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• The Greater Worcester Model Train Show will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 754 Southbridge Street, Auburn. All are invited to attend. View detailed train set-ups and find out how to get involved in this fascinating hobby. Donation $6, kids under 12 free with adult. For more information, visit

• Bereavement Group meets from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at LifeSong Church, 61 Gilmore Street Sutton. 

• Spring floral arrangement class, 1 p.m.
Millbury First Congregational Church
148 West Main St., Millbury. Sandy Michalak of Herbert E. Berg florist will teach participants how to complete their own beautiful, spring, fresh floral arramnement. $25.00 For class and all materials. Beginners welcome. Advanced registration required by March 2, 2024 by calling janice fortin at 508-826-6381.

• Story Time at the Willard House Clock Museum, 11 Willard Street, North Grafton 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Join us for this free program presented in collaboration with the Grafton Public Library. Preschoolers will enjoy a few stories, a short museum tour and a craft project. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome.

• Blackstone Valley Home Expo 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sponsored by UniBank 
Northbridge High School Field House, Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville 
Admission $3 
For more information visit: or contact: loneil@blackstonevalley
• Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
St. Peter Parish in Northbridge is having a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 16th starting at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Bring you family and friends for a wonderful meal and Irish Music by Alto Vista. Tickets are $17 per dinner and include potatoes, carrots, salad and dessert. To go meals will be available for pick up at 5:00pm and all orders must be purchased in advance. “Pay It Forward” purchase an extra dinner and we will deliver it to someone in need in our local community. Please call the parish office at 508-234-2156 or email
[email protected] to purchase tickets or if you have any questions.

• From 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main St. Douglas
Irish Feast: Corned Beef Delight! The Douglas Historical Society is hosting a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring a delectable Corned Beef Dinner. Attendees can choose to dine in and savor the festive atmosphere or opt for take-out to enjoy the Irish flavors at home. The dinner is priced at $15 per person.
Community Connection and Gift Shopping:
This event is not just about the feast; it's an opportunity for the community to come together. Explore the historic E.N. Jenckes Store Museum and immerse yourself in the charm of 1833. The gift shop will be open to those interested in unique finds and treasures.
Get Involved: The Douglas Historical Society welcomes volunteers to contribute to the success of this event. Those interested in participating can contact Laurie Church at (508)259-7087 or email [email protected] for more details.

• At 7 pm at Vaillancourt Folk Art, 9 Main Street, Manchaug Village, Sutton. Christine Watkins, Sutton Historical Society, will tell the story of the devastating 1924 Manchaug Village fire on its 100th anniversary which burned over 10 acres, left 25 percent of the Village population homeless, destroyed the retail section of the village, and made national news.  This presentation will include photos, newspaper summaries, and eyewitness accounts.  Come hear how a small community, with the help of generous neighbors, persevered over a tragedy. 

The following is a list of hikes in Massachusetts being led by volunteer Trail Ambassador Phil. Phil’s hikes begin at 10 a.m. 
Saturday, March 9: Cormier Woods Hike, Uxbridge
Saturday, March 23: Midstate Trail Hike – Part 1, Douglas
Saturday, April 6: Midstate Trail Hike – Part 2, Douglas
Saturday, April 20: Castle Hill Farm Hike, Whitinsville
Saturday, May 4: Mendon Town Forest Hike, Mendon
Saturday, May 18: Wallis Pond Loop Hike, Douglas
Saturday, June 15: Douglas State Forest Hike, Douglas