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In This Issue
Fun at Five Goes to Summer Camp!
What's Bugging You?
Office Space For Rent
Chamber GOLF Classic
Thank you, Volunteers!
Harrington Offers CPR Training
Feed a Camper with NBSB
Plan Your Walktober Now!
NBSB Reopens West Brookfield Branch
Workforce Training Fund Information Session
Venture's Golf Classic
Business Communications Skills Training
Publick House Feast
Planning For Medicare-Countdown to 65
Hitchcock Happenings!
Bay State Bike Week
Village Toastmasters
Red Cross Blood Drive
TEd. Golf Ball Drop
Endurance Games
Asparagus & Flower Festival
Open Houses at Camp Frank A. Day
TEd. Diamond & Champagne Brunch
Acorn Adventure
Southbridge Business Partnership
Cooking with Rico
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Wool Days
LiveSTRONG Golf Tournament
Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life
Self-Defense Workshop
Free Saturday Tastings
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Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
  
Cindy Howard
Chair
Center of Hope
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair
OFS

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt
Klem's
 
Chris Canniff

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown


Bob Datz 
datzmedia 

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty


Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography


Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union


Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
 
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
 
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
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Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

This issue of CROSSROADS EVENTS takes you right through Memorial Day weekend with some fantastic local happenings plus the news you need ! Don't miss tonight's Fun at Five networking event at Camp Frank A. Day. There is still time to register and join us! We will also offer a timely seminar on controlling pests with Dave Pentilla coming up on May 23 and invite you to golf with us in June at our Golf Classic. 
 
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 2017 events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five
Goes to
Summer Camp!
Camp Frank A Day 
TONIGHT! 
Monday, May 15, 5-7pm
125 South Pond Road, East Brookfield ( map it)
Join us for a special evening of  
networking and fun as we head to
summer camp in East Brookfield! 

Camp Frank A. Day 
Camp Frank A. Day has been owned and operated by the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA since 1916. The camp encompasses over 52 acres of natural woodlands and lake-front with an extensive beach area. With tennis and basketball courts, an arts & crafts building, playing fields, a climbing tower, a rec center, and historic dining hall, Camp Frank A. Day is an overnight camp for youths ages 7-16 that embraces and passes along the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Camp Frank video
Campers, staff and alumni talk about the beauty of overnight camp in this video from youtube.

Join us for good times at the camp!
 
B.T.'s Smokehouse will be there providing the food! Rapscallion Brewery will bring the beer! 

All we need now is you!
RSVP today!

PLEASE NOTE:  
Parking is in the field next to the Rec Center and a van shuttle will carry guests to the Dining Hall. Please keep in mind this is a camp in a rustic setting. Wear appropriate shoes!
 
Cost: $10 for registered Members,
$15 at the door or $20 for non-Members.


RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761

or email info@cmschamber.org 
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar Series
What's Bugging
You?
with Dave Pentilla,
Dave's Pest Control
Dave_s Pest Control
Tuesday, May 23 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

FREE for CMS Chamber Members,
$50 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP by May 22.

Call 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org
to save your spot!
 
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!
 
Dave will share his expertise on controlling pests.
Bring your questions!

Putting Pests in Perspective

termites

carpenter ants

rodents

bed bugs

ticks

mosquitos


Putting Pests in their Place

outside your home

inside your home

 

Dave Pentilla
Presented by Dave Pentilla,
Dave's Pest Control

Dave's Pest Control has been providing both homeowners and commercial property owners with complete pest control services throughout the Worcester County area for over 40 years.

Our missions are to set the standard of superior service in the Pest Management Industry that exceeds customers' expectations, and provide an enriching, fulfilling and rewarding environment for our employees while supporting the community.
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Don't Forget t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members...  
for Members!
 
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL! 
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12'
or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk.

If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177. 
Chamber of Central Mass South
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GOLF CLASSIC 2017
To Benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund
Sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 22, 2017

Join us as we hit the links at Heritage Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic. Check out the details and find registration information below.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 
7:45 am Registration 
9:00 am Shot Gun Start 
2:30 pm Dinner Reception

YOUR DAY INCLUDES:
Continental breakfast
Greens and cart fees
Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Contests:
Longest drive, male & female
Closest to the pin
Refreshments available on the course
Reception and dinner after play

SCRAMBLE FORMAT:
All players hit from the best lie

COST:
Foursome: $475 
Individual: $125 
Dinner Only: $30

View and download the detailed brochure.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.
$100 Tee Box Sponsor:
Includes a sign with your business name and logo at the tee box or green.

$750 Corporate Sponsor:  
Includes 1 Foursome, Tee Box Sponsor, 4 additional meal tickets for guests, featured in all promotional materials at event.

CONTACT MICHAEL CHECKOSKY  
FOR MORE INFORMATION. 
Phone: 508-764-0012 
Fax: 508-765-1187 
SPONSORED BY:  
SSB Love Your Bank 
Make all checks payable to:  
Central MA South Chamber of Commerce

Mail your check with the brochure's reservation form to: 
Southbridge Savings Bank 
c/o Mike Checkosky 
253-257 Main Street 
Southbridge, MA 01550 
 
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Thank you, Brimfield Volunteers!
Brimfield Volunteers
The Chamber is sincerely grateful to all who helped us welcome Brimfield visitors at our Information Booth at the May Shows! Here, Ranger Marcy of The Last Green Valley and Kevin Filchak, Economic Development/Tourism Coordinator for the Town of Sturbridge open the booth for the first shift on Tuesday, May 9. Did you miss out on the fun? There will be opportunities to volunteer again in July and September!

PS: We think this year's T-Shirts are pretty 'cool-lectible', too! Thanks to Exsel Smart Marketing for creating this year's design! Get yours at the Shows or drop by the Chamber office! Only $10 while supplies last. Proceeds support the Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund. Available in 3 colors, in sizes from small to 3X.
Brimfield T-shirts
  2017 Brimfield Collectible T-Shirts
Harrington HealthCare System Offers Free Hands-Only CPR Training
Monday, June 5, Harrington Hospital Lobby, 100 South St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hands-Only CPR performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breaths in the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. It takes 60 seconds to learn how to save someone's life! Join Harrington all day for demonstrations on hands-only CPR. In partnership with the American Heart Association.
 
Join together with NBSB to Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam
Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser helps to feed low-income campers.
NBSB Supports Camp Putnam
 In 2016, NBSB President and CEO Donna L. Boulanger and NBSB Trustee Betsy Cuddy presented a $2,374 check to Camp Putnam Executive Director Todd Stewart from the NBSB "Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam" fundraiser.

North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to make a difference in the communities it serves. That is why NBSB is pleased to announce their Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser will return once again. During the months of May and June the Bank is asking their communities to join with them to help feed campers. The New Braintree area camp provides a true camping experience for children and is affordable for all families regardless of income.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank has launched the fundraiser with a $1,000 donation. With a total fundraising goal of $1,500, NBSB is inviting community members, customers and Bank employees to raise the remaining $500 during May and June at any branch location. Progress charts will be displayed in the branches so advancement towards the goal can easily be tracked.
 
Want to know how you can donate? It's simple. Anyone can make their donation into the collection jars displayed along the teller line at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location, with branches conveniently located in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer and Three Rivers. In addition, NBSB employees will be able to donate $5 to participate in designated Jean Days through our May and June.
 
Camp Putnam, which spends nearly $40,000 on food per summer, offers campers tasty yet healthy home-cooked and "kid-friendly" meals such as homemade mac and cheese, tacos, Shepherd's pie, fresh fruits and veggies, pancakes, French toast and more in a family-style atmosphere.
 
"We are again so grateful to the customers, employees and leadership of NBSB for taking such an active role in supporting our community as a whole and our work at Camp Putnam specifically," said Putnam Camp Executive Director Todd Stewart. "Our long-standing efforts to provide our campers fresh, delicious and healthy meals in a family-style atmosphere is a vital part of the 'Care and Share' mantra so central to our mission. Meals at Camp Putnam resemble the largest, happiest family gathering one could ever imagine! The generosity of NBSB will provide much needed funding to offset the exorbitant costs of feeding hundreds of children in this manner each summer."

"Camp Putnam is a place where children are able to have an adventure, make friends, experience personal growth and have healthy fun. It is an organization that we are proud to support," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "Together as a community, we hope to reach our goal, just like we did last year, allowing kids at Camp Putnam to enjoy the well-rounded meals they deserve."
 
About North Brookfield Savings Bank: North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
 
About Camp Putnam: Camp Putnam, located on 150 acres of fields and forest in rural New Braintree, has been serving local children for over 60 years. The Camp provides a safe and healthy summer camp experience that is affordable for all families, regardless of income and is camp in the truest sense of the word; a place where kids and staff interact with nature all day, every day. Camp Putnam encourages and promotes emotional, social, intellectual and personal discovery for children in a safe, structured environment. To learn more about Camp Putnam, visit www.campputnam.org.  
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Think Walktober! Plan Your Walktober Now!
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The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is gearing up for its 27th fun-filled year of Walktober! The deadline to submit your Walktober activity for inclusion in the program this fall is June 30, 2017. Easy-to-use online forms are available at www.thelastgreenvalley.org/explore-the-last-green-valley/walktober.

Last year, volunteer leaders offered close to 300 guided walks, strolls, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes, sips, and events, and more than 60,000 people participated. Walktober boosts economic activity in our 35 towns not only during the fall, but all year long as visitors return to their old and new-found favorite spots in the National Heritage Corridor. This is happening right now during TLGV's new Spring Outdoors program!

Inspire others by hosting or leading a Walktober activity. TLGV members, including nonprofit and business partners, are welcome to showcase their specialties. Need an idea? Ranger Marcy is happy to help! Call 860-774-3300 or email marcy@tlgv.org and learn how you can connect residents and visitors alike to all The Last Green Valley has to offer.

Southbridge focused on its assets last year and presented over 30 Walktober choices as the town and nonprofits worked together to coordinate activities that attracted visitors. Norwich, Putnam and Windham also worked on this model and offered many coordinated choices. Is your town ready to improve its Walktober exposure this year? Take the lead to ensure that your town, business or nonprofit makes the most out of Walktober, too!

The question is "Do You Walktober?" The answer should be "YES!"  

Can't wait for Walktober to get out and explore our region? Participate now in more than 150 Spring Outdoors choices, with more being added all the time.

Learn more about Walktober, Spring Outdoors and everything else happening in The Last Green Valley online at www.thelastgreenvalley.org and on Facebook and Instagram.

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!  
North Brookfield Savings Bank Reopens West Brookfield Branch  
and Celebrates after Renovation Project
 NBSB welcomes the community to West Brookfield Branch Renovation Celebration on May 18
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that its West Brookfield branch has reopened after the completion of renovations. To celebrate, NBSB invites the community to attend the West Brookfield Renovation Celebration on May 18th to enjoy local brick oven pizza and fun giveaways. The branch is conveniently located along Route 9 at 128 West Main Street in West Brookfield and underwent a remarkable transformation to help the Bank better serve their customers.
 
"We pride ourselves on delivering consistent outstanding customer service, personalized attention, and a variety of products and services in order to help our customers' reach their financial goals. The renovations to our West Brookfield branch takes that one step further by offering them an innovative branch design that will ensure they continue to have the very best banking experience," says Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We are so appreciative to our customers and the community of West Brookfield for their understanding during the renovations. We would also like to extend our thanks to Nash Contracting for the fantastic work completed and the neighboring homes and businesses for their patience."
 
The renovated West Brookfield Branch has a state-of-the-art, modern setting with partial glass walls on the offices. This along with new furniture, new wall color and abundant natural light creates a welcoming, spacious and bright atmosphere. The branch also received a high quality, technology-enhanced teller line, better able to streamline everyday teller line transactions and allow for a more personalized interaction between customers and NBSB employees. In addition, the exterior of the building had cosmetic updates and the parking lot was repaved.

"We want to extend an invitation to our customers and community members to visit us and see the renovations to the West Brookfield branch and meet our experienced, knowledgeable and responsive branch team," says Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We are confident that current and future customers will be pleased with the transformation and that this will improve their overall banking experience."
 
On Thursday, May 18th, from 11am to 5pm, North Brookfield Savings Bank will be hosting the West Brookfield Branch Renovation Celebration to welcome customers and community members to see the branch for themselves. Visitors will have a chance to meet the West Brookfield branch team, enjoy complimentary brick oven pizza cooked fresh onsite in the travelling Ye Olde Tavern brick oven, and snag some fun giveaway items while supplies last.
 
"We are so honored to be a part of the West Brookfield community and plan to continue to do our part to make a positive impact for years to come," continues Patricia Ostrout of NBSB. "We are hosting this event to offer our sincere thanks for welcoming us into your community."
 
As part of its continued involvement in the West Brookfield area, NBSB will be participating at the West Brookfield Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 2oth with a booth featuring a free flower craft project for children, a cornhole game with a chance to win prizes, and giveaways.
 
NBSB is excited to continue to build on the existing strong community partnership it shares with West Brookfield. Among some of its current partnerships and initiatives are with the West Brookfield Senior Center, Merriam Gilbert Public Library Summer Reading Programs, West Brookfield Boy Scouts, Sharing Cupboard Food Pantry, Friends of the West Brookfield Bandstand and West Brookfield's White Christmas; to name a few. NBSB organizes annual Food Drives and Toy Drives at the West Brookfield branch to directly benefit the West Brookfield community, and a scholarship is awarded to a Quaboag Regional High School graduate each year seeking to further their education.
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Workforce Training Fund Information Session-Worcester

by Workforce Training Fund Program
Wed, June 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This information session provides an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund programs. Topics covered include: the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and application process. Following the information session, participants should be able to determine which grants are best suited for their business needs and know how to begin the application process. The information session lasts 2 hours and covers the following WTFP grant programs:

*    General Program
*    Express Program
*    Direct Access Program
*    Technical Assistance Grant

For more information about the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP), please visit our website: www.workforcetrainingfund.org

To contact our hosts at QCC, contact Christine McNally, 508-751-7929 or: cmcnally@qcc.mass.edu
To contact WTFP: krayne@commcorp.org

Location:
The Workforce Development Center of Quinsigamond Community College
25 Federal St., 3rd Floor
Worcester, MA 01608
Venture CS
Venture Community Services Announces
the Return of the Charity Golf Classic
Popular Event returns on June 16th
 
Venture Community Services, one of the Commonwealth's leading providers of innovative human services will hold its 20th annual Charity Golf Classic at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge on Friday, June 16th. The shotgun start time will be at 9 a.m.

The cost is $540 per foursome (individuals can sign up for $135 per person) and includes morning coffee, green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, Venture logo beach towel, complimentary cocktail and buffet dinner in the pavilion. There will be contests held throughout the day in addition to a raffle and silent auction.
 
Proceeds will benefit programs and services at Venture and will provide greater opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in the community. The current major sponsors for the event are: Starkweather & Shepley, TD Bank, Fallon Health, MDG Employee Benefit Solutions and Southbridge Savings Bank.
 
For more information or to register or sponsor, please visit the Venture website at venturecs.org or contact Paige Mador at 774-922-1135.
 
Who: Venture Community Services
What: Hosts the 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic
When: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:00 am
Where: Blissful Meadows Golf Club, 801 Chockalog Road, Uxbridge, MA
To Register : venturecs.org
 
Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with over 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Worcester County area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, autism supports, adult foster care, and shared living.
Business Communications Skills Training Workshop Now Offered

Ed Londergan, professional writer and editor, is pleased to announce a new Business Communication Skills training workshop. It focuses on improving employee communications skills and abilities through a combination of instruction and exercises. The training gives employees the knowledge and tools to identify the benefi­ts of effective communication, recognize obstacles to successful communication and enhance their skills to communicate better.

The workshop can be customized to ­fit a business's unique needs. While the training is best done as a complete program, it can be delivered as separate modules so those topics most applicable to the current business situation can be addressed.

The training covers basic writing skills, writing an effective email, listening skills, preferred and proper situational communication methods, non-verbal communication and how to put together a great presentation.

Londergan, with over 35 years of business experience as an employee, manager, consultant and small business owner as well as being a professional writer and editor, and having trained many people from groups of 3 to 350 in both formal and informal settings, has the knowledge and abilities to help any business communicate better.

For more information, see the Business Communication Skills Training Overview PDF document.

To schedule a meeting contact Londergan at ed.londergan@gmail.com, 413-436-7901 or 508-864-8685. 
All things seem possible in May.  
-Edwin Way Teale

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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations


Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

May 15
Stella Chapter No. 3, Eastern Star
ESCC Women's Fellowship
ITALIAN FEAST


CASH DONATION
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.)
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET!
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations

All Feasts include...
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water

Thank you for your support!
www.publickhouse.com 
The McCurdy Group will be holding a very informative 
Planning For Medicare-Countdown to 65 Seminar

This event will be sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield and will be held on
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00pm in our Conference Room located at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.

See details below for further information. 
Please RSVP to siacobucci@mccurdyinvestments.com or call 508-347-8107. 

Seating is limited.

Dennis A. McCurdy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional practicing at 212 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566. He can be reached at 508-347-8107 or at dmccurdy@mccurdyinvestments.com.

Dennis looks forward to seeing you there!
Hitchcock Happenings! 
Zumba at Hitchcock
Zumba class at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield will spice up your workout. Beginners Welcome.

Hitchcock Academy presents Zumba May 16, PiYo Live May 16, Town Wide Tag Sale May 20, Hitchcock Farmers Market May 20.  For more information about these and a variety of other classes visit us at www.hitchcockacademy.org or call 413-245-9977.

Ongoing - Free Playgroup -
Sponsored by Union 61 Family Foundation Five Grant
            Music & Movement - Wednesday 9-9:45am
            Playgroup - Monday & Thursday 9-11am
 
May 16 - Zumba
A fusion of Latin & International music/dance themes create a dynamic, exciting and based on the principles that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO". The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast & slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. (6 classes)     Time: 6:15-7:15 PM, Fee: $42 Instructor: Erin Wallace
Learn more by visiting our website at www.hitchcockacademy.org for more details.
 
May 16 - PiYo Live
Who says you have to grunt, strain and punish your body to get amazing results from your workout? Not with Piyo. Piyo combines the muscle sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantage of Yoga. We crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean and incredibility defined. (6 classes) Time: 7:30-8:30 PM, Fee: $42 Instructor: Erin Wallace
Learn more by visiting our website at www.hitchcockacademy.org for more details.

May 20 - Town Wide Tag Sale
Hold your own tag sale but be put on a map for shoppers to find you knowing what kinds of items you are offering.  Maps are sold at Hitchcock on the morning of the tag sale. Rain or Shine.
Date: Saturday, May 20th 8 AM Fee: $10
Learn more by visiting our website at www.hitchcockacademy.org for more details.
 
May 20 - Hitchcock Farmers Market
Saturdays in Hitchcock Parking Lot - 9-2pm
Learn more by visiting our website at www.hitchcockacademy.org for more details.
 
Bay State Bike Week, May 13-21
Southbridge Events

Bike to Work Day Friday, May 19th, 7AM-9AM
Appreciation Station @ the Southbridge Common
Don't ride past the common? Post a picture of you cycling to work,
on your lunch break, or as post-week stress relief to the Southbridge 
Recreation Facebook page for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Safety Fair & Skills Course Sat, May 20th, 1-3PM 
Joe Capillo Park, Open to all ages.
Followed by a Blessing of the Bicycles at 3pm.

Bicycle Drive, Sun, May 21st, 1-4PM, Southbridge Town Common 
Bring unneeded bicycles or bicycle parts to the common for a tax-deductible donation to the
Bikes Not Bombs organization to be used to help people in greater Boston and around the world.

Southbridge Recreation Facebook page. 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
 
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
 
Red Cross Blood Drive at Venture CS
May 19, 10am to 3pm, Venture Community Services 

Venture Community Services is holding a blood drive for the American Red Cross. 
Participants will be entered to win tickets to the Red Sox.

For questions or to schedule an appointment contact Kim Busha  kbusha@venturecs.org
or you can schedule direct with the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcrossblood.org
Tantasqua Education Foundation (Ted.) Golf Ball Drop
May 20, 9-11am, Holland Elementary School 

1,000 Numbered Golf Balls will be dropped from the Re/Max Hot Air Balloon
before the Holland Road Race on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. 
Golf Ball tickets can be purchased from any Ted. member or contact president@tedfound.org

$1,000 first prize - closest to or in the hole
$100 - consolation prize - furthest from the hole

www.tedfound.org
508 International
May 20-21, 2017
Endurance Games
Saturday
Obstacle Course Races | Obstacle Challenges | Marathon
Sunday
Mountain bike racing | Cycling Challenges
live music | brew | food trucks | kids' zone

Learn more about Endurance Games
www.508INTL.com
Saturday May 20, 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Rain or Shine, West Brookfield Town Common

Local Growers
Live Music - Artisans
"Clowning for Kidz"
Ed the Wizard
Asparagus Alley Cafe
Kids Activities
Dunk Tank
Over 100 Vendors

FREE Parking/Shuttle Available, FREE admission!
West Brookfield Town Common, Routes 67 & 9, West Brookfield MA 01585
Camp Frank A Day
Open Houses at Camp Frank A. Day 
May 21 and June 4, 10am-2pm

Join us at Camp Frank A. Day, May 21 and June 4 for the second and third Open Houses of the summer season! All are welcome, young and old. Come for a tour, to chat with the director, or to take in the history and beauty of our summer oasis on Quacumquasit.

Camp History:  For over 100 years, Frank A. Day campers become part of a community as they learn how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group.  Through physical, social and educational activities, camping also teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership-all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, soccer matches, archery and talent shows. As a Y camp, our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid and embrace the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Visit online for more www.wsymca.org/child-care-camp/camps/camp-frank-a-day. Or call 617-244-6050 ext. 3008.

TED
Ted. Diamond & Champagne Brunch
May 21, 11am to 1pm, Publick House Historic Inn

A 10th Anniversary celebration of deserving teachers who will be awarded Grants
for innovative projects for children in the Tantasqua/Union 61 school district.

Contact: 508-479-0828
www.tedfound.org
TLGV Ranger Marcy's Acorn Adventure  
Pond & Field Discoveries
Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 1 - 2:30 pm 
Meet at the parking area at the Quinebaug Valley Fish Hatchery, 141 Trout Hatchery Rd.,
Central Village (Plainfield), CT

Map to fish hatchery

Tour the fish hatchery building, learn what happens here & where the trout go!
Walk the trails to the pond, looking for turtles, frogs & tadpoles!
Bring your fishing pole and barbless hooks! Bug spray and worms, too!
Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included!
Dress for the weather, and bring a friend!
FREE! All ages welcome.

Learn more about the QV Trout Hatchery

Explore, visit, engage & connect with the things that make our National Heritage Corridor special, like our trails, fish, water & fresh air!
  
Questions? marcy@tlgv.org

The Last Green Valley  
Acorn Club www.thelastgreenvalleyacorns.org
Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank.
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SBP
You're invited to a meeting of the
Southbridge Business Partnership (SBP)
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Southbridge Bicycles, 100 Central St.,Southbridge, MA

PLEASE Spread the Word!!
Visit our website and LIKE us on Facebook.
 
Existing and new members welcome!
We will be breaking out into the three committees that have been established
and planning next steps. 
Avellino
Cooking with Rico: Memphis in May BBQ 
Avellino, May 25, 2017

Memphis in May is an annual month-long festival featuring many different events. One of the most popular events, The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is celebrating its 40th year in 2017. Like many southern varieties of barbecue, Memphis-style barbecue is mostly made using pork, usually ribs and shoulders, and is slow cooked in a pit. Memphis BBQ alternates between "dry" or "wet" with "dry" featuring just the BBQ rub and "wet" is always with a sauce. This is the perfect class right before the start of the picnic and grilling season. Chef Rico will also be focusing his energies on some creative sides to accompany the BBQ. Weather permitting, this event will be held on Avellino's outdoor patio.

As always, these events sell out quickly so make your reservation early. This event is $55 per person with wine or beer pairings, or $42 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Salem Cross Inn 
Murder Mystery
Next Show: May 26 at 6:30pm 
 
Salem Cross Inn
and the Stageloft Repertory Theater present a Murder Mystery Dinner theater dining event, "A Healthier Life - The Making of an Info-mercial." We need your help. Oppie Losefree needs you to cast a ballot as to which strategy should be chosen for the upcoming info-mercial about leading a healthier life. Meet some health experts as they battle for the spotlight in an upcoming television ad. Hopefully the battle won't result in a murder! But you never know with these health fanatics...

The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.

Menu for the Murder Mystery Dinner

Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing (served at 7:00pm)
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce (served at 7:45pm)
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable
Homemade Rolls
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge
Brewed Tea or Coffee

Arrive by 6:30pm. Show begins promptly at 7:00pm.
Visit the website for more information and tickets.

$56 per person (Tax and gratuity included. Tickets are non-refundable. Advance purchase only)
To attend our Murder Mystery Dinner, visit the website, or call us at 508-867-2345.
Wool Days
Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village 
May 27-29, Memorial Day Weekend 
 
Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival - Wool Days - on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29. Welcome our spring lambs and see the adult sheep get their annual "haircut."

Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. Costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at hand-carding the wool.

Learn about the natural dyes used to produce an amazing array of colors in the 19th century. Use modern dyeing techniques to dye your own skein of OSV yarn or make felted jewelry at the Craft Center (fee applies).

Different Wools - Meet alpacas and llamas  to learn about wool from different animals.
See how wool is transformed into household linens and garments with demonstrations of the spinning wheel and loom.

Meet the animals - lambs, chickens, cows and oxen, and watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and launching toy hot air balloons.

Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Also open Memorial Day. 
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Golf Tournament
4th Annual LiveSTRONG Golf Tournament 
June 1, 8am to 4pm, Cohasse Country Club 

LIVE STRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week research-based program that supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional and spiritual strength.

Our goal for the Golf Tournament is to raise dollars to support the sustainability of this program. LIVE STRONG at the YMCA has had tremendous impact: on the survivor participants, the instructors who work with them and on the Y as an organization.  It is our hope to serve as many survivors as possible and your support of this event is critical to achieving that goal .
  • $125 per golfer
  • $500 per foursome
  • Sponsorship packages available
  • Four Person Scramble Format
  • Shotgun start at 9:00 AM
  • Includes golf, cart, range, lunch, awards dinner & raffles, golfer gift package, snacks & beverages, and hole challenges
Contact: 508-765-5466
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Change Your Habitudes™, Change Your Life
June 10, 8:30am-5pm, Sturbridge Host Hotel
A One-Day, Personal Development Event
Special Price for Chamber Members. $338 ($87 savings!)
Want to Save More? Register before 5/15 pay only $288!
That's a $137 savings  MUST USE PROMO CODE CMS

Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes - those persistent ways of thinking and acting  - that are holding you back!

Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire. Learning how to transcend those limitations is key to achieving your goals and getting to that next level in your life.

I have limited this hands-on workshop to maximize the personal experience. No just sitting back and listening, you will be participating! Registrants will receive preparatory information prior to the event to gear up for the day. After all,what is the sense in attending a life-changing program if you don't come away with an action plan, right?

Call Rita at 774-230-5670
Self defense
SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP
Level 1 Intro Class
Saturday June 17th, 1:30-4:30PM

Would you know what to do if you were in a life-threatening situation?
Learn Realistic Practical Self-Defense!

$89.00 Per Person*
Special discount for 6 or more.
Age 14+
Call (508) 347-0001
*All Chamber members and staff executives and their families
will receive a $10.00 off when they pre-register.

High School graduates receive a free safety guide.

MJA Martial Arts
559 Main St., Fiskdale, MA 01518

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!

 

Please join The Winebuyer's Outlet / Sturbridge Cheese & Chocolate at their Free Tastings of Artisan Cheeses, luscious Chocolates & Fine Wines every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. This is a great way to taste before you buy and discover new favorites!

 

179 Main Street, Sturbridge    

508-347-1500 www.winebuyersoutlet.com

Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
May 15: Fun at Five at Camp Frank A. Day
May 16: Planning for Medicare Seminar at McCurdy Group
May 19: Red Cross Blood Drive at Venture CS  
May 20: Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival
May 21: Ted Diamond & Champagne Brunch  
May 23: Brown Bag Seminar: What's Bugging You? with Dave Pentilla
May 24:
Southbridge Business Partnership Meeting
May 27-29: Wool Days at OSV
May 29: Memorial Day 
June 22: Chamber GOLF Classic 

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