Events this week: Rep office hours, author night, Comic inking tips, school jazz, summer concert, and Against the Tide fundraiser

Above: A diverse range of events in town this week includes jazz, Tai Chi, country music, and learning to draw graphics for comics from an expert. (Tai Chi photo cropped from image posted to Senior Center’s facebook page. Other images from linked related posts.)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. For more details and the full list, check the Event Calendar.

Monday, June 15, 2015

  • Representative Dykema Local Office Hours (2:00 – 3:00 pm) @ Red Barn Coffee (West), 205 Turnpike Road: Representative Dykema will be holding her quarterly office hours in town. Residents are encouraged to stop by to share concerns, questions and opinions on state issues or simply to chat over a cup of coffee. As always, if the scheduled office hours are not convenient for you, please call the office at (617) 722-2680 or email her aide at to set up a personal appointment either in the district or at the State House.
  • YA Book Group (6:30 – 7:30 pm) @ : This month, we are reading Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Join us for a discussion about the book and snacks which are provided by the Friends of the Library. Meet us in or near the Teen Space upstairs on the main floor. This group is open to middle & high school ages.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  • Advanced Tai Chi (10:15 – 11:45 am) @ Southborough Library Main Floor: Join a group of experienced participants for meditation and Tai Chi in the library’s main floor shortly after we open on select Tuesday mornings. This group normally meets at the Senior Center, but will be meeting at the library over the summer. All are welcome! For more information, contact Jeanne Friswell at 508-485-5031
  • Author Kirk Westphal (6:45 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: Author Kirk Westphal discusses and reads from his collection of memoirs, No Ordinary Game. Kirk, a local author, has learned that great moments in sports can happen to normal, everyday people, such as himself, kids in our town, and people he knows. His new book celebrates these moments by providing grandstands to games played on sandlots, asphalt, and backyards.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  • Senior Center Book Group (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: Join library staff member Pat as she leads a discussion on Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury.
  • Quick Start to Kyaking for seniors (5:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Hudson Town Beach, 89 Fort Meadow Drive: The Southborough Senior Center is partnering with their Hudson colleagues to offer the lesson. There are only five spots available, so sign up quickly. Registration is $25 for Friends of COA, $35 for non-members To reserve your spot, stop by the Senior Center or call (508) 229‐4453. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Comic Drawing Workshop (6:00 – 7:30 pm) @ : Program for young adults. Come learn basic drawing techniques as well as character and page design with DC and Marvel artist, Jack Purcell. Jack works in penciling & inking. He will also be available for questions about his more than 20 year adventure in the comic book process. This program is supported by the Friends of the Southborough Library. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Trottier Jazz Night (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Trottier Middle School Auditorium: Trottier Middle School’s Big Band presents an evening of Jazz with returning musical guest is Jerry Secco, on Wednesday, June 17th. This year, they are again supporting the Southborough Food Pantry. A cash donation or a dry/canned good is kindly accepted at the door. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • The Friends of the Southborough Library (7:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Public Library: Anyone who wishes to help support the library is welcome to join the meeting. This month is our annual election.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

  • Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds: Headliners: New City Cowboys (new Nashville sound) Also featuring: Algoncapella (Algonquin’s oldest co-ed a capella group. They will perform during intermission.) Free family friendly concerts at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. For more details, see dedicated post.
  • Southborough Genealogy Club (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: This is an informal group meeting where you can learn and share tips about resources for researching family history. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your laptop and join in!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

  • “Against the Tide” breast cancer fundraiser (7:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Hopkinton State Park: The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s 23rd annual fundraiser at the park. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of the following: competitive and recreational swims, recreational kayak, recreational walk, and competitive and recreational runs. The event also offers an Aquathon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately “dash” in the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant). Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team, and are encouraged to fundraise $175 ($100, if a team member). All proceeds support the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Please visit or call 617-376-MBCC (6222) for more information and to register.
  • Common Core public forum (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) @ Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street: A free public forum on the Common Core REALITY: The Common Core initiative, if fully implemented, will have a significant impact on our educational system. CONCERN: Will it enhance or degrade Massachusetts’ outstanding record of student achievement? For more details, see dedicated post.

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