30 Friday Tower Hill Plant Sale Preview Party During Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s Plant Sale Preview Party, Sale & Auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will have first choice of the multitude of plants that will be on sale to the general public the following day. Also participate in silent and live auctions of choice plant specimens, plant accessories, and other related items. Tickets: $25. Tower Hill is located at 11 French Dr., Boylston, and can be visited at www.towerhillbg.org or called at (508) 869-6111. Salisbury Singers Cabaret Evenings Salisbury Singers will treat audiences to a feast of popular show tunes from the songbooks of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more The Broadway Cabaret takes place two nights, May 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hagan Center at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and children, and may be reserved by calling (508) 799-3848. Visit www.salisburysingers.org for more info. 31 Saturday Hudson Community Fest The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 22nd annual Hudson Community Fest from 9 am.-3:30 pm at the Hudson Town Hall and throughout the downtown. The event boasts free family entertainment, over 80 vendors, yard sales, a truck zoo, a food court and various children’s activities. For more info, log onto events at www.assabetvalleychamber.org or call (978) 568-0360. Annual Vivaldi Cello Festival Concert The 8th Annual concert of the Vivaldi Cello Festival Orchestra will start at 7 p.m. at Mill Pond Auditorium in Westborough. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged and gratefully received. FUMC Yard Sale, Car Wash In conjunction with Hudson Community Fest, First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 34 Felton St., invites the community to its Giant Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church parking lot. In addition to the yard sale, there will be a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a car wash. Tickets for the barbecue are $8 adults, $6 seniors/children under 12, $30 max per family. More info is available at (978) 562-2932 or www.hudsonfumc.com. Relay For Life Multi-Team Yard Sale A multi-team yard sale to benefit Relay For Life will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Tufts Machine Shop parking lot, East Main St. (across from Arturo’s restaurant), Westborough. Rain date: June 1. All proceeds to be donated to support the fight against cancer. The Worcester Chorus Tribute to Gershwin Music Worcester will present the Worcester Chorus in “Fascinatin’ Rhythm – A Salute to Gershwin” at 8 p.m. at Alden Memorial Hall, WPI. Tickets: $25, $18 students. For info or tickets, visit www.musicworcester.org or call (508) 754-3231. Mount Olivet Yard and Bake Sale Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, corner of Prospect and Spring sts., Shrewsbury, will hold a yard sale and bake sale from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Rain or shine. No early birds. For info, call (508) 842-2731. Tower Hill Annual Plant Sale Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, will hold its 23rd annual Plant Sale starting at 9 a.m. for members and 11 a.m. for the general public. Free admission, with $1 parking fee per car. Includes perennials, herbs and everlastings, shrubs and trees, native plants, houseplants, annuals, vegetables, much more. Visit www.towerhillbg.org or call (508) 869-6111 for info. Hudson Democratic Town Committee The Hudson Democratic Town Committee will have a table at the Hudson Community Fest near Town Hall from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Info about the committee, campaign literature about Democratic candidates, and voter registration forms will be available. "Vote Democratic" canvas tote bags will be for sale. The committee will also be collecting donations of disposable diapers and toddler pull-ups to benefit the Willis House Shelter in Hudson. Contact HDTC Chair Janet Feil at ((978) 562-0993 for info on the committee. Acappellooza: Music for Darfur At 7 p.m., Westborough High School’s Darfur-Student Alliance will be hosting an evening of a cappella and jazz at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough. The concert features different a cappella and jazz groups from local high schools. All proceeds will be donated to the Darfur and the branch of Doctors Without Borders. Tickets are $5 at the door. Baby-Sitting Faire The Northborough Free Library is holding a baby-sitting faire for parents looking for a baby-sitter and for teenagers looking for a baby-sitting job. The faire will be held at the Northborough Town Hall gym from 11 a.m.-1 pm. Interested baby-sitters must sign-up in advance to reserve table space. Parents can drop-in any time during the two hours to interview potential baby-sitters. Call the Children's Department at (508) 393-5025 to reserve a space or for info. There is also a 10:30 a.m. mini-workshop on interviewing techniques for interested baby-sitters. Shrewsbury Scouts Bottle Drive Boy Scout Pack 114 of Shrewsbury will hold a bottle drive from 9:30-11 a.m. at Beal School. Unitarian Universalist Spring Yard Sale The Unitarian Universalist Church of Westborough, 64 West Main St., will hold its annual Spring Yard Sale from 8 a.m.-noon. For info, call the church office at (508) 366-2635. North Grafton “Pre-Owned” Sale The North Grafton United Methodist Church, 10 Overlook St. (across form Washington Mills), will host a very special "pre-owned" sales event May 31, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Rain or shine. In addition to attic treasures, tools, office materials, books, picture frames and other goodies, “pre-owned” furniture will also be available. Cash only (no checks). No early birds. Worcester Children's Chorus Auditions From 1-3 p.m., auditions for Worcester Children's Chorus will be held at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury on the Green. The new chorus for boys and girls is accepting treble voices, grades 5 through high school, in preparation for its first season. For more info or to schedule an audition, call Worcester Children's Chorus at (508) 767-7077. Shepherd Hill Craft Show Deadline Deadline for crafters to apply for the Shepherd Hill Regional High School’s “Festival of Crafts” in November. Visit www.shepherdhillchorus.com and click on “forms” for an application or call Robyn at (508) 248-0710 and Barbara at (508) 248-1493 for info. 1 Sunday Kitchen and Garden Tour The Southborough Gardeners have planned a Kitchen and Garden Tour, from 1-5 p.m., that includes eight Southborough locations. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door (the Community House, 28 Main St.). For advance tickets, call (508) 485-8959, e-mail mlaura291@aol.com or stop by the Southborough Library. For info, visit www.gardencentral.org/gcfm/southboroughgardeners. Robinson Music Chamber Concert Robinson Music of Westborough will present a chamber music concert at 4 p.m., at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. Many string students of Robinson’s will present a variety of music styles. For info, call (508) 366-7007. “Brides Through the Ages” Opening Reception The opening reception for “Brides through the Ages,” the new exhibit at the Northborough Historical Society Museum, will be held 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The exhibit is on display through June and in September and October. The Northborough Historical Society is located at 50 Main St. 2 Monday “
Discover Harmony Nights” with Women of Note Join Women of Note for an evening of fun, food and singing at their “Discover Harmony Night” from 7-9:30 p.m. (guest registration at 6:45 p.m.) in the back room at Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Rd., Hudson. Also June 9. Participants will learn about singing 4-part a cappella harmony (no instruments), learn a new song, see a small performance by the chorus, enjoy refreshments and socialize. For info, contact Julie Schwingbeck at (508) 393-6171 or womenofnotehi@hotmail.com. Habitat for Humanity Info Session Individuals wishing to volunteer at the local level with the Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity are invited to an information session at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester. Volunteers of all skills and abilities are needed. For info, call (508) 799-9259 or visit www.gwhfh.org. 3 Tuesday Hudson Special Olympics School Day Games Hudson Public Schools will hold its 4th annual Special Olympics School Day Games in conjunction with the Assabet Valley Collaborative from 3-6 p.m. at the Hudson High School Morgan Bowl, 69 Brigham St. Athletes will compete in a running or walking event and a throwing or jumping event. The Hudson High School Band, the JFK Middle School Band and the Hudson Elementary Band will play and march in the opening ceremony. Rain date: June 6 SPL Presents “Making of Multi-Cultural America” At 7 p.m., Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., will host professional historian, author and speaker Edward T. O'Donnell, PhD on a multimedia presentation on the history of American immigration. Professor O’Donnell will exhibit vintage photographs, maps, cartoons and other documents to provide a lively presentation that examines how America became the multicultural society we know today. Free and open to all. For further info, contact the Shrewsbury Public Library at (508) 842-0081 ext. 3. Liberty Fitness Open House Liberty Fitness Weight Loss for women, 57 East Main St., Westborough, will be holding an open house from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Stop in for a day of free health assessments, consultations and treatments. For info, call (508) 366-1370. Post Grad Technical Training Info Session The next info session for the Assabet Valley Post Graduate Technical Training program will be at 9 a.m. at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. There are still some openings for course offerings starting in September. For details, contact Cindy Zomar at (508) 485-9430 ext. 250 or visit www.assabettech.com under the Post Graduate tab. 4 Wednesday Westborough Blood Drive An American Red Cross blood drive will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Regal Cinemas parking lot (look for mobile donor coach), 231 Turnpike Rd., Westborough. Appointments are necessary. All presenting donors will receive a free movie ticket to Regal Cinemas and be entered into a Red Sox ticket raffle. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543. VNA Grief Support Group VNA Care Network & Hospice offers a free grief support group this summer for adults who are coping with the death of a loved one. The group will meet from 1-2:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays beginning June 4 for seven meetings continuing through Aug. 27. (New members will be accepted through July 2.) Meetings are held at Whitney Place Assisted Living at Northborough, 238 West Main St. (Route 20). To register or for info, contact Susan Tarantino at (800) 521-5539 ext. 5624 or starantino@vnacarenetwork.org, or visit www.vnacarenetwork.org. Worcester Children’s Chorus Auditions At 6:30 p.m., auditions for Worcester Children's Chorus will start at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. The new chorus for boys and girls is accepting treble voices, grades 5 through high school, in preparation for its first season. Directors are Malcolm Halliday and Jennifer Kane. For directions to audition location, information, and to schedule an audition, call Worcester Children's Chorus (508) 767-7077. 5 Thursday Pops Night at ARHS Pops Night, the grand finale by all the instrumental and choral groups at Algonquin Regional High School, will start at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s gym at 79 Bartlett St. in Northborough. Tickets: $10, $5 seniors/students, free for NSMA Conductor members. Northborough Garden Club Meeting The Northborough Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Northborough Senior Center, One Centre Dr. (off Hudson Street). Club member Betty Tetreault will present a slide show program on perennial planting. Guests are welcome to attend for a $3 fee. Further info may be found at http://gardencentral.org/clubs/june. 6 Friday St. Spyridon Grecian Festival 2008 Join the St. Spyridon community as they once again transport you to a Grecian village in the heart of Worcester. The festival will be held at the cathedral, 102 Russell St., June 6, 7 and 8. Opening ceremonies begin at 4:15 p.m. with festivities running to 12 midnight; noon-midnight June 7; and noon-10 p.m. June 8. Admission: $1. For info call (508) 791-7326 or visit www.spyridoncathedral.org. MMS Performs “Twinderella” Marlborough Middle School 7th graders will be performing “Twinderella-The Musical” at 7 p.m. in the Marlborough Middle School auditorium, 25 Union St. The hilarious musical tells the story of Cinderella and her long lost brother Bob as they fall in love with the prince and princess of Wychwood-under-Ooze. All tickets are $5 and available at the door or by calling (508) 485-7725. Northborough Blood Drive The Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543. 7 Saturday South Street Park Dedication The Hudson Park Commission has announced that the grand opening and dedication of the South Street Park in honor of Argeo R. Cellucci “Jr.” will start at 10 a.m. Events include a ribbon cutting, dedication, musical entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, more. For info, call (978) 568-9642. Birds of Prey at WPL Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., will host Larry Keating and “Rulers of the Wind,” a live birds of prey presentation, at 2 p.m. Keating will also discuss the birds of prey that can be found in the Westborough area. Free and open to the public. For info, call (508) 366-3050. ADVISE Tag Sale ADVISE (Against Domestic Violence in Shrewsbury Education Project) will hold its annual Tag Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury. Donations of household items, seasonal decorations, linens, children's clothing and toys and small furniture are needed. No adult clothing, please. All proceeds of the sale will be used to assist victims of domestic violence. For info on where to bring donations, call (508) 845-9586 or (508) 845-2211. Art Guild Art Show The 45th annual Northborough Art Guild Art Show will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main St. Also June 8. First Church Annual Garden Sale The First Parish Church of Berlin, 16 Central St. (Route 62 Berlin center), will hold its 5th annual Garden Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A breakfast will run from 8-10 a.m. Garden sale includes perennials, annuals, combo pots, herbs, vegetable plants. Bring your empty pots and, with the purchase of plants, members will fill/plant for a nominal fee. National Trails Day Hike Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Westborough Community Land Trust will sponsor a National Trails Day Hike from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The 7-mile hike starts at the Fish and Wildlife
Headquarters in Westborough and travels through SVT’s Cedar Hill and Sawink Farm properties, intermixing with the Crane Swamp region of Westborough. Experienced hikers preferred. Bring a lunch and please arrive 30 minutes early to coordinate a car shuttle. Reservations required. Cost: free for members, $5 non-members. For info or to register, call (978) 443-5588. 8 Sunday Blessing of the Bikes at First Federated Church During the 10:30 a.m. service, the 4th annual Blessing of the Bikes will be held at First Federated Church, 200 Central St., Hudson. At the traditional event, all who attend may bring their bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles and anything on two wheels for a blessing.  After the service, a barbecue (bring a blanket or chairs) will be held in the meadow behind the church. For more info, call (978) 562-9207. WCLT Intro to Watching Dragonflies A program on the “Introduction to Watching Dragonflies and Damselflies” will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Rd. Join Dave Small, president of the Athol Bird and Nature Club, to explore the basics of dragonfly and damselfly identification. A one-hour presentation will be followed with an observation of local dragonflies in the field. Be prepared to wade in shallow water and have fun! For info, contact dave@dhsmall.net or visit www.westboroughlandtrust.org. SVT and EMS: Introductory Kayak Join Valley Trustees as it partners with Gary Heathcock, Larry Bliss and the staff of Eastern Mountain Sports of Acton and Marlborough in an introductory kayak clinic. The outing will take place in Hudson from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will learn the basics, from selecting the correct PFD, paddle and kayak, as well as getting comfortable in a boat and paddling. Kayaks provided by EMS. Reservations required. Cost: free for SVT members, $5 non-members. Call (978) 443-5588 for info and reservations. 2008 Whisker Walk The 2008 Whisker Walk, a fun day for dogs and the humans that care for them, will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lancaster Fairground, Route 117, Lancaster. Includes exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions, product giveaways, entertainment, food, fun and things for adults and kids to see, do and buy. Rain or shine. For more info, visit www.whiskerwalk.org. Upcoming Golf Tourney to Benefit Shrewsbury Charities A golf tournament to benefit Shrewsbury charities and community programs will be held June 9 at Blackstone National in Sutton. Tee off time is 8 a.m. and the format is best ball. Cost: $135pp and contests include Longest Drive, Betting Hole, Hole in One. For info, contact April Healey at (508) 841-0566 or abhealey@centralfcu.com. CMass Girls Shamrocks Fund-Raiser Pump It Up at 810 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, will be hosting a fund-raiser June 9 to support the Central Mass Shamrocks Girls Basketball Team. There will be three 45-minute open play sessions for all ages beginning at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per child per session. Socks and a waiver are required to play. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For info, call (508) 845-5867. Paton School Open House The Walter J. Paton Elementary School in Shrewsbury is holding an Open House June 9, from 4-6 p.m., for all incoming first-graders as well as students who are new to the school. Student Council representatives will be on hand to give guided tours and answer questions. Community Preservation Committee Hearing The Hudson Community Preservation Committee is holding its annual public hearing June 10, at 7 p.m., in the Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall, 78 Main St. The purpose of the meeting is to help the CPC understand the needs and priorities of the town in the areas of open space protection, recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation and to review the draft Community Preservation Plan. A copy of the Plan can be found at www.townofhudson.org under Community Preservation Committee. Volkssport Walk in Marlborough Enjoy walking the woodland trails of Marlborough June 10. Walkers may start between 3-6 p.m. and have a choice of either a 5 or 10 km loop (3.2 or 6.2 mile) walk route. The trails are rated reasonable easy suitable for baby strollers, but not for wheelchairs. Leashed pets are welcome, but clean-up laws apply. The start point is the New Horizons Retirement Community, 400 Hemenway St., Marlborough. Sponsored by the Walk ‘n Mass Volkssport Club. For info, call (508) 485-5577, e-mail gingerry05@comcast.net or visit www.ava.org/clubs/walknmass. Willows Summer Concert Series The Willows at Westborough, 1 Lyman St., starts off its annual Summer Concert Series June 11, at 7:15 p.m., with the Interborough Community Band. Rain or shine. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Parking is available across the street at Hastings School. For info, call (800) 464-4730. Marlborough Blood Drives Two American Red Cross blood drives will be held June 11 and 25, from 2:30-7:30 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, Main/Newton sts., Marlborough. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. All donors will be entered into a Red Sox ticket raffle. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543. Artist Reception at SPL Shrewsbury Public Library will host an artist reception June 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for John M. Gaston of Gastonart & Frame. View prints of Gaston’s work purchased for circulation to the public and enjoy refreshments. Friends of the Marlborough Library Annual Meeting The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will hold their “Annual Meeting and Election of Officers” June 11 at the Wildwood Steak House, Boston Post Rd. East, Marlborough, with a social hour from 6-7 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and meeting and election at 8 p.m. Members should have received reservation forms in the mail. For further info, call Teresa Stefanski at (508) 485-4204.  Marlborough Cemeteries Clean Up The City of Marlborough Cemetery Division will be conducting a general cleanup of all city cemeteries June 11. All flowers, decorations or ornamentation must be removed before that date. Flowers and remembrances can be replaced starting June 14. For info, call (508) 624-6910. Auditions for River’s Edge Players Musical The Arts Alliance announces open auditions for the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!” June 12, from 7-9 p.m., at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St. Also June 14 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Anyone age 17 years and older may try out for this River’s Edge Players production. For more info, e-mail arts_alliance@upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. Child Passenger Safety Seat Program A Child Passenger Safety Seat Education program will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12 and 26, at the UMass Memorial Health Care EMS Garage, 23 Wells St., Worcester. The program will educate parents and caregivers about child passenger safety and technicians will be on hand to check car seats and help parents install them. Appointments are required. For info, call Carol Carpenter at (508) 793-6016. Marlborough Hospital’s Safe Summer Fun Day Marlborough Hospital, 157 Union St., will hold its annual Safe Summer Fun Day June 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Includes music, games, giveaways, bike and fire safety, rock wall climbing, more. Rain date: June 15. Evangelical Congregational Church Craft Fair The Evangelical Congregational Church, corner of Church/West Main sts., Westborough, is sponsoring a Craft & Goods Fair June 14, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes jewelry, stained glass, photography, bath and body products, scrapbooking, home decor, baby clothes, antiques, kid’s corner, art work, c
osmetics, silent auction items, face painting, free activities for the kids and more. For info and for interested vendors, call Cathie at (508) 870-0521 or visit www.freewebs.com/craftfairwecc. WCLT Annual Meeting                      The Westborough Community Land Trust will hold its Annual Meeting June 16, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Ruggles Street. Join members of WCLT to learn about the year’s achievements and to hear Christine Loughlin, O.P., director of Crystal Spring Center for Earth Learning, speak on sustainability and our wider connection to the earth. For info, contact Rosemary Johnson at rosemjohn@verizon.net or visit www.westboroughlandtrust.org. Annual Yesue Memorial Concert The 11th annual Professor Alfredo N. Yesue Memorial Concert starts at 6:30 p.m., June 18, at Wood Park in Hudson. The public is invited to enjoy the River’s Edge Community Band, River’s Edge Chorale and the Pro Musica Youth Chorus. Rain location: Hudson High School auditorium, 69 Brigham St. Cost is free with donations accepted. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646. “Cooking for Coumadin” Education Program “Cooking for Coumadin: A Recipe for Success” will be presented June 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center, 222 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury. The program will help Coumadin patients learn why certain foods have an impact on warfarin therapy and INR results. Free, but seating is limited. For info or to register, call Keri Lynne Tellez at (407) 563-2411. “Dollars for Scholars” Annual Scholarship Evening “Dollars for Scholars” Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of Marlborough will hold its annual Scholarship Awards Evening June 19, starting at 7 p.m., at Courtyard by Marriott, 75 Felton St., Marlborough. Please RSVP to Alyson Wood at (508) 485-8517. Sts. Anargyroi Yard Sale Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, corner of Cashman/Central streets, Marlborough, will hold a yard sale June 21, from 8 a.m.-noon. Rain date: June 22. All proceeds will benefit the building fund Boxer Buddies Rescue Yard Sale Join Boxer Buddies Rescue Inc. for a huge yard sale June 22, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Pete’s Bluebird Restaurant, Route 140, Bellingham. Rain date: June 29. Includes toys, books, household items, bake sale, raffle, Christmas items, more. Call (508) 657-8348 for info. Technical Theater Workshop for Teens An intensive, hands-on workshop for area teens interested in learning technical theater skills will begin June 23 at Hudson High School auditorium, 69 Brigham St., and meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. through July 17. Through a series of collaborative projects, students entering grades 8-13 will learn about scenic, costume and lighting design, in support of the summer productions of “Anything Goes,” “Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” and/or “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Visit www.upwitharts.org to download a printable registration form or call (978) 562-1646 for info. SonHarvest County Fair Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough, invites children ages 4-12 to join its SonHarvest County Fair (to be held June 23-27, from 9 a.m.-noon). Registration fee: $12 per child. For info or a registration form, call (508) 393-8156. Vacation Bible Club at First Federated Church The First Federated Church of Hudson will host its Vacation Bible Club July 29-30, from 6-8 p.m., at the church location at 200 Central St., Hudson. This year’s lighthouse theme is entitled “Let God be the Light of Your Life.” All community children ages 4 and older are invited. To sign up, call (978) 562-9207 and leave your name and phone number and how many will be attending. Pre-Engineering Mini Camp at AVRTHS This July, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will be offering a Pre-Engineering Mini Camp for interested 11- to 14-year-old area students. There will be two identical sessions offered during the week of July 14-18, one session from 8-11 a.m. and the other from 12-3 p.m., with a cost of only $100 for either session. Interested applicants must register by mail, fax or in person at the school. Class sizes are limited. No phone registrations will be accepted. Contact Alyssia Bisol at (508) 485-9430 ext. 430 or  abisol@assabet.org to have an application mailed, or pick one up at the school at 215 Fitchburg St., Marlborough. Application requests may also be faxed to (508) 303-8493.     Ongoing Hudson Public Library Poetry Contest The Hudson Public Library is accepting entries for the annual Poetry Contest through June 7. Each participant can enter 2 poems and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Winners will be announced June 24, at 7 p.m., during the annual Poetry Presentation. Entry forms are available at the library’s front desk. For info, call Cora Arsenault at (978) 568-9644. Post Road Art Center Spring Flower Show The Spring Flower Show at the Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd. East, Marlborough, can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Mondays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through June 5. For info, visit www.postroadartcenter.com. “Washes of Color” Exhibit at Wayside Inn The paintings and photographs of Alice Shafer will be on display through June 29 at the Wayside Inn Gallery, 72 Wayside Rd., Sudbury. The exhibit, open for viewing 9 a.m.-8 p.m. every day, features watercolor paintings, mixed media paintings and photographs that reflect Shafer’s interest in detail and color. Visit www.wayside.org or call (978) 443-1776 for info. AV Pastoral Counseling Support Groups Are you looking for support, a listening ear, compassion from someone coping with a similar situation? Join a small group of others who come together to share and receive leadership and perspective. The new spring support groups available at Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling Center in Westborough include a caregivers group for anyone feeling overwhelmed while taking care of another; a divorce group for anyone considering or going through separation or divorce or have been legally divorced; and a grief and loss group. For info, call Mary Taber at (508) 366-4000. 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. Safe Place 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 Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Rd., Framingham, starting May 14. For info or directions, call Kim Kates at (617) 536-2460. 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 dis
cussion, 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. 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 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 &
ldquo;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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