March

10 Showcase of Stars: 2 p.m., Harvard Academy of Dance will present Showcase of Stars, a a family-friendly afternoon of contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater, and lyrical performances featuring the studio's award-winning pre-professional dance team, Artistry in Motion, at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School in Townsend. Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for employees and students of North Middlesex Regional School District/$5 for children under 12/free for children under 2. Buy tickets by phone at (978) 868-0990, by email at harvardaod@gmail.com, or at the door. Complimentary light appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Comedy Night: Sponsored by the Page Hilltop PTO, doors open at 7 p.m. at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Show, featuring comedians from Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy, headlined by Mike McDonald, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $25 at the door, cash bar, appetizers and raffles.

Veterans Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. Sponsored by the Pepperell DPW.

11 History At Play Presents: A Revolution of Her Own: Groton Public Library, 2-3:30 pm. Deborah Sampson. Actress Judith Kaloara will bring the historical, Massachusetts's native Deborah Sampson to life in this exciting performance! Co-sponsored by the Groton Woman's Club.

Honey Bee Class: For elementary, middle and high School students by the Littleton Community Farm, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Littleton Reuben Hoar Library, Couper Room.


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14 Tools of the Trade: 6:45 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center, sponsored by Pepperell Garden Club. Come learn what tool is the best to use for your gardening project. $5. Seniors $2. 978-433-8312 for more info. All welcome. Refreshments served.

Lives of Bees: Want to learn about bees and how they spend their days? Thinking about becoming a beekeeper? Join us at Groton Grange #7, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 80 Champney Street, Groton. Come learn some basics of what is involved in the adventure of backyard beekeeping, or brush up on your beekeeping skills as we head into spring. Jennifer Reed of the Middlesex Beekeepers Association and Board member of MA Beekeepers Association, who has been keeping bees for over 10 years, will talk about this fun and challenging hobby. There will be ample time for questions. And some honey-based snacks. Free and open to all. PLEASE NOTE: PARK ONLY ON THE GRANGE SIDE OF CHAMPNEY STREET.

Go bald for St. Baldrick: 6 p.m. start, Pepperell Park Street Fire Station, 38 Park St., Pepperell. For information, contact Vinnie Messina, 978-621-3030.

15 A Celtic Celebration: 5:30 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. All ages will enjoy songs and stories for the season by Award-winning singer storyteller Davis Bates. Free. Public welcomed. Sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council

Speaker: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will welcome Bob Stains, a leader in Conflict Transformation, on March 11 and 18 at the church's weekly Adult Forum following the Sunday service. Stains' topic for March 11 is Connecting through Curiosity: Receptive Skills, in which he will teach the audience listening skills when hearing each other's stories. Stains is the founder and principal of Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation, has over 37 years of experience in consulting, coaching, training, facilitating, mediating and non-profit management. He has trained over 20,000 people in dialogue, conflict resolution and communication skill-building and worked with clients from across the US and 17 other countries. St. Andrew's is located at 7 Faulkner Street in Ayer . The Sunday Celebration of Holy Eucharist is at 9:30 a.m. The Adult Forum begins at 11:10 a.m in the Parish Hall. Child Care is available, at no cost, beginning at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome! For more information, please visit www.standrewsayer.org.

16 Annual Book Sale: Pepperell Community Center on Hollis Street Friday March 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children's books are 50 cents or $1. Adult books begin at $1. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Lawrence Library

The King & I: The classic musical at Nashoba Regional High School, March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton. To order tickets in advance, NashobaDrama.com.

Groton Woman's Club: At the Union Congregational Church at 218 Main Street, Groton. The luncheon, hosted by Ingrid Belitsky and Violetta O'Donnell, will begin at 11:30 a.m.The program following the luncheon is entitled Creative Hands-On Program, and will be presented by Nancy Olson, Nancy Slaney and Pat Woods. All three are floral designers and have made many beautiful creations for the annual Greens Sale in December.

17 Christian Union Church Supper: Public suppers return on St. Patrick's Day. Guess what we are serving: our traditional corned beef and cabbage supper. Serving will begin at 4:30 until 6:30 (unless sold out). This is a big seller so come early. No reservations required; take out available. Hope you can make it. Church is located on Rte 225 (37 W. Main Street) in West Groton. More info, contact 978 448-5480 or 978 272-0145.

Fort Devens Museum: 1 p.m., James Wilson of Chelmsford, a Marine Corps Veteran who has been collecting WWI memorabilia and artifacts for 45 years. He'll be talking about items in his collection with an emphasis on a few of the 150 uniforms that he owns. He will display uniforms worn by those who trained at Camp Devens-specifically the 76th and 12th Divisions-and the 26th Division brought back to Camp Devens after fighting in France. Look also for a Canadian Army uniform, a uniform from the Canadian Black Watch, an American aviator's uniform, and more. Wilson will explain what the buttons, insignia, patches, bars, and stripes can tell us about each soldier. From his talk about individual items will flow more of an understanding of World War I and America's involvement. This program is free but donations are appreciated. The Fort Devens Museum, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day, March 17th, is located on the 3rd floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. The building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about this event please call 978-772-1286 or email info@fortdevensmuseum.org.

20 Taste of Nashoba Valley: Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Com merce, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Lawrence Academy, Stone Athletic Center, Groton. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 978-425-5761, nvcoc.com.

24 Easter Egg Hunt: 10:15 a.m. (rain/shine) -- All are welcome at a community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and the Federated Church of Ayer at our shared location: 21 Washington Street, Ayer. In addition to the egg hunt, we will sing, hear the Easter story and enjoy refreshments. Please join us for a meaningful and fun time! Sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095 or margaret@ayerdoyles.org

25 Concert: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. The Saturdays, a musical group that blends folk, bluegrass, rock and the blues, will be playing original arrangements of contemporary and traditional favorites. The group features strong lead and harmony vocals, guitar, dobro, mandolin, and percussion to present a tight and eclectic sound. The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $15 (tickets only sold at the door). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit HealingGardenSupport.org for event updates or cancellations.

26 Stress Management Through Self-Care: Join Health and Wellness Professional Lauren McHugh as she describes the effect that stress has on our health. She will then share some simple but powerful strategies for preventing and reducing stress. This interactive two-part course will give you the opportunity to share ideas, meet new people, and create a plan to try every strategy discussed! Whether you are trying to prevent stress, reduce stress, or just take better care of yourself, this course will give you the tools you need! "Stress Management through Self-Care" will take place on both Monday, March 26and Monday, April 2 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the Groton Council on Aging. Please register for both FREE sessions at the Groton Council on Aging in person, or by calling 978-448-1170. The Groton Council on Aging is located on 163 West Main St. in Groton.

31 Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to our traditional New England Contra Dance, 7:30 - 10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Beth Parks, 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 are free, family maximum is $20. This is made possible by a grant from the Town of Groton's Trust Fund Lecture Series.

April

6 Dueling Pianos: Get ready for an evening of laughter and music with the antics of Rob Steen and company at Habitat for Humanity's "Dueling Pianos" event at the Devens Common Center. Tickets are $70 per person for Dinner and the Show or $40 per person for the SHOW ONLY. The Dinner and Show package includes a three-course plated dinner with choice of Baked Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Marinated Beef Tips, or a Vegetarian selection as well as premium seating for the show. A cash bar will also be available. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A Cocktail Hour with complimentary light appetizers and desserts along with the cash bar for "Show Only Patrons" will begin at 7:00pm. The show starts at 7:30pm. A Silent Auction will be held at the start of the evening. Winners will be announced during the show's intermission. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available, offered at various support levels with multiple recognition benefits for local businesses, groups and individual donors. For tickets, visit ncmhabitat.org Tickets and sponsorship information are also available by calling the Habitat for Humanity NCM office at 978-348-2749. The Devens Common Center is located at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens.

15 Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association: Open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2 Shaker Road, Shirley. Attractions include the operation of our 2,000 square foot model train layout which depicts the Boston and Maine Railroad running from Portland Maine to Mechanicville NY. Multiple trains with sound will be running and will be fun for both young and old. Model railroad enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

27 Spring Plant Sale: Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Rd, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance through March 31; to place an order visit middlesexconservation.org or call 978-692-9395 to request a catalog. The sale includes tree/shrub seedlings, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies. All sale proceeds benefit environmental programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

June

30 Pepperell 4th of July: 10 a.m. parade, fireworks after dusk, more events to come!

July

12 The Wall That Heals: On display from July 12 to 15 at Crocker Field in Fitchburg.