Saturday, April 12
Spring Pops: 8 p.m., Walden Performing Arts Center, Concord; Emerson Hospital Auxiliary hosts its 32nd Spring Pops Concert. Tickets $25 each. Call Rosie at (978) 371-1923.
Tuesday, April 15
Bereavement support: 10:30 a.m. or 6:15 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, on the common; Free support group sessions hosted by Hospice of Nashoba Nursing Service, with facilitator Patrick McNamara. First of six sessions, no new sign-ups after the April 29 session. Call Margaret at (800) 698-3307, ext. 320 to register.
Blood drive: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lunenbug High School gymnasium; Each presenting donor will be registered into a drawing to win a pair of Red Sox tickets. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 and not given blood in the past 56 days. American Red Cross requires positive ID.
Wednesday, April 16
Smart Sex: Noon to 2 p.m., Pediatrics West, 133 Littleton Road, Westford; Free workshop “Let’s Be Honest!” on creating a relaxed, trusting environment to discuss sexuality with youth ages 10-14. To register call (978) 577-0437.
Thursday, April 17
Smart Sex: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Pediatrics West, 133 Littleton Road, Westford; See details above.
Happiest Baby: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Emerson Hospital, Concord; Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby in minutes. The Happiest Baby on the Block class costs $45 per couple. Call Lisa at (978) 287-3268 to register.
Birthplace tours: 7-8 p.m., Lowell General Hospital, Varnum Avenue, Lowell; Free guided tours of the Birthplace, led by a childbirth educator. Call (877) 544-9355 to register or visit www.lowellgeneral.org.
Better Breathers: Noon, Emerson Hospital, North Assembly Room, Concord; Monthly meeting of the Better Breather’s Club with guest speaker Mayra Seyfarth on “Eat Well — Breathe Better.” Call the pulmonary rehab team to learn more at (978) 287-3715.
Friday, April 18
Diabetes discussion: 10 a.m., Emerson Hospital, Concord; Diabetes discussion group meetings held in the conference room on the first floor of Emerson’s new Center for Specialty Care, on Baker Avenue. Call Cheryl at (978) 287-8590 to learn more.
Saturday, April 19
Rabies clinics: 9-10 a.m. at Littleton Animal Hospital (with Dr. Kilgore); 1-3 p.m.; Rabies immunizations for dogs and cats six months of age or older, $10 each, sponsored by Nashoba Associated Boards of Health. Documentation required for three-year booster, otherwise one-year vaccination only will be given. Open to all pet owners.
Monday, April 21
Spring cleanse: 6:45-8 p.m., The Natural Market, 148 Main St., Groton; Start of a three-week internal cleansing and detoxification guided workshop with Eric Reardon, MS, CNC. Space is limited; call (978) 448-5075 to reserve a space or visit the store.
WESTFORD — Psychologist Jennifer LeBovidge will present a talk for parents about how to understand and help their children manage the feelings and behaviors associated with having food allergies, at a program on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group, which meets at the Rita Edwards Miller School, 1 Mitchell Way, Westford.
“Children may have different feelings about their food allergy at different developmental stages,” said LeBovidge, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston. “Some children may become fearful about having a reaction, or sad if they feel isolated or different from their peers or family members.”
The discussion is free and open to the public For more information call the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, New England chapter, at (800) 2-ASTHMA or visit vwww.asthmaandallergies.org.
Most amazing mom
GROTON — Lisa Bohne, from Lavender, Kerrie Stephenson from Body Mind Spirit and Dr. Pam Jarboe of Community Chiropractic are teaming up to find Groton’s Most Amazing Mom. Independent judges will award the winner with thousands of dollars of prizes including six months of flowers, a makeover and chiropractic, massage and acupuncture services. Entries can be submitted to Americasfavoritemomgrotonma.com.
The winner will be announced at a celebration at the Barn at Gibbet Hill on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m., featuring food, drinks and music by Amy Black. There the six finalist entries will be read and the winner named.
For more information contact Dr. Pam Jarboe at (978) 448-9355.
and exercise classes
AYER — The Physical Therapy Department of Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services Group has announced a new series of gentle exercise classes for strength and fitness, to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon for eight consecutive weeks, May 6 through June 26 in Room 109.
Studies have continually shown that strength training improves balance, coordination, muscle strength and bone density.
The class is designed to allow each individual to work at their own level of fitness. Free weights and various balance equipment will be used throughout the program in order to help each participant reach their goals. Cost is $5 per class and class size will be limited to eight in order to provide personal attention. For further information or to make your reservation, call (978) 784-9289.
AYER — Due to popular demand, an additional baby-sitting course has been added this spring.
Nashoba Valley Medical Center will be holding a baby-sitter training class on two consecutive Tuesdays in May. Attendance at both sessions is required for completion of the course, which will be offered on Tuesday, May 6 and 13, from 3:30-5:45 p.m. in the Founders Room. This class is for girls and boys in grade six or over. This course will teach safety practices, care and handling of infants and baby-sitting ethics.
There will be time to practice diaper changing and first aid skills as well as time for questions. Participants are asked to bring an infant-sized doll or stuffed animal and a pen or pencil. Cost is $35, which includes snack. Space is limited so reserve your seat early by calling (978) 784-9289 or e-mailing email@example.com.
WESTFORD — Nashoba@Night is offering C.N.A. training beginning June 23.
This 100-hour course includes classroom and practical skills training at Nashoba Tech and clinical experience at a nursing facility. It meets state and federal guidelines for C.N.A. training and is approved by the Department of Public Health.
This program is designed to prepared students with entry-level skills needed to work in a long-term care facility. Students must have a high school diploma or G.E.D, recent physical exam and TB test are required. Pre-registration is required. Call for details to (978) 692-4711, ext. 4000. Course cost is $800, which includes textbook.
The Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with local boards of health, announces that Well Adult Clinics will be held free of charge. Drop in for blood pressure and pulse screening, medication review and diet teaching at this time. April’s handout will be on Abuse & Neglect. No appointment needed. For information, call Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at (978) 425-6675 or (800) 698-3307 or visit www.nashoba.org.
Tuesday, April 15: 9:30-11 a.m., Shaker Meadows (community room) Harvard Road, Shirley.
Wednesday, April 16: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior Center, 18 Pond St., Ayer.
Thursday, April 17: Noon to 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, New Ipswich Road, Ashby.
Wednesday, April 23: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton.