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27 Friday Grafton Inn Presents Jazz Musician James Montgomery The Grafton Inn, 25 Grafton Common, will be presenting The James Montgomery Blues Band with special guest J. Geils starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. For more info, call (508) 839-5931 80s Party at the Riverview Lounge The Riverview Lounge at Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson, will be holding an 80s Party, starting at 8 p.m. and featuring an 80s soundtrack by DJ Nilton. Visit www.hudsonportugueseclub.org or call (978) 567-1929 for info. The Kerry Boys Celtic Trio Enjoy the Kerry Boys, a Celtic Trio, in a delightful concert of traditional Irish tunes and original acoustic music 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. Social Media 101 Seminar Registration Deadline Deadline to register for Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce’s lively introductory “Social Media 101” Seminar (to be held March 3, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Chamber Conference Room at 11 Florence St., Marlborough). The seminar will give you a basic understanding of how to use these tools, why to use such tools as Face Book, YouTube, etc. and how to effectively manage your brand online. Register early as seating is limited. Cost for Chamber members is $49 and $65 for prospective chamber members. To register or for info, visit www.marlboroughchamber.org or call (508) 485-7746. Northborough, Westborough Blood Drives American Red Cross blood drives will be held from 1-7 p.m. at Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Westboro Tennis & Swim Club, 35 Chauncy St. All donors will be entered in a drawing to win $200 toward their home heating costs, as well as receive a free pass for Coco Keys Water Resort in Fitchburg. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. For info or an appointment, call (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. Harvest Café Hosts Howie Newman Comedic singer-songwriter Howie Newman will be performing free (no cover) from 8-10 p.m. at Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. A unique performing songwriter who combines music and comedy, Newman’s songs embrace quirky topics like cell phones, the weather, interstellar garbage collection and baseball. For more info, call Harvest Café at (978) 567-0948 or visit www.harvestcafeonline.com. Fund-Raising Concert for Habitat for Humanity A concert featuring activist-singer Holly Near and benefiting Habitat for Humanity will be held 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. 28 Saturday Saturday Morning Discovery Series Kicks Off Nationally-recognized and award-winning performer Casey Carle brings his bubblemaking show to Marlborough at 11 a.m., as the popular Saturday Morning Discovery Series begins its new season. “BubbleMania! Comedy…With a Drip!” will be in the wheelchair-accessible Johnson Auditorium, located on the 3rd floor of the Walker Building, 255 Main St., Marlborough. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. Tatnuck Author Event – Kent Anderson Join Kent Anderson from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, as he discusses and signs his new book, “Spam & Eggs, A Johnny Denovo Mystery.” A local resident, Anderson writes under the pen name Andrew Kent. For info, visit www.tatnuck.com. Beginning Genealogy Program at WPL The Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, in conjunction with the Westborough Public Library, will present s free Beginning Genealogy Program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. An informal Q&A session will be held during the bring-your-own brown bag lunch. To register or for info, call WPL at (508) 366-3050. The Baha'is of Greater Marlborough Prayer Gathering The Baha'is of Greater Marlborough will hold a prayer gathering 2-4 p.m. at First Church in Marlborough United Church of Christ (Congregational), 37 High St. (corner of Bolton Street), Marlborough, to express their concern and support for the seven members of their religion imprisoned in Iran and awaiting trial. The public is invited to attend. Shrewsbury Youth & Family Gala The public is invited to the 5th Annual Gala for Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) from 5:30-11 p.m. at St. John’s High School. The evening includes a cocktail reception with live music and silent auction, a gourmet dinner by award-winning Struck Catering, keynote speaker and author Lynn Donohue, awards presentations, and a live grand drawing. Tickets ($75, tax deductible) can be purchased by calling (508) 845-6932 or visiting the SYFS office, 240 Maple Ave. For more info, visit www.syfs.cfsites.org Live Music Series – Clayton Willoughby Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, continues its live music series with Clayton Willoughby starting at 6:30 p.m. Clayton Willoughby is a "musical time capsule" who through his interpretation of the Tin Pan Alley songs, will take you on a wondrous journey through this rich musical heritage. His performances are reminiscent of old-time Vaudeville and a time when melody was king. Admission is free and all are welcome. Beth Tikvah Synagogue Trivia Night Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., Westborough, invites the community to a Trivia Night from 7:30-10 p.m. The event will be lead by a professional Trivia Jockey and there will be prizes, refreshments and fun for all. Come alone or with a team. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more info and to register, contact Laura at bethtikvahmarketing@gmail.com or (508) 835-8187 or visit www.bethtikvahsynagogue.org. Storytime for Children with Special Needs Join Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., from 10-11 a.m., for a program that emphasizes stories and music especially designed for children with special needs and their families. Sign language will be incorporated into this program, which is intended for children of all ages and their caregivers. No registration required. For more info, contact the Children’s Department at (508) 624-6902. Recycling 101 Program for Westborough Community If you wanted to know why you should recycle and get some tips on how to make recycling easier then plan on attending Recycling 101 at 1 p.m. (adults) and 2:30 p.m. (ages 5-12) at Evangelical Congregational Church. Leah Garber, Westborough Girl Scout, is leading the program and the seminars will teach you about the importance of recycling and the benefits that it has on yourself and the community. Pre-registration is requested for the children's program. To register, cal
l (508) 870-1895. Both seminars are free to the community and attendees will receive informational fliers and handouts. FUMC Hudson Community Supper Treat yourself to a nice home cooked dinner from 5-7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 34 Felton St., Hudson, with all-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad, garlic bread and scrumptious desserts. The dinner is free to all, with donations accepted to help fund the mission of the church. Diabetes Activities Day and Fund-Raiser The Casasanto Family and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center will host a Diabetes Activities Day and Fund-Raiser at Clinton Elks Lodge, 128 School St., Clinton, to support the educational material for families of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The daytime event, from 12-3 p.m., includes kid’s activities and performances; while evening event, from 7-11 p.m., features a buffet dinner, dancing, raffles and guest speaker. For more info, contact Lois Pellerin at (978) 235-6841 or pellerin4@verizon.net. 1 Sunday Free Seminar for College-bound Students Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, will host a free seminar for college-bound students from 5-6 p.m. “The Role of Writing in the College Process” will be led by a veteran writer who’s a former English Chair, AP and SAT instructor, and admissions essay evaluator. The session will also give suggestions for improving performance on both the SAT Verbal & Writing sections. For more info, call (508) 269-4245 or visit www.educationaldirection.com. Tatnuck Author Event – Ellen Greene Join author Ellen Greene from 1-3 p.m. as she discusses and signs her new book, “Remember the Sweet Things,” at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough. Visit www.tatnuck.com for more info. Wayside Racquet and Swim Spin For Hope Wayside Racquet and Swim, 80 Broadmeadow St., Marlborough, will host the 5th annual American Cancer Society’s Spin For Hope from 9 a.m.-noon. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, which provides funding for cancer research, advocacy and patient services to those in need. All donations are tax deductible. To participate, call (508) 481-1797 or e-mail Nia Peltekis Benoit at niap99@aol.com. Troop 100 Pancake Breakfast  Westborough’s Boy Scout Troop 100 will hold its 31st Annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St., Westborough. The breakfast menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, along with orange juice and coffee. Tickets (available at the door) are $5 per person, $4 per person for families of four or more, and $3 for seniors. Westboro Tennis & Swim Spin For Hope Westboro Tennis & Swim, 35 Chauncy St., Westborough, will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Spin For Hope from 9 a.m.-noon. Registration fee is $25 and  prizes will be awarded to top fund-raising individuals. You can also support the event by donating to your favorite cyclist or team, volunteering your service on the day of or prior to the event, or by becoming an event sponsor. For more info, call (508) 366-1222 pr visit  www.westborotennisandswimclub.com. Marlborough Youth Baseball and Girls Softball Evaluations Marlborough Youth Baseball and Girls Softball will be holding evaluations at the Marlborough High School gym. Girls Softball evaluations from 9 a.m.-noon are for ages 10-12 that are moving up to minors or new to the league, and girls ages 13 moving up to majors are required to attend. Limited openings for new girls ages 13-15 are available at this time. For youth baseball, all 8-year-olds without an older sibling in the league are required to attend. Any children ages 8-12 new to the league or who have never attended an evaluation in the past are also required to attend. Evaluations for baseball will be 12-3 p.m. Bring a glove and wear sneakers and comfortable clothing. For info, call (508) 624-0499 or e-mail Callahan28@aol.com. WPL Celebrates Women’s History Month In celebration of Women’s History Month, Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St., will present “Follow the Cannon: A Reading of Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters” at 2 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For info, call (508) 366-3050. “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 Church of the Nativity Service of Healing A service of healing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough. The service includes worship, singing and prayers for healing. Private prayers with the church’s healing teams will be available afterwards. For info, call (508) 393-3146. Artist Guild of Shrewsbury Meeting Artist Guild of Shrewsbury will host Kathy Cooper, an award-winning artist, as she presents "Painting Exciting Roses in Oils" at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Southgate Community Room, Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. Free to members, $10 for non-members (fee can be applied to a membership!) New members are welcome. 3 Tuesday Marlborough Hospital Community Education Class As part of its Spring 2009 Community Education Classes, Marlborough Hospital will present “Understanding Menopause” from 7-8:30 p.m. at its Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union St. An obstetrician/gynecologist will discuss what is new with hormone replacement therapy, alternative treatments of menopause symptoms, osteoporosis and sexual dysfunction. Learn what you can do to make this natural event, which all women experience, less difficult. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For info, call (508) 486-5805. GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club Meeting The next meeting of the GFWC Marlborough Junior Woman's Club will start at 7 p.m. at a local restaurant. The March meeting will include the annual "Brown Bag Auction" and dinner. MJWC is always looking for new members who live or work in Marlborough, Hudson, or surrounding communities to get involved in its many community service projects. Those who are interested in attending or learning more can e-mail join@marlboroughjuniors.org or visit www.marlboroughjuniors.org. 4 Wednesday Westborough Music Parents Association Meeting The Westborough Music Parents Association (WMPA) will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Westborough High School library, West Main Street. Parents of music students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend to hear about programs underway, plan new ones and help support the award-winning work of students and faculty. For more info on meetings or WMPA, contact Leslie Drohan at LBDrohan@verizon.net or Brenda Nikas-Hayes at haynik@verizon.net Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival Join the Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) when they host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Fine Arts Theatre, 19 Summer St. (Route 62), Maynard. Wild & Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films that tell a story about our planet, highlighting issues, providing solutions and giving a call to action. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the films begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. For info or advance tickets, visit www.assabetriver.org, call (978) 369-3956 or e-mail oar@assabetriver.org. 5 Thursday Post Road Art Center Open Show 2009 Reception The Post Road Art Center, 1 Boston Post Rd. East in Marlborough, will hold the opening reception of Open Show 2009 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Elizabeth Geller, head of the corporate program at DeCordova Museum, will be judging the show. Open Show 2009 will be on view through March 28. For info, visit www.postroadartcenter.com. Hudson Blood Drive Hudson Catholic High School, 198 Main St., Hudson, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 12-6 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome. For info or an appointment, visit www.givelife.org or call (800) 448-3543. Annual Group Photography Exhibit to Open Anyone interested in viewing the recent work of area photographers, as well as meeting local visual artists, is invited to attend the opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. of the 2009 Photography Exhibit sponsored by the Hudson Area Arts Alliance and the Assabet Valley Camera Club. The reception will be held at the Citizens Bank, 17 Pope St., Hudson. Admission is free. The group exhibit is on display through March 27. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. Early Spring Migration in Massachusetts March is an exciting transition month for birds and this class sponsored by Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary will focus on and visit four unique birding hot spots across the state. Classes will be held Thursday evenings with field trips on the weekends. A mid-advanced level course, students must have excellent binoculars, a spotting scope and a PC with Internet connection. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Fee: $100 Mass Audubon adult members, $120 adult non-members. 6 Friday Cathy’s Crew MS Fund-Raiser Cathy’s Crew will be hosting its 3rd annual fund-raiser for the Central New England MS Society, “Dancing and Singing for Multiple Sclerosis,” from 7 p.m.-midnight, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Route 20 in Marlborough. A DJ, refreshments, cash bar, raffle, live auction and karaoke will highlight the evening. All are welcome. Tickets are $20 and available at Lowe’s Market in Northborough. For more info, contact Cathy at (508) 963-7929 or shamrock4@charter.net. “Bye Bye Birdie” Production Westborough High School’s Fine Arts Department and Center Stage Theater group is gearing up for their production of “Bye Bye Birdie” at 7:30 p.m. Also March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. The timeless story of Albert Peterson, Rose Alvarez, Kim MacAfee and Conrad Birdie comes to Westborough High School Stage. Enjoy a fun-filled time as you take a trip back to a time where rock ’n’ roll music and sharing “One Last Kiss” was all we had to worry about. Tickets are available for $10. For reservations, call (508) 836-7716. Shrewsbury Women’s Club Meeting The March meeting of the Shrewsbury women’s Club starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Congregation Church, Church Road, Shrewsbury. After the luncheon and business meeting, a “mystery auction” will be held. Members should bring items valued $5-$10 and remember food items for distribution at St. Anne’s. Crackers and cookies are needed. Why Me’s “Ceili for the Kids” Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day a little early this year and join Why Me for “Ceili for the Kids,” an elegant evening of traditional Irish music and dancing to benefit local children with cancer and their families at the Hogan Center Ballroom, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester. Individual tickets are $40 per person and $350 for a table of 10. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with buffet dinner to follow. For tickets, call the Why Me office at (508) 757-7734 or purchase online at www.whyme.org. 7 Saturday Pastel Painting Workshop at HPL The Hudson Public Library, 3 Washington St. at Wood Square, will host award-winning artist Gregory John Maichack from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for “Monet’s Magic Garden: How to Pastel Paint as Impressionists,” a pastel painting workshop designed for both sheer beginners to advanced participants. Seats may fill quickly, so please call (978) 568-9644 to pre-register for this class. If you like, bring a photo/image to work from. All supplies provided. A $10 registration fee is required to help offset the cost of the event. Westborough Siloam “Snowbound” Yard Sale Siloam Lodge of Masons in Westborough, 12 Church St., will be holding its 8th annual “Snowbound” Yard Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with items ranging from kitchen utensils to furniture. Delicious hot, homemade popcorn, chili and beef stew will also be on sale. “The Maiden Heist” Benefit Screening The Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester, will host a benefit screening of “The Maiden Heist” starting at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception, followed by the screening at 7:30 p.m. and a party at the Worcester Art Museum. Tickets can only be purchased by calling (877) 571-7469 or visiting www.thehanovertheatre.org. Cost: $200pp VIP reception, film screening, after party; $75pp film screening with seating in the orchestra, after party; or $30pp film screening with balcony seating. Chuck and Mud Free Concert The Saturday Morning Discovery Series presents original folk music by Chuck and Mud, a talented husband and wife duo, starting at 11 a.m. in the Walker Building, 255 Main St., Marlborough. The concert is free and the public is welcome. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646. Mass Audubon's 17th Annual Birders Meeting Held from 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at Worcester Technical High School, this year's Birders Meeting offers anyone with an interest in birds the opportunity to learn more about the rich resources that comprise the National Wildlife Refuge System. For more info, to view the program schedule or to register, call Linda Cocca at (781) 259-2150 or visit http://massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting. Cost: $48 Mass Audubon members ($58 after March 1), $55 non-members ($65 after March 1). St. Matthias Parish Hosts Speaker Series St. Matthias Parish, located at 409 Hemenway St. in Marlborough, begins its “Being Catholic in a Chaotic World” speaker series from 5-7:30 p.m. with “Catholic Social Teaching: Our Guide to Building a Better World.” Tickets are $10 each (including all refreshments) and will be available at the door. Free for children and teens, with complimentary childcare available. For more info, call the parish office at (508) 460-9255. 8 Sunday Stories and Songs with Tom Seston At 11 a.m., Peaslee School, 31 Maple St, Northborough, will host entertainer Tom Seston of “From Page to Play.” Seston will delight the audience with original stories and songs for children of all ages. Tickets available at the door, $5 per child and adults free, non-perishable food donations for the food pantry accepted. Bake sale items also available for sale at the event. For info, e-mail northboroughnewcomers@yahoo.com. Stress Management Workshop To learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques, come to a free workshop from 1-3 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson. To register for the free workshop, e-mail administrator@ucmh.org or call the church
office at (978) 562-9180. The public is also invited to the morning’s worship service at 10:30 a.m. when Dr. Reeves will explore the impact of stress on our spiritual wellbeing and discover spiritual tools for reducing stress in our lives. Following the service, all are welcome to stay for a potluck luncheon which precedes the afternoon workshop.  “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. Purim Carnival at Temple Beth Am Join the fun as Temple Beth Am of Framingham celebrates Purim with its annual carnival 1-3 p.m. in the Temple social hall, 300 Pleasant St. Includes games for all ages, caricatures, face painting, make-your-own sundaes, prizes, great food and much more. The event is open to the entire community. For additional info, visit www.tempbetham.org or contact the office at (508) 872-8300 or shalom@tempbetham.org. Upcoming MPL Open Art Studio Join area art enthusiasts March 9, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., in an open and supportive creative atmosphere designed to help you find your inner artist. Participants must bring their own art supplies and projects.  Artists of all skill and ability welcome. No registration is required to attend this program. For more info, contact Sal Genovese at (508) 624-6901. Friends MPL Young People’s Concert Auditions The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library is pleased to announce the “12th Anick Annual Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert.” Auditions to be held March 14, from 9:30-12:30, in the Marlborough Public Library’s Bigelow Auditorium, 35 West Main St. This is a competition open to high school age instrumentalists in the greater Marlborough area. Applications (due no later than March 9) are available from your music director or from Leslie Havens at (617) 524-3775 or quintbrass@earthlink.net.  Century 21 Commonwealth Free Buyer Seminar Century 21 Commonwealth will be holding a free First Time Buyer Seminar March 10, beginning at 6:45 p.m., in the conference room of their 33 Lyman St., Westborough office. All those attending will be entered into a drawing for a free month’s mortgage or rent payment being offered by Century 21 Commonwealth. They will also become eligible for a grand prize of $21,000 being offered by Century 21 for anyone purchasing a home by June 30. Bacon’s Wine & Spirits Saranac Beer and Food Matching Bacon’s Wine & Spirits of Northborough will sponsor a Saranac Beer and Food Matching March 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Harvest Café in Hudson. Find out how a well-crafted beer pairs with food. Cost is $40 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations or info, call (978) 567-0948. Penn State Glee Club at ECC Westborough The Penn State University Glee Club will make its only Boston appearance March 10, before heading for a national competition. The concert, hosted by the music committee of the Evangelical Congregational Church, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. A variety of music from church hymns and liturgy to Polynesian music will be included. Tickets are $7 per person and available at the door. ECC is located at the corner of West Main/Church streets, Westborough, and is handicapped accessible from the Church Street side entrance. 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. Heart Screening Registration Deadline The Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is working with Marlborough Public Schools and HeartScreen America to make heart screenings available to all students for the 2nd annual event. Screenings will take place at Marlborough High School March 12 from 4-8 p.m. Cost is $49. The registration deadline is March 10 and can be done by calling (866) 722-8008 or visiting www.HeartScreenAmerica.com. No walk-in appointments will be accepted. Friends MPL Annual Ezra Cutting Trust Fund Concert The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will present the Annual Ezra Cutting Trust Fund Concert – the second concert of the 2008-2009 Yacyshyn Concert Series – March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium of Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. The event will feature the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble with Bonnie Cochran, flutist; Piper Runnion-Bareford, harpist; Kate Marsch, cellist, Peter Cama-Lekx, violinist and Mellisa Bull, violinist. The public is invited and admission is free. For further info, call (413) 648-9663 or e-mail rajohnson36@verizon.net. League of Women Voters Award Dinner The League of Women Voters will honor Paul Guzzi, Greater Boston Chamber President & CEO, with its Guardian of Democracy Award March 12 at Marriott Copley Plaza in Boston. Tickets are $150 (half of which is tax deductible) and may be ordered by calling the League of Women Voters at (617) 523-2999 or e-mailing lwvma@lwvma.org. Mothers and More Open House The Assabet Valley Chapter of Mothers and More will be holding a “Recharging Your Batteries” Open House March 12, at 7 p.m., at Whitney Place, 238 West Main St., Northborough. Join other area mothers for a lively evening out of the house while learning that “recharging your own battery” is actually a gift to your loved ones. Mothers and More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers. For more info, visit www.mothersandmoreassabetvalley.org. Everywhere a Rhythm at MPL March 13, from 10-11 a.m., join Kristen Arnold and the Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., in an exploration of the world of rhythm through stories, songs, and movement. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and registration is required.  Contact the Children’s Department at (508) 624-6902 to register or for more info. The Soul Band at Hanover Theatre The Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester, will present the Soul Band March 13, at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a fantastic evening of soul music featuring the Soul Band with Tim Pike and special guest Grammy nominated blues legend James Montgomery. Tickets: $29-$47 (limited VIP tickets available). For more info, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Saturday Morning Discovery Series  The Saturday Morning Discovery Series continues March 14, at 11 a.m., with an enchanting puppet show about fairness and goodness by Deborah Costine, co-founder of the award-winning Gerwick Puppets. The show will be held at the Walker Building, 255 Main St., Marlborough, and is appropriate for ages 3 and up. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the Arts Alliance at (978) 562-1646. Tatnuck
Bookseller Author Event Join Donna Mirsky Bennett March 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, as she discusses and signs her new book, “Petey and the Mean Pirates.” Find out how Petey ends up the hero in this fun pirate story complete with hungry sharks and even an ice cream social. For info, visit www.tatnuck.com. SEF St. Patrick’s Day Benefit The public is cordially invited to a March 14 St. Patrick’s Day benefit sponsored by the Shrewsbury Education Foundation. The event will be held 7 p.m.-midnight at Maronis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. “Tension,” Shrewsbury’s own classic rock band, will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $15 per person. For more info, contact Clint Mills at (508) 842-8689 or Susanna Perkins at (508) 842-0768. “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” The Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester, will present “A St. Patrick’s Day Sojourn” concert March 15 at 5 p.m. Each year, WGBH's Brian O'Donovan puts together a compendium of some of the best singers, musicians and dancers from around the world, including Maura O'Connell and the Lóchrann ensemble, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. Tickets are $20-$48. For info or tickets, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Bacon’s Wine & Spirits Sebastiani Wine Dinner Bacon’s Wine and Spirits of Northborough will be sponsoring a Sebastiani Wine Dinner March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Bullfinch’s in Sudbury. Donna Hutchinson of Sebastiani Vineyards will present five wines paired with Chef Scott’s culinary creations. Cost is $50 per person, excluding tax and tip. For info or reservations, call (978) 443-4094. MPL Hosts Sparky’s Puppets Celebrate the spring as Sparky’s Puppets perform “How Does Your Garden Grow?” March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. Watch Bre’r Rabbit sneak into the vegetable garden, see the Little Red Hen raise a crop of wheat and find out what happens when a pesky goblin tries to outsmart a hard-working farmer. No registration is required to attend this program. For info, contact the Children’s Department at (508) 624-6902. Easy Composting for Healthy Landscapes Learn how to reduce household waste by as much as half and create healthy soil by making and using compost, as well as receive materials you can use to promote home composting in your community. Sponsored by Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, the free March 17 program runs from 7-9 p.m. and is for ages 16 and older. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Shrewsbury Senior Center St. Patrick’s Day Event Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave., will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the Trinity Big Band March 17, at 1 p.m. The 16 seniors who play in the band, under the direction of Lee Bartlett, will help everyone bring out the Irish in them while also saying good-bye to winter. Come and join in an afternoon of musical entertainment, refreshments, fun and friendship. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Shrewsbury Senior Center, Inc. Friends MPL 2nd Program of the 2009 Author/Celebrity Series The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will be presenting the second of four programs in the “MetroWest Daily News/Marlborough Enterprise 2009 McConnell Author/Celebrity Series No. 26” March 18, at 12 p.m., in the Bigelow Auditorium, Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St. Featured guest speaker will be Mary Richardson, co-anchor of Boston’s WCVB-TV Channel 5 award winning “Chronicle.”  Admission is free and the public is invited. For more info, contact Ray Johnson at (413) 648-9663 or rajohnson36@verizon.net. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake The Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester, will present Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake March 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$50 (10% discount for groups of 10 or more). For info or tickets, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Create a Fun Family-friendly Seder March 19, from 7-8:30 p.m., join together with other adults to learn creative ways to make your Passover Seder family-friendly. The interactive workshop will be held at Whimsy’s, 686 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Free, but please RSVP to Dianne Wolpert at (508) 879-3300 or dwolpert@jccgb.org. Sponsored by the Jewish Family Network. Murder Mystery/Dinner Theater The River’s Edge Players will hold a murder mystery/dinner theater March 20 at Riverview – Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St., Hudson and March 28 at the newly-renovated Holiday Inn, 265 Lakeside Ave., Marlborough. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a three-course meal and a very original show. Tickets are only $45. For more info, visit www.upwitharts.org or call (978) 562-1646. The Hanover Theatre Presents the Capitol Steps The Capitol Steps, which began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, will be performing March 20, at 8 p.m., at the Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester. Tickets are $37.50-$47.50. For more info, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. “Russian Choral Treasures” Concert March 21, at 8 p.m., “Russian Choral Treasures,” a concert with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Master Singers of Worcester, and Alden Voices and orchestra of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will be held at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St., Northborough. The concert includes some of the best Russian choral literature, such as Stravinsky’s renowned Symphony of Psalms and Gretchaninoff’s cantata Kvalite Boga. Tickets: $20 general, $18 senior/student. For info or tickets, visit www.mswma.org or call (508) 842-1349. Is Anybody Out There? – Early Spring Bird Walk at Burncoat Pond The woods and wetlands are coming alive with migrating birds resting just a bit on their long journey north. Walk the Burncoat Pond trails March 21, from 8-10 a.m., with Alex Dunn to seek out early spring migrants. Meet at the end of Polar Spring Road, located at the Leicester/Spencer town line, adjacent to the Spencer Country Inn. Fee: $6 Mass Audubon adult members, $8 adult non-members. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Sponsored by Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Chuck & Mud 30th Musical Anniversary Join Chuck & Mud March 21, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., as they celebrate their 30th musical anniversary at the Hanover Theatre, 570 Main St., Worcester. Tickets: $10 matinee and $25-$35 evening. For more info, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org. Southboro Medical Group Open Houses OB/GYN and Pediatrics Open Houses will be held by Southboro Medical March 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 24 Lyman St., Suite 280, Westborough and April 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at 24 Newton St., Southborough. Meet and greet the doctors while enjoying refreshments and listening to the physicians discuss various topics from nutrition through birth to adolescence, Gardasil and more. Raffles will also be held. For more info, visit www.southboromedical.com. Robert Pozen to Deliver Abdella Center for Ethics Lecture Chairman of Boston-based MFS Investment Management Robert C. Pozen will deliver the 6th Annual Abdella Center for Ethics lecture at Saint John’s High School March 23 at 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in th
e Coaches Pavilion on the school’s campus at 378 Main St., Shrewsbury. To reserve a space, visit www.stjohnshigh.org, e-mail pozen@stjohnshigh.org or call (508) 842-8934 ext. 596. For further info about the lecture, contact David Wentzell at dwentzell@stjohnshigh.org. Hudson Community Preservation Committee Public Hearing The Community Preservation Committee in Hudson is holding its annual public hearing March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall, 78 Main St. The purpose of the meeting is to help the CPC understand the needs and priorities of the town in the areas of open space protection, recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation and to review the draft Community Preservation Plan. A copy of the Plan can be found at www.townofhudson.org under Community Preservation Committee or in the Planning Office during normal business hours. All interested parties are invited to attend. Josh Nelson and Band in Concert The Adopt-a-Family program of Temple Israel of Natick will host Josh Nelson and his band in concert March 24, at 7:45 p.m., at the Temple, 145 Hartford St., Natick. Tickets will be sold at $25 general seating and $50 for priority seating with a dessert reception. For info or tickets, call the synagogue office at (508) 650-3521 ext. 100. Marlborough Hospital Education Class – Cosmetic Surgery The free community education classes presented by Marlborough Hospital continue March 25, 7-8:30 p.m., with “Everything You Wanted to Know About Cosmetic Surgery, but Were Afraid to Ask.” The class will be held in the Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union St., Marlborough. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more info, call (508) 486-5805. Burning Off the Winter Insulation Kick off your outdoor exercise program and join Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester for a morning walk March 25, from 7:30-9 a.m., that combines fitness and nature observation. Participants will look for signs of the emerging spring and enjoy the serene beauty of the sanctuary, as well as burn off winter calories. Meet at the visitor center and bring water, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Free for Mass Audubon adult members, $5 adult non-members. Marlborough Hospital Education Class – Intimacy and the Heart The free community education classes presented by Marlborough Hospital continue March 26, 7-8:30 p.m., with “Intimacy and the Heart.” The class on ED will be held in the Leahy Conference Center, 157 Union St., Marlborough. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more info, call (508) 486-5805. All City Art Show The All City Art Show will be held March 27, from 6-8 p.m., at the Marlborough Middle School in Marlborough. 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 or an artist’s application (March 19 deadline), visit www.graftonartsfestival.org. Grafton Girl Scouts “Going Green” Fun Night Join the Grafton Girl Scouts March 27, from 7-8 p.m., at Grafton Elementary School, for a "Going Green" Fun Night fund-raiser. Girls who are involved in Girl Scouts in Grafton will spend the evening showing off their "Going Green" projects, and each troop will show a different perspective of "Going Green." Guests will see everything from simple recycling arts and crafts to intricate conservation projects. For more info on the Annual Giving Campaign or how to make a donation, contact Ann Morgan at (508) 839-9461 or graftongirlscouts@charter.net. Electronic Equipment & Home Appliance Recycling/Collection Day Saint Rose of Lima Church, 244 West Main St. (lot across from Route 20), Northborough, will be holding an Electronic Equipment & Home Appliance Recycling/Collection Day in its parking lot March 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For info on items that will be accepted and disposal costs, visit www.saintroseoflima.com and click on the Youth Ministry link. Grace Baptist Church Hosts Illusionist, Performer Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Rd., Hudson, will host “Illusion & Beyond” with Toby Travis March 28 at 6:30 p.m. and March 29 at 5 p.m. A multi-talented performer, Travis blends the arts of illusion, drama, music, humor, and audience participation to present an evening of mind-boggling and intriguing entertainment. Tickets: $7 advance, $10 at the door, buy 2 get 1 free. For more info, visit www.gracehudson.org or call (978) 562-8550 ext. 103. U2charist to Help Fight World Wide Poverty All are invited to a special Eucharistic service, “U2charist,” March 28, at 5 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 John St. (opposite the high school), Westborough. The special multi-media service will feature music from the band U2, including such favorites as “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Mysterious Ways” and “One.” A free-will offering will be collected to benefit PlayPumps Internationals. A small reception will follow the service. Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling (508) 366-4134. Get Your Lawn Off Drugs! March 31, from 7-9 p.m., learn how to have a beautiful yard without using chemicals that may harm children, pets and the environment. Sponsored by Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, the program covers such topics as soils, nontoxic pest controls, insect control, and turf grass establishment and maintenance. This program is part of the Campaign for a Fishable/Swimmable Blackstone River by 2015. For more info and to register, call (508) 753-6087. Fee: $5 Mass Audubon adult members, $7 adult non-members. Hudson’s Annual Balloon Festival Hudson’s Annual Balloon Festival will be held Aug. 8 at the Elks Pavilion, jointly sponsored by the Hudson Elks and the Friends of the Hudson Library. New and past vendors are being sought to participate in this year’s event. Vendors interested in finding out more are invited to contact Cathy Erickson at (978) 562-2947. Ongoing Mothers & Company Breast-Feeding Support Group Mothers & Company announces a free breast-feeding support group every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. Moms who have any questions about breastfeeding are welcome to attend and have their questions and concerns heard by a lactation consultant and other breastfeeding moms. For more info, visit www.mothersandcompany.com. “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. Sully’s Hosts DJ Bobby B Thursday Nights Stop by Sully’s, 11B Florence St., Marlborough, every Thursday night for DJ Bobby B’s wide variety of music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and your top favorite hits. Also, you can catch Bobby-B at The Speakers Club in downtown Marlborough every Friday night. 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. Mom & Baby Yoga Class Mothers & Company holds a one-hour Mom & Baby Yoga class every Thursday at 10 a.m. Bring your baby and get a workout – classes are different than elsewhere in that they are designed to give mom a workout while baby plays nearby, in your arms or the instructor's arms. For more info, visit www.mothersandcompany.com. 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. “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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