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Share the High Holy Days with B'nai Torah MetroWest

SUDBURY: B’nai Torah MetroWest and Cantor Kate Judd invite everyone to share the High Holy Days 5784/2023 at B’nai Torah.  
 
  • On September 16 at 10am there will be a Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, with Tashlich at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill, Sudbury, 1pm.
  • On September 24, Kol Nidre will be at 7:30pm.
  • On September 25 at 10am will be a Yom Kippur Morning Service, a Study Session with Cantor Kate at 3pm, during which you will read "In the Belly of the Whale: Can We be Better Learners than Jonah?" Read the story of Jonah and have an informal discussion of the lessons and surprises it has within. At 5pm will be Yizkor; Ne’ilah at 5:30pm; and Break Fast, 7ish (pm)

Requested donation is $100 for non-members adults (no fee for children under 18) to attend all services and programs. Register and learn more at: https://bnaitorahmetrowest.org/news/highholydays5784/
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The American Chestnut Story: An Orchard Tour

WESTBOROUGH: Join the Westborough Community Land Trust on September 24, 1:30-3:30pm, for an informational tour of the American Chestnut breeding orchard in Westborough. American Chestnut trees, the "sequoia of the east," once dominated North American forests. With their huge size and their ability to produce many bushels of tasty nuts per tree each year, they were a cornerstone of ecosystems and livelihoods. Chestnut blight has killed most of these trees, but exciting efforts are being made to bring this tree back to its former glory. Learn the fascinating story behind the work that is being done on this tour of the American Chestnut orchard and the surrounding property! Led by Bill Davis of the American Chestnut Foundation. Free, no reservation needed. Less than 1 mile of walking on easy woodland trails with one moderate hill. Meet at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive). Before leaving, check https://westboroughlandtrust.org/ for cancellations. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org
Trail map: https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/map_FishWildlife.pdf
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Sudbury Hebrew School Enrolling for new Academic Year

SUDBURY: The Chabad Hebrew School, a warm, welcoming and nurturing educational program, is once again enrolling students for the new academic year which will begin on Sep 10th 2023. The program which is now a popular and growing choice for dozens of local families, has seen its enrollment grow year after year, as more and more families enjoy the benefits of this great learning program. They provide:
 
  • Engaging and meaningful Lessons on Jewish History
  • Learning all about Jewish Values and Holidays
  • Lots of Hands on Learning including art, baking and more
  • Celebrating & Learning about Israel
  • A warm and inclusive atmosphere
  • Small Classes & Great Staff
  • The special Aleph Champ Hebrew Reading Program
  • Weekly Hebrew School on Sunday Mornings
  • Special Holiday Programs
  • Family Programs
  • Community events and celebrations
  • A beautiful indoor and outdoor venue for kids to connect with their learning and with each other.
  • The Program is geared for children ages 5 - 13, with separate groups for each age group.
  • For younger kids, there will be a separate monthly program.

No Synagogue Membership or prior Jewish knowledge required to join the Hebrew School. At Chabad of Sudbury, they don't have synagogue membership and dues and instead rely on the generosity of the people who benefit from the programs to be supportive in a way that works for their family. If you are looking to provide a warm, meaningful and enjoyable Jewish experience to your child and your family, you have found the right place. To read more, visit www.chabadsudbury.com/chs.

Sign up today by clicking here.
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NJWC's 46th Annual Harvest Craft Fair 2023

NORTHBOROUGH: The GFWC Northboro Junior Woman’s Club is now accepting crafters’ applications for a limited amount of booths at the 46th Annual Harvest Craft Fair, November 4, 2023 from9am-3pm atRobert E. Mexican Middle School,  145 Lincoln Street.This is a juried show requiring that all items are handmade. Please visit NJWC’S website for applications and more show details: www.northborojuniors.org/craft-fair.html 

The Northboro Junior Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that has been active in Northboro for over 40 years. They support community projects in Northboro as well as internationally. The Harvest Fair is the club’s major fundraiser.
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Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins Marlborough Rotary Club Recycling Event

MARLBOROUGH: The Marlborough Rotary Club along with the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold their fall Community Recycling Day event on September 30, 10am-2pm at the Navin Rink Parking Lot, 451 Bolton Street. It is only $40 per car/truck load and one and all from anywhere in New England are encouraged to clean out their attics, basements, and businesses and get rid of their junk. Main Street Bank is offering free document shredding from 9am-1pm onsite as well!

Since the fall of 2011, the Marlborough Rotary Club created a one-day project for folks to recycle all their unwanted computers, electronics, appliances, and more. The event is open to ALL communities and is focused on recycling household items rather than adding these items in the landfills. Many things that have been sitting around in your attic, basement, or garage could be recycled at this Community Recycling Day event for just $40 per car or truck load. Items include:

• Electronics of all types – computers, CPUs, games, accessories, cell phones, VCRs laptops, cameras,
cables, wires, keyboards, mice
• All electrical equipment – small appliances, motors, shop equipment, heaters, fans, extension cords,
lamps
• Vehicle batteries, cars, boats, RV’s etc.
• Large appliances – washers, dryers, microwaves, AC units, freezers, refrigerators without Freon
• Yard and lawn equipment – mowers and snow blowers (no fluids), chain saws, weed whackers, power
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• Televisions – $40 any size
• Computer Monitors – $25 each
• Audio speakers – $20 per pair
• Child car seats – $20 each with fabric removed
• Household vacuums $20 each
• Treadmills $25 each
• Appliance with Freon -- large $25, small $15
• Lithium-Ion Batteries (i.e., power tools) $5.00
• Lead acid batteries (i.e., yard equipment, cars, boats, RVs $10 each
• Small batteries (i.e., AA, AAA, C, D) $5/quart

Unfortunately, arrangements with the recycling company do not allow the collection of wood, plastic, tires, mattresses, textiles, hoses, glass, pool liners or large children’s plastic toys.

“We have been so excited about this event!” remarked Community Recycle Day event Chairperson Elaine McDonald who started the event in 2011. “With our partners, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, we will be joining us again in this project to help our neighbors clean out their unwanted items while cleaning up the environment.”

“The environmental impact keeps growing year after year. We have recycled over 100,000 pounds – or more than 50 tons! That’s huge!” McDonald concluded.

It is open to ALL communities in MA, CT, NH, RI, ME, & VT! Please call Elaine directly at (978) 875-0097 or email elaine@elainemcdonald.com with any questions that you might have about the event. For more information, visit www.marlboroughrotary.org and www.marlboroughchamber.org.
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St. Stephen Summer Service Week Benefits Local Groups

MARLBOROUGH: St. Stephen Lutheran Church parishioners and their friends stuffed backpacks, made greeting cards, created no-sew quilts, turned paper bags into art projects and filled them with snacks at the Marlborough church’s second annual Summer Service Week earlier this month. The 4-evening program addressed themes of hunger, health and wellness, education, and kindness. Following a light supper each night, Pastor Rheanna Goodrich, accompanied by youth members Kaili Goodrich and Lily Ruggiere, presented a Bible-based skit on the day’s theme before the service project began. Stephanie Ruggiere (Shrewsbury), Dianne Bruno (Hudson), Beth Warner (Stow) and Heidi Richard (Worcester) organized and coordinated St. Stephen Summer Service Week.

A variety of local organizations, children, families, and seniors will benefit from the activities of nearly two dozen church volunteers. Forty snack bags were targeted for Our Father’s Table; 10 completed fleece quilts, many in kid-friendly patterns went to Fresh Start Furniture Bank, along with 25 bags of
toiletries. The United Way will distribute the 26 backpacks, filled with pencils and sharpeners, rulers, calculators, scissors and more to children who can’t afford school supplies. Greeting cards and bags of treats were delivered by the pastor to the Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Worcester.

Summer Service Week was a Thrivent Action Team event. Thrivent is a Fortune 500 financial services company that sponsors generosity programs. Thrivent members from St. Stephen applied for funding for materials and supplies for the various projects. Thrivent also provided “Live Generously” themed tee-shirts for volunteers. For more information about the church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com or the church’s Facebook page.
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2023 Cere-Bration Walk, Roll & Run

WESTBOROUGH/BOURNE: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is pleased to announce that the 2023 Cere-Bration Walk, Roll & Run will be held on September 23 at the Buzzards Bay Recreational Area, Cape Cod Canal, 110 Main Street, Bourne, MA 02532. The Cere-Bration: is a statewide fundraiser that will bring together individuals and teams to support those affected by brain injury, connect brain injury survivors in their community, and provide brain injury awareness.  Funds raised at the event provide programs to survivors, caregivers, and professionals across the state in prevention, education, advocacy, and support. By attending Cere-Bration, you’re fighting for a better quality of life for those affected by brain injury! For more information, email events@biama.org. To register visit Cere-Bration Walk. Roll. Run. (biama.org).
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Water Safety Reminders

According to the American Red Cross, 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and on average two of those deaths are children under age 14. Additionally, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. To ensure everyone’s safety in the water this summer, the Hudson Fire Department would like to remind residents of the following safety tips for kayakers, paddlers and recreational boaters courtesy of the American Canoe Association:
 
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or fishing, even if you don’t intend to enter the water.
  • Children under the age of 12 must always wear a life jacket in a public body of water.
  • Be a competent swimmer with the ability to handle oneself underwater, moving water, surf or current. Keep the craft under control. Do not enter a rapid unless you are reasonably sure you can navigate it or swim the entire rapid in case you capsize.
  • Keep a lookout for hazards and avoid them. Watch for fog, especially on coastal waters.
  • Know your physical limitations.
  • Group members need to constantly assess the behavior of others in their group.

For those swimming in the ocean, lakes, ponds or pools, the Hudson Fire Department also provides the following safety tips from the American Red Cross:
 
  • Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a body of water, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.
  • Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present. Even if lifeguards are present, you (or another responsible adult) should stay with your children.
  • If a child is missing, always check the body of water that they were near or swimming in first.
  • Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in, such as river currents, ocean rip current, underwater hazards including vegetation and animals, and more.
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs (including certain prescription medications) before or during swimming or diving, or while supervising swimmers.
  • Recognize the signs of someone in trouble and shout for help. A swimmer needs immediate help if they:
    • Are not making forward progress in the water.
    • Are vertical in the water but unable to move or tread water.
    • Are motionless and face down in the water.
  • If someone is drowning or experiencing an emergency in the water:
    • Rescue and remove the person from the water (without putting yourself in danger).
    • Ask someone to call emergency medical services (EMS). If alone, give 2 minutes of care, then call EMS.
    • Begin CPR.
    • Use an AED if available and transfer care to advanced life support.
  • Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency occurs. Update skills regularly.
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Celebrate Farmers Market Week August 6-12

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH/MAYNARD/HUDSON/MARLBOROUGH: August 6-12 has been designated 2023 National Farmers Market Week. This celebration of Farmers' Markets recognizes how they increase access to fresh food, support local farmers and food producers and build community.

Summer produce is reaching its peak with corn, tomatoes, and beans all available. During the week, there are many opportunities for area residents to visit one or more farmers markets. On Sunday, the Acton-Boxborough Farmers’ Market is held from 10am–1pm, abfarmersmarket.org. On Tuesday, visit the Hudson Farmers Market from 4-7 pm on Main St in front of Town Hall. facebook.com/hudsonsfarmersmarket.  On Saturday, the Maynard Farmers’ Market runs from 9am-1pm in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main St,  MaynardFarmersMarket.com and the Marlborough Farmers Market from 9am-1pm, facebook.com/Marlborough-Farmers-Market-306000149747102  The Markets in Marlborough, Hudson and Maynard are all easily accessible from the Assabet River Rail Trail facebook.com/AssabetRiverRailTrail

In addition to offerings such as local fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, baked goods, meats, dairy, coffee, hot sauces, cider, wine and other specialty items, most farmers' markets are gathering places that often feature artisans, musical performances, community information and kids’ activities. Many MA Farmers' Markets also accept Senior / WIC Farmers' Market coupons and SNAP benefits. Check the individual market websites for details.  Let's make this the week everyone visits a farmers' market to find out what all the excitement is about!
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Zhang to Discuss Life in Communist China in Presentation to Marlborough Republicans

MARLBOROUGH: On July 30 from 2-5pm at the Masonic Hall on Main Street, the Marlborough Republican Party will welcome Jennifer Zhang who will discuss the dangers of communism. Zhang will highlight how this danger is infiltrating public schools and other aspects of life within the US. During her presentation, she will delve into the “fine print” of communism that led to her escape from China following the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. A question and answer session will be held following the talk. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Zhang is the Founder and Assistant Principal of the Winchester School of Chinese Culture. She is also a Coordinator for New Tang Dynasty Television.

The Marlborough Republican City Committee (MRCC) is the Republican Party organization for the City of Marlborough. The MRCC has raised over $1.7 Million over the last decade, making it
a major force in state & local politics. The Boston Globe called the MRCC the “Epicenter…of the MassGOP.”
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Lindsey Ketchel Named Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees

SUDBURY: Conservation leader Lindsey Ketchel has been appointed executive director of Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a nonprofit land trust that conserves natural areas and farmland in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Ms. Ketchel replaces Lisa Vernegaard, who is retiring at the end of July.

“After a nationwide search produced an impressive and diverse pool of candidates, the SVT Board of Directors is very excited to welcome Lindsey Ketchel as our next executive director,” said Karin Paquin, SVT Board President. “Lindsey is an accomplished land trust leader with a deep commitment to land protection and a genuine, open, and thoughtful approach when interacting with people.”

For over 25 years, Ketchel has worked in the fields of land conservation, environmental advocacy, sustainable agriculture, and climate resiliency. She comes to SVT from the Landmark Conservancy Land Trust in Northwest Wisconsin, where she served as executive director and focused on aquatic habitat protection in an area that includes the Lake Superior watershed, the St. Croix River, and the Mississippi Bluff & Driftless region.

Previously, she served as executive director of two other conservation organizations: the Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation in Minnesota and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ketchel focused on sustainable food systems in Vermont and served as Director of Agriculture at the Intervale Center in Burlington.

Ketchel commented, “I am so honored to be joining SVT at this critical time in conservation and land protection work. I'm excited by the chance to build on the existing protection strategy to protect additional resilient landscapes.

“I have been impressed by the dedication of both the board and the staff, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of SVT's wonderful volunteers and partners. As I absorb the amazing history of SVT, I can't wait to meet the folks and families who have made such a remarkable impact in the region.”

Concluded Paquin, “The board and staff look forward to working with Lindsey to build on the many accomplishments made under Lisa Vernegaard’s leadership. We are confident Lindsey will be a great leader for SVT’s next chapter.”

Ketchel will assume her responsibilities as executive director on July 17.
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Tips for Safe Fourth of July Celebrations

According to the state Department of Fire Services and State Police, Massachusetts fire departments reported nearly 1,000 fires related to illegal fireworks between 2013 and 2022. In addition to the 42 fire service injuries, five civilian injuries, and $2.5 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported about 30 severe burn injuries extending to 5% or more of the victims’ bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks. In 2022 alone, fire departments reported 106 fires and explosions attributed to fireworks, an increase of nearly a third over the prior year.

It is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks of all kinds in Massachusetts without a license and a permit. This includes fireworks purchased legally elsewhere and brought into Massachusetts. It includes sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, and other fireworks. Fines range from $10 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in the community to your local Police Department.

In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, residents are reminded of these key safety tips for Fourth of July celebrations:
 
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only.
  • Report illegal fires to the police.
  • Remember that alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix.
  • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights can be frightening and overwhelming for pets. Pets can become frightened and run from familiar environments and people, becoming lost. Read more here.

The Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:
 
  • Be mindful of pedestrians.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From 2017 to 2021, 1,460 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Fourth of July holiday period — 38% of the drivers killed were drunk.
  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving. Instead, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home safely.
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.
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Local Residents Earn Dean's List Honors from MassBay Community College

WELLESLEY HILLS: The following local students have been named to the MassBay Community College Dean's List. They achieved this outstanding academic honor for the spring 2023 semester.

* Jordan Gordon of Boxborough, who studies Business Administration
* Anna Roberts of Boxborough, who studies Computed Tomography
* Jordan Cedeno of Maynard, who studies Liberal Arts - Elementary Education
* Marina Schiering of Stow, who studies Liberal Arts
* Daniel Ryu of Wayland, who studies Business Administration
* John Wilson of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts
* Jacob Snyder of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts - Psychology /Sociology
* Andrew Eggleston of Wayland, who studies Computer Science
* Lara Shelton of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts

To be eligible for the MassBay Dean's List, students must complete at least six credits of college-level courses, be in good standing with the College, and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To learn more about MassBay, visit massbay.edu.

Kobe Henro Pet Food Bank Hits 50,000 Lbs. of Donated Pet Food Delivered to Hungry Animals

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SUDBURY: In just 2.5 years, Kobe Henro Pet Food Bank has already made an impact in the animal welfare world by filling thousands of bowls with pet food to feed hungry dogs and cats in need. As one of the few freestanding pet food banks in New England, Kobe Henro has hundreds of thousands of hungry dog and cats to help in the coming years. “We are growing at a rapid rate and are not only helping the animals, but owners who are facing financial hardship and challenges buying food. Our work is cut out for us and we are gladly on it”, commented Helaine Block, Executive Director of Kobe Henro Inc.

Kobe Henro Inc. a small and mighty Sudbury-MA based nonprofit helping hungry animals in need. For additional information please visit www.kobehenro.org.
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ARC Holds 14th Annual Gold Tournament Fundraiser

NORTHBOROUGH/MARLBOROUGHThe Addiction Referral Center (ARC) is holding its 14th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on August 18 at the Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough. Tee time is 9am. The tournament features top team prizes, longest drive, hole-in-one and numerous raffle prizes donated by local businesses.  The $125 registration fee includes golf, cart and dinner.

The ARC has been a vital part of the Metrowest area since 1972 and is recognized for 50 years of service to the community.  Supporting our fundraising event helps us disrupt the cycle of addiction and provides services, support,  and hope to individuals and families in the Metrowest region.  For information on how to provide a sponsorship or register to golf in the tournament, please call the ARC at (508) 485-4357 or find more information at www.theaddictionreferralcenter.org.
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Northborough Free Summer Concerts Back for Another Fun Season! 

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Community Affairs Committee is thrilled to announce the return of our free Summer Concert Series for 2023! The 5 concerts will take place at Ellsworth-McAfee Park (Rt. 135) on Sunday evenings from 5-7pm. Food trucks and vendors will be back again this year along with FREE face painting by Face Escape for the kids! These concerts are lots of fun for all ages!

Here is the summer line-up: 

Late Bus - June 25, 5-7pm: A band of dedicated musicians and TEACHERS known for pleasing a wide variety of audiences. From Johnny Cash to Prince, from The Beatles to Kings of Leon, this band prides itself on staying true to the originals, while bringing their own unique sound. The food vendors will include Northborough House of Pizza, Uhlman's Ice Cream and Yummy Mummy Bakery. 

Petty Larceny - July 9, 5-7pm: New England's #1 Tom Petty tribute band and brings his music to life!  Food vendors include Travelin' Bones Barbecue Food Truck, Uhlman's Ice Cream and Yummy Mummy Bakery. 

Zach Newbould - July 23, 5-7pm; 
Northborough’s own wowed the nation as well as Camila Cabello and Gwen Stefani on the hit show, The Voice!!! Come see why Zach was a fan favorite across the nation!!  Food vendors include Northborough House of Pizza, Uhlman's Ice Cream and Yummy Mummy Bakery. 

Squeezebox Stompers - August 6, 5-7pm: A high energy band who play Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans Mardi Gras Music and Originals while touring! Food vendors include Northborough House of Pizza, Uhlman's Ice Cream and Yummy Mummy Bakery.

Billy & the Jets - August 20, 5-7pm: Covering all the timeless hits from the musical icons - Elton John and Billy Joel. Food vendors include Northborough House of Pizza, Uhlman's Ice Cream and Yummy Mummy Bakery. 

For more information about the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, visit www.northboroughcac.weebly.com or find them on Facebook.
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Free Tours of  Sudbury's Historic Meetinghouse 

SUDBURY: In conjunction with Sudbury's 4th of July parade, First Parish of Sudbury is offering FREE guided tours of the Meetinghouse! Tours run at 10 am and Noon at The Meetinghouse, 327 Concord Road. You have driven past Sudbury's Historic Meetinghouse a thousand times. But you probably don't know who built it and when, why it is Sudbury's anchor to the past, why it was built on this hill, and what it looks like inside. Aline Kaplan will take you on a tour of the meetinghouse, inside and out.
 
You will:
 
- See hand-hews beams salvaged from the earlier, smaller, structure,
- See the Cole and Woodbury tracker-action pipe organ,
- Peer up into the clock tower and learn about the flatbed-striker clock that chimes the hours
- Sound the Holbrook bell that chimes the hours for Sudbury residents,
- Go into the Minister's original office,
- See the horse-and-buggy sheds,
- Walk through the Memorial Garden behind the building.

Aline Kaplan, a resident of Sudbury for 38 years and a member of the First Parish of Sudbury, is a professional tour guide in Boston. She has been leading architectural and historical tours of the city since 2013 and has a voluminous knowledge of Boston's history. She brings her experience to the meetinghouse tours and will make the building come alive for you and your family. This is a great opportunity to show your children inside the building they have been looking at for years and teach them its importance to the town of Sudbury.

Reserve your spot and read more about the Meetinghouse's history at https://fpsudbury.org/tours/.  For more information, call (978) 443-2043 or email office@fpsudbury.org.

NPT Announces Virtual Symposium: Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Exploring the Social History of the Outdoors

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FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust (NPT) will present a virtual spring symposium on June 21 focusing on aspects of the social history of natural spaces, from nature appreciation and inspiration to notions of territory, access, and participation. The symposium will explore humanistic and scientific approaches to this subject and how historical actions continue to affect societal and environmental change. Speakers include:

- Mardi Fuller: Communities of Color & Access to Nature - People of Color face systemic barriers to accessing natural spaces for recreation and have limited visibility in the mainstream conservation movement. The reasons for this are layered and complex, but date back to the founding of the United States, the original sins of dispossession and slavery, and the colonial imagination that positioned white people as landowners with practical and figurative freedom of movement while restricting the rights and movement of People of Color. In this talk we will explore the founding policies, cultural norms, and illusions that have led to the entrenched exclusion that People of Color experience today. 

Mardi Fuller advocates for racial equity through writing, speaking, and community building. A lifelong backcountry adventurer, in January 2021 she became the first known Black person to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s high peaks in winter. She lives in Boston, where she works as a nonprofit communications director and volunteers with the local Outdoor Afro network. She writes for Outside magazine, SKI magazine, Melanin Basecamp, and more. Mardi is committed to personal and corporate Black liberation and, thereby, liberation for all humanity. She believes deeply in nature's healing power.

- Kendy Hess: Greening Politics - We tend to divide people into "liberals" and "conservatives" -- and sometimes "libertarians" and "progressives" -- and then often assume that only liberals and progressives care about the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth, and any political theory can be green. One does not need to be anything but human to care about the natural world, and the natural world is not interested in what political stripes we wear. It's possible to advocate for nature and the environment without abandoning our existing political commitments, and it's possible to reach across the political lines that (seem to) divide us and agree about the needs of nature and the environment. You just have to know how to do it.  Join professor and former environmental lawyer Kendy Hess for a conversation about politics and the natural world.

Kendy Hess (pictured) is Brake Smith Associate Professor of Social Philosophy and Ethics, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester. She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, her MA from Northwestern University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Xan Chacko: When Life Gives You Lemons - In the early 20th century, the United States Department of Agriculture funded international expeditions with the aim of finding plant specimens for introduction into the agricultural landscape and new experimental projects in hybridization. One such agricultural explorer was Frank Nicholas Meyer, an immigrant from the Netherlands whose expeditions in Asia brought to the United States both celebrated fruit—such as the lemon named for him--and toxic weeds. The era of these plant explorers has ended, but their material trace remains in a variety of spaces and modes of existence that have hitherto been disregarded. Reading Meyer’s letters shows the authority and discipline behind his transformation from gardener’s apprentice to professional plant collector. These photographs and plants are understudied materials that enable historians to re-examine the means by which credit was received, given, and exchanged.

Xan S. Chacko is a Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the program in Science, Technology, and Society at Brown University. In 2018, Chacko received a PhD from the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis, with emphases in Feminist Theory & Research and Science & Technology Studies. Chacko's co-edited volume, Invisible Labor in Modern Science, which explores the people and practices that are crucial to the production of scientific knowledge but remain uncredited and marginalized, was published in August 2022.

For more information and to register, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.
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Outdoor Services to Begin June 25 at St. Stephen Church

MARLBOROUGH: Warm weather and abundant sunshine herald the beginning of summer as well as a return to outdoor worship at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 547 Bolton Street. Services will be held outside beginning on June 25 at 10am, and will continue on the second and fourth Sundays through mid September, weather permitting. Summer Sundays with outdoor worship will be June 25, July 9, July 23, August 13, August 27 and September 10. Worshipers can bring their own chairs or use those provided.

Following the Sunday service, coffee hour will take place inside the church building.
In case of inclement weather, church services will be held indoors in the St. Stephen Lutheran Church sanctuary. For more information about the church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com or the
church’s Facebook page.
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Reading Frederick Douglass Together in Sudbury

Athina Education and First Parish of Sudbury Co-host Event

SUDBURY: Athina Education and First Parish of Sudbury are pleased to be co-hosting Reading Frederick Douglass Together in Sudbury on June 24 at 10am. The program is funded, in part, by a grant from Mass Humanities as part of an initiative to bring communities together to read Douglass’s 1852 Fourth of July address.

The event will begin with a group read-aloud of Douglass’s speech on the front terrace of First Parish (327 Concord Rd, Sudbury—weather permitting). Afterward, everyone is invited inside for refreshments and to participate in a reflective community art project.

Frederick Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and lived for many years in Massachusetts. He delivered the Fourth of July speech on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. The most celebrated orator of his day, Douglass’s powerful language, resolute denunciations of slavery, and forceful examination of the Constitution challenge us to think about the histories we tell, the values they teach, and if our actions match our aspirations.

The overarching question for this year’s event in Sudbury will be, What does belonging mean to me? To learn more, visit www.athinaeducation.org/reading-douglass. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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AMSA Awarded $105,000 Cummings Grant

Funding will increase access to engineering programs for underrepresented students 

MARLBOROUGH:
The Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. AMSA was selected from a total of 630 applicants during a competitive review process. The school will receive $105,000 over three years.

The grant will fund a summer science experience to broaden student participation in engineering and increase access for underrepresented student populations in the AMSA and greater Marlborough community. Students in the summer program will participate in sessions at AMSA and at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Engineering Dept.
“AMSA is excited for this opportunity to offer students a new and unique view of our engineering program and also see what an engineering program looks like at UMass Lowell," said Christina Jagielski, chair of AMSA’s science department.

“Along with access to the engineering program, this program is intended to encourage and motivate students to grow their knowledge, understanding and curiosity about required skills and opportunities in STEM fields,” said Padmaja Bandaru, chair of AMSA’s computer science department.

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“The way the local nonprofit sector perseveres, steps up, and pivots to meet the shifting needs of the community is most impressive,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are incredibly grateful for these tireless efforts to support people in the community and to increase equity and access to opportunities.”

The majority of the grant decisions were made by about 90 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).

“It would not be possible for the Foundation to hire the diversity and depth of expertise and insights that our volunteers bring to the process,” said Vyriotes. “We so appreciate the substantial time and thought they dedicated toward ensuring that our democratized version of philanthropy results in equitable outcomes that will really move the needle on important issues in local communities.”

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 46 different cities and towns.
Cummings Foundation has now awarded $480 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 1,500 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Founded in 2005, AMSA is a public middle and high school educating students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to create an atmosphere of celebration of knowledge where children of all backgrounds and abilities excel in all subjects, especially in math, science and technology, empowering them to succeed in the workplace in our modern, high-tech world. We bring high quality education, typically available only at private or exam schools, to an all-inclusive, public-school setting. AMSA does not charge tuition, and admittance is based solely on a space-availability lottery. AMSA was ranked the #2 public high school in Massachusetts in 2022 by US News & World Report. A mission-critical fundraising campaign is underway at the school to put the most current science and technology into our students’ hands in earlier grades. Learn more by visiting www.amsacs.org.
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The Foundation for MetroWest Now Accepting Student Applications for 2023-2024 Youth in Philanthropy Programs

NATICK: The Foundation for MetroWest is now accepting student applications to its 2023-2024 Youth in Philanthropy programs. Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) offers high school students who live or learn in MetroWest the opportunity to develop leadership, critical thinking, and collaboration skills while giving back to their community. Designed for students entering grades 9-12, programs meet one evening a week during the YIP fall or spring semester. Participating students work together to identify community needs, learn about local nonprofits, and make funding decisions that have a direct impact on youth in the MetroWest region.
The Foundation will offer three programs this fall, including a new Framingham-based program, and two programs in the spring of 2024.

Youth in Philanthropy alumni have found the program to be a unique and valuable experience that they have been able to continue drawing on after their graduation from the program. One past student of the program, Riya Bahadur of Dover, commented, "If you are passionate about helping others, community service, or learning new things I would highly recommend this program. The program teaches you so much about the communities we live in and helps you learn how to best focus your passion and intention in impactful ways."

To learn more or apply, students can visit yipmetrowest.org. Students interested in the fall programs are encouraged to apply before the fall priority deadline on June 30th. Following the fall priority deadline, admission is rolling throughout the summer, based on availability. The priority application deadline for spring 2024 programs is October 31st.
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Robin Jubenville Organ Concert Gives Tribute to Philip Beaudry

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson is pleased to announce that Organist and Music Director Robin Jubenville will perform an hourlong concert of classical organ music in tribute to Philip Beaudry, former UCMH organist and Master Organ Builder. Over the course of his career, Beaudry built, rebuilt, restored, and maintained organs in over 40 churches, including the one at UCMH. Jubenville’s teacher, internationally acclaimed organist James David Christie, knew Beaudry personally and has said of him that “Every organ Phil touched turned to gold.”

The organ at UCMH was built in 1891 by Geo. Ryder as his Opus 161 and presented to the church by Joseph S. Bradley, Edmund M. Stowe and Russell B. Lewis in 1892. Philip Beaudry originally rebuilt the organ in 1968.  Beaudry was known to have a particular skill in the area of voicing, and he certainly brought this skill to bear when he rebuilt the wind system of the UCMH organ in 1991. Christie has said that he considers the sound of the organ at UCMH to be among the best organs in the region – “a hidden gem.”
“When I first heard the organ at UCMH I fell in love with the sound of it,” said Ms. Jubenville. “I think it’s important to acknowledge and pay tribute to the person responsible for that sound.” Ms. Jubenville first came to UCMH as organist in 2008.

The program will be presented on June 17, 2023 at 4pm in the Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH), located at 80 Main Street in Hudson. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted. Tickets are available online at BeaudryOrganTribute.eventbrite.com. Suggested donation is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, please contact the church office at 978.562.9180 or via email at administrator@ucmh.org.

PHOTO: Organist Robin Jubenville at the organ in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson.
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NVTHS Craft Fair Seeks Vendors

WESTFORD: The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Foundation's 11th Annual Craft Fair will be held November 18 from 10am-3pm (set up 8am-9:30am) at NVTHS, 100 Littleton Road (Rt. 110). Register now for this well-attended event - only 100 spots available! Vendor fees are $75, which includes an 8' spot and 2 chairs. Bring your own table or display. Click HERE for more information and to complete the online registration/payment. Any questions, email NVTHSFoundation@nashobatech.net.
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Pastor Rheanna Goodrich Called to St. Stephen Lutheran Church

MARLBOROUGH: Rev. Rheanna Good rich has been settling in to her new role as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church with a variety of events and milestones. She began her New England ministry in March during Lent, and celebrated Easter in April. With clergy from Central Massachusetts as well as members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in attendance, she was formally installed as pastor several weeks later. May was marked by the celebration of Pentecost and a baptism of a teen in a nearby pond. In June, she will preside at a baptism of an infant in church, and the confirmation of five youth members of the congregation.
Pastor Goodrich replaces Rev. Joseph Graumann, who left last June to return to his home state of New Jersey. Rev. Greg Mileski served as interim clergy while the search for a permanent pastor took place.

The new pastor says she feels very welcomed, and the warmth of that welcome has brought joy to Pr. Goodrich and her family as they settle in to their new home in Marlborough. Her family includes her spouse, Mara, and their daughter, Kaili. “The call has been amazing so far,” says Pr Goodrich. “The congregation has been so welcoming to our family, and super supportive. I am looking forward to getting to know  everybody here, working with people to figure out what comes next.” Her focus is both the church and the Marlborough-Hudson community. She notes that “a lot of people don’t know Jesus, a loving, benevolent God. There is so much pain and brokenness.” The call of the church, she says “is to help heal.”

Pr Goodrich comes to SSLC from Michigan, where she has spent the major portion of her life, but New England is also in her background. Born in Montana, she lived with her parents and sister in New Hampshire from age 2 to Grade 4, and has fond memories of outdoor activities. “We ran around in the woods all the time and loved playing outside.” Her family attended Baptist and Episcopal churches, but she came back to her Lutheran roots in Michigan during her high school years. Her faith was important, but Pr. Rheanna didn’t realize then that it would become her vocation and went on to earn a BS in English with a focus in Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. After graduation, “I quickly realized I needed a job and went into business,” she recalls of her time spent managing apartment complexes. “Then God got involved.”

Active in her congregation leading programs, and serving as council president, the thought of becoming a pastor emerged, but she was unsure “whether I wanted to take on the responsibility in my 20s.” She was now married - she and Mara will mark their 21st anniversary this summer. Talking with Mara and her pastor, eventually “there were enough signs that I couldn’t ignore it. This was in my heart.”  She enrolled in the five year program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and daughter Kaili, now 12, was born during this time. Pr Goodrich accepted a first call to a church in Au Gres, MI, “a lovely, rural community experience,” and a second call to Bridgeport, MI, closer to Mara’s work. Accepting her third call meant a move to Massachusetts for the family of three and four cats. “It is fabulous to be back in a place of diverse culture, people, language, and food,” she says. The family likes the outdoors, especially hiking, biking, and camping. Pr Rheanna also Pastor Goodrich enjoys creative writing, including science fiction as well as poetry. Among many new and old adventures, she would love to try snowshoeing again, take Kaili to Hampton Beach, to experience it as she had as a child, and all three would like to explore Salem, and the history of a very distinct era. “We were looking for a new adventure,” Pr. Rheanna says with a smile, adding that “New England is a homecoming for me and had everything we were looking for.”

For more information about the church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com or the church’s Facebook page.

PHOTO: Rev. Rheanna Goodrich, right, is installed as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Marlborough, with presiding minister Jeff Goodrich (no relation) and congregation council president Paula Blomquist, as the congregation and other clergy from Central Massachusetts look on and pledge their support.
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Art Installations Scheduled for June 10 for Art on the Trails: Transformation at Beals Preserve

SOUTHBOROUGH: The Southborough Open Land Foundation invites the general public to visit Beals Preserve to watch artists install their work for the 7th annual Art on the Trails on June 10 from 10am-5pm. This year’s theme is Transformation The exhibition will take place again this year at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve.  A juried exhibition of sculptural installations will be on view beginning June 10 and closing on September 17. The exhibition is juried by Sculptor Sarah Alexander, Creative Director, Hopkinton Center for the Arts. 

Sixteen projects will be exhibited from 21 artists. Artists participating are Lisa Barthelson (Rutland, MA), Ted Castro (Acton, MA) , Marie Despres (Grafton, MA), Holly Ewald (Providence, Rhode Island), Maxwell Fertik (Providence, Rhode Island), Gints Grinbergs (Dedham, MA), Matthew Haberstron (Medford, MA), Meagan Hepp (Brighton, MA), Linda Hoffman (Harvard, MA), Alexandra Ionescu (Providence, Rhode Island), Denise Johnson and the students of Margaret Neary Elementary School (Southborough, MA), Jon Laustsen (Providence, Rhode Island), August Lehrecke (Providence, Rhode Island), Hope Leeson (South Kingston, Rhode Island), Madeleine Lord (Dudley, MA), Gena Mavuli (Boston, MA), Margot McMahon (Oak Park, Illinois), Matthew P. Muller (Providence, Rhode Island), Hildreth Potts (Garrison, NY), Bridie Wolejko (Lunenburg, MA), and Melanie Zibit (Shirley, MA).

Art Juror Sarah Alexander said of the selection process, “It is always a challenge to select from many excellent submissions. I am confident that the work, while diverse in material and subject, will present a cohesive show along the trails of the Preserve. I look forward to seeing it installed!” 

Representative of Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) said, "The Southborough Open Land Foundation is pleased that the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve serves as the beautiful backdrop for the 7th Annual Art on the Trails. It is fascinating to see the intersection of art and nature as various aspects of the preserve serve as inspiration for the artists’ creations."

In addition to the installations, the program will include poetry written in response to the work and will be juried by poet Maura Snell. A prize winning poem will be selected from submissions by Scituate poet Joanne DeSimone Reynolds.  Learn more about this event at www.artonthetrails.com or by contacting Catherine Weber at (508) 523-3605 or cweber@artonthetrails.com.

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Sudbury Meetinghouse Presents Greg Greenway & Tom Prasada-Rao

SUDBURY: The Meetinghouse at First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Road will present an evening of folk music with Greg Greenway and Tom Prasada-Rao on June 10 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $25 in advance or at the door. Free parking is available at First Parish’s Meetinghouse or across the street, behind Sudbury Town Hall.

Greg Greenway is an American folk singer-songwriter. Musically, his guitar, piano, ukulele, and melodica reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces its roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. He has played at such notable places as Carnegie Hall, and he’s been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and Mountain Stage. He considers the height of his achievements as having “Driving in Massachusetts” played on Car Talk.

Tom Prasada-Rao, a musician’s musician, has had an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of  Sleeping Beauty, Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He’s touring again after being featured last year on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas. 
 
CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.
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Several Sudbury Town Offices Following Summer Schedule

SUDBURY: July 10-August 25, some Town offices will be following a four day (Monday – Thursday) summer schedule. July 14 will be the first Friday that offices are closed. Employees will work the same number of hours each week by working extended hours Monday through Thursday.

The revised summer schedule will begin July 10 and will affect offices in Town Hall and the Flynn Building. Offices in these two buildings will be closed on Fridays from July 14th through August 25th, with the exception of the Select Board/Town Manager’s Office and IT Department, which will observe their regular Monday – Friday schedule. Offices will be open to serve the public with extended hours as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-5pm.
Tuesday from 8am-7pm.
Friday closed

The following Town departments will be following this compressed schedule:
 
  •  Assessor
  •  Human Resources
  •  Planning and Community Development
  •  Tax Collector/Treasurer
  •  Town Accountant
  •  Town Clerk
  •  Veterans’ Services (please check website for office hours)

The following offices will NOT be observing the summer schedule and will be operating on regular hours:  Atkinson Pool, Building Department, Conservation, Council on Aging, Engineering, Fire Department, Goodnow Library, Health Department, Highway Department, Information Systems, Police Department, Public Works, Recreation Department and Select Board/Town Manager’s Office.

All offices will return to their regular Monday – Friday schedule beginning August 28.

Native Plant Trust Announces Mushroom Modulations by Christine Southworth, First in New Visiting Artist Program

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FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces its first Visiting Artist Presentation: Mushroom Modulations, taking place June 3 at 8 pm at Garden in the Woods.

The artist, Christine Southworth, is a Lexington, MA-based multi-media composer whose work primarily involves nature. Her new work for Native Plant Trust is an immersive performance incorporating music and photographs and video of mushrooms and fungi growing at Garden in the Woods and around Middlesex County. The electrical currents given off by mycelium networks are thought to be used as communication between different fungal fruiting bodies. Surrounded by her images of mushroom colonies growing and fading throughout the seasons, she will make music by “listening” to slight electrical variations in live colonies she has grown via electrodes placed on different parts of the fruiting growth and converted to sound.

"I’m absolutely delighted to be the Inaugural Artist in Residence at Garden in the Woods,” notes Southworth. “Making and presenting art in such a setting is a dream come true. Last summer I visited Garden in the Woods for the very first time and went back many times during the fall to photograph mushrooms on the trails. The amazing thing about Garden in the Woods is it’s kept wild through meticulous maintenance and its visitors actually stay on the paths, which allows not only plants but also fungi, lichens, and moss to grow freely. The combinations of mushrooms I found, thriving together, were unlike any I’ve seen before in the area.”  About the current project, Southworth adds: “I decided to make this into a multimedia piece, having read several articles and papers about mushroom communication. I built the “Mush Room” this year, a 3-walled room made of shoji screens which I am using as projection screens. My photos surround me as I sit in the room, with mushrooms I’ve grown and fallen logs covered in mushrooms from the forest, and using biofeedback devices hooked up to an analog synthesizer, I perform the mushrooms. Each time I play them it sounds different, and at Garden in the Woods this June, I am very excited to be able to perform them for the public for the very first time.”

Christine Southworth is a composer and video artist based in Lexington, Massachusetts, dedicated to creating art born from a cross-pollination of sonic and visual ideas inspired by intersections of technology and art, nature and machines, and music from cultures around the world. She received a B.S. from MIT in 2002 in Mathematics and an M.A. in Computer Music & Multimedia Composition from Brown University in 2006. She has been a member of MIT-based Gamelan Galak Tika since 1999 and has composed several pieces for the group and performed at venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

The new Visiting Artist Program at Native Plant Trust invites local artists to explore their art while working among the plants at Garden in the Woods and Native Plant Trust sanctuaries across New England. For more information and to register, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.
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Sudbury Observes Memorial Day

SUDBURY: Sudbury’s Memorial Day observance will take place on May 29.  All are welcome to view the parade or join the march. Spectators will honor an outstanding Sudbury citizen serving as Parade Marshal, listen to the patriotic strains of the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie, and hear musket and rifle salutes. The parade and ceremonies honor veterans of all wars that involved Sudbury’s residents, starting with King Philip’s War of 1676. During these Memorial Day events, the community especially remembers men and women who sacrificed their lives in service of the United States.  
 
Joe Bausk, a long-time Sudbury resident, will serve as Parade Marshall. Joe served with the U.S. Navy 1952-6, during the Korean War period. He was assigned to a Destroyer Escort, whose mission was to search for submarines, and an LST (Landing Ship Tank). Joe has been very active in Sudbury town affairs and has been a loyal member of the Sudbury companies of Militia and Minute, joining the annual march to Concord’s North Bridge.
 
The main part of the parade begins at 9:30am at Rugged Bear Plaza, 410 Boston Post Road, where the Parade Marshall and Boy Scouts will join members of the Sudbury Military Family Network and veterans’ organizations. All veterans are invited to join in the line of march. Uniforms are not required.  Civilian clothes which respect the dignity of the occasion (dark slacks, white dress shirt, and hat that signifies branch of service or veterans’ organization are appropriate).  
 
The parade marches east along Route 20, then north on Concord Road, with stops at the Goodnow Library Civil War Monument, the Wadsworth Monument (King Philip’s War) and the World War II, Korean and Vietnam Memorials at Wadsworth Cemetery. Musket and rifle salutes are fired at each stop by the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
 
The parade continues north on Concord Road. At Ascension Parish, Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Cub Scouts join the marchers. At about 11:15 am, the parade reaches Grinnell Park at Town Center for tributes at the World War I Monument, followed by the Memorial Day program.
 
The Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companies will perform musical selections, followed by musket and rifle salutes.  After the Girl Scouts and Brownies sing, the Parade Marshall will be recognized. Finally, the names of Sudbury veterans who have passed since last Memorial Day will be read. To conclude, taps will be played.
 
Parade Route and Approximate Schedule
 
  • 9:30am: Parade begins at Rugged Bear Plaza
  • 9:45am:  Civil War Monument, Goodnow Library, Minuteman Musket Salute
  • 10:10am: UNACC Ceremony at King Philip Monument, Wadsworth Cemetery, Minuteman Musket Salute
  • 10:30am: Rabbi Freeman delivers prayer for WWII, Korea and Vietnam as Service Flags are raised from half-staff to full-staff. Minuteman Musket Salute
  • 11am: Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Tiger/Cub Scouts join parade at Ascension Parish Church
  • 11:20am: Memorial Day Program begins at Grinnell Park at Town Center. Ceremony begins with opening remarks. National Anthem - Sudbury Ancient Fyfe & Drum Companies. Minuteman Musket Salute follows. Sudbury Fyfe & Drum plays "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Girl Scouts sing “My Country Tis’ of Thee.” Reading names of veterans deceased since last Memorial Day. Thank You announcements followed by TAPS.
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Post Road Art Center to Exhibit Ashley MacLure's "Mixed Feelings"

Unique materials and techniques used to explore past trauma, current hopes

MARLBOROUGH: The Post Road Art Center is proud to present “Mixed Feelings,” an exhibition of mixed media works by Northborough-based artist Ashley MacLure. The center’s newly-renovated gallery space will host dozens of MacLure’s works from June 3-30.

“We’re excited to host this captivating exhibition,” said owner Randi Isaacson. “With our commitment to showcasing exceptional artwork by local artists and fostering community engagement, the gallery provides the perfect platform for Ashley’s evocative images to make a lasting impact on the viewers.”

The works on display employ a variety of unconventional techniques, including collage, photo transfer, ink and Play-Doh, to explore MacLure’s feelings about her past and her mother, as well as  hopes and concerns for the future and her daughter.  People are sure to connect with these Poignant images.

“By experimenting with a variety of conventional and unconventional media I’m able to process my experiences,” said MacLure. “I have known abandonment, neglect, fear and incredible sadness. But I have also known abounding joy and gratitude.”

The exhibition opens June 3 with a reception from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Admission is free to the public, and the artist will be on hand to discuss her works and answer questions. The exhibition will remain open to the public through June 30 during the Post Road Art Center’s regular business hours.

In conjunction with the show, the Post Road Art Center will be hosting three workshops taught by MacLure on the techniques used to create the pieces being shown. The workshops will be held June 3, 17, and 24 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Signup is available online at postroadartcenter.com/in-person-art-classes.
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LSCC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Golden Gala Concert

LINCOLN/SUDBURY: On Sunday, June 11 at 2:30pm, the Lincoln-Sudbury Civic Orchestra (LSCO) celebrates its 50th season with their spring concert, “50 Years of Music Making” at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. The concert will feature Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, two world premier pieces by William Nicholson, Jr., and Dvorak’s Symphony #6 led by Pip Moss, Conductor Emeritus. The LSCO also welcomes back Emil Altschuler (pictured), acclaimed violin soloist with a selection of pieces with pianist Siu Yan Luk.

In his first year leading the orchestra, Alfonso Piacentini, a charismatic, young conductor and percussionist who also serves under Benjamin Zander as an Assistant Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth orchestra, shares his excitement as the group prepares for this ambitious program, “I'm overjoyed to be working with this group on some challenging, iconic pieces as well as premiering two works by our own managing director and in-house composer, Nick [William Nicholson, Jr.]. Embracing the new can challenge all of us in good ways and it’s been incredibly fun and rewarding to see it happen! We would love nothing more than to share our Simple Gifts with you.”

The LSCO was founded in 1972 as a way for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School students to experience the rigors and joys of performing great orchestral music alongside seasoned adult musicians. Now 50 years later, LSCO draws adult and student members from all over MetroWest. Former Lincoln music educator Pip Moss led the LSCO for 26 years prior to his retirement in 2013. Many of the musicians in today’s orchestra were members of the group under Pip, some when they were high school students. Reflecting on the opportunity to return to conduct at this milestone concert Pip shared, “I wouldn’t have missed it! Coming back and seeing so many familiar faces has been wonderful and I’m looking forward to the concert. I always enjoyed working with this group, people coming together with different backgrounds, from multiple towns and levels of experience to make music together. It’s heartwarming to see the group continue to thrive.”

Violinist Emil Altschuler, also back for this milestone concert, first appeared with LSCO in January 2019, along with his collaborator, Boston’s well know harpist Charles Overton. Altschuler is known internationally as a soloist, chamber music collaborator, and music educator, and directs the Altschuler Summer Music Institute in Rimini, Italy.

“As Managing Director of LSCO for the past 11 years, I’m excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this unique, talented group,” said William Nicholson. “This concert celebrates the orchestra, its members and leaders past and present, and soloists over the years. The music is varied, capturing a sampling of the works this group has played over the years. I hope many will join us to celebrate on June 11.”

The full program planned for the June 11 concert includes A Mighty Fortress – Brass Octet, by William Nicholson, Jr., Academic Festival Overture, by Brahms, Appalachian Spring, by Copland, Variations on Row-Row-Row Your Boat, by Nicholson, Adoration, by Price, Symphony #6, by Dvorak, and Violin and Piano Selections featuring Emil Altschuler with piano accompaniment by Siu Yan Luk.

Admission to the June 11 concert at 2:30pm is a suggested donation of $20 per adult. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School is located at 390 Lincoln Rd in Sudbury. The concert will also be livestreamed on SudburyTV. Go to sudburytv.org, Scroll down on the Main page to the Live Stream section and click on Watch Now for the Educational Channel.
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Open House/Member Appreciation Cookout at Recovery Connection

MARLBOROUGH: The public is invited to visit The Recovery Connection, 31 Main Street, during its Open House on May 26, 11am-3pm. Welcome is anyone interested in learning more about what this community-based recovery center offers. A non-profit organization located near Marlborough’s Main Street, Route 20 and Route 85, The Recovery Connection is hosting a cookout with games and ice cream sundaes. From 1-3 pm is a Member Appreciation program with guest speakers. Volunteer peer-to-peer support services help community members and families affected by substance use disorder, alcohol use and/or gambling. Drop by to find out about resources available to adults at any stage of recovery. For information, call (508) 485-0298. The Recovery Center is part of Spectrum Health Systems, a non-profit funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.
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The American Chestnut Story & WCLT Annual Meeting

WESTBOROUGH: Did you know there is an American Chestnut tree breeding orchard in Westborough? In this program by the Westborough Community Land Trust, learn the fascinating story behind the work that is being done there: What happened to the American Chestnut, a former keystone species in the eastern woodlands?  What is Chestnut blight, and how did the scientific community react when it was first discovered in 1901?  How did a single pathogen cause an entire species to become functionally extinct?  What progress has been made in trying to restore this "Sequoia of the East” and is there any hope of success?  The sweeping Chestnut saga will be shared in a presentation on June 12 at 7 pm, at St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles Street. Follow this iconic tree's story from the separation of the continents and the last glaciation to the current understanding of the Chestnut genome and advances in biotechnology.

Presenter Brad Smith joined the American Chestnut Foundation in the early 1990's, upon spotting his first Chestnut in the wild after reading a National Geographic article about this new organization.  He became a board member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter soon after its founding in 2000; he is a past president and remains a director. He has been involved in surveying, pollinating, planting, harvesting and crossbreeding Chestnuts for the last two decades.  Brad has recently retired from teaching Latin for 35 years, and has lived in Westborough since 1988.

Free and open to the public. Presentation will start at 7pm; WCLT Annual Business Meeting will follow the presentation at about 8pm. Non-members are welcome to leave after the presentation. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.
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NPT Executive Director Debbi Edelstein Receives Gold Medal

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces Executive Director Debbi Edelstein received an honorary Gold Medal on May 11 presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which continues a 192-year tradition of awarding medals to individuals and organizations for their contributions to excellence in horticulture for the public good.  

“Under Debbi’s leadership over the past 14 years Native Plant Trust has been transformed into a conservation powerhouse,” notes James Hearsum, President and Executive Director of Massachusetts Horticultural Society, who will bestow the award. “The organization has prioritized evidence-based interventions and has created and enhanced public data tools to enable professionals and the public alike to understand and intervene in support of native plant conservation. Debbi has cultivated and grown a vastly expanded audience for educational and public participation for native plants both in the wild and in gardens. Debbi believes in taking action, and has shaped an organization single-mindedly focused on its mission to save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use. The Gold Medal is awarded for the exceptional positive impact for native plants Debbi has had through her leadership of Native Plant Trust and the legacy she passes on for future generations.”

The Gold Medal was first awarded in 1846. Designed by Francis Napoleon Mitchell in 1848, it was designated for "gardens showing unusual skill in arrangement and management; garden superintendents who have done eminent service in the promotion of horticulture; other persons or entities for eminent horticultural accomplishments or outstanding service to this Society.” Later, the criteria for the award was changed to "for eminent horticultural accomplishments or for outstanding service to the Society."
Massachusetts Horticultural Society seeks to help people change their lives and communities for the better through growing plants. As America’s first established horticultural society, MHS has been practicing horticulture for the public good since 1829.
 
Native Plant Trust is the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants. Visit them online.
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Opera Scenes Showcase on “Love and Nature”

SUDBURY: Celebrate spring with songs of “Love and Nature,” being performed in an Opera Scenes Showcase concert as part of First Parish of Sudbury's Meetinghouse Concert Series on May 21 at 3:30pm. Don’t miss this chance to experience a delightful concert of arias and opera scenes that will feature Boston area opera singers Laura McHugh, soprano; Roselin Osser, mezzo-soprano; Giovanni Formisano, tenor; and Carlo Bunyi, baritone. Noriko Yasuda, principal coach at Longy Opera Production and Opera North (NH), will accompany the ensemble.

This concert will feature songs on love and nature by beloved composers Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Floyd, and Puccini. The singers will draw you in with engaging scene-setting narratives to enhance your enjoyment! Come and enjoy these beautiful and rich voices accompanied by our newly restored 1922 Model B Steinway in the wonderful Sudbury Meetinghouse venue! Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Free parking is available at First Parish (327 Concord Road) and behind Sudbury Town Hall (322 Concord Road).
Please contact (978) 443-2043 or  office@fpsudbury.org for further information or CLICK HERE.
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NPL Announces 8th Annual Trillium Week

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, will celebrate its eighth annual Trillium Week at Garden in the Woods May 8-14. 

There are few wildflowers as charismatic as trilliums. They are instantly recognizable and widely cherished by gardeners and wildflower enthusiasts alike,” notes Uli Lorimer, Director of Horticulture at Native Plant Trust. “Our collection of trilliums at Garden in the Woods became a Nationally Accredited Collection in 2013 through the American Public Gardens Association because of the breadth of taxa represented and the quality of our specimens. It is an honor to be recognized for this achievement and encouragement for the staff to continue to develop the collection with the highest standards of horticulture. Please join us during our Trillium Week, when these plants take center stage.”

Trilliums are relatively easy to cultivate, but like so many things in nature, do require patience. From seed it may be five to seven years before a trillium will bloom; clumps with six blossoms may be 50 years old or more. 

During Trillium Week there are guided tours of the award-winning trillium collection at Garden in the Woods on May 10, 12, 13 and 14. A self-guided audio tour of the collection is available on the Native Plant Trust website for download.

Twilight Trilliums is the signature event celebrating trilliums and provides an opportunity to stroll the gardens after hours while enjoying beverages and light refreshments from Decanted Wine Trucks, a local, women-owned business. The event will feature live music by guitarist/ composer John Baboian. John has been a member of the faculty at Berklee College of Music since 1980, is a voting member of The Recording Academy (the Grammy’s), and has been a featured performer on over 20 recordings. His compositions and arrangements have been featured on shows including HBO’s The Sopranos. Tickets are $30 members, $36 nonmembers. Click HERE for more information and to register for Twilight Trilliums.
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Give Your Stuff Away Day at Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

BERLIN: Sawyer Hill EcoVillage will celebrate Give Your Stuff Away Day (an international environmental holiday) on May 13. Residents will give away toys, clothes, books, media, computer gear, sports equipment, housewares, furniture, and much more -- just as in a multi-family yard sale, but all free.  Giveaway hours will be 9am to 1pm. Residents will lay out giveaway items in several designated areas outdoors; other possessions are off-limits. If it rains lightly or rain is threatening, giveaway items may be consolidated at certain spots under outdoor canopies or a porch roof. If heavy rain or severe thunderstorms are expected, a rain date may be posted online. Service animals are welcome, but pets must be left at home. Because COVID is still circulating and the event is often crowded, masking is strongly encouraged. Visitors are also asked to maintain some distance from others not in their group. Reach out to Sawyer Hill EcoVillage.
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Blessing of the Animals Multi-generational Service at UCMH

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals IN PERSON in the beautiful, historic sanctuary at 80 Main Street in Downtown Hudson. This multi-generational worship service will be led by Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann on May 21 at 10:30am.

“Our animal companions are often cherished members of our families, bringing us deep love and connection as well as laughter and joy,” said Rev. Alice. “This service will feature a blessing of the animals as we honor their importance in our lives.”

Well behaved animals of all varieties are welcome to join on leashes or in appropriate enclosures. There will be a slide show presentation of pets who prefer to be left at home, so they can be included in a distance blessing. Please contact the church office via email at administrator@ucmh.org for information on how to send your picture for inclusion. Additionally, all are invited to bring pictures or other mementos to honor pets on the Altar of Memory.

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of faith, religion, or spiritual affiliation, including atheists. Additional information, including links to services, is available at www.ucmh.org           
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All-You-Can-Eat BBQ for a Great Cause

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON: The scouts of Hudson Troop 77, Hudson Troop 2, Marlboro Troop 2 and Assabet Valley Crew 23 invite the community to an all-you-can-eat BBQ fundraiser, benefiting Scouting activities and community service projects. The event will be held May 21 at Jacobs Hall in the Marlboro Masonic Building at 8 Newton Street in Marlborough. Participants can enjoy endless food catered by Stevie’s Cafe, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Tickets are $20/adult (11+); $15/child (10 and under) and are available online at https://scout-all-you-can-eat-bbq.square.site for a preferred seating time (11-12, 12-1, 1-2 or 2-3).
 
Scouting supports youth ages 11-18 as they engage in community service projects, conservation activism, and  outdoor exploration while developing lifelong skills. Participants have gone on to become leaders in their community, school and career as they go forward while giving back to others. Your support at this event helps the Troops and Crew with supplies for future projects and supports scouting activities so that no one is limited by financial cost. If you have any questions on this event please email fundraiser.hudsontroop77@gmail.com.
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Sudbury Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale

SUDBURY: This year, The Sudbury Garden Club is featuring a two-part plant sale. The Online Plant Shop will run online from May 1-10 with pick-up on May 13 from 9-11am in the Peter Noyes School Parking Lot. The Live Sale on May 13 runs from 9am-12pm in front of the Town Hall. Their famous Bake Sale will be back, too! Look for your favorite items from past years and explore our new ones. Whether you’re looking for a special gift for Mom or you’re ready to add color and variety to your  garden, you’ll find a great assortment of nursery-quality annuals, member-grown perennials, hanging baskets, herbs and vegetable plants. Club members will be on hand to offer advice on where and how to plant or display your selections. These plants make great gifts for Mother’s Day on (May 14) and don’t forget to sample, or bring home, some delicious homemade treats from the Bake Table! Rain or shine.

The Plant Sale is the Club’s major fund raiser and proceeds benefit the Sudbury Community. The Club awards scholarships to Sudbury high-school students who plan
to study horticulture, agriculture, or environmental science. Funds help support civic plantings at Heritage Park, the Goodnow Library, the Town Hall, traffic islands and various Sudbury locations. Monthly meetings offer a variety of educational programs (open to the public) and their Community Outreach Program distributes small floral arrangements to Meals on Wheels, the Sudbury Food Pantry, nursing homes and other organizations. Members also provide flower arrangements for the circulation desk at the library.

The SGC coordinates the local garden clubs’ decorating of the Wayside Inn for the holidays and participates in decorating the Hosmer House. New members are always welcome. For more information, follow them on Facebook or visit www.sudburygardenclub.org.
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Kaleidoscope Unveiled at Unitarian Church of Marlboro & Hudson: Open for Viewing at Hudson ArtsFest

HUDSON/MARLBOROUGH: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) is pleased to announce the recent unveiling of a human-sized, fully functional kaleidoscope created by local artist and UCMH member Elisa Abatsis. Handcrafted with items used in various Sunday Services, the shifting patterns inside the kaleidoscope include gems and sand from the sharing of joys and sorrows, as well as wax from the Christmas Eve candlelight service and artificial flower petals from springtime services.

“The kaleidoscope was built to express my appreciation for the congregational relationships I've formed at the Unitarian Church of Marlboro and Hudson,” Ms. Abatsis said. “We come from different backgrounds and experiences, but our shared values of love, compassion, and understanding unite us. When we come together, we create a community that is both supportive and challenging. We learn from each other, grow together, and support each other. The kaleidoscope reminds us that even the most ordinary things can be transformed into something beautiful through collaboration and deep reflection.”

The Kaleidoscope will be on public display during the Hudson ArtsFest on May 6 (rain date May 13). All are invited to stop by for a look! The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson is located at 80 Main Street in Hudson, across Church Street from Hudson Town Hall. For more information, please email administrator@ucmh.org or call (978) 562-9180.
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Hundredth Town Chorus Presents Two Free Concerts

WESTBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH: The Hundredth Town Chorus will present two free public concerts entitled "The Rainbow Connection" in May. On May 17 at 10:30am, the Chorus will perform at the Westborough Senior Center at 4 Rogers Road; and on May 24th at 10:30 am they will be at the Southborough Senior Center at 9 Cordaville Road.

HTC is an organization of women who enjoy singing four-part harmony in a relaxing and fun environment.  The chorus was founded in 1949 by the Westborough Women's Club, with a mission to share the joy of music by singing and entertaining at area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers. Today's chorus is made up of members from all over Worcester County, including Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Grafton, Framingham, Hopkinton, Millbury, and Uxbridge.  The chorus also performs at area events such as Westborough's Arts in Common and the Westborough 300th Anniversary Celebration.  Music includes holiday classics, Broadway favorites, popular music, and folk songs, as well as an occasional classical number.

HTC is supported, in part, by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Congregation B'nai Shalom graciously donates rehearsal space.  For more information, visit the website www.hundredthtownchorus.com or facebook page, email htc.chorus@gmail.com, or call (508) 847-2961.
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Register Your Child for BGCMW's Summer Program

FRAMINGHAM: Parents and guardians in the MetroWest community are invited to register their children for the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Summer program, open to youth between ages of 5-14. The Summer Program offers an inclusive, safe & supportive environment. Programing will be offering a wide range of activities to promote physical fitness, creativity, learning & enrichment, to combat Summer Slide, which refers to the academic decline that can occur when students are out of school during the summer months.

"Our program is designed to keep children engaged and active during the summer months," said Tammi Pudlo Framingham Clubhouse Director. "Our staff is dedicated to providing a fun and educational experience that will help children build self-confidence, develop new friendships, and create lasting memories."

Alumni Olivia Barbosa attests to the transformative power of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest after-school program. “I went to the Boys & Girls Club after-school program for most of my elementary school years and a few summers. I learned so much from the club and developed more social skills than I could ever have at school. My most vivid memories where the trips we would go on in the summer of 2012,” said Barbosa, Framingham Clubhouse alumni and now program staff. “It was such a fun summer for me. I remember going to Boston, riding the swan boats, going to Butterworth Park, and even winning my first “big girl” bike in a raffle at the end of the summer. I will always cherish my memories from my time at the club and the friendships I made from going there in the summer time and afterschool. “

The 8-week program runs from June 26 to August 18, at our Framingham Clubhouse, located at 25 Clinton Street. To register for the Summer Program or to learn more, visit www.bgcmetrowest.org/framingham-summer-program or call the Framingham Clubhouse at (508) 620-7145.
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UCMH Now Accepting Applications for New Crafter's Market: Deadline May 15

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson will host a Crafters’ Market directly across from the Hudson Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, from June 20 through September 26 (excluding 7/4) from 3:30-6:30pm. Local crafters who hand-make items of all kinds are invited to submit applications for a high visibility 10×10 space. Reserve a space for a single date for $30, or save when you commit to multiple dates. Full pricing details, along with an online application form, can be found at www.ucmh.org. The application deadline is May 15, and vendors will be notified of acceptance by June 1. For more information, please email administrator@ucmh.org or call (978) 562-9180.
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Help Create a Safe New Home for Survivors of Abuse

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

The Shower for Shelters is being held through May 5.  New unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at Spirits of Maynard, 4 Digital Way, Suite 3, Maynard or at Sudbury Wine and Spirits, 410 Boston Post Road, Rugged Bear Plaza, Sudbury. Requested items include: diapers, twin size comforters, sheets and pillowcases, bed pillows, towels and face cloths, unscented cleaning products and laundry detergent, laundry baskets, kitchen utensils, flatware, dishes, drinking glasses, small kitchen appliances, and other household items. Gift cards for the following are also welcome: Target, Walmart, CVS, Market Basket, Hannafords, Stop and Shop ($20-$50). For further information, please visit the Roundtable online at www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org.
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Northborough Garden Club Hosts Chocolate & Vanilla Presentation

NORTHBOROUGH: Delight your senses in this special Northborough Garden Club presentation of Chocolate and Vanilla featuring medical aromatherapist Nancy Engel.  Engel will share photos of an organic farm in Costa Rica which grows vanilla beans, cinnamon, peppercorns, cacao for chocolate and more. Learn about the growing and drying process, and enjoy tastings of different types of high- quality chocolate.

Nancy Engel has traveled the world to study aromatic and culinary plants. She trained as a medical aromatherapist in Provence with a French Medical doctor, and German chemist. In addition to the farm in Costa Rica, Engel has worked on the lavender and herb harvests of Southern France, and the fragrant Rose Harvest in Central Turkey. Her company, Goodness Remedies, makes products from these aromatic plants and herbs.

Guest registration and a $5  donation at the door is requested. Please sign-up online at www.NorthboroughGardenClub.com.
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The Ice Age in Westborough

WESTBOROUGH: On May 7 from 1:30-3:30pm, learn about how Westborough was shaped by glaciers with the Westborough Community Land Trust! Glaciers covered the land in a mile-thick ice sheet eight different times over the last million years. During this 2.5-mile round-trip hike around upper Jackstraw Trail, leader Andy Koenigsberg will take the group along the edge of Lake Chauncy, and north to visit a glacially deposited former sand and gravel quarry. Come away with an understanding of how New England’s rocky, hilly, pond-filled landscape came to exist as we see it today. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough. Go straight up the hill, past the soccer fields on your left. Then take the very last left turn before the parking lot for the condo building. Where that road meets the lakeshore, park and meet near the yellow gate. No reservation needed. Check for weather cancellations before setting out: westboroughlandtrust.org. 

Trail Map: https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/map_FishWildlife.pdf 

Map:  https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf
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Plug Into the Outdoors!

WESTBOROUGH: Turn off the devices and turn on the wonder! Join the Westborough Community Land Trust on a family-friendly afternoon in nature on April 30, 1:30-3:30pm. Spend some family time looking for and learning about the plants, trees, insects, birds, and animals right in our own back yard. The event will take place on the Gilmore Pond All-Persons Trail, so strollers and individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome! Presented as part of Westborough Unplugs week. 
Free, no reservation needed. Short, level crushed stone trail with integrated boardwalks.  Meet at the Gilmore Pond Trail Entrance, GPS address approximately 19 Quick Farm Road. Park along one side of Quick Farm Road. WCLT is a non-profit, all-volunteer land protection organization, and is not affiliated with the government of the Town of Westborough. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Map:  https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf
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Monarch Butterfly Presentation

SUDBURY: Please join the Friends of Assabet River, Oxbow and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuges for an inspiring presentation on Monarch Butterfly conservation. The program will be held at Great Meadows NWR, 73 Weir Hill Road on April 26, 7pm. For additional information or questions, email friendsofaroxgm@gmail.comLight refreshments will be served.

Monarchs are the most well-travelled insect of North America and a recent addition to the IUCN red-list of endangered species. Learn about their biology, life strategy, how their migration works, what challenges threaten the species, what restoration looks like and how you can be more "Monarch friendly".

 
Tim Puopolo is a former refuge intern and has been working professionally as a park ranger since with the National Park Service, the DCR, and the City of Cambridge where he is now. Tim is working closely with Monarch Watch to help restore Monarch populations in Massachusetts.