Calendar of Events
December 8, 2013
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5 Church St., on Wood Square, Hudson, will hold its “Feeding with Fellowship” community supper Sunday, Dec. 8, from 5 – 6 p.m., in its River Room. The meal will include shepherd’s pie, “soup for the soul,” green salad, and desserts.
The community suppers are held the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, and are free with donations accepted. To find out more about Saint Luke’s, visit www.stlukeshudson.org.
Marlborough – Solomon Pond Mall, 601 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough, will hold a Caring Santa™ event Sunday, Dec. 8, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit the Simon® Santa Photo Experience.
Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa. This environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
• Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the Santa set, dimming the lights, and shutting down fountains during the duration of the event.
• Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
• Special activities and stories geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
Participants are encouraged to RSVP for the Caring Santa event at Solomon Pond Mall by going to www.CaringSanta.com. Solomon Pond Mall is located at 601 Donald Lynch Blvd. in Marlborough.
December 7, 2013
Marlborough – All are welcome to the St. Matthias Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 409 Hemenway St. There will be a crafts table and traditional greens table where patrons will find unique gifts for the holidays, as well as an array of vendors with their own specialized crafts.
The parish bake table will offer a variety of goodies and homemade treats. New kitchen items, including homemade soups and grilled favorites, will be served in the dining area. There are many raffle prizes and baskets, including a $500 cash price, Celtics tickets, theater tickets and other items. And, of course, there will be a visit from Santa.
For more information, call 508-460-9255.
Southborough – The 36th annual Santa Day will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 12 – 3 p.m. Santa will arrive via helicopter on the front field at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlborough Road (on the corner of routes 85 and 30). Then he will travel to the Southborough Community House directly across the street, 28 Main St., where children can sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their wish lists.
The cost of admittance is $5 per child or $10 per family. The event will include a variety of holiday crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment by Mr. Dave of Garden Music Together.
This event is organized by Southborough Kindergroup and is sponsored by local businesses.
Shrewsbury/Northborough – Local police and fire departments will hold their annual Toys for Tots toy drives next month.
The Shrewsbury Police Department Patrolman’s Local 426 is hosting the second annual “Fill the Wagon” to benefit the Toys for Tots program Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police department headquarters, 106 Maple Ave.
New unwrapped toys will be collected and children will have the opportunity to climb in the back of the wagon to drop off toys, sit on a police motorcycle, and have a picture taken with Santa. Snacks and hot chocolate will be available.
The Northborough Fire Department, 11 Pierce St. (behind CVS), is again an official drop-off site for the USMC Reserve Toys for Tots collection program. Additional drop off sites are located at the Town Administrator’s Office, Northborough Town Hall, 63 Main St., and the Northborough Public Library, 34 Main St.
New toys should be non-violent, unwrapped and in the original packaging for ages 1-16 years old. Toys can be dropped off during normal business hours at all locations through Tuesday, Dec. 17.
The Ghost Light Players cordially invite you to a Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser Dec. 7, from 7 – 9 p.m., at Julio’s Liquors, 140 Turnpike Rd. (Route 9 East), Westborough.
Join in for a fun evening of delicious wine and beer tastings, light snacks, live entertainment, and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds to benefit the theater troupe. Members of the troupe will perform scenes from next year’s shows!
Tickets are just $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door. To purchase your tickets now, visit the Ghost Light Players’ online box office at www.ghostlightplayers.com or call the box office at 508-263-0052.
Please note: This event is for adults age 21 and up only.
Northborough – The Northborough Community Affairs Committee will hold the town’s annual tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Blake Street and Route 20. This year’s celebration will feature the Hundredth Town Chorus singing holiday carols, holiday bells for the children to ring, hot cocoa and cookies, and local merchants.
The annual tree lighting began in 1968 in honor of the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army private first class, who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19. It is sponsored by United Bank.
This event will be the grand finale to the Northboro Holiday Trolley, which will ride up and down Main Street from 12-5 p.m., sponsored by local merchants and small businesses. A raffle will be held at the tree lighting for those patrons that participated by acquiring stamps on their trolley passport from retailers along the trolley route. For more information on the trolley, visit http://northboroholidaytrolley.com/.
For more information about the Northborough Community Affairs Committee, visit www.northboroughcac.weebly.com or on Facebook.
December 7, 2013 – December 8, 2013
Celebrate the holiday season with Hopkinton Drug, 52 Main St., the weekend of Dec. 7 & 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., during its 25th Annual Holiday Open House.
Bring the whole family along and enjoy everything from food tastings, door prizes, raffles, music, and caricatures to children’s crafts, face painting, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” readings, and pictures with Santa (please make sure to bring your own camera)! Other highlights include natural product samples and the opportunity to meet with representatives from some top supplement companies. Also, Hopkinton Drug Wellness Counselors will be available to meet with you.
If you would like to donate a toy, Hopkinton Drug is an official “Toys for Tots” drop-off location. For more information, visit www.rxandhealth.com or call 508-435-4441.
Dec. 7, from 1 – 3 p.m., Laura Spinella, the author of Perfect Timing, will be at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18, Lyman St., Westborough.
What’s a Jersey girl to do when she moves to Catswallow, Alabama? Isabel Lang finds the answer in friendship, an unlikely bond with the musically gifted Aidan Roycroft. The two share everything from a first kiss to startling family secrets. But when Aidan is accused of a violent crime, the inseparable pair flee to Las Vegas. The move seems like a jackpot win as a long-awaited romance ignites and a major recording label offers Aidan a deal. But Vegas luck doesn’t last when circumstance interferes and Isabel’s future comes tumbling down.
All are invited to stop in to meet the author.
The Northboro Holiday Trolley will hold its grand finale, with rides up and down Main Street Dec. 7, from 12 – 5 p.m. Participating stops include Annie’s Book Swap, Coco Beni, Craftworks, Ebb & Flow, Heart & Stone, J Briggs & Co., LaLa Java, Lil M’s, Lowe’s Variety, Marlborough Savings, Northboro Acupuncture, Northboro Computers, Northborough Free Library, Strut, Sweet Treats & Trains, Texas BBQ Co., Trinity Church, Trombetta’s, Treasure Chest, and Yowza.
A raffle will be held at the Northborough tree lighting for those patrons that participated by acquiring stamps on their trolley passport from retailers along the trolley route.
For more information on the trolley, visit www.northboroholidaytrolley.com.