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An original painting by award-winning Millbury artist Michael Graves will be among the items up for purchase during the Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library’s Online Auction, October 9-23. Open bidding for Mr. Graves’ painting and such other featured items as a Harry Potter signed first edition, a handcrafted knife by Jim Saviano, beautiful gift baskets, gift certificates, vacation packages, antique and vintage items and items of local historical significance has started. The Friends thank sponsors for donations that make this year’s auction catalog the best ever. All proceeds benefit the library’s building fund campaign including handicapped access. Go to to place your bid(s).

NOTE: Community bulletin board-type items are welcome for inclusion in the Happenings! section of the Xpress newspapers. Please allow enough lead time for publication. Emai your calendar or event notice to [email protected].

Upcoming at Indian Ranch in Webster:
October 8, Jamey Johnson Live in Concert, 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at, by calling 1-800-514-3849 or at the Indian Ranch Box Office.

• The Auburn Historical Society and Museum, 41 South St., in conjunction with the Ebenezer Learned DAR Chapter, is hosting an exhibit to celebrate Constitution Week. The museum is open 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Tuesday to view this display.

• The Big E, Massachusetts’ state fair, continues in Springfield.

• An art exhibition featuring alcohol and ink paintings by Linda Littleton will be on display in the café gallery of Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Friday, October 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Call 508-949-6232 for further info.

• The Douglas High School Celebration Graduation Committee is hosting a pasta dinner fundraiser at Douglas High School, 33 Davis St., from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Included are pasta, meatballs, sauce, salad and breadsticks donated by Olive Garden; also desserts. Cost is eight dollars for adults and five dollars for children under twelve.
■A Halloween-themed Paint Night with Jean Walker will be held at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Paint your own wooden picket fence in a fun, seasonal design just in time to display for Halloween. The finished piece is four-foot tall and four slats wide. Cost is $39. Space is limited. Call 508-949-6232 to register.

• The Village Congregational Church’s Harvest Festival, a local tradition, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Town Common in Whitinsville. Rain Date is Sunday, September 25th from noon to 4:00 p.m. This event features arts, crafts, plants, a food court, farmers market products, a bounce pad, entertainment, children’s activities and games, music, a large variety of raffle prizes and a special handmade quilt raffle. VCC is looking for volunteers and vendors. Call 508-234-7901 for further details.
• The Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library, 15 N. Main St., are hosting a Book and Bake Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Home-baked pies, cakes and cookies and an assortment of children’s, young adult and adult books will be available. There will also be a Treasure Table of “really cool items.”
• The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary’s Church, 77 Mendon St., Uxbridge, will host its annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run to help those in emergency situations wo are struggling to make ends meet. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration is in the parking lot behind the parish hall. Donations can be made online at for St. Mary’s Uxbridge MA. For more information, contact Donna at 508-278-2226.
• A Fantasia Drag Show will take place at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant at Indian Ranch in Webster at 7:00 p.m. Call 508-943-3871 or go to for further info.

• A seminar, “Health Care and Your Retirement,” is being offered at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library, 2 Lake St., Webster, in advance of Medicare Open Enrollment, which begins October 15th. Registration is at 5:45 p.m. The seminar starts at 6:00. The increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. In fact, thirty years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as health care. Now the amounts are nearly equal. Dennis Antonopoulos, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Lynne Mussulli, a Medicare specialist, will be presenters, discussing these topics: Medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses long-term medical expenses and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. Register for the seminar by September 23rd by contacting Karen Rieser at 508-832-5385 or [email protected].

• Open Sky Community Services will host a free Health Fair at the Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event will feature a variety of free exercise classes including Brave Yoga, Beatz Dance Studio instruction and Tai Chi with Ron Allen. Exhibitors representing different areas of health and wellness will be present: Nutritionist Michelle Mix from Hannaford, students from the Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical High School Health Services shop, Special Olympics Massachusetts representatives and others. There will be a chili cook-off and healthy snacks. Those interested in helping out at the Health Fair are asked to contact Shannon Gwinn at 774-922-7577 or [email protected].

• The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Back to Business” breakfast meeting with Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey appearing as guest speaker will be held from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Charles F. Minney VFW Post, 16 S. Main St., Millbury. Go to for more information or to register.

• Nick Bosse and the Northern Roots will appear at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant at Indian Ranch in Webster. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Call 508-943-3871 or go to for more info.

• Douglas’ Octoberfest will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the area of Main and Depot streets, with live music, games, rides, foods, a car show, fundraisers and little dog races. New this year is an all-ages pinewood derby race with a $300 prize for fastest car and a $100 prize for best-in-show. Local brewer Greater Good will be represented in the Octoberfest Beer Tent, featuring music by Rusty Spike and the Brian James Quartet. Returning are the event’s soda-jerk experience, a second train, and tricycle racing for all ages. This year, Koopman Lumber will be providing a hay ride from the Douglas elementary and middle schools to the event, and there will be additional parking at Soldier’s Field. Prospective vendors can obtain more information by visiting Douglas Octoberfest’s website, at or by emailing [email protected].
• An Historical Walking Tour of Whitinsville with Ken Warchol starts at Northbridge Town Hall at 10:00 a.m. and continues until noon. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. Pre-registration for this event is required. Contact Mr. Warchol at 508-680-3440 or [email protected].
• The Sutton Historical Society will present a Wagon and Cart Show from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the M.M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop, 6 Singletary Ave.
• Dudley Grange #163 will host an Apple Festival at its grounds, 139 Center Road, Dudley. Vendors are welcome. Contact Karen-Beth at 508-341-6289 to reserve a spot.
• Live acoustic music with Cameron Sutphin will be presented from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster. Donations will be accepted and CDs will be available for purchase. Cameron Sutphin is an American singer and guitar player. In 2017, as a solo act, he released his debut Nashville-recorded CD Heartbreak Town.

• An Introduction to Digital Photography workshop series led by ‘Bil’ Gardiner of William Gardiner Photography in Worcester will be held at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost for the entire series is $75. Contact [email protected] or call 508-949-6232.

• The New England Country Music Club presents live music by Crossfire at the Progressive Club, 18 Whitin St., Uxbridge. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with entertainment from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

• An Evening with Physic Medium Leo McCarthy will be held at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 E. Main St., Webster, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person and limited to the first ten attendees.

• An Indian Prince lake tour will take place at 9:45 a.m. Call 508-943-3871 or go to for more info.
• Upton VFW Post 5594 will wrap up its summer series of flea markets at 15 Milford St. (Rt. 14). Spaces are $10 each or $15 if a banquet-sized table is needed. Parking is free. Call David Kennedy at 508-529-3314 or visit the Post’s Facebook page for more details.

• “The Battle for the Airfield WWII Re-Enactment” will take place at the American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., Hudson. This is a WWII living history event with over 350 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military in two large-scale battles daily. Re-enactor encampments will be open all day for both Axis and Allied soldiers. There will also be a WWII veterans roundtable daily in the hangar. Tank rides will be available all weekend for an additional charge. Visit for more info.

• The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas will conduct a fall online auction, with all proceeds doing toward the Library Building Fund. The Friends are seeking donations of crafts, services, gift baskets, antiques and “what-have-you” for this event. For more information, visit

• Duranarama will take place at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant at Indian Ranch in Webster. Show time is 8:00 p.m. Call 508-943-3871 or go to for more info.

• St. Patrick’s Fall Recycling event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 7 East St., Whitinsville. Profits will benefit upcoming YIA (Youth in Action) service projects. There will be on-site paper shredding, electronics recycling for a fee and a collection of bottles and cans and textiles. For more information and pricing, call 508-234-5656 or email [email protected]. Cash preferred. 
• A Harvest Supper to benefit the Auburn Historical Society and Museum will be held at Pakachoag Church on Pakachoag St., Auburn, at 6:00 p.m. The menu is roast pork, seasonal vegetables and apple crisp. Patrons can dine in or dine out. There will be gift baskets for sale and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at the museum, 41 South St., on Tuesday or Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 508-832-6856 or with a check to the museum, 41 South St., Auburn 01501. Tickets must be purchased by October 8th. Baskets will be on view at the museum the morning of October 15th and tickets for the 50/50 may be bought then too. Winners do not have to be present for the drawing and will be notified.

• Waters Farm Days, a fall tradition, will take place at 53 Waters Road, Sutton, offering attendees an opportunity to learn about New England farm life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include tours of the farm house and the maple sugar house, a blacksmith at work and shingle making. There will also be tractor pulls, displays of farm equipment, a car show, farm animals, children’s activities, crafters and more.