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Match Activity Calendar of Events
August 2016
ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
Latin American Festival














T his festival is a magnificent celebration of diversity and CENTRO invites you to enjoy of fun filled day of, music, entertainment, children's activities, food, and more.

Saturday, 12:00 PM-9:00 PM, August 20 at Worcester Common behind City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Storytime
Join us for our free weekly Tuesday storytime! Check bn.com for details. 
Tuesdays, 11:00 AM-11:30 AM at Barnes and Noble Booksellers
70 Worcester Providence Turnpike, Mullbury, MA 01527
Worcester Bravehearts Home Games
Game 27 vs. Torrington Titans, Tues, August 2nd
Game 28 vs. Seacost Mavericks, Wed, August 3rd (Annual Buzz Off!)
Game 29 vs. Martha's Vineyard Sharks, Fri, August 5th (Fireworks Show!)
Cost: $5 Kids, $7 Adults
7:05 PM-10:00 PM at College of the Holy Cross: Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Eclectica: an art exhibit by Bayda Asbridge
In 2014, Asbridge initiated this art project addressing human rights and social justice. Among the pieces on display are Asian and Middle Eastern arts, Japanese Saori style weaving, printmaking, mixed media, and Asian brush painting. Free admission.
August 1-31 at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medial Center,  University Campus
Lamar Soutter Library, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01605 
"The Pace of Nature": Paintings by Allison Coelho Picone
Stop by to view this series of paintings and mixed media works showcasing, as the artist says, "nature surrounded by light." Inspired by the Tyndall effect, light scattering by particles in a colloid, the artist explores nature after it rains and light through berries and leaves. 
Thursdays-Saturdays, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, August 3-January 25 at ArtsWorcester
660  Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
History Bites Series
Join museum staff every Wednesday in July and August as each week they discuss a fascinating object from the Museum's collection and discuss how it reflects Worcester's rich shared history. Bring your lunch and chat with staff in this opportunity for informal discussion. The half-hour program will be promptly at 12:15 and conclude by 12:45. Free with admission.
  • Leash Laws 1793, Mower's Dog's Collar - Wednesday, August 3
  • Thrift Score, Cottage Tailor Skirt - Wednesday, August 10
  • Sisterly Attire, Merrifield Family Dresses - Wednesday, August 17
  • Smile! The Worcester Original - Wednesday, August 24
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at Frances Perkins Branch Library
470 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Worcester Organ Concert Series
Check out the summer 2016 organ series. Cabaret seating, free admission.
Featuring Sean Redrow, August 3rd
Featuring Brett Maguire, August 10th
Wednesday, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM at Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Family and Me Zumba: Summertime on the Centre Common Series
Join the Framingham History Center for their fourth year of summertime fun with family programming! A combination of fast and slow dances, games and musical obstacles for parents and children 3-6 years! No prior experience needed.  *The Historic Village Hall (2 Oaks Street) is not handicapped accessible. Snacks will be provided. FREE and open to the public.
Thursday, 
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, August 4, Historic Village Hall 
2 Oak St Framingham, MA 01701

 
Dig In! Family Drop-in Program
Spend time together, help in the garden, and plant the 'seeds' of knowledge. Learn how to take care of a vegetable garden, help harvest and water, and taste! Meets in the Youth Garden. Free with admission. 
Thursdays, 9:30 AM-11:00 AM, August 4-18 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
Worcester Shakespeare Festival 2016
The 10th Anniversary Season proudly presents: As You Like It in repertory with King Lear. Tickets and full performance calendar online at WorcesterShakespeareCompany.org or at the door. Adults $20, Students $15, Children under 12 are free. 
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM; Sundays, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM, August 4-21 
at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. & Whitin Mill Complex
50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 
Ice Cream And... Bats!
What's better than ice cream on a summer night? Why not add a little fun outdoor exploration? Join the adventure as we use a "bat detector" to find our local bats. Pre-registration required. Online registration available. Adult $12 Members/ $14 Non-Members, Child $7m/ $9nm 
Friday, 7:30 PM to 9 PM, August 5 at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary 
280 Eliot St, Natick, MA 01760
Ashland Farmers Market Olympics 
The Ashland MOMS Club will bring Olympic Games to the Kid's Corner at the Ashland Farmers Market starting at 9:30 a.m. Free concert by Always in Season bluegrass band from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Shop 27-plus tents of local farmers, bakers, specialty food makers, and artisans. 
Saturday,9:30 AM to 1 PM, August 6 at 
the green across from Ashland Public Library
125 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721
Stoney's Wicked Din: Sunset Jazz Concert Series 
Enjoy the FREE outdoor Jazz concert series at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. Stoney's Wicked Din is a 10-piece band led by drummer Al Stone, and featuring vocalist Steve Faria. They play an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, soul, blues, latin, R&B, and much more. 
Saturday, 7 PM to 8:30 PM, August 6 at
 the Hopkinton Center for the Arts 
98 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, MA 01748

Art + Market at Worcester Art Museum
Get all your locally grown produce on WAMs Salisbury Street Lawn. Then, visit our galleries for your fill of art! Visiting the market is free. 
Saturdays, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, August 6-31 at Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Free Tours: The Last Judgment Tapestry

Tour of the Month: The Last Judgment Tapestry & other Museum Treasures
This tour focuses on the tapestry and other Hapsburg-related artwork as lenses to view Western European culture and history in the 15th and 16th centuries. Tour begins in the Lancaster Lobby. Free admission in August.
Saturday, August 6, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Conservation-Based Tours of The Last Judgment Tapestry of 1505
Join WAMs Chief Conservator Rita Albertson to find out more about the Last Judgment tapestry since it was restored. 
Wednesdays, August 10 and 17, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Redcoats & Rebels
See the largest  military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Watch mock battles, tour the British and American camps, listen to martial music, learn about the daily life of a Revolutionary War solider, see a cannon demonstration, visit the battlefield hospital, and so much more. On Saturday, visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  Cost: $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17).
Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 AM-5:00 PM, August 6-7 at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566 
Dragonflies at Broad Meadow Brook
Explore the trails and learn about odonates dragonflies and their damselfly cousins and what makes them the engineering marvels of the natural world. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087. Cost: $8 Adult Nonmember, $4 Child Nonmember
Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, August 6 at Broad Meadow Brook  Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604 
Sunshine New England Music & Arts Festival
Beer, wine, food trucks, local bands, artists, crafters, kids activities, and dog friendly. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force. Go to sunshinenewengland.com to buy your tickets now!  Cost:  $20, kids 12 and under are free.
Saturday, 10:00 AM-10:30 PM, August 6 at Spencer Fairgrounds
48 Smithville Road, Spencer, MA 01562 
Belmont SplashFest 2016
Free water slide and festival games, play areas, crafts, activities, and refreshments!
Saturday, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, August 6 at The Journey Community Church
25 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Published Poets 2016
Come celebrate Central Massachusetts poetry! Listen to local poets read from their recently published books, including Tony Brown, Judith Ferrara, Richard Fox, Joe Fusco Jr., Victor D. Infante, Carol Mays, James B. Nicola, Catherine Reed, Christian Reifsteck, and Susan Roney-O'Brien. Free.
Sunday, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, August 7 at Worcester Pop Up
38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA 01608
American Girl Doll Terrarium
You and your Little can make a sweet little green space for inside your home: a gorgeous terrarium! First, enjoy an early dinner in the Bistro. Then, led by an instructor from Palettes, attendees will create a terrarium-including one succulent plant, colored sand, and other special accents. All materials will be provided. Reservations required. 877-247-5223. For girls ages 8 and up. $40 per attendee.
Friday, 4:45 PM, August 12 at American Girl Doll Store, Natick Mall
1245 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760
9th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival
Watch butterflies fly free in their natural habitat and take part in naturalist-led walks and workshops, performances, live caterpillars, butterfly art, face painting, children's activities, butterfly garden tours, butterfly plant sales, delicious food, and much more. Come in costume and get a prize! Rain date August 14. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.
Cost: $5 Adult Nonmember, $5 Child Nonmember
Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, August 13 at Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604
Dragonfly Festival of Ashland
Free and open to the public, a day of performance, culture & celebration. Join us for fun, food, friends, floating fires, family, arts, and live music, including James Montgomery, Crocodile River Music, and the Chili Brothers.
Saturday, 2 PM-8:30 PM, August 13 at Mill Pond Park 
Main Street at Myrtle Street, Ashland, MA 01721
Meadow Songs of Summer
As summer wanes, crickets, grasshoppers, katydids, and cicadas intensify their songs. Join us in a field exploration to identify these insects and their rhythms. After our walk, make your own singing insect to take home! Cost:  $8 Adult nonmembers, $4 Child nonmembers. 
Saturday, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, August 13 at Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton, MA 01541
Northborough 250th Anniversary Family Fun Day
Fun and games for the whole family, including Sudbury Militia Encampment, Native American songs and dance, a bicycle and stroller parade, and more! For more info visit here.
Sunday, 1 PM-4 PM, August 14 at Ellsworth McAfee Park 
South St, Northborough, MA 01532
3rd Annual Sudbury Family Town Fair 
Activities for the WHOLE Family: Kids carnival games with AMAZING TOY TENT! Face painting, tattooing, balloon animal making, tons of vendors each with FREE mini-activities for kids and more! FREE event.
Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM, August 20 Heritage Park, Sudbury Center 
299 Old Sudbury Rd Sudbury, MA 01776
Hudson Balloon Festival
Come to the Hudson Balloon & Blues Festival to watch 14 hot air balloons lift off! Food trucks, craft vendors, tethered balloon rides, and kiddie train rides will be available. Balloons take off at 6 AM and 6 PM on the 20th, and 6 AM on the 21st. Free parking at the Elks Lodge. 

Saturday, 6:00 AM-9:00 PM, August 20-21 at Hudson Elks Lodge 959, 99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749
Bee Weekend
Celebrate bees! Exhibits, demos, honey tastings, hands on activities, games and much more. Free with admission. 
Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, August 27-28
at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505
Migration of the Common Nighthawk
The fall migration of the common nighthawk through Massachusetts is a spectacular event. Witness as they follow flying ants as they feed before embarking on their long trip south. This program will be held at Shoppes at Blackstone Valley. Additional meeting instructions will be given at time of registration. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087.
Tuesday, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, August 30 at Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604
Sites Open for Free Each Friday
August 12
Recurring Events
Danforth Art Museum - Drop into Art
Begin your visit exploring works of art through hands-on activities with the teen and Adult Docents in the Children's Gallery and other exhibits.  Next, visit the studios to create art of your own inspired by what you saw in the galleries.  Different projects are offered each month in a variety of media, such as paint, charcoal, collage, and found objects.
Perfect for all ages. FREE for children and their accompanying adults.
Please register in the Museum Lobby on the day of the program. Click here for more information.
First Sunday of Every Month, 2 PM to 4 PM, Danforth Art Museum
123 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702
Natick Nights
Every Thursday evening through September, "Natick Nights" will be showcasing the entertainment and artistry that's unique to Natick Center. There might be street performers, a walking history tour, performance at TCAN, a gallery opening, Walnut Hill students performing, artist demonstrations, or restaurant specials and a featured merchant! Check the website frequently to see each week's special offerings!
Thursdays, 5 PM to 8 PM, Natick Center
20 Main St Natick, MA 01760
Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series & Farmers Market
This free 10-week concert series brings music, local food and produce and art to the downtown area every Thursday. Each week will provide a new band performance and different farmers, crafters and vendors. Check in each week and see who's coming! 
  • August 4: Down in New Orleans featuring Samirah Evans and her Handsome Devils
  • August 11: Latin Day featuring Grupo Fantasia and Raices Latin Dance
Thursdays, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, August 4-25 at Worcester Common Oval
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Canal District Music and Food Truck Series
Free concerts every Wednesday throughout the summer! Food trucks on site, and easy parking. Bring a lawn chair.
Lineup:
  • August 3 - Howie Day
  • August 10 - Mychael David
  • August 17 - Matthew Sanchez
  • August 24 - We and Mrs. Jones

Wednesdays, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, August 3-24 

at Harding Street and Kelley Square, Worcester, MA 01604
Free Summer Concert Series on the Plaza
Join us for our free Summer Concert Series! Refreshments available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair.  For more information or to view the band line-up visit:  AlternativesNet.org/event/summerconcerts
Thursdays, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, August 4-25 at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. & Whitin Mill Complex, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588
Tree Canopy Walkway
Enjoy a treetop adventure on a series of platforms and rope bridges suspended high in the trees! Explore life in the canopy just as scientists do in the forest, and then zip-line down to the ground. Cost: $10 (plus museum admission).
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM & 1:00 PM-4:00 pm; Sundays 12:30 PM-4:00 PM
August 1-14 at EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604  
KLUTZ Amazingly Immature
Embrace your inner zany genius! In the EcoTarium's exciting summer exhibit, " KLUTZĀ® Amazingly Immature," test your immature skills with Tablecloth Trickery, Immature Inventions, Quarter Snatching, Card Throwing, and more, all while exploring how these immature actions can actually teach you about science, engineering, math, and literacy. Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission.
Tuesdays-Sundays, August 1-September 11 at
the EcoTarium, 
222 Harrington Way, Worcester
Neighborhood Nature on the Water at Green Hill Park
Have fun in canoes and learn about the wildlife that depends upon this park! Canoes, paddles, personal flotation vests, and basic canoeing instruction are provided. You bring the enthusiasm and interest! Swimming skills required. Free for all!
Fridays, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, July 15 - August 19 at Green Hill Park
50 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA 01605
Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park
Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games. Free for all.
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, August 3-17 at Elm Park
Highland Street and Park Avenue, Worcester, MA
Bubbles!
See for yourself the EcoTarium's beloved seasonal outdoor exhibit! "Bubbles!" gives kids and adults of all ages a chance to investigate the science behind the suds, and make loads and loads of sudsy bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission. 
Tuesdays-Sundays, August 1-October 2 at EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
Canal District Farmers Market
This market gives Massachusetts food vendors and farmers a place to come together and celebrate their work. Come out, support local businesses, and help grow the local food movement! 
Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Crompton Collective
138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604 
Natick Farmers Market
Stop by every Saturday to check out the local fresh food products and music of the Natick Farmers Market! 
Saturdays, 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM at Natick Farmers Market, Common Street Community Church, at the corner of South Main Street and Common Street, Natick, MA 01760  
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment. Put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Ability to work without supervision required; carpentry skills welcome; nature lovers appreciated.
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604
Please check event websites for the most recent updated info prior to attending. If you have suggestions for future events to include in our upcoming calendars, let us know by emailing colleen.schroth@bbbscm.org
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