Holy Week and Easter Services at Union Congregational Church of Groton

April 18 Good Friday Worship: 12:30 p.m. We gather to read the Biblical account and reflect on Jesus' death.

April 20 Easter Sunday: 10 a.m. Traditional Family Worship Service, featuring Children's and Adult Choirs and the celebration of Holy Communion, followed by coffee and fellowship.

No Sunday School: childcare is available for infants and toddlers. Located at 218 Main St., on the corner of Willowdale Road. For information, contact the church office at 978-448-2091 or visit www.uccgroton.org.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, 80 Champney St., Groton, 978-302-6995

Friday, April 18: Stations of the Cross Service 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19: Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Easter Service at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

St. Andrew's Church, Ayer, 978-772-2615

A traditional, family-friendly Easter at St. Andrew's Church in Ayer. Holy Communion is open to all. Our intergenerational and thoughtful children's programs will touch your family's hearts and remind you of the hope found in the Easter story.

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday services are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Music and a children's sermon at both services. Easter Egg Hunt between the services at 9:30 a.m. Uplifting music, thoughtful messages and a warm welcome.



Good Friday Walk: The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will hold its 30th annual Good Friday Walk from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To participate, each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 to benefit Supports Sharing, Inc., which helps impoverished youth in the rural South. For information or to volunteer, contact Jeanie Colony at 978-456-1239 and jecolony@charter.net or Becca Day-Newsham at 978-456-8717 and newsha@aol.com.

Baked haddock dinner: A baked haddock supper will be held at Christian Union Church in West Groton, from 5-7 p.m. This meal is served plated not family-style. The church is located on West Main Street (Route 225) in West Groton. Price: $10 adult; $5 for ages 6-12; and under 6 free. More info by calling 978 448-5480.


Food Allergies: Deciphering Fact from Fiction...presented by Amit Kumar, MD, Southern New Hampshire Asthma & Allergy, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Lawrence Library, 15 Main St., Pepperell. Food allergies are increasing at an alarming rate. Recent studies suggest that 1 out of 12 children have some form of a food allergy. Dr. Kumar will speak about his experiences with treating food allergies. The focus of the talk will be to educate patients and caregivers about food allergies and dispel some common myths. A question-and-answer session will follow. This program, brought to you by the Southern New Hampshire Health System and Lawrence Library, is free and open to the public. For information, call the library at 978-433-0330 or visit www.lawrencelibrary.org.


Louis Collins Fishing Derby: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Stocked ponds, no license required, bait available. 10 tagged fish and other prizes. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Adults $14; kids 10 and under, $6. Family: $35.

Mother's Day flower sale: The 4th annual Boy Scout Troop 26 Pepperell Mother's Day Flower Sale will be held at the Pepperell Family Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds help to fund scout outdoor programs such as summer camp and various high adventure trips. There will be New Guinea Impatiens and combinations, each in 10 inch baskets for sale, as well as 6 and a half inch geraniums & gallery dahlia plants and a nice selection of 4-inch potted herbs.

The Friends of the Library Toy Yard Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us on the front lawn of the library for the Used Toy Sale, held in conjunction with the Town Wide Yard Sale day. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lawrence Library. You can donate your old toys during the library's operating hours from Saturday, April 19, to Friday, April 25. Just leave your items in the meeting room. Please, no stuffed animals!


Children's May Day Celebration at Evergreen Garden Waldorf School: 9:15-10:45 a.m. at Evergreen Garden Waldorf Playschool, 270 Barnum Road, Devens. FREE. Babies and children up to 5 years old welcome with a parent or caregiver. The gentle and festive morning will include making mini-May Poles, playtime for the children, songs and storytelling, and a shared healthy snack. For information, visit www.evergreengardenplayschool.org, or call 978-772-9595.


All you can eat spaghetti supper: The Ayer Shirley Lions Club will host its annual spaghetti supper on Wednesday, April 30, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Ayer Gun and Sportsman Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. The menu will consist of spaghetti, meat balls, salad, bread & butter and dessert, all for only $10 for adults, $6 for children (10 and under) and for seniors (60+) and active military with an CAC. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as items donated by local businesses. Enjoy us for a great meal and support the Lions'. All proceeds for this event will go to the local charities. Interested in becoming a Lion? Just ask!


27th Annual Scholarship Spaghetti Supper In memory of loved ones lost ...sponsored by the ASRHS Student Council, May 1, 5-7 p.m., Ayer Shirley Reg. HS Cafe. Tickets $5 adults, $2 under 12, under 5 free. Tickets can be purchased in advance from a Student Council member or at the door.


Groton Democrats Host Candidates and Cocktails Fundraiser: Please join the Groton Democratic Town Committee at the Bull Run for an evening of Candidates and Cocktails. End your week on a high note! We are holding a fundraiser ($25/pp) and an opportunity to meet the candidates in a relaxed environment. Hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP at GrotonDTC@gmail.com or to C. Perkins at 978-448-9946 or at Act Blue https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/may2gdtc.

Also coming in May...

Sheep shearing demo: On May 4, from 1-3 p.m. on the Historic Shirley Center Common, the Good Shepherd Sheep Club will be having its monthly meeting that includes a sheep-shearing demonstration the public is invited to attend. The kids will be bringing some of their sheep to learn techniques on shearing from a professional shearer. Aaron Loux, from Cummington, Mass., will be on hand to educate the children on reasons for shearing, proper technique, handling the sheep and to answer any questions from them or the public.

Spring Fishing Derby Sunday May 4: The Townsend Rod and Gun Club is holding the Annual Spring Fishing Derby on Sunday, May 4. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Fishing Derby is at the club pond, off Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, off Route 13 in Townsend. Watch for direction signs 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 and the kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Get out your gear and come down for some spring fun.

The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children and it promises to be a fun-filled day! Please bring your own fishing bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. Call Jon at 978-597-2440 for information about the spring derby.

Indoor yard sale: Trinity Church Congregational, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton (just off of Route 117), will host its free, indoor yard sale on Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household goods, toys, books, movies, sporting goods, clothing, more. All items are free. Enjoy complementary refreshments as well! www.trinitybolton.org or 978-779-5517.