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Turkey dinner

TOWNSEND — Habitat for Humanity’s Townsend Project will host a turkey dinner, with all the fixings, on Saturday, March 10, 5-6:30 p.m., at Townsend Congregational Church. A donation of $8 per person is requested.

McDonald’s night

TOWNSEND — McDonald’s on Main Street in Townsend is hosting a fund-raiser on Wednesday, March 14. Simply stop by McDonald’s between 6 and 9 p.m. that day, whether eating in or taking out, and 20 percent of the sales will benefit the Squannacook Elementary School in Townsend.

Post Office ‘eBay Day’ class

SHIRLEY — Are you considering starting up your own Internet business by selling merchandise online?

Well, the U.S. Postal Service will help make it easier for you to get started by hosting an eBay Day program on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Shirley Town Hall, 7 Keady Way.

The program is co-sponsored by Shirley, Ayer and Lunenburg Post Offices. Postal representatives will be available to answer questions and show customers how to sell items online.

The program will provide an opportunity for persons to learn a quick and easy way to sell and ship merchandise.

Persons interested in attending are asked to call Shirley Post Office at (978) 425-0938, Ayer Post Office at (978) 772-6986, or Lunenburg Post Office at (978) 582-0006.

Bald for a cause

PEPPERELL — The fifth-annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fund-raiser will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Park Street fire station in Pepperell.

Simply walk into the fire station, and walk out without your hair. Or better yet, bring a few friends and dare them to follow suit.

Last year, St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised over $3.5 million by shaving over 5,000 heads in 42 states and 10 countries.

The Pepperell division of the worldwide St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity, to benefit childhood cancer causes, expects to exceed $5,400 in donations this year.

Irish Night at Bull Run

SHIRLEY — The Ayer and Shirley fire departments will present their second annual Irish Night on March 10, at 7 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A in Shirley.

Irish Night is a night of fun, laughs and a chance to meet your fire and EMS officials. The event includes an assortment of door prizes and raffles. Live entertainment will be provided by Ben Parisi and Brian Cochran.

For information call the Ayer Fire Department at (978) 772-8231 or Shirley Fire Department at (978) 425-4334.

Rotary’s poker tournament

SHIRLEY — The Ayer-Harvard-Shirley Rotary Club will host its third annual No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Sunday, March 11, at noon, at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley.

The guest speaker and moderator of the event will be Ashley Adams, author of “Transforming Home Poker Chumps into Casino Killers.”

Tickets for the event are $100 in advance or $120 at the door. Those who are eliminated in the first two hours will be entered into a single table “side” tournament for no additional fee.

The prize for first place is $2,500 based on 100 participants. Additional prizes will be awarded for runners-up.

The event will benefit various Rotary charities including Loaves & Fishes, the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, World Affairs Whitewater Seminar, Ayer Athletic Booster Club and other organizations. Funds also go toward scholarships, senior-citizen chicken barbecues and the maintenance of Carlton Circle.

Poker in Pepperell

PEPPERELL — The Fourth of July Committee will sponsors a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on March 31 at VFW Post 3291 on Leighton Street to raise funds for the Independence Day celebration. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

A $100 buy-in nets $1,500 in tournament chips with blinds starting out at $25 and $50. Play is fun and friendly with prizes for the final eight players. No buy backs.

To reserve a spot, e-mail pepperell4thof or telephone Janine at (978) 433-5230. Visit for more committee information.

Eat up on St. Patrick’s

AREA — The wearin’ of the green is eclipsed only by the eatin’ of the green (cabbage) on Saturday, March 17. Corned beef and cabbage and other Irish dinners are being offered in a variety of venues, but without the need to drain the family’s pot ‘o gold.

Townsend VFW Post 6538 offers corned beef and cabbage on Saturday, March 17 starting at 5:30 p.m., for $7 per person at the door.

The Pepperell Senior Center will offer corned beef and cabbage at 10:30 a.m. for $3 per person, with entertainment by Kevin Farley, but registration is required by calling (978) 433-0326. And before you finish chewing, swing by Pepperell VFW Post 3291, which is also offering corned beef and cabbage, at $7 per person, starting at noon.

The Christian Union Church, Route 225 in West Groton, will be serving from 5-7 p.m. at a cost of $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and those under age 6 are free. Call (978) 448-3348 that night for takeout service.

A St. Paddy’s Day dinner with a more varied menu will be served at Townsend United Methodist Church, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu for this feast features Glens of Antrim Irish stew, Irish chicken-leek pie, Dublin coddle, Colcannon vegetables, Irish soda bread, and desserts. Take out is available. Prices for the event are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children and under age 5 is free. Call (978) 597-2486.

Finally, after all that feasting, a little exercise may be in order. The Groton Grange, 80 Champney St. Groton, will host an Irish barn dance from 7 to 10 p.m. with a special performance by the Bremer School of Irish Dance. Music will be provided by the Contrabanditos and the Two Fiddles, with a square dancing caller on duty. A donation of $5 is requested for adults, $3 for children and seniors and a family maximum of $15.

Spiritual Partnership

LITTLETON — First Church Unitarian of Littleton will offer a free course called Spiritual Partnership, an inspiring and practical course to enrich intimate relationships. Based on the book, “Why Talking is Not Enough: Eight Loving Actions That Will Transform Your Marriage” by Susan Page, this course is for all couples, whether they are flourishing or struggling, satisfied or dissatisfied. Even better, both parties do not need to participate; This program can work wonders even if only one partner in the couple tries it.

Spiritual Partnership will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., on four Thursdays, March 29, April 12, April 26, and May 10, at First Church Unitarian, 18 Foster Street in Littleton. Preregistration is requested by calling the church office at (978) 486-3044. There is no charge for the course.

The Rambling Boys

DEVENS — Come to the Devens Grill on Thursday, March 15, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner then relax in the cozy bar for drinks and traditional Irish music with The Rambling Boys — Steve Brown and Ryan Thomson.

The Rambling Boys play traditional Irish music as it’s played in the pubs and sessions in Ireland, focusing on the dance music of reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, slides, polkas and waltzes, with the occasional a capella pub song thrown in for good measure.

Featuring the traditional instruments of fiddle, flute, accordion and whistle, with back up on banjo, bodhran (the goat skin drum) and bones, the music will bring a bounce to your step and a smile to your face.

Every Thursday local musicians will perform at Devens Grill from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit for a monthly music schedule.

Valuing Land

GROTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will present “Valuing Land Under Conservation Easement” with James J. Czupryna on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., at the NRWA’s River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119), Groton. His presentation will focus on appraising conservation easements in the high end of today’s residential real estate market and how to best utilize a real estate appraiser in the estate-planning process.

Czupryna has more than 30 years of experience in appraising agricultural and conservation easements and is a review appraiser for the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources.

This free public program is offered by the NRWA and made possible in part by an EPA grant. For more information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs director, at (978) 448-0299.

Crafty Paws Fair

BOLTON, Mass. — Spring cleaning? Downsizing? Relocating? Donate those excess items to a good cause.

Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare is seeking donations of new or “gently used” items for its sixth annual Crafty Paws Fair and White Elephant Bazaar. Items should be clean and in good condition. No clothing, electronics, large appliances and large furniture can be accepted. Call (978) 779-5227 for drop off information. Tax receipts are available.

Proceeds benefit the Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare Inc., supporting its affordable spay/neuter and medical care programs. Find more on the Web at

Crafty Paws Fair and Flea Market will be held Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Parish Church, 673 Main Street (Route 117), Bolton. Call (978) 779-5227 for more information.

Spring concert

LITTLETON — Music director Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill will perform classical favorites by Beethoven (Egmont Overture), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Overture) and Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 2) on Saturday, March 10, featuring celebrated guest pianist David Deveau. Also on the program is a world premiere work by American composer David Kechley. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton High School Auditorium, 56 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton, with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hangen. Tickets are $46, $33 and $20 with reserved seating. Call (978) 486-0540 or visit

Bach’s Lunch

LITTLETON — A free “Bach’s Lunch” concert featuring the Mill City Trio will be offered Thursday, March 15, noon to 1 p.m. at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton. Swing along to jazz standards and lively original tunes featuring guitarists Jamie Dunphy and Greg Passler, with drummer Tony D’Anna. Coffee, tea and cookies are served; bring your lunch. For more information call (978) 486-0540 or visit

Vocal talents

LITTLETON — Indian Hill Music School’s voice students will perform a variety of classical, theater and popular songs that revolve around the theme of “time” on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton. A donation of $5 is requested at the door for cabaret seating with light refreshments served. For more information call (978) 486-0540 or visit

Guitar festival

LITTLETON — Guitarists of all ages are invited to a day of workshops, master classes and performances sponsored by The D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts. Meet other guitar players and learn techniques to improve your playing, with a concert at 4 p.m. featuring lute master Chris Henriksen and jazz guitarist Jon Wheatley.

The guitar festival takes place Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St. (Route 2A), Littleton. Full day cost is $35 per person; concert only for $15 per person. Register by calling (978) 486-9524.

Raptor encounter

ASHBY — Following their annual business meeting on Saturday, March 17, the Ashby Land Trust will host the VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science) Nature Center’s live animal program “Raptor Encounter.”

This first-hand encounter with live falcons, hawks and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. The Raptor Encounter is a great introduction to these specialized flying hunters. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience.

The Land Trust meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Church, located on Main Street in the center of Ashby. The raptor program will begin at 11 a.m. immediately following the business meeting. The program is free to those wishing to attend. Call (978) 386-5591 for more information.

Rummage Sale and Potluck

LITTLETON — The Congregational Church of Littleton, 330 King Street, will offer a spring rummage sale on Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the church’s Senior High Youth Group. Great bargains will be offered on good clothing and accessories for people of all ages — baby, children, teen, men and women. Proceeds will help the youth group pay for its mission trip to Puerto Rico this summer. Everyone is welcome.

Later that day, at 5 p.m., take part in a family potluck dinner open to all. Bring your favorite side dish and/or dessert; main dishes and drinks will be provided. Families of all sizes and ages are welcome to join in. The children will watch movies and play with toys while the adults enjoy fellowship and get to know one another. This is a great way to meet other in town. Any questions, please call the church office at (978) 486-3245.

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