Mustard Seed Coffeehouse
PEPPERELL — Pepperell Christian Fellowship will hold its Mustard Seed Coffeehouse on the third Friday of each month. The events take place at 7:30 p.m., and are held in the PCF building, located at 17 Main St. in Pepperell. Admission is free, but donations of paper products are accepted for a local charity. Panera Bread and Starbucks are now sponsors in providing light refreshments to guests. On Friday, Feb. 17, Jim Trick will perform. For a full list of future performances, visit www.pcfchurch.com.
Ayer Golden Age Club meeting
AYER — The Ayer Golden Age Club will meet on Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 18 Pond St. The business portion of the meeting will be followed by the guest speaker, a nurse from the Board of Health. The topic of the meeting will be diabetes. Refreshments will be served following the speaker. Non-members are always welcome.
’Winter at Williams’
GROTON — On Sunday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Williams Barn Committee will host its third annual winter outing, “Winter at Williams,” at the Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including a demonstration of maple sugaring by George Moore, winter nature walks, a display from the Nashua River Watershed Association on animal tracks, music by members of the Contrabanditos and tours of the barn and newly completed silo. Bring snowshoes to explore the trails and enter the snowshoe races sponsored by the Groton Trails Committee, then enjoy hot refreshments and toast marshmallows over the fire. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, check the town Web site at www.townofgroton.org.
Winter Explorers Program
GROTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will host two fun-filled days of nature-based activities. We’ll spend time enjoying the outdoors with forest exploration, map and compass basics, animal tracking, as well as indoor time with crafts, stories and games. Winter Explorers is a program for 7- to 9-year-olds during February vacation week. Program dates are Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St., Groton. Come both days or pick the day that is best for you. The cost is $25 per day for NRWA members and $35 per day for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for additional information, contact Ellen Frank, NRWA Environmental Education Assistant, at (978) 448-0299, or e-mail efrank@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
SHIRLEY — Lura A. White School will hold a Math-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event, that began on Feb. 3, is coordinated by Kathy Banks. By supporting the participants of the event, you will help raise funds for the internationally recognized hospital. These funds will help St. Jude in its ongoing fight against childhood catastrophic diseases. We are asking that all citizens and businesses of Shirley support our students as they participate in the program. Any person or business that would like to make a donation, may call the school at (978) 425-2630. The Math-a-thon is sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks, which provides free passes to their parks to every student raising $35 or more through the program. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.
BOLTON — The Nashoba Hellenic Families (NHF) invites you to join us on March 4 for an “Apokreatiko Glendi” dinner dance. Celebrate the start of lent by dining and Greek dancing with your family and friends. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the First Parish of Bolton, Davis Hall in Bolton. A buffet dinner will be provided with a disc jockey playing all your favorite Greek songs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). Respond by Feb. 25 for tickets. For tickets or more information, visit our Web site at nashobahellenicfamilies.org or contact either Nick Agretelis at (978) 501-2534 or Maria Neyland at (978) 264-1870.
’Volunteer in Action’ awards
REGION — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation seeks nominations for three “Volunteer in Action” awards. The awards celebrate giving through generosity of time and talent. One youth and one adult will receive award recognition, and $1,000 will be given to the charity recommended by each honoree. Eligible charities must provide services in the Northern Middlesex County towns served by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. In addition, one young adult community service group will receive $250 in recognition of exemplary service. The awards are a highlight of the 10th annual “Celebrate Giving!” event, to be held in Lowell in the spring (date to be announced).
Visit the foundation’s Web site at www.glcfoundation.org, or call (978) 970-1600 for applications. The application deadline is March 15.
Fruitlands’ Changing Landscape’
HARVARD — The Fruitlands Museum will host “Revealing Fruitlands Changing Landscape,” a special indoor/outdoor event at the museum on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
A variety of activities will appeal to all ages and interests. They include cross-country skiing, indoor demonstrations, a special sale in the Museum Store, and fireside refreshments. If the snow returns by Sunday, Curator Michael Volmar will lead cross-country skiers out onto the orange trail and back, approximately a 45-minute outing. The trip is geared for the seasoned beginner to intermediate skier and participants need to bring their own equipment.
Education coordinator Karen Mansfield will offer an archaeology program with a brief introduction to the science of archaeology followed by a hands-on activity in which participants can “excavate” artifacts discovered at the Willard Farm Site.
LEOMINSTER — Montachusett Singles Group will be meeting at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 13, North Leominster, in rooms B11,12 and 13, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, for a pizza night. This is a nonprofit, nondenominational, social club for separated, divorced, widowed or never-married adults. It provides an opportunity to meet new people in a safe environment. Dues are $3. On March 18, the group will hold its “Spring Fling Dance.” For more information, contact Odette at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 342-4474.
Shirley Christian Women’s Club
SHIRLEY — The Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley, will host a birthday party for the Shirley Christian Women’s Club, on Monday, Feb. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The club is celebrating its 29th year. The cost is $10.50 for an inclusive brunch. Robert Radford will supply musical entertainment, Barbara Eubanks will provide facials and Mona Radford will tell her Appalachian Mountain story. To make a reservation for the brunch or for the complimentary nursery, call Dianne at (978) 597-2407 or Kristin at (978) 597-0128.
LANCASTER — Zoolamboo will be hosting adopt-a-thons at Lancaster Agway, Mill Street, South Lancaster, on Saturday, Feb. 18 and March 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many adoptable and friendly cats will be looking for loving homes. To find out more about the available cats and to receive an application, call (978) 297-4719 or e-mail email@example.com.
Quick fix clinics
CLINTON — Discount spay/neuter clinics for cats in Clinton will be held on March 9 and 23. The drop-off time is from 4 to 7 p.m. Cats should be picked up the next day, from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost is $55 for female cats, and $40 for male cats, $10 for rabies vaccinations and $15 for distemper vaccinations. No income restrictions apply. Sign-up is required. To sign-up or for more information, call (978) 779-8287.
’Preventing Violence in Girls — A Public Forum’
LOWELL — Girl Scouts of Spar and Spindle Council, Inc. will host “Preventing Violence in Girls — A Public Forum,” on Wednesday, March 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell. This community forum is open to the public and is appropriate for all adults concerned with the increasing incidence of bullying, teasing, hazing, online bullying and fighting in both urban and suburban girls. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, author of “Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice: How We Can Stop Girls’ Violence,” and Susan Goldberg, director of advocacy for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. The cost is $20 per person and includes light refreshments. To register for the event, call (978) 689-8015.
GROTON — If you don’t get enough TLC this Valentine’s Day why not treat yourself? Try a free yoga class at the Groton Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. This gentle class, taught by a certified yoga teacher, promotes flexibility and relaxation. The Friends of Groton Elders is subsidizing this program. For more information or directions, call the Groton Senior Center (978) 448-1170.
Spring craft fair
GROTON — Union Congregational Church of Groton will be hosting a spring craft fair on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature only hand-made items and not resale merchandise. Crafters are invited to rent a space for $20. An eight-foot table will be provided. Because space is limited, tables will be rented on a first come, first serve basis, with a maximum of two crafters per category. Contact Bonnie at (978) 582-7628 if you are interested in participating.
PEPPERELL — The last Sunday of every month, from noon to 5 p.m., a Creative Memories scrap-booking workshop will be held downstairs at the VFW in Pepperell. The next meeting is on Feb. 26. Walk-ins and beginners are welcome. The cost is $7 per person at the door.
GROTON — The Christian Union Church in West Groton is back with another season of home-cooked suppers. On Saturday, Feb. 18, there will be a home-cooked roast beef dinner complete with pineapple upside down cake for dessert. The cost is $7 per person. The church is located on Route 225 (West Main Street), West Groton. More information can be obtained by calling (978) 448-5480.