27 Friday SSMT Presents “Back to the 80s” Shrewsbury Summer Music Theatre (SSMT) will present its summer musical production of “Back to the 80s” at 7 p.m. (also June 28) at Oak Middle School auditorium, Shrewsbury. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. For ticket info, call (508) 841-8826.  Tickets will also be available at each performance. 28 Saturday MYBA “Night at the Races” Marlborough Youth Baseball Association (MYBA) is holding a "Night at the Races" event from 6-11 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 208 Main St., Marlborough. The event is videotaped horse racing with audience participation. A silent auction conducted during the evening will include autographed sports memorabilia, Red Sox tickets and more. Cost: $10pp (includes admission, munchies, entertainment and cash bar). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For info, contact David Perry at (508) 481-7802 or dperry@bbn.com. Lego Explorations Program The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., invites children in grades 3-6 to “Lego Explorations: Simple Machines” with Michael Strickland from 1-3 p.m. To register or for info, call (508) 393-5025 or stop by the Children’s Room. Saturday Morning Discovery Series The Saturday Morning Discovery Series in Marlborough will feature nationally touring performing artist Jennifer Armstrong beginning at 11 a.m. on Union Common, Main/Bolton (Route 85) streets, Marlborough. The public is invited to listen to the singer/musician/storyteller, who has been featured on National Public Radio and at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646. 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. A free-will offering basket will be available for those who wish to make a donation. For info, call (978) 562-2932 or visit www.hudsonfumc.com. Waste Watchers Orientation Session Waste Watchers will hold an orientation session from 2-3:30 p.m. at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. Admission is free, but Broad Meadow Brook accepts donations. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited. Waste Watchers is a new grass-roots movement that has been formed to help people reduce energy use, save money, and reduce production of greenhouse gases. For info, contact Dr. Peter Gray at grayp@bc.edu or Missy Hollenback at melisahollenback@hotmail.com. Global Oneness Project Movie Screening First Parish Church, UU in Northborough, 40 Church St., will host the screening of a Global Oneness Project movie from 7-9 p.m. Free, with donations accepted. For info or Global Oneness, visit www.globalonenessproject.org. Blue Star Mothers Summer Stroll The Blue Star Mothers of Massachusetts, Chapter 1 (Leominster) will be honoring area military women during the annual “Summer Stroll,” to be held 2-6 p.m. in downtown Leominster. Theme: Forgotten Women of the Military. Those interested in attending should call Debra at (978) 534-0086. 29 Sunday Westborough Historical Society Tour Docents will be on hand from 2-4 p.m. to welcome visitors to Sibley House, the Westborough Historical Society's home at 13 Parkman St. Join them for a tour that brings three centuries of Westborough's history to life through the Society's comprehensive collection of artifacts. 30 Monday Open Art Studio, Storytime at MPL Join area art enthusiasts in an open and supportive creative atmosphere from 9 a.m.-noon at Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. Participants must bring their own art supplies and projects. Artists of all skill and ability welcome. Contact Sal Genovese at (508) 624-6901 for more info. Also, Turning Pages Storytime will be held 10-10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room. The free, drop-in program is open to all ages. Call (508) 624-6902 for info. No registration required for either program. 1 Tuesday Hudson Senior Center Annual Cookout The Friends of the Hudson Senior Center will hold their annual cookout starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Hudson Elks Pavilion. Free, but reservations are required. For info, call (978) 568-9638. Meet New Candidate for Area State Rep The public is invited to a Q&A session with Joseph L. Valianti, Independent candidate for 4th Middlesex District state representative, serving Marlborough in the county of Middlesex, and Berlin and precinct 1 of Southborough. The Q&A will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Marlborough Boys & Girls Club, 169 Pleasant St., Marlborough. There is no admission charge. For info, call (508) 485-0926 or e-mail jvalianti@yahoo.com. Sponsored by the Campaign to Elect Joseph L. Valianti. Fairy and Unicorn Tea at MPL If you love fairies and unicorns, then this party, to be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., is for you. Participating children will enjoy some fun fairy and unicorn books, a craft and snacks. Costumes are encouraged and registration is required. Contact the Children’s Department at (508) 624-6902 to register or for info. Wayside Inn Strawberry Concert Series The Longfellow Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., starts its Strawberry Concert Series at 7 p.m. at the Martha Mary Chapel. Featured performers: Jeppesen and Liddell Classical Chamber Music. Tickets: $15 (special packages are available, also). For info, call (978) 443-1776 or visit www.wayside.org/events. Marlborough Blood Drive Wayside Racquet & Swim Club, 80 Broadmeadow Rd., Marlborough, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 3-9 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins welcome. All donors will receive a special Red Sox T-shirt and be entered into a Red Sox ticket raffle. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. 2 Wednesday Drop-In Craft at MPL “Make Your Own Magical Creature” during a drop-in craft from 2-4 p.m. at Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. The free program is open to all ages and no registration is required. Contact the Children’s Department at (508) 624-6902 for more info Willows Summer Concert Series The 2008 Summer Concert Series at the Willows at Westborough, 1 Lyman St., continues at 7:15 p.m. with The Infractions. Rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free parking is available across the street at Hastings School. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted for local charities. For info, call (800) 464-4730. Lunch Time “Wild” Stories The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., will hold Lunch Time “Wild” Stories from 12:30-1 p.m. Families are invited to picnic indoors while enjoying some “wild” stories. Free, no registration necessary. For info, call (508) 393-5025. 3 Thursday Westborough Family Block Party Westborough's July 4th Committee has announced that its Family Block Party will be held from 6-10 p.m. on West Main Street in front of the Town Hall. Includes live music by Tailspin, country line dancing demos, food, concessions, hay rides and kid’s events: pony rides, sand art, air brush tattoos, wax hand molds, more. Country line dance demos begin at 6 p.m. and a magic show will be held at 6:30 p.m. West Main Street from the Rotary to Church Street will close at 4:30 p.m. that day. Dragon Party, Family Movie at MPL
Do you like dragons?  Then join Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a dragon party. Includes fun dragon stories, a dragon craft and eating “dragon-ish” foods. Registration is required. Call (508) 624-6902 to register or for more info. Also, the Family Movie from 6-8 p.m. will be “Fairy Tale, a True Story.” Rated PG, the movie is free and open to all ages. Northborough Red Cross Blood Drive The Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 12-6 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. All donors will receive a special Red Sox T-shirt and be entered into a Red Sox ticket raffle. For an appointment or info, call (800) 448-3543. 4 Friday Shrewsbury 4th of July Celebration The Town of Shrewsbury Parks & Recreation Department presents its 4th of July Celebration from 12-4 p.m. at Dean Park, Main St. Includes food booths, music, Sunny the Clown, face painting, games with the DJ, more. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/parkrec/index.asp. Spellman Museum of Stamps Family Day The Spellman Museum of Stamps, 235 Wellesley St., Regis College Campus, Weston, will hold its annual Happy Birthday US Family Day from 12-4 p.m. Includes activities for adults and children and an exhibit of Olympic stamps from around the world. Admission: $5, $3 seniors/kids age 16 and under. For info, call (781) 768-8367 or visit www.spellman.org. 5 Saturday Saturday Morning Discovery Series Starting at 11 a.m., a fun hour is planned on Marlborough’s grassy Union Common, corner of Main/Bolton streets in Marlborough, when singer/storyteller/musician Tim Van Egmond brings his guitar, conga drum, dulcimer and limberjack. Free admission. Rain location: Walker Building, 255 Main St., 3rd floor auditorium. For more info visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646. Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults Adults are invited to explore the sanctuary grounds at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester, from 7-9:30 a.m. in search of birds. Program is for casual and novice birders alike. Fee: free for members, $5 non-members. For more info and to register, call Broad Meadow Brook at (508) 753-6087.  Upcoming Take a Hike! at BMB Join volunteers July 6, from 1-3 p.m., for a family-friendly hike at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. Participants will look for anything that is flying, crawling, hopping or flitting nearby. Free with sanctuary admission. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. For more info and to register, call Broad Meadow Brook at (508) 753-6087. Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Info Session Individuals wishing to volunteer at the local level with Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity are invited to a volunteer Information session July 7, at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave., Worcester. Volunteers of all skill levels and abilities are needed. For info, call (508) 799-9259 or visit www.gwhfh.org. Grace Baptist Church VBS 2008 Grace Baptist Church in Shrewsbury, 10 Stanley Rd., will hold its Vacation Bible School 2008 from July 7-11, 6-8 p.m., for children ages 4 to grade 6. For info, call (508) 752-0217 or visit www.egbc.org. “Wild” Animal Pinatas The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., invites children ages 5+ to “Wild” Animal Pinatas July 8, from 3-4 p.m. Make a “wild” piñata while listening to some “wild” stories. Registration required and begins July 1. For info, stop by the Children’s Room or call (508) 393-5025. Strawberry Concert Series at Wayside Inn Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn, Rd., Sudbury, will host the 2nd in its Strawberry Concert Series July 8, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Martha Mary Chapel. Featured band: Atwater-Donnelly Duo. Tickets: $15 (special packages available). For info, call (978) 443-1776 or visit www.wayside.org/events. Summer GED Test Registration The Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam will be given in both July and August at the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School testing site. Individuals interested in obtaining a GED should register July 8 for the test given July 24, 25 and 26. For those interested in the August test, registration is Aug. 12 for the Aug. 19, 20, and 21 exam. All times are from 4-7 p.m. For more info, call Andrea Cronin at (508) 485-9430 ext. 216. Jungle Encounters Show at SPL Jungle Encounters will present a show about small wild cats, how they survive in the wild, what they prey on and the current programs to protect them July 8, at 2:30 p.m., at Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St. Appropriate for school-age children and their parents. For free tickets, stop by the library or call (508) 842-0081 ext. 4. Central Mass. Limb Loss Support Group Meeting The Central Mass. Limb Loss Support Group will meet July 8, at 6 p.m., at Clinton Hospital, 210 Highland St., Clinton. Special guest speaker: Karl Chapin, a Vietnam veteran who lost his right hand while serving in the Vietnam War. Free, but registration is requested by calling Rose Bissonnette at (978) 365-2580. For more info, visit www.centralmalimbloss.org. Pumpernickel Puppets at HPL The Children’s Room at Hudson Public Library, Wood Square, will host the Pumpernickel Puppets July 9 at 2 p.m. For info, call Children’s Librarian Deborah Backman at (978) 568-9645. Tufts Summer Sunset Lecture Series TCSVM in North Grafton will present “The Real Scoop About Dog Food” July 9. Open to the public. Contact the Continuing Education Department at (508) 887-4723 or vetCEinfo@tufts.edu or visit www.tufts.edu/vet/continedu for info. Auditions for Worcester Children's Chorus On July 9, at 6:30 p.m., auditions for Worcester Children's Chorus will be held at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. The newly formed Worcester Children's Chorus will begin residency at Assumption College starting in the fall 2008.  The chorus is currently accepting treble voices grades 5 through high school. Other audition dates will be announced throughout the summer. To schedule an audition, call (508) 767-7077 or e-mail wcchorus@gmail.com. “Audubon Ark – Backyard Creatures” Library Program The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., will host the Massachusetts Audubon as they present “Audubon Ark – Backyard Creatures” July 10, from 3-3:30 p.m. (ages 3-4) and 3:40-4:10 p.m. (grades K-12). Registration is required and begins July 1. For info or to register, call the Children’s Room at (508) 393-5025 or stop by. Mothers and More Meeting The Assabet Valley Chapter of Mothers and More will meet July 10, at 7 p.m., at Whitney Place, 238 West Main St., Northborough. Topic: "Photography." 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. Marlborough Nature Walks Summer 2008 Enjoy a walk of Mello Family Farm/Cider Knoll in Marlborough July 11, starting at 6 p.m. The area is filled with groves of softwoods and hardwoods, streams, wetlands and even a pond. Enjoy
the nice, easy walk while learning about the different habitats of one of the several conservation lands in Marlborough. Participants should meet at the Stow Road parking area between Simpson and Wood Road. Dress appropriately and use bug spray. Walks will last approximately one hour. For info, call the Conservation Office at (508) 460-3768 or visit http://www.marlborough-ma.gov/Gen/MarlboroughMA_ConCommisn/index. “Saturdays at South Street” Kicks Off At the Cellucci Park in downtown Hudson, the free Saturday afternoon family entertainment series will kick off with popular puppeteer Len Gerwick presenting “The Case of the Missing Woodpile – a Summer Mystery” at 2 p.m. July 12. Rain location: Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St. For info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. SVT Butterflies of Summer On  July 12, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, Sudbury Valley Trustees and SVT steward Bill Coder will be hosting a “Butterflies of Summer” program at Cedar Hill Reservation in Northborough. The abundant milkweed and other field flowers of Cedar Hill Reservation provide a wonderful place to see and learn about butterflies. Registration is required. Cost: free for members, $5 non-members. Call (978) 443-5588 for info and registration. “Wild” Critter Puppets – Sewing Library Program The Children’s Department at Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St., will present “Wild” Critter Puppets – Sewing July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon. Children ages 7-9 are invited to bring along their “wild” imaginations to create their own “wild” critter puppet. No sewing experience necessary. Registration is required and begins July 1. For info or to register, call the Children’s Room at (508) 393-5025 or stop by. “BIG BUGS” Returns to Garden in the Woods New England Wild Flower Society announces the return of David Rogers' BIG BUGS exhibit to Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, opening July 12. Get ready for a special “Summer of Bugs” treat with the Grand Opening Festival of the BIG BUGS Sculpture Exhibition and Web-of-Life Extravaganza. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 1. Admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, $4 youth 3-18, free for members and children under 3. For info, call (508) 877-7630 or visit www.newenglandwild.org.         20th Anniversary Celebration of Drama Workshop This summer, the Arts Alliance will celebrate 20 years of its popular Summer Drama Workshop. Everyone is invited to join the Arts Alliance in the special celebration of its 20th year July 12, at 7:30 p.m. The evening of songs from Tony award-winning shows will be held at Hudson High School Auditorium, 69 Brigham St., with a reception, including refreshments, held in the lobby. To mail in a ticket form, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. 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. Stage Two Theater Drama Workshops, Productions From July 28 to Aug. 8, children entering grades 1-5 have the opportunity to write, craft and stage their own play under the guidance of three skilled instructors, experienced in theater arts. While sampling many aspects of drama, students will utilize both writing and acting skills. They will work with a group of area children on an exciting, fun collaboration, and then show their families, friends and neighbors their creative production. “New Work by Stage Two Theater” will be presented Aug. 8, at 1 p.m., in Hudson High School auditorium, 69 Brigham St. The public may attend the performance. Advance seats cost $5. To order tickets or for workshop info, call (978) 562-1646. 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. 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. Worcester Chorus Auditions Worcester Chorus is auditioning for all voice parts. Appointments can be arranged through auditions@worcesterchorus.com to schedule times or for more info. Day and evenings available starting July 29, 30, 31, Aug. 13 and in early September. Worcester chorus in 149th season, performing annual Handel's Messiah, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, "Water Music" Spring Concert throughout the year in Mechanics Hall and other Worcester venues. Visit www.musicworcester.org for info. GFWC “Deal or No Deal” Following the success of "Dancing with Celebrities-Marlborough Style," the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will be holding their fall fund-raiser, "Deal or No Deal" Sept. 19 at the Marriott Courtyard. Businesses interested in sponsoring a "Prize Case" are encouraged to contact Theresa Frias or Elizabeth Young at dond@marlboroughjuniors.org. The GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club is a non-profit civic organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteerism. For more info, visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org . Ongoing Fountains at Dean Park The summer schedule of the fountains at Dean park in Shrewsbury is Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. and 4-9:45 p.m. Music to accompany the fountains can be heard on 91.7 FM on your car or portable radios. The colored lights can be seen from 9-9:45 p.m. Listen to the classical, patriotic, and popular tunes, watch the movement of the graceful fountains, and see the spectacular colors dance to the music. Summer Drama Workshops Available Registrations are being accepted for area children entering grades 1-5 who wish to act in plays this summer. All sessions are held weekday mornings at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St., with public performances presented at 1 p.m. weekdays. Additional info and registration forms may be requested by calling (978) 562-1646 or visiting   www.upwitharts.org. Tuition fees are discounted for members of the Arts Alliance. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. “Field of Flags” Exhibit From 4,500 – 5,000 flags will be displayed in downtown Hudson on the front and side lawns of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., through July 4. Not a political statement, the Field of Flags is a silent, patriotic and poignant reminder of the cost of war. For info, call the church office at (978) 562-9180. “Brides Through the Ages” Exhibit “Brides through the Ages,” the new exhibit at the Northborough Historical Society Museum, will be on view through June and in September and October.
The Northborough Historical Society is located at 50 Main St. “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. Red Devil Football, Cheering Registration Football and cheering begins Aug. 1. Boys and girls ages 7-15 interested in participating are encouraged to register. Registration forms are available at www.reddevilpopwarnerfootball.com. For info, call Todd Chuma at (508) 366-2721, Mike Freitas at (508) 769-9670 or Brian Heffernan at (508) 287-4517. Northborough Free Library Summer Reading Program “Wild Reads” is the theme of the Summer Reading Club at the Northborough Free Library, 71 Lyman St. Kids who read by themselves and kids who enjoy having someone read to them are all invited to join! Stop by the library through Aug. 16 to register. For info, stop by or call (508) 393-5025. Many fun programs and activities are planned. Check out the Calendar of Events at www.town.northborough.ma.us/library/library.htm. Sweet Summer Nights Music Concert Series Sweetwilliam Farm, l53 North St, Upton, will hold weekly outdoor concerts featuring fine local and regional performing artists. The series will be held Fridays (except July 4), 7-8:30 p.m., through Aug. 29. For info or directions, visit www.sweetwilliamfarm.biz. 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. Colonial Spirit Show Chorus Rehearsals Sing into summer with the Colonial Spirit Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines. All women who enjoy singing are invited to attend the open rehearsals at 7:15 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Newtown Rd. (off Route 27), Acton. Discover the fun and harmony of four part a cappella music – barbershop style. Vocal instruction and learning CDs are provided – no experience is necessary. For info, call (978) 692-2270 or Noreen at (978) 263-0562 or visit www.colonialspirit.org. 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 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. 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 “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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