relating to
Lake Cochituate and the Cochituate Rail Trail,
Free Open-Source Software, plus other
Green happenings near Natick, Massachusetts

by A. Richard Miller
Co-Leader, FOSS User Group at Natick Senior Center

Vice Chair, Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee
Member, Occupy Natick
Associate Member, Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board
Ex-Member, Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board
Ex-Chair,, Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Natick Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee
Ex-Member, Framingham Cochituate Rail Trail Committee

Other Calendar sites:
FOSS User Group of Natick
The Boston-area User Group Calendar
Boston User Groups

visits since 970926; last updated 150103.

The following sections were last updated 130821, and are preserved for historical purposes.

Recurring Events
Future One-time Events
Events Archive

Description and Contact Information
1st and 3rd Sundays of month (2-4PM); but 2nd and 4th in Sept.!
Gale House (immediately east of St. Paul's Episcopal Church), 39 East Central Street, Natick
Occupy Natick (
It's the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Boston spin-off for towns around Natick. When 99% agree, things happen! Help ON to determine what we should agree upon, and to get it done.
Also: 3rd Mondays are OccupyNatick Movie Night!
1st* Monday of month (7:30PM)
Natick Police Conference Room
*Confirm time and place:
Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
John Magee, Chairman (1-508-720/3439).
A. Richard MillerChairman Emeritus (1-508/653-6136, 9am-9pm;;
Subscribe to Dick's free NBPAC/Cochituate Rail Trail e-mail list.
1st Thursday of month (3-6PM)
Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central Street, Natick (Route 135, just east of the old Natick Armory).
Natick Community-Senior Center's FOSS User Group (
Would you or your volunteer group like to learn about good, free reliable software for your computer, and share ideas with others who use it?
FOSS stands for Free, Open-Source Software. Dick and Jill Miller of Miller Microcomputer Services share their knowledge of free computer software with beginners and experienced users. From Firefox to Linux, from office applications to games, family history and photo editing, thousands of programs await our attention!
Introductory slide talk at 3PM.
Feel free to bring your laptop computer. These meetings are free, and are open to all. See meeting details.
Contact: Natick Community-Senior Center (1-508/647-6540, weekdays)
Contact: Dick and Jill Miller (1-508/653-6136, 9am-9pm)
1st Wednesday of month (7-9PM)
The Java Room, 14 Littleton Road, Chelmsford
Chelmsform Linux Meetup Group
Informal chat session, with occasional presentations.
Contact: Andy Stewart.
2nd Tuesday of month (7:30PM)
Framingham Memorial Building (often Room 130)Confirm time and place, or subscribe to e-mail list:
Framingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Contact Bill Hanson, Chairman, to confirm meeting time and place, or subscribe to FBPAC's e-mail list.
2nd Wednesday of month (7PM)
Cochituate State Park HQ Building (south side of Route 30), Wayland
Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee
Sandra Brennan, Chair (1-508/655-7212)
Dick Miller, Vice Chair (1-508/653-6136)
Tim Murphy, Park Supervisor (508/653-9641)
2nd Wednesday of month (7PM)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), next to the dining hall of Morgan Hall.
Worcester Linux Users' Group
Not every month, so check its web site (above).
Contact: Chuck Anderson
2nd Thursday of month (7PM)
Natick Town Hall 2nd floor, Community Development Conference Room
Natick Open Space Advisory Committee
Martin Kessel, Chairman
3rd Monday of month (7PM)
Usually in Sherrill Hall, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick
Occupy Natick's Movie Night
See Occupy Natick (above) for details.
3rd Wednesday of month (7PM, OCCASIONALLY)
Often in Natick Morse Institute Library, Study Room 1A.
Meetings announced in Town Calendar.
Natick Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee
Appointed (as Natick Cochituate Rail Trail Task Force) by Natick Selectmen on September 25th 2006.
Contact: Will Schoenig, Chair (1-781/608-6509)
3rd Wednesday of month (7PM)
MIT Building E51, Room 395 :: (Map) in Cambridge
Boston Linux & Unix User Group
Contact: John Abreau, Exec.Dir

Description and Contact Information
(Free except as noted. Well-fitted bike helmets are required for bicycle rides.)
Saturday-Sunday, September 28th-29th, 2013 (all day)
Cochituate State Park, Day-Use Area on Route 30, Natick
Natick Powwow at Cochituate State Park
This Annual Powwow and Harvest Celebration is hosted by the Praying Indians of Natick and Ponkapoag.
Singing; dancing; storytelling; food and more! Public welcome. Free admission.
Information: 1-508/339-5271 or 1-508/622-0189.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 (9:30AM-5:30PM)
Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Boston Software Freedom Day
Discuss privacy, government transparency, and user freedoms online. Hear updates from local groups and voices from the wider free software movement. Expect learning, celebrating and plenty of networking. This event is free and open to the public - including people new to free software.
Saturday, August 24th, 2013 (9AM-5PM)
MIT Building E-51, Room 061,
Amherst Street, Cambridge MA
(Parking and entrance are on Amherst Street, up the ramp nearest Wadsworth Street.)'s Linux InstallFest at MIT
Come help, or bring your computer for free hands-on help with Linux installation and use. Also, free car parking and lunch! (A $25-per-computer donation is suggested.)
Thursday-Saturday, August 15th-17th (all day)
City Hall Plaza, Boston
Boston Greenfest
As the region's largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities. Turn your world around and have fun at the same time!
Saturday, June 15th, 2013 (9AM-Noon)
Cochituate State Park, Main Boat Ramp (South Side of Route 30, just east of Framingham Town Line)
Lake Cochituate Annual Clean-Up - CANCELED DUE TO HIGH LAKE WATER LEVEL.
Free power-boat ride! Bring wading shoes and gloves, and help put our ponds in shape for the summer season.
This event is hosted by the Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee, Three Seasons Ski Club and Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.
Help out in advance, by  printing and posting
this flier. (soon)
Contact: Bob Dreissig (1-508/653-3585) or Cochituate State Park (1-508/653-9641).
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 (7-9PM)
Lake Cochituate Annual Meeting - CANCELED.

This Web page is created and maintained by A. Richard Miller of the Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee and the FOSS User Group at the Natick Senior Center (past
tNatick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee chair, Mass. Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board member, Lake Cochituate Watershed Association executive director, and more).

Please e-mail your comments to Dick at