Events this week: Legos, Art in Bloom, Business night school info-night, foam recycling, Jazz festival, American Finn-Ja Warrior, and more (Updated-again)

Above: Southborough Gardeners’ brilliantly interpreted Alqonquin artists’ work into floral arrangements in 2013. Swing by the library later this week to see 30 pairings on display this year. (Photos from Facebook. Check out more of the 2013 pairings here.)

There’s a lot going on in town this week. Here are the highlights.

[Note: The highlights don’t include ongoing weekly programs. For the Southborough Library’s regular storytime programs, click here for their events page. For the Southborough Senior Center’s ongoing classes, click here for their calendar.]

Monday, April 5, 2016

  • Cancelled – The “Five to Thrive” talk for parents organized by the Northborough-Southborough schools is being postponed to a future date, TBD.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

  • Creating a Dementia Friendly Community (1:00 – 2:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: BayPath Elder Services will help you learn about making your community one where your loved ones can live out lives with dignity, despite dementia. Attorney Arthur Bergeron will also discuss the Frail Elder Waiver (FEW) and other government programs to help you and loved ones deal with dementia. No charge. Refreshments sponsored by Mirick O’Connell
  • Legos at the Library (3:45 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Public Library: Children are welcome to come build with Legos, and display their creations in the Children’s Room. Legos will be provided, but all materials need to remain at the library. Parents or caregivers must stay with children during this event.
  • Clark Graduate School of Management Info Night (5:30 – 7:30 pm) @ Clark University, Southborough campus, 333 Turnpike Rd: Learn more about our part-time degree options, including the new MBA Professional Track! 5:30pm: “Leveraging a Newly Acquired MBA,” webinar 6:30pm: Program overviews with GSOM faculty and staff 7:30pm: (optional) Attend a class taking place that evening (MBA marketing) All attendees will have their application fee ($75) waived should they choose to later apply to one of our master’s degree programs. To register, click here.
  • Krosslink Entrepreneurial Program (6:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Eaton Meeting Room: In partnership with and the Southborough Economic Development Committee, this program is aimed at supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs as they jump-start their companies. This month Claire Reynolds of CCR Technology Consulting will share her tips on building a successful small business. For more details, see dedicated post or checkout their meetup page.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

  • NSPAC Coffee and Connect (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Northborough Library: Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s monthly gathering. It’s a chance for parents/guardians to connect with other members of the community facing similar challenges. Each meeting also includes a specific discussion topic (chosen by participants) to share and brainstorm on challenges or unmet needs.
  • Mandala Sand Painting Community Viewing (1:00 – 4:30 pm) @ Fay School, Mars Room: During these viewing hours, the public is invited to witness the visiting monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery as they create a sacred mandala sand painting . (The entire process lasts days.) For details, see dedicated post.
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    The Story Behind the Burnett-Garfield House – 84 Main Street (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: A presentation on the history of the Burnett family who resided at 84 Main Street. A Town official will be in attendance to answer questions about Warrant Articles related to preservation of the estate. This event is free and open to the public. For details, click flyer, right.

  • The Symbolism of Sand Mandala (7:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Fay School, Root Meeting Room: The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will present a brief overview of Buddhism and explain the symbolism of the mandala sand painting. A question-and-answer period will follow their presentation. For details, see dedicated post.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

  • Finn, Woodward, and Neary Schools early dismissal: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Art in Bloom opening reception (5:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, Main Floor: This is the Opening Gala Reception for Southborough Gardeners’ Art in Bloom Exhibit. Members of Southborough Gardeners create their floral interpretations of Algonquin student’s artwork. The exhibit is on display through Saturday. Over 30 pieces of art, created by Algonquin Regional High School students, and a corresponding floral arrangement for each piece. Admission is free and all are welcome. Refreshments provided.
  • Assistive Technology Low/High Tech (7:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School: Sponsored by NSPAC (Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council). Presentation by district staff

Friday, April 8, 2016

  • History of Burnett Family (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Breakfast Club presentation – Vanilla Beans and Jersey Cows. For Council of Aging members only with suggested donation of $6. Members of the Southborough Historical Society, Deborah Costine and Alan Bezanson, will present an illustrated history of “How Southborough was shaped by dedication to innovation and quality by the Burnett family.” A Town official will be in attendance to answer questions about Warrant Articles related to 84 Main St. Please call and sign up to attend this event at 508-229-4453. For details, see dedicated post.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • Foam Recycling (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Woodward School: Woodward’s Green Team has partnered with the Green Recycling Committee. They will be collecting clean Polystyrene and Styrofoam for recycling.(Please remove all labels and tape.) For the list of accepted and not-accepted items, click here.  The group will also be recycling button cell batteries and empty medications.
  • American Finn-Ja Warrior (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Mary Finn School, 60 Richards Road: A fundraiser to benefit a new playground at Finn School. Pre-registration is required. The Finn Gym will be transformed into an obstacle course. Sign kids up for a specific 45 min time slot between 9-1. (Most families with children in Southborough’s elementary schools should have been emailed received a personalized email link to register. If you are interested and didn’t receive a link – Email for a link to register, pre-pay, volunteer, and/or donate to the cause.) $10 for 1st child, $5 per additional child, capped at $20 per family.
  • Fay Summer Camp Open House (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) @ Fay’s Primary School, 25 Middle Road: Learn about Fay’s summer programs for children ages 3-15 at an Open House. Meet FaySummer’s camp director and tour Fay School’s campus in Southborough to see where camp takes place. Tours will run from 10:30-11:00 a.m. and an info session and Q&A will follow. Visit to learn more.
  • Hop into Spring Savings (1:00 – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Recreation Department, 21 Highland Street: Annual event to promote signing up for Southborough Recreation’s spring and summer programs. Clowning, balloon twisting, face painting, and complimentary refreshments. Book signing and sales by Ray LaChance (our local “Beasties” artist) Enter a free raffle for one week of Summer Camp. Limited number of reduced rate vouchers will be for sale (one per family) to be used towards any town recreation programs (including RAP or Summer Camp) – (buy a $50 or $100 voucher at 40% off).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

  • Cutler Jazz Festival (6:30 pm) @ St. Mark’s School, Putnum Family Arts Center, the Class of ’45 Hall: St. Mark’s School invites Southborough residents to attend their annual jazz festival. This year, it features St. Mark’s Jazz Ensemble and guest artists three-time Grammy award winning Yaure Muniz Group.

Updated (4/4/16 8:23 pm): I forgot to include the Burnett House talk on Wednesday night and a detail from the Friday morning illustrated talk.

Updated (4/5/16 11:20 am): The kids Art Workshop, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled.

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Allan Bezanson
6 years ago

About the Senior Center Breakfast on April 8th….We finally will be doing what has been talked about for many years ___ an authentic Deerfoot Farm Breakfast, the idea for which came from the late Kay Allen, author of Old Southborough. A local sausage kitchen has researched this and is supplying a custom old-style recipe of fresh breakfast sausage. It will be grilled at the Spa and delivered sizzling hot to the Senior Center. Along with it – baked potato with cream, fried apples and cornbread, like it was done on the farm in the 19th century.

The talk after breakfast is not so much a history of the Burnett family. It is an explanation of how they created two very profitable businesses, then shared their wealth with our town..Finally, a town official will be on hand to answer questions about related town meeting warrant articles.

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