Fly fishing show

PELHAM, N.H. — The Pelham Fish & Game Club, 100 Simpson Mill Road, Pelham, N.H., and the Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited are sponsoring the fourth annual Fly Fish New Hampshire show. The event is designed to provide new and experienced anglers with information about fly fishing. Exhibitors include organizations, N.H. Fish & Game department and guides, shops, outfitters and lodges. The exhibits cover a variety of products ranging from art to the latest products and equipment. Seminars will cover a variety of fresh and salt water species and locations.

Camera club

LEOMINSTER –The Camera Club of Fitchburg has a new home and meeting night. The group will meet in the Unitarian First Church on West Street in Leominster on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. On Feb. 9, the monthly club competition will be judged in pictorial, black and white and digital. Slides will be submitted in pictorial, nature and assigned subjects. February’s assigned subjects are “Made of Metal” and “Wrinkles.” The Feb. 23 workshop will be on “How to mat and frame your prints.” For more information, call President Gordon Ripley at (603) 899-5239 or visit

Raffle fund-raiser

‘Learn How Not to Become a Victim’

SHIRLEY — A self defense class will be held at Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The class is open to all adults and children over the age of 14. No experience is necessary. The cost of the course is $25 and will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is a fund-raiser for the Draleau Diva’s walking team who will be walking the MS three-day 50 mile Challenge Walk this September.

Tracking workshop

Call for artists

DUNSTABLE — Artists working in all media are invited to jury their work for membership into the Dunstable Artisans. Quality, artistic merit and originality of product are important elements in the jury process. The Dunstable Artisans seek area artists to participate in their 17th Annual Show and Sale, set for Oct. 21 and 22, 2006 at Groton’s North Middle School. The Artisans hold monthly meetings in preparation for the show, as well as provide a forum for thoughts and ideas. New members are encouraged to attend. For more information about the Dunstable Artisans and the jury process, call Paula at (978) 597-5464 or or visit

‘A Touch of Provence’ cooking class

‘Shadow Patterns’

CONCORD — Recent works by painter and Mass. native Carol O’Malia will be on display at Renjeau Galleries, 18 Walden St., Concord, from Feb. 9 to Feb. 25. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery’s hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (978) 371-2466 or visit

‘Big River’

Valentine Dinner Dance

Children’s Day

TOWNSEND — On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., The Friends of Willard Brook will sponsor Children’s Day at Pearl Hill State Park. Build a pine cone bird feeder, aim bean bags at a snowman target, build a snowman in the field or choose from other games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. E-mail Emily at for more information.

Ham and bean supper

AYER — The Ayer Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer, will host an all-you-can-eat ham and bean supper on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 per person, $4.50 for children under the age of 12 and seniors. For more information, call (978) 772-9748.

‘Dance Dance Dance’

‘Souper Bowl’

LITTLETON — The Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) at the Congregational Church, 330 King St., Littleton, is planning a “Souper Bowl” to coincide with football’s Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5. Members and friends of the church are encouraged to bring non-perishable food and toiletries to the church. For the eighth consecutive year, SHYG members will collect and deliver these items to Loaves & Fishes food pantry. Everything is needed, but particularly toiletries, baby food, baby formula, disposable diapers, peanut butter, pasta, soup and canned tuna.

Supper and slide show

Afternoon tea

GROTON — On Saturday, March 11, actress Robin Lane will return to Groton to present a one-woman dramatization of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. She will perform at an afternoon tea, “Return to Camelot,” sponsored by the Groton Woman’s Club.

Boston-based actress, writer, and producer Robin Lane has been bringing history to life since 1980. She has presented her original one-woman plays in theaters, schools, colleges, and museums throughout the U.S. Lane portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt at last year’s GWC tea, “An Afternoon with Eleanor.” “Return to Camelot” will be held at The Hall at the Groton School at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Tickets are $25. Proceeds from the event, which includes the dramatization, a three-course afternoon tea and a raffle, are for the Groton Woman’s Club’s scholarship program for Groton high school seniors. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (978) 448-2259 or (978) 433-7814. Tickets are limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tables may be reserved for groups of eight only. In the event of snow, the performance will be held on Sunday, March 12.

Hockey clinic

This is an opportunity for women who would like to learn how to skate and how to play the game of hockey but will be equally challenging for those that have hockey experience. All levels are invited to participate. Beginner skaters must have some skills to be accepted into the Fitchburg Women’s Hockey League for September. The cost is $125 per person with a $20 registration fee. Full hockey equipment is required. To register, call Pamela Parker, president of FWHL at (978) 597-3072.

‘Hee Haw Hayride’

Eighth-graders performing in the musical include Irene Bucken, Lisa Buchholz and Nicholas Desmond of Pepperell; George Lavallee, Nicholas Morgan and Kathryn Lawrence of Groton; John Schafer of Lunenburg; Patrick Gaudet and Thomas Curtis of Acton; Casey McClellan of Concord; Cristina Fernandez of Leominster; and Mary Elizabeth Anderson of Ayer.

Open auditions

Annual Sugar Supper

ASHBY — The Ashby Grange will sponsor their Annual Sugar Supper on Saturday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes baked ham, potato salad, maple syrup baked beans, homemade breads, baked donuts, coffee or tea and the famous “sugar on snow.” The event will take place at Ashby Grange Hall in Ashby Town Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. To make a reservation, call (978) 386-2374.

Tax preparation programs

GROTON — AARP tax volunteers will be available for free counseling and assistance with 2005 federal and state taxes at the Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St., beginning Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call (978) 448-1170.

Spaghetti supper

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Congregational Church, Townsend Common, will hold a spaghetti supper on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. For more information, call (978) 597-0834.

Woman’s Club

HARVARD — Dr. Kathleen Howland will present “Music Therapeutics” at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Harvard Woman’s Club. The Harvard Woman’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall of St. Theresa’s Church on Still River Road to hear Howland present her academic and clinical research on music therapy and pain management. Members are reminded that Monday, Feb. 27, at 11:30 a.m. the Club will meet jointly with the Garden Club of Harvard to hear honorary Garden Club member Lois Frampton speak on “Exploring Color and Design in Quilts and Flower Arrangements” with assistant Deborah MacKenzie. Frampton will discuss how color and design choices made when designing a quilt are very similar to those made when arranging flowers.