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April 19, 2015

Westborough: ‘Dangerous Bloodlines’ author at Tatnuck Bookseller

Dangerous BloodlinesWestborough – Julien Ayotte, author of “Dangerous Bloodlines,” the sequel to the award-winning thriller “Flower of Heaven,” will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Sunday, April 19, from 1-3 p.m. A page-turning journey from Paris to Stockholm, to the vineyards of Orvieto, Italy, and to the remote hospital in war-torn Ethiopia, Dangerous Bloodlines will keep you guessing.


In this brilliant sequel to Flower of Heaven, Francoise Dupont, now Queen Farah of an oil-rich Middle Eastern country, continues the search for her sons, given up for adoption at birth. Thirty-five years later, their lives now are at risk from ruthless enemies of her husband, the King.


Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.



Start: April 19, 2015 1:00 pm
End: April 19, 2015 3:00 pm
Venue: Tatnuck Bookseller
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18 Lyman St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581

April 18, 2015

Sudbury: Sudbury Valley Trustees to host Project Budburst workshop

Sudbury – Sudbury Valley Trustees is partnering with Project BudBurst, a nationwide network of people who monitor plants as the seasons change. During a free, family-friendly workshop, to be held Saturday, April 18, from 1-2:30 p.m., participants will learn how to collect data on local plants and upload them to Project BudBurst. Participants will contribute to a better understanding of plants and climate change.


The workshop will be held at Wolbach Farm, 18 Wolbach Rd., Sudbury. To sign up or for more information, call 978-443-5588 or visit



Start: April 18, 2015 1:00 pm
End: April 18, 2015 2:30 pm
Venue: Wolbach Farm
Phone: 978 443 5588
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18 Wolbach Rd., Sudbury, MA, United States, 01776
Cost: Free, but sign-up is required.

Northborough: Meditation at Northborough Library

Northborough – Back by popular demand, Linda Hurni Hardy’s meditation program will be held Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St. The program is open to ages 12 and up, and beginners are welcome.


To reserve your spot, email or call 508-393-5025 ext. 5.



Start: April 18, 2015 11:30 am
End: April 18, 2015 1:00 pm
Venue: Northborough Free Library
Phone: 508 393 5025 x5
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34 Main St., Northborough, MA, United States, 01532
Cost: Registration is required.

Southborough: Meditation session at Southborough Library

Southborough – Saturday, April 18, a morning program to help reduce stress, improve self-esteem and benefit your health will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the Southborough Library’s main floor. The Art of Living will introduce you to powerful techniques that will increase your well-being by learning breathing techniques, low-impact yoga, and meditation. All are welcome.


The Southborough Library is located at 25 Main St. For more information, call 508-485-5031.



Start: April 18, 2015 10:30 am
End: April 18, 2015 11:30 am
Venue: Southborough Library
Phone: 508 485 5031
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25 Main St., Southborough, MA, United States, 01772

Princeton: Poem in Your Pocket workshop

Princeton – The Princeton Arts Society will sponsor an origami-and-poetry workshop for all ages Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Princeton Public Library, 2 Town Hall Dr. Participants will make an origami “pocket” to hold a favorite short poem, original or otherwise, that they’d like to share with others on Poem in Your Pocket Day.  All origami and poetry materials will be provided, and everyone is welcome.


For more information, contact Clair Degutis at



Start: April 18, 2015 10:00 am
End: April 18, 2015 12:00 pm
Venue: Princeton Public Library
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2 Town Hall Dr., Princeton, MA, United States, 01541

Westborough: Handwriting Analysts chapter to hold meeting

Westborough – The New England State Chapter of Handwriting Analysts will be holding a meeting Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Tatnuck Bookstore, 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center. The topic will be Handwriting Analysis and the Enneagram. All are welcome. Registration is $20, which includes lunch. Contact for more information or to register.



Start: April 18, 2015 9:00 am
End: April 18, 2015 3:00 pm
Venue: Tatnuck Bookseller
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18 Lyman St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581
Cost: Registration is $20 per person.

Shrewsbury: Electronic waste recycling, paper shredding event

Shrewsbury – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 34 Gold St., will be holding an electronic waste recycling event Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All towns are welcome. For more information, email To view the flier, click on


Also, paper shredding will be available during the same time as the recycling event. All residents and businesses can have their personal information protected by having it shredded, with the remnants to be recycled. The cost is $5 per shoe box-sized amount of paper. For more information, contact the email listed above.



Start: April 18, 2015 9:00 am
End: April 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Venue: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
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34 Gold St., Shrewsbury, MA, United States, 01545

Worcester: Household electronics recycling day at Worcester DPW

Worcester – A free household electronics recycling day will be held Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the residential drop-off and recycling center of the Worcester DPW, 1065 Millbury St. The event is open to all towns. No residency requirement or appointment needed on this day.


To find out more, call 508-929-1300 or visit



Start: April 18, 2015 9:00 am
End: April 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Venue: Worcester DPW/Drop-Off & Recycling Center
Phone: 508 929 1300
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1065 Millbury St., Worcester, MA, United States, 01607

Westborough: Free community breakfast buffet at Siloam Lodge

Westborough – An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet Saturday, April 18, from 8-11 a.m., at Siloam Lodge of Masons at 12 Church St. in Westborough. The free monthly event is offered as a community service and is an opportunity for those interested to learn about Masonry. Donations from anyone wishing to help support Masonic charities will be accepted. Also, donations of non-perishable food items for the Westborough Food Pantry will be collected.



Start: April 18, 2015 8:00 am
End: April 18, 2015 11:00 am
Venue: Siloam Lodge of Masons
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12 Church St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581
Cost: Free, with donations accepted.

Worcester: Concert to benefit independent film focusing on child abuse

“Life Abstract” Photo/Submitted

“Life Abstract”

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Region – Sira Naras of Shrewsbury is combining her passions as a fervent consumer of live music and an active nonprofit volunteer by supporting an upcoming fundraiser. “Girl Blitz: Voices for Hope Benefit Concert” will be presented Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m., at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.


Among the lineup of 16 acts to perform is Kristen Merlin, the self-titled band whose lead singer was a top-five finalist in the sixth season of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” Naras noted.


“I’ve been following this musician and found out that she’s playing in Worcester,” she said. “I went to the website to get tickets and that’s how I first learned about ‘Life Abstract.’”


“Life Abstract” is a feature film slated to shoot this summer, which tells the story of a young woman discovering art therapy as a way to recover from past child abuse. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the independent film’s production costs. Dawna Sirard of Kada Films is its writer and director,” Naras explained.


“As soon as I read about their mission I immediately called Dawna and asked how I can help in my area,” she said. “Mechanics Hall is a gorgeous venue and they have a lot of seats to fill.”


Sirard of Marshfield earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies at Smith College. She also studied at the New Filmmaker’s Program at the Maine Media Center in Rockport. There, she directed and edited two short films, one of which was “Neshomeleh,” first-place winner at the 2008 Northampton Film Festival.


Her work on “Life Abstract” began while in college.


“I was walking on campus with friends and we saw a painting that someone had thrown away in a dumpster,” she relayed. “We sat there speculating on why someone would throw out such a beautiful painting. Then I took it back to my dorm and came up with the idea that maybe it represented something painful that somebody put on canvas and then needed to get rid of it.”


That incident coincided with an assignment to write a short film script. After researching art therapy and child abuse, Sirard developed the idea into her script’s storyline.


“All of a sudden I realized that I had a full-length feature film,” she said. “As the project progressed and more people have come onboard, it became apparent that it was something I could do with other experienced filmmakers.”


The film’s team also includes cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, and producers Alexis Fish and Emma Thomas. They’re collectively hopeful the benefit concert will be successful.


“A concert is a great way for people to donate to the project and get something in return,” Sirard said.


The night of music and dancing will feature two stages with comedic emcees Suzanne Westenhoefer and Mimi Gonzalez. Among the 14 musical acts will be Uh Huh Her with Leisha Hailey of Showtime’s “The L Word,” Melissa Ferrick, Catie Curtis and Antigone Rising.


Tickets are $50, $75 and $175 VIP. The VIP ticket includes seating in the front-row section and a pass to mingle with the performers during a cocktail party at 5 p.m.


Their goal is also to raise awareness by associating with the American Art Therapy Association and Darkness to Light, a movement committed to end child sexual abuse.


“We’ve teamed up with these two organizations with the idea that some of the profits from the film will go to them,” Sirard said. “We’re hoping this film gets child abuse talked about and survivors step forward to make changes to help the next generation of children.”


For more information about “Life Abstract” and to order concert tickets, visit

Start: April 18, 2015
End: April 18, 2015
Venue: Mechanics Hall
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321 Main St., Worcester, MA, United States, 01608
Cost: $50, $75 and $175 VIP. The VIP ticket includes seating in the front-row section and a pass to mingle with the performers during a cocktail party at 5 p.m.