Social Security Office News.  The Social Security Office will close to the public a half hour earlier each day and at noon on Wednesdays.  Effective immediately, all Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, 2013, offices will be closed to the public at noon every Wednesday.  While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime. The significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has done in the past.

Art Matters.  This month’s program with Jane Blair features art of The Great American West. Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. for a look at a very brief but special time in our nation’s history through the eyes of the American artists of the Western Frontier.

Friday With Heide – Virtual Trip to the Blackstone River Valley.  Join Heide on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. for the popular virtual tour of a different area of Massachusetts. This tour will be presented via slides and commentary. Learn about the place called the birth canal of the American Industrial Revolution and about America’s hardest working river.  This tour is free and open to the public.

Men’s Breakfast Club. The Men’s Breakfast Club will meet bi-monthly at the Village at Duxbury and the Duxbury Senior Center. Come to breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. at the Village at Duxbury. The featured guest speaker will be Jordan Rich, WBZ radio host. Please RSVP to Irene at 781-585-2334, ext. 121.