February 2018
February Events in the Cultural District
More snow is in our forecast but there's still plenty to experience in the Cultural District during the month of February. From a special night for chocolate connoisseurs, to a concert featuring American composers by the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra or Oscar nominated short films at TCAN, there's something for everyone!

We are deeming it the 'Year of Culture', bringing events throughout the year that we hope will enrich the lives of everyone in our community.

For a quick peek at our February highlights see below and for full list of events please visit natickcenter.org .
The year of culture is just beginning!
Annual Fundraiser
Each year, Natick Center Associates, the non-profit that runs the Natick Center Cultural District holds its annual fundraiser. This year we hope to put the spotlight, literally, on the 'hidden' talents that lie within the Natick downtown shops, departments and offices.

On April 14th at 7:00 pm, at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the district will reveal the stars right within our hometown. It will be a night of fun, entertainment and surprises. More details in the months ahead!
Save the Date for Saturday, April 14th
for the Natick Center Cultural District
Annual Fundraiser.

February 16th, 17th and 18th at Walnut Hill School At Riggi Blackbox,
Keiter Center for Performing Arts
Student Directed Plays at Walnut Hill
School for the Arts
An evening of one act plays by John Patrick Shanley and Wendy Wasserstein
Three student directors will direct their peers in multiple pieces by these highly regarded American playwrights. 

February 16th at 8:00 pm, February 17th at 2:00 & 8:00 pm and Feb. 18th at 2:00 pm.
General seating $12. (seating is limited)

For tickets click HERE and for information call: 508-650-5068.
February is for Chocolate!
Brush up on your chocolate knowledge just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Bacon Free Library is hosting a “A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Fine Chocolate” on February 6th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. 

Join tea and chocolate aficionado, Kim Larkin, on an historical and experiential exploration of tea and dark chocolate. An accomplished chocolatier, Kim will discuss the health benefits of this confectionery while patrons are invited to sample various teas, tea infused foods, and chocolates.. Guests are also welcome to participate in a theme-based trivia challenge and poetry workshop. 

Registration is required as capacity is limited. Please sign up by visiting this link.
“A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Fine Chocolate” on February 6 th  from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the
Bacon Free Library.
"Made in America" Sunday, February 11th,
at 2 :00  p . m .  in the
Natick High School Auditorium
Made in America
The Metrowest Symphony Orchestra proudly presents “Made In America”, a symphonic performance paying tribute to the greatest American composers of our time. 

Under the direction of acclaimed conductor Peter Cokkias, our very own Natick High School musicians will perform selections from John Williams (Star Wars & Harry Potter) ,  Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), Aaron Copland (Rodeo) , George  Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue),  John Phillip  Sousa (The Stars and Stripes Forever) and Charles Ives (Symphony No. 4). 

The performance will take place on Sunday, February 11th, at 2 :00  p . m .  in the Natick High School Auditorium. Free admission. Donations gratefully accepted.
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located inside the Common St. Spiritual Center on Saturday's from 9:00-1:00 pm. Fresh produce, donuts, meat, cheese, great vendors, one-of-a-kind crafts and entertainment weekly, it's not to be missed!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
In collaboration with the 2018 Great Massachusetts Litter Clean Up, Keep Natick Beautiful, Inc. is asking for the community’s participation in its 4th Annual Natick Green Up Week.

Tuesday April 17 from 9 am – noon
Meet at Dug Pond and work surrounding water and shoreline and trails.

Wednesday April 18 from 9 am – noon
Meet at Pegan Cove Park (off Washington Ave) to work on trails.

Thursday April 19 from 9 am – noon
Meet at Roche Bros. plaza parking lot to clean up adjacent pond, bridge and roadways.

Friday, April 20 from 9 am – noon
Meet at Coolidge Hill (park on the shoulder of Jefferson Street grassy triangle) to sweep up broken glass pick up litter and clean trails.
Earth Day
Natick's Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 22nd from 11 am – 3 pm on the Natick Common. Many will gather on the Common, celebrate a sense of community, learn about a variety of important environmental issues and organizations, sign up for activities, plus enjoy some good (locally grown) food and live music. We make a special effort to engage families, young people, and seniors. This multi-generational strategy will activate a broad band of citizens to learn from each other and contribute in some meaningful way to our community.

For more information on how you can be involved please email Pat Conaway at: bpconaway@gmail.com.
At TCAN: 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films
Here's your opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe right in your backyard. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool.)

On February 18th at 11:00, 1:30, & 4:00 pm, Oscar Nominated Short Films.

February 20th, Animated shorts - 7:30 pm
February 21st, Live Action Shorts - 7:30 pm
February 22nd Documentary - 7:30 pm.

For times & pricing please visit:
Oscar Nominated Short Films Subscription Package Available for February 18th, visit TCAN's
website for details.

February 25 at Natick High School
from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Tell Me the Truth
Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations.

Activist/blogger, Shay Stewart Bouley, and author, Debby Irving, will be at Natick High to
share their experiences and explore common fears and landmines surrounding the topic of cross-racial conversations, which keep people isolated from one another.
They’ll discuss social norms that hinder organizations from living up to their own ideals of diversity. Shay and Debby invite the audience to join the dialog and will offer
suggestions for creating habits that can move us from walls to bridges.

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar at our website for information on Natick Center activities and information!

Also visit the business directory for downtown information on local merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!