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Happy Chinese New Year to all our Asian friends and neighbors. It’s celebrated Sunday and Monday.

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The Survival Center Open House to show off the new space drew a good crowd. Plaques that noted donor contributions for rooms or equipment were on the walls. That was a nice gesture, reminding us to thank all those who helped. It was definitely a communitywide effort.

Another thank you to Loose Goose Cafe, which provided great cookies for the event.

Blogger Tommy Devine took my picture with the cookies and posted it on his blog. Thank you, Tommy.

Speaking of the Survival Center, Hwei Ling Greeney planned to make egg rolls at the center Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m. for Chinese New Year.

Linda Brooks, the kitchen guru, told me a special dinner is planned for Black History Month and there will be a great musical program as well.

All are invited. Check their website for details.

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I spoke to Alan Snow, our tree warden, about his recognition as Tree Warden of the Year by the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association. He said it came as a complete surprise. He aptly received a tree sculpture from Silverscape Designs.

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James Young sent an email noting that the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies has regular hours to view its exhibit, ”A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany.” The institute, located at 758 North Pleasant St., is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Young, a University of Massachusetts professor, is the director of the institute.

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For those who love classical music, “Quartet” is a must-see movie. It will appeal to those who loved the movie, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

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P.S. the bottle of water kept in the car has thawed.

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