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A Taste of the Towns Presented by Charlton REAS Foundation. Sample food and beverages from local restaurants, door prizes, silent auction, raffles. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 18. $15. Overlook Hotel, 88 Masonic Home Road. (508) 248-2231.


Snowshoeing Clinic Meet the staff of Eastern Mountain Sports and learn the essentials of snowshoeing on the Fruitland fields. noon-4 p.m. Jan. 18. Free with WinterFest admission. Fruitland Museums, 102 Prospect Hill Road.


Music Dick Odgren Trio 3-7 p.m. Jan. 18. No cover. Castle Restaurant, 1230 Main St. (508) 892-9090.


Dance2Swing Dance Beginner group swing dance lesson, 6:30 p.m. Swing dance, 7:30 p.m. Music by Lil Bee Dee and the DooRites, Jan. 18. $14. Leominster Elks, 134 N. Main St. (978) 263-7220 or


Fly Fishing Show and Film Festival featuring new products from the fly-fishing industry, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 17; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. $15; two-day pass, $25; children 5-12, $2; children 4 and younger and Scouts younger than 16 and in uniform, free. Film Festival showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing, $15, $10 with advance purchase or $10 with show admission. Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road.

Casting and Fly-Tying Classes Fly-Tying Class with Alan Caolo for beginner through intermediate; Advanced Nymph Fishing Techniques with Jason Randall. 8:30-11 a.m. Jan. 18. $80, includes admission to the Fly Fishing Show for that day. Advance registration required. Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road. (814) 443-3639 or


Volunteer Day Assist with gardening, buildings and grounds work, trail clearing, and more. 1-4 p.m. Jan. 18. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road. (978) 464-2712, ext. 8707.


Ballroom Dancing with Elliott Lockwood, 4:30-8 p.m. Jan. 18. Froh-sinn Club, 25 North Quinsigamond Ave.


Hayloft Steppers Square Dance Club Special advanced dance, the caller will be Charlie Trapp, there are no rounds. 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. $7 per person. Hayloft Steppers Square Dance Club, 232 Podunk Road.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities planned throughout the day include a presentation of "Honoring a Slave Heroine: The Mum Bett Story.'' Museum educator and storyteller Tammy Denease will portray Elizabeth "Mum Bett'' Freeman, a young slave woman who won her freedom in a Massachusetts court in 1781. Jan. 18. Museum hours: 9:30-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Adults $24; senior citizens $22 without coupon or $12 with coupon; $8 children 3-17; children 2 and younger, free. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.

Christian Unity Celebration An ecumenical celebration of the Word of God marking the week of Christian Unity and sponsored by the Ecumenical Fellowship Community, 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale, Route 131. (508) 347- 3915 or (508) 248-4726.

"The Philadelphia Story'' 2 p.m. Jan. 18. $18; seniors and students, $16; youth 11 and younger, $10. Stageloft Theater, 450A Main St. (508) 347-9005 or www.stageloft .com.


Winter Critter and Wildlife Tracking at West Hill Dam Meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the West Hill Dam Project Office, 518 East Hartford Ave. Dress for the weather; canceled for heavy rain or snow. Walk is about a mile. Bring binoculars, field guides and a water bottle. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (978) 318-8417 or (508) 278-2511.


Winter Hike Join naturalist Paul Wanta to look for tracks and signs of wildlife, including foods, shelters, and tracks in the snow, 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Families welcome at this hike sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust. Meet at the parking lot of Bowman Conservation Area, Bowman Street. events@westborough;

Winter Foreign Film Festival "Instructions Not Included,'' Spanish with English subtitles for an adult audience, 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Westboro Public Library, 55 West Main St. (508) 366-3050.


Music Wayne Paige, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Dodge Park Rest Home, 101 Randolph Road.

Sesame Street Live 1 and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18. $17, $30. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. (877) 571-7469 or

Worcester Bridal Expo Provides couples with all the wedding products and services needed to plan the perfect event. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18. $8. DCU Center, Exhibition Hall, 50 Foster St. (508) 755-6800 or www.dcucenter .com.

American Red Cross Blood Drive 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 18. Worcester Blood Donation Center, 381 Plantation St. (800) 733-2767.

Book Signing Author Marvin Gilmore will sign his new book "Marvin Gilmore: Crusader for Freedom,'' 4-6 p.m. Jan. 18. Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Plaza, 541 Lincoln St.

Music Wormtown Ska Fest featuring Bim Skala Bim, The Copacetics, Jah Fist, Riki Rocksteady, 7 p.m. Jan. 18. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. (508) 363-1888.
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