Events of Interest

Acton Arboretum Volunteers Needed - by Natural Resources, Town of Acton  
Acton Arboretum Volunteers are needed.  Summer workdays are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 AM to noon.  Fall workdays are Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 PM and Thursdays 9AM to noon.  No experience or tools necessary, just a willingness to work hard outside and tend our town treasure.  Mulch, weed, water, plant, rake, prune.

The Assabet River Blue and Green Trail Volunteers Needed
The Assabet  River Blue and Green Trail is a one-mile trail that runs from Old High Street in South Acton to Maynard along the river bank.  It’s an “out and back” trail, and is adjacent to two historic waypoints:  Powdermill Dam and Pine Hawk Native American site.  Volunteers are building boardwalks and maintaining the trail.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please contact Bettina Abe, Natural Resources Assistant or call the Conservation office 978-929-6634.

September 14-29
An Immersive “walking theater” experience.
The Trustees is presenting Nature, a walking play that explores the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  During the entertaining and thought-provoking performance, the audience is invited to follow the actors around the meadows and woods of the Old Manse.  Tickets may be purchased at the Trustees website,

Thursday, September 19
SVT Annual Meeting
6:30-9 PM
Village Hall, 2 Oak Street,  Framingham, MA
Join us to celebrate conservation, review highlights from the past year, and present our annual rewards to outstanding local conservationists.  We will gather in the beautifully renovated historic Village Hall in Framingham and welcome keynote speaker, Mayor Yvonne Spicer of Framingham.  Please RSVP at as space is limited.  Refreshments generously donated by Whole Food Markets of Framingham and Sudbury. 

Sunday, September 22
Bird Walk, Foss Farm, Carlisle
8-10 AM          
Meet at Foss Farm parking lot, Carlisle
Join CCF’s Alan Ankers, and the Menotomy Bird Club as we search for fall migrants such as sparrows and raptors in ten community gardens and farm fields., including he old piggery and, if conditions permit, explore the wooded wetlands alongside the Concord River.

Tuesday, September 24
Bird Feeding 101: In an Age of Climate Change
7-8 PM
Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA
Join the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) and Tia Pinney for an evening program about bird feeding.  Learn what the best practices are:  what, when, and how to feed.  Tia will also speak about creating diverse habitats in the yard that enhance local ecosystems, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and attract birds!  Tia Pinney has worked at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm for 25 years.  She is the senior naturalist and ecological management and adult program
coordinator.  Free - All are Welcome.

Wednesday, September 25
OARS River Report Card Led by OARS Executive Director Allison Field-Juma
7-8:30 PM
Friends of the Assabet River NWR Visitor Center 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury
OARS launched the first-ever River Health Report Card for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers in June.   You can see the Allison will explain how the Assabet River got the grades it did - from A to a  D!  She will then lead a discussion on what we can do to make our river more accessible and protect it in these changing times.  You can read the report card at

Wednesday, September 25
Film Screening of Nature:  A Walking Play
6:30 - 8 PM
The Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Cambridge, MA
Free Member/Free Non-Member with registration.  In partnership with the old Manse.
The play tells the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau's friendship.  The film documents the unique outdoor play which captures the complex relationship between these two characters and nature itself.  Following the screening, the audience.  Register at

Wednesday, September 25
Facilitated Drum Circle at Fruitlands
7-8:15 PM
Fruitlands, 102 Prospect St.  Harvard, MA
 Join us on the hillside at sunset for a facilitated drum circle.  Connect with the landscape, mother earthen the ancient wisdom of rhythm while building and celebrating community.  Native American, African and assorted drums and percussion will be provided.  You can bring your own instrument, too.  No prior drumming experience needed.  acclimated by Monique Morimoto and Stephen Whitney, cofounders of SoulWorks Rhythm, whose drumming events inspire joy, beat away stress and celebrate the freedom of self-expression.  This program is rain or sine and will take place under our open air cafe event tent.  Please note that space is limited  in this program.  Please pre-register persuasion to reserve your spot. 
Register at  Member of Trustees of the Reservation Adult:  $9; Nonmember Adult:  $15.

Saturday, September 28
How to Write Deliberately
2 PM
 Thoreau Farm, Virginia Road, Concord
The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm is an exciting new program of lectures and writing workshops.  Most of our programs meet in the house where Henry was born.  Whether you’re a writer ready to submit your manuscript for publishing, looking to strengthen your voice, or searching for a community of writes, you’ll find it at the Write Connection.  For more information, visit .

1-3 PM
Wright Hill Conservation Restriction at the top of Wright Terrace, West Acton;
 Park on the grass to the right of the entrance with stone pillars, head in, tail out, as close as possible.
 ACT is holding a Volunteer Community Service day to be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 1-3 PM.   We  will remove the bittersweet vines that are strangling some of the good trees.  We will cut away the most harmful vines and remove them in large trash bags.  Light refreshments will follow.
Wear boots or sturdy shoes, as the terrain is very weedy and uneven, and long sleeves and pants.  There is likely to be some poison ivy.  Spray for ticks and mosquitos. 
Bring work gloves and clippers or loppers if you own them.  We will supply some similar tools and trash bags.
For details and to sign up, please contact Linda McElroy at; or Jim Salem,;  or Susan Mitchell-Hardt,

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