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Ham and bean supper

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Congregational Church will host a dinner of fresh-baked ham and New England baked beans, with brown bread, coleslaw and homemade desserts, on Saturday, April 29, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and those under age 3 are free.

Yard and bake sale

GROTON — The Groton Senior Center will host a yard sale, and bake sale, on Saturday May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Table reservations are available for $15 by calling (978) 448-1170.

Donations of small new and used articles, household items, collectibles and baked goods for the bake sale, will be accepted at the Senior Center from May 22 to 24.

Book sale on Earth Day

TOWNSEND — The Friends of the Townsend Public Library will hold a Book Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held on the Townsend common as part of the Earth Day Celebrations. (Rain date is Sunday, April 30, noon to 4 p.m.) Please do not bring donations on the day of the sale and no early-birds. For more information the library at (978) 597-1714.

Dance production

LITTLETON — The newest production by Dance Prism is Copp lia, a lighthearted and joyful tale of love and mistaken identity. The ballet is a traditional favorite, first performed in the Paris Opera in 1870, based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and a score by Leo D libes.

The dance will be presented on Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. at the Littleton Performing Arts Center, 56 King St., Littleton. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. For more information log on to or call (978) 371-1038.

’The Actor’s Nightmare’ by Nashoba Tech

WESTFORD — The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Drama Club will present “The Actor’s Nightmare and Other Stories of Imagination,” with three performances scheduled for Wednesday, April 26; Thursday, April 27; and Friday, April 28; at 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (978) 692-4711.

Free concert

GROTON — Soprano Mary Ann Lanier and guitarist Berit Strong will present a free concert titled “Fine Knacks for Ladies” on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Gammons Recital Hall at the Groton School, Farmer’s Row (Route 110) in Groton. This wide-ranging program covers Renaissance lute songs, German lieder, traditional folk songs, and works by de Falla and Villa Lobos. The concert is free and open to the public. For information please call (617) 629-2551.

IAAP dinner meeting

FITCHBURG — The monthly dinner meeting of the Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at Slattery’s Back Room on Lunenburg Street, Fitchburg. Networking begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and business meeting. In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, a representative from Avery Dennison will give a special presentation. All administrative professionals are welcome to attend.

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

PEPPERELL — Pepperell residents Sebastian Sampas and Demetri Sampas will appear in “Twelfth Night” a production of the Voyagers’ Shakespeare Company. Performances are Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m.; Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for children with a family maximum. The theater is located at 530 Main St., Acton. For more information log on to

Navy basic graduate

AYER — Joseph B. Wallace of Ayer recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wallace completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first-aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Wallace is a 2005 graduate of Ayer High School.

Host a ‘Fresh Air’ child

Thanks to the generosity of host families, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have experienced free summer vacations in suburban and small-town communities through The Fresh Air Fund.

By volunteering as a host family for the fund’s Friendly Town program, you can give a child a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets. There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. Hosts may select the gender and approximate age of their visitor. First-time visitors are six to 12 years old, and reinvited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18. To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, contact Debbie Carter at or by calling (978) 692-9673; Tricia Harding at or by calling (978) 692-2840; or by calling the Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003, or log on to

Vernal Pool program

TOWNSEND — The Friends of Willard Brook will host a visit and study of vernal pools on Saturday, April 15, starting at 10 a.m.

Cathy Kristofferson and Emily Norton will co-lead this field-work day by checking out some potential vernal pools in Townsend. Learn about this fragile ecosystem and participate in the process of vernal pool certification. Bring waders if you have them. Meet at Memorial Hall parking lot in Townsend center, then carpool to the vernal pool sites from there. Call Emily Norton at (978) 597-3553 for more information.

Army basic graduate

AYER — Army Pvt. Danielle M. Ferrante has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. She is the sister of Michelle Anderson of Birch Street, and niece of Inez Scruton of Markham Circle, both of Ayer, Mass.

Ferrante is a 2003 high school graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, Mass.

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