April

12Laurelwood Garden Club: The monthly meeting at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg, at 9:30. Floral demonstrations by Windmill Florist. Contact Julie Palioca at 978-537-7630 for more information.

Tales and Tunes with Steve Blunt: From 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., a story and music time for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Sign up online.

13 Baked Haddock Supper: Christian Union Church in West Groton is bringing back a favorite from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meal is served restaurant style (not family style). Takeouts available. The church is located in West Groton on Route 225 (West Main Street). For info, call 978 272-0145.

Veterans breakfast: From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. The event is sponsored by Masy Bio Services and Lowell Five Bank.

Faure's Requiem and a Bach Motet: The Nashoba Valley Chorale presents its spring concert, "An Unexpected Calm," at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Littleton High School, 56 King Street. The group will sing Bach's joyful song of praise, "Singet den Herrn," and will also perform Gabriel Faure's transcendent "Requiem," with soloists Nicole Burke and Ryne Cherry. Burke will also perform Mozart's "Exultate, Jubilate." Members of the Orchestra at Indian Hill will accompany. Tickets available on our website www.nashobavalleychorale.org in advance $25, at the door $30, seniors $20.

Mother Goose Storytime: From 10:15 a.


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m. to 10:45 a.m., this is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with your infant to 2-year-old child at the Groton Public Library. This new session meets every third Saturday. A first library experience for babies and toddlers with a parent or caregiver. Nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, puppets and an introduction to books. No registration required.

Community Easter Egg Hunt: In Ayer at 10:30 a.m. (rain or shine). All are welcome at a community event hosted by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and the Federated Church of Ayer, 21 Washington Street. Sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

16 Exploring Plymouth: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for a day that includes guided tours of Monument of Our Forefather, First Parish Church and Plymouth Waterfront. This includes lunch at Plimoth Plantation and wine tasting and shopping at the Plymouth Bay Winery, transportation and driver's tip. We will depart Groton at 7 a.m. and return 6 p.m. For more info please call the Groton Council on Aging, 978-448-1170.

Meet the candidates: The Friends of the Lawrence Library will sponsor a Board of Selectmen Candidates' Night for the Town of Pepperell from 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery at the Lawrence Library in Pepperell. 5-5:30: Mingle with the candidates over refreshments. 5:30-6:30: Short statement (2-4 minutes) by each candidate, moderator asks pre-submitted questions, questions from the audience.

Robotics Battle Bot Challenge: For grades 6-12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Groton Public Library. Individuals or teams will design, build and battle their Mindstorms LEGO robots. Prizes will be awarded.

Lego Club for ages 5-12 at the Groton Public Library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up online one week ahead. The library supplies the Legos, tables and space -- you supply the imagination.

Read to Shiver from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Shiver and his owner are a certified pet therapy dog team with the Pets and People Foundation. You may sign your child up for one 15-minute session with Shiver. Sign up online.

17 Basics of Dementia: The Alzheimer's Association presents a free program on the basics of Alzheimer's and other dementias at 6 p.m., at the Ayer Library, 26 East Main Street, Ayer. The program is free and open to the public. To register, or for more information call 800-272-3900.

18 Mystery Author Kate Flora: The guest speaker will visit the Groton Public Library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to discuss her work with the Mystery Book Group. All are invited.

Pizza & Movie Night: Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse for young adults at the Groton Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

Meet Toto the Tornado Kitty. For all ages, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Toto the kitten was saved by Jonathan Hall and other rescue workers after the devastating tornadoes in Western Mass. in 2011. Jonathan will read from his book Toto the Tornado Kitten, have a question-and-answer session, and children will be able to meet the star of the book. Sign up online.

19 Pre-Easter Meat Bingo: The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 is hosting at 491 Main Street, West Townsend, VFW Function Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Meat Bingo attendees will have an opportunity to have lots of fun and socialize with the other participants while they try to win fresh cuts of meat, cash, and other assorted Easter-themed prizes. Proceeds raised help fund VFW projects.

23 Art Workshop with Rachel Benson. For children ages 8-12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Make a rabbit with yarn and a clay carrot. Sign up online, space is limited.

24 Foreign Film Favorites: Stalingrad. Exploring other cultures through award-winning, internationally produced films. And enjoy a taste of the highlighted country's culture with a special treat plus popcorn and beverages at the Groton Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

26 Entertainer Dan Kirouac: Also known for his work with Beatles for Sale Band, Kirouac will deliver a solo acoustic act at 1 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council. Call 433-0326 for more info.

27 Earth Day event: Come to Townsend Common from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme is "Our Squannacook River." More than 100 vendors, crafters, non-profit groups are expected. Visit with animals, buy some food and watch the all-day entertainment. Rain date is April 28, noon to 4 p.m. Brought to you by the Townsend Recycling Committee. Crafter/vendor spots for $30 per 12x12 space. Contact susanclement49@yahoo.com. Free for non-profits, contact clem6six@verizon.net.

Town Litter Cleanup: Groton Grange #7 will hold its annual town-wide Litter Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the next day (Sunday, April 28) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our booth will be in front of the Prescott School on Main Street. Stop by the booth to pick up gloves and trash bags.

28 The 2019 Country Star Search: The New England Country Music Organization's 14th annual Country Star Search will take place in Pepperell. Age categories range from 3 through adult with a senior category (50 and over) in the following areas: Vocalist, entertainer, duo, group, band, instrumentalist, dancer, dance team, songwriter, CD and music video. All entries must be new or traditional country, gospel, bluegrass, country dance or clogger. Winners will be announced at the gala NECMO Awards on June 23. Winners will be eligible to enter the NACMAI Country Music Week international competition. Send in the entry form and fees, $30 per person per category. For entry form, rules or more information, call 508-335-7979, email necmo@charter.net , or go to www.necmo.net.

May

4 Canoe & Kayak Race: The 36th annual Town Lions Club Canoe and Kayak Race on the Squannacook River at the VFW Hall in West Townsend. Registration is 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The registration fee is $30 per canoe, $20 per person kayak. After the race, a spaghetti lunch open to public at VFW from 1 p.m. until 2:30 for $7. Life jackets must be worn. For information, call Steve Bourdon at 978-973-6668.

Traditional New England Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 will host from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. The evening features live music, dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 are free. The family maximum is $20. Refreshments provided. This is made possible by a grant from the Town of Groton's Trust Fund Lecture Series. Note: Please only park on the Grange side of Champney St.

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair: Celebrate spring by attending the 14th Annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair at Union Congregational Church of Groton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair showcases the talents of local artisans and crafters. Shop from a variety of unique gifts and seasonal home decor, including wooden items, table runners and butcher aprons, baby items, American Doll clothing, candles, herbs, jewelry, and so much more. All items are handmade; there will not be any re-sales or commercial vendors. Admission is free. Crafters interested in renting a table, contact Bonnie Martin at bgmartin1@verizon.net.

June

1 St. Mary's Block Party: Bring the whole family to St. Mary's of Ayer for the White Elephant, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and block party, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., at 31 Shirley St., Ayer. Take your chances at $1,000 grand prize, 50/50, theme baskets, and more. Lots of great food including lobster, clams, fried dough and a variety of delicious baked goods. Musical entertainment provided by DJ. Contact the parish office office.mgr@NVCC-MA.org or call 978-772-2414 for more info.

9 Benefit Concert: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ayer will hold its fourth-annual Benefit Concert and Gala Reception in St. John's Chapel at Groton School. Scheduled for 3 p.m. St. Andrew's welcomes back soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Joelle Morris, and pianist Scott Nicholas of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble. They will be joined by Heinrich Christensen, organist and choirmaster of King's Chapel in Boston, and New York violinist Sarah Geller. Proceeds from this concert benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens; Esperanza Academy; and The Society of St. Margaret. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Children under 10 are free. Tickets are available on April 15.

July

21 Trip to Tanglewood: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The concert will feature the Symphony with conductor Andris Nelson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano performing Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, Gershwin Variations on "I Got Rhythm," for piano and orchestra and Stravinsky Petrushka. The trip Includes: transportation, ticket, dinner at Michaels of Stockbridge and driver's gratuity. Tickets are $98 per person. Please call the Groton Council on Aging for information, 978-448-1170.

27 Golf Tournament: The sixth annual Nashoba Valley Technical High School Alumni Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Golf Course, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Registration is $150 per golfer ($125 before April 1). All proceeds benefit the Nashoba Tech athletics program. The tournament will be a shotgun scramble. The cost includes 18 holes, golf cart, dinner, and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and best-dressed golfer. To register, visit https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?tid=23073. For information, email NT Athletic Director James Creed at jcreed@nashobatech.net. Sponsors are also being sought.