Highrock Church Hosts Grand Opening Service

ACTON: Highrock started as a church in Acton in 2015, meeting in Gates School. Right before COVID, the church purchased and renovated a property on Great Road, the former home of the Makaha restaurant across from Donelan’s grocery store. On October 24 at 10am, the church will host its Great Road Grand Opening service, followed by a reception with delicious food, cozy drinks, and a ministry fair. This is a great chance to make connections for growth and service within and beyond the Highrock church community. Not yet comfortable gathering indoors? As always, services are live-streamed from their YouTube channel and for this special service, a tented outdoor service viewing space will be available. KidsRock children’s ministry will also be available for children ages 0-grade 5.  For the safety of all, masks are currently required for all indoors, but you are welcome to un-mask to enjoy each other’s smiles and food and drink in our outdoor gathering space. For more information, visit highrockacton.org or YouTube.com/highrockacton.

Final FreeBee Market of the Season

BOXBOROUGH: Harvest season is winding down, and so is Boxborough’s FreeBee Market. On Saturday, October 16, FreeBee will hold its final scheduled Market day of the year from 10:30am to 12pm on the lawn at 30 Middle Road in Boxborough (across from Boxborough Town Hall). Since less local produce is available, FreeBee will focus on collecting and sharing baked goods, pantry items, and some frozen meat as well. The craft swap and book swap will also return for the final Market day, as well as the bounce house for kids. 

This week, FreeBee will be celebrating the end of a successful inaugural season with a Halloween costume exchange, pumpkin decorating, and more fresh-pressed apple cider. 

As always, everything at FreeBee Market is free, and all are welcome. Visitors are encouraged to bring what they can share and take what they can use. 
Since this is the final Market day of the year, the community is encouraged to bring unexpired pantry items, as all non-perishable items remaining at the end of the Market will be donated to the Little Free Pantry at UCC Boxborough

FreeBee plans to return in Spring of 2022 and hopes to further its mission of reducing food insecurity during the off-season by bringing pop-up food tables to other local events. For more information about FreeBee and its plans in the coming months, sign up for the email newsletter at https://forms.gle/FGSwMRAn2Dnhuejs6. For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/1orMfSrCf and https://sites.google.com/abuw.org/freebeemarket/faq
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Mothers Out Front Acton presents The Health Effects of Indoor Gas Pollution

ACTON: On October 27, 7-8:30pm, hear a remote presentation by health researcher and author, Andee Krasner, MPH, from Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, and learn about the health impacts of indoor gas pollution.  This presentation will be held via Zoom.  RSVP: with this LINK or https://www.mothersoutfront.org/events/acton-ma-20211027/. For more info contact info.ma.acton@mothersoutfront.org.

Gas stoves and ranges have been heavily marketed by the fossil fuel industry, and many consumers hold onto the notion that “cooking with gas” is superior. (Andee Krasner's researchBut did you know that gas flames, along with being less efficient, and less precise, also emit toxic pollutants indoors? 

There will also be a brief Induction Cooktop demonstration highlighting this remarkable alternative to gas appliances.  

Please note that Mothers Out Front Acton, in collaboration with the Acton Memorial Library, now has an induction cook plate and pan to borrow from the library. Click HERE to connect to Acton Memorial Library.  Keep up with Mothers Out Front Acton on Twitter, Instagram: MothersOutFront_Acton and Facebook.
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Acton-Boxborough United Way Virtual Volunteer Information Session October 14th

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH: Join Acton-Boxborough United Way for a no-obligation virtual Volunteer Information Session on Thursday, October 14 at 7pm. Acton-Boxborough United Way mobilizes the caring power of community to drive positive, lasting change. Their Thrive2024 Strategic Roadmap outlines 5 focus areas:
  • Equity & Racial Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Early Childhood Success
  • Financial Stability
  • Crisis Preparedness

Join the info session to learn how you can help make Acton and Boxborough a place where everyone belongs and thrives!
Register to receive your Zoom link: www.abuw.org/volunteer-information-session.

Maynard Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

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MAYNARD: Maynard Cultural Council seeks funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 15. Organizations, schools, and individuals can apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. 

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Maynard -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. This year the council would like to have greater impact and will be funding a small portion of larger grants ($1,500 or more).  Grants typically range from $50 to $1500. 

Who Can Apply? Individuals, organizations, agencies, schools, and non-profits may apply for grants that support activities in culture, humanities, arts, and sciences publicly benefiting the local community. Projects must take place between January 1, 2021 and be completed by December 31, 2022. All applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts. 

The Maynard Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. 

Questions? Contact Sara Lundberg at culturaldistrict@townofmaynard.net. Application forms and more information about this Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org and at https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc public applicant guidelines.aspx.
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“STANDUP TO STIGMA” Scarecrow Contest at Cucurbit Farm

ACTON: Once again Cucurbit Farm and NAMI Central Middlesex is sponsoring the “STANDUP TO STIGMA” Scarecrow Contest. All proceeds raised from this local charity event will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Middlesex – which serves Acton and surrounding towns. All participants in the contest and folks visiting the farm or simply passing by will feel joy and enjoy the creativity coming alive!

Stop by Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker Street to pick up your scarecrow starter frame for $25. Enjoy creating a friendly scarecrow with family or friends, then drop off your scarecrow at the farm
stand. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate.

The scarecrows will be on display for the month of October, and the public is invited to cast their vote for the winning entry. Our goal is 100 scarecrows along the wall and many conversations about mental health! You can also submit your carved pumpkin to the “Jack O’ Lantern Glow By” event, set for Halloween weekend. Plus, there’s a corn maze!

Additional info can be found at www.namicentralmiddlesex.org and

Stow-Area Veterans to be Recognized with Drive-Through Lunch

STOW: To honor Stow-area veterans, for the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is providing a pre-packaged lunch and the opportunity to meet with town and state officials on Veterans Day, November 11. Lunch will include a sandwich, chips, salad, beverage, dessert, and more, and volunteers will provide the lunches to participants who will remain in their cars.

Veterans and significant others must RSVP in advance and can pick up their meals between 11:30am and 1pm at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Road (Route 117). Participants must pre-register at 978-627-4135 or info@nashobarotary.org. Please specify your expected time of arrival and a choice of sandwich when registering: Chicken Salad, Turkey Club, Ham and Swiss, or Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil.

This Veterans Day appreciation lunch is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Friends of the Stow Council on Aging, Worker’s Credit Union, Shaw’s Stow, and Honey Pot Hill Orchards. The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is always open to new members. Formed in 1905, Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with over 1.3 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. The Nashoba Valley club serves the towns of Lancaster, Bolton, and Stow and beyond, giving life to the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self." For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, contact info@nashobarotary.org or visit www.nashobarotary.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nashobarotary.

CROP Walk for the Hungry

CONCORD: At 2:15pm on October 17,  concerned residents from Concord, Carlisle, Bedford, Sudbury, Lincoln, Acton and other area towns will step off from First Parish, 20 Lexington Road in Concord for the 41st annual Concord Area CROP Walk for the Hungry.  A scenic 2.25 mile route through Minuteman National Park across the Old North Bridge, the Walk takes about one hour. The Concord-Carlisle High School Band will provide music during registration, beginning at 1:30pm. 

In 2020, despite the COVID pandemic, Concord CROP Walk raised $20,400 in a virtual walk, bringing the 40 year total to $1.26 million. 75% of funds raised by the walk help Church World Service (CWS) programs to fight the causes of hunger and provide emergency response to disasters in the U. S. and worldwide. 

Locally, 25% of funds raised go directly to support hunger relief programs in nine area towns including Open Table in Concord and Maynard, Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry, Bedford Community Table and Pantry, and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry serving Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.

In the COVID-19 pandemic, all local food programs have had to respond quickly and creatively to meet the rising need.  For health safety, community suppers have been suspended and pantries moved outside.  In January, 2021, the Greater Boston Food Bank reported that in Eastern Massachusetts one in eight individuals are now food insecure. One in five children in Eastern Massachusetts, a 117% increase, now live in a food insecure home.   

In 2021, Open Table, with the help of local chefs and hundreds of new volunteers, launched a rapidly growing prepared-meals program with a goal of serving 1,000 meals per week.  In the first week of August, 981 meals including 195 sandwiches for kids were created and distributed.  Meals and prepacked groceries are available for those in need residing in twenty-one central Middlesex County towns.  More information is available at www.opentable.org.  All local programs have websites with details about location, days and times for food distribution.

CROP Walk events will be held outside with COVID safety protocols.  Those who prefer may do a virtual walk.  For more information, to donate or sponsor a walker, visit www.concordcrop.org.

Anniversary Author Celebration at the Maynard Public Library

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MAYNARD: The Maynard Public Library is proud to announce its celebration of Maynard’s 150th anniversary, as well as the library’s 140th anniversary and 15 years in the Roosevelt School building on Nason Street! We have invited two acclaimed authors-Jerry Craft and William Kent Krueger-to talk about their latest books. These virtual events are a special opportunity to hear authors from outside of New England.   

October 11 @ 5pm (Zoom) Author Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning and Coretta Scott King Author Award winning author of the graphic novel for middle grade readers, New Kid. It's about living in two worlds, trying to fit in and staying true to yourself. His second graphic novel, Class Act, is a companion book to New Kid that delves into the role socio-economic status and race play while growing up and finding your place in the world. Craft is also the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. Craft will talk about his journey to becoming a published author/illustrator and the creative process behind New Kid and Class Act. He will show some of his work, and a Q&A will follow. 

October 14 @ 7pm (Zoom) Author William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace, which was the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. He also pens the acclaimed Cork O’Connor mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota, including 2021’s Lightning Strike. About This Tender Land, Booklist wrote "More than a simple journey; it is a deeply satisfying odyssey, a quest in search of self and home. Richly imagined and exceptionally well plotted and written, the novel is, most of all, a compelling, often haunting story that will captivate both adult and young adult readers." Krueger will be in conversation with novelist Hallie Ephron, whose latest novel is Careful What You Wish For, followed by a Q&A session.

Readers can find copies of New Kid, Class Act, This Tender Land and Lightning Strike to borrow at the library’s Circulation Desk. Register for both programs and read more at www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/anniversary-author These programs are free and open to all, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
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Historical Society Invites All to Birthday Party

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

The Museum will be open for visitors to see some of  Boxborough’s historic treasures including an arrowhead display of artifacts dug from Boxborough a century ago by a local resident, a 1850s scale sensitive enough to weigh a penny and accurate enough to weigh 50 pounds, and two hearses, one built in 1881 and the other much older. The Town of Boxborough requires everyone must wear a mask when inside the Museum.

The outdoor concert on the lawn of the Museum of 18th and 19th century fiddle music by Dave Reiner, a renowned fiddler and co-author of the book "Old Time Fiddling Across American" will start at 2:30pm. Seating is limited, and masks are recommended outdoors.
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Cornerstone Thrift Shop Reopens

ACTON: The wait is over! The Cornerstone Thrift Shop will reopen for business on Monday, October 4. They've been working hard to get the shop ready, and are looking forward to welcoming customers.

Please note: Masks are required for all customers (volunteers will be wearing them, too). There will be hand sanitizer available. Please observe social distancing as best you can - occupancy limit of 10 customers at a time. Please be patient and be aware that you may need to wait to enter the shop. When the shop is busy, you are asked to limit your time in the shop to under 30 minutes. This is all to protect the Shop staff and customers.
Donations are currently being accepted by appointment ONLY. To make an appointment, visit actonc.org, and click on the "Cornerstone Thrift Shop" button. If you can't access this, you may call the church office at 978-263-2728.

The shop is located in Acton Congregational Church, 12 Concord Road. It is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10an to 2pm, Wednesdays from 3pm to 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am to noon. The shop is closed on Federal holidays and school vacation weeks. The shop is run by volunteers, and all the proceeds go to support the missions and ministry of the church.

Friends of the Maynard Public Library Used Book Sale

MAYNARD: The Friends of the Maynard Public Library will hold their annual fall book sale on Saturday, October 2 from 10am to 4pm as part of Maynard Fest. The sale then continues on Sunday, October 3 from Noon to 3pm, with all items at half price that day. There will be thousands of hard cover, quality paperback and mass-market paperback titles in fiction and non-fiction. Choose from cookbooks, gardening, biography, travel, mystery and poetry as well as DVDs and music CDs (including many classical CDs.) There will also be an excellent selection of children’s and young adult books. Sale items will be spread over the first floor of the library and on the library patio to promote social distancing. Shoppers are encouraged to attend the sale Saturday afternoon and Sunday, when it is less crowded.

Masks are required inside the Maynard Library. Most items are priced between $0.50 and $2, so bring a bag and stock up on materials for the whole family! Cash and checks preferred. Proceeds of this sale benefit the Maynard Library. Book dealers, please note that use of electronic scanners is welcome on Sunday only. For questions about the sale or to volunteer, send email to fmplibrary@gmail.com.
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Maynard Boy Scouts Host Electronics Recycling and Can / Bottle Drive

MAYNARD: The Maynard Boy Scouts will host an electronics recycling and can / bottle drive from 9am to noon on October 30 at the Mill & Main parking lot off Sudbury Street. Computers, monitors, microwaves, air conditioners and all unwanted electronics will be collected, as well as white goods, such as refrigerators and washers. The recycling company will take anything with a plug. Proceeds from fees charged for each dropped-off item will benefit the local scouts.

Home-pickup for all electronics is available for an extra fee of $10. The troop will also pick up all white goods, except refrigerators, for a fee of $30.  Pickups from neighboring towns are welcome for minimum orders of $50. 

In addition to electronics recycling, the troop will collect returnable bottles and cans. The Bottles and cans must be returnable in MA and be clean with nothing inside of them. Dirty bottles and cans will have to be refused. Please do not bring trash with the bottles and cans.

All proceeds are used to buy tents and equipment, sponsor camping scholarships, and other incidentals. Maynard Troop 130 serves more than 40 boys ages 11 to 17 from Maynard and nearby towns. The troop meets weekly during the school year and sponsors a camping trip each month, a week-long Boy Scout camp each summer, and a high adventure trip every other year.  For more information visit www.troop130.org.
To schedule a delivery, email troop130recycling@gmail.com.

The Spirit of Giving at FreeBee Market

BOXBOROUGH: On October 2, FreeBee Market is back with gleaned and donated produce, meat, baked goods, pantry items, flowers, books, arts & crafts supplies, party supplies, and friendly conversation with friends and neighbors. As always, everything at FreeBee Market is free. All are welcome to give what they have in excess and take what they can use. 

This week, FreeBee will continue to pay homage to Boxborough’s Harvest Fair tradition by inviting a Harvest Fair staple: animals! A petting zoo on the lawn next to the Market will include goats, lambs, bunnies, and a donkey.  And FreeBee is proud to offer some special opportunities at this Saturday’s Market for those inspired by the spirit of giving.  

First, visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a FreeBee Community Art Project: painting and decorating rocks for a community art installation. FreeBee will supply rocks and art supplies for decorating, and will keep the painted rocks to display at the next FreeBee market on October 16

FreeBee visitors will also have an opportunity to make a particularly meaningful gift: joining the Be The Match Registry. The Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, is a registry of potential bone marrow donors. Joining the registry as a potential donor requires a simple cheek swab. If a donor on the registry matches with a patient seeking a transplant, the donor undergoes further testing and may be asked to donate via either a bone marrow donation or a peripheral blood stem cell donation. 

On Saturday, FreeBee will host a Be The Match Registry drive supported by and in honor of Lauren Grady, a Boxborough resident and former Blanchard Memorial School teacher who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant in early September. 

Visit the FreeBee Market October 2 from 10:30am to 12pm at 30 Middle Road (across from Boxborough Town Hall). For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/KHiXyVHe and https://sites.google.com/abuw.org/freebeemarket/faq. If you can’t make it to the Market but are interested in joining the Be The Match registry, text “BEETHECURE” to 61474.
If you’ve ever dealt with someone making threats against you, been the subject of physical or verbal attacks, had rumors floated about you, or been purposely excluded from a group, then you know what it’s like to be bullied. During October, we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and raise awareness and focus on bullying.

Bullying is any unwanted and aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance, whether real or perceived. It’s typically behavior that is repeated again and again over a period of time.

Technology, with all the benefits it provides, also has made bullying easier and more widespread. Cyberbullying includes the distribution of mean or inappropriate email or text messages, the use of social media to post rumors or embarrassing photos, videos, messages, and even fake profiles.

For more information on ways to prevent, respond, or act against bullying, visit stopbullying.org, which is a special initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services.

If your child has been the victim of bullying and you’ve noticed a change in his or her mental health as a result, or if your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. In Massachusetts, every 5.28 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. One element of these tools and resources is free online training that anyone may utilize. Among the training modules available is one dedicated to the study of bullying and suicide. Visit jasonfoundation.com and click Training for more information. 

Minuteman Auto Students Repair Car Provided To Veteran

LEXINGTON: Recently, a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that was repaired by Minuteman High School automotive technology students was provided to a U.S. Army and Navy veteran in a ceremony with Second Chance Cars and Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston.
Automotive teacher John Primpas was on hand with students Cole Traywick of Acton and Samuel Staiti of Arlington, both juniors, when the car was transferred to veteran John Harrold as part of Vertex’s 13th annual Day of Service. Employees spent the morning detailing 10 cars that will be provided to veterans at low-cost, no-interest loans through Second Chance Cars, including the one Harrold received.
All of the vehicles were donated to Second Chance Cars. The vehicle Harrold received was donated by the widow of a Korean War veteran who passed away last year.
“This is amazing,” Harrold said. “To a homeless veteran, this is a ‘hand up’ in the right direction.” Harrold recently had hip and knee surgery. He was walking two miles to his job at a medical company, but no longer has to do that. In addition, he said he will use his vehicle to help other veterans travel to and from work. Harrold currently lives in housing for veterans in Devens.
“I take immense amount of pride in it,” Traywick, one of the Minuteman students, said of his work. “It’s a really cool sense of community and working for someone who you know needs it.”
“It’s important for us to help veterans however we can,” Staiti said. “Something as small as a car could be the difference between getting to work or ensuring safe travels for their kids.”
Second Chance Cars is a non-profit organization that awards affordable, donated cars for veterans and low-income people in need to get to work. Donated cars are refurbished by a network of vocational schools and are worth, on average, about $5,000. Once fixed up, the cars are detailed and awarded to recipients via a $900, no-interest loan through Metro Credit Union.
Second Chance Cars works with Veterans Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

Screens and Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

ACTON: Join First Connections on October 5 at 7pm for a free program on parenting in the digital world when you have young children. This can be difficult in normal circumstances, but overwhelming and complicated as we cope with the ongoing pandemic. What can we do to ensure our children are developing the necessary "soft skills," like resilience, cooperation, independence, and curiosity to be successful in school and in the future? And how does technology interfere with the development of these skills? Adrienne Principe, Founder & Executive Director of Turning Life on by Keeping Tech in Check, a local non-profit grassroots movement committed to digital wellness and improving the lives of family through healthy and balanced technology use, will guide parents through a presentation and discussion of the latest research regarding technology and child development, geared toward ages 0-5. Given the continued rise in COVID cases in our state, this program will be held virtually. Please email lmatthews@jri.org to register and receive the link.

A Friend in Need

ACTON: A Friend in Need (AFIN) is an arm of the South Acton Congregational Church (SACC)  It is a small, all-volunteer organization dedicated to offering financial aid to people in need in the Acton/Boxboro/Maynard area.

Because her husband is very ill, a client had to choose part-time work in order to be home and care for him. They have no savings and have an outstanding balance on their utility bill. They have been threatened with shutoff and are struggling financially.  A Friend in Need stepped in to help with this bill.

A gentleman lost his job during COVID and is in the process of applying for a new one.  In the meantime he owes the utility company and is also being threatened with shutoff. He has applied for fuel assistance which will take some time to process.  A Friend in Need agreed to help him with this bill.

Usually there is a one-time limit for help given to any family, but due to the economy, AFIN is trying to be a bit more flexibleTheir mission is to provide immediate help until the family can receive more substantial aid from other agencies. Much of their money comes through pleas published in local newspapers, from generous community residentsm and grants from organizations such as Acton-Boxborough United Way and the Maynard Community Chest.

AFIN will consider helping anyone who is recommended by clergy or social professionals associated with a local agency.  Anyone in urgent need can be considered for financial assistance by going to a member of the clergy or social service representative and asking them to contact A Friend in Need on their behalf.   For more information, email afriendinneedacton@gmail.com.
If you would like to make a donation, please send your check to A Friend in Need, c/o South Acton Congregational Church, 35 School Street, Acton MA 01720.

Discovery Museum Announces Fall Schedule of Free Admission Events for Families of Children with Disabilities

ACTON: Discovery Museum has announced the dates of their Especially for Me events for the remainder of 2021. The events provide free admission for families with children on the autism spectrum, with hearing or vision loss, or facing other developmental challenges, during dedicated hours when the Museum is closed to the general public and building capacity is limited.

Discovery Museum is ADA-compliant and all exhibits are accessible, designed according to Universal Design principles to be both aesthetically pleasing and useable by the widest possible range of people, without regards to age or ability. During these events, accommodations are offered that increase access to Museum exhibits.

Any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at these events. A medical diagnosis is not required.

All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but preregistration is required online at
www.discoveryacton.org/efm as space is limited.
  • Sunday, October 3, 3pm - 4:30pm: Afternoon for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing and KODA Children
  • Sunday, October 10, 3pm - 4:30pm: Autism-Friendly Afternoon
  • Saturday, October 16, 5pm - 8pm: All Access Event (dinner provided)
  • Sunday, October 24, 5pm - 8pm: All Access Afternoon
  • Sunday, November 21, 3pm - 4:30pm: Afternoon for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing and KODA Children
  • Sunday, December 5, 3pm - 4:30pm: Autism-Friendly Afternoon

For more information please visit www.discoveryacton.org.

Especially for Me is supported by the Alexion Charitable Foundation, the Corning Foundation, and Mass Cultural Council.

A Holiday Handbell Repertoire Reading Workshop 

ACTON: A Holiday Handbell Repertoire Reading Workshop will take place on Saturday, September 25 at Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street. This workshop is organized by the Directors of the  Lincoln Ringers, Marlboro Ringers, Sudbury Ringers, and Bells of St. Matthew’s. 

Registration will start at 8:30am with a brief and distanced socialization. Registration fee will be $10. The workshop will run from 9am - 12:30pm with a short break for fresh air. St. Matthew’s has a large open sanctuary that allows space to place tables at a safe distance, with many windows and fans to circulate the air. Banquets tables and card tables will be set up for ringer’s comfort safety.

Although there will be the 5 octave set of St. Matthew’s bells with 36 feet of table space set up, bells from the Marlboro Church,  one 2 octave set and one 3 octave set, people are invited to bring their own bells, pad(s), and music stand(s) to place on tables we will provide.  There will be a sales table for gloves, and to purchase some of the music after the workshop. 

For more information, please contact: Sue Lee (northacres67gmail.com) or 
Diane Burke (dpburke9@gmail.com).
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Maynard Sesquicentennial Parade to Celebrate 150 Years

MAYNARD: The Town of Maynard invites the Community to celebrate the Town’s 150th birthday at the Sesquicentennial Parade on Sunday, September 19. The parade will step off from the Mill & Main parking lot on Sudbury Street at 1pm, and will follow a 1.6 mile route through town bringing the celebration right through the heart of the Maynard community.

The Maynard Sesquicentennial Committee has been planning the parade, and other activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary year of Maynard in 2021, since 2017. Forty units have signed on to participate as units in the parade, including local community organizations, businesses, elected officials, dancers, costumed characters, musicians, scouts, homemade floats and marching bands.

Two residents, known for their years of work preserving the Town’s history, will serve as parade marshalls. Roy Helander and Paul Boothroyd are both long-time residents and are well known for their many contributions to Maynard. Boothroyd is the Town historian, Maynard historical Society’s archivist, and the author of several Maynard history books. Helander was President of the Historical society for many years. The son of immigrants from Finland, he was instrumental in translating works documenting the lives of Finnish immigrants who arrived in Maynard. Helander’s father participated in the Town’s 100th anniversary parade in 1971. 

For more information, visit the Sesquicentennial webpage at www.Maynard150.org.

Local Students Named to The Dean's List at MCPHS University

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ACTON/CONCORD: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is pleased to announce the students who have been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2021 semester:

* Joelle Perron is a native of Acton and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree. Joelle will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2023.

* Maria Rofail is a native of Acton and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Predental-Dental Hygiene degree. Maria will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2022.

* Mahera Malek is a native of Concord and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Mahera will graduate from the Boston, Massachusetts campus in 2025.

* Owen Haddadeen is a native of Concord and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Premedical Health Studies 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, 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.
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Quail Ridge Camera Club Hosts Photo Exhibit

ACTON: During the month of October, the Quail Ridge Camera Club will be  exhibiting photographs at the Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road.  The exhibit will include framed black and white and color  photographs of various sizes, all available for sale. An opening reception will be on Tuesday, October 5 from 2pm – 4pm.

During this Covid-19 period, the Camera Club is holding zoom meetings usually every other Wednesday evening at 7pm. There is  no competition at meetings. Rather, members provide constructive feedback. Photographs are presented on different themes  as well as teaching each other various technical aspects of photography, focusing on the use of Photoshop and Lightroom. Some recent themes  have included favorite photos, monuments, round things, and wide angle photos.

New members, ranging from beginners to “seasoned” photographers, living in Acton or any surrounding towns, are always welcome.  For more information, contact Paul Scopa at npscopa@gmail.com.

Mom to Mom Starting September 27 at Faith Church

ACTON: Mom to Mom, a mentoring group for moms by moms, will meet Monday mornings starting September 27. This session is from 9:30-11:30am at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street.  Childcare will be offered for babies thru kindergarten.

There will be an Intergenerational Moms evening meeting on the 4th Monday of the month via Zoom.  These meetings are from 7:45-9:15pm and start on October 25.

Mom to Mom is a place where women can be educated, encouraged, and equipped for the most important job in the world—parenting. Through practical, faith-based teaching on parenting and supportive interaction in small groups led by mentor moms, we wish to foster growth not only in our parenting skills but in our wholeness as women—intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.

Childcare with age-appropriate programs for infants through kindergarten is provided for the moms who register for the morning session. Babes in arms are warmly welcomed to join their mothers during the meetings.

In September, the book Mom to Mom Heart Talk on What Really Matters by Linda Schultz Anderson will be discussed. Topics for the fall include: what is motherhood, trials of parenting, successful marriages, and maintaining a Christian home.

The fee for the morning session is $110 + a $15 book fee, $125 total. The Intergenerational Moms evening group is offered at no charge. To register for Mom to Mom or Intergenerational Moms, visit www.faithevfree.org/mom-to-mom.html.

Boxborough FreeBee Market to Celebrate Harvest Fair

BOXBOROUGH: What do you get when you combine a century-old agricultural fair with an innovative new community market where everything is free?  The September FreeBee Market! On Saturday, September 18, Boxborough’s FreeBee Market is back for its seventh market day since launching earlier this year, this time celebrating one of Boxborough’s oldest traditions: Harvest Fair. 

Alongside FreeBee’s usual offerings of gleaned and donated produce, meat, baked goods, and other items, visitors will also see the popular Harvest Fair apple cider-making station with hand-cranked cider press, as well as tractors from local farmers on the lawn for photo ops.  FreeBee also invites folks to bring their animal friends along for the traditional Harvest Fair “Blessing of the Animals” by Rev. Cindy Worthington-Berry of UCC Boxborough.  Music by the Nashoba Valley Concert Band will begin at 11am. 

The FreeBee project started back in May, when Fleming and a group of friends and neighbors in Boxborough learned about the “gleaning” movement – collecting or “gleaning” from grocery stores the produce and other foods that are near the end of their shelf lives and would otherwise go to waste.  The group was inspired to organize a community market to distribute food gleaned from the Acton Roche Brothers in order to combat local food insecurity and prevent waste.  In just a few months, FreeBee has become a busy twice-monthly Market with gleaned produce and meat from local grocery stores and farms, as well as garden produce, baked goods, flowers, seedlings, books, and arts, crafts and party supplies. Everyone is welcome to give, take, or both – and everything is always free.  

Celebrate Harvest Fair at the FreeBee Market Saturday, September 18 from 10:30am-12pm on the lawn at 30 Middle Road (across from Boxborough Town Hall). For more information, visit https://fb.me/e/1ivyHGDKh or https://sites.google.com/abuw.org/freebeemarket/faq

Sign Up Now for Acton Conservation Trust Community Service Day

ACTON: Acton Conservation Trust invites everyone to their upcoming fall Community Service Day, Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1-3pm. This year they will be working to remove bittersweet and other invasive plants from the beautiful Wright Hill Conservation Land property. There will be a brief orientation of what bittersweet looks like and how best to remove it. Please bring leather work gloves, clippers, bypass pruners and loppers if you have them. Some tools and loaner gloves will be available, as well as water and refreshments. If the day is clear, you may even be treated to a view of Mount Wachusett from the top of Wright Hill! To register, please contact Jody Harris at jharris.actonconservationtrust@gmail.com.

Look for The Friends of the Acton Libraries at Octoberfest

WEST ACTON: The Friends of the Acton Libraries will be one of the local community organizations taking part in the annual Octoberfest Celebration at Gardner Field on September 25 from 10am until 5pm. This is a great time for you to come by to say hi, learn about the mission of The Friends, and pick up a free book for kids or teens. It’s also the perfect opportunity to renew your membership to The Friends. 

Be sure you are up to date before the big Friends Used Book Sale. Yes - an actual, in person, all kinds of books, used book sale on October 23 at The Acton Memorial Library! As a member of The Friends, you will be invited to attend the preview night, October 22, the night before the sale. Friends get first crack at the great selection of used books at the sale. This is a huge benefit if you are looking for something special, or just enjoy being there when every single book is available.

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.  The Friends additionally 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, or follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/friendsactonlib and Instagram at www.instagram.com/friendsactonlib.

Discovery Museum Announces Two Public Events to Celebrate the Launch of New Exhibit Focused on Women in STEAM Careers

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ACTON: Who do you see when you picture a scientist? Do you see a stranger in a lab coat, or perhaps a family member, a friend, or a neighbor down the street? Do you see yourself when you picture a scientist? Discovery Museum’s newest exhibit, Picture Yourself: Women in STEAM, features portraits of local female scientists painted by local female artists, with panels that describe each scientist’s work, hobbies, backgrounds, and childhood interests. Displayed throughout the Museum, together the portraits depict a range of ethnicities, backgrounds, research areas, professions, interests, and childhood memories. Each scientist portrayed in the exhibit has completed the Discovery Museum Science & Engineering Communication Fellowship program, which trains local scientists and engineers to effectively communicate to the public about their work and research, culminating in a Meet the Scientists event at the Museum on a free-admission Friday night.

EVENT 1: September 29 from 6pm-7:30pm, presented Virtually via Zoom
Registration required: https://26033.blackbaudhosting.com/26033/Picture-Yourself-A-Virtual-Celebration-of-Women-in-STEAM or https://bit.ly/3DZFhVd

Listen in as a group of local scientists and artists talk about their work, research, and interests, and be inspired as you learn why they find science and art cool and exciting. They’ll answer your questions as they share what it’s like to be a scientist and artist. Your registration confirmation will include a short survey to provide your questions for the artists and scientists in advance—including whether you or your child would like to ask a question live during the event. This live, virtual event is for children, ages 7+ years, and their caregivers to enjoy together.

  • Professor Piali Sengupta – Sensory Neuroscientist, Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
  • Professor Maureen Ritchey – Cognitive Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Boston College
  • Dr. Suanna Selby Crowley – Geoarcheologist, Founder, HeadFort Consulting
  • Ellice Patterson, M.S. – Biologist, Founder/Artistic and Executive Director, Abilities Dance; Executive Director, BalletRox
  • Katie Runde – Contemporary realist painter, Bristol, Vermont

EVENT 2: October 2, 1pm–3pm, in person at 177 Main Street, Acton, MA
To attend: This event is during public hours at the Museum. Advanced reservations are required to visit the Museum and can be made 10 days in advance at www.discoveryacton.org.

Visit each of 6 portraits installed around the Museum and meet the local scientists and artists who are represented in the exhibit or who created these amazing works of art. Learn about their work, research, and interests, and discover why they find science and art cool and exciting. They’ll answer your questions as they share what it’s like to be a scientist or artist.

  • Professor Bulbul Chakraborty – Condensed Matter Theorist, Professor of Physics, Brandeis University (Pictured)
  • Professor Maureen Ritchey – Cognitive Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Boston College
  • Dr. Suanna Selby Crowley – Geoarcheologist, Founder, HeadFort Consulting
  • Ellice Patterson, M.S. – Biologist, Founder/Artistic and Executive Director, Abilities Dance; Executive Director, BalletRox
  • Wing Na Wong – Photorealist painter, Danbury, Connecticut

The exhibit is made possible in part by an IF/THEN® Gender Equity Grant, a program created through a partnership between the Association of Science and Technology Centers and IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. This is the second round of the grant program designed to support U.S.-based ASTC member museums as they embark on projects to increase the representation of women and gender minorities in STEM across museum content.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit https://www.discoveryacton.org/exhibit/picture-yourself-women-steam.

Free Playgroup for Multilingual Families

ACTON/BEDFORD: First Connections has openings in its Monday morning Language and Literacy Parent & Child Playgroup held outdoors in Acton from 10-11am. The group is appropriate for children aged 18 months to 5 years and will meet from September 20 to November 22. The group is facilitated by an early childhood educator who will read different versions of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, and will share traditional stories and rhymes from families' home languages and cultures. The group includes a circle time with songs and a story, and activities related to the week's story. Masks are required for ages 2 and older to allow children to interact safely. In case of rain the program will take place on Zoom. If you would like to participate in this group, please email your contact information, your child's first name and age, and the language other than or in addition to English that your family uses at home to lmatthews@jri.org. This program is also scheduled for Wednesdays, 2-3:00 in Bedford if that schedule is preferable.

Parents of One Year Olds Coping with Depression/Anxiety

ACTON: First Connections, through grants from The Nordblum Family Foundation and Sage Therapeutics, is expanding their Emotional Wellbeing After Baby weekly support group to include an 8-week group for parents of one year olds. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the rates and duration of anxiety and depression among parents of young children. We are providing additional support and strategies through a free, time-limited, virtual group facilitated by Heather O'brien, LICSW, who is also certified in parent-infant mental health. The group will be offered from September 9 thru October 28, 1:30-3pm on Thursdays. To participate in this group, or the group for parents of infants, email hobrien@jri.org for the connecting link. If you need assistance with finding a therapist, locating other support groups, or have questions about postpartum depression or anxiety, Heather can also help with these issues.

Maynard Emblem Club #205 Collecting for Annual Fundraiser

MAYNARD: Maynard Emblem Club #205 is holding their annual Savers Fundraiser. They are collecting used clothing, purses, shoes, accessories, backpacks, bedding, linens, curtains and other textiles such as decorative pillows. All money raised will be used to help local charities. Call Kim at 978-897-9907 or email kim.lalli@comcast.net to schedule drop-off or pick-up. Items will be collected through October 29.
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Ingathering Sunday & Water Ceremony at FPC

STOW/ACTON: September 12 is Ingathering Sunday, the service that marks the start of the church year at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian
Universalist (UU). This date will also mark the beginning of a new two-service structure, which will be used throughout September and re-assessed before being set for October. FPC will hold an outdoor service at 9:30am, weather permitting, which will not be accessible virtually.
Outside nursery care will be provided, again, weather permitting. To check on whether the service is taking place, follow http://facebook.com/fpcstowacton for the most up-to-date information.

A virtual service will be held at 11:15am. This service will include music from the choir, which will perform live from FPC’s Fellowship Hall, and will feature FPC’s new music director, Brad Dumont.

Says the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum, minister at FPC, “Our church year begins with a service of both sorrow and joy. While it’s good to be together again, we’re also not coming back together just yet in the way we had hoped for in our sanctuary. While we start a new year, in the midst of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, full of exciting programs and opportunities, we’re also in the midst of a pandemic and remembering the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Come join us for this service full of peace like a river, love like an ocean, tears like raindrops, and joy like a fountain!”

The 11:15am service can be accessed by computer or phone. Access information, as well as a link to the order of service, will be posted along the left column at http://fpc-stow-acton.org within 24
hours of the service. To prevent disruptive intrusions, the virtual room will be locked about 15 minutes after the service begins.

For more information, call 978-897-8149 or visit http://fpc-stow-acton.org. FPC is located at 353 Great Road.
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Make a Difference Day at FPC

ACTON/STOW: If you or your children have ever wanted to make a difference in the world, Make a Difference Day will offer a chance to do so in a variety of areas, including climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, prison outreach, racial justice, and more. This family-friendly event takes place on September 11, from 10am to noon, on the grounds of First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist, 353 Great Road., at the corner of routes 117. Masks are required.
Many booths will offer a variety of activities suitable for kids, teens, and adults. FPC’s Supporting Asylum Seekers Task Force’s booth, for instance, will include a globe to help kids locate countries, the opportunity to tweet President Biden, and the chance to write or draw a welcome letter to an Afghan family newly arrived in San Antonio (TX) or Charlottesville (VA), among other activities. The Climate Change Task Force’s activities will range from writing post cards to the governor and secretary of environment about implementing the state's new climate law; providing information on its Net Zero campaign for FPC; and making posters on climate change. This task force will also ring the church’s bells 11 times at 11am as part of 11th Hour Calling, an interfaith organization that calls attention to the urgency of the climate crisis on the 11th hour of the 11th day of each month.
In addition, executive director of UU Mass Action Laura Wagner will host a table with information available for its 5 Core Campaigns: Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement; Indigenous Justice; Immigrant Justice; Environmental Justice and Climate; and Economic Justice.
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A/B United Way Turns 40!

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH: This fall, Acton-Boxborough United Way turns 40! In 1981, a group of visionary neighbors founded the Acton-Boxborough Community Chest to raise local dollars for local impact. Through thoughtful stewardship, the organization has grown and evolved. Thanks to your dedication, Acton-Boxborough United Way is a beacon of hope for many individuals and organizations in the community. Moving forward together we can achieve our vision of a community where everyone belongs and thrives.

On Friday, September 10th from 7-8:15pm, virtually join together to kick off a year of celebration. Keynote Speaker will be U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan and local community leaders will speak about the power of community. This interactive program will conclude with a toast to all of you who have helped build a caring community. Visit https://www.abuw.org/40th-anniversary-celebration-virtual-kick to register to receive your Zoom link.
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OARS Annual River Cleanup

It's OARS 35th Annual River Cleanup September 17-19. Join staff and volunteers as they spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers, streams, ponds and trails. This year, to accommodate the comfort and needs of volunteers, there are two options.

Team Up Clean Up: During the weekend, gather family and friends for a walk or a paddle near or along the river, stream or pond. Pick up what trash and recycling you can and send OARS photos of your group cleaning up! People love to see what trash is no longer in our rivers.

Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, from 9am–noon. A team of volunteers will tackle sites in needing a larger group effort in towns including Framingham, Westborough, Hudson, Maynard, Concord and Billerica. The morning of hard work will be followed by a celebration with pizza. Registration is required. Details and registration information is available at www.oars3rivers.org

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat. 

Discovery Museum Announces Fall Speaker Series Lineup

ACTON: The Discovery Museum Acton's Fall Speaker Series Lineup features discussions on youth and climate, talking to kids about indigenous stereotypes, and empowering children with disabilities. First up is Youth Voices in Climate Change: A Conversation with Varshini Prakash (pictured), moderated by WBUR's Miriam Wasser. It will be held September 23, 7pm to 8:30pm. Prakash is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Sunrise, a movement of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process through the Green New Deal. Varshini has been a leading voice for young Americans, including when she helped lead a mass demonstration for the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that went viral and put the climate crisis at the top of the political agenda for the 2020 elections. Varshini's work has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, The New Yorker, BBC, The Washington Post and more. In 2019, she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for law and policy, and TIME 100 Next, a new list of rising stars who are shaping politics, popular culture, science, and more. Varshini currently lives in Boston, MA.
Talking to Kids About Stereotypes and Invisibility of Indigenous “Native Americans” will be presented by speaker Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed., Professional Educator and Social Justice Activist, on Wednesday, October 6, 7pm to 8:30pm. Fox Tree facilitates courses and workshops on decolonizing teaching practices, including “un-erasing” Native American First Nations People (FNP). She gives voice to Indigenous experiences (past and present) and asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her. Her presentations feature discussions on identity, culture, contributions, stereotypes, and historical inaccuracies.
An Empowered Life for Children with Disabilities concludes the series with Sara Minkara, Founder of Empowerment Through Integration on Thursday, October 21, 7pm to 8:30pm. Minkara is an internationally recognized champion for inclusion, leadership, individual empowerment, and social enterprise. Sara speaks to diverse audiences around the world and facilitates transformative, interactive workshops that employ adaptive approaches to social and workplace challenges. As an undergraduate and dedicated to promoting inclusion as a value and guiding others on their own journeys, Sara founded a nonprofit organization, Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), Sara is part of the Board of Directors for ETI and continues to create new programs and opportunities for the children and families it serves. Sara currently is the Founder and CEO of Sara Minkara LLC, an organization that offers courses, workshops, executive coaching and engages in public speaking opportunities to continue to bring her leading voice in the fields of disability, inclusion, empowerment, and authentic leadership to society.
More information and registration links for each event can be found at http://bit.ly/DMSpeakerSeries; a $5 suggested donation is appreciated. These sessions are free and open-to-the-public.
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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes in a Neighboring Community

MAYNARD & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Maynard, Massachusetts. Heavy precipitation events have increased the main WNV vector species abundance statewide. Abundance levels for Culex WNV vector species are expected to continue to trend up in the coming weeks.
Measures to protect yourself and your family are provided below and the recommendation should be followed until the first hard frost.
WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. By taking a few, common sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
  • Avoid Mosquito Bites: Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. When risk is increased, consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Mosquito-Proof Your Home: Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all your windows and doors.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

Poet Kiki Petrosino to Appear Online September 14

MAYNARD: The Friends of the Maynard Public Library and the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are pleased to announce that Rilke-Prize-winning poet Kiki Petrosino will discuss and read from her fourth and latest book, White Blood, in a free online event on Tuesday, September 14, at 7:00 pm EDT. In White Blood, Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia and digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the legacies of slavery and discrimination. The poems grapple with such subjects as DNA test results and the complex history of Monticello.

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called White Blood “an important and remarkable exploration of heritage” in which the poems “achieve brilliance.” Southern Review of Books calls Petrosino “a marvelous poet. No matter the form or subject matter, each poem demonstrates her mastery. White Blood is a timely reminder of the importance of acknowledging the past, whether so as not to repeat it, in some cases, or to celebrate those who came before.”

Kiki Petrosino is the author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia (2020) and three other poetry books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Tin House, and on-line at Ploughshares. She teaches at the University of Virginia as a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, and the UNT Rilke Prize.

Registration is required. Please visit https://www.maynardpubliclibrary.org/petrosino. For more information, contact Jean Maguire, Director, Maynard Public Library, jmaguire@minlib.net, 978-897-1010 x107.

Concord Piecemakers Guild Fiber, Yarn & Notions Sale

ACTON: The Concord Piecemakers Guild invites all quilters, crafters, knitters, and weavers to save the date of Saturday, November 6th for their renamed and rescheduled Fiber, Yarn and Notions sale, formerly known as the Yard Sale.

Mark your calendars and shop for beautiful fabric, yarn, roving, and notions at yard sale prices.  Guild members are working steadily to select and organize our contributions to this important fundraiser, our first since the pandemic began.  The FYN Sale is scheduled to take place on November 6 from 9am to 2pm at St. Matthew’s Church, 435 Central Street. Recommended COVID guidelines will be followed during this event.

The Concord Piecemakers Guild are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving Concord and the surrounding communities with members from all over the area and even as far as Maryland. As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to preserving, promoting, and advancing the art of quilt making through educational programs, workshops, and outreach activities such as providing quilts for local hospitals, cancer treatment centers, shelters, and other community groups.  This fundraiser is key to aide them in those efforts.  Visit www.concordpiecemakers.org for more details.

Maynard Community Preservation Committee Seeking Proposals

MAYNARD:  The Maynard Community Preservation Committee is asking Maynard residents to submit  proposals for Community Preservation Act funding.  
The deadline for submitting preliminary applications is September 27, 2021. This entails a short  project description used to determine eligibility for CPA funds. 
Final applications are due on November 1, 2021 and must include detailed plans for the execution of the project, as well as a list of any additional funding sources and a maintenance  plan, where applicable. CPA funds can be used for four kinds of projects:  
  • Community housing projects that promote affordable housing.  
  • Historic preservation projects that protect, preserve or restore historic structures, sites or  artifacts.  
  • Open space projects that acquire land for open space, purchase conservation restrictions or  restore open space areas.  
  • Recreation projects that acquire, preserve, rehabilitate or convert structures and land to  recreational use.  

To date, Maynard CPA funds have been used to support the Maynard Affordable Housing Trust, the purchase of the Maynard Golf Course, support the design and acquisition of the Assabet River Rail  Trail, provide sprinkler systems to Alumni Field, improve the playgrounds at Fowler and Green Meadow  Schools, replace the fence and restore historic gravestones at Glenwood Cemetery, and preserve  historical artifacts, such as the Mill Curfew Bell, among other projects.  

Information and application forms are available on the Town of Maynard website at townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/committees/cpc under the “Resources” section. Copies of the CPC booklets are available at the Town Clerk’s office, 195 Main St., or on the town website under “CPC.” You  may also contact the CPC administrative assistant, Anna-Lisa McLaughlin, at  
cpcadmin@townofmaynard.net with any questions. 

The Community Preservation Committee consists of nine town residents appointed by various  town boards and by the Maynard Select Board. The committee reviews applications, provides support  for the proponents of proposals, and determines which proposals to recommend for funding to the  Maynard Town Meeting.

NAMI Offers 9-Week "Family to Family" Mental Health Educational Program

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UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

: Does a “Loved One” have Mental Health concerns? Mental health conditions touch one in five people, so it is likely a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is offering an eight week free family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidence-based program taught by trained NAMI family member volunteers who have been there. Curriculum includes presentations, discussions, videos and interactive exercises.                                                                                

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love and you’ll also find - you are not alone! The group setting offers mutual support and shared positive impact – You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through sharing your own experiences.    

You’ll learn about: Latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain ~ Current treatments; medications – their side effects and evidenced-based treatments and therapies ~ Local mental health services and supports ~ Managing crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively ~ The impact of mental illness on the entire family ~ Taking care of yourself and managing your stress. 

The program will be held IN-PERSON starting October 12 and November 30 from 6:30 -9PM. Proof of vaccination is required. To register contact Sara at 339-223-3146 or doddsara25@gmail.com  or Phyllis at 978-973-3995, Phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com. Additional course offerings and info at www.namimass.org.

Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club Hosts Annual Open House to Welcome New Members

Celebrating more than 50 years of community building, the Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club will host its’ Annual Open House to welcome new members, reconnect with established members, and to introduce an exciting line-up of events and activities for the 2021-2022 membership year.  The Open House is being held from 5pm to 7pm on September 12 at The Red Raven Gastropub in Acton, MA.  Club members and guests interested in learning more about the Club are invited to this affair for neighborly conversation and enjoyment of complimentary, notably distinctive appetizers and a cash bar.

The Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club is excited to invite community members to join us in a variety of activities including Adventure Group, Game Night, 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’s website at www.nashobavalleyneighbors.org for more information on this and other events, as well as information on how to become a member of the Nashoba Valley Neighbors.

The Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club is a non-profit social organization open to new and established residents from its communities.  Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015, 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 our 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.

VENDORS WANTED for West Acton Oktoberfest!

WEST ACTON: The West Acton Merchants Association (WAVMA)  is pleased to announce that its Annual Oktoberfest will once again be held this year in West Acton Village at Gardner Field, a  large and shady playground , on Route 111, near the intersection of Spruce Street and Massachusetts Avenue, on September 25 from 10 to 3, (with a rain date of October 2).

This is a hugely popular, well attended, community-wide event, with prior attendance in the thousands, has something for folks of all ages, from toddlers right on up. And, of course, a scrumptious and varied Food Court! While businesses within West Acton Village will be involved, vendors from anywhere else, outside of Acton, for a $50 application fee, are also encouraged and welcome to participate and will also have a 10’ x 10’ space to set up shop!

Please request an application and more information by writing to WAVMerchants@gmail.com or calling 978-399-4444. Please also see http://www.westactonvillage.org.
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Mom to Mom Group Begins September 27

ACTON: Mom to Mom, a mentoring group for moms by moms, will meet Monday mornings starting September 27 from 9:30-11:30am at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer Street. Childcare will be offered for babies thru kindergarten.
There is an Intergenerational Moms EVENING meeting on the 4th Monday of the month via Zoom. These meetings are from 7:45-9:15pm and start on October 25.
You are invited! Mom to Mom is a place where women can be educated, encouraged, and equipped for the most important job in the world—parenting. Through practical, faith-based teaching on parenting and supportive interaction in small groups led by mentor moms, we wish to foster growth not only in our parenting skills but in our wholeness as women—intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.
Childcare with age-appropriate programs for infants through kindergarten is provided for the moms who register for the morning session. Babes in arms are warmly welcomed to join their mothers during the meetings.
Each Mom to Mom meeting includes a lecture or presentation on a topic pertinent to our lives as moms, followed by small group discussion with a mentor mom. In September they will start the book "Mom to Mom Heart Talk on What Really Matters" by Linda Schultz Anderson. Topics for the fall include: what is motherhood, trials of parenting, successful marriages, and maintaining a Christian home.
The fee for the morning session is $110 + a $15 book fee, $125 total. The Intergenerational Moms evening group is offered at no charge. To register for Mom to Mom or Intergenerational Moms, please visit www.faithevfree.org/mom-to-mom.html.

Rotary Benefit "Service Above Self" at Quail Ridge

ACTON: The Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough tees up this Wednesday at 9am at Quail Ridge Country Club to benefit Rotary "Service Above Self" Projects locally - and beyond.  You're invited to their 29th Annual Presidents Golf Tournament. Registration and a continental breakfast are from 8am to 9am, with a shotgun start - and scramble scoring - at 9am.The fee is $100 per player, and includes nine holes, a golf cart, coffee, breakfast, and lunch. Prizes are:
  • Hole-in-one on any par 3.
  • Team with low gross.
  • Closest to the pin/line.
  • Great raffle prizes.

To complete and submit the online Player Registration Form, visit tinyurl.com/yjumecwu.
To learn more on the following:
For more event information, contact Co-chair Marvin Gould at 978-758-0362 or marvingould@comcast.net, and Co-chair Marc Duci at 978-758-1040 or marc.duci@actontv.org.

Boxborough Archeology Through Photography

BOXBOROUGH: The Boxborough Historical Society is proud to present "Boxborough Archeology Through Photography" on display in the meeting room at the Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, during the month of September featuring photographs by Arden Veley of the Society.  The archeological remains in Boxborough, spanning over 250 years, are many and varied: colonial cellar holes, stone bridges, foundations of old barns and ice houses, rusting farm machinery, early cars decomposing in the woods, farmers' trash heaps, old mill sites, museum artifacts, colonial cemeteries, hand dug stone lined wells, quarries, railroad underpasses as well as barns and houses from the late sixteen hundreds to the mid eighteen hundreds. This photographic exhibit will bring back to life what time has hidden.

This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council,  a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Dangerous Heat Advisory Continues!

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a potential period of prolonged oppressive heat through Friday (8/13) in most of the Commonwealth. During this period, daytime temperature highs will be 90-99 degrees. Heat index (Apparent Temperature) values will be 95-110 degrees. Scattered showers/thunderstorms are possible in the afternoons, with the potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms late Thursday. There is a low probability that the heat wave could continue through Saturday.
Impacts/ Potential Impacts:
- Very hot temperatures with moderate humidity. Little relief at night especially in urban population centers.
- Potential of heat related issues to at risk population and those doing higher levels of outdoor physical activities.
- Damaging straight line winds and localized street flooding are possible on Thursday in areas where severe thunderstorms occur.
Preparedness and Safety Information:
- Safety and preparedness tips for extreme heat: www.mass.gov/mema/heat
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
- Check with your local officials to find locations of cooling centers near you.
- Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
Power outage preparedness and safety information: www.mass.gov/info-details/power-outage-safety-tips
Preparedness and safety tips for thunderstorms and lightning:
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Join the Maynard Folds Virtual Origami Exhibition Contest

MAYNARD: Be an origami museum exhibitor in The Origami Museum, founded and led by artist and teacher, Lisa B. Corfman.  Corfman announces Maynard Folds, a virtual origami exhibition contest – come exhibit in the upcoming Origami Museum Community Gallery. The origami museum welcomes EVERYONE to submit from children and adults, and from novices to experts to be in the spotlight.

Entries can be anything you can do, neatly folded, nicely presented (with fitting paper used, etc.), without cutting, gluing, or drawing on the model.  Just share something you are happy with for fame in the origami museum’s online gallery.  Don’t fret, just enjoy and do your best.  Origami can be simple, fun, or even amazing.  A personal note with questions, comments or concern is always welcome.

All contestants who submit will exhibit within the origami museum website, receive a certificate of participation, have a mention on Instagram and Facebook and receive a selection of origami paper.  Awards for one top child and one adult winner features a certificate of honor, a solo Instagram and Facebook post and an online membership to OrigamiUSA.

There are three jurors and the just listed prizes.  Jurors are Ruthanne Bessman, Susan Dugan and Lisa B. Corfman.  Bessman is a long-term curator of origami exhibitions and contests.  Dugan is a 40-year veteran of origami and is a photography professor.  Corfman makes, sells, teaches, and showcases origami inspired art and she is bringing this opportunity to you!

There are the two categories for origami model submissions: under 18 and adults.  Eligible contestants are within a 20-mile radius from Maynard, whether home, work, or school.  Here are the towns in this eligible catchment area:

Acton | Ashland | Arlington| Ayer | Bedford | Belmont | Berlin | Billerica | Bolton | Boxborough | Boylston | Carlisle | Chelmsford | Clinton | Concord | Devens |Dover | Framingham | Groton | Hanscom AFB| Harvard | Hudson | Lancaster | Lexington | Lincoln | Littleton | Marlborough | Maynard | Natick | Northborough | Sherborn | Shirley | South Lancaster | Southborough | Sterling | Still River | Stow | Sudbury | Waltham | Watertown | Wayland | Wellesley | Westford | Weston

The juried contest is sponsored by the Maynard Cultural Council and OrigamiUSA.  The goal is to increase folds!

Find out more at: https://origamimuseum.org/opportunities/. Maynard Folds information, statement about the jurors, and the application can be found there.

Help For Families: Mental Health Challenges

UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

Mental illness touches one in five people. It is likely a spouse, partner, child, sibling, parent or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI is offering a FREE 8 session family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The program is taught by NAMI trained family member volunteers who have been there - and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, and you’ll also find out – you are not alone! The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact – you will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experiences.

You’ll learn about: The latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they impact the brain. Current treatments: Medications - their therapeutic use and side effects, current treatments and therapies. Local mental health services and supports. Managing crisis, problem solving techniques and effective communication. The emotional impact of mental illness on the entire family. Taking care of yourself and managing your stress.

Two Programs are sponsored by NAMI Central Middlesex for fall 2021.  Thursdays via ZOOM, Sept 16 – Nov 4th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. To register contact Steve at 978-621-3253, shadden@hadlorgroup.com or Lindsay at 781-864-7003, linzbfar@gmail.com. Tuesdays IN PERSON in Littleton MA Oct 12th – Nov 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. proof of vaccination is required. To register, contact Sara at 339-223-3146, doddsara25@gmail.com or Phyllis at 978.973.3995, phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com.

Broadway Comes to Maynard for Free Summer Concert

MAYNARD: On Saturday, August 7, at 6pm, the Maynard Public Library will be holding its annual free summer concert in Memorial Park. According to the show's organizers, this won't just be an event, it will be a re-emergence, as people who have spent much of the pandemic inside their homes will have a chance to be part of a live, in-person musical gathering for the first time in over a year. To add to that excitement, Maynard is going Broadway as one of the theater's most glamorous stars, Melissa Errico, will be performing "Amour and After: The Music of Michel Legrand."
Errico was nominated for a Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for the play Amour. The Wall Street Journal described her concert performance as "one of the most moving and even thrilling cabaret shows ever." She has also starred as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" and as Cosette in "Les Misérables." As a result of this concert, for one night in August, the lights of Broadway will be shining brightly in the town of Maynard. The rain location is the Maynard High School auditorium on Tiger Drive. No tickets will be required for the auditorium.