HighCamp Band
Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

HighCamp Band

HighCamp is a dance and party band playing a compelling mix of high-energy tunes anchored in the club repertoire of the 1980s. While many of HighCamp’s upbeat song choices hail from the ’80s, their song list spans the decades and is guaranteed to get you moving all night long.

The band’s repertoire draws from The B-52s, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Clash, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Black Keys, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, and many more!

HighCamp features John Grosjean (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Stu Weinreb (guitar and vocals), Al Goray (bass), Cindy Holt (vocals), Caroline Apovian (vocals), and Alan Kramer (drums).

When HighCamp gets it going, they leave nothing in the tank!

DINING OFFER: True West offers 10% off food in the Brewery on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12
/online • $15/door
Tickets available at Fugitive Productions
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery!
Nov
5
3:30pm 3:30pm

Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West Brewery, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present Jenny the Juggler in The Gallery!  Bring your kids for the show while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer and family-friendly concessions from True West.  If you are hungry for more than snacks, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

ABFN members, please visit BigTent to access your ticket promo code. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available, so order today! 

Interested in becoming an ABFN member? Go to www.abfamily.org to join!

Tickets: $8 general admission / $5 for ABFN Members
Tickets at Eventbrite.

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Fugitive Stories: "On The Move"
Nov
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fugitive Stories: "On The Move"

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
 Terry Pratchett

Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment. It is the legacy of generations. There’s a thing that happened. There’s the story of the thing that happened. Then there’s the interpretation of the story of the thing that happened. Good tellers identify a moment and craft a compelling story that resonates on many levels — evoking emotion, inviting introspection, and offering a chance to connect with others.

“Fugitive Stories” is a monthly event that brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Acton 2017 Fall series:

  • Sunday, October 1 — “Breathless”
  • Sunday, November 5 — “On the Move”
  • Sunday, December 3 — “Good Intentions”

Doors open at 5:30pm with storytelling beginning at 6pm and ending around 7:30pm with one intermission.

Tickets are $10/online • $12/door
Click here to order tickets.

Season Series Ticket Special: $50/Two Season Tickets to all three events
Click here to purchase season tickets.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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Book Club Meets the Mat: "Buddha's Brain"
Nov
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Club Meets the Mat: "Buddha's Brain"

Book Club Meets the Mat at Revolution Community Yoga!
“Buddha’s Brain” by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. 
$30 Pre-registration
REGISTER ONLINE

“Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. Solidly grounded in the latest neuroscientific research, and supported by a deep understanding of contemplative practice, this book is accessible, compelling, and profound – a crystallization of practical wisdom!”  – Philip David Zelazo, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Just like yoga, a good book is always better when shared with a group.  Book Club Meets the Mat combines the fun and connection of a book club community with the healing nature of a yoga class. Amy invites you to “pull up a bolster” to discuss our quarterly book of choice and stay for a rejuvenating yoga practice that will settle your mind and nourish your body. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and perhaps meet a new friend!

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FREE Film Screening: Tashi and the Monk
Nov
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

FREE Film Screening: Tashi and the Monk

Tashi & The Monk is an award-winning documentary about a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas created by Buddhist Monk Lobsang which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a similar fate.

Sponsored by West Acton VillageworksTrue West & Revolution Community Yoga, the documentary Screening will be followed by Q&A w/ Jhamtse International Executive Director & Board Members. A selection of Beer and Wine from True West Brewing Co. will be available for purchase at the event.

More info at the Event Facebook Page.

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"History, Art, and Beauty: The Posters of World War I" with Dr. Elliot Lilien
Nov
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

"History, Art, and Beauty: The Posters of World War I" with Dr. Elliot Lilien

2017 marks one hundred years since America entered Word War I, 'the war to end all wars.' This Veterans Day weekend, join Dr. Elliot Lilien for a facilitated discussion and viewing of his personal collection of WWI propaganda posters. Learn about their historical context and join him in a discussion about their artistic merit and value. Adding to the ambience, Thomas Ruggles will perform solo vocals of WWI-era songs.

Dr. Elliott Lilien taught at Concord Carlisle High School from 1965 to 2000. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago, Columbia Law School, and Harvard University. He is an engaging, dynamic, and highly-sought-after speaker who encourages questions and discussion. Anyone interested in History, Art History, Politics, and thoughtful dialogue will not want to miss this event!

Dr. Lilien's poster collection will be displayed in The Gallery at Villageworks throughout the month of November. All posters are available for purchase.

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Holiday Card Making Workshop
Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Holiday Card Making Workshop

Join HOME by Stamm + Black for a Holiday Card Making workshop hosted by local artist, Meg Nichols of Small Town Studio!  Learn how to assemble several beautiful holiday cards and gift tags, enjoy some wine, beverages and snacks with friends, and get into the holiday spirit! This year give cards to loved ones that you made yourself! Come by a bit early at 5:30 for wine, snackies and to poke around our store! Plenty of holiday gifts and ideas for your home to look at before the 6pm workshop! PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS & PRE-REGISTER TO HOLD YOUR SPOT IN THE WORKSHOP!

https://www.stammandblack.com/shop-1/holiday-card-making-workshop

 

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Nov
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a three-event fall series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. Our audiences have been extremely supportive and, frankly, surprised by the level of talent we’ve been able to bring to the ‘burbs. Kudos to Wes! True West Brewery offers beer and wine and provides “take-out” food service in The Gallery to our comedy patrons.

Fall 2017 Comedy series:
•  Friday, September 22
•  Friday, October 13
•  Friday, November 17

QUESTIONS? Call Fugitive Productions at (978) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Tickets for the November Boston Comedy Night will be available in mid-October.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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Fall Flair Craft Show
Nov
18
10:00am10:00am

Fall Flair Craft Show

This limited vendor boutique-like event will be held for the third year in a row in The Gallery at Villageworks, and feature an exciting blend of various types of handcrafts and artisans, at a range of prices.  As always, with the exception of items such as nationally recognized brands of books, participants must be selling items which they, themselves, have made.

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Johnny Hoy + The Bluefish
Nov
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Johnny Hoy + The Bluefish

Formed in 1991, the band has evolved through many incarnations, three Tone Cool and two self-produced CDs, trips around the world as far as South Africa and mostly the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard where most of them live. JOHNNY juggles a full life where he takes advantage of his many skills including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, farming. Somehow he manages to do all the gigs as well. He came to the Island in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’ and Tom Waits’ shows as a teenager.

More info at Fugitive Productions Website

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
Tickets available at Fugitive Productions
Beer & wine provided by True West, West Acton’s new brew pub.
Parking map

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Holiday Farmers Market in The Gallery
Nov
19
10:00am10:00am

Holiday Farmers Market in The Gallery

The Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market is coming back to Villageworks with two Holiday Markets this Fall/Winter upstairs in The Gallery!  JOIN US for the first of two ABFM pre-holiday farmers markets on November 19th, 10am-1pm.  Stock up on winter provisions, staples, and specialty foods for your celebrations and holiday gifts! On offer:

vegetables • fruits • baked treats • meats • wines • bagels • flowers • eggs maple syrup & products • herbs & herbal products • chowders • pastas • jams, salsas, pickles, relishes, dips, spreads, condiments • pet treats • alpaca products

Don't forget to pick up ABFM signature grocery totes, kitchen/task aprons, T-shirts, and ABFM Gift Certificates — great for personal and business gifts.

Vendor info and more at www.abfarmersmarket.org/calendar

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True West's Hometown Throwdown!
Nov
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

True West's Hometown Throwdown!

True West Brewing Co. presents their 2nd Annual Hometown Throwdown in The Gallery at Villageworks!

Come catch-up with old friends (and make some new ones) over locally brewed beer, bites and music! This annual party is a reunion-style event on Thanksgiving Eve! DJ Holtie will be spinning hits through the decades! 70's at 7, 80's at 8 ... get ready to dance! True West will be pouring our house beers and serving a full bar (cash bar). 

Party starts at 7pm, so there's plenty of time to grab dinner or drinks at True West beforehand. This is a 21+ event.

Ticket includes:
Event Admission
Appetizer Buffet
Photobooth
DJ Entertainment
Door Prizes

***Limited Early Bird Tickets are $8 through 10/31/17***

***True West SHARE will be emailed a special SHARE-only ticket link on 9/1/17***

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Fugitive Stories: "Good Intentions"
Dec
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fugitive Stories: "Good Intentions"

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
 Terry Pratchett

Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment. It is the legacy of generations. There’s a thing that happened. There’s the story of the thing that happened. Then there’s the interpretation of the story of the thing that happened. Good tellers identify a moment and craft a compelling story that resonates on many levels — evoking emotion, inviting introspection, and offering a chance to connect with others.

“Fugitive Stories” is a monthly event that brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Acton 2017 Fall series:

  • Sunday, October 1 — “Breathless”
  • Sunday, November 5 — “On the Move”
  • Sunday, December 3 — “Good Intentions”

Doors open at 5:30pm with storytelling beginning at 6pm and ending around 7:30pm with one intermission.

Tickets are $10/online • $12/door
Click here to order tickets.

Season Series Ticket Special: $50/Two Season Tickets to all three events
Click here to purchase season tickets.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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ABFN Pictures with Santa!
Dec
10
12:00pm12:00pm

ABFN Pictures with Santa!

Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus is making a return appearance to the Gallery at Villageworks! With a donation for the Acton Food Pantry (see list of most needed items below), your little ones, or family, can get a picture taken with Santa. This members-only event is our way of giving back to our members while simultaneously giving back to our community. 

Kids will also have the chance to help decorate placemats for the Community Supper's Christmas dinner.

Families will be assigned a designated time based on order of RSVP. Photos will be delivered electronically approximately one week after the event. We're pleased to be able to host 40 families for this event; please RSVP for one regardless of family size.

Most needed items at the food pantry are diapers, wipes, cereal, and 100% juices.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our third annual Pictures with Santa!

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ACTON-BOXBOROUGH FAMILY NETWORK MEMBERS ONLY. ABFN WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS FROM ACTON, BOXBOROUGH, AND ALL SURROUNDING TOWNS!  TO JOIN ABFN, PLEASE VISIT: http://abfamily.org.

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Holiday Farmers Market in The Gallery
Dec
17
10:00am10:00am

Holiday Farmers Market in The Gallery

The Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market is coming back to Villageworks with two Holiday Markets this Fall/Winter upstairs in The Gallery!  JOIN US for the second of two ABFM pre-holiday farmers markets on December 17th from 10am-1pm.  Stock up on winter provisions, staples, and specialty foods for your celebrations and holiday gifts! On offer:

vegetables • fruits • baked treats • meats • wines • bagels • flowers • eggs maple syrup & products • herbs & herbal products • chowders • pastas • jams, salsas, pickles, relishes, dips, spreads, condiments • pet treats • alpaca products

Don't forget to pick up ABFM signature grocery totes, kitchen/task aprons, T-shirts, and ABFM Gift Certificates — great for personal and business gifts.

Vendor info and more at www.abfarmersmarket.org/calendar

 

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The Big Little Band
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Big Little Band

PRESENTED BY FUGITIVE PRODUCTIONS.

BLUES, SWING, ROCKABILLY . . . AND THE OCCASIONAL TANGO!

“We’re BIG . . . for a little band. That’s what we’ve been told by disc jockeys, journalists, aficionados, and our management. Maybe it’s our music. Maybe it’s the water. Maybe it’s our imagination. But we don’t think so. Our credo? “Free your mind . . . and your ass will follow.”

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Tickets available at Fugitive Productions
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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Acton-Boxborough Family Network's Kid Disco!
Oct
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

Acton-Boxborough Family Network's Kid Disco!

Grab the kiddos and your dancing shoes . . . It's a Kid Disco in West Acton!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West Brewery, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present Kid Disco Night in The Gallery! Bring your kids to takeover the dancefloor with DJ Dazza, while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer and family-friendly concessions from True West. The Gallery will be transformed into a kid-friendly colorful disco party. We'll have a designated dance area, surrounded by lounge-style tables, so you can relax while keeping an eye on your kiddos out there bustin' a move.

If you are hungry for more than snacks, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

Tickets & Info

Preschool through 6th Grade - $8 general Admission / $5 for ABFN Members.  
PLEASE NOTE: All children in attendance must be supervised by an adult.  This is not a drop-off event.  

Adults - FREE (Must attend with at least 1 child)

Purchase your tickets now on Eventbrite!  ABFN members, please visit BigTent to access your ticket promo code. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available, so order today! Interested in becoming an ABFN memeber? Go to www.abfamily.org to join!

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West Acton Village Merchants Association's Oktoberfest!
Oct
14
10:00am10:00am

West Acton Village Merchants Association's Oktoberfest!

The West Acton Village Merchants Association's Oktoberfest is back in West Acton Village!

While raising funds and awareness for the Acton Food Pantry, OKTOBERFEST is a West Acton tradition that happens in the heart of our community. This year there will be over 40 businesses, non-profits, artists, and more set up in Gardner Field, along with sidewalk sales and promotions happening throughout the village. A 5K hosted by Marx Running will start at 9am. There will be live music from local bands, bounce house and games for kids, prize wheel, a beer garden across the street at TrueWest, and more. Rain date is Sunday, October 15th, same times.

Come to Gardner Field Playground and enjoy & explore all that your growing community has to offer!

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Oct
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a three-event fall series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. Our audiences have been extremely supportive and, frankly, surprised by the level of talent we’ve been able to bring to the ‘burbs. Kudos to Wes! 

OUR OCTOBER LINEUP —

WES HAZARD (our host): Wes was named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. He’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book, Questions For Terrible People, was named a Barnes & Noble humor pick.

STEVE HALLIGAN: A recent runner up in both the Best of Boston Comedy contest and the Beantown Comedy Riots, Steve is quickly making a name for himself in the local comedy scene. Drawing upon his complex life experiences, including single parenthood and his road to recovery, Steve’s quick wit and charm have made him an audience favorite throughout New England.

CAROLYN PLUMMER: Some comics rely on the monumental events of the day or the faux pas of the rich and famous. Not Carolyn. She pulls material from the hum-drum, day-to-day life of everyman. Possessing an uncanny ability to introspectively pull from places most of us hide, Carolyn puts a nail through the heart of whiners and self-loathers, making the average seem hilarious and larger than life. Most of all, Carolyn’s twisted perception of our common experience leaves audiences hysterically shaking heads in agreement with her assessment that the world is indeed a very funny place.

LAMONT PRICE: Lamont has appeared in heck of a lot of comedy festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs, Rooftop Comedy Aspen Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, NY Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, and Rogue Island Comedy Festival — just to name a few. He has been featured in Hulu’s “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s Election Special,” “NPR: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn,” “Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour,” and has recently been named to “Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch.” Lamont has shared the stage with hundreds of comedians including Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Dave Attel, Judah Friedlander, Patrice O’Neal, Jessica Williams, Brian Kiley, Steven Wright, Dane Cook, Marc Maron, Greg Fitzsimmons, Wyatt Cenac, Dom Irrera, Bob Marley, Phoebe Robinson, and Louis C.K. Recently, Lamont kicked off his “2018 XYZ College Tour” and is currently writing an animated pilot scheduled for release in 2018.

DINING OFFER: True West Brewery offers 15% off food before the show for advance ticket holders. Just show your server a digital or printed receipt.

Fall 2017 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 22
•  Friday, October 13
•  Friday, November 17

QUESTIONS? Call Fugitive Productions at (978) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Order your Tickets.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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Opening Reception for "Driven to Abstraction"
Oct
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Opening Reception for "Driven to Abstraction"

Celebrate the opening of 'Driven to Abstraction,' with an evening of abstract art and locally crafted beer tastings.  The reception is brought to you by OMR Architects with support from True West Brewing Co. and West Acton Villageworks

'Driven to Abstraction' is a juried show of abstract artwork presented by The Umbrella Community Arts Center and exhibited in The Gallery at Villageworks. The artwork is inspired by artist Gifford Pierce’s (1937-1999) geometric studies in color and form. Pierce's work will be be displayed alongside juried abstract artwork from around the region curated by The Umbrella. Pierce’s artwork, from the collection of Nancy and Elliot Lilien, will be on sale to benefit The Umbrella Community Arts Center, a non-profit whose mission is to build a vibrant community through the arts.

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A Night Out for Hurricane Relief
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Night Out for Hurricane Relief

In light of the recent events of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma we will be donating to local area food banks of those people who have been affected by these tragedies. Please join us at Wish Boutique for an evening of shopping, appetizers, and mingling with friends! Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief. You can also purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a surprise! All proceeds from raffle tickets will go directly to the food bank. The more the merrier as we are looking to donate as much as possible! 

More at the event facebook page.

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The Discovery Museums Speaker Series: The Importance of Play in the Lives of Children (and Parents)
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Discovery Museums Speaker Series: The Importance of Play in the Lives of Children (and Parents)

The Discovery Museums and First Connections present Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of PLAYFUL PARENTING and THE OPPOSITE OF WORRY,  a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy.

Free; $5 suggested donation at the door
More info at the Discovery Museums Website

Play is where children live, and it is the main way that they learn. Parents and teachers can visit children in this play zone, for the purpose of forging closer connections, promoting learning, and just having fun. This talk, presented in conjunction with First Connections, will discuss dramatic play, physical play, and play to solve behavior problems and heal from emotional upsets. You will discover how to "learn from the natives" when you visit children's world of play, and you will find more relaxation and joy in parenting and teaching. 

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of PLAYFUL PARENTING and THE OPPOSITE OF WORRY, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also an international speaker and consultant to public and independent schools and community organizations. Dr. Cohen is also the co-author, with Anthony DeBenedet, of The Art of Roughhousing. He wrote two books about children's friendships and peer relationships with Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace: Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Mom, They're Teasing Me. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.  Dr. Cohen attended Haverford College and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University. Dr. Cohen lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife Liz have two grown children and a granddaughter.

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Fugitive Stories: "Breathless"
Oct
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fugitive Stories: "Breathless"

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
 Terry Pratchett

Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment. It is the legacy of generations. There’s a thing that happened. There’s the story of the thing that happened. Then there’s the interpretation of the story of the thing that happened. Good tellers identify a moment and craft a compelling story that resonates on many levels — evoking emotion, inviting introspection, and offering a chance to connect with others.

“Fugitive Stories” is a monthly event that brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.
 

Acton 2017 Fall series:

  • Sunday, October 1 — “Breathless”
  • Sunday, November 5 — “On the Move”
  • Sunday, December 3 — “Good Intentions”

Doors open at 5:30pm with storytelling beginning at 6pm and ending around 7:30pm with one intermission.

Tickets are $10/online • $12/door
Click here to order tickets.

Season Series Ticket Special: $50/Two Season Tickets to all three events
Click here to purchase season tickets.

Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a snack on your way up.

True West Brewery offers 15% off food in the restaurant for advance tickets holders on the day of each event. Stop in before the show or after!

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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Celebrate Thoreau with Friends of the Acton Libraries
Oct
1
11:00am11:00am

Celebrate Thoreau with Friends of the Acton Libraries

To mark the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, CELEBRATE THOREAU is presented by the Friends of the Acton Libraries. This event aims to highlight Thoreau's writings and foster an appreciation for outdoor living. There will be a mixture of academic and social activities for heritage fans, and families. 

This is a free entry event being held at the Gallery at Villageworks. Thanks also to True West for their support. The Friends of the Acton Libraries are a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to the support of Acton's 9 (!) libraries.

Program;
“Why Walden!” - speaker Carol Domblewski, Friends of the Acton Libraries
"Acton In The Time of Thoreau" - speaker Bill Klauer, Acton Historical Society
Oyster Shucking Demonstration led by Twin Seafoods
Axe Sharpening Demonstration - TBA
Open Mic' - pick a reading from Cape Cod, Maine Woods, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, or bring a favourite passage.

Activities;
WALDEN The Video Game
Lego 'build a cabin' - deliberately!
Cider donuts
True West beer
Pic-a-prize raffle
More...

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New Balance Apparel Launch Party at Modern Barre
Sep
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

New Balance Apparel Launch Party at Modern Barre

Please join Modern Barre for a shopping party and complimentary Signature Modern Barre class to launch Modern Barre's new partnership with New Balance Apparel! Shopping begins at 3:00pm and class will run from 4:00pm - 4:45pm. Light refreshments will be provided after class. Registration is required -- please sign up at http://bit.ly/2wu18BI.

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Wish Grand Opening Celebration!
Sep
30
10:00am10:00am

Wish Grand Opening Celebration!

Wish - Acton’s newest women’s boutique, is officially celebrating their grand opening with discounts, giveaways, and an official Ribbon Cutting ceremony!

Wish opened its’ doors in mid-April and has enjoyed a very successful Spring/Summer season. Wish is ready to kick off the fall fashion season in their typical fun form, with a party! Stop by for the Grand Opening festivities on Saturday, September 30th between 10:00am - 5:30pm!

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The Response
Sep
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Response

“The Response” plays originals created by Carlisle’s Jic Davis, Jon Golden, George Middleton, and Mac Ritchey, along with bandmate Emilie Faucher of Shirley.

The unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive/atmospheric rock, blues, improvisation, and global influences.

Formed a decade ago as “The Carlisle Organics,” they played self-made instruments created from found objects and recycled materials. Over time, as the band and friendship evolved, they renamed themselves “The Response,” to play for a tribute ceremony in honor of Carlisle ”first responders.”

The group continues its original mission of making music and fostering friendship. Lead singer Faucher is the primary conveyor of the group’s lyrical tales, exploring such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch. Davis plays an instrument of his own invention, the “batar” — an electric guitar/bass hybrid from which much of the band’s signature sound emanates. Ritchey sings and plays the electric oud, a reinvention of the ancient Arabic lute. It is processed through a variety of effects, creating ethereal, atmospheric sound textures. Middleton strums mellifluous, sweet sounds and delivers incisive solos on electric guitar. Golden serves up a labyrinth of percussive styles to complement the core batar/oud/guitar arrangements.

DINING OFFER:  True West offers 10% off food in the Brewery on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Tickets available at Fugitive Productions
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

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Fugitive Stories Presents: "Across Generations"
Sep
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fugitive Stories Presents: "Across Generations"

Fugitive Stories is delighted to begin another year of storytelling in Acton with a special event! A Storytelling Evening to Benefit Bridges Together, Inc., a nonprofit provider of intergenerational programs headquartered in Sudbury, MA

Sunday, September 24 — “Across Generations”
Featured Storytellers: Amanda Goodwin, Kemp Harris, and Rose Saia

Doors open at 6pm with storytelling beginning at 6:30pm and ending around 8:30pm with one intermission.

Tickets are $20/online • $25/door
Special Intergenerational Ticket Offer: Two tickets for $30! Buy one ticket for a Senior (65+) plus one ticket for a high school student and the second ticket will be 50% off! Advance purchase only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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NAMMA Family Fair
Sep
24
12:00pm12:00pm

NAMMA Family Fair

For new, expecting, and future parents and caretakers- Don't miss this fun and educational fair hosted by NAMMA Families! Learn about providers who can support your family during the prenatal and postnatal periods, and through all of parenthood (lactation consultants, sleep consultants, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, etc!), attend workshops for parents and activities for kids! Raffles, food and drinks, fun for all ages (with a side of education!)

Activities include:

This is a FREE community event. For all the details and a list of Workshops please visit: nammafamilies.org/fair

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The Love Dogs
Sep
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Love Dogs

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It's a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it's THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next," says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie "Duato" Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door
Tickets available at Fugitive Productions
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a three-event fall series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. Our audiences have been extremely supportive and, frankly, surprised by the level of talent we’ve been able to bring to the ‘burbs. Kudos to Wes! True West Brewery offers beer and wine and provides “take-out” food service in The Gallery to our comedy patrons.

We'll email the September line-up to those on our list in August and, of course, it will be available online as well.

$30 series tickets to our Fall 2017 Comedy series now available:
•  Friday, September 22
•  Friday, October 13
•  Friday, November 17

QUESTIONS? Call Fugitive Productions at (978) 823-2313.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Order your September tickets.
Order your three-night series tickets.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

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"Eco-Cocktail Hour" with Women's Voices for the Earth
Sep
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

"Eco-Cocktail Hour" with Women's Voices for the Earth

Join Women's Voices for the Earth to learn how toxic chemicals impact women’s health, and what you can do about it!  Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national organization mobilizing women across the country to stand up and say ‘no’ to toxic chemicals in the products they use daily—chemicals that are contributing to cancer, infertility and other health problems.  Together, they are moving some of the largest corporations in the world to make positive policy and ingredient changes that value the health of women and their families.

Appetizers and drinks by True West Brewery
To learn more, visit www.womensvoices.org

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Not Your Average Business Networking
Sep
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Not Your Average Business Networking

Shawna Pelton and Angela Noelle Martin host a business networking event like no other!

What are you doing to build the type of relationships that enhance your know, like & trust factor?
Most networking mixers are done with good intentions (and YES, I realize there are great organizations doing good things for local businesses) however, the reality is that you will pop into an event, say hello to people you already know, maybe shake a new hand and if lucky you’ll get to give them your card. Yippee!  But let’s face it, you and I both know that card is going into an “I’ll get to that later” pile before people get engulfed by their “to do list” vortex and the card is never to be seen again.

When traditional business networking has a paradigm shift, you reap the rewards. Our intentions are to connect local organizations, professionals & entrepreneurs in a fun and engaging new way while creating opportunities for business building.

  • Meet new people to expand your network.
  • Build stronger relationships with people you already know.
  • Generate new business for and from these connections.

We anticipate that you will leave with RESULTS from this event and guarantee that you will gain or give a solid lead and/or a warm referral, deepen your relationships with people in the community, and have FUN in the process.

Registration and more info on Eventbrite.

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Fundraiser for St. Jude at Gardner Field
Sep
9
10:00am10:00am

Fundraiser for St. Jude at Gardner Field

Join Revolution Community Yoga, Title Boxing Club of Littleton, and True West for a late morning outdoor class at Gardner Field Playground across from VIllageworks to raise money for St. Jude in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Begin with a 30 min shadow boxing class, then a 30 min yoga class held by Revolution Community Yoga, followed by a social at True West!

Suggested $10 suggested donation. Donations will be collected in CASH at entry. All proceeds go to St. Jude's. The classes & social hour are open to the PUBLIC with a donation.

Please Register at Eventbrite

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Yoga in the Brewery
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Yoga in the Brewery

True West Brewery and SWELL yoga are happy to present Yoga and Brews!  Head to True West for a Saturday morning flow appropriate for all levels even beginners. Following class you will be treated to a flight of beers of your choice brewed in house included in the ticket price. 

Since you've worked up an appetite why not stay for lunch after (not included in ticket). Bring a friend or make a friend, do yoga, and drink beer!

Tickets are $25 pp and must be purchased prior to event
Register and pay at https://www.swellyogawellness.com/book-online

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Welcome Wish to the Neighborhood!
Jun
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Welcome Wish to the Neighborhood!

Come by Wish for wine, shopping, and a good time! Bring a friend (or a few) to introduce them to Wish and you'll all receive 10% off for the night and a fun gift. This is just a casual evening but RSVP's are encouraged to help us prepare accordingly.

More info and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/919186544887023/

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Jeff Jam Live!
Jun
4
3:30pm 3:30pm

Jeff Jam Live!

Jeff Jam is coming to West Acton!

The Acton-Boxborough Family NetworkTrue West Brewery, and West Acton Villageworks are pleased to present Jeff Jam in concert!  Bring your kids for the show while you enjoy a locally-made craft beer and family-friendly concessions from True West.  If you are hungry for more than snacks, present your tickets at True West before or after the show (same day only) and receive 10% off your meal.

About Jeff Jam

Jeff Jam is a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for children of all ages. He travels all over Massachusetts, New England, and the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children everywhere.

Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam grew up watching Sesame Street, reading Dr. Seuss, and listening to The Beatles. Three of his favorite things are books, music and baseball. When he gets to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame in a library, Jeff Jam is in heaven.

Jeff Jam is a certified Music Together ® teacher, and leads music classes in Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, and Belmont. He has five CDs of music available, including his latest, Snores, a collection of quiet songs for lullaby time. -JeffJam.com

ABFN members, please visit BigTent to access your ticket promo code. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available, so order today! 

Interested in becoming an ABFN member? Go to www.abfamily.org to join!

Tickets: $8 general admission / $5 for ABFN Members
Tickets Available on-line HERE

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"Beyond Measure" Documentary Film Screening
May
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Beyond Measure" Documentary Film Screening

Presented by Acton-Boxborough Family Network, with support from Acton-Boxborough United Way. 

In Race to Nowhere, director Vicki Abeles unveiled the dark side of America’s achievement culture. In her follow up documentary, Beyond Measure, Abeles travels to public schools across the country as they embark on a journey to transcend the limits of our outmoded, test-driven education system and create a more equitable, empowering, student-centered education culture from the ground up. By putting research and innovative models into practice, groundbreaking school communities are transforming how and what they teach. In chorus with experts including Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling-Hammond, Yong Zhao, Alison Gopnik, Jo Boaler and Daniel Pink, the change makers in Beyond Measure prove that both a new vision and a higher purpose are within reach for American education.

Tickets: $10 in advance online / $15 at door

Order Your Tickets Online Now

Questions?  Contact Michelle Shoemaker at fundraising@abfamily.org

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Art Opening: "In Suspension" by Janet Shapero
May
21
1:00pm 1:00pm

Art Opening: "In Suspension" by Janet Shapero

Join artist Janet Shapero from 1pm-3pm on Sunday May 21st for the opening of her new installation "In Suspension" designed specifically for The Gallery at Villageworks.  

"In Suspension" premiers over 20 new works.  For almost two decades, Janet has been applying thin layers of pigment, both directly and indirectly to open-weave backings in order to create images of varying translucencies, held afloat in a diaphanous grid.  Rete-Chrome (pronounced rět-ě-krōm - derived from rete, Latin for net; and chrome, Greek for color) is the term she coined for the process and the resulting two-dimensional artwork.  Similarly, the term Rete-Form relates to a like use of pigments applied to metal screen which is then modulated into sculptural forms.  Ranging in size from miniature to monumental, Rete-Chromes and Rete-Forms have been widely exhibited; as individual pieces and as elements in larger installations.

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Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery
May
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Boston Comedy Night in The Gallery

 

Our first Boston Comedy Night in February was a hit. Hosted by Wes Hazard (named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine), four Boston-based comics rocked the house. If there was ever a time when people needed to get together and just laugh and smile, it is now, right? Wes is bringing another great line-up to us on May 19.

DEB FARRAR-PARKMAN
Toted by the Boston Globe as “one of the most consistently inventive performers” on the Boston comedy scene, Deb has been featured in numerous comedy festivals throughout the country, including Ladies of Laughter, Laugh Your Asheville Off, and the New York and Boston Comedy Festivals. She has been featured on NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and local television stations WCVB and WBZ. Deb is the founding producer of and a performer in ColorStruck: Women of Color in Comedy, as well as the co-executive producer of You’ve Crossed the Line: Diversity, Humor and Freedom of Speech, a humor and dialogue platform for college campuses and the larger community. She is also an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. 

NICK CHAMBERS
Born and raised in Worcester, Nick began performing stand-up comedy on a whim in 2009 and hasn’t been able to stop since. His laid back delivery and conversational tone has quickly led to becoming a regular performer all over the East Coast where he has opened for national headliners like Kyle Dunnigan and Bridget Everett. In 2016, Nick was a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and performed in the Oddball Comedy Festival. He also made is feature film debut in the comedy, “Good Kids.”

TIM McINTIRE has been one of the most popular and prolific comedians in Boston for over a decade. His career has been eclectic — he’s hosted the Boston Music Awards, written for Nickelodeon, released two comedy albums, and been featured on NPR. His Thursday Night Fights and Geek Council shows are legendary. He’s performed on TV (Comcast Comedy Spotlight), at comedy festivals (Boston, Chicago), and on film (Long Distance). And as one of the owners of Mottley’s Comedy Club, he helped give the next generation of comics a space to find their own comedic voices.

WES HAZARD (our host)
A New England native, Wes was named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast — based on the critically-acclaimed IFC television show — with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. His debut book, Questions For Terrible People, was released in 2016 and named a Barnes & Noble humor pick.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase your tickets now. Last time they sold out!
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

 

Questions? Please contact Fugitive Productions directly at (617) 823-2313 or dg@fugitiveproductions.com.

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West Acton Wellness Fair
May
13
11:00am11:00am

West Acton Wellness Fair

  • 525-545 Massachusetts Ave Acton, MA, 01720 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 3nd Annual West Acton Wellness Fair is a family friendly festival that highlights local health, wellness and education-based businesses of W. Acton, MA & surrounding communities.  Health & wellness vendors, live music, fresh farm produce, demonstrations, and food available at West Acton Villageworks cafes & restaurants.  

Bring the whole family!  Kids events include:

FREE Music with Mister Vic sponsored by Acton Real Estate: 12:00pm at Gardner Field (across the street from Villageworks)
FREE Kids Dance Class with Julia from Modern Barre: 1:00pm at Gardner Field
FREE Kids Yoga Class with Christine from Revolution Community Yoga:  1:30pm at Gardner Field
FREE Animal Presentation from Animal Adventures: 2:00pm on the lawn next to Twin Seafood

Ages 4+ FREE Helmet Give Away from Pedal Power - Bike & Ski (On-going 1st come, 1st Serve)

The fair runs rain or shine.  

Vendors and more info at the Wellness Fair Facebook page.

Organized by Revolution Community Yoga, Revolution Community Bodywork, Wellness at Villageworks, and The Town of Acton Health Department.  Sponsored in part by OMR Architects.

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50/50 Day: Creating a More Gender-Balanced World
May
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

50/50 Day: Creating a More Gender-Balanced World

On May 10th, join thousands of organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries and homes — anywhere people already gather — in a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, home, and more.

The event will be facilitated by Kathy Elkind of elKind Nourishment.  The evening will consist of the following:

  • Introduction to 50/50 Day: 10 mins
  • Screening of short film: 20 mins
  • Small or Large group discussion using age-specific questions: 30 mins
  • Wrap-up: 15 mins

FREE and open to the public.  Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect.  

Sponsored by elKind Nourishment, Wellness at Villageworks, and West Acton Villageworks.

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