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Goodnow Library to Hold Film Screening of "Cycle of Memory

SUDBURY: Goodnow Library is pleased to share that it will partner with the Sudbury Senior Center and Dementia Friendly Sudbury for a screening of the award-winning documentary "Cycle of Memory" on April 26 at the Library, 21 Concord Road. Refreshments will be available at 5:30pm, and the film will begin at 6pm. Filmmaker Alex Leff will join virtually for a question and answer session after the screening. This film is recommended for ages 16+ and contains some strong language, as well as mild cannabis use. Registration is required to attend. Those interested should contact the Sudbury Senior Center at (978) 443-3055 or by email at senior@sudbury.ma.us.

"Cycle of Memory" tells the story of Mel Schwartz, Leff's grandfather, who escaped the Great Depression on a bicycle. Seventy-five years later, after Schwartz lost his memory to Alzheimer's, his grandchildren set out to recreate his life-changing journey and find those memories before they slip away. "Cycle of Memory" explores the importance of intergenerational connection, healing painful pasts, and leaving a meaningful time capsule for the future. To view the film's trailer, click here.
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Uxbridge Senior Center's Silver Club Plans Vermont Road Trip

UXBRIDGE: The Silver Club from the Uxbridge Senior Center is organizing a trip to Vermont on May 22. There will be stops at King Arthur Flour with a tour of their facility, Simon Pearce Company to witness the glass blowing, and the Vermont Country Store for some fun shopping for things you may not be able to purchase at other places. Lunch is included at the Alta Tuscan Grill with choices of Tuscan skirt steak, penne ala vodka, Sicilian marinated chicken, or spaghetti with pomodoro sauce and meatballs.  All entrees include a caesar salad and chocolate cake. The bus departs from the Dollar General at 135 Providence Rd and the Millbury Park and Ride at Rt 146/ Mass Pike/ Rt 20. Everyone is welcome to join the Silver Club on this and any other trips.  Call Sue at (508) 476-5820 for more information.
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SVT Storybook Trail to Celebrate Earth Day

SUDBURY: Beginning on April 15, the Storybook Trail at SVT’s Wolbach Farm will feature Dear Earth…From Your Friends in Room Five.  This story by Erin Dealey tells of a grade school class that exchanges letters with Earth about how they can help save the planet. It’s a wonderful story to read in celebration of Earth Day (April 22). Ideal for young readers, the Storybook Trail consists of 12 stations along a ¾-mile wooded trail that goes up and over a hill.  Adults and children can read the story together while enjoying a pleasant walk in nature. After walking the Storybook Trail, visitors are welcome to drop by the “Nature Nook” at Wolbach Farm to see some fun displays on the birds, pollinators, and animals in the area.

Both the Storybook Trail and the Nature Nook can be accessed from SVT headquarters at 18 Wolbach Road. Please note that the Storybook Trail can be muddy, so wear proper footwear. It’s also best to leave strollers in the car. For more information, and directions, please visit www.svtweb.org/WolbachFarm.
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The 2023 Louise Houle Annual Town Clean Up

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Community Affairs Committee invites all to take part in Northborough's Louise Houle Annual Town Clean Up on April 29.  The committee will host the weekend kick-off at the Pavilion at Ellsworth-McAfee Park, Rt. 135 from 7:30-10am, which will include registration and a light breakfast courtesy of Northborough Wegmans and Dunkin of Shrewsbury Street. Residents will be provided with their clean-up supplies at the morning event. They can clean their designated area anytime over the weekend and bags will be picked up on Monday morning by the DPW. The Committee encourages you to sign up ahead of time here: https://signup.com/go/fnXCrKH.

Also, if residents would like to clean ahead of the weekend, bags and gloves will be available in outside bins starting April 27 at 6 Mohican Avenue and 213 Indian Meadow Drive. 

During the breakfast, food items will be collected to be donated to the Northborough Food Pantry.
 
For more information visit  Northborough Community Affairs Committee on Facebook or visit Town Cleanup - Northborough Community Affairs Committee (weebly.com).
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Ed Kreutz Presents Revolutionary War Firearms

SUDBURY: Join Ed Kreutz and the Sudbury Historical Society April 27 for an entertaining evening learning about Revolutionary War firearms. Ed is a gunsmith and builder of reproduction 18th-century flintlock weapons. He is also a historical researcher and re-enactor specializing in the Revolutionary War for over 45 years. During his talk he will show examples of the weapons and accoutrements used by the combative nations as well as civilian firearms of the time.  Please note that the articles being presented are replicas and do not contain live ammunition. Free for SHS Members, $5 for non-members. Tickets available at Eventbrite.
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Save A Dog’s Paws in the Park May 7

SUDBURY: Save A Dog Inc. of Sudbury is hosting its annual Paws in the Park fundraiser event on May 7 from 10am-3pm on the beautiful grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Rain or shine, this is the place to be for a fun day where dogs and dog lovers can meet and have fun while raising funds to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats. There will be lots of dog games and contests in the main ring, nose work demonstration, a dog agility ring, kids games, bake sale booth, retail booth, raffle/silent auction booth, several vendors and other rescue organizations, and a food court for humans and dogs. There will also be an adoptable dogs parade at noon featuring dogs from other rescue organizations as well as Save A Dog, and an optional group pledge walk at 11am. The first 50 dogs get a goody bag! Admission is $10 per adult; $5 for children from 5-12; children under 5 are free - or bring in $10 or more in pledges and admission is free!

Many dogs and cats have passed through Save A Dog in the last couple of years, some with special issues and some with the need for medical treatments. Now that they are able to hold fundraisers and events once again, their ability to raise money to continue their mission will return with great joy from their volunteers. For more information about this event and the organization, visit www.saveadog.org.
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May Pole Dancing on the Sudbury Town Common

SUDBURY: Join First Parish of Sudbury in dancing around the Maypole, on May 7 at 11:30am on the Sudbury Town Common, across from First Parish, 327 Concord Road. All are invited to join Brad Saylor in learning Maypole dances and Tom Kruskal and the Hopbrook Morris dancers! There is no fee to attend this program. Free parking is available behind Sudbury Town Hall, 322 Concord Road. 

First Parish of Sudbury has been dancing around the Maypole for over 30 years—and we'd like to invite the community to join us in this joyful tradition— the coming of summer! Maypole dancing is a centuries-old tradition celebrated on May Day. It is believed to have started in Roman Britain around 2,000 years ago, when soldiers celebrated the arrival of spring by dancing around decorated trees, thanking their goddess Flora. These days, dancers weave ribbons around a pole rather than a tree, celebrating the arrival of spring. For more information, call (978) 443-2043, email office@fpsudbury.org, or visit https://fpsudbury.org/mayday23.
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Sudbury Garden Club Annual Plant Sale May 13

SUDBURY: The Sudbury Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale will be held May 13. This year, they are featuring a two-part sale. The Online Plant Shop will run online at sudburygardenclub.org 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. These plants make great gifts for Mother’s Day!

This sale is the Club's only source of revenue which supports all their activities, monthly meetings (open to the public and offering a variety of educational programs), their Community Outreach program which distributes small floral arrangements to Meals on Wheels, the Sudbury Food Pantry, nursing homes and other organizations, their Civic Beautification efforts throughout the town (Heritage Park, the Goodnow Library & various traffic islands), and scholarships awarded to deserving high-school seniors who plan to study horticulture, agriculture or environmental sciences.

Spring is a great time to donate plants and the SGC will help dig your perennials, flowers, shrubs, biennials, ground covers, ornamental grasses, ferns, fruits, and herbs. They are happy to accept plants or set up digging appointments. Keep in mind that dividing your perennials helps keep your garden healthy and vibrant while doing a good deed for SGC. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about the sale and how it benefits the livelihood of the Club and the Town!
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4-Week Jewpernatural Course to offer some of Judaism’s Answers on Dreams, Astrology, Demons & Ghosts

SUDBURY: Paranormal beliefs are rising fast. In 2016, 46 percent of Americans reported believing in ghosts, according to Chapman University. That figure has reached 57 percent, and since the pandemic, one in five Americans say they’ve personally met a ghost. And it’s not just ghosts. Topics like astrology, dream interpretation, and psychic abilities are rapidly becoming mainstream.
 
Although the resurgence of public interest in the paranormal is new, Rabbi Yisroel Freeman of the Chabad Center of Sudbury says we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Starting May 2 and running through May 23, he will be leading a 4-week course from the Jewish Learning Institute entitled Jewpernatural that unearths the Jewish perspective on dreams, astrology, spirits, and other enduring mysteries.
 
The trend toward the paranormal encompasses a broad spectrum of beliefs, including jinxes, demons, spirits, communicating with the deceased, and astrology. To satisfy this curiosity, Jewpernatural addresses everything from the role of angels and the efficacy of the “evil eye” to whether the stars have much to say about your future.
 
The course is open to the wider community and like all of our courses no background knowledge is required. The course will be offered online and in person and will run for four Tuesday evenings.  Interested students can see more detailed information on this course and sign upYou may also call (978) 443-0110 or email info@chabadsudbury.com.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest Honor Inductees Into Hall of Fame

MARLBOROUGH: The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest will be hosting their Hall of Fame Breakfast on May 18, 7:30am, at the Courtyard by Marriott. BGCMW will be honoring five individuals who have been committed to the Clubs – personally, professionally, and/or financially – throughout the MetroWest community. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Delma Josephson, Founder of Marlborough Girls Club; John Petrin, BGCMW Board of Director; Brent DeBraga, Alumni and former BGCMW Teen Coordinator; and Julie Horrigan, Alumni and former VP of Resource Development.

As a 79 year old institution with well-established roots in Marlborough and the surrounding communities, it is so important that the volunteers and staff who have been champions for BGCMW are celebrated. The breakfast is also celebrating BGCMW’s 2023 Youths of the Year. The Youth of the Year award is the highest honor available for current members and recognizes a member’s dedication, leadership, and academic achievement.

“The Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates individuals who have dedicated their lives to supporting the Club’s mission of building great futures for youth,” said Chris Duane, President and CEO, “It is an honor to recognize these individuals and to carry on their legacy.”

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, one recipient will be awarded the Ron Young Memorial Award. The Ron Young Memorial Award is a lifetime achievement award given to a dedicated supporter, volunteer, or staff member who has carried on Ron’s legacy in the Club. This year’s recipient is Barbara Masterson, the Director of the Happy Hours Preschool. Barbara has been the Director for 35 years and remains steadfastly dedicated to the community’s youth.

The Youth of the Year program honors current members for their outstanding achievements. These youth are on the path to building their great futures and meet the criteria to be future Hall of Fame members. The 2023 recipients for the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Youth of Year are Nihjae Perkins from the Marlborough Clubhouse, Lucas Pessoni from the Hudson Clubhouse and Nora Steiner from the Framingham Clubhouse.  Congratulations for Nihjae Perkins who was selected as 2023 Youth of the Year to represent BGCMW at a state-wide level vying for the Massachusetts Youth of the Year.

Tickets are open to the public and on sale now. Visit www.bgcmetrowest.org/hall-of-fame to purchase your ticket or make a donation in recognition of an honoree.
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church Packs 22 Welcome Kits for Fresh Start

MARLBOROUGH: Members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Marlboro, packaged 22 kitchen-themed welcome bags for clients of Fresh Start Furniture Bank, filled with cutting boards, measuring cups, strainers, mixing bowls, cooking utensils and more, and delivered them this week, along with specialty items, ranging from baking pans and cookie sheets to toaster ovens and wire whisks. Extra and additional items filled another half-dozen bags, and boxes with small appliances topped off a rolling cart as volunteers transferred them from the church to a vehicle for delivery to the Hudson-based Fresh Start.

The project was made possible by donations from those who attended the recent jazz concert presented by The Rebecca Pagano Quartet as part of St. Stephen Presents, a quarterly musical program. Music lovers were asked to bring kitchen gadgets or small appliances as their admission fee to the well-attended event. Many also made cash contributions. More than $500 was donated. Another $500 from Thrivent Financial was used to purchase additional items people who are setting up new households might need. (Thrivent is a Fortune 500 financial services company that sponsors generosity programs; Thrivent members from St. Stephen applied for the funding for the Fresh Start kitchen kits.)

“We were delighted to partner with an organization as exciting as Fresh Start Furniture Bank,” said Martha Domke, who along with Melanie Whapham spearheaded the project through the church’s Social Ministry team. “Fresh Start has been very supportive of our efforts and we feel confident that the kits will go to deserving individuals and families. We look forward to working with them again in the future. All of the volunteers at FSFB are happy, encouraging folks,” Melanie added. “It is hard not to catch their enthusiasm.”

St. Stephen Lutheran Church has supported Fresh Start in a variety of projects over the years, she noted. A collection of small furniture pieces is a potential future endeavor. For more information about the church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com or the church’s Facebook page.
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Special Ed Parent Group to Host “Go The Distance” Awards Night 

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council (NSPAC) will host its 13th annual Go the Distance Awards Night on May 11 at Algonquin Regional High School cafeteria, 70 Bartlett Street, 6-7:30pm. The evening strives to recognize district staff and community members who have made a difference in the life of a special needs student in the Northborough/Southborough school district. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.nspac.org/gtd. The nomination window will be open thru April 14.

NSPAC is a volunteer-run, positive and solution oriented organization of parents of students ages 3-22 with special needs, medical challenges, and learning differences in the Northborough and Southborough School Districts.  
Whether your child is already receiving support services or you are trying to determine if your child needs services, NSPAC is dedicated to providing information, resources and friendships to families as you navigate the special education process. 

Meetings, speakers, and events of interest can be found on the website at www.nspac.org or follow NSPAC on Facebook.
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AVM Host Latin American Celebration

MARLBOROUGH: Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present A Latin American Celebration on May 13 at the Whitcomb School, 25 Union Street at 7:30pm. Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director and Founder will conduct the chorus, guest Latin musicians will perform with cultural instruments, and groups will combine to perform the "Misa Criolla."

This choral tribute to the music of Latin American neighbors will feature Colombian tenor David Rivera Bozon, Andean woodwind specialist and flutist Gonzalo Cortes, and Alturo Duro, who are specialists in South American music, performing guitar, charango and percussion. They will join the Assabet Valley Mastersingers in performing the popular "Misa Criolla" by Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez. The program will also include shorter choral arrangements of folk music from Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela. Composers Carlos Guastavino and Hietor Villa-Lobos will be represented as well as folk songs such as “Alma Llanera” and “Moreno Faceira”.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.AVMsingers.org or at the venue the
afternoon of the concert. The price is $25; $20 for seniors and students. Proof of vaccination is not required and wearing of masks is strongly encouraged but not required. There will be a reserved mask only section for those who prefer that environment.  For further information, reference www.AVMsingers.org.

AVM programs are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cultural Councils of Ashland, Boylston, Grafton, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, West Boylston, and Westborough. AVM is also supported in part by grants from the Avidia Charitable Foundation and from Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.
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Benefit for the Arts: AVM Gold Outing & Dinner/Concert

BOYLSTON: Assabet Valley Mastersingers is hosting its 2023 AVM Golf Outing and Dinner/Concert benefit on May 22 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club. Golfers will enjoy the Mark Mungeam-designed championship course which has received national recognitions and numerous awards. Players will compete for a $10,000 Cash Prize for a Hole in One on the targeted hole, with ancillary prizes on non-targeted holes.

The Golf Outing includes an 18-hole scramble, contests, prizes, raffle, lunch and dinner, gifts, a team photo, and concert! Additional contests include: First Place and Runner Up Foursomes, Most Honest Foursome, Longest Drive Men, Longest Drive Women, and Closest to the Pin. The single golfer fee is $150 and $580 for a foursome.

Golf registration is available at www.avmsingers.org/golf through May 7, 2023. This popular event entertains both golfers and dinner/concert guests. Guests will enjoy appetizers, raffle, and dinner followed by a lighthearted concert called “What the Court Jester Saw!”. The Chambersingers, an 18-voice ensemble, will perform in the Music Room. Dinner/Concert pricing is $50 per person. Dinner reservations are required and available at www.avmsingers.org/golf through May 7, 2023.

Money raised at this event enables AVM to continue to bring quality programming to the community while enhancing the area’s cultural offerings. All proceeds from this benefit event will support the operating expenses of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization. For more information and/or sponsorship, visit www.avmsingers.org/golf or contact Matt Pietro, Event Chair at AVMgolf@avmsingers.org.
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SVT Announces Spring Programs

Area residents are invited to attend one of the many nature-themed programs hosted by Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). The nonprofit conservation group recently posted its Spring 2023 Program Calendar on its website, along with complete details and registration information.  Highlights include a Senior Walks in Acton, Wayland, and Sudbury (various dates in April and May); Unlock Your Inner Food Gardener (May 6); Spring Wildflower Walks in Berlin and Sudbury (May 13); a Plant Identification and Natural History Walk in Harvard (May 14); and a Full Moon Walk in Wayland (June 2). Space is limited and registration is required.

In honor of Earth Day, SVT will lead a History Hike Up Tippling Rock in Sudbury on April 22, at 9am. Plus, a special webinar on April 20 will explore how backyard gardens can contribute to climate change resilience.

SVT also offers volunteer opportunities for those interested in caring for local conservation lands. Upcoming projects include building a boardwalk across wetlands in Sudbury, creating a new hiking trail in Berlin, and pulling non-native invasive plants from conservation areas in several towns. New volunteers are also invited to attend the Spring Volunteer Orientation Session over Zoom on April 26 at 7pm.

Complete information about SVT programs and volunteer projects is available at www.svtweb.org/calendar.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest Appoints Five New Board Members

MARLBOROUGH: The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) added five new members to the Board of Directors. Joining the Finance and Operations committee includes Robert Borek, VP, Director of Operations at The TJX Companies; Margaret DeLanders, Attorney at Bowditch & Dewey; Christopher Tracy, Vice President, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and Jeffrey Tucker, EVP – Strategy & Risk Management at Main Street Bank. Joining the Resource Development committee is Angela Scott, as a community volunteer. Jason Kleinerman, a partner at The Rail Trail Flatbread Co. is also joining the Finance and Operations committee.

BGCMW Board members play a critical role in the success of Club programs for youth. Their responsibilities include setting the organization's strategic direction, overseeing its financial management, and ensuring that it operates in compliance with legal and ethical standards. Board members bring diverse skills and perspectives to the table, as well as a passion for the organization's mission. This varied board will additionally establish the Boys & Girls Clubs as a powerful supporter for young people in all the communities they operate in. Ultimately, the top priority is to give a voice to youth and encourage them to speak up throughout this year.
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

MARLBOROUGH: Parishioners at St. Stephen Lutheran Church welcomed a new pastor recently, and the warmth of that welcome has brought joy to Pastor Rheanna Goodrich and her family as they settle in to their new home. “The call has been amazing so far,” says Pr Rheanna.
“The congregation has been so welcoming to our family, and super supportive.”

At St. Stephen, the new pastor is “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 Rheanna 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 21 st 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 Rheanna 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 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. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org) . The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, welcoming to all. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow and Bolton. Sunday worship is at 10am, with Sunday School at 9am.

Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Awards Scholarships to Local Students for Upcoming (RYLA) Conference in June

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The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley announced that it has awarded scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June. The lucky scholarship winners are Nevaeh Duplessis, Vincenzo Porfino, Riley Dinjian and Madison Oxnard.

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 150 Massachusetts high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit www.ryla7910.org or contact
Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.
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Algonquin Regional High School’s Inclusive DECA Program Presents A Fashion Show

NORTHBOROUGH: Algonquin comes alive with style when the Inclusive DECA Program presents a fashion show on March 30 at 6pm at Algonquin High School, 79 Bartlett Street. Experience a runway show of eclectic outfits individually chosen by Inclusive DECA students to showcase their personal style with support from club advisor Zbysia Giegucz, their peers, and members of the Algonquin Fashion Club. There will also be a concession table with light refreshments. Admission is $8 at the door. Proceeds support the continuation of Inclusive DECA, a self-funded program. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support community food banks.

"Every year we set up a different type of business for the kids to be involved in from start to finish," said Ms. Giegucz. "In past years we have created a business model to make and sell items, but this year I wanted to do something different with them. A fashion show event lets them showcase what they have been learning about, such as appropriate dress for job interviews and other events. Over the years, it has been exciting to see how working on these business projects and events brings out the potential in each student and helps them figure out what skills they are good at. And most of all, they have fun!" 

Inclusive DECA is a business club for students with and without intellectual disabilities. Students learn the basics of business processes such as interview skills, marketing, inventory control, working in groups, money management, and so much more with hands-on activities to create products and plan events. The ultimate goal is for students to learn lifelong business skills that they will carry over to future jobs after they leave Algonquin.
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SVT Conserves Berlin Property

SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a nonprofit conservation organization that works in 36 cities and towns, recently worked with the Town of Berlin to protect 44 acres of open space off Highland Street in the northern part of town. SVT has given the name Highland Ridge Woods to this new conservation area. The organization plans to work with the Town of Berlin to create public hiking trails at the site.

The Highland Ridge Woods property encircles the new Homes at Highland Ridge 55+ community. During the permitting process for the housing development, the Town of Berlin required that these 44 acres be permanently conserved as open space. This resulted in the landowner donating the land to SVT.

“SVT was happy to accept the donation and permanently protect this land,” said Meredith Houghton, SVT Senior Land Protection Specialist. “The property features a rich diversity of wildlife habitats. It sits in a white pine forest with a mix of young and old trees, and it also plays a role in flood protection for the surrounding area.”

In the coming months, SVT will grant a conservation restriction (CR) on the property to the Berlin Conservation Commission. The CR is a legal agreement that will permanently restrict development and become part of the property deed. By holding the CR, the Conservation Commission can ensure that this land will remain undeveloped.

“The Town wanted these 44 acres to be protected as open space, so we were pleased that SVT was able to take ownership of the property,” said Carolyn MacDonald, chair of the Berlin Conservation Commission. “We have worked with SVT on several previous conservation projects in Berlin, so we knew the organization would take good care of the land and its wildlife habitats.”

The Town of Berlin holds a trail easement across the Highland Ridge Woods property. Together, SVT and the Town will create hiking trails that will give the public permanent access to this new conservation land.

PHOTO: The 44-acre Highland Ridge Woods property will be permanently conserved as open space with hiking trails for public enjoyment.
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Save A Dog Miles for Mutts

MARLBOROUGH: Lace up those sneakers and help some homeless dogs in the process! Save a Dog is excited to bring back their 5k Road Race - Miles for Mutts! Run or walk this officially timed, scenic 5k course. 100% of proceeds benefit Save A Dog of Sudbury's mission to rescue and rehome all breeds of dogs. The race will be held on April 8 starting at the Moose Lodge, 67 Fitchburg Street, and go along the scenic Assabet River Valley Rail Trail. Check-in and bib pick-up starts at 8:30am and the race starts at 10am. $35 for ages 18+ and $25 for under 18.  Dogs are welcome with walkers only. Register now for Save A Dog's Miles For Mutts 5K Race/Walk at miles4mutt5k.racewire.com. T-shirts and swag bags to the first 100 registered!  All proceeds directly benefit Save A Dog's mission to rescue dogs.

Musician Matt Nakoa to Perform Two Concerts to Support Sudbury's Historic Meetinghouse

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SUDBURY: Visit Sudbury's Meetinghouse for two concerts with Matt Nakoa—an accomplished songwriter, composer, pianist, and guitarist. Concerts include the Matt Nakoa Songwriter Concert on  April 15, 7:30-9:30pm, and the Matt Nakoa Songwriter Classical Concert on April 16, 3-4:30pm. All proceeds will go to support Sudbury's historic Meetinghouse! Tickets may be purchased at the door or online in advance at $25 per person.
 
Nakoa's piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. He now tours regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. Though not easily pinned down, “In sum,” as a recent review put it, “Matt Nakoa is musically adept, one of those well-kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.”

The Saturday night April 15 show will feature his original songs performed on piano and guitar. On Sunday, April 16, Matt will perform his original classical compositions on the newly restored Steinway.

Visit fpsudbury.org for details and the ticket link. First Parish of Sudbury is located at 327 Concord Road. For additional info contact office@fpsudbury.org or (978) 443-2043.3
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SGCC Spring Programming at Unitarian Church of Marlboro & Hudson

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH). 80 Main Street, is pleased to announce that we have resumed in-person programming through our Spiritual Growth and Community Center (SGCC). The spring calendar is in full swing, and new participants are warmly welcomed! Offerings include:
 
* Free Your Inner Artist! Second Wednesdays, 7-9pm in Union Hall ($5 suggested donation) – Freeform exploration of abstract art using acrylic paint and found objects.
* Open Creativity: First and third Thursdays, 7-9pm in Union Hall ($5 suggested donation) – Bring your creative project-in-progress, or just a desire to explore the possibilities in the company of other creatives. Coffee and inspiration provided!
* Pub Theology: Second Thursdays, 7-9pm at Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting (no fee to attend, purchase your own refreshments) – All are welcome to engage in deep, respectful, and reflective conversation over drinks. Theme changes monthly.
* FreeDrum: First Saturdays, 7-10pm ($5 for adults, kids under 13 free) – Dave “Drumhead” Curry leads an evening of high-energy, freestyle drumming and dancing that welcomes all ages and skill levels.
* New Age Spiritualist Collaborative: Meetings monthly, fourth Thursdays ($5 suggested donation) – Explore modalities such as mediumship, divination, energy healing and astrology with the aim of evolving consciousness by understanding our soul's place in the Universe.
 
For full information about these and other events, visit www.ucmh.org, or email the church office at administrator@ucmh.org. The SGCC is an outreach program of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson that provides inspirational programs, classes and events to awaken peace, joy, love, compassion, personal growth, and creativity.  All programs are open to the community and all are welcome.
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Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club Invites Walkers to Complete in 5km or 10km

HOLLISTON: The Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club invites walkers to complete a 5km or 10km (3.1 or 6.2 mile) walk route and join in on the Club’s Soup Social April 1. This is a walk-at-your-own pace, just-for-fun event “in your own backyard”. The start point is the First Congregational Church, 725 Washington Street. The 5km start time is 10:15- 11am and the 10km start time is 9-10am. The walk times are staggered so that walkers will finish shortly before noon when the soups are served. 
 
The 10km walk is comprised of two loops and the first loop, much of which is on flat paved surfaces, is also the 5km route. The 5km loop traverses through downtown before venturing into the Mudville neighborhood. A tribute to Casey at the Bat and Irish immigrants who originally settled Mudville will be seen before heading to Arch Street walking under a 1-arch railroad bridge, listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the smallest railroad bridge in the world. Walkers will then head up to the Upper Charles Rail Trail to Blair Square and continue on the Rail Trail. If conditions do not allow walking on the Rail Trail over the 8-Arch Bridge a parallel street route will be used offering a view of it. The second loop of the 10km route travels through the Thomas Hollis Historic District with stately antique colonial homes dating to the early 19th century.
 
Volkssporting events sponsored by Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club promote fun, fitness and friendship through non-competitive walking and biking free to the public. There is also an achievement awards program through the “AVA America’s Walking Club” call (774) 279-0740, email wkearnso@gmail.com or visit www.walknmass.org
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The Lincoln Sudbury Civic Orchestra Appoints Chris Brainard as Concertmaster

SUDBURY: Chris Brainard takes on the role of Concertmaster of the Lincoln Sudbury Civic Orchestra, a community orchestra resident at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School now celebrating its 50th year.

Brainard, a resident of Maynard, has extensive performance experience, performing in symphony orchestras, musical theater/pit orchestras, and chamber groups across New England. When she is not performing, Brainard teaches elementary and middle school strings in the Lexington Public Schools, where she's been inspiring young musicians since 2010. At eight years old, Brainard began studying the violin with Laurie Kennedy, principal violist of the Portland Symphony, in a public school music program in central Maine. After six months in the program, she came home and announced that she wanted to be a violinist when she grew up. She worked towards that goal throughout her formative years in Maine and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Boston University, where she studied violin with Yuri Mazurkevich, and received a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Connecticut. She began her tenure with the Lincoln Sudbury Civic Orchestra as a substitute player in the viola section in 2017 and was excited about moving into this role. “Being given a leadership opportunity was appealing,” said Chris Brainard. “I do a lot of section playing yet only a small number of people can sit in the front row. So this is a different experience and, as a music educator, it’s important to sit on the other side of the baton. I’m enjoying applying my leadership skills to this position.”

Managing Director William Nicholson is excited to have Brainard in this role. “I recognized the strong values and skills Chris has in her string playing along with her leadership skills and confidence. I am happy to have her valuable voice and expertise as Concertmaster and part of the orchestra’s leadership team.”

When she is not teaching or performing, Brainard is an avid hiker and backpacker, having completed the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, and is making plans to finish the Continental Divide Trail in 2023.

The LSCO will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a gala concert on June 11 at 3pm at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road. Music Director Alfonso Piacentini will lead the orchestra, and guest conductors Pip Moss and Luca Antonucci, both former conductors of the orchestra will also be featured. Admission is a suggested donation of $20.

Founded in 1973 as a community orchestra for high school musicians to work with adult musicians of Lincoln and Sudbury, LSCO begins its 50th year in operation. The group is always looking for new players. Interested amateur musicians are welcome and encouraged to contact the orchestra leadership by email at lscivicorchestra@gmail.com. Visit LSCO  at https://lscivicorchestra.org.
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Westborough Hosts Annual Town-Wide Litter Clean-up

WESTBOROUGH: Join Westborough's annual Town-Wide Litter Clean-Up sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust, and enjoy a drop-in Earth Day Volunteers’ pizza picnic lunch afterwards! Come on your own, or rally your family, co-workers, or neighbors and form a team to beautify our town! Go to https://westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-6 to sign up and choose an area to clean. Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the April 7, or if necessary, you can arrange to pick up. Clean your chosen area any day or time from April 8 to noon on April 15. Leave closed bags by the road in the area you cleaned, and they will be removed on April 15. Then head over to Bay State Commons on April 15, from 11:30am-12:30pm, for an appreciation picnic of pizza with all the sides and live music! For questions contact earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org.
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SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

AMHERST, NH: Plans are coming together for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc., so mark your calendars! This year’s event will take place on May 6 & 7, from 9am-5pm at Treasures Antiques and Collectables, 106 Ponemah Road (Route 122). Yes, pets are always welcome! The kitties and vendors have taken the necessary precautions and are excited to have you get out of the house and come visit with them for some fabulous finds, great “free” entertainment and most important of all, to help Kitty Angels!

Look for all your favorite vendors, including artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios, Artist
Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood, Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces, Food Vendor B’s Grumman Grub, Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Gabe’s Creations, LAB House, Shire Enduring Creations, Dubz Dyes, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, Blueberry Cove Creations, Damsel In Defense, Willey’s Whirleys, Baboosic Lake Gourds, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Custom Care Designs, Fiber Art by Eve Huston, Cam’s Shop, Amherst Animal Hospital and so many more. The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Jensing, North Sound Duo, Jeff Damon, Sunset Rhythm and Wildwood.


Featured throughout the fundraising weekend and into the month of June, is an electrifying raffle of numerous and diverse prizes, all generously donated by local and national businesses, professional sports teams, private individuals and some of the awesome on-site vendors.

Kitty Angels, Inc. is the sole beneficiary of this event. They are a no-kill cat shelter and are made up of all unpaid volunteers, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens, furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues and then placing them into new forever homes with compatible owners. They are a non-profit, 501(C)3 charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats. Consider adopting a new life-long forever-friend!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  
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SVT Expands Grist Mill Pond Conservation Area

MARLBORO/SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) recently expanded its Grist Mill Pond Conservation Area thanks to land donations from two members of a neighboring family. The conservation area, which runs along Route 20 near the Marlborough-Sudbury line, is home to native plants such as winterberry and highbush blueberry with impressively large and statuesque oak trees.

The nonprofit land trust has been protecting this wetland habitat since 1975, when it purchased 18 acres of land around Grist Mill Pond. The conservation area expanded in June 2022 when a member of the Hutch family donated an adjacent 4.4-acre parcel that further buffers the habitat. The area expanded again on February 24, when another member of the Hutch family donated an additional 2.7 acres for permanent protection.

“We were delighted to accept these two donations from the Hutch family,” said Laura Mattei, Director of Stewardship. “It’s important to add to and create buffers around wetlands so our native wildlife can thrive. Every time we increase the size of a conservation area, we provide additional protections for wildlife.”
 

Domestic Violence Roundtable’s White Ribbon Group to Host “Watching Dad: What We Learn from Our Fathers about Being Parents and Partners”

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SUDBURY: The White Ribbon Group of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable and REACH Beyond Domestic Violence present “Watching Dad: What We Learn from Our Fathers about being Parents and Partners” on March 20 at 7pm. David Adams, co-founder and co-director of abuser education program Emerge, will be the featured speaker. The event will be held in the Community Meeting Room at the Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road.

“Watching Dad” is inspired by the White Ribbon Campaign, which is the world's largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, and promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The in-person event follows the local White Ribbon Group’s virtual events in March 2021 and March 2022.
Registration for “Watching Dad” is encouraged at https://tinyurl.com/yc4refu6. While the event is free of charge, donations are always appreciated to help support the cost of this work. To donate, visit www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org/don-form. For more information, email whiteribbon.dvrt@gmail.com.
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Free Live Animal Show: Snakes of New England and the World

WESTBOROUGH: On March 11, bring the family and join the Westborough Community Land Trust for the always-popular spring free live animal show! Two one-hour shows will take place, starting at 9am and 11am. Meet some fascinating harmless reptiles you may find while out walking in Westborough, as well as some impressive specimens from around the world. Learn to identify, respect, and protect these fragile creatures.  You will be allowed to touch the animals—this show is always a big hit with the young and the curious of all ages! Presented by Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.

Plan to arrive early as seating is limited. This event will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow Street; parking lot in rear. There is no parking along Willow Street. Overflow parking is in Arturo’s parking lot, 54 East Main Street. (Walk behind the Arturo’s building to cross directly into the rear of the KofC parking lot.) No reservation required. Free; donations to WCLT gratefully accepted at the door. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  Also supported in part by the Westborough Newcomers Club.

 
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Assabet Valley Mastersingers present “Coronation Celebration”

NORTHBOROUGH: Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present “Coronation Celebration” on March 26 at 3:30pm in the auditorium of Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street. Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director and Founder will conduct the orchestra, soloists soprano Erin Smith, mezzo soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Charley Blandy, baritone John Salvi ,and the choral ensemble.

Herbert Howell’s “Behold, O God, Our Defender” was composed for Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation and performed at her jubilee and her funeral. Handel’s “Coronation Anthems” were commissioned for the coronation of George ll of Great Britain in 1752 and “Zadok the Priest” has been performed at numerous coronations since. Mozart’s popular “Coronation Mass” was first performed in 1792 at the coronation of Francis Il, the last king of the Holy Roman Empire.

Tickets may be purchased from www.AVMsingers.org or at the venue the afternoon of the concert. The price is $25; $20 for seniors and students. Proof of vaccination is not required and wearing of masks is strongly encouraged but not required. There will be a reserved mask only section for those who prefer that environment. For further information, reference www.AVMsingers.org.
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Northborough Art Guild Presents Bob Collins

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Art Guild's February 28 program will present Bob Collins, a well-known artist and teacher.  Bob will paint an acrylic portrait using a professional model while discussing anatomy, structure and planes of the face, set up and lighting.  This program will be at the Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street at 7:30pm with parking behind the building on School Street.  This program is free and open to the public.
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The Sudbury Savoyards to perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Grand Duke”

SUDBURY: The Sudbury Savoyards’ 2023 production is the rarely-performed last operetta of Gilbert & Sullivan, The Grand Duke. Performances will be at the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road at 8pm on February 24, 25 & March 3, and at 2pm on February 26 and March 4. Tickets are $25 for adults; $22 for seniors/students; $12 for children under 12. Groups rates are also available for groups of 10 and over. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.sudburysavoyards.org and click on “BUY TICKETS”. Tickets are also available at the door as available. The theater is handicapped-accessible. Masks will be required.

The Grand Duke tells the tale of a theatrical troupe of actors that conspire to take over the Grand Duchy of Pfennig-Halbpfennig, but are discovered by the Grand Duke’s detective. To save the company, a statutory duel is suggested between the troupe’s manager and his leading comedian. Drawing playing cards instead of weapons, whomever draws the lower card is deemed the loser and will confess to the plot. Things go awry when the Grand Duke hears of the conspiracy and impulsively takes part in a second statutory duel. Acquired identities, mistaken engagements, and made-up Greek words abound in this pinnacle of operetta. You won’t want to miss this rare and rollicking piece of theatre!
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Find Out about Affordable, Reliable, Clean 21st Century Nuclear Energy

The climate crisis is no longer hypothetical. It has arrived. The fastest way to de-carbonize the planet and reduce use of fossil fuels is to incorporate more nuclear energy into the regional power grid. Energy educators are offering free public talks to groups of all kinds – schools, libraries, religious communities, as well as civic, service and environmental organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, southern New Hampshire and Maine and northeastern Connecticut. 

Learn about modern safety procedures, the science and enormous power of uranium and thorium as a 21st century solution to meet the escalating world demand for electricity. Examine the fears underlying discussions of nuclear operations, waste and safety. Find out how modern nuclear reactors feed regional power grids with clean energy 24/7, and how other countries are developing this dense low-carbon energy source. Explore Eco-Nuclear Solutions, a non-partisan, volunteer, grassroots group of scientists, educators and environmentalists at www.eco-nuclearsolutions.org. To reserve a date to explore the potential of nuclear power, contact econuclearsolutions@gmail.com

The one-hour presentation is an introduction to nuclear energy and how it benefits the planet and the world’s people. Access to reliable affordable electricity is a gateway out of poverty, which typically leads to lower birth rates. Nuclear power is experiencing a renaissance as one of the most reliable, affordable and zero-carbon sources of electricity that requires minimal land. It is the only electricity generating technology that sequesters  and/or safely disposes of all byproducts which, along with its demonstrated reliability, makes it a rockstar to provide energy, the lifeblood of the world. The Seabrook, NH and Millstone, CT, nuclear plants provide 20% of electricity to the New England grid. Scientists and activists will share data, stories, slides and videos about the world’s drive for reliable, affordable and clean energy.

The team includes: David Butz, a self-educated living encyclopedia of nuclear energy, past, present and future; Carolyn McCreary, Ph.D, who served two terms on the Ayer Select Board and led the town to become a Green Community; Dale Levandier, Ph.D., a chemist with knowledge of nuclear physics; and other scientists and environmental activists.
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Assabet Valley Chambersingers present Turn the World Around

SOUTHBOROUGH: Assabet Valley Chambersingers present "Turn the World Around," a choral concert of short works and solos including madrigals, folk songs from many cultures, Vocal Jazz, and contemporary settings of great texts. The concert will be held on March 12 at Harris Auditorium, Fay School at 3:30pm. There will be songs of love and laughter, intended to delight, encourage, and bring us all together.

The program will focus on the theme song “Turn the World Around” which was made popular by Belafonte and the Muppets. The song tells us to understand our relationship with the earth, with each other, and with ourselves. “Breaths,” written in the African American folk tradition and made popular by the group Sweet Honey in the Rocks, also tells us to be aware of the world around us. Other songs will include cultural folk songs, musical settings of great poetry, and lighthearted songs intended to entertain.

The Assabet Valley Chambersingers is an 18 voice ensemble from the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Organized in 1983 by Artistic Director Robert Eaton as a civic outreach program in the greater Worcester and MetroWest area, the Chambersingers provide entertainment for a variety of audiences. They have performed at venues such as the Arts in Common Westborough, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Northborough and Marlborough Libraries, and First Night Worcester, as well as assisted living facilities throughout the area.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Wish at the door. For more information, visit
avmsingers.org/chambersingers. Proof of vaccination is not required and wearing of masks is fully supported but not required. There will be a reserved mask only section for those who prefer that environment.
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Baroque Diva: A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni

WAYLAND/BOSTON: On March 11th and 12th, Musicians of the Old Post Road returns for the second half of its 34th season with more live performances for both in-person and online audiences. In Baroque Diva: A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni, the ensemble will be bringing the musical presence of Baroque superstar Faustina Bordoni to life in two concerts on March 11 in Wayland and online, and March 12 in Boston. For more information, visit oldpostroad.org, email musicians@oldpostroad.org, or call (781) 466-6694.

One of history’s first divas, Faustina performed throughout Europe for over 30 years, from her native Italy to the musically vibrant Dresden court to cosmopolitan London.
Despite her incredible life and career, Faustina is not widely known today outside of niche musical circles. In their ongoing quest to shed light on overlooked musicians and works, Musicians of the Old Post Road presents a program featuring several arias and a cantata that were inspired by her immense talent, written specifically with her skill in mind, as well as instrumental selections by composers who played important roles in her musical career.

Grammy-nominated Teresa Wakim will be featured as the guest vocalist, performing outstanding and virtuosic arias by Pietro Torri ("Senti ti voglio ancor trafiggere quel cor") and Jan Dismas Zelenka ("La sua disperazione"). The program will also include two arias by Handel written for Faustina from his opera Admeto ("Luce Cara" and "Io son qual Fenice"). A tribute to Faustina would not be complete without a work by her husband, the outstanding composer Johann Adolph Hasse, so the ensemble will be performing what will likely be a regional modern-day premiere of his cantata “Pallido il volto.” Instrumental selections include the Flute Concerto in A Minor by Francesco Gasparini (which the ensemble originally revived in 2011), overtures by Handel and Hasse, and a trio sonata by Nicolo Porpora, who penned many arias with Faustina as his muse.

Instrumentalists for this concert include Suzanne Stumpf, traverso, Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins, Marcia Cassidy, viola, Daniel Ryan, cello, and Sylvia Berry, harpsichord, all of whom will perform on period instruments.

Sat., March 11, 2023, 4pm
First Parish, Wayland, MA &
live-streamed at oldpostroad.org
Sun., March 12, 2023, 4pm EST
Old South Church, Boston, MA

In-person Audience Tickets $10-$50, kids come free with an adult
Online Audience Tickets: $35 individual, $70 family, $10 students
Day-Of-Concert Rush Tickets (students and EBT Card holders only) are $10, availability permitting. Online single tickets and online subscriptions are also available.
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Jazz Quartet to Perform at St. Stephen

MARLBOROUGH: For an afternoon of light jazz, there is no need to “Take the A Train.” Just show up at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church, 537 Bolton Street on February 12 at 3pm. The Rebecca Pagano quartet, a group of well-known area musicians, will entertain with jazz standards.

The quartet will include Pagano, tenor sax/ flute; Alexei Tsiganov, piano, John Hotchkiss, bass, and Charles Weller, drums. Although the final play list is not set, Rebecca indicated a working list includes Cheesecake, Ceora, There Will Never Be Another You, Alice in Wonderland, I Could Write a Book, Voce’ e Eu, Sunday Kind of Love, and I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.

“I'm very grateful for this opportunity to bring my music to St. Stephen Lutheran Church and the greater Marlborough community,” Pagano said. “This band is cooking! We can't wait to bring some joy into everyone's day, and leave everyone with hearts and minds full of songs.”

Music lovers are asked to bring a donation to the Fresh Start Furniture Bank as their
admission fee. NEW kitchen gadgets, such as Pyrex baking dishes, cookie sheets, mixing bowls and cutting boards would be especially welcome along with “gently used” small appliances such as hand mixers and toasters. Cash donations will also be accepted. With a Valentine’s Day theme, refreshments will be available from 2:45-3pm, during intermission, and
after the concert.

The program is the second in a series of Performances at St. Stephen, with one concert offered each season. In the fall, a folk duo performed, and the spring program, still tentative, may feature piano, organ, and handbells.
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FPS Hosts Multigenerational Talent Show

SUDBURY: Join First Parish of Sudbury (FPS) for a delightful afternoon at our First Parish of Sudbury Multigenerational Talent Show February 11 at 4:30pm. Featuring Rev. Kathleen Hepler as emcee, singing, music, yoyo tricks, a dramatic recitation, a sea shanty, and much more! There is no fee to attend and pizza will be available for donation. FPS is located at the center of historic Sudbury, 327 Concord Road. Please see fpsudbury.org or contact (978) 443-2043 or office@fpsudbury.org for further information.
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Learn & Play Competitve Badminton

SUDBURY: Badminton demands constant actions: running, jumping, twisting, stretching, running backwards and striking. Players have been known to cover more than 3 miles in a single match! You will find that badminton is a fast, fun and social game that can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages. If you have never played badminton before, you will quickly learn the basics and join others in exciting games. Participants will learn the basic skills of badminton. Experienced players as well as beginners will be taught. If you are looking for a great way to have fun while getting in shape, this is the place to be. ​Bring your racket and we will provide the birdies.​ Sudbury Lincoln High School Adult Education is hosting a Badminton program that will run Wednesdays from 7-9pm starting March 8. For more information, contact  adult.ed@lsrhs.net, (978) 443-9961 x3326
 
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SVT Receives $10,000 Grant for Elevated Boardwalk

SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has received a $10,000 grant from The Public Lands Fund to build a pair of wetlands crossings including an elevated boardwalk at SVT’s Lyons-Cutler property located near the Framingham-Sudbury line. This 95-acre natural area features trails that encircle a small forest and run alongside two brooks that frequently offer views of a heron rookery in late May. The new boardwalk will enable visitors to cross the wetlands and link to trails on the Town of Sudbury’s adjacent Landham Brook Marsh property. SVT will start work on the project later this spring. (The Public Lands Fund is a program of Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation.)
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Free Talk: Clicking with Nature

WESTBOROUGH: Focus on nature photography with the Westborough Community Land Trust! Learn tips, tricks, and go-to gear from Westborough resident and award-winning nature photographer Nancy Wright (pictured). You’ll hear the stories behind some of her favorite photos, including several that are part of her portfolio that won the National Wildlife 2021 Photo Contest. The free talk (no reservations required) will be held February 12, from 1:30-3pm in the Westborough Public Library meeting room, 55 West Main Street. Check for weather and Covid updates before heading out at https://westboroughlandtrust.org. Contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org with any questions.

Local Students Named to Dean's List at Fitchburg State

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FITCHBURG: Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus has announced the students who qualified for inclusion on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. A student is placed on the Dean’s List for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the university full time.  Congratulations to:

Acton / Boxborough / Maynard
Catherine Abrams
Yilver A. Aguilera

Zainabu A. Bosungmeh 
Joseph D. Ditavi
Abderrahmane Garchali 

Ryan B. Kidder 
Carl W. Lindberg
Kyle J. Lindfors

Jonah T. Sallese 
Zachary J. St John 
 
Ayer / Shirley / Groton / Harvard / Devens
Chassity P. Boo 
Kaitlyn M. Bremer 
Jonathan W. Bremer 
Hailey G. Burke 
Savannah D. Caldbeck
Matthew J. Carey 
Andrew T. Esielionis
Emily J. Hanson 
Kayla A. Holland 
Curtis J. Holmes
Kabriana T. Kien 
Ryleigh A. Levensailor 
Brady W. Madigan 
Deven J. Muldoon 
Eli Norton 
Mishayla S. Silver
Megan R. Strout
Mark K. Terhune 
Danielle M. Varner 
Jing Wang
Stephen T. Wells

Chelmsford / North Chelmsford
David E. Kelley 
McKenna G. Moore 
Sara Najm 
Karen A. O'Rourke
Seth E. Rigby

Concord / Carlisle / Bedford
David P. Eisenberg 
Shujiao Liu

Hudson / Stow
Brian K. Boland 
Emily Cristobal 
Molly J. Flanagan
Isaiah French

Emily G. Hallsworth 
Nicholas D. Solimine 
Cameron J. Sousa
Dale A. Sousa 
Courtney M. Walsh

Marlborough / Sudbury
Julia M. Barnes 
Ava E. Hannon 
Kaleigh A. Morales 
Nickolai Voskanian

Westford / Littleton 
Vincent A. Colavita 
Erick K. Gakuo 
Benjamin R. Golash 
Kyanah Long 
Nathan S. Martin 
Edith Masembe 
Adam E. Quinlan 
Alyssa K. Ramirez 
Asha L. Speller 
Benjamin G. Stormwind
Meaghan J. Walsh

Additionally, Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus has announced the names of students included on the President’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. The President’s List honors students for consistently high academic achievement. A student is named to the list after achieving a 3.75 average in each of three successive semesters.  Congratulations to:

Acton / Boxborough / Maynard
Owen C. Thayer
 
Chelmsford / North Chelmsford
Alyssa J. Fields
Emily F. Klein 
Sophia A. Piper

Learn more at fitchburgstate.edu.
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Symphonic Treasures: Symphony Pro Musica’s Upcoming Program

HUDSON/SOUTHBOROUGH: Symphony Pro Musica, conducted by Mark Churchill, presents its second performances of its celebratory 40th anniversary season on February 4 at 7:30pm at the Hudson High School, and on February 5 at 3:30pm at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. The program is titled “Symphonic Treasures” and features violinist Maria Ioudenitch, who will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

“Maria Ioudenitch (pictured) makes her SPM debut. She is an extraordinary young Russian-American musician and one of the greatest rising violin stars performing today.” says Churchill. Joseph Joachim, the famous German violinist and close friend and collaborator of Brahms declared ‘The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven’s.” In fact, Joachim’s playing and devotion to the work set the musical world on fire and it has graced every great violinist’s repertoire since.

Opening the program is French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which begins with a captivating flute solo by our outstanding principal flutist Ethan Lin. Closing the program is Alexander  Borodin’s magnificent Symphony No.2. Churchill comments “This piece used to be a staple of symphony concerts around the world. We think it still should be! It’s exciting, tuneful, challenging but satisfying to play, and it’s a joy to listen to. It brings out the best qualities and spirit of the romantic symphony orchestra.”

SPM continues its long tradition of performing at Hudson High School, which began with the orchestra’s founding 40 years ago. On Sunday, SPM will play at the Putnam Family Arts Center at St. Mark’s School. There will be a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to the start of each performance. Students are always able to attend SPM concerts at no charge. Adult tickets are $25, senior tickets are
$20, and group rates are available. Tickets to the performances may be found on Eventbrite - www.symphonypromusica.eventbrite.com., For more information, visit www.symphonypromusica.org, call (978) 562-0939, or email spmoffice@symphonypromusica.org.
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ParentChild+ Program now Available Locally

ACTON: ParentChild+ is a FREE home visiting program for families with young children to help parents prepare their child for preschool or kindergarten. First Connections recently received a grant to provide this program to families living in Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury and Westford. An Early Learning Specialist will visit your home twice per week with fun and engaging early learning experiences, including a high-quality book or toy that you can keep. Specialists model reading, conversations and play activities designed to promote language development, pre-literacy skills, and school readiness. Children can enter the program when they are 18-36 months old and participate for 46 weeks, excluding summer and holiday breaks. Families who lack transportation or the financial ability to attend playgroups or preschool will be prioritized to receive this service. Families whose children are watched by family members while they work are eligible, but children enrolled in preschool or child care outside of the home would not be eligible. This program has a 40-year track record of supporting early childhood success. Anyone interested in participating in this program can contact First Connections by emailing firstconnections@jri.org or calling/texting Debbie at (978) 505-4429.  
 

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Seeks Nominees for Hall of Fame

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HUDSON/MARLBOROUGH: Since its inception 79 years ago, Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) has provided children of all backgrounds with the opportunity to grow and realize their dreams. Their experiences in the Boys & Girls Club helped shape them and open doors to a bright future. BGCMW needs the public’s help in identifying community members who deserve to be recognized for their hard work and devotion to the organization.

The Hall of Fame event is a breakfast celebrating those individuals that do so much for the organization. The event includes an induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame, as well as recognition of Youth of the Year winner. These individuals will be honored at the breakfast on May 18, 2023 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. Nominations open online and are available until February 28th.

The Hall of Fame is an opportunity to recognize community members long-term BGCMW dedication, positive youth influence, those who have gone on to make major contributions in their fields, many of whom are alumni or have been associated with the Club for many years, for their dedication to BGCMW mission and continued support of the organization. The Youth of the Year is the highest award available for current members in our membership and recognizes one member's dedication, leadership and academic achievement.  Their stories are very different, but all begin the same way: with the life-changing programs, caring and attentive staff, and fun and safety of the Clubs. The Hall of Fame will acknowledge individuals, whether alumni or club supporters, for their unwavering commitment to BGCMW and the young people of MetroWest. If you wish to nominate someone, visit www.bgcmetrowest.org/hall-of-fame.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has enabled community youth most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Clubs serve more than 6,200 youth each year across its’ three Clubhouses in Hudson, Marlborough and Framingham. The Club
maintains a low membership fee of $25 per year, per child because of the generous support provided by local companies, foundations, and individuals. To learn more about, or donate to, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest visit www.bgcmetrowest.org.

Algonquin Regional to Receive National Recognition from Special Olympics for Achievements with Inclusion

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NORTHBOROUGH: On January 17 at 7pm, the Algonquin boys varsity basketball team will take on Shrewsbury, but in addition to the excitement that the game is sure to provide, something extraordinary will be happening at halftime. Algonquin Regional High School has been recognized as 1 of only 12 schools in the state and 164 in the country to receive the National Banner Award, an accolade given by Special Olympics for excellence correlating with the inclusive promotion of leadership and equity within the greater school community. Schools are required to meet a variety of standards in order to be crowned Unified Champion Schools, and ARHS can now bear that honor proudly.

Algonquin provides extensive, fluid opportunities for neurodivergent and neurotypical students alike in partnership with Special Olympics and additional inclusion organizations, consisting of, though not limited to Unified Track, Basketball, Inclusive DECA, Singing Club, Colorguard, Unified Art Project, Best Buddies and a variety of additional school commitments which foster inclusivity corresponding with focuses in robotics, cheer, and theater.

Algonquin would like to welcome members of the community to “A Night to Include” on January 17 at 7pm, to cheer on our varsity team, enjoy some time with family and friends, and bear witness to something remarkable as we gather to support the inclusive spirit of the community and cheer on our Unified students as they receive this prestigious award.

PHOTO: Post-graduate Megan Chute shoots the ball during the Unified Baskeball game against Marlboro on Oct. 27, 2022. Her teammate, sophomore Liam Fitzgerald, points to the hoop.