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Carlisle

Learn about the Cold War

The Friends of the Council on Aging will present a three-part lecture series beginning Thursday. Historian Gary Hylander will discuss “Cold War, Hot Peace,” focusing on the trajectory that brought Americans from the optimism of the end of World War II to the discouraging era of the Cold War. The first segment is titled “An Iron Curtain.” The second segment, to be held Oct. 2, is “Better Dead Than Red.” The third segment, on Oct. 16, is “The Evil Empire.” All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Rd. Admission is free but seating is limited; to reserve a space, call 978-369-4898.

Shrewsbury

Medicine take-back day

The Shrewsbury Health and Police departments will hold a medication take-back day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The collection will be held at the Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave. Unused and expired medications can be dropped off for proper disposal.

Norfolk

Grant proposals sought

The Norfolk Cultural Council is currently accepting funding proposals for community arts, science, and humanities projects and activities. Past proposals accepted include those for festivals, exhibits, artists in residence, workshops, and lectures. Proposals are also being accepted from school and youth groups for cultural field trips. Last year, the council distributed $4,250 in grants, supporting the library, recreation department, theater, wildlife, and school programs. The proposal deadline is Oct. 15, and forms and more information are available at www.massculturalcouncil.org .

Lexington

LexFUN to hold seminar on saving for college

LexFUN!, an organization that offers social, educational, and community-based programs to families with children under age 5, is holding a seminar on Tuesday on how to start saving for college. Lexington wealth management group Wingate Wealth Advisors will run the seminar, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Church, 2001 Massachusetts Ave. The seminar is free for LexFUN! members and costs $5for nonmembers. E-mail lexfunseminars@gmail.com to RSVP.

Lexington

Chili cook-off to benefit Cotting School

Lexington’s Cotting School will host a chili cook-off on Oct. 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.Attendees will be able to taste chili cooked by local chefs, including from the Fire Department, Red Lentil Restaurant, and Minuteman High School culinary department, to name a few. Proceeds will benefit the Cotting School, which serves students with learning disabilities, medical conditions, and communication impairments. Tickets for the cook-off cost $25 for adults and $10 for children under age 12, or $40 for a ticket plus a bowl crafted by a Cotting School student. The event will also include live music and local craft beers. Visit www.cotting.org/ChiliCookOff for more information or for tickets.

Bedford

Register now to be a Safe Home

The deadline for Bedford parents of teens to sign up as a designated Safe Home is Sept. 30. This program, run by Bedford Youth & Family Services, offers parents a pledge they can take to ensure that they will do their part to maintain a safe, supervised, alcohol- and drug-free home environment when gatherings of teenagers are taking place. For more information on the program, go to www.bedfordma.gov and click on the “Youth and Family” department link.

Harvard

Seniors group seeking instructors

The Council on Aging would like to hear from retired teachers or those who are still teaching who would be interested in leading lifetime learning classes on subjects ranging from literature to foreign languages and the sciences. For more information, call the council at 978-456-4120.

Littleton

Housing committee to hold public forum about housing goals and development

The Littleton Housing Committee, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, invites residents to a public forum about local housing goals and development. The forum, entitled “Littleton Housing Production Plan: Goals & Strategies,” will begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Littleton Middle School cafeteria, 55 Russell St. The goal of the meeting is to help the town to develop a plan that will guide market-rate and affordable housing type and location in the community while also maintaining the state-mandated affordable housing target and gain access to state funding. Anyone who wishes to attend is encouraged to RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/mtfbsyw. For more information or for special accommodations like language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or meeting materials in alternate formats, contact Karina Milchman, Housing Planner, at kmilchman@mapc.org or 617-933-0730 in advance of the meeting.

Dover

Meeting backs site purchase

Residents who attended a special Town Meeting Monday authorized the town to purchase 27.2 acres, called Springdale Farm, near the town center, a move that could prevent the property from being developed as a state 40B affordable housing project. The vote now moves forward to a townwide referendum question Nov. 4 For the town to complete a purchase, a majority vote at the election is required. Special Town Meeting participants, in a standing vote of 445-16, authorized selectmen to borrow $5.55 million for the land, which is now owned by James Snyder and used as a hay field. Snyder had proposed selling his land to a developer who had wanted to build up to 40 townhouse-style units. Several town agencies, including the Planning Board and the Warrant Committee, had recommended approving the town’s purchase instead. Town residents on Monday also approved $25,000 for a town committee to consider public uses for the land.

Wrentham

Of the birds and the books

Fiske Public Library is hosting two programs this week, both open to the public. On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the Wrentham Book Club offers a free program to discuss Edith Wharton and her book “The Age of Innocence.” Johanna Batman, who works at The Mount, Wharton’s home, will speak about Wharton’s work and life. Participants do not have to have read “The Age of Innocence” to attend the event, in the Sweatt meeting room. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the town Open Space Committee is presenting “A Passion for Birds,’’ an interactive educational show hosted by Henry Lappen. The program will explore how birds have evolved in body and environment, and participants will be able to try on masks of different birds. That program, too, will be held in the Sweatt meeting room.

Franklin

Performing arts company to hold annual golf tourney

The annual Franklin Performing Arts Company golf tournament will be held Monday at Franklin Country Club at 672 East Central St. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 9 a.m., with the tournament kicking off at 10 a.m. Following golf, there will be a cocktail hour at 3:30 p.m., a dinner buffet at 4:30 p.m. and prizes, a raffle, and entertainment starting at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $175 per golfer or $650 per foursome; the fee for those attending only the dinner is $30. To register in advance, call 508-528-8668 or visit www.fpaconline.com.

Bellingham

Openings for children in play group

A drop-in registration session for the Milford-Bellingham Family and Community Network play group will be held Sept. 30 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the North Community Building at 2 Maple St. These play groups meet two afternoons per week from October through January; parents can choose from either Tuesday or Thursday sessions from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Play groups are designed for children up to 5 years old and include creative arts, story time, sing-alongs, and open play time. All sessions are held at the community center and are free of charge, and spaces will be assigned through a lottery system. For more information, call the play group’s facilitator, Donna Umlauf, at 508-966-1023.

Arlington

Chamber of Commerce to hold networking event

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a networking event at the restaurant Tryst, at 689 Massachusetts Ave., on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 for members in advance, $15 for members at the door, $25 for nonmembers in advance, and $30 for nonmembers at the door. Visit business.arlcc.org/events/details/after-hours-networking-event-at-tryst-189 for more information or to register.

Medfield

Walking tours of cemetery

The Vine Lake Preservation Trust is holding two walking tours of Vine Lake Cemetery this fall. The first is scheduled for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The free tour will explore the architectural style and significance and forms and geometry of the cemetery’s memorial stones. The tour will be led by Rob Gregg, president of the trust, and cultural historian Elise Cirenga, a specialist in funerary sculpture and 19th-century garden cemeteries. The second cemetery tour is set for Oct. 18, and will explore the composition of early gravestones and the origin of the stones. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water if desired. Parking is available around the lake, after entering the cemetery at 625 Main St.

Hopkinton

How should future town look?

Residents are encouraged to participate in an anonymous survey, prepared by a town committee, which solicits opinions on what the community should look like in the future. The survey, created by the Hopkinton Visioning Steering Group, is available for pickup in the town manager’s office at Town Hall, and also online at www.hopkintonma.gov/vision. The survey includes multiple-choice questions on topics such as economic development, housing, and recreation resources. Among the questions, residents are asked if they support creating a dog park, whether the town should create more regional bike paths or lanes, and whether “fast food” is a restaurant type that should be established in Hopkinton in the next decade. The responses will be collected and analyzed, then released to the public later this fall, according to a town news release.

Upton

Library book sale is Saturday

The Upton Town Library will hold its fall book sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hardcover books, CDs, and DVDs are $2; paperback books and VHS tapes are $1; and children’s books are 50 cents. Shoppers can also fill a tote bag for $20. For more information on the sale, or to make donations, call the library at 508-529-6272.

Medway

Public hearing on Azalea Drive layout

The town’s Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed roadway layout for Azalea Drive Monday at 7 p.m. The hearing will include a review of the public way layout, as detailed in the Azalea Drive Street Acceptance Plan on file with the town’s Planning and Economic Development office, as well as discussion of any potential acquisition of land or easements related to snow, drainage, and utilities. The hearing will be held in the Sanford Room at Town Hall. For more information, call the selectmen’s office at 508-533-3264.

Ashland

2 residents sought for school subcommittee

The town’s School Committee is seeking two community representatives to serve on a subcommittee tasked with naming school district entities or memorials. Members will review two already submitted nominations and make final recommendations to the School Committee. The committee will consist of at least three community members, two school staff members, and one member of town government. Community members interested in applying can submit a request to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 87 West Union St., Ashland, MA 01721, or via e-mail to karenjohnson@ashland.k12.ma.us. For more information, visit the school district’s website at www.ashland.k12.ma.us

Belmont

Belmont to host 2d annual Dan Scharfman memorial run

The Belmont Foundation for Education will host the second annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run on Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Last year’s inaugural run raised $20,000 for Belmont’s public schools, according to a press release from the foundation. Scharfman was a local activist and runner who died in January 2013. Race participants can sign up for the 5K course or the 1-mile course, which both begin at Belmont High School at 221 Concord Ave. Visit www.fbe-belmont.org/race for more information or to register.

Carlisle

Sing with the Intergenerational Community Chorus

Area residents age 12 and older who like to sing are encouraged to learn about the Carlisle Intergenerational Community Chorus at open rehearsals on the next two Monday evenings. The regional ensemble does not require auditions; youths and adults at any level of skill or experience who enjoy choral music are welcome, organizers say. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Robbins Building on the Carlisle Public School campus (park and enter on the School Street side). The group will be preparing for its next public performance, which is in January. E-mail communitychorus@carlisle.k12.ma.us with any questions.

Shrewsbury

Workshop offers business tips

A workshop on small business ownership will be held in the Shrewsbury Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Conducted by Norman Eng of the US Small Business Administration, the session will offer information on how to start or expand a business, and what services are available for prospective and current business owners. Eng will also cover loan programs, disaster assistance, and small business development centers, among other topics.

Franklin

Dedication, tours of new high school

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.

Medfield

Town festival, road races Saturday

The Medfield Employers & Merchants Organization will host its 35th annual Discover Medfield Day on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. There will be more than 150 booths representing local businesses and organizations, and a stage featuring entertainment until 3 p.m., along with a “kids’ alley’’ of rides that will be open until 4 p.m. Also, the Medfield Day 5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run, organized by the town’s Parks & Recreation Department, will begin on North Street, with same-day registration starting at 7:30 a.m. The fun run will start at 8:30 a.m., and the 5-kilometer race will step off at 9 a.m. If there is severe weather, Discover Medfield Day events will be postponed to Sept. 27. More information is available at www.medfieldmemo.org and www.medfieldrec.com.

Littleton

Mizzoni gets interim seat on school board

At a joint meeting last week, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee voted to appoint Michael Mizzoni to fill a vacancy on the school board created by the resignation of Paul Avella in June. Mizzoni will hold the interim position until the town election next spring.

Wrentham

A chance to wear Super Bowl rings

The Holly Club, a women’s service and fellowship organization, is selling tickets for a raffle offering hands-on access to National Football League championship rings. The club will be selling tickets at the Post Office, 100 Randall Road, on Saturday and again on Oct. 11 and 25. The drawing will be held on Nov. 4, and the raffle winner may invite up to five people to view and try on three Super Bowl rings and three American Football Conference championship rings. Raffle tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five tickets.

Bedford

Community celebration Saturday

The annual community celebration known as Bedford Day takes place Saturday at locations throughout the center of town. Featured events include the Danny Oates Memorial 5K Race, a parade, a crafts fair, food vendors, and recognition of Alma Pomponi as the Citizen of the Year. New this year will be a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation program, with prior recipients honored in the parade. For more information on Bedford Day, go to www.bedfordma.gov and click on the Recreation link.

Milford

Forum on plans for downtown

Citizens for Milford, a volunteer community group, will host a discussion on downtown revitalization efforts during a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Milford Town Library. Highway surveyor Scott Crisafulli will discuss plans for adding year-round holiday decorations to Main Street. Other topics include proposed changes to Town Meeting, and plans for a forum in October for candidates for state senator and representative. More information about the group is available online at www.citizensformilford.com.

Norfolk

Fall fair at Stony Brook on Saturday

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is holding its annual fall fair at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include face painting, pumpkin painting, cupcake decorating, games, and a moon bounce. There will also be animal demonstrations featuring owls, rabbits, and honeybees. Local crafters will offer wares, and there will be a wool-spinning demonstration. The Norfolk Lions Club will offer cookout food, including corn on the cob. New this year is a duck derby, cosponsored by the Norfolk Community League. The cost to enter a rubber duck in the race is $5 for one or $20 for five, with prizes of $500, $250, and $100 for first through third places. More information is available at www.massaudubon.org/stonybrook.

Hopkinton

Sign up for fall arts classes

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts is enrolling students in its fall education programs, with offerings in art, dance, film, music, and theater for children and adults. Classes are held at the nonprofit organization’s historic farmhouse at 98 Hayden Rowe St. The season includes new options in the visual and performing arts, according to an announcement. Programs include a newly designed ballet dance program taught by instructor Nathalie Navert and classes in acting, drawing, music theory, filmmaking, photography, and cartooning. For more information, visit www.hopartscenter.org or call 508-435-9222.

Milford

Fewer students this fall, district says

The town’s schools reopened last week with 4,170 students attending classes on the first day, according to Superintendent Robert Tremblay. The total is a decrease of 30 students from opening day last fall, and also slightly lower than two years ago, he said. For 30 years, the district has had few fluctuations in its enrollment, Tremblay said, generally staying close to 4,200 students. Woodland Elementary School, which will be replaced with a larger school that accommodates an additional grade level, opened with 30 more students than it had last year, Tremblay said. The existing building has no room to split up larger classes, he reported to the School Committee. Plans for Woodland’s replacement school, which will house third, fourth, and fifth grades, were approved by voters this year.

Holliston

A story behind cafe’s gold lights

The tiny gold lights decorating Jasper Hill Café & Bistro on Washington Street are a conscious choice. The lights, installed by owner Denise Tracy last week, are a symbol of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and in memory of her late nephew, Cole. The boy died in 2012 at age 5 of neuroblastoma, a cancer that primarily affects children, she said. Last year, Tony Stoddard, who is Cole’s father and Tracy’s brother, arranged to have the Zakim Bridge in Boston switched to gold lights for a week. The downtown cafe will keep its gold lights illuminated nightly for the rest of the month. Denise and John Tracy purchased the business earlier this year.

Sherborn

Pine Hill School to host 5K

The Pine Hill 5K and Fun Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 as a fund-raiser to benefit educational programs at the Pine Hill School. The inaugural event last year drew about 200 participants, and organizers say the number this time could reach 300 runners and walkers. Individuals and teams, including sports clubs and family members, can register for the race as timed runners or untimed walkers or runners. The first 200 registered participants will receive a T-shirt and other items. Kids may run in the race, but bicycles are not allowed. For registration information, visit www.pinehillcsa.org.

Dover

Farm’s purchase on warrant Monday

Residents taking part in Special Town Meeting on Monday will decide whether the town should pursue a purchase of a 27-acre farm at 46 Springdale Ave. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Dover-Sherborn High School’s Alan Mudge Auditorium. The two-article warrant asks whether residents will authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase the land, known as the Snyder property, using a combination of borrowed funds and cash transfers, and to appoint a committee that would study possible uses for the land. The $5.55 million purchase would block plans for a Chapter 40B affordable housing project on the site. If voters decide against buying the land, property owner James Snyder would be able to sell it to Northland Residential Corp., which has proposed a development with 40 condominium town houses. If the purchase receives the required two-thirds majority at Town Meeting, a proposal to pay for it through a temporary property-tax increase would go before voters in the Nov. 4 election.

Marshfield

Proposal would allow upper-story housing

Town Meeting on Oct. 27 will be asked to approve a series of zoning changes that includes allowing non-age-restricted housing above commercial uses in the district off Route 139 and Proprietors Drive. Town Planner Greg Guimond said in an interview that the district was always intended to be mixed-use, but when it was created, age-restricted housing for older adults was the only housing allowed. Residential units over commercial buildings would be limited to 75 units for the district, he said. The district is known as the planned mixed-use development overlay district or PMUD. The Planning Board will hear a presentation on the changes during its Sept. 22 meeting, and the board will hold a hearing at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Town Hall. In addition, Guimond will be available in the planning office Sept. 15 and 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., to provide copies, explain changes, and answer questions.

Harvard

Meet town’s past luminaries by moonlight

The Harvard Historical Society will sponsor a “living history” moonlight tour of the cemetery in the center of town Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Tales of local historical figures of the 19th and early 20th centuries will be featured. Rain would postpone the fund-raising event until 7 p.m. next Sunday. Reservations should be made in advance by calling the society’s administrator, Judy Warner, at 978-772-6772, or by e-mailing curator@harvardhistory.org. Advance tickets will cost $15, or $10 for society members; the fees will rise by $5 if purchased at the event. The proceeds will be earmarked to support the nonprofit organization’s programs, including maintaining historic buildings and collections. For more information, visit www.harvardhistory.org.

Ayer

Curbside trash collection curbed

Based on input from a committee studying the issue, the Board of Selectmen has decided not to pursue a plan for the town to offer curbside trash collection for residents. The Department of Public Works notes that 38 percent of residents use the town’s transfer station to dispose of their trash and recycling, and others pay private vendors to pick up household waste.

Belmont

Concert to feature swing-era music

Local big-band musicians will perform Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in a benefit concert at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St. The event will feature town resident Al Natale — a trumpet player who performed with 1940s icons such as Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, and Glen Miller — leading his swing orchestra. Tickets cost $10 at the door, and proceeds from the concert will support the Beech Street Center’s community programs and services.

Upton

Heritage Day on the town common Sept. 27

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.

Arlington

Register for community education classes

Registration is open for fall activities for children and adults being offered by Arlington Community Education, a self-supporting program of the town’s school district. Visit www.arlingtoncommunityed.org to view a catalog of its classes, which include instruction in dance, art, technology, driver’s education, and SAT prep. Classes for children include language, cooking, and science. Registration is available online for adult and youth classes, and by phone at 781-316-3568 for adult classes only.

Lexington

Flu shots for seniors on Sept. 24

Town residents over the age of 60 can receive a flu shot for free on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Keilty Hall, 1997 Massachusetts Ave. Participants with health coverage are asked to bring insurance cards, although coverage is not required to receive a vaccine. Contact Gerard Cody, director of the town’s Health Division, at 781-698-4503 with any questions, or check the town’s website, www.lexingtonma.gov.

Lexington

Show to feature Korean-American art

The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society will open a two-week exhibition of Korean-American art Saturday, when a reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the society’s gallery at 130 Waltham St. Presented by the Korean Cultural Society of Boston, the show will run through Oct. 5, and feature almost 30 pieces by contemporary Korean-American artists from the area. This will be the second annual exhibition by the Korean Cultural Society, which also organizes traditional dances and concerts. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 781-862-9696, or visit www.kcsboston.org or www.lacsma.org.

Ashland

Theater troupe offers acting classes

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.

Plainville

Forum to explore gambling issues, resources

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.

Medway

Town yard sale to aid holiday festivities

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.

Bellingham

Wine-and-cheese fund-raiser at library

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 .

Ashland

Bid for town’s Marathon entries

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.

Medway

Back-to-school writing workshop at library

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.

Shrewsbury

Family festival next weekend

The annual St. Mary Family Festival will be hosted next weekend by the parish at Main and Summer streets. The community event includes games, kids’ activities, food, face painting, and contests. Festival hours are Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and next Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, a 5-kilometer run and fitness walk will be held at 10 a.m., preceded by a kids’ quarter-mile fun run at 9:45 a.m. Same-day registration is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. There will also be a quiz competition for teams of four on Saturday at 8 p.m. The team entry fee is $80; register in advance on the parish website, www.stmarysparish.org.

Ayer

Town Meeting warrant open

Warrant articles may be submitted for the fall Town Meeting until Oct. 3, when the paperwork for citizen petitions is due in the town clerk’s office by 12:30 p.m. The Town Meeting will convene at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Town Hall.

Harvard

New committee for Town Hall work

The Board of Selectmen recently set up a Town Hall Construction Committee and is expected to appoint its five members soon. The committee will work with the board on fine-tuning design plans for a proposed scaled-down rehabbing of Town Hall, as well as selecting a general contractor.

Upton

Sign up for fall fitness classes

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.

Plainville

Animal shelter to hold yard sale

The 4 Paws Animal Shelter is holding its annual yard sale Saturday and next Sunday at 69 South St. The shelter is accepting donations toward the sale, which will benefit its programs. The group cannot accept clothing, upholstered goods, stuffed animals, or exercise equipment. Those unable to drop off items can make arrangements for pickup by calling 508-695-1751. For more information, visit the shelter’s website, 4-pawsanimalshelter.org.

Sherborn

‘Last Party’ to benefit library

The Friends of the Sherborn Library will host “The Last Party of the Summer” from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The event, which will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, will be held on the lawn of the Sherborn Inn. Tickets are $50. All proceeds will help support library programs and improvements. Purchase tickets at www.last-party-of-summer.eventbrite.com.

Sherborn

Learn how to make wire jewelry

The Sherborn Library is offering a three-part course on making wire jewelry, with classes to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 15. Participants will learn how to incorporate wire with beads to produce bangle bracelets, earrings, or necklaces, and which wire to select for various projects. The teacher is Andrea Alyse, from the Danforth Museum faculty. She is a well-known bead artist and has been featured in Bead and Button magazine, according to the museum faculty listing. Registration is limited to 12 participants. There is a $15 fee for materials. To register, call the Sherborn Library at 508-653-0770 or e-mail Donna Bryant at referencelibrarian@comcast.net.

Wrentham

Wreath-laying service at 9/11 memorial

A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 9/11 memorial in front of Town Hall, 79 South St. The ceremony will be led by members of Boy Scouts Troop 131, and will include a moment of silence.

Norfolk

Self-defense classes for women

Three women’s self-defense courses are being offered this fall by the Police Department. Sessions designed for women ages 18 and older, including mothers and daughters, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays beginning Sept. 15 , and from 9 a.m. to noon on four Saturdays beginning Oct. 18. The third class is aimed at older women, and will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on four Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17 at the senior center. The Police Department is also planning a course for teens over the winter break, with dates to be announced. Registrations for the Monday and Saturday courses can be completed through the town Recreation Department’s website, virtualnorfolk.org/rec; sign up for the Wednesday course at the senior center. More information on the classes is available by e-mailing Officer Michelle Palladini at mpalladini@virtualnorfolk.org.

Medfield

Friends planning two-day book sale

The Friends of the Medfield Library will be holding a book sale at the library, 468 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There are also members-only sale hours both days extending to 9 p.m. Books, CDs, DVDs, and more will be available, and the sale’s proceeds support the library’s book collection, adult and child programs, museum passes, and other offerings.

Littleton

Deadline for seats on town boards

Applications are due by Friday for volunteer positions on the town’s Economic Development Committee, Council on Aging, Cultural Council, and Disability Committee. Appointments will be made by the Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 22 meeting. Application forms are available online at www.littletonma.org or in the board’s office at 37 Shattuck St.

Carlisle

Time to check safety preparations

September is National Preparedness Month, and Fire Chief David Flannery urges residents to familiarize themselves with safety recommendations posted on the town’s website, www.carlislema.gov, and to consider improvements to their household preparations for responding to a natural disaster or other emergency. The list includes signing up for the community’s “reverse 911” notification system. In the event of a local emergency, a message is sent to registered phone numbers with information or instructions.

Bedford

Two final charter review meetings

After a series of hearings over the summer, the town’s Charter Review Committee is planning to hold two more Thursday evening meetings before submitting any recommendations for adjusting municipal operations to the Board of Selectmen on Sept. 22. The public sessions are slated for 7:30 p.m. this week and Sept. 18 in Town Hall. The mission of the nine-member committee, chaired by Town Moderator Betsey Anderson, is to examine differences between the charter and current practices, clarify any ambiguities, and suggest changes that could improve current town government practices. Any recommendations that receive support from selectmen would be placed before voters at Special Town Meeting this fall, and the annual town election in March. Ultimately, any changes winning approval would be reviewed by the state attorney general’s office before taking effect. The town’s charter includes a requirement that it be reviewed every five years, and that the municipal bylaws be included in the review process every 10 years.

Lexington

Art-A-Blooming returns next weekend

The Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and the Lexington Field & Garden Club will present their 13th biennial Art-A-Blooming exhibition next weekend. Visitors will be able to view 30 floral displays created by garden club members as interpretations of works by the society’s members in a variety of media. The display, modeled after Art-in-Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through next Sunday in the society’s building, at 130 Waltham St. Admission and parking are free.

Arlington

Town to celebrate night and day

The community will celebrate Town Night on Friday and Town Day on Saturday in Arlington Center with festivities including live music, an art sale, dog show, displays, family activities, food, and fireworks. The events Friday will start around 5 p.m., with the fireworks to go off around dusk, while the Saturday events will kick off at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The lineup includes Art on the Green, which will be set up on the lawn in front of the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum and Jefferson Cutter House, at 611 Massachusetts Ave. Free parking is available in the lot behind the museum. More details are posted online at www.town.arlington.ma.us.

Hopkinton

Work around Town Hall renovations

Renovations to Town Hall will affect how visitors can access the building for the next several weeks. The work, which began Aug. 29, will include a renovation of the basement, replacement of the slate roof, and rehabilitation of exterior masonry. A temporary closure of the sidewalk in front of the building will require pedestrian traffic to be rerouted. The entrance to the parking lot behind the building may also be closed for periods, when the lot’s exit will be used by all traffic. Access to the Town Hall basement, which is the wheelchair-accessible route for the building, will be closed on occasion. Town Hall staff will provide assistance to anyone who needs help in accessing town offices, according to a notice published on the town’s website, www.hopkintonma.gov; it suggests calling 508-497-9738 before visiting Town Hall to coordinate assistance. If immediate help is needed, contact the town manager’s office at 508-497-9700.

Franklin

Coliform bacteria removed from water

The town’s water system recently tested positive for coliform bacteria, town officials report. In response to the results, officials increased chlorine levels and flushed the affected areas of the water system. Follow-up testing did not indicate the continued presence of the bacteria. Residents do not need to boil water or take other corrective actions. For more information, call Laurie Ruszala, the town’s water and sewer superintendent, at 508-520-4910.

Lexington

Groundbreaking for community center

Local officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the town’s first community center Thursday at 10 a.m. The property at 39 Marrett Road , formerly the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry’s regional headquarters, was acquired by the town last year for almost $11 million, and Town Meeting voted last fall to appropriate more than $3 million to renovate the building. Light refreshments will be served during the 45-minute ceremony; RSVP to Cathy Severance at 781-698-4544 or cseverance@lexingtonma.gov.

Belmont

Gallery reception for ‘Animals in Art’

The Belmont Gallery of Art will kick off its 10th season with a reception on Sept. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception will showcase “Animals in Art,” a celebration of pets and wildlife in paintings, sculpture, photography collage, and other media that opens next Sunday at the gallery, on the third floor of the Homer Municipal Building, 19 Moore St. Ten percent of proceeds from artwork sales will go to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — Angell Animal Medical Center. For details, visit www.belmontgallery.org .

Ashland

Report trouble spots through app

Residents can now report nonemergency problems to the town using the Commonwealth Connect app on their smartphone or other mobile device. The program can be used to notify local officials of such issues as abandoned vehicles, damaged curbs or sidewalks, graffiti, potholes, traffic- or street-light problems, and others. Users can upload a photo with each service request to illustrate the precise problem. Customer service requests are routed to town staff; once users have sent a report, they can check the status of the issue online and will receive an e-mail notification once it has been resolved. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play websites. To use the service through the town’s website, visit www.ashlandmass.com/feedback.

Upton

Help form plans for new library

The Upton Town Library’s board of trustees is looking for residents to serve on a committee charged with investigating, planning, and designing a new facility. The board is specifically looking for volunteers with professional experience in architecture, interior design, real estate, and finance. The feasibility committee will conduct a two-year planning and design process, meeting approximately twice per month, and more frequently as necessary. The board is also planning to hold focus groups, surveys, and open meetings to solicit input from the community on a new library. For more information, visit the library’s website, www.uptonlibrary.org.

Medway

Town clearing bacteria from water

Town officials reported that total coliform bacteria were found in water samples taken at and near Medway High School earlier this month. Officials believe that the presence is a result of the activation of a water line at the rear of the school building, coupled with a scheduled exercise conducted by the town’s Fire Department, which may have caused biological matter adhering to pipe walls to detach and enter the water flow. The town plans to increase chlorination levels and flush the water system in the area, and take repeat samples until the issue is resolved. Residents do not need to boil water or take other corrective actions. For more information, call Thomas Holder, director of the town’s Department of Public Services, at 508-533-3275; Stephanie Bacon, the town health agent, at 508-922-4142; or the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

Bellingham

Five-week course on retirement planning

The town’s Senior Center is hosting a five-part session on retirement strategies starting Sept. 16 and continuing weekly through Oct. 14. The course provides information on how to build wealth in order to accomplish long-term goals, with its topics including how to save for retirement, save money on taxes, manage investment risks, protect assets from potential health care expenses, and create estate plan documents. The classes will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Senior Center, 40 Blackstone St. For more information or to sign up, visit or call the center at 508-966-0398.

Shrewsbury

New rules for arranging rides

The town’s Council on Aging has a new transportation policy that will go into effect on Oct. 1. Under the policy, those wishing to use the council’s van service must schedule transportation at least 48 hours in advance. Americans with Disabilities Act passengers are an exception; they may call for next-day transportation until 4:30 p.m. The revised policy can be viewed at www.shrewsbury-ma.gov.

Arlington

Moonlight beach party Saturday

The Arlington Parks Alliance and town recreation officials are hosting a festive fund-raiser, “Moonlight Beach Party @ the Res,’’ Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. The event, which was rescheduled from its original date of July 26, will include music, food, dancing, a live auction, and raffles at the Arlington Reservoir beach off Lowell Street. Tickets cost $65, or $120 per couple, and proceeds will support upkeep and improvements for the community’s green spaces. Visit www.arlingtonparks.org or call 781-316-3880 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Newton

Allergy talk at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Dr. Curtis Moody will give a presentation and answer questions about food allergies and severe allergic reactions on Sept. 16 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. The free talk, sponsored by the local chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, begins at 7 p.m. The presentation will include an explanation of how to prevent, recognize, and treat life-threatening severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis, which can also occur from allergies to stinging insects, medications, and latex. Moody will also discuss how to decide when to use epinephrine, a life-saving medication that comes in auto-injector devices. Moody, an allergist, has offices in Brookline and Concord, and serves as a medical adviser to the Metro-Boston Allergy and Asthma Educational Support Group. More information about the talk or the support group is available by calling 781-444-7778 or online at www.asthmaandallergies.org. Free copies of “Eating Out with Food Allergies,”and checklists for managing food allergies in schools and child-care facilities are also available from the group.

Lexington

Munroe Center plans open house

The Munroe Center for the Arts is holding its annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can try their hand at the pottery wheel, learn about painting from a local artist, observe dance classes, learn about martial arts, and register for classes offered by the nonprofit community center, which is at 1403 Massachusetts Ave. Contact Nancy Sofen at nancy.sofen@munroecenter.org with any questions.

Belmont

Library offers free knitting workshop

The Belmont Public Library will host a free eight-week knitting workshop on Friday afternoons starting Sept. 19. The classes on basic knitting techniques will be led by Lisa Piel from noon to 1 p.m. through Nov. 14, with no session on Oct. 17. The Friends of the Belmont Public Library will provide materials. Space is limited to 10 participants. Sign up by Sept. 12 at www.belmont.lib.ma.us or by calling 617-993-2570.

Milford

Move delays start of after-school program

The Milford Youth Center’s after-school program did not begin immediately with Tuesday’s start of classes for the new school year. It is slated to move into a temporary location this fall on Congress Street, under a lease expected to be signed soon by the Board of Selectmen. Town officials are negotiating what is expected to be a one-year lease for a building at 25-27 Congress St., next to the Salvation Army headquarters, according to Town Administrator Richard Villani. The move will allow renovation work to proceed on the Milford Youth Center building on Pearl Street. The date for the reopening of the after-school programs had not been set. The building on Congress Street, most recently used as a church, will allow some indoor programs to continue, including the homework help center.

Dover

Board to discuss farm plan Wednesday

The Board of Selectmen has called a public meeting for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Town House to discuss plans for the town to purchase a 27-acre farm property, setting the stage for votes on two articles related to the proposal at Special Town Meeting. The first article seeks authorization for the board to purchase the land at 46 Springdale Ave., known as the Snyder property, and to cover the acquisition through borrowing or transfer of funds. The second would have selectmen appoint an ad-hoc committee to study possible uses for the property. Special Town Meeting convenes at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Dover-Sherborn High School. Last month, the selectmen voted to exercise the town’s right of first refusal to purchase the land. Its owner, James Snyder, has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement with Northland Residential Corp., which proposes to build 40 condominiums under the state’s Chapter 40B affordable-housing program.

Plainville

Sports group plans golf tourney

The Plainville Athletic League will hold its annual golf tournament Oct. 3 at the Wentworth Hills Country Club. Same-day registration will start at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. tee time. The cost is $125, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, dinner, and prizes. The fund-raising event will include raffles and awards in such categories as “longest drive” and “closest to the pin,” as well as a $10,000 hole-in-one chance. For more information on playing in, volunteering for, or becoming a tournament sponsor, the organization’s website, www.palonline.org.

Harvard

Farmers market open on Saturdays

The Harvard Farmers Market has opened for the season, with a wide range of locally grown produce, bakery goods, meats, and other items for sale on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon in the parking lot at Hildreth Elementary School, off Massachusetts Avenue. It will return weekly through Oct. 25, with the exception of Oct. 11, on Columbus Day weekend.

Franklin

Harvest Festival deadline Friday

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is seeking crafters, entertainers, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for its 12th annual Harvest Festival, with registrations for booth space due by Friday. Organizers say they expect more than 6,000 visitors to attend this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include food, music, arts and crafts displays, and a variety of activities, with special events at the fire station and the Franklin Historical Museum. Businesses and individuals interested in helping to sponsor the festival can contact the partnership at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com or 774-571-3109. For registration forms and more information, visit www.franklindowntownpartnership.org or e-mail Terri Frank at terrifrank1@gmail.com.