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In This Issue
Holiday Fun at Five!
Sponsor a Chamber Event
Marketing For Members Only Packages 2019
Save the Date: Annual Meeting
Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers
Ribbon Cutting Recaps!
Harrington Providers of the Year
Help Wanted: Publicity Assistant
bankHometown's Annual Pajama Drive
Cornerstone Bank Donates to County Food Bank
#GivingTuesday at Hitchcock
Office Space For Rent
Christmas by Candlelight
Hitchcock Happenings
Events at Salem Cross Inn
Winter Solstice Hike
Pet Adoptions at Klem's
New Year's with Table 3
Lord Hobo Pint Night
Auditions for Sylvia
Tax Tips & Techniques
Stageloft Theater
Spirit: A Psychic Weekend Event
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
Construction Loans by SCU
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
 
Kimberly Cobb
 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
 
 
Steve Gardiner

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Leila Hurt
 
Lynn Mero

Rita Schiano 
 
Rich Suitum
 
Erica Travinski

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!

Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS!

This is it! The final Crossroads of 2018 is in your inbox with some cool news and cold hard facts to help you navigate through the rest of the year and start making some plans for the next one! Right from the top we are thrilled to announce the guest speaker for our Annual Meeting in January will be US Congressman Richard Neal. We look forward to hearing from the incoming chair of the Ways and Means Committee at our Annual Meeting on January 23rd at The Barn at Wight Farm. You'll find the pertinent details in this issue. 
 
Come celebrate with us at Holiday Fun at Five! It's sure to be a magical evening at The Publick House! We hope to see you in Paige Hall! On behalf of the Chamber, Alix, Paulette and Jack, we wish you warm and happy holidays and we look forward with hopeful joy to serving you in 2019.  
 
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 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!  
Holiday
FUN at FIVE!
Thursday, December 20   
5:00-8:00pm
Publick House 
The Publick House Historic Inn
On the Common, 277 Main Street
Sturbridge
 
Join us for some holiday cheer  
with our Members and Guests on the evening of
Thursday, December 20th!
 
The final Fun at Five of the year will be  
a glittering celebration at
The Publick House in Sturbridge
featuring fantastic food, a joyous atmosphere in a glowing hall, many great prizes and surprises, a 50/50 Raffle, and your chance to celebrate the season with your fellow Members!  
We will be collecting for  
SOUTHBRIDGE LIONS/
SOUTHBRIDGE POLICE COPS N KIDS PROGRAM
at Holiday Fun at Five. If you are able to donate an unwrapped, non-violent new toy, your contribution would be most welcome and help spread holiday joy  to the less fortunate right here in our community!
Please consider contributing toys for teenagers  
as well as younger children. 
Thank you for your generosity!
We look forward to celebrating with you!
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org.   
Cost: $10 for pre-registered Members,
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
   
Thank you to our  
Holiday Fun at Five Sponsor!
Cornerstone Bank 
Cornerstone Bank is a local, community bank that delivers a personal touch that only a local bank can offer. We are dedicated to providing high quality, personal customer service for individuals, businesses and community organizations in Central Massachusetts. We work to connect you with opportunities through a broad range of deposit and loan products and services to meet your financial goals with the unique ability for fast, flexible service.
 
We strive to build lifetime relationships, and our goal is to be the Cornerstone for your success.
 
Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust.
 
2019 Events
Sponsor a Chamber Event in 2019! 
 
Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning next year's schedule of Chamber events including our Annual Meeting in January with special guest Congressman Richard Neal, the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS, our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events, the summer Golf Classic and Clambake Outing as well as a MEGA Networking Event with four local Chambers. We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
 
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes:
  • Your logo on all print and email event marketing materials
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable
  • Mentions as sponsor during event
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table
  • And more which vary by event!
If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, please give Alix a call at 508-347-2761 or email at alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org.
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible:  
2019 Marketing For Members Only Packages  
 
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
 
Purchase individual items 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.  
'Tis the Season: Member2Member Discounts! 
M2M logo   
Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts!  
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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH
ANNUAL MEETING
JANUARY 23, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm 
GUEST SPEAKER: US CONGRESSMAN RICHARD NEAL 
THE BARN AT WIGHT FARM 
 
AGENDA
11:00-11:30  REGISTRATION & MINGLING
11:30  WELCOME
12:15  CONGRESSMAN RICHARD NEAL
12:45  QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
1:00  ADJOURN
 
MENU
GARDEN SALAD SERVED WITH ROLLS & BUTTER
TUSCAN HERB ROASTED CHICKEN WITH SLICED ROASTED POTATOES & BROCCOLINI
APPLE CRANBERRY CRISP 
 
COST
$30 PER PERSON FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS (TABLES OF 8 FOR $225)
$40 FOR NON-MEMBERS (TABLE OF 8 FOR $320)
 
PLEASE RSVP BY JANUARY 16, 2019
BY CALLING 508-347-2761
 
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! 
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE HOLIDAYS AND STAFF VACATIONS, THE NEXT ISSUE OF CROSSROADS WILL BE IN YOUR INBOX ON THE MORNING OF THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2019.
THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING!  
 
HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
The Chamber offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1 with the following exceptions: OPEN December 26 and 27 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
Back to regular hours on January 2.
Brown Bag
Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers
Caregivers
Presented by: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Tuesday, January 22 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!

Working caregivers, whether they are caring for someone in their own home, living close by or long-distance need access to resources, information and supports. This workshop will focus on informational websites, Care Coordination "Apps" and different types of assistive technology which caregivers can access to assist them in their responsibilities.

The workshop will feature the following:
Caregiver Education and Training Websites and YouTubes
Care Coordination and Scheduling Apps
Medication Management Apps and Medication Dispensing Devices
Monitoring systems including GPS and Video Monitoring
Stress Relief for Caregivers: Forums, Blogs, On-line Support Groups and Meditation Apps
Comfort Companions and Music for the Care Recipient

About the Presenter: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Laura Black Silver Laura Black Silver, LICSW, received her Masters of Social Work from Boston College. She has been the Caregiver Specialist with the Family Caregiver Program at Tri-Valley, Inc. for the past 15 years.

The Family Caregiver Support Program is part of a national program which helps caregivers of older adults manage the personal, social and economic challenges of caregiving. As the Caregiver Specialist, Laura helps caregivers access information, resources, and supports. She consults with professionals on caregiver issues and provides community outreach and educational programs to support groups, senior centers, adult day health programs, assisted living, nursing home facilities and hospitals. Laura is trainer for evidenced based education programs for caregivers including Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Savvy Caregiver and A Matter of Balance, fall prevention.

Laura works closely with the Central Massachusetts Family Caregiver Program team, which consists of Tri-Valley, Inc., Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., Montachusett Home Care Co. and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, to publish a Caregiver's Guide, now in its fourth addition. The team also developed an educational program "Social Media, Digital Technology and Apps for Caregivers" which has been presented to numerous caregiver groups and to professional conferences including the Western New England College Spring Social Work Conference, the Massachusetts Council on Aging conference, and the Map through the Maze, Alzheimer's Association annual conference.
December Ribbons
Two Ribbon Cuttings Wrap a Busy Year for the Chamber's Golden Shears
 
The sixth and seventh ribbon cutting ceremonies of 2018 were both occasions to remember!
 
On November 29th, the official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Tillyer House in The Publick House complex. The distinctive 28-room building will be the hub of hotel operations. State Senator Anne Gobi and State Representative Todd Smola addressed the assembled well-wishers and presented legislative commendations at the ceremony where guests were invited to relax by the fire, tour the property and enjoy complimentary hors d'ouevres. (Photo on left) 
 
On Saturday, December 8th, the golden shears were busy again as we discovered something brand new in the former Hebert's Candies building. Paw Plaza, a luxury resort for pets, made its debut with a grand afternoon of fun, treats and happy pets and pet owners. Santa even made an appearance and Cornerstone Bank was on hand to help take holiday snaps of folks with the Big Guy and their beloved pets! Sturbridge Coffee Roasters kept folks warm with plenty of fresh, hot coffee. We were pleased to see so many people come out to welcome the new business.  Paw Plaza is a luxury pet resort offering: Dog Daycare, Boarding, Grooming, Training, Massage, and more. We wish Hadley and her staff all the best as they complete the final phases needed to open for business. Stay tuned by visiting online at www.PawPlaza.com. (Ribbon cutting photo on right)

Dr. Christine Carey, Nurse Practitioner Kim Vetal  
Honored as Harrington Providers of the Year
Providers of the year
The 2018 Harrington Providers of the Year are, left: Christine Carey, MD, FACOG, Gynecology/Urogynecology (with husband, Ed) and, right: Kim Vetal, NP, Family Medicine.

Harrington HealthCare System crowned its 2018 Providers of the Year at a recent celebration at The Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge.

This year, Gynecologist/Urogynecologist Dr. Christine Carey and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner Kim Vetal won the distinguished honor following open nominations in October.

The Provider of the Year award has been given annually since 2011. This is the first year the healthcare system has given two awards - one for a physician and one for an advanced practice practitioner.

Christine Carey, MD, FACOG, has been a women's health provider at Harrington Hospital for 22 years. She joined Harrington Physician Services in 2009. She currently practices Gynecology and Urogynecology in Suite G05 on the Southbridge campus alongside Drs. Mark Simonelli, Kirti Patel and NP Maryanne Vogel.

Dr. Chris Carey was also the recipient of the Worcester Telegram Best of Central Mass Physician of the Year Award, successfully earning more votes than four other local physicians. She was honored at a celebration at the DCU Center which occurred the night after Harrington's.

Kim Vetal, NP, began working in Brimfield as a family medicine practitioner in 2003, later joining Harrington Physician Services. She currently works alongside Drs. Ruth Benet, Shannon Short-Graley, James Goodwin, and NP Kristine Roth.

All members of Harrington's community -- volunteers, Board members, patients, employees or other Medical Staff -- were eligible to nominate an MD, DO, NP or PA. The nomination form required a description of how the provider exemplified the values and characteristics of the award, which include being caring, collegial, safe, cooperative, flexible, available and reliable.

The winner is selected by a committee made up of the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Staff President, the Chief Executive Officer, and previous years' winners: Dr. Paul Santolucito, Dr. Paul Harrington, Dr. John Tumolo, Dr. Tina Render, Dr. Talal Bou-Harb, Dr. Issam Oneyssi and Dr. Giza High.

In total, 32 physicians and 19 advanced practitioners from Harrington's medical staff were nominated for the award.
Help Wanted: Publicity Assistant at Hitchcock Academy 
 
If you love to write, enjoy being creative on FaceBook and Instagram, like people, and you are looking for a part-time evening job, this could be a perfect match for you. Publicity Assistant is needed at Hitchcock Academy. 
 
Publicity Assistant
2-3 evenings a week Tuesdays, Thursdays & alternating Fridays 6:00-9:00 PM      $15.25 an hour.
Interested applicants should submit applications and resume focusing on social media and publicity experience to Sue Gregory, Executive Director, HFA
 
Note: Submit applications by Dec 14, 2018 by 5PM
Submit via email to sue@hitchcockacademy.org
or mail to P.O. Box 155 Brimfield, MA 01010
Hitchcock Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Here is a link to the application and job description on Hitchcock Academy's website.
 
For more information about the programs and events at Hitchcock, please visit our website.
bankHometown's 16th Annual Pajama Drive  
for Local Children in need during the Holidays

bankHometown kicked off their 16th annual pajama drive on November 26th with a challenge to residents to help support local children in need of new pajamas or slippers.

From now until December 15th, all 13 bankHometown branches will be accepting pajama donations for children sizes 4T and up, as well as small and medium sizes in men and women. Pajamas must be in complete sets (top and bottom) or an appropriate nightgown. The pajamas and slippers will go to local shelters throughout central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

"We believe in giving back to our community all year round, but especially for children during the winter and holiday season," said Matthew Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown. "This initiative is to give children in our communities the warmth and comfort they may need during the cold winter nights."

The pajamas and slippers are sent to local schools in central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, as well as the TEEG (Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) in Thompson, Connecticut.

bankHometown was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts,

bankHometown has 13 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.hometowncoop.com.

Hometown Financial Group (HFG), a $2.1 billion mutual holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is the parent company of bankESB and bankHometown. Both banking franchises offer a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer products to customers throughout its 24 branches located throughout western and central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information on Hometown Financial Group, please visit www.bankhfg.com.
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Worcester County Food Bank
Cornerstone Donates
Pictured L to R, Cornerstone Bank employees: Sr. Human Resources Specialist Joann Colon-Rivera; Senior Accounting Assistant Amy Dolan; Senior Operations Specialist Wendy Coran; Assistant Branch Manager Christina Abbotts; AVP Commercial Lender Heather Dumais; VP/HR Business Partner Bonnie Losavio; and Administrative Assistant Debbie Twigg.

During the month of November, all branches of Cornerstone Bank collected non-perishable food items for their annual 'Pack the Pantry' food drive. The annual drive, which took place from November 1st through the 14th, gave an opportunity for customers, local community members, and employees to contribute much needed food items to local families in need.   

"Food pantries are a vital resource to our community; during the holidays and year-round," said VP-HR Business Partner of Cornerstone Bank Bonnie B. Losavio. "Thank you to our generous customers and employees for making this year's food drive a success."

Food items were delivered to the Worcester County Food Bank on Friday, November 16th.

Please Note: This article has been republished from December's Crossroads NEWS with a corrected  picture caption.

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at cornerstonebank.com, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Friends Kick-off with #GivingTuesday at Hitchcock Academy
Magic with Jordan
Magic: Sleight of hand with Jordan Richmond added a bit more magic to the day for young friends.  
 
A day of giving to nonprofits and charitable organizations, Giving Tuesday, often stylized as the hashtag #GivingTuesday, was Tuesday, November 27th and though the reach was international, the effects can be seen locally at many organizations, including Brimfield's Hitchcock Academy.
Hitchcock Academy, like many organizations, used Giving Tuesday to kick-off their end-of-year fundraising campaigns. Hitchcock Academy's fundraising goal is to raise $10,000 to help their mission of providing cultural, recreational, and educational programming for Brimfield and the surrounding communities. As of December 1st, donations to Hitchcock Academy reached $4,760 leaving $5,240 to raise.
 
Online donations are growing every year - both in the amount of money raised and the number of donors choosing to donate online.
 
To show their appreciation to donors, the Hitchcock community offered watercolors from local artists; a genealogy test courtesy of Old Bones Genealogy; and indoor herb garden from Flourish Farm; a mini-session of yoga or Tai Chi for 2 from All Can Do Yoga; and a miniature portrait of a subject of your choice. These gifts shows the range of the community that supports Hitchcock in their mission.
 
Santa December 1st was a day of fun and free activities for our Friends thanks to a generous donation from a Constellation Community Champions grant.  Stone soup, a giant gingerbread house, decorating cookies, making crafts, magic tricks, performances by Watson & Co., and of course a visit from Santa all made the day an exceptional event. Supplies were also donated by Stop & Shop, Micknucks and Shaw's. 
 
We welcome donations to match the $4,760 already donated since #GivingTuesday to put us within striking distance of our goal of $10,000 before Dec 31.  If you have enjoyed a class, attended school, participated in scouts, participated in a program, or received a scholarship, please consider giving back to your community center.
 
Friends may make checks payable to Hitchcock Academy and mail them to P.O. Box 155 Brimfield, MA 01010 or visit our website home page for a link to donate on line www.hitchcockacademy.org . Don't forget to tell us what you would like to see in our community center in the new year!
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. 
"Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home."
-  Edith Sitwell 
Christmas by Candlelight
Christmas by Candlelight 
Old Sturbridge Village   
Nov 30-Dec 2, Dec 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 
3:00pm to 8:00pm 
 
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! See more info and purchase tickets online.    
 
Christmas by Candlelight runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings November 30 - December 23, with a bonus night on Thursday, December 20!    
 
Times: Open 3:00 - 8:00 pm. In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from November 30 - December 23, 2018.
 
Cost: Full price is $28 for adults and $14 for youth ages 4-17 (children 3 and under are free). Purchase standard tickets before Thanksgiving and SAVE 15-50% - see details online.   
 
Christmas by Candlelight is sponsored by COUNTRY BANK.  
 
Don't miss... 
SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH SANTA at Oliver Wight Tavern. Sunday, December 2 - Sunday, December 23. Reservations required. Visit the webpage for the menu and to reserve. SELLING OUT FAST!  
 
EVENING OF ILLUMINATION Friday, January 11th and 25th. Guided tours of the historic Village by lantern light. Visit this link for details and tickets. 

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road  
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
Hitchcock Happenings  
Tai Chi
Edouard deVarennes of Brimfield participates in one of David Masera's Tai Chi Seminars  
earlier this year at Hitchcock Academy.
 
Friday, December 14
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, December 15 
TAI CHI with DAVID: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Time: 9-11 AM Fee: $23 Instructor: David Masera. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
Sunday, December 16
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.
 
Monday, December 17
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.
 
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, December 18
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.
 
Wednesday, December 19
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 AM-1 PM Fee: $17 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, December 20
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.
 
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.
 
Friday, December 21
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
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.  
 
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
 
Warm up and indulge... Fireplace Feasts!
December 14, 28, 30 and New Year's Eve! 
 
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 Fireplace Feast schedule for more dates here!  
 
A Very Special New Year's Eve Fireplace Feast!
Start with some hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast by the fireplace. Feast and then put on your party hat and enjoy the DJ as you dance away through the midnight hour. Check out the details and make your reservations now. 
 
Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts! 
A Salem Cross Inn gift certificate makes a great holiday gift! Both our Restaurant and Hexmark Tavern provide guests with an unforgettable, quintessential farm-to-table experience. Our wide range of dining events are fun for friends and family. Treat the special ones in your life with a gift certificate to Salem Cross Inn - they deserve it! Order online or call 508-867-2345 for assistance.
   
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
 
TLGV logo 
Winter Solstice Hike with TLGV Chief Ranger Bill Reid 
December 21st 10 am - Noon
Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center
23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT 06247 
 
Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid for a Winter Solstice Hike on the first day of winter 2018. The group will meet at Goodwin Forest at 10 a.m. and hike one of the trails within the extensive trail network. Hikers will end up at the large pavilion near the parking lot for hot chocolate and snacks. Participants can bring a bag lunch too if they want and we'll celebrate the first day of winter.

Depending on trail conditions and the weather the group will either hike along the western shore of Pine Acres Pond to Governor's Island and back (approximately 3 miles round trip) or hike a loop trail through the Conservation Center property to the Air Line Trail, then back along the Natchaug Trail on the west side of Pine Acres Pond. Both hikes are beautiful and scenic.

Inclement weather cancels. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP please contact Chief Ranger Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or via e-mail bill@tlgv.org
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
December 21, 2:00-4:00pm
 
Home for the Holidays!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!  
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.
   
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Table 3
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Table 3!

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Table 3 as our chefs prepare exceptional menus for ringing in the New Year. Call 508-347-2321 to book your reservation at The Duck or Avellino, or call 508-347-5800 for Cedar Street Grille. Don't wait!
 
New Year's Day Brunch at Cedar Street Grille
Join us for Brunch New Year's day at Cedar Street Grille from 10am-3pm.  
Make your reservation now by calling 508-347-5800!
The Duck
Lord Hobo Pint Night at The Duck
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6:30pm

With a team of a collaborative group of industry veterans, creatives, beer geeks, pet lovers, and pop culture aficionados, Lord Hobo has been proudly bringing the New England beer experience to thirsty fans everywhere from their Woburn, Mass. Brewery. They relish in the connection and find sanctuary in the beers that unite us. Lords and Hobos alike, we all deserve to drink like royalty.

At The Duck's pint nights... Meet local and craft brewers... Learn about what's new... Taste some of the great brews from The Duck's new "state-of-the-art" tap system... Listen to some great live music.
Sylvia
Auditions for Sylvia
Gateway Players Theater 
 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge, announce auditions for "Sylvia", by A. R. Gurney, to be held on Sunday, January 6th at 5:30pm and Monday, January 7th at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge. Entrance is on Park Street (around corner). Men and women ages 18-60 are needed for this production. Please see Detailed Character Descriptions online at Gateway. Performance dates are April 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 7:30pm and April 14 at 2pm. Rehearsals will be on Sundays at 6pm, and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Wear comfortable clothes and plan to have a good time. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. David Corkum is the Director, Bill Guy is the Producer, and Mary Darling will be the Assistant Director. For questions about auditions call 508-764-4531.

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.
Tax Tips & Techniques for the New Year
tax
January 9, 7:45 to 9:15am
The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge 
 
Join us for breakfast to learn more about what we can do as a business owner and individual to prepare for tax season and better manage our finances in the future. Guest speaker Brenda Bianculli, CPA will offer tips and techniques for a financially stronger, smarter new year!  
Tickets can be purchased at www.wibsturbridge.org
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Light in the Piazza
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA 
Book by Craig Lucas 
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
January 11 - 19 
Fridays @ 8pm & Saturdays @ 2pm 
Presented in collaboration with JEMS Theater Company
 
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances! 
 
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara - a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman - loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart.  
 
As THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
 
Presented by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein. 
 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Spirit Weekend
Diane Lewis Presents
Spirit: A Psychic Weekend Event
January 12-13, 2019
The Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge
 
Join Renowned Psychic Diane Lewis for a Weekend Event at the Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge on January 12-13, 2019.

Package Price is just $189! 
For Booking Details: Call (508) 347-3306

Package Includes:

One Night Deluxe Accommodations with Hotel Amenities

Welcome Reception with Cash Bar

2 Hour Group Mediumship Reading

2.5 Hour Psychic Workshop with Light Refreshments

As an Extra Treat, a Signed Copy of Diane's Book "From Psychic to Soul"  

and a Personal Notebook


Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

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: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 4pm. 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.  
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!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly. 
Coggno Training
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Save these Dates!
December 20: Holiday Fun at Five at The Publick House with Cornerstone Bank 
December 21: Winter Solstice Hike with Bill of TLGV 
December 21: Second Chance Pet Adoptions at Klem's    
January 1: Welcome to 2019!
January 3: Lord Hobo Pint Night at The Duck
January 15: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Porterhouse with Baystate Dental 
January 12-13: Spirit: A Psychic Weekend at Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge 
January 22: Brown Bag Seminar: Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers 
January 23: Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker US Congressman Richard Neal 

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