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Arts & Culture

Windows Invitational: Alexandria Smith, Seed to Harvest

10.02.19 at 10:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith, head of painting at the Royal College of Art in London, formerly assistant professor of painting at Wellesley College. Smith’s Seed to Harvest foregrounds portraits of Wellesley’s first African American graduates and borrows its title from the “Patternist” series of novels by Octavia Butler, stories that explore themes of science fiction, humanity, and the ethical and unethical uses of power. Rendering with hand-drawn and computer techniques, Smith embellishes original photographic portraits of five alumnae: Dr. Harriett Alleyne Rice (Class of 1887), Ethel M. Caution-Davis (Class of 1912), Katherine Naomi Robinson (Class of 1922), Clarissa Scott Delany (Class of 1923), and Jane Bolin (Class of 1928). She adds symbolic elements derived from her own visual vocabulary and from quilt patterns used to convey messages along the Underground Railroad (there were two stops in the town of Wellesley) to create the unique crests that adorn each with an honorific flourish. Curated by Lisa Fischman, Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director. The windows will be on display until August 2020. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Wellesley’s Friends of Art at the Davis

Arts & Culture

Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting

10.02.19 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting examines a 16th-century Venetian Sacra Conversazione, recently donated to the Davis Museum. This Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a donor was previously attributed to Giorgione, and exists in multiple versions, including one at the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Several important details in the Davis’s painting, such as the donor figure and the background landscape, differ from the other nearly identical works. Restorations, like the head of St. Joseph, are clearly visible on the canvas. The history of visual change evident in this painting spans centuries and now raises many questions: Who made it? How many artists or conservators worked on the painting? Why are there multiple copies, and why is this work different from the others? Hidden Histories explores this Sacra Conversazione painting through recent conservation, technical analysis, and an art historical lens to uncover a wealth of new information and highlight the unknown. Co-curated by Alicia LaTores, Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant, and Katherine Davies ’19, the summer 2019 Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Intern. The Davis is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until 5pm. This exhibit will run until December 15. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051 Generously supported by: Peter H. Kaskell and Joan Macy Kaskell ’53. Image Caption: Unknown Venetian Artist, Holy Family with St. Catherine, St. Sebastian, and a Donor, 16th century, Oil on cradled panel, 49 3/8 in. x 65 3/4 in. (125.4 cm x 167 cm), Gift of Peter H. and Joan Macy Kaskell (Class of 1953) 2017.184.

Education & Learning

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage

10.07.19 at 4:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage amasses one of the most complete historical and digital portfolios of Havana’s notable buildings. The traveling exhibition offers a rare view of an exclusive collection of early 20th-century postcards along with digital photos of Havana today, and presents architecture as a critical artistic and historical component of the city. The exhibition consists primarily of framed pairs of images in which a reproduction of a picture postcard dating from 1900 to about 1930 is paired with a photograph of the same location as it appears now. The exhibition also includes two large maps and a video. The main themes address the architecture of Havana and the restoration of its most significant buildings. Efforts to rehabilitate the city were given a tremendous boost when Old Havana and the city’s fortifications were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. The exhibition captures Havana’s architectural past and its evolving present with the utmost respect for the contributions of the original architects of the buildings and urban spaces, as well as the architectural historians and preservation architects who have worked diligently in recent years to restore and preserve the city’s rich heritage. Books will be available for sale. The city of Havana traces its founding to November 16, 1519, when Spanish settlers observed a Catholic mass under a ceiba tree. The site stands on today’s Plaza de Armas, which is featured in the exhibition. On November 16, 2019, Havana will observe its 500th anniversary, providing a unique opportunity for the exhibition be displayed in conjunction with that celebration. Curated by artist Cathryn Griffith DS ’88. The exhibition will run until December 20. Opening talk, with Cathryn Griffith DS ’88, and reception: October 7, 4:30 PM

Education & Learning

Stroller Tours at the Davis

10.09.19 at 10:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Spend an art-filled morning at the Davis strolling the galleries during this free guided tour—a special opportunity for families open before normal hours. Designed for art lovers and their little ones. Join us for a different theme on the second Wednesday of each month (October 9, November 13, December 11) from 10:15-11 a.m. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051

Arts & Culture

Mindful Meditation at the Davis

10.16.19 at 12:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Surround yourself with art, and experience present-moment awareness in this meditation session guided by Kotatsu John Bailes Roshi, the College’s Buddhist chaplain. Each session is inspired by a different work of art from the Davis’s permanent collections and special exhibitions and includes a guided meditation. Meet in the Davis Lobby at 12:30 p.m. Themes: October 16: Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons November 20: Kanishka Raja: I and I December 18: Abstract expressionism Co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051

Arts & Culture

Exhibition: Framingham's Top 10 (10.25.2019 thru 4.16.2021)

10.25.19 at 1:00 PM - Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St
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$5/adults, Free/FHC Members & children under 18

Among the rows of storage shelves and tucked away in archival boxes lie the most important artifacts housed at Framingham History Center (FHC). Ten of these precious objects have been chosen by the curator and the community for a 20 month exhibition designed to reinforce the local, national, and international significance of the FHC’s collection. Spanning three hundred years, with objects as small as a pin to as large as billboard, this exhibit will underscore the variety of the FHC’s holdings. Set in a modern gallery style, each artifact stands alone in reverence to its importance. Visitors have the opportunity to explore further through interactive displays that excite discovery. Framingham’s Top 10 has something for everyone – paintings, sculpture, documents, clothing, Americana, music, and neon. On exhibit October 25, 2019 through April 2021.

Nature

Winter Wonderland

Every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
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0-$16

This December the public is invited to attend Winter Wonderland daytime festivities at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Mass. From Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests can enjoy indoor decorations, subtropical plants in greenhouse conservatories, lunch in a farm to table cafe, a boutique-style gift shop, outdoor trails, a model train display, hands-on children's activities, and more. Last admission is at 2:30 p.m. and visitors must leave the property by 3 p.m. Tower Hill is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people and plants. Admission is paid upon arrival and is free for children 5 and under, $6 for ages 6 to 18, $16 for ages 19 to 64, and $11 for ages 65 and up. For more information, including details about nighttime activities, visit towerhillbg.org.

Arts & Culture

Fourth Annual Davis Holiday Frame and Print Sale

12.03.19 at 11:00 AM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

An annual Davis tradition! Stop by the Davis Museum lobby to find a cool frame for a photograph, or pick up a print or poster for holiday gift-giving. We will also have a sale on art books and exhibition catalogues, which make perfect gifts. Prints from $5 and up; frames and catalogues from $10 and up. Come early for best selection, while supplies last. For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051

Arts & Culture

Chamber Music Society Concert Series

12.04.19 at 7:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

David Russell and Jenny Tang, Directors Founded in 1958, the Chamber Music Society of Wellesley College provides an opportunity for instrumentalists and vocalists to prepare and perform works for small ensembles. Each chamber group receives weekly coaching from a member of the Wellesley College Music Department and performs at one of several concerts held at the end of each semester. Concert 1: December 4 | 7 p.m. | Jewett Auditorium Concert 2: December 5 | 7 p.m. | Sargent Salon (PNW 101) Concert 3: December 8 | 2 p.m. | Sargent Salon (PNW 101) Concert 4: December 10 | 7 p.m. | Jewett Auditorium For more information, please contact: concerts@wellesley.edu

Arts & Culture

Tuck Everlasting

12.06.19 at 8:00 PM
The Umbrella Mainstage Theater
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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$19 - $49

Based on the book by the same name which also inspired a 2002 Disney movie, this magical, musical adventure by The umbrella Stage Company is fun for the whole family and a dazzling spectacle! Based on the book by the same name which also inspired a 2002 Disney movie, this magical, musical adventure is fun for the whole family and a dazzling spectacle for The Umbrella Stage Company’s award-winning design teams. Eleven year old Winnie Foster years for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence when she stumbles upon the Tuck family and their secret to everlasting youth and faces the extraordinary choice of returning to her ordinary life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. The Umbrella Stage Company is the first professional company to bring this show to area audiences, and delighted to present it in their brand new mainstage theater in Concord Center. Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle Music by Chris Miller Lyrics by Nathan Tysen Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt Directed by Nancy Curran Willis Music Directed by Matthew Stern Choreography by Lara Finn CAST Madi Shaer as Winnie Foster Max Charbonneau as Jesse Tuck Rebekah Turner as Mae Tuck Anthony Pires, Jr.* as Angus Tuck Sean Mitchell Crosley as Miles Tuck Robert Saoud* as Man in the Yellow Suit Matthew Zahnzinger* as Constable Joe Timmy Chase as Hugo Jess Andra as Mother Cathy Merlo as Nana with John Breen Sabrina Koss Billy Luce, Jr. Jackie Marchetti Todd McNeel Zoe Maya Miller Sarajane Morse Mullins David Rodrigues ABOUT THE SEASON The Umbrella’s Stage Company’s expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 344-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Community Art Center’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available. Learn more about The Umbrella Stage Company. COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN? Why not make a night of it right here, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District, with meal and lodging deals offered by our #DinnerAndAShowConcord Hospitality Partners including Trail’s End Cafe, Concord’s Colonial Inn, Adelita, Best Western and more!

Community & Celebrations

Festival of Trees & Holiday Craft Fair

12.07.19 at 10:00 AM
Argeo R. Cellucci Jr. Clubhouse
21 Church Street, Hudson MA
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FREE

Enjoy a festive family outing while also supporting your local community! The Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest will be hosing The Festival of Trees & Holiday Craft Fair on December 7th and 8th at our Hudson Clubhouse. Stroll through a brilliant display of hand-decorated trees from your favorite local businesses and even get the chance to win one! Check some things of your shopping list while browsing through dozens of local vendor and crafter tables. Listen to your favorite holiday jingles sung by an amazing children's choir. Then, when you get hungry, enjoy food from Melt Food Truck. Also don't forget to let the kids make some of their own gifts in the Kids Craft Corner! You won't want to miss this fun-filled day of festive activities while also supporting the mission of an amazing local organization. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Arts & Culture

Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble

12.07.19 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Kera Washington, Director Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble performs the folkloric music and dance of Africa, as it exists today throughout Africa and the African Diaspora, particularly in Haiti, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. For more information, please contact: concerts@wellesley.edu

Nature

Bird Away the Winter Blues! (Great Meadows)

12.08.19 at 8:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $18 Non-Members

Enjoy a guided bird walk looking for Great Meadows wintering species and many regular winter visitors like American coot, common goldeneye, golden-crowned kinglet, and American tree sparrow. Bald eagles are often a possibility at this time of year, as occasional visitors from the north like horned larks, red-breasted nuthatch, and snow bunting. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Directions to the meeting location and additional information are included in a link in the registration confirmation email.

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for Adults

12.08.19 at 10:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Arts & Culture

The Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs: Holiday Concert

12.08.19 at 12:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

Margaret Angelini, Director Ring in the most wonderful time of year with music, decorations, and sweets. Listen from the Academic Quad or chapel lawn as the Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs carries on the tradition of bell-ringing in Galen Stone Tower, which began when the carillon was first installed in 1931. Galen Tower is open to community members with Wellesley College ID. For more information, please contact: concerts@wellesley.edu

Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

12.08.19 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Arts & Culture

Christmas Tree Nesting Doll Workshop

12.08.19 at 1:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street
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Members $30, Nonmembers $35

Treat yourself for the holidays, or create a special gift for someone. Join docent and teacher Larissa Dyan for this fun and festive Christmas tree matryoshka (nesting doll) workshop, where you will hear the story of the Russian nesting doll and create your own three-piece set featuring a Christmas tree, Santa, and snowman. All materials provided. For adults and children 9+. Limited to 20 participants, registration required by Tuesday, December 3.

Arts & Culture

Christmas Vespers at Wellesley College

12.08.19 at 7:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

The Wellesley College Choral Program Directed by Lisa Graham, Evelyn Barry Director of the Choral Program The Choral Music Program and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life present an evening of candlelight, music, readings, and carols. A longstanding Wellesley tradition, Christmas Vespers heralds the arrival of the holiday season in the beautiful setting of Houghton Chapel. For more information, please contact: ORSL@wellesley.edu Generously supported by: the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Music Department.

Recreation & Sports

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party

12.09.19 at 9:00 AM - Jam Time
111 Lenox Street, Norwood Ma
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$9

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party December 9th - 9am - 5:30pm To celebrate Jam Time's 9th Anniversary, admission will be just $9 all day on Monday December 9th! This is valid at all Jam Time locations (Maynard, Natick, Norwood), so plan a playdate at Jam Time! Plus all kids will get Jam Time birthday crowns to wear and take home!

Recreation & Sports

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party

12.09.19 at 9:00 AM - Jam Time
86 Powdermill Rd, Maynard, MA 01754
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$9

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party December 9th - 9am - 5:30pm To celebrate Jam Time's 9th Anniversary, admission will be just $9 all day on Monday December 9th! This is valid at all Jam Time locations (Maynard, Natick, Norwood), so plan a playdate at Jam Time! Plus all kids will get Jam Time birthday crowns to wear and take home!

Recreation & Sports

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party

12.09.19 at 9:00 AM - Jam Time
251 West Central Street, Natick MA
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$9

Jam Time's 9th Anniversary Party December 9th - 9am - 5:30pm To celebrate Jam Time's 9th Anniversary, admission will be just $9 all day on Monday December 9th! This is valid at all Jam Time locations (Maynard, Natick, Norwood), so plan a playdate at Jam Time! Plus all kids will get Jam Time birthday crowns to wear and take home!

Arts & Culture

Babson Music Collective Fall Concert

12.09.19 at 7:00 PM - Babson College
231 Forest Street, Wellesley, MA
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FREE

The Babson Music Collective is a student band dedicated to playing jazz, as well as other popular forms of music. The band reflects the unique make-up of the Babson community, highlighting each member’s talents and interests. With improvisation and spontaneity at the core of the music, no two performances will be the same!

Food & Drink

Nature On Tap...A Mighty Wind-Birds and Offshore Wind Power

12.11.19 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $20 Non-Members

Join us at Jack's Abby Brewery in Framingham for food, a beer and a thought provoking discussion with local experts about their work in the natural world. (Pizza appetizer is included with each ticket) Pre-registration recommended to guarantee seating. Walk-ins welcome. Online registration available. Federal and state agencies are expanding offshore wind development in New England and south along the east coast. While increasing wind power in New England will be an important part of a carbon-reducing plan, wind turbines—particularly turbines placed offshore—will have unknown impacts on birds and other wildlife. In this presentation Joan Walsh will describe the current planned offshore wind projects for Massachusetts and how Mass Audubon is working with partners to protect birds while supporting a greener energy future. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Science Department host this informal series. This event is also co-sponsored by Jack's Abby.

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon and Meteors for Adults

12.13.19 at 7:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $13 Members; $16 Non-Members

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

Arts & Culture

Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109: Tony Soul Project

12.13.19 at 8:00 PM - Skybokx 109
SKYBOKX 109, 319 Speen Street
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FREE

Tony Soul and his band of fine musicians grace our stage monthly. They have taken many of the standards of the Delta and surrounding areas and their influence & put a monstrous bass line & back beat to make the likes of Elmore, Muddy, T-Model, RL, Wolf, Hooker come to life. Their playlist includes Motown & Stax Record tunes with the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to name a few. Join us for TSP and they'll have you dancing all night long.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Sip & Stroll

12.14.19 at 6:00 PM - Gallery Seven
Maynard, MA
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Free

Visit Downtown Maynard and Start Your Holiday Season Off with Our Annual Holiday Sip & Stroll!! We'll be Lighting Up Memorial Park at 6 p.m. and Then Santa will Drive by in a Fire Truck. Enjoy Holiday Shopping Specials, Carolers, Goodies and More. Hope to See You There!!

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon and Meteors for Families

12.14.19 at 7:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $13 Members/ $16 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9n

Ever wondered if an owl really is as smart as they say? Why don't we hear them when they fly? Just how far can an owl see? Come with the whole family under the moon and stars to learn about owl calls, behavior and habitat as we search and listen for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program for ages 6 and up includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

Community & Celebrations

Brunch with Santa

12.15.19 at 10:00 AM - Crowne Plaza: The Verve-Natick
1360 Worcester St, Natick, MA
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Naughty or Nice? Santa will be landing at The VERVE Sunday, December 15th to visit with children and children at heart. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tell him your wishes for Christmas morning Take a Photo with the Jolly Old Man Enjoy Story Time with Santa and his elf And, most importantly make memories and build new traditions! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brunch features: Chocolate Croissants Fruit Salad and Salad Bar Omelet Station Hot Station with eggs, bacon, sausage, Carrot Ginger Bisque Kid friendly foods (Chicken Fingers, Tater Tots, Cheddar Crusted Mac ‘n’ Cheese) and Waffle Bar! Sweets Table complete with Gingerbread Men, Candy Canes and a Hot Cocoa Bar! View the Full Menu Here >> https://business.facebook.com/notes/verve-crowne-plaza/brunch-with-santa-at-the-verve/2418796284832580/

Community & Celebrations

Santa Visits Jam Time in Norwood

12.15.19 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
111 Lenox Street, Norwood Ma
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free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50

Sunday December 15th from 10 - 11:30am Ho, Ho, Ho! Come and meet Santa Claus and enjoy a festive morning of winter and Christmas themed arts & crafts along with lots of playtime to your favorite holiday tunes! Don’t forget your camera for this popular event! Great for all ages and free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50 for class and play members. No reservations needed, just show up!

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Market

12.15.19 at 12:00 PM
Springdale Barrel Room - Jack's Abby
102 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA, 01702
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FREE!

The festive atmosphere at Springdale Barrel Room welcomes families with kids! Enjoy arcade games, check out local fine art, and partake in last-minute craft shopping at Springdale Beer Barrel Room! Artisans - register here for one of 20 spots: https://downtownframinghaminc.org/holidaymarket

Arts & Culture

Annual Winter Concert with piano virtuoso Ivan Gusev

12.15.19 at 2:00 PM - Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street
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Members $25, Nonmembers $35

This year’s annual winter concert features the talented and brilliant concert pianist Ivan Gusev. In his first full-length performance at the Museum, Gusev presents an all-Russian program featuring Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky’s ten-piece suite, "Pictures at an Exhibition." Born in Kazakhstan, he spent his early childhood there before his parents relocated to a small town near Moscow, Russia to continue his musical training. A graduate of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory and Mannes School of Music in New York, Gusev very naturally combines different performing traditions in his performances. As musicologist Prof. Allan Evan once described, “he is a profound, genuine musician who makes each note live and transports you to another existence.” In November 2018 he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out audience. This concert is presented with support from Sound Ways, Inc. and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Performance includes a brief intermission.

Community & Celebrations

Community Holiday Band Concert

12.15.19 at 2:00 PM - Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863
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Free

The Chelmsford Community Band will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 15th. Join them for a musical holiday excursion: bundle up in your sleigh, listen to the bells, enjoy the lights, and feel the warmth of shared joy in beloved traditions and new favorites. Prepare your singing voices for a sing-a-long! The music starts at 2pm at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Road, in North Chelmsford. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted to help support the band’s rehearsal space and sheet music purchases. Suggested donations at the door are $5 for children and seniors and $10 for others. There will be seasonal raffle prizes and homemade snacks available as well. The Chelmsford Community Band was founded in 1972 and is a volunteer group of adult musicians who greatly enjoy bringing live music to the greater Chelmsford area. The concert band and jazz ensemble both perform several concerts throughout the year and on Chelmsford Common every summer. Look for them online at www.chelmsfordcommunityband.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Arts & Culture

Wellesley College Theatre Studies 2019 Showcase

12.16.19 at 7:00 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Free

See the combined efforts of students from many of the Theatre Studies fall courses, highlighting the collaborative work of student actors, playwrights, and designers. For more information, please contact: Kate Svirsky 781-283-2678 Generously supported by: the Ruth Nagel Jones Fund.

Arts & Culture

Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109: Jim Devlin

12.20.19 at 8:00 PM - Skybokx 109
SKYBOKX 109, 319 Speen Street
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FREE

Jim Devlin performs a diverse list of mostly classic and contemporary rock covers while mixing in some choice r&b, blues, country, and pop selections. His crowd friendly performance style on vocals and guitar offers a little something for everyone. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and a veteran of the stage, he performs predominately in New England, but has played thousands of events world wide, ranging from small clubs to large concert venues. Jim has been a full time professional musician his whole adult life and you can catch him on stage almost any night of the week. Jim Devlin graces our stage most months.

Community & Celebrations

Santa Visits Jam Time in Norwood

12.21.19 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
111 Lenox Street, Norwood Ma
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free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50

Santa Visits Jam Time in Norwood Sunday December 15th from 10 - 11:30am Ho, Ho, Ho! Come and meet Santa Claus and enjoy a festive morning of winter and Christmas themed arts & crafts along with lots of playtime to your favorite holiday tunes! Don’t forget your camera for this popular event! Great for all ages and free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50 for class and play members. No reservations needed, just show up!

Community & Celebrations

Santa Visits Jam Time in Natick

12.21.19 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
251 West Central Street, Natick MA
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free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50

Santa Visits Jam Time in Natick Saturday December 21st from 10 - 11:30am Ho, Ho, Ho! Come and meet Santa Claus and enjoy a festive morning of winter and Christmas themed arts & crafts along with lots of playtime to your favorite holiday tunes! Don’t forget your camera for this popular event! Great for all ages and free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50 for class and play members. No reservations needed, just show up! This is at Jam Time at 251 West Central Street in Natick, not the Natick Mall.

Community & Celebrations

Holiday Sing-a-Long with Santa and Mister Vic at Jam Time

12.22.19 at 10:00 AM - Jam Time
86 Powdermill Rd, Maynard, MA 01754
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free with playground admission of $13/child. $6.50

Holiday Sing-a-Long with Santa and Mister Vic at Jam Time Sunday December 22nd from 10am - 12pm Spend a festive and musical morning at Jam Time in Maynard with Santa, Mister Vic and lots of friends singing everyone’s favorite holiday songs! Santa will be visiting from 10-11am with lots of Christmas and winter themed arts and crafts in the party room. Mister Vic will start the sing-a-long at 11am. Free with normal playground admission of $13/child. $6.50 for play and class members. No reservations needed, just show up! Doors open at 9:30am.

Arts & Culture

Rock the Bokx at SKYBOKX 109: Alan Goodrich and The Alligators

12.27.19 at 8:00 PM - Skybokx 109
SKYBOKX 109, 319 Speen Street
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FREE

Alan Goodrich is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and solo performer based out of Concord, MA. Alan has been performing throughout New England for decades. Alan Goodrich is also known for being the lead singer and drummer for "Alan and The Alligators" band, as well as drumming, singing lead vocals and playing acoustic guitar in the "Acoustic Alligators" (the acoustic duo presentation of the band). The Alligators critically-acclaimed debut CD "Reptile Rock" (released in 2000 on I.E.M. Records) has thus far been added at over 75 radio stations across the US and Canada, and charted twice in the Top 10 in college radio as reported by CMJ. Alan also plays in the acoustic duo "Alan Goodrich & Bruce Marshall" with fellow Concord, MA, resident Bruce Marshall, who states: "Trained by jazz great Alan Dawson, Alan Goodrich is a rarity these days: A rock solid percussionist who happens to be a singer, songwriter and guitarist of the first order." Alan and The Alligators is a three-piece Boston area band providing live entertainment since 1989 and is one of New England's best bands for any event. Audiences appreciate our versatility, full sound, and talent for playing popular cover songs and catchy, danceable original songs. Our exciting performance style and expert musicianship has made us a popular live act. We love to play! Our music is a mix of original and cover rock, funk, blues, R&B, dance, jazz, pop, jam band, folk music and other assorted fun music. In addition to shows with Bruce Marshall, Alligators shows and Alan Goodrich solo shows, Alan has also performed live with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Platters, Greg Hawkes of The Cars, and T Lavitz of The Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead, Pat Benatar, and Jefferson Starship fame.

Nature

Owl Prowl Adventures under the Moon for Adults

01.04.20 at 7:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $13 Members; $16 Non-Members

Do all owls really hoot? Why can't we hear them fly? Join us as we learn about our local owls and walk through fields and forests under moon and starlight listening for our resident screech, barred and great horned owls. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. This program includes walking over uneven terrain in limited light. Please note, no flashlights are used in this program.

Nature

Update on Invasive Plants in Our Area

01.08.20 at 9:30 AM
Lexington Field & Garden Club, The Depot
13 Depot Square
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Lexington Field & Garden Club presents Update on Invasive Plants in Our Area Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Place: The Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Peter Alden is a world-renowned naturalist and lecturer on invasive plants and biodiversity of the northeast. He is considered an authority on birds and larger mammals of the world and is often consulted by the media and the ecotourism industry for his expertise. Peter is also a highly entertaining and widely sought-after lecturer on topics that include world wildlife, the Polar regions, invasive plants, and biodiversity of the northeast. Peter’s interests include all visible biodiversity, conservation issues, historical changes in the landscape, climate change and the invasive alien plant and animal crisis affecting us today. Learn about the invasive plants that may be in your garden.s Coffee at 9:30 am, Parking at the Town Lot, 50c/hr. Event is free. Everyone is welcome. http://www.lexgardenclub.org

Food & Drink

Nature On Tap...Building Resilience to Climate Change Through Nature

01.08.20 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $15 Members; $20 Non-Members

Join us at Jack's Abby Brewery in Framingham for food, a beer and a thought provoking discussion with local experts about their work in the natural world. (Pizza appetizer is included with each ticket) Pre-registration recommended to guarantee seating. Walk-ins welcome. Online registration available. Nature based solutions involve actions that work with and enhance nature to help people adapt to the impacts of climate change. These solutions also often provide co-benefits for the economy, human health, and biodiversity. Join us for an overview of nature based solutions and some examples of the important role they play in communities throughout our region. Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and Conservation Science Department host this informal series. This event is also co-sponsored by Jack's Abby.

Arts & Culture

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Limited Return Engagement)

01.09.20 at 7:30 PM
The Umbrella Mainstage Theater
40 Stow St., Concord, MA
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$25 - $49

HomeStageHedwig and the Angry Inch (Limited Return Engagement) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Limited Return Engagement) Presented by The Umbrella Arts Center at The Umbrella Arts Center, Concord MA Share JAN 09 - 12 2020 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Limited Return Engagement) Limited return engagement of The Umbrella Stage Company’s audience favorite, re-staged with the original cast in its brand-new black box theater The Umbrella Stage Company has announced an addition to the lineup of shows in its expanded 2019-2020 theater season. For one weekend only, Greater Boston’s newest professional theater will present a special limited return engagement of the rollicking rock musical, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, directed by Julia Deter, produced by Brian Boruta, and starring Kirk Vanda. This groundbreaking smash by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing, East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. Outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious, the story is dazzlingly performed in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch.”It’s a rocking ride, funny, touching, and, despite its quirky and singular protagonist ultimately relatable inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile… The show had been a sold-out audience favorite last season, when there had been limited capacity in the temporary Umbrella Annex black box theater, the Stage Company’s temporary home while its current permanent theaters had been under construction. ——– ABOUT THE SEASON The Umbrella Stage Company’s expanded 2019-2020 season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 344-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Art Center’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available, and patrons can make a night of it thanks to Dinner-and-a-Show deals offered by several Umbrella Hospitality Partners.

Nature

Getting the Most from your Digital Camera Workshop

01.11.20 at 9:00 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults $65 Members, $80 Non-Members

Are you new to the world of digital photography, or still don't feel you're getting the most from your digital camera? This workshop is designed to help you understand the features of digital cameras, and, if nature allows, use the landscape and creatures of Broadmoor to practice techniques to help improve your digital photography. We'll review topics such as optical and digital zoom, white balance, ISO, and resolution. In addition, we will cover proper lighting, focus, depth of field and composition. Then, we'll preview software that will help enhance and crop your images to create stunning prints. A great way to prepare for upcoming winter vacations! Beginners are welcome. Makes a great gift! Pre-registration required. Online registration available. About the instructor: An experienced wildlife photographer, Joy has been teaching photography programs at Broadmoor for the past 13 years including a variety of both indoor and outdoor classes.

Nature

Animal Tracking at Broadmoor for Adults

01.12.20 at 10:30 AM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adults: $12 Members; $15 Non-Members

Winter is a great time to look for signs of animals as they forage for food and shelter at Broadmoor during the cold winter months. Learn to identify the tracks, chews, scat, burrows and other clues left by many creatures including deer, fisher and coyote. Enjoy a guided walk as we search for signs of our local winter wildlife. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Nature

Fun with Animal Footprints and Signs

01.12.20 at 1:00 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $6m/ $8n

Have you wondered what animal made those tracks? Do otters like sledding? Who is traveling on the trails or through your yard? Come find out how to solve these mysteries as we explore Broadmoor looking for tracks and signs of otters, rabbits, deer, coyote and many other animals. Learn what tracks can tell us about which animals are active during the winter, where they go and how they survive. Instructions and Directions: Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Will be held with or without snow. Please dress for the weather. This program also includes walking over uneven terrain.

Education & Learning

Travel & Taste: Exotic Fiji

01.16.20 at 6:30 PM - Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
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Dinner/Lecture: $29M;$39NM/Lecture only: $13M; $16

Located in the Southern Pacific, Fiji is an island nation that embodies the beauty of the Pacific. An archipelago of over 300 islands, these emerald jewels are a traveler's paradise. With a wide range of environments to explore from rainforests, to white-water rivers to coral reefs, the island-nation has a lot to offer visitors, including her greatest asset - her people. Join Ethan Gordon for a look into Fiji, including wildlife, island attractions, cultural scenes, and an inside look at some of Fiji's most exclusive (and beautiful) private island resorts. Ethan is a photojournalist who has visited Fiji several times for his magazine work. His specialty as an underwater photographer will bring a different view of this ocean paradise as we see the colorful life beneath the waves. Location-themed buffet dinner and lecture or lecture only (7:30pm start). Pre-registration required for dinner by 5pm Tuesday, January 14. Online registration available. Walk-ins welcome for the Lecture Only portion.

Education & Learning

Peter Baehr: “Intelligent” Liberalism, The Affirmations and Antipathies of Rebecca West

01.28.20 at 4:30 PM - Wellesley College
106 Central Street Wellesley, MA 02482
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Over a life that spanned two centuries and seventy-one years of literary production, Rebecca West (1892-1983) was an author of remarkable versatility. Today she is most often recalled for her novels, short stories, literary criticism and autobiographically laced travelogues. But Rebecca West was also a political writer of astonishing verve: resourceful, combative and impelled by a strong sense of responsibility for the commonweal. In this talk Peter Baehr describes Rebecca West’s distinctive brand of liberalism. It was marked by a series of affirmations and negations: individualism against conformism, freedom against censorship, responsibility against immaturity, decency against gratuitousness, and empathy against incredulity. The talk approaches West’s peculiar brand of liberalism not as an abstract philosophy in the mode of Martha Nussbaum, Jürgen Habermas, or John Rawls, but as a set of ideas forged in oppositional encounters with movements, and currents of thought, she considered fatal to a free society: nihilism, Communism, and imperialism. “It is never possible,” West wrote in 1951, “to serve the interests of liberalism by believing that which is false to be true.” Liberalism was “intelligent” to the degree it was truthful against all pressures of ideology and special pleading. Peter Baehr is a research professor in social theory at Lingnan University, Hong Kong who teaches and writes mainly in the areas of social and political thought. Before coming to Hong Kong in 2000, he worked at universities in Canada and Britain. Baehr’s work has been translated into 10 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian. His books include The Unmasking Style in Social Theory (2019), Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences (2010), and Caesar and the Fading of the Roman World (1998).

Arts & Culture

Symphony Pro Musica: "What Love Tells Me"

02.02.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The Symphony Pro Musica, under the direction of conductor Mark Churchill will present "What Love Tells Me', a performance of Mahler's monumental Third Symphony.

Arts & Culture

Delightful Duets: Piano Music for Four Hands

03.01.20 at 3:30 PM - St. Mark's School Performing Arts Center
31 Marlboro Road, Southborough
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$25, $20 Seniors, free to high school and younger

The fourth concert in the 2019-2020 Southborough Sounds: Great Music at St. Mark's series, features pianists Ellina Blinder and Irina Kotlyar Vulikh playing piano music for four hands. The program will feature works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and DeFalla.

Recreation & Sports

Fight for Air Climb Orlando

03.28.20 at 7:00 AM
Bank of America Center
309 N Orange Avenue Orlando FL 32801
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A competitive stair climb event challenging participants to conquer the 25 floors/512 stairs of 390 N. Orange Avenue (formerly known as The Bank of America Center). The Fight For Air Climb is a signature fundraising event of the American Lung Association, raising critically needed funds for research, advocacy, and education surrounding all lung disease. Participants range in age (10+) and athletic ability. Climb as an individual or form a team with your friends, family and coworkers to join us in the fight for clean air and healthy lungs. Because if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. Registration Fee: $25 Website: http://FightForAirClimb.org/Orlando

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