6 Bridges Art Exhibit “Boundaries” Features Works by 37 New England Artists

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MAYNARD6 Bridges Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our sixth annual juried show, “Boundaries,” on display June 22 – August 13 at 6 Bridges Gallery, 77 Main Street. A reception will be held on June 25 from 4 – 6pm.  Artists were invited to submit original 2D and 3D artworks that explore the theme of “Boundaries.” The entries were juried by a panel of four 6 Bridges Gallery artists members of varied mediums. With limited gallery space and an abundance of thoughtful and skilled submissions, the jury ultimately decided upon works from 37 artists for this exhibit. Two awards will be offered:  The 6 Bridges Gallery Award, which will be announced during the reception, and the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibit.  
Congratulations to the following artists for their works accepted into the exhibit:
Alfred DiMaio, “Detritus of War – Barbed Wire-Endless Walls”
Amy Ragus, “Nokomis”
Ben Sisto, “Do Not Enter”
Bryan Clocker, “Falcon Dive”
Carole Holcroft, “The Red Coats Are Coming”
Cassie Doyon, “Boundaries”
Christopher Serra, “Sciffany Tonce”
Darcy Cloutman, “Cape Roca, Portugal – The Edge of the World”
Dawne Osborne, “Dancing in the Paint”
Deborah Baye, “Convergence”
Deborah Drummond, “Lights Path”
Donna Melanson, “Know Your Limits”
Elaine Seidel, “Love Beyond Boundaries”
Ellen Royalty, “Expanding” (pictured)
Erika Larskaya, “H205”
Gloria Ross, “New Heights”
Gwen Murphy, “Woman in a Fur Hat Crossing Summer St”
Hilary Hanson Bruel, “Storm Break”
James Curran, “Spring Green”
Jean-Pierre Ducondi, “Center of Attention”
Jill Goldman-Callahan, “Push”
Joseph Schairer, “Crib/Coffin”
Kimberley Harding, “Pussyhat Basket”
Laura White Carpenter, “Cocoon”
Linda Merwin, “Life”
Margo Ezekiel, “Rust Slide”
Megan Chiango, “Reverence”
Neil Wilkins, “Laminae/ Re: 24”
Nilou Moochhala, “Humara/Ours”
Pamela Bower-Basso, “Blue State Attractions: New Jersey”
Robert Kephart, “The Colony I”
Sharon Whitham, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place #13”
Steven Edson, “Sudbury River”
Susan Erickson, “Blurred”
Todd Monjar, “Kaleidoscope”
Trevor Toney, “Glam-O-Rama”
Yael Kupiec-Dar, “ Flight”
For more information about these exhibits, please visit 6Bridges.Gallery, Facebook and Instagram.
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Maynard Community Band Presents 75th Year of Free Summer Outdoor Concerts

MAYNARD: After two years of a pandemic, the music is finally back.  Bring a blanket or chair, relax, and let the Maynard Community Band (MCB) entertain you at Memorial Park across from the Fine Arts Theater on Wednesday evenings this summer. All concerts start at 7pm. The band will be performing international musical highlights along with new tributes to Hollywood, Broadway, rock favorites, and, most especially, our Armed Forces. 

Starting Wednesday, June 29, the tempo starts in brilliance at Maynard’s Memorial Park in downtown Maynard.  From hence on, the musical journey through time begins and keeps the beat to the bands’ traditions. The band will begin its’ season with several international gems and lead into TV, Movie, Broadway and Patriotic themes that will entertain both the young and young at heart.  Brand new arrangements have been added to your favorite marches and patriotic tunes. Dance to our polka, or join in with the kids as we continue our parades around the park.  A special 4th of July concert will be performed on July 6th.

This year becomes Michael Karpeichik’s 20th year as conductor of Maynard’s own band.  He’ll be supported this year by a bigger, energized band including musicians from several of our surrounding towns.  Come and see the talents of your neighbors and friends new and old.

If rain is in the forecast the concert will move to the Sanctuary, 82 Main Street, Maynard.  (Covid restrictions apply.)

If you’re an instrumentalist interested in joining the Band, please feel free to contact Michael at 508-485-3171 or email mkarp143@verizon.net for more information.

Local Residents Earn Dean's List Honors from MassBay Community College

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WELLESLEY: The following local students have been named to the MassBay Community College Dean's List, achieving this outstanding academic honor for the spring 2022 semester.

To be eligible for the MassBay Dean's List, students must complete at least six credits of college-level courses, be in good standing with the College, and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Frank Abbott of Acton (01720), who studies Biotechnology
  • Holly Lascko of Acton (01720), who studies General Studies
  • Hailey Martinez of Acton (01720), who studies Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education
  • Walid Alsharafi of Concord (01742), who studies Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Nell Larkin of Concord (01742), who studies International Business

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor's degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay's Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations RegisteredNursing.org, and PracticalNursing.org. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond. To learn more about MassBay, visit massbay.edu.

$50,000 Secured in Senate FY23 Budget for Assabet-Co-Op Market
IT Systems Funded to Allow Co-Op to accept SNAP Benefits

MAYNARD: During the debate on the Senate FY23 budget, State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) secured funding of $50,000 for the Assabet Co-Op Market to allow the market to accept SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Last week, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a $49.78 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). SNAP benefits provide monthly funds on an EBT card for low-income families to purchase food at participating stores. 

With unanimous support, the budget makes significant, critical and targeted investments in the areas of education, healthcare, housing and community support to meet the on-the-ground challenges brought on by the global pandemic and ongoing financial uncertainty.

“Maynard is a community with significant socioeconomic diversity. By providing funding for SNAP benefit accessibility, this earmark will ensure that the Assabet Co-Op Market will be welcoming to all,” stated State Senator Jamie Eldridge. Senator Eldridge has represented Maynard as its state senator since 2009.  

The Assabet Co-Op Market will be a full-service, community-owned grocery store in Maynard. The Market currently has over 1,900+ owners who have provided $2 million in owner loans. Assabet Co-Op Market will be located in Victory Plaza at 86 Powder Mill Road in Maynard. 

“We can't thank Senator Eldridge enough for securing this crucial funding for our community-owned grocery store. These funds will help us achieve a core piece of our mission: increasing access to locally sourced, healthy food for all,” stated Sam McCormick, general manager of Assabet Co-Op Market. 

Unlike corporate chains, food co-ops are totally independent and owned by the community members who shop there. Instead of focusing on investors, food co-ops focus on their community — nourishing everyone according to their budget and cooking style, according to a leading website on co-ops. 

SNAP benefits are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance. If you are food insecure, please visit their website. 

The Senate’s FY23 Budget is available on the Massachusetts legislature’s website, by clicking here. Now that the Senate and Massachusetts House of Representatives have passed their respective budget proposals, both branches will now work together, form a conference committee and reconcile differences.
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Acton Recreation Department is Now Offering Adaptive Cycles

ACTON: Adaptive cycles are now available for riding on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, starting from Nara Park. Acton residents can ride the cycles for free and out-of-towners will pay a $5 rental fee.
The Recreation Department acquired three cycles: an adult recumbent trike, an adult handcycle, and a child recumbent trike. The child recumbent trike has a number of features on it that make it possible for children with a range of disabilities to use.
To borrow or rent a cycle, go to the snack bar at Nara Park and ask for one. You can also call Nara Park to see if the cycle you want to ride is available for use. You can ride the cycle for up to three hours.
This is a great opportunity for those with disabilities or those who for whatever reason can't ride a two wheeled bike to get out on the rail trail and ride.
You don't have to have a disability to ride the cycles. Many people without disabilities ride recumbent trikes. They're comfortable and fun to ride. Give it a try!
For more information, contact Leslie Johnson, head of the Greater Acton Adaptive Bike Coalition at lesliej961@yahoo.com or 978-618-1812, or Melissa Rier, Director of the Acton Recreation Department, mrier@actonma.gov or 978-929-6640.

Open Table Receives Cummings Foundation Grant
Metro West nonprofit receives two years of funding from Cummings Foundation

CONCORD/MAYNARD: Open Table, the Concord and Maynard charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, announced that it is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Concord and Maynard-based organization was chosen from a total of 580 applicants during a competitive review process.

Currently Open Table distributes bags of groceries, which include fresh produce, proteins, dairy, baked goods, and shelf-stable produces, to over 300 households each week and provides over 800 prepared meals to clients that hail from the Metro West suburbs.  Open Table has received incredible support from the communities it serves through donations of food and funds, making it possible for us to continue to address food insecurity in our region.

“The Cummings Foundation grant  will help Open Table  expand its services as a community food hub and support the increased number of individuals and families facing food insecurity during these challenging times,” said Jeanine Calabria, executive director of Open Table. “In addition, the grant will be used to help Open Table grow its mobile food program.”

The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are so fortunate in greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, plus a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are indebted to them for the work they do each day to provide for basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work toward a more equitable society.”

With the help of about 90 volunteers, the Foundation first identified 140 organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings Foundation grants. Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

“Our volunteers bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is so critical to our grant selection process,” said Vyriotes. “Through this democratized approach to philanthropy, they decide more than half the grants every year.”

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 45 different cities and towns.

The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.  Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to greater Boston nonprofits.

Open Table is a 501(c)(3) established in 1989. Their mission is to address hunger in their local community by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment while respecting the dignity and diversity of those served. For more information, visit: www.opentable.org

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Discovery Museum Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

MAYNARD: Discovery Museum announced a series of celebratory public events to mark its 40th year of bringing hands-on STEAM learning to kids and families and to thank its community for the four decades of support that have made it possible.

“Discovery Museum has served more than 5 million children and families over the past 40 years—and that is due in no small part to the generosity and support of our community,” said CEO Neil Gordon. “That support, combined with the vision and dedication of our staff and volunteers, has enabled us to stoke kids’ natural curiosity and creativity to explore and better understand themselves, their capabilities, and the incredible possibilities of the world around them. We are honored to be an enduring part of the lives of so many families.”

"It is so rewarding to see generations of families exploring and learning together at Discovery Museum across 40 years," said Emeritus and Founding Board Member Carolyn Platt. "We see parents who visited as children bringing their own children, and their parents visiting with their grandchildren—strengthening bonds and creating joyful memories through hands-on play. Learning together through open-ended play experiences at the Museum is as impactful today as it was in 1982. Discovery Museum is a treasured community resource that I expect will be a part of families' lives for generations to come."

40th Anniversary Community Events

Special programs and events including free outdoor movie nights, accessible arts performances, a free-admission day, a 21+ party, and more will be held June through October. Most events require advance registration, unless noted otherwise.

June 23, 7:30pm | STEM + Movie Nights on the Lawn #1 – Enjoy hands-on pollinator activities and then settle in to watch “A Bug’s Life” on our lawn. Registration not required. Free.

Jun 24, 4:30-8:00pm | Summer Friday Nights Free begin – Visit with free admission every Friday night through Labor Day. Registration required to visit. Free.

June 25 & 26, all day | Bessie’s Birthday Weekend – We’ll celebrate our dinosaur mascot’s 40th with STEM explorations, a scavenger hunt, and more. Registration required to visit. Free with admission.

July 16, 6:30pm | Discovery After Dark, a 21+event – It’s grown-up time at the Museum! Enjoy live Caribbean steelpan music, drinks, food, and FUN. Indoors and outdoors; advance ticket purchase required.

July – August | Inclusive Patio Performances – Inclusive performing arts events on our patio, including a jazz performance by Berkshire Hills Music Academy and Exploring China: The “Middle Kingdom” Through Music & Story with Shaw Pong Liu, a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist; dates to be announced. Registration required to visit. Free with admission.

July 21, 7:30pm & August 11, 7:00pm | STEM + Movie Nights on the Lawn #2 and #3 – Enjoy hands-on STEM activities and then settle in to watch a family favorite movie on our lawn. (These film titles cannot be include in the press release but can be found here and here.) Free.

September 10, all day | Free Community Day! – Join us with free admission and enjoy activities, food trucks, birthday cupcakes, a parade, and more! Registration required to visit. Free.

October 1 – 31 | Play Like It’s 1982! – Join us any day in October, the month of our founding, and pay just $2.50 admission. Registration required to visit.

In addition, a number of long-running visitor-favorite public programs will be offered such as Cold As Ice, Fairyborough, Exploring Nano, Woodworking, Take Aparts, and more.
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival, June 15th, Maynard Fine Arts

MAYNARD:   OARS is excited to present the 14th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Currents of Hope, on the evening of Wednesday, June 15 at the Maynard Fine Arts Theater. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature through film. Join us in Maynard or watch the event live-streamed online for an evening filled with inspiration, nature, and adventure! Local emcee EJ Labb  will be hosting and there will be some terrific raffle prizes! Tickets start at $15 per person and must be purchased online at www.oars3rivers.org.

OARS is a nonprofit, science-based organization with a mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and recreational features of the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds. For more information, visit www.oars3rivers.org.

Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club Adopt-A-Street Community Cleanup + After Party

ACTON: Nashoba Valley Neighbors will kick off this year’s community service project with our Adopt-A-Street program on Saturday, June 4. Meet at 3pm on the Main Street side of the CVS Plaza, 344 Main Street to break up into teams to patrol and clean up trash on both sides of Main Street from the CVS Plaza to the  lights at Post Office Square. NVN provides safety vests, garbage bags, grabbers, gloves, tick and insect repellent. Enjoy the walk with friends (or make new ones!) while sprucing up our stretch of Main Street. Following the cleanup, we will head to the Holy Grail at 166 Great Road for snacks. Please RSVP to  info@nashobavalleyneighbors.org or to get more information. Newcomers welcome! Members and guests are asked to be vaccinated for the health of others.

The Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club is a non-profit social organization open to new and established residents from local communities. Celebrating over 50 years, they were originally known as the Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club of Acton. More recently, they have been known as the Acton-Boxborough Newcomers & Neighbors Club. Discovering that established residents in the surrounding communities are also looking to explore new interests and to make connections with new friends, they became the Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club in 2014.

The Club is excited to invite community members to join in a variety of activities including Men’s Night Out, Ladies’ Night Out, Book Group, Wine Tasting, Lunch Bunch, dining in and out events, and special events to start and finish the membership year. Visit the Club online at www.nashobavalleyneighbors.org for more information on this and other events, as well as information on how to become a Club member.

Open House at Faulkner Homestead and Jones Tavern

ACTON: The Iron Work Farm’s two historic South Acton house museums will be open Sunday afternoon, May 29 from 3-5pm. The 1707 Jones/Faulkner Homestead at 5 High Street, is the oldest building in Acton.  It was the home for several generations of the owners of the little textile mill that operated across the street at the dam on Fort Pond Brook.  A highlight this month will be participation by members of the Nashoba Valley Weavers Guild.

The Iron Work Farm’s other museum, the 1732 Jones Tavern, 128 Main Street, will also be open from 3-5pm. The building was the home of the Samuel Jones family, who operated other local mills and ran a 1750 tavern and store, and a later dairy farm. 

No admission charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit www.ironworkfarm.org.  Parking is available on site or nearby.
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Maynard Hometown Heroes – Phase 2

MAYNARD: The Town of Maynard launched the program in 2019 called “Hometown Heroes.” The objective of the Hometown Heroes is to create banners that will be hung in Maynard honoring Maynard Veterans and Active-Duty military men and women. Veterans honored through the Hometown Heroes program are defined per Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” Per the www.VA.org website, “This definition explains that any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces classifies as a veteran as long as they were not dishonorably discharged.”Any Maynard-based Veteran, whether native or new resident, is welcome to be part of the Hometown Heroes Program. A Veteran or Active Military person who was born and raised in Maynard but does not currently reside in Maynard would also qualify.
The Town of Maynard displays the banners annually from May – November. The location of where the banners are displayed are at the discretion of the Town. The Hometown Heroes Committee and Town of Maynard have designated 46 poles located downtown Maynard for the veterans Killed in Action (KIA). During Phase II, they will have 50 additional electric poles that are outfitted with brackets for banners.
Phase ll Hometown Heroes Banner applications are now available on the Town of Maynard's web page at
www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/.../hometow.../application/. They are also available at the Maynard Town Hall (on the tables upstairs and downstairs), Maynard Public Library and Council on Aging office.  Also visit our Maynard Hometown Heroes Facebook page to get questions answered, or call Kim Lalli at (978) 897-9907.
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First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Annual Plant Sale

STOW: First Parish Church of Stow and Acton will hold its annual plant sale on May 21, from 9:30-11:30am. Choose from a selection of perennials, ground cover, herbs, annuals, shrubs, small trees, and garden-related items. The sale will take place rain or shine in the church parking lot at 353 Great Road (at the intersection of routes 117 and 62, next to the Randall Library). Proceeds benefit the church. For more information call 978-897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.
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Acton Garden Club Hosts Event Not to Be Missed

ACTON: On Saturday, May 21, the Acton Garden Club will be holding its fabulous plant sale. The event will take place rain or shine from 9am to 1pm at the Red House located at 468 Main Street, across from the Acton common. If you are looking to beautify your property here’s your
chance to easily do so. Come and shop. The sale will include annuals, perennials, pollinators, native plants, a wide variety of locally grown flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, planted hanging baskets as well as a raffle with great prizes. Arrive early for the best selections, pick out those plants your have been wanting, buy something you haven’t grown before and then take them all home and get digging!

Friends of the Acton Libraries Host Used Book Sale

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ACTON: Spring is here, and so is The Friends Huge In Person Used Book Sale. The Friends of the Acton Libraries will hold a live and in person used book sale on May 21at the Acton Memorial Library from 9 am until 4 pm. Members of the Friends are invited to a preview of the sale on May 20 from 7pm until 9pm. Sunday will be half price day for all, from 1 to 3 pm.

The Friends have been collecting and sorting a lot of books since the last sale. And now is the time to come to restock your supply of great books in excellent condition for your summer reading.

Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings while inside at the sale. Weather permitting, there will also be tables outside of the library for browsing and shopping, too. Be sure your membership is up to date before the big Friends Used Book Sale so you can have first crack at the great selection of used books at the sale preview. If you aren’t yet a member, you can join on Friday night. But why wait? Go to the Friends of the Acton Libraries page on the Acton Memorial Library main page - www.actonmemoriallibrary.org. Print out the membership form and mail it in. Or, bring it with you on Preview Friday night.

The Friends of the Acton Libraries is a volunteer organization dedicated to funding the town's elementary, middle, and high school library budgets. We also provide support to the Acton Memorial Library and West Acton Citizens' Library for programming, museum passes and more. Additionally, The Friends present scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors.

For more information, contact The Friends at friendsofactonlibraries@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/friendsactonlib. You can also follow them on Twitter at
twitter.com/friendsactonlib or Instagram at www.instagram.com/friendsactonlib.

Family Sought for Affordable Home in Acton

ACTON: Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts (Habitat NCM) is seeking a family in need of an affordable home being built in Acton. People whose current housing is unsafe or doesn’t meet their needs are eligible to apply. Potential homeowners must have a steady income of less than 60% of area median; a track record of paying their bills on time; and a willingness to work 200-350 hours alongside Habitat volunteers to help build their new home.

The one-story, three-bedroom, two-bath house is designed to be accessible. It also is planned to include solar panels to reduce energy costs. The new owner will take on a monthly mortgage payment of about $950 a month, depending on income. If all goes according to plan, the new homeowners will be able to move in next June.

Information sessions for interested homeowners will take place May 14 at 10am at Enterprise Bank in Acton, June 4 at 10am at Maynard Library, and June 14 at 7pm at the Acton Police Station conference room.  For additional information, email the office at apply@ncmhabitat.org or call 978-348-2749. Additional information is also available on the Habitat NCM website, www.habitatncm.org.
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Everyone’s Birthday Bash

MAYNARD: Sanctuary has declared Saturday, May 14th, “Everybody-who-missed-celebrating-their-birthday-due-to-that-darn-pandemic Day.” For all the folks who didn’t get to celebrate their birthday in proper style over the past couple of years, versatile performer and music producer Mac Ritchey (pictured) and friends are inviting you to the dance party of the century.

Ritchey himself is celebrating his belated 50th (a few days before his 51st), and his idea of a good time on his birthday is exactly this: live music, friends, a dance party, community, and a warm spring evening. Mac (of Carlisle) who will play oud, bouzouki, didjeridu, and sing vocals, will be joined by musician friends Ken Hickey of Boxborough, MA on drums & vocals, Mike Payette of Dracut, MA on bass and vocals, Marshall Goff of Newton/Waltham, MA on guitar and vocals, Neil Kruszkowski of Groton, MA on saxophone and vocals, and Dave Boyd from Portugal on keyboards, bodhrán, and vocals.

With a diverse set list targeted towards dancing and a party atmosphere, the evening will be a two-set night with a six-piece band plus guests. Within the evening, there will be mini-sets featuring Walk Like A Cow, the recent collaboration between Ritchey and Dave Boyd that turns classic rock tunes on their heads with oud (Arabic lute) and bodhrán (Irish frame drum). Dave Boyd is coming over to join us from Portugal because that’s what a good friend does for his buddy’s birthday party. Adding fun to the party will be lighting design by VFX Design Studios and birthday cake for all! 

Tickets $15 in advance at www.sanctuarymaynard.com/Event/Details/141 or $20 at the door.  Doors open at 7pm and the party starts at 8pm. Sanctuary has a full bar and table service. Arrive early enough to order dinner in one of Maynard's many fine restaurants and bring it with you.  Proof of vaccination or negative test required.

Origami Fun at Veteran’s Memorial Park

MAYNARD: Upcoming on 2nd Saturdays in June, July, August and September 2022 from 3-4:30pm are Lisa B. Corfman’s in-person FUN Origami Club folding meetings at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The rain dates are the next day at the same time.

Last year, Corfman held a contest called Maynard Folds, funded through the Maynard Cultural Council.  With the interest, more funding was provided for an in-person origami club.  With official permission to use the park from the town, Corfman says “let’s fold together!”  Corfman will bring a huge library of origami books, drinks and snacks, some origami paper, and ideas.  

Club meetings will be social and fun, featuring Yogami (human body folding from gross to fine motor movements) and so much more. Explore uses like functional folds and artistic models, teaching, therapy, and entertainment, etc.  See the mathematics, discover historic figures, and fold with materials like plastic and metal sheets! RSVP to Lisa B. Corfman at Lisa@OrigamiPlace.com.

Nicholas Lawrence with his Maynard Folds award winning model.

Bid For Brighter Futures: The Funniest Fundraiser Around

ACTON: Looking for a wonderful way to celebrate spring? Searching for the perfect Mothers’ Day surprise? Gather family and friends for “Bid for Brighter Futures: The Funniest Fundraiser Around on May 13 from 6-9pm at the Boxboro Regency Hotel. Individual tickets are $50 each and are available at tinyurl.com/yrtb2x4e. For more information, contact Rotarian Anne Hentz at 617-834-1615 or anne@annehentz.com.

Hosted by
Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, this joyous evening will feature nationally renowned comedian and magician Matt Roberts. You will enjoy a three-station buffet dinner and cash bar. Then, you will laugh and be amazed by the highly talented Matt Roberts, who has been a contestant on NBC's America’s Got Talent. For even more fun, you will have a chance to win one or more of many, great raffle prizes.

This community fundraiser will support four, worthy local causes: Domestic Violence Services Network; Acton Food Pantry, Cooperative Elder Services; and Danny's Place.  For many years, Domestic Violence Services Network, Acton Food Pantry, Cooperative Elder Services, and Danny's Place have supplied essential help to people in need. In this struggling economy, these charitable organizations need aid more than ever.
To learn more about this entertaining and impactful fundraiser, visit bidforbrighterfutures.com.
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Sue Whitcomb Receives Distinguished Carol Holley Award

ACTON: At the Acton Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting on March 13, Sue Whitcomb was presented with the Carol Holley Conservation Volunteer Award for 2022.  This award is given each year to the person who best exemplified Carol Holley’s example of community involvement in protecting the environment.  Sue has been gardening since she was five years old and after working for several commercial gardens started her own horticultural business.  The ACT board selected her for this honor because of her extraordinary work with the Acton Arboretum and the Acton Garden Club.

The Carol Holley award was established in 2004 in honor of a woman who not only served on ACT’s board for many years but also many other boards and committees in her efforts to protect the environment in Acton.

Acton Recreation Department Offering Adaptive Bikes Starting May 28

ACTON: The Acton Recreation Department and the Acton Commission on Disabilities are pleased to announce that starting May 28, adaptive cycles will be offered for Acton residents and out-of-towners to ride on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, starting at Nara Park. Acton residents can ride the cycles for free and out-of-towners will pay a $5 rental fee.
The Recreation Department acquired three cycles: an adult recumbent trike, an adult handcycle, and a child recumbent trike. The child recumbent trike has a number of features on it that make it possible for children with a range of disabilities to use. To borrow or rent a cycle, go to the snack bar at Nara Park and ask for one.
This is a great opportunity for those with disabilities or those who for whatever reason can't ride a two wheeled bike to get out on the rail trail and ride.
For more information, contact Leslie Johnson, head of the Greater Acton Adaptive Bike Coalition at lesliej961@yahoo.com or 978-618-1812, or Melissa Rier, Director of the Acton Recreation Department, mrier@actonma.gov or 978-929-6640.
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“Graffiti” Photographs by Roy DiTosti

MAYNARD:  6 Bridges Gallery presents “Graffiti” — photographs by Roy DiTosti. The exhibit will be on view at 6 Bridges Gallery, 77 Main Street, from May 11 through June 18, 2022. It will also be hosted online at 6Bridges.Gallery. A reception will be held on June 4th from 5–7pm.
Unauthorized paint on a wall can be many things — art, hate speech, social messaging, vandalism, remembrance of those who have passed on. Roy DiTosti has been a witness to tags and has been photographing them for many years now. This show is a small collection of tags from the past. 
For more information about the exhibit, please visit 6Bridges.Gallery, Facebook, and Instagram.

Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council Announces Films for 13th Annual Our World Film Series

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ACTON/BOXBOROUGH: The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council announce the selections for the 13th annual Our World Film Series.  This series features award-winning and critically acclaimed foreign films from around the world.  The films selected are Theeb (United Arab Emirates, 2015), directed by Naji Abu Nowar, PK (India, 2014), directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and Ode to My Father (South Korea, 2014), directed by JK Youn.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these films cannot be screened publicly, but the ABCC website will note where the films are available (Acton and Boxborough public libraries, Kanopy, Netflix, Prime streaming services).

In the 10th Annual Our World Short Film Program, student filmmakers from Massachusetts college/ university film programs submitted their short films for consideration. Thirteen titles from Emerson College, Gordon College, Harvard University, Lesley Art + Design, Middlesex Community College, Suffolk University, and Wellesley College were chosen.  More information on these films is available on the ABCC Our World Film Series website and Facebook page.

These short films will be broadcast on Acton TV local cable access (Channel 8 on Comcast and Channel 45 on Verizon cable systems) on Friday May 20 at 7pm and May 27 at 7pm.  Most of these films will also be available later via Acton TVs On-Demand website.

For more information on the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council and the Our World Film Series, visit: 
www.actonboxboroughculturalcouncil.org  (ABCC website)
https://abccourworld.wixsite.com/abccourworld  (ABCC Our World Film Series website)
www.facebook.com/actonboxboroughculturalcouncil  (ABCC Facebook page)
www.facebook.com/ABCCOurWorld  (ABCC Our World Film Series Facebook page)
http://actontv.org/  (Acton TV website)
http://actontv.org/on-demand/public  (Acton TV ON-DEMAND website).

Maynard Community Gardeners’ Wants Your Surplus Plants for Annual Plant Sale

MAYNARD: In anticipation of the Maynard Community Gardeners’ 27th Annual Plant Sale, the group is asking anyone who would like to donate excess or unwanted plants of any kind or quantity to contact Steve Smith at mcgplantdonations@gmail.com with your name, address, and times that are convenient for an MCG member to come and pick up the plants. If you need assistance to dig the plants, please note it in your email. They are always looking for unique, harder to find perennials, trees and shrubs but are still open to taking more common perennial varieties such as Hosta, Lily, and Iris. They are especially interested in perennials that are native to the region. Final deadline for accepting plant donations is Saturday, May 7, 2022.

The Asian Jumping Worm is the latest threat to home and commercial gardens in the US.  In response to this threat, The Maynard Community Gardeners are changing many of their practices as it pertains to acquiring donated plants. They consider it our obligation and are committed to doing their part to ensure that any donated plants provided at the sale are unlikely to spread the Asian Jumping Worm.  Starting this year, they will only be accepting bare rooted plant donations. Volunteer diggers are prepared to properly dig up your plants and prepare them so that they are bare rooted and ready to be freshly potted.

The Maynard Community Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 14 in the parking lot at The Maynard Elks Lodge at 34 Powdermill Road from 9am to Noon.  MCG’s Plant Sale is the group’s largest fundraising event of the year, providing gardeners with a large variety of plant choices to get the growing season underway. All the plants at the sale are either donated by members and non-members who want to share their abundance, or provided by Brigham Farm Stand & Greenhouses. The plant sale provides a great opportunity to choose from a wide variety of plants that flourish locally.  There will be flowers, vegetables, hanging plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs, featuring a large assortment of heights, types, and colors.

MCG is an organization made up of seasoned and novice gardeners who make it their mission to beautify Maynard. The club plants and maintains flower buckets downtown. The Club also maintains the beautiful flower-filled alleyway next to the Outdoor store, and the seasonal beauty of the downtown triangle, which is truly the heart of Maynard. And let us not forget Maplebrook Park, which brings so much beauty and joy to so many people in town, as well as to those who use the Assabet River Rail Trail, and those who visit Maynard to enjoy shops, eateries and other amenities. All the funds from the Plant Sale go directly to MCG’s efforts to maintain these projects. Your plant donations are what make the Plant Sale possible!
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ABRHS Baseball to host Hope at Bat Fundraiser to Support American Cancer Society

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH: For the first time since 2019, The ABRHS Baseball Boosters Program is holding our cancer fundraising event now called Hope at Bat (formerly Coaches vs. Cancer). Please join the fun on May 5. Festivities will begin at 3:45pm with raffles and entertainment, including special guests to sing the National Anthem and throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The Junior Varsity and Varsity games will begin at 4:15pm against the Bedford High School Buccaneers.  Each team will take this game to honor the lives lost to cancer, celebrate survivors, and support the caregivers who so selflessly help others.  We aim to raise awareness of those living with cancer, caring for those with cancer, and working to advance treatments and cures for the disease, as well as raise money for the American Cancer Society. Scan the enclosed QR code for more information or to donate, or visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/ABBaseball or contact krychlik@mac.com.
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Acton Garden Club Hosts May Meeting

ACTON: The Acton Garden Club’s May meeting will take place on May 3 in Room 204 of Acton Town Hall with a business meeting at 9:30am and a program at 10:15am.  This month’s program titled “Field to Fork: The Horticulture of the Food We Eat” will be presented by Certified Master Gardener Michele Schuckel who will teach us about the fascinating science, horticulture and economics of where our food is grown and how it gets to our table. The program will allow us to explore the origins of cultivated crops, what it means for products to be GMO (or not!) or certified organic and the nutrition science behind the plants we consume every day.

Michele Schuckel is passionate about the art and science of horticulture and leading a balanced and healthy life both in and out of the garden. She is a practicing nurse and entrepreneur focused on well and healthy living. This is all put into practice through her work as owner and principal designer for Natural Selections Gardens using organic practices and native plant material whenever possible to encourage sustainable landscapes.
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An Uplifting Celebration of Music & Song: One Spirit - One Voice

ACTON: On May 15 at 4pm, celebrate One Spirit - One Voice at St. Matthew’s UMC, 435 Central Street, featuring The Lord's Prayer Experience and Hallel Psalms: Give Thanks to God! This uplifting musical program will create a joyful, unifying experience of living prayer. Led by the One Spirit Jazz Ensemble and Interfaith Choir, sing and listen to hallowed words based on an early Hebrew rendition of The Lord’s Prayer, and new songs of praise and thanksgiving based on Psalms 113-118 and 136. Experience how the power of music can enliven your spirit — and how the power of love and inclusion can help mend the world. To sing with the Interfaith Choir at this event, contact Yosef@onespiritfoundation.org. At the gathering, there will be a collection for a newly arrived Afghan family of 6 that St. Matthew’s and other churches in the area are supporting.  To learn more, visit onespiritfoundation.org.
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Help Create a Safe New Home for Survivors of Abuse

MAYNARD/SUDBURY: The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable cordially invites you to participate in its Annual Shower for Shelters. You can help families transitioning from a shelter or transitional housing to establish a new home by donating new household items or gift cards. All gifts collected will be donated to clients of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence.

The Shower for Shelters will be held from Friday, April 29, 2022, through Friday, May 13, 2022.  New unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at Spirits of Maynard, 4 Digital Way, Suite 3, Maynard or at Sudbury Wine and Spirits, 410 Boston Post Road, Rugged Bear Plaza, Sudbury. Requested items include: diapers, twin size comforters, sheets and pillowcases, bed pillows, towels and face cloths, unscented cleaning products and laundry detergent, laundry baskets, kitchen utensils, flatware, dishes, drinking glasses, small kitchen appliances, and other household items. Gift cards for the following are also welcome: Target, Walmart, CVS, Market Basket, Hannafords, Stop and Shop ($20-$50).

For further information, please visit the Roundtable website at www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org.

Helping Kids Understand Climate Change and How to Make a Difference

ACTON: Join Barefoot Books authors Stacy Clark and Christy Mihaly on April 27 from 7-8:30pm via Zoom as they discuss climate change, renewable energies, and steps caretakers can take to empower children to take part in protecting our natural resources.  Register for this event here.

An environmental geologist, nature lover, educator and climate journalist, Stacy Clark enjoys distilling science into lively rhymes for young readers. Working between New York City and Dallas, Texas, she is inspired by the awesome potential of renewable energy to transform the way that countries around the world are powered. She loves exploring Central Park with her dog, Luna, and cycling along scenic trails and coastlines with her family.

Christy Mihaly has written more than 25 children's books, mostly nonfiction. She has degrees in policy studies, environmental studies and law from Dartmouth College and the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her family in Vermont, where she enjoys the inspiration of the changing seasons and the endless varieties of New England precipitation.

To purchase books: Planet Power by Stacy Clark and Water: A Deep Dive of Discovery by Christy Mihaly can be purchased online through BarefootBooks.com or at The Concord Bookshop. Thank you for supporting these independent bookstores.
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Presents Spring Moments to Remember

BOLTON: The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Wayne Bailey, will present its Spring concert, Moments to Remember, on Sunday, May 1 at 3pm in the auditorium of Nashoba Regional High School, Route 117 (GPS Green Road). The program features the area premiere of the “Afro-American Symphony” by William Grant Still, in a transcription written for the band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Also being performed will be “Hymn for the Innocent” by Julie Giroux, Vincent Persichetti's “Divertimento for Band,” and a unique mini-tone poem for band, “City Rain'” by Judith Land Zaimont. All Nashoba Symphonic Band concerts are free and open to the public.

The eighty-piece Nashoba Symphonic Band is a program of the Nashoba Friends of music consisting of students, faculty, parents and musicians from Bolton, Stow, Lancaster and surrounding communities. Conductor David Wayne Bailey is a resident of Concord. The band performs four concerts each season, featuring the foundation pieces of the literature, recents compositions and music from films and theatre as well as classic marches. Nashoba Symphonic Band is supported in part by grants from Berlin, Bolton, Hudson, Marlborough and Stow Cultural Councils, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Emerson Hospital 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care
Registration Now Open for 23rd Annual Event; High-Performance Shirts for All Registrants!

CONCORD/ACTON: Registration is open for Emerson Hospital’s 23rd annual 5k Run~Walk for Cancer Care at www.emersonhospital.org/5k. All proceeds go directly to support patients who receive cancer care at Emerson.  In addition to the 5k, there will be a one-mile Kids’ Run and medals for the top finishers.

There are two ways to participate: Join the in-person event on Saturday, May 7 at 8am at Nara Park in Acton, which includes free breakfast from Blackbird Cafe, and ice cream from Kimball Farm. Or, sign up to do the virtual event with flexibility to complete the 5k anytime between May 1 – May 15. Visit the website for details, to register, and make a donation. All registrants will receive a Run~Walk high-performance race shirt.

The Run~Walk event is a great opportunity to meet up with friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Encourage everyone you know to come out and exercise while raising money to support people in the community with cancer.

All funds raised will provide compassionate care, including therapeutic acupuncture and massage therapy, support groups, transportation, and more for people who receive cancer care at Emerson. Patients value these supports to aid their healing. For more information, email runwalk@emersonhosp.org, call Emerson’s Development Office at 978-287-3084, and follow on Facebook and Instagram @EmersonHospital5K.

The Acton Garden Club Plant Sale is Back!

ACTON: The Acton Garden Club invites the public to its annual (postponed for past two years due to covid precautions) plant sale.  This grand event will happen rain or shine on May 21 from 9am to 1pm at the red house located at 468 Main Street across from the Acton Common.  Parking is available behind Town Hall or the Acton Center Fire Station.

Go early for the best selections of both annuals and perennials and a wide variety of locally grown flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and planted hanging baskets.  There will also be an area specifically set aside for pollinators and native plants.  Here’s your chance to beautify your property with all kinds of healthy, locally grown plantings at a good price.   For those who may have general gardening or specific plant related questions, Master Gardeners will be available to assist and advise.
Included in the plant sale will be a raffle table with many great items being offered.  Among them are gift cards for Rapscallion Table and Tap, Filhos, Weston Nursey, Stonegate Nursery, matted original watercolor, collection of children’s books on nature and science, small gardener’s bag with tools and gloves, wall quilt, cement planter filled with succulents and others.

The proceeds from this event go toward helping the Club maintain Town gardens and planters, providing a scholarship given to a graduating High School student, and offering a wide range of educational programs. It is not only a chance to buy wonderful plants, but also a lovely way to spend some time outdoors having fun.  Pick out those plants you have been wanting and then take them home and get digging.
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Patriots’ Day Spirit at the Faulkner Homestead

ACTON: The Iron Work Farm will celebrate Patriots’ Day weekend with three events at the Faulkner Homestead, 5 High Street, beginning with a special concert on April 16 to set the mood of the 18th century. In the tradition of music performances of the day, soprano Gretchen Harbourt will present a parlor concert in the Great Hall of the Faulkner Homestead, performing songs of the times. The concert is free of charge, but seating is limited and  reservations are required. This will be the first small gathering in the 1707 house in over two years, and hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served. The performance will also be streamed lived.  Visit www.ironworkfarm.org for details, and to make reservations to attend either in person or online.

On Sunday, April 17 at about 5:30pm, the Acton Minutemen will stage their annual “Robbins’ Ride” reenactment—the arrival in April, 1775 of the horse and rider who brought the news to Col. Francis Faulkner that the British were marching on  Concord. This brief family-friendly event ends with the mustering of Acton’s West Militia.

On Monday, April 18 from 1pm to 4pm, travel back in time to the start of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The annual Patriots Day Spirit shows why the holiday commemorates both events. Costumed re-enactors from two different centuries will take part.

On April 19, 1775, colonial families gathered in the Faulkner dooryard for news of their militiamen, and cooked food to bring to them in the field. Today’s visitors will experience 18th century home life with outdoor cooking, children’s games, etc. Advancing to 1861 to mark the start of the Civil War, reenactment groups from both the Union and Confederate armies will be encamped on the hillside. If weather permits, they will also stage a skirmish or two in the Faulkner Woods.

Patriots Day Spirit is open to the public for a modest donation—“Give What You Will.” Visit www.IronWorkFarm.org for more details. Parking is available nearby.
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Acton Student Spotlight: Dylan Higgins of Minuteman High School

ACTON: Real Estate Development Company Cummings Properties, LLC, is a well-known commercial real estate development company with 50 years of history in the Greater Boston area. You might not think that a Biotechnology student at Minuteman High School would find an interest in working there, but it’s become a perfect fit for Dylan Higgins.

The senior from Acton – who’s spent nearly four years doing lab work in Minuteman’s Biotechnology program – is working at Cummings Properties’ Woburn office through the Cooperative Education Program, receiving pay and course credit during the 2021-22 school year.

“Dylan has worked on a variety of architectural and engineering tasks related to our specialty biotech lab projects,” said Jim Trudeau, Chief Design Officer for Cummings Properties. “His professionalism, curiosity, and familiarity with technical terms and principles has garnered him a variety of assignments.”
Higgins’ “co-op” job placement comes amid a surge of growth in the biotech industry in Greater Boston. That means more construction of biotech lab spaces for commercial developers such as Cummings.

For Higgins, the experience has resulted in a greater understanding for how commercial bio labs are constructed.
“I now understand how the formation of a building dictates so much of what you can do in that space,” Higgins said. “I have so much more perspective on what helps or hinders it, how to optimize an area, and what is even possible.”

Higgins has assisted designers with scientific-related details pertaining to lab spaces – gathering information on everything from pharmaceutical wastewater to the corrosiveness of certain materials, and how that all factors into construction.

“His long-term project is to consolidate lab design standard notes into a written standards manual,” Trudeau said. “Dylan has also created project schedules, confirmed equipment specifications with manufacturers, analyzed equipment pricing options, and listed lab equipment for sale. He even started to dabble in CAD (computer aided design) drafting.”

Higgins, who was accepted into Tufts University for the fall of 2022 and plans to study biochemistry, has a greater appreciation for his Minuteman peers who major in traditional trades such as Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical Wiring. “I have my fingers a lot more in areas like electrical and HVAC… learning how it all connects,” he said. “It’s very interesting to better understand that side of things… and the amount of skill it really takes.”

At Minuteman, Higgins is a Student Ambassador and the president of the school’s SkillsUSA Chapter, which is overseeing a community service project to collect items for an orphanage in Haiti. While his options are aplenty, Higgins would like to work in medical research, particularly in neuromechanics. He ultimately wants to work in the field of regenerative medicine to help people who lost a body part due to a traumatic accident or illness.

Vyntyge Skynyrd to Perform for Fundraiser

MAYNARD: Maynard's Relay for Life Team Lady Bugs is having a fundraiser starring Vyntyge Synyrd!  They will be playing on April 30 at the Maynard Elks.  Doors open at 7:30pm, band plays around 8:30pm.  Cash bar, food and raffles!  Tickets are $25 each in advance, $30 at the door - if they're still available.  All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to help with lodging for patients while undergoing treatments, more patient services and research!
Lynyrd Skynyrd was the most formidable band to emerge from the South.  Vyntyge Skynyrd celebrates the 1970's era of the band by replicating this timeless music as it was originally recorded and performed.  Vyntyge Skynrd captures the fire and heart of the band, as well as the soul of their fearless leader, Ronnie Van Zant.  You'll be transported back to 1977 where you will hear all the classic Skynyrd favorites such as Sweet Home Alabama, Saturday Night Special, Gimme Three Steps and of course, FREEBIRD!
You can purchase tickets for a table of 8 or more to reserve a table. To purchase tickets in advance using Venmo,  call Kim at 978-897-9907, email kim.lalli@comcast.net, or get them from any Lady Bug team member.  You may also purchase them at Middlesex Savings Bank, 7 Digital Way in Maynard.

"Far and Wide" & "Full Circle" - New Exhibits at 6 Bridges Gallery

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MAYNARD: 6 Bridges Gallery is pleased to present “Far and Wide,” ceramic sculpture by Mary Morazzi Henderson, and “Full Circle,” silk quilts by Donna Melanson. These exhibits will be on view March 30 -May 8 at 77 Main Street. The show will also be hosted online at 6 Bridges.Gallery. A reception will be held on Friday, April 8 from 4-6pm.

In “Far and Wide” Mary Morazzi Henderson features ceramic works that were made in response to the global crisis of the pandemic and climate change. When the coronavirus outbreak forced Morazzi Henderson’s ArtSpace studio to close, she started working from home. To cope with her fear, uncertainty and understanding of the world around her and within, she started making forms that looked like the covid virus. Sculptures of different sizes, shapes and colors soon emerged. Creating these visual representations of the virus became a way of making the abstract tangible.

Walking in the woods, along a beach, or in an open field became another means of coping. Morazzi Henderson found healing, rejuvenation, and inspiration in the beauty and quiet of nature. At the same time, the increasing threat of global climate change on the environment was constantly in the news. Daily reports of catastrophic wildfires, life-threatening droughts, heavy rains and other environmental disasters became the subject for newer and different forms. Her “Roadside Trees” and “Reforestation” sculptures — representing hope and strength — are inspired by the benefits trees have on the environment and their importance to everyday living.

Morazzi Henderson has dedicated “Far and Wide” to those who are fighting tirelessly to end these global crises, to the frontline workers who are saving lives, and to the families and friends that have lost loved ones. Celebrate Earth Day 2022 on April 22 with this year’s theme, “Invest in Our Planet.”

In “Full Circle” Donna Melanson explores the repetitive cycles of life through her silk art quilts. Melanson loves the simplicity, symbolism and completeness of a circle. Picking up where she left off or finishing a project brings her such contentment. She has shared her mom's passion for “making” since childhood, learning to take it slow and enjoy the process. Those early lessons have circled back to become the comforting passions of her adulthood.

The process of creating a silk quilt begins with stretching and dyeing luxurious white crepe de chine. Melanson’s quilt designs evolve slowly as she cuts and sews the silk bits together. This series of circular shapes began as a personal challenge after years of sewing straight seams. The embroidery stitching is a nod to her grandmother and the instruction book she gave her when she was nine.  Each framed quilt represents a period of time in Donna’s life. “Endless Conversation” expresses her studio time with good friend Mary Morazzi Henderson; “Many Moons” her marriage to her husband Ron.

For more information about these exhibits, please visit 6Bridges.Gallery, Facebook and Instagram.

Join the Walk Massachusetts Challenge!

ACTON: The Walk Massachusetts Challenge begins on May 1! In addition to the physical and emotional benefits of walking, you will be entered to win prizes (gift cards valued from $10 to $50) and your participation can help the Acton Council on Aging (COA) win up to $1,000. Last year, the Acton COA won second prize and three Acton seniors won prizes!

This year anyone age 5 to 59 can also participate by naming a parent, grandparent, neighbor or friend that is over 60
when they register. Registration begins April 1, and the challenge ends on October 31. For more information go to www.walkmachallenge.com and choose a challenge listed on the website (walking a certain number of days, miles, or steps). You’ll then enter your walking milestones on that same website to be entered to win a prize.

Mount Calvary Community Supper Celebrates 10th Anniversary

ACTON: On April 6, Mount Calvary Community Supper (MCCS) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary by serving a 3-course, sit-down meal inside Fellowship Hall at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The evening marks a joyful return to the Wednesday night tradition that was temporarily suspended during the Pandemic.

Founded in April 2012, MCCS began as a collaboration between Mount Calvary Lutheran Church and a group of concerned citizens who wanted to alleviate food insecurity and social isolation in the local community. Since that time, more than 50,000 free meals have been provided in a safe, welcoming environment each Wednesday night. When COVID made it unsafe to gather in-person to dine, MCCS transitioned to a take-out format and continued to provide free, nutritious meals each week. The hard-working volunteers cooked and served 15,000 meals between March 2020 and March 2022. While excited to re-open the doors for a sit-down meal, the leaders of MCCS continue to monitor the threat imposed by the virus and its variants and will adapt the meal service, as needed, to maximize the safety of all the volunteers and guests.

Supper is open to anyone seeking a delicious meal and friendly conversation regardless of age, financial means, or residence. Join MCCS on April 6 at 4:15pm when they re-open their doors to celebrate. The main course will be served from 4:45-5:45pm. Take-out meals will no longer be available. In order to protect all volunteers and guests, everyone joining in must be fully vaccinated.

MCCS is very grateful for all the support it receives from the community. If you are interested in donating your time as a volunteer or making a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.mtcalvaryacton.org/community-supper.
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Assabet Co-op Market to Open in 2022

MAYNARD: Later this year, the Assabet Co-op Market will open the region's only community-owned grocery store at 86 Powder Mill Road, bringing back a long tradition of cooperatively owned businesses in town.
"We'll be a full-service grocery store that prioritizes local farms and producers," said Lorne Bell, the co-op's director of outreach and communications.

The Co-op will be open to everyone for shopping, and more than 1,900 locals have purchased a one-time $200 owner share in the store, which entitles them to benefits.

The Co-op exists to serve its community of owners and local food producers, not a private entity or corporation. It's  why most co-ops are in business for decades, said Bell.

"A cooperative is a special thing to be part of - it's our grocery store, our farmers, our community, our shared values," he said.

For more information and to become a Co-op owner, visit https://assabetmarket.coop.
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Guys and Dolls Jr. at R.J. Grey

ACTON: Audiences will see what a “bushel and a peck” of students from StageWorks at R.J. Grey Junior High School “can do” when the students present their production of Guys and Dolls JR., April 7th-10th. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls JR. features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon. This classic story follows Salvation Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of Times Square to Havana and back again.

StageWorks at R.J. Grey Junior High School will present Guys and Dolls JR. on April 7-9 at 7pm and April 10 at 2pm in the Dragonfly Theater, R.J. Grey JHS, 16 Charter Road.  Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and will be sold at the R.J. Grey Office or at the door. For more information, please email Bethany Dunakin at bdunakin@abschools.org.

End Hunger New England Announces Plan to Send up to 1 Million Meals to Ukraine & Refugee Centers

PEMBROKE: EndHungerNE announced that it has started a funding campaign to package and ship up to one-million meals to Ukraine and refugee centers in surrounding countries. The plan is to raise $350,00 in the next 2 months. All of the money tagged for the Ukraine will be used for food. 

Matthew Martin, the organization’s Development Coordinator stated, “We have been working on this for a while and just coordinated with a shipping and distribution partner to get our meals overseas. The situation in Ukraine is dire, our volunteers and supporters have been asking if we were going to get involved – and the answer to that is YES! We’ll start packaging this weekend.”

“The financial and volunteer support we have experienced over the past two years has been incredible. Over 1200 volunteers are regularly showing up at our Pembroke facility – brownie troops, high schoolers and sports teams, local civic and church groups, seniors – it's just been amazing! The more funding we can acquire, the more meals our volunteers can pack.” 

To make a donation or volunteer, please visit www.endhungerne.org. Checks can be made out to The Outreach Program (parent non-profit of EndHunger NE) and sent to 93 Whiffletree Lane, Marshfield, MA 02050. Please write Ukraine on the memo line and please check with your company to see if they offer a corporate match or are seeking to support the mission of EndHungerNE.
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Egg your House - Relay for Life Fundraiser

MAYNARD: Maynard Relay for Life team, the Lady Bugs, are back to having their "Egg Your House" fundraiser!  Take the pressure off and order 50 toy-filled eggs for $30.  Orders will be brought to your house the night before Easter - April 16th - and scattered (not hidden) in your front yard.  You can also order them as a surprise for a neighbor, friend, relative, etc!  You must order them by March 27.

Please send your orders  to kim.lalli@comcast.net, or give to any other Lady Bug teammate.  Checks can be made out to Kim Lalli or Venmo, details will be given at the time of the order.  Help us raise money for the American Cancer Society and help more people have more birthdays!

This year's Relay for Life event will be taking place from Friday, June 3-4, from 6:30pm to 9am at Alumni Field.  New teams are welcome!  It's a fun event for a great cause!  More information on our Facebook page: Relay for Life Maynard, or email kim.lalli@comcast.net.
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Local Students Named to The Dean's List at MCPHS University

ACTON/CONCORD: MCPHS University is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2021 semester:
  • Guslicia Fallah is a native of Acton, Mass. and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Guslicia will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2024.
  • Joelle Perron is a native of Acton, Mass. and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. Joelle will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2023.
  • Owen Haddadeen is a native of Concord, Mass. and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical Health Studies (Optometry) degree. Owen will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2023.

The Dean's List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.

The mission of MCPHS University is to prepare graduates to advance health and serve communities worldwide through excellence, innovation, and collaboration in teaching, practice, scholarship, and research. Founded in 1823, MCPHS University is the oldest institution of higher education in the City of Boston. In addition to the original Boston campus, the University has campuses in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as robust online learning options. The University currently offers more than 100 unique baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs and certificates covering a variety of health-related fields and professions.

Summer with a Twist Now Registering

ACTON: Registration for the Summer with a Twist drama summer camp is up and running. The group is happy to announce that they are offering 3 two-week sessions of camp again this summer. This program is best suited for students in Kindergarten-grade 5. While at camp, campers are involved in all aspects of putting on a theatrical production - this summer being "The Sound of Music." In addition to acting, singing and dancing, children will be included in the making of the sets, costumes and props! At the end of two weeks, you will be able to see it all come together in a special performance. Sessions start July 5 and will run through August 12 (Performances August 5-7). Sign up before May 1and get a $25 discount. For more details, please visit www.theatrewithatwist.org.

Senator Eldridge & Representative Tami Gouveia Announce $247,800 Grant to Insulet Corporation
Acton-based Insulet Corporation Leads the Field of Medical Devices for Diabetes Care

ACTON: State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Tami Gouveia (D-Acton) announced that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded Insulet Corporation a $247,800 grant through the Workforce Training Fund Program.

Funded by Massachusetts employers via unemployment insurance contributions, grants through the program aim to help companies improve productivity and competitiveness by creating new jobs, increasing skills and opportunities for workers, and maintaining the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth’s businesses.

Located in Acton, Insulet Corporation is an innovative medical device company dedicated to making the lives of people with diabetes easier. Founded in 2000 in Acton, Mass, Insulet's Omnipod Insulin Management System is a revolutionary therapy for people with insulin-dependent diabetes, without the need to see or handle a needle.  

“Insulet is a dynamic, innovative company that has created a product, the Omnipod, that allows people with diabetes to live their lives fully, and I am so proud that the company’s headquarters is in Acton,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “I am grateful to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for their approval in investing in such an innovative company.”

"It is wonderful to see Insulet Corp awarded this grant through the Workforce Training Fund Program from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development,” said Representative Tami Gouveia (D-Acton). “This funding will help support the innovative work of Insulet in supporting people with insulin-dependent diabetes and creating more jobs right here in Acton. I look forward to seeing the great progress that comes from this award.”

"I am glad to see Insulet Corporation receive this grant to support workforce training that will enable the company to continue to thrive,” said Representative Dan Sena (D-Acton). “Insulet's work has helped so many people with diabetes, so this state-level support is well-deserved."

The Workforce Training Fund Program allows companies to provide training for workers and create additional job roles. Insulet Corporation’s grant is used to provide training to 66 workers. 299 additional jobs are expected by 2023.
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Acton Recreation is Marching Into Spring!

ACTON: The Acton Recreation Department is very excited to announce their spring and summer programs are now available for easy online registration at www.actonrec.com. Programs are offered to Acton residents and non-residents and include a variety of options for all ages including Arts and crafts, Birding, Red Cross Swim Lessons, NARA Summer Camp, Camp Hill Top, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Squash, Tennis, e-sports, Amazing  Athletes, Spring Conservation Walks, Floral Arranging, CPR/AED/First Aid, pot luck Lunch Bunch, weekly walk and talk, bus trips and much more!

On Friday, April 22 (school vacation week), they will be hosting a Pirate Party / Treasure Hunt at the Recreation Center.  Pre-registration and online payment of $5 per child is required to attend.

Events planned for the summer include: BonJourney, June 10, Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys, July 6, Xtreme Queen, July 8, Draw the Line (Aerosmith Tribute), July 22, Beach Party with Scooby Snax Band, July 24, Stifler’s Mom-Ultimate 90s Experience, Aug. 5, Decade of Soul, Aug. 12, Into the Floyd, Aug. 19, Heartless (Heart and Led Zepplin Tribute) Aug. 16, Richrath (REO Speedwagon tribute) Sept. 9, and Monsterbash, Oct. 21.  Details on all these events and online ticket information can be found by visiting www.acton-ma.gov/events

Acton Recreation doesn’t just offer programs, they oversee all of the operations at NARA, Town Fields and playgrounds.  With spring arriving, the Rec Department has been busy gearing up for the best year yet!  Applications for Fields and Facilities are now being accepted.  Visit the Recreation Department on the Town website and click on the "fields and facilities" toolbar to obtain the application form.

If you haven’t been to the most prestigious park around, visit NARA Park. It is located at 25 Ledge Rock Way in North Acton off Rt. 27/Main Street.  It is a wonderful place to take your family out to enjoy a beautiful spring day at the playground, play some volleyball, walk the 1 mile perimeter path, kick a ball  around on the field, sit on the beach, access to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail and so much more. Right now is the best time to get your 2022 NARA Beach Seasonal Pass.  It’s Early Bird time through May 31. NARA Beach officially opens on Saturday, May 28 operating through Friday, August 26.  Seasonal membership forms are available at the Recreation Department located at 50 Audubon Drive in Acton as well as online at www.acton-ma.gov/beach.

Have you planned your child’s summer yet?  NARA Summer Camp is a safe, fun and affordable licensed summer day camp offered for children aged 4-13. NARA Summer Camp starts Monday, June 27 and offers weekly sessions that run Monday through Friday until Friday, August 26.  Each session includes activities that accompaniment the weekly theme.  For details, call 978.929.6640 Ext. 0 or  email recreation@acton-ma.gov.  You can easily register online  at www.actonrec.com. New this summer is Camp Hill Top, expanding the Camp operations to include an indoor/ outdoor camp at the Recreation Center for ages 4-7 and CIT’s ages 14-15. Registrations are filling fast, so don’t delay and secure your plans today.

The Recreation Department office is located at 50 Audubon Drive (off High Street) in South Acton and open M-F from 8AM until 5PM excluding holidays.  Coming late this spring, a full-time Recreation staff person will be moved from the Rec. Center to the new Sports Pavilion at NARA.  The Sports Pavilion will also be home to NARA Camp operations and a new snack bar.  Please visit www.acton-ma.gov/recreation
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Virtual Author Talk with Ted Reinstein

MAYNARD/STOW: The Randall Library Friends Association and the Friends of the Maynard Public Library are pleased to announce a virtual author talk with Ted Reinstein on Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm via Zoom. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required to receive the Zoom event link. Please register at www.tinyurl.com/reinstein. For more information, visit www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/reinstein.
Reinstein, long-time reporter for WCVB’s “Chronicle” and author of three previous books, will speak about his latest publication Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier. Jackie Robinson’s triumphant debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 is regarded as a seminal moment in the history of baseball and is memorialized by his retired number 42 in all Major League ballparks.

What’s less well-known is that a small army of men, women, and institutions fought for many long and bitter years prior to Robinson’s debut. This hidden story includes former stars of the legendary Negro Leagues, the Black press and Pullman porters. These and more unsung heroes were true pioneers, battling the color barrier for sixty years before Brooklyn, while making a path possible for Jackie Robinson. It was a battle largely in the shadows. But like Rosa Parks on a Montgomery bus, or John Lewis on a bridge in Selma, it was a battle of dignity and defiance in a hard-won war for justice. Join us to hear their stories.

Since 1995, Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle.”  He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the author of three books about New England including New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories; Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds and New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic.
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Summer Camp & Kids Activities Fair  March 6

ACTON: Local parents looking for information on summer camps and kids’ activities will find plenty of resources at the Summer Camp & Kids Activities Fair on Sunday March 6.  The Summer Camp Fair will take place at Teamworks Acton, 30 Great Road, Acton from 1:30-4 PM on March 6.  Coordinated by Macaroni Kid Acton Concord Bedford Lexington, the Fair is free to attend.  Families can gather information and talk with representatives from local and overnight camps and summer programs as well as local schools offering year-round activities such as sports, STEM, coding, art and more. 

Camps exhibiting at the 2022 Camp Fair include local favorites such as Teamworks Acton, Camp Tahattawan in Littleton, Camp Grotonwood and Camp Massapoag as well as specialty and overnight camps such as Code Wiz, Camp Hawkeye, Mass Audubon's Camp Wildwood and more.  Macaroni Kid Acton-Lexington also has an online Summer Camp Guide on its website (https://Lexington.MacaroniKid.com) as a resource for parents who cannot attend the Camp Fair.  If you're unable to attend the March 6th fair in Acton, there will be another Camp Fair at the Westford Regency on Sunday April 3 from 12-3pm.

For a list of camps attending the Fair, please visit Macaroni Kid  Acton Concord Bedford Lexington at https://Lexington.MacaroniKid.com
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An Invitation from Acton Computational Linguistics

ACTON: How many times have you said 'Hey Siri', or 'Hey Alexa'? How many times have you typed something and let google do an autocorrect! For pretty much all us, this happens on a daily basis. You might be aware of terms like speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine learning etc. But what do the scientists who invented these have in common? Well - it starts with a love of language and then applying logic, science and calculations to solve problems. Just like what you do in solving puzzles or riddles!
Would you like to challenge yourself with unique problems that require intuition and logic ? Do you like puzzles and riddles? If so, visit www.actonlinguistics.org - a group of Acton High Schoolers who have started this club for Elementary and Junior High students to expose them to this magnificent world of Computational Linguistics! They host regular competitions where you can try your hand with our puzzles and win prizes, and have some wonderful sponsors.
Want to know more? Want to enroll? Please visit the website and join their mailing list.

Maynard to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

MAYNARD: Registered Democrats in Maynard will hold a caucus on March 2, 2022 to elect Delegates and Alternates to the 2022 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The Maynard caucus will take place virtually. Democrats who wish to participate virtually may register by emailing to maynarddtc@gmail.com.

This is the process to get candidates on the primary ballot! Maynard can elect 7 Delegates and 4 Alternates to the Convention. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Maynard. Pre-registered Democrats who are aged 16 by March 2, 2022 will be allowed to participate and run as a Delegate or Alternate. We welcome any registered Maynard Democratic to run for one of the delegate seats.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals who are not elected as a Delegate or Alternate may apply to be an Add-on Delegate at the caucus or at  www.massdems.org by April 9th, 2022.  

The Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention will take place on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th. The Convention will be virtual, as well as in person, at the DCU Center in Worcester to endorse candidates for statewide office, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Attorney General and Auditor ahead of the Democratic Primary this September.

Delegates, alternates, and guests will be able to attend the Convention virtually and all voting will take place remotely. Those interested in running to be a delegate or alternate or to get involved with the Maynard Democratic Town Committee should contact the Committee via email at maynarddtc@gmail.com.

Acton Caucus Results for the 2022 Massachusetts GOP Convention

ACTON: The Acton Republican Town Committee congratulates delegates upon their selection at the caucus held at the West Acton Baptist Church meeting room on February 16.   Delegates will represent all Acton Republicans at the Massachusetts GOP convention in Springfield on May 21, participating in the process of selecting which candidates will appear on the Republican primary ballot in the September 6, 2022 election. The delegates are: Tom Beals, Mike Majors, John Norton, Candy Bishop, Greg Bishop, Peggy Testa, Dick Testa, Bob Van Emburgh and Dave Lunger. In addition to these delegates, there are associate members of the ARTC that will attend as guests. 

The Acton Republican Town Committee meets the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to all individuals, Republicans and Unenrolled, interested in furthering the principles of limited government and individual liberty.   For more information, contact Chairman Dave Lunger at 781-775-9922.