STATEWIDE AGAINST the TIDE ATHLETICS EVENT to SUPPORT BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

 
Join Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) in 2024 and swim, run or walk to support breast cancer prevention!
MBCC will host its special 25th Anniversary Cape Cod Against the Tide event at DCR’s Nickerson State Park on Saturday, June 8th in Brewster, MA. The weekend after, join MBCC at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 15th for Against the Tide’s 32nd year!
MBCC will also host a virtual event from June 8th to June 15th for those who would like to participate in Against the Tide and support the mission of cancer prevention from any location!
Events include USMS-Sanctioned 1-mile swim, 1-mile recreational and competitive swims, ½-mile recreational swim, USATF-Certified 5K and 10K runs, and a 3-mile fitness walk.
In-person participants will receive an event t-shirt, bib, and goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded for the top swim and run finishers of the in-person events. Prizes will also be awarded to the highest fundraising individuals at the in-person events.
Events can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages and abilities. The in-person registration fee is $40 per person per athletic component and the virtual registration fee is $20 per person with the option to participate in one or more events virtually. Visit the MBCC event web page, mbcc.org/swim, to donate to the event and learn how to create or join a team and fundraise for breast cancer prevention.
The funds raised through Against the Tide help to support and expand our community education program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures, MBCC Webinar Series, and the newly-expanded student environmental health program, Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take.
MBCC was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.
To learn more about all of the registration options, to join or create a team, and to donate, please visit the MBCC website at mbcc.org/swim or call 508-246-3047.

WESTFORD FREE STYLE DANCE JAM

 
Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford.
Wednesday, June 26 7-9:30pm
Dance your inner spirit in a non-judgmental, non-structured, supportive, respectful environment.
Music provided by DJ Alkemi, a veteran of many freestyle dances around the country.
Smoke and substance-free, 18+. Admission is $10. Some volunteer opportunities are available for event support tasks.
For more information, call 617-799-8680 or email: wefreedancejam@gmail.com

NASHOBA PLAYERS FALL PRODUCTION AUDITIONS

 
Auditions are upcoming for the Nashoba Players' Fall production of "[title of show]," with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The production will be directed by Ken Golner (stage) and Kathryn Denney (music). Auditions are by appointment only, June 24 and 27. Full audition details are available at nashobaplayers.org/auditions.

WESTFORD’S PARISH CENTER for the ARTS PRESENTS:
The Artist Circle of Groton “The Nature of All Things”

 
The exhibition will run through June 30 with a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, June 7 from 6-9pm. The Gallery is open to visitors each Sunday from noon-2pm.  For more information, visit www.pcawestford.org.
The Artist Circle of Groton members Dana Haigh, Claudia Owens, Michelle Ward, and Beth A. Smith proudly present "The Nature of All Things” as a joint exhibition during the month of June. Through the vibrant mediums of watercolor, alcohol inks, and acrylics, these four talented artists have crafted an extraordinary collection of works that pays homage to the boundless beauty of nature's tapestry.
Michelle Ward is a lifelong artist, commercial interior designer and member of the Artist Circle, Michelle Ward received her art degree from the University of Lowell(now UMass Lowell). Working in acrylic, using various tools and methods her paintings explore our natural world in layered color, texture and expressive composition.
Claudia Owens,a watercolor artist, finds inspiration in the enchanting wonders of nature,travels, and the timeless charm of children’s books. With a whimsical touch,she harnesses watercolor’s transparent effects to breathe life into vibrant scenes, each infused with a touch of fantasy. Claudia is a member of the Artist Circle,an elementary art teacher and teaches art to both adults and children at Groton’s Prescott Community Center.
Dana Haigh lives and works out of Groton. She has been obsessed with alcohol inks for the last four years. Instilling some control into this very fluid medium has been a lovely challenge that Dana has enjoyed. Dana is a member NVAG, HAS and teaches classes through the Prescott Community Center.
Beth Smith is a Groton-based self-taught watercolor artist. Her work is inspired by the shapes, light and shadows in natural landscapes.  She is drawn to the beauty of nature, its calmness and solitude and wants to impart those feelings to her audience. Beth has co-chaired the Westford Regional Art Event. and co-founded the PCA’s Gallery. She teaches watercolor classes at Prescott Community Center in Groton.
Don’t miss this unique display of art at the PCA during the month of June!
The PCA Gallery will also be open on June 15 during the Strawberry and Art Festival. Come and meet the artists on June 7 at the reception or at the Strawberry festival!

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SHOW ANNOUNCED with Tom Richardson & Aaron Bilodeau

 
WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is focusing on supporting local artists this June. On June 14 at 7:30pm, enjoy an eclectic mix of styles when singer/songwriter Tom Richardson and electronic indie funk artist Aaron Bilodeau take the PCA stage!  Tickets range from $10-$18 and are available by calling (978) 392-6333 or online at pcawestford.org. The PCA is a BYOB & food facility, so pack a picnic and plan out a full evening of entertainment at 10 Lincoln Street in Westford.
Folk-Americana singer-songwriter Tom Richardson found his way back to music after a long, more traditional career. With a style rooted in the 1970’s music of artists such as James Taylor, John Prine, and Glen Campbell, Tom features acoustic guitar over a modern, folk-country, Americana sound. His warm and expressive voice serenades with stories of life, love and longing. Tom’s second act as a musician and actor brings a lifetime of perspective and some wisdom to poignant and vibrant stories of a shared experience.
Aaron Bilodeau is known for his mastery of multiple instruments. He captivates audiences by seamlessly combining singing, bass guitar wizardry and synth manipulation — all performed with a flair that truly sets him apart through his unique blend of electronic indie funk. Aaron has demonstrated his creativity and talent through original works, culminating in the release of four solo albums. His latest, "Drone at Home," showcases his evolving musical vision and experimental spirit. With each performance, Aaron invites listeners into his musical universe, where boundaries are blurred and sonic landscapes are explored with boundless creativity.
When it comes to supporting local arts and artists, it's mutually beneficial. An exchange between artist and audience has rippling positive impacts on the individuals and the communities surrounding them. So visit a Gallery and/or take in a show. Make a donation. It fosters community.  It's good for the economy.  It's good for YOU!
Direct ticket link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/6-14-24-tom-richardson-aaron-bilodeau/179
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ParishCenterfortheArts
Twitter: www.twitter.com/PCAWestford
Instagram: www.instagram.com/pcawestford

CALL FOR ARTISTS

 
The PCA has re-opened its Call for Artists to fill in a couple new exhibition slots. If accepted, artist(s) will display their work as featured "Artist/s-of-the-Month" on the walls of our 10 Lincoln Street location. The PCA provides the exhibition space and guidance, including promotion and marketing. The artist is responsible for sharing promotional efforts, as well as hanging, hosting a reception and/or demonstrations/workshops (requested, but not required), and possible sittings during Gallery open hours. Artists retain 80% of all sales. Interested? Email 6-8 images (.jpg files less than 1mb), a bio & contact information to gallery-manager@pcawestford. org. For each image, include the title, dimensions and media. PLEASE NOTE: If you have already submitted materials, you do not need to resubmit. Questions can also be sent to admin@pcawestford.org.
Deadline for new submissions is JUNE 15, 2024!

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING at the PCA:

 
The PCA is located at 10 Lincoln Street, right on Westford Common. For information, visit pcawestford.org, call (978) 692-6333, or email to admin@pcawestford.org to receive weekly updates!

The PCA will be wrapping up is 2023-24 season in June after a few more special guest visits:
Everyone loves Aidan Scrimgeour’s annual “Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz Concert,” but Aidan's "Mostly Aidans" trio will be in the house on June 8 at 7:30pm with a Duke Ellington tribute concert to ring in the summer! Tickets range from $10-$25. Visit https://parisharts.square.site/pca-jazz-cafe for more information.
The PCA is focusing on supporting local artists, and on June 14, audiences can enjoy a double bill - an eclectic mix of folk/Americana singer-singwriter Tom Richardson and electronic indie funk artist Aaron Bilodeau! Direct ticket link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/6-14-24-tom-richardson-aaron-bilodeau/179
Closing up the season will be the very talented group The Ruta Beggars. Appealing to traditional and progressive acoustic music fans alike, The Ruta Beggars combine bluegrass and early swing to create a timeless act filled with intricate vocal harmonies, fiery instrumentals, and plenty of fun. Direct ticket link: https://parisharts.square.site/product/6-28-24-the-ruta-beggars/178
Coming this summer will be another year of Concerts-on-the-Common.  Pack up your blankets and chairs, and you’re your picnics for these terrific events coming to Westford Common:
  • July 13 - John Ferullo's Open Mic Night Sampler, 2-5pm
  • July 20 - MOMENTUM (Rain date, July 21), 2-4pm
  • August 3 - Common Picking Mini Bluegrass Festival, noon-7pm
  • August 10 - Ed McCarron (Rain date, August 11), 2:30-4:30pm

  • THURSDAY NIGHT SING & JAM
    Thursdays, 7-10pm. Bring your instrument and/or voice and join the Sing & Jam fun! $5 suggested cover for drop-in programs. This is an on-going weekly event. Coming up…6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/4, 7/11, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29.


    OPEN MIC NIGHT: June 9th
    Held on 2nd & 4th Sundays in a month at 6:30 pm during the season. Open Mic Night is for all ages and levels of experience. Sing a song, play a tune, or speak your truth. The mic is on and everyone is welcome. Special guests will also stop by for some added fun. $5 suggested cover for all drop-in programs. Future Date: 6/23 (Final event until Fall).


    3rd FRIDAY BLUEGRASS JAM: June 21st
    A community event open to the public, 7-10pm. Bring your banjo, fiddle, voice, or just come to watch  every 3rd Friday in a month! All are welcome and all have a great time. Future Dates: 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20.

FRIENDS of the CHELMSFORD SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER
Summer Raffle Americana Fundraiser

 
Just in time for the 4th of July, this raffle basket is worth more than $400! The basket includes 7 gift certificates for the following local businesses: *Alpine Butcher* Stop and Shop* Summer Street Grocers* Centre Deli* Jimmy’s Pizza* Sully’s Ice Cream* Princeton Station plus all the fixings for a summer gathering…paper products, condiments, S’mores ingredients, beverages, snacks, frisbees and more. Tickets are available at the Chelmsford Senior Center Treasure Shop – 1 Ticket $5.00 – 5 Tickets $20.00. Drawing will be held Monday, July 1, 2024. Thank you to these local businesses who contributed to this fundraiser!

INDIAN HERITAGE NIGHT at POLAR PARK

 
On Friday, June 7, 2024, the Worcester Red Sox will welcome the Rochester Red Wings at 6:45pm EST for Indian Heritage Night at Polar Park. The WooSox invite fans to enjoy various aspects of the Indian culture through music, cuisine, entertainment, and ceremonies. Gates open at 5:45 PM and pre-game recognitions will start at 6:15 PM.
On the DCU Plaza, fans can enjoy the sounds of Indian music provided by DJ Raunik as they enter the ballpark. Our on-field celebration of Indian culture will be initiated by a performance by Ekta Dance Academy. From June 7th – 9th, fans can indulge in a variety of authentic Indian cuisine provided by Northborough restaurant, Peppers.
The WooSox thank the India Society of Worcester (ISW) for their support in planning and promoting Indian Heritage Day. ISW strives to form an effective and cohesive group with the objective of retaining, facilitating, and fostering the cultural heritage of India. As one of New England’s most vibrant Indian associations, ISW adds to the cultural diversity of the region and symbolizes a glimpse into Indian heritage for the local Worcester community.
Operated entirely by volunteers that represent all regions of India, ISW will be recognized as the night’s Heart of Worcester.
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TEENS GET an EARLY START to COLLEGE & CAREER EXPLORATION this SUMMER at MCC

This summer at Middlesex Community College, teens can get an early start on the college experience. Through MCC’s Community Education & Training division, students in the College for Teens program can explore the engineering and public service pathways and gain skills to develop future academic and professional interests.
“With our College for Teens programs, young students get the chance to learn about different careers and pathways they can take,” said Audrey Nahabedian, MCC’s Dean of Workforce Education. “In addition to learning more about a specific subject, they freshen up valuable skills, gain confidence, and develop helpful habits they can use as they continue their education.”
For students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), an Engineering/Computer Aided Design (CAD) course introduces high school students to the field. The class allows students to explore skills, values and life goals, while teaching tools, such as hand-on printed circuit board layout, 3D printers, and software programs.
Taught by MCC professor Angel Escalona, the class will also provide information on current jobs and career mapping. The class will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from June 3 to June 12 on the Bedford Campus.
In the Public Service Career Exploration class, students learn about careers in a variety of fields, including law enforcement agencies, court system, corrections, emergency response services and victim services. High school students will explore how their interests, personality, skills, values and life goals match with their strengths in the public service industry.
In addition, students will go on a walking field trip and tour to the Lowell Police Department and Lowell Justice Center. The Public Service class will be taught by MCC professor Marisol Nobrega from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 8 to July 11 on the Lowell Campus.
“We hope to spark students’ interest in the criminal and social justice program and show them that our program is very unique because we offer several paid and unpaid internships, networking opportunities and field trips,” Nobrega said. “I plan to take the teens to visit to the courthouse as well as the police station. I believe criminal justice has many valuable professions and hope to inspire the youth into seeking a degree and career path in one.” Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining/ for more information and to register.

HABITAT for HUMANITY NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AWARDED CUMMINGS GRANT

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The affordable housing organization was selected from a total of 715 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $50,000 this year for its work in Middlesex County.
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts (Habitat NCM), formed in 1987, builds and repairs affordable homes in thirty cities and towns along route 2 in north central Massachusetts.  The funds will be used to build new, deeply affordable, and energy-efficient homes and repair existing affordable homes for low-income families in Middlesex County.
“The need for affordable housing has never been greater”, states Carolyn Read, executive director of Habitat NCM. “This funding will help us to build more homes faster for families in western Middlesex county.”
The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.
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.
“Greater Boston is fortunate to have a robust, dedicated, and highly capable nonprofit sector that supports and enhances the community in myriad ways,” said Cummings Foundation executive director and trustee Joyce Vyriotes. “The entire Cummings organization is thankful for their daily work to help all our neighbors thrive.”
The majority of the grant decisions were made by nearly 100 community volunteers. They worked across a variety of committees to review and discuss the proposals and then, together, determine which requests would be funded. Among these community volunteers were business and nonprofit leaders, mayors, college presidents, and experts in areas such as finance and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).
“We believe strongly that grant decisions will be more equitable when made by a diverse group of community members,” said Vyriotes. “We’re incredibly grateful to the dozens of individuals who participated in our democratized philanthropic process.”
The Foundation and volunteers first identified 150 organizations to receive three-year grants of up to $300,000 each. The winners included first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings grants. Twenty-five of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected by a panel of community volunteers to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million each.
This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 49 different cities and towns.
Cummings Foundation has now awarded $500 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 2,000 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
About Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts
Habitat NCM is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing decent and affordable homes for those who cannot qualify for conventional mortgages, as well as doing Critical Home Repairs throughout the 30-town region. Habitat NCM relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission and is supported only by local funding and donations.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA 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.

CHELMSFORD MARKET on the COMMON

Saturdays June 1 – August 10, 11 am – 2 pm
Free
Farmers and artisans market of local vendors offering fresh local food, handmade crafts, and more at the Chelmsford Market on the Common. Each week brings a different assortment of vendors, so you’ll find something new no matter how many times you visit.

CHELMSFORD TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE

Chelmsford Toastmasters is an organization founded for the purpose of helping their members become confident communicators, public speakers, and leaders.
Be it a teacher, student, manager, or local member of your community, the Chelmsford Toastmasters strive to lift up all walks of life who want to achieve their goals!
Celebrate their 45th Anniversary by joining them at their Open House on June 13th!
Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 7-8 PM
Format: OPEN HOUSE at Chelmsford Public Library-McCarthy Meeting Room
25 Boston Rd, Chelmsford MA

BRIDGES® by EPOCH at WESTFORD to be AWARDED PURPLE FLAG for DEMENTIA CARE™ ACCREDITATION on JUNE 11, & 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2 PM
WHERE: 108 Littleton Road, Westford, MA
WHAT: Purple Flag accreditation and 10-year anniversary event for Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford.
EPOCH Senior Living, a premier provider of exceptional senior living services throughout the Northeast, announces its memory care assisted living facility, Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford, has earned the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is an accreditation program that recognizes excellence in caring for people living with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. Upon receiving the accreditation, providers receive the distinctive purple flag to fly proudly. Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary. CONTACT: Victoria Hochman (914) 762-1900 vicky@thompson-bender.com

HELP KEEP CHELMSFORD CLEAN

For Chelmsford Residents Only:
June 10th from 9am-4pm at the Chelmsford Health Department. Dispose of your used medical sharps safely and responsibly! Bring your used needles, syringes, and lancets to our collection event. Our team will ensure proper disposal to protect the community and the environment. Help keep Chelmsford clean and safe!

CHELMSFORD CHILDREN’S CHORUS

For their inaugural 2024 - 2025 season, The Chelmsford Children’s Chorus is accepting dedicated singers from Chelmsford and surrounding communities. We are excited the chorus is beginning their journey at The Chelmsford Center for the Arts.
Auditions are not required, but students should participate in their school’s chorus, or at minimum, be enrolled in a general music course.
Starting in September, the chorus will rehearse on Thursdays from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at the CCA.
The registration fee for the season (September - April) is $295.
Finance is never a barrier to participation. There are a few scholarships available thru the generosity of the Dacey Zouzas Endowment for the Arts. Please contact the chorus if you require financial support: info@chelmsfordchildrenschorus.org
More information about the chorus can be found on their website: www.chelmsfordchildrenschorus.org

The CCA is the PLACE to PLAY!


Address: 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA, 01824
Phone: (978) 250-3780
Email: CCA@chelmsfordma.gov

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE CCA:
Tickets are now available for our 2nd Annual Ten Minute Play Festival! Last year sold out so get your tickets now! 12 local playwrights, 12 directors and great local actors! Come support the CCA's own Community Theatre, The Playground! Produced by Donna DeWitt and Lauren Cochran.
June 7, 8 and 9th - Friday thru Sunday Our 2nd Annual Ten Minute Play Festival!
June 7 - Friday - BROADWAY KARAOKE! - Special time - 9:00 p.m. (come to the ten minute plays then join us in the Cabaret Cafe after the show for some singing! Mocktails and Cocktails available! $3.00 entry.
June 13 - The Toastmaster's Open House Event at the Chelmsford Public Library - they meet at the CCA for regular meetings!
June 13 - Thursday 7:00 PM Open Mic Night! Free admission! Donations accepted!
June 14 - Friday 7:00 pm. Karaoke Sober Edition! Sponsored by The Chelmsford Health Department! Great mocktails and fun time! Free admission!
NEW! Chelmsford Children's Chorus
NEW! Summer Visual Art Classes for ages 9 and up! Begins June 25th!

SUMMER VISUAL ARTS CLASSES:
Nature Art - Session 1
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 PM
4 Weeks - June 25 - July 16
​Ages 9-13
Cost: $120/session
All materials supplied for class

Nature Art - Session 2
Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 PM
4 Weeks - July 23 - August 13
​Ages 9-13
Cost: $120/session
All materials supplied for class

Botanical Drawing
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 PM
8 Weeks - June 25 - August 13
​Ages 15+
Cost: $185/session
All materials supplied for class

Gorgeous Iris Show!

On Monday May 27 (Memorial Day) the Iris Society of Massachusetts invites you to an iris show – ‘Dancing with Irises’ – at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., West Concord. You will see irises that society members grow in their local gardens and bring to the show to compete for awards. Admission is free, and the show is open to the public from 1-4 pm. The center is accessible and has easy parking. In addition to the array of beautiful, scented irises to which the judges have given awards, there will be tables of companion plants as well as floral arrangements that use irises and that reflect the show’s theme of ‘Dancing with Irises.’ You are encouraged to vote on your favorite iris in the show as well as your favorite companion plant. Rhizomes of spring blooming bearded irises and potted siberian irises will be on sale. They usually sell quickly. Society members will be on hand to answer general questions about irises as well as more specific horticultural queries. To find out more about the show and about the iris society, go to the website: massirises.org.

Happening at the PCA, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford
May 31 at 7:30pm
Frank Santos, Jr. (Comic Hypnotist)

WESTFORD: Be amazed when you and your friends (or strangers) across the room become stars of the show, as Frank Santos, Jr. makes them believe they are singers, dancers and much, much more on May 31 at 7:30pm at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. This is a rated R performance where the audience becomes the show - a hilarious, energetic and unique event you will never forget! BYOB and snacks for a complete evening of entertainment! Tickets are $20 Members; $22 Non-Members; $25 at the Door (if there are any left). For tickets and information, call (978) 692-6333, or visit www.pcawestford.org.
Frank Santos Jr. has over 20 years of experience. His spectacular display of mind bending antics can turn any skeptic into a fan. His act is always fresh, energetic and unique; no two shows are ever the same. He has appeared at many theaters throughout New England like The Palace Theatre, Colonial Theatre, Capital Center for The Arts, The Wilbur Theatre and many more. He performs regularly at Twin River Casino in Rhode Island, and Treasure Island Casino in Minnesota. Frank has entertained for large corporate events such as Google, Nike, CVS, Blockbuster, and Tyco (to name a few), and has also been featured on ABC numerous times. Direct ticket link:
https://parisharts.square.site/product/5-31-24-frank-santos-jr-comic-hypnotist-/154

ShirleyFest will be held on Shirley Center Common, Saturday June 1st  from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Besides having a lot of entertainment, kids activities, and sales, the day also gives folks a chance to purchase lunch or supper from many local non-profit organizations. The Shirley Historical Society will sell BBQ chicken and salads. Trinity Chapel will bake pies. Boy Scout Troop 7123 will cook up sausages and ShirleyArts! will grill hot dogs and hamburgers. The Fabulous Five will have lemonade and popcorn. Supporting these groups supports our town.
The Friends of Hazen Library, the Fort Devens Museum, the Hindu Temple, the Shirley Meetinghouse, and Shirley Greenway will have information booths. Shirley Penguins will sponsor the dunk tank.
At the crafts tables you will find jewelry, woodwork, windchimes, photos, soaps, paintings, house décor, and greeting cards.
Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket and stay for the whole day.

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Fundraiser for the Groton Grange #7 Brad Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

May 27,2024 from 7:30 to 10:30 am at Groton Grange #7, 80 Champney St. All proceeds from the breakfast go to the scholarship fund.
Live music will be provided by the Contra Banditos. Parking is allowed on the Grange side of Champney St only.
Pancakes (plain, chocolate chip, blueberry), sausage, maple syrup, orange juice, tea and coffee. $10./all you can eat. Children under 3 are free. Please join us rain or shine.

Chelmsford Quilters Host Quilt Show

Excitement is in the air for this upcoming Quilt Show! And what could be more beautiful than a room filled with hand crafted quilts?! Catch the enthusiasm and attend this local Quilt Show being held May 18 & 19 at Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road (route 40) in North Chelmsford, MA. Show hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The show features over 100 Traditional, Modern, and Art quilts made by members, a Members Boutique, Silent Auction of Mini Quilts, Themed Raffle Baskets, Quilting Demonstrations, and More! Show Vendors are Bits ‘n Pieces Quilt Shop of Pelham NH and blade sharpener National Sharpening Company. This year, our Charity Quilt Raffle will benefit Lowell Transitional Living Center.
Admission is $10 and free for children under 12; cash or check only as we are unable to accept credit or debit cards. Building is wheelchair accessible with plenty of free parking.
The group's Quilt Shows are held every two years and are always a highlight of Guild programming. If you are in the area, this show is a “must see” event!
For more information, visit  www.chelmsfordquiltguild.com

Get ahead and register now for Middlesex Community College’s Summer and Fall 2024 semesters.

Featuring flexible and affordable classes, MCC will help students get on track to reach their goals. Summer classes start on Tuesday, May 28, while the Fall semester begins Tuesday, September 3. “At MCC, we design courses that help students fit education into their busy lives,” said Scott O’Neil, MCC’s Dean of Enrollment Services. “By choosing what works best for their schedules, students are better able to have their individual needs met. We have on-campus, online, hybrid and hyflex classes and a choice of over 80 programs. This Summer and Fall provides a perfect opportunity to explore interests, develop a plan, and access resources and support services that will guide them to success.” Over the summer, MCC’s sessions are three, five and eight weeks long. • Summer Quickstart: three weeks, May 28 to June 14 • Summer Session One: five weeks, May 28 to June 27 • Summer Session Two: eight weeks, May 28 to July 29 • Summer Session Three: five weeks, July 8 to August 8 For the Fall, students can choose between the traditional 15-week semester or two eight-week accelerated Minimesters. • Fall Semester: 15 weeks, September 3 to December 20 • Fall Mini-mester I: 8 weeks, September 3 to October 24 • Fall Mini-mester II: 8 weeks, October 28 to December 20 In the Summer or Fall, MCC’s accelerated classes allow students to complete classes in a shorter period of time. Students get the same content, academic standards, and number of instructional hours as courses scheduled during the traditional 15-week semester. Shorter sessions help students finish their credits faster, balance coursework with other responsibilities, and start classes later in the semester if needed. To help students pay for college, MCC offers Financial Aid and Financial Wellness support, as well as scholarship and grant opportunities. Many of MCC’s programs offer students a chance to apply the knowledge they learn in their classes to
real-world experiences, including in Learn and Earn, internship, Service-Learning, networking, lab or clinical opportunities. “MCC has a lot to offer in our upcoming semesters, whether you are looking to transfer to a four-year school, jumpstart a new career, or anything in between,” O’Neil said. “We’re here to help you as soon as you’re ready to get started!” Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/registration/ for more information on MCC’s Summer and Fall 2024 semesters.

Summer Kick-Off Carnival

The Rotary Club of Littleton, MA is proud to introduce their first annual Summer Kick-Off Carnival in Littleton from June 20-June 23. Produced by Fiesta Shows, the Carnival will offer the latest and newest in rides and games. Food will be available from several vendors, starting with a Sal’s Pizza Food Truck. Entertainment during the weekend will be DJ’d music as well as live music, a karaoke night, and a magic show for the kids (young and old) on Sunday. The Rotary Club will also have a Beer Garden at the Carnival for visitors 21+ years of age and older.
The Carnival will be located near Littleton Common, on the site of the former IBM campus at the intersection of Routes 119 and Route 2A. Carnival hours are Thursday, June 20, from 6 PM-10 PM; Friday, June 21, from 6 PM -11 PM; Saturday, June 22, from 1 PM–11 PM; and Sunday, June 23, from 1 PM-9 PM.
The Rotary Club of Littleton will have a table at the Carnival to register participants and volunteers for the Appleman Triathlon (which will be taking place on July 21). Stop by to meet some of the Littleton Rotarians, see what Rotary is about, learn how to become a Rotarian, and look at what the Club has done to help others over the past year. This is a great family event, with something for everyone. Please help us spread the word before the Carnival, and stop by our table when you’re there to say hello!
Proceeds from this event will benefit Littleton’s TREAD (Tax Reduction for the Elderly and Disabled) Program and other local non-profits.
For more information, contact Chris Alphen, Club President, at chris@debsbeds.org, or visit the Rotary Club's website at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/3691. And stay tuned for more information about the Carnival and the entertainment!

Moving-On

MOVING-ON invites singles age 60 or over, from all towns, to come to their non-denominational meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. The time is 7:00PM and the place is The Church of Our Redeemer, at 6 Meriam St., Lexington. The remainder of Thursdays we meet on Zoom. This nonprofit group of singles has been meeting for many years to discuss diverse topics and engage in social activities. Younger people are also welcome. Come and meet new friends. To get more information and the Zoom link, email info@moving-on-together.org.

FOLK MUSIC OPEN MIC

Once a month we are pleased to present FOLK MUSIC Open Mic. Join Doug and Friends to listen to great music! Full bar and snacks available. Donations accepted. Next one is on Tuesday, May 28th due to the holiday weekend! Most are on the last Monday of the month but May is the exception! CCA 1A North Road Chelmsford.

A NIGHT OF MUSICAL THEATER with Adam Lavoie

May 31, 7:30 pm
Come join us to listen to singer / pianist, Adam Lavoie for a wonderful night of musical theatre songs! Show starts at 7:30.
Get tickets at ChelmsfordArts.org

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The Honey Steelers
MAY 11 at 5 PM
Adults $20
Students/Seniors $10
UNDER 12 FREE
Join us for a foot stomping fun time with The Honeysteelers, An Americana Band! Show starts at 5:00 pm. so bring the kids!

Brunch Fundraiser to Support DSVN
(Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc.)

Celebration of Hope Benefit
Saturday, May 18th, 11:00am-2:00pm
The Barn at Gibbet Hill
Enjoy Brunch in the Rustic Elegance and Celebrate...
Hope, Connections, & Community Partnerships
Tickets $100 per person (Ticket price covers the cost of brunch, drinks, dessert, entertainment, and rental fees)
To Reserve Tickets: Visit DVSN.org/Benefit2024 or call 978-318-3421 for more information. Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal: $100,000

THE CANNON THEATRE Proudly Presents “Alice By Heart”

Devens, MA: The Cannon Theatre is thrilled  to present Alice by Heart, written by Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson’s with music by Duncan Sheik and directed by Shawn Cannon. It is 1942, and
a young woman named Alice Spencer uses the Lewis Carroll stories to escape the horrors of the bombings in London. During one curiously terrible evening in the bunker, her best friend Alfred is diagnosed with incurable tuberculosis and a Red Cross nurse rips apart her favorite book, Alice In Wonderland. This pushes  Alice over the edge, and since she has learned the stories by heart, retreats into her fantasy world, dragging the dying Alfred with her. This much anticipated musical is from the creators of Spring Awakening. Full of whimsy, gorgeous songs, inventive dances, and fun characters, this de-constructed version of Alice in Wonderland is sure to delight you and hit the heartstrings. You don't want to miss it. Show times are May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm, with matinees on May 19 and 26 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available at www.thecannontheatre.org, and are $25 for adults, and $20 for students/seniors.

The Cannon Theatre is an intimate, non-profit community theater newly installed at 28 Andrews Parkway in Devens, MA. The theater’s 2022 move from Littleton and interior space renovation was made possible by very generous funding from The Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation, as well as donated work by Studio J2 (architect) and Frank Harrigan (structural engineer). Additional support is provided by the Community Foundation for North Central Massachusetts, and the Local Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Townsend, Templeton, and Shirley - local agencies which are supported by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE

On Saturday May 11, 2024 the Country Lane Garden Club will be holding it’s Annual Plant Sale at the First Parish Universalist Unitarian Church at 2 Westford Street in Chelmsford Center. The sale begins at 8:30 and ends at noon. This much anticipated event will have plants dug from the Club Members Gardens including perennials and shrubs for both sun and shade. There will also be herbs and vegetables. Cash and checks only for payment. If you have questions, you can contact the Club at countr y lane824@g mail.co m .

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Cornerstone Congregational Church May 4, 2024 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Cornerstone Congregational Church 32 Graniteville Road Westford, MA 01886 Donate and save a life! For an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SPRING FASHION SHOW

The Friends of the Chelmsford Senior Center is sponsoring a Spring Fashion Show fundraiser on Saturday, May 11th from 1 to 4 pm in the Senior Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit Senior Center activities.

Chico's of Acton, The Druzy Rose of Chelmsford and the Senior Center Treasure Shop will be providing clothing. Refreshments will be available for purchase and there will be a raffle and a
50/50 drawing.
Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at the door. Doors will open for the event at 12:30 pm.

Groton Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11th, 9:00-NOON, Legion Common
75 Hollis St., Groton, MA
Cash or Checks Only
*Native Plants
*Perennials
*Shrubs
*And More...
www.grotongardenclub.org

Littleton Country Gardeners Plant Sale

Town Common, Saturday, May 11, 2024, 9am-2pm
Perennial • Fairie Gardens • Herbs & Veggies• Pollinator and Native Plants
Ask a Master Gardener and Membership booths!
Keeping Littleton Beautiful
Littleton Country Gardeners maintain 13 civic sites in town with seasonal plantings.
Cash or Check only!

MCC to Host Lowell Chamber Orchestra for “World of Music” Concert

Middlesex Community College is excited to welcome the Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) for a second performance as part of the Spring 2024 “A World of Music” concert series. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at MCC’s Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center in Lowell.
Conducted by MCC Music faculty member Orlando Cela, the LCO will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem with The Boston Cecilia chorus and soloists.
“We are so looking forward to hearing the Lowell Chamber Orchestra perform Mozart’s final masterpiece, the ‘Requiem,’” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “This work was not finished when Mozart died on December 5, 1791, and over the years many composers and musicologists have written concluding sections. In this performance, the unfinished portions of the ‘Requiem’ were completed by Harvard musicologist Robert Levin in the 1990’s. LCO will be joined by the noted Boston Cecilia chorus and soloists, and it will be a truly exciting event!”
“A World of Music” will end the Spring 2024 season with Duo du Sud at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 in MCC’s Bedford Campus Concert Hall. Previous concerts include the LCO on Sunday, February 18; A Chopin Celebration on Sunday March 3; Duos and Trios for Oboe, Flute and Piano on Friday, April 5; and a Student Recital on Monday, April 22.
All concerts are free and open to the public.
MCC’s Academic Arts Center is located at 240 Central Street in Lowell. With parking not available on site, the nearest public parking facility is the Early Garage on 135 Middlesex St.
For more information, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic/

Joy Bible Study Spring Luncheon

Joy Bible Study invites area women to attend our annual Spring Luncheon
Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 9:45-11:45
Acton Joy Bible Study is a friendly community of women from different denominations who  desire to study the Bible, share laughter, develop lasting friendships, and share personal  insights. It has been meeting for 41 years.
The Spring Luncheon includes personal testimonies from two of our members, worship through  music, and announcement of our next study beginning September 2024. The morning  concludes with a complimentary luncheon provided by our members. Come see what we are all  about!
We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer St, Acton, MA  www.joybiblestudy.com

Flea Market


West Acton Baptist Church will be holding a Flea Market May 11th from 12 noon to 3:00 in the parking lot, 592 Mass Ave. during the West Acton Merchants Village Association Spring Fling.  Spaces available for a small donation. Limited number of tables, first come, first served.
Slated to date: Acton Police Dept with Zane their comfort dog! Handmade Greeting cards, Vintage used jewelry & the church membership will be offering vintage teacups for sale. Contact church office 978-263-5902 or wabcadmin@verizon.net.

Voices Unite at Aca-Pocalypse: Chelmsford’s Premier A Cappella Celebration


CHELMSFORD, MA (April, 2024) – The Association of Chelmsford A Cappella (ACA) announces Aca-Pocalypse. Prepare for a vocal extravaganza like no other! The ACA is proud to present Aca-Pocalypse, a dynamic a cappella festival showcasing 18 of the most talented high school and middle school groups from around the region. This year’s Aca-Pocalypse promises to be the a cappella highlight of the year, packed into two days of unforgettable performances. Our lineup is so diverse and spectacular, that we’ve structured the event to maximize your experience. For the full impact of this incredible talent showcase, we strongly encourage attending both days—each offering unique performances you won’t want to miss!
Event Details:
When: Friday, May 10, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM & Saturday, May 11, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center, Chelmsford High School, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Tickets: Available at the door or online at HTTPS://BIT.LY/ACAP2024
The ACA is thrilled to announce its headliner and master of ceremonies, the celebrated “Pitch, Please!” from Northeastern University. Known for their captivating performances and vocal prowess, they will be leading us through an unforgettable weekend of music.
Elevating the Aca-Pocalypse festival to new heights, the spotlight shines brightly on Chelmsford’s very own vocal champions. The Crescendos, the reigning Northeast Regional Champions of the International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) , and The Thursdays, who clinched an impressive third place in the semi-finals, promise to captivate the audience with their extraordinary performances. These acclaimed host groups will demonstrate their talent and fervor that has catapulted them to the forefront of the competitive a cappella landscape. Adding to the festival’s rich tapestry of sounds, gifted vocalists from across the region—including Andover, Bedford, Brookline, Lexington, Marlborough, Medfield, North Reading, and Springfield—will contribute their unique voices and styles. Together, they embody the collaborative spirit and diversity of the a cappella community, making Aca-Pocalypse a showcase of unparalleled vocal harmony and artistry. “As the school year winds down, ACA-Pocalypse always feels like a celebration. It’s a final chance for our
CHS groups to showcase all the great work they’ve done throughout the year, alongside some of their favorite groups from other Massachusetts schools.” Amanda Roeder, CHS music teacher and advisor for the two groups. Whether you’re an a cappella aficionado or new to the genre, Aca-Pocalypse offers something for everyone. Join us for two days of harmony, rhythm, and melody that will uplift, inspire, and entertain.
For more information, ticket purchases, and to get a sneak peek at the participating groups, please visit our ticketing website at HTTPS://BIT.LY/ACAP2024.
For press inquiries, additional information, or to arrange interviews, please contact: Amanda Roeder roedera@chelmsford.k12.ma.us
About The Association of Chelmsford A Cappella: Dedicated to fostering a vibrant a cappella scene, The Association of Chelmsford A Cappella promotes vocal music education and performance in Chelmsford and beyond. By organizing events like
Aca-Pocalypse, we aim to provide a platform for talent to flourish and for the community to come together in celebration of the arts. https://www.chelmsfordacappella.org
Experience the harmony. Experience the passion. Experience Aca-Pocalypse

MCC Awarded First Place at 2024 AACC Awards of Excellence for Equity & Belonging Work

Middlesex Community College won first place in Advancing Institutional Equity and Belonging at the 2024 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence. MCC President Phil Sisson and Provost & Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Arlene Rodríguez accepted the award at a ceremony hosted in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday, April 8.
“This achievement is a collaborative effort from many individuals and divisions across the college and it is an honor for our efforts to be recognized by the AACC in this way,” President Sisson said. “It is a point of pride that MCC has become a strong leader of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) work both at the college and within the greater communities that we serve. As an open access institution, we have the responsibility of spearheading these initiatives, engaging in difficult conversations, and doing the necessary work to make actual change in an otherwise divisive world.”
President Sisson credits the dedication and hard work from across the college for receiving the award. Calling the DEIB work an “ongoing process,” the president looks forward to MCC continuing to learn, grow and adapt to take the needed steps to meet the college’s mission of equity and to transform the lives of students for the better.
In February 2024, Middlesex was nominated for the award among five other colleges in the country. The national recognition was one of 11 awards handed out during the gala event.
“Receiving the AACC Award for Advancing Institutional Equity and Belonging is a huge honor for Middlesex,” Rodríguez said. “More importantly, it’s also a recognition of all the work being done by our faculty and staff to make sure all MCC students have what they need to succeed. Becoming an equity-minded, student-prepared campus doesn’t stop with one project or program. It’s a continuous process of reflection and change. It’s understanding that as our students’ needs change, so must we change and address them. In this way, we show our commitment to preparing students for the future.”
The college was awarded for initiatives that advanced institutional equity and belonging, according to Maria Gariepy, MCC’s Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Belonging. This includes the work of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) and MCC’s 2022-2027 strategic plan With Equity at Its Core.
“Many innovative and progressive practices that support institutional equity were included, such as Achieving the Dream, the Pedagogy of Real Talk, and the Leading for Change Racial Equity & Justice Institute, among others,” Gariepy said. “In order to support and measure our progress and success, outcomes data was also included for a number of programs and initiatives on campus, including the SUCCESS Scholars Program, the Program for Asian American Student Advancement (PAASA), the First Year Experience, surveys, demographics and diversity of our student body, and changes in our workforce diversity.”
Middlesex is one of 71 colleges in the nation hosting a campus-based Center for TRHT. The Center has become a hub for the extended community, offering racial healing circles, professional development trainings, and access to resources that are helping to build a deeper collective capacity toward racial equity and justice.
Throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, Middlesex established TRHT as a fixture of the communities of Greater Lowell and hosted events to celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of the college’s students and employees.
Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/trht/ for more information on MCC’s Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation and the Day of Love, Acceptance and Belonging.
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Chelmsford Mothers’ Club Kids’ Consignment Sale!

May 4, from 9am-1pm
Need some new summer gear for the kids? How about books or toys? The Spring Chelmsford Mothers’ Club Kids Consignment Sale will be held at Greater Visions Children’s Center, 180 Old Westford Road in Chelmsford, on Saturday May 4th from 9am-1pm. Thousands of gently used items suitable for children from infancy to elementary will be for sale at a fraction of retail cost. At the sale you’ll find clothes and shoes, costumes, accessories, toys, books and MORE!
The sale is a sustainable and affordable way for families to update their childrens wardrobes, fill their toy chests and nurseries, while raising funds to reduce the cost of events for our members and their families. For over 15 years, the Chelmsford Mothers’ Club has held spring and fall pop-up tag sales. In addition, many items that are not sold during the sale will be donated to Central Food Ministries, The Wish Project, and Lil’ Iguanas.
The Entry fee is $2 cash or 1 non perishable food item per adult. With limited space, no strollers are allowed and please leave children at home. Shoppers are asked to bring their own shopping bags but reusable bags will be available for sale. Cash and major credit cards accepted. Half-price sale begins at 12pm.  For more information, visit www.kidstagsale.com
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Chelmsford Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

CHELMSFORD – Police Chief Colin Spence is pleased to report that the Chelmsford Police Department is welcoming two new officers to the department.
Officers Haleigh Lucas and Michael Buxton were both sworn in Tuesday, April 16 and have begun a 12-week field training program to prepare them to patrol on their own.
Officer Lucas is a 2019 graduate of Dracut High School. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Endicott College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Merrimack College. While studying at Endicott, Officer Lucas completed internships with Lowell Police, Endicott College Police and Lawrence District Court. She completed the Merrimack College Police Academy.
“To say that Haleigh is self-motivated would be an understatement,” said Chief Spence. “During her background investigation Haleigh was very responsive and is genuinely eager to become a police officer. Her references had extremely positive things to say about her.”
Officer Buxton is a 2009 graduate of Worcester Technical High School. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College. He is a graduate of the Northern Essex Community College Police Academy.
Officer Buxton worked for the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction for 5 1/2 years, and also worked for the Oxford Police Department for 1 1/2 years before transferring to Chelmsford Police.
“As part of the background check for lateral transfers I always speak to the officer’s current chief. Chief Michael Daniels in Oxford had nothing but praise for Michael during our conversation. Chief Daniels said that Michael had quickly become a go-to officer at the police department and that he hated to lose him. He also stated that Michael is very engaged with the community residents.”

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MacLaughlan Scholarship Creates an Educational Legacy at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation

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LOWELL: Strong family values – especially education – are underlying factors in the newly created Prof. John J. and Marian MacLaughlan Scholarship Fund. The legacy fund was established at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) in their honor by their children John, Kevin, Jim, Betsy, and Dave.

If you tallied the years of the MacLaughlan family’s classroom teaching and student guidance, it would be well over 200 years of service in the Greater Lowell educational institutions of Lowell Textile School (now UMass Lowell), Lowell High, Chelmsford High, Greater Lowell Technical High and the Immaculate Conception School.

Three generations of MacLaughlans caught the educational bug with all family members becoming college graduates from the Lowell Normal School, Holy Cross, Boston College, Boston University, Mount Wachusett Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Salem State and Merrimack College. The next generation of the MacLaughlan clan followed suit with 12 nieces and nephews all becoming college graduates in the fields of education, law, finance, accounting, business, and law enforcement to name a few.

“My college education in business administration was completed in five years for $1,000 at $100 per semester,” shared Jim MacLaughlin, LHS’ Class of 1962, who taught at Lowell High and saw first-hand how financial aid did not cover college costs. “Today’s students work hard to maintain a GPA and a scholarship like our parents’ can lighten the financial burden of what school will cost them. My parents gave us the opportunity to become who we are today. They would hope this scholarship does the same for the awardee.”

Sports run deep in the MacLaughlan family. Dad John ’27 was a member at Longmeadow Country Club; John ’57 was golf captain at Merrimack College and the golf coach at Chelmsford High; Dave was Athletic Director at the ‘Voke,’ and is still coaching baseball; Kevin played Lowell State College baseball, and Jim played college baseball at Salem State and is a member of Longmeadow.

Betsy MacLaughlan Shanley ’64 graduated from Castleton Secretarial School, became an executive secretary and continues to play tennis. She believes her parents would be so pleased and humbled by this scholarship, “Mom and Dad would encourage the student to use it wisely.” Betsy’s sons Tom ’90 and Andrew ’91 received Lowell High scholarships.

These family values shaped the Professor John J. and Marian MacLaughlan Scholarship which will focus on financial need and sports. The first scholarship will be awarded at the Lowell High School Honors Night on May 21.

GLCF provides opportunities to create a fund to establish your own charitable legacy. To learn more about funds at GLCF, contact Jay Linnehan or to learn more about creating your own LHS Legacy Scholarship contact Barbara Dunsford at 978-970-1600 or info@glcfoundation.org.
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Maureen Baker Blooms at the CCA

CHELMSFORD: The Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts will present an exhibit of floral works from the studio of Maureen Baker, including works by students in her studio.

Baker says, “Bringing beauty to our world is my goal in my painting. Color, light
and texture make the ordinary  extraordinary. I focus mostly in the reality of our world, only occasionally venturing into the abstract.”

The exhibit will be in the CCA Gallery April 11-May 21, with a reception on April 19 from 7-9pm. Paintings will be available for
purchase and sales will benefit the CCA Gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Baker will teach a class on May 4 from 10am-2:30pm. Students will paint a 10” x 20” acrylic of daisies. The class fee is $50 with the prepared canvas, brushes, and paints provided. To register, go to www.chelmsfordarts.org.

The CCA art collection includes works on permanent exhibition throughout the
building and on the grounds of the CCA where sculptures by James Glinos which
were a gift of the artist may be viewed year-round. The CCA, located at 1A North
Road, in Chelmsford is the  Commonwealth’s only public arts institution. For more information visit our website www.chelmsfordarts.org.

MCC to Highlight Student Singers & Instrumentalists in End-of-Semester Recital

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BEDFORD/LOWELL: In a celebration of their hard work throughout the semester, Middlesex Community College is excited to host a Student Recital as part of the Spring 2024 “A World of Music” concert series. The performance will take place at 12:30pm on April 22 at MCC’s Bedford Campus Concert Hall.

"I've been working with Professor Dr. Daniel Fridley this semester doing an independent study in voice,” said Emily Holway, an MCC Music student from Westford. “He has pushed me to explore new terrain in music and it's rewarding to hear my voice develop. I'm excited I get to perform an original composition I wrote over a year ago and share it. It's a piece I'm most fond of and I hope everyone will like it!"

The line-up will feature MCC student singers and instrumentalists showcasing their talents on stage in front of a live audience. A few electronic works by Music Technology students will also be featured.
“We are so looking forward to our upcoming student recital, which will feature student singers, pianists, guitarists, percussionists, cellist, music technology compositions, and our new MCC Music Club Band,” said Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, MCC’s Chair of Music. “Music ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Amy Winehouse will be performed."

Two additional A World of Music concerts include a performance by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra (LCO) at 7:30pm on May 4 at MCC’s Academic Arts Center in Lowell and Duo du Sud at 3pm on June 2 at MCC’s Bedford Concert Hall, 591 Springs Road. All concerts are free and open to the public. Parking is available on campus. Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/worldofmusic for more information.
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Greater Lowell Technical High School Students Design Signs for Lowell Fire Station

TYNGSBOROUGH: Superintendent Jill Davis is pleased to share that Greater Lowell Technical High School students from the Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Carpentry and Painting and Design programs combined their talents to create two new signs for the Lowell Fire Department's West Sixth Street Fire Station.

Lowell Fire Lt. Shawn Sirois, who works out of the West Sixth Street Station where Engine 6 and Ladder 4 are stationed, reached out to the school to inquire about having students replace the signs for the station, which had rotted. Superintendent Davis thought it would be a great community project for the students to engage in and students and instructors in the CADD, Carpentry and Painting and Design programs jumped at the opportunity.

CADD students working under the direction of Instructor Michael Stack helped design the initial logo and sign.
Carpentry students, guided by Instructor Michael Murphy, then used a large CNC router to cut AZEK PVC material into two 2-foot by 8-foot signs that incorporated the design and department logo.
Painting and Design students, working under Instructor Michael Donahue, then finished and painted the signs, experimenting with different types of paint and primer that worked best on the weather-proof PVC material.

The finished signs were presented by the students and instructors in the Painting and Design program on Friday, April 5, 2024, to Assistant Fire Chief David Keene and firefighters from the West Sixth Street Station. The firefighters brought over and shared pizza with the students and instructors and thanked them for their work. The students who contributed to the project signed the back of the two signs and with their instructors posed for photos with the firefighters.

Lt. Sirois said all the firefighters from the station were impressed by the high quality of the work. "What you guys did painting-wise was phenomenal," Lt. Sirois said. "Hats off to you and hats off to everyone who did such a fantastic job."

Yamixeliz Suarez-Aguiar, a student in the Painting and Design shop, said the project was challenging because it involved work students had never done before.

"We used new kinds of material and the fact that it was going out in public definitely added some pressure," Suarez-Aguiar said. "But it also motivated us to really do our best at the same time."

Painting and Design student Isabella Viera said the new types of work that students had to do taught them new ways of painting and doing things. "It was so drastically different from what we usually do — it taught us to adjust and adapt to different scenarios," Viera said. Painting and Design students Ashley Tineo and Jeaneudelis Torres said they enjoyed working on behalf of firefighters and knowing that the community will see their work.

"When you're in the shop everything is in a bubble and your work kinda stays within the school, so it was really nice working on a project that meant a lot to other individuals," said Painting and Design student Beatriz Borba Brasil.

"This project had such a positive impact on the students, fostering confidence in their abilities and pride in their workmanship. Having their efforts showcased in the community will undoubtedly be a source of pride for both the students and their families and friends. Being able to point to their contributions and say, 'I was a part of that work,' is truly a testament to their hard work and dedication,” said Superintendent Davis.

PHOTO: Students, instructors and Lowell firefighters from the West Sixth Street Fire Station stand with two signs that students and instructors created for the station, which is home to Lowell Engine 6 and Ladder 4 in the Centralville neighborhood. (Courtesy Greater Lowell Technical High School) 
 
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Chelmsford Art Society Presents Wire Sculpture Artist Dave Johnson

CHELMSFORD: The Chelmsford Art Society is pleased to present an exciting wire sculpture artist, Dave Johnson, at the Cabaret Room at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts on April 10 at 7pm. For more information, see our website at chelmsfordartsociety.com.

While he was born in Massachusetts, his art and sculptures reflect his 40 year maritime international travels. His art includes woodworking, furniture making, creating nautical themed items, stone work, repurposing discarded items, house building, and now wire sculptures. The public is invited to hear this fascinating demonstration.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Chelmsford and Mass Cultural Councils.
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Chelmsford Annual Town Wide Cleanup for 2024

CHELMSFORD: Earth Day is April 22, so get a head start with the Town’s cleanup beginning April 15-21. Please join Chelmsford’s Annual Town Wide Cleanup by helping to pick up litter along the roads, neighborhoods, parks, and recreation areas. Volunteers are urged to wear bright-colored clothing and avoid stepping into the street while working. Together, we can keep the community a clean and litter-free place to live, work, and play!

Sign-up and pick up yellow bags at DPW, 9 Alpha Road April 8-19, scan the QR code herein, or register online at chelmsfordrecycles.com. Plan your cleanup for the week of April 15. Please place your yellow bags at your home curbside for pick up with regular trash until April 26.  For more information or if you have questions, contact Chris Haley, Sustainability Manager at (978) 250-5203 or
chaley@chelmsfordma.gov.

Let the Chelmsford Recycling Committee know what awesome work you have done by sending before and after photos to chelmsfordrecyclingcommittee@gmail.com!
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MCC Spring Fundraiser  Raises Funds in Support of Student Scholarships

LOWELL: For over 20 years, the Middlesex Community College Foundation has hosted the Celebrity Forum, a spring fundraiser that brings well-known personalities to Greater Lowell for the educational and cultural enrichment of area residents. On April 25, MCC will welcome award-winning singer, author and humanitarian Dionne Warwick to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium to raise funds for student scholarships.

“I have received guidance and mentorship from the donors geared toward success in my field of interest,” said Ethan Muriuki (pictured), an MCC Electrical Engineering student, of Lowell. “As a result, I am more motivated, guided and focused on my studies in pursuit of the end goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree. In addition, I have been inspired to share and support others when possible, just like those who have played a part in my receiving a scholarship. I appreciate the financial support in my academic journey.”
“Being a full-time student, the MCC Foundation Merit Award has helped me with some of my financial burdens, making it easier to dedicate more of my time to my school work,” said Samantha Blaney, an MCC Dental Hygiene student, of Billerica. “Receiving this award will continue to encourage me to do my best. By being able to focus more on my program, I will be able to provide my patients with the high-quality care they deserve.”

Warwick earned more than 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records in her 50+ year career. Discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in 1961, she recorded 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including “Don’t Make Me Over,” Walk on By,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Déjà Vu,” among others. Known as the artist who “bridged the gap” with her soulful blend of pop, gospel and R&B music that transcended race, culture and musical boundaries, Warwick became first African American solo female artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. She is also the recipient of several coveted and prestigious awards, including the 2017 Marian Anderson Award, the 2019 GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2023 Kennedy Center Honor in 2023. She participated in recording the hits “That’s What Friends Are For” and “We Are the World,” and performed at “Live Aid.” Author of the best-selling “My Life As I see It,” Warwick was honored in a 2018 PBS Television Special “Then Came You” and was named a 2019 Ambassador to the Smithsonian Institute’s Year in Music.

A donor reception for sponsors will start off the event at 5pm, followed by dinner and the 7:30pm performance. Proceeds from the event provide support for scholarships for MCC students. The annual fundraiser is one of the best ways to support MCC students while having a great night out. The TJX Companies, Inc., proud Presenting Sponsor of MCC’s spring fundraisers since 1999, has returned to support this year’s Celebrity Forum.

“Our annual Celebrity Forum is one of the best ways to support MCC students while enjoying an evening of music and celebration,” said Sherri McCormack, MCC’s Dean of Advancement. “We are thrilled to raise funds in support of MCC students, while providing the Greater Lowell community with what is sure to be an incredible performance by Ms. Warwick. Thank you to all of our generous donors for making this event possible.”

Visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/cf24 for more information about sponsorship opportunities or contact McCormack at mccormacks@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3034. To purchase tickets, contact the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office at (800) 657-8774.