Robert B. Learmonth III Memorial Ice Fishing Derby: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Matawanakee Forge Pond, Littleton. Entry fee $10. Proceeds will go toward sending children to conservation camp. Trophies, 50/50 raffle, grill raffle, children's raffle. For information, go to


Townsend Rod and Gun Club Ice Fishing Derby: Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at the club pond, off Emery Road, on Dann Colburn Way, just off Route 13. There will be direction signs posted along the way. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The pond will be stocked with hungry rainbow and brown trout. The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children. Bring your own fishing bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. For information, call Jon at 978-597-2440.


Poet Taylor Mali at Lawrence Academy: 7:30-8:30 p.m. This year's J. William Mees Visiting Scholar will be poet Taylor Mali. The public is invited to his presentation in the school's MacNeil Lounge at 7:30 p.m. and to meet with the poet over refreshments after the program.


Ash Wednesday: All are welcome to Union Congregational Church. At 6:30 p.m., come for a simple soup supper. From 7:15 to 8 p.m.


, there will be a brief service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes, which will take place in Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 218 Main St.

Ash Wednesday: 7 p.m., Pepperell United Methodist Church, 1 Chapel Place, Pepperell. All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St., Groton. Special music by the choir; during the solemn service ashes in the form of a cross are placed on the foreheads of communicants as a sign of mourning and repentance.


Women's Business Network: 7:15 p.m., Holy Trinity parish, 15 Still River Road, Harvard. Topic: "Visualize your goals through treasure-mapping."

FEB. 14, 15,16

Lawrence Academy presents: Oklahoma! City: 7:30 p.m., Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center on the Lawrence Academy campus in Groton. This original theatrical production uses the domestic terrorist bombing of Oklahoma City's Murrah building in 1995 to explore the impact of such tragedies. The theatre is handicap accessible, and admission is free.


St. Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Dinner: 6 p.m., Caleb Butler Lodge, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Dinner and Entertainment: Join Tommy Gunn's birthday bash and join in the explosive entertainment as you try to solve this mystery. Reservations are now being taken: $25 per person includes dinner. Call Rick at 978-400-1100. P.S. Silent auction held in conjunction with the mystery dinner; don't miss out on one of a lifetime opportunities!


Monthly dinner meeting: 5:45 p.m. Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Chapman Place Condo Meeting Hall, 20 Chapman Place, Leominster. Rene Roy of the Twin City Toastmasters will present "Polish your speech-making skills." For information, contact Amy Ives at


Fidelity Bank Breakfast Series with Guest Speaker Hank Phillippi Ryan: 7:30-9 a.m., sponsored by Fidelity Bank, at Hilton Garden Inn, 59 Andrews Parkway, Devens. $20 for members registered by Feb. 19. Boston investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan has won multiple Emmy Awards for her reporting on Boston's NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV, and has won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards for her mystery fiction. She is a former U.S. Senate staffer and political campaign aid and has put her diverse background and storytelling prowess to work in her new thriller: "The Other Woman." Come, eat a delicious breakfast, listen to a fascinating speaker, and expand your networking circle!


Tree ID program at Oxbow: A tree identification program will be presented by Dennis Wagner, landscaper and arborist, at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge at 1 p.m. Meet at the refuge parking lot on Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Contact Rona Balco at 978 779-2259 for information.

Concert series: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill Music, welcomes Cynthia Forbes and students to play a program of Vivaldi, Beethoven and Bach, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. The Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, and offers support and educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit for event updates or cancellations.


The Great American Songbook -- Times 2: Thrill to the awesome power of Jonathan Ortloff on the mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and Joseph Sheppard on the Mason Hamlin Grand Piano as the two virtuosos play duets from the American Songbook. There will also be a sing-along during the concert, and tours of the organ will be held after the concert. Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for seniors. Purchase tickets for yourself as well as friends and family online at Contact the Shanklin Concert planning committee at with questions. The Shanklin Music Hall is located at 130 Sandy Pond Road, Groton. Proceeds to benefit First Parish Church of Groton-UU.