Women can learn self-defense

FITCHBURG -- A Self-Defense Workshop for Women will be held Tuesday, April 2, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Fitchburg State University's Hammond Hall, 251 North St. This workshop is hosted by The Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. Participants must be 18 or older. For information, or to register, visit www.self defenseworkshop.org. Cost is $15.

Skylark Ensemble to perform at FSU

FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg State University CenterStage welcomes the vocal Skylark Ensemble to premiere the newly commissioned "Masterpiece" on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building, 367 North St.

Over the centuries, art has inspired music, and music has inspired art. In this innovative multifaceted program, the Skylark Ensemble will offer musical reflections and reactions to the visual arts from the ancient to the modern. Skylark is excited to premiere a commissioned work by Nell Shaw Cohen, a New York City-based composer with an interest in the intersection of visual art and music.

Tickets are $28, $25 for FSU alumni, staff and senior citizens, $5 for students, and can be purchased at Weston Auditorium, 353 North St., by calling 978-665-3347, or at fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage.

Babies can learn sign language

LEOMINSTER -- Join Sheryl White of Baby Kneads on Fridays, April 5, 12, and 26, at 10 a.


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m., for a Baby Signing class at the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.

This series will teach your baby many American Sign Language signs.

White will begin the class, detailing how to teach your baby sign language, its benefits and research for caregivers.

Afterwards, Sheryl brings out a bag filled with props, toys, puppets and more, and signs with the babies.

The class is for babies 5 months through pre-verbal. Attend one class or all three. Registration is required and begins one week before each program. For more information, or to register, call 978-534-7522.

Leominster arts receive $21G push

LEOMINSTER -- The Leominster Culture Council recently announced the awarding of 39 grants totaling $21,000 for cultural programs benefiting Leominster during 2019. The grants range from $175 to $3,700.

Grants include programs in the arts, humanities and science. Grant recipients include the Montachusett Chorale, Spanish American Center Block Party, New England Symphony Orchestra, Colonial Band Concerts, Leominster Recreation Department, Leominster Public Library, Leominster High School and the Johnny Appleseed Festival and North Country Land Trust.

A complete list of funded grants can be found www.mass-culture.org/ Leominster.

The Leominster Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Cultural Council Program is the largest grass-roots cultural funding network in the nation.

State Rep. Natalie Higgins and state Sen. Dean Tran will be guests at a special Open House and Reception on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., so the Leominster Cultural Council can thank for their support.

Shutterbugs to meet in Leominster

LEOMINSTER -- The New England Shutterbugs Camera Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Veterans Center, 100 West St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7.

A member's competition will be held Tuesday, April 9, with an assigned subject of "Park Bench."

On Tuesday, April 23, there will be a photography show of Vietnam with guest speaker Jim DeLuco.

Guests and new members welcome; there is a $5 fee for non-members. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.neshutterbugs.com or call Beverly Fratoni at 978-534-6638.