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Special tour of Shaker Village site

By Rachel Lebeaux  | Globe Correspondent

A guided tour of Shirley Shaker Village will be held next Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The tours introduce visitors to the life of the Shakers, who lived in Shirley from 1793 to 1908, and provide information on their lifestyle, architecture and history in the community through visits to various buildings on the Harvard Road site. Tickets cost $15 and must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Shirley Historical Society’s website at www.shirleyhistory.org or e-mail mail@shirleyhistory.org.

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Dedication, tours of new high school

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

The dedication ceremony and tours of the new Franklin High School will be held next weekend. Tours will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The dedication ceremony will be held next Sunday at 1 p.m., with tours from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The new building on Oak Street has 82,770 square feet of classroom space, and a 17,700-square-foot gym. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is reimbursing the town for approximately 60 percent of the project, which cost $103.5 million. For more information, call the school district’s office at 508-553-4819.

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Heritage Day on the town common Sept. 27

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

Upton Heritage Day will be held Sept. 27 on the town common. The Upton Historical Society ‘s fund-raising event will feature a crafts and vendor fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., signings of a new book on the town’s history, a series of musical performances, and children’s activities, including face painting. There will also be a book sale at the library, a yard sale and lunch stand at United Parish of Upton, a Fire Department and EMS open house, and a walking tour of west Upton at 11 a.m. For additional information, visit the society’s website, www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mauhs.

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Theater troupe offers acting classes

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

The Ashland Community Theater is holding a five-week acting class for adults starting Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ashland Public Library on Front Street. The workshop will cover acting basics, including how to build a character and work with others in the creative process. Classes will continue Sept. 27, Oct. 18 and 25, and Nov. 1. The participation fee is $225; to register, e-mail ashlandcommunitytheater@gmail.com. The theater troupe is also seeking volunteers to assist with its fall production, “Daymares on Oak Street,” which will be performed Nov. 7-9 at Ashland Middle School. For more information, visit the ensemble’s website, www.ashlandcommunitytheater.com.

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Forum to explore gambling issues, resources

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

A community listening session focused on the public health effects of casinos, problem gambling, and related resources for area residents will be held Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Plainville Senior Center, 9 School St. The session, being hosted by the state’s Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, will help shape a strategy for dealing with any issues stemming from the slot-machine casino that has been approved for the Plainridge Racecourse site on Route 1. More than 75 percent of the town’s voters taking part in a local election last fall supported Penn National Gaming’s plans for the slots parlor; however, the statewide election on Nov. 4 includes a ballot question that calls for reversing the 2011 law allowing casino gambling. For more information on the Senior Center forum, visit the town’s website, www.plainville.ma.us.

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Town yard sale to aid holiday festivities

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

A communitywide yard sale will be held Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the town’s annual Christmas parade and fireworks. Residents can apply to host a yard sale for $10; the application is available on the town’s website and at several locations in town, including Charles River Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, and the town clerk’s office. Completed applications can be returned to the town clerk’s office or 36 Alder St. Yard sale maps are $1 and can be picked up the day of the event at the Medway Plaza shopping center. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 508-533-3204 or visit www.townofmedway.org.

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Wine-and-cheese fund-raiser at library

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

The Bellingham Public Library will hold a wine-and-cheese fund-raiser Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening celebrates 120 years of library service and 25 years at the current Blackstone Street location. Advance tickets are $15, or two for $25, and can be purchased at the library; tickets at the door are $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit library programs and services. For more information, call 508-966-1660 or visit www.bellinghamlibrary.org .

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Bid for town’s Marathon entries

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

The Board of Selectmen is accepting applications from groups looking to donate funds to local programs using the proceeds from invitational numbers for the Boston Marathon. The official entries in the Marathon are provided by the Boston Athletic Association as part of its efforts to show appreciation to the annual race’s host communities. Requests for numbers are due to the selectmen’s office by Sept. 30, and must include a completed application and W-9 form. Submissions will be reviewed by selectmen next month. Applications and more information can be obtained on the town’s website, www.ashlandmass.com, at Town Hall, or by e-mailing srobie@ashlandmass.com.

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Back-to-school writing workshop at library

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

A back-to-school writing workshop will be held at the Medway Public Library on Sept. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. The workshop, aimed at students in grades 5 to 9, will allow participants to sharpen their grammar and overall writing skills with the guidance of a language arts teacher. Registration is required; to sign up, visit the library’s main desk or go online to www.medwaylib.org.

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Sign up for fall fitness classes

By Rachel Lebeaux Globe Correspondent

The Recreation Department has released its fall and winter class schedule, with fitness programs kicking off this month. Classes include Pilates on Monday evenings, Zumba on Tuesday mornings and evenings, and yoga and adult coed volleyball on Wednesday evenings, among other offerings. Individuals can purchase a $100 “healthy hopper” coupon to use toward 15 classes. To register, call recreation director Mary Cortese at 508-769-1838 or view the full list of classes at www.uptonreccom.org.

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