Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society performance: 7 p.m. April 19, Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough. Community members can join for a return visit of the musicians of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society. The performance will feature traditional Celtic and maritime music, Irish jigs and ballads with a band of five musicians. They play guitar, dulcimer, accordion, fiddle and the age-old delights of bones, spoons and drum. The group has been entertaining audiences throughout New England for decades. This program is sponsored by the Whitcomb House Trust fund.
The Census Takers’ Report (1865): 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 22, Hosmer House Museum, 300 Main St., Acton. Free. For information: 978-264-0690; firstname.lastname@example.org; https://actonhistoricalsociety.org. Bill Klauer will present an examination of the 1865 Massachusetts state census. The talk will highlight the neighborhoods of Acton in the 1860s, and reveal the local people through their households and their livelihoods, as well as through census categories such as paupers, naturalized citizens and whether an adult could read or write.
Hurricane of 1938 Presentation: 2 p.m. April 22, Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road. Free. The Boxborough Historical Society will sponsor a presentation about the hurricane that occurred on Sept. 21, 1938, and the causes and impact it had on New England, Massachusetts and the Boxborough area. After the formal presentation, the audience will be encouraged to discuss the impact of the hurricane on Boxborough and other nearby towns.
Isaac Davis Toastmasters Club meeting: 7:15-8:45 p.m. April 23, Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. For information: email@example.com; http:\2193.toastmastersclubs.org. The next Isaac Davis Toastmasters Club meeting will be held, where participants can observe how the club works and see how it can improve their public speaking and other interpersonal skills. Members include residents from Acton, Boxborough, Stow, Harvard, Littleton and Maynard. Guests are welcome.
Well Adult Clinic: 10-11 a.m. April 24, Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road. For information: 978-772- 3335; 1-800-427-9762, ext. 340; https://nashoba.org. Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Boxborough Board of Health, will hold a free Well Adult Clinic for the general public. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check, including blood pressure/pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling and further assessments with referrals as needed.
Acton Cub and Boy Scout Information Night: 5-8:30 p.m. April 24, Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. For information: ActonScouting@gmail.com. Families interested in joining Cub and Boy Scouts in Acton are invited to come to an information and sign-up night. Stop by for a few minutes at any point, to speak with representatives from Acton’s Cub and Boy Scouts. Cub Scouts, for boys entering first through fifth grade in September, participate in such activities as building and racing pinewood derby cars, camping, hiking, sports, crafts and learning life skills such as First Aid. Boy Scouts is for boys currently in fifth grade through high school. Boy Scouts participate in camping and hiking, as well as backpacking, advanced life skills and leadership skills.
Lecture on healthy eating: 7-8 p.m. April 26, Acton Pharmacy, upstairs in conference room, 563 Massachusetts Ave. Acton Pharmacy will host a free lecture, titled “Healthy Eating for a Healthy Mind,” featuring Jeanned’arc Haddad, a registered dietitian nutritionist from Lexington. Haddad will discuss the importance of using food as medicine and how individualized dieting can provide a healthy foundation and balance for the entire body, and most specifically the gut. Register at https://bit.ly/2uWgbY4 or by calling the pharmacy at 978-263-3901, ext. 6. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
Boxborough Pre-Town Meeting Forum: 7 p.m. April 25, meeting room, Sargent Memorial Library 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough. For information: 978-264-0069. The Boxborough Town Moderator will hold the annual Pre-Town Meeting Forum, held in conjunction with the Boxborough Leadership Forum. The intent of this meeting will be to review the warrant and the proposed presentations for 2018 Boxborough Town Meeting starting May 14 at the Blanchard School gymnasium. The review will focus on potential procedural issues, the time required and the requirements for visual support. Those intending to present at the Town Meeting are urged to come or be represented.
‘The Best of Times’: 6-8 p.m. April 26, Boxboro Regency, 242 Adams St., Boxborough. “The Best of Times,” the 10th annual celebration of “food, drink and friendship,” will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough, this event is a “way to unwind” on a weekday evening. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at Gould’s Clothing, Donelan’s of Acton, Acton Toyota of Littleton; from any member of the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough; or at the door. The event will feature appetizers, local and regional beer and wine, a pasta entrée and desserts. Participants can also take a chance on prizes and gift certificates at the silent auction. Proceeds of this event will be used by the Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough to contribute to the work of the Domestic Violence Services Network, which works to end domestic violence and support those victimized by such violence in 13 communities, including Acton and Boxborough; and other community projects.
Suicide Prevention walk: 10 a.m. April 29, R.J. Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Road, Acton. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Acton’s “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention walk will feature a quarter of a million people from hundreds of cities across all 50 states, raising awareness and funds for those affected by suicide. The walk will start at R.J. Grey Junior High School, and will make a loop through the adjacent Minuteman Ridge neighborhood. Register to walk and/or make donations at https://atafsp.org/acton.
‘A Pleasant Pairing: Exploring Teas and Chocolates Together’: 7 p.m. April 30, Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough. The Sargent Memorial Library will host licensed chocolatier Kim Larkin, of Klassic Kreations Gourmet. Larkin will present “A Pleasant Pairing: Exploring Teas and Chocolates Together,” which will discuss the history and health benefits of both tea and dark chocolate. Participants will learn where chocolate comes from, the difference between tea varieties and how to brew a “proper cup,” and the event will feature chocolate pioneers, a trivia quiz, the Japanese tea ceremony and samplings of teas, fine chocolates, tea infused chocolate and a tea infused shortbread. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Whitcomb House Trust fund.
‘Plovers and Terns and Oystercatchers, Oh My!’: 7-9 p.m. May 1, Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass Ave., Boxborough. Boxborough Birders members and local bird enthusiasts and others can attend a talk on beach nesting birds of Massachusetts by ornithologist Dr. Becky Harris. Harris teaches conservation biology at Tufts University for the Masters in Conservation Medicine Program. She has served as director of Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program where she oversaw monitoring, management and protection of threatened beach nesting birds and their habitats at over 100 sites throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Concurrent with Harris’s presentation, there will be a bird photography exhibit (to begin April 16); table exhibits on bird houses, photographing birds and resources on getting started in birding; as well as recommended guide books and phone apps. A brief welcome to all members will precede the presentation and Q&A with the speaker will follow the program. Light refreshments provided. The program is open to all ages. For information on Boxborough Birders and how to join, visit https://boxboroughbirders.org. For event information: 978-264-4077.
‘Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Beneficials’: 7-8:30 p.m. May 3, Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. Naturalist John Root will lead a presentation on how to attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects to one’s yard and neighborhood. He will describe annual and perennial plants that sustain these helpful organisms as well as discuss organic gardening and landscaping methods. Comments and questions are welcome throughout the program. Free admission; plants for edible landscaping and attracting beneficials will be offered for sale. This program is sponsored by grants from the Acton Garden Club, as well as the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow — Bring Your Daughter Dance: 7-9 p.m. May 4, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School cafeteria, 36 Charter Road, Acton. For information: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the members of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School’s Youth in Philanthropy on the yellow brick road as they host a dance. Tickets cost $15 per couple and will be sold at the door. Additional tickets cost $5 each. All girls in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend this annual event with their adult date. The proceeds of this evening, which will include dancing, games and crafts, will benefit Youth in Philanthropy to benefit area nonprofit organizations.
Spring Birding and Nature Walk: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 5, Wetherbee Conservation Land. (Rain or shine). Park on Wetherbee Street near the Wetherbee Conservation Land sign — carpooling encouraged. Join the Acton Conservation Trust for a Spring Birding and Nature Walk of the Wetherbee Conservation Land in Acton on Wetherbee Street beginning at the wooded edge of the farm field next to Route 2. The Wetherbee Conservation Land is a 73-acre conservation area in East Acton. Local birder, Al Sgroi, will introduce participants to breeding field birds such as savannah sparrow, vesper sparrow, swamp sparrow, red-tailed and sharp-shinned hawk, indigo bunting and eastern bluebirds. People might also see upland birds such as the hermit thrush, scarlet tanager and others. Bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP: 978-369-9264; email@example.com.
Adoptive Parent Groups: New Acton location at Maynard Public Library, 77 Nason St., Maynard. For information: https://mspcc.org/aft. Adoptive Families Together will hold parent-run, confidential groups to share personal concerns and needs around adoptive parenting. AFT provides education, advocacy and support, and welcomes adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, kin parents, pre-adoptive parents and all those with a connection to adoption. These are ongoing, free groups that meet once a month.
Parenting Support Hour (infants through early adulthood): 2:30-4:30 p.m., first Sunday of the month during the school year, upstairs conference room, Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St. For information: 978-793-1094; firstname.lastname@example.org. This support group is for parents and guardians of children with learning differences, special needs or other challenges, providing informal parent-to-parent support and occasional guest speakers. This is a place where participants can share stories, experience, resources and ideas with other parents. Facilitated by parents of the Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Drop-ins welcome. Free and open to all communities.
Lovely Linda’s Lunches: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., first Saturday of the month, The Red Raven Restaurant, 3 Nagog Park, Acton. For information or to RSVP: 978-274-2231; email@example.com. Caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias can attend Lovely Linda’s Lunches, an ongoing free memory café, to have lunch and conversation. The café is co-facilitated by Tammy Pozerycki, owner of Pleasantries Adult Day Services in Marlborough. RSVP requested by not required. Note that a caregiver must accompany the guest with memory impairment.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Peer Support Group: 10-11:30 a.m., first and third Thursday of each month., Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer St., Acton. Free. For information: https://namimass.org. Adults concerned about their mental health can reconnect and rebuild at the National Alliance on Mental Illness confidential Connection Support Group. Facilitated by NAMI trained peers living with mental health concerns. Ongoing, drop in, free to participants. Contact 781-982-3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group: 7-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday of each month., St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central St., Acton. Family members and caregivers of people living with mental illness are invited to the National Alliance on Mental Illness confidential Family Support Group. Facilitated by NAMI trained volunteers who have experience with mental health concerns. Ongoing, drop in, free to participants. Contact Susan at email@example.com. For information: https://namimass.org. Free.
Hospice Volunteers Sought: Gentiva Hospice, located in Marlborough, offers care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. For information: 508-229-0912. To provide their patient and families with this broad spectrum of support, they are seeking volunteers in Acton.
Volunteers Needed at Acton Food Pantry: Acton Community Pantry, 235 Summer Road, Boxborough. For information: 978-635-9295; firstname.lastname@example.org. Acton Food Pantry serves more than 200 families each week and is looking for help. The pantry needs volunteers to help unload the truck Tuesdays and the fourth Thursday of the month. Truck unloading typically takes approximately one hour depending upon the volume of delivery. Volunteers must be able to lift or move cases of frozen, nonperishable and perishable food items, with some cases weighing as much as 50 pounds. The unloaded food items are then stored in proper places within the pantry. Some schedule flexibility is required, as the truck is sometimes delayed on its return from Boston.
BXBTV Looking for Camera Operators: BXBTV, Boxborough’s government channel broadcast provider, is looking for people 18 or older with two years or more of video and audio experience and who are willing to work on an as-needed basis to assist in filming town-related meetings and events. Applicants can submit resumes to BXBTV video production supervisor Kirby Dolak, Littleton Cable TV, 37 Shattuck St., Littleton, MA 01460, or via email to email@example.com.
Morse Schedules Office Hours: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, community services coordinator’s office off Grange Meeting Room at Town Hall. For information: 978-264-1726. Boxborough Veterans Services Officer Donald Morse will hold office hours weekly, but is also available to meet by appointment.
Mt. Calvary Community Supper of Acton: 5-6 p.m., Mt. Calvary Community Supper at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Acton. Mt. For information: 978-263-5156; https://facebook.com/CommunitySupperofActonMA. Calvary Community Supper of Acton serves a free three-course dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. The hall is handicapped-accessible. Mt. Calvary Community Supper is the only active community supper of Acton. It has served over 20,000 free meals since its founding in 2012. As a nonprofit organization it is dependent on volunteers and has benefited from the support of businesses, civic organizations, religious groups and individuals.
Boxborough Police Department offers Drug Drop-off Box: The Boxborough Police Department has an anonymous prescription drug drop-off box in the lobby of the police station, 520 Mass. Ave. For information: 978-263-2628. People may drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and medications at any time.