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Matt Ryan from the world-famous “Legends in Concert” cast will headline Indian Ranch’s “Bruce in the USA” show on May 21st, kicking off the venue’s Mike’s Hard Lemonade Summer Concert Series.

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Through May 31
• May Art Exhibit, “Is There Beauty Within Tragedy,” at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, featuring the work of Eren Torres, a seventeen-year-old up-and-coming artist and a proud member of the LGBT community. A meet-and-greet with the artist will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Call 508-949-6232 or email [email protected] for further info.

Saturday, May 14
• G9 Financial’s 9th annual Document Shredding Event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Ray’s True Value, 22 Howe Ave. in Millbury. All proceeds benefit the Owen E. Carrigan Sports Scholarship and Memorial Fund for deserving local students. Donations of $20, $40, $60 or more are suggested. Call 508-865-9599 or email [email protected] for more information.
• The Oxford Woman’s Club is hosting a Flea Market at St. Roch’s Field on Main St. from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, May 21. Space is available for $25; bring your own table. Call Paula, 508-987-2804 for more information.
• A Poetry Workshop with Robert Eugene Perry will be held from 10:00 a.m.-noon, at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster. $25 per person. Mr. Perry’s first novel, Where The Journey Takes You, a spiritual allegory combining poetry and prose, was published in 2007.

Saturday, May 21
• Open Mic Poetry is being offered at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., moderated by Robert Eugene Perry. Round-robin style in a friendly environment. Space is limited. Call 508-949-6232 or email [email protected] for more details.
• The Northbridge 250th Anniversary Committee is hosting an after-hours Beer & Wine Tasting in the Great Room of Northbridge Town Hall as a fundraiser for the parade and fireworks scheduled for July 16th (with a rain date of July 17th).
• “Bruce in the USA,” featuring the musicianship of Bruce Springsteen, kicks off Indian Ranch’s Mike’s Hard Lemonade Summer Concert Series (see more, below, on Indian Ranch’s blockbuster upcoming season).

Sunday, May 22
• The Millbury Redevelopment Authority’s fifth annual Food Truck Festival & Craft Fair will be held rain or shine on the grounds of Millbury High School on Martin St. from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A variety of food trucks, vendors including crafters and musical entertainment.

Wednesday, May 25
• The Charlton Lions Club’s Membership Drive & Reception will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Overlook Great Room, Masonic Home, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton. There will be wine, cheese, friendship and a chance to learn more about one of the town’s most active and important civic organizations and all of the good work its members do in terms of providing scholarships, handicap ramps and disaster relief, addressing sight, hearing and health needs, giving out gift cards for Christmas to families in need, and more. For more information or to make a donation email [email protected]

Thursday, May 26
• The Boys & Girls Club of Webster Dudley is hosting a Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Point Breeze, Webster. This is a fundraiser with a raffle and door prize; $15. Bring an item for the Webster Dudley Food Share. Call Liz Hamilton, 508-754-2686 x201 or Rob Bouchard, 508-612-2200, for more information.

Monday, May 30 
Memorial Day
• Memorial Day Parade, Northbridge, 9:30 a.m.; contact Don Lessard, [email protected] or 508-476-2836 for more information.
• Memorial Day Parade, Putnam, 10:00 a.m.
• Memorial Day Parade, Webster Dudley.

Saturday, June 4
• bankHometown is hosting a Shred Day, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 4 Gore Road, Webster. Bring old mail, receipts, statements, bills, cancelled checks, pay stubs, medical records and other unwanted paper documents.

 The Valley Friendship Tour hosted by Open Sky Community Services returns this year with a walk, a 5K walk/run and a bicycle ride on June 11. Uxbridge Lions had a great time at the Tour, in 2016.


Saturday, June 11
• A Community Yard Sale/Plant Sale will be held at First Congregational Church, 128 Central Ave., Auburn, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Spaces are available for $25, tables (on a limited basis) for $5. Annuals and perennials. Call or text Cindy, 774-238-0260, or contact the church office, 508-832-2845, for further details. 
• Open Sky Community Services announces a spring return for the 37th Annual Valley Friendship Tour from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will start and end at the Alternatives Whitin Mill complex, 50 Douglas Rd., Whitinsville, with yoga, music, raffles and food on the Dennis H. Rice Community Plaza at the same address. Participants can choose between a one-mile walk (the “Golden Mile”), a 5K walk/run, or a 30-mile bicycle ride. The Valley Friendship Tour has been the signature fundraising event for Alternatives Unlimited (now Open Sky Community Services) for 33 years. Since it began it has raised over $3 million in support of individuals and families in Central Massachusetts, including $160,000 in 2021. To pre-register $30), visit openskycs.org/vft2022. Registration the day of the event is $35.
• Memphis Sun Mafia, an Elvis tribute trio, kicks off the Summer Concert Series at Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas. $10 cash per person 16-and-older, kids admitted free, 5:30-8:00 p.m. No rain date. Go to douglasorchardandfarm.com for further info.

Saturday, June 18
• The Sutton Historical Society’s town-wide yard sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 19. The cost is $10 for participating resident addresses to be included on a map and in advertising for the event. Registration forms are available at suttonhistoricalsocietyinc.org. Limited table space at the M.M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop, 6 Singletary Ave., is also available for $10. The Society is accepting donated items (no upholstered furniture or electronic equipment) and will pick up if necessary. Contact [email protected] for more details.
• Tony Soul Project, from the Delta Blues to Soul to Rock & Roll, will perform as part of the Summer Concert Series at Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person 16-and-older, kids get in free, no rain date. Check douglasorchardandfarm.com for further info.


Rhino Encounters will be a highlight of Earth Limited’s BASH at Southwick’s Zoo on June 24, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.


Friday, June 24
• EARTH Limited’s largest annual fundraiser is back for 2022 at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Proceeds support EARTH Limited’s many education initiatives, such as internships, docent/volunteer training, rhino encounters, zoo mobiles, wild adventure programs, junior zoo keeping and more. Guests will enjoy an event of adventure and explore the zoo after-hours. Go to earthltd.org to purchase tickets. Email Betsey Brewer Bethel at [email protected] for more details about EARTH Limited.

Saturday, June 25
• Dark Desert Eagles, the ultimate tribute band to The Eagles, comes to Indian Ranch in Webster as part of the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Summer Concert Series. Songs from The Eagles’ Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album along with hits from Hotel California and several gems from Joe Walsh’s solo career will be featured in this live show. Touched by the passing of Glenn Frey, a co-founder of The Eagles, Pat Badger (an original member of the multi-platinum rock act Extreme) set out to form Dark Desert Eagles in paying homage to The Eagles’ musicianship, vocal harmonies and timeless catalog. In doing so, “we really paid attention to the wardrobe, the hairstyles, the guitars…everything that made The Eagles so cool,” he says.

Also upcoming at Indian Ranch:
June 5, Trace Adkins; June 11, The Outlaws; June 19, The Mavericks; July 2, Michael Franti & Spearhead; July 8, Get The Led Out; July 9, Scott McCreery; July 17, Little River Band; July 23, Ann Wilson of Heart; July 24, Three Dog Night; July 30, The Pike Hairfest; July 31, TESLA; August 5, “Weird” Al Yankovic; August 6, Collective Soul and Switchfoot; August 7, Lost 80s Live; August 12, ABBA The Concert; August 13, Badfish; August 20, Home Free; September 2, Extreme.
Tickets are available at www.indianranch.com, by calling 1-800-514-3849 or at the Indian Ranch Box Office.
■Rolling Stones & CCR Tributes: 19th Nervous Breakdown with Kelly and the Poor Boys: A Creedence Tribute Band, will perform as part of the Summer Concert Series at Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 cash per person 16-and-older, kids get in free, no rain date. Go to douglasorchardandfarm.com for more info.

Monday, July 4
Celebrate the 4th on the Grafton Common! Dress up in costume! Decorate your bicycle! Build a float! Dress up your dog! From North St. to Oak St. starting at 12:00 p.m. Line up at the North Grafton Elementary School. For more details contact [email protected]

Saturday, July 9
• A Night of Zeppelin: A Led Zeppelin Tribute Band, comes to Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas, as part of the facility’s Summer Concert Series, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 cash per person 16-and-older, kids get in free, no rain date. Go to douglasorchardandfarm.com for more info.

Saturday, July 16
• The town of Northbridge’s 250th anniversary festivities will kick off with a parade from the elementary school on Crescent St. at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with fireworks at the middle school on Linwood Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for the pyrotechnics show, which will be preceded by activities for the whole family: food trucks, music, face painting, potato-sack races and more.
• Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas, welcomes Araxas—a Santana Tribute Band, for a show at 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Part of the Douglas Orchard and Farm’s Summer Concert Series. Admission is $10 per person 16-and-older, kids get in free, no rain date. Visit douglasorchardandfarm.com for more info.


Saturday, July 23
• Exit 17th Band, a Rock & Roll Band, will perform at part of Douglas Orchard and Farm’s Summer Concert Series, 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person 16-and-older. Kids get in free, no rain date.

Saturday, July 30
• Douglas Orchard and Farm’s Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by Petty Larceny, a Tom Petty Tribute Band, 5:30-8:00 p.m., 36 Locust St., Douglas. $10 cash per person, kids are admitted free, no rain date. Visit douglasorchardandfarm.com. for more details.

Saturday, August 6
• 4 Ever Fab, a Beatles Tribute Band, will perform as part of Douglas Orchard and Farm’s Summer Concert series, 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for those 16-and-older. Kids get in free, no rain date. Go to douglasorchardandfarm.com for more info.

Saturday, August 13
• Counterfeit Cash, a Johnny Cash Tribute Band, will perform at Douglas Orchard and Farm, 36 Locust St., Douglas, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per person 16-and-older, kids get in free, no rain date. Go to douglasorchardandfarm.com for further details.