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Night Lights 2021

When: Nov. 26, 4:00PM
Where: Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Description

WEST BOYLSTON: Celebrate the season with thousands of lights, new experiences, and enchanting landscapes. Enjoy a walking experience outdoors through roughly 15 acres of formal gardens and surrounding woodlands, including illuminated plants, paths, sculptures, and fountains. The magical scene is enhanced with fire pits for warming up, making s’mores, or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa or an adult beverage. Timed entry tickets, which are on sale now, must be reserved online in advance. This event will sell out quickly. Become a member during checkout to get a discount on your purchase and enjoy year-round benefits.www.towerhillbg.org/night-lights-2021/

Virtual Story Time: The Nutcracker with the Dream Ballet School

When: Dec. 8, 10:30AM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library Online

Description

WESTFORD:  In this interactive program, Emily Gilstrap of the Dream Ballet School presents a virtual adventure that brings the timeless story of The Nutcracker to life through music and dance. Register for this free program from the Library Events Calendar. Your registration confirmation includes the Zoom invitation link.

Wellness &amp; Chair Exercise Class

When: Dec. 8, 10:30AM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

Description

CHELMSFORD: With UMass Lowell Doctor of Physical Therapy Students, Rm. B07, Free. UMass Lowell students take class participants through a series of chair exercises and present a variety of health topics. 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.

Laugh For Your Health with Susan Phillips

When: Dec. 8, 11:00AM
Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

Description

ACTON: 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 we will send you the Zoom link, which will be recurring, or you can view the link in the
News section at www.actoncoa.com.

The Biden Agenda for Transforming America: Will He Succeed?

When: Dec. 8, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors/free. President Biden has presented massive proposals to address major problems in American social and economic life: climate change, health care, poverty, daycare for children, paid leave, affordable housing & physical infrastructures. Register with the Council on Aging at seniorcenter@actonma.gov or 978-929-6652.

Covid 19 Booster Clinic

When: Dec. 8, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Acton Pharmacy will be at the Senior Center to give COVID booster shots.

Computer Club

When: Dec. 8, 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. Several regulars are there willing to share their experiences, and work one-on-one, to resolve any computer issues, from Windows system difficulties, email setups/usage, networking issues, upgrades and assistance with “how do I” frustrations. MAC and Chrome/Android users are welcome. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to meet with a member using Zoom, please call or email the COA and we will forward your information to club members. seniorcenter@actonma.gov; 978-929-6652.

Stony Brook Middle School Book Club

When: Dec. 8, 2:00PM
Where: Stony Brook Middle School Mass. Ave.

Description

WESTFORD: Every first Wednesday. JV Fletcher YA Librarian, Jess, joins the Stony Brook Middle School librarian and students after school in the school library to discuss a different book each meeting along with related crafts and activities. (Remember to bring your library card to the first meeting!)

EcoTarium presents: Understanding Weather

When: Dec. 8, 3:00PM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street

Description

LITTLETON: Rain boots or sunglasses? Shorts or parka? Discover why weather changes from day to day and how tiny molecules can create massive storms. Through interactive demonstrations, you'll experience the forces behind clouds, wind, rain, and even some extreme weather phenomena. This is intended for children in grades 2-8. The EcoTarium is collaborating with T-Mobile to offer our exciting traveling education programs at no cost to local community organizations! To register for events, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar.

Backyard and Beyond: Nature Journaling – Signs of the Season: WINTER!

When: Dec. 8, 3:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 3pm – 4pm. Explore the natural world through science, art, and writing. We’ll provide supplies to create your very own nature journal, then you can take your journal on a nature walk around Discovery Woods or the Great Hill Conservation Land to search for signs of winter. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program is weather and conditions dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit https://trails.actonma.gov/great-hill/. 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.

Mt. Calvary Community Supper: Shepherd's Pie

When: Dec. 8, 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 to 5:45pm. All guests must park in the back parking lot off Prospect Street. Guests are invited to choose a beverage and enjoy a sit-down dinner where they will be able to join in fellowship and conversation. For those who may not be comfortable eating inside, we offer a “Get to Go” meal which can be picked up inside the church between 5:30pm and 6pm. Park your car, WEAR A MASK, and walk into the lobby. No people may enter until 5:30pm unless coming for Sit-down Supper. Please, bring a bag to carry your food home.

NOTE: To ensure the health and well-being of everyone at Supper, we require guests to show their COVID vaccine cards before entering the dining room. In addition, we ask guests to wear their mask unless seated at their tables. All volunteers have been vaccinated and will wear masks and gloves throughout the Supper.

Sponsored by Asian American Civil Engagement Assoc.

The Nutcracker Reading

When: Dec. 8, 4:30PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library will host a free reading of the classic tale. Several ballet dancers from the Commonwealth Ballet Company will help bring the story to life in their elegant and colorful costumes as the story is read aloud. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to see and meet their favorite characters from the beloved holiday tale. The dancers will be available to answer questions and pose for photos with the children after the reading. This program is recommended for children ages 4-10. Registration not required. 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.

Blue Christmas Services

When: Dec. 8, 7:00PM
Where: First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton Street

Description

HUDSON: For some, the Advent and Christmas season comes with mixed emotions.  This service offers an opportunity to acknowledge that sometimes we are dealing with sadness, and the emotional struggles that this season can bring.  We offer a safe place to share those emotions, acknowledging our loss in the midst of understanding that we are not alone. All are Welcome. For more information, call 978-562-2932.

Wellness Check

When: Dec. 9, 9:30AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Second Thursday of the month 9:30 to 10:30am. These clinics allow for personalized, one on one attention from a nurse. Offered services include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, diet/nutrition information and teaching, medication review and assistance with identifying and coordinating community resources and referrals.  All ages are welcome to attend. 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Monthly Wellness Check

When: Dec. 9, 9:30AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: FLU SHOTS are available at this clinic. These clinics allow for personalized, one on one attention from a nurse. Offered services include blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, diet/nutrition information and teaching, medication review and assistance with identifying and coordinating community resources and referrals. All ages are welcome to attend. Info: 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Winter Workshop: Make a Stamp and Wrapping Paper Too!

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

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am – 11am. Create a stamp of your own! With your creativity and imagination, basic shapes come together in a design that you can use again and again to create endless patterns. Then test out your stamp along with others to make some homemade wrapping paper for the holiday season! 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.

CFPL Storytime for pre-K children

When: Dec. 9, 10:30AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Families are encouraged to register ahead of time on the CFPL website so there will be enough materials, but registration is not required! The Nature Connection designs programs to be accessible and inclusive for children of all backgrounds and abilities. 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.

Hearts, Hugs &amp; Hope: A Virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group

When: Dec. 9, 1:00PM
Where: Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community via Zoom

Description

WEST CONCORD: Offered by Concord Park. Dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia isn't easy, so it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you're going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family member. Call 978-369-4728 or email dpetitt@concordpark.org for the details and a Zoom invite.

Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

Seminar: Discover Your Encore

When: Dec. 9, 1:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd.

Description

CHELMSFORD: Rm. B07. “Discover Your Encore” defines the “encore” stage of life and presents healthy aging through
purposeful work, whether paid or unpaid, with social impact. The seminar explores motivations, interests and competencies leading to development of attendees’ Encore Targets, which are personalized elevator speeches to use in telling their own, genuine Encore Stories. This interactive seminar offers opportunities to change one’s thinking about what’s possible, midlife and beyond. Join with others to find your encore “second act for the greater good.” Register by calling 978-251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.

Virtual Author Series: David Baldacci

When: Dec. 9, 7:00PM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library Online

Description

LITTLETON: A virtual event. Bestselling author David Baldacci will discuss his latest book, Mercy, via Zoom.
About the Book: FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. To register, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar

Virtual Felted Hedgehog Class

When: Dec. 9, 7:00PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library Online

Description

WESTFORD: Learn how to needle felt wool with a virtual class from Pop Up Art School. Use a barbed needle and merino wool roving to create a felted hedgehog. Makes a cute present! This beginner’s class is limited to 15 people. Materials kits provided in advance; please provide your own scissors. Register through the Library Events Calendar to get the Zoom link, and you’ll be notified when your kit is ready for pickup. Questions? Email Sarah Regan at sregan@westfordma.gov.

MCC "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

When: Dec. 9, 7:00PM
Where: Richard & Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, 240 Central Street

Description

LOWELL: Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 Middlesex Community College faculty & staff; Free for all MCC students. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/performingarts/ for more information or contact mmcarthy21@mail.middlesex.edu to buy tickets.
With parking not available on site, the nearest public parking facility is the Early Garage on 135 Middlesex St. in Lowell. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/transportation/ for more information.

Make a Mess: Foamy Fun

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

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 12pm. Don’t let the name fool you – today we will be having some good, clean fun! Join us as we experiment and create unique, foamtastic works of art using shaving cream and paint. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

The Make a Mess program series introduces STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts through sensory-based hands-on experiences, imagination, and fun.

Toddler Storytime

When: Dec. 10, 10:30AM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street

Description

LITTLETON: Join Miss Jennifer for songs, rhymes and stories as we explore a different theme each week! This program is best for children ages 18 months - 3 years. To register, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar

Humor, Just for Laughs with Ed Alessi

When: Dec. 10, 10:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

CHELMSFORD: Room B07. This workshop will explore some of the major theories as to why we laugh, along with how what we think is funny has changed over the years. Stay for the jokes! Register by calling 978- 251-0533 or email ndussault@chelmsfordma.gov.

Snap Circuits for Grades 3-5

When: Dec. 10, 3:30PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: In the Meeting Room. Explore & play with Snap Circuits kits and make connections that whir, spin, light up, move & buzz! There are a variety of kits: R/C Car, Green Energy, Motion, Light, Arcade, 3-D Illumination & Snap Circuits Junior for beginners. Please register online from the Library Events Calendar.

Polar Express Night  (Parents' Night Out)

When: Dec. 10, 6:00PM
Where: Acton Recreation Center

Description

ACTON:   $15 per child, $5 discount each additional child. www.actonrec.com; recreation@actonma.gov

Symphonic Exploration

When: Dec. 10, 7:00PM
Where: Concord Council on Aging, 1276 Main Street.

Description

WEST CONCORD: Join the Concord Conservatory of Music for the lecture presented by guest speaker Sepehr Pirasteh.
Be prepared to explore the depths of some of the greatest symphonies ever composed, and learn how the symphony evolved from the 18th century to the 20th century. Some of the greatest and most important musical masterpieces were written in the symphonic genre. You’ll hear how more than 100 instruments work together to form a large orchestra and make extraordinary sounds come to life in a concert hall. Students attending are encouraged to bring their instrument to sightread simple melodies that Sepehr has arranged from different music eras (classical, romantic, 20th century, etc.). Then, Sepehr will conduct participating musicians in an orchestral setting, and students will learn firsthand from a highly experienced conductor!  General Admission $15; Kids under 18 are FREE. Purchase tickets in advance:  https://concordconservatory.org/events/music-medicine/ or payable at the door. Email info@concordconservatory.org or call (978) 369-0010 for more info.

Beyond the Notes Minis: Sarah Whitney

When: Dec. 10, 7:00PM
Where: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street

Description

CONCORD: Whitney will take to the stage for an unforgettable evening of music! The program will consist of works for solo violin and for violin and loop pedal, highlighting the works of Black composers. The concert will be presented live in The Umbrella’s Black Box Theater with limited capacity to allow for social distancing. In-person and live virtual ticketing options are available. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). All attendees must provide proof of full vaccination by showing a vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record. Anyone exempt from/ineligible to receive the vaccine or unable to verify vaccination status must present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours OR healthcare-professional-administered negative rapid test within 24 hours of the time of entry. Regardless of vaccine status, ALL patrons must wear a properly fitted CDC-approved face mask. The venue will operate at limited capacity with distanced seating and upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters. Tickets are $30; $15/student, and must be purchased in advance. In-person & live virtual ticketing options are available. Info/Tickets: www.gobeyondthenotes.com.

A Little Holiday Magic

When: Dec. 10, 7:00PM
Where: StageWorks!, Leominster City Hall

Description

LEOMINSTER: celebrate the holidays with a performance by the North Worcester County Symphony Orchestra. www.stageworksofleominster.org

Erev Shabbat Service

When: Dec. 10, 7:30PM
Where: Kerem Shalom in-person & online

Description

CONCORD: Join Kerem Shalom member Marty Plotkin and Kerem Shalom Cantor Rosalie Gerut for an Erev Shabbat service. Enjoy beautiful music and prayer as we welcome Shabbat as a community. Please see keremshalom.org for additional information and registration for all events. Contact the office at 978-369-1223 or ksadmin@keremshalom.org with any questions. Please check the website in advance to ensure that in-person events have not been moved online.

Redlining in Acton? Virtual Saturday Morning Breakfast

When: Dec. 11, 8:00AM
Where: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) online

Description

STOW: Affordable housing advocate Bob Van Meter will discuss the history of racial discrimination in housing (aka redlining) in the U.S. and in the region. His talk will draw on themes discussed in the recent bestselling book “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein and will include local examples of redlining. Van Meter will explore the legacy of historic discrimination for our communities today. The Saturday Morning Breakfast series is hosted by FPC member Jeff Brown. To access the URL for this virtual event, visit http://facebook.com/fpcstowacton/events. There’s no charge and all are welcome.

Family Holiday Event at the ReStore

When: Dec. 11, 9:00AM
Where: Habitat NCM ReStore, 637 Lancaster Street

Description

LEOMINSTER: Santa, kids crafts, scavenger hunt, and refreshments. Wreaths will also be available for $20. Register by December 10th to be entered to win a ReStore gift card--and thank you to Workers Credit Union for sponsoring this event!

Friends' Jigsaw Puzzle &amp; Cookbook Sale

When: Dec. 11, 10:00AM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: Stock up on new-to-you puzzles and a wide variety of cookbooks donated by the family of the late Louis Sacco! Shop Local & Support Your Library. No set prices on the items in the sale. Donations suggested. Cash or check made out to the Friends of the Lunenburg Library for your selections. (Masks are required. Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks will be provided for use at the door if needed.) Info: Contact Muir Haman at 978-582-4140 x15 or email mhaman@cwmars.org.

Virtual Music &amp; Movement with Miss Bernadette

When: Dec. 11, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Free. Virtual
Explore sound through singing and playing from the comfort of your own home! Move, make music, listen, learn, and get a multi-sensory workout! Music improves your child’s memory, cognitive development, learning skills, and ability to express emotion. Plus, it’s fun!
This program will take place on Zoom. Registration is required https://bit.ly/MusicMoveDec2021  to receive login information to join.  Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Concord Museum’s 11th Annual Holiday House Tour

When: Dec. 11, 11:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum via Zoom

Description

CONCORD: Get ready to turn Concord “inside out”! This twist to showcases the incredible outdoor spaces of ten
Concord homes. Hidden and often overlooked spaces, like porches, doorways,
playhouses, barns, and cottages, will take center stage for this showcase of outdoor
winter wonderlands. Tickets include admission to ten outdoor spaces on the Inside Out Tour, a program
booklet with detailed information about each home and property, free cocoa at the
Colonial Inn, and Free Admission to the new galleries at the Concord Museum
including the 26th Annual Family Trees event. Tickets may be purchased online or
by calling 978-369-9763 ext. 222.

Cardboard Automata Workshop

When: Dec. 11, 1:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: An exciting new program in the PlayLab for kids and their caregiver to explore simple mechanical concepts and create cardboard automata—a moving sculpture! In this 90-minute session we’ll investigate levers, cams, linkages, and other mechanisms to make and decorate automata you can take home. Experiment with ways to engineer and decorate a toy that moves up and down, spins around, and more! $10 per person (does not include Museum admission). This program is recommended for children aged 7 and up with an accompanying adult. Due to the nature of the materials we’ll be using, we cannot accommodate children under 5 to be present. Register online at https://bit.ly/DMAutomataDec21

Faith Evangelical Free Church Weekly Services

When: Dec. 12, 8:15AM
Where: 54 Hosmer Street

Description

ACTON: 8:15-9:15am outside, parking lot worship service (bring your own chair and masks). If it rains, bring your chair, meeting will move into the Multi-purpose room; 9:45-10:30am: Childrens, Jr. High, Sr. High & Adult Sunday School classes (also available via Zoom); 10:30-11am Fellowship; 11am-12:15pm. Indoor & livestream worship service. Children's Church (age 4 to grade 3) provided during the sermon time. CREW (4th to 6th grade) bi-monthly. To watch the 11am service via livestream, go to YouTube channel www.youtube.om/c/FaithEvFreeChurchActonMA.

Opening to Joy – FPC Sunday Service

When: Dec. 12, 9:00AM
Where: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC)

Description

STOW: As we approach the shortest day of the year and the earliest sunset, FPC will hold a service about how to open to joy and celebration in the darkest time of the year. The service will be led twice by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum. At 9am, the service will only take place in person, and at 11am, the service will take place both in person and online. To allow for social distancing, FPC is requiring advance requests to attend its services in person. To request a spot, visit http://fpc-stow-acton.org/services and find the link to the form, which must be completed and submitted by noon on the Thursday before the service takes place. You will receive an email notifying you if FPC has a space for you in that service. Masks must be worn. For the virtual service, a link will be posted 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 fpc-stow-acton.org.

UCC Weekly Services

When: Dec. 12, 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.

Revelry Sunday

When: Dec. 12, 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 this service which honors earth-centered tradition. It will be filled with dancing, reveling & the reenactment of ancient rituals originally designed to bring back the sun and ensure the rebirth of the natural world, at this time of year when we experience the longest night. Come enjoy music and dance performances by both the youth and senior youth Morris dance groups and First Parish Choir. Leading the service will be First Parish dance master Tom Kruskal and Minister of Music Debra Morris-Bennett. See fpsdudbury.org for the Zoom link.

Backyard and Beyond: Sensory Sundays

When: Dec. 12, 10:00AM
Where: United Church of Christ, 723 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

ACTON: A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Sensory Sundays program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Sunday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. 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 https://trails.actonma.gov/great-hill/. 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.

Caroling on the Common

When: Dec. 12, 2:00PM
Where: Littleton Town Common

Description

LITTLETON: Sponsored by Greater Littleton Interfaith Council Sponsors. Weather permitting, meet on Littleton Common to sing traditional Christmas music. Family friendly.  All are welcome!  Masks and/or social distancing are recommended. Song sheets will be available.

Boxborough Museum

When: Dec. 12, 2:00PM
Where: Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road

Description

BOXBOROUGH: See Boxborough’s historic treasures including the 1850’s scale which is sensitive enough to weigh a penny and strong enough to calibrate a 50 pound weight, the “new” hearse built in 1881, and the “old” hearse (come and see how old is old).  Admission is free and all are welcome. In accordance with town of Boxborough requirements masks must be worn. 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.

Chelmsford Community Band 2021 Holiday Concert

When: Dec. 12, 2:00PM
Where: McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Road

Description

CHELMSFORD: A musical holiday excursion. Bundle up in your sleigh, listen to the bells, enjoy the lights & feel the warmth of shared joy in beloved traditions and new favorites. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Suggested: $10 adults; $5 for children/seniors. Masks are required inside the school. Visit www.chelmsfordcommunityband.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more information.

Nashoba Valley Chorale: Awake, Psaltery, &amp; Harp

When: Dec. 12, 3:00PM
Where: Acton Congregational Church, 12 Concord Road

Description

ACTON: Nashoba Valley Chorale is pleased and proud to introduce its 2021 Emerging Artist, Margaleet Katzenblickstein, soprano. Margaleet will perform. Nashoba Valley Chorale will be closely following the COVID-19 guidelines as mandated by the CDC and the state. To keep Audience members, singers and performers safe, Audience members must show proof of full vaccination, or a Negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours of the performance, to gain entrance for this event. Info: https://nashobachorale.org.

A Christmas Blessing Annual Concert

When: Dec. 12, 3:00PM
Where: Central Congregational Church, UCC, 1 Worthen Street

Description

CHELMSFORD: You will hear wonderful Christmas music featuring the church choir, handbell choir, soloist Philip Lima, violinist Karl Orvik, and pianist and director Tudor Bota. There will be a free will offering for those who would like to make a donation. A light reception will be held after the concert. Masks are required. For those who don’t feel  comfortable out in public, the concert will be live-streamed on the church You Tube Channel.

Northborough Area Community Chorus 2021 Annual Christmas Concert

When: Dec. 12, 3:00PM
Where: Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street

Description

NORTHBOROUGH: Under the direction of Elinor A. Armsby with accompanist Mark Bartlett. Tickets are just $5.  Audience members are required to wear masks, according to school COVID-19 protocols.  For more information call 571-331-0214 or 508-393-8943 or visit www.nacc.net.

MetroWest Jewish Day School’s 18th Annual Gala

When: Dec. 12, 7:30PM
Where: Metrowest Jewish Day School Online

Description

FRAMINGHAM: MetroWest Jewish Day School’s 18th Annual Gala, Honoring the Past: Shaping the Future will be held virtually. The Gala is the single largest fundraiser the school holds each year and it brings in a significant amount of funding for the school. Info: Erin Connors, erin.connors@mwjds.org

Breakfast with Chip!

When: Dec. 13, 8:30AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: $5. Choice of Scrambled Eggs, Westerns, or French toast. Includes Ham, Home fries, Fresh fruit, and beverage. Info: 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Conversations About Death and Grief

When: Dec. 13, 9:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: 2nd Monday of every month - Offering Friendship, Understanding and Hope with suggestions and techniques to help manage your grief, Conversations About Death is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. Walk-ins welcome. For questions about this program please contact Lucia Camara, Bereavement and Spiritual Care Provider with Nashoba Nursing Services and Hospice. - (508) 951 3850.

The Great Bake Off

When: Dec. 13, 10:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: From 10am - 2pm, Elves will be baking, decorating, and testing for perfection. Drop off your favorite cookie dough or join the elves to bake and decorate. If you have a favorite recipe, bring it by a week ahead and the elves will give it a try. Info: 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Wii Bowling

When: Dec. 13, 12:30PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Pre-Registration required. Every Monday. Call 978-425-1390 to reserve your lane.

Middlesex Student Recital

When: Dec. 13, 12:30PM
Where: MCC, Bedford

Description

BEDFORD: 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.

Monday Movie Matinee: The Holly and the Ivy

When: Dec. 13, 1:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: (1952) A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas, where loss, conflict and the effects of WWII help them discover a deeper meaning to the holiday. Stars Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson and Margaret Leighton. Info: seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa

Wiggles and Giggles

When: Dec. 13, 1:15PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: Mondays. This is a weekly story time for kids ages 3 to 5 that is exactly how is sounds - full of fun, silly stories and activities. Caregivers can stay in the room or wait in the children's room. This live, in person story time takes place in the Story Hour room. Please register through the Library Events Calendar.

Christmas Craft for Kid

When: Dec. 13, 3:30PM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street

Description

LITTLETON: A Christmas craft, led by Chris McCumber from the Littleton Country Gardeners. For students in grades 3-5. To register, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar

Lil’ SMART Gals (Science, Math, Art): Myria Perez

When: Dec. 14, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am – 11am. Learn about women who have made important contributions throughout history to the fields of science, math and art. Learn about the work of Myria Perez, a paleontologist who currently works as a fossil preparatory at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. In today’s program, we’ll explore, observe, and dig for bones and fossils. 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.

CFPL Storytime program for elementary students

When: Dec. 14, 10:30AM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Families are encouranged to register ahead of time on the CFPL website so there will be enough materials, but registration is not required! The Nature Connection designs programs to be accessible and inclusive for children of all backgrounds and abilities.

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.

Holiday Tea Party     

When: Dec. 14, 2:00PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Eat in: 2pm, Grab & Go: 2:30pm. Sign up from Tuesday Dec. 7th at 1pm. Snow date is Wednesday, December 15th, same time. Acton Seniors only. Info: www.actoncoa.com; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.facebook.com/actoncoa

 Art/Play Collage Night for Adults

When: Dec. 14, 6:00PM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck Street

Description

LITTLETON: Create a small framed collage with paper and glue for a Christmas present or yourself. To register, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar

Modern Barre Flex &amp; Flow

When: Dec. 14, 6:30PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Acton Residents only. Modern Barre Flex & Flow will guide participants through a short series of gentle barre exercises and a longer series of active stretches, focused on lengthening the muscles and mobilizing the joints. The session will end with a calming cool down for total mind-body integration. Please wear comfortable clothing, socks and bring water. All other equipment needed for class will be provided. Register by calling Acton Nursing on 978-929-6650 or emailing nursing@actonma.gov.

Holiday Social

When: Dec. 15, 11:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Join in for holiday cheer and yummy cookies. Home baked goodies welcomed. Cookie Contest: Judges will weigh in on the best. Prize categories: Classic holiday, Special diet, Too pretty to eat, and Overall favorite. Info: 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Backyard and Beyond: Trim a Tree for the Birds

When: Dec. 15, 2:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 2pm – 4pm.
Brrr…it’s cold outside and it’s getting harder for animals to find food. Help them out by making some bird feeders and trimming a tree for the birds! Create a birdfeeder and hang it in Discovery Woods for the birds, or bring your bird feeder home to feed you feathered friends in your own backyard! 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.

Read to Luna Live

When: Dec. 15, 3:00PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Read to Luna the certified therapy dog on the Main Library Lawn the third Wednesday of each month. When the weather gets cooler or if there is rain, Luna will meet with readers inside the Main Library. For children ages 5+. Children are also invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance at https://concordlibrary.org/news-events/events-calendar.

Mt. Calvary Community Supper: Crispy Chicken

When: Dec. 15, 3:00PM
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 to 5:45pm. All guests must park in the back parking lot off Prospect Street. Guests are invited to choose a beverage and enjoy a sit-down dinner where they will be able to join in fellowship and conversation. For those who may not be comfortable eating inside, we offer a “Get to Go” meal which can be picked up inside the church between 5:30pm and 6pm. Park your car, WEAR A MASK, and walk into the lobby. No people may enter until 5:30pm unless coming for Sit-down Supper. Please, bring a bag to carry your food home.

NOTE: To ensure the health and well-being of everyone at Supper, we require guests to show their COVID vaccine cards before entering the dining room. In addition, we ask guests to wear their mask unless seated at their tables. All volunteers have been vaccinated and will wear masks and gloves throughout the Supper.

Sponsored by Friends of Mike Tobia

Spaghetti Supper

When: Dec. 15, 5:00PM
Where: First Church in Marlborough, 37 High Street

Description

MARLBOROUGH: After 23 months, the popular Supper, sponsored by the Men’s Fellowship of the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, will resume in the Parish Hall. The menu is spaghetti and meatballs, salad, beverage and dessert for $6/ person or a maximum of $18 for a family of four or more. You can dine in the Parish Hall or purchase food for take out. Following board of health requirements, diners must have masks and windows will be open. Please note that this is a week earlier than usual due to the Christmas holiday. The next Spaghetti Supper is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. The public is invited to attend.

Third Wednesday Book Club: Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities

When: Dec. 15, 7:00PM
Where: Reuben Hoar Library via Zoom

Description

LITTLETON: A Reuben Hoar Library adult book club open to all. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, September-June. Book choices will be mostly fiction with a few non-fiction titles. Come to one or come to all (meeting virtually via Zoom until further notice). For information, contact Julie at jfredericksen@littletonlibrary.org. There are a limited number of copies available at the library. To register, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar

Longest Night Service

When: Dec. 15, 7:00PM
Where: United Church of Christ, 723 Massachusetts Avenue

Description

BOXBOROUGH: A Longest Night Service will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 7pm at the United Church of Christ, in person, with brief singing, masks for all, and physical distancing. For more information, please see Rev. Cindy.

Maynard Democratic Town Committee Meeting

When: Dec. 15, 7:00PM
Where: Maynard Democratic Town Committee via Zoom

Description

MAYNARD: With the Commonwealth’s top jobs up for grabs, we’re certain to have a high level of interest in participating in next year’s State Convention.  The State Committee has recommended hybrid caucusing. It will be discussed what that means for the town committee, and share key dates and locations. State Sen. Diana DiZoglio (Methuen) is scheduled to speak. She is running for state auditor and has been at the forefront of the push for state house transparency. RSVP by emailing maynarddtc@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

Cookie Grab n Go

When: Dec. 16, 10:00AM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Drop in for a bag of cookies to go. If our elves haven't eaten them all. Info: 978-425-1390; mlargey@shirley-ma.gov

Doggy Days: Winter Storytime

When: Dec. 16, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 11am. Join Therapy Dog Abby for cozy, winter Storytime and bring your blanket! Abby is a certified Therapy Dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy. 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.

Listening to Four Centuries of Music with Sivan Etedgee

When: Dec. 16, 12:30PM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Open to out-of-town seniors for $5/lecture. Pianist and teacher Sivan Etedgee leads a monthly classical music series at the Senior Center that combines lecture, live performance and sound recordings. This month’s topic is “Composers and Forms of The Classical Era.” Additional dates of the series are: January 20th and February 17th. Info: seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com.

Teen Craft: 3D Paper Snowflakes

When: Dec. 16, 2:30PM
Where: Lunenburg Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: There are two ways to participate in this December teen craft - Sign up for a take home craft kit or drop into the Teen Room to make paper snowflakes in person. Open to tweens & teens in grades 6-12 (ages 12-18). Register for a take home kit by visiting the Events page online at lunenburglibrary.org, or by emailing Susan at selbag@cwmars.org.

Story/Craft with Crossroads at the Concord Free Public Library

When: Dec. 16, 4:00PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

CONCORD: Story and craft programs that focus on important cultural, social, and diverse topics. Children in grades K-5th grade are invited to delve into subjects including culture, identity & diversity! The program will take place in the Children’s Activity Room at the Main Library on the third Thursday of each month at 4pm. The dates: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, and June 16. No registration required. For more information about Library programs and services, call 978-318-3301, or visit www.concordlibrary.org.

Annual LPL Polar Express Story Time

When: Dec. 16, 6:00PM
Where: Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

LUNENBURG: Put on your pjs and visit the library to hear one of Santa’s favorite elves read The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg. Then head into the Story Craft Room to make a candy train!  Register via the Events Tab of the LPL website lunenburglibrary.org.  Candy donations are appreciated to help make the trains- Lifesaver rolls, Starlight mints, Hershey kisses, small candy canes, etc.  Any small individually wrapped candy will work.  Contact dlaffond@cwmars.org for further details, if needed.

College Admissions Workshops: Surviving the Last-Minute College Application Scramble

When: Dec. 16, 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 with John

When: Dec. 17, 9:30AM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Acton Seniors only. Have coffee with the Town Manager while learning about what is happening in the Town.
Info: www.actoncoa.com; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.facebook.com/actoncoa

Shabbat Around the Table

When: Dec. 17, 6:30PM
Where: Kerem Shalom in-person & online

Description

CONCORD: Join Kerem Shalom Cantor Rosalie from her home to yours, and enjoy an evening of moving music and prayer. Please see keremshalom.org for additional information and registration for all events. Contact the office at 978-369-1223 or ksadmin@keremshalom.org with any questions. Please check the website in advance to ensure that in-person events have not been moved online.

Monthly Sacred Fire

When: Dec. 17, 6:30PM
Where: Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio

Description

HARVARD: Discover! Connect! Renew!  The community fire is facilitated by Chris Griffin, a firekeeper trained through the Sacred Fire. To learn more click here. There will be no pot luck before the fire. Bring a warm beverage and sufficient layers to stay warm in a "socially distanced" circle about the fire. Offerings will be made at 6:30pm, Please try to arrive before offerings start. This is a “pee-in-the-woods” event! Bring headlamps and anything else you need to make yourself comfortable. The fire circle is a short walk from the house.
 
A monetary donation to help meet ongoing expenses is appreciated. Suggested $5 (or more). Attendees must RSVP in advance. Please RSVP to harvardfires@sacredfire.org.

Holidays Under The Umbrella

When: Dec. 17, 8:00PM
Where: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street

Description

CONCORD: Directed by Sarajane Morse Mullins.  The Umbrella's beloved holiday concert returns the mainstage after last season's virtual presentation. Familiar faces and Umbrella Stage favorites will return to sing seasonal songs and share their own holiday memories. Holidays Under The Umbrella is a family friendly concert to put everyone in the spirit of the season! Info: https://theumbrellaarts.org/production/holidays-under-umbrella-1

Playtime Theatre: Frosty the Snowman

When: Dec. 18, 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

Faith Evangelical Free Church Weekly Services

When: Dec. 19, 8:15AM
Where: 54 Hosmer Street

Description

ACTON: 8:15-9:15am outside, parking lot worship service (bring your own chair and masks). If it rains, bring your chair, meeting will move into the Multi-purpose room; 9:45-10:30am: Childrens, Jr. High, Sr. High & Adult Sunday School classes (also available via Zoom); 10:30-11am Fellowship; 11am-12:15pm. Indoor & livestream worship service. Children's Church (age 4 to grade 3) provided during the sermon time. CREW (4th to 6th grade) bi-monthly. To watch the 11am service via livestream, go to YouTube channel www.youtube.om/c/FaithEvFreeChurchActonMA.

UCC Weekly Services

When: Dec. 19, 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.

TLC (Tender Loving Care)

When: Dec. 19, 10:00AM
Where: First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Road

Description

SUDBURY: What do we care about and how do we mindfully practice and show care for one another? There are so many ways to care for ourselves and others. Are there some “basics” that we should build a foundation of compassion on? Join in a conversation about “what are the basics of care” and how can we take care of ourselves as well as others during this season of midwinter. See fpsdudbury.org for more information.

Backyard and Beyond: Sensory Sundays

When: Dec. 19, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 10:45pm. A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Sensory Sundays program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Sunday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. 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 https://trails.actonma.gov/great-hill/. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Live Nativity Experience

When: Dec. 19, 12:00PM
Where: Saint Matthew's United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street

Description

ACTON: A Live Nativity Experience. Children of all ages, as well as the young at heart, will join with humans and animals to tell the story of Jesus’ humble birth in a Bethlehem stable- right on St Matthew’s front lawn! A plethora of barnyard furry and feathery friends (goats, sheep, ducks, pony) will set the stage as St Matthew’s youth and children reenact the Christmas miracle story with you. Parking lot easily accessible. (NOTE: Social distancing and/or masking are required during this outdoor event.) 
Info: Josh Lunde-Whitler, joshlw@saint-matthews.org;
https://saint-matthews.org

Messiah Sing with Assabet Valley Mastersingers

When: Dec. 19, 3:30PM
Where: First Church Congregational, 37 High Street

Description

MARLBOROUGH: COME! SING! LISTEN! The Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio in addition to the “Hallelujah Chorus” will be sung. Dr. Robert Eaton, Founder and Artistic Director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers will direct the chorus, audience participants, and soloists with organ accompaniment. A limited number of scores  will be available to share if participants do not have their own, Suggested donation: $10. All attendees are required to present proof of vaccination.  Masks are required with social distancing by attendee unit( family, friends attending with them). www.avmsingers.org

Holiday Jazz Jam

When: Dec. 19, 4:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Center for the Arts 1A North Road

Description

CHELMSFORD: $5 suggested donation at the door, THE JAM IS BACK!! Joan Watson-Jones hosts holiday jam's return with her great band, Frank Wilkins on piano, Dave Zox on bass, and Alvin Terry on drums.  All are welcome to play, sing, or listen.  Due to Covid the jam will be in the auditorium.  EVERYONE 12+ MUST SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION and wear a mask when not on stage. You will be jamming on the main stage! Celebrate being together again. Info: www.chelmsfordarts.org/holidayjazzjam.

Holiday Jazz Jam

When: Dec. 19, 7:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Center for the Arts 1A North Road

Description

SUDBURY: Join Congregation B'nai Torah online on December 19 at 7pm for “Financial Therapy 101” with Jeffrey Levine, CPA, MS. Levine will present a primer on reviewing one’s net worth, cash flow, and goals and objectives for one’s financial future. This will be a general discussion on investments, retirement accounts, cash savings, typical spending and saving techniques, and some year-end tax planning. Contact admin@bnaitorah.com or 978-443-2082 for additional information.

Wii Bowling

When: Dec. 20, 12:30PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Pre-Registration required. Every Monday. Call 978-425-1390 to reserve your lane.

Wiggles and Giggles

When: Dec. 20, 1:15PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: Mondays. This is a weekly story time for kids ages 3 to 5 that is exactly how is sounds - full of fun, silly stories and activities. Caregivers can stay in the room or wait in the children's room. This live, in person story time takes place in the Story Hour room. Please register through the Library Events Calendar.

Winter Workshop: Icy Artworks

When: Dec. 21, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am – 11am. The science of freezing and melting takes places all around during the winter season! Join us as we use this scientific phenomenon to create original works of art. We’ll explore and compare the properties of different types of frozen paint cubes and create a painting with them as they melt. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Tea Time Tales on Tuesdays

When: Dec. 21, 2:00PM
Where: Chelmsford Senior Center on Zoom

Description

CHELMSFORD: Who says story time is just for kids? Join this 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. This program will be held virtually through Zoom. 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.

Blue Christmas Service

When: Dec. 21, 7:00PM
Where: Union Congregational Church, 218 Main Street

Description

GROTON: Union Congregational Church is hosting a community-wide ‘Blue Christmas’ service for all who find the holidays emotionally difficult. This special gathering will take place in the church’s sanctuary. All people are welcome. The evening will be quiet and contemplative in tone, with times of prayer, silence, poetry, and music. There will be readings from scripture, hymns to sing, and the opportunity to come forward to light a candle in honor or memory of a loved one or situation. CDC guidelines will be followed and masks are recommended. An RSVP is not required, but appreciated: unioncc@uccgroton.org or 978-448-2091; www.uccgroton.org.

Mt. Calvary Community Supper: Christmas Turkey Dinner with all the Fix’ins

When: Dec. 22, 4:15AM
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 to 5:45pm. All guests must park in the back parking lot off Prospect Street. Guests are invited to choose a beverage and enjoy a sit-down dinner where they will be able to join in fellowship and conversation. For those who may not be comfortable eating inside, we offer a “Get to Go” meal which can be picked up inside the church between 5:30pm and 6pm. Park your car, WEAR A MASK, and walk into the lobby. No people may enter until 5:30pm unless coming for Sit-down Supper. Please, bring a bag to carry your food home.

NOTE: To ensure the health and well-being of everyone at Supper, we require guests to show their COVID vaccine cards before entering the dining room. In addition, we ask guests to wear their mask unless seated at their tables. All volunteers have been vaccinated and will wear masks and gloves throughout the Supper.

Sponsored by West Acton Baptist Church

Solstice ‘Scapes

When: Dec. 22, 2:00PM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 2pm – 4pm. Celebrate the Winter Solstice and paint some winter landscapes inspired by the shortest day of the year. Use crayons, cray-pas and water colors to experiment with the technique of resist painting, as we create unique works of art. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Take Aparts, Jr.

When: Dec. 23, 9:30AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 9:30am – 11am. Are you curious about what’s inside everyday electronics? Grab some tools and discover resistors, capacitors, gears and more as you uncover the inner workings of household gadgets and gizmos. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

The King’s Christmas: The King is Born!

When: Dec. 24, 3:30PM
Where: Mt. Calvary Community Church, 472 Massachusetts Ave

Description

ACTON: Everyone in the community is invited to attend Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church for Christmas Eve services at 4pm and 7pm - “”. Staffed nursery will be available during both services. Parking is available off Prospect Street. Handicap parking is available at the Massachusetts Ave. circle drive and the Prospect St. parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Acton Funeral Home parking lot right next door. For more information, visit mtcalvaryacton.org, call (978) 263-5156, or send an email to info@mtcalvaryacton.org.

Christmas Eve Service

When: Dec. 24, 5:00PM
Where: Trinity Church, 23 Main Street

Description

NORTHBOROUGH: Overflow seating available to allow for social distancing. Masks are required. Handbell music, Christmas carols and Bible readings will create a meaningful and festive experience for all ages. At 5:30pm, move outdoors to the parking lot to sing Christmas carols by candlelight. Anyone who is not yet comfortable gathering indoors is invited to come share the joy of this special night via stream to Facebook live.

Christmas Eve Service

When: Dec. 24, 5:00PM
Where: First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Road

Description

SUDBURY: What are the important lessons of the season? How do we make space for all beliefs as well as honor the Christian traditions? This evening will be a time for lessons, stories & carols. Share a collective light with the singing of Silent Night. Join in the sanctuary (or online) this Christmas Eve to embrace seasonal traditions and the magic of this celebratory time of year. See fpsdudbury.org for more information.

Faith Evangelical Free Church Weekly Services

When: Dec. 26, 8:15AM
Where: 54 Hosmer Street

Description

ACTON: 8:15-9:15am outside, parking lot worship service (bring your own chair and masks). If it rains, bring your chair, meeting will move into the Multi-purpose room; 9:45-10:30am: Childrens, Jr. High, Sr. High & Adult Sunday School classes (also available via Zoom); 10:30-11am Fellowship; 11am-12:15pm. Indoor & livestream worship service. Children's Church (age 4 to grade 3) provided during the sermon time. CREW (4th to 6th grade) bi-monthly. To watch the 11am service via livestream, go to YouTube channel www.youtube.om/c/FaithEvFreeChurchActonMA.

UCC Weekly Services

When: Dec. 26, 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.

Backyard and Beyond: Sensory Sundays

When: Dec. 26, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 10:45pm. A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, our Sensory Sundays program will be held outside, no matter the weather! Every Sunday morning we’ll do a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2-6 year olds. 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 https://trails.actonma.gov/great-hill/. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Everyday Engineering: Indoor Fort Building

When: Dec. 27, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

Description

ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 2pm. Engage in some everyday engineering as you construct and create with repurposed and recycled materials. What can you do with clothespins, sheets, and cardboard boxes? Just about anything! Jump in and help build an ever-changing, room-sized blanket fort. Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Foot Care Clinic

When: Dec. 27, 12:00PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

Description

SHIRLEY: Afternoon Appointments Only By Appointment Only — 978-425-1390 at the Center $40 Resident / $60 non Resident. FOOT CARE at HOME $60. Contact: Sarah Kinghorn BSN RN CFCN @ 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.

Wii Bowling

When: Dec. 27, 12:30PM
Where: Shirley Senior Center, 9 Parker Road

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SHIRLEY: Pre-Registration required. Every Monday. Call 978-425-1390 to reserve your lane.

Wiggles and Giggles

When: Dec. 27, 1:15PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

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WESTFORD: Mondays. This is a weekly story time for kids ages 3 to 5 that is exactly how is sounds - full of fun, silly stories and activities. Caregivers can stay in the room or wait in the children's room. This live, in person story time takes place in the Story Hour room. Please register through the Library Events Calendar.

Everyday Engineering: “Snow”balls &amp; Ramps

When: Dec. 29, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

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ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 2pm. “Snow”balls will be flying as we design, build, and test out some simple tracks and shoots using repurposed and recycled materials. Make straightaways, loop-da-loops and hills out of tubing and cardboard to send faux snowballs on a thrill ride.
Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.

Noon Year’s Eve Party Prep &amp; Pajama Dance Party

When: Dec. 31, 10:00AM
Where: Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street

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ACTON: Drop-in 10am – 12pm. Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for our pajama dance party at 11:45am with a countdown to 12 (noon). Visit www.discoveryacton.org for hours, COVID safety protocols, and to make reservations. Some outdoor programs may be dependent on weather.