Item calendar for the July 22 Item

2022-07-22 07:27:40 By : Mr. Horse Jim

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Berlin Public Library: is open to the public. Summer reading is Read Beyond the Beaten Path and combines camp, adventure and skill development. Contact the library for information. Books and s'mores at the library, every Tuesday in July, 6 p.m.; pre-registration requested by emailing Traveling backpack week at the beginning of August: Each orange backpack has two compasses, a flashlight, bookmarks to color, a notebook and pencil, postcards and a letter to young campers; stay tuned for more details. Story Time at the library, 10:30 a.m., Mondays, July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, either outside or in the children's room. A four-hour American Red Cross Babysitter Certification Class will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 3-7 p.m., in Barnes Hall at the 1870 Town Hall, 12 Woodward Ave. Cost is $68 per student, to be paid at registration, cash or check made payable to "Safety Savvy"  The recommended age is 11-15 and includes topics such as care of infants and children, what to do in case of emergencies, choosing age appropriate activities, basic first aid and hands-only CPR. Tournament of Books Character Showdown 2022, read the books and vote in person for your favorite characters, or via email to Ms. Sara.  Contact Berlin Public Library, (978) 838-2812 or email

Democratic Candidates Forum: for First Worcester Senate District, Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., at 19 Carter Community Center, Berlin, featuring primary opponents Robyn Kennedy and Joe Petty, who will be on the Democratic ballot Sept. 6. Incumbent Harriett Chandler is not running for re-election and no Republicans are running. The event is hosted by the Berlin, Bolton and Northborough Democratic Town Committees. Candidate questions can be submitted in advance to

Berlin’s Family Food Pantry: is open, by appointment, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call (774) 245-8320 for information or to make an appointment. The Berlin Family Food Pantry serves residents of Berlin, as well as non-residents who are employed by the Town of Berlin, or students/families in the Berlin school system. Go to for information on what is provided or to learn ways to donate and help the mission. 

Bolton Access TV: July 24-30:  At 8 p.m. on Channel 8, tune in for a summer concert from the Blackstone Valley Community Choir. Then at 10 p.m., watch the Nashoba Symphonic Band's "A Senior Moment," a concert celebrating the Class of 2022. Find the whole schedule online at BoltonAccess.TV.

Democratic Candidates Forum: for First Worcester Senate District, Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., at 19 Carter Community Center, Berlin, featuring primary opponents Robyn Kennedy and Joe Petty, who will be on the Democratic ballot Sept. 6. Incumbent Harriett Chandler is not running for re-election and no Republicans are running. The event is hosted by the Berlin, Bolton and Northborough Democratic Town Committees. Candidate questions can be submitted in advance to

Care Closet: at Nashoba Regional High School is stocked and products are available to students over the summer. Students can contact Tracy Landry, school librarian,, or Emily Chaves, library assistant, at with a list of requested items. Care bags will be put together for pick up at the high school office. Donations accepted of gently used clothing, cold weather gear, personal care products and school supplies.  There is a bin located in the foyer at NRHS, 12 Green Road.  

DCR Summer Programs:  Summer Strolls, Saturday, July 30, 9-11 a.m. Meet at Gate 8. Parking across from the intersection of Cross Street and Route 70, Boylston; easy, 2.5 mile walk. Water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, long pants and sleeves recommended. Fishtory - The History of Fishing at the Reservoir, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Boylston Library; registration required directly with the library or get a link to join online,, or (508) 869-2371; Watershed Rangers present the history of fishing from the 1890s to today from historical state records and showcase the species of fish in the reservoir from surveys; presentation is followed by a question and answer session. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. For information, contact program coordinator,

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill: New England Lily Society Show, Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; lecture "Daylily Characteristics, Propagation and Hybridizing," 11 a.m.-noon, and demonstration "Dividing a Daylily" and raffle, 12:15-12:45 p.m.; included with admission. Uprooted Land Art, by W. Gary Smith, runs through Nov. 1. The Ramble is open  with a new children's garden. Summer evenings in July and August every Thursday, with small bites, craft beers and wine, hikes and sunsets over the reservoir. Visit for information and registration.

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary: trails open Saturdays through Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The exhibit, "The Sanctuary of Nature," by the Rockport Art Association and Museum," is on view through Sept. 11 at the Linden Street Gallery, 690 Linden St. The exhibit showcases the landscapes and seascapes of Cape Ann in every season. For information, call (508) 869-3434 or

Programs at Bigelow Library: Presidential History Programs via Zoom, in collaboration with other libraries on the following Tuesdays at 2 p.m.: July 26, "A Civil Rights Investigation: Mississippi Burning," LBJ presidency; Aug. 9, "FDR's Four Freedoms"; Aug. 23, "The Energy Crisis of the 1970s," Jimmy Carter's presidency; and Aug. 30, "Life and Times of President Ronald Reagan." Armchair Travel program via Zoom, from 2-3 p.m.:  Aug. 16, a virtual trip to Norway with the Traveling Librarian. For information, contact the Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St., (978) 365-4061, You can also reach the Bigelow Library by visiting 54 Walnut St. Hours are Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The full calendar is available at

Museum of Russian Icons:  In support of Ukraine, the museum reinstalls Lesia Sochor's "Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal," through July 24, featuring three new works in response to the crisis. August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation sponsoring free activities and admission; the Museum of Russian Icons is featured on Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. "Tea is for Tradition" exhibit, through Oct. 2, featuring an array of objects associated with tea drinking and the infusion of tea culture in Russian Art, craft and literature, including samovars, wooden dolls. "Images of Atheism: The Soviet Assault on Religion," through Oct. 2. New hours, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., no reservations needed. Masks required regardless of vaccination status.

Item Appeal Representatives: will meet with clients the first and third Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., in the basement of St. John's Church. The next sessions are Aug. 3 and 17. Subject to change due to volunteer availability. Masks required. Money is not given out at the time; this is to fill out the forms to start the process. Funds are still very limited, but representatives will try their best to help those in need.

Water Supply History Hike: Saturday, July 23, 9-11 a.m.; meet at Gate 39: Parking at the intersection of South Meadow Road and Route 110. Walk along the North Dike to the Wachusett Dam and compare then and now from photographs that documented the construction of the Boston metropolitan water supply. Easy walk, about 2.5 miles round trip. are free and open to the public. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. For information,  contact program  coordinator,

Meat Raffle: benefit for the Cruz family, Sunday, July 31, 1 p.m., at Tee's Liberty Tavern, 301 High St. Andy Cruz passed away suddenly, leaving a fiancé and four young children. This family event will feature basket raffles, children's games, food and more with all proceeds going to the family.

Vendors Needed: for the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Sidewalk Fest, Saturday, Aug. 20, noon-4 p.m., High Street. Vendor booths are $25 for members, $40 for non-members. Sign up online at

Girl Scout Troop 65337: welcoming girls entering grades K and 1 in the fall. The troop will meet in Clinton with the day and time to be determined. Girl membership registration fee is $55 for the year. Financial assistance is available. Previous Girl Scout experience is not necessary. You can register for a spot in the troop at For information, email or call (508) 365-0115.

Library Passes: The Bigelow Free Public Library offers discount tickets to attractions throughout Massachusetts, some of which are printable from home: American Heritage Museum in Hudson; Animal Adventures in Bolton; Discovery Museum in Acton; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium and the USS Constitution Museum, all in Boston; Mass Audubon, with various locations around the state, notably Drumlin Farm in Lincoln; EcoTarium in Worcester; Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge; Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston; Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton; Trustees of Reservation with sites around Massachusetts, including Fruitlands in Harvard and the deCordova Sculpture Museum in Lincoln. Discount passes can be reserved online through the library’s website,, or by calling (978) 365-4160.

Clinton Senior Center: See for details. To register for programs, call Shannon at (978) 733-4747, ext. 303.  Outreach, every day, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the center. Line dancing, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. , Parks and Recreation building. Caregivers Connect, third Monday, 9:30 a.m.  Art class, Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Cards, Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Home Cooked Meals, every Wednesday, registration $5 the Monday before lunch. Monthly Birthday Celebrations, first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. Bereavement Support, last Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m., call to reserve a spot. Cake Decorating the fourth Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m., $5 advance registration. Yarn It all Knitting, Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. at the center, call for space. Cribbage, Thursdays, 9 a.m. Wellness Checks, Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. Bingo, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Turner Hall. Coffee Chat, Fridays, 9-11 a.m., in the main dining room of the center. Bandstand Revisited, music with Paul Daley from the '50s-'80s, first Friday a month, 9 a.m. Mahjong, Fridays, 1-3:30 p.m. Senior vans through the Worcester Regional Transit Authority are running on a normal schedule. Fuel Assistance Program for seniors: through New England Farm Worker's Council, based on household income. For information, call (978) 342-4520 or the senior center.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly in person meetings at The Clinton Senior Center, 271 Church St., Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. weigh-in, 10 a.m. meeting time.  TOPS is a non-profit, non-commercial weight-loss support group. First meeting is free. For information, contact Ann, (978) 368-1620, or

Clinton Senior Center Fitness Programs: at the senior center unless noted. See for details. To register for programs or Zoom link, call (978) 733-4747. SilverSneakers BOOM Mind Mondays, 9-10 a.m. Zumba on Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Parks and Recreation. Chair Yoga, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Wednesdays, 9:45-11 a.m. Tai Chi, Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Parks and Recreation. Meditation with Jeff Cote, Wednesdays, 2:15 p.m. Strength-Balance, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. Chair Yoga, Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Clinton High School Food Pantry: open for students and families needing assistance. There is new clothing, personal care items and food to students in need. There are grab-and-go, easy to prepare meals, toiletries and a small selection of diapers. Students should email their counselors to gain access and they will be able to choose what they need, when they need it. Contact Lauren Pupecki, or Marissa Garrity,

WHEAT updates: Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. WHEAT’s Community Café Free Lunch Program is available for pick-up Monday-Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. All welcome. WHEAT’s Community Café Free Dinner Program is available for pick-up Monday-Friday, 4:30-6 p.m. All welcome. WHEAT’s Food Pantry Program is available Monday-Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Looking to volunteer? Check out all the opportunities, WHEAT’s program information can be found on or on Facebook at @WHEATCC.

Summer Reading Challenges: from Thayer Memorial Library, visit for information and registration for all programs: Summer Reading Challenge continues through Aug. 10, using Beanstack; register to complete age-based challenges, browse reading lists, log minutes, write reviews and earn badges; weekly raffles for those eligible. There is also a paper BINGO sheet and reading tracker you can pick up at the library.

Summer programs week 6, 7 and 8: at the Thayer Memorial library: July 25-31, theme nature: Mt. Washington Weather Zoom presentation for adults, Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 a.m., registration required; young adult book group, ages 13-18, Wednesday, July 27, 5 p.m., talk about a book (to be announced), eat pizza and play trivia; Nature Walk with Ms. Liz, Thursday, July 28, 10:30 a.m., ages 2-5 with caregiver. Environmental Effects of Meat Production, with the Sierra Club, a Zoom presentation for adults, Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., registration required; Create Your Own Nature Pouch, ages 8-12, Friday, July 29, 1 p.m., to sew a nature pouch with Lancaster resident Libby Eppy, space limited, registration required; "Earth" movie, Friday, July 29, 2 p.m. Aug. 1-7, theme sports: Caregiver and Child Bootcamp with Tiffany Normandin, for children under 5 with caregivers, Monday, Aug. 1, 5 p.m.; Storytime with Miss Maren, Thursday, Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m., ages up to 5 with caregiver, no registration required; MRE and Me Storytime, kindergarten-grade 5, Thursday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m.; "Field of Dreams" movie, Friday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m.; Music and Movement with Firelight Kids, ages 6 months-5 years with caregiver, Friday, Aug. 5, 4 p.m., registration required; Saturday, Aug. 6, 12:30 p.m., "Ozzie Sweet, defining a New Era of Photography," with Clinton resident Larry Canale Jr., Saturday, Aug. 6, 12:30 p.m., for adults. Aug. 8-10, theme talent show: Wicked Good Henna, for teens and adults with Mandy Roberge in the YA stacks, first come, first served, best for ages 13 and older; End of Summer Reading Talent Show for all ages, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.: Three groups (children, teens and adults) with prizes to the top choices, registration required and talents must be approved, space limited, email Maren Caulfield, or call (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, to reserve.

Little Free Pantry Summer Guidelines: accepting diapers, baby wipes, toiletries and feminine hygiene products. Also accepting dry foods like boxed cereal, summer snacks for children, fish crackers and chips.  USDA recommendations: Canned foods and other shelf-stable foods (condiments) cannot be stored in places exposed to high or low temperature extremes. The pantry gets hot in the summer and cannot keep donated perishables or canned foods in the pantry or donate them to the WHEAT food pantry.  The pantry is located at the First Church, 725 Main St., open 24/7 and stocked by the community for the community.

Library Summer Reading Programs:, (978) 422-6409: Registration is required and limited unless specified; call (978) 422-6409, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to register. Summer Reading program for ages birth to 19, last day to register Saturday July 23, with people invited to log reading hours and enter tickets into the raffle on Thursday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m. pre-readers can be read to, children can log their hours read and receive a sticker to complete the mystery puzzle sticker poster. Visit the website to register. Families also invited to join the 100 Books of Summer Reading Challenge. Stop by the Children's room to pick up a list of 100 favorite children's books and start checking them out; read all 100, or mix and match with some of your favorites, and turn in your completed list by Aug. 11 to earn a prize; call for information. Summer Reading StoryWalk About Town in the center of town, beginning and ending at the library; peek in windows, or in gardens, of buildings along the route to discover pages, while exploring businesses and organization. LEGO Family Challenge: LEGO That Book, through Aug. 11; create a LEGO masterpiece to celebrate a book you enjoyed during summer reading; you can work at home and submit photos of the book and creation, and you can work at the library for any drop-in LEGO times: Tuesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; photos creations made at home may be brought to the library or emailed to 

Nature Almanac Club: Saturday, Aug. 13, noon-1 p.m. Meet at Stillwater Farm, 232 Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling. Observe seasonal changes, become a citizen scientist and experience a deeper connection with nature. Meets monthly. Join one month or all. July’s topic is pollinators; sketching and observing techniques for fast-moving buzzers. August topic is the sounds of summer; listen to sounds that often go unnoticed. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. For information, contact the program coordinator,

Library Children's Programs:, (978) 422-6409: Registration is required and limited unless specified; call (978) 422-6409, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to register. International Snack Bag, continue while supplies last; travel around the world, with bags including snacks from a particular country, suggestions for books set in that country and fun facts; no registration required. Masterpiece Monday, July 25, 2-4 p.m., art supplies and workspace available in the Baker Room for families to experiment with different materials; all ages, no registration. Drop-in LEGO, Tuesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., work on the family LEGO challenge or build something on your own; all ages, no registration. Game Time!, Tuesday, July 26, 2:30 p.m., play to win prizes; ages 6 and up; younger siblings welcome with caregivers, registration required. Drop-In Build, Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to build with the library's new Keva planks; all ages, no registration required. 

Library Adult Programs:, (978) 422-6409: Registration is required and limited unless specified; call (978) 422-6409, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to register. Masterpiece Monday, July 25, 2-4 p.m., art supplies and workspace available in the Baker Room for families to experiment with different materials; all ages, no registration. Parents' Night Out Book Club, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 p.m., to discuss "The School for Good Mothers," by Jessamine Chan; weather permitting, the discussion on the library lawn, bring a lawn chair; if not, on the library's lower level; no registration. Cookbook Club, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 p.m., choose a recipe from "Milk Street: The New Rules," by Christopher Kimball, or bake a recipe from "Bake From Scratch," by Brian Hart Hoffman; bring your dish to the library and sample other dishes; registration required. "Secrets of the Quabbin Watershed," Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m. with photographer Dale Monette, who spent thousands of hours on the 82,000 acre Quabbin Reservoir Watershed photographing wildlife; registration required.

Senior Center Events: Call (978) 422-3032 for information and any Zoom links. Parkinson's Support, Wednesday, July 27, 3:30 p.m. (Zoom available). Foot clinic, with Andrea, Thursday, July 28 and Aug. 11 and 25, by appointment, $45. Caregiver Support, Thursday, July 28, 3-4:30 p.m. Pancake Breakfast, Friday, July 29, 7:30-9 a.m., $4 suggested donation. Friends of Sterling Senior Center Christmas in July Fundraiser, drawing July 29; prize $200 in scratch tickets, $1 per ticket, six for $5, on sale at the senior center. Sterling Senior Center Classic Car Show, Thursday evening, Aug. 11 (rain date, Aug. 18), at the senior center; register your car through Rob or Pam, (978) 422-3032; snacks, hot dogs and drinks available. Congregate lunch daily, 11:30 a.m., reservations required, $3 suggested donation. Tai Chi Mondays, 8:30 a.m., reservations required. Beginner Tai Chi, Mondays, 9:45 a.m. Bingo, Mondays, 1 p.m., $1 a card. Pilates, Tuesdays, 8:15 a.m. Line Dancing, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.  Game Day, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Chair Yoga, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Rummikub, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.  Van shopping trips, Wednesdays, 1 p.m.; reservations required. Wii bowling, Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Pickleball, Mondays and Wednesdays, outdoors at the West Sterling Courts, 4-7 p.m., $3. Acrylic Painting, Thursdays, 1 p.m., $5 (call ahead to confirm). Mahjong, Thursdays, 2 p.m. Veterans Services, Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon. Sterling Strummers Ukelele Group, entry level classes, Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. (lender ukeleles available); Ukelele Club, Thursdays, 2-3 p.m.; Open Strumming, Mondays, 3-4 p.m. Knit and Crochet, Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Going Steady, Fridays, 10 a.m. Most events require reservations.

American Legion Meeting: of Hiram O. Taylor Post 189, Monday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the post hall, 32 School St. Cheeseburgers served at 7 p.m.  E-Board, 6:30 p.m.  All veterans welcome. The next meeting is Aug. 29, with the Sterling Association drawing at that meeting.

Sterling Street Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Most weeks, the market will be set up on the common. There is no fee for vendors; you need to provide your own table, chair and tent, if you want one, with weights on each of the legs. Register to be a vendor at

Sterling Farmers Market: Fridays, 3-6:30 p.m., 1 Park St., Butterick Building. Farmers interested in signing up should email

Sterling Recreation: Music Together Summer Sampler for infants-age 5, Mondays, through Aug. 8, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; 1835 Town Hall, fee $82, sibling $62. Other activities Monday through Thursday  including  Togo Palazzi Basketball Clinic, ages 8-16, July 25-28, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chocksett School, $165. Sterling Recreation Tennis Clinic, ages 8-16, sessions Aug. 1-4, Aug. 8-11, 9-11 a.m., West Sterling Tennis Courts, $90 a session. LEGO Bricq Motion, for those entering grades 1-5, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-noon, 1835 Old Town Hal, $300. For registration, visit or call (978) 422-3041.

Summer Art and Creativity for Kids: run by Sterling Recreation: Cake Wars for those entering grades 5-12, Monday-Thursday, July 25-28, 9 a.m.-noon, Chocksett Cafeteria, $175. Crafty Kids, for those entering grades 1-4, Monday-Thursday, Aug. 14-18, 12:30-3 p.m., 1835 Old Town Hall, $150. For registration, visit or call (978) 422-3041.

Summer Active for Adults and Teens: run by Sterling Recreation: Morning Yoga on the Beach, Wednesdays, through Aug. 3, 7-8 a.m., Sholan Park, drop in $13. Total Body Workout Plus, Fridays, July 22-Aug. 26, 8:30-9:30 a.m.,1835 Old Town Hall, $90 for six weeks. For registration, visit or call (978) 422-3041.

Summer Lake for Children: run by Sterling Recreation: Half Day Summer Lake Program for children entering grades 1-8, July 31-Aug. 12, $150, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Sholan Park; one week option, $80 a week; Full Day Summer Lake Program for children entering grades 1-6, July 31-Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $525, Sholan Park and field trips; one week option, $263 a week; Pollywog Program for children entering kindergarten, July 25-29, Aug. 8-12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Sholan Park, $80; Counselor in Training Program for those entering grade 9 and older, July 18-29, July 31-Aug. 12, 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sholan Park, $40. For registration, visit or call (978) 422-3041.

Girl Scout Troop 65313: welcoming girls entering grade 2 in the fall. The troop will meet in Sterling every other week on Sundays from 4-4:30 p.m.. Girl membership registration fee is $55 for the year. Financial assistance is available. Previous Girl Scout experience is not necessary. You can register for a spot in the troop at For information, email or call (508) 365-0115 or (413) 584-2602..

DCR Summer Programs: Summer Stroll, Saturdays, Aug. 6 and 13, 9-11 a.m.; meet at Gate 22, parking at 167 Temple St.; all ages welcome on easy walk; water, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, long pants and sleeves recommended. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. For information, contact the program coordinator,

Beaman Library Programs: email at least 24 hours prior to register for programs unless otherwise noted. Summer Reading program for adults, Read Beyond the Beaten Path for adults, runs through August. If you read at least 100 minutes of content during summer months, you will be eligible for prize drawings. Mindful Meditation with Carol McGuiggan, Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 p.m., bring a yoga mat or sitting cushion; registration needed. 

Beaman Library Teen Programs: Email to register for all teen programs and receive link if needed. Read Beyond the Beaten Path summer reading; for 100 minutes of reading, the readers can earn a Beanstack badge and claim a scratch off ticket for prizes. Post-It Note Art ongoing throughout summer; stop by the teen space and create a piece of art with material provided, then add it to the display. Books and Banter, Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m., by Zoom to discuss your current reading. Rocket Launching with Aldrich Astronomical, Saturday, July 30, 3:15 p.m., at Woodland Park; learn about Newton's Law as you safely launch and recover air burst rocks; email to reserve your spot; for teens and children. 

West Boylston Senior Center: For information, costs and to register for a class/activity, call the Center at (508) 835-6916. Creative Card Making with Ellen, Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; bring scissors, all other material provided; $3 payment due at time of registration; call to register. Tie Dye with Wendy, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m., bring a shirt (cotton, silk or rayon, no fabric softener) and be prepared to work outside; payment of $3 due upon registration, limited class size. BBQ party, sponsored by Rep. Jim O'Day, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., with hamburgers, hot dogs and fixings; music and desserts sponsored by the Friends of the West Boylston Senior Center, featuring Steel Accent, a steel drum band, call to register. Live Laugh, Learn, with Ted Reinstein, of "Chronicle," Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., sharing stories about the show; coffee and dessert will be served following, call to register, $5 at the door. 

Beaman Library Children's Programs: Email to register and for any virtual links, unless notified otherwise. Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Reading Program is underway. Check with the staff for information. Take a Hike on the Rail Trail, Thursday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m., the library is putting up a book walk with scavenger hunt; the library will provide the ultimate hiking food, Gorp, for participants; email with "Hike" in the subject line by July 27; rain date, Friday, Aug. 5. Arteca's Karate, Friday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m., with Master Jared providing 45 minutes of instruction in traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do; sign up by ending an email to with "Karate" in the subject line by Aug. 1; rain date, Aug. 12. The Little Gym presents a movement program Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10:15 a.m. for children up to age 6; email with "TLG" in the subject line by Aug. 2 to attend. Take and Make Crafts, Tuesdays, through Aug. 16, grab a kit and make at home, email to reserve a kit. Zoo Animal Program, Wednesdays, through Aug. 17, 11 a.m., stream a live cam in the meeting room, read stories about the featured animal and create a craft, email a week in advance to sign up. Books and Brownies the first Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. for children beginning to read chapter books. Books and Brownies, Older Reader Edition, first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for children reading more difficult chapter books. Pokemon Club, the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 the library, to swap, trade, play and talk about Pokemon. Story Time every Wednesday, 4 p.m., on the Beaman Library Children's Room Facebook page. Outdoor Story Time and Songs, Thursdays at 11 a.m. during the summer reading program, weather permitting. Friday First Chapters, every Friday at 4 p.m., listen to the first chapters of four library books on the Facebook page.

Book Donations Needed: for Friends of the Beaman Library used book sale. Donations accepted through August: Gently-used fiction books published from 2000-2022; any non-fiction and children’s books, CDs; DVDs. puzzles and games. Call for a quick donation drop-off appointment: (508) 835-3711. The sale, plus raffles, is Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoors, weather permitting. Sunday, fill a grocery bag for $10. Proceeds support library programs, events and museum passes. 

Water District Mandatory Water Use Restrictions: in effect through Sept. 30. Lawn watering is prohibited between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Outside watering is permitted on an odd/even basis. Addresses ending with an odd number may water on odd calendar days. Addresses ending with an even number may water on even calendar days. Violation of the Water Use Restriction may result in penalties. Call the Water District office at (508) 835-3025 or visit for information.

Plastic Bag Recycling Program: sponsored by Wachusett Area Rotary Club, the third Saturday of the month. Bring your recyclable plastic bags to the Draught House, 44 West Boylston St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The goals is to collect 500 pounds of bags within six months with Trex Recycling Programs. All plastic from grocery bags, dry cleaning, newspaper sleeves, product wrap, stretch films, etc., must be clean, dry and free of food residue. Volunteers needed to help. For information, visit The group has breakfast meetings every Friday, 7:30 a.m., at The Manor.

Weekly activities at West Boylston Senior Center: For information, costs and to register for a class/activity, call the Center at (508) 835-6916. Quilting Workshop with Linda, Mondays, 10 a.m. (will be suspended in August). Tai Chi with Sifu Gary, Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Banquet of Fitness, with Marty, Monday, 1 p.m. and Thursday, 1 p.m.  Writer's group, first and third Monday, 1:30 p.m., no charge. Low-impact exercise with Grace, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. (will be suspended in August). Hatha Yoga with Divya, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., bring your own mat or use a chair. Zumba Gold, with Rita, Tuesday, 11 -11:45 a.m. Gentle Yoga with Carol, Tuesday, noon and 1:15 p.m. (except first Tuesday of the month), dress comfortably and bring a mat. Pool Lessons with Joe, Tuesday, 1 p.m. Country Line Dancing with Linda, Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m., beginners; 10:30 a.m., beyond beginners. Cell Phone/Tablet help with Michele and Tim, one-on-one, Wednesday, noon-1 p.m., call the center to schedule individual appointments for Android or iPhone (will be suspended in August). Wii Bowling with Arlette, anyone can do it, even in a chair and some fun promised, Friday, 10 a.m.  Mahjong with Judy, Fridays, noon. Pitch with Toni and Dave, Friday, 1 p.m. Ask an Attorney, second Tuesday of the month, 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Nicholas Daviau, call (508) 835-6916 for an appointment. SHINE Counseling, third Tuesday of the month for a one-on-one appointment, 9 a.m. -noon, call (508) 835-6916. Wellness Clinic/Ask the Nurse, last Wednesday of the month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., drop ins welcome.

Regional Recycling Center: 131 Raymond Huntington Highway, West Boylston, is open to residents of Boylston, Sterling and West Boylston. Visit for the latest updates on both hours and announcements. Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.; Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; and the first and third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-noon. Masks are still required inside the ReUse building, but not in the outside areas. Accepting only two boxes per vehicle due to limited volunteers and storage capacity. Face masks are required on the site or in the building. Have your ID ready. The recycle center welcomes home goods, reusable furniture, crafts, sporting goods, fabric, bicycles, school supplies and appliances for swap or to be passed on to families in need. Fees are collected for some items. New volunteers welcome. Check the website,, for other fees, hours and virus requirements. The Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center will be closed if the actual or perceived (wind chill or real feel) temperature is predicted to be below 10 degrees Fahrenheit during the open hours. The center will be closed for snow if a significant snow event is ongoing into the open hours, or if the total snowfall is greater than four inches within the 12 hours previous to the center being open to the public. Visit, Facebook and the phone message at (978) 464-2854 for the most up-to-date notifications, schedule changes and weather announcements.