October 25, 2014
SWING ’39. Photo/Submitted
Shrewsbury – Arts on the Green at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury will present SWING ’39 Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. For over 15 years, SWING ‘39 has been conjuring the spirits of gypsy guitarist D’jango Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli who, in their years together in Paris just before WWII, crafted a unique style of music often referred to as “hot club” or “gypsy” jazz. The band’s name, SWING ‘39, refers to a tune composed by D’jango in the year 1929, recalling that time in musical history when tunes by Cole Porter, Gershwin, and Ellington were all the rage, and jazz was evolving from ragtime and blues into the more sophisticated sounds of Big Band Swing.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, SWING ‘39 plays the music of these masters as well as the composition of D’jango, but with a Kentucky twist. The result is music that is full of a contagious attitude which is energetic, sassy, and lots of fun. Band members include Ben Andrews – guitar, Ken Allday – guitar, Jane Halliday – violin, and John Thornberry – bass.
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 children and students. First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury is located at 19 Church Rd.
Southborough – Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tracy Grammer will be performing Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the 19th season opener of the Steeple Coffeehouse at Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St. Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the “postmodern, mythic American folk” duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, and has become one of folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her spring water-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive delicate, she is also a masterful storyteller.
Tickets are, in advance, $15 general and $12 students/seniors. At the door, tickets are $18 general and $15 students/seniors. Admission is free for children under 5. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.steeplecoffeehouse.org or call 508-281-9995.
Marlborough – Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) will host the 5th Annual Trick or Trot 5K road race and one mile fun walk Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Yawkey Sports Training Center, 512 Forest St., to raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes and programs. People of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to come wearing their best Halloween costumes. The event also features a Kid’s Dash for all runners who are 12 years of age and younger.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race kicks off at 10 a.m. After the race and walk, all participants are invited to attend the post-race Monster Mash Party featuring refreshments, awards, and a costume contest.
Registration for the event is available online at www.SomaTrickorTrot.org. The first 200 participants to register will receive a long-sleeved event T-shirt. All of those who raise a minimum of $100 will be given a SOMA fleece blanket the day of the race as a token of appreciation.
Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant, the Marlborough Board of Health, and the Marlborough Medical Reserve Corps have announced that the city will be holdings its annual city-wide flu clinic Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Whitcomb Middle School. The flu clinic will provide flu shots for ages 2 years old and above. Spanish and Portuguese translators will be available for those who need assistance.
The clinic will operate by appointment only from 9 a.m. until noon. Reservations can be made by going to www.MyLocalClinic.com. Look for the information for the Marlborough Clinic. Follow the instructions to make an appointment and fill out the screening form, print it, and bring it to the appointment. Residents are asked to bring health insurance information. All residents are eligible to receive a flu shot regardless of their ability to pay.
Registration for flu shots will begin Wednesday, Oct. 15 and will close Thursday, Oct. 23 or when the clinic appointments are full, whichever comes first. Further information is available on the Marlborough City webpage and Marlborough City’s Facebook page, or by contacting the Marlborough Health Department at 508-460-3751.
Shrewsbury – An indoor Thrift Sale and Bake Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St. There will be a large selection of items at thrifty prices, including household items, attic treasures, furniture, linens, games, toys, books, gently used clothing, and shoes for all ages.
All are welcome. Visit www.trinityshrewsbury.org for more information.
Westborough – The Willows at Westborough, 1 Lyman St., will hold a free program on meeting college costs Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tim Higgins, a certified financial planner, will educate participants about paying for college.
Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling Sherry or Susan at 508-898-3490 ext. 2023.
Marlborough – The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will host the Fall One Day Book and Bake Sale Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the library’s Bigelow Auditorium and the lower level outer lobby at 35 W. Main St. Adult hardcover books will be $1; paperbacks and young adult and children hardcover books, $.50; and children’s soft cover books, $.25.
Lunch at The Friends Cafe includes sandwiches, chili, coffee, soda and water, along with delicious baked goods. Call Bake Sale Chair Teresa Stefanski at 508-485-4204 or 508-485-4334 to donate baked goods.
To volunteer or for further information regarding any of the Friends programs, call 413-648-9663, email email@example.com or visit www.mpl-friends.org.
Westborough – Westborough Girl Scout Troop 30633 will be holding a yard sale Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Tufts Machine Lot, 55 East Main St. To donate items, call 508-870-1895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westborough – An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 West Main St. 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 30 pints of blood at this blood drive. Donors will receive free T-shirts (while supplies last).
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.
Hudson – The Harvest Craft Fair in Hudson will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson.
Visit www.ucmh.org to find out more.