Woman's Club annual luncheon May 16

The Groton Woman's Club will hold its annual luncheon and final meeting of the year at the Devens Common on Friday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. Following the luncheon, there will be a business meeting and installation of new officers.

Family Fun Day May 17

The Groton Republican Town Committee is happy to announce that it is sponsoring a Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 17, from 2-6 p.m. at Grotonwood, which is off Route 119 at 167 Prescott St. in Groton.

This event is open to all ages and political persuasions. It will provide an opportunity to meet and talk with many state-wide Republican candidates including Karyn Polito for lieutenant governor, Mike Hefferan for treasurer, John Miller for attorney general, David D'Arcangelo for secretary of state, and Sheila Harrington for re-election as state representative. In addition, Mark Fisher, Tea Party candidate for governor whose name will now be on the Primary Ballot, plans to attend.

There will be a cookout with classic summer picnic food. Karaoke, pictures with Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, plus other activities as the weather permits, will be a part of this rain or shine event. In case of rain, there is a large building at the location where we will meet and the food will be served.

As this will be a fundraiser to aid Republican candidates in the upcoming election, the suggested donation will be $20 per adult, $5 per child under 15, with a $50 maximum per family.

For more information, please visit the website gopgroton.

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Public supper at Christian Union Church May 17

A public supper (last one until September) will be held at the Christian Union Church in West Groton on Saturday, May 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Menu will consist of roast pork, homemade baked beans (two kinds), homemade potato salad an cole slaw. Variety of cake will be dessert.

Church is located at 37 West Main St. (Route 225) in West Groton, across from the fire station. Take-outs available and no reservations required. Meal served family-style, continuous-serving.

Cost: $10 adults; $5 ages 6-12; and under six eat free. For more info, call 978 448-5480.

Spaghetti Supper May 17

Why cook when you can enjoy a spaghetti supper for just $8 per person (or $20 per family) to benefit a Groton youth group. At 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at Union Congregational Church to benefit the youth's mission trip to Queens, New York, where they will paint, repair homes and run a Christian camp for young children. The church is located is located across from Filho's Cucina at 218 Main St. in Groton.

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, at 4 p.m. 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.

Guided trail hike May 18

Guided Trail Hike: 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the Groton Town Forest, which has been managed as a forest reserve for over 90 years. We will explore the varied topography and habitats of this scenic woodland, including eskers, kettle holes, dry upland, marsh, the dead river, and more. Our hike 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 West Main St. (Route 225) in Groton to Town Forest Road. Meet at the end of Town Forest Road.

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Groton Democrats meet May 18

The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall on 75 Hollis St. Our guests will be state Sen. Barry Finegold, candidate for state treasurer, and Jeff Kubick, candidate for Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee. All Democrats welcome for lively discussion of the issues of the day. For more information contact: or www.

Arbor Day 2014 May 18

Friends of the Trees and the Groton Garden Club will celebrate Arbor Day in Groton on Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. The festivities will be held on the triangle common next to the entrance to the Lawrence Playground and the Library. Look for the green Friends of the Trees balloons. We are replacing a Shadbush with a very water tolerant Bald Cypress Our celebration will include tree-inspired music, this year with the addition of stringed instruments, and we will be giving away Black Hills Spruce seedlings, Picea glauca densata.

Arbor Day in Groton is always a festive family occasion and we hope you will join us.

Annual Town Election, Tuesday, May 20.

Groton School speaker on the translation of science to medicine May 20

Groton School Science Department invites interested local residents to an illustrated lecture by Justin Fallon PhD, Brown University Medical School, Department of Neuroscience, on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:15 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Blackbox Theater, at the right-rear of the Campbell Performing Arts Center, Farmers Row, Groton. Limited parking is available on Shirley Road.

Dr. Justin Fallon has spent his entire academic career working to understand how proteins shape cell differentiation and function. His recent work has focused on a particular a protein called biglycan that plays a key role in maintaining muscle integrity. Working in partnership with a biotechnology company, Fallon is now developing a recombinant version of biglycan as a potential therapeutic for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and ALS.

This is a great opportunity to hear a very articulate and thoughtful professor discuss the translation of science to medicine. RSVP to

Sunshine School open house May 21

The Sunshine School of Groton will hold an open house for the Preschool and Pre-K on Wednesday, May 21, from 1-3 p.m. Sunshine School is a theme-based program housed in the new addition of the First Parish Church of Groton. All are welcome. For more information, please cal 978-448-6714.

Well adult clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. 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.

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