January

5 Blood Drive: Make a difference in the New Year by donating blood at American Red Cross' Community Blood Drive at Nashoba Valley Medical Center' Founders Room, 200 Groton Road in Ayer, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donate and receive a $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift card. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "6350" to schedule an appointment.

Coffee & Conversation with a Police Officer: 9:30 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Come "Brew" up conversations with Pepperell's TRIAD Police Office, Bruce Haskins. He will be there to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Free and open to the public.

6 Christmas Tree Bonfire: Groton Explorer Post 4879 has been picking up trees all week and will host a bonfire at 6 p.m. on Town Field behind the library.

7 Neave Trio Concert: The Neave Trio--violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura--bring their radiant brand of cutting-edge chamber music to Groton School's Gammons Recital Hall on January 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. This event, like all performances in Groton's Edward B. Gammons Concert Series, is free and open to the public.

Ayer Masonic Breakfast: Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon, sausage, or hash and potatoes, toast, juice and coffee.


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In addition to the usual menu as outlined above, specials for this month are Eggs Benedict and a Greek Omelet (Spinach, mushrooms,tomatoes and Feta cheese).

9 How to Grow Nutrient-Dense Vegetables: Eric Fisher, who brings 30 years of gardening experience, will host a discussion at Groton Grange #7, 80 Champney St., Groton at 7 p.m. Plan for spring planting.

The traveling Tooth Fairy: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Services available include: Dental & oral cancer screenings, cleanings, denture checks and cleanings, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, dental education, referrals for additional dental care. Mass Health, Senior Whole Health and most Mass care insurances accepted. No insurance ? Reduced fees are available based on income. Adult cleaning $65 or less. Sign up at 433-0326.

Free Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar: If you have a significant amount of weight you would like to lose, and a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater with related medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Attend a free Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar to learn more about the Center for Weight Control's services at 6 p.m. All seminars are held at Nashoba Valley Medical Center's Conference Room B, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Call 978-862-LOSE (5673) to register or visit www.nashobamed.org/events

Star Wars Thumb Doodles: 3:15 p.m., Harvard Library. Using the Klutz book as inspiration, we will transform our thumb and finger prints into Star Wars characters. Led by awesome teen volunteers, this will be an out-of-this-world program! Limited to 12 - please pre-register.

10 Well-Adult Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Townsend Board of Health announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 16 Dudley Road, Townsend. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check including blood pressure/ pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling, and further assessments with referrals as needed. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext 340 or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

Essential Oils: Presented by Pepperell Garden Club, 6:45 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road. Learn about the benefits of essential oils and how to make a scented oil. Public welcome from all towns. Guest: $5, seniors $2. If school is canceled, the program will be rescheduled. for info: 433-8312 or pepperellgardenclub.org

Groton Council on Aging: Noon, Groton Senior Center, lunch by the Nashoba Tech culinary students followed by an engaging program; The Universal Muse: Comparing the Art of Russia, France, England and America." Presenter Barbara Suhrstedt will use art slides and lively commentary to guide the audience through the visually fascinating world of great painters and their techniques.Cost for this program is $10 which includes lunch by Nashoba Tech students. Call the Council on Aging to register, 978-448-1170.

11 New England's General Stores: 7 p.m. Chronicle's Ted Reinstein is back at the Groton Library to talk about his latest book, New England's General Stores. The general store is literally as old as America itself. It harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It conjures a country-like place where kids come in to by penny candy, and adults to buy everything from swaths of fabric, to fresh vegetables, to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick up mail, the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a cold, winter's morning to chat over a cup of coffee and a warm wood stove. Ted Reinstein shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why--like another New England icon, the diner--they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era. Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue.

Friends of Lawrence Library Pepperell: 10:15 a.m. at the library. Come discuss plans for activities at the library. FLL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster closer relations between the Library and the community; to promote awareness of the Library's services and programs; and to raise funds for Library purchases. Free babysitting is available and refreshments served. For more info: Diane at 433-0012

12 Barefoot in the Park: Join Dunstable Theater Collaborative for the group's inaugural performance of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" at Dunstable Town Hall, 511 Main Street, Dunstable. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors. Order your tickets in advance to ensure your seat http://www.dunstabletheater.org/product-category/ tickets/

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Would your stuffed animal like to have an adventure at the Harvard Library with stuffed animals that belong to other Harvard kids? Choose one of your stuffed animals (preferably one you can spare for two nights!) to drop off at the library, and while the library is closed on Friday evening, the stuffed animals will get to party together and explore the library. Photos of the stuffed animals having fun at the library will be posted on the Children's Room Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ pages! Drop off your stuffed animals starting on Thursday, January 11; pick up your stuffed friends on Saturday, January 13. Please pre-register so that we can keep track of everyone's cuddly friends!

How to Take Care of Your Brain: 9:30 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, 37 Nashua Road. Learn about healthy foods, physical things we can do to improve brain health and to utilize your brain power. Samples of brain healthy food will be shared. Try fun brain healthy trivia with small prizes to be enjoyed by all participants. Sign up required: 433-0326. Sponsored by Senior Helpers. Free and open to the public from all towns.

13 Grand Opening: St. Mary's Catholic Church Thrift Shop, located in the basement of the former St. Mary's School, in Ayer, will be open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weather permitting). Drop off items accepted only during business hours. For more info contact Mr. Knight, 978-425- 5420, or email tak@comcast.net.

16 Well-Adult Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held from 12:30pm - 1:30pm at Hildeth House, Harvard. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check including blood pressure/ pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling, and further assessments with referrals as needed. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext 340 or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

17 OPTIFAST® Free Information Session: The Center for Weight Control at Nashoba Valley Medical Center offers a free information session for patients to learn about the benefits of OPTIFAST®, a medically monitored weight loss program where the typical patient loses over 50 pounds in just 18 to 24 weeks. Attend a free OPTIFAST Information Session at 4:30 p.m. All seminars are held at Nashoba Valley Medical Center's in the Ambulatory Wing Conference Room #109, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. To register, visit www.nashoba med.org/events or call 978-784-9313

Well-Adult Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held from 1:30am - 2:30pm at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St. Groton. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check including blood pressure/ pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling, and further assessments with referrals as needed. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext 340 or visit us at www.nashoba.org.

Well-Adult Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Pepperell Board of Health announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, Senior Center Road, Pepperell. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check including blood pressure/ pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling, and further assessments with referrals as needed. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext 340 or visit us at nashoba.org.

Well-Adult Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at COA Elderly Housing, Ayer. Meet with the nurse for a wellness check including blood pressure/pulse monitoring, blood sugar screening, general health counselling, and further assessments with referrals as needed. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext 340 or visit us at nashoba.org.

20 Winter snowFLAKES: An evening of humor, games and improvised skits starting at 7 p.m. in the ASRHS Auditorium, 141 Washington St.

Cupcake Festival: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell. Bake and donate your cupcakes to enter the contest and also to be purchased. Come purchase delicious cupcakes to enjoy. All proceeds will benefit children's programs at the library. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by Friends of Lawrence Library. Questions: 978-433-0330.

20 Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster. "Writing with Pictures: The Role of the Illustrations in Picture Books," with Jennifer Morris. Are you interested in writing picture books? Picture books merge words and images like no other genre. Writing and pictures play off of one another to create works that are greater than the sum of their parts. We will explore the anatomy of picture books and what makes writing for them different from other forms of literature. We will discuss the role of the illustrator and if being your own illus trator could be right for you. And we will delve into the nuts and bolts of submitting your picture books for publication. What do editors want to see? Should you find an illustrator before you submit your story? And if so, how?

23 The Politics of Food: The Lawrence Library in Pepperell continues its Make It Real series with Politics of Food. If you have ever wondered how our food system has changed and what effect that change has had on our personal health, our healthcare system and the state of economics in this country, this event is for you. Presented by Christopher Wilkinson, M.A., from the University of Massachusetts Lowell at 7 p.m. For more information about this event, please contact Donna Andreason at 978-433-0330 or by emailing dandreason@ cwmars.org.

Free Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar: If you have a significant amount of weight you would like to lose, and a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 or greater with related medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Attend a free Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar to learn more about the Center for Weight Control's services at 11 a.m. All seminars are held at Nashoba Valley Medical Center's Conference Room B, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Call 978-862-LOSE (5673) to register or visit www.nashobamed.org/events.

24 Bariatric Support Group: Nashoba Valley Medical Center's bariatric support group is for anyone who has had bariatric surgery or is planning to have the surgery. Support group meetings include an educational topic covered by the dietitian, recipe sharing, experience sharing, and support throughout the journey. The support group begins at 6 p.m., and the topic focuses on goal setting. Support groups are held in Nashoba Valley Medical Center's Founder's Room, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. To RSVP, call 978-784-9313 or email NVMCweightloss@steward.org.

25 Steve Kornacki: 7 p.m., the Groton History Center will be hosting an evening with Groton's own Steve Kornacki, MSNBC host and political correspondent. There will be no charge for this event. A donation of $15 to support the Groton History Center would be greatly appreciated. Please check grotonhistoricalsociety.org for more information or call 978-448-0092.

26 "Gratitude is Attitude": 9:30 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Diane Welch of Fallon Health will speaks about the seven benefits of being grateful, finding happiness by being grateful and being thankful for what we have. As we age, sometimes we get angry, sad or depressed. We lose friends, family members, and the ability to move like we once did in our youth. We may even move to a smaller home and down size on our possessions. With all the losses and changes, she will have you laugh a little, and enjoy each other's company. You will take away a little more knowledge on how to find the happiness that has been within yourself all along. Free and open to all. No sign up required.

27 Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to celebrate 2018 at our traditional New England Contra Dance from 7:30 to10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Jacqueline Laufman, who will teach traditional New England style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 years old are free, and family maximum is $20. Refreshments are provided.

Storytelling for Adults: True stories told live at First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist at 7 p.m. Come listen, laugh, cry. Storytellers will share tales fantastical, funny, intriguing and provocative in the "Moth" tradition with famed storyteller Rose Saia featured as a special guest. Suggested donation is $10 however donations smaller and larger are appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the First Parish Church of Groton UU. Snacks and beverages will be available. Please note, some stories may contain mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for children. First Parish Church of Groton, Unitarian Universalist is located at One Powderhouse Rd., Groton, across from the library. It is handicapped accessible. For more information contact Carol Bousquet, clbousquet@gmail.com or 978-835-8134.

28 Concert at the Garden: Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard, 3 p.m. The Garden welcomes back Custom Blend a cappella singing group. Admission is $15 (tickets sold only at the door). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit HealingGardenSupport.org for event updates or cancellations.

February

21 Generation Zapped: A documentary film about the health risks of wireless technology, hosted by Keith Marciniak of Pepperell and Cece Doucette of Wireless Education, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pepperell Lawrence Library, 15 Main St. Free