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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Vokes Players announce their production of Fun Home, performances November 8-23

The Vokes Players of Wayland present the Tony-winning musical Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, directed by Donnie Baillargeon, with musical direction from Howard Boles. Performances will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre, Route 20 in Wayland, MA from November 8th through November 23rd.  Every week of the run there will be performances on Friday & Saturday evenings at 8PM, and Saturday matinees at 2PM.  There are also two Thursday evening performances, on November 14th and November 21st.  For tickets and information call 508-358-4034, or order online via our website  Ticket prices are $25.00 for Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees; $28.00 for Friday & Saturday evenings.

In Fun Home, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori weave the cartoon panels of Alison Bechdel’s sharp, personal, and widely-acclaimed graphic novel into a haunting musical filled with precise details and sharply defined moments.  Alison’s story is transformed into a pastiche of time and place, slipping from her childhood when the Bechdels lived over the family’s business, the Bechdel Funeral Home (or “Fun Home,” as the family called it), through Alison’s college years when she came out to herself and her family, to the present as the adult Alison, looking back, tries to patch up her relationship with her family, especially her conflicted, angry, exacting father. The songs are pointed, impactful, at times enchanting as they echo a bygone day, but also heart-wrenching and poignant. Fun Home won five Tony awards, including Best Musical, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The cast for the show includes: Kathleen Comber (Roslindale), Abigail Mack (Bridgewater), Sydney Johnston (Belmont), Alex Thayer (Maynard), Lea Oppedisano (Hopkinton), Alex Massarotti (Sudbury), Tate Cinti (Wayland), Charley Lapomardo (Cambridge), and John Crampton (Dedham).  The choreographer, Jen Condon, is from Arlington, the musical director, Howard Boles is from Marlboro, and the stage director, Donnie Baillargeon, is from Waltham. 

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. Fun Home is the first production of our 2019-20 season.  The theatre is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the Vokes Players, visit our website –


News and Events from the Wayland Library, October 11, 2019


  • Author Talk: Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition. William H. Smith’s book seeks to affect the public discourse on race, moving it from the “blame/grievance/rejection” cycle to one of “amity/collaboration/access and equity.” While most discussions focus exclusively on racist traditions, Smith looks at the always-present moral counterweight of close, loving friendship and collaboration: “the other tradition.”  William H. Smith is an award-winning documentary producer and writer.  Sunday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Introduction to the iPhone. You know how to make a phone call and send a text, but are mystified by all the bells and whistles of your iPhone. Learn the difference between SIRI and voice dictation, how to search for and download an app, ways to send yourself reminders, and other basics of your device.  Monday, October 21 at 2 p.m.
  • King Lear: Should We Translate Shakespeare into Modern English?  Using examples from King Lear, Joel Angiolillo will trace some of the language changes that have occurred since 1605. Learn how the language has evolved and enhance your appreciation and understanding of King Lear. Lear is being performed by the Actors Shakespeare Company October 3-27th.  Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Mansion Inn: The Making of a Scholar with Tonya Largy. Learn about Mansion Inn, a Native American archaeological site in  Wayland, and Dena Dincauze, the remarkable woman who documented it.  Tonya Largy is an archaeological consultant.  Sponsored by the Wayland Historical Commission.  Sunday, October 27 at 2:30 p.m.
  • New Traditions for Thanksgiving: Side Dishes & Turkey Talk. For many of us, preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be pure anxiety.  Join chef Liz Barbour as she explores the many types of turkeys available, the various ways to prepare them, and how to create a menu that is easy and delicious.  Following her discussion, Liz will demonstrate two of her favorite side dishes and offer samples for everyone.  Registration required.  Limit 35.  Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Hiking The Bay Circuit Trail: A Video Journal. Dan and Marilyn Brielmann, along with Alan French, will guide you along the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile natural wonder that arcs around Boston from Newburyport to Kingston.  Dan incorporates his video and musical talents in a documentary style on the environmental issues of our day.  Alan French was the founder of the Bay Circuit Alliance.  Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m.


  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Oct. 22, Nov 5, 12, and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, Oct, 17 and 31, Nov. 14 and 21, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Spooktacular Storytime & Crafts. Join Ms. Carly at this Saturday storytime for semi-spooky stories and not-so-scary songs and rhymes. Crafts to follow! For babies to 5 years. Saturday, October 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Zumba. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Hayley Chizinksy of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Tuesday, October 29, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


  • Monster Mash Bash! Drop in for a monstrously fun afternoon of horrible crafts, ghoulish games, and eye-popping activities. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes! Costumes welcome! For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, October 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Parent/Child Book Group. This book discussion group is for 4th and 5th graders with a parent. October’s book is Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech. Wednesday, October 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Diwali. Learn about Diwali and create your own henna and rangoli designs on paper. Wayland parent Manisha Kotadia will also paint a henna design on your hand if you want! For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, October 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m.


  • Registration Open for Fall Girls Who Code Club, Grades 6 and up. Girls Who Code encourages hands-on learning about coding and technology. Our club is affiliated with the National Girls Who Code organization, with its mission of closing the gender gap in technology.  The fall session meets Tuesday afternoons, 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 15 to Dec. 17, excluding school holidays. Questions? Contact Pam McCuen, Head of Youth services, at Registration is required. To register click here.


  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Sign up online for our pumpkin decorating contest! Compete in a kids or adult age group for two titles each: Best Decorated and Best Carved! Pick up your reserved pumpkin 10/23-10/26. Return your pumpkin on 10/26 or 10/27. Then visit the library or our Facebook page to vote for your favorites. Winners will be announced on Halloween!

WAYLAND SCHOOL BUS WILL HAVE A STOP AT THE LIBRARY THIS FALL! This year, a certain number of seats on Bus 3 will be allocated each day for middle and high school students who’d like to stop at the library after school.  This option is for students who are registered to ride the bus and have purchased a bus pass.


Support Birthday Wishes during the month of October

Drop off Wayland High School Main Office, now Through Thursday, October 31. Please consider donating items to support Birthday Wishes, an organization that aims to improve and empower the lives of homeless children and their families by providing joy, play, and hope through the magic of a birthday party. Jenna Brandaleone is a Wayland High School junior and is sponsoring this effort and has been working with this organization since the age of eight. Items will be collected in the Wayland High School Main Office now through October 31. Please click here for more information or visit

Weston Friendly Society announces auditions for Beauty and the Beast

The Weston Friendly Society is pleased to present: Disney’s Beauty and The Beast

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Rob Roth, Originally Produced by Disney Theatricals

Director- Hollis W. Sullivan
Choreographer- Dan Sullivan
Music Director- Judy Hayward

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will take place at The Weston Town Hall, 11 Town House Road Weston MA 02493

Audition Requirements: Please sign up for a time slot at

Vocal: Please prepare a 32-bar cut of a song in the classic Musical Theater style. Nothing from the show, please.

Dance: In signing up, you will choose an hour time-range that includes both a singing and a dancing audition. All will participate in a standard Musical Theater- style dance combination. For the dance audition, please come prepared to move and bring appropriate footwear.

Required Paperwork: Please fill out the audition form found on our website at and bring it with you to auditions. Please bring a photo of yourself (does not need to be a professional headshot).

Performances run:
Saturday, April 25th-Sunday, May 3

Rehearsal Information:
Rehearsals will generally be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10:30pm and Sundays from 12-5pm. The first rehearsal will be February 23rd from 11:00am-5:00pm. No Conflicts accepted for Tech week.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

John Harthorne, Founder of MassChallenge, to deliver keynote speech at Foundation for MetroWest’s Community Leadership Breakfast

Foundation for MetroWest is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Community Leadership Breakfast: John Harthorne, founder and former CEO of MassChallenge.

The Community Leadership Breakfast brings together 350 corporate decision makers and civic leaders in conversation and highlights the Foundation’s work to make MetroWest a stronger, more sustainable community. Our region is home to thriving businesses, and giving back to the local community is an essential part of a conscientious and successful business model. This annual event highlights businesses that play an important role in strengthening the community and inspires others to integrate community philanthropy into their own business models.

John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. He also led the 10th annual MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) held in Trondheim, Norway. The Boston Business Journal has identified John as one of Boston’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders alongside the CEOs of Akamai Technologies, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Boston Celtics. The World Economic Forum also elected John as one of the 2013 Young Global Leaders alongside Chelsea Clinton and Tony Hsieh, and Ernst & Young voted John as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in New England for 2013.

In 2010, John co-founded MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. They also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through MassChallenge’s global network of accelerators in Boston, Israel, Switzerland, Mexico, Rhode Island, Austin and Houston, and unrivaled access to corporate partners, MassChallenge entrepreneurs are creating a massive impact – driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,975 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $4.3 billion of funding, have generated over $2.5 billion of revenue, and have created over 120,000 jobs.

The Community Leadership Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM at the Boston Marriott Newton at 2345 Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, Massachusetts. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at or by calling 508-647-2260.

About Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted nearly $17 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $24 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit or call 508.647.2260.

Apply now for Youth in Philanthropy programs for 8th graders and high school students

Youth in Philanthropy at Foundation for MetroWest is now accepting applications from Wayland 8th graders for the YIP Wayland program and for youth in grades 9-12 to participate in one of their high school Youth in Philanthropy programs meeting in Sudbury or Weston. This experiential learning program allows students to explore community needs, nonprofits, and the world of philanthropy while taking on the chance to become philanthropists as they review grants and choose which local organization to grant $10,000  To learn more or apply, visit their website here.

Dr. Rick Sacra, Wayland Native, Ebola survivor and medical missionary, to speak at TCC on October 23

Dr. Rick Sacra has served as a medical missionary in Liberia since 1995 at the ELWA Hospital. He serves with the non-denominational Christian mission group SIM. Dr. Sacra initiated the founding of ELWA’s HIV/AIDS counseling and treatment program and has been the Acting Medical Director at ELWA Hospital from 2008 to 2010, and 2018 to present.  From 2010 to 2016, during time in the U.S., he taught residents at the Family Health Center of Worcester, and served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UMass.

Dr. Rick Sacra grew up in Wayland. He attended Brown University and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Biochemistry and soon after in 1985 he married Deborah Stanton, and they have 3 children. Dr. Sacra earned his M.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1989. After Family Medicine Residency in Bristol, Tennessee, he worked at the Family Health Center of Worcester from 1992 until 1995.

Since recovering from Ebola Virus Disease in 2014, Dr. Sacra has returned to Liberia to assist the team at the ELWA Hospital, run by SIM. Rick is currently the residency director at Liberia’s first Family Medicine Residency Training Program at ELWA Hospital which opened July of 2017.  Dr. Sacra returned from Liberia on October 3 for a three month stay in the US, and will return to ELWA Hospital in January.

Dr. Rick Sacra’s talk is open to the public and will be held at Trinitarian Congregational Church, at 53 Cochituate Road in Wayland, on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00pm.