Time to ‘Unplug’ and have some fun in Westborough


Time to ‘Unplug’ and have some fun in Westborough
The Old-Fashioned Bike Parade will return to Hastings Elementary School on Monday, May 6, as part of Westborough Unplugs. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – From May 5-11, residents will have a chance to step away from the screen, put away the phone, and discover what’s available in town with “Westborough Unplugs.”

“It’s a chance to unplug and tune in to what life is all about,” said Kelley Petralia, executive director of Westborough Connects, which is helping present the week-long series of programs.

The Westborough Public Library will be the place for several activities, including:

Sunday, May 5, 3 to 5 p.m. – Festival! A Trip through Time. Scavenger hunt, cotton candy, trivia and more. For all ages.

Tuesday, May 7, 4 to 5:30 p.m. – Family Game Day. With Youth & Family Services. No registration required.

Wednesday, May 8 – Infant Massage Workshop, 1 to 2 p.m.; Puzzle Contest, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Registration required for both programs.

Thursday, May 9 – Create a Fairy Garden (teens), 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (registration required)

Friday, May 10, 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Reading Buddies (registration required).

Other events planned for the week include a Community Bike Ride on Sunday, May 5; You Can Write a Novel on May 6; and a chance to explore Nourse Farm on Saturday, May 11.

Unplugged Walks and Talks will happen daily during the week.

New programs include workouts sponsored by Prototype (family workout on Friday, May 10) and Midstrong (outdoor workout on Tuesday, May 7); and Ice Cream Wednesday on Wednesday, May 8, at Uhlman’s Ice Cream.

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The Old-Fashioned Bike Ride will take place on Monday, May 6, at Hastings Elementary School. Arrival at 5:30 p.m.; the parade will begin at 6. No preregistration required; all families are welcome. Decorate your bike, trike, wheelchair or stroller, either at home or when you arrive.

The signature event, Bookin’ It to Bay State, will take place on Thursday, May 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to bring a book and a blanket or chair. There will be a storytime with the librarian from Armstrong Elementary School; an all-ages book swap hosted by Hygge House Books and Tatnuck Bookseller; the Mobile Library from Westborough Public Library; the Turquoise Table; a welcome table with the Westborough Senior Center; and raffle prizes.

On that day, Panera Bread will donate 20% from all pre-tax sales between 4 and 8 p.m. to Westborough Connects. Customers must show the flyer, which is available via tinyurl.com/WCpanera.

In addition to activities, Westborough Connects will offer resources on the importance of unplugging to one’s mental health.

“If we’re on our phones six hours a day, we don’t get to do these things,” said Petralia.

Sponsors include the Westborough Civic Club, Reliant Foundation, Central One Federal Credit Union, Grossman Development Group, Central National Gottesman Foundation, Avidia Foundation and Prototype Training Systems.

For a complete schedule, visit www.westboroughconnects.org, or visit its Facebook page.

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