August 23, 2014
Ashland – Ashland’s first Dragonfly Festival, to be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 4 p.m. to dark, at Mill Pond Park and on the grounds of the Ashland Historical Society, 2 Myrtle St., was conceived as a way to bring the Ashland community together to celebrate arts. Dragonfly lanterns and floating lanterns will be lit at dusk. Parking is available at 30 Main and 60 Pleasant streets. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24. There will also be a related Dragonfly photo exhibit at noon and a dragonfly lantern-making workshop at 1:30 p.m. at Ashland Library, 66 Front St.
The festival is a free event for all ages, and performers include Perry Desmond-Davies, Seth Connelly, and Barbara Kessler. There will also be Indian music and dance, improv theater, drummers, dragonfly crafts for kids by artist Suzie Meeker, artisans, and food by The Carve, Kabob House, and Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness.
For more information, find the Dragonfly Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DragonflyFestivalAshland, or visit http://bit.ly/dragonflyfestashland.
August 22, 2014
Grafton – An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, Aug. 22, from 1-7 p.m., at the American Legion Post, 69 Worcester St./Route 140, Grafton. The blood drive is open to the public, and residents from all surrounding towns are invited to participate. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Donors can register for a chance to win Red Sox tickets.
The Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating. You must be at least 17 years old (16 years with a signed parental consent form). You can donate blood every 56 days. Call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Westborough – Blue Slipper Court No. 18, Order of the Amaranth is hosting a dinner and dance Friday, Aug. 22, from 6-11 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 206 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. The event is open to the public with a DJ and a cash bar.
Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple before Aug. 20, and $25 per person or $40 per couple at the door. For information and tickets, contact Christina or Steve Qualey at 508-887-8817. Proceeds to benefit Blue Slipper Court’s Ways and Means, which supports the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation.
Worcester – The Serenity Coffeehouse will meet Friday, Aug. 22 at Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain St., Worcester, with worship at 7:15 p.m., followed by the coffeehouse at 8 p.m. and a potluck buffet at 9 p.m. Jim Scott, guitarist and singer, will present “A Pete Seeger Songfest” during the coffeehouse.
For more information, visit www.serenitycoffeehouse.org.
Westborough – It’s time to register for Fall Ball with Westborough Little League and Softball. The season runs early September through the end of October. Develop your skills, make new friends and have fun! First‐time players are welcome.
The deadline to register is Aug. 22. Visit www.westborolittleleague.org for more information and to sign up.
Marlborough – Come down to the Senior “Diner” Friday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m., at the Marlborough Senior Center for burgers and more and a Doo Wop Sock Hop! Cost is $10 per person or $15 per two people. Bring a friend of any age and join the senior center Staff, Mayor Vigeant, Fire Chief Fortin and Police Chief Leonard, Commissioner of Public Works John Ghiloni, and more special guests as they flip burgers, serve up french fries and milk shakes.
Call 508-485-6492 to register. The Marlborough Senior Center is located at 250 Main St.
Natick – Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, join women from all over New England at The Love Encounter Women’s Conference with international speaker and missionary to Southeast Asia Lesley-Anne Leighton of New Zealand, pastor and prayer leader Bethany Yeo Temple of Boston Justice House of Prayer, and worship with recording artist Melissa Parrick of Texas.
Come to The Bridge Metrowest in Natick and don’t miss this special opportunity to hear dynamic speaking and draw near to God and be transformed by the power of His Love. For more information or to register, visit www.bridgemetrowest.com or call 508-651-0277.
August 21, 2014
Marlborough – The Mayor’s 2014 Concert Series will present The Missy Maxfield Project Thursday, Aug. 21, from 7 – 9 p.m., at Union Common in Marlborough, located on the corner of Main Street and Route 85. Admission is free. There will be no rain date in case of inclement weather.
Westborough – Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., will hold a Prospective Member Open House Thursday, Aug. 21, 6 to 8 p.m. B’nai Shalom is a Reform Jewish synagogue with 400 households from diverse backgrounds from over 20 towns. Meet Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz.
For more information, call 508-366-7191, email email@example.com, or visit www.cbnaishalom.org.
Southborough – The 2nd annual Southborough Summer Concert Series concludes with a bluegrass concert by Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 – 8 p.m., at Neary School, 53 Parkerville Rd. The rain date is Aug. 28, from 6 – 8 p.m. To find out more, call 508-229-4452 or visit http://southborough.rec.desk.com/recdeskportal.