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April's Fun at Five!
Scholarship Apps Due Today!
Welcome New Members!
JOB FAIR
Brown Bag: Small Business Solutions
Legislative Breakfast
M4M: Be Visible, Stay Visible
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Literacy Volunteers
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
NBSB: Home Buyers Night
Creating Meals in 15 Minutes
Cinco De Mile Road Race
Activities at Holland Community Center
Michaels: Custom Framing Sale
High Fives for Hitchcock
Gateway Players: Sylvia
Easter Cookie Decorating Class
Beekeeping Seminar
Events at Salem Cross Inn
Publick House Feast
WIB Networking After-Hours
Comedy Crushes Cancer
Stageloft Theater
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Bunny Pictures
Patriots' Day
Sturbridge Community Blood Drive
United Way Pub Quiz
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Jessica Bettencourt
Chair
 
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
 
Michael Checkosky
 
Angela Chviek
 
 
Alycia Dzik
 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
 
 

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Leila Hurt
 
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
 
Suzanne Parsons
OFS 
 
Rita Schiano 
 
Rich Suitum
 
Erica Travinski

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
Chamber Staff
 
Executive Director
 
Finance & Administration
 
Communications Specialist
 

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to CROSSROADS NEWS
 
No fooling, it's April 1! Your Chamber offerings for this month include networking by the lake with stunning views at 308 Lakeside with Steve's Collision Center sponsoring, our annual JOB FAIR at Bay Path Regional High School, a Legislative Breakfast event with Congressman Jim McGovern and a Brown Bag Seminar with Cornerstone Bank on banking solutions for small business. You'll find all the details and much more from our Members and friends in this issue.
 
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Spring holidays are coming! We would love to share your Easter and Mother's Day events with our readers. Keep posting your upcoming events to our online events calendar so we can help spread the word!
 
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NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Monday, April 8
at 5:00pm
 
308 Lakeside 
308 East Main Street, East Brookfield
774-449-8333 
 
Spring Networking with a View!
308 Lakeside offers casual American cuisine in a lakeside dining environment. Chef Kevin and his staff are passionate about providing great food and our wait staff strive to provide casual and friendly atmosphere for their guests.  
 
The menu features everything from burgers, pizzas, and fish tacos to some excellent sauté dishes. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a fantastic homemade dessert menu, and beautiful scenic views from every seat throughout and a friendly and helpful staff. 
 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
508-347-2761 
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
 
Thank you to our
April Fun at Five Sponsor!
Steve_s Collision  
At Steve's Collision we are driven to provide the very best in Vehicle Collision Repair and Auto Body Repair. Located in Sturbridge, MA, our experienced and skilled specialists are dedicated to restoring your vehicle to pre-loss condition. From estimates to actual repairs, we are proud to be the shop that you have chosen to perform the necessary work. Each one of our collision repair professionals has several years of expertise under his belt and are fully-trained to ensure that your vehicle will have that pre-loss look and performance that you enjoy. From collision repair, auto body, painting, bumper, dent and scratch repair, and more - Steve's Collision will handle your crash from beginning to end - we offer free estimates for your convenience. We do what we can to try to minimize the inconvenience that the accident has caused you and get your vehicle back on the road  
in a timely manner.
   
Steve's Collision Center, Inc.
210 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
508-347-9116
April 1: Scholarship Applications Due TODAY!

The Chamber of Central Mass South is now accepting applications for the 2019 CMS Chamber Scholarships. Applications must be received by end of business today to be considered.

Typically, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The final decision is subject to our Board of Directors approval.

Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from first semester completed after the award is announced and a minimum 3.0 GPA attained. Students must be a resident or student within the towns served by the Chamber of Central Mass South.

For information call 508-347-2761. The Chamber does not discriminate against an applicant because of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

DEADLINE: Return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay by April 1, 2019 to Scholarship Committee, Chamber of Central Mass South, 46 Hall Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566

CMS Chamber logo  
Welcome New Members!
 
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Dee Cady's Wellness Academy
Corporate Wellness &  
Individual Health & Life Coaching
1 Hamilton Drive, Holland, MA
413-348-7723
Hearthstone Market & Catering 
Take-out Food, Meals & Catering  
630 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA
508-347-7077
   
Michaels
Arts, Crafts, Decor & Framing Store 
100 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA
508-347-3015 
 
Remember... MEMBER TO MEMBER!
M2M logo  
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL...
Job Fair
Thursday, April 11, 2019
23 of 35 Tables Have Been Reserved!  
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507
 
Proudly presented by The Chamber of Central Mass South
in partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
 
Are you looking to hire for
FULL-TIME POSITIONS, SUMMER JOBS OR INTERNSHIPS?
 
Reserve a table today at the Spring JOB FAIR. Designed for employers seeking to fill positions and open to all job seekers, the JOB FAIR will take place in two parts.
 
From 1:00 to 2:30pm, the fair will welcome Juniors and Seniors currently attending Bay Path RVTHS, Southbridge High School, Shepherd Hill Regional High School and other high schools in the CMS Chamber catchment. Two adjacent classrooms will offer resume building workshops and mock interviews.
 
From 3:00 to 5:00pm, there will be a full on job fair open to all adult job seekers throughout the region.
 
The JOB FAIR will be promoted on Indeed, ZipRecruiter, JobFairsIn.com, Eventbrite and in Your Hometown Shopper and supported by posters in high-traffic business locations throughout the region, the Chamber's Membership and the Bay Path School Committee.
 
Job seekers can view a list of companies as they come on by visiting the Chamber's website.
 
COMPANIES CONFIRMED FOR JOB FAIR 2019 (as of 3/28/19)
308 Lakeside
Aerial Wireless Services
Arbor Associates
Benoit Tree & Landscape
CCL Landscaping
Center of Hope Foundation
Dave's Pest Control
ERA Key Realty
Gervais Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
JC Penney
Karl Storz
MassHire Southbridge Career Center
MBS Fabrication, Inc.
Mexicali Mexican Grill 
North Brookfield Savings Bank
Old Sturbridge Village
Optim, LLC
Schott
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Table 3 Restaurant Group
Vibra Healthcare
You, Inc.  
 
Tables are FREE for CMS Chamber Members! First Come, First Served.
($75 for non-Members but this fee can be applied to a new
Chamber Membership if signed up by the end of April 2019.)
Space is limited to 35 tables so call, email info@cmschamber.org or
download the 1-page application for a table here.
 
SPACE IS LIMITED! APPLY TODAY!
We will confirm your table reservation via email upon receipt of your application.
 
RETURN YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
CMS CHAMBER, 46 HALL ROAD, STURBRIDGE, MA 01566.
NON-CHAMBER MEMBERS MUST INCLUDE PAYMENT OF $75.
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO 'CMS CHAMBER.'
 
Don't delay! This will fill up rapidly.  
Fax your completed application to 508-347-5218.
Call 508-347-2761 for more information.
 
With gratitude to our JOB FAIR Sponsors
 
KARL STORZ - ENDOSCOPY AMERICA
91 Carpenter Hill Rd. Charlton, MA 01507
     
SCHOTT NORTH AMERICA INC. 
122 Charlton St, Southbridge, MA 01550
Brown Bag
Small Business Solutions
Presented by Cornerstone Bank 
Cornerstone Bank
Wednesday, April 24 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
 
FREE for CMS Chamber Members , $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
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! 
 
Learn how you can save time and money with our business banking solutions.
 
Expert banking professionals will present on banking products and solutions that help you get back to focusing on your business.
 
Join us!
You could win an Echo DOT (3rd Generation) just for attending,
thanks to our presenters at Cornerstone Bank!

The Presenters
Sabrina Webb - Business Development Sales Manager
Sheri Bibinski - AVP Senior Business Development Sales Manager
Bob Mangan - AVP Cash Management
Stephen Quink - VP Commercial Lender
Michael Young - Online Credit Card Services 
Jim McGovern
Legislative Breakfast  
Congressman Jim McGovern  
Thursday, April 25, 2019  
7:30am-9:00am  
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA  
Sponsored by: Harrington HealthCare System  
 
Join us for a breakfast event with Jim McGovern, Congressman for the Second District of Massachusetts, at the Oliver Wight Tavern at OSV on the morning of Thursday, April 25. The Congressman will share his views and there will be time for your questions.  
The cost is to attend is $25 per person. RSVP is required. Call 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org to reserve. The deadline for reservations is April 18.  
 
The Agenda
                                                   7:30       Registration and Breakfast  
                                                   8:00       Congressman McGovern  
                                                   8:45       Questions & Answers  
                                                   9:00       Closing & Adjourn
 
The Menu
 Ham and Cheese Frittatas
Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese
Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Tavern Fried Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage
Assortment of Breakfast Breads & Muffins
Whipped Butter & Preserves
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Assorted Juices
Regular & Decaf Coffee, and Assorted Teas  
 
Speaker Bio: Congressman Jim McGovern was born in Worcester on November 20, 1959 and grew up around the corner from his current home on Burncoat Street. Growing up in Worcester taught Jim a lot about the value of hard work and giving back to his community. He attended Burncoat Elementary School and then Worcester Academy. By seventh grade, Jim knew he wanted to make a difference. He volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern-no relation-and held signs and knocked doors for the Senator's anti-war campaign. Jim attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned both his bachelor's degree in History ('81) and his Master's Degree in Public Administration ('84). Jim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, and through his work in Washington and at home in Massachusetts, he has been a voice for the most vulnerable and a strong advocate for working families. One of Jim's greatest passions is ending hunger at home and abroad. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, where he advocates tirelessly for funding programs that help working families, children, and the elderly put food on the table when times are tough. He also authored the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to provide school-based meals for millions of children in some of the world's poorest countries.  In 2001, Jim was appointed to a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee, "the traffic cop of Congress" which sets the terms for debate on most legislation and he became Chair of this committee in January. Jim's work on behalf of Massachusetts and the nation has a proven record of success and he is proud to represent Massachusetts' Second Congressional District in Washington, D.C. (Read more about Jim McGovern online at https://mcgovern.house.gov/press-kit/)
 
THANK YOU TO OUR LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST SPONSOR!
Harrington HealthCare System 
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible: Marketing For Members Only Packages for 2019
 
The Chamber's Marketing For Members Only packages for 2019 are available to be reserved!  
These packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website Homepage banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
 
Just need an E-blast to tell folks about a product or service you offer?
Our E-blasts reach over 640 of our Members and friends in the community.
Our Crossroads E-newsletter reaches over 850 and Crossroads ads are just $50! 
 
Purchase just one item or a comprehensive package to keep you visible all year long.
See the M4M packages and individual items and contact Jack
with questions or to get started.
 
View and Download the Marketing For Members Only.pdf file from the Chamber website.  
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Literacy Volunteers  
of Greater Worcester & South Central MA
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured, L to R: Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins; Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester Executive Director Jolene Jennings; and Cornerstone Bank VP/Marketing Lori Kowal.  
Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA Executive Director Holly Christo; Cornerstone Bank Administrative Assistant and Literacy Volunteer Debbie Twigg; and Bank EVP/Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan Gunnell.
 
Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce its recent donations of $2,500 to both the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester and the Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA. These funds, totaling $5,000, will support the organization's educational programs that provide English language literacy skills to hundreds of adult students hoping to fulfill their communication, citizenship, and career goals.
 
Literacy Volunteers is an adult educational program that provides free, one-to-one and group literacy assistance instruction and services to students. Volunteers and staff give their time to local residents to help them improve and advance their English language skills in the areas of speaking, pronunciation, comprehension, grammar, reading, and writing. With this support, these individuals can become active participants in society, learning the skills they need to become successful citizens.
 
"This organization plays a very important role in our local communities," stated Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "We are pleased to support Literacy Volunteers and assist them in providing educational programs to individuals looking to improve their literacy skills."
 
If you would like to learn more about the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester and South Central MA, or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit: www.lvgw.org or www.lvscm.org. 
Norcom Mortgage
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Do you have 2+ years of MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE?

Do you have a solid knowledge of FHA, CONVENTIONAL & VA LOANS?

*WE ARE NOW OFFERING REVERSE MORTGAGE LENDING*

INTERESTED?
CONTACT KRISTEN WALTHER
774.241.0770
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Please share this information with your friends and colleagues who may have an interest!
Thank you!

This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan or any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. NMLS ID #71655 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
North Brookfield Savings Bank Hosting Home Buyers Night,
Ye Olde Tavern, April 11th
 All interested in purchasing or refinancing are welcome to  
register for the fun and informative event
 
On Thursday, April 11th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm, North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center team will host a free Home Buyers Night at the well-known Ye Olde Tavern located in West Brookfield, MA.
 
This evening event will offer a relaxed atmosphere for attendees to learn all about the home buying process. Plus, registered guests will be served a delicious complimentary dinner and will take home a $250 off closing costs coupon*, have a chance to win a $200 Lowe's® gift card** and get fun promotional items.
 
"Home buying season is in full swing so for those looking to finance a home, whether it be to refinance or to become a first time homeowner, this Home Buyers Night is a perfect event," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Vice President of Residential Lending Frank Amato. "We design this event to be fun, informative and laid back. It helps everyone to be comfortable to seek advice and ask questions, increasing their odds of success and decreasing stress. The Tavern is a great location to do just that - relax, enjoy food and drinks, all while learning about the ins and outs of home buying."
 
Frank Amato, North Brookfield Savings Bank's mortgage expert and Vice President of Residential Lending will get the event started by sharing his lending experience while offering helpful tips and advice to guests to take on their journey through the home financing process. To round out the event and provide a full view of the home buying process from start to finish, the event will feature knowledgeable, local guest speakers, Michelle Terry of EXIT Realty and Joel Cranston of the Law Offices of Cranston & Cranston, P.C. to share their expertise.
 
Where: Ye Olde Tavern, 7 East Main Street, West Brookfield, MA 01585
When: Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 - 8:00PM
 
Schedule of events:
6:00PM - Registration and Dinner
6:30PM - Presentation
7:15PM - Questions and Answers
7:45PM - Gift Giveaway
 
To Register:
Simply register by calling the North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center at 508-867-1302, by visiting any branch location, or by registering online at www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com/homebuyersnight .
 
*$250 off closing costs offer valid for a limited time only and may be withdrawn at any time. Coupon must be presented at the time of application. Use code "Home Buyers 2019" in the comments section when applying online. Limit one per household. This offer is only valid on owner-occupied mortgages for qualified borrowers and is not valid for a home equity line of credit, fixed equity loan or for the refinance of a mortgage currently held with North Brookfield Savings Bank. All loan applications are subject to credit underwriting and property approval. $250 credit will be applied at closing. Coupon is not redeemable for cash. Other conditions may also apply. **Lowe's® gift card drawing is open to all attendees and they are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present during the time of drawing to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. To be eligible to win individual must attend the Home Buyers Night on April 11, 2019. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on April 11, 2019 and can end at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than April 11, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Lowe's® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. North Brookfield Savings Bank's NMLS unique identifier is 641656.
Harrington Auxiliary Presents Cooking Demonstration
Creating Meals in 15 Minutes

The Harrington Auxiliary invites cooking enthusiasts, budding culinary artists and foodies to attend a special event, featuring Liz Barbour, cooking instructor, author, gardener and owner of Creative Feast on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at Harrington Hospital in Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

Creative Feast During Barbour's cooking demonstration, "Feasting on 15-Minute Meals," she will teach attendees how to understand what ingredients to stock in your refrigerator, pantry, and freezer to create fast, healthy, and delicious meals. She will also offer some tips and tricks on how to best use your local market when selecting ingredients for these quick culinary masterpieces.

Barbour will present an informative and entertaining slideshow, prepare two recipes and provide samples for all to taste.

The cost to attend "Feasting on 15-Minute Meals" is $15. Pre-registration is required. Please call Lisa in the Volunteer Office at 508-765-9771 x 6473 or mail your check with your name to Harrington Auxiliary, Harrington Hospital, 100 South Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.

Proceeds from the event enable the Auxiliary to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well being of the members in the communities the Harrington HealthCare System serves.
 
Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
Register Today!
Cinco de Mile
Cinco De Mile Road Race
5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run
May 5, 2019
 
Join the Center of Hope on May 5, 2019 for this fun 5K/10K is a loop that runs through Southbridge with rolling hills and a gradual downhill finish. Post-race entertainment include music, food, beer/wine, and obstacle courses...fun for the entire family! If you want to participate in this event but aren't ready for the 5k we encourage you to participate in the 1 mile fun run/walk. So come out and join us for this fun Cinco De Mile Road Race. Be sure to wear your best Cinco de Mayo outfit, there will be a prize awarded for the best dressed.  Proceeds from this event benefit our Special Olympics and Recreational Program. This program gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in unified sporting events throughout the year.
 
Timeline: 
Registration - 8:30 AM 
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk - 9:45 AM 
5K & 10K - 10:30 AM 
Post-Race Entertainment - 9:30 AM - 2ish.
 
Registration Fee-Includes: Entry to race, road race tee-shirt, choice of burrito (beef, chicken or vegetarian),  a cup of beer or wine and post race entertainment. Fun for the whole family!
 
Pre-Registration (before 5/1/2019) $30
After 5/1/2019 & Day of $40
Fun Run/Walk $20 (price does not include alcohol)
 
Classes: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ 
Awards given to top 3 finishers overall & in each class.  
Top overall Male and Female will receive gift cards.  
Prize given to best costume (so make sure to dress is your best Cinco De Mayo outfit)!
 
Timing: Race professionally timed by Empire Timing Co.
 
Interested in sponsoring this event or have any additional questions please contact Ryan Chauvin at (508) 764-4085 or emailing RChavin@thecenterofhope.org
"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go."
-Christopher Morley
Holland Community Center
Activities at Holland Community Center: April 1-15 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
 
April 1, 6:00-7:00pm: Trailblazers Meeting
Do you get bored with the same old, same old? Are you a person who is ready for an adventure? We are starting a group that will challenge the standards of what everyday fun is. This group will plan a monthly adventure at the beginning of the month and go out and do it at the end of the month. Some events will be low key, some will be over the top. Here are some examples of what could be planned. Hiking, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Birding, Geocaching, Disc Golf, Mini Golf, Shows, Theme Parks, Kayaking, Ice Fishing, Archery, Target Shooting, 5K's, Concerts, anything is possible. Come join us for a first meeting so we can work on it together.
 
April 3, 1:00-2:00pm: Pace Presentation
Zoraida Fontanez will be here to discuss what the Pace program is, provided by Summit Elder Care/Fallon Health. We will be serving lunch on this day at noon. Lunch will be American Chop Suey. Cost of Lunch is $3. Please let us know by April 15th if you plan to attend.
 
April 8, 1:00-3:00pm: Movie Day at The Center "RBG"
Today we will be seeing the movie RBG. The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The movie is free of charge. Popcorn and drinks will be served. The lunch for that day is Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, and Dessert. The cost for lunch is $3. Lunch is served at noon. The movie begins at 1pm. Please let us know by April 4th if you plan to attend for lunch.
 
April 10, 1:00-2:00pm: Medi Minder Presentation
A representative will be in to discuss how the system works, how the pharmacy works and all the benefits to having one of these machines. The presentation is at 1pm. We will be serving lunch at noon on this day. Lunch will be Chicken Burritos. Cost of lunch is $3. Please let us know by April 8th if you would like to join us for lunch.
 
April 15, 1:00-2:00pm: Death with Dignity
The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on the model Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care. We will be serving lunch this day. Lunch will be Wraps with French Onion Soup. Cost of lunch is $3. Please let us know by April 11th if you would like to join us for lunch.
 
SEE MORE ACTIVITIES AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER ON FACEBOOK
 
Michaels with Aaron Brothers Custom Framing 
March 29 - April 6
 
Join us for our Lowest Prices of the Season including 70% off your custom framing order.  
 
100 Charlton Rd        Sturbridge,  MA  01566        (508) 347-3015 
 
High Fives for Hitchcock Academy 
 
high five for hitchcock Anyone who has taken a class, enjoyed music, participated in Summer Fun, PreSchool, Farmer's Market, Scouting, 4-H, must surely have a High Five moment involving Hitchcock Academy. In celebration of National High Five Day you can show your appreciation of these moments by donating $5, $50, or $555, by April 18.
Visit online for more: www.hitchcockacademy.org/new-page-1   
 
CLASSES AT HITCHCOCK APRIL 1-7 
Monday, April 1
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Mondays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing: union61cfce@tantasqua.org
 
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer. Visit www.weightwatchers.com to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
 
VIOLIN: Private lessons between 2-6 PM with Linda Day Newland.
 
HATHA YOGA:   Relax and rejuvenate with postures and guided meditation to restore the body. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. 7:15-8:15 PM
 
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information
 
Tuesday, April 2
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information. 
 
GRANDPARENTS IN THE KNOW: Support group for grandparents, great grandparents or any legal guardian raising a child. Meetings are 9 AM on first Tuesday of the month or 5:30 PM on second Thursday of the month. Contact: 413-668-8806 for more information.
 
CHEESEMAKING: Try your hand at making ricotta from fresh goat's milk and cow's milk from local farms. Then make a simple recipe using fresh seasoned goat chevre . 6:30-8:30 PM. Fee:  $25.
 
PILATES: Floor exercises to target the core muscles and improve flexibility and balance. Time: 5:15 - 6:15 PM; Instructor: Karen Larsen 
 
Wednesday, April 3 
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH : Ongoing watercolor classes for all levels with a new painting every 3 weeks. You must register with Beth in advance to attend. Time: 9:30 to noon.  Fee: $19 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.    
 
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5 : Music & Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
Thursday, April 4
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEAM Group: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
VIOLIN: Private lessons between 2-5 PM with Linda Day Newland.
 
FENCING: Youth and adult classes with Andy Bloch. 
 
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) is a visual language using hands, facial and body expressions. Learn about deaf culture and mostly come and have fun. Laughter guaranteed. Class A is for beginners, Class B is a continuation of the beginner class. (6 classes) 7:15-8:15 PM Thursdays Fee: $38  Instructor: May Marques, Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, MA Rehabilitation Commission
 
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information
 
K9 NOSEWORK® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people.  Progressive training levels offered. Offered at 3 levels. (6 classes) Fee: $145 Saturdays 9-10:30; Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd, CPDT-KA, CNWI; Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed; Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor- National Association of Canine Scent Work
 
Friday, April 5
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, April 6
K9 NOSEWORK® - no class today
 
Sunday, April 7
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information
 
Gateway Players Theatre
Sylvia
April 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14 
 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "Sylvia", written by A. R. Gurney. Performance dates are April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30pm and April 14 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall.
 
This comedy will be directed by David Corkum and produced by Bill Guy. The cast includes Nika Tomasic, Billy Bolster, Joan Stewart, Teresa Simpson, Barb Lammert, and Luis Aviles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available  at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4107113 
 
Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Synopsis:
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or that has found him-bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Easter Cookie Decorating Class
April 6, 1:00-3:30pm
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale 
No experience needed! All supplies included! Tons of fun!
 
I am excited to announce my Easter Cookie Decorating class on Saturday April 6th from 1:00-3:30. Class will be held in the lower hall at the Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale. Enjoy an afternoon having fun and learning something new with a great group of people. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided for you. We'll be decorating a dozen cookies using basic techniques. I'm excited to share my passion with you along with some tips and tricks to create decorated cookies in the future.
 
Attendees will receive practice sheets, sample dough and frosting recipes and a few more surprises.
 
Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult with a purchased ticket. 
Cost: $60 Register for Class: Sign up using the Eventbrite link.
Payment is due in full at signup to reserve your spot.
 
Class Refunds/Cancellations: If you are unable to attend a class after you have registered please call or email Michelle at Michelle@WorkofArtCookies.com or 617-967-1169. A 10% admin fee will be assessed to all class cancellations.
 
No refund will be available if cancellation is within two weeks of the class date unless the spot can be filled from the waitlist.
 
Cancellation of Class: If Work of Art Cookies needs to cancel a class due to inclement weather or other emergency a make-up date will be scheduled or a full refund will be offered to enrolled attendees.
 
Beekeeping Seminar at Klem's
April 6, 11am to 2pm 
 
All the buzz!
Free to attend. Tips for Beginners! Instructed by Master Beekeeper, Mary Duane, who has been a bee keeper for 20 years, and the former President of Worcester County Beekeepers. She is also the Massachusetts state representative for the Eastern Apiary Society and is a recipient of the  
Bee Keeper of the Year award for Worcester County Bee Keepers.
 
Salem Cross Inn logo
260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
 
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
 
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
 
Fireplace Feasts 
Upcoming Dates: April 7, 13, 14, 19 & 20  
 
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
 
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
 
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
 
See the last month of Fireplace Feast dates for the year here!
   
Easter
Easter Sunday Dinner
Easter is a great time to get together with family or friends and enjoy a home-cooked feast,  
and what better place to spend it than here at Salem Cross Inn!  
Tables fill up quickly so please make your reservations early.    
Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 4:00 with reservations on the half hour.
Make your reservations online, or call us today at 508-867-2345. 
 
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater 
"The Fashionable Murders" 
May 3, 2019
See the menu and get your tickets here:
 
NOTE: Salem Cross Inn will be on vacation March 25 through April 3, 2019. 
 
Open Full Schedule:
APRIL 4-DECEMBER 30, 2019
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
 
The Publick House  
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 organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

April 8 
St. Michael's Church, Southbridge 
Masonic Angel Fund
TURKEY FEAST
 
CASH DONATION 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
BUFFET STYLE  
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 & Soft Drinks     
 
Thank you for your support! 
 
WIB Networking After-Hours
April 10, 5-7pm
Baba Sushi Sturbridge

Grab your business cards and marketing materials because it's time to show off your business!
Join us in a relaxed environment and business format designed to give you time to tell your story and share your information. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Tables will be made available for your business cards, marketing materials, and giveaways.
Members: $20. Non-members welcome. $25. Advance registration required.

Evening Sponsored by the Chamber of Central Mass South.
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The Barn
Comedy Crushes Cancer
The Barn at Wight Farm
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join your hosts Mike Cantwell and Dan Gonya for a hilarious fund raiser for a serious cause at The Barn on Friday, April 12. If the daily political news this past year isn't comedic enough and you still have some room for laughter, we have a great night of comedy lined-up featuring three professional comedians. Per usual, the Barn servers and bartenders will be there to make sure your night is a good one. Chef Tony will have some snacks on tap if all the laughter works up a bit of hunger.

Tickets are $30 per person and 100% of the ticket proceeds benefits The PMC and Dana Farber. Tickets are available by contacting Mike Cantwell at 774-200-7077. Purchase your tickets early because this show always sells out. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.

Easter at Avellino, The Duck and Cedar Street Grille
Sunday, April 21, 2019
For a special Easter celebration leave the cooking to the Table 3 chefs. Our talented chefs have prepared sensational menus for Easter Sunday. The Duck and Avellino will be serving a traditional pre-fixe menu with all your holiday favorites. Cedar Street Grille will be offering their unique brunch menu all day plus some great Easter specials. Make your reservation now and enjoy a holiday free from stress in one of our fine restaurants.

Call 508-347-2321 for The Duck & Avellino seating: 11am-4pm
Call 508-347-5800 for Cedar Street Grille seating: 10am-4pm
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances!
Real Housewives
REAL HOUSEWIVES THE MUSICAL
Book, Music & Lyrics by Molly Bell
April 12 - 28
First & third weekend: Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Second weekend: Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, No Sunday Performance
 
They shop, brunch, drink white wine with lunch, and now The Real Housewives are ready to make their debut on our stage. Grab a glass of pinot and watch the girls lie, cheat, and sing their way to the top of the social ladder! Based on the infamous TV franchise "The Real Housewives of [fill in the blank]," these ladies who lunch are ready to dine right in your own backyard. A delicious musical parody of America's secret guilty pleasure!
 
Presented by special arrangement with Steele Spring Stage Rights.
 
Visit online or call for tickets. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005 
Easter egg hunt
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday & Sunday: April 13 & 14, 2019, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Westview Farms Creamery 
 
Join us for the 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt, enjoy a pancake breakfast before or after your hunt and take a scenic hayride with the Easter Bunny around our beautiful farm. We will also have a limited lunch menu and, of course, our delicious homemade Ice Cream!
 
VISIT THE LINK TO GET YOUR TICKETS!
 
Westview Farms Creamery        109 East Hill Road, Monson, MA        (413) 267-5355 
Easter Bunny Pictures
Easter Bunny Pictures 
April 13, 10:00am-3:00pm
 
$5.00 Donation. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny! Children & pets welcome!  
   
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Patriots' Day 
Monday, April 15, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village 
 
OSV patriots Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters in the countryside on Monday, April 15. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors as the Revolutionary War began.
 
Through military drills and maneuvers, musket demonstrations, and more, the members for the Sturbridge Militia will bring to life the stories of the men who hastened from their farms, homes, and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Young visitors are invited to take part, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Witness the making of real musket balls in the Blacksmith Shop. Also joining us for the day will be the martial band and the visiting surgeon from the USS Constitution. Cannon demonstrations will be held in the morning and afternoon.
 
Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On Monday meet one of those loyalists; he will tell you of his side of the conflict, ofttimes at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.
 
How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 15 as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace.
 
Please note that certain activities, like cannon demonstrations, are weather dependent.
The Village is open 9:30 am - 4:00 pm on this day.
 
SEE MORE APRIL EVENTS ONLINE!  

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
Red Cross
Spring into Life. Give Blood. 
Sturbridge Community Blood Drive
Sturbridge Senior Center
480 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Sturbridge, MA 
Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:00am to 3:00pm
 
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)  
or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule and appointment.
REGISTER TODAY FOR PUB QUIZ! 
United Way SSC
Are you the "Sharpest Knife in the Block"? 
UNITED WAY ANNUAL PUB QUIZ
Sponsored by Dexter-Russell, Inc. 
Old Sturbridge Village - Oliver Wight Tavern, Sturbridge, MA 
Friday, April 26, 2019 
Teams of 4 - $100 per Team 
Individual and Team Registration available. 
Optional Dinner Buffet available for purchase 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - $25 per person.  
Dinner Buffet Reservation and payment due prior to event
Cash Bar 
Dinner starts at 5:30PM
Team Check-in starts at: 6:00 PM
Game starts at 7:00 PM 
 
Registration is available at www.unitedwayssc.org  ▪ Space is limited ▪ First come - first served 
Payment must be received by April 20, 2019 to reserve spot.  
Call (508) 765-5491 for more information.  
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
 
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.    
 
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.  
 
Learn how to Network!    
 
New Topic at each Meeting!
 
Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
 
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!    
 
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)  
 
WHEN: Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm  
for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)  

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
 
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
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.  
 
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.
 
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

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We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  

 

New member Baskets

The Chamber has teamed up with the Center of Hope to create gift baskets to welcome new members to the Chamber of Central Mass South. The Chamber presents our new members with gift baskets that will not only have a monetary value but also to give the recipient an opportunity to learn more about other Chamber members and their services. These baskets make a terrific first impression and are a great way to introduce your business to new prospects. Can you help us fill these baskets with interesting goodies?   

 

We are always seeking interesting, practical items to include in our welcome baskets. We welcome your contributions of items like modest gift certificates, discount coupons, items with your company's logo like piggy banks, thumb drives and coffee mugs, free trial items, small items your company manufactures or whatever else might promote your company and be a value to our new members.

 

We are looking to assemble about a dozen baskets at a time so that time sensitive material will not be out of date when received. If you would like to donate items for this program, please drop them off at the Chamber office or give us a call to arrange pick up your donated items. Contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or e-mail alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
April 8: Fun at Five at 308 Lakeside with Steve's Collision Center 
April 10: Woman in Business After-Hours Networking at Baba Sushi         
April 11: JOB FAIR 
April 12: Comedy Crushes Cancer at The Barn at Wight Farm
April 13-14: Easter Egg Hunt at Westview Farms Creamery 
April 15: Patriots' Day 
April 24: Brown Bag Seminar: Small Business Solutions with Cornerstone Bank 
April 25: Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Jim McGovern 
April 26: United Way Pub Quiz
   
FIND THESE EVENTS AND MORE ON OUR CALENDAR
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