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Friday, Jan. 11

Volleyball: 6-8 p.m., Hawthorne Brook Middle School, Townsend; Start of Townsend Rec. volleyball season, which runs until March. Reserve a space by e-mail to Karen at clem6six@verizon.net. Cost $40 for the season, by check to Townsend Recreation, brought to first session.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Heavy Heart: Noon to 2 p.m., Lawrence Library; Opening reception for Townsend photographer Lauren Ceike, whose show “Heavy Hart” will feature images of her childhood dogs.

Dressage clinic: Ten Broeck Farm, 1 Old Farm Road; Two-day clinic in dressage taught by specialist Pam Goodrich from Florida. Contact Orintha Silva at tenbroeckfarm@charter.net or call (978) 877-6635 to reserve a time slot. Auditors welcome.

Monday, Jan. 14

School Committee: 7:30 p.m. meeting, North Middlesex Regional High School, Academic Support Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Learn bridge: 10:30 a.m., Lawrence Library; Learn how to play bridge. Beginners welcome.

Folk dancers: 6 p.m., Lawrence Library; Join the Nashoba Valley International Folk Dancers and learn new dances.

Republicans meet: 6:30 p.m., Lawrence Library; Meeting of the Pepperell Republican Committee. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Escape to Arizona: 7 p.m., Pepperell Senior Center; Slide show and discussion about Arizona, prior to a planned trip there in October. Light refreshments served. Free and open to all.

Thursday, Jan. 17

“Around Town” show: 7:30 p.m., TV Channel 12; Guests include Kevin Kastening, singer, and Rebecca Pike talking about schizophrenia, with host Jane Bouvier.

Yoga classes: 9-10 am., Pepperell Senior Center; Donation of $2 requested.

Democrats meet: 6:30 p.m., Lawrence Library; Meeting of the Democratic Town Committee. All are welcome.

Shakespeare: 7 p.m., Lawrence Library; Actor Richard Clark plays 12 memorable characters reciting monologues and soliloquies from Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Free of charge. Registration suggested.

Friday, Jan. 18

Magic Color: 1 p.m., Lawrence Library; Science program for 3-5 year olds. Sign up is required by calling (978) 433-0330.

Brownie Girl Scouts: 3:15 p.m., Lawrence Library; Meeting of the Brownie Girl Scouts. All girls are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Calligraphy: 10:30 a.m., Lawrence Library; First of six weekly sessions in learning artistic penmanship, ages 16 and up. Register by Jan. 15 by visiting the library or calling (978) 433-0330.

Three Broomsticks: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Lawrence Library; Three “Harry Potter” bands — Roonil Wazib, Creevey Crisis and Justin Finch Fletchley & the Sugar Quills — will rock the library along with games, contests and other wizard activities for all ages. Refreshments will be served at the Three Broomsticks Pub. Registration suggested.

Briefs

Rec activities

The new line-up of activities for Pepperell Recreation is now available.

Activities range from classes in baton twirling, belly dancing and yoga, to getaways such as Red Sox games and trips to Washington, D.C., and the casinos of Atlantic City!

Visit the town Web site, www.town.pepperell.ma.us and follow the links to Recreation. To offer suggestions, call Gayle at (978) 433-7856.

Valentine Dance

Come join the Pepperell Women’s Club for an evening of good food and dancing on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the VFW Hall on Leighton Street to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by a delicious dinner catered by the Pepperell Lions Club at 7 p.m., which leads right in to dancing to the melodious tunes of Ellen Hollingworth. Throughout the evening there will be many door prizes raffled off with the much-awaited raffle of the “Trip for Two to Foxwoods” at the end. This raffle concludes the club’s annual scholarship drive in their effort to give $1,000 to a deserving Pepperell high school senior from either North Middlesex or Nashoba Tech.

Tickets for the Valentine’s Dinner Dance are $20 each and can be obtained by calling Rita Donaghy at (978) 433-9848 by Feb. 4. Reservations are a must!

Got books?

Looking to give your books to a good cause? St. David’s Episcopal Church of Pepperell has partnered with Got Books to place a drop-off donation and reuse container for residents, businesses, schools, libraries and other groups who wish to contribute books for which they no longer have a use. Other acceptable donations include CDs, DVDs, videos and audio books.

The Got Books donation container, distinguished by its lively purple and yellow signs, is conveniently located at St. David’s on 180 South Road in Pepperell. The container is open for donations from anyone at any time.

Choose to reuse! Donating books is a great way to keep them out of the waste stream and give them a new life with someone who will treasure them as you once did. In addition to helping divert waste from landfills, many of these donated goods will be sold in book sales to benefit local nonprofit groups.

Got Books is a used book seller and professional fund-raiser dedicated to keeping books out of the trash. Got Books raises money for local charities and nonprofit groups by hosting weekly Charity Book Sales at their warehouse located at 35 Concord Street in North Reading.

Can’t make it to the donation container? Got Books offers a complimentary pick-up service throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. For more information visit www.GotBooks.com or call (978) 664-6555.

Save the date:

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Barn architecture: 7 p.m., Lawrence Library; Mark Haines will give a presentation on the types of barns found in New England, focusing on their architecture and the time periods during which each form was prevalent, and how to sustain these gems of New England through repairs. This event is sponsored by the Nashua River Watershed Association and is part of the Lawrence Library’s series “Our Natural Environment.” Haines will be available for questions at a reception following the presentation. Free and open to the public. For further information, visit lawrencelibrary.org or contact Sue Arthur, (978) 433-0330. Registration suggested.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Benefit for Warmth: 7:30-9 p.m., Lawrence Library; Concert by Pepperell resident Jim Fetterolf and his band, The Rescue Annies, to raise funds to help senior citizens pay for heating fuel. Registration suggested. Free and open to the public, appropriate for all ages.

Monday, Jan. 28

Verizon hearing: 7:30 p.m., Pepperell Community Center; The Planning Board continued public hearing on the Verizon application for a cell phone tower special permit has been moved to the Community Center, 2 Hollis Street.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Playground Committee: 7 p.m., Community Church, Route 113; Volunteers needed by the Friends of Pepperell Recreation Inc. to form a Playground Committee. Call (978) 835-0133.

Saturday, Feb. 16

High School Musical: 3 p.m., TD Banknorth Center, Boston; Pepperell Rec. has tickets ($33.50 and $23.50) to Disney’s High School Musical: The Ice Tour. Visit www.town.pepperell.ma.us and go to Recreation for registration instructions.

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