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13th annual Sudbury Art Association Holiday Market

When: Nov. 11, 10:00AM
Where: 435 Boston Post Rd

Description

SUDBURY: SAA is a Sudbury organization which sponsors activities designed to promote the arts. Celebrate the arts and shop local at 435 Boston Post Road in the TJMaxx Plaza. 35 artists and craftspeople will offer a variety of original, one of a kind items. This year we will be featuring visiting artists as well, artists who will show for one week during the 6 week run of the Market. A wide range of talents and skills will be represented and offer unique gifts for sale at a variety of prices. Finely crafted offerings include functional and decorative pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, painting, fine woodworking, glasswork, photography, ornaments and more. November 11-December 24 (closed Thanksgiving), 10am - 6pm; Thursdays until 8pm.
 

27th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

When: Nov. 23, 10:00AM
Where: Concord Museum

Description

CONCORD: Admire 34 fancifully decorated holiday trees and wreaths inspired by acclaimed works of children’s literature. Admission: During this benefit event, Concord Museum admission is $18 adults, $15 seniors & students; $10 Youth (6-17); Children $8 (3 to 5); Children (2 and under) free. Members Free. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm. (Closed 11/24, 12/24 and 12/25). Walk-ins welcome. Visit www.concordmuseum.org for more information and this year’s Family Tree’s Booklist. For questions, call (978) 369-9763 x222.

Party With a Purpose

When: Nov. 30, 5:00PM
Where: The Apex Entertainment Center

Description

MARLBOROUGH/BOLTON: The Goneau Group will be giving back, as is a November tradition, to the community by helping Kits For Kids (www.kitsforkids.org) create gift bags for teenagers filled with everyday needs, ie. toiletries, scarves/gloves, and gift cards ($10-$20) to local restaurants and retailers. If you’re interested in donating, you are welcome to drop off your donation at The Goneau Group’s office, 1084 Main Street, Bolton, or place an online order using this Amazon link: https://a.co/4aEcCGU.

Art Talk Series: Merry Rockwell Christmas - Humorous and heartwarming images of people coming together for the holidays

When: Nov. 30, 7:00PM
Where: Sargent Memorial Library via Zoom

Description

BOXBOROUGH: From September to December, on the evening of every last Wednesday of the month, the Library will be hosting Jane Oneail, an educator and the founder and CEO of Culturally Curious, to do a series of art talks over Zoom.  Upcoming: December 28 - John Singer Sargent: Master with a Brush - A look at the masterful 19th-century artist and his celebrated Grand Manner portraits. Registration is required. Please visit the Event Calendar at http://boxlib.org for more information.

The Brush Art Gallery &amp; Studios' Annual Members' Exhibition

When: Dec. 1, 9:00AM
Where: 256 Market Street, Lowell

Description

LOWELL: Includes artist members of The Brush Art Gallery & Studios and the New England Sculptors Association.  This free exhibition runs through 12/23, with a reception on 1210, from 2-4pm.  Refreshments will be served. The gallery, located behind the National Park Visitor Center in Downtown Lowell at 256 Market Street, is handicap accessible and validated parking is available at the HCID Parking Garage, located off Dutton Steet. For more information, please call (978) 459-7819 or visit www.thebrush.org.

Virtual Nutcrackers-a Colorful History

When: Dec. 1, 11:00AM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library via Zoom

Description

WESTFORD: Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email.You may never have given those funny painted statues much thought but the history of nutcrackers involves the development of tools from the Stone Age to the Industrial Age. Their story encompasses the political changes of Communist-era Germany, a Russian ballet and American G.I.s. These are all elements in the history of the charming, colorful creations we enjoy today. This look at nutcrackers will include a nod to other traditional Christmas decorations such as pyramids and ‘smokers’ that have developed along with them. This program will be led by art historian Mary Woodward, who serves as a guide at several Historic New England properties. She previously served as Public Programs Coordinator and Educator at the Concord Museum. Register here. www.westfordlibrary.org

Laugh For Your Health with Susan Phillips

When: Dec. 1, 11:00AM
Where: Acton Senior Center via Zoom

Description

ACTON: Thursdays. Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Time to shed some stress and get refreshed! Group meets weekly via Zoom and the focus is on cultivating joy, ease, and warm connection—through contagious group laughter exercises, with short breaks of soothing belly breaths. Each class ends with guided relaxation. This practice is called Laughter Yoga, but there are no mats or yoga poses. Health benefits include increased energy and alertness, mood elevation, stress relief, positive connections with others, and an immune system boost. If you are a new participant, email the COA at seniorcenter@actonma.gov to receive the Zoom link, which is recurring, or you can view the link in the News section at www.actoncoa.com.

Senior Property Tax Primer

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

Description

ACTON: Acton seniors only. Join staff from the town of Acton Assessor’s Office for an update on how property taxes have been affected by increasing home values. They will also share information on numerous ways homeowners might qualify for property tax relief if you are: over 70, a veteran with a disability, over 65 with income and assets that are low-to-moderate, or are suffering financial hardship in general. If you are unable to attend and want to learn more, visit the Acton town website, www.actonma.gov, and click on “Government” and select “Assessors,” or contact the Assessor’s Office at (978) 929-6621.

Family Craft Night All Ages

When: Dec. 1, 6:00PM
Where: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Mass. Ave.

Description

LUNENBURG: After the Tree Lighting Ceremony
After the Town Holiday Tree lighting, plan to stop by the library for hot cocoa and to make a beautiful ornament!  We will have all supplies needed to make another glass ball ornament to add to  your annual library collection! www.lunenburglibrary.org

Wine Tasting

When: Dec. 1, 6:30PM
Where: Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: 'Tis the season for sparkling wine! Nothing says ‘celebration’ like bubbles! This evening, we will dive into all the different styles of sparkling wine including Prosecco, Cava, and, of course, Champagne.  Enjoy Kobal ‘Batja’ Pet-Nat 2020 Podravje, Slovenia $25; Col Vetoraz Valdobbiadene Brut 2019 Italy $25; Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2019 France $20; Pol Roger Brut NV Champagne France $64; Naveran Cava 2019 Spain $21; & Doña Laura Demi-Sec NV Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil $16. $35/person. Info: (978) 496-1707. Register at www.roudenbush.org.

Singularity Concert Series

When: Dec. 1, 7:00PM
Where: Sanctuary, 82 Main Street

Description

MAYNARD: Possum Hall Music and Fugitive Productions are co-hosting . Each concert is quite unique, with a line-up of cutting-edge musical performers and creators. No songs, no sheet music — music being made purely “in the moment” and showcasing the power and creativity of live improvisational performance. Featured musicians are Jerome Deupree, Burcu Gulec, Todd Brunel, Carl Nickerson, Todd Roach, Mac Ritchey, Duncan Watt and Sumner Thompson. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm. There is a Full bar and you can order dinner in one of Maynard’s many fine restaurants and bring it with you. www.eventbrite.com/e/singularity-music-improvisation-series-tickets-456159233547

Quinn Middle School Presents Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit

When: Dec. 1, 7:00PM
Where: Quinn Middle School, 201 Manning Street

Description

HUDSON: In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. Quinn drama students will present their stories in this witty and imaginative play! Shows are scheduled for December 1 & 2 at 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

"Crazy for You" Youth Edition (Musical)

When: Dec. 1, 7:00PM
Where: Blanchard Theatre Arts, Blanchard Middle School

Description

WESTFORD: Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; Book by Ken Ludwig. Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent & inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theatre owner’s daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can't Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,”  “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Performances: 12/1 & 2 at 7pm; 12/3 at 2pm. Tickets: www.showtix4u.com/event-details/69035. Online sales $12/ticket before each performance. Sales close 3 hours prior to each performance. $15/ticket at the door sold 45 minutes prior to each performance.

OLIVER, Jr!

When: Dec. 1, 7:00PM
Where: R.J. Grey Junior H.S., 16 Charter Rd.

Description

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH: RJ Grey Junior High students in grades 7 & 8 will be performing Oliver, Jr in The Dragonfly Theater. Tickets: $15; $10 students (18 and under).

Making Memories Photography/Writing Group

When: Dec. 2, 10:00AM
Where: Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road Rear

Description

ACTON: Fridays thu December 16. Open to out-of-town seniors/free. Join Tracy Wood, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist, for this group that utilizes a technique called PhotoVoice which involves taking a digital picture and combining with a narrative to produce an artwork. This group started in October and is meeting for eight weeks, talking about our lives and the resulting memories. Bring a charged smart phone or digital camera each week. Join us and make some new memories! Group is facilitated by Tracy Woods, a certified Older Adult Peer Specialist. Making Memories is a joint venture between the Acton Council on Aging and the Lawrence Recovery Learning Community. Info: (978) 929-6652; seniorcenter@actonma.gov; www.actoncoa.com; www.facebook.com/actoncoa

Annual Holiday Faire and Festival

When: Dec. 2, 1:00PM
Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 242 Boston Road (Rt. 4)

Description

CHELMSFORD: The fair offers a celebration of holiday cheer with delicious homemade food, beautiful wreaths and other greenery, crafts, jewelry, a silent auction, and much more. A children’s area will provide a fun and safe place for kids to make their own crafts and decorate cookies while the grown-ups shop.For more information about the fair, contact the church office at (978) 256-9400 or aldersgatechelmsford@verizon.net or visit www.aldersgatechelmsford.com or www.facebook.com/aldersgateumc.chelms. Hours are Friday, 1-8pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm. Bidding for the silent auction ends at noon on Saturday.

YA Writers' Club: NaNoWriMo!

When: Dec. 2, 3:00PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: Participate in National Novel Writing Month. Meet up to write, share ideas, and encourage fellow writers. Jess will set up a virtual "classroom" on the NaNoWriMo website to keep track our our progress and stay in touch in between meetings! Register here. If you have any questions please e-mail jdyment@westfordma.gov

Snap Circuits

When: Dec. 2, 3:30PM
Where: J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street

Description

WESTFORD: For kids in grades 3-5. Different types of snap circuit kits to work with: RC cars, light, 3D illumination, motion, arcade, and green energy. Also starter kits for anyone new to snap circuits. Register here.

Artists' Holiday Shop

When: Dec. 2, 4:00PM
Where: ArtSpace Maynard, 63 Nason Street

Description

MAYNARD: ArtSpace Maynard welcomes you to their Art Gallery and Gift Shop. They’ll be featuring a wide variety of original creative art including paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, jewelry, and textiles from 20 ArtSpace studio artists! The Shop will be open on Fridays (4pm-8pm), Saturdays (10am-5pm), and Sundays (12pm-4pm) beginning December 2 and continuing through December 18. The storefront gallery space is conveniently located in Downtown Maynard across from Veteran’s Park. There will also be an opening reception on December 3 from 6–8:30pm at the Artists’ Holiday Shop! This special event will coincide with Maynard’s Holiday Sip & Stroll, hosted by the Maynard Business Alliance. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments as you shop, for one night only! 

Small Works &amp; Holiday Marketplace

When: Dec. 2, 6:00PM
Where: Princeton Senior & Community Center, 206 Worcester RoadConcord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street

Description

PRINCETON: There's something for everyone! Browse, shop and enjoy hundreds of fine art and artisan-made, affordable holiday gift items made by members of the Princeton Arts Society. Wonderful small wall art in many media available, and tables will overflow with jewelry, cards, prints, ornaments, fabric items, original books, bags, ceramics, woodworking, and much, much more.  Your holiday shopping will be made all the more meaningful by supporting our local artists. Fridays, December 2 & 9: 6-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11 10am-4pm. The Princeton Arts Society is a nonprofit organization promoting the arts in Central Massachusetts through programs, events & shows. Info: (508) 736-4175.

CHS Holiday Open House

When: Dec. 2, 6:30PM
Where: Barrett-Byam Homestead, 40 Byam Road

Description

CHELMSFORD: All are welcome to tour the homestead and enjoy holiday decorations provided by the Open Gate Garden Club and traditional holiday carols by 2 Cat Duo.  Light refreshments will be served.  Come enjoy our roaring fireplace for the first time since 2019! Info:  http://chelmhist.org.

Littleton Middle School Drama Presents "Willy Wonka"

When: Dec. 2, 7:00PM
Where: Littleton High School Auditorium, 56 King Street

Description

LITTLETON: The musical based on the novel Charlie and the Choclate Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Performances will be December 2 & 3 at 7pm, and December 4 at 1pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students, available at the door with cash or check, or online at www.littletonmiddleschooldrama.com.  Online ticket sales end Nov. 30.

Concord Orchestra: “Pictures Within”

When: Dec. 2, 8:00PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street

Description

CONCORD: The orchestra, directed by Alyssa Wang, performs Gioachino Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri Overture, Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Robert Honstein’s Rise, and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. A pre-concert talk by the conductor is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15pm. Tickets for adults and seniors are $25. Admission for youth under 18 is free. Masks are required in the concert hall. Full immunization against COVID is strongly recommended, but proof of vaccination will not be required for attendance. For tickets and information, call (978) 369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com.

Maynard Business Alliance’s Memorial Park Lighting and Holiday Sip &amp; Stroll 

When: Dec. 3, 5:45AM
Where: Memorial Park

Description

MAYNARD: Join the Lighting of Memorial Park with State Senator Jamie Eldridge, State Representative Kate Hogan and Select Board Chairman Jeff Swanberg.  Pick up a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider at Theatre Creamery on your way to Memorial Park to enjoy holiday caroling led by Interlude Music beginning at 5:45pm, countdown to lighting up the park with Rep. Kate Hogan, and welcoming Santa as he joins the celebration on a Maynard Fire Truck. Spend the evening walking through downtown Maynard and taking in the sights and sounds of the holidays. Many downtown businesses will be open and there will be live music, light refreshments, shopping specials and more. The Maynard High School Jazz Band will be performing at Sanctuary, Maynard Police will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots, and there will be a gift wrapping service to benefit Relay for Life. Write a letter to the North Pole at Miss Tricia’s Dance Studio and visit with Santa at Edward Jones Investments. We can’t wait to celebrate the holiday season with you!  Visit the Maynard Business Alliance online at www.maynardbusinessalliance.org
or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/maynardbusinessalliance  for details.

44th  Annual Marlborough Garden Club Holiday Boutique

When: Dec. 3, 8:30AM
Where: Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Street

Description

MARLBOROUGH: Join the Marlborough Garden Club for holiday decorating for your home as well as their specialty gift table. Obtain your fresh winter greens, holiday décor, wreaths, swags and tabletop creations.  All items are hand-crafted by the members the week before the event and will last through the holiday season. The Holiday Boutique is a fantastic way to contribute to the Marlborough community and bring some beauty and joy into your home for the holidays. To learn more about membership or to receive the club’s customer newsletter about meetings, special events, the annual Plant Sale and Pear Tree Boutique, email the club at gardenclub01752@gmail.com, visit www.Marlboroughgardenclub.org or find them on Facebook.

16th Annual Greens Sale

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Road

Description

GROTON: Sponsored by the Groton Woman’s Club. (Snow Date - December 4). Select from the beautifully decorated Holiday Wreaths * Boxwood Trees * Centerpieces* Swags * Kissing Balls *a Quilt Raffle * Ornaments * and delicious
Holiday Cookies. Proceeds from this sale go toward scholarships for students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Nashoba Valley Technical High School and Francis W. Parker Charter School and other charitable organizations.

Annual Christmas Country Fair

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton Street

Description

HUDSON: All are invited to downstairs in Lamson Hall to explore a silent auction, themed gift baskets, the country store, baked goods and tasty treats, bling, crafts & more. SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF will be there. Everyone is invited to get into the holiday spirit, so tell your friends and neighbors. More information is available at (978) 562-2932 or at www.hudsonfumc@gmail.com.

Ascension Parish Christmas Fair

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: St. Bridget's Church, One Percival Street

Description

MAYNARD: In the school hall. There will be 50/50 raffles, a Christmas table, basket raffles, a jewelry table, home goods table, silent auction, a delicious bake goods table, kid's game and a miscellaneous items room. Drinks and snacks will also be available for you to purchase and enjoy. Please mark your calendar with this festive event.  

Annual Holiday Craft Fair

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: W. Chelmsford United Methodist Church, 242 Main Street

Description

NORTH CHELMSFORD: Stress-free and fun shopping. See professional crafters and vendors for unique, one of a kind gifts - tote bags, handmade wood pieces including charcuterie boards, fused glass giftables, resin art, holiday gnomes, pet toys, handmade jewelry, wine stoppers, a thumb print art station (for kids and young at heart!) and so much more! Delicious treats, yankee swap finds and bargains at the White Elephant Table! Enjoy a delicious hot coffee, homemade pastry or a hot homemade lunch. All proceeds benefit church special projects and community missions. For more information, call the Church Office at (978) 251-4834.

12th Annual Holiday House Tour

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: Concord Museum

Description

CONCORD: Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season at six festively-decorated Concord homes! The 2022 tour, themed “Concord Through the Ages”, will showcase six remarkable Concord homes from the 17th century to the 21st century. Visit quintessential colonial era New England homes of the early and pre-Revolutionary period. Delight in a lovely Victorian home with a large covered front porch. Walk through homes with ultra modern design that invite nature and light into the interior spaces. And relish the private setting of a stunning contemporary waterfront estate. Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordmuseum.org, at the Museum, or by phone through December 3. Early Bird discounted tickets are available through November 24: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members. Regular tickets (from November 25-December 3) are $45 Members, $55 Non-Members. Pick up your ticket, map and information booklet at the Concord Museum on the morning of the tour. Note that no photography is allowed within the decorated homes.

Breakfast with Santa! 

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 89 Arlington Street

Description

ACTON: All are welcome to an all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa, and photos too!  Tickets are $15 per person; $50 for a family of 4 or more. Children under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/453535796777 or at the door.  Crafts, games, and caroling!

SFCOA Second Chance Holiday Decoration Sale 2022

When: Dec. 3, 9:00AM
Where: Pompositticut Community Center, 509 Great Road

Description

STOW: Stow Friends of the Council on Aging (SFCOA) invite families and friends of all ages for a fun event to get in the holiday spirit. Browse a cheerful assortment of gently used/new holiday ornaments, decorations and gifts. The unmarked items are $1 with a few items priced higher due to uniqueness. But that’s not all! There will be FREE face painting (from 10am-12pm), FREE goodies such as cider, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and homemade cookies. Santa promises to drop by for a jolly visit to Ho-Ho-Ho and enjoy a cookie or two ( from 10-11am). Please bring your own bags with handles. Info: https://stowfriendsofthecoa.com/second-chance-holiday-decoration-sale-2/

Festival of Sharing

When: Dec. 3, 10:00AM
Where: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street

Description

ACTON: Find hundreds of fair-trade unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts. Support local and international charitable organizations focused on social justice and ending human suffering. Enjoy beautiful live music, our amazing cookie walk and more! Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - To love one another. Visit http://saint-matthews.org/fos for more information and a list of the organizations. Free and easy parking. Mask required. Open to the public. All are welcome.

Trinity Chapel Christmas Fair

When: Dec. 3, 10:00AM
Where: Center Town Hall

Description

SHIRLEY: Trinity Chapel Christmas Fair

Gingerbread Village &amp; Marketplace 2022

When: Dec. 3, 1:00PM
Where: 10 Billerica Road, Chelmsford

Description

CHELMSFORD: All Saints’ Episcopal Church present in support of St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen, Lowell. Fairytale Magic – Come and Visit the Village!   So many houses to see! Wander through a world of fairytale stories made from gingerbread, candy and so Much More! Make a donation to St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen! Grab a delicious snack or dinner from the café! Shop homemade holiday gifts! Enter the raffle! 100% of the gingerbread display donations go to  St. Paul’s.

See Boxborough’s Treasures

When: Dec. 3, 2:00PM
Where: Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road

Description

BOXBOROUGH: The Museum at 575 Middle Road will be open for viewers to 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. 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.

Holiday Artisans Fair

When: Dec. 3, 3:00PM
Where: First Parish of Bedford, 75 Great Road

Description

BEDFORD: Handcrafted and unique products and art by area artisans. Sponsored by Bedford Cultural District and Gallery Committee. For more info, contact Jeffrey King at jmking@bedfordma.gov.
 

Boxborough Tree Lighting

When: Dec. 3, 4:30PM
Where: Top of Middle & Hill Road

Description

BOXBOROUGH: Free hot cocoa is being provided by Dunkin Donuts and free cookies are being provided by the Boxborough Regency.  The Boxborough Museum will be open for free tours from 2-5pm that day as well.  Santa will be stopping by on a fire truck to say hello, too!

Northborough Annual Tree Lighting

When: Dec. 3, 4:30PM
Where: Blake and Main Streets

Description

NORTHBOROUGH: This year's celebration will include the lighting of the tree, an acknowledgment of the town Menorah (which will be lit during Hanukkah) and a performance by the Northborough 5th Grade Unified Chorus. During the event, hot cocoa, cookies, pizza and candy canes will be passed out while supplies last. This annual lighting of the tree began in 1968 in honor of the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army private first class, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19. He will be honored during the event. There will also be a toy collection for Toys for Tots and a food collection for the Northborough Food Pantry taking place. For more information, visit www.northborough cac.weebly.com or Facebook @nobocac.