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2008 Activities
 Fri, Oct 3, 2008 - Fall Lecture Meeting - Brookline Bird Club
Join the Brookline Bird Club (BBC) for a lecture meeting at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA at 7:30 p.m. on Friday October 3, 2008.

Following the meeting, BBC members Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito will take you on a journey to the Galapagos Islands, a destination unlike any other on earth. The famous archipelago, a photographer’s dream, is celebrated throughout the world for unique natural wonders and the rare and intriguing wildlife that played such an important role in Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.

Admission is free and the event is open to all. Parking is also free at the 52 Oxford Street garage, which is to the left of the guardhouse and former parking lot. Tell the guard you are attending the BBC meeting.

Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito are WREN members, live in Woburn, and lead walks for the Menotomy Bird Club, the Brookline Bird Club and for WREN. Diana and Paul's passion for birds and wildlife have taken them to locations off the beaten path: Africa, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, and Australia among others.

For more information about Diana and Paul visit www.dnptravel.com

 WREN Visibility Site Cleanup - September 20, 2008
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Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at WREN's Visibility site clean up and flower bed planting on Saturday, September 20th on Woburn's Neighborhood Day Weekend. The visibility site is located off Route 128 , Rt 38 exit, EXIT 35, toward Woburn/Wilmington.

We had a good and productive day. Approximately 40 volunteers helped throughout the day long event. Volunteers worked from 9 AM to 3 PM digging out plants from the old flower beds and leveling off the soil. They then split the Stella D'oro daylilies, removed any visible weeds and sorted the daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs for replanting.  

After shaping the new flower bed and making two large W's with the Stella D'oro daylilies the daffodil and hyacinth bulbs were replanted. Any left over plants and bulbs were given to some of the volunteers who took them home to plant in their yards. 

CLICK HERE for photos of event

Interested in helping or getting involved with other WREN projects contact Fel Medeiros by E-MAIL

 Sun, Sep 7, 2008 - WREN Picnic at Horn Pond
Annual WREN Picnic will be on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Veterans Park at Horn Pond. More details will be provided soon.

If you would like to be added to WREN's mailing list, please email: Fel Medeiros at FSMedeiros@aol.com

 Fri, Aug 22 - Free Concert - Citizens Park
The 2008 Citizens Park Summer Concert Series is here!

Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs to Citizens Park on Friday Nights at 7:00PM and enjoy the music.

Friday, August 22 - O’hAnleigh
Click HERE for info.

Citizens Park is located in Woburn Center, across from the Common.

WREN is pleased to be joining with the Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) and the Social Capital Inc (SCI Woburn) to present the Citizens Park Concert Series. Now in its sixth year, this series brings a diverse array of talented musical groups to perform for Woburn residents.

 New Signs - Battle Road, Shaker Glen and Middlesex Canal
Yetti Frenkel , at her Lynn studio, working on the Shaker Glen sign, one of the signs installed at Four Corners on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.
Two other signs, one for the Battle Road Historic Woodlands and the other for the Middlesex Canal Historic Walk were also installed.
The signs were made possible through a grant that was an Earmark in the 2008 state budget to WREN. The amendment was offered by Rep Natale and supported by Rep Jay Kaufman, Former Senator Robert Havern and Senator Patricia Jehlen. The Department of Conservation and Recreation administered the grant under the cultural enrichment program.

Click HERE for information about Yetti Frenkel .

 Sat, June 14 and Sun, June 15, 2008 - Native American Pow Wow
Come and join WREN for Woburn's Sixth Annual Native American Pow Wow at the Altevesta School on Route 38 in North Woburn, MA.

The Grand Entry starts at 12:00 Noon and is follwed by traditional Native American drumming, singing, dancing, story telling and a Sacred Fire Ceremony. Traditional arts and crafts will be displayed and you will also be able to savor Native American food.

Admission to the event is FREE.

For more information call: 781-933-4146 or Email GGHawk@earthlink.net

 Sun, May 18, 2008 - 3rd Annual Horn Pond Memorial Lantern Walk - Woburn
3rd Annual Horn Pond Memorial Lantern Walk
Sunday May 18th, 7:30pm
Gather at Horn Pond, Lake Street Parking Area,
Come celebrate the lives of loved ones, friends, classmates, family who have left this earth. Lanterns are created at workshops or will be available for a donation at the event.
Workshops are scheduled for the public at Sons of Italy Hall in Woburn on Friday, May 9th from 7:00 pm -9:30pm and Whole Foods Market in Woburn on Wednesdays, April 30th and May 14th from 3pm to 6pm.
For more information or to volunteer email: info@soullanterns.org or telephone 781.267.3720.
Rain Date is May 25th at 7:30pm.
 Sun, May 18, 2008 at 12 Noon - Woburn Senior Center Cleanup
Woburn Senior Center grounds cleanup.
 Sat, May 17, 2008 - Mary Cummings Park Clean Up - Woburn & Burlington
Come and join us for another Clean-up of Mary Cummings Park located in Woburn & Burlington.

The Clean-up starts at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm this Saturday, May 17th

Volunteers will meet at 13 Blanchard Rd, Burlington, MA. Clean-up will start at the Babylon Hill field (the field near the old Recreation Field House at the top of the hill).

Please bring work gloves. Trash bags, water and snacks will be provided. For more information or directions please contact Pat at patoreilly@cummingspark.org or call (781) 244-9340 cell to let him know you can make it.

 Fri, May 16, 2008 - Gardening Supply and Plant Exchange - Woburn Senior Center
The "Gardening Supply and Plant Exchange" will take place Thursday, May 15th and also Friday, May 16th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the front lobby of the Woburn Senior Center.

The Woburn Senior Center is at 144 School Street in North Woburn (in the old Veterans School Building).

So if you have extra seeds to share or have many plants that you would like to thin out of your garden, pot them up and bring them along. But don't stay home if you have nothing to bring for nothing is required to be exchanged. There will be some experts available to answer some gardening questions and many plants that you may like to try in your garden, so come on over.

 Wed, April 30, 2008 "Native American Visit" to Hurld and Altavesta schools
On Wednesday, April 30th, WREN will be sponsoring a "Native American Visit" to both the Daniel P. Hurld School (Eileen Mills - Principal) and Mary D. Altavesta School (Wendy Sprague - Principal).
Three members of the Mohawk Tribe - Onkwe Tase, Grandmother Guiding Hawk and Wandering Elk in full "regalia" (Native dress) will be at the Hurld School at 11:00 am and at the Altavesta at 1:00 pm.
The program is for all the members of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. The invited guests will show items from their native culture, talk of their customs and tell some of the local Native American Legends. Each student will be given a book, "Local Native American Legends and Folktales" printed and assembled by Joyce Russis and provided by WREN.
A little side note, Onkwe Tase is not only one of the leaders of the Mohawk tribe but he is also a war hero from World War II, he was there at Normandy Beach on "D" Day (June 6th, 1944).
(note this event is for the students, faculty and some PTO members)
 Saturday, April 26, 2008 PATHWAY OF THE PATRIOTS
Get a taste of what life was like in colonial times during the early days of the Revolutionary War at Woburn's 2nd Annual Pathway of the Patriots. CLICK HERE for more information.

Saturday ~ April 26, 2008 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Old Tarky School Lot, Russell Street, Woburn MA
Presented by Woburn Historical Society's Living History Committee
Rain Date is Sunday, April 27th

CLICK HERE.

 Mayor to Establish Clean Energy Committee - Woburn
Mayor McLaughlin announced that he is creating a seven person “Clean Energy Committee” that will serve to provide him with recommendations that will encourage energy conservation, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and find ways that will promote clean energy programs in the City of Woburn.

Within the next couple of weeks, announcements will be posted in local newspapers and on the city's web site listing preferred qualifications and seeking resumes of persons who may be interested in serving on this committee.

The mayor stated ” this is an exciting opportunity for persons who are interested in making a difference in our community while contributing to the overall global effort to conserve energy, reduce fossil fuel emissions and switch over to cleaner energy alternatives.”

This will be a non-voting committee that will meet approximately once a month to assess ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption, meet with representatives in the energy industry, meet with local residents business and other government officials, discuss new technologies, explore innovative solutions and to make recommendations to the mayor on choices that will promote the use of clean and cost efficient energy alternatives.

Mayor McLaughlin stated that Woburn’s grant writer, Mr. Joe Garbino, would be the mayor's point of contact for this initiative. Mr. Garbino has already made contact with key individuals from the Dept. of Environmental Protection, NSTAR, KEYSPAN and officials from the cities of Somerville and Medford.

In December, 2007, the City of Woburn joined with a number of other local communities who are participating in the EPA's Energy Challenge Program. This program required Woburn to make a commitment to try and reduce its energy consumption by 10% or greater.

Mayor McLaughlin added “energy conservation and clean energy alternatives will be a win/win by reducing energy costs and providing all of us with a cleaner and healthier environment.”

 Saturday, April 19, 2008 - Earth Day at Woburn Mall - 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Photo of WREN members at previous Earth Day event.From Left to Right: Fel Medeiros, Rod Flynn, Dick Easler, John Ciriello and Barbara Emeneau.
Photo by Gerry Kehoe

On Saturday April 19th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM Woburn will be celebrating Earth Day at the Woburn Mall, 300 Mishawum Road.

Earth Day 2008 is sponsored by WREN (Woburn Residents Environmental Network) and The Woburn Mall.

This event has grown each year since Woburn started doing it in 1990 and with your participation it will continue to do so.

There will be informational displays by local businesses, organizations and groups. There will also be grocery bag coloring program for children.

Free give aways for attendees will be provided by some of the participants like pencils, seed packs, etc. There will also be a free raffle for all attendees.

A partial list of exhibitors include: the Danvers Bank, Friends of Woburn Public Library. Friends of Mary Cummings Park, WREN, Woburn Conservation Commission, Innitou Photo, Avon, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Brookline Bird Club, Woburn Recreation Commission, Joe Brown - Nature Photography, CS Cruises & Tours, CMARC, Woburn Engineering Dept., Cub Scout Pack 502, Memorial Walk Lantern Project, SCI, Woburn Redevelopment Authority, Rep. Jay Kaufman, Woburn Council of Social Concern, Woburn Council on Aging, Melaleuca Environmental Products, Woburn Writer's Group, 8 Martial Arts for Health