Steele Farmhouse to hold forum
The Steele Farm Advisory Committee is working with the town, the Boxborough Historical Commission and the Boxborough Historical Society to stabilize the 1784 Levi Wetherbee house located on the Steele Farm property, 484 Middle Road, Boxborough. The initial goal is to stabilize the farmhouse so that it does not continue to deteriorate and is safe to walk inside. Once that is done, the town will have the opportunity to put this historic gem into use, for town or other civic purposes.
The SFAC will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Boxborough Town Hall to discuss future uses for the building. All are welcome to come and present their ideas. Some suggestions so far include, but are not limited to, meeting space, extension of the Historic Museum to house collections, act as a living museum for school groups and other visitors, venue for public functions.
Acton Memorial Library celebrating Earth Month
In honor of Earth Month (April 22 is Earth Day), the original group that built a climate change display for the AGC Flower Show in 2013 special exhibit division, has set up the display in the second floor of the Acton Memorial Library for the month of April.
Although the information was accurate and up to date as of September 2013, much has changed since then.
Green Acton has written an update to the information and it is available at the display at the Acton Memorial Library.
Proscenium Circus to present ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
Proscenium Circus will close its 50th anniversary season with the musical “Peter and the Starcatcher” at ABRHS Auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton. This prequel to “Peter Pan” features pirate antics, star-stuff, dancing mermen and creaking ships.
Evening performances are 7 p.m. April 27-28 and May 4-5. Matinees are 2 p.m. April 29 and May 5, with talkbacks following the shows; the May 5 matinee is a sensory-friendly performance. PC has informally rated this show PG. For information: http://ABDrama.org.
All general admission tickets cost $14. Discounts are available online only: save $2 on student and senior (55 and older) tickets; save $16 on Friends & Family 4-Packs ($40) for matinees. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. General admission tickets are available at the door. All tickets are available online at http://ABDrama.org.
Acton-Boxborough United Way announces workshop for caregivers
Acton-Boxborough United Way and Minuteman Senior Services will bring a program to the Acton-Boxborough community in support of those individuals who are caring for a chronically ill family member or friend. The workshop, titled “The Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop,” is free of charge to town residents. There is financial support available to cover the cost of in-home care for an ill family member or children so that the caregiver can attend.
“The Powerful Tools for Caregivers” six-week class is designed to provide family caregivers with the skills they need to take care of themselves as they care for others.
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers will help to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
Classes will be held 10-11:30 p.m. Saturdays from May 5 to June 16 at Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. No class on June 2.
Space is limited and registration is required. To register: 978-263-1777; email@example.com.
Volunteer opportunities in Acton
The Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers to serve on the Recreation Commission. This advisory committee is charged with overseeing long-range planning for recreational facilities. Members work with the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board, as well as related town staff, to keep track of current facilities and potential sites for future facilities. They typically meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month.
Volunteer applications can be downloaded from the town website at http://ma-acton.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/375. Applications can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Town Manager’s Office at 472 Main St., or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acton Recreation Department offering after-school programs
The Acton Recreation Department engaged with Kensington Enrichment kensingtonenrichment.com to offer their life skill programs for youth. Kensington was founded in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, by D’ette Eglin, founder and president.
All Kensington Enrichment programs are taught with an emphasis on “kindness, tolerance and diversity.” The programs being offered through the Acton Recreation Department include: Tots Manners, Farm to Table, Planet Earth and International Skills. Kensington partners with private and public schools in Massachusetts, such as Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge.
All classes will be held at the new Acton Recreation Department, 50 Audubon Drive, South Acton.
To register or for information: 978-929-6640, ext. 0; http://actonrec.com.
Flerra Meadows Community Garden accepting applications
The town of Boxborough is now accepting applications for the Community Garden at Flerra Meadows for the 2018 growing season. Small and large plots are available for a $20-$30 fee to Boxborough residents. The garden will open mid-May. Water is available on-site. Applications and a copy of the Flerra Meadows Community Garden Rules & Regulations are available in the Planning Office in Town Hall, 29 Middle Road, and on the town’s website atboxborough-ma.gov.
The signed application and plot fee must be submitted to Town Hall by May 21. For information: 978-264-1723; ADuchesneau@Boxborough-MA.gov.
Middle Road Community Garden
The Boxborough Middle Road Community Garden will soon be opening for the 2018 growing season. The Garden is located at the intersection of Middle and Depot roads. Basic plots cost $20. Water is available via an old style hand pump and it is advised that gardeners fence their plots. Tools and cosmetic watering cans may be left in the garden during the season. Organic gardening practices are not mandated.
For information: 978-263-3285; email@example.com.
Wu exhibit at Acton Memorial Library
Sharon Wu, of Acton, will exhibit her Chinese brushwork paintings at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., during March and April.
Wu’s formal training was in horticulture at the National Taiwan University and her Master of Science in Horticulture from University of Georgia. It was during this training that she started to do her carefully observed botanical drawings.
She moved to the medium of Chinese brush -painting using her observational powers to this specialized style. She has been working in this traditional medium for the past 20 years and become a proficient as well as a teacher of others. She teaches at Chinese language schools throughout the region. She has also exhibited extensively in the greater Boston area.
Her exhibit is titled “Spring” and the work on exhibit calls forth the season. Wu’s works will be on display from March 3 to April 28.
The Library is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
For information: 978-929-6655.