September 13, 2015
Organist Peter Brockmann, Photo/submitted
Northborough – Organist Peter Brockmann will present a concert, “Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving,” Sunday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., at the Northborough Historical Society, 50 Main Street (Route 20). A free-will offering is appreciated.
Together with soprano Frankie Mueller, Brockmann will explore organ music through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with selections from J.S. Bach, J. Kuhnau, Franz Schubert, Gustav Holst, Bernadette Farrell and Rory Cooney. The range of the George Stevens 1874 organ will be showcased on this former Baptist Church instrument recently restored by the Historical Society with a grant from the Community Preservation Act.
Brockmann has been Director of Music Ministry at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northborough since 2008. Formerly of Ontario, Canada and Texas, he started playing organ at Mass while in the seventh grade. He earned an Associate degree in Piano performance and holds a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a member of the director of Music Ministry Division of the National Pastoral Musicians Association and president of the Worcester Chapter of NPM.
Southborough – St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Rd., Southborough, is holding its Annual Parish Picnic Sunday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m. (following the 10:30 a.m. Mass). All are welcome to join in the fun – enjoy delicious food, games for all ages and music. Catch up with your neighbors and meet new friends!
Call the parish office at 508-485-0141 for more information.
Hudson – On Sunday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m., all are welcome to join a joyful, fun-filled welcoming celebration to kick off the new church year at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson. The family worship service will celebrate coming together after the summer months. Honor the waters that touch our lives: rivers, oceans, lakes, and tears of joy and sorrow during the water communion. Bring water from a source that you visited this summer or find sacred. The service will also feature the Pan Loco Steel Band, an authentic, mixed ethnic ensemble consisting of two steel drummers, a bass player, and a percussionist.
For more information, visit www.ucmh.org or call the church office at 978-562-9180. The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson is located at 80 Main St., Hudson.
Bowman Conservation Area. Photo/submitted
Westborough – The trails in Bowman Conservation Area have long been favorites of nature lovers, exercise fanatics, dog walkers, Scouts and fishermen. On Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1-5 p.m., there will be a celebration of the reopening of Bowman trails after extensive trail and forestry work has been completed. This family friendly Discovery Day at Bowman Conservation Area is sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust.
The highlight of the day will be three hikes on recently renovated Charm Bracelet trails, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The longest hike will circumnavigate Sandra Pond, passing through oak and pine forests and skirting the shore of the pond. A shorter hike will explore a newly opened trail with breathtaking views of the pond. An even shorter hike on flat terrain suitable for young children and rugged strollers will follow a high ridgeline overlooking the pond.
A free make-your-own burrito picnic or bring your own picnic will be featured at 3 p.m. Other highlights include games for kids of all ages on the lawn at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Internationally renowned drummer Otha Day will lead a participatory drumming circle at 2:30 p.m. All activities begin at the pavilion near the Bowman Street parking lot. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs.
Due to the limited amount of parking in the Bowman Conservation Area lot, participants are asked to park on Upton Road and to take shuttles to the Bowman lot.
The event is open to Westborough residents and WCLT members. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 20.
Worcester – The Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, will hold its fifth public art exhibit in a series of six for 2015. “Present Perfect Continuous: The Art of Irina Parfenova” will run Sunday, Sept. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 5, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The opening reception, with an opportunity to meet the artist, will take place Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2 – 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Groups and those wishing to visit on weekends may make arrangements by contacting Anita Thomas at 508-852-9007 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 14, 2015
Shrewsbury – “Kindergarten Lunch Bunch” will meet Mondays starting Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. This program is for children who have afternoon kindergarten (homeschoolers welcome). There will be an activity and stories while children eat their lunches before school. And, Mondays at 9 a.m., there will be “Yoga for Kids” with Claudia Cottier, certified children’s yoga instructor. This program is for ages 2 and up. Wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required for these programs.
Register online at www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/library (“events and passes” link) or call the library at 508-842-0081, ext. 4.
September 15, 2015
Clinton – The Museum of Russian Icons will be hosting a special online travel presentation on Poland Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. A trip to Poland is planned for May 12-23, 2016 (12 days).
Embark on an in-depth journey through Poland. Tour the thriving capital city of Warsaw. Reborn after World War II, it is again one of Europe’s great cultural centers. Walk the meandering lanes of historical Krakow, where you will visit Wawel castle; once home to the kings of Imperial Poland. The somber history and tragic reality of Auschwitz is unveiled during a moving visit. Behold the Black Madonna on a tour of Jasna Gora Monastery.
Come to know the culture at a folklore dinner and show in Krakow. Make tasty gingerbread in Torun. Stand on the dock where union workers formed the Solidarity Anti-Communist movement in 1989 and spend time at the newly opened Solidarity Center in Gdansk. Explore the ancient city squares and UNESCO World Heritage sights of Torun, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Gdansk, and Krakow.
For more information, visit the Museum of Russians Icons at www.museumofrussianicons.org or call 978-598-5000. The museum is located at 203 Union St., Clinton.
Northborough – Join the Children’s Department at the Northborough Free Library Tuesdays, Sept. 15, 22, and 29, at 10 a.m. (session 1) and 11:30 a.m. (session 2). Children of all ages are welcome to listen to a story and color a story-related picture. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., at 508-393-5025 ext. 4.
Southborough – All girls interested in becoming Girl Scouts are invited to come to the Southborough Girl Scout registration night Tuesday, Sept. 15, between 7-8:30 p.m., at the Mary Finn Elementary School, 60 Richards Rd. For information, call 508-481-3022 or email email@example.com.
September 16, 2015
Shrewsbury – In conjunction with the tabletop games collection, the Shrewsbury Public Library is offering an ongoing drop-in gaming program series called “This Is How We Roll” for teens and adults. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and upcoming dates include Sept. 16, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 21.
The library’s tabletop game collection offers patrons the chance to check out 18 different games, including strategy games like “Settlers of Catan,” cooperative games like “Forbidden Desert,” and party games like “Quelf.” Library patrons in good standing may check out up to two games at a time, for a period of one week.
For more information, call the library at 508-841-8533.