Need inspiration for match activities with your Little? Check out the events below!

Click  here for a full list of events in the Worcester area, or click  here for a full list of events in MetroWest. For further ideas, contact your Match Support Specialist, or visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest Facebook and Twitter  pages for upcoming ticket & event opportunities.

Match Activity Calendar of Events
October 2016
ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
Who's Watching Who? Owls of the World














Who's watching you?  Find out when Eyes On  Owl s presents a live owl program in conjunction with the Friends of th e Beaman Memorial Public Library in West Boylston. All who attend are in for some fun with educational close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. $5 per person.  Visit the website for full and up-to-date details!

Friday, October 14, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, First Congregational Church of West Boylston
26 Central Street, West Boylston, MA 01583
Tour of the Month: Renoir's Jewish Wedding
Explore The Jewish Wedding by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, including its recent conservation. In 1875, Renoir was commissioned to paint a replica of Eugène Delacroix's 1839. The Jewish Wedding in Morocco, today in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Although faithful to Delacroix's original, Renoir adapted his Impressionist approach, creating a novel work of art, distinct in its brushwork, palette, and use of light. Tour begins in the Lancaster Lobby. Free with admission (Adults $14, Children $6).
Saturday, October 1, 2 PM - 3 PM, Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
24th Annual Maynard Community Fest
More than 5000 attendees are expected at this free festival, which includes food, entertainment, a farmers market, and more than 100 vendors. Free!
Saturday, October 1, 
9 AM - 3 PM, Downtown Maynard
Nason & Main Streets, Maynard, MA 01754
Free Fall Yoga in the Park
Join Ivy Child International for 4 weeks of FREE yoga. Open to the entire community. No yoga experience necessary. Bring a mat/towel/blanket and invite your friends/colleagues/family! For more info and updates, join our Facebook event page.
*No class on Saturday, October 8th (Columbus day weekend)*
Saturdays, October 1st - October 22, 10 AM - 11 AM, University Park (Crystal Park)
950 Main St, Worcester, MA (Opposite Clark University)
Banned Books Week Challenge Event
Have you read a banned book? You may be surprised to find out you have! Come take our banned book challenge and learn about censorship and your freedom to read. Free!
Saturday, October 1, 10 AM - 12 PM, Worcester Public Library, Banx Room
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Heifer International's Global Harvest Festival

The annual Global Harvest Festival is a fun-packed cultural celebration for all ages! This festive weekend features international crafts and games in the Global Village, live music, delicious food, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and, of course, all the farm animals. Live bands will play on the main stage, and the Dale Perkins Horse Show will perform daily at 1 pm. $20 per vehicle.
Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2, 10 AM - 4 PM, Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm , 216 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA 01543
Apple Days
Enjoy the crisp autumn days at Old Sturbridge Village with special events throughout their Apple Days celebration. Come tour the orchards, help pick apples, and taste some nearly forgotten heirloom apple varieties. Throughout the day interpreters will be cooking and preserving the fall fruit. Try your hand at cider-making, and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in operation. You can even make your own sachet of mulling spices to take home. $28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youths (3-17)
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 - October 2, 9:30 AM-5 PM, Old Sturbridge Village 
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Farm Pond Fall & Bike Festival
This fun-filled bicycle and community festival will offer something for everyone: dance to great local music on our shoreline, participate in outdoor games, hike or bike trails, and eat great food. Small bix vendors offerings artisan items. Bring your bike; awards for vintage bicycles. Free!
Sunday, October 2, 11 AM - 3 PM, Farm Pond Park
Dudley Road, Framingham, MA 01702
Celebration of the Worcester County Revolution of 1774

It's time to celebrate Worcester's role in the American Revolution, and Worcester Revolution of 1774 is bringing central Massachusetts' role to light. Two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, almost five thousand Worcester County militiamen marched into the county's seat. They seized the Royal court and, without firing a shot, forced each Royal official to recant the coercive acts and their allegiance to British Parliament.

Join an afternoon celebration of Worcester County's revolutionary history. Activities will include: An interactive reenactment depicting the overthrowing of British rule in Worcester, A professional play telling the story of the Worcester Revolution, Living History, Lectures and Discussions, Music and Entertainment, Activities for kids, Tours of revolutionary Worcester.
Sunday, October 2, 1 PM - 5 PM, Salisbury Mansion
40 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Auditorium Exhibit
Did you miss the tours of the Worcester Auditorium in August? Here is your chance to see what was on display! Visit the Levi Lincoln room for pictures from the past, photographs from local artists Bob Bernier, Jaime Flores, Scott Erb and, Donna Dufault from the present, and presentations from Preservation Worcester docents. Free.
Tuesday, October 4, 5 PM - 6:30 PM, Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Chamber 3rd Floor
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
The Arms Race of 1774
Starting in September 1774, Massachusetts Patriots and royal governor Thomas Gage raced for the provinces most powerful military resourcescannon and other artillery pieces. That competition cost the royal government control of most of Massachusetts, spread to neighboring colonies, and led to war the following spring. Drawing on his new book, The Road to Concord, J. L. Bell tells the story of this hidden military struggle and Worcesters central role in it. Free.
Tuesday, October 4, 7 PM - 8:30 PM, American Antiquarian Society 
185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
African Drumming Presentation
The Department of Art, Music and Theatre is happy to present an African Drumming presentation. This World Music Founder/Director Jeremy Cohen will present a lecture and hands-on clinic on the rich drumming traditions of West Africa. Cohen is an interlocutor who blends his experience as a classroom teacher, conservatory-trained musician and African adventurer and will offer insight into the unique shared music and history between the U.S. and Ghana. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 6, 7 PM to 8 PM, Assumption College, Kennedy Building 112
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
October Stroll
Pumpkin giveaways, games, delicious food, fall crafts, and live local entertainment will draw people downtown for a great evening with their neighbors. Free!
Thursday, October 6, 4 PM - 7 PM, Franklin Downtown
Main Street, East and West Central Streets, Franklin, MA 02038
"Wings over Worcester" event: Silent Film
Accompanied by Peter Krasinski on the 1933 Kimball Organ. Full-length 2-hour Academy award winning film, introduced with Veterans Honor Guard. With Chamber Music Concerts in Memorial Hall at 3PM, 5:30 & 6PM, and tours & organ demos throughout the day. (Memorial Hall is not handicapped accessible.) Free. Bring your own chair or chair rental $5.
Sunday, October 9, 6:30 PM to 8:50 PM, Worcester War Memorial Auditorium
Lincoln Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Fall Mall Street Market
Shop Local will be alongside your favorite national retailers in New England's largest mall!   The corridors of Natick Mall will be filled with tables, booths, and kiosks offering the wares of local artisans, food purveors and more.
Saturday, October 15, 10 AM - 5 PM, Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760
Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook
At sundown, Broad Meadow Brook transforms into a magical, slightly haunted forest. Meet our resident spirits, primarily native wildlife, during a gentle guided tour through the woods on trails lit by softly glowing luminaria. Encounter old favorites and new characters on your walk as you learn about some of the creatures of New England and their many fascinating habits. For more information and to register, call 508-753-6087. $6 per person.
Friday, October 14 - Saturday, October 15, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary 
414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604
Friends Fall Book Sale
Fiction, non-fiction, biographies and children's books. Proceeds support programs at the Worcester Public Library. For more info please contact the Food for Thought Café and Bookstore at 508-799-1686.
Friday, October 21 - Saturday, October 22, 10 AM - 4 PM, Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Worcester Chamber Music Society's Music on Main
Music on Main is a new community concert series featuring musicians and friends of the Worcester Chamber Music Society in non-traditional neighborhood venues. The one-hour concerts are free, informal, and focus on the Main South community. Kids, first-timers and seasoned concert goers are all welcome.
Friday, October 21, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Straight Up Café
795 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Super Mega Fest Comic Con

Super Megafest is New England's Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest celebrating Comics, TV, Movie, Sci-Fi, Wrestling and Rock & Roll! We feature incredible celebrity autograph signings and photo ops with guests! Scheduled celebrity Q & A Sessions and photo ops will be held throughout the weekend. X-Men and other Marvel and DC writers and artists will give panel discussions and mingle. You will find one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll! Ticket prices vary for each day; children starting at $12, adults starting at $25. Visit the website for more details.
Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center Marlborough 
181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752
Wizards' Bewitching Bizarre
This all day event begins at 10 am when doors open to the BeWitching Bazaar, a version of Diagon Alley, where you will find The Psychic Court, Exhibitions, Demonstrations, crafts for younger children, student supplies and more!  Adults $10, Children 5-12 $5
Saturday, October 22nd, 10 am - 5:30 pm, Higgins Armory Building
100 Barber Ave, Worcester, MA 01606
Halloween Party and Haunted House
Join for games, refreshments, costume parade, prizes and our spectacular 
Haunted House. Party runs from 4 pm to 6 pm. Haunted House runs from 4 pm to 7 pm. Cost $5

Sunday, October 23, 4 PM - 7 PM, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Ann Parish 
24 Mulberry St, Worcester, MA 01605
Westborough Family Bingo Night!
Join for an evening of BINGO in a fun relaxed atmosphere! You can win candy, rec department swag, discounts on rec activities and more!  Every winner will receive a prize and even if you don't win at BINGO there will be snacks & drinks for all. Free event. Registration required.
Tuesday, October 25, 6 PM - 7:30 PM, Westborough Senior Center
4 Rogers Road, Westborough, MA 01581
11th Annual Dog Costume Contest
Costume judging starts at 12:15pm. Awards for Scariest, Most Original & Funniest! GIVE-A-WAYS: FREE GOODIE BAGS, TREATS & TOYS for your four-legged friends!  SAMPLES, RAFFLES, TRICK-or-TREATING for DOGS! Show off your pet! You could win! Each winner receives a trophy! All Dogs Welcome (please restrain) Every entrant gets a FREE 4x6 PRINT! Free.
Saturday, October 29, 11 AM - 1 PM, Klem's Field
117 West Main St, Spencer, MA 01562
Craft of the Month: Magical Wands


October's craft idea is inspired by the spooky fall season! Make your own Wizard Wand, inspired by Harry Potter. It is fun, easy and only takes a few supplies! Visit the Cut Out and Keep website to see the full instructions.

You will need:
  • Beads
  • Hot Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Chopsticks
Have a fun craft idea you would like to share? Email it to colleen.schroth@bbbscm.org and see it featured next month!
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
Black Seed Farmers Market

Join every week for local farm fresh fruits and vegetables, locally made hand crafted breads and crafts, honey, children's activities and much more!
Sundays, through October 16, 10 AM-2 PM, Worcester Islamic Center 
248 East Mountain Street, Worcester, MA 01606
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  
EcoTarium Fun: Turtle Travels!
Turtles take amazing journeys and they need your help along the way. Have you ever spied a Swiss Army Turtle? Or tracked a turtle with radio telemetry? Wander through a life-size board game and see firsthand what it's like to travel through a turtles terrain. This fun-filled, interactive exhibit provides a turtles eye-view of life in the slow lane.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 AM - 5 PM, EcoTarium
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604
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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