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Friday, May 9

Middle school dance: 7-9 p.m., Hawthorne Brook Middle School cafeteria; All school rules apply, admission $5, seventh and eighth graders only. Volunteer chaperones may contact Karen Clement at

Saturday, May 10

Plant sale: 8 a.m. to noon, Townsend Public Library lawn; Second annual plant sale by the Friends of the Townsend Public Library. Rain date Saturday, May 17. To donate or volunteer contact Suzanne at (978) 597-0474 or e-mail

Poetry deadline: 2 p.m., Townsend Public Library; Poetry contest open to all students who live in Townsend as part of Young People’s Poetry Week and National Poetry Month. Entry forms available at the library must accompany entries. For more information call the library at (978) 597-1714.

Afternoon hike: 4-5:30 p.m., Meet at Squannacook Elementary upper lot, Route 13 just north of Townsend center; Join Rhonda Plamondon on a leisurely walk through town and state property, hosted by the Friends of Willard Brook. Call Rhonda at (978) 877-8489 with questions.

Juggling lessons: 1-2 p.m., Townsend Public Library lawn; Learn to juggle scarves, balls, clubs and rings, and try Diablos and spinning plates, too! Anyone ages 8 and up are welcome to attend this free class.

Monday, May 12

Breakfast Club: 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. speakers, Townsend Senior Center; Guest speaker will be a nutritionist from Nashoba Nursing Service.

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

Board of Library Trustees: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

School Committee: 7:30 p.m. meeting, North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St., Townsend; Regular meeting of the North Middlesex Regional School Committee.

Tuesday, May 13

Craft workshop: 10 a.m., Townsend Senior Center; Learn how to create small handmade books. Cost $3. Sign up by calling Linda at (978) 597-1710.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Townsend Public Library, Memorial Hall, room 2; Storytime for toddlers ages 2-4 but siblings of any age are welcome.

75th Anniversary: Noon, Harley House, Lunenburg; 75th annual meeting of the Townsend Woman’s Club will see new officers installed by Lorraine Gorham, outgoing president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts. Luncheon reservations ($21) must be made by Friday, May 9, by calling (978) 597-6651.

Thursday, May 15

Cribbage: 1 p.m., Townsend Senior Center.

Friday, May 16

Supper & raffle: 5-8 p.m., Townsend VFW, 491A Main Street; Townsend Cooperative Playschool will offer a spaghetti supper and raffle. Adults $7, children $4. Free raffle ticket with each dinner. Call (978) 597-6966 for tickets or more info.

Saturday, May 17

Spring Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Townsend Common; 27th annual Spring Festival and Craft Fair by Townsend United Methodist Church. Vendors and crafters along with a food court, plant sale, silent auction and moon walk for the kids. Craft space $20 each by calling (978) 597-2486.

Turkey dinner: 6:30 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, on the town common; Turkey dinner with all the fixins in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Tickets $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12. For more information call (978) 597-8925.

Sunday, May 18

Journey for Sight: 9 a.m. to noon, Nashua River Rail Trail; Join the Townsend Lions Club in the Journey For Sight Walk-a-Thon along the Rail Trail.

Monday, May 19

Breakfast Club: 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. speakers, Townsend Senior Center; Guest speaker will be from Harborside Healthcare.

Ladies Luncheon: Noon, Townsend Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, on the common; Sign up required by May 12 for the Ladies Luncheon to celebrate senior women in the community. Sign up sheets available at Townsend Senior Center or Atwood Acres, or call (978) 597-1710. Male servers are needed, call Bill at (978) 582-6410.

* Meetings provided by the town clerk’s office and current as of Wednesday, May 7. Meetings may be posted as little as 48 hours in advance.


Library surveys

Townsend will have a new library and a new senior center soon.

Public input is requested on what features the new facilities should have. Double-sided survey forms were sent with the latest tax bills but additional forms are available at the library and the Senior Center. Surveys can be returned to either location.

Fitness is fun!

Townsend Recreation is offering you a chance to lose that winter insulation and get ready for summer.

Workouts will be held at the Spaulding Memorial School gym, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 20 and running until June 19. Cost is $50 but may be prorated.

Check with your physician that exercise is safe for you. Classes will include warm-ups, cardio, toning and dance, with a different theme each week. Participants do not need to be Townsend residents.

Contact instructor Taliah Williams at (978) 877-0512 with questions.

Mass ParksPass

Townsend Recreation has acquired a ParksPass that allows the bearer to park for free at over 50 facilities in the Massachusetts state parks system that charge for parking, usually $2 to $7. The Townsend library director has agreed to be the distributor of the passes. Call (978) 597-1714 to reserve a pass for borrowing or stop by the library. The library also offers daily passes and discounts to a variety of attractions around the state, including museums.

Save the date:

Saturday, June 21

Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Townsend Common; Proceeds from the 36th annual Strawberry Festival will benefit the Townsend Woman’s Club scholarship fund. For space rental, $25 each, call Ginny at (978) 597-6651.

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Public Library

Preschool Story and Craft: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., open to ages 3-5 with their caregivers.

Teen Reading Group: Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to noon; For ages 13 and up. All are welcome to attend and discuss “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.

Adult Reading Group: Wednesday, May 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Discuss “Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy, new members always welcome.

Setting Limits: Saturday, May 31, 10:15 a.m. to noon; Emily Rainwalker, LICSW, leads a presentation on “Setting Limits While Staying Close to Children.”

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