April 27, 2014
Sudbury – Sunday, April 27, 12 – 2:30 p.m., or Sunday, May 4, 12 – 2:30 p.m., join Maynard Historian Paul Boothroyd for a bus tour of the historical sites of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Visit sites dating back to Native Americans, Washington and the War of Independence, and World War II for many entertaining stories and anecdotes.
What does “Assabet” mean in Native American Algonquin? Did you know the area was settled by the “third land grant”? During the war of Independence in 1776, ammunition wagon trains traveled through this area to deliver arms to George Washington to defend Trenton. You will see several of the 50 ammunition storage bunkers from World War II and even have a chance to see inside one!
Paul Boothroyd will tell you intriguing stories of Henry Ford’s intentions to buy the area to build an airport. He will point to locations where a Finnish Ice House stood in the early 1900’s when a thriving Finnish community lived in Maynard and worked in the Woolen Mills, and of a honeymoon cottage on Puffer Pond, and tell you riveting ghost stories of wailing women at night and the sound of galloping horses and much more.
Visit the new visitor center at the Refuge and learn about the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and the seven other refuges in Eastern Massachusetts Refuge Complex managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Meet at the Assabet River NWR visitor center, 680 Hudson Rd., Sudbury. The tour starts promptly at 12 p.m.
Tickets at $9 per person in advance only. Reserve your space early by calling Paul Boothroyd at 978-835-4515. Visit www.farnwr.org for more information about programs and events. Sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR.
The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury will host an “Earth Day Recycle Event,” Sunday, April 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Town Hall, 100 Maple Ave.
Items accepted include:
Electronics: computers, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, power supplies, cords, phones, cell phones, radios, stereos, games, toys, copiers, fax machines, etc.
Equipment: (no fuel – no oil onboard) lawn mowers, snow blowers, yard tools, power tools, hand tools, and exercise equipment, etc.
All metals: Steel, aluminum, copper, brass, etc., lawn furniture, broken tools, pots and pans, fencing, wire, extension cords, ladders, bicycles, swing sets, chains, and tire rims etc. If it’s metal, bring it!
All plastics: kids toys, kids pools, coolers, baby furniture, baby carriages, and car seats.
The cost is $35/ car load or low single item fees. Exception are TVs, which are charged by the pound (50¢/lb.) and computer monitors, which are $20 per monitor.
Not accepted items include: wood, glass, liquids, upholstered furniture, paper, fluorescent bulbs, carpet, textiles, and hazardous materials.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the service projects of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.
Worcester – Sunday, April 27, the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts’ 5K & Walk for Autism Awareness will take place at DCR Quinsigamond State Park, 284 Lake Ave., Worcester.
To find out more about or to register for the 5K and Walk event, visit www.autismresourcecentral.org/Fundraising/Run%20Walk/index.
Worcester – The Best Buddies Friendship Walk will be held Sunday, April 27 at Elm Park in Worcester. Registration takes place at 9 a.m., with warm-up and pre-event fun at 9:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and post-event activities will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Join Best Buddies Massachusetts for fun, food, and music, and help celebrate the power of friendship!
Hudson – All are welcome to the Sunday, April 27 worship service at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson to hear storyteller Elisa Pearmain share a number of stories from the Buddhist tradition that illustrate various aspects and benefits of cultivating a mindfulness practice in daily life. She recently recorded a CD program called “Forgiveness: Telling Our Stories in New Ways.”
The service, “Once Upon a Present Moment,” is at 10:30 a.m. at the church’s location at 80 Main St., Hudson. For more information, visit www.ucmh.org or call the church office at 978-562-9180.
Hopkinton – After a winter that seemed like it would never end, aren’t you ready for a little springtime shopping? The arrival of spring marks the return of an anticipated tradition for local residents-the 7th annual Art in the Garden Craft Show at Weston Nurseries. The event takes place rain or shine on Sunday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The juried show will feature pottery, jewelry, garden signs, bags made from sails, soap, lotion, candles, women’s belts, men’s and boy’s belts, alpaca fleece blankets & toys, jewelry stands made from chinaware, flower sculptures made from recycled glassware, stained glass, hand blown glass bowls and vases, rustic bird houses, copper topped bird houses, shell wreaths & mirrors, tye-dye T-shirts, skirts and tunics made from recycled T-shirts, hand painted kids clothing, wind chimes made from silver plated flatware, dog collars & leashes, mosaics, kids and adults hair accessories, hats and scarves, honey, and pickles and jam.
Weston Nurseries is located at 93 East Main St. in Hopkinton. The $3 admission will go to benefit Project Just Because.
Lancaster – To heighten awareness in the community of those living with limb loss, the New England Amputee Association is holding its Annual Amputee Walkathon, From Limb Loss to Limitless, Sunday, April 27, from 12 – 3 p.m., on the indoor track at Orchard Hill Athletic Club, 100 Duval St., Lancaster.
Those interested in walking or in sponsoring a walker can contact Rose Bissonnette at 978-365-2580 or visit www.newenglandamputeeassociation.com/event/2014-walkathon.
Westborough – Allison Canale, author of “Ella and the Worry Doll,” will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Sunday, April 27, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Whether it is snakes, storms, or school bullies, everyone has things that make them afraid. But when Ella and her friends are worried or afraid, they call upon their very
special friend who helps them sort out their feelings. Are you worried or afraid? Well, “.. if you might be carrying troubled thought or two, just tell this friend and then believe and surely he’ll help you!” Told in verse, this charming tale of Ella and her special friend reminds kids of all ages that sometimes, it helps to talk out your worries and your feelings- and that there is always someone out there who will listen.
All are welcome to stop in and meet the author. Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.
Grafton – On Sunday, April 27, from 1 – 2 p.m., the Westborough Historical Society (WHS) will be offering a private tour of Willard House and Clock Museum in Grafton. Discover the legacy of three generations of Willard clockmakers, who began making clocks in Grafton in 1766.
More than 80 Willard clocks are exhibited in the birthplace and original workshop, along with family portraits and furnishings. Works by all three generations of Willard clockmakers, including famed clockmakers Simon Willard, Jr. and Benjamin Franklin Willard, are also displayed. Learn about their role in America’s technological, artistic and entrepreneurial history.
Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the WHS Headquarters, Sibley House, 13 Parkman St., Westborough, to carpool. Admission is $6 for the public and free to WHS members. Call Kris Allen at 508-366-0312 to reserve a space in advance.
April 28, 2014
Marlborough – Marlborough Moves, a free year-long health and wellness program from the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, is offering the opportunity to try a ZUMBA class for free! The Wayside Racquet and Tennis Club has extended all Marlborough Moves members the invitation to join a ZUMBA class for free from April 21 through May 2, 2014.
The dates and times for the classes are Mondays, April 21 and April 28, from 7:15 – 8 p.m., and Wednesdays, April 23 and April 30, from 9:30 – 10:25 a.m.
To ensure a spot in a class, interested attendees must RSVP two days before the class they intend to join by emailing Julie@marlboroughwellnesscenter.com. On the day of the class, upon arrival at the Wayside Racquet and Tennis Club, 80 Broadmeadow St., attendees must inform the front desk that they are a Marlborough Moves member participating in the free ZUMBA class.