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Basic training graduate

AYER — Army Pvt. David S. Silver has graduated from basic combat military training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the eight weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction in drill and ceremonies, rifle marksmanship, weapons, map-reading, tactics, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions, and special training in human relations.

Silver is the son of Cheryl Shelton of Pearl St., Ayer, Mass.

Turkey dinner

TOWNSEND — Habitat for Humanity’s Townsend Project will host a turkey dinner with all the fixings on Saturday, April 8, at the Townsend Congregational Church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A donation is requested of $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger, and under age 3 are free. A raffle to be held during the dinner will give away certificates to local restaurants, fitness clubs, sporting events, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. To purchase raffle tickets in advance, at $2 each or three for $5, e-mail Dlouellette@verizon.net or call (978) 597-5527.

Win a dream wedding

DEVENS — Take a chance to win the wedding of your dreams, valued at $10,000, sponsored by the Devens Common Center, Jackson Road, Devens. Kiss108-FM will announce the grand prize winner “live” on April 22 between noon and 3 p.m. Hopefuls must be present to win.

All couples must register before April 21, 2006 to be eligible (previously booked weddings are not eligible). For details call (978) 772-0188 or visit www.devenscommoncenter.com.

Barn preservation gathering

GROTON — On Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Williams Barn Committee of the town of Groton and the Preservation Mass Barn Task Force will co-host “Old Barns: A Gathering on Preserving and Adapting Barns for the 21st Century” at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row (1.5 miles north of Main Street via Hollis Street), Groton.

Lunch will be available for purchase and there will be handouts and information from related barn organizations. The program is funded through the Town of Groton Lecture Funds and will be free and open to the public. For more information check the town website, www.townofgroton.org.

Flea market in Townsend

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Business Association will be holding a Flea Market on the Townsend Common Saturday, May 20, (rain date: Sunday, May 21) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Table space will be sold at $25 each, and $5 of each table’s proceeds will go directly to the Townsend Parks and Cemetery Department to help care for the Common. The remaining $20 will fund other TBA community efforts such as scholarships, Battle of the Bands, Halloween parade, Santa on the common, seniors and more.

To reserve table space call Cal Robbins at (978) 833-8341.

Koresh Dance Company

GROTON — The Koresh Dance Company will perform on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marion D. Campbell Performing Arts Center at the Groton School in Groton. Tickets for the event are $18 for adults and $12 for seniors and children under the age of 18, with a special $10 rate for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (978) 448-7284 or online at www.groton.org/boxoffice. The Marion D. Campbell Performing Arts Center is located off Farmers Row (Route 111) on the grounds of the Groton School in Groton.

Mother’s Day breakfast

GROTON/PEPPERELL — Mother’s Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club and benefitting the club’s scholarship fund, will be held Sunday, May 14, at the Groton Country Club. Seatings will take place at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tickets are $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children, and no charge for those younger than three. Tickets are available at the Groton Senior Center, Brown & Brown Insurance in Pepperell, Century 21 and Shattuck Oil.

25th Annual Spring Festival and Craft Fair

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Methodist Church will host its 25th annual Spring Festival & Craft Fair on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Townsend Common at the junction of Routes 13 and 119. (The rain date is Sunday, May 21.) Crafters from all over New England will participate with a variety of arts and crafts.

Irish night for Fire unions

SHIRLEY/AYER — The Shirley Fire and Ayer Fire unions will host an Irish night on Saturday, May 6, at the Bull Run resturant on Route 2A in Shirley. The event is expected to become an annual outing. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. There will be door prizes and raffles as well as live Irish music performed by Brian Corcoran and Ben Parisi, the renowned duo from McGuirks at Hampton Beach, N.H. The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the door. There will be veggies and dip, and additional appetizers may be purchased.

Cat Adopt-A-Thon

SOUTH LANCASTER — Zoolamboo will host a cat adopt-a-thon at Lancaster Agway, Mill St., South Lancaster, on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On hand will be many adoptable cats looking for homes. To find out more about the available cats or to receive an application, call (978) 297-4719 or e-mail lamb15@webtv.net.

Self-defense class

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

Grand Master Ron Bastien, from the Tae Kwon Do Karate Club, and several area black-belts including Gillian Draleau, a black-belt living with MS, will be conducting the class. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To reserve space, send a check for $25 payable to the National MS Society, along with your name and contact information, to Gillian Draleau, 40 Catacunemaug Road, Shirley, MA 01464. For further information, contact Gillian Draleau at (978) 425-2549 or athdara@verizon.net.

Jay Geils at Grotonfest

GROTON — The Gerry Beaudoin – Jay Geils Quintet featuring Billy Novick, Gerry Beaudoin and Jay Geils, with John Turner and Billy Novick, will be the headline act at Grotonfest on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Legion Common in Groton. The quartet’s music features jazz, blues and swing guitar. For business or nonprofit booths, call Dale Martin at (978) 448-2226. For more information on artisan booths, call Anne Thibeau at (978) 448-6336. For any other information about the festival, call Grotonfest Coordinator Jane Bouvier at (978) 448-5453.

Ayer ‘80 Class reunion

AYER — A reunion is planned for 1980 graduates of Ayer High School, to be held on May 12, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at the Four Points by Sheraton, 90 Erdman Way, Leominster. Respond by e-mail to Claire ‘Caissie” Stevens at cmscable@adelphia.net with “1980 AHS Reunion” in the subject box, or call (603) 595-7609. Any old class photos, or photos of classmates, would be appreciated. Quick response is requested so that information regarding the reunion can be forwarded.

Start Your Garden

BARRE — On Saturday, April 15, the Many Hands Organic Farm will be hold a workshop on how to start the growing season. This workshop will provide the basic information and skills necessary for a healthy and successful small farm or garden from seed selection to bed preparation. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a price of $40. Bring a contribution for a pot luck lunch. Many Hands Organic Farm is located at 411Sheldon Road, Barre. Directions and registration information are available on the Web site, at www.mhof.net or by calling (978) 355-2853.