Marlborough – The River’s Edge Arts Alliance will be holding a wine tasting fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 28, from 6-8 p.m., at the Vin Bin in Marlborough. Experience delicious wines and cheeses while listening to beautiful music. All purchases from The Vin Bin will benefit the River’s Edge Arts Alliance.
Tickets are $5 for ages 21 and up. Raffles tickets will be available for purchase at the event for prizes. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.upwitharts.org or call 978-562-1646. The Vin Bin is located at 91 Main St., Marlborough.
Marlborough – The third annual “Olivia’s Ride” in memory of Olivia McGowan will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning and ending at Moose Lodge 1129, 67 Fitchburg St., and featuring food, a DJ, raffles, and a cash bar.
Olivia, a Berlin resident, died in 2011 at age 8 from Fryns Syndrome, a multiple congenital anomaly syndrome. To honor her memory, her parents, Rich and Sharon, have organized the ride as a fundraiser for Boston Children’s Hospital.
Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m., with kickstands up at 11 a.m. There will be no pre-registration. The cost for riders is $20; passengers, $10. The public is welcome to attend the event for a $10 entry fee. Children under 12 are free.
Donations are gratefully accepted through the website www.oliviasride.com or by mail to St. Mary’s Credit Union, 439 Main St., Hudson, MA 01749. Checks should be made payable to “Olivia’s Ride.”
For more information, contact Sharon McGowan at 508-561-6954.
Westborough – David Reinhart, author of “Osprey Point,” will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1-3 p.m. A supervisor at a nuclear power plant is found dead in his office. Is it suicide, an accident—or murder? And if it is murder, how did the killer avoid the plant’s security system? Follow the action as one man refuses to accept the attempt to whitewash the whole investigation.
All are welcome to meet the author. Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough continued its longtime tradition of offering Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to rising 11th-graders. Over 170 recipients, known as RYLAns, from Rotary District 7910 attended this year’s weekend of workshops from June 27 to 29 at Worcester State University. Westborough Rotarians sponsored five local RYLAns: Riley Gardner, Jon Gross, Matt Pickering, Molly Reilly and Michala Sockol.
Effective public speaking was one lesson they developed that weekend. At the Westborough Rotarians’ Aug. 6 meeting at The Chateau, those skills were displayed in a question-and-answer exchange with two of the RYLAns, Riley and Molly.
“We got to learn about ourselves and leadership qualities,” Riley shared. “Communication is the most important. We learned to work together and communicate with other people in a group.”
For the weekend’s first workshop, groups of students were given newspapers and masking tape with instructions to build a bridge tall enough so that a can of paint would fit underneath. Another paint can was placed on top of each bridge to test its sturdiness. This exercise was done nonverbally.
“Without speaking, it was really tough to communicate with people who we just met about 10 minutes ago,” Riley acknowledged. “But we worked it out.”
Molly added, “It didn’t even look like a bridge, but it was a great way to start the weekend.”
Riley and Molly both appreciated a guest speaker who conducted an exercise to help overcome barriers.
“On one side of a board you wrote your obstacles and on the other side you wrote your goals,” Riley explained. “At the end, we were able to break the board with our hand and it was really empowering.”
They also learned the values of teamwork and community service with the nonprofit Stop Hunger Now.
“We worked at different stations and packaged over 10,000 meals extremely fast,” Molly relayed. “That was really powerful how we were able to work together in such a short amount of time.”
RYLAns got a better understanding of the Rotary’s primary motto: “Service above Self.”
“It’s all about selflessness and doing things for other people in your community,” Molly said. “We’re fortunate to have a lot of resources when other people don’t.”
Students who have completed the RYLA weekend can apply the following year as a group facilitator. Those chosen are trained for several weekends in the winter and spring. This year, Westborough Rotarians selected two group facilitators, Marissa Moquin and Carlos Santom.
Among the Rotarians who volunteered to help with the weekend activities was Betsy Moquin, who considers rising 11-graders an ideal age for RYLA.
“They’re finding their niche in high school and they’re involved in whatever activities suit them best,” she said. “They’re at a point that they want to become the leader of a club or the captain of a team. They’re looking to develop and polish those skills that will take them to the next level.”
RYLAns can use these skills throughout their next few years, Moquin noted.
“They’re starting to get ready to meet with college admission councilors,” she said. “They’re being interviewed for potential scholarships to pay for their education. After they’re done with school, they can put these skills to good use when they start to enter the workforce.”
Molly and Riley are considering to apply as group facilitator next year. Likewise, Moquin is looking forward to volunteering again for the RYLA weekend.
“I like being a part of any activity that allows us to invest in that generation,” she said. “That’s what this weekend is all about.”
For more information about the Rotary Club of Westborough, visit www.westboroughrotary.org.]]>
Westborough – Teens at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 W. Main St., Westborough, will hold a yard sale Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Individuals are invited to rent a space for $15 to display and sell their own yard sale items. Tables are available on a first come basis. Residents may also donate items for the youth to sell. Donations may be placed in the Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday, Sept. 14.
This is an annual fundraising event for youth ministries at Good Shepherd. Reserve a table by contacting the church office at 508-366-7095 or email@example.com.
Westborough – New York Times bestselling author Suzy Becker enters the popular world of illustrated novels with “Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not.” Becker will be at Tatnuck Bookseller Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1-3 p.m.
This humorous illustrated diary novel, one of the bestselling genres for middle grade readers, features more than 450 illustrations. Kate The Great, Except When She’s Not offers a smart heroine that readers will love and relate to as she tackles all the familiar school settings, including band, art class, lunch room, and the school bus, as well as beloved class assignments on Colonial America and Columbus Day. Watch out, Kate is sure to become a classic character on the middle school scene!
All are welcome. Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.
Sudbury – A bike tour of Sudbury Valley Trustee (SVT) conservation land will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dick Williamson, Sudbury resident and long-time SVT member, will lead this casual 15- to 20-mile bike tour. Beginning at Wolbach Farm, attendees will cycle to numerous SVT properties in Sudbury and Wayland where they will be led on short walks. Bring a lunch for a noontime stop at Round Hill.
The program is open to riders of all abilities, including families with appropriate child carriers (seat or trailer). Helmets are required. The bike tour is free for SVT members and $10 for non-members. To register or for more information, visit www.sudburyvalleytrustees.org or call 978-443-5588. Wolbach Farm is located at 18 Wolbach Rd., Sudbury.
Worcester – For 40 years, the UMass Memorial Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has cared for the tiniest patients … a good reason for a special celebration! The NICU has earned an international reputation for the TLC that helps these tiny miracles. More than 20,000 babies have been cared for in the last four decades, and the team has been a part of incredible advancements in how critically-ill babies are nurtured.
A celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 pm, to mark the event. If your child was one of the NICU babies, come celebrate with them. The event will be held on the front lawn of the Medical Center’s University Campus, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester. Families can enjoy cake, games, face painting, and fun. Free parking is available.
Northborough – A fall drop-in craft for children of all ages will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St. Make your very own apple tree with fun materials provided by the library.
No registration is necessary. To find out more, call the library at 508-393-5025 ext. 4.
Marlborough – The River’s Edge Arts Alliance is very excited to present Synergia 2014, an engaging moveable exhibit of local history, poetry, art, and theater which will move from town to town in order to be enjoyed by multiple communities. Marlborough, Hudson, Bolton, Framingham, Northborough, and Sudbury, as well as surrounding community residents, are welcome to attend a wine and cheese reception Friday, Sept. 12, from 7-9 p.m., at the Main Street Café, 182 Main St., Marlborough.
For additional information, visit www.upwitharts.org or call the River’s Edge Arts Alliance at 978-562-1646.