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Framingham Toy Soldiers Snow People Scavenger Hunt

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 11:35 pm on December 3, 2020

Framingham Toy Soldier Scavenger Hunt (2020)FRAMINGHAM, MA - Avoid cabin fever this holiday season! The City of Framingham Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division have collaborated to create a socially distant scavenger hunt to help locate their lost Toy Soldiers and Snow People.

After a long quarantine nap, the Toy Soldiers and Snow People have come out of hibernation and are wandering around the City. We need your help finding them, to make sure they are ready to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year!

Pieces of the scavenger hunt map will be ...[read more]

Framingham Recreation Department to Offer Yoga & Zumba Gold Classes

Filed under: Health & Fitness by News Staff at 2:18 pm on December 23, 2014
Zumba Gold Classes from the Framingham Park & Rec. Dept

Start the New Year with Zumba Gold Classes from the Framingham Park & Rec. Dept!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Avoid cabin fever this winter! The Framingham Park and Recreation Dept. will be offering a class in gentle, Kripalu style Yoga Class along with a low impact Zumba Gold Class for Adults.

In Yoga, students will learn basic postures, gentle stretching, and breathing and relaxation techniques to increase flexibility and strength, reduce stress and create peace of mind. The Zumba Gold Class will offer students, of any dance or fitness level, a fun, yet effective workout!

Both classes will be held at the Brophy School Gym, 575 Pleasant Street, Framingham, MA, on Monday evenings from January 5th through March 9th,  2015, (no class will be held on 1/19 or 2/16).

Kripalu Style Yoga Classes from Framingham Park and Rec

Kripalu Style Yoga Classes from Framingham Park & Rec!

Yoga runs from 6:00pm - 7:00pm and costs $55 per Framingham resident.

Zumba Gold runs from 7:00 - 8:00pm and costs $48 per Framingham resident.

Please register at the Recreation Office from 9:00am-5:00pm, or reserve your spot on line at or call (508) 532-5960 for more information.

The Framingham Parks & Recreation Department office is located at Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex, 475 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702.

The Town of Framingham intends to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a reasonable modification of policies or practices, auxiliary aides, or services, please contact us at least two weeks before this event or as soon as possible.


Framingham Blazers Summer Band

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Randy Harris at 3:48 pm on June 17, 2011
Bass drum from the original Framingham Blazers Band

Bass drum from the original Framingham Blazers Band

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Under the direction of Mr. Brian Cervone, band director at Framingham High School -- and in association with the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest, The Blazers Band is being revived as the Framingham Blazers Summer Band.

Participation is open to musicians in grades 8-12 as well as adults. Those who play wind instruments, percussion, and string instruments are encouraged to sign up.

Rehearsals will be at PAC, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and occasional Tuesdays, starting June 22nd, 2011. There's still time to register, and it's free!

History of the Blazers Band

Founded in 1960 in conjunction with the Framingham Parks & Recreation Department, The Blazers Band was Framingham's hometown band throughout the 1960's, 70's and 80's .

Mr. Paul Bordeleau - Founder of Framingham Blazers Band

Mr. Paul Bordeleau, Framingham Blazers Band, Founder and first Musical Director, (1980's photo)

Founder and first musical director, Mr. Paul Bordeleau, was a teacher at Framingham's now-defunct Lincoln Junior High School and wanted a way for Framingham kids to continue practicing and playing their band instruments after the school year ended.  In 1963, when the newly constructed Framingham North High School was built, Mr. Bordeleau became the school's first band director.

The Blazers Band was a family oriented organization -- a group of Framingham ladies sewed the red and white striped blazers that band members wore, and decades of Framingham families supported the band and participated in band activities.

The organization grew to include the marching band, a color guard, jazz band, a stage band that performed "Big Band" style,  and of course -- The Blazeretts, a troupe of baton twirlers in matching red and ...[read more]

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