For a complete listing of calendar events in the area, please visit our Website at communityadvocate.com.

25 Friday

Westborough Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Westboro Tennis and Swim Club, 35 Chauncy St., Westborough. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Donors will receive a Dunkin' Donuts coupon for a free pound of coffee. To register or for info, call (800) 448-3543.

Northborough Senior Center Birthday Lunch

The January Birthday Lunch at Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr., will be held at 12 p.m. Call (508) 393-5035 to sign up or for info. For transportation, call AVCOA at (508) 393-1600 as soon as possible.

Hudson Public Schools Preschool Registration

Deadline (at 4 p.m.) for applications for the district's 2008-09 Preschool Lottery. Applications may be obtained at the Hudson Town Hall Clerk's Office, Hudson Public Library, and the Hudson Public School Administration Building at 155 Apsley St. Info is also available at www.hudson.k12.ma.us or by contacting Pam Patrone at (978) 567-6113 or ppatrone@hudson.k12.ma.us.

Northborough Historical Society Meeting

The Northborough Historical Society invites the community to look back at a 19th century political era _ before the Civil War _when Northborough native John Davis served as a U.S. congressman,governor of the Commonwealth, and a U.S. senator.The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in theHistorical Society building, 50 Main St.Thereis no charge to attend and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Arts Afterschool Classes Deadline

Deadline for registration to the Arts alliance Arts Afterschool classes. Beginning the week of Jan. 31 and ending April 9, the Arts Alliance will be offering 12 different classes in various school buildings throughout Hudson. Taught by experienced, yet, innovative art educators, artists, and musicians, the 8- and 9-week sessions are geared towards area students in grades 1 to 12. For info, call the Arts Alliance at (978)-562-1646 or visit www.upwitharts.org.

Ham and Bean Supper Benefit

Chaffin Congregational Church, 155 Shrewsbury St., Holden, will host a ham and bean supper, starting at 6 p.m., to benefit Horizons for Homeless Children. Snow date: Jan. 26. Cost: $8, $4 kids under 12, free for kids under 5. For reservations, call (508) 829-2146.


26 Saturday


Take advantage of the unique opportunity to walk through forests and wetlands out to Cedar Swamp Pond in Westborough. Join SVT Board Member Lydia Rogers and SVT Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei from 1-4 p.m. on a walk to observe animal tracks, winter berries and buds. Plan to wear snowshoes if there is sufficient snow or warm winter boots if not. The trip will be cancelled if the wetlands are not frozen over. Registration is required. Cost: free for members, $5 nonmembers. For info and reservations, call (978) 443-5588.

Practical Parenting Seminar at Grace Baptist Church

Dave and Phyllis Bennett will host their annual Practical ParentingSeminar from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Rd., Hudson.Cost is $11 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and materials.Registration began Jan. 6 and can be completed online or by contactingKristen O'Brien at (978) 456-6810. Visit www.gracehudson.org for info.

FUMC Friendship Dinner

The First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton St., will be observing its monthly, free Friendship Dinner from 5-7 p.m. The "all-you-can-eat" spaghetti dinner includes Italian bread, salad, dessert, cold drinks, coffee and tea. Free-will offerings are accepted. Call (978) 562-2932 or visit www.hudsonfumc.com for info.

Harlem Wizards Exhibition Game

The Harlem Wizards exhibition basketball team returns to Grafton for two fun-filled, family entertainment events at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Watch them play a Grafton team of locals and notables and put on an incredible show. The event will be held at Grafton High School Gym, 24 Providence Rd. (Route 122). Tickets: $15 advance , $10 students/ seniors advance, $18 door, $12 students/seniors door. Tickets can be purchased at the Grafton Recreation Department or www.wizardsingrafton.com.

Master Singers Youth Chorus Rehearsalsâ020

The Master Singers Youth Chorus begins rehearsals for its spring semester from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church St. Open rehearsals and auditions will also be held Jan. 26. There are openings for new singers (treble voices only) grades 4 through high school. To schedule an audition, call (508) 842-1349 or e-mail info@mswma.org.

Song and Dance Storytime

Join the Children's Department staff from 10:30-11 a.m. at Marlborough Public Library, 35 W. Main St., for stories and songs. The program is designed for children ages birth to 6 years old. Registration is required to attend. For info or to register, call the Children's Department at (508) 624-6902.

SVT Snowshoe at Memorial Forest

When the snow is deep, there is no better way to get around than with snowshoes. If you have your own snowshoes, or even if you don't, join Sudbury Valley Trustees and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) of Marlborough from 9 a.m.-noon for a snowshoe clinic at Memorial Forest in Sudbury. EMS will provide snowshoes and instruction. Space is limited, so sign up early. Registration is required. Cost: free for members, $5 nonmembers. Call (978) 443-5588 for reservations and info.


27 Sunday

'An Inconvenient Truth' Showing

There will be a showing of Al Gore's aware-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth," at 2 p.m. at Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St. Theviewing of the film will be followed by a brief discussion, led by DianeJones.â020The event is free and open to all interested. For further info, callGeorge C. Brown, Assistant Director, at (508) 841-8531.

Family Concert at Westborough Libraryâ020

Warm up a winter afternoon with singing, clapping, and finger-snapping! Parents' Choice award-winning artist Roger Tincknell brings his children's songs and singing games to a

family concert at the Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., at 2 p.m. Free and open to all. For info, contact Children's Librarian Dorothy Hurley at (508) 366-3053 orâ020dhurley@cwmars.org.

Northborough Democratic Caucus

Registered democrats in Northborough will hold their caucus at 1 p.m. in the community room at the Northborough Fire Station, 11 Pierce St. Seven delegates and two alternates are to be elected to the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. For info, contact committee chair Jean Poteete at (508) 393-9737 or jean.poteete@verizon.net.

Westborough Historical Society Open House

All area residents are invited to the Westborough Historical Society's January Open House from 2-4 p.m. at 13 Parkman St. A display of Civil War artifacts from Westborough's Company K will be featured. For info, call Kris Allen at (508) 366-0312.


28 Monday

Family Craft at Hudson Library

The Children's Room at Hudson Public Library, 3 Washington St. (on the rotary), will hold a drop-in family craft from 7-8 p.m. Call the Children's Roomâ020at (978) 568-9645 for info.â020â020


29 Tuesday

Hudson Historical Society Meeting

The "History of Ice-Harvesting in Hudson and Surrounding Area" will be the subject of the meeting of the Hudson Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. at First Federated Church Hall, 200 Central St. Presentation will be by Society member Michael Volk, who has researched the early 20th-century practice of storing ice from ponds and lakes in ice-houses, and David Lamson, whose company R.S. Lamson & Sons, was once in the business. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

'Learning Styles and Student Achievement' Parent Workshop

The Westborough Public Schools will sponsor a free workshop for parents of students in grades K-6 on "Learning Styles and Student Achievement." The presentation will include information on understanding and determining different learning styles, and how that information can help your child learn better at home and at school. The workshop will be held 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mill Pond School auditorium, 6 Olde Hickory Path. Child care will be provided. To register or for info, contact Dr. Nancy Spitulnik at (508) 836-7702 ext. 1015 or spitulnn@westborough.k12.ma.us.

Friends of MPL 'Introduction to eBay'

The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will present a "Special Winter Program — Introduction to eBay" by Maria Martin from 6-8 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium, Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. The program is free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. For a copy of the registration form, visit the Friends INFO Table at the library or e-mail rajohnson36@verizon.net.

Alzheimer's Program at Whitney Place Natick

Noted Alzheimer's specialist Dr. Gary Moak will present "Rxs for Alzheimer's, putting medicines into the mix" from 6-7 p.m. (tours and light refreshments 5:30-6 p.m.) at Whitney Place at Natick, 3 Vision Dr. (Route 9 west), Natick. Reservations are required. For info or to register, call Sharon Ostiguy at (508) 655-3344 ext. 3952.

Diabetic Support Group Meeting

The Diabetic Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr. For info, call (508) 393-5035. For transportation, call AVCOA at (508) 393-1600 as soon as possible.

River's Edge Players Open Auditions

The Arts Alliance will hold open auditions for Neil Simon's "Rumors" from 7-9 p.m. at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St. Also Jan. 30. Anyone age 17 years and older may try out for the fun production. For more info, e-mail arts_alliance@upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646.


30 Wednesday

Mothers and More Meeting

"Ask the Pediatrician" РAre you not sure how much sleep your child needs? Do you have a picky eater? Do you need some ideas for keeping your children healthy this season? Bring your questions to meeting of the Assabet Valley Chapter of Mothers and More. Visitors welcome for information, refreshments, and an evening out. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at National Grid, 55 Bearfoot Rd., Northborough. For info, call (508) 936-6882 or visit www.mothersandmoreassabetvalley.org. ̢020


Trottier School Talent Show Try-Outs

The Southborough Rotary Club is looking fortalented performers in grades 5 and up for a talent show to be held March 7. Try-outs will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Trottier Middle School auditorium. Also Feb.4. For info or to schedule an audition, contactMrs. Lunder or Mrs. Duffy at (508) 485-2400.

Hudson Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will run from 2-8 p.m. at the Hudson Elks Lodge, 91 Park St. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Donors will receive a Dunkin' Donuts coupon for a free pound of coffee. For an appointment or info, call (800) 448-3543.


31 Thursday

Northborough Senior Center Community Forum

Deadline to RSVP for the Northborough Senior Center Community Forum, to be held Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. (a Chinese meal will start at 12 p.m.). Cost: $7pp. To register or for info, call (508) 393-5035.

Mad Science at MPL

Are you mad for science? Then come by Marlborough Public Library, 35 W. Main St., from 3:45-4:30 p.m. to discover the wild and sometimes wacky world of science. The program is designed for children ages 6 to 12 years old and registration is required. Contact the Children's Department at (508) 624-6902 to register or for info.

DivorceCare Support Group

The new session of DivorceCare, a weekly support group/seminar for those divorced or separated, starts. The group will meet on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Crossroads Childcare Center, 1301 Edgell Rd., Framingham. For info, contact David Hartman at (508) 881-8171 or D.Hartman1@verizon.net or visit www.crosscommchurch.org.

Shrewsbury Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from 2-8 p.m. at Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. Donors will receive a Dunkin Donuts coupon for a free pound of coffee. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org.

Visual Arts Action Committee Meeting

An informal group of area artists will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Cafe, 40 Washington St., Hudson, in order to network, brainstorm, share ideas and/or plan projects. Artists of any discipline are welcome. For info on the Visual Arts Action Committee, call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646 or visit www.upwitharts.org.


1 Friday

WCLT Owl Prowl

Join Michele Grzenda, biologist and naturalist, at 7 p.m. at Mill Pond School in Westborough to listen for owls and learn about their special adaptations for silent flight and locating prey. Discover which Massachusetts owl asks "who's awake?" and which one sounds like a horse. After a brief presentation, participants will venture out to the Headwaters Conservation Area on an owl prowl. Warm clothes, boots and flashlights are required. For info, contact Scott Shumway at sshumway@wheatonma.edu.

'Love Letters' Performance

At 1 p.m., A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters" will be performed at the Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave. The hit play, set in the WWII era, is a poignant and humorous look at life and love as told through the reading of letters. The program is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, call (508) 841-8640. Prior to the program, starting at 11:30 a.m., a special luncheon will be served in the Senior Center's Village CafÈ (suggested $2 donation). To make a reservation, call the Village CafÈ at (508) 841-8757.

WPL Friends Book Sale

The Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., will be holding its Friends Book Sale. Also Feb. 2. Donations can be dropped off Jan. 28-31. For info, call (508) 366-3050.

Shrewsbury Woman's Club Meeting

The Shrewsbury Woman's Club will meet at 12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Following the meeting, members will make their own flower arrangements. Please bring container and clippers (flowers will be provided). Also, the art corner will display unusual vases and containers. Guests are welcome.

Northborough Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place from 1-7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome. All donors will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org.


2 Saturday

Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

A Texas Hold 'Em Tournament sponsored by the St. Michael Parish Schools will be held at the Riverview Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson.â020Beginners welcome.â020Entry fee is $75.â020Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the tournament starting at 7 p.m.â020To register on-line, visit www.stmikes.org and click on theâ020"Texas Hold 'Em" link.â020For info, call Michelle Chaves at (978) 568-1113.

Hudson Democratic Caucus

Registered democrats in Hudson will hold their caucus starting at 1:15 p.m. (candidates should arrive by 1 p.m.) at the Hudson Fire Department headquarters, 1 Municipal Dr. For info, contact committee chair Beth Heller at (978) 562-5421.

Song and Dance Storytime at MPL

From 10:30-11 a.m., join the Children's Department staff at Marlborough Public Library, 35 W. Main St., for stories and songs. Designed for children ages birth to 6 years old, registration is required for program. Call the Children's Department at (508) 624-6902 to register or for info.

Saturday Morning Discovery Series Kicks Off

Piano playing, nostalgic singing and educational wit by New Bedford resident Jack "Ragtime" Radcliffe will tell the story of early American jazz as the Saturday Morning Discovery Series kicks off a new season at 11 a.m. at the Walker Building, 255 Main St., downtown Marlborough. Free. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646.


3 Sunday

Jewish Parenting Workshop

At 10:15 a.m., Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St.,Westborough, will host a Jewish Parenting Workshop with Judy Elkin. At the same time, Beth Tikvah Synagogue will offer Beyahad – a Jewish Journeyfor Children ages 3-5. Admission is free and open to the community. Registration is required. CallSean at (508) 616-9037 to register or visit www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org for info.


Valentines for Vets

Drop in at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., from Feb. 4-8 to make a valentine for a vet. For info, call (508) 842-0081.

GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club Meeting

The next meeting of the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will be Feb. 5 at New Horizons, 400 Hemenway St, Marlborough, at 7:30 p.m. The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club is a non-profit civic organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteerism. New or interested members who would like to attend or need more info can e-mail join@marlboroughjuniors.org or visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org.

Teacher and Student Art Exhibit Reception

A reception for the exhibiting teachers and students of "Empowering the Artist: An Exhibit of Teacher and Student Work" will take place Feb. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Citizens Bank in Hudson. Contact the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646 for info.

'Protecting Your Nest Egg' Program at MPL

Financial services professional Julianne Hertel of New York Life Insurance will present a free seminar for seniors, entitled "Protecting Your Nest Egg," Feb. 7, at 10 a.m., in the Bigelow Auditorium at Marlborough Public Library, 35 W. Main St. The seminar will address issues such as how to be sure you won't outlive your assets, the best way to pass your assets to your heirs, and financial consequences of long term care. For info or to register, call Sal Genovese at (508) 624-6901.

Northborough Garden Club Meeting

The Northborough Garden Club will meet Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Northborough Senior Center, One Centre Dr. (off Hudson Street). Guest speaker Paul Fiske will answer your gardening questions. Guests are welcome to attend for a $3 fee. For further info, visit http://gardencentral.org/clubs/february.

Hudson Youth Baseball Snowball Dance

Hudson Youth Baseball invites you to join them at the SnowBall Dance, featuring Slider with lead singer Scott Lambert, Feb 8, from 7 p.m.-midnight, at the Hudson Elks, Park St. Light fare and cash bar available. Tickets: $15pp, $25 couple, $125 for table of 10. For tickets, contact Jim Rivela (978) 562-3270, Maryann Wituskli (978) 621-4188, Corinne Brisbois (978) 562-6269 or Bill Charbonneau (978) 618-5779.

GFWC Annual Trivia Night

The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will be holding their 3rd annual Trivia Night Fund-raiser Feb. 8 at Riverview-Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St,â020Hudson.â020 Doors open atâ0207:30 p.m., trivia starts at 8 p.m. Everyone who brings an item to donate to theâ020food pantryâ020will be entered into a raffle.â020Cost: $20 advance, $25 door.â020For tickets, leave a message at (508) 361-5607 or e-mail requests to tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org.

PTO Chair Affair Coffeehouse

The Shrewsbury Parent Teacher Organizationfor the combined Oak and Sherwood middle schools will present the2nd annual Chair Affair CoffeehouseFeb. 9, from6-8 p.m., at theOak Middle Schoolgymnasium. Admission:$5 per family. There will be entertainment and refreshments (coffee, cocoa and cookies), and the main event will be the raffling of Adirondack Chairs designed and painted by students from each team at Oak Middle School. For ticket info, contact Peg Harbert at (508) 887-2282 or pegsh9@aol.com.

Post Road Art Center Exploration Series

The Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, will be hosting a Saturday Exploration series Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Shulz, an art supply representative from c2f, will have all kinds of paints, mediums, papers, brushes and surprises for people to try out and ask questions. Free and open to the public. To register or for info, e-mail Randi@postroadartcenter.com or call (508) 485-2580.

Tara Bean Foundation Valentine's Gala

The Valentine's Gala to benefit the Tara Bean Foundation will be held Feb. 9, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester. Includes live auction, hors d'oeuvres, music by EYE 2 EYE. Tickets: $125 per person. Seating is limited. For info or to purchase tickets, call (508) 845-1150.

Hastings Winter Carnival

Come celebrate winter with your family and friends at the Hastings Winter Festival Feb. 9, from 5-8 p.m., at Hastings Elementary School, 111 East Main St., Westborough. Beginning at 5, there will be food, refreshments and entertainment. There will also be a silent auction and basket raffle. Admission: $5pp, $25 max per family. For info, contact Joanne Scamurra at (508) 366-7645 or Dana Zais at (508) 616-0093.

Fourth Annual Chocolate Spectacular

The fourth annual Chocolate Spectacular will take place Feb. 9, from 2-4 p.m., at Whitney Place, 238 W. Main St., Northborough. Snow date: Feb. 10. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr. For info, call (508) 393-5035.

Storytelling/Musical at First Church in Marlborough â020

A storytelling and musical rendition of The Gospel of Mark will be presented Feb. 10, at 3 p.m., by Reverend Bert Marshall, Executive Director of Church World Service in New England, at First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St. Suggested donation of $5. For more info, call (508) 485-6297.



Prize Calendar Tickets Available

The Saint Michael Parish Schools in Hudson is now selling tickets for its February Prize Calendar.̢020A ticket purchase of $10 gives participants 29 chances to win cash prizes ranging from $100 Р$500.̢020Each day during the month of February one lucky winner will receive the cash prize listed for that day. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stmikes.org (click on February Calendar link) or pick one up at the Parish Center on High Street.̢020Tickets will be sold through the end of February. For info, contact the Parish Center at (978) 562-2552.

New Daisy Girl Scout Troop Forming

Daisy Girl Scouts is open to all Westborough girls in kindergarten. Daisy Girl Scouts meet in small groups with two or more adult leaders in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on local trips, do crafts, hike and explore Westborough, and work on service projects that benefit the community. Daisy Girl Scouts also earn patches through a variety of activities. A new troop is forming that meets Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30. For more info, contact Jill at (508) 836-5495.

Art Exhibit Opportunity for Teachers/Students

Area arts educators and high school students are invited to submit works to a public exhibit planned for this February at the Citizens Bank in Hudson. "Empowering the Artist: An Exhibit of Teacher and Student Work" is a chance for the general public to view the creative work occurring in area schools by talented teens and skillful art teachers. Deadline to register is Jan. 29. Work must be matted and ready-to-hang. Since space is limited, not all entries may be accepted. Fee is $5 per piece. For info, call (978)-562-1646 or visit www.upwitharts.org.

Young at Heart Trips Planned

The Young at Heart group has some day trips and an overnight trip planned, including Aqua Turf in Connecticut for a St. Patrick's Day luncheon and entertainment March 13 ($55); April 6-12 is a 7-day trip to Savannah and Jekyll Island, Georgia and Beaufort, S.C. ($529); the Newport and Old Colony Railroad April 27 ($45, including lunch); and a trip to Northshore Music Theatre to see "The Producers" May 14 ($69, including lunch.) All trips leave from Faith Fellowship Church in Uxbridge and the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Rd. Deposits are due soon for the Savannah trip, so call Sue at (508) 476-3438 as soon as possible.

Parker Road Preschool Lottery

The Parker Road Preschool and the Little Colonials, both Shrewsbury public school programs, will accept lottery applications for the September 2008 school year through Jan. 31. For info, call (508) 841-8646.

Home School Social

Held at Hudson Public Library, 3 Washington St. (at Wood Square) on the first Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. Come discuss common issues/interest, meet other home school parents, and let the kids play board games together. No sign up is required. For info, contact Children's Librarian Deborah Backman at (978) 568-9645.

Westborough Seniors Cribbage Group

The Westborough Seniors Cribbage Group welcomes new members at its Tuesday get-togethers, held 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Rd. For info, call (508) 366-3000.

Agape CafÈ

Free weekly dinners every Thursday, 5-6:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 34 Felton St., Hudson. The dining room opens at 4 p.m. for coffee, tea, cribbage, card games and socializing. Bring your family, friends and neighbors — all are welcome. For info, call Rosanne Robertsâ020at (978) 562-2932.

Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling Center

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.

Rice Memorial Baptist Church Morning Prayer

Morning prayer at 85 Lincoln St., Northborough, is held 6:30-7:30 a.m. Spend a few moments of quiet time before beginning the day. Christian/non-denominational, all are welcome. Call the church office at (508) 393-3481 for info.

Whitney Place at Northborough

Offers free support groups for people with early-stage memory disorders and their care partners. Groups meet 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 10:30 a.m.-noon, at 238 W. Main St., Northborough. All meetings open to the public and other support groups are available. For info or to reserve a space, call Aimee at (508) 393-5655 ext. 256.


Meets every Thursday from 7:45-9 a.m. in the Hanover Insurance Building, 440 Lincoln St., Worcester. Call (508) 756-5677 or visit http://earlyrisers.freetoasthost.org/ for info.

The Couples Project for Women

CPW offers free treatment for women with alcohol dependence who are married or live with a male partner. Weekly one-on-one outpatient therapy for 5 to 6 months promotes women's recovery. Some women also receive couples counseling to promote recovery and improve communication. The study is conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and AdCare Hospital. For info, call AdCare Hospital of Worcester at (800) 345-3552 ext. 4043.

Horizons for Homeless Children

Seeking volunteers to help out 22 family homeless shelters in Central Massachusetts. A commitment of 2 hours a week is required for at least 6 months. Day and evening hours are available. For info or to register for a training, visit www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org or call (508) 755-2615.

VNA Care Hospice

Free grief support group for adults coping with the death of a loved one. The group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at Whitney Place Assisted Living at Northborough, 238 West Main St. To register or for info, call Susan Tarantino at (800) 521-5539 ext. 5624, e-mail starantino@vnacarenetwork.org or visit www.vnacarenetwork.org.

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.

American Lung Association

Seeks the donation of unwanted cars to help support its lung health programs. Call (800) 577-LUNG or visit www.donateyourcar.com for info.

Worcester Animal Rescue League

Now open for adoptions until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, at 139 Holden St., Worcester. 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.

Boys & Girls Club Car Campaign

Seeking the donation of unwanted cars to benefit local clubs. Call (800) 246-0493 for info. No restrictions.


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.

Crossroads FM

The fibromyalgia/CFS support group 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 CPR Classes

Offered 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.

Elder "Keep Well" Clinic

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.


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.

The New Parent Group

For first-time parents with a child under 6 months, the group 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 that 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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