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Home for

the Holidays

GARDNER — Come “Home for the Holidays” and celebrate the most joyous of seasons with Theatre at the Mount.

Conceived by Sandie Couture and directed by Rob Houle, “Home for the Holidays” features a talented cast of over 60 singers and dancers. Performances are Nov. 28 and 29 and Dec. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.. Evening tickets are $20, matinee tickets are $15 and children 16 and under are $10. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Call the box office at (978) 632-2403, or purchase tickets online at theatre.mwcc.edu.

NRWA online

auction

WORLDWIDE — The Nashua River Watershed Association will be running an online holiday auction from Saturday, Nov. 15 until Sunday, Dec. 14, with proceeds to support our land and water protection and environmental education programs. We hope you’ll plan to do your holiday shopping at our online auction Web site.

Our holiday auction will feature many “buy it now” items like fun getaways, high-tech devices and beautiful locally crafted gifts. You can visit our site now and sign up for auction update e-mails for sneak previews and reminders of opening day. Visit the NRWA Online Holiday Auction at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.cmarket.com.

Make your holidays green by shopping from home and supporting the work of the NRWA! And be sure to ask your friends and family to participate as well!

Ham and turkey

donations

DEVENS — Loaves & Fishes, the largest food pantry in north central Massachusetts, is currently providing food to over 500 families a month — almost a 25 percent increase from the same period last year. We are asking for donations of turkeys, hams, chickens, potatoes, carrots, onions, stuffing and gravy — all the “fixings” for a holiday dinner — so that everyone can enjoy what many of us take for granted.

If you would prefer to send a check, please make it payable to Loaves & Fishes and mail it to P.O. Box 1, Ayer, MA 01432; a $50 donation will feed a family of four. Our Thanksgiving food distribution is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24. Food can be dropped off at the pantry during any regular session (Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon) or at special drop-off times on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:45-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 23, from 1-4 p.m.

We can also use some volunteers to help receive and stock the shelves, so if you are interested, please contact Pamela or Patty at (978) 772-4627, ext. 5.

Loaves & Fishes is located at 234 Barnum Road, Devens. More information about the pantry is available at www.devenspantry.org.

Night Comes

to New England

LITTLETON — The public is invited to an art show opening on from 3-5 p.m. at Ken’s American Café in Littleton. There are two art shows ongoing for the next two months.

The “juried” art show is titled, “Night Comes to New England,” and centers on the work of night photographers. In night photography, exposures can last as long as 17 minutes, as in the case of the photo of the Concord Bridge or 15 minutes for the Adirondack chairs at Lake Winnipesaukee. Capturing the image not only involves the eye to see it in the dark, but also the technology to have it show up on paper. While it is primarily a show of photography, there are also a few pastels and paintings to round out the mixed media.

Stop by and enjoy the show and think about which art work best captures your image of “Night Comes to New England.”

Also concurrently showing, as Artist of the Month, is Karen Roop of Concord. Karen has won numerous awards for her work, and it is easy to see why. Karen’s work will be on display through December.

Artwork makes a nice present for the Holidays.

Ken’s American Café is located at 529 King Street in Littleton. Visit www.kensamericancafe.com to learn more.

Wood Heat

for Your Home

GROTON — Want to learn more about heating your home with wood? Come to the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7-8:30 p.m., for a talk and discussion by a panel of regional experts. Chuck Griffin is a firewood producer from Ashby who has been in the business for many years. He will talk about how to be a smart buyer of firewood by being aware of things such as quality, dryness and volume. If you want to make your own firewood, state Service Forester Jack Jackson will give you tips related to chainsaw safety and choice of trees so as to improve your woodlot over time. He will explain the state’s “home fuel wood program,” for those who want to cut their own wood on state land. Jack will also update us on the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Worcester and how that has affected the firewood business.

Dave Rousseau of New England Chimney Sweeps and Groton fire Chief Joe Bosselait will talk about the importance of regular inspection, cleaning and other safety tips. Finally, Steve Patt, of 119 Stoves in Pepperell, will give advice on choosing the right wood-burning or pellet-burning stove. He will explain the pros and cons of these stoves, including their impact on air quality.

This free public workshop will be held at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. This program is offered by NRWA and Groton Local, made possible in part by a Targeted Watershed Initiative grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the m

Christmas

Craft Fair

SHIRLEY — St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Shirley will be holding their annual Christmas Extravaganza Craft Fair & More on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church hall. The Craft Fair has become a popular venue for Christmas shopping in the area, with talented crafters from all over Massachusetts in attendance. The selection of handmade crafts is extensive and includes wood crafts, quilted items, scrapbooks, country crafts, many Christmas items, rag bags, glassware and much more. In addition to the crafts, a small portion of the hall is dedicated to new childrens’ toys, books, games, puzzles and gently used Christmas decorations and gifts. If you would like to participate as a crafter please call the church office at (978) 425-4588 days and (978) 425-4604 evenings for an application.

American Girl

Holiday Tea Party

TOWNSEND — Townsend United Methodist Church is hosting an American Girl Holiday Tea Party on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. The American Girl doll collection and books are very popular. Through engaging stories about girls living at important times in the past, history is brought to life. The party will celebrate and highlight holiday traditions of the American Girl characters.

Everyone will enjoy dressing up, coming for a light lunch, and making holiday crafts. Other invited guests will be the children’s American Girl dolls. Come spend a fascinating and fun-filled afternoon.

The cost is $15 per person, with children being accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please call the church office at (978) 597-2486 for reservations and confirmation. The “snow date” is Saturday, Dec. 13. Townsend United Methodist Church is located at 265 Main Street, at the corner of Routes 13 and 119, the “Meetinghouse Church on the Hill” in Townsend Center.