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Non-Profit Spotlight:
Yoga Reaches Out

Mission: to bring the yoga community together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, Yoga Reaches Out focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.

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Wayland Buzz Spotlight on the Energy and Climate Committee

Originally created by the Selectmen in 2009 as the Energy Initiatives Advisory Committee, it was charged with advising the town on energy and energy-related programs and grants. The new Energy and Climate Committee’s role is to advise on all issues related to reducing energy use and mitigating climate risks. We’ll talk with Co-Chair Ellen Tohn and member Tom Sciacca about what they’ve accomplished and what the future holds for their committee. Airs starting June 25. This will be our last program until September.

The Buzz airs on Sundays and Tuesdays, at 10am and 6pm on your Public cable channel (Comcast Ch. 8; Verizon Ch. 37).  And online on-Demand anytime at

Carriage House Longest Day Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

Please join us at Carriage House at Lee’s Farm (134 Boston Post Rd, Wayland) for a fun afternoon of silent auctions, raffles, dunk tanks, music and a cookout..100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association! Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm. Everyone is invited!  Event flyer online here

Support Hatun Runa’s Expedition to Peru

On June 21, six Wayland residents will embark on a nearly 3-week expedition with Hatun Runa, a small non-profit working to provide resource development in healthcare, education and the overall quality of life in remote villages accessed through Leymebamba, Amazonas, Peru. Wayland’s Leslie Moloney, one of the founders Hatun Runa, is organizing the expedition which will include her son Collin Moloney, Jih-Ho Donovan, Owen Donovan, Carlos Melero Jr., and Matt Edwards, all from Wayland. We will be joined by archaeologist and solar engineer Ricky Lightfoot, who designs our solar systems for portability and durability in the harsh environments we trek to and install the systems in.

Where the road ends, Hatun Runa’s work begins. For 10 years, Hatun Runa has been working in remote villages in the Northeastern Andes of Peru. These forgotten villages are thousands of miles from the crowds of tourists in Cuzco and Machu Picchu and are accessible only by foot. With limited or no health care, clean water, sanitation, electricity and educational materials, everyday life is a struggle. Hatun Runa’s efforts are focused on providing resources to these communities by providing solar power for their health posts and schoolrooms, as well as basic medical equipment, educational supplies and training. Hatun Runa and Loose Change (also a Wayland-based non-profit) are the only American non-profits working in this area due to the difficulty of simply getting there. The region has transformed in the past ten years that we have been traveling to Peru, but there is always so much more to be done.

In 2010, Hatun Runa started a solar power initiative which changed the delivery of care in the village health posts. These are solar power systems that could be trekked by foot into the mountains, in order to provide light, radio for medical emergencies and power a small fridge for life-saving vaccines and medicines. In 2011, a Hatun Runa container was shipped from Boston to Lima, then trucked 2000 miles to Leymebamba. It held the first surgical suite, dental suite, maternity suite and other medical equipment as well as enough educational resources for 6 schools. Last year, torrential rains caused a flood and landslide in the middle of the night in the village of Chilchos, accessible only by a 26-mile trail. A mother and three children were washed away and search efforts were nearly impossible as the village had no electricity or emergency lighting. The community requested help, and last summer we installed a set of tactical solar powered flashlights in the health post for the future.

This year’s trip will be an intense surgical strike: we will visit all three of the health posts’ solar installations for maintenance and upgrades, and bring medical and educational resources for the health posts and schools. Supplies are trekked in by our group on foot and on horseback. We will visit La Morada, a nearly 40-mile(two-day) trek through altitude, high jungle, and mud. This is a village that lives at poverty level and hardship is 24/7. Four years ago Hatun Runa was the first non-profit (foreign or domestic) to visit this village of shy/cautious people. We installed solar panels in their health post as well as lighting, a vaccine refrigerator and dedicated radio. We brought supplies to the mud-walled, dirt floor school. Our leader warns: “The hike to this village is going to be the hardest hike you will ever do but the most rewarding if the weather is good. The beauty of it is beyond compare.”

Some of us will also visit Chilchos, a 26-mile trek from our base town, Leymebamba. We do this hike in one day, we stay for one day, and we hike back the next. Only a small group will do this hike while the rest of the group spends some time in the schools in Leymebamba. Atuen, the closest village, now has a road!!! So this will be a one day trip.

We humbly ask for your donation to help Hatun Runa fund the installation of improved solar equipment in 3 health posts to ensure durability over time. We will also bring medical resources, books, and educational materials to schools. Please note: All travelers are funding all of their personal travel costs, so all donations will go directly to improving the lives of the people in these villages.

100% of your donation goes to these projects. You can donate by clicking here

If you would like to learn more about Hatun Runa visit:

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Vokes Players Announce Their Production of The Porch, a play by Jack Neary

The Vokes Players of Wayland present The Porch, directed by James Barton.  Performances will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre, Route 20 in Wayland from July 20 through August 5 Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturdays, July 29 & August 5.  For tickets and information call 508-358-4034, or order online via our website  Ticket prices are $18 for Thursday evenings; $19 for Saturday matinees; $22 for Friday & Saturday evenings.

The porch referred to in the title belongs to Alma, a slightly naïve septuagenarian who is about to throw her traditional Labor Day picnic for her friends and family, the first one since her husband passed away.  To support her, her close friends Gert and Marjorie and Leo and Pat (their husbands) are there helping (to an extent; they’re not doing much beyond gossiping).  And these three couples have a lot of history together, so there’s precious little that they self-censor anymore. As they prepare for the picnic, they’re teasing each other, they’re discussing current events (it’s 2004, Bill Clinton has just published his biography, and local news is breaking of priests who have abused children), and they’re watching the goings-on in the neighborhood.  Their running commentary highlights the changing culture and how these folks feel about it.  Local playwright Jack Neary explores with delicate humor themes of loss, trust, growing old, and the personal impact the big headlines of the day have on ordinary people.  On their porch, these five Massachusetts natives live out their lives with each other, making sense of it all as best they can.

The cast for the show includes: Fred Robbins (Burlington), Liz Robbins (Burlington), Deanna Swann (Framingham), Robert Zawistowski (Medway) and Barbara Douglass (Newton).  The director, James Barton, is from Marlboro.

The historic Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre in Wayland is one of the truly unique cultural and historical resources in Metrowest.  The Vokes Players is a non-profit theatrical organization. The Porch is the final production of our 2016-17 season.  The theatre is wheelchair accessible.  For more information about the Vokes Players, visit our website –

Alert from Wayland Police: Black Bear sighted in Stonebridge Rd area

A Black Bear has been seen in the Stonebridge Road area. We ask that you stay away from the bear and please do not feed the bear. The Massachusetts Environmental Police are aware of the situation and are working with the Wayland Police on this matter.

Found Bird: Blue Australian Pudgy

Found Bird: This little blue Australian pudgy has been hanging out in a Wayland yard. He’s in good hands, but it would be great to get him reunited with his family.  He seems to be in perfect health.  If he’s yours, message Kim at

News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 16, 2017

Adult Programs and Workshops:

  • The Role of the Honeybee In Our Environment & A Honey Tasting with Kenneth Warchol, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm, You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity’s survival on Earth. Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival. Ken will bring samples of a variety of honeys for everyone to taste.
  • Bhutan, Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, Thursday, June 22, 7-8:30pm.  The little known Kingdom Of Bhutan is perhaps best known to the outside world for its guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness. John Leupold will discuss Gross National Happiness, along with Bhutan’s history, culture, and politics. John is a one-time Wayland resident and will soon be departing on his 30th visit to Bhutan which he as his second home and enjoys sharing his experiences about this unique country.
  • Deer Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life”, Monday, June 26, 7:00-8:30pm.  Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the increase.  Join Entomologist Dr. Larry Dapsis and Dr. Stephen Rich, a professor and researcher of microbiology at UMass Amherst for this presentation.
    • Dr. Larry Dapsis – Entomologist since age five, holds a B.S. in  Environmental Science & Biology from Fitchburg State University and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.
    • Dr Stephen Rich holds a PhD in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Irvine. His latest work is centered on the realm of tick-borne diseases.  He and his colleagues have engaged in a first-of-its-kind passive surveillance for established (eg. Lyme) and emerging (eg. AnaplasmaBabesia, and Bartonella) pathogens in the range of human-biting ticks.  Much of the data he has gathered on tick infection rates contributes substantially to our understanding of tick-borne disease in Massachusetts.
  • English Conversation Group.  Do you know someone who is learning basic English? This group is ideal for people who want to practice their English and learn about American culture. The Library’s English Conversation group meets two Fridays each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The next session will be held on Friday, June 30 in The Raytheon Room.
  • Digital Games and Education.  Change in program schedule for this event to Thursday, July 20 7:00-8:30 pm with Professor Kyle Moody of Fitchburg State University.

JUNE’S DATABASE OF THE MONTH: NEWSBANK. The Boston Metro Collection from News Bank provides current and archived newspaper articles from 123 Boston-area media sources.  News Bank is brought to you by the Town of Wayland and the Wayland Free Public Library. The link for this resource is on the library’s online resources page at:


  • In the Library foyer, Ann “Cappie” Martin had a childhood illness that prevented her from attending school until the fourth grade. At that time she found sculpture as a hobby which later developed into a life’s passion for Art. As an art history major at Wellesley College, Cappie was exposed to all aspects of art study. Cappie’s watercolors and other mediums are on display through June 30.
  • In the Raytheon Room, The Red Tailed Hawks of Pelham Island Road, an exhibition by Peter W. Agnes, Jr.  Peter, a member of  Gateway Camera Club, is a nature photographer with a special interest in bird photography. This exhibit is the result of a four-month project which began earlier this year in which he focused on the area of Pelham Island Road from the Pelham Island Bridge eastward to the town administration building, including the area within the National Wildlife Refuge.

UPCOMING  JUNE BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR ADULTS. The library runs several adult book groups, and new members are always welcome. For more information about any of the groups, call the library at 508-358-2311 or visit us online at


  • Upcoming Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, June 20, July 11, 18 and 25 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays June 22, 29 and July 6 and 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Brain Building Storytime, Monday, June 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime, parachute play, and brain building activity.  Led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.
  • Zumba Kids Jr., Tuesday, June 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Julia Walderzak of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio.


  • Drop-in Craft:  Build a World in a Box, Wednesday, June 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring a box, big or small, and create a world within it. We will also provide some boxes. The program will be led by librarian Elise Katz. For ages 5 and up.
  • World Cultures: Ramadan and Eid, Thursday, June 22, 3:00-3:45 p.m.  Join us as we learn about Ramadan and the Eid festival, one of the most beloved holidays for Muslims around the world. Children will listen to stories, make a paper lantern craft, and get henna tattoos.  Program led be Wayland parent Najiba Akbar. For ages 4 and up.

FOR TEENS: Teen Pizza Study Nights:  Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20, 5:30–11 p.m. Teens! Feed your brain while studying with your friends at the library. Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. on these nights.  Granola bars, cookies, and other treats will also be available.  AND the library will stay open until 11 p.m. just for you.  We hope you ace your exams

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF, Wednesday, June 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Ed the Wizard will kick off the Wayland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Build a Better World with his magic show “Reading is Magic. “Ed the Wizard’s interactive magic performance is inspired by the Harry Potter books and emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s reading skills over the summer. Readers are better able to Build a Better World!  For ages 5 and up.