provides networking, learning programs, and marketing opportunities for its members; advocates for Ashland-based businesses in an effort to build a strong, local economy; strives to strengthen our community by keeping dollars and jobs in Ashland; educates consumers about the benefits of shopping local; and maintains www.AshlandFirst.com as the ‘go to’ portal for finding local vendors. To join or renew membership, visit www.AshlandFirst.com. Contact info@AshlandBusinessAssociation.com. Become a friend on Facebook.
has 56 garden beds (18 in-ground and 38 raised) on an old tennis court at Stone Park. ACG is planning to expand in the near future to meet growing demand for garden beds. An active community space, ACG holds educational programs, potluck meals and other activities throughout the growing season. To be on the waitlist for a garden bed, receive notices of events or volunteer, contact info@AshlandCommunityGardens.org. Become a friend on Facebook.
comprises over 200 artists, including painters, writers, photographers and craftspeople, that meets to support each other and promote the local creative economy. The group is working to find space for classes, readings and other creative projects. Contact email@example.com.
is the Town's newspaper that is delivered monthly to every residence (over 6,500) FREE from September thru July. It contains Town and School news. There are columns by the Town Manager, the Superintendent of Schools, our State Representative and Senator as well as "Stories of Ashland" by Steve Leacu. For placing ads, items for the Community Calendar or general information, please contact Al Porter (Editor and Publisher) by sending an email message to AshlandDirections@verizon.net or call 508.881.4743.
was founded in 1987 to establish a source of money for emergency assistance, to create a permanent fund, to build an organization of citizens ready to respond, and to provide a heightened sense of responsibility for the welfare of others within the Town of Ashland.
http://www.friendsoftheapl.com/ -working to raise funds and increase community involvement in the library. Find out more. Join today! Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1975, The Jewish Family Workshop IV is a co-operative of Metrowest families whose goal is to educate their children in Jewish traditions and to join in the celebration of the Jewish holidays. Made up of more than 50% interfaith families, our members represent varied religious backgrounds, but all share a common desire to provide their children with a quality Jewish education. For more information please go to www.jewishfamilyworkshop.org
http://metrowesthumanesociety.org/ -an advocate for animal welfare, MWHS focuses on the well-being of cats in the Metrowest Boston area, including finding loving homes or providing life-long care while educating the community and reducing the feral/stray cat population. MWHS is a volunteer-led, non-profit, no-kill shelter dependent on charitable donations. Contact: email@example.com
supporting local moms, their children, and their families.
Mothers & More is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. They address mothers' needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do. Events and activities include monthly discussion meetings, guest speakers, mom's night out, book club, playgroups, children's activities, seasoned moms and early stages discussion groups, and more. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcomes all musicians without audition who play an instrument. Currently no dues are assessed, members need to commit to concerts and fund raising activities. We generally play music rated at medium and higher levels of difficulty; That translates to a recommended minimum high school level proficiency.
is part of a grassroots, global effort to create positive solutions to challenges for local sustainability. TA launched its first project, Grounds Around Town (GAT), in 2011, working with several businesses to set aside coffee grounds for residents to use in their gardens. Over 200 GAT buckets are in circulation. TA also worked with the town to secure a state grant to install more bike racks on town-owned property. Contact info@TransitionAshland.org or visit www.TransitionAshland.org. Become a friend on Facebook.
Voices Against Violence http://www.smoc.org/vav provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic/partner violence and sexual assault/rape in the Metrowest area. Services are provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and are available to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Services include a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, supportive counseling and support groups, information and referrals, and medical, legal and criminal justice advocacy. 24 Hour HOTLINE 800-593-1125 or 508-626-8686
WAGLY, the West Suburban Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, provides social and educational programs for LGBTQ high school students and straight allies from Ashland and 25 other communities across MetroWest Boston. WAGLY meets at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St., Wellesley, every Monday (except public holidays) from 7-8:30 pm. WAGLY also provides a monthly support group, UMBRELLA, for transgender and gender-variant high school youth. UMBRELLA meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm at the U.U. Society of Wellesley Hills. For more information, visit:www.WAGLY.org, or email info@WAGLY.org.
Several residents formed the civic group WLA in 2008. Since then, it has led several diverse town projects, including the building of Ashland Community Gardens and organization of the yearly, live Candidate Forums, with the Friends of the Ashland Library, where citizens can meet and question candidates for Board of Selectmen and School Committee. Contact email@example.com.