28 Friday Stephanie G Jewelers Pandora Event Stephanie G Jewelers, 77 Main St., Hopkinton, will be hosting a "Pandora Jewelry for the Holidays Event" through Nov. 29. During the event, customers will receive a free Pandora travel case with the purchase of $100 in Pandora Jewelry. Also, Pandora will introduce a new line of earrings that reflects your mood, a special occasion or latest trends. For info, visit www.stephaniegjewelers.com or call (508) 435-4444.
29 Saturday Christmas at the Farm "Festival of Trees" The Peter Rice Homestead, 377 Elm St., Marlborough, will host its 1st annual Christmas at the Farm "Festival of Trees" from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes holiday decorations, crafts, gift items, wreaths, baked goods, music, raffle and more. Free admission and free parking.
Merger of Local Granges Event The Westborough Grange will merge with the Worcester and Boylston granges to form the Center Communities Grange at 3 p.m. at the Boylston Town House, 221 Main St. (Route 70), Boylston. The merger ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a free spaghetti supper. Reservations for the supper are due by Nov. 24 and can be made by contacting Nancy Sundstrom at (508) 366-4776.
30 Sunday Holiday Fair at Munchkin Land Munchkin Land, 30 Oak St., Westborough, will hold a Holiday Fair from 12-4 p.m. Includes games, crafts and special entertainment for kids, while adults shop for the holidays at special vendor tables. Refreshments will be served. Those who bring a gently used winter coat for the Coats for Kids drive will receive 10% off admission. Visit www.munchkin-land.org for info.
Westborough 2008 Festival of Lights The Rotary Club of Westborough has announced that the Festival of Lights annual tree lighting will begin at dusk (around 4:30 p.m.) at the downtown rotary. This year's participants include the Westborough Community Chorus and, of course, Santa Claus. If weather is poor at the time of the event, a notice to that effect will be posted at the rotary.
Peggy's Place Holiday Event Peggy's Place Boutique, One Grafton Common, Grafton, will be holding its annual Holiday Event with special event hours from 12-7 p.m. Offerings will include door prizes, a gift an hour all day, discounts and great hors d'oeuvres. Also, a selection of Pandora Jewelry will be on display for sale during the event.
"Open Microphone" at Mulligan's Got Talent? Then share it during Mulligan's "Open Microphone," which will be hosted by blues guitarist JBB and friends from 5-7:30 p.m. All styles are welcome, including acoustic, blues, folk, alternative, country, Celtic and spoken word. Mulligan's is located on Route 30 at the Westborough Country Club. For info, call (508) 361-4111.
1 Monday Pieta Support Group Memorial Mass The Pieta Support Group will host a Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, Manning St., Hudson, in honor of their children who have died. Names for the memorial booklet will include those who were previously listed, while additional names can be included by calling (978) 562-3016 or (978) 562-3798. A reception and supper will be held in Parish Center Room. All are welcome.
Artist Guild of Shrewsbury Holiday Party Artist Guild Shrewsbury will hold its Holiday Party at 7 p.m. in the lower level Community Room at Southgate of Shrewsbury, Julio Dr. Members and a guest welcome. Bring a dish for the table, artwork for the wall and share a story about yourself as an artist through the year. Free to members. For more info, visit www.artistguildshrewsbury.com.
Mothers & Company Cloth Diaper Workshop Mothers & Company of Boylston will hold a workshop on Cloth Diapers at 6:30 p.m. For info, visit www.mothersandcompany.com or call (508) 869-6666.
JCC Night at the Museum Deadline Last day to RSVP for a special Hanukkah program at the Children's Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton, to be held Dec. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $10 per family (includes museum admission). RSVP to Dianne Wolpert at (508) 879-3300 or email@example.com. Sponsored by the Jewish Family Network, a collaboration of the JCC's of Greater Boston and JFS of MetroWest.
2 Tuesday GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club Meeting The next meeting of the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will be at the home of a member, starting at 7 p.m. MJWC is a group of vibrant women of all ages who raise funds for and volunteer in many areas of the community, including education, the arts, the food pantry, conservation, and much more. New or interested members who would like to attend or need more info should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Wednesday Friends of the Marlborough Public Library Concert "Gala Holiday Concert," the first concert of The Friends "YACYSHYN Concert Series" 39th season, will be presented at 7 p.m. The concert will feature Quintessential Brass in the Bigelow Auditorium, Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. For further info, call (413) 648-9663 or e-mail email@example.com.
Westborough BOH Flu Clinic The Westborough Board of Health will hold a flu vaccination clinic from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Rd. The clinic is for Westborough residents age 18 and over and is free of charge. Those age 65 and over are asked to bring their Medicare and/or HMO card. For info, call (508) 366- 3045.
4 Thursday **********PHOTOS************ "New Dimensions" Opening Reception The opening reception for "New Dimensions," works by Randi Isaacson and Liz Harrison, will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough. For info, call (508) 485-2580 or visit www.PostRoadArt.Center.com.
Spring Street School Coffee House/Craft Fair Spring Street School in Shrewsbury will hold a Coffee House & Craft Fair from 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is $1 per person. Browse the craft fair and door prizes, enjoy live musical entertainment, tasty treats, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. The community is welcome to attend this PTO-hosted event.
WPL "Worcester in the Industrial Age" Presentation Chaim Rosenberg will present "Worcester County in the Industrial Age" at 7 p.m. at Westborough Public Library, West Main St. Through illustration and lecture, Rosenberg will discuss how Massachusetts began large scale manufacturing when the flow of goods was disrupted during the war of 1812. Free and open to the public. For info, call (508) 366-3050.
Mothers & Company Newborn Care Class Mothers & Company of Boylston will hold a class of Newborn Care at 6:30 p.m. for more info, call (508) 869-6666 or visit www.mothersandcompany.com.
5 Friday Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll The 6th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll will be held from 4-10 p.m. The event will feature Santa, food, music, horsedrawn hayrides and fun for all ages throughout downtown Hudson. For more info, visit www.hudsonstroll.com.
The Friends Annual Holiday Party The Friends of the Marlborough Public will hold their annual Holiday Party at the Wildwood Steak House, Boston Post Road East (Route 20), Marlborough. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a holiday gift exchange at 8 p.m. Friends members and guests, as well as the public, are cordially invited. Cost: $30. For reservations, call Friends VP Teresa Stefanski at (508) 485-4204. For info, call (508) 485-4204 or 413-648-9663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCMH Craft Fair, Ornament Making Night From 4-8 p.m., there will be a "Craft Fair and Ornament Making Night" at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson. Enjoy hot cider and doughnuts while perusing unique handmade items or making handmade ornaments. For this event, there will be a materials fee based on projects selected. For info, visit www.ucmh.org, e-mail email@example.com or call (978) 562-9180.
"5 Sculptors" Opening Reception The Cultural Arts Alliance, 98 Hayden Rowe St. (Route 85), Hopkinton, will hold the opening reception of "5 Sculptors" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through Jan. 5. For info, visit www.caahopkinton.org or call (508) 435-9222.
6 Saturday Post Road Art Center Artist Demonstration Award winning water colorist Nan Rumpf will be giving a watercolor demonstration at Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough. For more info and to register, call (508) 485- 2580 or visit www.PostRoadArtCenter.com. Fee: $8.
Santa to Arrive in Southborough Come and welcome Santa as he stops by for a visit to Southborough. He will arrive by helicopter at noon on the field in front of St. Mark's School, intersection of Routes 85 and 30, before crossing the street to the Community House, where he will be available for photographs and to listen to individual gift requests. Cost of $5/child or $10/family price of admission includes a photo with Santa, craft projects and light refreshments. Organized by Southborough Kindergroup. For info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Mary Craft Fair The annual Saint Mary Craft Fair (formerly the Holly Fair) will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the church hall, 16 Summer St., Shrewsbury. Also Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The fair will feature unique gifts, local crafters, advent supplies and baked goods; all kinds of greenery including natural wreaths, door swags, kissing balls, cemetery boxes, boxwood trees and poinsettias; and photos with St. Nick, a crafters raffle and more. For info, visit www.stmarysparish.org/School/.
Westborough Senior Center Breakfast with Santa Have "Breakfast with Santa" from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Rd. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Tickets are $3 and free for children 3 and under.
FUMC Hudson Holiday Craft Fair Mark your calendar for this year's Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, Felton St. off the Hudson rotary. There will be handcrafted seasonal items, an array of tasty baked goods, and a country store with all sorts of gift items, as well as a silent auction, gift baskets, games and special events for children, and photos with Santa. For info, call (978) 562-2932.
Divine Kitchens Dream Bath Seminar Divine Kitchens, Lyman St., Westborough, will host a seminar on "How much will my dream bath cost?" from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For info or to register, call (508) 366-5670 or visit www.divinekitchens.com.
UCC Westborough Holiday Fair A Holiday Fair will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 64 West Main St., Westborough. The fair will offer a gift boutique, fresh holiday greens, handmade crafts, bake sale, breakfast, lunch, and, especially for children, a cake walk, face painting, shopping for the family, cookie decorating, and a photo opportunity. Tables for crafters are available. For more info, call Lori at (508) 366-2635 or e-mail email@example.com.
Shrewsbury Friends Holiday Open House The Friends of the Shrewsbury Library invite the community to its Holiday Open House from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library, 609 Main St., Shrewsbury. Includes make-and-take holiday crafts, stories for the season, music starting at 11 a.m., dreidel game and more. Refreshments will be served.
Mothers & Company Lullaby Magic Program Mothers & Company of Boylston will present "Lullaby Magic" at 10:45 a.m. For more info, visit (508) 869-6666 or visit www.mothersandcompany.com.
Valentine Workshop for Dogs Deserve Better A Valentine Workshop to benefit Dogs Deserve Better, a group dedicated to helping formerly chained or penned dogs, will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main St. For ages 7 to adult, participants should bring some of their own supplies to the workshop.
Pets Gone Healthy Holiday Open House Pets Gone Healthy, 505 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlborough, will hold its 4th annual Holiday Open House through Dec. 7. For info, call (508) 485-3881 or visit www.petsgonehealthy.com.
River Visions 2008 Watershed Forum The SuAsCo Watershed Community Council presents River Visions 2008, "Greening the SuAsCo Watershed: LEED, LID and Other Tools for Responding to Climate Change," from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be held at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. Registration: $40 if postmarked by Dec. 1, $45 at the door. For more info, visit www.SuAsCo.org.
Berlin Church Hosts Breakfast First Parish Church of Berlin, Route 62 in Berlin center (16 Central St.), will host a breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Tickets are $5 advance or $6 at the door. Guests have a choice of omelet, home fries, breads, and coffee/tea and juice. For info, call (978) 838- 2575.
Spellman Stamp Museum Holiday Open House The Spellman Stamp Museum, 235 Wellesley St., Regis College, Weston, will hold a Holiday Open House from 12-4 p.m. Make gifts and decorations using postage stamps, write to Santa, and participate in holiday stamp hunts and games. Admission: $8, $5 seniors, free for kids under age 16. For info, visit www.spellman.org or call (781) 768-8367.
WPL Nature Program/Reception The Westborough Public Library Trustees invite the community to an afternoon nature program and reception. To wrap up its centennial year, the library, 55 West Main St., will host "Wolf Talk," a live animal presentation, at 2 p.m. in the Children's Room. The reception will be held in the Meeting Room and highlights the library's centennial events. For more info, call (508) 366-3050.
Jimmy Tingle Performs at Shrewsbury H.S. Jimmy Tingle, stand up comic and political humorist, will perform at 4 p.m. in the Shrewsbury High School auditorium, 64 Holden St. Tickets: $20, $15 students and seniors. Proceeds benefit Shrewsbury High School Crew and Lake Quinsigamond Community Rowing. Tickets are available by calling (781) 646- 4849 and at the door.
St. Nicholas Breakfast Please join Saint Nicholas and his Elves for a morning of food and fun from 8 a.m. – noon at the Hudson Catholic High School gymnasium, 198 Main St. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Photos with Saint Nicholas will be available from 9-11 a.m. for $5 each. Crafts for the kids and raffles will all be part of the fun. Tickets ($15/family, $5/person, $3/seniors) will be available at the door or by visiting www.stmikes.org.
Upcoming Westborough Daisy Scout Registration The Westborough Girl Scouts is pleased to announce that a new Daisy Girl Scout troop is forming in town. Girls in grade kindergarten are welcome to register and enroll Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m., at the Evangelical Congregational Church, West Main Street, Westborough. Cost: $10 per girl and adult for national membership. Financial assistance is available on a confidential level. For info, call Monica at (508) 853-1070 ext. 110.
Northborough Chiropractic Center Workshop Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m., the Northborough Chiropractic Center, 6 Maple St., will host Karen Davis, CK, Holistic Nutritional Consultant, on "Staying Healthy in the Cold & Flu Season." The workshop is free, but seating is limited. For more info or to register, call (508) 393-2513 or visit www.northborochiropractic.com.
SHPL Family Winter Workshop Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., will hold a Family Winter Workshop Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Stop in for a family night of crafts, refreshments (each family is asked to bring a dessert to share) and fun. Recommended for grades K-4 and registration is required. For info or to register, call (508) 842-0081.
Mothers & Company Moms Night Out Mothers & Company of Boylston will hold a Moms Night Out Dec. 8, starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include a speaker on "Green Cleaning Your Home" as well as a henna artist. For more info, call (508) 869-6666 or visit www.mothersandcompany.com.
SVT Nature Lecture Sudbury Valley Trustees welcomes Bryan Windmiller to its lecture series Dec. 9, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. A herpetologist and environmental consultant, Windmiller will present "No Refuge is an Island" and address why we should and how we can shift our conservation model to include active management beyond the edge of our refuges. Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Reservations required. For info or to register, call (978) 443-5588 or visit www.svtweb.org.
WPL Hosts Local Author on "Conspiracy Theory" Author Arnold Gordon will discuss his new book, "Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics," Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at Westborough Public Library, West Main St. Arnold will examine conspiracy theory, which has been a fixture in American culture since the late 1940s. Free and open to the public. For info, call
Stephanie G Jewelers Pandora Night For Men Stephanie G Jewelers at 77 Main St. in Hopkinton will be hosting a Pandora Night for Men Dec. 10. Men can shop, enjoy light refreshments until 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.stephaniegjewelers.com
Whitney Place Hosts Alzheimer's Presentation Whitney Place at Natick, 3 Vision Dr. (Route 9 west), will offer a free presentation Dec. 10 on "Facing the Difficult Truth: Resisting, Denying and Accepting Alzheimer's" with Gary Davis, LSW, CDP, director of the Tapestry Program. Light refreshments and tours will be held 5:30-6 p.m., followed by the one-hour presentation. Space is limited and reservations should be made by calling Sharon Ostiguy at (508) 655-3344 ext. 3952.
Marlborough Blood Drive An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Dec. 10, 2:30- 7:30 p.m., at the Marlborough Masonic Hall, Main/Newton streets. All donors will receive a special long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt and be entered into a $100 mall shopping spree raffle. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org.
SVT Winter Birds Program Sudbury Valley Trustees Executive Director Ron McAdow will be speaking about winter birds in our region Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m., at the SVT headquarters at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. The slide lecture is for all who would like to learn about the birds at their feeders, as well as other birds that are with us throughout the winter. Reservations are requested. Cost: free for SVT members, $10 nonmembers. For info or reservations, call (978) 443-5588 or visit svtweb.org.
MetroWest JCC "Parents Night Out" "Parents Night Out – How to Raise a Jewish Child; A conversation with Anita Diamant" will be held Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Rd., Wayland. Relax and enjoy an intimate thought-provoking conversation about parenting with acclaimed author Anita Diamant. Dessert and coffee will be served. Admission is $6. For more info, contact the MWJCC at (508) 879-3300.
Stephanie G Jewelers Ladies' Night Stephanie G Jewelers at 77 Main St. in Hopkinton will be hosting a "Ladies' Night – Create Your Own Wish List" Dec. 11. For more info, visit www.stephaniegjewelers.com.
Post Road Art Center Holiday Open House Dec. 13, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., stop by the Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, for refreshments and specials during the Holiday Open House. PRAC offers art supplies and books, original artwork, jewelry, note cards, one-ofa kind gifts and more. For info, call (508) 485-2580 or visit www.PostRoadArtCenter.com.
Annual Westborough Ski Swap The 41st annual Westborough Ski Swap will be held Dec. 13, starting at 9 a.m., at its new location: the Hastings Elementary School, East Main Street (Route 30). Equipment will include new and used downhill skis, boots and clothing, skates and some cross country equipment. Used equipment may be dropped off only on Dec. 12, between 7-9 p.m. Used equipment is sold on a consignment basis. Explorer Post 85 will again run and benefit from this year's swap.
Hudson Emblem Club Breakfast with Santa The Hudson Emblem Club will sponsor a Breakfast with Santa Dec. 13, from 9-11 a.m., at the Hudson Lodge of Elks, 99 Park St. Come and enjoy donuts, juice and hot chocolate. Every child receives a gift from Santa. Admission: donation of a canned good
(to be used to fill Christmas baskets or for the Food Pantry). Bring your camera and get pictures of your child with Santa and Mrs. Claus or just sit and listen to Christmas stories. For further info, call Barbara Sawyer (978) 568-9291 or Dorothy Barreira (978) 562-5276.
Boar's Head Festival The Master Singers of Worcester will present its sixth Boar's Head Festival Dec. 13, at 4 p.m., at Wesley Methodist Church, 114 Main St., Worcester. The event will highlight the Worcester Children's Chorus, Shrewsbury Youth Singers, Shrewsbury Ringers, organist Brett Maguire, brass and percussion in songs expressing the joy of Christmas and Hanukkah and the mystery of the winter solstice. Tickets: $20, students/seniors $18, WOO discount. For info or tickets, call (508) 842-1349 or visit www.mswma.org. Snow date: Dec. 14.
Divine Kitchens Dream Kitchen Seminar Divine Kitchens, Lyman St., Westborough, will host a seminar on "How much will my dream kitchen cost?" Dec. 13, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For info or to register, call (508) 366-5670 or visit www.divinekitchens.com.
Westborough Woman's Club Holiday House Tour The Westborough Woman's Club holiday house tour will be held Dec. 13. Tickets may be bought at the St. Stephen's Church hall, 3 John St., from 12-3 p.m. Refreshments will be served at St. Stephen's from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Please note that the venue for ticket sales and refreshments has been changed. Tickets may also be bought by calling Kathie at (508) 366-0902, Priscilla at (508) 366-4538 or Judy at (508) 870-1895.
Holiday Nature Crafts Open House Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Dr., Worcester, will host a Holiday Nature Crafts Open House Dec. 13, from 1-4 p.m. Come to the visitor center to view the Christmas tree decorated with all-natural ornaments before going to the program room to make your own. Cost: $4 adult members/ $5 nonmembers, $3 kids/$4 nonmembers. Snow date: Dec. 14. For info or registration, call (508) 753-6087.
Holiday Family Concert On Dec. 14, at 3 p.m., the second annual Family Holiday Concert with folksingers Chuck & Mud will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church, 64 West Main St., Westborough. Tickets: $6 advance, $8 door, free for children. For info or advance tickets, call (508) 366-2635 or visit www.uuwestborough.org.
N.A.C.C. Holiday Concert The Northborough Area Community Chorus, under the direction of Anthony Volpe with accompanist David Rose, invites you to its Christmas Musical Dec. 14, at 3:15 p.m., at Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett Street. Tickets are only $5. For more details, call (508) 393-8943 or visit www.nacc.net.
Longfellow's Wayside Inn Holiday Concert Quintessential Brass will perform a medley of holiday classics Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., at the historic Martha Mary Chapel in Sudbury. Families and people of all ages are invited to the concert, which includes a popular audience sing-a-long at the end. Tickets are $14 each and available by calling (978) 443- 1776. For more info, call Longfellow's Wayside Inn at (978) 443-1776, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wayside.org/events.
Stephanie G Jewelers Men's Night Stephanie G Jewelers at 77 Main St. in Hopkinton will host s Men's Night Dec. 17. Men are invited to stop in for appetizers and refreshments while looking for the perfect present for the lady in their lives. For more info, visit www.stephaniegjewelers.com.
Westboro Youth Soccer Association Meeting The Westboro Youth Soccer Association is holding a Special General Meeting Dec. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Forbes Building, Room 24, to vote on nominations for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. All members are invited to attend and vote.
"Celebrate Hanukkah" at SHPL Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., invites the community to "Celebrate Hanukkah" Dec. 22. Drop in anytime during the day to do a Hanukkah craft or listen to a Hanukkah story at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required. For info, call (508) 842-0081.
MetroWest Community Chanukah Celebration Community members of all ages are invited to attend a Chanukah celebration Dec. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon, at the MetroWest Jewish Day School, 29 Upper Joclyn Ave., Framingham. Admission: $5/person, $18/family. Please bring a can of kosher soup to donate to the Family Table food bank. Reservations are requested by e-mailing email@example.com. For info, call (508) 620-5554 or visit www.mwjds.org.
"New Dimensions" Exhibit at PRAC "New Dimensions," an exhibit of 2- and 3-dimensional works by Randi Isaacson and Liz Harrison, will be on display Dec. 4 through Jan. 5 at Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough. For info, visit www.PostRoadArtCenter.com.
"Open Microphone" at Mulligan's Got Talent? Then share it during Mulligan's "Open Microphone," which will be hosted by blues guitarist JBB and friends from 5-7:30 p.m. on Sundays. All styles are welcome, including acoustic, blues, folk, alternative, country, Celtic and spoken word. Mulligan's is located on Route 30 at the Westborough Country Club. For info, call (508) 361-4111.
Wayside Inn Gallery Hosts Exhibit Marlborough photographer Edward Roche will exhibit his newest work at the Wayside Inn Gallery, Wayside Rd. in Sudbury, through Dec. 28. The work will be displayed on two floors, including the main lobby area of Longfellow's Wayside Inn and a special gallery space located above the gift shop. All photographs are available for sale, with 20 percent of all proceeds benefiting the non-profit mission of the Wayside Inn Historic Site. For more info, call (978) 443-1776 or visit www.wayside.org.
Anytime Fitness Toys for Tots Drive Anytime Fitness of Hudson and Northborough will again participate in its annual Toys-for-Tots membership drive. Through Dec. 15, local residents and members are encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys that will be distributed to the needy children of the community. The drop-off boxes are located at Anytime Fitness Northborough, 4 West Main St., and Anytime Fitness Hudson, 312 Main St. For more info, call Anytime Fitness at (508) 393-0724 or visit www.anytimenorthboro.com.
Westborough Woman's Club to "Keep the Heat On" The Westborough Woman's Club and Westborough schools recently announced a partnership to help with the town's fuel assistance program. "Keep The Heat On'' will involve community members of all ages collecting coins or making donations of any amount to the fuel assistance program in town. Fales Elementary and Mill Pond Intermediate Schools will have coin collection jars in their building for donations. Coins will be collected through Dec. 15. A donation may also be made by check, payable to the Friends of the Senior Center, P.O. Box 1072, Westborough, MA 01581. For info, call Judy at (508) 870- 1895.
Young at Heart Club 2009 Trips The Young at Heart Club has already planned some trips for 2009, including a three-day trip to Indianhead Resort in New Hampshire, March 11-13; a seven-day trip to Mackinac Island, MI, June 14-20; and a few day trips also. For more info, call Sue at (508) 476-3438. Deposits for the trips are now being accepted.
Mount Olivet Play Group A drop-in play group for children up to grade 1 (accompanied by a parent, guardian or caretaker) is held Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Prospect/Spring Sts., Shrewsbury. The free play group includes light refreshments, toys, games, music and arts & crafts. For info, call (508) 842- 2731 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BNI Meetings The local BNI Chapter in Westborough meets at noon every Wednesday at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. BNI is a non-profit business networking group.
Artist Guild of Shrewsbury Meetings The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury meetings are held the first Monday of each month (if a holiday, the meeting will be held the second Monday) at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Southgate, Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. Meetings are held September through May and new members are always welcome. Visit www.artistguildshrewsbury.com for more info.
ACONE Support Groups Adoption Community of New England (ACONE) offers monthly support groups for all those touched by adoption, including adult adopted persons, birth families, adoptive parents and those waiting to adopt. Groups are free of charge, but RSVP is requested. The meetings are held at ACONE, 45 Lyman St., #2, Westborough. For info, call (508) 366-6812, e-mail info@AdoptionCommunityofNE.org or visit www.AdoptionCommunityofNE.org.
Colonial Spirit Chorus Do you like to sing and dance? Are you looking for an educational experience that will stretch your mind and body while having fun? Join the Colonial Spirit Show Chorus each Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Newtown Road (off Route 27, Acton. For further info, call (978) 692-2270 or (978) 263-0562 or visit www.colonialspirit.org.
FUMC Agape Café Every Thursday evening, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the Agape Café at First United Methodist Church, 34 Felton St., Hudson. The doors to Lamson Hall open at 4 p.m. for coffee, tea, cribbage and visiting with friends or meeting new folks. A hearty three-course dinner is served from 5-6:30 p.m. and the menu varies weekly. Everyone is welcome, from young families to seniors and in-between. All meals are free and guests are encouraged to bring family and friends. For info, call (978) 562- 2932.
MWHS Adoption Hours The MetroWest Humane Society, 30 Pond St., Ashland, holds regular adoption hours Sundays, 1-4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Visit www.webpaws.com/mwhs or call (508) 375-3776 for info.
Women For Sobriety Self-Help Group Women For Sobriety, Inc announces a new self-help group for women with substance abuse issues. This group will practice the "New Life" Program that teaches women ways to cope with life's problems and live a life free from substances of abuse. Meetings are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden St., Worcester, weekly on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. Call Becky at (508) 853-3413 for info and to receive free program literature.
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.
Alcohol Dependence Counseling for Women The Couples Project for Women (CPW) offers free treatment for women with alcohol dependence that 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 more info, call AdCare Hospital of Worcester at 1-800-345-3552 extension 4043.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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