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January 30, 2015

Shrewsbury: Rockin’ Wonderland fundraiser to benefit music/theatre association

Shrewsbury High School Orchestra performs at the Dec. 9, 2014 Winter Concert, under the direction of Margaret Dagon. Image credit: LuAnn O'Brien

Shrewsbury High School Orchestra performs at the Dec. 9, 2014 Winter Concert, under the direction of Margaret Dagon. Image credit: LuAnn O’Brien

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Schools Music/Theatre Association (SSMA) will be holding a dance party fundraiser, Rockin’ Wonderland, Friday, Jan. 30, from 7-11 p.m., at SAC Park in Shrewsbury. The fun-filled evening includes live music by local favorite band TENSION, as well as hors d’oeuvres, desserts, coffee, cash bar, door prizes, and raffles. The party features a silent auction with items for bid such as a private tour for 10 people of ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn.; two tickets to the Foo Fighters sold-out concert in July at Fenway Park; a hot air balloon ride for two; and more.


The SSMA is a 60-year-old non-profit volunteer group providing support to encourage the programs of music and theatre education in the Shrewsbury Public Schools and to arouse and maintain enthusiastic interest for the music and theatre activities.


The cost is $30 per person/$55 per couple before Jan. 23 and $35 per person at the door. Tickets are available at



Start: January 30, 2015 7:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 11:00 pm
Venue: SAC Park
Lake Street, Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545
Cost: $30 per person/$55 per couple before Jan. 23 and $35 per person at the door.

Southborough: Free Teen Movie Night at Fay School

Southborough – A free Teen Movie Night at Fay School will be held Friday, Jan. 30, from 6-10 p.m. Bring your friends and enjoy ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, a Bollywood movie, in Fay School’s Theater (off of Middle Road). Drinks, popcorn, and Indian snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Southborough Library and a local Indian family. The movie night is geared toward middle and high school ages.


Park on Middle Road behind the Fay School Theater. For more information, call the library at 508-485-5031.



Start: January 30, 2015 6:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 10:00 pm
Venue: Fay School
Phone: 508 485 5031
Middle Road, Southborough, MA, United States

Southborough: A cappella festival at St. Mark’s School

Southborough – St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Rd., will present the annual Wick Choral Festival Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, from 7-9 p.m. The event, established in 1992 in memory of St. Mark’s class of 1933 graduate Myron A. Wick Jr., showcases local a cappella groups.


The Jan. 30 show will feature the St. Mark’s Marksmen, St. Mark’s The Royal Blues, Pomfret School, Middlesex School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, and Dartmouth College Dartmouth Aires. Jan. 31 will feature the St. Mark’s Marksmen, St. Mark’s The Royal Blues, Roxbury Latin School, Wheeler School, Noble and Greenough School, Algonquin Regional High School and Boston University Terpischore.



Start: January 30, 2015
End: January 31, 2015
Venue: St. Mark's School
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25 Marlboro Rd., Southborough, MA, United States, 01772

Marlborough: Senior Center hosts talk by ‘Da Sola’ traveler

Marlborough – “Da Sola, With a Finger to the Wind” will be presented by Laura Bellusci Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., at the Marlborough Senior Center, 250 Main St. Bellusci is a talented writer and lively speaker who has created engaging recollections in word and picture of her travels to Italy da sola (alone).


Sign up at the senior center, or call 508-485-6492 for more information.



Start: January 30, 2015
End: January 30, 2015
Venue: Marlborough Senior Center
Phone: 508 485 6492
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250 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752
Cost: Sign up at front desk

Hudson: Special viewing of ‘The Hungry Heart’ documentary film

45c1338c-ec3e-46f3-bfef-b1d4b5c235e9Hudson – “The Hungry Heart,” a documentary film directed by Bess O’Brien, will be shown in a special viewing Friday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Hudson Town hall, 78 Main St. The showing is free to the public, with donations accepted. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Hungry Heart reveals the tragic impact of prescription opiate abuse and addiction on Vermont’s young people, their families, and their communities. More importantly, the personal stories revealed in The Hungry Heart present compelling proof that it doesn’t have to be this way: when people suffering from the disease of addiction are treated with dignity and compassion, recovery and the return to a healthy productive life is possible.


The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local community members who are medical professionals, educators, therapists, those in recovery themselves or dealing with a family member in recovery. Information on organizations in the area that provide rehabilitation treatment will be available.


Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the River’s Edge Arts Alliance at 978-562-1646 or visit



Start: January 30, 2015
End: January 30, 2015
Venue: Hudson Town Hall
Phone: 978 562 1646
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78 Main St., Hudson, MA, United States, 01749
Cost: Free, with donations accepted.

January 29, 2015

Shrewsbury: Library to host college admissions program

Shrewsbury – Inside the College Admissions Process will be presented Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 214 Lake St. Hear from Marc Zawel, author of Untangling the Ivy League, and Sophie Gray, former admissions officer at Columbia University, as they provide an inside look at how admissions decisions are made – and what families can do to best prepare themselves for success in the process. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation. Families of 8th – 11th graders are encouraged to attend. The snow date will be Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m.


To register, go to the calendar link on the library website or click



Start: January 29, 2015 6:30 pm
End: January 29, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Shrewsbury Public Library
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214 Lake St., Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545
Cost: Registration is required.

Northborough: Afternoon of Legos fun at Northborough Library

Northborough – Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy a Legos afternoon Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St. There will be lots of Legos to build with and create your own designs. Duplos will also be available.


No registration is necessary. To find out more, call the library at 508-393-5025 ext. 4.



Start: January 29, 2015 3:00 pm
End: January 29, 2015 4:30 pm
Venue: Northborough Free Library
Phone: 508 393 5025 x4
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34 Main St., Northborough, MA, United States, 01532

Northborough: English as a Second Language Conversation Circle meeting

Northborough – Adult English language learners can continue to practice speaking in English at Conversation Circle meetings this winter at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St. The last Thursday meeting of the year takes place Jan. 29, from 10-11 a.m.


Federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the one-hour group meetings benefit English language learners by providing a structured forum for purposeful and relevant discussion, and an opportunity to meet with other English language learners who are facing the same challenges. Conversation Circle meetings are free, no registration is required, and you may attend as often as you’d like.


For more information, contact Deborah Hersh at 508-393-5025 ext. 5.



Start: January 29, 2015 10:00 am
End: January 29, 2015 11:00 am
Venue: Northborough Free Library
Phone: 508 393 5025 x5
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34 Main St., Northborough, MA, United States, 01532

Southborough: Library hosts presentation on CO2 emissions

Southborough – 400 and Rising will be presented by Carl Guyer at the Southborough Library Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The presentation is about the impact carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are having on the earth’s atmosphere and how it affects life on the planet. Guyer, Chairman of the Southborough Green Technology and Recycling Committee, will present data about the rise in CO2, the causes for the increase, and why we should be concerned.


The Southborough Library is located at 25 Main St. To find out more, call 508-485-5031.



Start: January 29, 2015
End: January 29, 2015
Venue: Southborough Library
Phone: 508 485 5031
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25 Main St., Southborough, MA, United States, 01772

Marlborough: ‘Addicted To Laughter’ comedy show to honor memory of Marlborough resident

M addicted to laughter 1 (3)Marlborough – Friends and family of popular Marlborough resident Justin Clement, who died unexpectedly in March at the age of 32, are organizing a comedy show to raise funds for a scholarship in his honor.


The show, titled “Addicted To Laughter,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, and will feature two up-and-coming headliners, Mark Normand and Joe List.


Organizer Eric Taylor said that the idea came about through his love of standup comedy and his desire to help support the scholarship and addiction-related charities.


“We hadn’t put together a fundraising event for Justin’s scholarship yet,” Taylor noted. “It seemed like a very natural marriage.


“I named the show ‘Addicted To Laughter’ because it is going to be an annual fundraiser that supports addiction-related charities, whether that be Justin’s scholarship or local programs like the [Addiction Referral Center] in Marlborough in future years,” Taylor said. “That cause is near and dear to my heart because my older brother passed away at a very young age due to a drug overdose.”

Taylor is a close friend of the Clement family. Justin and Eric’s fathers worked together in the Marlborough Fire Department and Eric grew up with Justin’s younger brother.


“Like every younger kid in Marlborough, we looked up to Justin,” Taylor said. “He was one of the most popular people in the city, somebody people always rooted for despite going through some struggles.”


Justin was a lifelong Marlborough resident, well known as captain and quarterback for the Marlborough High School (MHS) Panthers football team from 1998 to 2000. After a year at Holderness Academy, he went to Northeastern University where he played for the Huskies on a football scholarship and made dean’s list. He later earned his EMT certification.


The Justin Clement Memorial Scholarship was created in the wake of his passing and it will be awarded annually to two MHS student athletes who exemplify teamwork, strong character, and superior sportsmanship.


“With unconditional love for Justin, we are excited to keep his legacy going by honoring him with a memorial scholarship issued to a deserving individual graduating from Marlborough High School,” said Justin’s cousin Ryan Hatcher. “The inaugural scholarship will be issued to a member of the class of 2015.”


Taylor said, in addition to keeping Justin’s memory alive and support addiction-related charities, “Addicted To Laughter” is also being organized “on a smaller scale to bring premier standup comedy to the area.”


He was himself a standup comedian for two years and remains a self-described “comedy fan/nerd.”


“Whenever I have a free night, I always try to see a show,” Taylor said. “It drives me nuts that I have to drive to the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, wait until a national headliner comes to Boston, or drive down to NYC in order to see high-caliber standup comedy.

“I am making it my mission to at least once a year bring national names to my hometown and put on a real comedy show that could hold up even against a show in NYC or LA,” he added.


Taylor hired “two of my favorite comedians that are right on the precipice of becoming household names” – Normand and List.


Normand is a regular at The Comedy Cellar in NYC, was just featured in “The New Yorker,” has been on “Conan” twice, “Last Comic Standing,” “The Adam Carolla Show,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” and tours the country opening for Amy Schumer.


List is a regular at The Comedy Cellar, has been on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Gotham Comedy Live,” and SiriusXM’s “The Ron and Fez Show.”


The show is Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m., at Jacobs Hall, 208 Main St., Marlborough. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at, by calling 508-981-4738, or by email to



Start: January 29, 2015
End: January 29, 2015
Venue: Jacobs Hall
Phone: 508 981 4738
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208 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752
Cost: $25