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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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MISSING CAT: Sydney is a black cat last seen at Old Connecticut Path & Woodridge

Missing Cat posted on Helping Lost Pets: Sydney. Sydney is a small, female, adult black cat, last seen at Old Connecticut Path & Woodridge. She has a few white hairs under her chin. She is friendly, but skittish. She has been missing for over two weeks. Contact her owner via the Contact link on this page.

Wayland Community Fund Urgently Needs Your Help!  Please Donate!

The Wayland Community Fund (WCF) is experiencing heavy demand for help this year and we need your support! Donations are down by 50% while requests are up by 21%.

WCF provides short-term emergency financial assistance to Wayland residents for basic needs such as utilities, rent, food, medical bills, and other living expenses. These are our neighbors, who are struggling financially due to job loss, illness, death of a family member, or other financial crisis.  Some have no oil for winter, no electricity, little food or are threatened with eviction. Often these residents do not appear to be in financial difficulty and do their best to keep up appearances. They are however, in serious need. 

“Requests for help increased sharply this past year and donations are significantly down” according to Wayland Community Fund Chair, Lynn Dowd. The committee has quietly been working to help Wayland residents for over 22 years. 

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, WCF provided over $37,000 in assistance to Wayland residents (up 21% from 2017-18) with the payment of 66 bills including 29 utility payments, 11 rent payments, and 26 payments for other items including food and medical bills.

WCF receives no public funding. It relies primarily on contributions from Wayland residents and a few businesses, supplemented by a small trust fund created 20 years ago. Managed by five appointed volunteer professionals, it has no overhead or administrative expenses. 

Please consider supporting this vital Wayland community organization by sending a charitable donation to: The Wayland Community Fund, ℅ Treasurers’ Office, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

Residents must apply with a formal request for assistance and if eligible, payment is made directly to the vendor or supplier of service.  If you know a Wayland resident who needs financial help, please ask them to call 508-358-3624. 

More information can be found on the Town of Wayland website.

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 www.vokesplayers.org.  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 – www.vokesplayers.org.

 

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 www.birthdaywishes.org.

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. Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, October 27 and 28.

Audition Requirements: Please sign up for a time slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090A4AA8A823A3F58-disneys

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 http://www.westonfriendly.org/call-for-actors.html 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.
www.mtishows.com

WCPA Trunk-Or-Treat and Monster Mash Halloween Party!

Join the WCPA for some Halloween fun!

TRUNK OR TREAT
4:00 – 5:00 | Claypit Hill Elementary Parking Lot
Dress up the kids, decorate your car, and bring treats (candy or non-candy) to share! Prizes awarded to top decorated trunks. For safety’s sake, please arrive by 4:00 pm. Open to all!

MONSTER MASH HALLOWEEN PARTY!
5:00 – 7:00 | Claypit Hill Elementary
Ghouls & Goblins, Witches on brooms. You are invited to a party under the moon! Activities include: music, dancing, and Halloween fun & games. Pizza, snacks, and water will be served. Join us after Trunk-or- Treat!
Admission: $5 per child ($15 max per family). Please note this is not a drop-off event. Open to all!

Dignity Matters launches fall drive

Dignity Matters is a Framingham-based charity that supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to women and school-age girls living in homeless or low-income situations, to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.

There are over 22,000 homeless women and school-age girls in Massachusetts alone. Every month, they face the humiliating reality of limited or no access to tampons or pads. Food stamps do NOT cover these products, people rarely donate them to charities, and shelters and public schools, with their often-limited funding, cannot cope with the demand for them. Many women must choose between buying food or sanitary napkins.  Many women and girls are forced to miss work or school multiple days each month because they don’t have the protection they need.

Dignity Matters partners monthly with over 90 local nonprofits right here in our neighboring communities, including food pantries, medical clinics, homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, public schools, and after-school programs.  We currently support over 2500 women every single month.  In 2017, we collected more than 220,000 items and we doubled that in 2018, distributing over 500,000 products. But it’s still not enough to meet the demand. We need YOUR help!

During the month of October, you can support Dignity Matters and the thousands of women we support by bringing donations of pads, tampons, new underwear (with tags) and new or gently used bras to the following locations:

See our website at www.dignity-matters.org to make a financial donation or for more information. Questions? Contact Allison Kates at alliekat325@gmail.com