September 1, 2015
Westborough – The Westborough Public Library will offer a four-week Mindfulness Meditation Series by Greg Topakian Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 22 and 29, from 7-8:15 p.m.
This four-week course will introduce mindfulness to participants, discuss the benefits it promises, and engage people in its foundational practices. Participants will practice the body scan, breath meditation, and walking meditation, and tap into kindness and compassion exercises. The focus will be on practicing these techniques, complemented by discussion of the questions that arise from these meditative experiences. Participants will gain the confidence needed to develop their own personal, at-home practice.
Greg Topakian, Ph.D., is a longtime educator and actuary. Over the past 30 years, he has balanced his professional life with daily practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation. During that period, he participated in several retreats to deepen his concentration and awareness. He has facilitated a mindfulness group in his home for the last 15 years, where people with varying levels of experience have come to practice together. Now in semi-retirement, Topakian teaches mindfulness to employees of local colleges, town governments and corporations across the state.
The program is free but registration is required. Register online at www.westboroughlib.org. For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050.
September 3, 2015
Shrewsbury – In the lead up to the Spirit of Shrewsbury 2015, to be celebrated Sept. 25-27, Cruzzin’ Dreams will be holding an open cruise night (no special cars featured) Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5-8 p.m., at the Hebert Candy Mansion, 575 Hartford Tpke. (Route 20).
Free, with donations gladly accepted to run cruise nights. To find out more, visit www.cruzzindreams.com.
September 5, 2015
Participants in the 2013 boat parade. Photo/Bonnie Adams
Shrewsbury – A popular tradition, the Lake Quinsigamond Boat Parade, will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 starting at 2 p.m.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Favorite Cartoon.” Participants are encouraged to dress themselves and their boats accordingly. Top boats will earn honors, bragging rights and gifts from USA Marine, Ski Chair, Shore Side Docks, Padvano’s Place or Madulka’s Ice Cream.
Boaters will meet at the north end of the lake near the Route 290 bridge at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch and cheer on their favorite entries. All boats must comply with the rules and regulations of the lake and a life vest must be supplied for every person on the boat.
Registration is free and may be done by visiting www.lqwa.org/eventcalendar.html and clicking on the Eventbrite link.
Westborough – Judy Nordstrom, the author of “Uncle Axie’s Ugly Tie,” will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Saturday, Sept. 5, from 1-3 p.m. Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, Uncle Axie may have looked strange, but he sure can teach us that… it’s easy to be kind!
Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.
September 6, 2015
Westborough – The Westborough Historical Society will hold its monthly open house Sunday, Sept. 6, from 2-4 p.m., at the Sibley House, 13 Parkman St. This event is free and open to the public. “Like” the Westborough Historical Society on Facebook or visit www.westboroughhistory.org.
September 7, 2015
Region – The University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center will hold several volunteer-organized fund raising events during September.
The 12th annual Bullfinchs Rubber Duck Race to benefit the Child Life Program at UMass Memorial will be held Monday, Sept. 7, at 12 p.m. at Grist Mill – Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 220 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury.
The Tee Up for Tots Golf Tournament to benefit the UMass Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Charter Oak Country Club, 394 Chestnut St., Hudson, beginning at 10 a.m.
The sixth annual TDD Triathlon also to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be held at Douglas State Forest, Wallum Lake Road, Douglas, Saturday, Sept. 19. At 9 a.m. The triathlon is a memorial race for Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio, triplet sons of local racers Don and Elaine Vescio.
Details for all events can be found on the “Your UMass Medicine” events page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourumassmedicine/events?key=events.
Grafton – The Grafton Public Library regularly weeds out materials for accuracy, condition and relevance to library mission. They are in possession of a number of historical items no longer of use to the community, and will be making them available for sale to the public. Items to be sold include maps and posters as well as monographs, series and collections.
The sale will be held Monday, Sept. 7, at the library, 35 Grafton Common, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is through the green door adjacent to the parking lot; the library will not be open to the public at this time.
Early Bird Special: Pay $10 to get in at 10 a.m. for exclusive access to materials for sale, a Friends of the Grafton Public Library membership through June 30, 2016, and a free Grafton Public Library tote bag. Friends members may enter at 10 a.m. with no additional charge.
Doors open to the public at 11 a.m.; the first 25 people will receive a free Grafton Public Library tote bag. A signup list for entry will be posted at 8 a.m. on the day of the sale.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Grafton Library. For more information, contact Beth Gallaway, library director, at 508-839-4649, ext. 1105.
September 8, 2015
Northborough – The Northboro Area Community Chorus (N.A.C.C. ) will begin rehearsals for its annual Christmas Concert Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the choral room of Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett St. New members are welcome. Auditions are not required.
The chorus, under the direction of founder Anthony Volpe with pianist David Rose, represents 18 area communities. The N.A.C.C. is supported in part with grants from the Northborough, Westborough, Southborough, and Shrewsbury cultural councils, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, call 774-249-2497 or 508-366-7307.
Hudson – The Tee Up for Tots Golf Tournament to benefit the UMass Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Charter Oak Country Club, 394 Chestnut St., Hudson, beginning at 10 a.m.
Also, the sixth annual TDD Triathlon to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be held at Douglas State Forest, Wallum Lake Road, Douglas, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. The triathlon is a memorial race for Tyrus, Dante, and Daniel Vescio, triplet sons of local racers, Don and Elaine Vescio.
Details for the events can be found on the “Your UMass Medicine” events page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourumassmedicine/events?key=events.
The Heritage Chorale. Photo/Submitted
Southborough – Love to sing? Join Heritage Chorale for the open rehearsals of its new season. The fall concert will be at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. It will be a 70th birthday tribute to British composer and arranger John Rutter, featuring the very beautiful “Mass of the Children,” collaborating with “VOICES Boston,” the wonderful children’s chorus that often sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as professional soloists, and an ensemble of brass, woodwinds, string bass, multiple percussionists and harp.
Heritage Chorale is an adult community chorus with 95 members from over 20 area towns. The rest of the chorale’s season will consist of a Pops concert in February and a spring concert in May, also at St. Mark’s. Open rehearsals will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m., at First Parish UU Church Framingham, 24 Vernon St., Framingham Center.
Visit www.heritagechorale.org, call 508-270-3999, or find Heritage Chorale on Facebook for more information.