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Remember the Explosion on Route 9 in 1970?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

By Carol Ann Berry

This story is about my father, Richard Barker formally of 120 North Ave, Natick Mass.

When my parents were married they lost the house they were renting to own off of Route 9 in Natick, Mass there was a furniture store they were the owners of the house that blew up.

At the time of the explosion; the company that was hired to put tress in around the house were digging a trench and ended up hitting a gas line and knew it and started running the opposite direction.

My mom Janice around 21 to 22 at the time was pregnant and very sensitive to the gas that she smelled and ended up going out the front door saw the contractor running and yelled, "hey, I smell gas"; he must have felt guilty or didn't realize that anyone was home and saw that she was pregnant and told her to "get out of the house!"

She was going to go down the basement to get our family cat and realized that there isn't enough time; she grabbed me wrapped me up in a blanket and ran and ended up jumping over the huge trench and almost fell backwards...

just as she made it; the house blew from the basement about 30 feet in the air and the only thing that stood up to the explosion were the front door and the mail box.

Settlement Stolen From Richard Barket & Charles Prombain, ESQ.

The reason I am writing this is because no one seemed to have any answers for me while I was growing up as to why the attorney for my parents took off with the settlement money and no one did nothing about it? That is inexcusable!

I found the attorney down in Palm Beach Florida; unfortunately his wife answered the phone and said that he passed away. How can this have happened and no one did anything about it? I have been trying to find answers and can't seem to get anywhere.

I know that the statute of limitations has run out but I would like to know if my dad had part in this, and MAYBE hid the monies from the settlement and over time spent his share. He left my mom with kids and no where to go and he never paid child support and didn't care about us. We lived in the High Street projects and Egmont Street projects because we had no where to go.

If anyone remembers the story or has information please comment on this story. Thank you for your consideration in assisting me in any way that you can. This has been haunting me for years...

I know that one of my parents would have had to sign the settlement agreement and have to know that the attorney wasn't or shouldn't have been the one that was the payee... Please help me????

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The Art of Fashion
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Art of Fashion. View one-of-a-kind fashions by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design while you preview the latest trends for fall.
Couture Salon, Second Floor

When: Sep 9, 2014 12 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00 )
Seth Glier - Anna Nalick
Age Limit: All Ages

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When: Oct 31, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $26.00 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20 )
Sustainability for Massachusetts dairies: Grazing, raw milk, and organic certification
This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm's dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including: Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found at Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing. Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found at Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.

When: Sep 19, 2014 10 AM to Sep 19, 2014 2 PMin Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: 12 - 15 USD (Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10 )
Natick High School Class of 1989 25th Reunion

25th Class Reunion!  


Dear Classmates,

Please join us at for our 25th Class Reunion!  

Our celebration includes: festive food/appetizers, dessert, music and cash bar.   

Tickets are $XX per person in advance and $XX at the door.* 

Advanced Tickets can be purchased by:

  • Paying online at the eventbrite site.  There is a $XX processing fee per ticket.


  • Send a check with amount due and note how many tix in the memo line. Checks should be made out to NATICK HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1989

Mail check to:

NHS 25th Class Reunion

c/o Rodney Spinazola

XX Street. Natick, MA 01760

*It is most helpful to pay in advance so we can supply our vendor with the deposit. This also saves you money!

Advance ticket sales will be accepted through Thursday, November 27.

Tickets sold at the door are $XX each and can be paid for with cash or check.

Our 25th will be great, ...but it can't be great without YOU! 

We hope you can make it! 

Questions:  please email

When: Nov 29, 2014 7 PM to Nov 29, 2014 11 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19 )
Dave Davies
When: Nov 19, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20 )
Running for Your Cause Weekly 5k

When: May 5, 2014 12 AM to Sep 29, 2014 12 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 05 May 2014 00 )
Natick High School Class of 1994 - 20 Year Reunion

Can You Believe It's Been 20 Years?


Wow, time sure flies! Twenty years ago we graduated Natick High School as the class of 1994! Now it is time to take a trip down memory lane, reconnect with old friends, and reminisce about high school.  The reunion committee has planned a special night!  The event will be catered by the Verve and include a delicious dinner and dessert buffet. We have also hired a DJ so we can all dance the night away!   

Please purchase your ticket(s) early so we can prepare for the festivities.  The revenue from these tickets will directly support our reunion.  Please share this invitation with everyone that graduated NHS in 1994.  We are looking forward to a memorable night!  



Q: How much do tickets cost?

A: The reunion ticket prices are $50 per person.  Please purchase your tickets early as prices will increase after September 30th ($55 from October 1-October 31, and $65 from November 1-November 15). 


Q: Can I buy tickets at the door?

A: Due to the fact that the room, food, and DJ must be paid in advance, all tickets must be purchased by November 15.  TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.


Q: What food and drink will be available?

A: The committee has arranged for the Verve to cater the event which will include a delicous dinner and dessert buffet.  We will have a cash bar.


Q: Can I bring a guest?

A: Yes, in fact we encourage it. Just remember to RSVP for 2 and purchase two tickets.

Q: What is the attire?

A: Dress as you wish, but if it's helpful to have a guideline: somewhere between business casual & a little dressy.  It's not the prom, but we're also not painting the garage.


Q: What are the hotel accommodations?

A: The Crowne Plaza is offering a special rate for The class of 1994 attendees* for Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29th (subject to availability):

  • $99 per night   
  • Rooms must be reserved by Friday, October 31,2014 to secure the special 1994 NHS reunion rate.

All hotel reservations can be booked through this link:  

Natick HS Class of 1994 -20th Reunion 

or call the hotel's Group Reservations Department: 800-265-0339

and indicate you're with "Natick High School Class of 1994 Reunion."

Q: Is it possible to tour the NEW Natick High School while I am in town?

A: Yes, NHS is working on arranging a tour for anyone interested.  This is separate from the reunion event, but we thought it would be fun to see the new NHS.  You can find more details about this on the Facebook Reunion Page.

Q: Is there going to be a group attending the Nov 27th football game together?

A: Yes, the details will be on the Facebook Reunion Page. This is separate from the reunion event, but we thought it would be fun to kick off the reunion weekend at the Homecoming game with friends and families!

When: Nov 28, 2014 7 PM to Nov 29, 2014 12 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )
The Beauty Event Opening Night Party
Enjoy sips, bites, music, and surprises as you learn the beauty trends of the season. Our gifted beauty artists and skincare experts will be on hand to help you find a perfect new look. To RSVP, call 508.620.5724.
Cosmetics, First Floor

When: Sep 11, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18 )
Akris Punto Trunk Show
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When: Sep 23, 2014 12 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00 )
Rock Off Main

TCAN's successful Rock Off Main rock music program is an all-ages show that provides a venue for bands in this region to take their eclectic mix of music out of their basements and put it on stage where it belongs, performing for their peers. Shaking the old firehouse for the past fifteen years, Rock Off Main features the best pop, emo, punk, ska, hardcore, and indie bands in the Boston area. Tickets are sold at the door for all performances. This performance of Rock Off Main will feature: TBD.

When: Sep 26, 2014 7 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19 )
GI Lecture Series - IVG MetroWest

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Time: 7pm-9:30pm (please note that this evening runs later than usual)

Location: IVG MetroWest, Natick, MA

Speaker: Marie Chartier, DVM, DACVIM

This GI Lecture series consists of 2 one-hour lectures

Canine protein-losing enteropathies:
The first hour of this lecture series will review the most common canine protein-losing enteropathies and the diagnostic approach to gastrointestinal disease. We will briefly discuss some of the current research regarding diagnostic approach to suspected protein-losing enteropathies. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment and long-term management of inflammatory bowel disease and lymphangiectasia. Prognosis and prognostic factors will also be discussed.

Feline inflammatory bowel disease versus small cell lymphoma:
The second hour of this lecture series will review the most common feline small intestinal diseases. We will discuss common clinical signs and the most recent advances in the diagnostic approach to differentiating cases of inflammatory bowel disease from small cell lymphoma. We will briefly discuss the differences in diagnostic results and prognosis between small cell lymphoma and large cell lymphoma. The focus of the lecture will be on the treatment, long-term management and prognosis for inflammatory bowel disease and small cell lymphoma.

Lecture series approved by the MVMA for 2 CE credits.

When: Nov 4, 2014 7 PM to Nov 4, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 04 Nov 2014 19 )
Tobin School Admissions Open House
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When: Nov 11, 2014 6 PM to Nov 11, 2014 8 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18 )
Tobin School Admissions Open House
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When: Jan 7, 2015 9 AM to Jan 7, 2015 10 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09 )
Tobin School Admissions Open House
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When: Oct 26, 2014 10 AM to Oct 26, 2014 11 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10 )
PrimeTime Lacrosse

PrimeTime Lacrosse operates camps, clinics, select teams and tournament throughout New England.

When: Aug 4, 2014 12 AM to Dec 17, 2014 12 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00 )
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

"One of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today.  He makes me proud!”...B.B. King

Having performed with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Allman Brothers, legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl performs with an intensity that hasn't cooled in close to four decades of playing.

His discography includes acclaimed albums on Stony Plain, Black Top, Bullseye Blues, Verve, and Telarc. Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, his 1996 Bullseye Blues release, won DownBeat's Blues Album of the Year, and in 2004 his song "Hey Jose" won the award for Best Blues/R&B Song at the 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards.

After a period releasing albums on his own in the mid-'00s, Earl reunited with The Broadcasters for his 2009 release Living in the Light. His record, Spread the Love, came out in 2010, and his latest 2013 release, Just for Today, is a sizzling live recording.

When: Sep 12, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20 )
Uncomplicating Grief: Pathways to Hope and Healing

Riverside Trauma Center's 4th Annual Conference

Uncomplicating Grief:
Pathways to Hope and Healing

Cosponsored by the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program

Early Bird Registration Deadline 8/8/14

Conference Description:
Grief is a normal part of life, but when loss is sudden or traumatic, many people need the help of behavioral health providers to cope with their intense pain and sadness. This year’s conference will focus on typical and complicated grief following sudden loss and trauma. We will apply first-person accounts, theory, and research so that attendees can better understand and support people on their journey through grief. The day will include a discussion of how cultural background influences the experience of grief and healing.

Keynote Address by George A. Bonanno, PhD: 
"Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma"

Highly aversive or potentially traumatic events (PTEs) are more common than is usually assumed. Indeed, most people are exposed to multiple PTEs during the course of their lives. Until recently, however, responses to such events have been understood using either psychopathological categories, such as PTSD, or measures of central tendency (e.g., average differences). George A Bonanno, PhD demonstrates that although both approaches have been useful, neither approach captures the true heterogeneity of responses to aversive events. Recent advances in latent trajectory modeling following such events have identified prototypical trajectories of outcome, including chronic dysfunction and a resilient trajectory of stable health (Bonanno, 2004). In this talk, he will describe studies from his research program that examine individual differences in response to demanding life events, including terrorist disaster, military combat, mass shooting, spinal cord injury, bio-epidemic, and cancer surgery. He will also describe research on predictors of the resilience trajectory and place special emphasis on recent research on various components of flexibility in coping and emotion regulation, resilience-promoting factors.

George A. Bonanno, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Professor Bonanno’s interests center on the question of how human beings cope with loss, trauma, and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of flexible emotion regulatory processes. Professor Bonanno’s empirical and theoretical work has focused on defining and documenting resilience in the face of loss or potential traumatic events, including disaster, loss, terrorist attack, bio-epidemic, traumatic injury, and life-threatening injuries medical events, and on identifying the range of psychological and contextual variables that predict both psychopathological and resilient outcomes. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and featured in various print, television, and radio media. He recently authored The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss (Basic Books).

Additional Presentations:

“Complicated Grief After Traumatic Loss: A Clinician’s Perspective"
John R. Jordan, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in work with grief, bereavement, and survivors of suicide loss for more than 35 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Survivor Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is also an author, lecturer, and workshop facilitator.


"Creating Meaning from Sorrow: Pathways to Healing from
Suicide Loss"

Larry Berkowitz, EdD, is the Co-founder and Director of Riverside Trauma Center and holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. A Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and is a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's task force on the needs of suicide survivors.



There will also be a multicultural panel involving four individuals from different cultural backgrounds, representing mental health, clergy, and public health professions, who will discuss cultural considerations in responding to loss and promoting healing. Panel participants:

Saida Abdi, MSW, LCSW
Director of Community Relations and social worker at the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience

Radha Adhikari
Founder, Board of Directors
Bridges, Inc

Courtney Mark Grey
Director, Trauma Response and Recovery
Boston Public Health Commission

Reverend Steven Rodrigues
Director of Ministries
Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford

Register by 8/8/14 to pay the discount rate of $125 per person or $112 per person for groups of 4 or more. The regular registration cost is $139 per person or $125 per person for groups of 4 or more. $75 per person for Riverside Community Care employees. The regular registration deadline is 9/3/14.

Continuing Education: Applications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credits have been submitted for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses. Please contact Jenny Huynh ( for the status of the CE accreditation. This training is approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Early bird registration deadline is 8/8/14. Complete the registration online by filling in the appropriate information and paying by credit card or check or, if you prefer, visit to print out and complete a hard copy of the registration form. If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to “Riverside Community Care” and send it to: Jenny Huynh, Riverside Trauma Center, 255 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494. The regular registration deadline is 9/3/14.

Please share this information with others who are interested in these topics.

Refund Policy: Refund requests received by 8/8/14 will receive a full refund. Refund requests received by 8/25/14 will get a 50% refund. Refunds not available after 8/25/14. Please use the Request Refund feature which is available to you once you log in to your Eventbrite account.

Lodging/Accomodations: The Verve, Crowne Plaza Natick can be contacted at (877) 384-0706.

8-8:40 am

8:45-9 am

9-10 am
Larry Berkowitz, EdD, "Creating Meaning from Sorrow: Pathways to Healing from Suicide Loss"

10-10:15 am

10:15 am-12:15 pm
George A. Bonanno, PhD, "Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma"

12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:15-2:30 pm
John R. Jordan, PhD, “Complicated Grief After Traumatic Loss: A Clinician’s Perspective"

2:30-2:45 pm

2:45-4 pm
Multicultural panel discussion

4 pm


When: Sep 12, 2014 8 AM to Sep 12, 2014 4 PMin Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08 )
Watercolors in Nature

Let the beauty of nature inspire your painting! Watercolors are a great way to experience nature and brighten up a day. Explore the use of textures, lines, colors and more. Bring your own painting wish list! Small class size for individual attention. May join series in progress. As the weather warms, we will head outside as the weather allows. All levels welcome! Relax, enjoy and create!
Pre-registration required. Online registration available.

When: Sep 9, 2014 10 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10 )
Hudl Up Tour - Basketball | Boston

The new Hudl, built specifically for basketball teams, is here to break your game down in minutes, not days. We’re excited to be in Boston, showing off new tools that record and upload as the game is happening and tag stats in real time. All of that footage and data is then automatically matched within minutes of the final buzzer and ready to review once you hit the locker room.

We're hosting a free two-hour event at the Hampton Inn Boston/Natick (319 Speen Street) on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. This is your chance to gear up for the season, ask questions, pick up some free swag, and learn about the new Hudl for Basketball. Bring your entire staff!

Main Event | 7-9 p.m.
We'll give you the full breakdown of our new basketball workflow with a first-hand look at uploading video as it's captured, plus tips on completing team and player stats within 30 minutes of the final buzzer. After that, it's all about highlights, recruiting and campaigns.

Optional Event | 9-10 p.m.
Feel free to stick around after the main event and get all of your questions answered. It's the perfect time to take Mobile Capture and Tag a Game for a spin – if you get stuck, you're in a room full of Hudlies!


When: Oct 23, 2014 7 PM to Oct 23, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19 )
Wishbone Ash

"The most interesting two-guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds." - Melody Maker. Wishbone Ash is considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. This distinction was validated by Traffic Magazine quoting the group as having "Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History" and Rolling Stone’s award as "Top 20 Guitarists of All Time."

Wishbone Ash embarked on the nascent Progressive Rock scene in 1969, taking full advantage of a fertile musical environment where they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock. Inspired equally by British folk traditions and American jazz and R&B, the group played to public and critical acclaim.

More than 40 years later, having pioneered the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash has gained worldwide recognition, based firmly on a regime of relentless touring. Their latest studio release, Blue Horizon, continues to solidify their reputation as a musical force to be reckoned with.

The band includes founding member Andy Powell, who handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 17-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, keeps the bottom rocking with Joe Crabtree, one of th best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

When: Sep 20, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20 )
Brilliance Breakthrough Intensive

Get on the Speedway to 6-Figures

Do you sometimes feel your business is stuck in the slow lane?

You’re making progress, but oh! It’s taking too long! And the road is a bit bumpier than you thought it would be.

Well, if you’re ready to move into the fast lane and quickly accelerate the growth of your business AND your income, I invite you to be one of the 12 entrepreneurs who will attend the Brilliance Breakthrough Intensive – where you will get the cutting-edge tools, guidance and big breakthrough you need to drive your business to 6-figure success. And thoroughly enjoy the ride!

[Early Bird Registration Available For A Limited Time]

When: Oct 23, 2014 9 AM to Oct 24, 2014 5 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09 )
Mostly Commons

When: Sep 26, 2014 7 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19 )
Exploring Computer Science (ECS)

This is an After School Program in Natick, MA that is designed for 8th - 10th graders.

Explore Computer Science through  an exploration of engaging topics, use conceptual ideas of computing, and discover why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. (The National Science Foundatin has funded the development and implementation of two new computer science courses: this is one of those courses.)

Build upon computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving techniques in programming that are relevant to today’s students. (Introductiory units on: Web Design, Computational Thinking, Programming, Robotics, and much more!)

Other topics discussed:
  - interface design
  - limits of computers
  - societal and ethical issues

Location and *Times:     Mondays   & Thursdays       4:30-6:00 PM at 145 Hartford St., Natick, MA  (Temple Israel)
                                         Wednesdays                         7:00-8:00 PM via Conference Call                                       
                                                                                      *Total online or in-class/lab hours per semester = 48-50 hours/course
                                                                                                                 Please, see syllabus or calendar for exact dates.

Please, check out our website: for contact and more information.

When: Sep 8, 2014 4 PM to Dec 18, 2014 6 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16 )
Redbird featuring Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey

"A record made by people who sound like they genuinely enjoy playing together (which can't be said for many groups), and who've found strong common ground." – Minor 7th

The brainchild of folk singers Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey, Redbird is a real-time, unstaged love letter to the body of American song. Across a collaborative tour that started 10 years ago, the three discovered musical affinity and a shared love of a fairly diverse spectrum of Americana. The diverse singer-songwriters combine their talents into a show filled with spontaneity, complex harmonies, and a warm relatability that only established folk singers can bring.

When: Nov 22, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $30 / 25 (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20 )
Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course TPI Fitness Program

When: Jun 14, 2014 12 AM to Sep 29, 2014 12 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00 )
3rd Annual Crossroads 5K

When: Sep 28, 2014 12 AM to Sep 28, 2014 12 AMin Natick, Massachusetts (Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00 )
Loudon Wainwright III

" of America's most astute lyrical commentators...lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering." - Mojo Magazine

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by 22 album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project,” and two previous Grammy nominations for “I’m Alright,” 1985 and “More Love Songs,” 1986. His most recent recording, “Older Than My Old Man Now” was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of 2012.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)” and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding (the “singing surgeon”) on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison, among others. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up, written music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You, composed topical songs for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC's Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

When: Sep 11, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 8, 2014 2 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14 )
Gourmet Cooking with All-Clad *Class Bonus*

We’ve partnered with All-Clad and their ambassador Chef Paul Kahan to create an unique cooking class that offers you an exciting, hands-on opportunity to learn great dishes with All-Clad cookware. Our chef instructor will teach you how to recreate a menu specially created for Sur La Table by Chef Kahan himself. You’ll learn to prepare delicious regional dishes, including a hearty pasta with meat sauce, homemade pesto and creamy polenta. You will also learn techniques for perfectly pan-roasting fish and cooking vegetables, as well as a delicious French twist on chicken. Best of all, you’ll go home with an 8-inch All-Clad skillet to continue the skills you learn in class right in your own kitchen! Chef Paul Kahan has received international acclaim for his six Chicago restaurants and is the winner of two James Beard awards, including Outstanding Chef 2013.

*Class Bonus: All students will go home with an All-Clad 8 D5 brushed stainless steel skillet (a $119.95 value).

What To Expect:

Great cooking isn't about recipes—it's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.

  • Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
  • Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
  • Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
  • Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
  • Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instructor
  • Hands-on classes are limited to 16 participants
  • Students receive a coupon good for 10% off in-store purchases the day of class

When: Sep 3, 2014 6 PM in Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: $100.00 (Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18 )
Charlie Farren and Sarah Blacker

Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocal, and subtle yet innovative guitar style. It wasn't always quite so subtle, as Charlie formed this original self-taught style with a history of successful, hard-crunching rock bands throughout the 1980s, including fronting the Joe Perry Project.

“Female Performer of the Year” in the New England Music Awards, Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker is also a current nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013's single, “Shiver,”  in the New England Music Awards.  Sarah was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by No Depression magazine.  The Boston Herald called her, “Boston’s delightful folk nymph,” yet he also said of her, “Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She is a prolific singer/songwriter currently touring behind her 3rd album in just three years.

When: Sep 5, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20 )
Violet Jam Presents: The Outlaws


For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now The Outlaws return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about pride.

 It’s About Pride is the new album from The Outlaws, a record 4 years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting.  Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass & High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. 

Doors and DJ 7p. Band 9p. Show is 21+. Show is mostly Standing Room Only. 

Dine at our restaurant, Pantry, and have drinks in our bar, Violet Thorn, before and after the show!

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.

When: Sep 5, 2014 7 PM to Sep 5, 2014 11 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19 )
Violet Jam presents: 10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs are one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs were the original “indie” band before signing with Elektra Records and making The Wishing Chair in 1985.

Doors and DJ 7p. Band 9p. Show is 21+.

Dine at our restaurant, Pantry, and have drinks in our bar, Violet Thorn, before and after the show!

When: Oct 17, 2014 7 PM to Oct 17, 2014 11 PMin Natick, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19 )
Natick Artists Open Studio

There are both individual studios and group showing throughout the Natick community. Close to 70 artists and artisans in a wide variety of mediums will be presenting their creative works for the public's enjoyment. Pictures and a map of locations will be on line by October 1, 2014 at

When: Oct 18, 2014 11 AM to Oct 19, 2014 5 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11 )
The Swingle Singers

The Swingle Singers celebrate 50 years an an acappella institution and a new album "Weather to Fly."

The a cappella ensemble has pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled generations of audiences around the globe. Five decades on from their pioneering, Grammy-winning debut album "Jazz Sébastien Bach" in 1963, today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven young and versatile voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion. As part of their 50th year celebrations, the Swingles invite you to join them for the next stage of their extraordinary journey.

When: Oct 3, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20 )
Demo Night - Apps, Prototypes, Ideas
Do you have a new idea, app or prototype you've been working on? This event is a chance for you to show off your hard work, and generate some buzz around your latest project! Check out the West of Boston Demo Night where you could present your latest innovation and see what others are doing in your industry. This is a chance for you to market your ideas, meet like-minded individuals, and even show off a bit! Get some feedback, increase page views, and enjoy a night of networking with talented individuals in your field. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend, but space is limited for those interested in demoing their product. RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to present. Hope to see you there!

When: Sep 3, 2014 6 PM to Sep 3, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18 )
Demo Night - Apps, Prototypes, Ideas

Do you have a new idea, app or prototype you’ve been working on?

This event is a chance for you to show off your hard work, and generate some buzz around your latest project!

Check out the West of Boston Demo Night where you could present your latest innovation and see what others are doing in your industry. This is a chance for you to market your ideas, meet like-minded individuals, and even show off a bit!

Get some feedback, increase page views, and enjoy a night of networking with talented individuals in your field.

This is a free event and all are welcome to attend, but space is limited for those interested in demoing their product.

RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to present.

Hope to see you there!

When: Sep 2, 2014 6 PM to Sep 3, 2014 9 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18 )
Paula Cole
When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
Carlene Carter
When: Oct 11, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20 )
Spookapella XI

It’s the spookiest time of year again as we conjure up our 11th annual Spookapella, delivering hauntingly-good vocals and eerily perfect harmonies performed by Five O'Clock Shadow and Pitch, Please!. The six vocalists that make up Five O’Clock Shadow produce rock solid leads and harmonies, while exploring instrumental mimicry and creating unique textures that excite, entertain, inspire, and are guaranteed to enchant. Pitch, Please!, the newest addition to the Northeastern University scene, is a ferocious group of women who are looking to push the boundaries of female a cappella.

When: Oct 25, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20 )
Boston: How to Increase Microsoft Project Server ROI with Dynamic Reallocation

Event Description:

Join the Boston Chapter of MPUG for our next member meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 where the topic will be “How to Increase Microsoft Project Server ROI with Dynamic Reallocation”. This interactive presentation and discussion will be delivered by Mr. Joe Crowley, Northeast Regional Manager with UMT360 at the Natick Microsoft Store in the Natick Mall.

Despite significant investments in PPM, unreliable planning, cost overruns and project failures result in companies losing up to 46% of the planned business value from their project portfolios. Strategic PMOs are going beyond annual planning and implementing a Dynamic Reallocation framework to realize more ROI from their project investments.


Attend this session to learn how digitalizing investment planning and controls across the PPM life-cycle provides the insights PMO’s need to measure the economic impact of under-performing projects, and proactively reallocate funds to optimize spend and maximize ROI across the portfolio.

5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration, Refreshments & Networking
6:00 – 6:15 PM Welcome & Introductions
6:15 – 7:15 PM Feature Presentations
7:15 – 7:30 PM Networking Break & Refreshments
7:30 – 8:00 PM Speaker Q&A and Prize Raffle

NOTE: Prizes will be raffled off including 2 Passes to the Project Summit Boston Symposium on October 20 & 21 worth over $1,000 each!!!

Learning Objectives:

During this event, students will learn...

  • Why companies are at risk of not realizing 46% of planned ROI
  • How to use Strategic Yield to measure project and portfolio investment performance
  • The 4 important steps to implement a dynamic reallocation process for Project Server
  • What benefits your PMO can expect from adopting a dynamic reallocation framework


About the Presenter:

Joe Crowley is UMT360’s Northeast Regional Manager responsible for business development and client success with UMT360’s Enterprise Portfolio Management solutions.  He has more than 15 years of experience delivering solutions that help large organizations transform their business processes to realize more value from their strategic investments.

When: Sep 10, 2014 5 PM to Sep 10, 2014 8 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17 )
Robin Spielberg
Robin Spielberg returns to The Center for the Arts in Natick with a beautiful selection of songs and funny and enlightening stories.

When: Dec 7, 2014 3 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15 )
Boston & Beyond - Fall Re-Entry & Q4 Rally!


Shake the sand out of your toes and ears and join us for a night to reconnect and get fired up for Q4! THE DETAILS

It's here... Fall and it is the beginning of a booming season with an incredible new collection and new opportunities within Stella & Dot.  Join your Boston Leadership Team to learn best practices on building and sustaining a booming business! 


630pm-7:15pm Style Event + Meet Stella & Dot:

If you're interested in becoming a Stella & Dot stylist then join us for our one hour long Style Event and "Meet Stella & Dot" to learn about why now is an amazing time to kick start your own home-based fashion business.  Ask questions, meet our stylist community and if you're ready to give it a go you're welcome to sign up and stay for the two hour training to follow.  RSVP as guest to reserve your sparkly gift. 


7:15pm-8:30pm: Fire Up Your Fall Training

Already a Stella & Dot stylist?  Join us to ignite your fall season and create momentum to keep it going throughout the holidays and beyond.  Call your past hostesses, best customers, bestie and tell them to join you and learn about joining our community of stylists. 

Please RSVP by September 5th - space is limited.

Stylists: Pay at the door: $5/$10 Stars and above

Guests: Free


If you have questions in advance please contact:

Kristen Weiss, Director & Founding Leader

mobile: 781-864-0894 





When: Sep 8, 2014 6 PM to Sep 8, 2014 8 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18 )
Totally 80's Costume Bash to Benefit Three United Way of Tri-County Food Pantries
Re-live the fabulous 80's to the MAX and dance to the music you love at the Totally 80's Costume Bash, a high energy costume dance party to benefit the United Way of Tri-County's Food Security Program. Pull out your legwarmers and Members Only jackets or come as your favorite 80's celebrity or character. Participate in one of our contests for favorite costume, best air guitar player or the moonwalk competition. All proceeds will benefit the United Way's three food pantries in Greater Clinton, Framingham and Marlborough. Help feed struggling families and have a Totally Radical time! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $40 each or 2 for $75. Tickets at the door the night of the event $50 each.

When: Oct 24, 2014 8 PM to Oct 24, 2014 11:59:00 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20 )
Christian Louboutin Trunk Show
View the latest collection of shoes.
Shoe Salon, First Floor

When: Sep 16, 2014 12 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00 )
Lucky Day Music Class with Stacey Peasley

Popular children’s entertainer Stacey Peasley combines her love of young children with her musical talents in an eight week class held at Temple Israel (145 Hartford Street) in Natick on Tuesdays, September 16 through November 4 from 9:45-10:30am. Using instruments and props, kids will move to music ranging from pop and rock to children’s favorites and Stacey originals. Geared towads infants up to 3 years old with an adult. Cost is $160/session (Please note: fee is for one child plus adult - additional siblings are $95/session). Register at For more information, contact or 508-879-3300. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

When: Sep 16, 2014 9:45:00 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:45:00 )
Doug Kwartler- Susan Levine

When: Sep 23, 2014 8 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20 )
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Other Evidence- Based Treatment Modalities for Gambling Disorder

The treatment of gambler disorder presents various unique challenges. This training will explore the clinical challenges that are both similar to and different from other disorders. Also, this training will provide an introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a way to treat gambling disorder, and will provide practical information for treatment.

When: Nov 7, 2014 12 PM to Nov 7, 2014 4 PMin Natick, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12 )
Saint Laurent Trunk Show
View the latest collection of shoes.
Shoe Salon, First Floor

When: Sep 15, 2014 12 AM in Natick, Massachusetts (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00 )
Jennifer Tefft- Chris Ross- Gay Barboza
Music Go Round's Summer Concert Series! This will be a full band set at 1pm There will be food, giveaways and MUSIC! This series runs every other Sunday starting June 22nd. Stop by and check out some local talent!

When: Sep 14, 2014 12 PM in Natick, Massachusetts (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12 )

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