The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition held its annual statewide “Against the Tide” multi-sport events at Hopkinton State Park, June 16. Participants enjoyed competitive and recreational swimming, paddleboarding, and kayaking. The event also offered an Aquathon “Splash and Dash,” in which participants completed a 1-mile swim and immediately followed it up with a 5k or 10k run. This year, the event raised $46,553 in support of the nonprofit’s goal of breast cancer prevention. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s next fund-raising event will be held at Nickerson State Park in Brewster Aug. 18. For more information, visit www.mbcc.org/swim.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, located at 11 French Drive, is offering free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays throughout June, July, and August. Visitors can enjoy formal gardens, woodland trails, art shows, tours of the flowers in bloom, and views of the Wachusett Reservoir. Tower Hill also offers green spaces for picnicking and a farm-fresh café, featuring specials like German bratwurst and charcuterie platters of fine cured meats and cheeses. Make a visit to the garden a full family affair by bringing the kids along to participate in scavenger hunts, self-guided activities, and lawn games. Other activities include “Yoga in the Gardens” and “Firefly Walks.” For more information, please visit towerhillbg.org or call 508-869-6111.
Four fifth-grade girls from Lexington have invented a quick, easy, and inexpensive way aimed at determining if well water is contaminated after a flood. Their testing device landed them a spot as one of 20 teams selected as semi-finalists in the eighth annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award Competition. The RoboGirls — Surina Patel, Asha Banerji, Juhi Kundu, and Juliette Clausen — said they created the Flood Water Level Detector so people affected by floods can avoid long waits for expensive lab tests before drinking water after a natural disaster. Their easy-to-build device can be made for about $4.50 using wooden sticks, nails, stiff wire, two flexible wires, a clamp, and two empty water bottles. The young engineers created a website, www.cleanwellwater.org, with instructions on how to replicate their device at home.
Sherborn Library, at 4 Sanger St., will kick off summer reading season Wednesday, June 27, at 4 p.m., with a show from Ed the Wizard, a magician who teaches kids about reading with tricks and magic. At the event, students can sign up for the “Libraries Rock!” summer reading series. Kids in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade choose a reading goal and receive prizes when they complete it. For teens in grades six to 12, the library is offering scratch tickets for a chance to win prizes from local area businesses. This summer, the library is offering incentives to engage with summer reading beyond Sherborn. If you’re out of town, send a postcard to the library with what you’re doing and what you’re reading for a chance to win gift certificates from local businesses. Book logs, bookmarks, fun sheets, and flyers with all the summer activities are available for all visitors. For more information, sherbornlibrary.org.
Residents of Medway are invited to a community forum Monday, June 25, about the town’s Open Space & Recreation Plan. At the meeting, residents can share their thoughts and ideas about local open spaces, land, natural resources, and recreational facilities and discuss goals and priorities for the new recreation plan. Attendees will also be asked to provide comments on the draft of the seven-year action plan. The meeting will be held in the lower level meeting room at Medway Public Library, 26 High St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. For more information, call 508-533-3291.
SmileDirectClub has opened a SmileShop in Natick to provide locals with a new option for dental care. The SmileDirectClub service connects customers looking for something other than traditional braces to correct their teeth to a dentist or orthodontist in their own backyards. According to the company, aligners that are all but invisible can get the job done in an average of six months. Customers can go to a local SmileShop for a 3D digital scan and to receive a personalized plan. The Natick SmileShop is located at 1400 Worcester St. For more information, visit smiledirectclub.com.Zipporah Osei can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.