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Union Common in Marlborough will host a free concert of "gypsy swing" music by Sinti Rhythm starting at 11 a.m. Bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Walker Building, 3rd floor auditorium, 255 Main St. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646.


Registration deadline for the Spirit of Shrewsbury Craft Fair (to be held Sept. 29 at Oak School). Crafters with unique, distinctive, handmade items can download application forms at www.spiritofshrewsbury.com.


The yard waste drop-off at the Shrewsbury Municipal Garage, 211 South St., will be open for Shrewsbury residents from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Also Sept. 15 and 29. Curbside yard waste collections will begin the week of Oct. 15-19 and continue every other week through Nov. 30.


The Golden Tones, a 60-voice senior citizen chorus, invite you to hear them sing at the Natick Stop & Shop barbecue at 12:30 p.m. Come to the Stop & Shop at Routes 9 and 27 for freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and a "side order of singing." Proceeds from the grill to benefit the chorus.




State Rep. Steve LeDuc invites children of all ages to join him and his family at his annual Teddy Bear Picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rowe Gazebo, 57 Main St., Marlborough. Festivities include Blinky the Clown, moon walk, face painting and games. Free, with light refreshments. For info, call Rep. LeDuc's office at (508) 481-2141.




Stow Festival Chorus seeks singers in all voice categories for its 29th season as it starts night rehearsals from 7:30- 9:30 at the First Parish Church in Stow center. For info, call Barbara Jones (978-562-2620) or Martha Pfeiffer (978-562-0302) or visit www.soundsofstow.com.




Deadline to RSVP to Greater Marlborough Programs Inc.'s 1st annual Friends & Family Outing. Event to be held Sept. 9, 2-5 p.m. rain or shine, at Marlborough Fish & Game. Tickets: $5, $3 kids ages 5-10. For info, call Sharon at (508) 485-4227 ext. 104.


An Open House and Fall Registration at Diane Cournoyer Dance Center, 329 W. Main St., Northborough, will be held 4-7 p.m. Visit www.dcdancecenter.net for info.


The Assabet Valley Mastersingers will hold open rehearsals (also Sept. 10) 7:30-9:45 p.m., at St. Mark's School, Marlborough Rd. (Route 85), Southborough. For info, call (508) 481-8164 / (978) 562-9838 or visit www.avmsingers.org.


A free Hunter Education Course at Southborough Rod & Gun Club starts. Following sessions will run Sept. 11, 20 25, 27 and Oct. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Students must attend every session. Pre-registration is required at (978) 632-7648.


The Golden Tones, a 60-voice senior citizen chorus, begin their 20th season with Tuesday rehearsals, at 10 a.m., at the Wayland Senior Center, 41 Cochituate Rd., Wayland. For info, visit www.goldentones.org or call (508) 358-0111.


The next meeting of the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will be at 7:30 p.m., at New Horizons, 370 Hemenway St., Marlborough. Program includes the planning of upcoming community projects, "Dancing with Celebrities — Marlborough Style." Those interested in attending should e-mail join@marlboroughjuniors.org or visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org.




Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of Marlborough's  "Dollars for Scholars" first meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Marlborough High School's library. Call (508) 481-0056 for info. All meetings to be held 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the high school.




Sogetsu Ikibana Flowerâ028Arrangingâ028will be presented by Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, with instructor Kaye Vosburgh. Cost: $35 members, $40 non-members. Call 508-869-6111 x 124 to registerâ028or visit www.towerhillbg.org for info.â028


As part of the 2007 NJWC Film Festival, the GFWC Northboro Junior Woman's Club will present "Iron Jawed Angels" at 7 p.m. at Whitney Place, 238 W. Main St., Northborough. Free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.


The opening reception for artist Bruce Collins will be 5:30-9 p.m. at Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough. The exhibit, "Paradigm: New Work by Bruce Collins," will be on view through Oct. 3 during regular gallery hours. Visit www.postroadartcenter.com or call (508) 485-2580 for info.




Celebrate everything beads during BeadFiesta, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Holiday Inn & Suites, 265 Lakeside Ave., Marlborough. Also Sept. 8, 10-5, and Sept. 9, 10-4. Fee: $5 3-day pass, $3 one day, kids under 12 free. Visit www.beadfiesta.com for info.


The Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr., holds its free monthly Craft Class at 11:15 a.m. Call (508) 393-5035 to sign up or for info.


The Riverview Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., hosts the Our Lady of Fatima Festival through Sept. 9. A Fado Night dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 7. For Fado Night tickets, call Luisa Fontes at (978) 618-3155. Visit www.hudsonportugueseclub.org for info, schedule of events.


Auditions for "Seussical the Musical" will be held by the Southborough Players 7:30-9 p.m. (also Sept. 8, 2-5 p.m.) at Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Rd., Southborough. Casting limited to ages 9 and over. Be prepared to sing 16 bars and read from cold script (available at Southborough Library).


An Evening for Iveta, a figure skating benefit show for coach Iveta Ice, will start at 7 p.m. at New England Sports Center, 121 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough. Tickets: $35, $20 kids 5 and under. For tickets or info, call (508) 229-2700 ext. 212 or visit www.eveningforiveta.com.


The Shrewsbury Child Development Committee will hold a planning session from 9:30–10:30 a.m. at Mount Olivet Church, 34 Prospect St. All are welcome and babysitting is provided. For info, visit www.SCDC.org or call (508) 841-8300 ext. 1477.


St. Bernadette Parish & School will hold its 15th annual Festival at 266 Main St. (Route 20), Northborough, from 5-10 p.m. Also Sept. 8, from noon-10 p.m. Includes all-day food booth, a sweet shop, kids' activities, raffles and much more. A chicken barbeque will be held Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m., and the $10,000 Mega Cash Raffle will also be drawn at 9 p.m. Call (508) 393-2838 to purchase tickets, for info.


A Murder Mystery Weekend to benefit the American Lung Association of Massachusetts will run through Sept. 9 at Austin Hill Inn in West Dover. Rate: $475 per couple. For info, call (800) 332-7352 or visit www.murdermysteryweekend.com.




Shrewsbury Parks & Recreation's youth flag football for grades 3-5 and 6-8 begins. Cost: $45 for 6 weeks. Registrations are available online at www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/parkrec/brochure/asp. Registration for all other programs opens at Town Hall from 8-10 a.m. For info, call (508) 841-8503.


As part of its weekend round-up, Hudson Cub Scout Pack 4 will hold a new member sign-up 8:30 a.m.-noon, at Robinson's Ace Hardware. For info, visit www.hudsoncubscouts.org.


Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine invites the community to its annual Open House 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 200 Westboro Rd., North Grafton. Includes self-guided tours, canine demos, teddy bear clinic, farm animals, veterinary exhibits and more. For info, visit www.tufts.edu/vet/openhouse/ or call (508) 839-5395 ext. 84899.


The Marlborough Hospital Auxiliary is planning its 15th annual Flea Market and Attic Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the hospital grounds, Union St. Includes crafts, bake table and more. Vendors interested in participating should call Susan Weber at (508) 486-9565.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, will present its Bonsai Weekend from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Sept. 9) and the Gardener's Emporium fall plant and garden accessory sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission to the Gardener's Emporium. Visit www.towerhillbg.org or call (508) 869-6111 for info.


A Monarch Watch program for all ages will run from 1-3 p.m. at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. Fee: $6 adult members, $8 non-members; $3 child members, $4 non-members. To register, call (508) 753-6087.


The Italian Conversation Circle will meet 10 a.m.-noon, at the Beaman Memorial Library, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. Also Sept. 22. Subsequent meetings are every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (last meeting Dec. 8). All levels of Italian speakers, from native on, are welcome. To learn more about the Circolo, call (508) 835-3912 or (508) 835-4857 or e-mail info@circolodiconversazione.org.




An Open House will be held 1-4 p.m. at Calvary Retreat Center, 59 South St., Shrewsbury. Learn about the history, work and life of the religious community today. Tours to run at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. All are welcome. 


Temple Emanuel of Marlborough, 150 Berlin Rd., hosts an Open House from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Guests can meet Rabbi Cherie Koller-Knox and congregation members, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about the temple. A free Challah cover workshop for children will also be held during the event. For membership info, call Penny Letichevsky at (508) 839-1785; for religious school info, call Arlene Lemiuex at (508) 481-2127.


The opening reception of  "Inconsolable — Reflections on Life, Love and Loss," mixed media collages by Joanne Russavage, will be from 2–5 p.m. at the Westboro Gallery, 8 West Main St. The exhibit will run through Nov. 11. For info, call (508) 870-0110.


Fall registration for all levels of Westborough Girl Scouts will be held at 6:30 p.m. (also Sept. 12) in Forbes Municipal Building, Room 24 (over the Police Station). Adults are also needed, no experience is required. Registration fee: $10. Those unable to attend can contact Julie Baldwin at (508) 366-9463 or juliebaldwin@verizon.net for registration info.


The 9th annual Pet Rock Festival returns to Worcester Sept. 9, 12-5 p.m., at Quinsigamond Community College. Rain date: Sept. 16. An event for pet lovers, the festival includes exhibits, demos, educational programs, pet adoptions, entertainment, special attractions, more.  Visit www.petrockfest.com for info.


Children's entertainer Walter Childs will captivate children and families with a comedy magic show starting at 2 p.m. at the Milford Senior Center, 60 North Bow St., Milford. Tickets are free at the door and snacks are also free. For info, call Michael Shain at (508) 478-3536.


An Intro of Geology at Purgatory Chasm program for families will be sponsored by the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary from 1-3 p.m. Fee: $6 adult members, $8 non-members; $4 child members, $6 non-members. To register or for info, call (508) 753-6087.



St. Matthias Parish in Marlborough hosts its annual Parish Community Golf Tournament Sept. 10, with 8:45 a.m. registration (9:30 a.m. shot gun start) at the Marlborough Country Club. Fee: $150 per golfer. Contact the St. Matthias Parish Office at (508) 460-9255, fax (508) 480-8801 or e-mail admin@stmattpar.org for info.


The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury hosts its first monthly meeting of the year Sept. 10,  7-9 p.m., in the community room at Southgate, 35 Julio Dr. Topic: "Attractions of Art/ Formalist Art Criticism" with guest artist Sid Solomo. Prospective members are welcome. Admission: free for paid members and first-time guests; $5 for non-members for lectures or demos; $10 for workshop participation.


A public hearing on the Community Block Grant Program will be held by the Hudson Planning/Community Development departments Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at Town Hall, 78 Main St., 2nd floor. Open to the public. Anyone wishing to be heard will be given an opportunity. For info, call (978) 562-9963 or e-mail mciccolo@townofhudson.org.


The Westborough Woman's Club Kick Off Meeting begins at 6 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Evangelical Congregational Church. New members or those interested in joining should call Judy at (508) 870-1895 for reservations. Membership is open year-round.


The next community meeting of the Spirit of Shrewsbury Committee will be Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., at Shrewsbury Town Hall, Maple Ave. Also Sept. 18. Contact Maria Smith at mmsreal@aol.com or (508) 845-9974 for info.


A program for adults, "Landscaping for Migrating Songbirds," will be sponsored by the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free, but registration is required. Call (508) 753-6087 for info.


The N.A.C.C., now in its 36th year, starts rehearsals Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Melican Middle School, Lincoln St., Northborough. New members are welcome. For info, call (508) 393-8943.


Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury will host its 1st annual Wine Tasting and Dinner Gala fund-raiser Sept. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets (advance only) are $60, with proceeds to benefit programs, renovations at the Wayside Inn. Reservations are first-come, first-served. For info or reservations, call Guy LeBlanc at (978) 440-9630 or (978) 443-1776.


All Northborough boys grades 1-5 are invited to learn about the Northborough Cub Scouts Sept. 12, from 7-8 p.m., at Melican Middle School. Visit http://www.ktc-bsa.org for info. A nominal fee is required.


The Low Vision Support Group, sponsored by MAB Community Services, will meet Sept. 13, 1-3 p.m., at the Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr. For info, call Fran Weisse at (800) 852-3029.


A 13-week DivorceCare Seminar at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson will start Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A program designed for kids ages 6-12 will be held at the same time. Cost: $20 adult program, $15 kids. For info, visit www.gracehudson.org or contact Jean Coyne at (978) 562-8550 ext. 114 or jcoyne@gracehudson.org.


The Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr., will participate in Applefest activities with an Apple-Ingredient Baking Contest. All are welcome to participate and entries should be brought to center by 11 a.m., Sept. 14. Also, a special Applefest lunch will be held at 12 p.m. To sign-up for lunch, call (508) 393-5035 by Sept. 12.


Jazzercise Fitness Center at Westmeadow Plaza in Westborough will hold an Open House Sept. 15-17, with free classes. Visit www.jazzercise.com or call (508) 366-1991 for info.


Enjoy live music, dancing, food, cash bar, raffles during the annual Benefit for the ADA Committee of Hudson, Sept. 15, from 7-11 p.m., at Riverside Rod & Gun Club, R-62, 16 Wilkins St., Hudson.. Admission: $10. For tickets or info, contact Nancy at (978) 562-2475 or NSS91250@aol.com.


Join OAR for the 21st annual Assabet River Clean Up Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, followed by pizza lunch. To volunteer and for location and safety info, call (978) 369-3956 or e-mail OAR@assabetriver.org.


A Northborough Library Book Sale presented by the Friends of the Northborough Library will run during the Sept. 15 Applefest Street Fair on Blake Street, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


The 15th annual Alzheimer's Association Central Massachusetts Memory Walk will be held Sept. 16 at the Worcester Senior Center. For info, visit www.memorywalkma.org.


Northborough Boy Scout Troop 1's annual Pancake Breakfast takes place Sept. 16, 7-11 a.m., at American Legion Post 234, 402 West Main St. Cost: $5pp, $20 max per family, kids under 5 free. Tickets will be available at Northborough's CVS, Rocky's and Lyman Street Stop & Shop a week prior to event.


Prudential Prime Properties' 4th annual Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will be held Sept. 17 at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow. Golfers and sponsors are being sought for the event. For info, call Cathi DeCiero at (781) 861-6363.


The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the business community to attend a Business After Five networking experience Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m., hosted by DF Murphy Insurance Agency in downtown Hudson. Businesses encouraged to bring brochures for the literature table. Cost: $7pp, $14 for nonmembers. Reservations are appreciated. To register, call (978) 568-0360 or e-mail info@assabetvalleychamber.org.


Travel Solutions and Sandals and Beaches cordially invite you to attend a Caribbean Night Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. Meet with representatives and specialists from Sandals and Beaches to help plan your dream honeymoon, anniversary, family reunion or vacation getaway of a lifetime. Special savings for those in attendance. For info,  contact Travel Solutions at maria@trvlsolutions.com


Sept. 21 is the deadline to RSVP for the 2007 Encore Party Rentals Sweet Dreams Gala to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. Gala to be held Oct. 11, 6-11 p.m., at Sheraton Framingham Hotel. Tickets: $100. Visit www.bgcmetrowest.org for info.


St. Michael Parish Schools' annual Golf Tournament will start with 10 a.m. registration (11 a.m. start)  Sept. 24 at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow. Entrance fee: $150. Sponsorships available. For info, call (978) 562-7174 or visit www.stmikes.org.


Sept. 27 is the deadline for area artists to register for the annual Fall Juried Art Exhibit sponsored by the Arts Alliance. The exhibit will be on view Oct. 11 to Nov. 2 at Citizens Bank in Hudson during business hours. There is an exhibit fee. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646.


The Westborough Players' Club will celebrate its 70 years in community theater Sept. 29 at Indian Meadows Country Club. Past members are invited. Party tickets: $20. For info or to reserve a ticket, visit www.westboroughplayers.com.


The Shrewsbury High School Class of 1982 will host its 25th reunion Sept. 29 at Doubletree in Westborough and is still looking for classmates. Those not yet contacted should call Maureen (Mulcahy) Jarvis at (508) 753-5978.


Oct. 12 is the deadline for crafters to register for the Autumn Harvest Craft Show (to be held Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Burncoat Baptist Church, 475 Burncoat St., Worcester. Cost per table: $15. For info, call (508) 867-3012.


The Westborough High School class of 1982's 25-year reunion will be held Oct. 13, at Indian Meadows in Westborough. Contact Kristen Casso Richards at (508) 839-5565 or Kristen.richards@charter.net for info.


The Marlborough High School Girls Soccer Alumnae is planning a reunion event Oct. 27 at the high school. For info, e-mail MHS.WSC.Alumni@hotmail.com.


The Richer School PTO in Marlborough has planned its annual Holiday Shopping Boutique for Nov. 8 at the school, Foley Rd. Vendors with unique handmade items are being sought and should e-mail Michele at mdcaissie@comcast.net or call (508) 303-0778 for info.


The Algonquin Regional High School class of 2002 will hold its 5-year reunion Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at McFadden's in Boston. For info on registering, call Molly McDonald at (508) 868-6482, Colleen Ellsworth at (508) 572-4825 or Caitlin Mackie at (508) 341-1968.



Symphony Pro-Musica and music director Mark Churchill will hold player auditions in Hudson throughout the month of September. To schedule an appointment, contact Steve Low at (978) 562-0939. Players of all orchestra instruments are encouraged to audition.


Tickets are now available for the 2nd annual "Dancing with Celebrities — Marlborough Style" fund-raiser (to be held Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Best Western Marlborough). Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. For info or tickets, visit www.dancingwithcelebs.com.


Colonial Spirit Chorus is offering the chance for mothers and daughters to sing with them for the summer. The chorus holds open rehearsals Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Newtown Rd. (off Route 27), Acton. Women of all ages are welcome. Visit www.colonialspirit.org or call Norma at (978) 692-2270 or Noreen at (978) 263-0562 for info.


Support groups for caregivers, divorce and post-divorce are available at the Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling Center. For info or to sign up, call Mary Taber at (508) 366-4000.


Road to Recovery drivers are needed in the greater Westborough area to transport local cancer patients to treatments. For info on volunteering, call the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345.


State Rep. Patricia Walrath meets with Hudson seniors from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St.


The American Lung Association is seeking the donation of unwanted cars to help support its lung health programs. Call (800) 577-LUNG or visit www.donateyourcar.com for info.


The Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., is now open for adoptions until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit www.worcester-arl.org for info.

Overeaters Anonymous now meets at St. Luke the Evangelist Church's Parish Center, 1 Ruggles St., Westborough, at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening.


The Boys & Girls Club Car Campaign is seeking the donation of unwanted cars to benefit local clubs. Call (800) 246-0493 for info. No restrictions.

S.T.A.R.S. (Students Teach and Reach Seniors) invites Westborough seniors to learn the computer from high school students every Monday 2:15-3:15 p.m. at the high school library. Free, all levels of experience welcome. For info or to register, call (508) 366-3000.

The fibromyalgia/CFS support group Crossroads FM meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Tatnuck Booksellers & Cafe, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. For info, e-mail Merle Portnoy at meport@charter.net or call (508) 366-7998.

Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union St., is offering CPR classes to the community on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Heartsaver CPR classes cost $45 per participant ($55pp for Heartsaver and automatic electronic defibrillation classes). Call Michael Sawtelle at (508) 486-5465 for info or to register.

The Brain Injury Association's Westborough Survivor and Caregiver Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., at its office, 30 Lyman St., Suite 10.

The Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr., holds an Elder "Keep Well" Clinic the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Call (508) 393-5035 for info.

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) support meetings are held 7-9 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 373 Plantation St., 2 Biotech Park, 3rd floor, Worcester.

Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., offers morning games for adults (chess, checkers, Scrabble, Chinese checkers) 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.

The New Parent Group (for first-time parents with a child under 6 months) meets at Assabet Valley Area Family Network, 169 Pleasant St., Marlborough. Call (508) 485-0085 for meeting times, dates or other info.


Women in Transition, a mutual support group for women, meets 2nd Monday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Church of the Nativity in Northborough. For info, call Jenny Church at (508) 393-5447.

MetroWest Parent Support Group for parents of kids/adolescents with behavioral, emotional or mental health special needs meets 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7-9 p.m., at Wayside Youth & Family Network, 75 Fountain St., Framingham. Free, confidential. For info, call Lois DeRusha at (508) 620-0010 ext. 342.

Parents Helping Parents offers free, confidential and anonymous weekly support groups throughout Massachusetts. Volunteers are also being sought as group facilitators. For info, call (800) 882-1250.



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