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Wayland resident elected to Human Relations Service board

Wayland Town Crier 11/10/16: Wayland resident elected to Human Relations Service board. Malcolm Astley, of Wayland, was elected to the board of trustees of The Human Relations Service, the private, nonprofit community mental health agency serving Wellesley, Weston and Wayland. Astley received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in teaching from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Education in human development and counseling from Boston University. He spent 37 years in public education as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal, working in the public schools in the Boston area. Astley has served as a trustee for local organizations, and he was recently designated as a White Ribbon Ambassador by Jane Doe Inc. in their campaign for Reimagining Manhood.

Wayland Conservation holding volunteer event for trail maintenance

trout-brook-conservation-areaThe Wayland Conservation Department will be holding a trail maintenance and invasive plant removal event at Trout Brook Conservation Area on Saturday October 22 from 11am-2pm (rain date October 29).

Trout Brook is a 50 acre area comprised of predominantly white pine forest surrounding a freshwater swamp. A mile and a half of trails run throughout the property.

Join us for a fun and rewarding day outdoors helping to maintain one of Wayland’s beautiful conservation areas! Any amount of time you can help is appreciated and useful, so come and stay as long as you want. All ages are welcome including children if accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs.

The entrance to Trout Brook is at 22 Campbell Rd. On-street parking is available across from the entrance. (Please do not park in front of the gate.)

Bring hand tools only (pruners, loppers, pruning saws etc.) for clearing the trails and removing invasive plants. Long Pants, long sleeves, gloves and sturdy solid footwear are highly suggested.

Please contact the Conservation office at 508-358-3669 or email Brian Harris for more information.

Sudbury Valley Trustees Seek Volunteers for Conservation Land Marking

signingSudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) seek new volunteers for boundary location and signing on its properties. SVT is a non-profit conservation organization that protects natural areas for wildlife and people. With the help of volunteers, SVT cares for over 4200 acres of land and maintains over 55 miles of trails in a 36-community region around the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers. Boundary volunteers should be comfortable working in the field, including bushwhacking through rough terrain. Orienteering and compass skills are a plus, although training will be provided. If you care about conservation, enjoy exploring the natural lands around you, or want to learn a new skill, attend the training session at Wolbach Farm at 18 Wolbach Road in Sudbury on October 5th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information or to register for the training, contact Lisa Long at 978-443-5588 X135.

Volunteer opportunity at SVT Halloween Pumpkin Patch event

Sudbury Valley Trustees is seeking student volunteers for our annual Pumpkin Patch family event on Saturday, October 22. This is a fun Halloween harvest festival at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. Volunteers are needed for setup, activities, and breakdown. Two shifts: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. More information about Pumpkin Patch can be found here at our website. Contact Michael Sanders at msanders@svtweb.org or 978-443-5588 X111 for more information and to volunteer.

Royal Wayland Rehab seeking volunteers

Wayland Town Crier 9/17/16: Royal Wayland Rehab seeking volunteers. Royal Wayland Rehab and Nursing Center, located at 188 Commonwealth Road in Wayland, is seeking and interviewing adult volunteers. High school students are welcome! We are particularly interested in those volunteers with a love of helping people and a desire to be needed and appreciated.

Wayland and Weston MBAs help nonprofits

Wayland Town Crier 9/12/16: Wayland and Weston MBAs help nonprofits. What happens when you match about 100 philanthropically minded MBA alumni with 11 worthy nonprofits over a six-month period? The answer is, Community Consulting Teams of Boston (CCT), an all-volunteer, MetroWest-based organization that provides management expertise on a pro bono basis to local nonprofits.

Become a Tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English?  Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession.  But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor.  Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled.  ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on October 12.  The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 9:00.  No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English.  The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at virginia@thesteels.com.