Groton-Dunstable Regional Preschool Screenings April 8, 9

Groton Dunstable Regional School District will have Preschool Screenings Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, at Boutwell Early Childhood Center, 78 Hollis St., Groton.

This screening is only for parents who have concerns about their child's development. Children between three and five years of age will be screened.

Parents with specific concerns about their child should call Boutwell at 978-448-2297 to schedule an appointment.

The appointment hours are between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Speech and Language or how the child makes his or her needs and wants known to the world will be done on both days.

Developmental Screenings or how the child processes information verbally, visually and using memory skills will be Tuesday, April 8.

Occupational Therapy and overall motor skill screenings or how children use their hands and move their hands and move their bodies will be Tuesday, April 8.

Author Barbara Shapiro at Groton Public Library April 8

The 2014 Groton READS program concludes with a talk by the author of "The Art Forger."

The public is invited to a talk by Barbara Shapiro, author of "The Art Forger," this year's Groton READS title, on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. "The Art Forger" is a mystery-thriller sparked by the 1990 heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.


It was listed as one of the Best Crime Books of 2012 by The Boston Globe.

Barbara Shapiro lives in Boston, teaches creative writing at Northeastern University, and has had a decades-long fascination with Isabella Stewart Gardner, the Gardner Museum art theft, and art forgery. She wrote and published five suspense novels and one work of non-fiction before "The Art Forger," her first bestselling book. There will be a book sale and signing at the end.

All Groton READS programs are free and made possible by the GPL Endowment Trust.

For information, please visit, or call the library at 978-448-8000. Groton Public Library, 99 Main St., Groton.

Does a hen need a rooster to lay an egg, April 8?

Join Groton Grange #7 on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. as we present "Laying hens and raising a small flock of chickens in your backyard."

Learn the basics of how to raise and keep a healthy flock of laying hens.

Topics covered will include raising, housing, feeding, and egg production.

This event is free and open to the public.

Groton Grange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of Historic Groton Grange Hall, raising awareness of agricultural and farming issues, and providing green programs to our community

Historic Groton Grange Hall is located at 80 Champney St. Groton.

For more information please call 978-448-3418.

GD Players present Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' April 11, 12

The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Players will present "The Tempest" on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., in the Black Box Theater at the high school on 703 Chicopee Row.

Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Easter Eggs/story at SOV Lutheran Church April 12

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is hosting its 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter storytelling for children (grade 3 and younger) on Saturday, April 12.

Arrival time and singing will start at 10:15 a.m. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. To ensure that there are enough filled eggs and goody bags on hand, please sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095.

This family event is offered free of charge. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Grange Hall at 80 Champney St. in Groton.

Hope you can join us for a fun-filled, meaningful time. 

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair April 12

Celebrate spring with a visit to the Union Congregational Church of Groton's ninth annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It will showcase the talents of local artisans and crafters and promises something for everyone. Looking for gifts for Easter and Mother's Day? Stop by and shop from a variety of unique gifts and seasonal home decor, including rocking horses, oil paintings, painted glassware, embroidered clothing and gifts, baby items, jewelry, soaps, painted wood, photography, herbs and so much more. All items are handmade. Make a day of it with breakfast treats and coffee in the morning and stay for a delicious lunch in the afternoon. Don't forget to stop by the bake table for goodies to go! Admission is free, so mark your calendars and come by for some shopping and great food. All vendor spaces are taken.

Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main St. (Route 119) on the corner of Willowdale Road.

Town-wide litter cleanup April 12, 13

Please join Groton Grange #7 for its annual Town-wide Litter Clean up on Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet with representatives from the Groton Grange, your local agricultural organization, at the tent which will be set up at Groton Electric Light Department on Station Ave. There, you will receive trash bags, gloves and instructions on which of our country lanes and roads could use some TLC.

Return to the Groton Electric Light Department with the trash you've picked up and deposit it in the Dumpsters which will be located at GELD.

With your effort, each year we have increased the tonnage of trash which has been hauled away and removed, helping to keep our rural landscape clean and beautiful.

There is still time to volunteer, either to pick up trash, donate to the fee for tonnage removal (the Grange pays the freight for removal, and we would love your help) or work the booth. Refreshments will be available.

For information call 978-448-3715 or 978-448-3418.

Guided Trail Hike April 13

Sunday, April 13, at 1 p.m. sharp, join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on an early spring guided hike through the woods on the trails of Throne Hill in West Groton.

The Throne is a conservation area owned by the Groton Conservation Trust and is one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels in the area. The Throne provides habitat for deer, bears, porcupines, fishers, moose and beavers.

It features upland forest and some interesting wetlands. Our walk on the Throne trails will take about two hours and is suitable for families with children. Dogs must be kept under owner's control, and leashed upon request. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Take Townsend Road in Groton to Rockwood Lane. Meet at the end of Rockwood Lane at the top of the hill. 42.62968N, 71.64003W.

Olin Lathrop,, 978-742-9014.

Groton Garden Club's annual plant sale May 10

The first day of spring has just arrived, the green buds are poking through last fall's leaves and some early bushes have hints of the flowers-to-come on their branches. This marks the start of the Groton Garden Club's preparations for their Annual Plant Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 to 12 noon at the Groton Town Hall. Again this year, the club will feature a selection of plants ideal for shady areas, as well as those that flourish in sunny spots. Members of the club will be happy to assist in the selection of the best plants for your specific locations.

The wide variety of perennial plants are grown in Groton in club member's gardens, and transplanted especially for this annual sale. An excellent selection of herbs and special heirloom tomatoes will also be available.

The Plant Sale is the day before Mother's Day so you have the chance to pick out a gift of perennials that will return to Mom's garden year after year.

Proceeds from this sale are used for the Club's many beautification projects in Groton

The sale is very popular so be sure to come at opening time. Early birds are invited to wait outside the area until the 'opening bell at 8:30'.

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