May 27, 2015
Westborough – The Westborough Lions Club will host Dr. John Abbondanza of Vision Care Specialists at its Membership Night Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at The Grille at Westborough Country Club, 121 W. Main St. Abbondanza will speak on the topic, “Vision and Learning,” regarding sight-related, educational issues. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Attendees will also learn how to make a difference in their communities by joining the club to help eradicate preventable blindness.
Southborough – The Southborough Library will host Ron McAdow during an Author Night Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. McAdow will introduce guests to Ike Martin, a suburban guy who finds himself married to a big city woman – and in charge of her high-tech adolescent sons. Ike’s wife is lovely but elusive, and her artistic friends make the strangest house-sitters. Pick up a copy of Ike and meet this entertaining crowd of characters.
For more information, call 508-485-5031. The Southborough Library is located at 25 Main St.
Southborough – The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) will hold its annual meeting Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at the Southborough Community House, 28 Main St. The meeting is free and open to public.
Residents who have turkeys in their yards, or have had encounters with the famous Main Street Turkeys of Southborough, will be interested in avid “birder” Alexander Dunn’s presentation on turkeys in suburbia and other changes in Massachusetts bird life. Dunn is from Mass Audubon and Trustees of Reservations and is also on the board of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society and until recently worked at the Ecotarium in Worcester.
At the meeting, SOLF will also present the Elaine Beals Conservation Award to State Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston. The award is presented annually to a person who has worked to help protect the environment in Southborough and the region.
For more information, visit www.solf.org.
Boylston – The Berlin-Boylston SEPAC will hold a General Meeting Wednesday, May 27, starting at 7 p.m., in the Multi-Purpose Room at Tahanto Regional Middle High School, 1001 Main St. All are welcome.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sepac-berlin-boylston.org.
Sudbury – The Wisdom of the Barred Owl: Ethics and Wicked Problems in Environmental Policy will be presented by William Lynn, Ph.D. Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at the Assabet River NWR Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Rd. What ought we do when the protection of one species may involve the killing of another? This was the wicked problem facing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) when deciding whether to kill barred owls for the benefit of the northern spotted owls. Wicked problems are policy issues over which there is strong moral disagreement, making them problems that cannot be solved through science alone. Recognizing they needed ethics training and analysis, the USFWS formed the Barred Owl Stakeholder Group (BOSG).
The final environmental impact statement recommended a removal experiment, and barred owls are currently being killed in four removal zones in the Pacific Northwest. This was both an ethical and scientific judgment. It was also a path-breaking document in that it was the first time a federal agency integrated a formal ethics review into its environmental analysis, with far reaching implications for environmental policy.
This is a presentation of the Friends of the Assabet River NWR. Talks are free and open to the public. For more information about FARNWR programs, membership and the wildlife refuge, visit www.farnwr.org.
Westborough – Join the Westborough Garden Club Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at Harvey’s Farm for “Gardening Trends of 2015″ with manager Emily Harvey. She will introduce a variety of new plants, such as colorful annuals, popular perennials and shrubs and products, as well as discuss current trends in gardening. Enjoy being surrounded by colorful spring plants in the greenhouse.
Marlborough – The Marlborough Public Library will be hosting a Plant Propagation Workshop Thursday, May 27, from 6-7:30 p.m. Garden centers are bursting with beautiful annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees, but filling your garden from these nurseries costs more than most people can afford. Learn how to garden for less with seedlings, divisions, cuttings, etc. from your friends and neighbors and your own garden.
Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of Mass Hort, a Lifetime Master Gardener, past-president of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, and a systems engineer for Raytheon. She is also a member of the Garden to Table committee at Mass Hort and helped to establish and maintain a food production garden at Raytheon that has provided fresh produce to the Marlborough Food Pantry for five years.
The Marlborough Public Library is located at 35 West Main St., and parking is in the back on Witherbee Street. For more information, call 508-624-6900.
Northborough – Children in the Fantasy Baseball Club at Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., will meet Wednesday, May 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This month’s read is “Super-Sized Slugger” by Cal Ripken Jr., which combines baseball and mystery. A small snack will be provided and participants will engage in a brief activity related to the book.
To register or for more information, call the library at 508-393-5025 ext. 4.
Shrewsbury – The next Work Initiative Network (WIN) meeting will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Ellen Goodman, financial adviser with Prudential Financials, will present a workshop on networking. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. This is a networking opportunity for people in career transitions. To register, visit www.shrewsbury-ma.gov, under “Departments” click on “Library,” then “Calendar.”
May 28, 2015
Northborough – The Northborough Garden Club is now accepting donations of perennials from community members’ gardens through Thursday, May 28. If you have plants to donate, fill out the form at www.NorthboroughGardenClub.com or call 508-351-9373.
The annual plant sale will be held Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ellsworth-McAfee Park on Route 135 in Northborough. The sale will feature hundreds of sun and shade plants, including perennials, herbs, vegetables, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and daylilies. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and help customers.
Proceeds from the plant sale are used for civic beautification, scholarships and grants for horticulture-related school projects.