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Light Up Northborough 2021: Tree and Menorah Lighting 

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Community Affairs Committee is pleased to present Light Up Northborough on Saturday, December 4 at 4:30pm on the corner of Blake and Main Streets.  This year's celebration will include the first Menorah lighting and annual tree lighting as well as various singing groups to entertain such as Women of Note, the Northborough Community Chorus and Northborough Elementary Student Chorus. The hot cocoa and cookies are being donated by Metrowest Painting and the pizza is being donated by Northboro House of Pizza. Monetary donations for pizza will go directly to the Northborough Food Pantry.  There will also be a collection for Toys for Tots taking place. 

This annual lighting of the tree began in 1968 in honor of the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army private first class, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19. He will be honored during the event. 

This celebration will be the grand finale to the exciting new event titled The Great Northborough Snowman Hunt which you can learn more about online at http://northboroughguide.com/snowmanhunt. For more information about the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, visit www.northborough cac.weebly.com or find them on Facebook @nobocac. 

Chabad Center Offers Family-Friendly Chanukah Celebrations

SUDBURY: Chabad Center of Sudbury invites the community to join us for our family friendly and outdoor Chanukah Celebrations which will include some  exciting outdoor events on the first and last nights of Chanukah. The celebrations are open to all and all are invited to participate.
On Sunday, November 28 at 3:30pm, the community is invited to a Chanukah Kick Off Celebration & Show asthe first light of Chanukah is kindled along with a spectacular show by Davey the Clown. The crowds will enjoy the lighting of a 9-foot Menorah, Music, Hot Latkes and Donuts, Chanukah Refreshments, and a Gift for every Child. The event will take place on the lawn at the Chabad Center of Sudbury at 100 Horse Pond Road.
On the last night of Chanukah, December 5, the community is invited to a two-part Chanukah Celebration, starting with a joyous Chanukah Car Parade through town at 4pm, followed by the annual Sudbury Town Center Chanukah Celebration in front of the Town Hall. If you wish to join the parade, departure i at 4pm, meeting at 3:45pm. If you wish to join in at the Town Center,  the event will start at 5pm. 
Kindly RSVP at www.chabadsudbury.com or by calling 978-443-0110.
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Have a Holly Jolly Holiday with Northborough Area Community Chorus

NORTHBOROUGH: The Northborough Area Community Chorus 2021 Annual Christmas Concert, under the direction of Elinor A. Armsby with accompanist Mark Bartlett, is scheduled for Sunday, December 12 at 3pm at Algonquin Regional  High School, 79 Bartlett Street.  The program features timeless carols like “The Holly and the Ivy” and “O Tanenbaum” alongside newer works such as Eric Whitacre’s sumptuous “Glow” and “This Christmas” by the mysterious composer with the pseudonym “Pink Zebra”.  Songs like “Swingin’ St. Nick!” and “Ocho Kandelikas” reflect the joy of the season and contrast with more reflective carols like “White Christmas” and “What Child is This”. The St. Mary’s Parish of Shrewsbury Children’s Choir, composed of children from first grade through high school, is excited to be performing “Mary’s Little Boy Child” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as part of the program.  Jan Cappello has been directing the children’s choir for 26 years.

Tickets are just $5.  Audience members are required to wear masks, according to school COVID-19 protocols.  For more information call 571-331-0214 or 508-393-8943 or visit www.nacc.net.

The NACC is supported in part by grants from the Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, and Westborough Cultural Councils which are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friends of the Goodnow Library Present “Low-Carb Holiday Recipe Transformations” With Chef Liz Barbour

SUDBURY: Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for “Low-Carb Holiday Recipe Transformations” on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30pm. Festive foods should always be delicious and healthy.  This class will transform 2 classic high-carb and high-starch holiday side dish recipes into healthier versions that taste amazing!  Chef/Cooking Instructor Liz Barbour shares low-carb cooking wisdom and easy recipes you will love preparing and eating as part of a low-carb lifestyle. Register for this class here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bzmMs75FT-mEXNCW_Yl_Xg . Fill in your information and you will receive a zoom link to this webinar.

Barbour is an entertaining communicator whose warm, relaxed approach to food and cooking resonates with her students.  With stories and instruction Liz shares her experiences as a working chef to demystify the cooking process.  She is a firm believer that any home cook can prepare fresh, flavorful meals with confidence if taught just a few basic but important skills. Liz is a regular guest on New Hampshire’s WMUR Cook’s Corner and her cooking demonstrations and recipes are featured in various publications including Where Women Cook, New Hampshire Magazine, the Nashua Telegraph, and The Hippo Press.

Domestic Violence Roundtable Invites You to Support Holiday Drives for Families Affected by Abuse

Each year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable sponsors a family for the holidays, and each year we invite our local communities to become involved in making the holidays brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Families in shelter for the holidays face a sad and difficult time as they are separated from family and friends and are hiding from their abusers.

The Covid 19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but it has been especially difficult for families affected by abuse. With the help of our local communities, these families can have happy holidays. There are a number of ways that you can help. Sponsoring a family can be a wonderful way for you and your family to do something together to help others. You can also involve extended family, neighbors, and friends. Or perhaps your colleagues at work, your book club, scout troop, civic organization, or club would like to organize a collection. Your participation in a holiday drive can help relieve the stress and depression that overcome shelter families at this time of year. The support that comes from the community at this time of year reinforces their decisions to seek safety and end violence in their lives. Each gift, each donation, each good holiday wish has a positive effect on their self-esteem and boosts their spirits.

Three local agencies offer services and programs for families affected by domestic violence. All of these programs conduct a Holiday Drive. For further information about how you might help, please contact:

Holiday drives start early so that agencies have time to process donations. In some cases, gift cards are being collected so families can shop and wrap their presents. Call now to see how you can help.

Rotary Turkey Shoot Returns LIVE to Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School

MARLBOROUGH: Marlborough Rotarians will hold the 39th Annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday, November 20, again at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School - LIVE AGAIN! at 6pm. “This is our big fundraiser of this season,” Marlborough Rotary Club President Aaron Aykanian stated. “Through the money raised at the Turkey Shoot, the Marlborough Rotary Club can make a special holiday season for deserving Marlborough families and veterans.”

This year’s chair of the Turkey Shoot is Peggy Sheldon. She is enthusiastic about the upcoming event. “The Turkey Shoot is always an outstanding fundraising event,” Peggy said. “We plan for this year’s Turkey Shoot to be just as great an evening for the more than 600 people we expect to attend it. It’s exciting and truly heart-warming expecting to see the people from the Marlborough community come out in support of the Rotary Club’s efforts this year after a year of going virtual. Our members really appreciate the generosity and support of the community!”

The Turkey Shoot will offer a wide variety of prizes including gift certificates to restaurants, gifts for the home, and all the fixings for complete turkey dinners.  The event will include the traditional “Turkey Specials,” which consist of super prizes like a bicycle, theater tickets, or even major league sports tickets!  A separate raffle will be held for a special table of children’s prizes.  Everyone can register FREE for the door prize of a television.  Over 200 hundred prizes with a value of more than $8,000 will be given away in a little more than three hours. “Businesses throughout the area donate items and gift certificates to this event,” Peggy added. “The prizes seem to be non-stop.”

To add to the party atmosphere, Rotarians will operate a snack bar with burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, and even homemade baked goodies, so families can make a night of it.  It is an evening that parents, kids, and grandparents alike can enjoy – together. For more information, go to www.marlboroughrotary.org or our facebook page or call (508) 460-1920.
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SVT Plans “Give Thanks for the Land” Walk for November 26

SUDBURY:   On Friday, November 26, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) will lead its annual “Give Thanks for the Land” walk at the Nobscot Scout Reservation. The public is invited to register for this free event. SVT bills its “Give Thanks for the Land” walk as an alternative to Black Friday shopping. The number of participants has steadily increased since the inaugural walk in 2014 and is expected to surpass 40 for 2021.

“We encourage people to get outside instead of fighting the crowds at the mall,” said Lisa Vernegaard, SVT’s Executive Director. “The Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder to be thankful for what we have. It is the ideal time to connect with others, enjoy the fresh air, and feel appreciation for all that nature has to offer.”

Vernegaard will lead the approximately 3-mile hike at an “exercise” pace that will provide participants a chance to get their heart pumping and work off that extra slice of pie from the day before. The route includes a few steep sections, but the payoff is a fantastic view from atop Tippling Rock with views to the Boston skyline. The two-hour walk starts at 10am. To register, visit www.svtweb.org/thanks.

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that protects land in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers. In 2008, the organization worked with the Town of Sudbury to permanently conserve 303 acres of the Nobscot Scout Reservation land as open space and wildlife habitat.
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St. John Lutheran Church Worship is Back in the Building!

SUDBURY: St. John’s Lutheran Church is happy to announce that they are back to in-person worship in our sanctuary at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.  These services are also live streamed on YouTube @ St John Lutheran Sudbury.  Caring about the community and valuing the entire worship experience, in order to worship safely and allow the congregation to sing, St. John adopted the following mask policy:

Anyone over the age of two must wear a mask at all times while inside any part of the church building. Because access to masks can still be an issue, we will provide an N-95 mask to all adults, and a child size KN-95 mask to all children at the door prior to entry.  These masks are reusable for up to 4 services. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this attempt to love our neighbors and to love each other.

Most of St. John’s programs have resumed either in-person or continue via Zoom and are open to the community.  Sunday School and Confirmation classes meet on Sundays at the Church.  In addition, they offer new(ish) parent classes, a book group, Bible study, a senior exercise class and a discussion group on racism/anti-racism.  Pastor Rev. Eric Wolf is currently leading a class on Monday evenings called “The Way: Who Are We Now.”  Please call the church office for further details on any of our programs.  

The Church is located at 16 Great Road. For more information, call (978) 443-8350, or visit www.stjohnsudburyma.org.  They can also be found on YouTube at St John Lutheran Sudbury, or on Facebook and Instagram @stjohnsudbury.

Marlborough Rotary Club Contributes $25,000 to Marlborough Public Library Building Fund

MARLBOROUGH:  At a recent meeting of the Marlborough Rotary Club, the club presented Margaret Cardello, Head Librarian and Marlborough Rotarian, with a check for $25,000 for the Library expansion project.  William Keyles of Main Street Bank and President of the Marlborough Public Library Foundation was present for the presentation.
Along with providing an update on the progress of this project, Ms. Cardello and Mr. Keyles expressed their thanks for the Marlborough Rotary Club’s donation and said that it would sponsor one of the quiet study rooms.

The Library held a formal groundbreaking ceremony on September 21st and the construction company came in October 4th to begin the preparation for the site and demolition. They are thrilled to see the progress beginning on this project.

Marlborough Rotary Club President Aaron Aykanian noted, “The Library is an integral part of the Marlborough community and the Rotary Club is pleased to be able to support such an important project during its Centennial year.”

Five Confirmations & a Baptism at St. Stephen Lutheran Church

MARLBOROUGH: Recently, there was music, sacrament, and celebration at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, to mark not only Reformation Sunday, but also to baptize a child and confirm five youth.

Confirmands met with pastor Joseph Graumann during a two-and-half year program of study of the Bible and the church, and addressed what it means to be a Christian. The five who celebrated their confirmation were: Alexander Bruno (of Hudson), Ross Gibson (Maynard), Emily Haley (Hudson) and Erin Kaye and Steven Kaye (Shrewsbury). The group also participated in church services as acolytes, readers and assistants, and took part in community outreach projects. Confirmation is also referred to as “affirmation of baptism,” and the service included a baptism of Theodore Franklin Broz Walters, infant son of Alissa and John Walters of Marlborough.

“Even while the pandemic lingers, it is a joy to gather to celebrate life in our midst,” Pastor Graumann said. “We’re still here, and God is still here, gathering us and empowering us with His love.”

Special music was provided by the handbell choir, as well as musicians Linda Hanson (violin), Tammy Kaye (viola) and Ron Kaye (clarinet).

For more information about St. Stephen Lutheran Church, visit www.saintstephenlutheran.com. Worship is held each Sunday at 10am, with those attending asked to wear masks.

Mary Ann Morse Home Care Celebrates Home Care & Hospice Month

FRAMINGHAM: Each November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, Mary Ann Morse Home Care is joining the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in celebrating November as National  Home Care & Hospice Month.

With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. This is where home care and hospice come in. As the preferred choice for most patients, it also offers the greatest cost savings - helping many U.S. seniors remain comfortable, safe, and  healthy at home, closer to those they love.

“Mary Ann Morse Home Care honors and praises the compassionate and skilled caregivers who devote their lives to providing excellent care, helping others stay safe, healthy, and independent at home, “said Bethany Mercer, Executive Director of Mary Ann Morse Home Care in Framingham. “Our nurses and caregivers go well beyond the patient-nurse relationship every day, providing  socialization and companionship to often isolated seniors in the community. We’re extremely proud to celebrate their accomplishments this month.”

For more information about the National Association for Home Care &Hospice, Home Care & Hospice Month, and Home Care Aide Week, visit nahc.org/homecare-hospice-month.

Mary Ann Morse Home Care in Framingham is part of non-profit Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp.’s continuum of exceptional senior living, healthcare, and home care services, trusted for more than 25 years in Metro West. Visit maryannmorse.org/home-care for information.
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Mayflower Scouts Honor SVT’s Dan Stimson

SUDBURY: The Mayflower Council of the Boy Scouts recently presented an Award of Appreciation to Dan Stimson of Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). Stimson, a Westminster resident who is the Assistant Director of Stewardship at the nonprofit land trust, frequently advises area scouts who are interested in pursuing an Eagle project. He has mentored them as they develop project proposals, present those proposals to local conservation commissions, obtain permits, recruit volunteers, and obtain funding and supplies.

“In doing an Eagle project, there is lots of stress to manage complex planning, fundraising, benefactor goals, leadership, and doing the work,” said Bryan Corrigan, of the Post Road Advancement Team of the Mayflower Council. “Dan’s commitment to giving his time day and night to scouts is a great example of kindness, caring, and commitment to all involved.”

Over the years, scouts have improved the visitor experience at SVT conservation areas by clearing new trails, building boardwalks over wetlands, and designing and installing kiosks at trail heads.
“Great mentors guide you to solutions, stepping back early and stepping in when needed,” continued Corrigan. “Dan Stimson stands out among mentors in his ability to work with scouts in three areas: kindness, leading by example, and community service. The scouts of the Mayflower Council cannot thank Dan enough.”

Stimson responded, “I'm honored by the Mayflower Council's recognition. It's such a pleasure to work with scouts as they plan their leadership projects, and it’s inspiring to see the deep commitment that so many have to conservation in their communities.”

Town of Sudbury ARPA Comment Period Open Through November 30, 2021

SUDBURY: The Town of Sudbury will receive approximately $5.9 million over two years for “COVID-19 economic relief” from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA funds may be used only toward the following five categories:
  • Support public health
  • Address COVID-19 economic impacts
  • Replace lost public sector revenue
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers
  • Invest in water, sewer & broadband infrastructure for underserved communities

A FlashVote survey was conducted in October 2021 to learn more about the priorities that Sudbury residents would like to see ARPA funds directed toward. Sudbury residents, businesses, non-profits and other constituents are invited to share their ideas for use of Sudbury’s ARPA funds. A town-wide American Rescue Plan Survey on Constant Contact is open now through November 30, 2021.

UUMass Starts Prison Pen Pal Program

MARLBOROUGH: In 2021, UUMass Action, the social justice arm of the Unitarian Church, started the Prison PenPal Program (PPP) to connect prisoners with compassionate volunteers outside the walls. One of the most painful experiences inside prison is loneliness. This is particularly true of individuals who have been incarcerated for many years and rarely receive visitors. This likely includes many of the 1,000 Massachusetts prisoners who are sentenced to life without parole, depriving them of hope of ever reuniting with families and community.  
Many of these individuals need new friendships and healthy contacts with the outside world.  The program is expanding rapidly in response to interest from incarcerated men and women. PPP currently is seeking 50 new volunteer penpals for prisoners who have requested them. 
On November 11 at 6pm there will be a 60 minute training for people who might be interested in participating in the pen pal effort. At a minimum, letters or emails could be monthly, requiring only an hour or two a month.For further information contact Hale Powell at hpenergy@verizon.net or call at 978 337-4284. For general information about UUMass Action decarceration efforts see Decarceration & End Solitary — Unitarian Universalist Mass Action.

Town Office Closings for Thanksgiving 2021

SUDBURY: In observance of Thanksgiving, the schedule for the Town Offices in the Town Hall, Flynn Building, Senior Center, Transfer Station and Offices located in the DPW Building will be as follows:
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021: Noon close
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021: Closed
  • Friday, November 26, 2021: Closed

The Goodnow Library will close at 5pm (vs. 9pm) on Wednesday, November 24; and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.

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

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

Troop 101 Northborough Wreath Sale

NORTHBOROUGH: The annual wreath sale is the largest fundraiser for Troop 101. All monies support the local Northborough Troop’s trips, camperships, maintenance of equipment and supplies. These beautiful, freshly made balsam wreaths are on a 14" frame, decorated with a festive bow, hand made by BSA Troop 823. This cost is just $15 per wreath. Order online for home delivery in Northborough at https://ScoutSales.org?560.89.1402. Scouts will deliver your wreath and bow to your front door on Saturday, November 27. Online orders close on Wednesday, November 24 at 5 pm. Questions? email: nborotroop101wreathsale@gmail.com.

Town of Sudbury Announces Completion of Historic Resources Survey Project

SUDBURY: The Town of Sudbury and the Sudbury Historical Commission are pleased to announce the completion of a major project surveying over 100 of Sudbury’s historic resources. The project was funded in part by a $15,000 matching federal grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, awarded though the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. The Sudbury Historical Commission received Community Preservation Committee funds for the initial funding at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting.

Led by the Sudbury Historical Commission, the survey recorded historically and architecturally noteworthy resources that represent the cultural history of Sudbury, constructed before 1940. The project updated and expanded earlier volunteer and professional survey documentation, developing a fuller understanding of Sudbury’s growth over time. A main focus for the project was advancing knowledge of 20th century properties, pre-1940 municipal buildings, and under-documented building types, including barns and other outbuildings. The Town of Sudbury contracted with Wendy Frontiero and Kathleen Kelly Broomer, architectural historians and preservation consultants, to conduct the survey, which concluded in September 2021. The survey project involved field work, photographic documentation, and extensive records research.

“The Sudbury Historical Commission is thrilled to add these surveys to our inventory and have them accessible to Sudbury residents and owners of these historic properties,” said Chris Hagger, Chair of the Sudbury Historical Commission. “Sudbury is rich with history, and this grant funding is an important step in documenting and preserving the town’s history and historic structures for future generations.”

The Historic Property Survey update will support future preservation planning efforts in Sudbury, identifying areas for additional study, supporting local research, and serving as a resource for town boards and commissions. Completed surveys are on record at the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Goodnow Library, and, once processed, easily accessible on the Massachusetts Historical Commission's online database, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS).

The Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey and Planning Grant Program is a federally funded, reimbursable, 50/50 matching grant program to support historic preservation planning activities in communities throughout the state. In March of 2021, the Sudbury Historical Commission was awarded an additional matching grant to assist with the development of a town-wide preservation plan.

For more information, please contact Adam Duchesneau, Director of Planning & Community Development, (978) 639-3387 or duchesneaua@sudbury.ma.us.
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In-Person Sunday Services Resume at The Unitarian Church of Marlborough & Hudson (UCMH)

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) is delighted to announce that we are returning to in-person services beginning Sunday, November 7 at 10:30am, following the recent positive trends in public health. Though grateful for the technology that has allowed connections to continue remotely, nothing can replace the connectedness when people gather together in person!

Explore UCMH's November theme, “Holding History” with “In My Day: Multigenerational Reflections on The Way Things used To Be.” Volunteer participants of all ages have been invited to share their personal stories about impactful change they have witnessed over the course of their lifetime. “Sometimes, change is long-awaited; sometimes, we fight it tooth and nail; often, it brings unimaginable new realities,” said Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann, resident minister of UCMH. “All varieties of the story are welcome – humorous, poignant, inspirational …”

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of faith, religion or spiritual affiliation, including atheists. All participants are asked to please observe Covid protocols, including masking while indoors, maintaining a social distance of 6' between people not from the same household, and refraining from singing. Online access will continue for those who are unable to join in-person worship. Additional information, including links to services, is available at www.ucmh.org.

Mr. Lincoln, Mrs. Hale & Thanksgiving

SUDBURYJoin The Wayside Inn Foundation and author Melanie Kirkpatrick for a virtual author's discussion and (optional) take-home dinner inspired by recipes from Godey's Lady's Book prepared by Longfellow's Wayside Inn on Wednesday, November 10 at 7pm. Register at https://bit.ly/halethanksgiving .

The story of how Thanksgiving became a regular national holiday is a classic American tale of how an enterprising individual with a good idea can have an impact. In this case, a penniless young widow from New Hampshire, Sarah Josepha Hale, rose to become the editor of the most popular magazine of her era, Godey's Lady's Book. She used her powerful position to generate grassroots support for a national Thanksgiving, while also writing to presidents, governors and other influential leaders to line up their approval. After several presidents rejected her idea, Lincoln finally agreed. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, he called on the nation to come together in a shared Thanksgiving celebration. 158 years later, we have Mrs. Hale to thank for this still-unbroken series of Thanksgiving Days.

Kirkpatrick is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page. She is the author of Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman; Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, and Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad. She has lived in Tokyo, Toronto, Hong Kong, and Manhattan and now resides in rural Connecticut. Signed copies of Lady Editor and Thanksgiving will be available for purchase during registration.

Links to the virtual discussion are $7 for TWIF Members and $10 for nonmembers. Register at https://bit.ly/halethanksgiving .

For more information about the program or The Wayside Inn Foundation, email TWIF@wayside.org .
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Friends of the Goodnow Library Present “The Art of the Stir Fry”
Cook Along with Chef Leslie Cerier

SUDBURYJoin the Friends of the Goodnow Library for “The Art of the Stir Fry” on Sunday, November 14 at 4pm (please note change of time) and cook along virtually with “The Organic Gourmet” Chef Leslie Cerier. Learn how to prepare delicious, colorful, vegetarian stir fries with seasonal veggies, spices, soy foods, pastas, grains, and mushrooms. Add texture with nuts and seeds. Plus learn how to make quick and easy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free dishes with an international flair. Come learn which ingredients go first, second, etc., what makes stir fries taste deliciously Asian, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and French, what healthy fats to use, and much more.

Leslie Cerier is an internationally renowned farm to table chef, cookbook author, motivational speaker and cooking teacher. She specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals for optimal health and pleasure. She adapts meals according to what is freshly picked and plentiful at any given time. Leslie is a frequent guest on TV, radio, and podcasts, and she has her own blog. She also develops recipes and products for organic and natural food companies, and she has special expertise for people with dietary sensitivities.

This program is free but registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-the-stir-fry-cooking-tickets-193791354157. Please note the Zoom link will be near the bottom of the registration confirmation with a link to the recipe information which will be posted November 4. Cook along with Leslie and have a delicious meal to serve following the program.
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Anthony Serra Joins SVT

SUDBURYSudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has welcomed Anthony Serra as its new Land Protection Associate. In this recently created position, Mr. Serra will provide support to SVT staff on land protection projects while also playing an important role in community outreach and in collaborative initiatives with SVT’s conservation partners.

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that protects natural areas and farmland in the region around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. The organization, which has 2,900 members, has helped to protect more than 8,500 acres of land since its founding in 1953, and it has a goal of protecting 12,000 more by 2050. Serra will be based out of SVT’s headquarters in Sudbury.

"We are delighted to have Anthony join our land protection team," said Christa Collins, SVT's Director of Land Protection. "His particular experience in outreach and communications will really help us make the case about why we need to accelerate our efforts."

A native of Brockton, Serra holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from McGill University in Montreal and master’s degrees in public affairs and environmental science from Indiana University. He has previously worked as an Environmental Quality Analyst for the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy in Lansing, Michigan, and he has also served with the national AmeriCorps program at the U.S. Forest Service in MacDoel, California, and at Wildlands Trust in Plymouth (MA).

“I am excited to be joining SVT and doing my part to protect the special places in my home state,” said Mr. Serra. “This endeavor is critical for biodiversity, public health, and climate mitigation, and I hope to promote that message through my work here.”
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Meeting House Fair at the First Church

MARLBOROUGH: “While the date may change, the day never will, it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the church on the hill,” when the traditional Meeting House Fair is held at the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational. This year the date is November 20, 9am to 2pm. The Meeting House Fair was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, and this November it will be returning after two years. It's an old-fashioned fair that features crafts, Christmas items, and jewelry. Homemade baked goods will include cookies, pies and much more. A Trash and Treasure room will offer a variety of items at great prices. There will be a lot of books ready for reading. The popular Basket Raffle featuring themes for all ages will be back located in the Parish Hall. At lunch time you can choose a tasty “to go” package of corn chowder and/or sandwiches (still no eating in the church). There is something for everyone and everyone is invited to attend. First Church is located on Bolton Street (Rte. 85) and High streets, just above Union Common in Marlborough.
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It’s Not “THE Talk,” It’s an Ongoing Conversation: Talking with Youth about Friendships and Relationships

SUDBURY: Please join the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable on Tuesday, November 9 at 3pm for a conversation with Molly Pistrang-Gomes from the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence’s Prevention Team. REACH will talk about how to engage youth in age-appropriate discussions about relationships. During the workshop, Molly will define relationships broadly. Young people interact with friends, family members, teachers, classmates, teammates, dating partners, coworkers, people online, etc. How can we support them as they navigate those relationships?

In this conversation, she will explore the importance of discussing and modeling boundaries, holding each other accountable with compassion, combating gender norms and stereotypes, and practicing healthy communication. As adults, we have the power to create spaces where young people are seen, heard, and respected.

Molly Pistrang-Gomes, M. Ed. (she/her) has been the Youth Education Specialist for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence since 2017. In her role at REACH, she works with middle and high school communities to build their capacity to foster healthy relationships and prevent intimate partner violence. This includes providing teacher trainings, individual consultation, curriculum support, parent and community events, class room workshops for youth, and student club advising. Her work uses a trauma informed lens to build social emotional skills, teach dynamics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, disrupt systems of power and oppression, and model support and accountability.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this important conversation. To receive a link to the program, visit www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org to register for the program.  Please email infodvrt@gmail.com with questions.
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Despres Property Hike and Kids’ Nature Discovery Event in Westborough 

WESTBOROUGH: The Westborough Community Land Trust invites you on a walk to explore the 66-acre Despres Property on Eli Whitney Street, November 14 from 1-3pm. This newly-preserved parcel of woodland was once pasture, and today the echoes of former farm fields can be found in miles of stone walls, an old lane, a hidden brook, and a curious stone landmark.  Katie O'Neill and Declan O'Neill will lead this walk exploring Westborough's newest public trails. Park across the street from the trail, at the Fales School, 50 Eli Whitney Street. Free; no registration required. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Before the hike, from Noon-12:45, WCLT invites your child to use their senses to discover the mysteries of nature. For Kindness Week, WCLT presents a way to "Be Kind to Nature" with a children’s Nature Discovery program. Leaf shapes, bark textures, bird song, and plant smells and tastes will open up a new world to explore and appreciate. The outdoor location is the Fales School parking lot. Geared to elementary school age children. Families are encouraged to stay for the trail walk at 1pm, which will be co-led by a fifth grader! Free; no registration required. Park at the Fales School, 50 Eli Whitney Street. For questions, contact events@westboroughlandtrust.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest's Annual Gala Raises $140,000 for Youth Programming

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MARLBOROUGH: On October 21, the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest virtually hosted the 16th Annual Bids for  Kids Auction & Gala, presented by The TJX Companies. Guests gathered virtually to celebrate the superheroes of our  community, participated in an extensive silent auction and raised critical funds for youth development programming.  The event raised more than $140,000 for the Clubs, which serve the youth of Hudson, Marlborough, and Framingham.  

This event also honored the Foundation of MetroWest with the Community Partner for Youth Award in appreciation of  the $160,000 that the Foundation has invested in the Clubs since the start of the pandemic and Larissa Thurston, CEO of  St. Mary’s Credit Union, with the Michael C. Sullivan Memorial Award. New this year, the Clubs recognized Jordan Poirier  with the inaugural Alumni Impact Award.  
“The Bids for Kids Auction & Gala is an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the successes of  our community’s youth. Although we were unable to gather in person again this year, this year’s celebration highlighted  our community sponsors, our individual donors, and most importantly, the successes of our youth members that are  made possible because of this support.” said Chris Duane, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. “Our  kids and families need us now more than ever and we are grateful to everyone who supported and attended the event.  Next year, we will gather in person!” 

The Clubs would also like to give a special thank you to all of the 16th Annual Bids for Kids Auction & Gala sponsors – including the TJX Companies, Market Basket, Hologic, Ken’s Foods, Tito’s Vodka, Kane Industrial Park, Murphy Insurance  Agency, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Avidia Bank, Bernardi Auto Group, Middlesex Savings Bank, Reliant Medical Group, RW  Holmes, Wegmans, Suburban Appraisal Services, DaSilva Landscaping, Sereni Salon, and the Corkin, Kaplan & Rudolph  families.  

The 17th Annual Bids for Kids Auction & Gala will be hosted on October 20, 2022 at the Verve Hotel in Natick. If you are  interested in learning how you can support this event, or other programming at the Club, please contact the Resource  Development office at 508-485-4912. 

Native Plant Trust Seeks Storytellers

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the  only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces an open call for storytellers  for its annual signature event, The Botany Story Slam, which will take place on Saturday,  February 26, 2022, from 6-8pm. The event is currently planned as an in-person event at  Garden in the Woods; however, storytellers from around the world are  welcome to submit their tales for the chance to share their stories using video technology.  

A story slam is a competition in which each storyteller has minutes to share an experience on a  chosen theme, with the audience interacting and voting on their favorite tale. Winning stories  may be aired on the radio. NPT seeks exciting, well-presented stories 5-10 minutes in length about plant adventures. Storytellers may include botanists, horticulturists, farmers, land  managers, plant researchers, environmental educators, rangers, or similar plant-related professionals. For submission instructions, please email education@NativePlantTrust.org by  December 1, 2021, with the subject line “Story Slam Submission.” Storytellers will be  selected and notified on a rolling basis and must be available to present at the event on  February 26, 2022, either in person or virtually.

Northborough's 2nd Annual Jack-O-Lantern Contest & Stroll

NORTHBOROUGH: Back by popular demand, the Northborough Community Affairs Committee is excited to announce the Second Annual Jack-O-Lantern Contest and Stroll during Halloween weekend. Jack-o-lanterns provided by Northborough residents will be on display at the Town Common starting Friday, October 29 and will stay lit through Halloween weekend for all ages to enjoy. 

Residents can sign-up now to participate and members of the community will be able to vote over Halloween weekend for their favorite designs.  The Committee is accepting up to 100 entries and registrants are asked to make a suggested donation of $5 to the Northborough Food Pantry to participate.   Pictures of the jack-o-lanterns will be posted on the Committee's website and Northborough  residents will be able to vote for their 3 favorite entries. The three winners who will each receive a prize from local businesses. 
On Saturday, October 30 from 11:30am to 12:30pm, the Family Jack-O-Lantern Stroll will take place featuring live music from the local musician Anelise and her Family Band. This event at our Town Common will also have treats and will be a chance for families to choose their favorite Jack-O-Lanterns! 
The Committee would like to make sure this fun event is safe so please follow local and state guidelines when viewing the display. Visit this website for more information on this event: https://northboroughcac.weebly.com/jack-o-lantern-stroll.html.
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Marlborough Resident Ginny Carpenter Onstage in "Lovers & Other Strangers"

MARLBOROUGH: Marlborough resident Ginny Carpenter is appearing in Theatre III of West Acton's fall production, "Lovers and Other Strangers" by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor. Performances run November 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8pm; November 7 at 2pm at 250 Central Street. Tickets are $22; seniors/students/groups of seven or more $19. For more information, visit www.theatre3.org.

The 43rd Annual Pear Tree Boutique Back and In Person!

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MARLBOROUGH: The 43rd Annual Pear Tree Boutique will be held in person on Saturday December 4 from 8:30-10:30am at Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Street.  Join the Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough to shop for this year’s sale.  With new sale hours, they are planning for a lively event where you can obtain your fresh winter greens, holiday décor, wreaths, swags and faux creations.  All items are hand-crafted by the members the week before the event and will last through the holiday season.

The Garden Club is a  501(c)3 charitable organization, serving the Marlborough community by providing free horticultural and conservation education for residents as well as beautification for some of the city’s public gardens. The club is 100% dependent on its fundraising efforts to fund these community offerings.

In accordance with Marlborough Public School policy, all who enter the Whitcomb School must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The Pear Tree Boutique is a fantastic way to contribute to the Marlborough community and bring some beauty and joy into your home for the holidays. To learn more about membership or to receive the club’s customer newsletter about meetings, special events, the annual Plant Sale and Pear Tree Boutique, email the club at gardenclub01752@gmail.com, visit https://sites.google.com/view/colonialgardenclubmarlborough.
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Wayside Inn Foundation hosts "Pumpkins & Poetry" Family Program

SUDBURY:  Put on your Halloween costumes and head over to The Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road for an afternoon of family-friendly fun on Sunday, October 24, from 3:30-5pm.
A poetry walk featuring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Haunted Houses” and an outdoor installation of Halloween-themed decorations will be open for self-guided tours in the Longfellow Memorial Garden.
Pumpkin decorating and carving will take place in the nearby Event Tent. These sessions are a perfect opportunity for kids of all ages to create pumpkin masterpieces to take home as decorations or donations for upcoming community exhibits. Experienced carving session facilitators will help participants learn new techniques and will be on hand to troubleshoot carving challenges.
Cost: $5/person for the Longfellow Garden Exhibit; $10/child for pumpkin decorating; and $20/person for pumpkin carving. Pumpkins and supplies are included with registration fees, and space is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/pumpkinsandpoetry21.
This event is organized by The Wayside Inn Foundation with donations from Rota-Spring Farm and Shaws Supermarket. Questions? Please send an email to education@wayside.org.

Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball Spring Registration is Open

NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH: Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball is excited to announced to opening of registration for their Spring season for girls grades K-8. The season will begin at the end of March/beginning of April, depending on the field status, and will run through the middle of June. There will be one practice a week, determined by the coach, and one game during the week and one during the weekend. K&1st graders will have one game on the weekend only.
The Northboro-Southboro Girls Softball Program is dedicated to creating a positive sporting and social environment where the ideals of good sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty and fair play are core, with secondary importance placed on winning. Their goal is for each player to have fun while gaining a rewarding softball experience and developing skills in fast-pitch softball. Click here to register by November 30 to assist with the forming teams and season preparation based on registration numbers.
Coaches and assistants are needed. If interested, please email lisabhodge@yahoo.com if you are interested in coaching.
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Outsmarting Anti-Semitism Course in Sudbury Explores Underpinnings of Hate and How to Respond to Rising Antisemitism

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SUDBURY:This fall, the Chabad Center of Sudbury will be offering a new four-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Outsmarting Antisemitism. Using history, Talmudic sources, Jewish mysticism, and contemporary expert analysis, the course addresses some of the niggling questions we grapple with as individuals and as a community. Why does antisemitism persist? How can we make hate go away? How can we counter Israel-focused antisemitism and prevent our own youth from unwittingly lending their voices to antisemitic agendas?
Informative, interesting, and empowering, Outsmarting Antisemitism is well suited for community leaders and laypersons alike. “All those who care about religious freedom, both Jews and others, confront a disturbing increase in antisemitism worldwide,” said Cary Nelson, past president of the American Association of University Professors. “It is no longer enough just to be opposed to antisemitism. We all have to be knowledgeable about its history and current manifestations if we are to be equipped to combat its spread. That is why this course matters.”

“What distinguishes the present moment is the rise of antisemitism simultaneously on all fronts,” said Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and chairman at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. “To succeed in the struggle against these dangerous phenomena, we have to confront antisemitism on all fronts simultaneously. Therefore, this course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is very important.”

The four-week course begins on November 2 and will be offered both in person and via Zoom. Like all JLI programs, it is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 978-443-0110 or visit www.chabadsudbury.com for registration and for other course-related information.
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SVT Welcomes Lily Zanta

SUDBURY: Lily Zanta, a member of the national AmeriCorps service program, recently started an 11-month term of service at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). SVT is a nonprofit organization that conserves land in the region around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.  Lily, who is a resident of Allston, will support SVT’s work in numerous ways. In addition to training volunteers to remove invasive plants from conserved lands, she will also assist in the research and planning of accessible hiking trails on SVT properties. 

Plus, Lily is expected to play a key role in SVT’s outreach and communications efforts. She has initiated an assessment of the organization’s social media postings, and she will be developing a pilot program to engage more of the area’s youths in SVT’s conservation work.

"I am honored to be serving at SVT, an organization with such a rich history of community-based conservation and engagement,” said Lily. “I look forward to further developing my service projects and connecting with the communities and ecosystems of the region."

A graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, Lily has worked as an agricultural biologist with the Santa Clara County Consumer & Environmental Protection Agency and as an environmental scientist intern with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. While working as a field researcher in Chilean Patagonia, Lily also served as a translator between Spanish-speaking community members and her work colleagues.

Grace Fauver, SVT’s Director of Development and Community Engagement, commented, “I am delighted that Lily is joining SVT for her service year. Her projects will have a direct and lasting benefit to SVT and our partners.”
Lily joined SVT through TerraCorps, a Massachusetts-based program that places AmeriCorps members at organizations that protect land and support environmental sustainability. AmeriCorps is a national program that annually places more than 75,000 Americans in service at nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. 

“The AmeriCorps program is a real win-win,” added Ms. Fauver. “Service members gain hands-on experience with planning and executing conservation projects, and the host sites benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of young conservationists.”
SVT has hosted 20 AmeriCorps members over the past 12 years, many of whom now hold positions at conservation organizations across the country.
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Assabet Valley Mastersingers Concert October 30

SHREWSBURY: To celebrate singing, the Assabet Valley Mastersingers will begin its 2021-2022 concert series in the R.R. Jay Performing Arts Center at Saint John’s High School, 378 Main Street on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 8pm. AVM founder and Artistic Director Robert P. Eaton will conduct the chorus, orchestra and soloists in presenting Songs of Unity.

Commissioned by AVM in honor of its 40th anniversary, Unity in Diversity, by Northborough native Cynthia Lee Wong, is a song cycle with texts by Wordsworth, Teasdale, and Tagore, touching on themes which resonate today – nature and destruction, love, and unity. In LUX: The Dawn From On High, composer Dan Forrest explores ancient liturgical chant, scripture, and modern secular love poetry.  The lyrics of We Exist respond to the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia with Oliver Caplan’s composition honoring all races, all faiths and all genders.

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. Saint John’s Performance Hall is accessible to the physically challenged. 

Concert tickets may be purchased through www.AVMsingers.org or at the venue the evening of the concert. The general price is $25; $20 for seniors and students. For further information, visit www.AVMsingers.org. 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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Fall Clean-up & Planting with the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury

SUDBURY: The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will be meeting to do  their fall cleanup and planting at Grinnell Park & The Goodnow Library.  Would you like to participate in beautifying Sudbury?  Join in the fun and maybe learn more about the Club.  Meet at Sudbury Town Hall at 9:30am. Please bring gloves, hand trimmers, small shovels, edgers & any other tools for weeding, edging, trimming and planting Mums and Kales.  Also bring a bagged lunch if you would like to stick around for a picnic lunch afterwards. Masks, social distancing & RSVP required. For more info email 1776@gmail.com or find the Club on Facebook @thethursdaygardenclubofsudbury
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Jerusha’s Halloween Ball Offers Up Some Spirited Fun

SUDBURY: Celebrate Halloween and The Wayside Inn's own Jerusha Howe who was a real-life figure in the history of the Inn. Jerusha’s Halloween Ball, scheduled for Friday, October 29 at 7pm offers up a spirited evening of good food and beverages, dancing to music spun by DJ T-Rex, prizes for the "most historic", "most creative," and "most legendary" costumes, and a festive wine & bourbon pull fundraising activity.

The event will be held outdoors under The Wayside Inn’s event tent. Plan your costume to accommodate October evening weather and face masks, should the mask mandate in Sudbury still be in effect.

Purchase tickets in advance at https://bitly.com/JerushasBall2021. Individual tickets are $85 with costume or $100 no costume. There is a 10 discount on tickets for members of The Wayside Inn.

‍For anyone interested in sponsoring the event or donating wine or bourbon for the wine and bourbon pull to help make the most of this fundraiser, please contact Sally Hild at shild@wayside.org.
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Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury is Offering Tulips & Daffodils

SUDBURY: Recently Members of the Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury read a story, decorated a pumpkin, and planted  daffodil bulbs with children ages 5-12 at the Goodnow Library. The Club sponsors this program at the Library several times a year to bring art and nature together for children. Would you like bags of tulip or daffodil bulbs to plant in your yard? TGC might still have some bags for sale from their annual fundraiser. For more info email TGCSudbury1776@gmail.com or find them on Facebook!
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LSB Players Announces 2021-2022 Season

SUDBURY:  The 2021-2022 LSB Players announced their schedule of plays for this school year, and to offer you a chance to subscribe to our upcoming season.  All performances take place at LSRHS, 390 Lincoln Road.

The season begins with a fall musical, perfectly timed for “spooky” season, Andrew Lippa’s musical The Addams Family. This hilarious and irreverent musical, based on characters created by Charles Addams, tells the story of the Addams Family, a loving yet macabre family set in their ghoulish ways, as they face the prospect of their daughter/sister, Wednesday, marrying someone far too normal for their taste. The Addams Family was a fan favorite when it was on Broadway, nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Carly Evans, music directed by Michael Bunting, and conducted by Tom Grandprey, and performed in the Kirshner Auditorium on Wednesday, November 17 thru Saturday, November 20, all shows at 7:30pm.

The second mainstage offering will be The Eighth Annual Winter One-Acts which continues the tradition of being student-directed one-acts. Three LS seniors will direct “That’s Not How I Remember It,” “As It Was,” and “I, Chorus.” These one-acts will be performed in the Rogers Theatre on February 4 at 7:30pm, February 5 at 3pm and 7:30pm.

In the Spring, the LSB Players will take us to England in Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Hamill’s clever and fast-paced adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same title takes on the gossipy society of late 18th century England and examines the societal pressures that affect the lives of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Sense and Sensibility will be performed in the Rogers Theatre on April 8 & 9 at 7:30pm, April 9 & 10 at 2pm.

On May 6th and 7th, there will also be 9th and 10th grade play (title to be decided) at 7:30pm in the Rogers Black Box Theatre.

Finally, the year will end with COLLAGE XXVI, as always a collection of scenes, one-acts and original pieces selected and directed by students, performed in the Rogers Black Box Theatre on June 10 & 11 with shows at 7:30pm and free admission for all.

Tickets for all of our 2021-2022 shows are $8 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults.

Consider becoming a Season Ticket holder or Benefactor. Benefactors and Season Ticket holders receive advance notice before tickets are available to the general public so they can reserve their tickets for the evening of their choice. Season Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens. A Benefactor's ticket is $60 per person. All Season Ticket holders and Benefactors are named in each program of the year. (Season Ticket holders and Benefactors will have the choice to use their ticket(s) for ONE of the following productions - the Winter One-Acts in February OR the 9th/10th grade play in May.) To become a subscriber, go to www.lsrhs.net/students/activities_clubs/drama for the form and payment information.

Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins Marlborough Rotary Club Recycling Event

MARLBOROUGH: This year, the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce joins with the Marlborough Rotary Club for their second recycling event of this fall during their 11th year of Recycling events on Saturday, October 23, 10am to 2pm at the Navin Rink Parking Lot, 451 Bolton Street. It is only $40 per car/truck load and one and all from anywhere in New England are encouraged to clean out their attics, basements, and businesses and get rid of their junk.

Since the fall of 2011, the Marlborough Rotary Club created a one-day project for folks to recycle all their unwanted computers, electronics, appliances, and more.  The event is open to ALL communities and is focused on recycling household items rather than adding these items in the landfills.

Many things that have been sitting around in your attic, basement, or garage could be recycled at this Recycling Day event for just $40 per carload or truck load.  Items include:
  • Electronics of all types – computers, CPUs, games, accessories, cell phones, VCRs laptops, cameras, cables, wires, keyboards, mice
  • All electrical equipment – small appliances, motors, shop equipment, heaters, fans, extension cords, lamps
  • Vehicle batteries, cars, boats, RV’s etc.
  • Large appliances – washers, dryers, microwaves, AC units, freezers, refrigerators without Freon
  • Yard and lawn equipment – mowers and snow blowers (no fluids), chain saws, weed whackers,  power yard equipment
  • Televisions – $40 any size
  • Computer Monitors – $25 each
  • Audio speakers – $20 per pair
  • Child car seats – $20 each with fabric removed
  • Household vacuums $20 each
  • Treadmills $25 each
  • Appliance with Freon -- large $25, small $15
  • Lithium Ion Batteries (i.e. power tools) $5.00
  • Lead acid batteries (i.e. yard equipment, cars, boats, RVs $10 each
  • Small batteries (i.e. AA, AAA, C, D) $5/quart

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

“This project benefits everyone involved and promotes recycling for a low cost,” said Rob Schachter, President of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to join with the Rotary Club’s longtime successful event. It benefits our environment and the Marlborough Rotary Club Foundation will generate a percentage of the fees to continue the club’s service to children and families of our community, literacy projects, polio eradication, and more.”

Open to ALL communities in MA, CT, NH, RI, ME, & VT! Please call 978-875-0097 with any questions that you might have about the event.  Info: www.marlboroughrotary.org & www.marlboroughchamber.org.

As October 24 is International End Polio Day, members of the Marlborough Rotary Club and Interact Club will be passing out information about Rotary International’s 35-year quest to end polio on this earth. Although there are only two countries remaining that have live polio virus, it is only a plane-ride away.
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SVT Celebrates Conservation During 2021 Annual Meeting

SUDBURY: Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) celebrated another successful year during its 2021 Annual Meeting on September 26. A highlight of the online meeting, was the presentation of SVT’s Annual Awards to recognize important contributions to land conservation in Massachusetts.

”The recipients serve as good role models for us all,” said Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director. “They demonstrate the dedication and commitment required to protect our region’s lands.”

SVT’s 2021 Distinguished Public Service Award went to the Program Manager and six Regional Coordinators of the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. 

SVT presented its Lewis Conservation Award to Tim Simmons of Merrimac for his broad commitment to conservation over many years. Simmons is a restoration ecologist who has worked with numerous organizations, including a land trust on Martha's Vineyard, The Nature Conservancy and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Rob St. Germain of Ashland was named Steward of the Land for his work at SVT’s Cowassock Woods Reservation in Framingham, where he fights invasive plants, maintains trails, and builds woodland bridges. He has also mentored several Eagle Scouts who have upgraded bridges at the property.  

Bob May of Sudbury received the Morgan Volunteer of the Year Award for giving unselfishly of his time in support of SVT. As a member of the Finance and the Wolbach Facilities Committees, May has conducted research to ensure SVT enacts sound policies, and he has helped to plan and execute several maintenance projects at the organization’s headquarters.

SVT also celebrated the contributions of younger conservationists by presenting Youth Steward Awards to two Boy Scouts who completed their Eagle projects on SVT properties:

Jed Howrey of Sudbury designed, built, and installed two educational signs about glacial features at SVT’s Gray Reservation in Sudbury. The signs, which describe eskers and erratics, complement a self-guided audio tour at the property and are especially geared toward Middle School students. 

Sudbury's Luke Orup created a new trail entrance and kiosk for Wayside Forest in Framingham. In addition to clearing the trail and building the kiosk, Orup also had to enact safety measures so he could manage a crew of volunteers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SVT is a nonprofit land trust that protects land in 36 communities around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. To learn more about SVT’s work, visit www.svtweb.org.
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Native Plant Trust Announces Climate Resilience Symposium, Examining  Future of Plant Life

FRAMINGHAM: Native Plant Trust, the nation’s first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England’s native plants, announces a virtual symposium on the  changing climate and its effects on the region’s flora. The program will address methods for  building climate resilience and how key players can support this process. The event will take  place online October 29 from 1-4 PM. 

The virtual symposium will feature distinguished experts in the fields of ecology, climate  adaptation, and conservation biology. The event will include a keynote address by Dr.  Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology at the University of  Maine. The symposium also includes a workshop on climate adaptation networks, and a panel  highlighting current climate change patterns, their implications for the future of New England’s  plant diversity, and the path toward climate resilience.  

“The climate resilience discussion builds on our recent report, Conserving Plant Diversity in New  England,” explains Courtney Allen, Native Plant Trust’s Director of Public Programs. “The  symposium will consider diverse perspectives that offer cutting-edge thinking on applicable  conservation strategies and tools. Working together to implement best practices now will greatly impact the future of native plants and the ecosystems they support.” 

Speakers include: 
  • Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology & Plant Ecology at the University of  Maine
  • Melissa Ocana, Climate Adaptation Coordinator at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Christopher Neill, Senior Scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center
  • Dr. Angelica Patterson is the Master Science Educator at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York.
  • Aaron Marcus is the Assistant Botanist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife
For more information and to register for the symposium, please visit www.NativePlantTrust.org.

This program is eligible for professional continuing education credit through Massachusetts  Association of Landscape Professionals, Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association,  Northeast Organic Farming Association, Society of American Foresters, and Society for  Ecological Restoration. Please refer to the symposium registration page for further information  on credits. 
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The Friends of the Goodnow Library Present Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist with Author Judy Bloomberg

SUDBURY: Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for an intriguing virtual travel adventure with Sudbury author Judy Bloomberg on October 20 at 7:30pm. Bloomberg will be sharing her travel adventures and some of the fascinating photos from her book, Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road Less Traveled. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The program is free, but registration is required.

Judy Bloomberg has been an intrepid traveler for over 50 years. As the Sudbury resident explains. “I have always had a passion for adventure. Not the kind where you climb Mount Everest to prove to yourself and the world that you have amazing endurance and ability to withstand cold, but the “Around the World in 80 Days” kind of adventure, the kind where you set off for countries whose names you can’t even pronounce, to explore other cultures and other peoples, to learn how we are different and (perhaps even more importantly), how we are the same”.

Beginning in 1970, with a 10 week “no set itinerary” honeymoon based loosely on recommendations found in “Europe on $5 a Day” (the famous budget guidebook of that era), and continuing over the years through such experiences as international homestays, home exchanges, and volunteer activities in some of the world’s poorest countries, Bloomberg continually searched for ways to veer off the beaten path. In 2002, a casual comment to her husband while dining in the French restaurant at Epcot even led to the two of them leaving their jobs and moving to a small village in France for a year!

Judy also has a long-standing love of traditional cultures that has led her to explore tribal communities all over the world. In fact, she sometimes calls herself a “closet anthropologist” At last count, she had visited about 115 countries, on all seven continents.  Some of her most memorable experiences include attending a giant gathering of about 200 different tribes in Papua New Guinea, having a random encounter and delightful conversation with the Queen Mother in Bhutan, staying overnight as an honored guest in the yurt of a famous eagle hunter in Mongolia, scaling a mountain in Uganda to spend time with a family of elusive mountain gorillas, and visiting the remote “explorer huts” in Antarctica, which have been left virtually untouched since explorers like Scott and Shackleton abandoned them over 100 years ago.

So what is an intrepid traveler to do when sidelined by COVID?  Bloomberg returned from her last trip, to Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, and Qatar in March, 2020, less than a week before the U.S. completely shut down. Stuck at home, she began curating her collection of thousands of travel photos, selecting the ones she considered most interesting and most depictive of life in the less-traveled corners of the world. After a bit of prodding from friends, she finally agreed that the photos would make a compelling book. Her book, Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road Less Traveled, a collection of 294 of her best photos from those trips, focuses on the most exotic destinations on all seven continents (and the people who inhabit them), from colorful festivals like the Goroka Show in Papua New Guinea and Carnival in Rio to daily life in places like Lake Titicaca and rural Ethiopia, along with insights and anecdotes about traveling off the beaten path.

Escape the confines of Covid 19 and spend an enjoyable evening of travel adventures with the Friends of the Goodnow Library on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7:30 PM on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent prior to the program. Don’t forget to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/always-a-traveler-never-a-tourist-with-judy-bloomberg-tickets-177638360117.
If you’ve ever dealt with someone making threats against you, been the subject of physical or verbal attacks, had rumors floated about you, or been purposely excluded from a group, then you know what it’s like to be bullied. During October, we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and raise awareness and focus on bullying.

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

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

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

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

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

WESTON: As part of its celebration of National Stamp Collecting Month, the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History at Regis College is having several live animal presentations featuring popular animals on stamps.  On October 16 at 10:30am, Nancy Lamb from Drumlin Farm of Massachusetts Audubon will bring several animals from the farm and talk about how animals prepare for the winter.  This program will be held outside weather permitting.

On October 17 at 1pm, Joy Marzolf of The Joys of Nature  will bring some of her “creepy animals” to get people in the mood for Halloween.  Her animals will include some snakes, tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, a lizard and several other creatures.

At both programs, children can make a free set of animals on stamps to take home, do stamp activities including a stamp hunt and join the Museum’s Youth Stamp Club. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children to age 16.

Later in the month on October 24,  programs will be held at 1pm and 3pm featuring several owls from ”Eyes on Owls” including a snowy owl.  On October 30 at 10:30am, Animal Adventures and Animal Rescue Center of Bolton will bring some exotic animals which could include an alligator, a large snake like a boa, a chinchilla, ferrets, bunnies, a hedgehog, some turtles, frogs and other reptiles.

Advanced registration is not required but can be made at info@spellman.org.
The Museum follows all Covid guidelines from the state. For more information contact info@spellman.org or call 617-784-5838.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

MCC Hosts Electronic Recycling and Document Shredding Event

SUDBURY: On October 9, from 9am–1pm, Memorial Congregational Church will hold a “contactless” electronic recycling and document shredding event and you don’t even have to get out of your car!  The event is open to all communities and will be held rain or shine.

At the electronics recycling truck, prices vary from $25-40 for a TV, $15 for a computer, $15 for a computer monitor, or $5 for a box of electric cords.  Workers will remove the items from your vehicle and place them in the recycling truck which is operated by a state-licensed electronic recycling company who will properly dispose of all items. They will accept ANYTHING WITH A CORD (including washing machines, air conditioners, etc.) as well as any type of battery, printer ink cartridges, and toner cartridges.

The fee for document shredding is just $8 per copy paper box or brown grocery bag, and a worker will remove your boxes or bags of documents from your car and shred the documents as you wait. The truck is equipped with closed-circuit TV so you can actually watch the shredding if you wish. Shredding personal or business documents containing sensitive information is one of the best ways to prevent identity theft!

You may pay in cash, check, or by VENMO.
MCC is located at 26 Concord Road, just across from Goodnow Library in Sudbury. For more information, please email recycle@MCCSudbury.org or shredding@MCCSudbury.org or call 978-443-3885.

Assabet Valley Mastersingers Announces New Board Members

NORTHBOROUGH: As the Fall Concert season begins, the Executive Board of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers is proud to announce its new Chair Nancy LaPelle, new Secretary Sue Benua, and new Community Representative on the Board Lee Beavers. 
Since 2003, Nancy LaPelle has been an independent consultant providing qualitative-research based services in the health care sector. Her focus is to provide clients with data-based summary recommendations needed to inform decision-making related to medical and public health intervention design, process/program improvement and evaluation, individual behavior change (patient and/or physician), cognitive testing of assessment instruments, and health-related information needs.  She has also taught courses in qualitative research methodologies and survey design for graduate students, faculty, and medical professionals during this time. Prior to 2003, she was adjunct faculty in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During this time, she also worked at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for 10 years as a curriculum and organizational development consultant to public sector agencies.

Susan Benua of Berlin is a former Project Analyst and Engineer. Before moving to Berlin, she was chair of the Music Committee at her church, and formerly served as a Deacon and chair of the Open and Affirming committee. She holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Project Management from Northeastern University. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Eastern New England Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a women pilots association.

Lee Beavers of Northborough is a former healthcare professional. She has worked more than 30 years in public relations and publications and more than 10 years as a Patient Representative at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She holds an MS in Public Affairs and Publications from Boston University. She currently serves on the Northborough Council on Aging.

The Board sincerely thanks Matt Pietro for his service.
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News from Tower Hill Botanical Garden

BOYLSTON: The New England Dahlia Society Show and Sale will take place
Saturday, September 25, from 1-5pm. (Show and Sale: 1-5; Award Ceremony: 3-4pm) at Tower Hill Botanical Garden.

On Sunday, September 26 from 10am-3pm, the show and sale continues, including a lecture from 1pm-2pm entitled “How to Grow Beautiful Dahlias in Your Home Garden.” There are few flowers that have the unique genetics of dahlias, which accounts for their amazing variability of forms, colors, and sizes. From dime-sized minion singles to giant decorative blooms, open-faced forms, honeycomb balls, waterlilies, and cactus types, you will be amazed at the variety of this flower family. Come and see for yourself! The annual Dahlia Show will feature displays of diverse and beautiful specimens entered into the Dahlia competition. Only the best of the best blooms are entered by growers joining us from all over New England.

The New England Dahlia Society is a horticultural organization devoted to the study, growth, exhibition, and enjoyment of dahlias. We are a young society, founded in 2016, with over 100 members of both seasoned and beginning growers from all over New England (MA, RI, CT, ME, NH, VT) as well as New York and New Jersey.

For more information about this and other upcoming shows, call 508.869.6111 or visit www.towerhillbg.org/shows.

Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury Hosts Annual Daffodil Bulb Sale

SUDBURY: Enjoy Fall but think spring! The Thursday Garden Club of Sudbury will be having their annual daffodil bulb sale this year on Eventbrite between now and October 2, 2021. The Thursday  Garden Club will be selling King Alfred Daffodils (18" tall, large yellow blossoms) and Red Impression Tulips (24" tall, large red blossoms)  - 12 bulbs for $15. Go to Eventbrite and type in DAFFODIL on the main page.  Order now and  pick up on October 2 and 3 between 10am-2pm at LS High School 390 Lincoln Road.
Over the past 25 years, the Thursday Garden club has planted over 12,000 bulbs throughout Sudbury to welcome spring.  Each year we sell our premium bulbs to help fund our daffodil trail, and to create a showy trail of flowers that add splashes of yellow at  town center, police and fire stations, and other public spaces. The Thursday Garden Club sponsors monthly meetings in flower arranging, horticulture, and landscape design.  They also provide scholarship money for a graduating L-S senior focusing on environmental studies. The Thursday Garden Club participates in a number of beautification projects in Sudbury, including the Daffodil Trail, community traffic island gardens, Town center and Hosmer House Holiday decorations, Blue Star Memorial, Goodnow library programs and much more.
Founded in 1951, and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, The Thursday Garden Club meets the second Thursday of each month from September to May.  Visit the Club on Facebook at ThursdayGardenClubofSudbury or email TGCSudbury1776@gmail.com to learn more. To make a donation send checks made payable to Thursday Garden Club PO Box 52 Sudbury, MA 01776.