25 Friday UMC Rummage/Bake Sale The United Methodist Women and Appalachian Service Project Team from First United Methodist Church, 120 West Main St., Westborough, will hold their annual rummage sale of clothing in good condition, newer clothing, and other goods from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also April 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. The bell choirs will hold a bake sale in conjunction with the event. SPL Poetry Bash To celebrate National Poetry Month and the birthday of Maya Angelou (April 4), Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., will hold a poetry bash at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend and will able to read a favorite poem or one of their own creations. To register or for info, call (508) 842-0081 ext. 3. Refreshments will be served. Arbor Day weekend at Tower Hill Celebrate trees during the weekend-long event ( 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 27) at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, with a free tree given to 25 first-time visitors each day, pruning demonstrations, tree plantings each day at 2 p.m., movies, information tables, a scavenger hunt for kids, and sales in the Gift Shop. General admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth, free for members and kids under 6. For details, visit www.towerhillbg.org or call (508) 869-6111. Arts Alliance Members’ Spring Art Exhibit    Last day to view the Arts Alliance Members’ Spring Art Exhibit at Citizens Bank, 17 Pope St. (next to Hudson Town Hall, one block from the rotary), Hudson, during regular bank hours. There is no admission fee. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. Musical Tot Shabbat Service Peter and Ellen Allard, local musicians who specialize in music for young children, will lead Tot Shabbat services starting at 6 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main St., Westborough. The services, which are designed for young children, will include singing and dancing in celebration of the joy and spirit of Shabbat. A child-friendly Passover Oneg will be held immediately following services.  Shrewsbury Blood Drive The Glavin Regional Center, 214 Lake St., Shrewsbury, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. The goal of this drive is to collect at least 55 pints. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. 26 Saturday Artist Guild Art Day The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury will be hosting an Art Day at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. The event includes artist presentations and demonstrations from 10 a.m.-noon and a "Meet the Artists" reception with free food and refreshments in the Saxe Room from 1-3 p.m. Both events are open to the public and no registration is required. Hudson Youth Soccer Family Nite All residents of Hudson are invited to the Hudson Youth Soccer Family Nite from 6-9 p.m. at Roller Kingdom. Cost: $5, parents skate free. Includes raffles and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Hudson Youth Soccer. Post Road Art Center Call to Artists Submissions for the Spring Flower Show at the Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd. East, Marlborough, will be accepted through April 30. All artists are welcome to enter. Prizes will be awarded and pieces will be judged on composition, creativity and technique. The opening reception will be May 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For info and registration forms, visit www.postroadartcenter.com. SVT Intro to Letterboxing Sudbury Valley Trustees will offer an Introduction to Letterboxing from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will appeal to both those new to letterboxing, as well as experienced letterboxers. The gathering will include a potluck welcome. Letterboxes for the day, from letterboxers far and wide, will be planted on trails around the SVT property. For those who are interested, there will be additional classes. Registration is required. Members free, $5 for non-members. Call (978) 443-5588 for info and registration. Marlborough Friends Spaghetti Supper The Friends of the Marlborough Senior Center, 250 Main St., will hold a spaghetti supper with seatings from 4:30-6 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Tickets are $8pp/$3 kids age 7 and under, and are available at the Senior Center or by calling Judy Jewett at (508) 485-0785 or Peg Cahill at (508) 624-6797. Music Worcester Presents Claremont Trio Back by popular demand, the Claremont Trio will perform at 8 p.m. (a talk will start at 7 p.m.) at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester. The piano trio offers works of Beethoven, Brahms and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. For info or ticket prices, call (508) 754-3231 or visit www.musicworcester.org. Westborough Earth Day Clean-Up Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT! Early birds can meet at 6:30 a.m. at the West Meadow Plaza traffic island. Families are invited at 9:30 a.m. to the Lake Chauncy parking lot or Sandra Pond’s Minuteman Park to be assigned a clean up site. Wear gloves and sturdy shoes; trash bags will be provided. For info, contact Bruce Tretter at tretter5@charter.net or visit www.westboroughlandtrust.org. Central One Shred Day Central One Federal Credit Union will host a Community Shred Day from 9-11:30 a.m. at its Shrewsbury location, 714 Main St. Also May 3, 9-11:30 a.m., at 148 Main St., Northborough, and 63 Southbridge St., Auburn. There is no limit to the amount of material that can be brought to shred. Shred bags are available at the Shrewsbury, Auburn and Northborough branch locations, but are not required. For info, contact Monique Rose at Central One Federal Credit Union at (508) 842-7400 Second Annual Spring Community Food Drive The Westborough Girl Scouts are proud to announce the 2nd annual Community Food Drive to benefit the Westborough Food Pantry. The collection drop off sites will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tufts Machine Lot, East Main Street. On April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., food items, gift cards and cash donations may be made during the Westborough Rotary Spring Fling at the high school.  Hudson Gala Dance Performance The Hudson Park Commission/Division of Recreation has announced its 5th annual Gala Dance Performance will start at 4 p.m. at the Hudson Town Hall auditorium, 78 Main St. Admission: $5, $2 seniors/kids 16 and under. For those interested, a dance workshop will be held 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25. For info or to register for the workshop, call (978) 568-9642. Fifth Annual Westborough Spring Festival The Westborough Spring Festival starts. The Fishing Challenge will be open to all ages April 26 at Minuteman Park, Upton Road. Come earn merit badge requirements from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All are invited to participate in the Westborough Community Land Trust nature crafts and the Lion’s Club Italian dinner at Westborough High School. Start April 27 with the Westborough Rotary Scholarship Brunch at the high school, the 5K morning run, the Tufts Dog Spa, and Fun Run with your pet, a Chili and Chowder Challenge and Tasting, bake sale from 12-3 p.m., and more. For complete details, visit www.WestboroughSpringFestival.org. SELCO's 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration SELCO celebrates Arbor Day from 9 a.m.-noon at Dean Park (the south pavilion/bandstand area) in Shrewsbury. The day includes a live animal show at 10 a.m. and the giveaway (while supplies last) of 13 different varieties of trees. Other environmentally-friendly free giveaways will also be provided courtesy of SELCO. Trees and other giveaway items for Shrewsbury residents only, proof of residency required. Northborough Annual Town Cleanup Northborough celebrates Earth Day from 8 a.m.-noon. Rain dat
e: April 27. Meet at Melican Middle School to pick up gloves, bags and assignments. Volunteers invited to a free cookout afterwards at Ellsworth-McAfee Park, Route 135, from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Contact lisabhodge@yahoo.com with any questions. Sponsored by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee and Northborough Woman's Club. FUMC Hudson Friendship Dinner The First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton St., will be observing its monthly, free Friendship Dinner. The “All You Can Eat” spaghetti dinner with Italian bread, salad, dessert, cold drinks, coffee and tea, will be served from 5-7 p.m. A free-will offering basket will be available for those who wish to make a donation. Call (978) 562-2932 or visit http://www.hudsonfumc.com for info. N.E. Wild Flower Society’s “Earth Day” The New England Wild Flower Society’s “Earth Day” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Visit www.newenglandWILD.org  for a schedule of events or call (508) 877-7630 for info. Boxer Buddies Rescue Spring Fling The non-profit organization Boxer Buddies Rescue Inc. will hold its fund-raising Spring Fling from 6-11 p.m. at Millis AMVETS, 404 Village St., Millis. Includes dancing, raffles, silent auction, buffet, cash bar, DJ. Tickets (available at www.bbrispringfling.org) are $10pp or $15 per couple. For info, visit the website or call Shelley Goes at (617) 719-9593. Mass. Audubon Volunteer Day Join the Massachusetts Audubon from 9 a.m.-noon for its annual Statewide Volunteer Day. Help spruce up trails and gardens, put on a fresh coat of paint, and dive into other spring cleaning projects across the state, including at Eagle Lake in Holden and Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. For more details and to sign up, visit www.massaudubon.org/workforwildlife. Fountain Street Open Studios Weekend More then 50 working artists will open their studios to the public for an exhibition of their latest work from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fountain Street Studios, 59 Fountain St., Framingham. Also April 27. Exhibited media includes artists’ books, collage, digital prints, drawing and pastel, furniture restoration, glass, handmade paper boxes, installation art, mixed media, jewelry, painting, pastel, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpture, watercolor and more. Visit www. FountainStreetStudios.com for info. 27 Sunday RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides To celebrate the Westborough Spring Festival, RE/MAX First Choice is offering balloon rides in the world famous RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon. Rides will be given for a donation and all proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The RE/MAX Balloon will be located at Westborough High School field, 90 West Main St. Tethered rides will be made available to the public from 8-10 a.m., weather permitting. Rockbuster Offroad Duathlon The Marlboro Lions Club will once again hold its annual Rockbuster Offroad Duathlon starting at 9 a.m. at Ashland State Park, 150 Union St., Ashland. The race will consist of a 1.8-mile run, a 5.5-mile bike, and another 1.8-mile run. Proceeds will benefit the many Lions Club charities, including Joslin Diabetes Camp, eye research and various scholarships. For info or to pre-register, visit www.firm-racing.com. Interfaith Council of Marlborough Islam Program The Interfaith Council of Marlborough invites everyone in the Marlborough/Hudson area to an educational event at 2 p.m. that introduces Islam, the religion of Muslims. The format of Islam 101 includes an interview of Saadat Syed by Rev. Karen Nell-Smith. The event will be held at First Church, 37 High St., Marlborough. For info, call (508) 485-6297. Choruses of Worcester Consortium Verdi Requiem Nearly 300 voices, joined by a full orchestra and conducted by Dr. Michelle Graveline, will resonate throughout Mechanics Hall, as a consortium of Worcester’s college choruses performs the Verdi Requiem April 27 at 3 p.m. Rev. Donat Lamothe, professor of music at Assumption, will offer a free pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. Tickets for the consortium concert are $15 ($10 for seniors/students) and are available at the music departments of each participating college, by calling the Mechanics Hall box office at (508) 752-0888 or visiting www.mechanicshall.org. Take a Hike! at Broad Meadow Brook Join sanctuary volunteers for a free, family-friendly hike from 1-3 p.m. at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. Participants will look for anything that is flying, crawling, hopping or flitting nearby. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. For info and to register, call Broad Meadow Brook at (508) 753-6087. Annual Walk for Autism Awareness The 8th annual Walk for Autism Awareness will be held 1-3 p.m. at Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Ave., Worcester. For info, call the Autism Resource Center of Central Mass at (508) 835-4278. 29 Tuesday SLWV Candidates Night The Shrewsbury League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidates Night at Town Hall from 7-9 p.m. The forum will be held in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room. Candidates for Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Trustee will answer questions posed by a moderator and will present their positions on various issues. There will be an audience question and answer period as long as time permits. This event is open to the public. In addition, people who are running for Town Meeting Members are invited to introduce themselves to the audience.  Music In Motion Plus for Children The Children’s Room at Northborough Free Library will hold “Music in Motion Plus” from  10:45-11:15 a.m. for children 1-5 years old accompanied by an adult., at St. Rose of Lima Family Life Center, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Registration is required. For info or to register, call the Children’s Room at (508) 393-5025 or stop by the library, 71 Lyman St.    Diabetic Support Group Meeting The Diabetic Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr. Guest speaker Terrie Moniz, R.N. will discuss “Stress and Diabetes.” All are welcome to attend. Call the senior center at (508) 393-5035 for info. 30 Wednesday Life Line Stroke, Osteoporosis Screenings Life Line Screening will be at the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, 21 Church St., Hudson, to offer stroke and osteoporosis screenings. Also May 2 at the Masonic Building, 208 Main St., Marlborough. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. both days. For info on screening costs or for an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721. Pre-registration is required. Stagecoach and Tavern Days in Shrewsbury The 1830 Schoolhouse on the Shrewsbury Common will host speakers Erik Larson, Kristine Gustafson and Margaret Larson at 7 p.m. on the history of stagecoaches and taverns in Shrewsbury. The program includes information from the Society Archives, as well as original research conducted by the presenters over the past year. Admission is free. Shaping the Future of Your Community The Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester, will host  Heidi Ricci, author of “Shaping the Future of Your Community – A Citizen's Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review in Massachusetts,” from 7-9 p.m. For adults. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Free. Mothers and More Meeting The Assabet Valley Chapter of Mothers and More will meet at 7 p.m. at Whitney Place, 5 Lyman St., Westborough. Topic: "Spousal Relationships." Visitors welcome for information, refresh
ments and an evening out. Mothers and More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. For more info, call (508) 936-6882 or visit www.mothersandmoreassabetvalley.org. 1 Thursday Northborough Garden Club Meeting The Northborough Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough. “Flower Arranging,” presented by Marisa McCoy of Designs of Distinction, will be hosted jointly by the Northborough, Shrewsbury and Boylston Garden Clubs. The $3 guest fee includes refreshments and raffles for the finished flower arrangements. Visit http://gardencentral.org/clubs/may for info. MetroWest JCC Film Series The MetroWest Jewish Community Center begins its four-week film screening and discussion series that explores Jewish involvement in and influence on American entertainment (to be held on successive Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon). Films to be screened during “That’s Jewish Entertainment” include “The Tramp and the Dictator” (2001), a documentary about Charlie Chaplin, and “Molly: The Goldbergs” (1950) based on a popular TV series. The program takes place at Whitney Place in Natick, 3 Vision Dr., Route 9. Open to the entire community. Cost: $50. To register, call (508) 879-3300. 2 Friday Women of St. Luke’s Club Raffle The Women of St. Luke’s in Westborough will draw their yearly raffle at the Knights of Columbus on Willow St., and all those who purchased a ticket are invited to enjoy appetizers, cash bar and door prizes donated from the local business community. The group is currently selling 200 tickets for $100 each. The main prize is $10,000 along with (2) $500 and (4) $250. To purchase a ticket or for more info, call Susan at (508) 366-7885 or Sharon at (508) 868-5435. 3 Saturday St. Matthias Spring Fling St. Matthias Parish’s annual "Spring Fling" Dinner Dance and Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m., at Marlborough Country Club, 200 Concord Rd., Marlborough. Tickets are $35 per person with a special price of $30 for senior citizens. Raffle tickets will also be available, with prizes including Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets, an iPod Shuffle and more. For tickets or info, call the parish office at (508) 460-9255. Autism Benefit Concert The 2nd annual benefit concert for autistic children will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Medway High School auditorium, 88 Summer St., Medway. Concert features Red Sox game singer and Medway native Alexis Ohanian, with special guest performance by Ayla Brown from American Idol. Door prizes include Red Sox memorabilia, gift certificates and gift baskets. Cost: $15. For tickets, visit www.networkforchildren.org or call (508) 393-0030 for info. First Church Marlborough Music Service A special evening of worship and contemporary Christian music will be presented at 6 p.m. at First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St., with interactive discussion and First Church's Praise Group. Following the service at 6:30, First Church presents local artist Kirsten Locke as she performs her own contemporary Christian music. There is no admittance charge, but donations will be taken to support the artist. For info, contact the church office at (508) 485-6297. Books & Bites Book Club The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., Northborough, will hold the first meeting of its Books & Bites Book Club from 1:30-2:30 p.m. For grades 4 and 5. For info or to register, call (508) 393-5025. “Bid of Hope” Auction  The 3rd annual “A Bid of Hope” will be held by First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton St., starting at 7 p.m. This year, the auction will be held at the church in spacious Lamson Hall. The special event will feature a live and silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and assorted desserts. Tickets: $15. The donation of items or services is welcome. For info, call (978) 562-2932 or visit www.hudsonfumc.com.  Bird Banding Field Trip The Westborough Community Land Trust invites to the community to observe expert Mark Blazis and his team as they catch neotropic migratory birds in a mist net, then examine and band them to collect valuable data on the birds’ health, population trends and migration. Meet at the Westborough BJ’s parking lot at 7 a.m. to carpool if not raining. Rain date: May 4. For info, contact Kris Allen at krisallen@charter.net or visit www.westboroughlandtrust.org. Second Annual Mystery Night The Japanese Student Exchange Program at the Marlborough Middle School announces its 2nd annual Mystery Night Guest Interactive Play, “Murder in the Mission District.” The party starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Employment Options Clubhouse, 82 Brigham St., Marlborough, and includes hors d’ouevres, refreshments, music. Tickets: $25, $35 with cocktail coupons, $10 seniors/students or $20 seniors with cocktail coupons. Contact Valerie Cowan at (508) 481-0008 or vlcowan@comcast.net for tickets, info. Westborough Little League Parade The Westborough Little League kicks off the spring 2008 season with a parade at 10 a.m. All teams, coaches, and helpers will begin the festivities with a food pantry collection and line up at the new Forbes Memorial Park at Bay State Commons. The parade will then march through the rotary to the Westborough High School football field for the opening season ceremonies. Paddle to Cedar Swamp Pond Join with Sudbury Valley Trustees River Lorians, Simon Vos and Dave Dimmock on a paddle to Cedar Swamp Pond, where the Sudbury River begins, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Twist and turn through the narrow stretches of the river, leading you to the breathtaking headwaters. For experienced paddlers only. Canoe rentals are not available for this trip. Registration is required. Cost: members $15, non-members $25. Call (978) 443-5588 for info and registration. Rainbow’s 8th Annual Signature Event Rainbow Child Development Center, Inc. is pleased to invite the Worcester community and beyond to attend its 8th annual Signature Event at 6:30 p.m. at The Manor Restaurant in West Boylston. The premier fund-raiser includes a multi-course dinner, silent auction and entertainment by Dillstar Productions’ “Joey & Maria’s Family reunion,” raffles and other prizes. Event tickets are $75 per person. To make reservations, contact Martha Pardo-Testa at (508) 791-6849. 4 Sunday NACC Annual Spring Concert The Northboro Area Community Chorus, under the direction of Anthony Volpe with accompanist David Rose, presents its 36th annual Spring Concert "Music for a Sunday Afternoon," at 3:15 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School. Robert A. Tremblay, Milford's Superintendent of Schools, will be the featured trumpet soloist in the chorus' presentation of Verdi's Triumphal March from "Aida." Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. For info, call (508) 393-8943. Road Scholars 5K/Fun Run The 1st annual Shrewsbury Road Scholars 5K/Fun Run starts at 12 p.m. at Oak Middle School. Same day is registration is from 10:45-11:45 a.m. and costs $20. For info, visit shrewsburyroadscholars.org or call race coordinator Beth McCollum at (508) 841-8400. A Taste of the Boroughs A Taste of the Boroughs, a wine and tasting and silent auction, will take place May 4, from 5-8 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough. Tickets ($40 each by April 25, $50 after that date) can be purchased in advance at the Westboro Area JCC (WAJCC) or online at www.westboroareajcc.org. For info or to purchase tickets, call Julia O’Neil-Welch at the Westboro Area JCC at (508) 366-6121 ext. 24. Worcester Walk To Benefit Scleroderma The 6th annual Worcester Walk-A-Thon to Cure Scleroderma will be held rain or shine from the Bancroft School in Worcester. The 5-K Walk around Indian Lake will be held from the school grounds at 110 Shore Dr. Registration info, personalized web-based pledge pages and other details can be obtained at the Walk’s web site at www.scleroderma.org/chapter/newengland/2008WorcesterWalk.htm. or by calling (888) 525-0658. Upcoming “Living with Heart Failure” Education Program As part of Marlborough Hospital’s spring 2008 Community Education programs, it will present “Living with Heart Failure” May 5, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union St., Marlborough Hospital. Cardiologist Eric Nelson, MD will explain what heart failure is and how it can affect your everyday life. Free, but registration is required. For info or to register, call (508) 486-5805. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Children age 8 and older are invited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo May 5, from 4-5 p.m., at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St. Includes piñata making, stories and snacks. To register or for info, call (508) 393-5025. Driving Seminar For Older Drivers St. Mary's Credit Union, in conjunction with AARP, will hold a Driver Safety Program seminar for older drivers (defined as age 50 and older) May 6 and 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The class will be taught at St. Mary’s 1 Northboro Road branch in Marlborough (2nd floor Directors Room). Cost is $10 per person, free for St. Mary’s members. Also, it is "Bring A Friend" month at AARP, so anyone showing their AARP Membership Card can bring a friend to the seminar free.  Participants will learn defensive driving techniques; how to adjust driving habits for age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time; and more. GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club The next meeting of the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will May 6, at 7:30 p.m., at New Horizons, 400 Hemenway St., Marlborough. This month, the group will be planning its fall fund-raiser, Deal or No Deal; its Arbor Day Tree Planting; and several other upcoming events. The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club is a non-profit civic organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteerism. If you are a new or interested member who would like to attend or need more info, e-mail join@marlboroughjuniors.org or visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org. Post Grad Technical Training Info Session The next info session for the Assabet Valley Post Graduate Technical Training program will be held May 6, at 9 a.m., at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. All applicants must attend an info session prior to applying. Serious applicants will bring proof of high school diploma or GED, medical records indicating two doses of MMR vaccine and a recent tetanus shot, and be prepared to schedule a personal interview with the Admissions rep. For info, contact Cindy Zomar, (508) 485-9430 ext. 250 or visit www.assabettech.com, under the Post Graduate tab. Hudson Senior Center Pie Contest Entries for the Hudson Senior Center Homemade Pie Contest must be at the center, 29 Church St., by 12 p.m. May 7. Winners will be announced during the Mother’s Day luncheon May 8. To enter the contest or for more info, call the Hudson Senior Center at (978) 568-9638. Pancreatic Cancer Alliance Gala The Pancreatic Cancer Alliance presents a gala evening of food, music and champagne beginning at 6 p.m., May 7, in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10 Lincoln Square, downtown Worcester. “Happy Birthday, Betty & Friends” will celebrate the life and legend of Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Betty Carter. Performing that evening will be internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Shawnn Monteiro, backed by the Russ Hoffmann Trio. Tickets: $50 (minimum donation) in advance, $60 at the door. Call (508) 754-7429, contact jazz@pancreaticalliance.org or visit www.pancreaticalliance.org for info. Pastel Painting Workshop Westborough Public Library will host award-winning artist Gregory John Maichack May 7, from 6-8 p.m., for a free pastel painting workshop, “The New Art of Pastel Painting II,” designed for both beginners and advanced participants. Pre-registration is required. For info or to register, call the library at (508) 366-3050. Chamber Women’s Business Council Meeting The Assabet Valley Chamber and the Marlborough Regional Chamber are hosting a joint Women’s Business Council Meeting May 9, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 123 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough. Guest speaker: Elizabeth Funk, principal of EFL Consulting and the former CEO of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of MA. Registration is due by May 7. Cost: $20 pp and payable at the door. For info, contact the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce at (978) 568-0360 or e-mail info@assabetvalleychamber.org. MHS Annual Fashion Show The Marlborough High School Family and Consumer Science Department presents “Cinderella,” its annual fashion show of student work, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater, 413 Bolton St., Marlborough. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. For info, call Roberta Collins at (508) 460-3500 ext. 7616. Mother’s Day Tea at SPL A Mother’s Day Tea will be held May 8, at 4 p.m., at Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St. Appropriate for school-age children grades K-4. While moms relax in the library, participating youth will prepare a special surprise for them. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (508) 842-0081 for info or to register. Foiled! at Higgins Armory Museum Join Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester May 8, at 6 p.m., to watch as its celebrity fencers compete to win the coveted “Higgins Armory Museum Golden Foil.” A group of local celebrities and business people have agreed to come together and fence in order to raise funds for the Higgins Armory Museum. Ticket costs are $50 admission, $100 for a lesson and a bout, and $150 to enter the tournament. Sponsorships: Fencer $50, Marshal $100 and Director $150. Tickets are limited. Visit www.higgins.org or call (508) 853-6015 for info or tickets. Oak Middle School Spring Musical Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury is presenting its spring musical, “The Boy Friend,” May 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $7, $5 seniors/student. Contact Donna at (508) 842-9395 for tickets or info. Friends of the Northborough Library Book Sale The Friends of the Northborough Library will be holding their annual Spring Book Sale May 9 and May 10 at Rice Baptist Church, 85 Lincoln St. (off of Route 20), Northborough. The preview sale (for Friends members only) will be May 9, 1-4 p.m. The sale opens to the general public May 10, 9-2 p.m. A bag sale of $5 per bag will occur at the end of May 10.   Westborough Players' Club "Not Now, Darling" The Westborough Players' Club is presenting the adult British comedy "Not Now, Darling " at The Willows of Westborough, Lyman Street, Westborough, on May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17. The May 11 performance will be a matinee at 2 p.m.; all other performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets ($12, $10 seniors/students) may be reserved online at www.westboroughplayers.com or by calling (508) 393-4627. Southborough Gardeners Annual Plant Sale The Southborough Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale May 10, from 8 a.m.-noon, at the Community House, located at the intersection of routes 30/85. Come early for the best selection of plants shared by the gardeners from their own gardens, as well as local nursery stock. The plant sale will include a wide selection of annuals, perennials and hanging baskets, which are all suitable for spring planting or for Mother’s Day gifts. For info, visit www.gardencentral.org/gcfm/southboroughgardeners. Troop 382 Flower Sale Westborough Boy Scout Troop 382 will hold its annual Flower Sale May 10 at the Tufts Machine Shop, Main St., Westborough. All profits are used to benefit the Troop. Children’s Silhouette Portraits The Immaculate Conception School (IC) in Marlborough will be offering free-hand portraits of children in silhouette May 10, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sittings take approximately 10 minutes and will be held at IC Upper School in Meehan Hall, located at 119 Washington St., Marlborough. Silhouettes are just $28 for the first cutting. One additional portrait of the same child can be purchased for $10. Frames will also be available for an additional charge. Space is limited. To schedule a sitting, contact Lisa at (508) 251-1600. Annual Cradles to Crayons Collection St. Bernadette Outreach will be joined by Northboro’s Caring Kids Club in hosting the 3rd annual collection for Cradles to Crayons May 10, from 9 a.m.-noon, at St. Bernadette Church’s parking lot, 266 Main St., Northborough. Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization which supplies children in need throughout Massachusetts with basic essentials. For info on acceptable donations, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org or call Julie at (508) 713-1412. Motherless Daughter’s Day at FCC There will be a Motherless Daughter's Day event May 10 at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury. Women who have lost their mothers are welcome to attend the breakfast and time of sharing and support. Participants may bring a photograph or memento of their mother to share. Free, everyone in the community is welcome to attend. For further info, contact Carol Geary at (508) 845-6070. AV Chamber After  Five Business Networking The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the business community to attend a Business After Five networking experience. The event is hosted by Serendipity, 63B Main St., Hudson and is slated for May 14, from 5-7 pm. After Five’s feature outstanding networking opportunities, delicious refreshments and complimentary raffles.  Businesses are encouraged to bring brochures for the literature table. Cost is $10 pp ($15 for nonmembers) and reservations are appreciated. To register, contact the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce at (978) 568-0360 or info@assabetvalleychamber.org. Ongoing Kitchen and Garden Tour The Southborough Gardeners have announced that advance tickets for a Kitchen and Garden Tour (to be held June 1, from 1-5 p.m.) are available for $20. To purchase advance tickets, send a SASE with check to Southborough Gardeners, P.O. Box 184, Southborough, MA 01772; call (508) 485-8959; or e-mail mlaura291@aol.com. Advance tickets are also available at the Southborough Library. On the day of the tour, pick up a map and ticket for $25 at the Community House. For info, visit www.gardencentral.org/gcfm/southboroughgardeners. Ice Hockey Adult Leagues Spring/summer ice hockey adult leagues are starting in May, and players and teams are needed for all levels of play at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough and other metro locations. If interested, call for a brochure at (888) 456-3745 or e-mail adulthockeyneshl@aol.com. Photo Exhibit at Wayside Inn The photographs of Marlborough resident John de Bairos will be on display through April 27 at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury. Visit www.wayside.org or call (978) 443-1776 for info. Summer Drama Workshop Offerings A variety of theater arts education programs is being offered by the Arts Alliance to area students entering grades 1-13. Each drama workshop concludes with a performance of a popular production. All sessions meet weekdays, with a few Saturday performances. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Tuition fees are discounted for members of the Arts Alliance. Most programs begin June 23. For info and a downloadable registration form that can be printed and forwarded, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. Young at Heart Upcoming Trips The Young at Heart group will be going to the Northshore Music Theatre May 21 to see the award-winning Broadway musical, "The Producers." An all-you-can eat buffet lunch is included for $69. There is also still room on the April 27 trip to Newport for a 2-hour train ride and lunch at a downtown restaurant. $45 includes everything. Both trips leave from the Westborough Senior Center. Call Sue at (508) 476-3438 for more info. Westborough Fibromyalgia Support Group The ongoing support group meets on the first Thursday of each month at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St. (Westborough Plaza), at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome  (people with fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, as well as family and household members) for discussion, coping tips and understanding. For more info, call Diana at (978) 568-0566. Free GED Classes in Hudson The Hudson Maynard Adult Learning Center offers a free GED preparation program in Hudson, including ABE classes in Basic Skills, pre-GED and GED. Registration is ongoing. Classes run through June at the Hudson High School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Practice GED testing is also offered year-round. For more info, call (978) 567-6250 ext. 0137. Route 9 Business Builders Membership Route 9 Business Builders, an established business networking organization, is looking for energetic, like-minded individuals with experience and an interest in growing their business to become members. The organization meets every Thursday at Reliant Mortgage, Route 9 in Westborough. For info, call Mark at (508) 826-7347 or visit www.rte9bb.com. 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. Conservation Volunteers Wanted The Conservation Department of New England Wild Flower Society seeks volunteers to join the Society’s award-winning conservation programs including invasive plant mapping, and other critical field projects throughout New England. An important focus is the early detection and response to new invasions. No previous experience is necessary and comprehensive free training will be provided. Volunteers are needed in central and western Massachusetts. For more info, visit www.newenglandwild.org, contact jburns@newenglandwild.org or call (508) 877-7630 ext. 3203. Safe P
lace Support Group Safe Place, a free, confidential support group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide, meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., at the Framingham Samaritans Center, 235 Walnut St., Framingham. For info or directions, call Kim Kates at (617) 536-2460. MAB Car Donations MAB Community Services (formerly the Massachusetts Association of the Blind) is accepting the donation of unwanted cars to benefit its services and programs. Free tow and quick pick up. Boats, trailers, campers, motorcycles, jet skis and snowmobiles also accepted. For info, call (888) 613-2777 or (508) 854-0700. Refuge Fledglings Nature Programs The Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, 73 Weir Hill Rd., Sudbury, will offer a new nature program series for ages 2-5 years (siblings welcome) the 1st Wednesday of every month from 10-11 a.m. Includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to each month’s topics. For info, call (978) 443-4661. 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 Café 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 Roberts at (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. Toastmasters 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 Grief Support Group 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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