Wardrobe and floral tips, together at last

Hudson Gallery
A mother-son synthesis of visual and aural artwork, “Fields of the Mind,” is the inaugural exhibit at Hudson Gallery in Gloucester.

FLOWER POWER FASHION Looking for tips on accessorizing that wardrobe staple — your little black dress — while being simultaneously dazzled with demonstrations on creating home floral arrangements?

Bill Graham of Beautiful Things, a florist shop in Salem, will present “Little Black Dress,” in what is promised to be a whimsical evening combining his knowledge of fashion retailing and floral design, June 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave.

During the program, eight floral arrangements created on-site will be raffled off.


Tickets are $20. For more information, visit

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IMMIGRANTS UP CLOSE How can you explore the realities confronted by immigrants and refugees in today’s society?

Learn from those who know and who are living the experience in “Immigration in the Age of Trump,” a multidimensional program to be held Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at the Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St.

Jean Trounstine, an author and professor emerita at Middlesex Community College, will moderate the program, which includes an expert panel with Lowell residents Rafal Faroug, an Iraqi immigrant, and Tooch Van, a Cambodian immigrant and genocide survivor. They join Barbara Dougan, an attorney with the Massachusetts branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

A short documentary, “Hard Truth, Levity, and Hope,” will explore the lives of refugee teens who have settled in Lowell. Group discussion will center around the short story “The Other Man,” drawn from “The Refugees,” written by Pulitzer Prize recipient Viet Thanh Nguyen.


A Vietnamese-American novelist, Nguyen wrote “The Refugees,’’ which explores questions of immigration, love, identity, and family, over 20 years.

Copies of the story will be available at the library’s front desk. Reading it prior to the event is encouraged, but not required.

This free event is open to the public. It will be held in the library’s meeting room. Visit

INTERACTIVE ART Why use only one sense, sight, to explore art, when you can hear it, too?

Hudson Gallery Cape Ann, a contemporary art gallery in Gloucester, will exhibit “Fields of the Mind: Images, Spaces, and Feelings from the Subconscious Mind,” an interactive display featuring sound sculptures and experimental art, through Sunday, May 28.


The exhibit showcases the work of creative technologist MJ Caselden, a sound sculptor and experimental artist, and Donna Caselden, a painter. In this mother-son exhibit, their visual and aural artwork explores sound, magnetism, self-reflection, and contemplation.

The exhibit is free. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., or by appointment. Hudson Gallery is located at 120 Main St. Visit

21nocalendar - Nancy Frates, mother of Pete Frates who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, will give an inspirational breakfast talk at the Cabot on Tuesday, May 23 to help Beverly Bootstraps celebrate their 25th anniversary. (The Cabot)
The Cabot
Nancy Frates, mother of Pete Frates, who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, will give an inspirational breakfast talk at the Cabot on Tuesday, May 23, to help Beverly Bootstraps.

ICY INSPIRATION How do you find buckets of courage in the face of adversity?

Ask Nancy Frates. Her son, Pete, was diagnosed at age 27 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that progressively affects the brain’s nerve cells and the spinal cord. Pete is the inspiration behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — dumping a bucket of ice on your head before passing the challenge on to three friends.

A 2003 graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School, where he played football, hockey, and baseball, the Beverly native captained the Boston College baseball team his senior year. After graduating in 2007, he played professional baseball in Europe.

The fund-raising challenge went viral in the summer of 2014, and by year’s end helped raise about $160 million for the ALS Association for research.

Nancy Frates will help celebrate Beverly Bootstraps’ 25th anniversary with a breakfast talk about her family’s story and the power of community in Beverly on Tuesday, May 23, at The Cabot. First founded as a food pantry, Beverly Bootstraps also provides housing stability, education, counseling, and advocacy for people with the goal of self-sufficiency.

The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. with doors opening at 7:30. Tickets are $60 for the breakfast and talk, $85 with an additional $25 donation. The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot St. To buy tickets, visit

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at