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SVT Announces Spring Programs

SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has released its Spring Program Calendar of nature-themed outings and programs.  SVT is a non-profit land trust that conserves open space and farmland in 36 communities around the Sudbury,  Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Through its wide assortment of programs, SVT encourages area residents to explore the region’s beautiful natural areas and gain an appreciation for the plants and wildlife that live among us.

In the upcoming weeks, SVT will lead nature walks at properties in Littleton, Berlin, Upton, Acton, and Wayland.
Plus, on Earth Day, April 22, staff members are offering free group walks in Framingham, Harvard, and Wayland to encourage everyone to celebrate nature and its countless benefits. For those looking to explore on their own, SVT provides free maps for its 65 miles of trails at

The organization also recruits volunteers to care for its trails and conservation lands, and SVT has planned several projects for National Volunteer Week, April 17–23. Anyone interested in helping to clear trails, build bridges, or pull invasive plants is invited to visit the SVT website to learn more. Complete information about SVT programs and volunteer projects is available at

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup &  Volunteers’ Picnic
(Online Signup Only—No Walk-In Registration)

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WESTBOROUGH: Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT), and enjoy a Volunteers’ Earth Day picnic lunch afterwards! Families and individuals go to between April 1-8 to sign up and choose an area to clean. Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 9th, or if necessary, you can arrange to pick up. Clean your chosen area any day or time between April 9 and noon on April 16. Leave closed bags by the road in the area you cleaned, and they will be removed on April 16. Then on April 16, 11:30am-12:30pm, volunteers can head over to Bay State Commons for an appreciation picnic of pizza with all the sides! For the cleanup, wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. For questions, contact .
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Sen. Eldridge, Rep. Gregoire, and Rep. Gentile Announce $174,577 Grant to J&J Machine Company in Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH: State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Danielle Gregorie (D-Marlborough), and Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) announced that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded J&J Machine Company a $174,577 grant through the Workforce Training Fund Program.
Funded by Massachusetts employers via unemployment insurance contributions, grants through the program aim to help companies improve productivity and competitiveness by creating new jobs, increasing skills and opportunities for workers, and maintaining the economic strength and viability of the Commonwealth’s businesses.
Marlborough-based J&J Machine Company offers precision prototyping and production for the military, medical, and commercial industries. The company manufactures high-quality, American-made products with industry-leading certifications.
“J&J Machine Company is a capable manufacturer led by extremely talented engineers,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “I thank the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development for their approval, and I am confident that the grant for J&J will take their business to an even higher level across all sectors.”
“This funding will allow the incredible folks at J&J to grow and train their workforce while continuing to manufacture high-quality products for a number of industries,” said Representative Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlborough).
“The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has made an excellent choice in providing this grant to J&J,” said Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury). “The creation of good manufacturing jobs, like those that J&J offers, will benefit Marlborough and ensure that great products are being made in the Commonwealth.”
The Workforce Training Fund Program allows companies to provide training for workers and create additional job roles. J&J Machine Company’s grant is used to provide training to 12 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2023.

Volunteers Sought for April 8 Financial Reality Fair at Nashoba Regional High School

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is running its annual financial Reality Fair for Nashoba Regional High School sophomores on April 8 from 7-11:30am. The club is seeking volunteers to bring a taste of financial literacy to the students in a fun and engaging way. Interested volunteers should contact or leave a message at 978-627-4135.

The Reality Fair is a financial management event for the high school’s sophomores, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, Nashoba Regional High School, and Clinton Savings Bank. The objective is to give students a better understanding of the financial responsibilities they will face in the real world. Students pick a career, get a monthly paycheck, and have to maintain a lifestyle within their budget.

“On the day of the fair, students get a paycheck based on a career that they select,” explained Glen Bunnell, President of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. “The paycheck shows their monthly salary and deducted taxes. With the remaining money, they need to pay for essentials like housing, utilities, insurance, transportation, clothing, and food. They are also tempted with “nice-to-have” luxuries, such as pets, travel, and entertainment, and they must spin a Wheel of Fortune that will help them understand life’s unexpected expenses or windfalls. It’s a real eye opener for most of them, and we can use more help for this learning experience. Besides, it’s a ton of fun!”

After students visit the various tables at the fair, they will balance their budgets and review their spreadsheets with a credit counselor. The completed ledgers are then sent home to the students for further discussion. As a result, each student should gain greater financial literacy and appreciation for future financial decisions.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, visit and

"Celebrating our Newly Restored Steinway Piano"
Sunday Concert with Trevor Berens

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SUDBURY: Join First Parish of Sudbury in the Sanctuary for a concert on their newly restored Steinway piano with Trevor Berens on March 20 at 3:30pm. On the program of this Solo Piano Recital is Clara Schumann — Soirées Musicales (1836); Leos Janacek — On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 (1911); Harry T Burleigh — From the Southland (1910); and Claude Debussy — L’isle Joyeuse (1904).

Trevor Berens is a pianist, composer, and music therapist. He holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University (BA: Music and Psychology, specializing in piano and composition), California Institute of the Arts (MFA: Performer/Composer), and Lesley University (MA: Expressive Therapies, specializing in Music Therapy). As a pianist, he enjoys playing in a variety of styles, including avant-garde classical music, traditional classical music, and free improvisation and as a collaborator, he enjoys working with a wide variety of individuals and ensembles, including solo vocalists and instrumentalists, chamber groups, dancers, and choruses. From 2006-2008, Trevor ran the Los Angeles Wholesale Orchestra, which commissioned and premiered multiple new works, and he is now the founder of the Boston-based new music group, Sonic Liberation Players. Currently, Trevor runs the Berens Voice and Piano Studio out of Lincoln, MA, with his wife, Jessica. He works as a music therapist working with young children and with the elderly. He is also an accompanist for the Halalisa Singers.

There is no fee to attend this program. Contact the First Parish Office at or 978-443-2043 for additional information or visit

First Parish of Sudbury, located at 327 Concord Road, is a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers who strive to learn together and support one another as they celebrate life’s important moments and serve the larger community. The First Parish was founded in 1640, and the congregation worships in the historic meetinghouse that was built in 1685.
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B'nai Torah Hosts 6th Annual Women's Seder

SUDBURYCongregation B'nai Torah of Sudbury will host its sixth annual Women's Seder on March 26, 1:30-3pm, in-person at the synagogue. Embark on a special journey and annual tradition. This year, they are again working with the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable and its Show for Shelters Program. Just as the Jews left Egypt to escape persecution and death, survivors of domestic violence also face their own journeys to freedom. They must often leave their homes, families, and jobs behind in order to find safety and freedom from abuse. They have to resettle in new places and begin their lives over again.

Rabbi Lisa Eiduson and Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein lead in exploring the relationship between the two journeys to freedom. Please register ($10 donation) at and consider making a donation to the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable.

B’nai Torah is a reform temple that welcomes all families, including interfaith families, and offers Hebrew School programming to students in K-Gr. 12. It is located at 225 Boston Post Road.  See or contact the office at or 978-443-2082 for further information on all services and programs.
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Shir Joy Chorus presents “Light, Love, & Hope”—a Virtual Concert 

WESTBOROUGH: Shir Joy Chorus will ring in spring with its final fully virtual concert on March 20 from 7pm-8:30pm on Zoom. The theme — “Light, Love, & Hope” — reflects the group’s love of music and hope for a brighter future.  The concert will feature selections in Hebrew, English, Yiddish, and Ladino. The concert is free, but registration is required.

The concert makes use of live recordings made under prevailing Covid-19 safety protocols. Masking and distancing kept singers safe, while multiple cameras provided views attendees don’t usually get at concerts. The end result is the best technological adaptation to distanced singing and the next best thing to being there.

Throughout the pandemic, Director Nan AK Gibbons has helped Shir Joy navigate through uncharted musical waters:
  • The chorus participated in Zoom rehearsals, where they could sing along with fellow members but couldn’t hear them because of the limitations of the technology.
  • Singers recorded their parts alone at home, and Nan wove all the parts together into virtual chorus videos.
  • Chorus members gathered in their rehearsal spot parking lot and sang into wireless mics, listening to their fellow singers on their car radios. This was a great improvement in singing together, but singers couldn’t really see each other because rehearsals were in the evening. Nan and the chorus accompanist led the rehearsals from the front, with portable lights.

“It has been a long journey through the pandemic, but we think we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” says Director Gibbons. “We are grateful to have been able to sing together safely this season and to be able to share our love of music.”

Donations are appreciated but not required. Preregistration is required to obtain a Zoom link: For more information about the concert, please contact Shir Joy President Karen Rothman at or Shir Joy PR Director Laura Logan at Photo available on request.
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Benefit for the Arts: Golf Outing & Dinner/Concert Announced by AVM

BOYLSTON: Assabet Valley Mastersingers is hosting its 2022 AVM Golf Outing and Dinner/Concert benefit on May 23, 2022, 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 an optional concert! Additional contests include: First and Second Place 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 and event information is available at through May 8, 2022.

This popular event entertains both golfers and dinner/concert guests. Guests will enjoy appetizers, raffle, and dinner followed by a lighthearted concert called “Passport Not Required!” which takes the audience around the world through music. 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 through May 8, 2022.

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 or contact Deb Wallace, Event Chair, 2022 AVM Golf Outing and Dinner/Concert at
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Free Live Animal Show: Snakes of New England and the World 

WESTBOROUGH: On Saturday, March 26 at 9am and 11am, bring the family for the Westborough Community Land Trust's always-popular spring free live animal show - Snakes of New England and the World!  Meet some fascinating, harmless reptiles you may find while out walking in Town, 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! Plan to arrive early as seating is limited.  The show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow Street.  Parking is available in the rear.  Overflow parking is in Arturo’s parking lot, 54 East Main Street. There is no parking along Willow Street.

This event is presented by Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. No reservation required. Free; donations gratefully accepted at the door. An in-person indoor event, masks required for those over age 2. For questions,  contact

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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Friends of the Goodnow Library to Host Parisian Cafes & Impressionist Paintings

SUDBURY:  Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for a virtual visit to Paris when Jane Oneail presents her wonderful program that will explore the works of Impressionist artists depicting the cafes, bars, and nightclubs of Paris. This program will explore images by Monet, Renoir, Degas, and others and will consider how the hub of activity in Parisian cafes inspired some of the world's most famous artists. This program, free and open to the public, will be held on Zoom on Sunday, March 20 at 3pm.

Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

To register for this event please click here, or you can visit
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Sudbury Garden Club to Host Spring Program

SUDBURY: The Sudbury Garden Club will host a presentation at 10:30am on March 9 at the Memorial Congregational Church. Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker will present a timely program on Spring Ephemerals. These stars of early spring gardens include native woodland wildflowers, such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia and Hepatica. You will learn more about their habitats, ideal growing conditions and unique adaptations!

Butler and Millbocker are avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers and writers.  They are past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club and are active in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and other horticultural societies. They have presented programs at the Boston, Connecticut and Maine Flower Shows, as well as numerous garden clubs, community groups and libraries. Jana Millbocker is a garden designer and owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in Holliston. Her new book, The Garden Tourist’s New England, A Guide to 140 Outstanding Gardens and Nurseries was published in 2020. Joan Butler is a Master Gardener and a retired Horticulturist. She currently serves on the GCFM Board. Joan is a former Chairperson of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council, a member of Garden Consultants Council and an accredited Flower Show Judge.

Masks will be required. For more information, visit www, and follow the Club on Facebook and Instagram.
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Wayside Inn Virtual Program on Native American History

SUDBURY:  Before the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620, the land that became known as Massachusetts was home to tens of thousands of Native Americans, and the Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Wampanoag peoples lived in, farmed, and traveled through what is now Sudbury. What was life like for these Indigenous peoples before the Puritans arrived?

On Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm, historian Richard Smith will present a FREE virtual program for The Wayside Inn Foundation (TWIF) that explores the world of 17th-century Sudbury. “‘For Indian Deeds, There Must Be Indian Memory’: Native Peoples of 17th-Century Sudbury Before European Contact” will delve into the daily life of the Native Americans of Sudbury, including their food, clothing, and languages. He will also offer insight into how their lives changed after European contact and what archaeological finds on the Wayside property from 1975 might tell us about the people here before the Puritans.

Richard Smith has lectured on and written about United States history and 19th-century American literature since 1995. He has worked as a public historian in Concord since 1999 and has written six books for Applewood Books. He is the current TWIF Scholar-in-Residence.

This program is funded by TWIF's Fund for Diverse Programming, which aims toward the broader inclusion of and engagement with the growing diversity of the communities served by The Wayside Inn Historic Site. This fund enables TWIF to develop and support programming that specifically addresses the historical roots and cultural contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) at the site, in the community, and around New England, in furtherance of and within the scope of TWIF’s mission and the corporate charter.

To register, please visit

EMASS Senior Softball League Opens Registration for 2022 Season
Plans Expansion with Two New Divisions

Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball (EMASS) is opening its annual registration campaign for slow-pitch softball players age 50 and over. With over 400 members, the league attracts players from towns across Eastern Massachusetts with games played on fields in Wayland, Medfield, and Framingham. The EMASS season opens in early May with 18 weeks of regular season games scheduled through Labor Day and year-end playoffs completed in early October.

“We are preparing for growth by  rebalancing our Saturday divisions and adding a new weekday division to expand from 35 teams to over 40 teams,” said Walker Royce, Commissioner of EMASS. “EMASS Senior Softball was a welcome outdoor escape from the lifestyle disruptions of the COVID pandemic over the last two years. We had 70 new players last year and with more seniors looking for a healthy outlet, we feel confident we will see similar growth in 2022.”

“In 2022, we are restructuring our younger Saturday division where the average age across 5 teams will be around 60,” explained Dan Jolly, the new Colonial division coordinator. “With 5 teams, we can use shorter rosters so players get more playing time, and more at-bats. Our Saturday players prefer an occasional bye week for summer holidays.”

“Our most popular weekday division is being split primarily to offer more opportunity for players who want to play multiple times per week,” said Jeff Allan, the new Monday division coordinator. “The Atlantic division had grown to 12 teams. To accommodate more growth, we decided to split into a six-team Monday division and an eight-team Thursday division.”

“The weekday division scheduling supports a day off between play dates for players who choose to play in multiple divisions,” said Bill Cerrato, the new Thursday division coordinator. “It will help us better balance the skills, improve safety and provide more flexibility for those who want to play more than one day a week.”

“EMASS shuffles up team rosters in every division each year to enhance connections across our large softball-loving community,” said Don Gould, the National division coordinator. “Our members enjoy competing with and against their friends.”

EMASS players cherish their weekly double-headers playing with their softball-loving buddies. EMASS has many younger seniors in their fifties and sixties who can still hit a ball over the 300 foot fences or run down a deep line drive in the outfield. They are also inspired by elder players who can still play ball into their late seventies and eighties. That three-hour escape is a weekly high point of camaraderie, teamwork and healthy outdoor competition. When they are out on the field, players feel and act 20 years younger, and when they get home, those stiff joints and sore muscles are mostly perceived as joyful pain.

EMASS will open the 2022 season with over 40 teams competing in 6 different divisions. The league employs paid umpires and has recently invested in team manager training, umpire clinics/ certification, new equipment and a rich website to ensure a safe, well-managed and competitive league.

“Our board members, team managers and division coordinators do a very professional and collaborative job of operating this league. Our players appreciate the fun and camaraderie enabled by our volunteer leadership team.” said Royce.

EMASS was founded in 1995 and offers active seniors of all skill levels a safe, well-organized opportunity to play competitive slow-pitch softball. EMASS members range in age from 50 to 90. Skill levels range from casual recreational players to those who play on nationally competitive tournament teams. Players of any skill level will find a spot with teams of similar abilities in one or more of EMASS’s six divisions. There are two Saturday divisions and four weekday divisions. All divisions play a double-header each week and many members play on different teams in multiple divisions. For more information about EMASS Senior Softball League, visit

‘Community’ is Lenten Focus at St. Stephen Lutheran Church

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MARLBOROUGH: “Community” is the theme for Wednesdays in Lent at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, beginning with Ash Wednesday worship on March 2 at 7pm at the Church at 537 Bolton Street. Wednesday worship continues through Lent on March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6.

“After two years of being kept apart, and as we’re increasingly able to gather again, this Lent we focus on what brings us together,” said pastor Joseph Graumann. The prayer service will explore community with creation, all the saints, our neighbors, the marginalized, and community with Christ. At this time, masks are still required at worship.

Wednesday services will follow the format of Holden Evening Prayer. Written in 1985-
86 by Marty Haugen during a musical residency at Holden Village, a scenic Lutheran camp in the mountains of Washington State, Holden Evening Prayer is a simple Lutheran vespers service
that follows traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language. Since then, the service has been adopted around the world. Haugen is a composer of liturgical music for Lutheran, Roman Catholic and other denominations, with over 400 compositions.

“God creates each of us for community with others, and so we’re never truly alone," pastor Graumann added. “If you’re feeling lonely and isolated after two years of pandemic living, come make friends at church.”

As Lent draws to a close, St. Stephen will mark Palm Sunday on April 10 at 10am, hold a Maundy Thursday worship and soup supper on April 14 at 7pm, and Good Friday worship April 15, also at 7pm. The Saturday April 16 Easter Vigil at 7:30pm will focus on seven Bible passages, with insight and interpretation by parishioners. On Sunday, April 17, festive Easter worship will take place at 10am, followed by a potluck brunch.

For more information about St. Stephen Lutheran Church, visit or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, inviting people of every gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, marital status, or class.  Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow and Bolton.

The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury to host " Native Plants" with Neela de Zoysa

SUDBURY: The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will be hosting Neela de Zoysa at their next General  meeting at St John's Lutheran Church,16 Great Road on March 10 at 9:30am.  (Masks will be required.) Bring a friend or neighbor to hear Neela explain native plants and the complex connections between native plants and a healthy landscape.

de Zoysa is a professional botanist, avid gardener, long time instructor at the Native Plant Trust and she is actively is involved with the Sudbury Valley Trustees and Friends of the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge.  She leads a series of popular walks on Sudbury conservation lands through the LS Adult and Community Ed programs.
The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury sponsors monthly meetings in flower arranging, horticulture, and landscape design, provides scholarship money for a graduating L-S senior, and participates in a number of beautifying projects in Sudbury, including the Daffodil Trail, community traffic island gardens, Grinnell Park, Town Center and Hosmer House Holiday Decoration, library arrangements, Emma's Tree, and much more.  Founded in 1951, and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, The Club meets the second Thursday of every month Sept to May.  For membership information contact

Domestic Violence Roundtable to Host Virtual Program: Transforming the Culture of Dominance

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SUDBURY: The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable presents “Transforming the Culture of ‘Power Over’: Compassionate Accountability” on Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm. The virtual event will help participants make key distinctions among safe relationship cycles and the dynamics that occur within relationships based on abusive values of dominance and superiority. The presentation will be led by JAC Patrissi (pictured), Jason Patrissi and Regi Wingo of Growing a New Heart, an organization that aims to facilitate respectful and ethical power relationships and communications in families, workplaces and communities.

“Power is the ability to do something or act in a particular way, the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others, or the belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. We all have power over our own actions, thoughts and ability to influence others for good and ill, but the need to maintain power and control over another can lead to imbalance, dysfunction and even abusive behavior,” said Sue Rushfirth, president of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable. “I look forward to learning how the power dynamic in all our relationships – personal and professional – can play a key role in the effectiveness and quality of these relationships.”

Participants will leave with a sense of next steps for imagining community-based transformative justice interventions that address problematic behaviors, without necessitating expulsion or exclusion. The event will also feature break-out discussion groups.

The event is inspired by the White Ribbon Campaign, which raises awareness about the prevalence of men's violence against women and brings to the table those crucial to ending relationship violence – men. It's presented by the Roundtable's White Ribbon Group and follows the group’s successful event in March 2021, “A Call to Families: Discussing Healthy Masculinity with Young People.”

“By attending an event like this we don't just learn about risks associated with unhealthy relationships but we also learn about ourselves and how we can challenge our own thinking and the ways we unconsciously support patterns of behavior that lead to abuse and violence,” said Colm McGarry, chairman of the White Ribbon Group. “Accountability with compassion gives hope to everyone involved in stemming abuse. We have much to learn from other cultures and the ways those communities challenge harmful behaviors without excessive reliance on methods of exclusion such as imprisonment.”

While the Domestic Violence Roundtable has planned awareness events about the White Ribbon movement for years, the local White Ribbon group formed in 2019. The group of men aims to promote healthy and positive attitudes and behaviors, and to create an environment free of fear and violence by advancing equity, justice and dignity. For more information about how to get involved in this effort, please contact the Roundtable at

Register for the Zoom meeting at
To promote equitable access, this event is offered free of charge. Donations to support the ongoing work of the White Ribbon Group are greatly appreciated. To donate, please visit
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Northborough Garden Club Accepting Scholarship Applications

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Garden Club is accepting scholarship applications for students enrolling in college who will be majoring in one of the following fields: Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Land Management, Conservation Management, Wildlife Management, Agriculture, Botany, Biology, Floral Design, Landscape Design or related fields. Qualified applicants must be a high school senior, in good standing, and a resident of Northborough for at least two years.  A $1000 scholarship will be awarded, payable to the student upon completion and receipt of his/her first-semester transcript. The deadline for application submission is Friday, April 1, 2022.   The application is available at local high school guidance departments and can be downloaded at  For more info about the Club, visit
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Marlborough Rotary Club Scholarship Applications Deadline April 9

MARLBOROUGH: The Marlborough Rotary Club would like to remind any graduating high school seniors that the deadline for submitting scholarship applications to the club is April 9.  The club awards scholarships to Marlborough residents graduating from Marlborough High School, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS), The Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) and a student who resides in Marlborough but attends another area secondary school.  Each candidate must be a senior graduating from high school in good standing and be accepted to a two- or four-year college.
In addition, the club awards a $250 grant to an AVRTHS graduate in vocational studies to use to buy the tools of his/her trade.
Applications are available from the students’ respective high schools, directly from the Marlborough Rotary Club, P.O. Box 186, Marlborough, MA 01752, through any Marlborough Rotarian, or the website
“Youth service is a major component of the Marlborough Rotary Club’s community service, and education is the keystone for the future of our young people” noted club president, Aaron Aykanian.  “It’s in the best tradition of Rotary’s motto, ‘Service above Self'’.”

Scholarship Offered in Westborough

WESTBOROUGH: The Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) is offering two scholarships of $1000 each, to be awarded to the winners of its annual Earth Day Essay Contest, which runs March 1 – April 11. The contest is open to graduating Westborough High School (WHS) seniors and to graduating seniors who reside in Westborough but attend a different high school. To apply, students can get contest details and scholarship application forms from the WHS guidance office as of March 1 OR online on the Westborough Community Land Trust website at The deadline is Monday, April 11, 2022 for receipt of the essays and applications. Students may submit their Earth Day essay and scholarship applications on paper to the WHS Guidance Office, OR on paper by mail (in time to be received by the deadline) to WCLT, P.O. Box 838, Westborough, MA 01581, OR electronically by email to

Students do not have to be planning an environmental emphasis in their future studies or career in order to be eligible for the scholarships. The Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) is a private, member-supported, nonprofit organization that preserves, protects, and promotes open space in Westborough. Since 2004, WCLT has encouraged environmental awareness among high school students by offering scholarships to the winners of its Earth Day Essay Contest.
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The Assabet Valley Mastersingers Sing Into Spring

LINCOLN/SUDBURY: Are you interested in teaching a class or have a topic you would like to learn?  Lincoln Sudbury Adult & Community Education classes are open to residents of Sudbury and surrounding towns.  Classes are offered at Lincoln Sudbury High School or online, and include topics such as flower arranging, musical instruction, chocolate tasting, financial and legal issues, and more!  Visit to find a class that interests you, or email for information about these or other class offerings:
  • Boating Skills and Seamanship: (Wednesdays, 3/2-5/25, 7-9pm, $50) This introductory course is for both sail and power boaters and includes instruction on safety afloat, legal responsibilities, aids to navigation, rules of the road, charts and compass, engines, knots, weather, boat handling, radio procedures, and navigation electronics. Completion certificate helps reduce boat insurance fees. Families are welcome. Course materials are $56 and are paid directly to the USCG in class.
  • Gnocchi: (Sunday, 3/6, 4-6pm, $39) Learn how to make pillowy authentic Italian gnocchi at home in this interactive online cooking class. During this live virtual class, you will learn the trade secrets to preparing authentic Italian gnocchi (Ricotta based), including how to add those hallmark ridges to catch the sauce. We will prepare a simple/traditional red sauce and an alternative white/cream sauce for serving. A recipe/ instruction/ shopping packet will be sent ~ 1 week before the class.
  • Badminton: (Wednesdays, 3/9-6/1, 7-9pm, $199) Badminton is the most popular and fastest racquet sport! It’s 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 other experienced players in 12 weeks of exciting games! If you are looking for a great way to have fun while getting in shape, this is the place to be! Bring your racquet and we will provide the birdies.
  • Make an Adirondack Chair: (Saturdays, 3/12-4/9, 9am-12pm, $199) In 5 weeks, from start to finish, make your own Adirondack chair. In this hands-on, step-by-step class you will develop an understanding of woodworking and furniture making skills. All tools will be provided. Approximately $90 materials fee, payable at the first class. No experience necessary.
  • Spring Wreath: (Tuesday, 3/22, 7-9pm, $69) Have you seen those gorgeous faux flower wreaths made on a base of grapevine at florists, farmers markets, and online? Learn how to make one! Can be a great gift or used to add some spring cheer to your own home. You may opt to take the course in-person or pick up a kit (you'll need your own hot glue gun) and take the course online via Zoom. All materials are included. No Senior/Staff Discount.

Time for a new skill or a fun night!
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The Assabet Valley Mastersingers Sing Into Spring

NORTHBOROUGH: Singing into spring, The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present Songs of Ecstasy featuring For a Breath of Ecstasy by Michael J. Trotta and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 3:30pm. Dr. Robert P. Eaton will conduct the ensemble and soloists accompanied by two pianos, an oboe and five percussionists.

Each of the movements of For a Breath of Ecstasy chronicles poet Sara Teasdale’s search for solace amidst life’s many storms. Composer Trotta’s tapestry of different vocal forces set against the backdrop of an oboe, played by Joe Halko and the piano with Judy Yauckoes, reveals moments of yearning, love, joy, and peace. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, called a “dramatic cantata”, is performed here as a concert work.  It is based upon twenty-five 13th century poems written by itinerant scholars, minstrels, and runaway monks.  The theme running through the work is that of the wheel of Fortune, the goddess of fate who rules our lives.  The poems touch on all aspects of life, the defects of the church, state and manners; complaints on the power of money and the decline of moral values; the sensual joys of food, drink, and physical love.

Tickets may be purchased from or at the venue the afternoon of the concert. The price is $25 and $20 for seniors and students. All concert attendees are required to present proofs of vaccination.  Masks are required with social distancing by attendee unit (family, friends with them).

It is an AVM core value to be responsible and community-minded. As such AVM will follow all public health guidelines provided by Federal, state, and local health departments and those of concert venues. For further information, reference

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable Provided Valentine Gift Bags to Survivors of Domestic Violence

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SUDBURY/MAYNARD: This year, despite the continuing circumstances created by Covid 19, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable held its annual Valentine Collection at Sudbury Wine and Spirits and Spirits of Maynard. Although community members could not be invited to help fill the Valentine bags for families affected by abuse, two members of the Roundtable - Fay Farber and Diane Seligman - gathered to fill the bags and delivered them to clients of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. Due to the generosity of our local communities, the Roundtable was able to provide 70 gift bags to recipients aged 9 months to 71 years old.

The Roundtable would like to thank Joseph Saia of Sudbury Wine and Spirits and Spirits of Maynard for hosting the collection baskets and the students at Sudbury Extended Day for decorating the gift bags. Also thank you to Wayland Creative Preschool for partnering with us again this year. The pandemic has been especially difficult for families in an abusive situation, and these Valentine’s Day bags brighten the lives of families living in domestic violence shelters and transitional housing and let them know that they are supported in their efforts to rebuild their lives free from abuse.
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February Winter Walks along the Panther Trail Scheduled

MARLBOROUGH: Would you like to get a “sneak peek” of the future Panther trail along the Sudbury Reservoir, well then, this hike is for you. The official opening of the entire 26.2-mile trail is planned for later this yearm but February walks are being held to introduce people to this great trail and build excitement:

Saturdays, February 12 & 19, 2022: 10am-12pm (4-mile roundtrip)
Sundays, February 13 & 20, 2022: 1pm-3pm (2-mile roundtrip)
Rain/Snow dates: February 26 & 27, 2022.

Join in for one or all of these guided walks along the northern shores of the reservoir.
As we enjoy the crisp winter air and remarkable water views along the reservoir, you’ll hear about the history of the Sudbury Reservoir, why protection of the reservoir land is so important and also learn about the creation of this marathon length Panther trail – entirely in Marlborough.

Saturday morning walks park along Danjou Drive and meet your walk leader here. Walk together to the Sherman Road trailhead to begin. This is a 4-mile roundtrip walk which will take about 3.5 hours.  To register, visit

Sunday afternoon walks park at the Callahan State Park lot off Broadmeadow Street. Meet there and walk to the Broadmeadow Road trailhead near the Parmenter Road intersection. This is a 2-mile round trip which will take about 2 hours. To register, visit

Please dress warmly. These walks are good for anyone who would enjoy a walk in nature and is comfortable walking on unpaved ground. If the ground is snow or ice covered, you may prefer to also use micro spikes on your shoes and/or walking poles. If snow is deep, you are welcome to bring snowshoes. Check out the Marlborough Recreation Department Facebook page for free snowshoe rentals for Marlborough residents:

Contact Karin Paquin at 978-337-9418 with questions.

The Friends of the Goodnow Library Donate More Than 1,000 Books to Local Preschools

SUDBURY: We may be in the midst of a pandemic, and it may be cold and snowy outside, but members of the Friends of the Goodnow Library continue to be very busy working on behalf of members of the Sudbury community.  Over the past several weeks, volunteers for the Friends  have sorted through the myriad of preschool books donated to the Friends and have boxed up donations for numerous local preschool classrooms. More than 1,000 books have been delivered to various pre-schools that serve the youngest members of our community.  Staff at Aruna’s Place, Bright Horizons, Sudbury Extended Day, Sudbury Cooperative Pre-school, Next Generation and Wright Farm Child Care all shared their delight and gratitude when board members delivered boxes of books. Also, in support of a local diversity program, the Friends gathered books with diversity themes for a special program created by the Sudbury Cooperative Pre-School and the Children’s Department of the Goodnow Library.

The Friends of the Goodnow Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information about the Friends, visit or contact

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Announce Grace Choi as Assistant Director

The Assabet Valley Mastersingers is proud to announce that Grace Choi has been selected as its Assistant Conductor.  Ms. Choi is highly respected as a conductor, composer, and pianist. She has conducted choruses, bands, and orchestras in Virginia, Nevada, Georgia, Indiana, and New York among others.  She studied choral conducting with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum at New York Virtuoso Singers and Prof. Marguerite Brooks at Yale University. She is presently the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Lexington.

Grace grew up with Classical music loving parents and started learning piano when she was 6 !/2.  She enjoyed playing with her siblings and making songs together with various instruments. . Recently she began learning piano tuning, medieval harp, and gardening, in addition to her teaching piano and music theory. 

Founded in 1978, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers is a regional chorus with performances in Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Marlborough, Massachusetts.  With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, these talented local vocalists with professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser-known masterworks and commissioned compositions. For more information contact us at
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Making Maple Syrup at Home 

MARLBOROUGH: Do you think you have a sugar maple tree in your yard? Have you ever wondered if you could make your own natural maple syrup, but didn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you thought the equipment would be too expensive and hard to find? You can do this! On Sunday, February 13, 2022, 1:30-2:30pm, find out how to identify a sugar maple, how to collect sap using a few dollars’ worth of equipment from any hardware store, and how to boil the sap to make syrup, candy, and more. Presenter Janet Anderson of the Westborough Community Land Trust has been making maple syrup from her backyard trees in Westborough for over a decade, and has made all the mistakes so you don’t have to! Samples will be offered. Dress to go outdoors, as the talk will conclude with a demonstration of tapping a nearby sugar maple tree. No reservation needed. Location: Tatnuck Bookseller meeting room, 18 Lyman Street. For questions, contact
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Friends of the Goodnow Library Present Made for Each Other: Famous Couples of the Art World

SUDBURY: The art world is fueled by passion and competition. This program looks at famous artist couples throughout the history of art and examines how they inspired, pushed, and influenced each other. The program will include Dutch Baroque artists Judith Leyster and Jan Molenaer, early modernists Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz as well as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 3pm as they welcome Jane Oneail who will be presenting this program on Zoom. This program is free, but registration is required at  A Zoom Link will be sent to all registrants a few days prior to the program.

Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.
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Pre-order Period for At-home Covid-19 Tests Has Begun

The Biden Administration is offering free rapid tests to all residents in the United States. The pre-order period for the at-home COVID-19 tests via has begun. Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free and will usually ship in 7-12 days. Please visit to submit an order and learn more.

Senator Eldridge & Representatives Gregoire and Gentile Announce Marlborough Schools Receiving FY22 Math Acceleration Academies Grants
Grants amount to $197,200 and will be allocated to Advanced Math and Science Academy and Marlborough Public Schools 

MARLBOROUGH: Last week, Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley announced that two educational programs in Marlborough will receive FY22 Math Acceleration Academies Grants. Advanced Math and Science Academy will receive $70,000, and Marlborough Public Schools will receive $127, 200. 

The purpose of this competitive grant is to fund the implementation of a specific strategic initiative, the Acceleration Academies, to help accelerate the learning of students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.This grant will provide funding to local education agencies to implement math-focused Acceleration Academies for students in grades 3 through 10. 

With the rise of COVID cases in the past couple of months, it is crucial that we continue to invest in our education system in Massachusetts. This grant comes at a critical moment and will serve to keep impacted students on the right track. Thank you to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for supporting our local schools,” said Senator Eldridge.

“I am grateful to see DESE’s investment in our local schools,” said Representative Gregoire. “Our students faced unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic and these grants will go a long way in ensuring that they are supported as they continue their education in these extremely difficult circumstances.” 

“The Advanced Math and Science Academy and Marlborough Public Schools have worked incredibly hard to provide a quality education to all students during the pandemic,” said Representative Gentile. “I am delighted to see that both of them are receiving this additional grant funding to further ensure that no students are being left behind during these challenging times.”

An Acceleration Academy is a week-long academic program designed to accelerate student learning through engaging, standards-aligned lessons.

Implementation of the program will adhere to strict guidelines outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden Presents 'Prismatic, An Orchid Exhibition'

WEST BOYLSTON: Tower Hill Botanic Garden invites the public to experience “Prismatic, an Orchid Exhibition,” which runs February 11 thru March 20. This exhibition celebrates the interplay of color and light with dazzling plant displays and vibrant art installations. Pre-purchased tickets are required for admission to Tower Hill. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Tower Hill requires masks for all indoor events.

From the moment they enter the lobby, winter-weary visitors can feast their eyes on gorgeous arrangements of over 1,400 orchids and 800 tropical plants as they pass through an entrance bathed in all the colors of the spectrum. In the Limonaia, a massive upside-down pyramid of Plexiglass panels captures incoming light, creating hundreds of sparkling prisms that shimmer over towers of orchids. A George Sherwood chandelier graces the café, while in the Milton Gallery and the Orangerie, visitors can walk through and under rainbows.

“This exhibit is the perfect antidote to winter. It offers guests of all ages a chance to appreciate the fantastic diversity and beauty of orchids as well as the power of light, since plants, including orchids, utilize the energy of light for  photosynthesis,” said Grace Elton, CEO of Tower Hill. “The play of light on the orchid towers and arches is nothing short of magical.”

Opening Weekend will feature activities for children, music, art, workshops, and vendors selling stained glass, floral collages, and crystal suncatchers. After-hours, on Fridays, Tower Hill will be hosting “Orchids After Dark,” which will include jazz and drinks with a cash bar and light bites. These special evenings run from February 18 through March 11; the cost is $20 for members and $28 for non-members.

Adult Education will offer a class on orchid care and repotting on February 26. There will also be guided exhibit tours—one with the exhibition manager and another with the conservatory horticulturist—to learn about orchid species and the design of the show on select days in February and  March. Youth Education will run “Color Crush” during February Vacation Week from February 21 through 27. Children can enjoy drop-in activities, where they can experiment with light and color and study orchids up close.  They can also take classes where they can create rainbow mosaics, make whimsical suncatchers, or do colorful science experiments.

Tower Hill is committed to connecting people to plants and nature. Its property contains 171 acres of woodland trails, formal gardens, and a Visitors Center. In addition to “Prismatic,” which is included with general admission, guests this winter will enjoy dramatic views of Mount Wachusett and ample photo opportunities. 
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Fifth Anniversary Concert - February 5

WORCESTER:The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Wayne Bailey will perform its 5th Anniversary Concert at 2pm on Saturday, February 5, at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street. The concert is free and open to the public. General seating tickets are available through the Mechanics Hall box office, Masking is required.
Highlights of the concert will feature organ soloist, Gavin Klein, and include a scoring for organ and winds of Bach's Fantasia in G-Major and the Finale from the Organ Symphony of Camille Saint-Saens. Other works on the program will be Psalm for Band by Vincent Persichetti, Polka and Fugue from “Schwanda the Bagpiper” by Jaromir Weinberger, and the rollicking Gumsucker's March by Percy Aldridge Grainger, as well as marches by Sousa and Fucik.

Organ soloist, Gavin Klein is an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist from Bolton, Ma. He is currently a senior at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton. He first found his love for the organ after hearing some of the most famous organs of Europe on vacation when he was very young. With a  background in early music and keyboard studies since he was four, Gavin took on the organ at the age of 12, and is currently an organ student of C. Henry Mason, director of music at Immaculate Conception Parish in Worcester, Ma. Since then, he has given performances in both the US and Europe. He is a member of both the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society.

The Nashoba Symphonic Band is a program of the Nashoba Regional High School Friends of Music and supported in part by grants from the Berlin, Hudson, Marlborough and Stow Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

ARC Comedy Night Benefit Rescheduled to April 8

HUDSON: The Addiction Referral Center (ARC) is hosting the 11th annual Comedy Night Benefit, featuring the area’s most popular and talented comedians was originally scheduled for February 11, but will now take place April 8 at the Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port Street.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. The event, being held in support of the ARC of Marlborough, will include lots of laughs, food, and raffle prizes.

Entertainers include popular comedians Paul Nardizzi, Janet McNamara, and Dan Donahue. Host of the evening is local favorite comedian Dave Rattigan.
  • Dave Rattigan returns as host. Rattigan spent the pandemic launching two podcasts, both of which he co-hosts, Inside the Line: Real Stories by Real Cops, and Soccerheads New England. He has performed at Fenway Park, The Cape Cod Melody Tent, South Shore Music Circus, a lumberyard, the lobby of an ad agency, and a library. His CD has been played on Sirius Satellite Radio, and he’s performed on the Steve Katsos Show. He’s done commercials for Olympia Sports and iParty, and performed in Dublin and Kilkenny, Ireland and in Boston with Irish comedians Ardal O’Hanlon and Joe Rooney. He’s performed at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival (NH), Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and Salem Comedy and Spirits Festival, and shared the stage with Bill Burr, Jeff Dunham, the Beach Boys, Steven Wright, Bob Marley, Nick DiPaolo and more. He also runs Scamps Comedy Productions, which produces live comedy shows.
  • Paul Nardizzi is one of the country's top comedians, with multiple standup appearances on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, and Fox Sports' Best Damn Sports Show Period, as well as regional appearances on NESN. A former winner of the Boston Comedy Festival, Nardizzi is in demand for theater shows, corporate functions, colleges, golf tournament, and fundraisers. His CD has been played on Sirius Satellite Radio and he’s a prolific author of humor books and co-host for a podcast focused on the world of soccer, Soccerheads New England, available at iHeart Radio.
  • Janet McNamara is a Boston-based comic with a conversational style and awkwardly charming energy. Earlier this year, she was selected to perform in the prestigious Hampton Beach Comedy Festival. The former finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival contest, McNamara won the 2014 BeanTown Comedy Riots and has been featured in Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, the Ashville Comedy Festival and Burbank Comedy Festival.  You might also recognize her as being the 'Golden Idol’ winner for the worst audition of American Idol season 10, an appearance that introduced a national audience to her joie de vivre and infectious energy.  McNamara doesn’t speak French.  
  • Dan Donahue is an electrician by day, fast-progressing Boston comedian by night. Much of his humor comes from his experiences on the job. He has performed on Scamps Comedy-produced shows around New England as an opener and host, working with comedians including Juston McKinney, Mike McDonald, Christine Hurley, Paul Nardizzi and more.

For tickets or table reservations, call (508) 485-4357. Tables ($250) and individual tickets ($25) should be purchased in advance at the ARC.

The Addiction Referral Center (ARC) ranks as one of the most respected and active recovery service resources in Middlesex County.  As a nonprofit organization, the ARC provides individualized referral services, Recovery Coach appointments and daily peer-support meetings at no cost to those seeking recovery from substance use disorder. For more information, visit them online at

Domestic Violence Roundtable Collects Valentine Donations for Families in Shelter

MARLBOROUGH: Bringing warmth to others in winter was a focus for the people of Saint Stephen Lutheran Church for the holidays and beyond, as they wrapped sweatshirts, and donated blankets, throws and cocoa. In December, the youth group wrapped 200 sweatshirts for the local Sweats for Vets program, and also shopped for gifts for teens in the Hope for the Holidays outreach. St. Stephen members and friends of all ages, in partnership with the Hudson-based Fresh Start Furniture Bank, collected more than 40 new blankets, throws, and comforters, including some quilted items, and added packets of cocoa to bring several kinds of warmth to the clients of Fresh Start in January.
“Thank you for dropping off all those blankets and some with Girl Scout cookies and hot chocolate, too,”wrote Fresh Start’s Sue Waudby to St. Stephen Lutheran Church Pastor Joseph Graumann. “We truly appreciate the generosity of your parish in helping to keep our families warm this winter.” She added that the volunteers “were so thrilled to see all these blankets come in when we were running so low. Thank you so much for being a community partner with us.”
For more information about the church, visit or visit them on Facebook.
PHOTO: Marlea Dutt (Hudson) and Judy & Doug Kellogg (Marlborough) stack the more than 40 blankets and throws collected by St. Stephen Lutheran Church parishioners before they
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Domestic Violence Roundtable Collects Valentine Donations for Families in Shelter

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SUDBURY: Each February, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable collects items for Valentine’s Day and fills gift bags for women, men and children temporarily living in local domestic violence shelters and transitional housing programs: REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. The Valentine Bags are decorated by the children from Sudbury Extended Day.

Members of local communities are cordially invited to participate in this collection again this year. Donations are welcome, but due to Covid 19 restrictions and social distancing, donors will not be assembling the gift bags. However, this is still a great opportunity for civic organizations, workplaces, families, friends and neighbors to contribute to the Roundtable collection and to help make lives brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Small acts of kindness like the gift bags let families know they are supported in their decision to leave an abusive situation and brighten their day. These gestures are especially appreciated during the pandemic.

Some examples of needed items are gift cards for CVS, Target, Market Basket, Gas etc. For mothers and teens some items would include full size bath products, fuzzy socks, cosmetics, nail polish, hair products, journals, etc. Items for children could include playing cards, art supplies, small toys, small stuffed animals, matchbox cars, and educational items. Baby items may include toys, rattles, baby cups, baby socks, bibs, and baby body products.

In past years the Roundtable has provided as many as 125 bags for families in shelter and transitional housing. If you are interested in contributing to the Valentine’s Day collection and have questions, please contact the Roundtable at Donations may be left in the collection baskets provided at Sudbury Wine and Spirits in the Rugged Bear Plaza Road, 410 Boston Post Road, Sudbury or at Maynard Spirits, (near Market Basket) 4 Digital Way, Suite 3, Maynard. The collections will start on January 22 and end on February 5.

Sudbury LWV Plans Forum on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

SUDBURY: Explore the challenges and opportunities around diversity, equity and inclusion in Sudbury during a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable” virtual forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sudbury Sunday, January 30, at 2pm. The forum is open to the public.  Registration is required; the registration link will be posted on the League website,  

Three organizations—the Sudbury Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission; Sudbury for Racial and Social Justice; and the Sudbury Commission on Disability—will discuss their work and participate in a roundtable discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in Sudbury.  

The public is invited to submit questions for the panel in advance by email to  Emailed questions will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday, January 27.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.  Information about the Sudbury League is available at

Wayside Inn to Host a Panel Discussion on Hospitality History

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SUDBURY: The tradition of hospitality has been a constant in The Wayside Inn’s long history. “During the 18th and 19th centuries, How’s Tavern served as a popular stop for travelers along the Boston Post Road,” said Katina Fontes, Education Coordinator for The Wayside Inn Foundation. The inn’s popularity continued into the Victorian period after the 1963 publication of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Tales of a Wayside Inn. “Fans of Longfellow knew that our inn inspired the book’s setting, and during the late 1800s, many made the pilgrimage to Sudbury,” added Fontes. During the early part of the 20th century, Henry Ford purchased the property, built the Grist Mill and Martha-Mary Chapel, and moved the Redstone School from Sterling to the site. This all began a long period of tourism, which continues to this day, for travelers coming from near and far to visit the historic inn and grounds. “Throughout the last 300+ years, our goal has always been to provide good food, excellent service, and a memorable experience,” said Fontes, “and hundreds of staff members have worked hard behind the scenes to make this goal a reality.”

To research this history, Wayside Inn Foundation staff have reviewed documents related to former Inn staff and workers. “Our archive is a treasure-trove of information and we have shared short biographies of former staff members on social media,” noted Fontes. “However, our long-term goal is the publication of a comprehensive report or book on this topic and additional research is needed.” Last summer, college interns were recruited to assist with the project by analyzing Ford Era Hostess Diaries and interviewing current long-time staff members.

For those wishing to learn about this work, The Wayside Inn Foundation is hosting “Be Our Guest? Dinner and Panel Discussion on the History of Wayside Inn Hospitality” on Wednesday, January 19 at 7pm. Panelists will include interns Allison Densel and Lena Leavitt, Director of Community Engagement Sally Hild, and Archivist Lauren Prescott. Katina Fontes will moderate the discussion. Zoom links for the program cost $7 per household for members; $10 per household for non-members. Innkeeper’s Circle members may request a free link.

Takeout dinner options (for pick-up on the day of the event between 5:00-6:00 pm) are available for $25/dinner and include an assortment of Grist Mill rolls and muffins, fresh mixed green salad with house raspberry vinaigrette, choice of Wayside Inn chicken pie (all chicken, no vegetables, fresh crust) w/ whipped potatoes & green beans, OR butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter sauce, and chocolate ganache cake

Program details and registration is available at
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Winter Walk into History 

WESTBOROUGH: The former Westborough State Hospital is surrounded by beautiful woods as well as interesting history. On Sunday, January 23 from 1-3pm, a walk is being put on by the Westborough Community Land Trust begins at the new pavilion on the shore of Lake Chauncy. A brief introduction to the fascinating story of Westborough State Hospital will be given, illustrated by historical plaques in the pavilion. Then enjoy the crisp air and winter views on a two-mile walk exploring some of the lesser-known trails in the adjacent Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area, on woodland trails with some small hills.

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 in the lot near the yellow gate. Meet at the pavilion by the parking area. No reservation needed. Check for weather cancellations online at before setting out. For questions, contact

The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury presents Laura Bibler "Our Grandmothers Knew What They were Doing In The Garden"

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SUDBURY: The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will feature  Laura Bibler "Our Grandmothers Knew What They Were Doing In The Garden" as the speaker at their next general meeting on Thursday January 13, 2022.  Bibler is a graduate of the Radcliffe  Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University and has been a landscape designer since 2000.  Laura has created and directed the installation of comprehensive landscape designs at private homes and historic estates.  Her projects range from modest garden spaces to inclusive master plans.

Laura's topic "Our Grandmothers Knew What They Were Doing" hopes you will find inspiration for your own garden from horticultural wisdom handed down from our grandmother's time.  This presentation brings to life the prominent garden writer of the early 20th century.  Their pearls of wisdom continue to inform us on color blending, cultural considerations, and plant placement.  Laura will also speak about some of the work she has done in designing and restoring the French Garden at Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover.

This virtual meeting will start at 9:30am with the featured speaker beginning at 10am. If you would like to attend on zoom please email before January 11 to receive the zoom info.
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Assabet Valley Mastersingers Bonus Concert

WESTBOROUGH: Assabet Valley Mastersingers is proud to provide a bonus concert this season. Glories of France, Requiem in d minor by Gabriel Faure and Gloria by Francis Poulenc, will be presented on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 3:30pm at The Congregational Church of Westborough. Dr. Robert P. Eaton, Founder and Artistic Director, will conduct the chorus with soprano Kristen Watson and baritone Thaddeus Bell, accompanied by organist Brett McGuire.

This concert pairs two of France’s most acclaimed choral composers. Faure’s Requiem is a sublime statement of faith with some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. Like the Requiems of Durufle and Brahms, it provides comfort and consolation and has become a favorite of performers and audiences alike, By contrast Poulenc’s Gloria is an exuberant declaration of praise with lively rhythms, beautiful melodies and an overall eclectic musical style.

Concert tickets may be purchased through or at the venue the evening of the concert. The price is $20; $15 for seniors and students. All concert attendees are required to present proofs of vaccination. Masks are required with social distancing by attendee unit (family, friends with them).  It is an AVM core value to be responsible and community-minded. As such AVM will follow all public health guidelines provided by Federal, state, and local health departments and those of our concert venues.

For further information, visit . 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; from Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.
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Enjoy Nature with SVT this Winter

SUDBURY: Anyone with an interest in nature and the outdoors is invited to participate in upcoming outings and webinars being sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). Most programs are open to the general public at no charge.

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that conserves open space and farmland in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Through its wide assortment of programs, SVT encourages area residents to explore the region’s beautiful natural areas and gain an appreciation for the plants and wildlife that live among us.

During the winter, SVT will lead group walks at properties in Berlin, Wayland, and
Northborough. Wildlife-themed outings include a Full Moon Owl Prowl and a Winter Wildlife Tracking, both planned for February. For those who prefer to enjoy nature from home, SVT will broadcast webinars on “Sri Lanka: A Unique Journey Through Nature” and “Wildlife in Winter.”

All programs require registration. More details are available at

NACC Begins Rehearsals for May'22 Concert

NORTHBOROUGH: Rehearsals for Northborough Area Community Chorus (NACC)'s 2022 Spring Concert will begin in a few weeks. Under the direction of David Rose, with accompanist Mark Bartlett, they will begin Tuesday, January 11, 7:30pm, in the chorus room at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street. NACC is encouraging new members to join, as well as welcoming back current and legacy members.

The NACC will present "Yesterday and Today", NACC's 50th Anniversary Spring Concert, on Sunday May 1, 2022 at 3pm at Algonquin Regional High School's auditorium. Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough District Covid protocols will be followed. For more information, call 571-331-0214 or 774-249-2497, visit the Northborough Area Community Chorus Facebook page, or visit them online at

NACC is supported in part by grants from the Northboro, Southboro, Marlboro, Westboro & Shrewsbury Cultural Councils which are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Winter Advisory Regarding Face Coverings

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This Advisory has been updated as of December 21,  2021.

COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine boosters are highly effective at protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death and every individual who is eligible and works, studies or resides in Massachusetts is strongly urged to get vaccinated and boosted. The Department of Public Health urges all eligible residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because vaccination provides the most effective protection from severe illness associated with COVID-19.

In response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

Your primary care physician can advise you whether you are at increased risk.  Information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the conditions that may put you at increased risk can be found at

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities.  Please see for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s current mask requirement and Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold issued on September 27th, 2021 is not impacted by this advisory.  As a result of the most comprehensive and robust school testing program in the country, with 99% of public, collaborative and charter districts enrolled, Massachusetts elementary and secondary schools remain open and safe for children and youth to engage in learning, with over 325,000 school days saved. Only schools who can demonstrate they have high vaccination rates of over 80% of all individuals vaccinated are able to remove masks for vaccinated individuals upon a written attestation.
For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is especially important that you wear a face covering or mask any time you are indoors and not in your own home to reduce the chance that you may spread COVID-19 to other people. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19.

An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. However, if a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results.
When you wear a face covering or cloth mask, it should:
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops,
  • Include multiple layers of fabric,
  • Allow for breathing without restriction, and
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

For more information, please refer to the CDC at:

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Christmas Eve for All Ages at St. Stephen Lutheran Church

MARLBOROUGH: From a family-friendly experience for your pre-schooler to a traditional carols and candlelight service for everyone from the kids to Grandma, there is a Christmas Eve service to match your needs at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 537 Bolton Street.

At 4pm on Friday, December 24, the Family Service will encourage participation through responsive readings, a story time, holy communion, and an opportunity to share prayers. “This is a time to come together to hear the Good News that Jesus is born,” said St. Stephen Pastor Joseph Graumann. “Kids are welcome to sit on the floor in the center of the church, and the first two rows will be reserved for their parents,” he added. This service will be a little shorter than the evening service.

The Festival Eucharist Service, at 7 pm, will offer a more traditional Christmas Eve with readings, prayers, holy communion, carols, and the lighting of candles. Both the handbell choir and the vocal choir will provide additional music. Those who attend will hear the creation story in a new way “as we celebrate God’s message, that Jesus is with us, here and now,” Pastor Graumann noted. “Whether you are new to church or newly returning, you have a place at Christ’s table.”

Masks are required for everyone age two and above, at both services, and those who are eligible are encouraged to be vaccinated. For those who would prefer Christmas Eve worship from home, both services will be available through YouTube. Visit and select Visit our YouTube Channel.

St. Stephen Day is Coming - Donate a Blanket

MARLBOROUGH: Singing, playing musical instruments, eating Christmas leftovers, feeding the birds, and going on sleigh rides are among a myriad of world customs for St. Stephen Day, December 26, but perhaps the most popular is to give gifts to the poor. The people of St. Stephen Lutheran Church are going to embrace that giving tradition of the church’s patron saint, and invite the community to join them.

Partnering with Fresh Start Furniture Bank in Hudson, St. Stephen church will collect new blankets and throws between now and Sunday, December 26. If you would like to participate in bringing a little coziness to our neighbors, you can drop off your donation to the church at 537 Bolton Street, Marlborough (Route 85) on Sunday, December 19, from 9am to noon. (The worship service will take place from 10-11, but items can be left in the lobby.) 

You can also bring your blankets to one of the Christmas Eve services, Friday, December 24 at 4 pm (Family Service) and 7 p.m (traditional service with candlelight, carols, and handbells). Please note that all items (blankets, throws, comforters) must be new and unused, and should be left inside the church, in the lobby.

At the 10am worship service on Sunday, December 26, the collection will be blessed and taken to Fresh Start the following week. Along with other area groups Fresh Start has been working hard to resettle many of the refugees coming to this area.

For more information about the church, visit  or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow, and Bolton.

Town Office Closings for 2021 Christmas & New Year

SUDBURY: In observance of Christmas and New Year, the schedule for the Town Offices in the Town Hall, Flynn Building, Goodnow Library, Senior Center and offices located in the DPW Building will be as follows:
Friday, December 24, 2021: Closed
Friday, December 31, 2021: Closed

The Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, December 25, 2021 and on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Holiday hours for Park & Recreation Department in the Fairbank Community Center and the Atkinson Pool are TBD.

Please check for the latest hours of operation.
For additional information, please contact the Town Manager’s office at 978-639-3381.

Sudbury Art Association Hosts Holiday Market

SUDBURY: Celebrate the arts and shop local at the 11th Annual Sudbury Art Association Holiday Market. SAA is a Sudbury organization which sponsors activities designed to promote the arts. Thirty artists and craftspeople will offer a variety of original, one of a kind items and this year we will be featuring visiting artists as well. The Market will feature a wide range of talents and skills, and offer unique gifts for sale at a variety of prices. Finely crafted offerings include functional and decorative pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, paintings, fine woodworking, sculpture, photography, ornaments and more. This event is always much anticipated and not to be missed. Visit the new location at 437 Boston Post Road in the TJMaxx Plaza.  They are open every day through December 24 (closed Thanksgiving), from 10am-6pm, Thursdays until 8pm.  To meet SAA artists, view their work and learn more about the SAA visit
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Jeff Levine to Present: Financial Therapy 101

SUDBURY:  Join B’nai Torah online on Sunday, December 19 at 7pm for “Financial Therapy 101” with Jeffrey Levine, CPA, MST, a Wayland resident and member of Congregation B’nai Torah. Levine will present a primer on reviewing one’s net worth, cash flow, and goals and objectives for one’s financial future. This will be a general discussion on investments, retirement accounts, cash savings, typical spending and saving techniques, and some year-end tax planning. If Congress does agree on some tax changes for 2021 or 2022, that too will be discussed.
Levin has been practicing small business accounting, business and personal tax law, and personal financial planning for over 40 years.  He is a shareholder in Alkon & Levine, PC, Certified Public Accountants in Newton, MA. Along with serving a personal client base of over 700, he has been quoted frequently in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Fortune Magazine

Contact or 978-443-2082 for additional information.

St. Stephen Church Knitters Send Christmas Gifts to Seafarers 

MARLBOROUGH: Two groups contributed their skills, their time, and their money to make Christmas a little happier —and warmer— for mariners served by Seafarers International House, based in New York City. The Knit Wits of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Marlborough and the Shrewsbury based Night Knitters created handmade hats and scarves, the basis for 30 gift satchels put together by St. Stephen church volunteers. The kits were also packed with a sweatshirt, a teeshirt, a pair of socks, a can of nuts, and a hand made Christmas card.

Seafarers are often isolated and lonely, sometimes without the means to contact family frequently, or purchase needed items while in port. Typical contracts put most at sea for 10 months a year, and they remain a largely forgotten population at the holidays.

This is the sixth year the St. Stephen knitters made sure Seafarers would be warm and not forgotten at Christmas. In the first year of participation, Saint Stephen sent five kits and they have been increasing their donation each year. Those who knitted, donated, or put together the satchels this year included Joyce Danielson, Lina Dickey, Martha Domke, Marlea Dutt, Ginny Fulham, Ann Gibson, Pastor Joe Graumann, Liz Greer, Peg and Don Harbert, Judy Kellogg, Elaine Recklet, Melanie Whapham and Jane Woolsey. Some funding for the sweatshirts was provided through a Thrivent Action Team initiative. Thrivent, a financial services company, supports a variety of outreach projects. The project was organized by Melanie Whapham, who also delivered the gift packages to a Seafarers chaplain in New Haven, Connecticut. An additional eight Hudson Food Pantry.

Seafarers International House is an ecumenical mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to seafarers and sojourners, as well as people who are distressed, disadvantaged, and displaced. For more information, check out

Seven Lutheran chaplains support the Seafarers Port Mission. When requested, they will board merchant marine ships to provide pastoral care and counseling. During the holidays, chaplains distribute the packages to ships that port in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia and southern New England that will be out at sea for Christmas.

For more information about the church, visit  or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( . The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, inviting people of every gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, marital status, or class. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow, and Bolton.

Marlea Dutt, Melanie Whapham, and St. Stephen Lutheran Church Pastor Joseph Graumann put together gift packages for mariners at Seafarers International House.
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St. Stephen Families Support Cathedral in the Night

MARLBOROUGH: More than 20 families from St. Stephen Lutheran Church participated in a recent outreach to the Northampton-based Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor community that offers Sunday evening worship followed by a free meal. In an effort spearheaded by youth group leader Sarah Maston, parishioners responded by donating and preparing food, bringing warm clothing, and/or purchasing needed items such as socks, sweats, and thermal underwear, through the CITN Amazon wish list.

In previous years, church youth had attended worship, served hot meals, and dined with the guests, but Covid  restrictions have meant that dinner is now prepared for takeout. The Maston family and six other volunteers dished out 80 hot meals for the to-go containers.

Cathedral in the Night,, is an outdoor Christian community in downtown Northampton, MA which seeks to create a safe place for all people: the homeless, the housed, the church-less, the churched, the student and the resident to explore, question and live out their spiritual beliefs; to gather for a meal and to empower one another to engage in issues of social justice by working to fight the causes of inequality and homelessness.

For more information about St. Stephen Lutheran Church, visit