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Caring for Kids

TOWNSEND — Every day, abused and neglected children are taken from their homes and placed in DSS custody. Many of these children come to DSS with only the clothes on their backs and nothing else.

The DSS Kids Fund allows people to help in “Caring for Kids.” All donations will enable DSS to provide the children with clothing, toys, books, and other necessary items. A list of desperately-needed items is given below. Please bring all donated items to Father Mealy Hall, 1 School St., Townsend, MA 01469 on Feb. 10 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All donated items must be new and will benefit the children in the North-Central Social Services System. Monetary donations should be made payable to The DSS Kids Fund, Inc.

Gift cards for clothing

Pajama pants

Socks and underwear

Duffel bags or backpacks

Pencils, pens, notebooks

Toothbrushes, toothpaste

Female sanitary items, deodorant


Travel-size shampoo/conditioner/soap

Infant formula/diapers/bottles


For further information please call Heather Woolfrey at (978) 597-0454.

Cooking to Feed

AYER — Let your family’s recipes help others to be fed.

Loaves & Fishes is looking for easy-to-make family-style recipes in all categories. The recipes will be included in the upcoming “Cooking to Feed” cookbook.

Please submit original recipes that are clearly printed or typed with all ingredients listed and cooking instructions.

Names will be included with permission only.

Send recipes to Loaves & Fishes Cooking to Feed Cookbook, P.O. Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432 or by e-mail to

Artworks for Everyone

GROTON — Groton Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its Winter session of Artworks for Everyone.

These classes in music, fine arts and crafts, and theater are for all age groups. Returning to the line-up of classes are the popular guitar, keyboard and voice lessons, one-stroke painting and graphic design. GCA’s Three Rivers Youth Theater offers theater classes for children from age 4 through eighth grade.

This session includes three new classes: watercolor for grades 5-8, two sections of woodcarving, one for grades 4-8 and one for adults, and a knitting project called a “Booga Bag.” For very young children there is a salt-dough sculpting class and a beginning theater class called Act I.

Classes begin Jan. 30 and run for six weeks. Most classes meet at the GCA/Union Congregational parish house on the corner of 119 and Willowdale in Groton center. Act II and Act III theater classes meet at the Groton Senior Center in West Groton. Registration is in progress

Log on to for more information or to print a registration form for these and other classes, or call the GCA office at (978) 448-3001.

Who Killed The Electric Car?

GROTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association is sponsoring a free showing of the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?” on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The 2006 movie, written and directed by Chris Paine, will air at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton.

On display prior to the movie will be an example of the 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid being raffled off by NRWA on Feb. 2.

Call (978) 448-0299 or visit for more information.

Greco-Roman form

GROTON — Open until March 4, the current exhibit at Groton School’s DeMenil Gallery examines the evolving definition of the classical form from Greek antiquity to the 20th century. Architectural engravings, revival furniture, maps, commemorative medals, plaster casts, bronze and marble sculpture, and paintings showcase classically-inspired artists ranging from Andrea Pozzo, Giovanni Piranesi, Giambittista Nolli, and Hiram Powers, to contemporary Boston watercolorist Wendy Artin. Eighteen black and white photographs highlighting The Metropolitan Museum’s collection of ancient Greek statuary anchor the show.

A gallery talk titled “Light on Stone” will be given by Metropolitan Museum chief photographer Joseph Coscia on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:15 p.m.

The DeMenil gallery is located at the Dillon Art Center at Groton School, one and a half miles south of Groton center on Route 111. The gallery is free and open to the public on weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. except Wednesdays and school holidays, and is open on weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information and directions, visit under “Arts.”

Ducks Unlimited

LEOMINSTER — The Nashua River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding its annual banquet on Feb. 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton, Erdman Way, (Routes 2 and 12) in Leominster. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Single tickets are $50 and $75 for couples. Greenwing tickets are $25 and sponsor couple tickets are $275.

The ticket includes dinner and the opportunity to participate in the auction, silent auction and numerous drawings. All are welcome.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Dan at (978) 345-2246, or Alan at (978) 649-1833.

Historic houses

HOLLIS, N.H. — All older homes, from the simplest to the most elegant, have distinctive features that give them their historic character. Learn how to retain, reveal, recapture or enhance the historic character of your house with appropriate renovations and paint color.

The Hollis Social Library, Monument Square, Hollis, N.H., opens its winter Speaker Series with “Your Old House: Paint and Maintain to Conserve its Historic Character.” The free discussion will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The discussion will be led b Sally Zimmerman, former preservation planner with the Cambridge Historical Commission who has joined Historic New England as a preservation specialist.

In addition, Foy Insurance representative Peter Camello will introduce an insurance product designed specifically for the owners of antique homes.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

American Girl “tea”

SHIRLEY — Kathryn Lyon, the Lura A. White School librarian, and Meredith Marcinkewicz, fourth grade teacher and Shirley Historical Society curator, are co-sponsoring an American Girl doll tea party on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The tea party will be held at the Shirley Historical Society museum at 182 Center Road, Shirley, from 2-3 p.m. Participants are welcome to come dressed up in American Girl lookalike clothes. Corners of the museum display room will be set up to depict a Colonial room, a Victorian room, and a 1940s room. Participants will be able to play a game or do an activity that would have been popular with girls during the three different eras. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Reservations for the tea party must be made in advance with Kathryn Lyon at the Lura A. White library. If the number requested exceeds 50, the tea party will be moved to the Hazen Library where there will still be games and refreshments, but no antique furniture.

For more information on the Shirley Historical Society Museum, go to

Good Citizen awards

WESTFORD — This year, the Col. John Robinson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting its esteemed Good Citizenship Award to eight high school seniors from the following secondary schools: Ayer High; The Bromfield School, Harvard; Greater Lowell Voke Tech.; Groton-Dunstable Regional High School; Littleton High; Nashoba Valley Tech.; Tyngsborough High; and Westford Academy.

The chapter’s DAR Good Citizen Committee aims to stress qualities of good citizenship among senior students. The significance of the Good Citizen pin emphasizes the qualities of good character, dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This award will be presented to the eight winners at the annual Good Citizen Reception on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 1-3 p.m. at the Westford Museum, located on Boston Road in Westford. A reception will follow the presentations. Guests and candidates for membership are welcome.

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