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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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We’re hiring…volunteers!

Are you a lover of books, a fan of the Wayland Library, and have a spare hour or two per week to volunteer? The Friends of the Wayland Library are looking for a few more people to help with the good work being done in support of the library. Whether it’s taking a more active, ongoing, role in the book sale, or helping with discrete events, the options are varied both in areas of interest and amount of time required. Our next quarterly meeting is Friday, June 9 at 9:15am in the Raytheon Room at the library. We’d love your input and your talents. Please join us! Email Sarah Hubbell at svhubbell@gmail.com with any questions.

Wheels for the World wheelchair collection

On Saturday, June 17, Wheels for the World will be collecting wheelchairs, parts; and other mobility aides at Trinitarian Congregational Church; 53 Cochituate Rd from 10am-2pm. If you or someone you know has no longer used wheelchairs or canes, crutches, etc. Please bring them to Trinitarian and they will be taken and restored to new condition and brought to disabled children and adults around the world who cannot have access to “the gift of mobility” due to conditions in their countries. Donated wheelchairs will be receipted and are tax deductible.

Come help us give others around the world the freedoms we sometimes take for granted and give The Gift of Mobility. For more information call Cindy Leonard at 508-653-3743 or go to www.joniandfriends.org.

Volunteers are also needed in this area for ongoing help picking up donated wheelchairs and mobility aids and bringing them to our storage facility in Framingham. If you can help please contact Cindy Leonard.

Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers for Board and Committee Openings

The Board of Selectmen is beginning the process for filling volunteer openings on boards and committees.  These openings are the result of expired terms as of June 30, 2017, or vacancies due to early resignation.  Both reappointments and new appointments will be considered.  A complete list of open positions as of June 30, 2017, is posted on the Wayland town website here:  http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_WebDocs/boardvacancies.

Applicants must be registered voters in the Town of Wayland.  Anyone interested in volunteering should submit a statement to the office of the Board of Selectmen, MaryAnn DiNapoli, atmdinapoli@wayland.ma.us.  Please describe your interest, background, and qualifications relevant to the opening being sought, and a résumé, if available.  Applicants are encouraged to attend at least one meeting of the committee to which they seek appointment and discuss the board’s function and responsibilities with a current member of the Board or the appropriate staff member before being considered for appointment.

If you have any questions, contact Town Administrator Nan Balmer at nbalmer@wayland.ma.us.

Wayland Rail Trail Brush Clearing and Turntable Excavation at Wayland Depot

Volunteer rail trail brush clearing and turntable excavation at the Wayland Depot.  Efforts will focus on clearing brush from the preserved track in the historic district so that it can be better appreciated by users of the trail and so that it will be an attractive part of the future Wayland railroad interpretive site alongside the trail. The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 16th annual volunteer Spring brush clearing at the Wayland Depot (1 Cochituate Rd.) on Saturday, May 6 (9am-4pm) and Sunday, May 7 (1-4pm). Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines, and undergrowth along the inactive railroad tracks alongside the rail trail near Wayland Depot. We will also continue to excavate the turntable pit to expose more of the circular granite walls in addition to removing brush that has grown up at the engine house and water tank sites. Volunteers should bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and should wear work clothes and boots. For more information call Rick Conard at (508) 358-4597 after 7pm or by email at RRConard@earthlink.net.  For the trail, there is some touching up needed on the trail edge, as well as removal of some trash.

Internship and Service Year Opportunities with Sudbury Valley Trustees

Sudbury Valley Trustees is offering two summer internship opportunities to local students seeking professional experience with conservation work. The Stewardship Assistant Intern will assist with stewardship of reservations held by Sudbury Valley Trustees. Primary responsibilities include locating, marking and monitoring property boundaries and general monitoring of properties. The Stewardship Assistant will assist with other stewardship activities including both office and field work, such as property maintenance and trail mowing, and working with volunteers on various stewardship tasks. The Community Engagement Intern will work with SVT’s Membership and Outreach staff to expand community-based outreach projects and increase public support for land conservation. Primary responsibilities include fundamental communications and outreach targeted at both the general public and other audiences, such as property visitors and SVT members. These internship positions are unpaid for 10 hours per week. SVT can work with your college or university to transfer time for academic credit. Visit www.svtweb.org for more information on internship responsibilities and requirements.

SVT will once again host three TerraCorps members (formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps) during the 2017 – 2018 service year, August 28, 2017, to July 25, 2018. Part of the national AmeriCorps program, TerraCorps members spend 11 months of service at a nonprofit conservation organization in Massachusetts, where they help their host organization engage the local community and expand its capacity for the future. In return, TerraCorps members receive a living allowance, an education award, and additional benefits. SVT’s three positions are Community Engagement Coordinator, Land Stewardship Coordinator, and Regional Conservation Coordinator. We encourage those interested to read more about the Terracorps program and eligibility requirements at http://www.svtweb.org/news/svt-seeks-terracorps-members-2017-2018.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust, protecting and caring for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.  www.svtweb.org

5th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive, June 10

Leukemia is a blood cancer. During his illness, Eric needed many, many blood products–whole blood, packed red cells & platelets.

The past four years were a huge success with enough blood donated to help 1,200 people!

Sign Up for a time to Donate Blood online here.  Event will be held at Wayland High School.

Host Families Needed

Have you met Sid from India or Nora from Switzerland?  They are the 2 AFS students currently attending Wayland High School.  Now you also can have the opportunity to host a foreign exchange student through AFSUSA.

Each year more than 2300 students from 90 countries come to the US to study in our high schools and live with host families.  By hosting an AFS exchange student, you will begin to see the world differently.  Profiles of available students who have been selected to come to our area are available on the afsusa.org website.  Maybe you would like to learn more about culture in Pakistan or want to open your home to a student in South America or the Far East.  Please take a few minutes to look at the student profiles.

Any family interested in opening their homes to a study abroad student for the 2017-2018 school year should contact Jody Pongratz: japongratz@gmail.com or 508-650-1153. AFS is an international leader in student exchange for the past 65 years.