December 14, 2013
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.
Marlborough – Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 – 3 p.m., a story time with Mrs. Claus will be hosted by Solomon Pond Mall. Mrs. Claus will be reading her favorite holiday stories and there will also be holiday craft making and more!
The event will be taking place in the JCPenney court. Solomon Pond Mall is located at 601 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough.
December 15, 2013
Dec. 15, from 5:30 – 9 p.m., Earthsong Yoga, 186 Main St., 2nd floor, Marlborough, will be presenting an Evening of Giving & Gifting to benefit the Marlborough Community Cupboard.
The giving: Join Tory J. Nash of Earthsong Yoga for a yoga class by cash donation to benefit the Marlborough Community Cupboard. The 90-minute class will focus on opening the heart through a series of gentle backbends, twists, and restorative poses.
The gifting: To thank you for your generosity in donating to the Marlborough Community Cupboard, please join the Earthsong Yoga Pop Up Shop. There will be something for all your gift giving needs…whether for you or a dear friend or family member! Available that night only, a sampling of the special offers include discounts on select January/February classes (up to 15% off if you register for two or more classes and pay in full), discounts on select private session gift certificates (limit one for you and up to two for gifts), and handmade yoga accessories.
Schedule of events:
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Earthsong Yoga Pop Up Shop
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Marlborough Community Cupboard Benefit Class
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Earthsong Yoga Pop Up Shop
If you have any questions, contact Tory J. Nash at http://toryjnash.com.
Dec. 15, the River’s Edge Holiday Concert will be held along with the 2nd Annual Holiday Shoppe. The concert, featuring the River’s Edge Community Band, Chorale and Youth Chorus, starts at 3 p.m. at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St., Hudson, with the shop and poinsettia sale opening at 2 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $12 for adults members, $14 for adult non-members, $10 for student/senior members, $12 for student/senior non-members, $8 for child members under 10, and $10 for child non-members under 10.
To find out more or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.upwitharts.org or call 978-562-1646.
Dec. 15, from 1- 3 p.m., Ted Reinstein will be at Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St., Westborough, to discuss and sign his new book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six State, Uncommon Stories.
Ted Reinstein has been a reporter, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest running locally-produced nightly newsmagazine, since 1995. He also provides reports and commentary on Sunday mornings for WCVB’s “On The Record,” a program that addresses political issues of the week. In addition, he sits on WCVB’s editorial board as a contributor, and since 2004, has written a weekly opinion column, “And Another Thing,” which appears on WCVB.com. In 2002, he was part of a team that won a prestigious National DuPont-Columbia Award for Chronicle’s coverage of Boston’s Big Dig project.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., a Christmas handbell concert will be performed at First United Methodist Church of Westborough, 120 West Main St.
Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m., a “Messiah Sing” will be presented by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. The Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio, in addition to the “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be sung at St. Matthias Church, 409 Hemenway St., Marlborough.
Those in attendance will be invited to join with members of the chorus, sitting in sections according to voice part. Generally, all participants greatly enjoy this beloved tradition of the Christmas season. Organist Brett Maguire will provide accompaniment, and vocal soloists will be soprano Dana Schnitzer, mezzo Caitlin Felsman, tenor Christopher Hutchinson, and baritone Mark Morgan. Robert P. Eaton, Artistic Director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, will direct the ensemble.
Some scores are available to share, although participants are urged to bring their own, if possible. Those who would prefer to listen only are also welcome.
A suggested donation of $10 is desired. Guests will be invited to share refreshments following the “sing.” For further information, call 978-562-9838 or visit www.avmsingers.org.
Hudson – All are invited to share in the holiday season with the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson at upcoming services.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m., celebrate the winter solstice with A Holiday Lawsuit, a readers’ theater in which solstice sues Christmas for stealing its symbols.
On Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m., join service for a Paper Bag Pageant in which congregants are recruited to be part of the story on the spot.
On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., celebrate the spirit of the season in a family worship service that honors the life and teachings of Jesus. Sing your favorite Christmas carols, listen to guest harpist Molly McCaffrey, a member of the New England Philharmonic, and experience the beauty and peace of the annual candle-lighting ceremony which concludes the service.
The church is located at 80 Main St. in Hudson. For more information, call the church office at 978-562-9180 or visit www.ucmh.org.
Sudbury – Learn about the threatened turtles of Massachusetts and how local communities and schools are working to save them during a discussion to be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
Learn about two local, threatened turtle species from Jared Green, who has first-hand experience tracking and catching these elusive reptiles. Families are welcome and you can meet the refuge’s resident Blanding’s turtles.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex is home to the federally-threatened Northern Red-bellied Cooter and the state-threatened Blanding’s turtle. Both species have seen severe population declines in the last several decades due to habitat loss and mortality from motor vehicles. To curb the loss of these fascinating freshwater turtle species, the USFWS has been working to protect and enhance existing and new populations.
A population of Northern Red-bellied Cooters is being augmented at Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a new population of Blanding’s turtles is being established at the Assabet River NWR using a conservation technique called head-starting, with local schools raising the turtle hatchlings.
Jared Green, is a graduate student at the University of Georgia who has worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 2011. He will talk about the history of both species in Massachusetts and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recent efforts to save them.
For information on how you can help save Blanding’s Turtles, go to www.farnwr.org. The Assabet River NWR is located at 680 Hudson St., Sudbury.
December 16, 2013
Marlborough – The holiday Luncheon at Marlborough Senior Center, 250 Main St., will be held Monday, Dec. 16, at 12:30 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Monday, Dec. 9.
The choice of meals will be beef stroganoff with egg noodles or chicken pot pie. Entertainment will be provided by the Marlborough High School Jazz Band.
Call the senior center at 508-485-6492 to sign up or for more information.