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.


Planning meeting for Global Village Trip to Guatemala: Habitat for Humanity, North Central Massachusetts, will host an open meeting at 10 a.m. at the Groton Library, 99 Main St., Groton to discuss the upcoming Global Village trip to Guatemala. Staff and members of the Board of Directors will be available to answer questions about the affiliate-sponsored trip, as well as lead a discussion on the exact location of the February 2014 build. All residents of the 25 towns and cities in the north-central region are invited to attend the meeting. Anyone over 16 can participate in the week-long trip to Guatemala where homes will be built for those living in extreme poverty. For information, contact Maggie Monroe-Cassel at

Science of Spring: NRWA Science Saturday: How do plants and animals know it is time to come out of their winter dormancy? This is just one question we'll seek to answer during the Nashua River Watershed Association's "Science of Spring" program from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the NRWA Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. This Science Saturday program is for 7- to 11-year-olds from all communities.


Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email Join us for exploration and fun!

NRWA Outdoor Wellness Walk: After months of snow on the rail trail, we're hoping for a clear sky and a clear trail. Mary Marro, NRWA environmental education director, will lead a 45- to 60-minute Outdoor Wellness Walk from 3-4 p.m. We'll be walking on the Nashua River Rail Trail, beginning from the Station Avenue kiosk in Groton. The goal is to encourage people to get outdoors to improve their health and to learn more about the ecosystems along the trail. The trail is flat and paved; the walk is open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed on this walk. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email

Comfort food buffet: 4:30-6 p.m. Pepperell Methodist Church. We will be serving chicken casserole, mild chili, mac & cheese, American chop suey, scalloped potatoes with and without ham, hot dogs & beans, salad, rolls and a variety of freshly baked dessert. You can eat-in or takeout. The door prize you are automatically entered to win with a purchase of your supper ticket. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. Located at 1 Chapel Place, Pepperell (one block behind Dunkin Donuts).

Famous Clancys at Groton Grange: "An Evening of Celtic Songs," 8 p.m., Groton Grange, 80 Champney St., Groton. The event is a reintroduction of the Groton Grange following renovations partly funded through the town's Community Preservation fund. Reservations are required, call the Grange at 978-449-9787 or visit With a reservation, tickets are $20 or $15 for Grange members. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Loaves & Fishes.


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

Camp Middlesex Open House: Camp Middlesex will host an Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Talk to the director, take a tour of the Camp and enjoy free refreshments! Summer Camp fun includes archery, swimming in the pool, boating, low ropes, sports & games, arts and crafts, dance, theater, barnyard, nature, pioneering, rocketry, woodworking, fishing and much more! Located on Willard Brook at 1031 Erickson Road in Ashby, Camp Middlesex is fully accredited by the American Camping Association and licensed by the Board of Health. More at

Trees in Winter Clothing: 1 p.m. Our guide is arborist and landscaper Denis Wager. Gather in the main parking lot of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Wear sturdy clothing and footwear. Bring a pencil and paper or tracing paper; index cards are great if you're going to start your own guidebook. Please, call Rona at 978-779-2259 or email to inform us of your intent to participate. This free program is offered by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

Holocaust film: 5 p.m., First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Groton. All are welcome to see a new documentary about a Unitarian Universalist minister and his wife who left their family and home in Wellesley to stay in Czechoslovakia and France at the outset of World War II to enable the clandestine transportation of Jewish refugees to safety in the USA. They combated political and social blockades, broke laws, laundered money and evaded capture by the Gestapo many times to get visas for thousands of refugees. The movie is 55 minutes long. Please bring a potluck dish to share for the discussion period afterward. We are asking for a donation of $10 per adult, $5 per student or senior and $25 for a family of three or more. Feel free to adjust that amount per your circumstances. NOTE: This movie is about the holocaust and the separation of children from their families so child care will be provided. It is being premiered at the Boston Film Festival on the same day that it is being shown at First Parish Church in Groton.


Applewild About Arts: 3:15-5:30 p.m. The public is invited to this annual showcase of student art including performances. Exhibits throughout the campus. More information at 978-342-6053 or

Sandy's Sister is Coming to Town: 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 Bolton Local program at the Bolton Public Library, starting at 7 p.m. There will be an opportunity for discussion and brainstorming following the program. For information visit


Applewild open house: 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.

Church supper: Baked Chicken Breast supper will be held at the Christian Union Church in West Groton from 5-7 p.m. The chicken will be served plated but the all the fixings will be family-style. Come try this new menu item; we always appreciate your feed back. The menu includes mashed potato, gravy, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, dessert (brownie and ice cream) and beverage. The price remains the same: $10 for adult; 6-12 $5 and under 6 eat free. Takeouts will be available and no reservations required. The church is located on West Main Street (Route 225) across from fire station. For information call 978-448-5480.


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

Louis Collins Annual Fishing Derby: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, Ayer Gun & Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Open to the public, no license required. Stocked trout ponds with four-fish limit! Cost: $13 for adults, $7 for kids, $30 family limit, which includes parents ad kids 12 and younger. Trophies, cash prizes, raffles!


"Notorious" Duo Plays at Groton School: Notorious, featuring musicians Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger, performs the final concert of the 2012-13 Gammons Concert Series at Groton School at 7 p.m. in the Gammons Recital Hall. The public is welcome to this free event. Sweet vocals and virtuosic fiddling coupled with driving rhythm and snappy guitar solos thrill audiences, in a repertoire that spans continents. Unger, declared "guitar genius" by Sing Out Magazine, combines his talents with those of MacAdam-Somer, an exciting and versatile young violinist. Her classical and jazz background merges with Unger's driving style to push the envelope toward swing, blues, and Gypsy modes. The program will feature traditional American, Romanian and Afghan music.


United Way campaign finale and thank you event: The United Way of North Central Massachusetts will hold its annual Campaign Recognition and Thank You Event at 5 p.m. 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


Pre-foreclosure clinic: The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a pre-foreclosure clinic 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., class, please email or call the Home Ownership Center at 888-978-6261. Twin Cities CDC is located at 470 Main St.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 and 27

Annual clothing sale: The First Parish of Bolton, located at 673 Main St. in Bolton, will hold its Annual Clothing Sale from 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: The Nashoba Valley Chorale performs their spring concert, "The Eternal Path," presenting Mozart's Requiem and several works by Bruckner, Tavener, and Taverner at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, and $5 children. Visit for information.

Church supper: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy an Italian Dinner with pasta, salad, garlic bread and desserts from 5-6:30 p.m. Root beer floats are available for $1. The dinner will be hosted by the teachers and children of the Sunday School program. Tickets, available at the door, are $ 7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 through 8. As always, children under 3 eat free! Dinners are also available for take-out. Townsend Congregational Church is an open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome to attend our worship and community events. For more information, call 978-597-8925.


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

Concert series: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" 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.


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.