumnal days. Unique toys & rattles make babies and their parents happy! Find the perfect baby gift at the Dedham Exchange where giving is twice as nice.  Open Mon-Fri 10-5. Free parking!

yarnTime to Get Knitting!
It's time to start working on those handmade holiday gifts.  New yarns are arriving daily to SheepSkate Yarn and Crafts.  Mink, Silk, Merino, soy, cotton and so much more.  Stop in and Eileen will help you choose the best yarn and pattern for your projects.

john robshawJust In! Nest has just received a new shipment of pillows and rugs from John Robshaw, whose textiles represent time he has spent living in Thailand and India.  The patterns and colors are rich and varied and are featured on rounded bolster pillows, decorative covers for Euro Shams and standard pillowcase size and throw pillows.  The rugs are as easy to care for as they are beautiful, just throw them in the wash.  Stop in to see this handsome selection at Nest, open on Columbus Day.  622 High Street.

Shop for a Cause
Uniquely Global is helping to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.  Buy anything with the color pink in it and 5%  of your purchase will be donated to this worthy cause.  29 Bryant Street, across from town hall. 

bikeCool Savings!  As 2010 products begin to arrive daily, Dedham Bike is marking down all 2009/2008 in stock "high end" left overs. Save as much as 20 % on that dream bike!  A more knowledgeable staff about anything "bike" you will not find.  Owned and operated by the same family for the last 77 years, Dedham Bike provides the kind of personal customer service you just won't find in a big box store. Stop in to see Matt and his crew at Dedham Bike and tell him the Scoop sent you!

acupunctureTreat Yourself! With the change of season upon us, it's a perfect time for an acupuncture tune-up. Whole Health Acupuncture in the Ames Schoolhouse Building offers acupuncture and massage therapy tailored to your specific needs.   Fall allergies?  Acupuncture can help you get through fall allergy season! Sinus problems, ear infections, wax buildup? Try out  ear candling. For more info. contact Lori Herman, acupuncturist and massage therapist at (781) 461-0390 x4.

tropical beachWhere in the world is Terry Strauss? Dedham Travel's Terry Strauss has been jet setting around to some pretty cool places as of late.  Her recent excursions took her to Jamaica and Barbados and she's soon off to Prague, Germany and France on a riverboat cruise.  When experiencing hotels and attractions firsthand she can recommend (or not) lots of great options for her clients.  Whether it be a cruises, a daytrip, your honeymoon or a group tour, Terry and Beth at Dedham Travel will set you on the right course.  Stop in soon to plan your next vacation!

jordan pielPrep for Success - Voicewize is gearing up for its new workshop for college-bound high school students and young entry-level job seekers entitled "In All Confidence: Preparing for Success in College Interviews" on Saturday, October 24th, 9 am - noon. Led by Voicewize speech-language pathologist, Jordan Piel, this interactive workshop provides students with a multi-level communication framework for success and self-confidence in interviews for college or entry-level jobs. The presentation is infused with humor, media examples and interactive exercises to keep the learning atmosphere fun. Check out their web site for more information!

Take A Peek!
Have you driven by Cheeky Diva and wondered what's inside? Your answer is just a click away. Visit www.shopcheekydiva.com where you'll find a little bit of Newbury Street right here in Dedham Square!

anthony fredrick logoLet's Make A Deal! Fall into something new...on Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday, walk into Anthony Fredrick Salon & Day Spa, tell them what you want to pay for any of their services and you could save yourself some serious dough with one of their professional staff members. Everything is negotiable!  It's a good time to save on a Keratin hair treatment.  418 Washington Street, next to Dedham Savings Bank.

glassesJeepers Creepers - Looking for some new peepers?  Pop into Gopen Optical next to the theatre and our friend Leonard Shwom will take care of you.  Whether it's prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, a repair or a vision test you need, Leonard is the guy to see!
Save the Date!
magnifying glassIt's All a Mystery to Me -  The Friends of Dedham Public Library and the New England Sisters in Crime are sponsoring "Mystery Authors Night", an evening of conversation with four New England mystery writers on Thurs. 10/29 at 7 p.m.,  Dedham Library, 43 Church Street.  Join in the fun with Jan Brogan (Teaser), Kate Flora (Stalking Death), Sheila Connolly (Rotten to the Core) and Ruth McCarty (editor and publisher of  Deadfall, an anthology of crime stories by New England writers).   Refreshments and a raffle drawing for a New England Crimebake tote with signed books and books available for purchase. Seating is limited.  Please call to register or sign up at the circulation desk of the main Library or the Endicott branch.

Scene of the Crime -
The "New England Crimebake" will be held on 11/13-15 at the Dedham Hilton Hotel.  It is sponsored by the New England Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America - NE  Chapter.  Visit www.crimebake.org for more info.
fall clip artFall Fair - Head on over to the 2nd Annual Fall Fair & Open House, co-sponsored by the Dedham Community House and Dedham Parent Time on Sat. 11/7 from 10-12.  Enjoy festive and fun activities such as face-painting, arts and crafts, potato sack races, caramel apples, moon bounces and more!  Learn more about what the Dedham Community House and Dedham Parent Time have to offer you and your family and take a tour of the facilities.  No need to RSVP, just gather your friends and family and head down to DCH!  FREE.

ballroom dancersDancing with the Dedham Stars! This year's lineup for dancers is one to be seen.  Mark your calendars  for Saturday, December 5th. Tickets $25. , tables of 10 available. To order tickets, contact the Dedham Educational Partnership at dimsullivan@rcn.com.  Click here for a sneek peek!

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slumdog millionaire The Dedham Square Circle is a non-profit organization committed to invigorating Dedham Square by increasing its economic prosperity, promoting its rich history, arts and culture, and aesthetically enhancing the Square's physical environment to benefit the entire community.  www.dedhamsquarecircle.org