Editor’s note: Send listings for events happening in any of the seven towns to: [email protected]. With COVID restrictions changing daily, check before doing to an event.
Vacancy: on the Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee for the period March 8 through election day on Nov. 8. Interested candidates must be Berlin residents and should submit a letter of interest and resume of relevant experience to Lori-Anne Hart, acting chair, no later than Feb. 25, for review and consideration. Mail to BBRSD School Committee, 215 Main St., Boylston, MA 01505 or via email to [email protected]. The committee will interview all applicants at its scheduled meeting on March 1, at 6:30 p.m. The successful candidate will be chosen by member vote at that meeting. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Hart at [email protected].
Iditarod 50 Anniversary: Karen Land will share with children and adults her experiences with her Iditarod dog sled, gear and arctic clothing, along with the dog-stars of the show, Noggin, an Alaskan husky, and Chloe, a corgi-spring mix, Sunday, March 6, 1 p.m. Weather permitting, the program will be in the Berlin Public Library’s backyard at 23 Carter St. If necessary, it will move indoors to the 1870 Town Hall on Woodward Road. Preregister by calling the library at (978) 838-2812
Got Sand?: The Berlin Council on Aging is offering to deliver a bucket of sand to any senior Berlin household requesting one. Use it to sand icy spots on your steps or walk and avoid falls and unwanted “down” time. To request one, call the COA office at (978) 838-2750.
Berlin Public Library: is open to the public. Masks are requested to be worn and a limited number of patrons allowed. Book in a Bag Jr., for younger patrons, subscription for five library books and goodies, just return the books for a month; pickup will be the first Monday of the month. email [email protected] to register. Advisory Board Zoom meetings, Monday, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, and June 27, 7 p.m.; email [email protected]. BookTalk for Teens Mondays, Feb. 21, March 21, April (TBD), May 16, and June 20, 7 p.m. on Zoom. Email [email protected] To sign up for virtual programming, contact Berlin Public Library, (978) 838-2812 or email [email protected].
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 www.berlinfamilyfoodpantry.org for information on what is provided or to learn ways to donate and help the mission.
Bolton Access TV: Feb. 13-19: On channel 8 at 8 p.m., watch the Forbush Mill Road Revitalization Kick-Off Ceremony. Local, state, and federal officials came together to present the town of Bolton with a nearly $1 million grant for the project. Then at 10 p.m., join Amy Balewicz for the local business spotlight, episode 2, walking with the founders of three local businesses about what they do and how they got started. Check out Facebook.com/BoltonAccess.
Virtual Office Hours: with Rep. Kate Hogan, Friday, Feb. 18, 1-2 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6-7 p.m., via Zoom. To schedule a one-on-one appointment, call (617) 722-2600 (option 2) to leave a voicemail, or email [email protected]. Register by Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
Art Exhibit: for young students at Gallery in the Pines, February and March, Bolton Public Library, during library hours. All works shown were finished with guidance from teacher/gallery owner Tracy Wesinger. Call (978) 779-2839 to confirm there is no activity in the room when you plan to visit.
First Parish of Bolton: 673 Main St.; park on the west side of the building or in the back lot (accessible entrance). All COVID precautions are observed. During February, the congregation collecting the following items for local food pantries: Shelf milk, juice boxes, canned meals, macaroni and cheese, toilet paper, shampoo, soap and feminine hygiene products. Bring items to the church on Sundays or leave them in the book nook on the west side of the building. Monetary gifts are also welcome. For more information, contact [email protected].
Nashoba Symphonic Band: will hold four concerts during the 2021-22 season. Musicians from almost 30 towns in Central Massachusetts and beyond will perform at Nashoba on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m., and wrap up the season at Nashoba on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are free. At this time masks are required. Nashoba Symphonic Band welcomes new wind, brass and percussion players of all ages with experience at the intermediate or advanced high school level. No auditions are necessary. Students grade 8 and above are encouraged to join with a recommendation from their high school music director or private music teacher. For information on joining, contact David Bailey at [email protected].
Tower Hill: “Prismatic, an Orchid Exhibition,” Feb. 11 through March 20, celebrating the interplay of color and light, with plant displays and art installations. February vacation, a week of colorful activities, Monday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 27. Check the website for information. Reserve your admission tickets at www.towerhillbg.org/planyourvisit.
Wachusett Reservoir Snowshoe Hike: free to the public. Hikes are moderate along forest roads and footpaths. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bring trekking poles, ice cleats or snowshoes depending on trail conditions. Saturday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-noon; meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, parking near intersection of Cross Street and Route 70, for a 2.5 mile hike. Dogs are not allowed on water supply protection lands. For information, call (774) 261-1809, or email [email protected].
Women’s Self Defense Seminar: Tuesday, March 15, 6-8 p.m., Boylston Town House, 599 Main St. Free class offered by Boylston Police Department in conjunction with Force Defense and Fitness and West Boylston Police Department, Sterling police Department and others. Open to women residents and employees of Boylston who are 18 years or older. Class will fill fast. Email [email protected] and include your name and phone number.
“Clinton’s Famous Disasters”: program at Clinton Historical Society, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. at the Holder Memorial on Church Street. A full exhibit, “Clinton’s Famous Disasters” will be on display during the evening. Newspaper accounts and photographs of famous fires, floods, train wrecks and the Hurricane of 1938 will be on display throughout the evening. Refreshments available; program free and open to the public.
Tiered Focus Monitoring Review: of the Clinton Public Schools March 14. The review will look at compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey, which will be art of the report. Parents may call Michael McDonald, public school monitoring chairperson, (781) 338-3746 to request a phone interview.
Museum of Russian Icons: “Icons for Our Time: Orthodox Art From Around the World,” through April 3, in celebration of the museum’s 15th anniversary. “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 doubling as tea caddies, decorative lacquer boxes, sugar jars, tea glasses and more. Virtual lecture, “Tolstoy: Many Faces of Love,” Saturday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m.; members free, $5 for nonmembers; presented by Dr. Svetlana Nikitina, professor of English at WPI, register online. “Anna Karenina,” Sunday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., museum and Clinton Historical Society members, $6, nonmembers, $6 plus admission; limited to 50 seats so register in advance; The film was directed by Clinton native Clarence Brown and will be introduced by town historian Terry Ingano, who will provide background on the director. New hours, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., no reservations needed. Masks required regardless of vaccination status.
Black History Month Programs at Bigelow Library: on Zoom. For information, contact the Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St., (978) 365-4061, [email protected]. “Zora Neale Hurston: Looking Things Over,” by actress Gwendolyn Quezaire-Resutti, Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., celebrating the African American culture of the rural South, a program co-hosted with other libraries. To register, visit www.bigelowlibrary.org, or call (978) 365-4160.
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 Feb. 16 and March 2 and 16. Subject to change due to COVID and 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.
Adult Programs at Bigelow Library: For information, contact the Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St., (978) 365-4061, [email protected]. Clinton is collaborating with other area libraries for an online NASA program, Friday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m., “Asteroids, Comets and Other Neat Earth Objects,” with NASA Solar Ambassador Reginal Conrad; registration needed. Drama with Dads, with Meredith Charles and Drama Out of the Box, Saturday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m., via Zoom for school-age children and their fathers uncles or grandfathers; registration needed. In collaboration with the Lyme Public Library, there will be a monthly discussion of race during the Racial Equity Book Club, the first Wednesday of the month viz Zoom at 6:30 p.m.: On March 2, discussion with focus around Toni Morrison’s book, “The Origin of Others.” On April 6, the discussion is “The Killers of the Flower Moon,” and host-guest speaker Christopher Strobel, who will talk about Native Americans in New England.
Wachusett Reservoir Guided Hikes: free to the public. Hikes are moderate along forest roads and footpaths. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bring trekking poles, ice cleats or snowshoes depending on trail conditions. Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-noon; meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gates 39 North Dike, parking at the intersection of South Meadow Road and Route 110, about a 3.5-mile round trip hike. Dogs are not allowed on water supply protection lands. For information, call (774) 261-1809, or email [email protected].
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, www.bigelowlibrary.org, or by calling (978) 365-4160.
Leprechaun Society: seeks nominations for shillelagh awards. The awards honor “the noble deeds of common men and women.” Nomination deadlines are due Saturday, Feb. 26 to [email protected] or mailed to Mark “Himself” O’Toole, 264 Church St., Clinton, MA 01510. The convention is March 12, with the parade beginning at St. John’s Gym at noon, moving to the new location, St. John’s Gym.
Clinton Senior Center: is open. See Clintonma.gov 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 www.tops.org.
Clinton Senior Center Fitness Programs: at the senior center unless noted. See Clintonma.gov 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, [email protected] or Marissa Garrity, [email protected].
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, www.uwotc.org/wheat. WHEAT’s program information can be found on www.uwotc.org/wheat or on Facebook at @WHEATCC.
Lancaster Recycling Center: will be open Saturday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting.
Community Center and Senior Center: register at (978) 733-4076 or [email protected] for programs. Gentle Hatha Yoga, Mondays, 11 a.m., mats provided, $5 or six for $25. Friends Pancake Breakfast, Tuesdays, 8-10 a.m., specialty pancakes, fruit, french toast, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee and tea, $3. Tai Chi, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. in the gym or outdoors, $5 or six for $25. Bingo Tuesdays, 1 p.m., 25 cents for three cards. Mah Jong, Wednesdays, 10 a.m., call (978) 733-4076 for questions. Ballroom Dance, Thursdays, 7 p.m., each month a different style, $13 to drop in.
Community Center and Senior Center: Jam sessions the first and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Lancaster Community Center; repertoire is songs of Appalachia, with some maritime, British Isles or Celtic, Canadian or southwestern tunes.
Little Free Pantry: No expired foods. Accepting cocoa, boxed cereal and pasta, nonperishable foods (for humans and pets), feminine hygiene products, toiletries and diapers in original package or zip lock bags with size. Winter canned foods information: Thaw frozen canned goods in the fridge, do not eat canned food if the seam or seal is broken, never eat foods from a bulged can. The pantry is located at the First Church, 725 Main St., open 24/7 and stocked by the community for the community.
Library Children’s Programs: Sterlinglibrary.org, (978) 422-6409 for information and registration: Family LEGO Challenge, Saturday, Feb. 12, work together on a LEGO creation between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; no registration required. Family Crafting with Perler Beads, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m., for ages 5 and up, no registration required. LEGO Club, Wednesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, March 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., all ages, no registration. Drop-in Clay Day, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1-3 p.m. using air dry clay, open to children of all ages, no registration. Explorers Club: Cold Cold Cold, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., to think about all things cold and explore ways to stay warm; open to children in kindergarten through grade 4; registration required. Drop-in LEGO, Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, in the Baker Room, open to all ages, no registration. Bingo and More, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. to play Bingo, Scattergories and other games, open to all ages, no registration. Picture Book Club, Wednesday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., to discuss “Facts vs. Opinions vs Robots,” by Michael Rex (participants do not need ot bring their copy to the meeting); registration required, open to kindergarten through grade 2. Intergenerational Book Club for adult-child teams, Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., to discuss A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh”; registration required.
Wachusett Reservoir Guided Hikes: free to the public. Hikes are moderate along forest roads and footpaths. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bring trekking poles, ice cleats or snowshoes depending on trail conditions. Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-noon.; meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Road, Sterling, about a four mile round trip hike. Dogs are not allowed on water supply protection lands. For information, call (774) 261-1809, or email [email protected].
Sterling Republican Town Committee: caucus Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6 pm.; 1835 Old Town Hall, rear large room, Rugg room. Any registered Republican is welcome to attend this meeting. For information, email [email protected] or call (978) 399-4186.
Sterling Democrats: will hold a caucus Monday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Town Municipal Building, 1 Park St. to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention. Registration starts at 6 p.m. Caucus will take place in person and virtually. Masks and social distancing are required. On Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, delegates will gather virtually and at the DCU Center in Worcester to endorse candidates for statewide office, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary, attorney general and auditor, ahead of the September Democratic Primary. Over the coming months, the Mass. Democratic Party will be closely monitoring changes in public health guidance, and adjusting plans as necessary. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Sterling, Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 by Feb. 4, will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. Sterling can elect four delegates and four alternates to the convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org by April 9.
Boston Bruins Pajama Drive: through end of March at Conant Library. Donate new pajamas, appropriate for all seasons, from sizes 2T through adult medium. Do not give pajamas that include any family or holiday references. The most needed sizes are: Girls: 5/6 (child S), 7/8 (child M), 14/16 (child XL/adult S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M); Boys: 7/8 (child M), 14/16 (child XL/adult S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M). To donate money, go to:www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/pjdrive.
Village Green Preschool scholarship: Applications available at guidance department of local high schools or via email from the preschool office; completed applications must be postmarked by April 1. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior who attended VGP and plans to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university. For information, contact Preschool Director Karen Ormsbee at (978) 422-8256 or [email protected], or Scholarship Committee Chair Audrey Learned at (978) 660-8426 or [email protected].
Library Adult Programs: Sterlinglibrary.org, (978) 422-6409: Online programs: Registration is required and limited; call (978) 422-6409, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to register. Meditation at the senior center, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 28, at the senior center; no registration required. Adult Coloring, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.; no registration required, all supplies provided, or bring your own. Wind-Down Yoga, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., 1835 Town Hall second floor, nine weeks ending March 29; instructor Sharyn Hocurscak will lead; bring a yoga mat and straps and blocks if you have the; for ages 18 and older, registration required. No Bake Dessert program with sweet chocolate dipped cookie dough hears on Monday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.; all supplies provided, registration required, open to adults older than 18. Book to Film Book Club, Thursday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., to discuss “Crazy Rich Asians,” by Kevin Kwan; no registration required, books available for checkout. February Cookbook Club, to share recipes from “Everyday Dinners,” with 30 minute or less recipes by Jessica Merchant, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.,; choose a recipes and bring it to share; registration required. Parents’ Night Out Book Club, Wednesday, Feb. 23, to discuss “Winter Garden,” by Kristin Hannah; no registration required. Gender Diversity and Importance of Pronouns program, Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., via Zoom, with Boston University’s Dr. Shannon Peters; call for information and Zoom link. Classics Book Club, Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m., to discuss “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte; no registration.
Senior Center Events: Call (978) 422-3032 for information and any Zoom links. Love Songs for Valentine’s Day, with Bill McCarthy, Friday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m.; registration required. Book club discussing “The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensche, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. Growing Places Pop-up Market, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Caregiver Support, Thursday, Feb. 24, 3-4:30 p.m. Pancake Breakfast, Friday, Feb. 25, 7:30-9 a.m. Congregate lunch daily, 11:30 a.m., reservations required, $3 suggested donation. Tai Chi Mondays, 8:30 a.m., 1835 Town Hall, reservations required. 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. Tech Help, Tuesdays, by appointment. 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. Parkinson’s Support Group, first Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. Pickleball, Wednesdays, indoors at the First Church, 4-7 p.m., $3. Acrylic Painting, Thursdays, 1 p.m., $5 (call ahead to confirm). 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.
Meat Raffle: put on by Hiram O. Taylor Post 189, Sunday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m., Eight Point Sportsman Club 147 Beaman Road.
Kindergarten Registration: for Major Edwards Elementary School will be held through Feb. 28, by contacting Anita Pratt at [email protected] or calling (508) 835-2917 Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Refer to the registration packet for the complete list of documents that you must send to complete the registration process. Registration packet can be found on the school website: www.wbschools.com.
Beaman Library Adult Programs: email [email protected] at least 24 hours prior to register for programs unless otherwise noted. Italian Conversation Circle, in person, Saturday, Feb. 12 and 26, 10 a.m.; space limited, registration needed. Mindful Meditation with Carol McGuiggan, in person, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., email to register. Book Discussion Group, virtual, Thursday, Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m., on Zoom to discuss “Waisted,” by Randy Susan Meyers, register 24 hours prior. Nonfiction Book Discussion Group, virtual, Friday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m., to discuss “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by Yuval Noah, email to register. Trivia Night for teens and adults, virtual, Friday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Beaman Library Teen Programs: Email [email protected] to register for all teen programs and receive link if needed. Stop by the Teen Space and check out Jessica’s Question of the week through winter; teens who participate will receive a treat. Trivia Night for teens and adults, virtual, Friday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. Books and Banter, virtual, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., on Zoom to talk about your current reading; email at least 24 hours prior.
Beaman Library Children’s Programs: Email [email protected] to register and for any virtual links, unless notified otherwise. Several events for February School Vacation Week: Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m., on the front lawn of the library; the library will provide decorations for the snowman’s face and arms, you can bring an old hat and mittens to keep the snowman “warm”; hot cocoa provided. Family Feud Game Night, virtual, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., the winner receiving their own Family Feud Kids vs. Parents game; email with “Feud” in the subject line by Feb. 18 to register. Bad Art Competition, Wednesday, Feb. 23 through March 2; create your own art, no larger than 8-by-10 inches and bring it to the library for a show on the library’s main floor; submissions will be on view for the public and patrons will receive a ballot to vote on which art is “baddest” of all; winner announced March 3; bring your art to the children’s room by Feb. 22. Library Mini Golf with Children’s Book Characters, Thursday, Feb. 24, during library hours, sign up to play nine holes, sign up sheets available beginning Feb. 17.
Pfeizer Vaccination Clinic: for ages 5 to 11 and 12 through adult, as well as boosters for those 16 and older, hosted by West Boylston Board of Health, Saturday, Feb. 12 (second dose and boosters), 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Major Edwards School Gym, 70 Crescent St. Pre-registration required at https://tinyurl.com/WBJan2022VaxClinic.
West Boylston Child Find: The schools wish to identify all West Boylston children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21 years, who may be in need of special education services, and who have not graduated from high school. Additionally, the school district wishes to identify any children who may be currently homeless and therefore have certain educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, which defines homeless children as those “who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.” Anyone who can identify a child with a disability or a child without a permanent home, who is not receiving educational services, should have the parents or any interested person contact the West Boylston Special Education Department at (508) 835-3391.
Wachusett Reservoir Winter Habitat Hike: free to the public. Hikes are moderate along forest roads and footpaths. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Bring trekking poles, ice cleats or snowshoes depending on trail conditions. Family Hike, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.; meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gates 22, Route 140, GPS address 167 Temple St., West Boylston, about a one mile round trip hike. Dogs are not allowed on water supply protection lands. For information, call (774) 261-1809, or email [email protected].
Bark and Buds Winter Trees Family Program: Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-2 p.m.; meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 22, Route 140, GPS address 167 Temple St., West Boylston. Can you identify trees in winter? The Wachusett Reservoir is surrounded by a diverse forest that protects the drinking water. Take this opportunity to get outdoors, become a nature detective and match up buds and bark. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. About half-mile slow-paced walk. All ages welcome on this family-friendly hike. Hike may be canceled or modified for weather and trail conditions. For information or to check status, email [email protected] or call (774) 261-1809. Dogs are not allowed on water supply protection lands.
Pre-School Screening: The West Boylston Public Schools will conduct a pre-school scree ning for all children ages 2½ to 4 years old on June 1, by appointment only. It is the policy of the West Boylston Public Schools to screen all students 2 ½ to 4 years old who may be in need of special education services, when requested by the parents. This screening is done on an ongoing scheduled basis. Parents who are interested in having their child screened may contact Sherri Traina at 508-835-3391.
West Boylston Senior Center: For information and to register for a class/activity, call the Center at (508) 835-6916. Weekly activities: Ready, Steady Chair Yoga, with Marty, Monday, 1-1:45 p.m., $5 per class per person. Fluid Motion, with Gypsy Phillips, Monday, 10-11 a.m., $5 per class per person. Tai Chi with Sifu Gary, Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $3 per class per person. Quilting Workshop, with Linda, Monday, 10 a.m., no charge. Writer’s group, first and third Monday, 1:30 p.m., no charge. Pool Lessons with Joe, Tuesday, 1 p.m., no charge. Zumba Gold, with Rita, Tuesday, 11 -11:45 a.m., $3 per class per person. Low-impact exercise with Grace, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m., no charge. Gentle Yoga with Carol, Tuesday, noon (except first Tuesday of the month), no charge; a second class will be offered, beginning in December, Thursdays at noon, except the first Thursday of the month. Country Line Dancing with Linda, Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m., beginners; 10:30-11:30 a.m., beyond beginners; and 1:30-2:30 p.m., mid-beginners; $5 per class per person. Spring Chicken Yoga with Marty, Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m., $5 per person per class. Mahjong with Judy, Fridays, noon, no charge. Pitch with Toni, Friday, 1 p.m., $5 per person. Wii bowling practice, Friday, 10 a.m., beginning in December. 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, call (508) 835-6916. Wellness Clinic/Ask the Nurse, fourth 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 wachusettearthday.org 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, www.wachusettearthday.org, 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 wachusettearthday.org, Facebook and the phone message at (978) 464-2854 for the most up-to-date notifications, schedule changes and weather announcements.