NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Weekend events in Northbridge begin with a much-anticipated annual fundraiser – an “Evening at the Mansion’’ on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Father Turci Manor, St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St., Whitinsville.
The event features an elegant evening of fine beer and wines provided by Friendly Discount Liquors, as well as hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, specialty desserts, a silent auction, and raffle items. Wine ordered that evening will be discounted by 20 percent and beer by 10 percent.
Tickets are $40 ($45 at the door), and are limited to 125.
Money raised will help make important capital improvements to the facility and to support programs that will positively impact the lives of residents.
Friday night football
The Rams varsity football squad (2-0) take on Tantasqua at Lasell Field at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Charity Motorcycle Ride
On Saturday, the Blackstone Valley’s Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club will hold a charity ride to benefit disabled Iraq War veteran Stephen J. Mandile of Uxbridge.
The ride begins at the Progressive Club, 18 Whitin St., Uxbridge, and ends with a chicken barbecue at Hawk’s Nest, 40 Plummer Corner, Whitinsville.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ride begins at 11 a.m., making stops at Veterans of Foreign Wars halls in Bellingham and Uxbridge. Riders should expect to arrive at Hawk’s Nest between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The cost, barbecue included, is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. The cost to attend just the barbecue is $15.
Donations are also being accepted and may be made at any Rockland Trust location, or checks can be sent payable to SGT Mandile Disabled Veteran Benefit Fund, c/o Rockland Trust, 4 North Main St., Bellingham, MA 02019.
Bake Sale for Benway children
A bake sale to benefit Owen Benway and in memory of Abigail Benway will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Northbridge Town Common at Memorial Square.
Abigail Benway, 7, was killed, and her 10-year-old brother, Owen, was seriously hurt when they were shot, allegedly by their father. Owen remains hospitalized, and family members living in Northbridge are hoping for help with Owen’s hospital expenses, and to establish a scholarship fund in Abigail’s memory.
Mass. Artist Will Paint To Classical Music
The public is invited to the exhibition which opens with an artist’s reception on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The work of Massachusetts artist Jon Sarkin is on display in the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery and a public performance by Sarkin is planned
Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at Alternatives in the GB & Lexi Singh Performance Center.Working with noted classical guitarist David Patterson, Sarkin will produce an original painting – providing a rare opportunity to see the artistic process firsthand. The exhibit and performance is made possible by lead sponsor Savers Bank, presenting sponsor Wiersma Insurance and media sponsor Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
In 1988, Sarkin was a successful chiropractor who had little interest in art. But, a risky operation to relieve Tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears - caused him to suffer a serious stroke. While in recovery, Sarkin began to draw. From that point on producing art has become his life.
The exhibition will continue through November 19. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is open evening and weekends by appointment. For more information, call 508-266-6502 or visit the Alternatives website: www.alternativesnet.org.