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5 Things for the Weekend: Drug Take Back Day, Rodman Ride for Kids, UMass Football and More

Here’s what’s happening in Foxborough this weekend, Sept. 29-30.

Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section!

1. Expect a Rainy Weekend in Foxborough

Saturday’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for a chance of rain. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 63. North wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Saturday night: A chance of rain or drizzle, mainly after 11 p.m. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 51. Light north wind. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Sunday night: A chance of showers before 11 p.m., then a chance of rain or drizzle after 11 p.m. Patchy fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

2. Rodman Ride for Kids is Saturday

The 22nd Rodman Ride for Kids is set to begin – and end – in Foxborough on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The ride, which begins at 10 Lincoln Rd. – across from Gold’s Gym – off Route 1, is a non-competitive cycling tour each fall devoted to raising money for at-risk children in Massachusetts.

The start time depends on the distance of the ride. The 25-mile ride has two waves starting at 10 and 11 a.m., the 50-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 100-mile ride starts at 7 a.m. Riders depart in waves, beginning at their start times.

Riders must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Riders between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult and a waiver must be signed. In addition to the riders, over 500 volunteers will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly. A barbecue and raffle offering lots of great prizes will be held following the rides.

The 22nd Rodman Ride for Kids is set to begin – and end – in Foxborough on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The ride, which begins at 10 Lincoln Rd. – across from Gold’s Gym – off Route 1, is a non-competitive cycling tour each fall devoted to raising money for at-risk children in Massachusetts.

The start time depends on the distance of the ride. The 25-mile ride has two waves starting at 10 and 11 a.m., the 50-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 100-mile ride starts at 7 a.m. Riders depart in waves, beginning at their start times.

Riders must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Riders between 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult and a waiver must be signed. In addition to the riders, over 500 volunteers will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly. A barbecue and raffle offering lots of great prizes will be held following the rides.

3. Foxborough Participating in National Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Foxborough will be participating in National Drug Take Back Day by holding “Safe Rx Disposal Day” at Foxborough’s Public Safety Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Anyone is encouraged to drop off old or unused medications including:

  • Over-the-counter or prescriptions in all forms, including pills, creams, liquids, sharps
  • Veterinary medications.

Follow these steps to properly dispose of your unwanted/unneeded medications:

  • Keep medications in original containers and black out personal information from the label
  • Ensure medication name & dosage is visible
  • Count the pills remaining in advance

Thermometers will not be collected.

Local partners in National Drug Take Back Day are SAFE Foxborough Coalition, Foxborough Police, Board of Health, Council on Aging and Human Services and Foxborough Public Schools.

Children can begin a lifetime of drug addiction by simply opening the medicine cabinet at home. Misuse of prescription pain relievers has been linked to opiate addiction such as heroin.

Nationally, one in five teens in grades 9-12 report abuse of a prescription medication at least once in their lives. In Foxborough, 11.4 percent of teens in grades 9-12 reported abuse of prescription medications, including taxing pain pills at least once in their lives. 4.4 percent of teens reported taking tranquilizers and 14 percent reported taking stimulants not prescribed for them by a doctor.

4. Patriot Place Events:

Saturday, Sept. 22:

  • 2 to 3 p.m. - Fishing Seminars and Kids Activities at Bass Pro Shop: Knowing Your Lakes and Streams seminar is at 2 p.m.; Electronics and Finding Fish seminar is at 3 p.m.
  • 3 to 5 p.m. - "Fun" Raiser at Fanautical: Foxboro Recreation Department receives 10 percent of all "SAILS" from 3 to 5 p.m. Come for a fun afternoon and shop for a great cause that does so much for the kids.
  • 3:30 p.m. - UMass Football at Gillette Stadium: Come watch UMass take on Ohio at Gillette Stadium.
  • 6 p.m. - 20,000 Leagues - Lights OUT: 20,000 Leagues gets a little spooky this fall with the return of Lights OUT. Are you brave enough to visit Captain Nemo’s abandoned submarine with nothing but a flashlight and your wits to guide you through its pitch black chambers? Expect the same mind boggling puzzles and challenges from 20,000 Leagues with a few extra thrills and chills to compliment your Halloween season. Test your skills on Nemo's newest puzzle, and maybe get a glimpse at the man himself! Lights OUT will run Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 28th to Nov. 3rd beginning at 6 p.m. Don't miss out on this hour long adventure, cheaper and more interactive than any haunted house.
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. - "Fun" Raiser at Fanautical: 15 percent of all SAILS from 7 to 9 p.m. go to the Foxboro Food Pantry. Come for a fun night and shop for a great cause.
  • 7 p.m. - Gary Hoey performs at Showcase Live: World-renowned rock guitarist Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time and has a collection of 16 albums along with five top 20 Billboard hits.
  • 10:30 p.m. - Ryan Leslie at Showcase Live: Ryan Leslie is a record producer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, entrepreneur, and R&B singer. Leslie has produced singles for a number of artists in a variety of genres ranging from R&B/Hip-Hop to Pop to Gospel.

Sunday, Sept. 30:

  • 2 to 3 p.m. - Free Fishing Seminars and Kids Activities at Bass Pro Shop: Where Do These Fish Go seminar will take place at 2 p.m.; Fall Fishing Tips From the Pros seminar takes place at 3 p.m.

5. Indian Summer Craft and Vendor Fair Set for Saturday

Stop by the Foxboro Recreation area for a great family day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Approximately 50 crafts and vendors will be on site.

Raffles by the Foxboro Music Parents’ Association to support their band camp scholarships and other endeavors. The event will take place rain or shine and is free.

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