30 Friday Hudson High School Improv Troupe The Drama Department at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St., will present a live comedy show at 7 p.m. (also Jan. 31) by the student improvisational comedy group Sausages and Skittles. The shows, held in the Mini-Theater, are interactive as the troupe relies on audience participation for ideas, situations and even participation in certain games. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door. For further info, call (978) 567-6250 ext. 0131. Poetry and Prizes Head to Shrewsbury Library The Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., is proud to continue its series of successful poetry reading sessions at an open mic night for adults and teenagers. From 6-8 p.m. participants will be able to read their original works or favorite selections in an intimate, after-hours gathering. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be awarded. Those that do not feel like reading are still encouraged to attend and enjoy the evening's entertainment. Free of charge and open to all who are interested. For info, call (508) 842-0081. “Out of the Woods” Artist Reception The artist reception for “Out of the Woods,” works by local artist Karen Nunley, will be held 5-7 p.m. at ARTSWorcester’s Hanover Theatre Gallery in Worcester. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For info, visit www.artworcester.org or call (508) 755-5142. Stress Reduction Educational Conference The Partnership for a Heart Healthy, Stroke Free Massachusetts, a non-profit organization, invites the public to its third annual educational conference from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Entitled “Stress: The Forgotten Risk Factor,” the conference will raise awareness that excessive, sustained stress is an important risk factor for heart disease and other chronic diseases; and provide strategies for prevention. Registration, continental breakfast, and buffet lunch is $65 per person ($60 each, for three or more tickets purchased by the same organization). CEUs and CMEs provided. To register, or for more info, visit www.heartstrokema.org or call (508) 656-2081 Hudson Preschool Lottery Application Deadline The district is currently accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Preschool Lottery. Applications may be obtained at the Hudson Town Hall Clerk’s Office, Hudson Public Library, and the Hudson Public School Administration Building at 155 Apsley Street. Information is also available at the www.hudson.k12.ma.us. Completed applications must be mailed or dropped off at the Hudson Public School Administration Building no later than 4 p.m. on Jan. 30. The lottery will take place Feb. 5. For further info, contact Pam Patrone at (978) 567-6113 or ppatrone@hudsonk12.ma.us. Pizza Night at First Parish Church of Berlin First Parish Church of Berlin's famous homemade pizza will be served from 5-7 p.m. in the Meetinghouse. Three kinds will be offered: meat, veggie and plain (cheese), along with salad and a drink. Eat at the Meetinghouse ($6 per adult, or $20 for a family of 4 or more) or take out. Whole pizzas can be ordered, baked or ready-to-bake. Order ahead by calling (978) 838-2575 or (978) 838-2964. First Parish Church of Berlin is located at 16 Central St. 31 Saturday Kid’s Guide to Pets at Shrewsbury Public Library Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., will host A Kid’s Video Guide to Pets at 10 a.m. For ages 4 and up with a guardian, learn how to “Be Kind to Animals” and meet Willow and her trainer Nancy Gilbert. Registration in the Children’s Room is requested. Percussionist Eguie Castrillo at Hanover Theatre Mambo is back as Puerto Rican percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his orchestra reclaim the Palladium tradition at 8 p.m. at Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St. The intense 20-piece orchestra, full of energy and the excitement of Mambo and Cha-Cha-Cha, also pays homage to the original Mambo Kings, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito. Tickets are $20. For more info, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Southborough Fire Ball Tickets on Sale Tickets for the Southborough Fire Ball, to be held March 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, will be on sale from 8-11 a.m. at the Community House. Tickets are $100. For contributions, sponsorships or any additional info, visit www.southboroughfireball.org or contact Rebecca Waterfall at (508) 922-5777. Tickets will also be sold 8-11 a.m. Feb. 21. Ticket sales end Feb. 24.  Westborough Girl Scout Cookie Sale Cookies will be sold from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lyman Street Stop & Shop; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at CVS; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Otis Street Stop & Shop; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Roche Bros. Also Feb 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lyman Street Stop & Shop; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Otis Street Stop & Shop; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Roche Bros.; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lowe’s. Snowshoe at Cook's Canyon Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester, will sponsor a snowshoe trek at Cook’s Canyon from 1-3 p.m. Cook's Canyon is one of the older sanctuaries, previously home to Mass Audubon's Camp Wildwood. A walk will be held if there is no snow. The van leaves Broad Meadow Brook at 12 p.m., so reserve a spot upon registration. For ages 6 and older. For info or to register, call (508) 753.6087. Fee: $8 Mass Audubon adult members, $10 adult non-members, $5 Mass Audubon child members, $6 child non-members. 1 Sunday Super Bowl Square Party at the Riverview A Super Bowl Square Party will start at 6 p.m. at the Riverview, 13 Port St., Hudson. Each Square includes an invite for one person to watch Super Bowl 43 in HD on large screen; great food prepared by new chef Carlos Silva; one square per invite. For more info and squares, contact Mike Lyman at (978) 361-5207. “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. 2 Monday Artist Guild of Shrewsbury Workshop Artist Guild of Shrewsbury will hold a Members’ Workshop, starting at 7 p.m. at the Southgate Community Room, Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. Come with your materials to either began, develop or complete a new work. Get input, feedback and guidance from your fellow AGS artists. This is an opportunity to create a small work for submission to the March “Little Art Show.” A still-life and a model for a portrait will be set up for inspiration. New members are welcome. 4 Wednesday Democrats to Hold Caucus in Northborough Registered Democrats in Northborough will be holding a caucus at 299 West Main St. (Romaine’s), Northborough, at 5:45 p.m. During the caucus, 8 delegates and 3 alternates will be elected to the 2009 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Northborough. Kenny Roger 50th Anniversary Tour Hanover Theater, 570 Main St., Worcester, will host Kenny Rogers at 7:30 p.m. as part of his 50th anniversary tour. Singing all his greatest hits, including Lady, The Gambler, Through the Years, She Believes in Me, Buy Me A Rose and so many more, Kenny Rogers is celebrating his premiere engagement at The Hanover Theatre. Join him for a night to remember! Tickets are: $47-$67, $5 off each ticket for groups of 10-plus. For info, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Northborough DTC
Forum The Northborough Democratic Town Committee is hosting a forum on Transportation in Central Massachusetts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will be speaking on the state of the commuter rail and Central Massachusetts. The forum will be held at Romaine’s Wood Bar and Grill, 299 West Main St. Light refreshments will be served, cash bar available. All are welcome. 5 Thursday Auto Buying Seminar St. Mary’s Credit Union will host a free Auto Buying Seminar at 6 p.m. at its 1 Northboro Rd. location in Marlborough. Learn the best practices on how to buy a new or used vehicle, car buying language, buying vs. leasing, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call (508) 490-6742 or visit www.abettercreditunion.com. 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). The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Judge(s) will present a program on “How to Stage a Flower Show.” The guest fee is $3, and more info may be found at http://gardencentral.org/clubs/february. 6 Friday GFWC Annual Trivia Night Tickets are now available for the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club Fourth Annual Trivia Night Fund-raiser, to be held at Riverview-Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and trivia starts at 8 p.m. Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include light dinner, desserts and a cash bar. Tickets are available from any member or by e-mail request to tickets@marlboroughjuniors.org. For more info on the club, visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org. Hudson VFW Lobster Shoot The Hudson VFW Club, 3 Palmieri Dr., Hudson, will be hosting a Lobster Shoot starting at 7 p.m. The fund-raiser is in support of the 2009 Hudson Cooperstown Baseball team. 7 Saturday MEF Mystery Night MEF is presenting “The Boarding School Debacle,” a fund-raiser of a different kind. An adults’ night out interactive mystery party, it will be held 7:30-11 p.m. at the Employment Options Clubhouse, 82 Brigham St., Marlborough. Examine clues to discern the prime suspects, interview the characters and study evidence to discover motives and disprove alibis. The admission tickets of $25 include hors d¹oeuvres, dessert and soft drinks. Coupons for beer or wine at $5 each are available with ticket purchase. Each person on the winning team (up to 4) wins a prize! To order tickets, contact Valerie Cowan at (508) 481-0008 or vlcowan@comcast.net or Michelle Bodin-Hettinger at (508) 481-5722 or blam2@comcast.net. Hanover Theatre Presents “That'll Be The Day…50 Years Later” The Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester, will present “That’ll Be the Day…50 Years Later” at 8 p.m. On Feb. 3, 1959, the plane carrying Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper & Ritchie Valens went down. Now, 50 years later, their last show is re-created as the music lives on with the dynamic Scott Walker as Big Bopper; Ernie Valens; and Brian Best as Buddy. Ticket prices: $29.50 – $44; 10% discount for group of 15 or more. Visit www.thehanovertheatre.org for more info. Northborough Friends Chocolate Spectacular The 5th Annual Chocolate Spectacular will be presented by the Friends of Northborough Senior Center from 4-6 p.m. at Whitney Place, 238 West Main St., Northborough. This fun event will offer wine, a silent auction, and door prizes. “Take out” boxes of chocolate goodies will be available for $5. Cost is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Northborough Senior Center, 1 Centre Dr. Snow date: Feb. 8. Homemade Wine, Ethnic Appetizer Tasting The Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson, will be hosting a Homemade Wine and Ethnic Appetizer Tasting from 7-9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 a.m.-midnight. Wines will be presented anonymously and those interested in being a contestant may contact Luisa Fontes at (978) 618-3155 or Luisa-Fontes@hotmail.com. Everyone over 21 is welcome to attend. Call (978) 567-1929 or visit www.hudsonportugueseclub.org for more info. Hastings Annual Winter Festival. The Hastings Parent Group of Westborough will be holding its 2nd Annual Winter Festival from 5-8 p.m. Entertainment will include "Flippo The Clown & Magic Show," "The Smith Family Band” (Hastings Alumni Band), Jon Z. Bowser and Karaoke. There will be fun for all ages, including games, arts and crafts, basket raffle and silent auction. Pizza, salad, drinks and baked goods will be available. Tickets will be available at the door: $5/person, $20 max per family (under 3 free). 8 Sunday “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. Upcoming 7th Annual Worcester Wine & Food Festival Enjoy gourmet foods provided by some of the finest local restaurants, fine wines from around the world, and a silent auction – all to benefit the children's scholarship fund at the Worcester JCC. The Feb. 9 event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester. Masks and costumes are encouraged. Ticket prices are $45 and available at the Hanover Theatre and Austin Liquors. Visit www.thehanovertheatre.org or call the Worcester JCC at (508) 756-7109 for info. Northborough Woman’s Club Valentine Luncheon The Northborough Woman’s Club will hold its Valentine luncheon Feb. 10 at American Legion Post 234, 402 West Main St., Northborough. Members are asked to bring an item – an art object or craft handmade or purchased during a trip – to briefly explain. HCAN to Show, Discuss “The 11th Hour” On Feb. 12, the Hudson Climate Action Network will show and discuss the movie “The 11th Hour” from 7-9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Hudson/Marlboro, 80 Main St. (corner of Main and Church streets), Hudson. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Free, with donations accepted. Drop-ins from any community are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.hudsoncan.org. Mothers and More Meeting The Assabet Valley Chapter of Mothers and More will meet Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., at Whitney Place, 238 West Main St., Northborough. Program: "Twenty Things To Do With Your Kids Before They Are Grown." Join Mothers and More as they explore 20 things you can do to make wonderful memories for your children. All mothers are welcome. Mothers and More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. For more info, visit www.mothersandmoreassabetvalley.org. ARC Valentine Day Dance A Valentine Day Dance will be held Feb. 14, at the Moose Lodge, 67 Fitchburg St., Marlborough, featuring music by DJ Rockin' Ronnie. The annual event, sponsored by the Addiction Referral Center (ARC), begins at 6:30 p.m. A sumptuous buffet, coffe
e and dessert will be served. Tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased at the ARC, 33 Main St., or at the door. There is no charge for children under 12, accompanied by a parent. The evening’s highlight will be the drawing for a raffle featuring dinner for two at Kennedy's Pub, an overnight stay at the Royal Plaza Hotel, including breakfast at Zachary's. WPL Hosts “Stories from Snowy Lands” Join the fun as Sparky’s Puppets performs “Stories from Snowy Lands” Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., at the Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St. Watch Jack Frost’s magic bring a snowman to life; find out what happens when a boastful bear goes ice fishing; and laugh at the antics of three pesky goblins as they visit a toymaker’s shop. The performance is free and open to all. For info, call (508) 366-3050. Northborough Art Guild Monthly Meeting The Northborough Art Guild will meet Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main St. Evening includes an oil painting demo by Bob Duffy, recipient of the Sara parker Award and C.F.O. Orvis Sporting Award, among others. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. The Kerry Boys Celtic Trio Enjoy the Kerry Boys, a Celtic Trio, in a delightful concert of traditional Irish tunes and original acoustic music Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St. Free parking and easy wheelchair accessibility. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors ($10 and $7 in advance). To order, call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646 or visit www.upwitharts.org. Refreshments will be available during intermission. Snow date: March 1 at 3:30 p.m. Fund-Raising Concert for Habitat for Humanity A concert featuring activist-singer Holly Near and benefiting Habitat for Humanity will be held Feb. 27 at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, downtown Hudson. A pre-concert talk by Near will start at 7:15 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 (in advance only) for the pre-concert talk and the concert together;  $25 (in advance only) for the concert alone, and $30 at the door for the concert alone. Tickets may be reserved by mailing a check payable to UCMH to P.O. Box 176, Hudson. All tickets are general seating. For more info, visit www.ucmh.org, e-mail administrator@ucmh.org or call (978) 562-9180. Southborough Fire Ball Tickets are now on sale for the Southborough Fire Ball to be held March 7, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. The evening will be filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and dancing to the music of Outta Commission. The evening also includes a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds of the Fire Ball will go directly towards the purchase of a new aerial ladder truck for the Southborough Fire Department. For tickets ($100), contributions, sponsorships or more info, visit www.southboroughfireball.org or contact Rebecca Waterfall at (508) 922-5777. Tickets will also be sold at the Southborough Community House Feb. 21 from 8-11 a.m. Ticket sales end Feb. 24. College Tuition Seminar Join Tom Higgins, Certified Financial Planner, College Planning Specialist and author of “Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement” March 10, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Woodward School in Southborough, for a college tuition seminar. Tuition has risen at twice the national inflation rate and many parents are forced to sacrifice their own retirement savings to make college a reality. This can be prevented with the proper understanding of the college funding process. Cost: $7/pp. Register at www.southboroughtown.com/recreation/recreation.htm or at 21 Highland St. For info, call the Southborough Recreation Department at (508) 229-4452. Fourth Annual Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival Celebrate creativity at Grafton's Fine Arts and Music Festival March 27 – 29 at the Grafton Municipal Center. In its fourth year, the Festival showcases artwork created by adults, teenagers and children from throughout the Blackstone Valley and Central Mass. Enjoy music throughout the weekend, as well as free workshops, with paid admission. For more info, visit www.graftonartsfestival.org. Ongoing “Out of the Woods” Exhibition “Out of the Woods,” works by local artist Karen Nunley, will be on display through March 27 at ARTSWorcester’s Hanover Theatre Gallery in Worcester. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For info, visit www.artworcester.org or call (508) 755-5142. Knitting For Those in Need Join the First United Methodist Church of Hudson’s prayer shawl group for some relaxing and pleasant times while doing something to help those who need it. It is open to all crocheters and knitters from beginners to advanced, and participants will make shawls, lap robes, baby caps for the hospital, mittens and scarves to give away whenever or wherever a need arises. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 2-4 p.m. For details, call Becky Berube at (978) 562-1849 or Laurie Brown at (978) 568-9931. Hudson Park/Recreation Summer Applications The Hudson Park Commission/Division of Recreation is now accepting applications for summer 2009 seasonal employment. Applications are available at the Recreation Office, Town Hall, 78 Main St., or at www.townofhudson.org (on Recreation page). The deadline for submitting applications is April 3. For more info, call (978) 568-9642 Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Westborough Girl Scouts Seek GS Books, Supplies The leaders of the Westborough Girl Scout troops are forming a lending library available to girl and adult members in town. If you have any materials that may qualify, please contact Judy Wilchynski at (508) 870-1895. The service unit is looking for handbooks, leader's guidebooks, game and song books, camping information books, and other relevant literature. Westborough Little League Spring Registration Westborough Little League Baseball and Softball registrations are now open for the 2009 Spring Season! Families can register by accessing the on-line registration system on the Little League website at www.westborolittleleague.org. MWHS Cat Adoption Hours MetroWest Humane Society, 30 Pond St., Ashland, holds adoption hours Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:30-8 p.m. Donations of canned and dry cat and kitten food are welcome. For info on MWHS, visit www.webpaws.com/mwhs or call (508) 375-3776. Car Raffle to Benefit Sudbury Habitat Project Habitat for Humanity – MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH-MWGW) is raffling a brand new Volvo S40 2.4i sedan as a fund-raiser to benefit the Sudbury Habitat Project. Raffle tickets are $100 each, or six for $500, and a maximum 1,000 tickets will be sold. The raffle drawing will be held April 4, 2009, as part of Sudbury Day festivities. Raffle tickets are available through the Habitat for Humanity office at (508) 799-9249 or office@gwhfh.org. For info about Habitat for Humanity – MetroWest/Greater Worcester, visit www.gwhfh.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 op
en 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. “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. 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. Lady’s Night at Riverview Lounge Thursdays are Lady’s Night at the Riverview Lounge, 13 Port St., Hudson. Includes music with DJ Nilton. For more info, visit www.hudsonportugueseclub.org or call (978) 568-0561. 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 office_mtolivet@townisp.com. 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. 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 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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