What’s the State House Doing About Climate Change? May 30, 7pm

What’s the State House Doing About Climate Change? May 30, 7pm

What’s the State House Doing About Climate Change? May 30, 7 p.m.

Join MetroWest Climate Solutions on May 30 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of climate-related bills that are currently under discussion at the Mass. State House.

Massachusetts has a mandate to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. To achieve these goals, the State Legislature must now pass legislation on multiple fronts to make this goal a reality.

Many bills that would support efforts to decarbonize and enhance resilience are making their way through the State Legislature. Legislators hope to pass a major climate and energy bill, which would address the electrification of many carbon-intensive sectors such as transportation, support the use of renewable energy, update and expand the grid, reduce the use of single-use plastics, and expand the bottle bill, among other initiatives.

Casey Bowers, Action Fund Executive Director for the Environmental League of Mass., is responsible for creating and executing the strategy to ensure the policy priorities we need pass the legislature. She will discuss some of the most significant bills before the Legislature, their potential impact, and why you should support them.

The Legislative Session ends on July 31. This is the perfect timeframe to reach out to your elected representatives to encourage their support for critical climate bills.

To register for this free webinar, visit metrowestclimatesolutions.org.

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First Parish Yard Sale: Saturday, June 1

First Parish Yard Sale: Saturday, June 1

Please join First Parish in Wayland for a fun and kid-friendly yard sale on June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. The church is located at 225 Boston Post Rd., at the intersections of Routes 20, 27, and 126.

You’ll find antiques, books, costume jewelry, native plants, home goods, craft supplies, and other useful or fascinating items. We’ll also be hosting several non-profits based in our community. Please plan to pay with cash. Kindly bring your own bags.

Ten percent of sale proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, which provides meals in response to humanitarian crises. World Central Kitchen has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating – four stars.

Parking: Parking in the First Parish lot is very limited. Please park at the Town Building across the street.

FREE Classical Concert, Sunday, May 5, 3p.m.

FREE Classical Concert, Sunday, May 5, 3p.m.

Arts Wayland presents Music for a Sunday Afternoon with The Rivers Conservatory Chambers Music Lab. Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. at First Parish in Wayland.

Join The Rivers Conservatory Chamber Music Lab, led by Megumi Lewis, for a concert of Mendelssohn and Bach. The  students in the Music Lab are among the most gifted classical musicians that Rivers Conservatory has to offer!

This concert is free to the public, with a requested donation of $10/person or $15/family. (Cash preferred)

Walk to End Homelessness, Sunday, May 5

Walk to End Homelessness, Sunday, May 5

Join the annual Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness on Sunday, May 5 at Natick High School, or walk with the team from First Parish in Wayland on our local Rail Trail.

No registration is needed to walk with the First Parish walkers. Just meet at First Parish at 11 a.m. or at the Rail Trail near the Library at 11:15 a.m. Families are welcome! We’ll do an easy trek of one mile on the trail (0.5 mile east) and then back to the trail parking lot for cookies and lemonade before returning to the church. Our plan is to walk rain or shine.

First Parish has supported Family Promise for many years in its mission to transform the lives of families with children that are facing homelessness by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and comprehensive support. Donations to Family Promise are always welcome, here.

Support the Uganda Project, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Support the Uganda Project, May 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The third annual Spring U.P. celebration is coming! On Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Uganda Project team will host this opportunity for First Parish to come together in support of people in need in Uganda. Drop off gently used toys, children’s books, shoes, school supplies, sporting goods, and other items that will be much appreciated when delivered in several months to schools, communities, and institutions known to our Ugandan First Parish members. Please consult here for a list of items that are needed most.

We May Need a Bigger Boat: Is Massachusetts Ready for Climate Change?

We May Need a Bigger Boat: Is Massachusetts Ready for Climate Change?

Join us on May 1 at 7 p.m. (via Zoom) for a free discussion on what Massachusetts should be doing to prepare for the predicted impacts of climate change. MetroWest Climate Solutions is pleased to host Dr. Edwin Sumargo, a Climate Scientist on the Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Climate Team. The team includes climate hazards, mitigation, adaptation, and policy experts as well as staff to support local communities. Dr. Sumargo will discuss the latest climate projections and how his team supports state agencies and municipalities to prepare for the inevitable challenges they will be facing.

Dr. Sumargo has over eight years of experience in geospatial and statistical data analyses, with domain expertise in meteorology, climatology, and hydrology. Before coming to the EEA in 2023, Edwin was a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He earned his PhD in Climate Science from UC San Diego.

To register, visit metrowestclimatesolutions.org.

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Vivaldi’s Gloria, Music Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.

Vivaldi’s Gloria, Music Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.

Vivaldi’s Gloria is one of the most beautiful of the Baroque era’s choral masterpieces, and First Parish’s music program will present it on Music Sunday, April 28, at 10 a.m. The musicians will use the score that audiences in early 1700s Venice would have heard. First Parish singers and soloists are joined by some elite players from the local classical music scene. Hear them perform this lovely music from the front of the 1815 Sanctuary under the baton of Music Director Polly Oliver. All are welcome.

First Parish in Wayland (225 Boston Post Rd.), a Unitarian Universalist community, extends a warm invitation to everyone interested in joining our services. For more information, please visit uuwayland.org or call 508-358-6133.

Pop-Up Craft (for a cause) Night

Pop-Up Craft (for a cause) Night

On Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m., join together at First Parish in Wayland for a Pop-UP Craft Night: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Same-Sex Marriage. In this event, sponsored by Weston Pride, come make beautifully decorated Anniversary Pride cards. Participants create three cards in this 1.5 hour workshop and then take one home to give to a loved one and donate the others to be given to LGBTQIA+ serving groups across the region. Suggested donation of $20 per participant requested at the door. Funds will go to OUT MetroWest.

And if you’re hungry, come at 6:30 p.m. for our spaghetti dinner prior to the event!

First Parish is located at 225 Boston Post Road, at the intersection of Routes 20, 27, and 126.

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Common Ground, April 18, 7 p.m. in Weston

Common Ground, April 18, 7 p.m. in Weston

On April 18 at 7 p.m., First Parish Church in Weston is hosting a free screening of the documentary film, “Common Ground,” which is getting rave reviews around the country. It’s a film about ways to stabilize the climate by restoring our soils. The film won the Human/Nature award at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as many other awards.
“A sobering yet inspiring rallying cry for revamping the world’s farming systems.”  ~Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Fresh popcorn, cider and refreshments.  Run time: 89 minutes. No need to register.
Here’s the link to the event for more information.

Photo by Adrian Infernus on Unsplash

Transform Your Lawn to Save Our Ecosystem, March 21, 7 p.m.

Transform Your Lawn to Save Our Ecosystem, March 21, 7 p.m.

According to NASA, turf grass lawn covers more of the U.S. than any other irrigated crop, while degrading our environment. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring mowing, irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in New England. On Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m., learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly gardens. Transitioning your yard to incorporate native plants in the lawn or gardens helps to mitigate floods, heat waves, sea-level rise, and the mass extinction of species. This free Zoom session will be presented by Mark Richardson Director of Horticulture for New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. To register, visit: metrowestclimatesolutions.org.

MetroWest Climate Solutions aims to inspire sustainable, equitable communities by hosting programs that encourage people to get involved in bringing about solutions to the climate crisis. MCS is a growing partnership between First Parish in Wayland, First Parish Church in Weston, First Parish in Lincoln, the Congregational Church in Weston, Energize Wayland, Sustainable Weston Action Group, and other communities and individuals.

Photo: Gardens by the Yard

Musicians of the Old Post Road March 9

Musicians of the Old Post Road March 9

Musicians of the Old Boston Post Road is one of the Boston area’s most accomplished baroque chamber music ensembles. Hear their virtuoso pyrotechnics Saturday, March 9 at 4pm at First Parish in Wayland. The five-person ensemble takes full advantage of the superb acoustics of First Parish’s Meeting House as they play Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Nardini and more. Tickets $35 – $55, purchased online at Buy Now! (completeticketsolutions.com) or onsite. Our location: 50 Cochituate Rd, Wayland

Arts Wayland Jazz Quintet, March 3, 3 p.m.

Arts Wayland Jazz Quintet, March 3, 3 p.m.

“This jazz quintet puts all kinds of throat sounds to such funky good use that listeners break into applause and – better – feel like dancing.” – Boston Magazine

First Parish in Wayland will host an Arts Wayland performance on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Vox One, the internationally acclaimed, jazz vocal quintet from Boston is back on the scene. Combining elements of jazz, blues, funk, and folk, the award-winning a-cappella group re-imagines the traditional landscape of jazz singing in a truly unique fashion. They’ll perform selections from their five albums and new material reframed with the unique vocal percussion and electronic effect that brings an eclectic edge to their pure lyricism. This event is part of Arts Wayland’s Jazz Series, under the direction of Neil Olmstead, Berklee College Professor.

Tickets ($15) are available at Arts Wayland. Online ticket sales will end at 12:00 pm on the day of the concert.