February

8 Singing Guitarist Andy Ross: Ross will perform popular songs from yesterday and today at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer.

9 Annual ice skating party: Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 and its Auxiliary will host at the VFW Pond in West Townsend. Area residents of all ages are invited to join them for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Skating begins at 3 p.m. A bonfire will be lit at dusk and, once it has cooled down, toastable refreshments will be brought out for the skaters to roast over the embers.

Veterans breakfast: The monthly event is sponsored by the Pepperell Lions Club and will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW.

10 Attracting Pollinators: Discover how to make your garden a pollinator paradise thanks to the Groton Garden Club. What to plant and where to plant. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Groton Country Club, 94 Lovers Lane (off Rt. 119) in Groton. Snow date: Sunday, Feb. 17.

11 Join us and sing: The Nashoba Valley Chorale is a non-audition SATB community chorus with singers from around the region. We perform with professional soloists and orchestra. NVC invites all singers interested in performing Faure's Requiem to the final open rehearsal at the First Baptist Church in Littleton, 461 King St., at 7:30 pm. For more info, nashobavalleychorale.org.

12 Jazzy Pianist Ethan Stone: Stone will perform at 2 p.


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m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Stone is talented pianist who jazzes up any tune from the Big Band era and beyond.

Adult event: 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Anonymous Love Letters at the Groton Public Library. Join Life Coach Laura Klain for an evening of writing inspirational notes and letters that you can give to family, friends, or total strangers. Spread kindness in an unexpected way: leave a note in a public space, at the airport, in a book at the library, or anywhere you feel so inclined.

14 Sixth annual Kids at Heart Gala: To benefit LUK Mentoring, at Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and tickets available at https://501auctions.com/lukgala; Contact: LUKGala@LUK.org or call 978-345-0685.

Monthly Meeting: The Friends of the Lawrence Library will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon. Refreshments will be served. There is also free babysitting available, although your child is always welcome at the meeting.

15 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Groton Woman's Club will host the program, presented by Carol Canner, at the monthly luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. in the Union Congregational Church. Canner is co-owner of Carvers' Guild, West Groton and an award-winning designer of decorative mirrors. For info, contact Marie Melican at mmelican927@aol.com.

Monthly meeting: The Groton Woman's Club will meet at the Union Congregational Church beginning at 11 a.m. The program will be about Jewish cemetery restoration in Poland and presented by Amy and Josh Degen. For more information, please contact Marie Melican at mmelican927@aol.com.

16 Monthly supper: Christian Union Church in West Groton returns to its tradition of monthly suppers with a roast pork supper. Bring your sweetheart for a belated Valentine dinner. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue to 6:30 p.m. The church is located on Rte 225 in West Groton, diagonally across from the little fire station. The proceeds from this supper go to the "Paint the Church" fund drive. For more info or questions, call 978 448-5480 or 978 272-0145.

19 Singing Guitarist Joe "JD" Foster: Delivering a little bit of country and a little bit of American standards, Foster will perform at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer.

Author Mark Parisi visit: The author and illustrator of the "Marty Pants" book series for kids, as well as the cartoonist well known for "Off the Mark" will be at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley at 6 pm. With a snow date of Feb. 21. Please join us to hear about this hilarious series which follows the endearing, frazzled, embarrassed, and ultimately, fearless footsteps of literature's most unlikely hero -- Marty Pants." In addition to signing, Parisi will be doing some easel drawing of his characters. For more information, please call 978-425-2620. This program is funded by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library.

26 Vocalist Josef Nocera: Nocera puts his crooner voice on the classic songs of performers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley at 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer.

Puzzle Swap: The Lawrence Library will host a community puzzle swap on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by and swap a jigsaw puzzles that you already have for something new or just come down to pick up a puzzle that looks interesting to you. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Donna Andreason at 978-433-0330 or email: dandreason@cwmars.org.

March

3 World Day of Prayer: The public is welcome at 10:30 a.m. to the New Beginnings United Methodist Church of Townsend, 265 Main Street, for the ecumenical service promoting justice, peace, healing and wholeness and to learn about the host country of Slovenia. Following the service, a Slovenian meal will be served downstairs in the vestry. For info, contact Liz Cataldo at 978-433-5404 or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (www.wdp-usa.org.).

Sunday Breakfast: The Ayer Sportsman's Club will host breakfast from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. every Sunday from March 3 through May. The public is invited. The prices are low and benefit the children's programs at the club. The club is located at 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. For questions, call 978-772-9748.

15-17 Annual Book Sale: Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bag sale, $10 fill a paper bag). Prices: $2 Adult and Young-adult hard cover books; $1 juvenile hard cover books, all media (audio books, CDs, DVDs); $.50 All paperbacks and children's books Any questions, contact Julia Cutler with the Friends of the Lawrence Library.