Children's sale: Gently used children's items including baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more! 8 a.m. to noon; $1 admission, under 14 free. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Cash only. Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a nonprofit organization. For information visit us at or call 978- 376-2939.

Masons Open House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 11 Sculley Road, Ayer.

'American Farm Implements': The Groton Historical Society and Groton Grange #7 will present a program by John Ott, President of the Groton Historical Society, "American Farm Implements: Tools, Technology and Agricultural Innovation in New England" at 2 p.m. at the Groton Grange, 80 Champney St., Groton.

"To Build a Fire" with Walter Korby: Free NRWA Presentation: 1-3 p.m. at Lawrence Library. The program concept is based on Jack London's classic short story, "To Build a Fire," about a man's struggle to survive in the wilderness and the need for skill to build a fire. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs director, at 978-448-0299 or email

Eastwood Peak hosts Middlesex Global War On Terror Monument Benefit: 7 p.m., Pepperell VFW, first fundraiser for the Middlesex GWOT Monument Fund.


The proceeds is for the construction of a public monument honoring veterans who have served in the Global War on Terror GWOT. Tickets are available at the door for $10.


Masons breakfast: 7:30-10 a.m., Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. Come early and bring your friends.

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, every Sunday until Mother's Day. Free coffee and juice.


Wine-tasting, Republican candidates meet-and-greet: 7 p.m. The Groton Republican Town Committee will host a wine-tasting at the Stonehedge Inn. Cost: $30 per person. All three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have been invited. State Rep. Sheila Harrington and former state Rep. Bob Hargraves will also be guests. There will also be a silent auction.


Community forum at Trinity Chapel: The fourth in a series of community forums is scheduled at Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley. This session is devoted to important legal issues and, in a change from previous announcements, will focus on legal issues and services for veterans. There is considerable interest in this subject because of the concerns in our society for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan dealing with so many serious problems. The session will be led by the president of Shelter Legal Services, Timothy McLaughlin, Esq. Tim is in private practice after serving the Marine Corps from 2000 through 2006. During that time he was in combat situations in Iraq, and knows firsthand about these issues. The session is open to the public, and we hope many will be interested in this truly national concern. Refreshments are served from 7-7:30 p.m.; the presentation and discussion will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. All are welcome!

WBN business challenges roundtable: 7:15 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish, 15 Still River Road, Harvard. This Women's Business Network meeting is designed to help members get to know each other and gain from others' experiences and ideas in brainstorming sessions. Bring your business cards & brochures to all events. For information, go to or call Renee at 978-456-9600.


The Flocker's Ladies Night: Come and shop for a good cause: The American Cancer Society. The Flocker's Relay for Life Team is holding a shopping night at St. Mary's Church Hall in Ayer from 7-9 p.m. A percentage of the profits will be donated to The Flocker's Team.

Vendors attending include Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, South Hill Designs, Mary Kay, Scentsy and Pampered Chef. Youtopia Day Spa will be offering paraffin hand treatments and chair massages. Come one, come all!


Pre-foreclosure clinics April 10, 25

FITCHBURG -- The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a pre-foreclosure clinic April 10 and 25 at the Twin Cities CDC office.

The Home Ownership Center staff will help homeowners evaluate pre-foreclosure options at no cost, which include: refinancing your mortgage, modification of your existing mortgage, a repayment plan, short sale and deed-in-lieu.

To register for the April 25, 5:30 p.m., or the April 10, 10 a.m., class, please email or call the Home Ownership Center at 888-978-6261. Twin Cities CDC is located at 470 Main St.

First-time home buyer class April 9,11,16,18

FITCHBURG -- The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a first-time home buyer class beginning April 9 at the Twin Cities CDC office.

The first-time home buyer program includes four classes per session: April 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Twin Cities CDC, 470 Main St. The fee for the class is $50, which includes the course book and all program handouts. To learn more or to register call 888-978-6261 or

Art in Bloom the Lawrence Library art gallery in Pepperell, April 18 to 21, during library hours. Enjoy the beauty of spring with flower arrangements by the Pepperell Garden Club members and art work created by local artists. Free to the public and sponsored by the Pepperell Garden Club and Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Sandy's Sister is Coming to Town

The times they are a changin'. Storms like "Superstorm Sandy" are increasing in the northeast, with greater intensity, frequency, and duration. How to adapt to the changing patterns of our weather will be the subject of the April 18, Bolton Local program at the Bolton Public Library, starting at 7 p.m.

"Sandy's Sister is Coming to Town" is an important program that will focus on what the changing weather means to you, your family, your business, and your community, and how to become more resilient in the face of rising weather-related risks.

Mass. State Rep. Kate Hogan will introduce the program, discussing the report the Legislature requested about a Massachusetts response to climate change.

Kathleen M. Baskin, director of Water Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environment, will speak about key findings and recommended actions in the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report produced by an advisory panel of that office.

Mark Sandeen, Sustainable Lexington leader, will speak about how Lexington is assessing what the increasingly volatile weather means to his community and adaptation steps are being considered.

There will be an opportunity for discussion and brainstorming following the program.

For information visit .

Applewild to hold open house

Applewild will hold an open house on Saturday, April 20, from 9-11 a.m.

There's a lot going on at Applewild! Learn about summer camp offerings, June 24-Aug. 2, the Child Development Center, pre-school and day care for three- and four-year-olds, and K-8 admission including financial aid and scholarships. Applewild is located at 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. Call 978-342-6053 for information.

United Way campaign finale and thank you event April 24

LEOMINSTER -- The United Way of North Central Massachusetts will hold its annual Campaign Recognition and Thank You Event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Four Points by Sheraton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster.

United Way will acknowledge volunteers and area companies for their workplace campaigns. In addition, Comedian Jim Colliton will entertain the audience. The event is free. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to the United Way of North Central Massachusetts at 978-345-1577 or

Annual clothing sale April 26

The First Parish of Bolton, located at 673 Main St. in Bolton, will hold its Annual Clothing Sale on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gently worn clothing for all seasons including tons of kids clothes, stylish name brands, as well as maternity, plus sizes and men's suits will be available for purchase. In addition there will be some household and decorative items. The consignment part of the sale will be held in the main hall and there will be a rummage sale in the vestry at the same time. On Saturday, April 27, at noon, all items remaining will be marked to half price and that portion of the sale will end at 2 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. on Saturday there will be a bag sale --two different size bags with as many items as you can fit in a bag for one small fee of $2 or $3 per bag! Come and be part of the best recycling around! For information contact Linda Skinner Austin at 978-779-6076 or

Mozart's Requiem April 27

The Nashoba Valley Chorale performs their spring concert, "The Eternal Path," presenting Mozart's Requiem and several works by Bruckner, Tavener, and Taverner, Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton. The concert is conducted by the chorale's esteemed director, Anne Watson Born, and features professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, and $5 children. Visit for information.

Concert series at The Healing Garden

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of live Jazz music!

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. "The Unexpected," a popular jazz group from Boston, will be playing a variety of jazz standards and original arrangements at the Garden for your listening pleasure.

The Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, and offers support, 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.