WESTBOROUGH – It was a busy Saturday, Nov. 18, for Pvarthana Nirmal Kumar.
The Westborough High School junior took part in the 10th annual Turkey Trot dressed as the turkey mascot, joining other volunteers in cheering on nearly 1,000 runners and walkers.
“I chose to be a turkey,” she said.
While Kumar did her best to keep her feathers dry, participants sloshed through the 5K course around the high school and adjacent neighborhoods.
First across the line was Michael Lelacheur in 17 minutes and 34 seconds. The first woman to finish was Linda Spooner in 20:17.
“We love this race, and it’s for such a great cause,” said Spooner, who lives in Sturbridge.
After the 5K, the younger set took over for the fun run at the high school track.
In addition to the race, participants dropped off donations of nonperishable items for the Westborough Food Pantry.
The Westborough Dashers, a new social running club, recruited those interested in joining. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093016982007
As for Kumar? As soon as removed her feathers, she was off to Worcester State University for the MIAA Division 2 volleyball championship. Kumar serves as the Rangers’ team manager, so she had a front-row seat to the title game.
Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will benefit programs and initiatives of the Westborough Public Schools.
For information, visit www.westboroughturkeytrot.com.
The Turkey Trot is the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in town, which includes the following events:
Starting on Saturday, Nov. 25, the Civic Club will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and roping in front of Hastings Elementary School, East Main Street. Hours will be weekdays from 3:30 to 8 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale will run through Dec. 24.
The Winter Stroll, Light Parade and Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. (Light Parade and Rotary Club Winter Lights at 5:15 p.m.) Visit local businesses for treats and holiday cheer. Sponsored by Westborough Economic Development Committee, Westborough Public Library, Westborough Recreation and the Rotary Club of Westborough.
The Congregational Church will hold its annual Evergreen Fair on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include Grandma’s Attic, luncheon and more.
Come have breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 8:30 a.m. at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate, orange juice and coffee. There will also be games, crafts and face painting. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for children 3 years of age and younger. RSVP by calling 508-366-3000. Sponsored by the Westborough Senior Center Supporters.
First United Methodist Church, 120 W. Main St., will present Christmas Handbell Concerts on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The 4:30 p.m. concert will be in person and on Facebook; the 7:30 p.m. concert is in person only.