SOUTHBRIDGE — Come to the Jacob Edwards Library for the 14th Annual Artful Friends raffle. This is the monthly art exhibit in the main reading room of the Jacob Edwards Library at 236 Main Street.

The Artful Friends Raffle consists of 68 donated items: original art- paintings, photos, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, cards, fabric art and other handmade items, along with gift certificates from local restaurants and stores. People can buy $5 raffle cards, with 25 chances to win. Proceeds from the raffle will fund library programs, museum passes, speakers and receptions.

Tickets will be sold all month, with the drawing taking place on Thursday, June 27. The last ticket will be sold at 4 p.m. on June 27. Winners need not be present for the drawing, they will be notified.

Fourteen years ago Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked”, came to speak at Jacob Edwards Library for the first Pride in Southbridge event. The first raffle was held at the same time. Since then a variety of programs have featured authors, musicians and speakers as part of the Pride in Southbridge events. This year’s program will feature speakers from the Worcester Historical Museum, who will speak on LBGTQ history in Worcester Country. The program takes place on June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. This is free and open to the public.

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library would like to acknowledge and thank all the supporters who have helped to make this raffle a success over the years.

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