December 14, 2013
Shrewsbury – Wellspring United Methodist Church will hold a Blue Christmas Service Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in Lawrence Hall at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St. A free soup and bread meal will be served from 6 to 7 p.m.
For many people this season is not one of joy but truly a painful season in which recent losses seem more intense; those who have endured long periods of unemployment or physical hardship find it hard to find reasons to celebrate. The Blue Christmas service is designed to help people refocus and experience God’s gift in a different way, to help each other find God’s presence even when life itself seems overwhelming. The service will feature prayers, scriptures, and music.
Wellspring United Methodist Church is a young and growing community of faith serving Shrewsbury, Northborough, and the surrounding area. For more information, call 508-842-4665.
Marlborough – Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Come Home for the Holidays” with Fromm Family Foods at Pets Gone Healthy in Marlborough. Take advantage of samples, drawings, giveaways, and holiday refreshments.
Bring in a bag of your current food containing wheat, meat and bone meal, corn, corn gluten meal, or by-product meal and receive a *free bag of gourmet Fromm cat or dog food (*with purchase of one bag, while supplies last).
Pets Gone Healthy is located at 505 Boston Post Road West (Twinboro Crossing) in Marlborough. Call 508-485-3881 or visit www.petsgonehealthy.com to find out more.
Westborough – Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop in at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough to meet Santa Claus! Children who visit with Santa will receive a free candy cane.
Tatnuck is located at 18 Lyman St. (Westboro Shopping Center) in Westborough.
Shrewsbury – The Gallery at Shrewsbury Crossings will open the Shrewsbury High School Senior Show Saturday, Dec. 14, from 3 – 5 p.m. with an artists’ reception. The exhibit will be open to the public daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, March 1.
At the opening reception, student artists will welcome guests and discuss their work and artistic methods. Classical pianist Katherine Evans will perform. The show will feature paintings, pottery, photography, and 3D works; some will be offered for sale, with all proceeds going to the artist.
Shrewsbury High School Visual Art Director Pamela LeBlanc coordinated the student submissions.
“Students have been working really hard this year and it is always exciting when they get to show their work to the greater community,” she said.
This exhibit is the second for Shrewsbury High School students at the gallery, according to Kelly Marcimo, director of community relations at Shrewsbury Crossings.
“We were so impressed with the level of work the students produced last year, our residents truly enjoyed the show,” she said. “We are more than pleased to make this an annual event. This year we wanted to give the graduating seniors the spotlight on their work. It’s a special chance for them to have a gallery hanging experience.”
Visitors to the gallery are encouraged to bring a filled stocking to the opening to be included in the annual Stockings for Seniors collection. Holiday stockings will be distributed via the Shrewsbury Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.
Shrewsbury Crossings, located at 311 Main St., offers assisted living and the Harbor Program of care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.
Westborough – Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Santa Claus will be visiting St. Mary’s Credit Union in Westborough. Join in for free photos with Santa and holiday treats.
St. Mary’s Credit Union is located at 96 Turnpike Rd. (Route 9 East), Westborough.
Northborough – All are welcome to the Northboro Contra Dance to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 – 11 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian Church, 40 Church St., Northborough.
No experience is required, and live music will be provided by the Allemande North Band. All dances are taught, with Don Heinold providing pre-dance instruction for beginners on the basic steps at 7:30 p.m. Come with or without a partner, but please wear clean, soft-soled shoes.
Townsend – The holiday season is upon us with music playing in the stores, lights being hung throughout the town, and shoppers getting gifts for their loved ones. On Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., take a break from your holiday planning and attend Women of Note’s “Harmony for the Holidays” show at the beautifully restored Memorial Hall, 272 Main St.
The chorus will be singing many of your holiday favorites in 4-part a cappella harmony! Joining them are various chorus quartets, including Happy Hour, Acappella 4, The Young and the Rest of Us, and Life’s a Pitch.
Tickets to the show are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children 18 and under. Refreshments will also be served.
Women of Note is part of Harmony, Inc., which is an international, educational organization of women barbershop singers that has chapters throughout the US and Canada. The chorus has 31 members that come from all over central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. For more information on the chorus, visit www.womenofnote.org.
Parents are welcome to drop their kids off and take an hour to themselves to get some errands done! All artists must pre-register.
Visit www.artmakerz.com to register or to find out more. ArtmakerZ, a division of Gastonart & Frame, is located at 257 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury.
Westborough – An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, 272 Turnpike Rd. (Route 9 East), Westborough. 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 30 pints of blood at this drive.
All donors will receive a free Restaurant.com giftcard, courtesy of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture.
The Red Cross has to collect 3,000 pints of blood everyday to meet the basic needs of patients throughout New England. In the United States, blood is needed for transfusions every two seconds. This blood can only come from caring volunteer donors. All blood types are needed, blood type O is the universal donor and always in great need.
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.
Clinton – A Family Day celebrating Toyland will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton. Join in for a playful day of activities and learn about Russian toys and traditions.
All activities are free with event admission, and refreshments are also free. Enjoy family-friendly gallery tours; take-home arts and crafts activities and more; and support WHEAT Community Connections by donating a new, unwrapped toy (and receive one free Family Day admission, too!).
Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 for children ages 3 -17, and free for members and children under 3. To find out more, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org. The Museum of Russian icons is located at 203 Union St. in Clinton.