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September 1, 2015

Westborough: Mindfulness Meditation Series at Westborough Public Library

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 For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050.



Start: September 1, 2015 7:00 pm
End: September 1, 2015 8:15 pm
Venue: Westborough Public Library
Phone: 508 366 3050
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55 West Main St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581
Cost: Free, but registration required

August 31, 2015

Northborough: Assabet Valley Mastersingers hold open rehearsals

Northborough – Open rehearsals will be held Monday, Aug. 31; Tuesday, Sept. 8; and Monday, Sept. 14 by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. The rehearsals will be taking place 7:30-9:45 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity, 45 Howard St., Northborough.


New members are welcome as the Assabet Valley Mastersingers prep for a Nov. 23 concert. For more information, call 508-869-0438 or 978-562-9838 or visit



Start: August 31, 2015 7:30 pm
End: August 31, 2015 9:45 pm
Venue: Church of the Nativity
Phone: 508 869 0438
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45 Howard St., Northborough, MA, United States, 01532

Stow: Sing with Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra

Stow – The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra is welcoming singers in all voice categories to join them in preparing for their fall concert, to be held Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. Artistic Director and Conductor Barbara Jones has selected Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610,” which will be presented with full orchestral accompaniment and some of Boston’s outstanding Baroque singers.


Open rehearsals will be taking place Monday evenings, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the First Parish Church, 353 Great Rd., Stow. First rehearsal is Monday, Aug. 31. Participation in the SATB chorus is open to all—no auditions required—and offers the opportunity to learn exciting and challenging music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.


Visit, call 978-707-9887, or attend the Monday evening rehearsals for the opportunity to learn the music and participate in the concert. Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson Cultural Councils.



Start: August 31, 2015 7:30 pm
End: August 31, 2015 9:30 pm
Venue: First Parish Church
Phone: 978 707 9887
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353 Great Rd., Stow, MA, United States, 01775

Grafton: Recreation Department holds Doggie Dip Day

Grafton – The Grafton Recreation Department will be holding a Doggie Dip Day Monday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silver Lake Beach. Take your four-legged friend for a swim! Free, with donations of pet supplies, bedding, and food for a local shelter accepted.


For more information, call the Grafton Recreation Department at 508-839-5335.

Start: August 31, 2015 11:00 am
End: August 31, 2015 2:00 pm
Phone: 508 839 5335 x1156
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Silver Lake Beach, Grafton, MA, United States, 01519
Cost: Free, with pet supply donations accepted

Marlborough: Candlelight vigil to be held for International Overdose Awareness Day

Marlborough – In memory of those who have lost their battle with addiction, over 1,000 purple flags will be placed on the front lawn of the Walker Building later this month. The public is then invited to an International Overdose Awareness Day candlelight vigil that will be held there Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.


Those who have lost a loved one to addiction may send a photo to be included in a memorial slideshow to the event’s coordinator, Kathy Leonard, at Photos should be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 27.


Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have died from fatal drug overdoses since 2001. On Aug. 31 thousands of people worldwide will stand alongside the friends and families of fatal overdose victims to reflect on those who have been lost. The event is organized, Leonard said, with the understanding that no one need feel shame or disgrace over a drug overdose.


“Overdose Awareness Day offers all who have been affected by overdose a chance to publicly mourn and help the wider community understand that fatal overdose profoundly affects mainstream society,” she said. “We lose an average of 120 lives per day in this country to overdose. “


Leonard herself knows that pain all too well. Her 27-year-old son Jonathan Testa died from a heroin overdose last December. Since then, she, along with another mother, Cheryl Juaire, who lost her son Corey Merrill, 23, in 2011, also to a heroin overdose, have formed a support group for relatives and friends of loved ones with drug addiction. (For more information visit


The flags are being donated through the generosity of the Jacqueline Olivo Foundation, Inc.


The Walker Building is located at 255 Main St. In case of rain, the vigil will be held at the First Church in Marlborough, Parish Hall, 37 High St.


For more information call Leonard at 508-460-2002 or email



Start: August 31, 2015
End: August 31, 2015
Venue: Walker Building
Phone: 508 460 2002
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255 Main St., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752

August 30, 2015

Westborough: Beth Tikvah Synagogue to host open house

Westborough – Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 45 Oak St., will hold an open house and barbecue Sunday, Aug. 30, from 3 – 5 p.m. Meet Rabbi Michael Swarttz, Cindy Avergon, religious school coordinator, and EJ Dotts, president, as well as other members of the board and the congregation. RSVP to Benita Amsden at For more information, visit




Start: August 30, 2015 3:00 pm
End: August 30, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Beth Tikvah Synagogue
Phone: 508 616 9037
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45 Oak St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581

Shrewsbury: Mount Olivet holds monthly Fellowship Table

Shrewsbury – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church will host its next monthly Fellowship Table pot-luck dinner and worship service Sunday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. The dinner will be held rain or shine at Dean Park’s North Pavilion. All are welcome.


Dinner is provided by members of the church, and there is no charge. Transportation may be available if requested in advance by calling 508-842-2731 or emailing



Start: August 30, 2015
End: August 30, 2015
Venue: North Pavilion
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Dean Park, Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545

Hudson: River’s Edge Players hold auditions for ‘Child’s Play’

Hudson – The River’s Edge Players will be holding auditions Sunday, Aug. 30, from 2-6 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 31, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., for “Child’s Play, A Cabaret.” For ages 8 to adult, the auditions will be taking place at the Hudson Town Hall, 78 Main St. Child’s Play, to be performed Friday, Nov. 6, will feature hits from Broadway and Disney musicals for and about children. The director is Lynne Johnson, with music director Maureen Bourgeois.


Auditions are by appointment only. For more information, call the River’s Edge Arts Alliance at 978-562-1646, email, or visit



Start: August 30, 2015
End: August 31, 2015
Venue: Hudson Town Hall
Phone: 978 562 1646
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78 Main St., Hudson, MA, United States, 01749
Cost: Auditions are by appointment only.

August 29, 2015

Marlborough: River’s Edge Arts Alliance Family Fun Festivals conclude

Marlborough – The Family Fun Festivals in Marlborough, fun for ages 3-12, conclude Saturday, Aug. 29, from 1-4 p.m., at Ghiloni Park, 239 Concord Rd. For more information, call the River’s Edge Arts Alliance at 978-562-1646 or visit



Start: August 29, 2015 1:00 pm
End: August 29, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Ghiloni Park
Phone: 978 562 1646
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239 Concord Rd., Marlborough, MA, United States, 01752

Millbury: Assumption School celebrates 90th birthday with festival

Millbury – Assumption School, 17 Grove St., is celebrating 90 years of providing students with a faith-based quality education by holding a birthday festival Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the entire community. The event will include booths from area businesses, carnival games, a dunk tank, and food from local vendors, including Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza from Grafton and its portable pizza oven. Also, there will be a live radio broadcast by WCRN AM830.


For more information, call 508-865-5404.



Start: August 29, 2015 11:00 am
End: August 29, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Assumption School
Phone: 508 865 5404
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17 Grove St., Millbury, MA, United States, 01527