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2017 Harrington Healthcare 5K Color Run/Walk
Our 2016 Color Run/Walk was a huge success. We raised more than $14,000 toward our new co-occuring disorders unit. Your enthusiasm, dedication, and energy brought us to new levels last year and we look forward to continuing that vivacity this year. Proceeds from our 2017 5K benefit Harrington Recovery Services.                                           NEW LOCATION - NEW LOCATION - NEW LOCATION                                                             Fay Mountain Farm, Charlton The event begins at 12 p.m. Walk-in registration will begin at 11 a.m. The family-friendly event is held rain or shine.  Our 5K will feature four color stations – Blue, Yellow, Purple, and Green  Sponsored by: Registrants that COLLECT DONATIONS OF $50 OR MORE beyond their own registration(s) will be entered into a drawing for a family fun pack consisting of gift cards to local attractions and more valued at over $100. The event aligns with the Harrington Auxiliary 26th Annual Lucky Duck and Family Fun Day, happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..  It includes family-friendly events, entertainment, and activities, Lucky Duck Day is best known for the “duck pluck”, in which participants who purchased one or a set of rubber ducks have a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. Ducks will be available for purchase starting in March. Community members can buy their ducks at Volunteer Services in Southbridge.  Additional locations will be announced soon. The Course: Our 5K will take participants up Cemetary Rd in Charlton and through the orchards at Fay Mountain Farm.  A 1-mile route (approximately) will be available as well for those wishing to take a shorter route. Please wear supportive shoes, watch your footing as you run or walk, and be mindful if you have pets or children with you.  Due to the course terrain this year, we are not advising you walk or jog with strollers.  If you shoose to bring one, please be mindful some areas might be challenging to navigate. Parking Parking will be available in the surrounding area.  Shuttle service will be provided from designated locations.  Additional details will be available closer to the event. T-shirts T-shirts will be made available to each participant at early check-in and on the day off the event, while supplies last. Early Check-in Details regarding early check-in will be emailed to participants prior to the event.  How Do I Prepare for the Color? First, you don’t need to be a runner! This event is about fun, awareness, family and health. Walkers, have no fear! The event is not timed and the only expectation we have is for everyone to have fun. There are some things you should probably keep in mind, though: While the color powder DOES wash off, it tends to temporarily stain clothes and shoes (especially blue!). For this reason, we advise you to keep your ‘Sunday best’ at home. Certainly, wear white – it makes the experience so much better – but bring shorts, running pants, or T-shirts that you don’t need for a job interview on Monday morning. (If you signed up in time, you will get a T-shirt to wear that day! Protect your face. This isn’t mandatory, but we might advise you to wear cheap, oversized sunglasses, headbands, or some other form of protecting your eyes and mouth. The color will not intentionally be thrown above the shoulders, but it is powder and it tends to drift. There WILL be alternatives to going through the color stations. So if you are bringing children, have pets, strollers, or just don’t feel like becoming a human tie-dye, that’s OK, too. You will simply make your away around the color barriers along the route. Leave your iPod or iPhone in the car! Or, at the very least, protect your electronics by putting it in a zip lock bag. Otherwise, it will get ‘decorated’! Bring a towel or a change of clothes. When you’re ready to go home, you don’t want to re-upholster your car seats. We obtain our color from PurColor, Inc., based out of Colorado.  Their celebration powder is made up of cornstarch and FD&C colorants. You can view their MDS sheet here. Stay in the know by liking our Facebook page.

When: May 7, 2017 11am in Charlton, MA

20th Annual Best Ball Charity Golf Classic

Support our veterans and their families with a day of golf!Sign up to play, become a sponsor, or donate a raffle item.Space is limited sign up today;Contact: 508.791.1213 x1162Email: golf@veteransinc.orgOr visit our website www.veteransinc.org

When: May 10, 2017 9am to May 10, 2017 4pm in Charlton, MA

Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar (Aikido)

Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - a weekend Aikido retreat where you can develop a new appreciation of Aikido training while sharing all the good times with friends. Don't just practice Aikido, for three days live it! Framingham Aikikai will host its second Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a lineup of senior instructors and fun activities at affordable prices. Join us as we celebrate Kanai Sensei in a special setting that recalls the early days of Aikido! Robert Zimmermann - Shihan, 7th Dan - Toronto Aikikai  David Farrell - Shihan, 7th Dan - Commonwealth Aikikai David Halprin - Shihan, 7th Dan - Framingham Aikikai Barbara Britton - Shihan, 6th Dan - Framingham Aikikai Jo Birdsong - Shidoin, 6th Dan - Aikido of Austin Fiona Blyth - Shidoin, 5th Dan - Boston Aikikai and more instructors to come...Experience - a large group of senior instructors will be on the mat to celebrate the influence of Kanai Sensei, review his singular techniques and learn something new. Though Kanai Sensei is our focus, other teachers influenced by Kanai Sensei will also be present.Celebration - the celebration of Kanai Sensei doesn’t end on the mat. The seminar will provide daily opportunities to relax, socialize and have fun.Pricing - the aim is to give more people access to practice and have fun whether they are attending for one, two or all three days. We've worked to make travel and seminar costs reasonable, or even low (if you want to rough it by bringing your camping gear!) NOTE: "Early Bird" package pricing ends on March 24 at 9pm EST. Availability of Aikido day passes will follow. Online pre-registration ends on Friday, May 19th at 9pm EDT. We welcome walk-in registrations on the day of the event for day-trip, Aikido-only passes. However, to avoid disappointment, please reserve your day pass as soon as they become available. If you would like to be co-located with your dojo in the same lodging area, please let us know when you register. We will have a limited number of linens available for rental. Pricing will be available shortly. Class Schedule FAQs Q. Are there day rates available with and without food options? Yes, we will be offering day-only rates for people coming for one day. These will be available after the early bird rates end on March 24. Q. Are families welcome? And what's the minimum age requirement for practicing Aikido on the mat? The seminar is open to families and children of all ages. There is no charge for children three years and under. However, if children want to join us on the mat, they need to be 13 years old. Q. What should I bring into the event? At the very least, please bring your linens or sleeping bags, your Aikido weapons and your gi. Sunblock and/or insect repellent will be helpful if you plan on spending time in the outdoors. Plan ahead! If it's warm, you may want to bring a fan. If it's rainy, you might want to bring an umbrella and boots. You can always bring things to make your stay more enjoyable such as a cooler filled with drinks, a coffee maker, or even a ball for the basketball/volleyball court. Use your imagination! Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us through email at: KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com. Q. What lodging options are available? Each lodge at Prindle Pond has two wings that each consist of a common bathroom and a group of rooms. Most rooms have two bunk beds (i.e. four beds).  A very limited number of rooms have a private full bathroom, and most rooms with a private bathroom are single occupancy. Though the venue is private property and quite safe, please make an effort to secure your own belongings while you are there. Rooms types fall into five categories: Double Room (2 bunkbeds), No Bath: 2-4 people Single (single bed), No Bath: 1 person Single (single bed), Full Bath: 1 person Double Room (2 bunkbeds), Full Bath: 2-4 people Double Room (1 bunkbed), No Bath: 1-2 people Q. How do room assignments work? We will make room assignments based on a several factors. We generally assign two people to a room. If you register for a private bathroom, we will likely assign one person to a room. If you have any preferences on roommates or neighbors, please let us know when you register. If you registered for a private bathroom, please let us know if you want a single- or multi-occupancy configuration. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests when making room assignments. Please contact us with lodging requests at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com. Q. How does dining work? The camp will provide 6 meals for full weekend attendees and 3 meals for one night attendees. These meals are already a part of the full weekend and one night packages. Day passes normally do not include any meals, but if you pre-register your day pass, you can buy a meals add-on. The venue needs a head count to make sure they prepare enough food for everyone. The schedule lists the hours that the dining hall will serve food. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com. Q. What are the amenities at the venue? Attendees will have access to the camp property, which includes a basketball court, sandy volleyball court, and a soccer/softball field. A large pond bearing the venue name is available for boating or swimming. Nature trails and bike paths criscross the wooded area. WiFi is available in the main dining hall area.  Housing will be in lodge style buildings.  Each wing of a lodge has a large common bathroom with numerous shower stalls, sinks and toilets. A limited number of rooms have private baths. Each lodge is unique, and have accessible and pleasant common areas for sharing good times. The rooms are simple; they contain bunks and possibly some storage space. You will need to bring a towel plus linens (twin sheet, pillow, and blanket) or a sleeping bag. A limited number of linen packages will be available for rent on-site if you are unable to bring your own. Remember that this is a retreat, so the amenities are comfortable, yet simple. That said, the camp provides everything you need to enjoy a weekend away from the rat race. We want to encourge people to unplug and relax as much as possible. Q. Where can I find out some more information about the venue? We are thrilled to host this seminar at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA, which is conveniently located minutes from the MA Turnpike and Interstate 84. This beautiful facility sits on 500 wooded acres. For students and non-students alike, it offers recreational activities such as bonfires, softball, and beautiful nature walks. For those wishing to venture outside of Prindle Pond, you are only nine miles to historic Sturbridge Village. Trip Advisor - https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g41854-Sturbridge_MA-Vacations.html Sturbridge - http://www.sturbridge.com/ Q. What's the refund policy? Refunds will be available subject to EventBrite policy. More details of the policy to follow. If you have questions, please send us an email at KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com. Q. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No need. We will be able to check you in once you visit the registration desk in main dining hall.   

When: May 26, 2017 12pm in Charlton, MA

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About Charlton, MA
The Town of Charlton Massachusetts was founded in 1755 and is located in the south-central portion of Worcester County and is less than 50 miles away from Boston.

History of the town includes James Capen Adams also known as "Grizzly Adams" who was one of the last mountain men. Adams spent eight years in the Rocky Mountains. He became a friend and slayer of grizzly bears as well as having several hand to fang encounters with the bears. In 1860 Adams died with his boots on and was buried in the Old Burying Ground in Charlton.

History of the town also includes that of Dr. William Thomas Green Morton whose experiments with ether first made anesthesia possible during surgical operations. Visit the cemeteries for a closer look at both the head stones of Grizzly Adams and Dr. Morton as well as a peek into your own family roots!