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Rick Moody

Nov. 3

Free to all!

Award-winning ‘The Ice Storm’ author Rick Moody to discuss his latest novel at Clark University, 950 Main St.

Award-winning author Rick Moody will discuss and read from his latest, highly acclaimed novel, “Hotels of North America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, at Clark University.

The event, presented by the English department at Clark, is free and open to the public.

Hiram Frederick “Rick” Moody, is an American novelist and short story writer known for the 1994 bestselling novel “The Ice Storm,” a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families set in 1973, which was also made into a feature film of the same title. His first novel, “Garden State,” was the winner of the 1991 Pushcart Press Editor’s Choice Award.

Many of Moody’s works have been praised by fellow writers and critics alike, and in 1999 The New Yorker chose him as one of America’s most talented young writers, listing him on their “20 Writers for the 21st Century” list.
“Hotels of North America,” Moody’s sixth novel, is described as “a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online hotel reviews.”

It follows protagonist Reginald Edward Morse through his top-rated reviews, revealing more about his life than just details of hotels. Reginald’s sudden disappearance leaves behind his carefully constructed virtual presence, which Moody crafts into a novel about identity, intimacy, loneliness and love.
Dwight Garner, of The New York Times, said the book “is Moody’s best novel in many years,” and described it as “a little book of irony, wit and heartbreak… a close examination of the middle-aged American male in sexual, emotional and financial free fall.”

Moody has taught in several writing programs across the country; he is currently a lecturer at New York University. His work has appeared in several publications including Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker. Moody is the recipient of several awards including a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Free Screening of award-winning doc ‘My Father’s Vietnam’ at Clark U, Nov. 9

Free!

Clark will host a screening and discussion of the documentary film “My Father’s Vietnam,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Razzo Hall, 92 Downing Street.

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Soren Sorensen, a visiting lecturer of the Visual and Performing Arts department at Clark.

The discussion will also include Rik Carlson, who actively protested the Vietnam War, and David Carlson, an Iraq War Veteran who is currently the coordinator of Student Veteran Services at the University of Vermont.

Since its world premiere at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), screenings at festivals around the country have resulted in tearful interactions, expressions of empathy and deeply moving reflections among Vietnam Veterans and their loved ones.

The film, Sorensen’s first feature-length effort, focuses on the filmmaker’s father, Peter Sorensen, and two men he served with who were killed in Vietnam in 1970. “My Father’s Vietnam,” which took home Best Picture (Documentary) at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival in Florida, deliberately eschews sensationalism in favor of subtlety.

“The Vietnam Era is the backdrop for a lot of big, infamous movies,” said Sorensen. “I deliberately made a quieter, more intimate Vietnam War film not only about my father’s year in Vietnam but also about our country’s connection to war in a broad sense.”

The director added, “The film is really about war’s destructive impact on human relationships before, during, and after these wars are waged.”

“My Father’s Vietnam,” which won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 RIIFF, was recently released on Blu-ray, DVD, and multiple Video-On-Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

Sorensen concluded, “As personal as the film is, I think that my family’s story is not at all uncommon. This isn’t just my father’s story or my story. It’s everyone’s story.”

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The City of Worcester

Worcester is beginning the process of developing its Annual Action Plan for the federal entitlement grant period of July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.

Applications will therefore be solicited from potential grant sub-recipients interested addressing priority needs identified in the City of Worcester Five (5) Year Consolidated Plan (2015 – 2020).

A Request for Proposal (RFP) for Yr. 43 / City FY 18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant funds will be published on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Proposals that address eligible CDBG activities through Public Services or Public Facility & Improvements will be considered.

RFPs for the HOPWA and ESG grant programs will also be published simultaneously.

The RFPs will be due to the City no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

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A FREE MOVIE SCREENING OF REFUGEE: THE ERITREAN EXODUS

Wednesday, November 16

7:00 – 8:15pm

WEST BOYLSTON CINEMA

101 WEST BOYLSTON ST.

WEST BOYLSTON

5 pm

This film follows Chris Cotter,
an American traveler, as he
searches for answers about
the country’s seldom reported
refugee crisis. In his search,
Cotter explores a common
migration path through
Ethiopia into Israel, tracking
the plight of Eritrean
Refugees.

Chris and his crew
visit several refugee camps
including the never-before
documented Afar region. The
film brings the viewer on a
common migration path that
many Eritreans desperately
undertake for the slim hope
of freedom and security.

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The Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square
508.799.1655
mywpl.org

The Worcester Public Library Presents
Art Lessons with Visual Artist Bayda Asbridge

FREE!!!

Three-part series is for children ages 7 to 12.

The Worcester Public Library will welcome local artist Bayda Asbridge for a series of art lessons for children from 7 to 12 years of age.

The programs will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, October 29, November 26, and December 31.

Participants can sign up at the Children’s Desk.

The lesson for October 29 will be an Autumn Painting Party. For November 26 the lesson will celebrate Picture Book Month. Finally, for December 31 there will be an Arabian Nights themed lesson.

About Bayda Asbridge:

Bayda Asbridge is a multi-media artist and educator. She teaches art and craft at Worcester Art Museum and Worcester Craft Center. Bayda tailors her classes to be suitable for a wide age range of children; and ensures that classes are fun, engaging, and creative.

The event is free and open to the public.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

For more information on the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit mywpl.org.

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As many of you know, Mass Audubon plays a key role in science education here it the City and perhaps an even expanding role with our Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and newly opened Barbara Elliott Fargo Education Center.

This year Mass Audubon is holding their statewide annual meeting here in Worcester at the Hanover Theatre and we would love to attract hundreds and hundreds of Worcester boosters and fans.

Several local area folks are being recognized so that is reason to promote.

Please consider joining in…the more the merrier!

Thanks for considering if you can come- spread the word in any case!

Deb Cary, Executive Director
Broad Meadow Brook

Meeting Agenda

4:00 pm

Light refreshments prior to the evening’s program

4:30 pm
Business meeting and election of new Directors

Awards and Recognition
Audubon A Award
Noel Mann
Bryan Windmiller
MA Division of Ecological Restoration
Worcester Tree Initiative

Allen H. Morgan Memorial Award
Allen W. Fletcher

Conservation Teacher of the Year Awards
Lynn Fiandaca – Fall Brook Elementary School, Leominster
Melinda Forist – Monomoy Regional Middle School, Chatham
Stacey Hill – Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester

President’s Award
The Bobolink Project

Remarks and Reflections
Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Reception immediately following with hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine bar

About Anita Walker

Anita Walker has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) since April 2007. Walker is the Commonwealth’s highest ranking cultural official, overseeing a range of grant programs, services, and advocacy for the arts,humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.

Anita has raised the visibility of the nonprofit creative sector as a driving force for growth and prosperity in Massachusetts. She led advocacy for the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, which has invested $82 million in arts and cultural building projects statewide over eight years. CFF grants are leveraging more than $1.9 billion in spending on cultural building projects, providing more than 19,000 jobs, restoring many important historic structures, and attracting more than 18 million cultural tourists to Massachusetts annually.

Walker also led the development of MCC’s new UP Initiative to support organizations that recognize the power of inclusive design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and embrace inclusivity as core to their mission. The intent is to generate transformational experiences for participants that will not only build capacity but fuel insight and action.

Open House at Broad Meadow Brook
2:30 pm (before the meeting)

Please join us for an Open House celebration at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary prior to the meeting, beginning at 2:30 pm. Enjoy a tour of the wildlife sanctuary, visit the new Barbara E. Fargo Education Center, and help celebrate the 25 years in Worcester.

Transportation from Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts and back will be available. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604.

Kindly RSVP* by Tuesday, November 1

RSVP By Phone: 781-259-2133
RSVP By Email: emcbride@massaudubon.org

*Please let us know if you will be joining us for the open house at Broad Meadow Brook and if you have any transportation needs.

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Nature is yummy! (And HEALING!!)

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Flower Mandala

At Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary!!!

Sunday, May 22!!!

414 Massasoit Road, Worcester

www.massaudubon.org

AN EVENING OF HEALING WITH NATURE

Experience yoga surrounded by the serenity of nature. Do a walking meditation on the trails. Learn about mandalas and meditation. Try some coloring. Enjoy an art exhibit.
 

 
Whether your back aches from sitting too long at your desk or your heart aches from a recent (or past) loss, or your brain is fried from thinking too much, we all have healing to do, care we need to give ourselves.   
 
Recent studies have shown the healing, grounding and restorative power of nature.
 
Come to Broad Meadow Brook on May 22 for an evening of healing with nature.

Shari Solomon Yoga Instructor
 
4:30 – 5:30 pm – Yoga on the Sanctuary
 
Experience yoga surrounded by the serenity of nature and connect with your own inner sanctuary.

 
In this class, you will be encouraged to discover what each pose feels like from the inside, allowing you to just be as you are. 

The first half of the class will be about bringing stability and strength to a pose; the second half will be about stretching and relaxing into the pose.  This class is for all levels, age 16 and older. 

If you’ve been wanting to try yoga in a relaxed, non-competitive environment, this is a great time and place to do it.  (This class will be offered again June 26 and July 24, so if you enjoy this evening’s class, you can sign up for the others at a discounted rate.)
 
Owner of Cocoa Plum Yoga and a Registered Yoga Teacher, Shari Solomon has been teaching yoga since 2012 and practicing since 1978. She believes helping people to be healthy is a way to heal the world, and yoga is a way everyone can be healthier.   For more information about Cocoa Plum Yoga, visit cocoaplumyoga.com.

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Pre-registration is required and a minimum attendance of 3 is needed for the class to run.  To register, call 508-753-6087.

 
5:30 – 6:30 pm – With 430 acres and 5 miles of nature trails for all abilities, Broad Meadow Brook is New England’s largest urban wildlife sanctuary. 

Program registrants receive free admission to the wildlife sanctuary for the day and can explore the nature trails before or after class.  Do a walking meditation.  Count butterflies.  Listen to birdsong.  Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy it on our deck or at one of our picnic areas. 
 
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Flower Mandalas for Healing, Meditation and Coloring!
 

David J. Bookbinder

Nature photographer/author/psychotherapist David J. Bookbinder will present a slideshow of his award-winning flower mandalas, which he creates from his photographs of flowers. 

He will read from his book, “Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas: A Meditation”, then discuss the meditative and healing aspects of nature, mandala-making, and adult coloring. (There will be sample coloring pages for program participants.  Feel free to bring your pencils/markers.) 

For age 16 and older.  To learn more about David’s flower mandalas, visit davidbookbinder.com/flowermandalas.  This program is free for Mass Audubon members.  $5 for Nonmembers.  Pre-registration is required. To register, call 508-753-6087.

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7:30 – 8:00 pm – Opening Reception for David Bookbinder’s “Flower Mandalas” Photographic Exhibition
 
Meet the artist and celebrate Broad Meadow Brook’s newest exhibit, which will be on display through July.
David will have copies of his new book, “52 Flower Mandalas: An Adult Coloring Book for Inspiration and Stress Relief” for purchase and signing.  (First come, first served.)  Free and open to the public.  Registration not required.
 
Asiatic Lilly Coloring Page by David Bookbinder
 

Nature parked in A.I! … Enjoy Free Admission, Guided Nature Walks and Family Activities at Broad Meadow Brook this Saturday, April 9

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MASS AUDUBON CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

Enjoy Free Admission, Guided Nature Walks, and Family Friendly, Hands-on Activities at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary this Saturday, April 9.
 

Mass Audubon protects the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, through conservation, education and advocacy.  Their land conservation efforts have resulted in a system of wildlife sanctuaries that is now the largest private ownership of conserved land in Massachusetts. 

In addition to protecting critical habitat for native species, Mass Audubon’s land conservation efforts provide many quality-of-life benefits, including places to learn about and enjoy nature, like Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, aka “Your Sanctuary in the City.”

“Broad Meadow Brook is not only a wildlife sanctuary, but a place where people can find sanctuary, too,” says Outreach and Marketing Coordinator Janice Schlickman.  “You don’t have to plan for months, travel for hours, nor spend lots of money to get away, enjoy some recreation, reach for better health, and experience peace.  You can do it all right here, right now.  The nature trails are well marked and easy to travel; some are especially designed for folks with baby strollers and assistive devices, so the whole family can enjoy a walk together.”
 
This year marks 100 years of Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries …

… and on the 100th day of the year – Saturday, April 9 – Broad Meadow Brook is celebrating. 

Admission is free all day, and between 11 am and 2 pm, you can enjoy these special celebration activities:
 
Guided Nature Walks (Depart at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Get to know “Your Sanctuary in the City” with an experienced teacher-naturalist as your guide.  Walk along Broad Meadow Brook’s accessible and sensory trail, for all persons with all abilities.  Explore several habitats including a woodland forest, wetland and pond. This walk is appropriate for all ages and will last about one hour. Participants are welcome to continue their exploration on their own, when the walk concludes.
 
Hands-on, Nature-themed Activities (Ongoing from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Make your own pine cone bird feeder or create your own bookmarks using tracking stamps.  Read a nature story together.  Help create a list of “100 Great Things about Broad Meadow Brook”, by adding your thoughts on a butterfly shaped post-it.   Stop in the nature center, grab a trail map, scavenger hunt, Quest or Discovery booklet and embark on a self-guided exploration. 
 
With 5 miles of walking trails over 430 acres, Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is New England’s largest urban wildlife sanctuary.

Located at 414 Massasoit Road in Worcester, it is easily accessible from Routes 122, 20, 290 and the Mass Pike.  It is also on the WRTA Millbury bus line #22.  (The bus stops directly in front of the Nature Center.) 
 
“Most people can’t believe it once they finally get out on the sanctuary; they always wish they had found Broad Meadow Brook sooner,” says Schlickman.  “Don’t wait.  Carpe diem… and celebrate with us on April 9!”
 
To learn about Mass Audubon’s work and statewide system of sanctuaries, visit massaudubon.org.
 

Upcoming events at Worcester’s Broadmeadow Brook!

You must preregister for these wonderful activities!

REVEL IN NATURE!
 
A Sampling of Programs Offered by Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary!

414 Massasoit Rd.  Worcester, MA, 01604

tel. 508.753.6087  
email bmbrook@massaudubon.org
 
Programs are held at Broad Meadow Brook unless otherwise indicated.
 

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Friday Morning Birds

4/1/2016, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each week … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
 
Saturday-Morning Bird Walk for Adults

4/2/2016, 7:00 AM-9:30 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Explore the sanctuary grounds in search of birds during this program for casual and novice birders alike. Come discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails.  Bring binoculars and a field guide, or borrow them. Dress in layers for changeable weather. Wear sturdy shoes for the trailos.. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
 
First Saturday of the Month Volunteer Days at Broad Meadow Brook

4/2/2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: Free  

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information.  Some tasks may require heavy lifting.  Ability to work without supervision required.  Carpentry skills welcome.  Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information call 508.753.6087
 
Junior  Badge Workshop – Detective

4/2/2016, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Fee: $8 Child Members, $8 Child Non-members.  

Description: Broad Meadow Brook offers workshops for Junior badges and journeys. This program meets at the Visitor Center and includes indoor and outside trail activities. Come explore the Sensory Trail as you work on your badge! Due to limited space, please register at sfarnam@massaudubon.org or 508-753-6087 x15. Large troops are invited to arrange a separate workshop date.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.
  
 
Drawing from Nature: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration

4/3/2016 to 5/8/2016, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Fee: $150 Members, $180 Non-members. 
 
Description: Explore the natural wonders found at Broad Meadow Brook while learning traditional drawing techniques used by illustrators of natural science. Through lectures, demos, practice, guided critiques and assignments, students will learn how to render accurate black and white drawings of natural objects. This course is for anyone who wants to polish their drawing skills while learning about nature. Instructions for purchasing materials will be provided at registration. For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  Sponsored by Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

4/6/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers. Together with Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, fill bird feeders, tend the gardens, and distribute program information. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision required. Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.For more information call 508.753.6087
 
Discovering Nature as a Preschooler – Spring 2016  Monday Session II

4/11/2016 to 5/23/2016, 9:30 AM-12:00. No Class week of April 17

Fee: $100 Mass Audubon Child Members, $125 Child Non-members.  

Description: This six-week series of nature classes is designed for young children ages 4 to 5 unaccompanied by a parent. Each week we will explore nature through self discovery, games, activities, stories and crafts. Children will be guided through their hands on inquirybased explorations with one (or more) of our trained natural history guides. Join other children as we learn and play together and foster a lifelong love of nature in a safe environment. No class week of April 17. Monday session. For ages 4 to 5.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Third Week Wonders Preschool Series: Salamander Room

4/14/2016, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Fee: $3 Child Members, $4 Child Non-members, Adults Free  

Description: If you are between the ages of 3 and 5, bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. Choose from the third Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday of each month.Please dress for the weather and be prepared to go outside.
 
Nature Adventures for 5-7 Year Olds

4/14/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Mass Audubon Child Members, $12

Child Non-members.  

Description: Join us for a hands-on nature program designed especially for five, six, and seven year olds. Each month we’ll focus on a new nature topic. We’ll explore our nature topic indoors using investigations, crafts, and activities and outdoors in Broad Meadow Brook’s beautiful 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. These classes will provide in-depth learning in a supportive social environment. (Homeschool classes for 8-16 year olds meet at the same time.)   For ages 5 to 7.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Homeschool Programs at Broad Meadow

Brook – Vernal Pools

4/14/2016, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Fee: $8 Child Members, $12 Child Non-members.  

Description: Several sanctuary animals, such as the wood frogs and spotted salamanders, need seasonal pools to breed.  Explore a sanctuary pool, identify the amazing creatures that live there and learn what you can do to save these important pools in your “backyard.”  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring an extra set of clothes (just in case). Broad Meadow Brook’s homeschool programs offer a friendly, cooperative learning environment for people of all ages! Our homeschool programs are designed for the homeschooling family.  Parents are welcome to attend, students may stay on their own if a medical form is on file with the sanctuary. At the end of all programs, students will receive follow-up information and activities so the learning can continue at home. We look forward to learning with you! For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Millbury Days

4/16/2016, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Free to Millbury Residents

Residents of the town of Millbury receive free admission to Broad Meadow Brook four times a year, thanks to the generosity of Wheelabrator Millbury. “Millbury Days” celebrates the company’s longtime commitment to the sanctuary.  Drop in for a visit and walk the trails. For more information, call 508.753.6087.

April Vacation Week – Mon
4/18/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  

Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well. Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount. For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
4/20/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fee:  Free
Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon Director and other Mas Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, and fill bird feeders. Projects are mainly outside. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision require.  Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury. For more information call 508.753.6087
 
April Vacation Week – Wed
4/20/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  
Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well. Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount.   For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
 
Dance of the Woodcock

4/20/2016, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Fee: $5 Adult Members, $7 Adult Non-members, $3 Child Members, $5 Child Non-members.  

Description: Love is in the air as the sun sets in early spring and the male American woodcock, a member of the sandpiper family, performs his aerial mating display. We will visit breeding grounds at the sanctuary to view the performance of this spring ritual. As sunset nears, you can hear the male woodcock peenting before he spirals 300 feet up into the night sky. Don’t miss the spectacular show of this amazing shorebird!   For ages 8 and older.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Friday Morning Birds

4/22/2016 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each timek … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
April Vacation Week – Fri

4/22/2016, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Fee: $45 Mass Audubon Child Members, $55 Child Non-members.  

Description: Need something to do during school vacation week? Come to Broad Meadow Brook where we will explore the sanctuary to see what is waking up! Every day will feature a new theme, and this week promises to be filled with new discoveries and new friends as well.  Parent letter and medical form will be attached to your confirmation e-mail. All children must have a medical form on file. Children should bring a snack, lunch and water bottle. Sign up all five days and receive a discount. For ages 6 to 11.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook

4/27/2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Fee:  Free

Description: Help care for the sanctuary and enjoy a few hours of fresh air, fun and fulfillment.  Come once or every week and become part of our growing group of sanctuary volunteers.  Together with Mass Audubon Director Deb Cary and other Mass Audubon staff, put up signs and markers, look for wildlife tracks, pick up branches, and fill bird feeders. Projects are mainly outside. Some tasks may require heavy lifting. Ability to work without supervision require.  Carpentry skills welcome. Nature lovers appreciated. Sponsored by Wheelabrator Millbury.  For more information call 508.753.6087
 
Friday Morning Birds

4/29/2016 7:00 AM-9:00 AM

Fee: Free for Mass Audubon Adult Members, $5 Adult Non-members 

Description: Enjoy a leisurely birding experience and help document the sanctuary birds over the season. This time walk helps us confirm which birds are migrating and which are year-round residents. We’ll explore different corners of the sanctuary each time … you never know what we will find. Birders of all levels are invited.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  
 
Family Birdwalk at Broad Meadow Brook

4/30/2016,9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Fee: $3 Adult Members, $4 Adult Non-members, $2 Child Members, $3 Child Non-members.  

Description: Broad Meadow Brook is a great place to watch and learn about birds. Kids and grownups can appreciate the beauty and amazing abilities of our feathered friends. This program will introduce you to some common backyard birds, their songs, and birdwatching techniques, just in time for spring and Bird-a-Thon. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we have some to lend. For ages 6 and older.  For more information and to register, call 508.753.6087.  

Worcester’s Broad Meadow Brook is parked in A.I!

“New England Landscapes” Art Exhibit Opens at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary!

Cherry Valley Artist Employs “Old Masters” Techniques to Tell a Story

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Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is thrilled to announce the opening of a new art exhibit, by local artist, Genevieve Grenier.  Grenier, a resident of Cherry Valley, is a 30+ year student of art, as well as a local art instructor. She has been interested in art since a young age and always liked to draw. This wasn’t surprising, since she was born into a family of artists. When she was three years old, her grandfather brought her to the Louvre.  In the years that followed, there were frequent visits to area art museums, like the Worcester Art Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.   

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“Seeing the work of the Masters, inspires and encourages artists.  Of course, there are times it also inspires artists to go home and throw their own paintings in the trash,” jokes Genevieve. 
 
Ms. Grenier studied with Rockport artists – Bob Benham and Mike Stoffa, but her greatest influence was Helen Van Wyk. Genevieve explains, “Helen taught art in an “Old Masters” method, where you establish your composition, tone and values in acrylic paint, and over that layer, you proceed with color in oils.” 
 
Genevieve’s favorite artists are Rembrandt, Vermeer, John Singer Sargent and Camille Claudel.  She has participated in art competitions in Rockport, Fitchburg Art Museum and the Northborough Art Guild of which Genevieve is the past Secretary and the current President.  Her style transcends mediums and she is well-versed in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels.

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“The subject usually dictates which medium is selected,” says Genevieve.  “I typically use oil for portraits and watercolor for floral paintings.  Landscapes can be either oil or watercolor, depending on the ‘story’ to be told.  Each painting, from subject matter to the medium used, plays an intricate part in the ‘story’ the painting expresses to the viewer.  That draws the viewer into the painting and holds their interest.”
 
To celebrate the opening of “New England Landscapes”, a reception with the artist will be held March 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. The public is welcome to attend.  Ms. Grenier’s “New England Landscapes” will be on display in the Fuller Program Room until mid-May.