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‘Home Alone’ classes, celebrating shelter renovations, and art history seminars

Victoria Stevens, the executive director of the Hull Lifesaving Museum, will lead an eight-week seminar, “The Art & Life of Winslow Homer,” from Friday, Sept. 28, through Nov. 16. Stevens will lead discussions of Homer’s work in the context of American cultural history and the art of the period. Sessions will take place Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1117 Nantasket Ave., in the historic boat room of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station. The program includes a field trip to view Homer’s works in Boston area collections. Registration is $200 for members, $225 for non-members. Visit lifesavingmuseum.org .

Father Bill’s & MainSpring held a reception on Sept. 11 celebrating the completion of renovations to the MainSpring House, an emergency shelter in Brockton. A campaign that raised $840,000 was launched by the nonprofit in 2014 to increase the shelter’s accessibility, healthcare services, triage services, and outreach. Among other improvements, the shelter at 54 North Main St. now has a new elevator, mounted handrails on the walls, a reconstructed stairwell, and renovated bathrooms. Visit helpfbms.org .

The Abington Public Library will host historian Gary Hylander to talk about “America’s Forgotten War,” the Korean War. On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., Hylander will shed light on the three-year war (1950-1953) that claimed the lives of 36,000 Americans on the Korean peninsula. He will discuss the war’s impact on US foreign policy from the Cold War to today. Call 781-982-2139, or e-mail ablib@ocln.org.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has named a new superintendent at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Scituate. Peter DeCola took over for Craig McDonald, who retired in 2017. DeCola is a retired US Coast Guard captain with 26 years of experience overseeing federal programs and four years in private marine environmental consulting. He also previously served as a member of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and the New England Fishery Management Council. DeCola lives in Plymouth with his family.

Does your child have quick wits like Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone?” The Carver Public Library is hosting free “Home Alone/Babysitting Classes” on Tuesdays, starting Sept. 25. Kids ages 11 and over will learn about fire safety, personal safety, nutrition, child development, and activities for babysitting or staying home alone. The one-hour class starts at 6:30 p.m. The final class is on Oct. 23. Registration is required. Call the library at 508-866-3415.


The president of Braintree-based Harbor Mortgage helped raise $125,000 for the Pan Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for research and treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Chris Downey joined the 12-member group, Team Willett Power, and biked from Wellesley to Provincetown, a total of 163 miles, through rainy weather on Aug. 4 and 5. Last year, the team raised $150,000. Online donations to the team can be made through the end of September at pmc.org/egifts/CD0269.


Cynthia Fernandez can be reached at cynthia.fernandez@globe.com. Morgan Hughes can be reached at morgan.hughes@globe.com.