This Week in Central Massachusetts
1 Sunday 10am-5pm. The United Native American Cultural Center is hosting its 18th Annual Native American Powwow this weekend. Groton’s Lorena Novak, Secretary of the group, writes in a press release that this year’s celebration is dedicated to “Celebrating Freedom & Honoring our Military. Grand entry ceremony at noon. Festival highlights are traditional drumming, traditional dancing, a wide variety of good food, and fun raffles. Children’s games and art activities are always popular. The powwow also features a variety of native American arts & crafts vendors selling their wares. The powwow takes place at the UNACC offices, 29 Antietam Street, Devens, MA. For more information, call (978) 772-1306 or Novak at (978) 448-5574.
1 Sunday 2pm. New Players Theater Guild presents Cosi Fan Tutti (or How I Met Your Mother). A delightful comedy featuring Mozart's beautiful music. For more information, visit www.nptg.org.
1 Sunday 2pm-4:30pm. Sogetsu Ikebana - Especially for Beginners at Tower Hill. Member: $40., Non-member: $55. Sogetsu Ikebana is an internationally recognized school of Japanese flower arranging known for creative self expression. Kaye provides the flowers for each class and will have supplies and equipment for purchase. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
1 Sunday 4pm. Historical Piano Concert at the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov will play works by Alexander Scriabin on a period grand piano selected from the Frederick Historical Piano Collection.. Admission $10; students and children free. Visit www.frederickcollection.org.
1 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster, with Reminisce Doo Wop Group. Dance2Swing presents beginning group lessons at 6:30 and a swing Dance at 7:30 Admission, $14. For information, visit www.dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.
3 Tuesday 11:30am-noon. Story Time Tuesdays at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Included with Admission. Free for members. Enjoy a story in the conservatory, or outside if the weather is nice! For all ages with parent of caregiver. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
3 Tuesday 7pm. Experience the birth of the American Revolution and the new American nation through the eyes of the foremost printer of that generation. Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer will be presented at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St. Professional actor Neil Gustafson will portray the Boston-born printer (1749-1831). Free. (978) 534-7522, Ext. 3.
4 Wednesday 5pm-9pm. Tower Hill presents Tea tasting with Jan's Teapot. Free with regular admission. Custom blended loose tea - all natural with no preservatives. Creative tea related accessories. Will have delicious tea blends to sample! For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
4 Wednesday 6pm-8pm. Tower Hill presents Jon Weinberg and Dave Coleman - Twilight at Twigs Cafe. Free with regular admission. Jon Weinberg and Dave Coleman - Hammered Dulcimer and Guitar performing together in the acoustic string band Allemande North. They play a variety of traditional and contemporary music from the New England, Southern, French Canadian, Celtic, and Scottish traditions and perform throughout New England at contra and square dances, festivals, concerts and other public and private events. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
5-9 Thursday-Monday. Winchendon’s 250th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring The Moving Wall visit to Winchendon to honor all veterans as well as those veterans, families and friends of those who died or are missing in Vietnam, especially those who may not have the opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. For more information, visit www.townofwinchendon.com.
5 Thursday 5:45pm-7:45pm. Parent Cafe Series- health & Safety Workshop w/a focus on summer. Email email@example.com for more information.
5 Thursday 7pm-9pm. The Summer Concert Series at Carter Park in downtown Leominster. FREE family fun! Enjoy the sounds of local talent while relaxing under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Not time to pack a picnic? Visit one of the food vendors. Most importantly….bring your dancing shoes!!! Featuring The Golden Road Band, Country/Southern Rock/Classic Rock. For more information click here.
6 Friday 11am-2pm. Take it to the Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons. For more information, visit www.museumofrussianicons.org.
6 Friday 8pm. Jeff Pitchell & Charles Neville at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.
6-8 Friday-Sunday. THE CIVIL WAR COMES TO HARVARD. Harvard Center will be host to a number of Civil War related activities. Visitors are welcome to participate in any or all of the scheduled events. All events are free to the public. Children welcome - hands on activities. For more information, visit www.harvardhistory.org.
7-8 Saturday & Sunday. Statewide Free Fishing Weekend is June 7- 8, 2014! Recreational anglers may fish on both fresh and salt water in Massachusetts for free (no license or permit needed) during this weekend in June. Click here for more information.
7-8 Saturday & Sunday 11am–3pm. Old Farm Days – Sheep Shearing at Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. It’s time to shear those woolly coats farmers Fred and Barbara are back to shear our sheep, llamas, and alpacas. See spinning demos, learn how wool goes from the sheep’s back to your favorite sweater and make your own farm craft using real wool! Visit www.davisfarmland.com/dffa_wp or call 978-422-6666.
7 Saturday. National Trails Day - At Wachusett ReservationNational Trails Day - At Wachusett Reservation. For more information, visit www.wachusett.com.
7 Saturday 6:30am. Fruitland's Birding at Fruitlands: Nesting Birds Cost... Free. Blue-winged Warbler Carrying Food. Join ornithologist Patricia White for a walk on Fruitlands trails and discover nesting birds. The group will walk about two miles over meadows and varied terrain. Dress for the weather and the bugs! For more information, visit www.fruitlands.org.
7 Saturday 9am–3pm. Athol Congregational Church Country Fair, 1224 Chestnut St., Athol. Food, games for the kids, entertainment, theme baskets, tag sale, plants, jewelry, books and fun for all! Contact Terry Noyes, 978-249-6202.
7 Saturday noon to dusk. Annual Shirley All Town Hoe Down on the Common in Shirley Center, Route 2A. The Annual Hoe Down is a community day of family friendly events. There is a variety of music, games, craft tables, information booths, and lots of food. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking. See www.shirleyhoedown.net.
7 Saturday 2pm-4pm. Opening Reception for KALEIDOSCOPE, an exhibition that represents Sally Sargent's exploration of acrylic and mixed media. Sally’s love for art started at a young age. In a letter recently received written by her mother to her sister, she writes, “Sally is different. All she does is read and draw.” She studied art at the School of Practical Art, now Boston Institute of Art. She first approached watercolor in a class at the Fitchburg Art Museum, and went on to study watercolor, mixed media, and oils with various artists from New England to Texas. She now works in several mediums – pastels, watercolor, collage, and mixed media. She has exhibited throughout New England and Texas, and has over 80 paintings in private and corporate collections. Rollstone Studios, 633 Main Street, Fitchburg.
8 Sunday. Groton Greenway River Festival 2014 at the Petapawag boat launch on Rt. 119 in Groton. Come join in a celebration of the Nashua River. Once again Nashoba Paddler will be offering free canoeing if you'd like to explore a different part of the river. All activities are free including environmental hands-on exhibits, live music, children's yoga, children's arts & crafts, and the famous cardboard canoe race!
8 Sunday 9am–noon. Open House at the historic Old Murdock School, as part of the Winchendon 250th Anniver-sary Celebration. A continental breakfast will be served. Free admission. For more information, visit www.townofwinchendon.com.
8 Sunday 1pm-2:30pm. Tower Hill's Clematis: Queen of the Climbers. Member: $15, Non-member: $25. Presenter: Cheryl Monroe. Clematis reigns supreme as one of the most versatile and beautiful plants we can grow in our New England Gardens. Come learn how to successfully grow this wonderful vine in the garden , in container plantings and even as a houseplant! Weather permitting there will be many clematis flowers on hand to inspire and delight. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.
8 Sunday 1pm-3pm. First Parish Cultural Series at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church 923 Main Street, Fitchburg presents master tabla musician Shivananda Sharma.
8 Sunday 6:30pm. Swing Dance and Lessons at the Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. Dance2Swing presents beginning group lessons at 6:30 and a swing Dance at 7:30 Admission, $14. Visit www.dance2swing.com or call 978-263-7220.