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Nurture a Plant, Nurture Yourself

Join us in the garden...
Anyone who gardens will testify that gardening teaches us to pay attention and be patient as we learn how to manage various conditions. We also nurture our surroundings and can serve our well-being with healthy foods. As we learn to nurture a plant, we can learn to care for ourselves and others. This program is made possible by a grant from the Northeast Horticultural therapy Association and facilitated by Jennifer Angell.
Saturday, May 14; 10 am-12 pm
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
145 Bolton Road
Harvard, MA
No Charge Jennifer Angell is a certified Horticultural Therapist.
Limed to 8 participants Call to register.

American Cancer Society Research Study Looks to Massachusetts for Participants

The American Cancer Society is looking to Massachusetts residents to play a direct role in improving the lives of future generations by participating in an historic study. The Society will be enrolling volunteers for its Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) at three Relay For Life? locations across the state. Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65, must never have been diagnosed with cancer, and must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study. They will be asked to complete a brief written survey, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample at the enrollment site. After that, follow-up surveys will be sent to participants’ homes on a regular basis over the next few decades to update health behavior information. Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Family Movie Night at the Acton Memorial Library

The next Family Movie Night at the Acton Memorial Library will be May 20 at 7:00 in the meeting room of the library. Although the movie license restricts the library from advertising the title of the movie, it is an animated movie about a bear that does martial arts. The movie is rated PG. For more information, call the Children’s Department (978) 929-6655, extension 4. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Caouette/Simeone Farmlands

Saturday, May 21; rain date, June 4
10:30 AM
Meet at the property easement along the northern border of the property at 90 Martin Street, Acton.
Walk of the Caouette/Simeone Farmlands
Parking is available on Martin Street near property easement along the northern border of the property at 90 Martin Street, or at Jones Field or the South Acton Train Station Selectman Mike Gowing will lead the walk. Come and enjoy this 300 year old agricultural landscape, the historic S. Acton mill pond, great opportunities for viewing wildlife, and breathtaking vistas from one of the most densely developed sections of Acton.
Walk sponsored by the Acton Conservation Trust (Refreshments provided).
For more information, contact Susan Mitchell-Hardt, 978-369-9264,
If unsure about inclement weather, contact Mike Gowing, 978-264-0921.
Overeaters Anonymous meetings
Four Overeaters Anonymous meetings:
All are Welcome. No fees, No dues, No weigh-ins.
Tuesdays: Sudbury 7:30 to 8:45 PM
At St John’s Lutheran Church
16 Great Road (Corner of North Road and Rte 117)
For information please call: 978-897-7652
Wednesdays: Hudson 7 to 8 PM
At 1st United Methodist Church
34 Felton Street
For information please call: 508-395-3877
Thursdays: Southborough 7 to 8 PM
At Southborough Library
5 Main Street
For information please call: 508-485-7227
Fridays: Acton Noon to 1 PM
At Congregational Church
12 Concord Rd
For information please call: 508-277-1662.

U2charist Service

Church of the Good Shepherd-Acton invites you to attend a unique worship service on Sunday, May 15th at 5:00pm. The U2charist is essentially an Episcopal Eucharist that features the music of the band U2. Embedded in the event is a message about God's call to get behind the Millennium Development Goals (MDG - ) to end extreme poverty. Bono, lead singer of U2, is committed to this goal, and with his group has given permission to churches to use the band's music to raise awareness of the MDG. We invite you to join with us for this multi-media event that is guaranteed to be a new worship experience, as well as a new way of getting behind the movement for global reconciliation. The freewill offering during the service will go to the victims of the recent earthquake in Japan. Good Shepherd is located at 164 Newtown Road in Acton. For additional information, please call the Church Administrator at 978-263-5782 or visit the website:
May Taize service
The Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) will hold its monthly Taize, Prayer, and Healing Service on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
This candlelight service is open to all in the community. It includes Taize chants and some music from Iona, scripture readings, meditation, and prayers. For those who wish to come forward, there is also a time for laying on of hands, where you can receive prayers for self, others, or any concern. The church is at 164 Newtown Rd.,at the intersection with Arlington St. in Acton. Please join us for this beautiful spiritual service. For more information, please contact Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) at 978-263-5782 or visit the website at There is no offering taken at this service.

Annual Letter Writing Day

When was the last time you wrote or received a personal letter? Do you have some letters that you have saved because they are special to you? Do your children ever write a letter rather than sending an email?
The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History on the Regis College campus in Weston is holding its second annual Letter Writing Day on Sunday, May 22 from 1:00 to 4:00. Co-authors Kate Drury, a postal carrier for over 28 years, and Lois McNulty, whose father was a mailman, will share mail carrier stories from their new book “Carried Away”.
In addition, Mary W. Hart, a lettering artist and lecturer at both Lasell and Middlesex Community Colleges, will give a demonstration of a unique type of calligraphy and explain the use of nibbed oblique pens. Instructions will also be given about how to create unique envelopes and personal stationery. Visitors can produce some and write at least one letter to a friend. The Museum will the mail letters for free. Visitors are also being asked to share their personal stories about favorite letters they have received and even encouraged to bring some of these to the program.
On display in the Museum’s main gallery will be examples of letters from various eras and differ patriotic envelopes used during the Civil War
Children are admitted free and will also receive free stamps to help them start their own collection. For more information call 781-768-8367 or visit
Boxborough Fifer's Day Volleyball Tournament: June 18
The Annual Boxborough Fifer's Day Volleyball Tournament will take place on Saturday June 18, 2011 at Flerra Field in Boxborough. As in prior years, there will be two coed brackets: "Open" and "Backyard Fun". This year, if there is enough interest, a 3rd “Women’s” bracket will also be added. All brackets will start at 1:00 pm. The Open bracket is intended for teams comprised of "serious" volleyball players who play or compete on a regular basis. The entry fee is $75 per team; cash prizes will be given to the first three teams. The Backyard Fun bracket is intended for teams comprised of neighbors and friends who do not regularly play or compete in volleyball. The entry fee is $60 per team; trophies will be awarded. The Women’s Bracket is intended for those high school age and older who enjoy playing against other women. The entry fee is $60 per team; trophies will also be awarded. Total entrants are limited to 20 teams. Entry is first come first served. Interested teams should all Barry Harsip 978-263-4499(h) or 978-264-0480 ext. 25(w) or e-mail for an entry form.

Boxborough Scale at Museum

The year is 1850. Abraham Lincoln is an obscure ex-congressman. The State of Massachusetts has delivered a new scale to Boxborough to calibrate the Town’s weights and measures. This is an incredible piece of mid 19th century technology sensitive enough to weigh a penny and strong enough to calibrate a 50 pound weight. After 100 years on the second floor of the Town Hall the scale is now available for viewing at the Boxborough Museum at 575 Middle Road. The Museum will be open from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday May 15, Sunday June 12, and Sunday July 10. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information or if anyone wishes to arrange a private tour for a small group at a different time please call John Fallon at 978-264-0069.
Save A Dog to Host 11th Annual Paws in the Park Event
Save A Dog, Inc., a non-profit humane society committed to placing rescued and abandoned dogs in loving, approved homes, will host its 11th annual "Paws in the Park" event on Sunday, May 22nd. The event will run from 10am to 3pm at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury. Admission to the event is $10; however, the admission fee will be waived for participants with pledges of $10 and up. Children under 12 years old are free.
This event is for dog lovers and their pets and will help raise money for the care of homeless dogs. Sponsorship, vendor, and exhibitor opportunities are still available, and personal pet pledge pages for fundraising can be created at Activities will include an agility try-out ring, agility demonstrations, a parade of adoptable dogs, dog games, face painting for the kids and pet massages. Food will be available for purchase, and a short group walk will take place beginning at 11am. For more information, visit

Stephen Ministry Sunday at the Sudbury United Methodist Church

The 9:30 a.m. worship service at the Sudbury United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 15 is being planned
and led by the church's Stephen Ministers. Church School and childcare are available at the same time as worship.
Children worship with their families for the first ten to fifteen minutes of the service.
Six new Stephen Ministers will be commissioned during worship on May l5, bringing the church's total number of
Stephen Ministers to twenty four. A Stephen Minister is a lay person who has received 50 hours of special training for the purpose of being a supportive, listening, non-judgmental presence for anyone going through a difficult time in his or her life. This difficult time might be an illness, hospitalization, loss of a loved one, or loss of a relationship.
A Pastor may recommend the benefit of a Stephen Ministry relationship to someone or an individual may request one.
A Stephen Minister may meet with his or her care receiver for as short a time as a month or as long as several years.
Meetings usually occur weekly or every other week in person, though flexibility is possible.
In addition, a Stephen Minister is available each Sunday after worship in the parlor for anyone who may
not have a long-term need but appreciate prayer or someone to listen to a concern they have.
Stephen Ministry is an ecumenical ministry which was begun by a Lutheran pastor in 1975 to help him meet the many needs of people in his congregation. If this is something that you think your church or synagogue would be interested in learning more about, please contact the church office at 978-443-4351 to be put in touch with one of the Stephen Ministry leaders at the Sudbury Methodist Church.
Sudbury United Methodist Church is located on Route 27 in Sudbury, just east of the center. It welcomes all to worship or church school on Sundays. Youth Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. More information about opportunities for adult Christian Education, outreach, and fellowship is available by calling the the church office or at the church's web site:

Theatre III Audition Announcement! Jekyll & Hyde

Theater III will be holding auditions May 22 and May 23 at 7 PM, for the musical "Jekyll and Hyde".
Theatre III is seeking adult actors of all ages to audition for our production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, based on the novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.
This production of Jekyll & Hyde is an alternate version of the Broadway musical sensation adapted by Paul Hadobas and Jan Duncan for the Fullerton Civic Light Opera. It brings the show back to the original concept as a "Gothic Musical Thriller".
Auditions will be held at Theatre III. Please prepare 16-32 bars of music from a musical in the style of the show (NOT from Jekyll and Hyde) that best represents your vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided. Callbacks will consist of a dance audition, reading from the script and singing. The script is on reserve at the Acton Public Library.
Please contact Ryan DuBray at with any questions.
Show: Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical
Audition Dates: May 22 and 23; callbacks on May 25 if necessary
Audition Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Theatre III, 250 Central Street, West Acton, MA
Performance Dates: September 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & October 1 @ 8pm; September 25 @ 3pm
For more info and character descriptions, please visit
Free Community Dinner at Union Church of Stow
Please join us Friday May 20th 5:30PM to 7PM for pasta, salad & dessert. Although there is no charge, free will donations are accepted. There's no reason to eat alone when you can join us for friendly company. Whether you are new in town or have been here a while, you are invited. Come alone or bring your family. The Union Church (with the blue doors) is at 317 Great Rd/ Rt 117. To learn more about our church visit us at

Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley Open house & Summer Kick Off Party.

Tuesday, May 17
4 p.m.—7 p.m.
Kick off the summer with your friends and celebrate with lots of Fun & Activities @ The Boys & Girls Club. Check out what the Boys & Girls Club has to offer, register for summer programs, sample some tasty treats, (some for a small extra fee) and more!! This event is your chance to check out the club’s fun, affordable summer & after school programs. Plus, enter to win fabulous prizes!!
Event Details:
Huge Obstacle Course
Games & Activities
Face Painting
Club Tours and More!
Plus the ROAMING RAILROAD will be coming from 5:00pm—7:00 pm for only $3/ per person.
This trackless train, is not just a kid's ride, the Roaming Railroad is custom built to accommodate adults, making it a true family attraction. Engineer Dan will entertain riders with comedy, train songs and inspirational routines like the little train that could.
For more information, please log onto or call 978-461-2871.

Middlesex Sponsors Benefit Bike Challenge

Riders of all ages are invited to join Middlesex Community College’s Bike Challenge 2011, a 10-mile or 40-mile bicycle ride, to be held at 9 a.m. (40-mile ride) and 10 a.m. (10-mile ride) Sunday, June 5, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. One in a series of special events celebrating MCC’s 40th anniversary, the benefit bike ride supports the MCC Foundation.
Open to cyclists throughout the community, the 10-mile course will traverse a scenic route on and around MCC’s 200-acre Bedford campus, while the 40-mile course will incorporate parts of Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle and Concord.
The Bike Challenge 2011 registration fee is $50 for all riders ages 18 and up (fee includes
T-shirt, water bottle and hot lunch). Cyclists who raise $150 or more in pledges receive a FREE Bike Challenge 2011 jersey ($75 value).
Same-day registration starts at 8 a.m., in the Bedford Campus Center. Races start promptly at 9 and 10 a.m., rain or shine.
To register or for more information, visit or call 781-280-3785.

Zumba™, Yoga and Line Dancing Classes at the Acton Senior Center

The Acton Senior Center is offering new Zumba™, Yoga and Line Dancing classes this spring and summer. The Zumba/Toning class, taught by Yvonne Benelli, is on Fridays, 10-11 through June 10. Yoga class with Patsy Brightman is on Tuesdays, 3-4:30, through June 28. Line dancing with Elaine and Mike Eannuzzo begins on Thursday, June 30, and ends on August 25, 2-3:30 (no class on Aug. 18). Classes are open to Acton seniors age 60 and up and to out-of-town seniors when space is available. Zumba and Yoga are funded through a grant from the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and a $10 donation for each session is requested. Line dancing is free to Acton seniors, thanks to funding from the Friends of the Acton COA. The Senior Center is located at 50 Audubon Drive, Acton. Call 978-929-6652 to register.
Pancake Breakfast
The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging invite you to come to our annual Pancake Breakfast to be served at St. Isidore’s Parish Hall on Saturday, May 21, from 8 AM to 11AM. RAIN or SHINE. This as a great way to kickoff your Springfest day. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great breakfast with your friends. Where else can you get pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs and help the Seniors of Stow. Coffee will be provided by The Gulf Station Dunkin’ Donuts. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12 years old, children 3 years old and under are free. Thank you for your support.
Sponsor a Great Cause!
Are you looking for an ingenious, low cost way to get your business name out there and give back to your community at the same time? The Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce can help! We are currently looking for sponsors for the Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk Road Race on Saturday, October 1st, which is held in conjunction withWest Acton’s Oktoberfest festivities. In 2008 the Chamber implemented a non-profit affiliate program which allows each Road Race participant to allocate $5 of their $15 race fee to a non-profit affiliate. This program currently has grown to include more than 70 affiliates. Why not be a part of this great program and give back to your community. Your company name/logo can be on the back of 300 t-shirts, on flyers, postcards and our website for $250. As a sponsor your business will also be entitled to join in our sponsor appreciation night at NARA Park on July 26. People wear these t shirts for years, so this exposure is priceless! The MWCoC also raises money for its scholarship fund, which has given back over $48,000 to graduating seniors in the 8 towns it serves: Acton, Boxborough, Concord, Carlisle, Littleton, Maynard Stow and Westford. For more information, please call Karen at 978-263-0010 or visit our website:
Maynard Plant Sale May 21
Looking to do some landscaping? Putting in a new flower bed? Adding new plants to an existing garden? Need plants for a shady area where nothing seems to grow? Save money by purchasing your plants at the 17th annual Maynard Community Gardeners plant sale. We have a great selection of healthy perennials and bushes taken from local gardens. Find what you need for whatever project you're working on.
We also offer beautiful hanging plants for you porch, colorful annuals for your decorative planters and a variety of gently used gardening tools and ornaments.
Find us near Maplebrook Park at the corner of Maple and Summer Streets from 9:00-12:00. Come early for the best selection.
We are still accepting donations of plants and gently used garden tools and ornaments. For more info contact Barbara at or 978-897-3356.

AB Youth Soccer Notice

Acton-Boxboro Youth Soccer, Inc. (ABYS) will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7:00 pm on June 13th, 2011 at 111 Davis Road, Acton, MA (Bellows Farm Clubhouse). At this meeting there will be a review of the current year’s activities to date and proposed changes to the ABYS Board will be presented for acceptance by the membership for the next year. This meeting is open to the public and all members are encouraged to attend.
Danny’s Place Youth Center Calendar
A pro-rated Membership of $20 is now available for the remainder of this season (Through July) or youth can pay a $5 fee per visit. Membership and renewals can be paid via our website at Membership packets can also be downloaded from the site. To put it in perspective, Membership costs $1.12 per week for the 45 weeks that we are open. That's 22 CENTS a day or 1.16 cents per hour!
**6th GRADE**
May 19th
Theatre with a Twist, Inc. presents – Audition for Murder [An interactive theatre performance]
Ever wanted to be a detective in a murder mystery? Here’s your chance! A local troop headed by the director Jacky Wolcott, are having auditions for the upcoming show “Murder on the Orient Express”. mDuring the course of the audition the audience discovers individuals are not too happy with the way things are going: an actress thinks she can buy her way into the lead role, another actor has had enough of small roles, the music director also wants to be on stage, and finally the choreographer has truly lost her marbles – she’s crazy!
They all have an axe to grind, but who will be the one who can’t take it and outright ‘kill’ off someone in the audition? We need YOUR help to solve the mystery and work out ‘who dunnit?”!!! Come with your sharp minds and figure it all out. Many detectives needed.
May 20th
Join us for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Friday, May 20th. 5 to 10pm at Danny’s Place. This event is $5 for the entire day (free for members in 7th-12th grades). We will also be selling BBQ'd burgers and hotdogs on the "patio". 5 hours featuring ten bands, DJs, performance art and maybe more. Confirmed acts so far include, Redfish Bluefish, Would, The Burnsides, A World of Lies, Statue of Diveo, Third World Thunder, This End Up and RossG! You will be able to vote for your favorite band. Winning vote receives a gift certificate to Daddy's Junky Music
Call for Volunteers
Danny’s Place Youth Center is always recruiting volunteers. Our primary need is for our 6th grade Thursdays at the check-in desk covering shifts from 12:30 to 2:30, 2:30 to 4:30 and from 4:30 to 5:45. Ideally, we would like to have two individuals for the first two shifts and one for the third shift. Rotation would be on a bi-weekly basis. Please let us know if you can help.
Danny’s Place is also looking for check-in help on Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 4:00 to 6:00. We generally only need one individual on these days and we are looking to set up a bi-weekly rotation for this position.
Other opportunities include supervision within the center itself on Thursdays. Also, if you have a special talent or trade you would like to share with the youth please let us know. We also have a need forSpecial Event volunteers for various Friday and Saturday evenings. These include concerts, Girl’s Night and 4th & 5th Grade Nights.
If you can volunteer your time and would enjoy being around youth in a non-academic environment, please get in touch with us at or 978-264-9754. You can also check our website at

Open House at Fort Devens Museum Marks Armed Forces Day

To discover great sections of America’s patriotic past and find out about some of its unsung heroes on Armed Forces Day, come to the Fort Devens Museum on Saturday, May 21st.
There you’ll hear veterans talk and a singer remind you of soldiers’ songs, get an update about the military presence now on Devens and observe the doings of a World War II re-enactor group in encampment.
Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305 on Devens. Follow the signs and balloons from Devens’s Route 2 entrance or its West Main Street or Barnum Road entrances in the town of Ayer. Please park in the large lot south of the Museum. On May 21st the Museum opens at 10 a.m. and displays and activities continue until 4 p.m. For further information about this Armed Forces Day open house, call the Museum at 978 772-1286 or find the Museum’s Website at
In addition to the Museum’s showplace of displays, this event brings re-enactors of the 26th Infantry Division Re-enactment Group under Capt. George Devlin to open their post for view. Military vehicles will also be on display.
Special programs start at 11 a.m. in the Museum’s new lecture hall as a panel of World War II veterans share their stories.
At 1 p.m. Musician Aurelia Perry of Groton will perform a selection of songs popular during the wars. She has “studied banjo for the past ten years” and loves “sharing songs, history, and humor from America’s rich cultural heritage.”
Jeff Keane, public affairs officer at the Fort Devens military training center, will discuss current military initiatives at Devens starting at 2 p.m.
Present also during the day will be one or two of the individuals who have become the focus of displays in the Museum.
Come to talk with others interested in exploring the history of Devens as you share refreshments. This program is free and open to the public.

5th Annual Thoreau School Road Race

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Thoreau Road Race coming up this Sunday, May 15th! The Kids Fun Runs start at 11am and the 5K starts at noon. Register at OR in person at Marx Running on 423 Great Rd in Acton ( You may also register on race day from 9:30 to 11:00am. Free t-shirts to the first 300 who register!
Celebrate Japan: A Relief Effort on Sunday, June 12, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Featuring Odaiko Drumming Performance and many Japan Cultural Experiences
Just two months after the earthquake, tsunami and multiple aftershocks, Japan continues to walk through fear, loss and grief that is beyond our belief. While many of the emergency needs have been met, the United Church of Christ, Congregational in Boxborough wishes to help provide some long-term effort to the children of the region that could help offset the devastation that has impacted their lives. We will be hosting a community-wide fundraiser event for all ages. Many activities are being planned for this Relief event including: Odaiko drumming performance, Ikebana flower arranging demonstration, chopsticks lessons, origami hat and other creations table, Introduction to Japan and learn a few Japanese words. Miso soup, rice balls, and other Japanese favorites will be served. All proceeds will go to Japan relief efforts through three specific charities.
Mark your calendars now for this fun and important community event. Plan to stop by with your family to learn, experience and give. Donations will be $10 per adult, children under 12 are free. We will hold a silent auction of many wonderful Japan-related items. If you are looking for a way to get involved and remember the people of Japan, please join us. Invite your friends, family and neighborhood.
Location: UCC Boxborough Church, 723 Massachusetts Avenue. Feel free to call Jennifer Royce for any questions or if you'd like to get more involved - 978-263-0707.

Extended Day Registration for 2011-2012

A-B Community Education currently is accepting mail-in and walk-in registration for our Extended Day Programs for the 2011-2012 school year. Registration will remain on-going, on a space available basis.
Extended Day is a before school and after school child care program for children in Grades K-6. We are part of the A-B school system, and have 4 locations -- the Administration Building (for children from all 5 elementary schools), Conant School, Gates School, and McCarthy-Towne School. Our programs are structured to provide activities such as: arts & crafts, cooking & baking, drawing, board games, music, quiet reading and homework, or outdoor and gym play. We provide a nutritious snack each day. Students are transported between school and Extended Day by school bus. Our programs are staffed by experienced, professional Staff Leaders, Head Teachers, and Adult Assistant Teachers.
We also have an Extended Day 1/2 Day Kindergarten program, located at the Administration Building for children from all 5 elementary schools, and at Conant School, for Conant kindergartners. We provide enrichment opportunities for 1/2 day kindergartners to delve into the arts, science, music, geography, world cultures, play and social interaction with friends. It is a great place to come before or after 1/2 day Kindergarten. It also is a convenient, economical solution for child care for working parents. Registration for the 1/2 day Kin Extended Day is flexible. Our 1/2 day Kindergarten Head Teachers both are MA DoE certified teachers, with many years of experience working with children.
For further information, or to arrange a visit to a program, please contact Sally Cunningham at the A-B Community Education office at 978-266-2525.

Raising Boys Seminar

"Raising Boys" will be presented at Sargent Memorial Library in Boxboro on Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m. by Betsy Wisch, LMHC. This seminar is appropriate for parents of children age 0-8, and will give practical tips on communicating with, emotionally supporting, and being a role model for sons. Betsy will look at the science behind a difference in energy levels between boys and girls, the importance of maternal emotional closeness, and whether it's really possible to influence their preference for a fallen limb to represent a doll or gun.
Historic Preservation: the "Green" Choice for Homeowners
Monday, May 16, 7 PM, Town Hall, Room 204, 472 Main Street, Acton. Free and open to the public.
Join us May 16 for an evening with architect Jean Carroon, FAIA, LEED® AP, principal in the Boston firm Goody Clancy, to learn how and why preserving older buildings is the most sustainable choice and the latest technology to do it. Jean has earned national recognition for her expertise in applying sustainable-design technology to historic buildings and has directed the adaptive reuse and preservation of signature buildings in a broad range of sectors for clients such as Harvard University and the National Park Service. She is currently working on the renovation of more than 50 historic structures on the St. Elizabeth’s West Campus in Washington, which will become the home of the Department of Homeland Security. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Acton Historic District Commission, the Acton Historical Commission, the Town of Acton Department of Municipal Properties and Green Acton. Contact with questions.

Divorce Support Group

Are you thinking of separating or going through the divorce process? We are an informal, confidential peer-support group with no religious affiliation. Men and women are welcome. We meet every Thursday evening at 7pm downstairs at the South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School St (off Route 27 near the bridge and traffic light). For more information, call Brian at 978-369-7346 or Jocelyn at 978-244-1257.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste and SHARPS Collection Day

The Maynard Household Hazardous Waste and SHARPS Collection day is Saturday, June 4, 2011. The collection will be held at the DWP Garage at the end of Winter Street from 9am to noon. $10.00 fee per carload, payable by cash or check made payable to “Town of Maynard”. Unusually large loads will require additional fees. A list of acceptable items can be obtained at the Board of Health office (978-897-1302) and on the web at Proof of residency required. There is no fee for SHARPS drop offs – they must be in a puncture-proof container.

Join the Relay For Life Festivities

There’s family fun for all at this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Acton-Boxborough taking place May 21-22 at NARA Park in Acton! Cheer on the Relay participants as you enjoy many kids’ activities (from 3-6pm May 21) including games, crafts, cupcake decorating, sand art, a sandcastle contest and more! Also slated for the afternoon of May 21 will be live music from several local bands who will again keep the Relay participants moving! At 9pm one of the most memorable parts of the event, the Luminaria Ceremony of Hope, will occur. As darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags

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