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Richard Higgins' Photography Exhibit at Concord Free Public Library

When: Jun. 29, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD:The Concord Free Public Library is featuring an exhibit of Richard Higgins’s photographs of trees through November 30.“An Eye for Trees, in Thoreau's Concord and Today” is in the library art gallery. It is free during library hours, which are 9am-9pm, Monday through Thursday,  9am-6pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday. Higgins, the author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees, said it was inspired by Thoreau’s way of seeing trees, which combined poetic insight with keen observation. Most of the 40 photographs depict common trees in Concord and surrounding towns. Higgins said he took many of the photographs in winter, when snow and ice transform trees and disclose them anew.“If there’s an artistic aesthetic, it’s finding beauty in the familiar and ordinary—a skill Thoreau  developed to a high degree,” said Higgins, a writer and editor who lives in Concord. For more information, visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Umbrella Arts Center &amp; Environment Art Ramble 2021

When: Sep. 1, 9:00AM
Where: Hapgood Wright Town Forest

Description

CONCORD: In keeping with this year's thematic focus on "Air," the 2021 Art Ramble "Something in the Air" Call for Art recognizes that Air is invisible and yet essential to life. Its quality affects our quality of life, as well as that of all living things. Our call seek works that illustrate human, animal and botanical interactions with air, and encourage exploration of the atmospheric aspects of the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. The result was an exceptionally strong slate of regional artists creating what the curators call an exhibition marked by "drama, mystery, change, or movement". For more information, visit https://theumbrellaarts.org/art-ramble.

Presented in collaboration with Concord’s Division of Natural Resources (CDNR), supported in part by the Foundation for Metrowest.

Parents of One Year Olds Coping with Depression / Anxiety Support Group

When: Sep. 9, 1:30PM
Where: First Connections via Zoom

Description

ACTON: First Connections, through grants from The Nordblum Family Foundation and Sage Therapeutics, is expanding their Emotional Wellbeing After Baby weekly support group to include an 8-week group for parents of one year olds. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the rates and duration of anxiety and depression among parents of young children. We are providing additional support and strategies through a free, time-limited, virtual group facilitated by Heather O'brien, LICSW, who is also certified in parent-infant mental health. To participate in this group, which meets on Thursdays, email hobrien@jri.org for the connecting link. If you need assistance with finding a therapist, locating other support groups, or have questions about postpartum depression or anxiety, Heather can also help with these issues.

Plastic Bags and Wraps Collection

When: Sep. 13, 9:00AM
Where: Westford Rotary Club

Description

WESTFORD: The Westford Rotary Club is collecting PLASTIC BAGS and WRAPS to participate in the Recycling Challenge by TREX. The collection goal is 500 pounds. 

 
PLEASE USE WESTFORD ROTARY TREX BOXES ONLY @:
 
· Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main St. (side door).
· Brookside Convenience Store, 64 Brookside Rd. (inside store).
· Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St. (front porch).

Trex Outdoor Furniture will turn the collected plastic into a bench that will be placed locallyWestford saves money by keeping plastics out of the trash.

Art in the Time of the Pandemic

When: Sep. 15, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Council on Aging, Wheeler Community Ctr., 1276 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Council on Aging (COA) closed its doors in March 2020 through June 2021.  During those 15 months, the COA concentrated on numerous drive-through activities and original programs on Zoom for all Concord residents age 60+.  The COA was aware that while it was working, many of its members were, too.  Art in the Time of the Pandemic is currently being enjoyed by senior residents at the Concord Council on Aging thru October.

West African Drum Class

When: Sep. 23, 6:00PM
Where: Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio

Description

HARVARD: Calling all drummers! Join Blase and Moussa for an 8-week drum series diving into West African rhythms. This series will take place Thursdays, outdoors by the pond or indoors in the studio. If you don’t have a drum, no worries, there will be extras to borrow. The full 8-week class series is $200.00 or $30.00 for a walk-in class. You can pay Moussa via Venmo, cash or check. Please let Blase and/or Moussa know ASAP by emailing Blase at blaseofire@gmail.com and Moussa at djembe.moussa@gmail.com.

Reverie Terrain: Recent Paintings by Jill Goldman-Callahan at Concord Library

When: Oct. 1, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Recent paintings by Jill Goldman-Callahan (The Umbrella Arts Studio 303) are on view in the Concord Library Main branch gallery. Join the artist October 16 11:00am-12:30pm, or on October 14 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Masks are required re: library event policy. Info: jillgoldman-callahanstudio.com. Instagram: @goldmancallahan.

Cosmic Canvas Astrophotography Exhibit

When: Oct. 12, 9:00AM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG:The Aldrich Astronomical Society presents: Cosmic Canvas Astrophotography Exhibit. This exhibit will be open to the public starting October 12 (no sign-up needed), and is located in the Community Room. The exhibit includes all types of astrophotography from nightscape composites, to planetary images, to Deep Sky wonders such as nebulae and galaxies. All pictures taken in Central Massachusetts by Aldrich Astrophotographers, many from their own backyards!

The Lunenburg Public Library is also partnering with The Aldrich Astronomical Society to offer two space related events in November:
 
  • Thurs, Nov 4th @ 6:30pm - James Webb Space Telescope Launch Talk
  • Thurs, Nov 18th @ 6:30pm - Astrophotography Talk
 
Registration will be required for both events. You can sign up for these programs by visiting the Events page on the Lunenburg Public Library's website, lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at selbag@cwmars.org.

Green Hudson Fall Clean-up

When: Oct. 16, 9:00AM
Where: Riverside Park, Chapin Road

Description

HUDSON: Green Hudson and the Hudson Recreation Department invite the Hudson community to join in for Fall Clean-up.  Rain date, Sunday the 17th. Green Hudson volunteers will hand out trash collection bags and recycling information, and to dispose of the trash that you've collected. Residents are encouraged to work in small teams and pick a location that needs a bit of TLC.  Work with your neighbors, friends & family to clean up Town streets and parks to keep Hudson beautiful.  Want a location suggestion for your group?  Email cleanup@greenhudson.org.  Maps will be available at Riverside Park showing areas that need help and areas that already have a volunteer team.

Scarecrow Festival at CFPL

When: Oct. 16, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host the 6th annual Scarecrow Festival on October 16 - 31. Gather your family & visit the Main Library's front lawn and the Fowler Library’s lawn to enjoy all the creative scarecrows made by local organizations!  For more information, contact Royce McGrath, Supervisor of Children’s Services at RNMcGrath@minlib.netFor more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Poets Live Forever Seminar with Val Walker

When: Oct. 20, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Wednesdays through November 10. Open to out-of-town seniors for $20 for series
In this series at the Senior Center, Val Walker will present lively readings and life histories of our most beloved poets, starting with Mary Oliver. Val sparks conversation and reflection on what inspired their brilliant creations, the challenges they face, their passions and callings. Each class is devoted to one particular poet as we learn to understand the world and vision of that individual experience. October 20th: Mary Oliver; October 27th: Edgar Allan Poe; November 3rd: Emily Dickinson; November 10th: Robert Frost. Contact the COA to register for this class: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week: Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes it Go!

When: Oct. 22, 1:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 1pm – 3pm. Discover the wonders of chemistry as we celebrate National Chemistry Week. Join us for fun, hands-on activities around this year’s theme, Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes it Go! See what it means to have a chemical reaction using everyday materials and experiment with different ways to speed up the reaction or slow it down. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Cheese Tasting and Talk

When: Oct. 22, 3:30PM
Where: Grange, 80 Champney Street

Description

GROTON: Barn Door’s cheese monger, Steve Dahlgren, and Groton Grange #7, present free Cheese Talk and  Outdoor Cheese Tasting Fundraiser. RSVP required for cheese tasting – mrmblaze50@gmail.com or 978-448-5426 by October 16.

Monsterbash

When: Oct. 22, 6:30PM
Where: Nara Park

Description

ACTON:  $5 admission all ages. Info: www.actonrec.com; recreation@actonma.gov

ABFN Fall Clothing Swap

When: Oct. 23, 8:00AM
Where: Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church parking lot, 472 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

ACTON: The leaves are turning, the temperatures are cooling, and it’s time to refresh the kids’ closets! Acton-Boxborough Family Network is hosting a Fall Clothing Swap, open to the public, outdoors.

Interested in donating to the clothing swap? ABFN seeks gently used clothes in sizes newborn through 6T. Donors are asked to please sort clothes into bags labeled with sizes, if possible. Clothes can be dropped off in advance at three Acton locations: 23 Evergreen Road, 97 Concord Road, and 24 Smart Road, or can be dropped off at the beginning of the event. No stained or ripped clothing, please. Shoes and toys will not be accepted. Any clothing remaining at the end of the event will be donated to The Wish Project. Local organizations that serve families in need of clothing are also welcome to contact Mecca with any requests at dmecca@abfamily.org.

Styrofoam Collection

When: Oct. 23, 9:00AM
Where: Westford Highway Garage, 28 North Street

Description

WESTFORD: FOR WESTFORD RESIDENTS.  ACCEPTED: #6 (EPS) – pre-formed packing, insulation board, and coolers; #4 (EPS) – spongy foam expanded polystyrene. NOT ACCEPTED: Styrofoam food containers, including cups, meat trays, and packing peanuts.HELPFUL if you can bring items in a large cardboard box (OK if not full) or a larger plastic bag in order to facilitate our transportation. Donations will be accepted to defray the cost for transporting Styrofoam to Gold Circuit in Palmer, MA.
 

Sponsored by First Parish Church United, Westford.

Recycle Your Reusables

When: Oct. 23, 9:30AM
Where: Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School, 1 Hospital Rd.

Description

SHIRLEY: SHIRLEY: Recycle Your Reusables, the area’s largest recycling and reuse event, is held by the Ayer Recycling Committee & sponsored by the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Littleton, Groton, Lunenburg and Townsend. RYR is free and open to everyone, without residence restrictions, though it is requested that you bring a donation of unexpired canned goods or new, unwrapped Christmas Gifts appropriate for children aged birth to 14 years to Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope (one of this year's vendors), in lieu of an admission fee.
 

Adults and teens ages 14+ are needed to help staff this community event. Teens may be able to earn credit towards their school's community service requirement. For more information about volunteering, participating vendors and the items they'll be accepting, visit http://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com or the Ayer Recycling Committee page on Facebook, or email AyerRecycles@ayer.ma.us.

Chelmsford United Methodist Church's Annual Rummage Sale

When: Oct. 23, 10:00AM
Where: 242 Main Street, N. Chelmsford

Description

CHELMSFORD: One Day Only, Masks Required for Entry. $5 per bag (Grocery bags provided.) Find gently used clothing, shoes, linens, home décor, dishes, books, toys, games, and more.  Have fun rummaging for your treasure!  Proceeds benefit church special projects and missions. Info: www.wcumc.us, office@wcumc.us

Meet Susan B. Anthony at The Spellman Museum

When: Oct. 23, 10:00AM
Where: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College

Description

WESTON: To celebrate the one-hundred and first anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution, award-winning actress Sheryl Faye will bring to life Susan B. Anthony, one of the most famed suffragettes in American History, in a 45-minute performance. The program is suitable for ages seven to adult.  Children can take home stamps featuring famous American woman. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children.  For more information email to info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838.  State Covid guidelines will be followed.

Women's Club Pie Sale

When: Oct. 23, 10:00AM
Where: 504 Main Street, Acton

Description

ACTON: There's nothing like a home-made pie to give to family and friends at holiday time.  Pop these in the freezer and you're ready to go!  No more hunting at the last minute for the perfect dessert.  This is the way the Club obtains the funds for charitable activities around town. Pies bursting with crisp local apples or berries, and seasoned withspices from our old family recipes, will be baked by club members and sold until we run out. We have adhered to the strictest health regulations, and we'll put them in the trunk of your car for a contactless delivery.Walk up or drive up, but come early to take your pick! http://theactonwomansclub.org

Marlborough Regional Recycling Event

When: Oct. 23, 10:00AM
Where: Navin Rink Parking Lot, 451 Bolton Street

Description

MARLBOROUGH: This year, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins with the Marlborough Rotary Club for their second recycling event of this fall during their 11th year of Recycling events. It is only $40 per car/truck load and one and all from anywhere in New England are encouraged to clean out their attics, basements, and businesses and get rid of their junk. Open to ALL communities in MA, CT, NH, RI, ME, & VT! Please call 978-875-0097 with any questions that you might have about the event.  Info: www.marlboroughrotary.org & www.marlboroughchamber.org.

Clock &amp; Watch Program and Appraisals at The Spellman Museum

When: Oct. 23, 1:00PM
Where: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College

Description

WESTON: Clock expert Robert Frishman will give a presentation featuring images of clocks on stamps and then provide an informal appraisal of any vintage clocks or watches people bring to the Museum.  The program is part of the Museum’s “Stamps Come Alive” series and also to celebrate National Stamp Collecting Month.  The program is free.  For more information email to info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838. State Covid guidelines will be followed.

Chess Club

When: Oct. 23, 1:00PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: For kids in grades 3 to 5 who are interested in playing chess and who already know the basic moves, or are an advanced player. Drop in and find an opponent (or bring one with you). We provide the game sets, you bring the challenge. Space is limited to 40 players (that is how many sets we have). You are welcome to bring your own pieces if you prefer. Please register online through the Library's Events Calendar.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week: Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes it Go!

When: Oct. 23, 1:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 1pm – 3pm. Discover the wonders of chemistry as we celebrate National Chemistry Week. Join us for fun, hands-on activities around this year’s theme, Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes it Go! See what it means to have a chemical reaction using everyday materials and experiment with different ways to speed up the reaction or slow it down. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Outdoor Cheese Talk &amp; Tasting Fundraiser

When: Oct. 23, 3:00PM
Where: Grange, 80 Champney Street

Description

GROTON: Barn Door’s cheese monger, Steve Dahlgren, and Groton Grange #7, present free Cheese Talk & Outdoor Cheese Tasting Fundraiser. RSVP required for cheese tasting – mrmblaze50@gmail.com or 978-448-5426 / 978-448-2141 Deadline October 16.

PCIS Weekly Services: Throw Down Pride &amp; Pick Up Faith

When: Oct. 24, 9:00AM
Where: Presbyterian Church in Sudbury (PCIS) 330 Concord Road

Description

SUDBURY: Ordinary 30. Scripture:  Mark 10:46-52. Psalm 34:1-8. Sermon Title: "Throw Down Pride & Pick Up Faith” Rev. Desiree Lawson. We often worry about what others think of us. We put so much emphasis on image that we lose sight of what’s important. We can even lose ourselves when we try to so hard to please others or look the part. What stops you from being vulnerable? What prevents you from authentically showing up in your life? Adult Education via Zoom  9am-10:20am; Children’s Sunday School Grades K- 5 via Zoom 9:50am; Sunday Service via Zoom  10:30am-11:30am; High School Youth Group via Zoom 7pm. Please check www.pcsudbury.org Master Calendar for online devotional and social offerings via Zoom.

UCC Weekly Services

When: Oct. 24, 9:30AM
Where: United Church of Christ, 723 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

BOXBOROUGH: The UCC in Boxborough is opening its doors Every Sunday for weekly services. Local folks are invited to join for in person worship in the sanctuary. Vaccination is strongly requested and encouraged, physical distancing shall be maintained when seated, and masks are required. There is very limited singing together. Following suggested state guidelines, there is a limit to the number of people that can be in the sanctuary, but that number has not been reached. No registration is required, although names and contact information will be gathered for contact tracing. Online worship is also available via Zoom. For Meeting ID and more information about life at UCCB, visit www.boxboroughucc.org or call 978-263-7387.

Weekly Service: Fat Bias and Fat Acceptance

When: Oct. 24, 9:30AM
Where: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, 353 Great Road

Description

STOW: A service on fat bias and fat acceptance. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum has entitled it “Taking Up Space: The Fat Liberation Sermon Cindy’s Waited 20 Years
to Give.”  FPC’s services take place at 9:30 and 11:15am. The 9:30am service will be held
outdoors, weather permitting. Outside nursery care will be provided. Masks and social distancing are required. To check on whether the service is taking place, follow facebook.com/fpcstowacton
for the most up-to-date information. The 11:15am service will be virtual. Access information, as well as a link to the order of service, will be posted along the left column at http://fpc-stow-acton.org within 24 hours of the service. To prevent disruptive intrusions, the virtual room will
be locked about 15 minutes after the service begins. For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit http://fpc-stow-acton.org.

Great Road Grand Opening Service

When: Oct. 24, 10:00AM
Where: Highrock Church, 255 Great Road

Description

ACTON: Highrock started as a church in Acton in 2015, meeting in Gates School. Right before COVID, the church purchased and renovated a property on Great Road, the former home of the Makaha restaurant across from Donelan’s grocery store. Service will be followed by a reception with delicious food, cozy drinks & a ministry fair. Livestreamed available on YouTube channel and for this special service, a tented outdoor service viewing space will be available. KidsRock children’s ministry will also be available for children ages 0-grade 5. Masks are currently required for all indoors. For more information, visit highrockacton.org or YouTube.com/highrockacton

First Parish of Sudbury: Bridges versus Walls

When: Oct. 24, 10:00AM
Where: First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Road

Description

SUDBURY: First Parish of Sudbury and Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty warmly invite the community to weekly services. The language that we speak to one another can lead us towards building bridges or building walls, which would we prefer? How do we with conviction know our true intentions with one another and how to communicate in a way that leads us to our desired destination? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish to realize the difference and importance of our intentions in communication and action. This service will be held inside will also be Zoomed. See fpsdudbury.org for the Zoom link. Contact the First Parish Office at office@fpsudbury.org or 978-443-2043 for information on services and programs.

Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade &amp; Canine Costume Contest

When: Oct. 24, 12:00PM
Where: Nara Park

Description

ACTON: A concert and kids activities are just some of the fun planned at the NARA Park Amphitheater. Celebrate the season at this family-friendly event. Register to be part of the Canine Costume Contest at actonrec.com ($10 per dog). Admission free on site for all others. Proceeds benefit Acton Community Dog Park.  Info: www.actonrec.com; recreation@actonma.gov

Sponsored by Acton's Recreation Department and Friends of Acton Community Dog Park

Gilmore Pond All-Persons’ Trail Grand Opening

When: Oct. 24, 1:00PM
Where: Gilmore Pond Trail Entrance

Description

WESTBOROUGH: All are invited to an event to mark the completion of the first trail in the Westborough Community Land Trust network that is accessible to everyone.  Through the support of a MassTrails grant and more than 1000 hours of volunteer time, this ¼ mile loop around Gilmore Pond has been surfaced with firm stone dust, bridging, boardwalks, and a continuous hand rope to ensure that this lovely spot can be enjoyed by everyone.  Our grand opening event will include a short dedication followed by a guided walk along the wheelchair and stroller-friendly path. Share in the excitement to open this truly unique community resource.  Meet at the Gilmore Pond Trail Entrance, GPS address approximately 19 Quick Farm Rd. Park along one side of Quick Farm Road.  Map:  https://westboroughcharm.org/guide;/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf

"Eyes on Owls"

When: Oct. 24, 1:00PM
Where: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College

Description

WESTON: Shows at 1pm & 3pm  featuring several owls from including a snowy owl. Advanced registration is not required but can be made at info@spellman.org. The Museum follows all Covid guidelines from the state. For more information contact info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838.

Make-Your-Own Fused Glass Mezuzah

When: Oct. 24, 1:30PM
Where: Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street

Description

CONCORD: Learn about the meaning behind the mezuzah and why we hang it on our doorframes—and then guest artist Sasha Kopp will teach you how to make your own beautiful mezuzah of fused glass. You’ll also discover the meaningful connection between broken glass and the creation of the world in this arts workshop. No experience necessary! Fee: $36/project (+ $40 to get a kosher mezuzah scroll)  Register by emailing learning@keremshalom.org.

Historical Society Birthday Party

When: Oct. 24, 2:00PM
Where: Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road

Description

BOXBOROUGH: On October 24, the Boxborough Historical Society will celebrate its founding in 1961. It will also celebrate the beginning of the Boxborough Museum in October of 2005. Both anniversaries will be celebrated at the Museum at 575 Middle Road from 2pm to 4pm with refreshments and a musical presentation, with a spoken history of some of the older tunes.  Admission is free, and all are welcome. Masks are required.

Pumpkins and Poetry at The Wayside Inn

When: Oct. 24, 3:30PM
Where: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

Description

SUDBURY: Put on your Halloween costumes and head over to The Wayside Innm 72 Wayside Inn Road for an afternoon of family-friendly fun.  A poetry walk featuring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses” and an outdoor installation of Halloween-themed decorations.  Pumpkin decorating and carving for all ages will take place in the nearby Event Tent. Cost: $5/person for the Longfellow Garden Exhibit; $10/child for pumpkin decorating; and $20/person for pumpkin carving. Pumpkins and supplies are included with registration fees, and space is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/pumpkinsandpoetry21.

All Access Afternoon

When: Oct. 24, 5:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Discovery Museum Especially for Me event. Free admission for families with children on the autism spectrum, with hearing or vision loss, or facing other developmental challenges, during dedicated hours when the Museum is closed to the general public and building capacity is limited. All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but preregistration is required online at www.discoveryacton.org/efm as space is limited.

Foot Care Clinic

When: Oct. 25, 9:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: By Appointment Only—978-425-1390. $40 Resident / $60 non Resident. FOOT CARE at HOME - $60. Contact: Sarah Kinghorn BSN RN CFCN at 617-417-2149. www.footcarefocus.com

Provided by FOOTCARE FOCUS. Prices above include a $20 discount for Shirley residents paid by Shirley Council on Aging

Virtual Qigong Class

When: Oct. 25, 10:30AM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: Dvora Eisenstein leads this free recurring Qigong class on Zoom, every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system integrating slow movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Qigong calms your mind, improves your balance, and enhances health. This practice is suitable for all levels of ability and ages. Anyone may join this free class at any time. Hosted and sponsored by the Sunderland Public Library and made available to all residents. To join, visit this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/117278043

Halloween Story Hour

When: Oct. 25, 11:00AM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: Kids of all ages are invited to put on their Halloween costumes for a fun Halloween celebration. Stories, songs, pumpkin decorating, thanks to the generosity of Hollis Hills Farm, Halloween games and then a parade around the library to trick or treat librarians! If necessary this story time will take place inside during inclement weather.  Suitable for all ages. No registration necessary.  Info: lunenburglibrary.org

Wii Bowling

When: Oct. 25, 12:30PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Mondays. Call 978-425-1390 to reserve your lane.

An Afternoon with Edgar Allan Poe

When: Oct. 25, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors for $5. Edgar Allan Poe rises for this special appearance at the Senior Center! Poe, who was born in Massachusetts in January 1809, is portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella who will read a combination of Poe's well-known and lesser-known works. Poe will also explain his reasons for writing the way he did and take questions from those in attendance. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov.

Trusts with Atty. Tamburro

When: Oct. 25, 1:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

Description

NORTH CHELMSFORD: B07. Atty. Tamburro will cover the following major topics and more: What is a Trust and why are there so many kinds? The Components of a Trust: paper, Creator, Trustee and Beneficiary; What are the benefits of Trusts in General? When Should you Create a Trust? Register by calling 978-251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.

Drop in Game Time

When: Oct. 26, 9:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Tuesdays. A Variety of board and card games available. Bring your friends for a morning of fun. Bridge, Scrabble, Dominoes and more. Info: mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Make a MESS: Fragrant Fall-Finger Painting

When: Oct. 26, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am – 11am. Put a seasonal twist on a favorite messy experience by adding scents to finger paints. Get ready to get messy with paint because yours hands and fingers will be your “tools” today! What kind of masterpiece will you create? All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Music of the Great Depression Multimedia Presentation

When: Oct. 26, 12:30PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors for $5. Join John Clark at the Senior Center to watch, listen and learn about music for the approximately 10-year period following the 1929 Stock Market Crash that plunged America into an economic depression. Popular songwriters and singers responded in many different ways. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov.

Call in Bingo

When: Oct. 26, 12:45PM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center via Zoom

Description

NORTH CHELMSFORD: Every Tuesday at 1pm, call in for a friendly game of BINGO. Starting at 12:50pm, call 978-250-5200, then dial x6199. The game will begin at 1pm. New players, please call Natalie at 978-251-0533 for BINGO cards and instructions.

Water Color Painting with Mike Devlin

When: Oct. 26, 1:00PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Tuesdays at 1pm. 3 reasons watercoloring is more than just learning to paint. 1. Watercolors teach us to slow down; 2. Watercolors encourage us to view the world differently; and 3. Watercolors help us discover our creativity. Please note that anyone wishing to attend must have their own paints, brushes, paper. The Center will try to help with supplies for those in need or a beginner. Info: mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Halloween Harvest: Ghosts, Goblins &amp; More with Storyteller, Davis Bates

When: Oct. 26, 4:00PM
Where: Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library is excited to host a Halloween storytelling program with Parents’ Choice Award-winning performer Davis Bates. Recommended for ages 5 years and older, as well as adults. This is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season, with traditional and true life ghost stories, supernatural tales, and songs about the harvest and turning of the earth. It also includes trick or treat and harvest sing-alongs with very sing-able choruses that will be taught to the audience. Some of the songs will be accompanied by rhythms played on spoons from a kitchen drawer and percussion instruments from around the world. There will be an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named “Bingo.” For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Tweens &amp; Teens Cooking Program

When: Oct. 26, 4:30PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library via Zoom

Description

LUNENBURG: Hey Tweens & Teens! Do you enjoy good food? Like to cook? Join Lunenburg Public Library as they hosts 4 cooking classes with Alyssa, a Registered Dietitian with Hannaford's Supermarket! Classes will be held virtually on Tuesdays, Oct 26, Nov 2nd, Nov 9th, and Nov 16th. Alyssa will walk through how to prepare delicious and healthy dishes that are perfect for the season. Weekly recipes and lists of needed ingredients will be supplied by the library so that you will be prepared to fully participate in each class. 

Registration is necessary (make sure to include an email address!) and the age requirement is 10-14 (grades 4-8). Please use separate sign ups for each participant. Please note that each class has a separate registration. Register for 1, 2, or all 4! There must be adult supervision for these classes as students will be using cooking utensils and a stove for preparing their recipes. The good news? The goal for each class is to prepare a dish for that night's dinner! 

Note: This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent at least an hour prior to the start of the program to the email given at registration. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please call (978) 582-4140.

Fighting Back: New England’s Underdogs presented by Chronicle Reporter Ted Reinstein via Zoom

When: Oct. 26, 6:30PM
Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Author of three books about New England, Ted Reinstein has always had his eye out—and his heart open—to the region’s true “underdogs.” Pre-Registration required via this link https://tinyurl.com/3cy56f4f if you wish to view at home.
This presentation via Zoom is also being shown on the big screen at the Senior Center. This program is being funded by a grant from CHNA15. For more information please contact Sheryl Ball at the Acton Health Division at sball@actonma.gov

Knit &amp; Chat Group

When: Oct. 27, 10:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Do you like to knit and talk? Join in for friendly chatter and some knitting. To participate RSVP by calling or emailing edinning@shirley-ma.gov, 978-425-1390. If you need knitting materials, let the Center know.

Wellness &amp; Chair Exercise Class

When: Oct. 27, 10:30AM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

Description

NORTH CHELMSFORD: Presented by UMass Lowell Doctor of Physical Therapy Students Wednesdays 10:30am, Rm. B07, Free. Each week, UMass Lowell students will take class participants through a series of chair exercises and present a variety of health topics for seniors. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by calling 978-251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov to ensure your spot for each class.

QiGong

When: Oct. 27, 11:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Every Wednesday at 11am (outside weather permitting). Strength, Flexibility & Balance. Every Thursday at 1pm. Chairs are used for all levels of ability. Instructed by Jeff Cote, the Occidental Taoist. Info: mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan “Part D” Selection Assistance

When: Oct. 27, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road

Description

ACTON: By appointment. Are you interested in comparing your Part D prescription drug plan during Medicare Open Enrollment? If you are looking to compare Part D plan costs, deductibles and tier structures plus obtain a true out of pocket annual cost, please schedule an appointment with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy outreach team. Students of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy will be available with laptops at the Senior Center to run Medicare Planfinder Part D comparison results. Call the COA to schedule your 30-minute appointment. Bring a list of your prescriptions to the appointment. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov.

BINGO!

When: Oct. 27, 1:00PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Every Wednesday at 1pm. No registration required. No maximum seating. Info: mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Computer Club

When: Oct. 27, 1:30PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. All seniors are welcome to participate in Computer Club. Bring your computer and hardware questions, problems and related issues. If possible bring the problem hardware to the meeting. This is a club with no formally planned instruction. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to meet with a member using Zoom, call 978-929-6652 or email seniorcenter@actonma.gov  and your info will be forwarded to club members.

Tea Time Tales

When: Oct. 27, 2:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center via Zoom

Description

NORTH CHELMSFORD: Who says story time is just for kids? A virtual interactive read-aloud for adults! Short stories, poems, and classic tales will be read aloud with a discussion to follow. So put the kettle on and lend a listening ear. Register here: https://chelmsfordlibrary.libcal.com/ event/8235490. If you'd like help registering, call the library at 978-256-5521 x1211 or the Senior Center at 978-251-0533.

Backyard &amp; Beyond: Fossil Exploration

When: Oct. 27, 2:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 2pm – 4pm. Do you know what a paleontologist does? Join us to find out! We will use our tools to find and examine some different fossils, thinking about who, or what, might have left these things behind. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Line Dancing with Sam O’Clair

When: Oct. 27, 3:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Wednesdays through November 17. Open to out-of-town seniors for $20/series. Join new line dancing instructor, Sam for a fun, active hour of dancing! You will dance to all different genres of music (pop, country, oldies, and more). Wear comfy clothes – layers are good, shoes with soles that will slide easily (sneakers stick; a leather sole works best). Bring a bottle of water and sign up with your friends! Contact the COA to register for this class at 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov. Funded by an Executive Office of Elder Affairs grant; $1 donation per class requested.

LPL Kids Book Club

When: Oct. 27, 4:00PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: For 3rd-5th graders. Join on the library website lunenburglibrary.org.  Talk about the book from the horror genre, "Small Spaces" by Katherine Arden! Share our thoughts and opinions, have some laughs and make new friends. At the close of each meeting you can pick up your book for the next month. Each month will feature a book from a different genre. Monthly selections are available in different formats including audiobooks when available.

Community Supper: Spaghetti &amp; Meatballs

When: Oct. 27, 4:15PM
Where: Mt. Calvary Community Church, 472 Massachusetts Ave

Description

ACTON: Doors will open to enter at 4:15pm (absolutely, not prior). Dinner will be served from 4:45pm-5:45pm. All guests must park in the back parking lot off Prospect Street.  Sponsored In Memory of Judy Melillo

Mothers Out Front Acton: The Health Effects of Indoor Gas Pollution

When: Oct. 27, 7:00PM
Where: Acton Memorial Library via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Hear a remote presentation by health researcher and author, Andee Krasner, MPH, from Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, and learn about the health impacts of indoor gas pollution.  This presentation will be held via Zoom. There will also be a brief Induction Cooktop demonstration highlighting this remarkable alternative to gas appliances.  RSVP: with this LINK or www.mothersoutfront.org/events/acton-ma-20211027/. For more info contact info.ma.acton@mothersoutfront.org.

Sustainable Stow Monthly Meeting

When: Oct. 27, 7:00PM
Where: Randall Library

Description

STOW: Sustainable Stow members toured a new housing development in nearby Devens with Dan Gainsboro of New Communities, LLC and Neil Angus, Devens’ environmental planner. All-electric homes are being built and priced at several different levels. All are insulated to new standards and have heat pumps installed for heating and cooling. Kitchens are equipped with induction cook tops. Stow TV came along and everything will be shared along with a Q&A with Dan and Neil at Sustainable Stow's next program from Randall Library. Register and get a zoom link at https://tinyurl.com/rhbk9hrv.  You can also send an email to Randall Library by Wednesday afternoon, October 27 to register and get a zoom link.

Pumpkin Stroll

When: Oct. 28, 9:00AM
Where: Nara Park

Description

ACTON:  Open time Pumpkin Stroll. Free admission.
www.actonrec.com; recreation@actonma.gov

Make a MESS: Yarn Art

When: Oct. 28, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am-11am. Drip, drip & design! Get your hands sticky using yarn & glue to create artworks focusing on lines and shapes. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Laugh For Your Health with Susan Phillips via Zoom

When: Oct. 28, 11:00AM
Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Recurring Thursdays. Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Time to shed some stress and get refreshed! Group focus is on cultivating joy, ease, and warm connection—through contagious group laughter exercises, with short breaks of soothing belly breaths. If you are a new participant, email the COA at seniorcenter@actonma.gov to register for this program and you will be sent the recurring Zoom link, or you can view the link at www.actoncoa.com.

QiGong

When: Oct. 28, 1:00PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Every Wednesday at 11am (outside weather permitting). Strength, Flexibility & Balance. Every Thursday at 1pm. Chairs are used for all levels of ability. Instructed by Jeff Cote, the Occidental Taoist. Info: mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Let's Talk with Elizabeth Valente

When: Oct. 28, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Acton resident Elizabeth Valente is leading this in-person discussion group for seniors to gather and share a lifetime of experiences. At each meeting a different topic of interest will be discussed, be it past or present. Travel down memory lane and revisit songs from the past and the memories they evoke. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov

Halloween Drop-in Craft: Black Cat Sock Craft

When: Oct. 28, 4:00PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: Make a Halloween craft with your kids using an old black sock, buttons & ribbon. It's a 15-minute project that's quick and easy for Halloween! You will need to bring a black sock that you will cut to create your cat.  Some 'tween volunteers will be on hand to help the kids with the sewing part of this project. The donation of bags of poly fiber fill are much appreciated.  www.lunenburglibrary.org.

College Admissions Workshops: Selecting Colleges

When: Oct. 28, 6:30PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites teens and their parents to  join a free weekly series on college admissions. Educational consultants Richard Montauk and Renate Gundermann will cover a wide range of topics and answer all your questions in the Periodical Room at the Main Library. For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Java (and treats!) with John

When: Oct. 29, 9:30AM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: John Mangiaratti will be at the Senior Center to let you know what is going on in Town and answer any questions you may have. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov

Java (and treats!) with John

When: Oct. 29, 9:30AM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: John Mangiaratti will be at the Senior Center to let you know what is going on in Town and answer any questions you may have. Info: 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov

Halloween Story Time on the Go

When: Oct. 29, 11:00AM
Where: In the Meadow Farm

Description

LUNENBURG: Join Miss Debbie, Jackie & all of her alpaca buddies for a fun Halloween adventure at the beautiful farm on Page Street in Lunenburg. Share some spooky stories, sing some songs and then a Halloween Scavenger Hunt!  Crafts to do as well. So put on your Halloween costume, warm jacket & bring something to sit on. Suitable for all ages.  No registrations needed. www.lunenburglibrary.org

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Show

When: Oct. 29, 12:00PM
Where: Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Description

BOYLSTON: Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Show - Friday, October 29, 10AM-5PM, Saturday, October 30, 10AM-5PM & Sunday, October 31, 10AM-4PM.  www.towerhillbg.org/shows

Climate Resilience Symposium, ExaminingFuture of Plant Life

When: Oct. 29, 1:00PM
Where: Native Plant Trust

Description

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces a virtual symposium on the  changing climate and its effects on the region’s flora. The program will address methods for  building climate resilience and how key players can support this process. The event will take  place online October 29 from 1-4 PM. For more information and to register for the symposium, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.

It’s Halloween! Party 

When: Oct. 29, 4:00PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Get a sneak peak at the future Children’s Room and Makerspace! See the new Children’s Garden! Wear a costume! There'll be spooky stories, crafts, cookies and a pumpkin decorating contest. All ages are welcome. Library staff as well as representatives from the Concord Free Public Library Committee, the Concord Free Public Library Corporation and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will be on hand to welcome you to the future space, along with some special community VIP guests!  For  information, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Tot Shabbat

When: Oct. 29, 5:45PM
Where: Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street

Description

CONCORD: Enjoy music, movement, and a special story to help celebrate Shabbat. Services are joyful, spiritual, and meaningful for adults and kids alike. Tot Shabbats are geared for families with babes in arms and children from toddler thru early elementary school age. R.S.V.P. to familyed@keremshalom.org.

Halloween Trail Walk and Scavenger Hunt

When: Oct. 29, 6:30PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and take a walk through the conservation land. Help us find the ingredients we need to add to our Witches’ Brew! This program is weather and conditions dependent. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit  www.actontrails.org/great-hill/. Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.  All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Jerusha’s Halloween Ball

When: Oct. 29, 7:00PM
Where: Longfellow’s Wayside Inn

Description

SUDBURY: Celebrate Halloween and The Wayside Inn's own Jerusha Howe who was a real-life figure in the history of the Inn.  Aspirited evening of good food and beverages, dancing to music spun by DJ T-Rex, prizes for the "most historic", "most creative," and "most legendary" costumes, and a festive wine & bourbon pull fundraising activity. The event will be held outdoors under The Wayside Inn’s event tent. Plan your costume to accommodate October evening weather and face masks, should the mask mandate in Sudbury still be in effect. Purchase tickets in advance at https://bitly.com/JerushasBall2021. Individual tickets are $85 with costume or $100 no costume. There is a 10 discount on tickets for members of The Wayside Inn.

The Thoreau Society Honors Robin Wall Kimmerer

When: Oct. 29, 8:00PM
Where: First Parish

Description

CONCORD: The Thoreau Society will be honoring botanist and best-selling author Robin Wall Kimmerer with the 2021 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. The event is part of the Concord Festival of Authors, at First Parish, Concord. A book-signing with the author will follow her talk. Event tickets are available at

MCC Halloween Concert

When: Oct. 29, 8:00PM
Where: MCC, Bedford

Description

BEDFORD: Featuring MCC faculty members, “The Black Cat”. While all of the performers and speakers have agreed to be fully vaccinated, the college is requiring audience members to wear masks. All “World of Music” concerts are free and open to the public. Info: www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/ or contact Rodríguez-Peralta at peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3923.

Maynard Boy Scouts Host  Electronics Recycling and Can / Bottle Drive

When: Oct. 30, 9:00AM
Where: Maynard Boy Scouts, Mill & Main Parking Lot

Description

MAYNARD: The Maynard Boy Scouts will host an electronics recycling and can / bottle drive at the Mill & Main parking lot (off Sudbury Street). Computers, monitors, microwaves, air conditioners and all unwanted electronics will be collected, as well as white goods, such as refrigerators and washers. The recycling company will take anything with a plug. Proceeds from fees charged for each dropped-off item will benefit the local scouts. Home-pickup for all electronics is available for an extra fee of $10. The troop will also pick up all white goods, except refrigerators, for a fee of $30.  Pickups from neighboring towns are welcome for minimum orders of $50. In addition to electronics recycling, the troop will collect returnable bottles and cans. The Bottles and cans must be returnable in MA and be clean with nothing inside of them. Dirty bottles and cans will have to be refused. Please do not bring trash with the bottles and cans. For more information visit www.troop130.org. To schedule a delivery, email troop130recycling@gmail.com.

The First Federated Church of Hudson Annual Craft Fair

When: Oct. 30, 9:00AM
Where: 200 Central Street

Description

HUDSON: All kinds of crafters  participating. Please call the church at 978-562-9207 for more information. You can also visit the Church online at www.firstfederatedchurch.org and on Facebook.

Halloween Hullabaloo

When: Oct. 30, 9:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: All Day, Indoors & Outdoors. Celebrate Halloween weekend! Dress for the occasion & give your Halloween costume the chance to spook, sparkle & shine. Challenge yourself to a few holes of Pumpkin Putt Putt & other outdoor games with a frightfully fun twist. Use your powers of observation on a Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt and expect other ghostly surprises to pop up around the Museum! Some outdoor activities will be weather dependent. All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required to visit the Museum. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Special Town Meeting

When: Oct. 30, 10:00AM
Where: Hugh Mill Auditorium, Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Road

Description

STOW: Special Town Meeting - Warrant located at www.stow-ma.gov/select-board/files/stm-warrant-10302021.

Playtime Theatre: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

When: Oct. 30, 10:30AM
Where: 53 Church Street, West Concord

Description

WEST CONCORD: Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATER - a delightfully interactive theater experience! CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end! $5/person, cash or check only - no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2-9. www.concordyouththeatre.org

Animal Adventures and Animal Rescue Center of Bolton

When: Oct. 30, 10:30AM
Where: Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Regis College

Description

WESTON: Learn about some exotic animals which could include an alligator, a large snake like a boa, a chinchilla, ferrets, bunnies, a hedgehog, some turtles, frogs & other reptiles. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College. Advanced registration is not required but can be made at info@spellman.org. The Museum follows all Covid guidelines from the state. For more information contact info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838.

Outdoor Concert Fundraiser: Sawyer Lawson

When: Oct. 30, 12:30PM
Where: Old Bedford Road, Concord

Description

CONCORD: Learn more about the important work Axium Education is doing, at an outdoor concert with local Concord talent, folk rock singer-songwriter, Sawyer Lawson. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to BYO picnic lunch, lawn chairs and of course friends and family to enjoy the afternoon with you. To help support Axium's work and get full event details, please sign up and donate at: https://ubuntuconnects.org/axium-education-double-header/.

Nashoba Symphonic Band

When: Oct. 30, 3:00PM
Where: Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium

Description

BOLTON: The ensemble will open the season with “An American Moment,” celebrating the musical roots of this great country. The journey will lead from pieces based on music from colonial times, “Chester” and “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman, through a vigorous set of “Variations on American” by Charles Ives and conclude with Robert Russell Bennett's classic, “Suite of Old American Dances.” Topping things off will be Sousa's classic, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”  Performances are free and open to the public. At this time masks are required.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Concert

When: Oct. 30, 8:00PM
Where: R.R. Jay Performing Arts Center at Saint John’s High School, 378 Main Street

Description

SHREWSBURY: AVM founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the chorus, orchestra and soloists in presenting Songs of Unity. VM will follow all public health guidelines provided by Federal, state, and local health departments and those of concert venues. Saint John’s Performance Hall is accessible to the physically challenged.  Concert tickets may be purchased through www.AVMsingers.org or at the venue the evening of the concert. The general price is $25; $20 for seniors and students. For further information, visit www.AVMsingers.org.

UCC Weekly Services

When: Oct. 31, 9:30AM
Where: United Church of Christ, 723 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

BOXBOROUGH: The UCC in Boxborough is opening its doors Every Sunday for weekly services. Local folks are invited to join for in person worship in the sanctuary. Vaccination is strongly requested and encouraged, physical distancing shall be maintained when seated, and masks are required. There is very limited singing together. Following suggested state guidelines, there is a limit to the number of people that can be in the sanctuary, but that number has not been reached. No registration is required, although names and contact information will be gathered for contact tracing. Online worship is also available via Zoom. For Meeting ID and more information about life at UCCB, visit www.boxboroughucc.org or call 978-263-7387.

Weekly Service: All Hallows

When: Oct. 31, 10:00AM
Where: First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Road

Description

SUDBURY: First Parish of Sudbury & Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty warmly invite the community to weekly services. An intergenerational service and the wearing of costumes by children and adults is encouraged! How do we discover the important lessons that present themselves throughout the turning of the seasonal wheel? What does it mean that the veil between the worlds is thin during this time of year and how do we muster the courage to let go of our fear of the dark? Celebrate Halloween—a time that is a bit scary but lots of fun, a time to gather & share sweets! This service will be held in person and will also be broadcast via Zoom. See fpsdudbury.org for the Zoom link.

Monday Movie Matinee: Audrey: More Than An Icon

When: Nov. 1, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: (2020, PG-13) In this documentary, filmmaker Helena Coan examines the remarkable life of Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn won her first Academy Award at the age of 24 and went on to become one of the world's greatest cultural icons. She was a once-in-a-generation beauty, a legendary star of Hollywood's Golden Age, global ambassador for UNICEF, whose style and pioneering collaboration with Givenchy continues to inspire. Info: seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa

Tinker Tuesday: Wearable Art

When: Nov. 2, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON:  Explore the possibilities of reusing what we usually throw away to create a wearable masterpiece. What kind of wearable work of art will you create out of repurposed recyclables? All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

The Tinker Tuesday program series nurtures creativity, problem-solving & STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts through experimentation, design, and invention.

Tweens &amp; Teens Cooking Program

When: Nov. 2, 4:30PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library via Zoom

Description

LUNENBURG: Hey Tweens & Teens! Do you enjoy good food? Like to cook? Join Lunenburg Public Library as they hosts 4 cooking classes with Alyssa, a Registered Dietitian with Hannaford's Supermarket! Classes will be held virtually on Tuesdays, Nov 2nd, Nov 9th, and Nov 16th. Alyssa will walk through how to prepare delicious and healthy dishes that are perfect for the season. Weekly recipes and lists of needed ingredients will be supplied by the library so that you will be prepared to fully participate in each class. 

Registration is necessary (make sure to include an email address!) and the age requirement is 10-14 (grades 4-8). Please use separate sign ups for each participant. Please note that each class has a separate registration. Register for 1, 2, or all 4! There must be adult supervision for these classes as students will be using cooking utensils and a stove for preparing their recipes. The good news? The goal for each class is to prepare a dish for that night's dinner! 

Note: This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent at least an hour prior to the start of the program to the email given at registration. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please call (978) 582-4140.

The Gothic Fiction Book Club for Teens &amp; Twentysomethings

When: Nov. 2, 6:30PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: Teen and twentysomething fans of gothic fiction are invited to join the newest book club at the Lunenburg Library!  Join Teen Services Librarian Susan and Adult Services Librarian Lydia for this hybrid discussion either in-person at the Library or on Zoom (your choice!) the first Tuesday of every month. Registration is open on the event calendar and is required for every meeting. Open to interested readers of all types of gothic works! Register by visiting the Events page on the Lunenburg Public Library's website, lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at selbag@cwmars.org.

Backyard and Beyond: Pomanders

When: Nov. 3, 2:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON:  Pomanders are sweet smelling decorative balls made from citrus fruits and cloves.  Join us to make your own. They need to dry at room temperature for 4 - 6 weeks, perfect timing for a holiday gift!
All programs are free with admission unless stated otherwise. Advance reservations are required. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Line Dancing with Sam O’Clair

When: Nov. 3, 3:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Wednesdays through November 17. Open to out-of-town seniors for $20/series. Join new line dancing instructor, Sam for a fun, active hour of dancing! You will dance to all different genres of music (pop, country, oldies, and more). Wear comfy clothes – layers are good, shoes with soles that will slide easily (sneakers stick; a leather sole works best). Bring a bottle of water and sign up with your friends! Contact the COA to register for this class at 978-929-6652 or seniorcenter@actonma.gov. Funded by an Executive Office of Elder Affairs grant; $1 donation per class requested.

A Celebration of Lights

When: Nov. 4, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Have you noticed the days are getting shorter? The sun is starting to set earlier, nights are getting darker, and we will be turning our clocks back to make our mornings brighter. Around this time of year, many cultures even celebrate holidays by including lights in their festivities. Explore lights, shadows, and reflection, and make a masterpiece inspired by Eric Carle’s “The Very Lonely Firefly”. Advance reservations are required. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

James Webb Space Telescope Launch Talk

When: Nov. 4, 6:30PM
Where: Lunenburg Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: The Lunenburg Public Library is also partnering with The Aldrich Astronomical Society Thurs, Nov 4th @ 6:30pm for a James Webb Space Telescope Launch Talk. Registration will be required for both events. You can sign up for these programs by visiting the Events page on the Lunenburg Public Library's website, lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at selbag@cwmars.org.

College Admissions Workshops: Applying to the Top Colleges

When: Nov. 4, 6:30PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites teens and their parents to  join a free weekly series on college admissions. Educational consultants Richard Montauk and Renate Gundermann will cover a wide range of topics and answer all your questions in the Periodical Room at the Main Library. For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301 (Main Branch) or 978-318-3350 (Fowler Branch), or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Everyday Engineering: SailMobiles

When: Nov. 5, 1:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. Is it a car? Is it a sailboat? Design a way to harness the power of wind as you construct a simple vehicle that’s part car, part sailboat!
Advance reservations are required. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

First Friday Nights Free!

When: Nov. 5, 4:30PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Free admission. Explore the museum at night on the first Friday of every month!  Non-perishable food donations gratefully accepted for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord & Maynard. Ticket reservations are required. Please note: Discovery Woods closes at dusk. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

First Friday Nights Free are made possible by The TJX Companies. This night is also supported by Kitchen Outfitters.

Boxborough Library Fall Used Book Sale

When: Nov. 5, 5:00PM
Where: Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

BOXBOROUGH: Due to popular demand, the Friends of the Boxborough Library Fall used book sale will continue as a three day event. The weekend will start with a Preview Sale for members on  11/5 (5pm-7pm).  Memberships will be available at the door.  The usual main sale will take place on 11/6 (9am-2pm). The Everything Must Go sale will be held on 11/7 (2-4pm).  Bring a bag (or bags) to the book sale on Sunday during this time and pay $2 to fill each bag however you like. The sale will take place in the meeting room. Masks must be worn. Proceeds from the sale of books will go toward additional library programs and museum passes. Please support this sale by donating your gently used hard covers, paperbacks, and audiovisual items and attending this sale.  Books will be accepted from November 1-4 at the library during regular library hours. Please no VCR tapes or magazines or any material in really poor condition.

Littleton Lyceum: “Raptors! Birds of Prey”

When: Nov. 5, 7:30PM
Where: Littleton Lyceum, LHS Performing Arts Ctr., 56 King Street

Description

LITTLETON: Naturalist Marla Isaac brings the biology and conservation of these magnificent birds using live raptors which are unable to be reintroduced into the wild.  In addition, see artifacts such as skulls and skeletons. This family-friendly program will be exciting for children of all ages. Season tickets are available for families or individuals for $25, and single admissions may be purchased at the door for $8; $5 for seniors and students. Masks are mandatory. Info:  www.littletonlyceum.org.

Lovers &amp; Other Strangers

When: Nov. 5, 8:00PM
Where: Theatre III, 250 Central Street

Description

WEST ACTON: Live theater is back! For tickets and information, call 978-263-9070, or visit www.theatre3.org.  Tickets are $22; seniors/students/groups of seven or more $19.

Half Moon Meadow Brook Walk

When: Nov. 6, 9:00AM
Where: Boxborough Historical Society

Description

BOXBOROUGH: Join George Krusen of the Boxborough Historical Society on a walk through Half Moon Meadow Brook, part of the Nashoba Praying Indian Village established in 1651. There are a number of stone structures on the site believed to have been built by Native Americans, including a winter solstice sunrise alignment. The walk will is co-sponsored by the Sudbury Valley Trustees. The event is free but space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register please sign up at www.svtweb.org/calendar/stone-structures-half-moon-meadow-brook.

Concord Piecemakers Guild Fiber, Yard &amp; Notions Sale

When: Nov. 6, 9:00AM
Where: St. Matthew's Church, 435 Central St.

Description

ACTON: The Concord Piecemakers Guild invites all quilters, crafters, knitters, and weavers to save the date of Saturday, November 6th for our renamed and rescheduled Fiber, Yarn, and Notions sale, formerly known as our Yard Sale.  COVID guidelines will be followed during this event. Visit www.concordpiecemakers.org for more details.

Colorful Kaleidoscopes

When: Nov. 6, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Explore light, color, and reflections as we create simple but dazzling kaleidoscopes. Use your handmade kaleidoscope and your artistic talents to experiment with different designs, creating unique and colorful patterns. Advance reservations are required. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

St. Andrew's Autumn Festival

When: Nov. 6, 10:00AM
Where: 7 Faulkner Street, Ayer

Description

AYER: Enjoy free Hot  Chocolate  while getting a jump start on your Holiday shopping.  Meet alpacas and a variety of Artisans and Crafters. Raffle and refreshments.  Pre-order your Holidays Pies for pickup the week of Thanksgiving. For more information about the church, please visit www.standrewsayer.org.

Holiday Open House &amp; Kitty Angels Fundraiser

When: Nov. 6, 10:00AM
Where: Antiques, Collectables & More, 106 Ponemah Rd. (Rte 122), Amherst, NH

Description

AMHERST, NH: Food, raffles, live entertainment. ArubaCat Cat Furniture, Vendors & Artisans. Food by Mal's Grill. Art Demos, Face Painting & Body Art. Petting Zoo & Horse/Pony Rides. (603) 672-2535; www.treasuresnh.com

Playtime Theatre: The Three Little Pigs

When: Nov. 6, 10:30AM
Where: 53 Church Street, West Concord

Description

WEST CONCORD: Spend Saturday mornings with Concord Youth Theatre’s PLAYTIME THEATER - a delightfully interactive theater experience! CYT actors will inspire you with new and improved versions of familiar children’s stories, complete with a sing-a-long! Outgoing audience members may even join the actors on stage to tell a joke or share a special talent. And everyone gets a prize at the end! $5/person, cash or check only - no advance sales. Suggested audience ages 2-9. www.concordyouththeatre.org

Ayer Holiday Treasure Trove

When: Nov. 6, 12:00PM
Where: Great Hall, Ayer Town Hall, One Main Street

Description

AYER: Books, Gifts, Arts & Crafts to fill your holiday shopping wishes! Free admission. Browse books, crafts, artwork, jewelry, gifts and many other treats to satisfy your holiday shopping (& personal wish list) needs. Story time with guest readers on the 1/2 hour all day. Refreshments available. Masks are required for everyone’s safety. Brought to you by The Friends of the Ayer Library & The Ayer Cultural Council. Info: jgovang@ayer.ma.us

Zoë Lewis Virtual Concert

When: Nov. 6, 7:30PM
Where: New Revival Coffeehouse Online

Description

STOW: A virtual concert for Stow's on November 6 at 7:30pm. Zoë is a Provincetown musician who plays multiple instruments and sings her joyful songs with exciting rhythms from around the world. She plays piano, ukulele, guitar, harmonica, spoons and just about anything else she can get her hands on. This streaming concert will be accessible on YouTube Live on both the FPC and Stow TV YouTube channels. The concert link will be posted on the New Revival Coffeehouse's Facebook page at http://bit.ly/FacebookNRC. Viewers will have an opportunity to donate to the artist via PayPal or Venmo, or send a check, payable to Zoë Lewis, to First Parish Church, attn: Treasurer, 353 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775. Suggested donation: $20. Info: 978-274-2593; cofeehouse@fpc-stow-acton.org.