Groton Democrats Host Candidates and Cocktails Fundraiser May 2

Please join the Groton Democratic Town Committee on Friday, May 2, at the Bull Run for an evening of Candidates and Cocktails. End your week on a high note! We are holding a fundraiser ($25/per person) and an opportunity to meet the candidates in a relaxed environment. Hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP at or to C. Perkins at 978-448-9946 or at Act Blue

Farm Prayer of Blessing on Saturday May 3.

You are invited to join Pastor Giuseppe Mattei to come out and offer a prayer of blessing for the land which sustains us. This year we will convene at 10:30 a.m. at Helene's Stables (435 Martin's Pond Road, Groton) and pray for all farmers, the land and all farm animals.

We will also be praying for the farmers in the Groton area the next day, May 4, during the 10:15 a.m. celebration of Holy Communion. Incidentally, the Bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Rev. James Hazelwood, will be visiting and preaching that day at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (80 Champney St., Groton) during the 10:15 am worship service.

Origins and scope of the service of blessing

In the ancient Church time was set aside during the fifty days after Easter for the blessing of fields and animals.


The creation that God declared good is entrusted to the care of humankind. All people whether living in rural or urban areas, are invited to give thanks to God for the fruits of the Earth and human labor and to cooperate for a healthy environment.

Trail hike May 4

Guided Trail Hike: 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee on a guided hike on the Indian Rock Trail and the Boulders Trail of the Gamlin Crystal Springs conservation area in Groton, owned by the Groton Conservation Trust.

This is a beautiful parcel accessed via skillfully routed trails and features dense woods, rocky outcrops, beaver ponds, huge boulders and an old "lost" quarry. The hike will take about two hours and is suitable for families with children. Dogs must be under owner's control or leashed upon request. Wear comfortable hiking shoes as there are some short rocky sections.

The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. We will meet at the trail head on Old Dunstable Road. Take Lowell Road (Route 40) to Old Dunstable Road. Proceed north on Old Dunstable Road, passing the intersection with Bridge Street after one and one-quarter miles, then continuing for another quarter-mile on Old Dunstable Road. The trail head and parking are on your left, just beyond the sign for the Gamlin Conservation Area.

More Than Honey: A film on the disappearance of honeybees, plus honey tasting May 6

Groton Public Library, Sibley Hall, 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us at 6:15 for a honey tasting offered by Caneen Canning of Follow the Honey, a shop in Cambridge. The film will begin at 7 p.m.

An unprecedented global examination of endangered honeybees spanning from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. With all the hallmarks of a great nature documentary, the film employs the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena undetectable by normal eyesight, beautifully portraying the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.

This program is made possible by the Groton Public Library and Groton Local with the support of the Groton Trust Funds' Lecture Fund.

For information visit or "like" our Facebook page Groton Local.

Republicans to meet May 7

The Groton Republican Town Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at the Senior Center at 7:30 p.m. There will be local candidates for election in attendance, providing an opportunity to better know them and their viewpoints. Items on the agenda are final plans for the GRTC Family Fun Day to be held on May 17 at Grotonwood, and plans for Candidates Night, which will be the next evening, May 8, at the Black Box Theater at the High School. 

Candidates Night May 8

The Groton Democratic and Republican Town Committees will be co-sponsoring a candidate's night for local elections at the Black Box Theatre at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School (703 Chicopee Row, Groton) on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. for the contested town races. Robert Gosselin will moderate the event. Candidates for uncontested races will be able to introduce themselves to the audience.

For more information contact the Groton Republican Town Committee at or the Groton Democratic Town Committee at Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Well adult clinic May 8

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health and D'Ambrosio Eye Care Inc., announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held on Thursday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. D'Ambrosio's Eye Care Team will offer free vision screenings, including glaucoma screening and personal consultation with an ophthalmologist. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext. 333 or visit us at

Groton Community Dinners fundraiser for Empty Bowls May 9

On May 9, at 6 p.m., Groton Community Dinners will host the "Empty Bowls Fundraiser" at First Parish Church of Groton.

Five years ago, Groton Community Dinners became a reality when a group of dedicated volunteers had an idea to bring our community together. We created a core team of volunteers who would create a space and help coordinate a diverse set of community groups to host monthly dinners for people in our area.

From the outset, the group was clear that they wanted to offer something a little different from what might be considered a typical soup kitchen, and centered on the idea of fostering community by offering a healthy, delicious meal for all, free of charge, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we've decided to host our first fundraiser to help us continue our local outreach operations. The cost per person is $25. The first 100 people who respond will receive a one-of-a-kind, handmade bowl.

More information at

Groton Lions Club plant sale May 10

The Groton Lions will hold its 38th annual Mother's Day plant sale Saturday morning, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Prescott School on Main Street.

Annuals and vegetables will be on sale, but the special feature is hanging plants for Mother's Day. Proceeds benefit our 2013 Scholarship Fund.

Items for sale this year include: Mother's Day hanging plants, annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs, geraniums, fertilizer, compost, potting soil, peat moss, seed potatoes, birdseed, ground cover, onion sets.

Also, get planting tips from members with years of garden knowledge to share for a good cause.

Bring your used glasses. We will be collecting them for recycling to those in need.

The Groton Lions have 41 years of giving back to our community. One of the ways we do this is by honoring graduating GDRS seniors by giving annual scholarships to ease the transition from high school.

We appreciate your support

The Groton Lions Club -- serving the community since May 1968.

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 its Annual Plant Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 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.

New England Contra Dance May 10

Join with your friends at Groton Grange #7 as we present a traditional New England Contra Dance on Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with Dudley Laufman and the Two Fiddles.

Dudley will teach traditional New England style contra, square and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience is necessary.

Donation at the door is $5, family maximum $20. Refreshments are provided.

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.

For information visit or 978-448-3418.

This dance is sponsored, in part, by a generous grant from the Groton Commissioners of Trust Funds.

Hope to see you there!

New England Ringers Concert May 17

The New England Ringers, the premier handbell ensemble of the Northeast, will kick off its Spring Tour in Groton on Saturday, May 17, a. at Union Congregational Church.

The New England Ringers is a 15-member handbell ensemble of highly energetic musicians from all over New England. NER amazes listeners of all ages with a blend of lively and beautiful musical moods and styles, a touch of entertaining humor, and an artful visual presentation of this unique instrument.

Concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per person. The public is also invited to stay for a spaghetti supper for a separate cost to benefit the church's youth group mission trip.

Union Congregational Church is located at 218 Main St., Groton.

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