Regional Briefs

Coming up at Oxbow


On the second and fourth Mondays in January and February, 2014, Susan Fly and Donna Mackie, will lead walks on the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Gather at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard for a two-hour leisurely walk while looking for birds and other creature signs along the way. Susan and Donna are experienced trackers. Please, dress warmly and wear sturdy boots with good traction for the possibly slippery trails. Bringing a drink and a snack is recommended.

Phone 978-779-2259 before setting out. In case of snow, the parking lot might not be plowed due to the Sequester.

The refuge is open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. However, due to the Sequester, the parking lot might not be plowed. And remember that dogs are not allowed on National Wildlife Refuges.

Religious services

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer, 978-772-2615, www/


Holy Eucharist Rte I, 8 a.m.; Holy Eucharist Rte II 10 a.m.

Nursery, 9:45 a.m. to end of service; Christian education, 9:45 a.m.

Children and teen groups in the Parish Hall. Classes join the adults in worship at the peace.


Holy Eucharist Rte II with prayer and healing at noon; choir rehearsals, 7 p.m.

Priest in residence: The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hook.


Game Night: 6-8:30 p.


m. at the Bob Eisengrein Community Center, Devens. Kids and adults are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring along their favorite board and card games as well as a "tasty treat" to share with friends and neighbors. RSVP to Kim Walsh at

Images of multiculturalism film and discussion series: 7 p.m., Littleton First Church Unitarian. The film "CRASH" will be shown in the vestry at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton (across from the fire station). The film will be followed by a lively discussion and refreshments. All are welcome. This film series explores the lives and experiences of the other and expands our awareness of our neighbors as well as nearby and often marginalized individuals and groups.


Winter Sports Clinics: 1-4 p.m. Free with WinterFest admission. Learn the essentials of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the Fruitlands fields. Equipment will be available to try so you can set out to practice these energetic winter sports on the museum's hills and trails.


Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportsman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Public welcome. French toast, specials, pancakes, eggs, free juice and coffee. Proceeds benefit children's programs. Room rentals also available. Call 978-772-9748.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: First Church Unitarian (FCU) in Littleton invites you to join us for a 'Day On' instead of a day off this Martin Luther King Day. We invite anyone to join us in our day of service from 2-4 p.m., 19 Foster St., Littleton. For information, please email, visit our website at


Carrying On for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Great Room of the Parish House of First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row in Groton. Anyone who has survived the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome to attend this meeting. "Carrying On" was formed in the spring of 2010 as a peer led support group for people who had lost a loved one through suicide. We strive to provide a safe place to talk about those we have lost and to provide a supportive environment to help each other heal. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For any additional information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.


Groton Wellness presents: David E. Gumpert, author of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights," talk and book-signing, 6-8 p.m., Groton Wellness, 493 Main St., Groton. $25 includes autographed copy of his book. Complimentary wine and cheese. Register online at GrotonWellness,com.


Children's Concert: 11 a.m. Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem will be performing at First Church Unitarian in Littleton. At 45-60 minutes long, this show is ideally suited for children and children-at-heart of all ages. Tickets are $3 for children 12 and under and $7 everyone else. Tickets are available in advance at -- search for "Cocoa Littleton." Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. First Church Unitarian is located at 19 Foster Street in Littleton. For information, visit

The Kitchen Apothecary: Making Herbal Medicine the Shaker Way: 1-2:30 p.m. Members $10, nonmembers $15, includes admission to WinterFest. Presented in partnership with the Herbal Community of Central Massachusetts. Space is limited. To register, call 978-456-3924, ext. 291 or email

Acton Community Chorus Concert: 8 p.m. Performing Mozart Requiem with student soloists and orchestration from the New England Conservatory of Music at Acton Congregational Church, 12 Concord Road, Acton. Tickets: $20 at Roche Bros. Acton, from members or at the door. www.


Winter Scavenger Hunt: 1-4 p.m. Free with WinterFest admission. Join the Harvard Conservation Trust for a Winter Scavenger Hunt on Fruitlands' trails. Look for items in the snowy woods and collect a prize at the end of your adventure. Dress warmly; this adventure takes place outdoors. No registration required.

Country Day School Open House: 1-3 p.m. Country Day School is a private, independent Catholic school serving students from pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade. We would love to be part of your child's academic, social and spiritual development. Come see if Country Day School is a good fit for your family. Tour our classrooms and talk one-on-one with our teachers and administrators. Stop by at our open house or call 978-448-5646 for a private tour.

KofC Youth Free Throw Championship: All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship from 1-4 p.m. at the Peter Twomey Youth Center, located behind the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School North. The event is free, and entry forms will be available at the door. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible and will compete in respective age divisions.


Community drum circle at Indian Hill: Come express yourself through rhythm! Open to adults and teens: 7 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton. FEE: $10 per person. No musical experience necessary. Reserve a spot at 978-486-9524 ext. 116. Learn more at

Open Rehearsals Spring Season Acton Community Chorus: Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., Faith Evangelical Free Church, 54 Hosmer St., Acton. No auditions. (nonchurch-affiliated). Concert: Thirty Award-Winning Years; May 30, 31, 2014, Boxborough Holiday Inn.


Community Forum -- The War on Drugs, success or failure?: Retired state police undercover agent Jack Cole will speak about his experiences and why he feels "this is not a war on drugs -- this is a war on people." Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley, beginning at 7 p.m. with gathering and refreshments, followed by the presentation and discussion from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All are welcome.


Partnering for a better response: 8-9:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Guest speaker will share how we can partner with the American Red Cross to help them better respond to the daily need for more than 41,000 blood donations. They also provide comfort kits to displaced adults and kids. Let's partner by collecting toiletries, small toys, coloring books and crayons in our firms until Jan. 30. We will also explore ways to partner with our neighbor facilities to better respond to needs for emergency shelter, contract services, employee training and more.

Cross-industry job fair: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Devens Common Center, Andrews Parkway, Devens. North Central Career Center and Career Center of Greater Lowell will be offering a workshop prior to the job fair, "Preparing for a Job Fair." These workshops are free to attend with pre-registration. Job seekers can register by calling Leominster Career Center at 978-534-1481 or Lowell Career Center at 978-970-3340. Job seekers will meet representatives from a diverse blend of local businesses, government contractors and federal agencies. There is no fee for job seekers to attend. Applicants should bring at least 10 copies of their resume and be dressed ready to interview.