Events this week: Special Town Meeting, STEM Beginnings, Guest Day, ARHS Concert, Interfaith Concert, and more (Updated)

by Beth Melo on November 1, 2021

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Above: This week’s highlights include the Gardeners’ annual Guest Day, a special regional interfaith concert, and the return of in-person high school instrumental concerts (images from flyers and photo of ARHS concert posted to Facebook by NSMA in 2017)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week (plus a special event next door).

Monday, November 1, 2021

  • Professional Development Day: No school for students of Northborough-Southborough public schools.
  • Outdoor Preschool Story Time (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required.
  • Special Town Meeting (7:00 pm) @ Trottier Middle School: Once or twice per year, Southborough voters act as the legislative body to approve/reject Town spending and new/revised Town bylaws. To read about what is on the Warrant for this special fall meeting (and other details), click here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • Outdoor Preschool Story Time (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required.
  • Senior Songsters (11:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly rehearsal for the singing group open to all area seniors regardless of singing ability. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Bridge (12:30 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group, welcoming new participants. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Knitting Club (1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Knitters, welcoming new members. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Tuesday Tech Time (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: Need help with technology? Library staff and teen volunteers will make every effort to assist you. Bring questions about ebooks and electronic resources. This is a drop in event; no registrations necessary. Sessions are limited to no more than 1 hour.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • Young Scientist STEM Beginnings (10:30 – 11:30 am) @ zoom: This is a free, weekly virtual series for children, ages 3-6 to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments. This is provided by the YMCA of Central MA but hosted by the Southborough Library. To register, email Kim Ivers at kivers@southboroughma.com or call 508-485-5031.  For details, see dedicated post.
  • Afternoon Adventures (3:30 – 5:30 pm) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Students will participate in confidence building team activities, age-appropriate farm chores, animal care, multi-day farm art projects, and more. First of three weekly, bundled after-school sessions this month. Pre-registration (and fee) required. For details, see dedicated post.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 

  • Strength Training Class for seniors (8:30 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Southborough Gardeners’ Guest Day (9:30 am) @ Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall, 15 Common St: The public is invited to the annual event with refreshments, raffles, and a flower arrangement demonstration. Tickets are $15 each. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Neary Principal’s Virtual Coffee (10:00 am) @ zoom: For parents of Neary students. In this session, learn about Southborough Youth and Family Services. For details, click here.
  • Mah Jongg (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: The weekly program would love new players to join. Feel free to stop by to watch or talk to one of the players to see if you would be interested. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Outdoor Baby/Toddler Storytime (11:00 – 11:45 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: This story time is for children age 0-2 years and their parents or caregivers. Each session will include puppets, stories, and music. No registration required.
  • Seated Chair Yoga for seniors (1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Pre-registration required. For details on weekly class, see newsletter.
  • ARHS Fall Instrumental Concert (7:00 pm) @ Algonquin Regional: Algonquin’s annual fall concert featuring the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Jazz II, and Jazz I. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student, or free to NSMA members. (To learn about membership, click here.) Masks and COVID checklist compliance is required.
  • Write Now! (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ zoom: Adult creative writing club for ages 18+, no experience required. Sponsored by the Southborough Library. For details, see dedicated post.

Friday, November 5, 2021

  • Billiards (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly drop-in play. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Finn & Woodward Principal’s Virtual Coffee (10:00 am) @ zoom: For parents of Finn and Woodward students. In this session, focused on the new literacy screening tools the district is utilizing, as well as some of the updates to the district’s ELA programming. For details, click here.
  • Preschool Farm Explorer Fridays (9:30 – 10:30 am) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: For ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years old (and siblings). Your little farm explorers will become fully immersed in what life is like here at Chestnut Hill. Activities may include brushing goats, planting seeds, and other age-appropriate hands-on farm “chores,” as well as art projects and stories. Pre-registration (and fee) required. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Canasta (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

  • SkyRise Theater presents Rainbow Fish! (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: SkyRise Theater will present a special reading of “Rainbow Fish” followed by a variety of interactive activities  for children ages 2½ and older. To register, click here.
  • The Great Pumpkin Chuck (11:00 am – 3:30 pm in 90 minute windows) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Gather at the farm’s trebuchet (catapult), to watch the farm’s staff launch your old pumpkins! Children will get a kick out of watching their old jack-o-lanterns fly through the air and smash to the ground to become compost. Pre-registration required. Free to TTOR members and a fee for non-members. For details, see click here.
  • Historic Walking Tour: Model Farms and Country Seats (1:00 – 3:00 pm) @ Main Street: (Rescheduled from October 23rd) Southborough Historical Society is hosting two tours of the Historic Main Street area this month. This one will focus on the development of West Main Street as an area of vast summer estates for Boston’s wealthy elite. Advanced registration is required and limited. The tour is free to SHS members or $15 for non-members. For details, see dedicated post.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

  • “Faiths in Tune” Interfaith Concert (12:00 – 3:00 pm) @ Bay State Commons, 1100 Union St, Westborough: Bring your chairs to a concert including some Southborough residents. The free, outdoor festival will feature devotional songs, skits and hymns by 12 groups representing Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other diverse faiths. It is hosted by Central MA Connections in Faith and the Westborough Interfaith Clergy. (Rain Date November 14)

Updated (11/2/21 5:21 pm): Chestnut Hill Farm’s Fall Fun Sundays are over, but a special event was added to chuck pumpkins on Saturday.

Updated (11/3/21 1:23 pm): I learned that the Historic Walking Tour that had been scheduled for October 23rd was postponed to this Saturday. There’s still room to sign up.

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