March

8 Singing Guitarist Andy Ross: Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community hosts at 2 p.m. at the 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, location. Ross performs some American standards and country music.

9 Veterans breakfast: From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. The event is sponsored by Mariano's and Buckley Plumbing & Heating.

Historic Tour: Join us at the Groton History Center at the George Boutwell House on Main Street for a tour with guide Joshua Vollmar. Tour the recently renovated and decorated 1851 Boutwell House including the "Dressing Room," which has just recently been opened to the public for the first time ever. The program lasts an hour. Any questions, contact the Groton Historical Society at 978-448-0092 check out our web page grotonhistory.org.

13 Vegetable Gardening for Everyone: Presented by the Pepperell Garden Club at 6:45 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Free to members, $5 guest fee, $2 seniors. Refreshments served.

14 Doug Kwartler performance: Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community hosts at 2 p.m. at the 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, location. From Louis Armstrong to Elvis, Kwartler performs an enjoyable mix of songs.

Parenting Workshop: Free at Townsend Public Library from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Childcare is available. The topic: Why Children Do What They Do. Contact Jana Harrison at jharrison@awrsd.org for more info.

15 Speaking event: The next meeting of the Groton Woman's Club is 11 a.


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m. at the Union Congregational Church in Gorton. Speakers Josh and Amy Degen will talk about their work to restore Jewish Cemeteries in Poland. For more information, please contact President Marie Melican at mmelican927@aol.com.

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.

16 Casino Night Fundraiser: Join North Middlesex Regional High School's Choir Boosters for an evening of gaming fun at Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Dinner at 6 p.m. and gaming from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Prize selection starts at 9:30 p.m. Limited tickets are available and the cost is $40 per person (in advance) or $45 the day of the event (if available). To reserve tickets, email NMChoirBoosters@gmail.com.

Traditional St. Patrick's Day Supper: The Christian Union Church in West Groton will serve Blood Farm cornbeef along with the veggies cooked in broth. Entertainment will be provided by Richard Sawyer on the piano. Serving time is from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. It often is a sellout, so come early. Takeouts is available. Meal is served family style with continuous serving. No reservations required. Cost is only $12. The church is located on Route 225 (37 West Main Street) in West Groton. For more info, call 978 272-0145 or 978 448-5480.

17 Celebrate St. Patricks Day: At the Ayer Gun and Sportsmens Club, join us for corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5:30 p.m. $15 per person. Tickets available at the club. Food and raffles with a DJ and Irish music. The club is located at 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Call 978-772-9748 for more info.

Irish Step performace: Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community hosts at 2:30 p.m. at the 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, location. Come see Anne O'Connell's Irish American Step Dancers perform as Anne shares some of the history and culture of Ireland.

18 Prediabetes & Diabetes 101: Presented by Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice at 11 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. It's free and open to all.

21Parenting Workshop: Free at Townsend Public Library from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Childcare is available. The topic: Practical and Effective Strategies. Contact Jana Harrison at jharrison@awrsd.org for more info.

20 Blood Pressure Clinic: It's free and open to all beginning at 10 a.m. and going to 12 noon at the Pepperell Senior Center. 

22 Irish tunes: Heather Marie performance at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community hosts at 2 p.m. at the 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, location. Join us for Irish tunes with the vocalist.

Aging and Vision Loss Clinic: Presented at 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired. Free to all, no sign-up required.

23 Comedy Benefit: The fourth annual Ayer Shirley Regional High School Friends of Football event features three of Boston's top comedians. The show is at the Shirley War Memorial Building, 8 Church Street, Shirley. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, and they must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Raffle prizes, silent auction with sports memorabilia items, and a cash bar. For tickets, contact Dave Dentino 774-279-1533 or email: dave.dentino@gmail.com. All proceeds benefiting ASRHS football program in partnership with Bromfield High School football.

Traditional New England Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to join the fun at from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Tony Parks, who will teach traditional New England style contra, square and line dances to the beat of old-time fiddle tunes. Beginners welcome. No experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 free, and a family maximum of $20. Refreshments provided. Please park only on the Grange side of Champney Street.

28Parenting Workshop: Free at Townsend Public Library from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Childcare is available. The topic: Techniques for Challenges. Contact Jana Harrison at jharrison@awrsd.org for more info.

29 Folksoul performance: Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community hosts at 2 p.m. at the 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, location. The duo of Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel performing on a variety of instruments.

30 Folded Fabric Spring Wreath: At 11 am, the Lawrence Library invites you to celebrate spring by making a colorful fabric wreath. Using squares of fabric in different colors you will create a beautiful no-sew wreath perfect for decorating around the house. All materials will be supplied. For adults only. Please register because space is limited. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library. For information, contact Donna Andreason at 978-433-0330 or email dandreason@cwmars.org.

April

16 Exploring Plymouth: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for a day that includes guided tours of Monument of Our Forefather, First Parish Church and Plymouth Waterfront. This includes lunch at Plimoth Plantation and wine tasting and shopping at the Plymouth Bay Winery, transportation and driver's tip. We will depart Groton at 7 a.m. and return 6 p.m. For more info please call the Groton Council on Aging, 978-448-1170.

27 Earth Day event: Come to Townsend Common from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme is "Our Squannacook River." More than 100 vendors, crafters, non-profit groups are expected. Visit with animals, buy some food and watch the all-day entertainment. Rain date is April 28, noon to 4 p.m. Brought to you by the Townsend Recycling Committee. Crafter/vendor spots for $30 per 12x12 space. Contact susanclement49@yahoo.com. Free for non-profits, contact clem6six@verizon.net.

June

1 Family fun: Bring the whole family to St. Mary's of Ayer for the White Elephant, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and block party, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., at 31 Shirley Street in Ayer. Take your chances at $1,000 grand prize, 50/50, theme baskets, and more. Lots of great food including lobster, clams, fried dough and a variety of delicious baked goods. Musical entertainment provided by DJ. Contact the parish office office at mgr@NVCC-MA.org or call 978-772-2414 for more info.

July

21 Trip to Tanglewood: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The concert will feature the Symphony with conductor Andris Nelson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano performing Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, Gershwin Variations on "I Got Rhythm," for piano and orchestra and Stravinsky Petrushka. The trip Includes: transportation, ticket, dinner at Michaels of Stockbridge and driver's gratuity. Tickets are $98 per person. Please call the Groton Council on Aging for information, 978-448-1170.