Friday, Nov. 7

The Visit: 7:30 p.m., Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Lawrence Academy, Groton; Play by Friedrich Durrenmatt. Admission is free but reservations are recommended by calling (978) 448-1601.

Veterans Homestead: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of Town Hall; Monthly visit by the Veterans Homestead Mobile Medical Clinic, providing hypertension, glucose and cholesterol screening to veterans, along with discussion of any health-related issue. Contact Veterans’ Agent Bob Johnson, who will hold office hours at the clinic, at (978) 448-1175.

NRWA annual meeting: 6 p.m. reception, Devens Common Center, Devens; Keynote speaker will be Akiko Busch on “Nine Ways to Cross a River: Midstream Reflections on Swimming and Getting There from Here” along with annual awards presentation. Tickets $60 by calling (978) 448-0299 or visiting

Saturday, Nov. 8

The Visit: 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Academy. (See above.)

Birdseed sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prescott School lawn, Main Street; Annual birdseed sale by the Groton Lions Club, with black oil sunflower, songmaker, striped sunflower, corn and thistle. Delivery is available for 50-pound bags. Help our feathered friends through the winter while helping to support scholarship funding and eye research in Massachusetts.

Trail hike: 2 p.m., start from Bridge Street, off Old Dunstable Road; Join the Groton Trails Committee on a hike along the Gamlin Esker Trail, with views of Cow Pond Brook. Children and well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information e-mail

Sunday, Nov. 9

Girl Scout drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shaw’s supermarket; Girl Scout Troop 60940 will be collecting to benefit the Pat Brody Cat Shelter. Items needed include canned cat food, trash bags, rubber or latex gloves and used (but clean) sheets and towels.

Fastest Portrait Artist: 7-9 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Middle School South, Performing Arts Center; Sacred Heart-St. James Parish brings back Rob Surette and his “Face of God” performance, appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $7 per ticket for groups of 25 or more by e-mail to Tickets may be picked up at the door.

Monday, Nov. 10

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall, first floor.

Cultural Council: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall, small conference room.

Groton Electric Light: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Station Avenue.

Veterans breakfast: 10 a.m., Groton Senior Center; Topic of discussion will be “Pearl Harbor: The Day that Started World War II.”

Tuesday, Nov. 11

TOWN OFFICES CLOSED: Veterans Day. Senior Center closed too.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Board of Assessors: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

Bylaw Review Committee: 5 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

Friends of Sargisson Beach: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

Housing Authority: 7 p.m. meeting, 19 Lowell Road.

Park Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Legion Hall.

Agricultural Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Station Avenue.

Water Commission: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

IT Committee: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

Computer Lab open house: 1-3 p.m., Groton Public Library; Library computer staff with 10 laptops running Windows Vista will attempt to answer questions, if Vista questions can be answered at all.

Mother Goose Storytime: 10:30-11 and 11:15-11:45 a.m., Groton Public Library; First library experience for infants and toddlers with stories, songs, fingerplay and puppets. No registration required. Limited to 15 children, first-come first-served.

Lamb dinner: Noon, Groton Senior Center; Annual lamb dinner prepared by chef Grace Marsolais and donated by Blood Farm and Dick Conway, followed by Dr. Pam Jarboe speaking on “Chiropractic for Life” and music by the lovely and talented Debbie Thompson. For more information or to sign up, call (978) 448-1170.

Thursday, Nov. 13

American Legion: 7 p.m. monthly meeting, Legion Hall.

Local Emergency Planning: 1 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall, second floor.

Race and Place: 7 p.m. seminar, Lost Lake Fire Station.

Yoga: 10 a.m., Groton Senior Center.

Toddler Storytime: 10:30-11 a.m., Groton Public Library; Story time for ages 3-5, limited to 20 children. Call the children’s room at (978) 448-1168 to learn more.

Rotary Club: 12:15 p.m., Groton Country Club, Lovers Lane; Weekly meeting of the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club.

GPL Mystery Group: 7-8:30 p.m., Groton Public Library, small conference room, second floor; Group will discuss “A Grave In Gaza” by Matt Beynon Rees. Discussion previously scheduled for Nov. 20.

Confluence: 7 p.m., Groton Public Library, Route 119, Groton; Visit from Nathaniel Tripp, author of “Confluence,” who will discuss local and global environmental issues. Program co-sponsored by NRWA and Groton Trust Fund Lecture Fund. Free and open to all. Call the library at (978) 448-8000.

Sound Effects for Movies: 7-9 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Middle School North; Presentation by Gavin Paddock of UMass-Lowell on sound, sponsored by GDSTEM. All are invited.

Friday, Nov. 14

OT: Discussion Group: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Groton Public Library; High School book discussion group will dissect “Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable” by Mark Quinn. Refreshments and Oreos are always served.

Comedy Night: 7:30 cocktails, 8:30 show; Pepperell VFW, Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club Comedy Night featuring Robbie Printz, Larry Norton and Pat Napoli. Tickets reduced to $20 and now available at Ten Broeck Insurance, (978) 433-6300, and the Groton Senior Center, (978) 448-1170. Proceeds to benefit the many Rotary Club charities.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Thanksgiving Barn Dance: 7:30-10 p.m., Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street; Music by the Two Fiddles and Groton’s own Contra Banditos; caller Dudley Laufman will teach square, circle and contra dancing. Donation of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, family maximum of $15, with refreshments provided.


Mercedes taken

on destructive ride

On the Saturday morning after Halloween, Groton police recovered a vehicle belonging to a Harvard resident.

The owner of the vehicle had not yet called it in as stolen, but did soon after. The vehicle, a 2006 silver-gray Mercedes, had been stored in a barn at Whitney Farm on Whitney Lane in Harvard.

The thieves apparently drove the car to Farmers Row in Groton, where they took it on a destructive, off-road joy ride, demolishing it in the process.

Every panel on its body was dented, scratched and gouged. There were muddy footprints on the doors and side panels. The windshield and rear window were smashed. All four tires were caked with mud, and all but one light had been broken.

On Tuesday morning, the wrecked car was parked in the garage at the Harvard police station. The state police crime scene team has examined the vehicle, which the owner’s insurance company has arranged to tow away, according to Harvard Officer Gregory Newman said.

Anyone having information about the theft of the car or the destructive joy ride are asked to contact either the Harvard or Groton police.

Save the Date

Monday, Nov. 17

Bullying, harassment: 7 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Middle School Performing Arts Center; the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State College will present a Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Harassment presentation for parents. All are welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Senior Dinner: 5:30 p.m., Gibbet Hill Barn, Route 40; Annual dinner event. Seating is limited so call (978) 448-1170 to register. Try to carpool or call if you need a ride.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Community Home Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (snow date Nov. 23); Groton Community School event. Details at a later date.