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Above: Santa’s big entry and the Library’s Christmas Tree Decorating Party are just two of the many things going on this weekend. (photo left by Susan Fitzgerald, right by Beth Melo)

I always feel like the first Saturday in December should be turned into a Richard Scarry book for kids, “The Busy, Busy Day”.

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this weekend. (For more, check the Event Calendar.)

Friday, December 2, 2016

  • Girl Scout Holiday Sing-a-long (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Community House Lawn: Event for all families in town with Girl Scouts (siblings included). Bring your singing voices and an unwrapped toy or gift to donate for a child aged infant to teen (encouraged but not required for attendance)! For more details, see dedicated post.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

  • Cub Scout Wreath & Candle Sales (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) @ Transfer Station: Cub Scouts will be selling Christmas wreaths and Hanukkah candles as part of their annual fundraiser. Cash or check only – $12 per wreath or pack of 48 candles.
  • Annual Kids Shop (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ Woodward School, cafeteria: An annual Southborough tradition. Cub Scout Troop 92 provides a safe haven for kids to do their own holiday shopping for family members without parents’ prying eyes. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Chrismas Bazaar (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) @ St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 Main St: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar Admission is free. For more details, see dedicated post.

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Seasonal StoryWalks at Woodward and Finn

by beth on December 2, 2016

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Above: Library teacher Jean Donolan reads to pre-schoolers at a stop on her StoryWalk earlier this fall. The public is welcome to enjoy two new stories this month. (contributed photo)

If you’re spending time downtown tomorrow with your kids, swing by Woodward to walk through a story.

In October, I shared that one of Southborough’s elementary school Library teachers set up a temporary StoryWalk® at Finn School. Recently, she completed one at Woodward and plans to complete a new one at Finn this afternoon.

At Woodward School, students and the community can follow a marked trail to read laminated pages from the picture book Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston.

Teacher Jean Donolan put up the display before Veteran’s Day. But, she tells me “gale force winds that followed got the best of the velcro”. Yesterday, the illustrations were reinstalled and secured. The display will continue until December 16th.

Her StoryWalk® at Finn School will take kids through The Mitten by Jan Brett until December 21st.

The picture book trails are funded through a grant from the Southborough Education Foundation.

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On the market this week in Southborough

by beth on December 2, 2016

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Above: This home at 11A Bigelow Road went on the market this week for $599,500 (MLS photo)

Here’s what went on and off the market over the past two weeks. Thanks to Gail DuBois (email) of Keller Williams for supplying the town’s new listing information for the week.*

New on the market

Sale pending

  • 194 Southville Road (map) – 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Colonial – 169 days on the Market, Listed at $247,000
  • 11 Meadow Lane (map) – 10 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Raised Ranch – 50 days on the Market, Listed at $299,900
  • 4 Pine Hill Road (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 179 days on the Market, Listed at $439,000
  • 24 Pinecone Lane (map) – 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 19 days on the Market, Listed at $589,900
  • 7 Sunrise Drive (map) – 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial – 209 days on the Market, Listed at $675,000

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In past years, the busy first Saturday in December has included the annual “Chestnut Hill Farm Holiday Art & Gift Sale”. It’s always touted as a great place to find unique and creative gifts.

But don’t look for it this weekend. Organizers are making it easier for shoppers to get to them by waiting until a less busy Saturday.

And with so many artists/vendors involved, they’ve expanded to two locations.

Holiday Art & Gift Sale flyer

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On Saturday, December 10th, the Holiday Art & Gift Sale will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the stable at 10 Chestnut Hill Road and at L’Abri Fellowship at 49 Lynbrook Road.

The sale will feature local artisans and craftspeople offering all sorts of gifts from prints and cards to jewelry to delicious chocolate and more.

Check out the flyer for more details and a list of those who will be participating this year.

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St. Mark’s Lessons and Carols – Dec 11

by beth on December 1, 2016

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Above: St. Mark’s School’s Choir performing at a past “Lessons and Carols”. The annual tradition continues the Sunday after next. (image from St. Mark’s website)

On Sunday, December 11, St. Mark’s is inviting the community to its annual religious celebration of the season.

The Service of Lessons & Carols takes place in Belmont Chapel.

As the school promotes on its website:

The Festival of Lessons & Carols is a service that date backs to 1880 in the Anglican communion, and it became a fixture in the Episcopal Church in the early 20th century. At St. Mark’s, a service of Lessons & Carols was first presented seventy years ago, and the tradition continues to this day.

The service includes readings by St. Mark’s School students and community members. Carols are performed by the School Choir and Orchestra.

The congregation also joins in to sing several hymns.

The service is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm. But you should probably get there early, because seating is limited.

For more information, click here.

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Above: Our regional voc/tech school is hoping that students and families will come out to learn how they can “Do. More.” (contributed photo of freshman Amber Thetonia exploring Metal Fabrication this fall)

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is holding a special Exhibit/Admissions night next week. Prospective students (especially 8th graders) and their families are welcome to explore the school. They’ll get a chance to see “programs in action” and talk to faculty.

The open house is from 6:00 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7th. Admissions Information Sessions will be held in the auditorium at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. There’s even an Apply Now booth to assist those filling out an application right on the spot.

School administrators see it as a great chance to experience the spirit of the school. Principal Mark Hollick promoted:

We really enjoy having an opportunity to showcase our 17 technical programs and the amazing work that our students do on a daily basis. . .

We hope that people will give us a chance, and come see why we’re unique in our delivery. I believe we have the perfect blend of academics and technical education that can prepare our students for both college and career, encompassing all the soft skills that 21st century employers are demanding.

The evening’s program includes planned demonstrations and tours guided by staff and students. But guests are also free to wander and visit all the programs at their leisure.  [click to keep reading…]

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St. Mark’s FIRST robotics open house – Dec 9

December 1, 2016 09:21:20 AM
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A week from Friday, St. Mark’s School’s robotics team is holding an open house.

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Red Apple Awards: The holiday gift that honors teachers and helps students

December 1, 2016 07:30:00 AM
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Are you looking for a creative teacher gift? Instead of yet another mug or Christmas ornament, why not give Southborough teachers the resources they need to be creative and innovative through the Southborough Education Foundation’s Red Apple Program.

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Walgreens holding Get a Shot. Give a Shot. vaccination program

November 30, 2016 04:30:00 PM
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The Town of Southborough is holding a flu vaccine clinic for residents 12 years and older.

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Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

November 30, 2016 02:30:00 PM
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The open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers.

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Senator Eldridge arrested as part of yesterday’s disruption protests for higher wages

November 30, 2016 11:15:33 AM
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Southborough Wicked Local shared yesterday that our State Senator James Eldridge was arrested.

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Kids’s snowman craft at the Library – Dec 6

November 30, 2016 09:20:23 AM
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Next Tuesday, the Southborough Library is hosting another free craft for kids 4-8 years old (and siblings).

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Girl Scout sing-a-long and toy drive this Friday night

November 30, 2016 07:30:14 AM
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The Girl Scouts will hold their traditional holiday sing-a-long this Friday.

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Santa Day: New entertainment; pre-purchasing tickets, accomodating special needs, and more (Updated)

November 29, 2016 04:30:00 PM
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Santa Day organizers have contacted me to share some exciting changes for this year’s event.

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