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Sunday, January 4, Broomstones Curling Club Open House, 12-2pm.  You've seen it, now try it. Curling is a lively, fun, social winter sport that is gaining popularity in the US and around the world. Broomstones is a state of the art indoor Curling facility with ice for four concurrent games as well as a warm room complete with full kitchen, bar, fireplace, and pool table. The Open House is free! Broomstones will provide instruction, all needed equipment, and refreshments. Wear warm, loose fitting clothes, a sweater or sweatshirt and gloves. For safety, you must bring a separate pair of sneakers with a clean, grippy tread to wear while on the ice.  Broomstones offers a variety of curling leagues plus a very active youth program. Additional curling instruction and coaching is offered to all new members at no additional charge.  For more information about curling and Broomstones, visit http://www.broomstones.com, write membership@broomstones.com or call (508) 358-2412 during the open house. Broomstones Curling Club is located at 1 Curling Lane (Curling Lane is at 138 Rice Road, just north of Mainstone Road)

Thursdays, January 8, 15 and 22, Spanish Art Series, Wayland Library, 1-2:30pm.  Spanish culture influenced some of the West’s most significant and important artists from the sixteenth century to the present. El Greco created personal visions using distortion and unnatural colors. Velazquez produced court portraits as well as historical and mythological narratives. Goya not only painted court portraits and tapestry designs, but created works mocking the social mores of his time and the brutality and horrors of war. Join Judy Schurgin as she once again shares her enthusiasm and knowledge about art to teach us about the life and art of these influential artists. A graduate of Bates College, Judy has presented lectures on diverse artists for past 16 years at our library. She has been affiliated with the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and the Brookline Adult & Community Education Program for many years. In addition, Judy is a museum educator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This series is a great complement to the exhibit that just ended at the MFA—“El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III.”

Saturday, January 10, 14th Annual Winter Trails event, Weston Ski Track, 9am-2pm.  The Weston Ski Track is at 200 Park Road in Weston.  The event will offer children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing for no charge. Through these easy-to-learn activities, participants can have fun and discover the health and fitness benefits of snow sports. Equipment is provided free and there will be educational programs, clinics and guided tours.  Winter Trails is a great way to learn winter outdoor activities that are fun and easy to do with friends and family. Snowshoeing is similar to walking and has the shortest learning curve.  In 2008, more than 11,000 people participated in Winter Trails and together burned 6 million calories per hour. The average person can burn 500 calories per hour by snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing.  Winter Trails is presented through a partnership between SnowSports Industries America, American Hiking Society and Cross Country Ski Areas Association.  Visit www.wintertrails.org for more information, or contact 781-891-6575 or e-mail info@ski-paddle.com.

Tuesday, January 13, Workshop with Caren McVicker: "Tame Your Calendar", 9:30-11am and again 7:30-9pm, Parmenter Auditorium.  Admission is canned goods or $5 donation for the Wayland Food Pantry.  This year resolve to learn: How to Chunk Your Time, The Rule of 6, the Focused 15 Minute Technique, plus other tips to help you tame your calendar and feel fine in 2009!

Thursday, January 15, “Fitness for Everybody” with Debra Goldman, Wayland Library, 7:30pm.  Have you resolved to get fit in the new year? Do you want to improve your health? Lower your risk of disease? Are you confused by conflicting information on how much to exercise? What kind of exercise to do? How to exercise safely without injury? How to make the time to exercise? Exercise doesn't have to be a chore, one more thing you "have to do." Come join Goldman for a fun filled session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, where she will teach us what to do, how and when to do it. You will leave with practical tips on incorporating fitness into your lifestyle. Debra will answer your questions, demonstrate different exercises, and help you find the joy in physical activity. She has been a certified personal trainer for almost 30 years and a Stott trained Pilates instructor for over 10 years. She works with men and women of all ages and medical conditions.

Tuesday, January 20, Mind/Body Approaches to Stress Reduction: Helping Parents Help Kids, Wayland Middle School Auditorium, 7:30-9pm. Speaker: Rana Chudnofsky, MEd, of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. $5–10 voluntary donation at the door. Join us for a mind/body workshop just for parents to learn stress management techniques that you can use yourself and teach your kids. Tools and skills will include Stress awareness, Relaxation response exercises, Visualization, and Body awareness. Research shows that kids trained in these skills have improved academic performance, better work habits, improved memory, increased self-esteem, and decreased perceptions of stress. Rana Chudnofsky, MEd is Director of the Education Initiative at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As Director of the Education Initiative, Ms. Chudnofsky brings mind body medicine to schools, universities, and clinical treatment centers. The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine - founded by Dr. Herbert Benson, author of the best-selling book “The Relaxation Response” - is a world leader in the study, advancement, and clinical practice of mind/body medicine. Through its Educational Initiative (EI), the Benson-Henry Institute offers workshops for parents, teachers and students. These programs equip the school community with stress management tools that can result in an educational experience where students are calm and ready to learn, teachers are re-energized and focused, and parents can play a critical role in guiding and supporting their children.

Saturday January 24, Tracking Your Neighbors Footsteps, Nut Meadow, Concord, 9:30am-12pm.  (Alternate Date: Sunday January 25)   Leader: SVT Volunteers Lydia Rogers and Dan Foster.  Winter is the perfect time to learn what kinds of animals are roaming our reservations. Nut Meadow has an interesting topography and wetlands rich in biodiversity. We could find evidence of coyote, red fox, beaver, mink, and even great blue heron. Come learn about wildlife signs, tracking, behavior, and habitat. There is plenty of wildlife activity and signs to observe in winter. Please wear extra warm clothing, as tracking requires a lot of standing around and observing, NOT a lot of walking.  Fee: Members: Free, Non-members: $10.  Registration is required! Click here to register for this event.

Saturday, January 24, Penny Social Event, Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Concord Rd., Wayland, 7pm.  Little Dove Early Childhood Center in Wayland invites the community to a fun Penny Social event. Enjoy an evening out and take a chance on winning gift baskets valued between $25-70. Baskets include gift certificates and gift items from local businesses, theme baskets including family pizza night, pasta night, kids haircut/hair care basket, and much more! Special baskets valued from $75 - $100 and silent auction items will be presented as well and include tickets to see the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox, a session of Music Together of Wayland/Weston, and an American Girl Bitty Baby doll. Admission is $15 at the door and includes 15 raffle tickets, a door prize ticket and refreshments. Doors open at 7:00 and the prize tables close at 8:30 to begin drawing the winners. Little Dove is located at Peace Lutheran Church at 107 Concord Road, Wayland. Please call Little Dove at 508-358-6225 with any questions. Little Dove is now enrolling for their 2 year-old program for the 2009-2010 school year. All children must be 2 years-old by 9/1/09.

Sunday, January 25, Tuffy & Karla Rose, Wayland Library, 3pm.  Dr. Karla Rose and Tuffy will be at the library. Rose, a trained therapist, will talk about their work as crisis responders at the local, state and national level to incidents that include school or workplace trauma, violence, or mass casualty. They serve on several Critical Incident Stress Management Teams in Massachusetts. Tuffy is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and is certified as a "Type 1" animal assisted Crisis Responder and also certified as a hospital pet therapist and as a Reading Education Assistance Dog to work with child trauma victims who are struggling at school. Program is suitable for all ages.

Wednesday, January 28, Beasts of Burden:  New England's Wild Animals, Great Meadows, Sudbury, 7-9pm. Speaker: SVT Executive Director Ron McAdow.  In this presentation for the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, Ron will show photographs of New England's vertebrate fauna: birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. He will describe how motion-triggered cameras capture images of secretive mammals such as fox, fisher, bobcat, and river otter. Photos will be accompanied by brief readings from essays by Thoreau, Emerson, and others that help us understand how these animals enrich our culture, our imaginations, and our lives. Directions to Great Meadows HQ can be found here.  Fee: Free.  Registration is not required for this program.

Thursday, January 29, Wayland Community Forum, Wayland Middle School Auditorium, 7:15pm.  Do you know how many young people are using drugs and/or alcohol in Wayland?  What are the chances of your child experiencing alcohol or other drug use in the coming years?  If you are a Wayland parent interested in learning about the current youth risk trends and understanding more about today's teen drug and alcohol culture in the Wayland community, as well as what you can do about it, we invite you to attend this forum.  The Forum, sponsored by the Wayland Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, will detail the new drug and alcohol data from the spring 2008 Wayland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and highlight the community's response in addressing teen substance abuse.  For more information, contact Heidi Heilman at (508) 358-0870.

Saturday, January 31, Wayland Reads Breakfast with Buddha Kickoff Event, Wayland Library, 2-4pm.  The Book Selection Committee will introduce "Wayland Reads " at the Library and invites you to stop by the library, pick up a book, a "Wayland Reads" packet, and a button the entitles you to some discounts at local merchants.

Saturday, January 31, Sparky's Puppets, Wayland Wayland Town Hall, Large Hearing Room, 10:30am.  Join the fun as Sparky's Puppets perform "The Kingdom of Riddles". In this show, a king asks a knight to capture a unicorn for his queen. In his quest, the knight needs help from the audience in solving riddles posed by those he meets along the way- a jester, a witch, and a dragon. So put on your thinking cap- some of the riddles are hundreds of years old! The program also includes "The Princess and the Pea."  Sparky's Puppets have been dramatizing favorite children's stories for schools, libraries, and festivals throughout New England for over 25 years. Each show features colorful hand puppets, lively humor, and plenty of audience participation.  Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $5 per person, tots 18 months or younger are free.

Sunday, February 1, Civil War Letters, Sudbury Town Hall, 2pm.  What was life really like in and around Sudbury before and during the Civil War?  The Sudbury Historical Society will present a special program featuring the extensive collection of the letters of George Moore and his family during the Civil War.  The public is invited to come and step back in time and learn an amazing story about how one Sudbury family coped with four sons serving in the war and what became of the soldier who wrote so many letters to his family.  Refreshments will be served.  There will also be a display of sale items.  For more information, contact the Historical Society at 978-443-3747 or email sudburyhist01776@verizon.net

Sunday, February 1, Local Author—Juliette Fay, Wayland Library, 3pm.  Come to the library to hear local author Juliette Fay. Shelter Me, Juliette’s first novel, was just released by major publishing house, Harper Collins—a huge coup for a new writer. Readers of the book may notice that its setting shares some similarities with Wayland. We will have books for sale and Juliette will be available to autograph them.

Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, Stories, Music & Art with Sharon Engler, Wayland Library, 10:30am. On all four Tuesdays in February at 10:30, kids ages 3-5 can join preschool educator and artist Sharon Engler for an integrated arts program in which they will explore books, music, and crafts. Siblings welcome.

Sunday, March 15, Community Pot Luck, Russell's Garden Center, 3-5pm.  Part of the Wayland Reads Breakfast with Buddha Community Event.  Otto and Rinpoche eat their way across Middle America. Let's all get together to enjoy that quintessential American experience -- the Pot Luck Supper. We'll be breaking bread together in Russell's greenhouse, so bring your dish to share and prepare to have fun.

Friday, March 27, Jason Shelkowitz, classical guitar, Wayland High School Little Theatre, 7pm.  Part of the Wayland Little Theatre Concert Series' 44th season.  Please note that this concert begins at 7pm! We encourage young people and their families to attend the first part of this concert, which features children's songs composed by Mr. Shelkowitz. After intermission, Mr. Shelkowitz, who currently resides in Wayland, will present a program of solo classical guitar music.

Sunday, March 22, Interfaith Clergy Panel Discussion, Wayland Middle School, 4pm.  The Book Selection Committee will introduce "Wayland Reads " at the Library and invites you to stop by the library, pick up a book, a "Wayland Reads" packet, and a button the entitles you to some discounts at local merchants.

Sunday, March 29, Roland Merullo in Wayland, Wayland Middle School, 4pm.  Mr Merullo will appear in Wayland to talk about Breakfast with Buddha, his other books, and life in general. Dragon Books of Weston will have books for sale at the event, and there will be time for book signing after the talk.



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