Sunday, Nov. 25

Post-Thanksgiving Hike: 1:30-3 p.m., Damon Pond parking lot, Route 119, Ashby; Join the Friends of Willard Brook in walking off Thanksgiving dinner with a hike along a new trail. Call Sussie at (978) 502-6137.

Monday, Nov. 26

School Committee: 7:30 p.m., North Middlesex Regional High School, academic support center.

Board of Health: 6 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m. meeting with Nashua River Watershed Association, Memorial Hall.

Board of Assessors: 6:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Ecological subdivisions: 7-9 p.m., Townsend Memorial Hall, Route 119, Townsend; The Nashua River Watershed Association presents Carter Scott and Donald Sienkiewicz on “Ecological Subdivision Design” including energy efficient buildings, renewable energy systems, and low-impact site development. Free and open to the public. Call (978) 448-02399 or e-mail

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Master Plan Committee: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Essay contest: Deadline for schoolchildren (grades K-5) to submit essays on “What the Holidays Mean to Me” for the Townsend business Assocation contest. Townsend residents only. Top three winners receive Barnes & Nobles gift cetificate and first place gets to switch on the lights on the common on Dec. 2

Thursday, Nov. 29

Community Preservation: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Saturday, Dec. 1

American Girl tea: Noon to 2 p.m., Townsend United Methodist Church; Holiday tea party with American Girl doll “Samantha Parkington” from 1904 as the hostess. All American Girl dolls and their owners are invited and costumes are welcome. Cost $15 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call the church at (978) 597-2486 to reserve, as seats are limited.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Reed open house: 2-5 p.m., Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. (Route 119; Annual holiday open house by the Townsend Historical Society, with cookies and wassail, a fire on the hearth, and ornaments for children to make. Free of charge.

* Meetings provided on fixed schedule by town clerk’s office.


Project Graduation

In support of Project Graduation, the annual alcohol-free overnight party for the graduating class of North Middlesex Regional High School, a month-long calendar raffle is being held. Raffle tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are $10 each and a winning number will be drawn for every day in the month of December, with winners receiving $50, $100 or $500 prizes.

The goal is to raise enough to fund Project Graduation for the Class of 2009 with perhaps enough left over to help fund the Class of 2010 overnighter.

Calendars are available at the North Middlesex High School front office and from parent-volunteers, or by calling Donna at (978) 386-2280.

Historic gift

“Images of America — Townsend, Massachusetts,” the book authored by a subcommittee of the Townsend Historical Society, is available at local business and through the society. The book is a photograhic history of Townsend and is priced at $21, with $10 of each sale, if purchased directly from the society, going to support the Historical Society.

Along with the book, Townsend note cards and a map of the town from 1856 will be available at the Reed Homestead during the open house on Dec. 2, 2-5 p.m., and at the homestead on Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Jean at (978) 597-2106 for more about the society.

Save the date:

Monday, Dec. 3:

Christmas wreath workshop: 7 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Dixie Picard from The Bronze Bell will conduct a Christmas wreath workshop. The $10 registration fee includes wreath and materials but students must bring their own wirecutters. Register at the Townsend public library by calling (978) 597-1714.

Tuesday, Dec. 4:

McDonald’s Night: 5-7 p.m., Main Street McDonald’s; Join Hawthorne Brook Middle School PTO at McDonald’s, where 20 percent of all sales (eat-in or drive-thru) will benefit the school PTO.