Last hurrah for Central Mass. Skate Festival
The 10th annual Central Mass Skate Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4. Competitors from across the country will participate in mini-ramp, slide jam, and downhill events. See skatecentralma.com for a short video of last year’s festival, and go to skatecentralma.com/schedule for this year’s full schedule. Spectators are welcome all three days. There will be shuttle buses to transport riders and spectators between town center and the race site all day on Sunday. Organizer Mike Girard has announced that this will be the festival’s last year, so don’t miss it!
Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation will pick up used clothes/items
The Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation will pick up donations of gently worn clothing and household items in Harvard on Saturday, June 15. The organization converts the donated goods into cash and distributes the proceeds to mentoring programs supporting more than 30,000 “Littles” and “Bigs” across Massachusetts. To schedule a pickup visit bbbsfoundation.org/schedule-a-pickup or call 800-483-5503.
Learn to Row!
If you’d like to learn to row, join Bare Hill Rowing Association’s summer program for sixth-graders through adults, with no experience necessary. In five one-hour classes, you’ll learn terminology, boat basics, how to navigate and refine the stroke, and have ample practice sculling in stable, flat-bottomed boats. This is the best development class to prepare you for further rowing instruction. Visit barehillrowing.com to learn more and to register. Space is limited. Cost is $175 for a one-week class.
Protecting indigenous stone landscapes
A workshop on preserving and protecting indigenous stone features will be held Tuesday, June 18, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. in Volunteers Hall at the Harvard Public Library.
The short, learn-by-example workshop, sponsored by a grant from the Harvard Cultural Council, is intended to offer ideas and resources for historical commissions and other boards and organizations, whether they are just interested or already waist-deep in preservation. The general public is also welcome.
Doug Harris from the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office will introduce us to the indigenous ceremonial stone landscape and discuss how to create a collaborative stewardship relationship with four aligned tribes—the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and the Narragansett Indian Tribe—to gain greater knowledge of this indigenous heritage and to find ways to protect sites of significance.
Representatives from Acton, Hopkinton, Littleton, and Upton will share what has worked successfully in their efforts to protect indigenous stone sites in those towns.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., refreshments and a slide show of local stone features will precede the first speaker.
Register for 31st annual Jimmy Fund Walk
Registration is now open for the 2019 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, the nation’s highest fundraising single-day walk. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, funds raised from this walk will support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Participants can choose from four distances along the historic Boston Marathon® course:
- Marathon Walk (26.2 miles) from Hopkinton;
- Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles) from Wellesley;
- 10K Walk (6.2 miles) from Newton;
- 5K Walk (3.1 miles) from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Walkers are treated to refueling stations throughout the course as well as a celebration at the finish line at Copley Square.
Adult walkers commit to raising a minimum of $325; walkers 12 years old and younger commit to raising $125. There is also a Virtual Walker option for those unable to attend the event. To register for the walk, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS.
Fourth of July T-shirt
The Harvard Fourth of July Committee will be selling T-shirts Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Transfer Station June 22 and at the General Store June 15 and 29. Adult shirts are $20, kids shirts $15. Supplies are limited; shop early!