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Pistol Safety

AYER — The Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer, will be sponsoring a Basic Pistol Safety Course on May 17 and 18.

The times are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The cost for the course is $100.

The program is taught by NRA certified instructors. Topics covered will include firearm safety basics, pistol types and their operation, and ammunition types and components.

This course covers basic marksmanship skills with live fire exercises using various types of pistols.

Safe methods for unloading, cleaning and storing firearms will also be covered, as well as Massachusetts firearms law requirements.

This course is open to anyone ages 13 and older. The program includes a minimum six hours classroom instruction and three hours range time. A certificate of course completion fulfills requirements for the Massachusetts Firearms ID and License To Carry.

For more information contact Dan D’Amato (978) 772-2131 or call the club at (978) 772-9748.

Pre-registration is required to reserve course dates.

Swimming lessons

BROOKLINE, N.H. — Max Cohen Grove will be opening for the 2008 summer season on Saturday, June 28, with new, extended hours. Grove hours are now Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Brookliners should be getting membership forms in the mail soon, if they haven’t already. Or go to www.recreationcomm@brookline.nh.us and download it.

Swimming classes will be held Monday to Thursday, and will be 40 minutes long. There are two sessions. The first one runs Monday, July 7 to Thursday, July 24. Session two begins on Monday, July 28 and runs to Thursday, Aug. 14.

Classes are for children 6 and older. The cost is $40 per class per child. Multiple child discounts are available.

Registration for swimming lessons will be accepted on Wednesday, May 20 at the Brookline Town Hall meeting room from 6:30-8:30 p.m..

For any additional information or to register please call Carol Anderson-Farwell at (603) 673-7772 or e-mail cmafarwell@aol.com.

Swimming lessons are open to children from all surrounding towns .

See you at the beach!

Riding for Africa

LITTLETON — Come and ride for education! On June 7 and 8, the “Build a School in Africa Project” is teaming up with the Littleton Horseowners Association to sponsor a two-day trail ride to benefit the project. Half the ride’s proceeds will be donated to the project, which us currently fund-raising to build its fourth school in the Kolondieba District in southern Mali, West Africa, in a partnership with Save the Children, an A-rated international charitable organization.

The ride will begin at Willowbrook Farm in Groton. The course will be approximately 20 miles on Saturday, June 7, and 15 miles on Sunday, June 8, with shorter loops available each day.

The trails in Groton have excellent footing and the course consists mostly of scenic woodland trails and roads. New trails may be offered on recently acquired conservation land.

The entry fee includes morning coffee and doughnuts or muffins both days, an on-trail snack, and a meal afterwards. On Saturday, riders will be treated to an authentic home-cooked African meal, with dishes from Morocco, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania. For those staying for both days, there will be a light supper Saturday night, followed by entertainment.

Contact Project Director Judy Lorimer, (978) 433-2384 or jmlorimer@juno.com for more information about the ride and to request an entry form. Check out www.BuildaSchoolinAfrica.org to learn more about the project.

Rack em up, mom!

AYER — Looking for a great Mother’s Day or Father’s day gift for the pool player in your life? The Billiard Academy of New England is offering several classes, including the popular pool players weekend. Whether that special person has played for years or has always wanted to learn, this is the perfect gift opportunity.

The Billiard Academy of New England is located in the Billiards Café and is one of only four BCA recognized Master Academies in the United States. All instructors are experienced and accredited by the Billiard Congress of America (BCA). Classes are being offered in May and June. Gift certificates are available. Printable fliers are available from the Academy Web site at www.Billiardacademy.com Give the gift that lasts a lifetime.

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