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Calendar

Monday, July 30

Planet Tennis USA: 2-3 p.m., Ashby town tennis courts, Main Street, Ashby; One week of intense tennis instruction begins, offered by Townsend Recreation. (Pre-registration was required.)

Townsend Housing Authority: 6:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall; Two articles (school spending and non-union employee raises).

Tuesday, July 31

Instant challenge: 2:30 p.m., Townsend Public Library (Memorial Hall); Join Travis Maider for a program on creative problem sovling for grades 3-5. Seating limited, sign-up required by calling (978) 597-1714.

Pizza & pages: 5-6 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Read “Downsiders” by Neal Shusterman (Summer Required Reading book) with refreshments served, for students entering grade eight.

Wednesday, Aug. 1

Musical storytime: 3 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Join Miss Tracey for music, story and crafts, for children ages 4-7. Seating is limited.

Pizza & pages II: 5-6 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Read “Night of the Twisters” by Ivy Ruckman, for students entering grade seven. Refreshments served.

Pizza & pages III: 5-6 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Read “Flying Solo” by Ralph Fletcher, for students entering grade six. Refreshments served.

Young writers: 6-7 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Young Writers’ Workshop with Janet Loomis for students in grades 5-8 and home-schooled.

Kindermusik: 11:15 a.m., Townsend Public Library; Music and movement for ages 4-7, with Carolyn Farley. Call the library at (978) 597-1714.

Book discussion: 7:30 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Middle School (grades 6-8) book discussion group reviewing “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents” by Terry Prachett. Refreshments.

Zoning District Change Comm.: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall. (Meetings also posted by assessors and planning board, same time and place, just in case.)

Thursday, Aug. 2

Townsend Military Band: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Town common; Lawn party this week will be run by VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Townsend Business Assoc. Free and open to all.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Worship switch: 10 a.m., Pepperell United Methodist Church; Starting this week, services at Townsend United Methodist Church will be held in Pepperell instead, for the parishioners of both churches. Call Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall at (978) 433-2185.

Monday, Aug. 6

Vacation Bible: 9-11:30 a.m., Townsend United Methodist Church, 265 Main St.; Week-long vacation Bible School (Aug. 6-10) for ages 4-12. Cost $5 for the week. Call (978) 597-2486 to register.

Briefs

Senior taxes

If you are a senior citizen (60 years or older) and a resident taxpayer, the town of Townsend offers opportunities to exchange your time and talents for a $500 property tax credit. There are no income or asset restrictions; only the ability to perform a service needed by a town department. Applications can be obtained at the Senior Center or in the assessor’s office in Town Hall.

DVD of 250th

The 275th Anniversary Committee will soon have a DVD of the 250th Anniversary Parade. With the help of Bruce Goyette, the DVD was made from donated slides and music from the local band. The discs will be on sale at the office of the town clerk.

Ashby Hoe-down

ASHBY — A summer hoe-down, featuring live bluegrass music and family fun, will take place at 4-H Camp Middlesex on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine.

Music will be provided by “Boston Road” starting at 4 p.m.

Food, games, contests, races and face-painting will run throughout the day, including a contest for “best costume.” All proceeds benefit the Camp Pool Fund.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $7 for those over 60 and under 12. Save a dollar on each ticket if purchased by Aug. 4 by calling (978) 386-7704.

4-H Camp Middlesex is located at 1031 Erickson Road in Ashby.

For more information visit www.campmiddlesex.com.