April

19 Pre-Easter Meat Bingo: The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 is hosting at 491 Main Street, West Townsend, VFW Function Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Meat Bingo attendees will have an opportunity to have lots of fun and socialize with the other participants while they try to win fresh cuts of meat, cash, and other assorted Easter-themed prizes. Proceeds raised help fund VFW projects.

21 Easter Sunday Service: The Community Church of Pepperell, 3 Townsend Street, hosts at 10 a.m. Enjoy the children's, adult and bell choir along with organ music. Public is welcomed. Refreshments served after the service.

Easter Egg Hunt: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ayer continues a favorite tradition this year with the annual Colossal Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. The event will be followed by the Easter Festival Eucharist in the church at 9:30 a.m.

23 Art Workshop with Rachel Benson. For ages 8-12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Make a rabbit with yarn and a clay carrot. Sign up online, space is limited.

24 Foreign Film Favorites: Stalingrad. Exploring other cultures through award-winning, internationally produced films. Enjoy a taste of the highlighted country's culture with a treat plus popcorn and beverages at the Groton Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: The Groton Council on Aging will host the Groton Dunstable School Committee at 12 noon at the Lost Lake Fire Station. The GDRS Committee will give an overview of their initiatives and have time for your questions.


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Lunch is provided by RiverCourt Residences. Please call 978-448-1770 to register.

26 Entertainer Dan Kirouac: Also known for his work with Beatles for Sale Band, Kirouac will deliver a solo acoustic act at 1 p.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council. Call 433-0326 for more info.

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. Crafter/vendor spots for $30 per 12x12 space. Free for non-profits, contact clem6six@verizon.net.

Town Litter Cleanup: Groton Grange #7 will hold its annual town-wide Litter Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the next day (Sunday, April 28) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our booth will be in front of the Prescott School on Main Street. Stop by the booth to pick up gloves and trash bags.

Arbor Day: At 1 p.m., Groton will posthumously honor Lola, the community's police dog, by planting a Stellar Dogwood tree on the Common across from the Congregational Church at Main and Pleasant Streets. Come hear the 2019 Arbor Day Proclamation and enjoy the Florence Roche Singers. Receive a free Cranberry Viburnum or a Scarlet Buckeye seedling. Sponsored by The Friends of the Tree Warden and the Groton Garden Club.

Ayer Cleanup: Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to Keep Ayer (and the Rail Trail) Beautiful! Reserve your cleanup spot at bit.ly/kab2019 or stop by Depot Square to check in and to pick up trash bags and gloves. If you have your own gloves and a grabber, feel free to bring them. Students will receive community service hours for volunteering. We also welcome scout groups, houses of worship and local businesses to get involved. Contact ayerrecycles@gmail.com or 978-496-5839 for more information.

28 The 2019 Country Star Search: The New England Country Music Organization's 14th annual Country Star Search will take place in Pepperell. Age categories range from 3 through adult with a senior category (50 and over) in the following areas: Vocalist, entertainer, duo, group, band, instrumentalist, dancer, dance team, songwriter, CD and music video. All entries must be new or traditional country, gospel, bluegrass, country dance or clogger. Winners will be announced at the gala NECMO Awards on June 23. Send in the entry form and fees, $30 per person per category. For entry form, rules or more information, call 508-335-7979, email necmo@charter.net , or go to www.necmo.net.

May

3 Managing Medications: Learn about managing your meds and their costs at 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Sponsored by Nashoba Valley Medical and Visiting Angels. Free and open to all.

4 Town Yard Sale: Maps for more than 50 yard sales during this town-wide event for a 12th straight year go on sale at 7 a.m. for $3 at the Community Center in Pepperell. All proceeds support Friends of Pepperell Recreation and projects that keep and make Town Field a family-friendly exercise environment. For info call 978-835-0133.

Spring Fling Yard Sale: The Community Church of Pepperell, 3 Townsend Street, hosts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Offering a large inventory of furniture and housewares along with toys, jewelry, collectible items, books and DVDs. Food and refreshments too.

Canoe & Kayak Race: The 36th annual Town Lions Club Canoe and Kayak Race on the Squannacook River at the VFW Hall in West Townsend. Registration is 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The registration fee is $30 per canoe, $20 per person kayak. After the race, a spaghetti lunch open to public at VFW from 1 p.m. until 2:30 for $7. Life jackets must be worn. For information, call Steve Bourdon at 978-973-6668.

Traditional New England Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 will host from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. The evening features live music, dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 are free. The family maximum is $20. Refreshments provided. Note: Please only park on the Grange side of Champney St.

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair: Celebrate spring by attending the 14th Annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair at Union Congregational Church of Groton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Crafters interested in renting a table, contact Bonnie Martin at bgmartin1@verizon.net.

5 Summertime Jazz Band: Welcome summer early at the Shirley Meeting House at 5 p.m. This is a spirited performance by the Summertime Jazz Band featuring renderings from vocalist giants of the 1930s and 1940s, classic jazz, and reconstructed popular songs. Suggested donation is $15 with proceeds supporting preservation of the historic Meeting House. For information, to become a Shirley Meeting House member or to make a donation, visit the website at http://www.shirleymeetinghouse.org/.

18 Garden Plant Sale: From 8 a.m. to noon at the Pepperell Senior Center on Route 111, rain or shine. Beautiful, healthy and unusual annuals, hardy perennials, wildflowers and groundcovers, shrubs and trees, Annabelle hydrangea, peonies of many colors, special irises, special day lilies of different colors, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets. Members will be there to give excellent advice. Feel free to bring your own wagon or boxes to help you carry your plants Info: pepperellgardenclub.org

June

1 St. Mary's Block Party: 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 St., 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.mgr@NVCC-MA.org or call 978-772-2414 for more info.

8 ShirleyFest: The annual spring community event with entertainment, food, games, and crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Historic Common in Shirley Center. Local non-profit groups have the food concessions. Local organizations run a dunk tank, bouncy castle, crazy-hat corner and other children's activities. Three bands, three dance groups, one chorus, and one magician supply the entertainment. Plants, books, and crafts are displayed for sale. If interested in selling crafts, email mail@shirleyarts.org for an application. Table fee is $25.

9 Benefit Concert: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ayer will hold its fourth-annual Benefit Concert and Gala Reception in St. John's Chapel at Groton School. Scheduled for 3 p.m. St. Andrew's welcomes back soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Joelle Morris, and pianist Scott Nicholas of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble. They will be joined by Heinrich Christensen, organist and choirmaster of King's Chapel in Boston, and New York violinist Sarah Geller. Proceeds from this concert benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens; Esperanza Academy; and The Society of St. Margaret. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Children under 10 are free. Tickets are available on April 15.

26 Trip to Red Sox game: The Friends of Groton Elder invites you to join a trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the White Sox. Seats are reserved grandstand on third base side. This trip is open to the community for only $109 per person and includes transportation and game tickets. Depart Groton at 10:30 a.m. and return 6 p.m. Please call the Groton Council on Aging to reserve a spot or for more information, 978-448-1170.

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.

27 Golf Tournament: The sixth annual Nashoba Valley Technical High School Alumni Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Golf Course, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Registration is $150 per golfer ($125 before April 1). All proceeds benefit the Nashoba Tech athletics program. The tournament will be a shotgun scramble. The cost includes 18 holes, golf cart, dinner, and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and best-dressed golfer. To register, visit https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?tid=23073. For information, email NT Athletic Director James Creed at jcreed@nashobatech.net. Sponsors are also being sought.