Arlington International Film Festival is helping Natick launch its own film festival that will be officially launched in 2020. In preparation for this, AIFF is hosting a pilot screening featuring student short films.

The screening will take place on Oct. 5 at Natick High School from 4-6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with two of the student filmmakers. The lineup of movies touch upon many topics and themes, from undocumented people in the U.S. to the refugee crisis to our generation’s over-consumption of social media as well as documentary about Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors.

This event is sponsored by Kensington Investment Company and the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, and is made possible by a partnership with the Natick Center Cultural District, the town of Natick and the Arlington International Film Festival.

For information, visit



… With recent reports of West Nile virus and EEE, the Board of Health has issued a reminder about how to lower your risk for mosquito bites:

… Apply insect repellent when outdoors

… Be aware the hours between dusk and dawn are peak mosquito hours

… Clothing can help reduce bites — wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

… Drain standing water

… Install or repair screens

… Protect your animals

For more details and information, please see the Natick Health Department webpage,, or the Mass. Department of Public Health web page:

The Central Mass Mosquito Control Project, in cooperation with the Natick Board of Health, monitors mosquito activity in the area. Complaints about mosquitoes may be registered by calling the CMMPC office at 508-393-3055 or by visiting

Project personnel will be in Natick to investigate residents’ concerns about mosquitoes in their area on the following dates: Oct. 2 and 3. All dates after Labor Day are tentative and all dates are subject to change due to weather conditions, mosquito populations, mosquito virus activity and/or special event spraying. This program will shut down when cool night time temperatures become predominant in the area.

CMMCP surveillance staff will continue to trap, identify and test mosquitoes until MDPH ends the testing program.

… Join the Natick Lodge of Elks and be part of a spirited, friendly and charitable organization. They support veterans, local charities, drug awareness programs and many more community related charities and activities. For more information on the lodge, including programs and events, contact Club Manager Paul Sanford at 508-653-9792, ext. 215, or, or visit

… The Friends of the Morse Institute Library have a “Book Nook,” an ongoing book and DVD sale. The Nook occupies the former display shelves in the lobby, and is open during library hours.

… Casey’s Diner on South Avenue is now open on Saturdays until 10:30 p.m., and Sundays until 7 p.m.

… Reminder — until further notice, the entire Natick portion of the Cochituate Rail Trail will be closed to the public for construction.

… The Natick Center Cultural District/Natick Center Associates has established a Fire Emergency Fund for those place destroyed by the fire (Metro Pets, King Wok, the Christian Science Reading Room, Iron Horse and Nancy Kelly Studio). Those wishing to donate may do so by…

- At the Middlesex Savings Bank Natick branch and deposit your check directly into the account, just notify the teller you wish to donate to the Natick Center Associates Emergency Fire Relief Fund.

- Donate online through the NCA PayPal Account:

- Mail your check to NCA, P.O. Box 6284, Natick, MA 01760, and please note in the memo that this is for the Fire Relief Fund.

For those wishing to donate space or office items, fill out this form: The NCA is compiling a list of donations for the businesses and will distribute to them.

… Good weekend for a book sale, as the Friends of the Morse Institute reported brisk crowds for both days of the used book (and bake) sale. The Friends raised more than $11,000 from the sale on Sept. 21 and 22.


For the weekend:

… Stop by the Farmers Market on the Common Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through October.

… The Natick Praying Indians will host their annual Powwow on Sept. 28 at Cochituate State Park, off Route 30. The gates will open at 11 a.m., with a grand entry at 1 p.m. Activities will include dancing, storytelling, food and more. The event will close at 5 p.m. While the Powwow is free, the park does charge for parking.

… On Sept. 29 at 3 p.m., the Eliot Church and Bacon Free Library in South Natick will team up to host internationally known guitarist/composer Peter Griggs in an outdoor concert on the lawn of theBacon Free Library. Griggs will present “Cafe Barcelona,” a selection of Spanish and Brazilian music, as well as several of his own compositions. Attendees are advised to bring a blanket or folding chairs, and are welcome to bring food to enjoy (carry in/carry out). In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held across the street at the church, 45 Eliot St. For more information, visit or call 508-653-2244. Admission is by free-will donation ($10 suggested).


And just beyond:

… The Friends of the Natick Senior Center will hold their annual Holiday Fair on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Do you holiday shopping, and enjoy homemade minestrone soup for lunch. There will also be raffles. Vendors are wanted; sign up by calling 508-647-6540, ext. 1915.

… Come to “Coffee with a Purpose” on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. at the Common Street Spiritual Center. Have coffee, get social and discuss local issues. For details, email Pat Conaway at

… Harvest season is well under way, and the Natick Community Organic Farm has a variety of items available, including flowers, greens, meats and more. Stop by the farm during daylight hours, or come to the weekly Farmers Market on the Common Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Visit for information on the farm’s fall programs (as well as how to reserve your Thanksgiving turkey).

… Here’s the latest from the Sons of Italy lodge on Washington Avenue:

Pasta Night has returned; stop by most Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy pasta, salad and dessert for one low price (proceeds benefit the lodge’s scholarship fund).

The lodge will hold a holiday craft fair on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and is seeking vendors of homemade items such as pottery, jewelry, textiles and other types of crafts. The lodge will be selling food and beverages along with baked goods, as well as a raffle tables. For information, contact Darlene Rideout at

… The Natick Community-Senior Center will offer a 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group to support and assist people 50 and older who are looking for a new job, a new career direction, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a “second act” career.

Participants will meet and network with fellow job seekers at bi-weekly networking group meetings, led by an experienced career coach and facilitator. The next meeting will be held Oct. 2 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.; meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 2 p.m. for sign-in and casual networking.

Preregistration required at

For additional information about this program, please contact the Natick COA at 508-647-6540.

… The Kiwanis will serve up their annual Taste of Natick on Oct. 2 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Tickets are $20, available at the door, and will feature samplings from some of the best restaurants in MetroWest. There will also be raffle prizes, a silent auction and a free door prize. Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis programs. For information, visit, or call Kevin Dillon at 508-740-4488.

… The Natick Lodge of Elks on Speen Street will sponsor a Casino Night on Oct. 11 at the Natick Lodge of Elks at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit homeless veterans. Tickets are $30 and may be ordered by phone (508-653-9792) or via

… There will be a Rosary Rally on Oct. 12 at noon on the Common.

… Fisk United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut St., will hold a yard sale on Oct. 19 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Books, toys, games, kitchen items, holiday decorations and much more. The event will be held rain or shine; proceeds will fund church missions. For information, call 508-653-1674,

… The annual Natick Artists Open Studios will take place the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information on these events, visit

… The Natick Historical Society is getting ready for fall. Here are some upcoming events:

“Oldtown” Walking Tour of South Natick – Oct. 20 (11 a.m.) (meet at Bacon Free Library)

Casey’s – Natick’s Favorite Diner – and Others, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Morse Institute Library

Walking Tour of Natick’s Historic Walnut Hill Neighborhood, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. (meet at downtown pedestrian bridge)

Natick and the Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Natick History Museum

For details, visit, or call 508-647-4841.

The museum at 58 Eliot St., South Natick, is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (October-June), and by appointment.

… “Horsin’ Around with Will Dailey,” a benefit concert for Horse SenseAbility, a program that helps at-risk youth develop life skills by working with horses, will be held Oct. 26 at the Common Street Spiritual Center, 13 Common St. There will be a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $40, $50 at the door, VIP tickets $100. Tickets available via

… Family Promise Metrowest will stage its annual “Keep the Promise” food tasting and auction on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are on sale now at

If you are unable to attend, you can register to bid on silent auction items before and during the event.

… Save the date for the town’s Flu Vaccine clinics on Oct. 16, the Oldtown Photo Calendar competition on Oct. 20, Spooktacular at the Common on Oct. 26, the Fall Fair at the United Methodist Church on Nov. 16, the Outreach Holiday Fair at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 23 and TedX Natick on Jan. 25.


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