Calendar of Events
April 12, 2014
Westborough – An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, 272 Boston Turnpike Rd. (Route 9). This 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. The Red Cross is hoping to collect at least 28 pints of blood at this drive.
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 to schedule an appointment to donate.
Wayland – Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is holding its first Home Sweet Home event Saturday, April 12 at Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland from 7 – 10 p.m. The event will be a showcase of local bakeries’ and restaurants’ desserts paired with delicious refreshments. Tickets are $50 each. There will also be live entertainment from 4everFab, a Beatles tribute band.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.habitatmwgw.org/events/home-sweet-home.
Shrewsbury – “Love and Spring,” a vocal chamber music gala, takes place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury. Nationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato joins pianist Malcolm Halliday, cellist Betsy Bronstein, and flutist Jung-Yi Hsien Daugherty to present chamber works by a wide range of composers, including Handel, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Delibes, Ravel and Saint-Saens.
Admission is free, with contributions accepted. Suggested contributions are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Concerts are supported in part by a grant from the Shrewsbury Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Auburn – Pakachoag Music School will hold school-wide recitals Saturday, April 12, from 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., in the Great Hall, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. Everyone is welcome to the free recitals. Refreshments follow each recital session.
Over 26 students will perform in the two student recitals as part of Pakachoag Music School’s Spring Student Recitals. Students represent 10 different Worcester area communities and are aged 6 to 18 years old. Performances include selections for violin, flute, cello, piano, and clarinet – everything from beginning selections on up, including pieces by Bach, Chopin and Schumann. The 2:30 session will also include two delightful selections for piano four-hands.
For information, call Pakachoag Music School at 508-791-8159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westborough – The grand opening of Integrated Martial Arts/Crossfit Prototype will be Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 50 East Main St., Westborough. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to train with Daniel Gracie and Mark Dellagrotte, two of the world’s best coaches in ground and stand-up fighting (Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai). No martial arts experience is required. A Brazilian barbecue will follow the event.
To register, email email@example.com or call 508-366-1028. Pre-registration is $50, while cost at the door is $75. For more information on Integrated Martial Arts/Crossfit Prototype, visit www.crossfitprototype.com.
April 11, 2014
Southborough – Join Southborough Recreation, 21 Highland St., Friday, April 11 for a hands-on visit with adult and baby animals through the Audubon Ark Wildlife Outreach program. There will be two classes – from 10:30 – 11 a.m. and 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – with a maximum of 15 preschool-age participants per class. The program is appropriate for ages 3 – 5.
A teacher from the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will bring mice with baby mice and a chicken with chicks if available. Children will have the opportunity to touch and learn about these animals from the teacher. The program is sponsored by the Friends of Southborough Recreation and is free to Southborough residents.
Space is limited to 15 spots per class. Call 508-229-4452 for more information or to sign up.
A variant of bonsai, kokedama are Japanese string gardens that have become an Internet craze. Elevate ordinary houseplants into art! Make two “nature inspired” moss balls for your table, or hang them from above with extra raﬃa string to enjoy plants from another dimension.
The suggested donation is $15 for Friends members and $25 for non-Friends members. Call the Southborough Senior Center at 508-229‐4453 to sign up.
April 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014
Hudson – “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder will be performed by the River’s Edge Players Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m., in the Hudson Town Hall auditorium, 78 Main St. The Pulitzer Prize winning American classic is directed by Lynne Johnson, REAA Executive Director.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.upwitharts.org. Ticket prices are $14 for adult members and $12 for student/senior members, or $16 for adult non-members and $14 for student/senior non-members. For more information or questions, visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-562-1646.
Hudson – Friday April 11, from 7 – 9 p.m., there will be a free book discussion for parents and caregivers on The Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar’s short book, “The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children,” at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson.
This will be a lively one-evening discussion of benefits and challenges raising spiritually alive youngsters.
For more information, visit www.ucmh.org or call the church office at 978-562-9180.
Northborough – Friday, April 11, children of all ages are invited to the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., anytime between 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make a sensory collage. Create your own sensory collage from lots of fun materials. The craft is being held in relation to Autism Awareness Month.
No registration is needed. Call 508-393-5025 ext. 4 to find out more.