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Calendar

Friday, Nov. 7

Tim Rollo Band: 7 p.m., Townsend VFW Post 6538. No cover charge.

Saturday, Nov. 8

Book sale donations: 2 p.m. Townsend Public Library; Last day to donate books, CDs, DVDs and videos for the Friends of the Library annual book sale.

Family Photo Day: (appointment only), Harbor Fire Station; Need a great photo for your Christmas card? The Townsend Recreational Activity Council will host a family photo day, with one 8 by 10 photo for $15 or a photo CD of four to six poses for $20. All proceeds help TRAC to resurface the Hawthorne Brook tennis courts. E-mail Suzanne at SueDoust@comcast.net to book an appointment.

Take It or Leave It: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Townsend Recycling Center, 33 Greenville Road; Bring clean, working items with no missing parts for the third annual “take it or leave it” event, open to everyone (not just Townsend residents). Volunteers (more needed!) will screen items dropped off. Call the Townsend Board of Health for information at (978) 597-1713.

Wild cranberries: 9 a.m., meet at Pearl Hill State Park, W. Townsend, then carpool to the bog, about 45 minutes away; Join the Friends of Willard Brook for a trip to a wild cranberry bog. Wear waterproof boots and bring a basket. Limit 10 participants, so preregistration required by calling Emily at (978) 597-3553.

Sunday, Nov. 9

Gristmill: Going Green: 2 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Fall program by the Townsend Historical Society on “The Gristmill: Going Green” presented by THS Director Jock Snaith on work being down to preserve the 19th century gristmill and convert it to its new use: Producing hydroelectric power. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Call the Historical Society at (978) 597-2106 to learn more.

Monday, Nov. 10

Council on Aging: 7 p.m. meeting, Townsend Senior Center.

Water Commission: 5:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Board of Health: 6:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

PAT Hockey: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Breakfast Club: 9:30 a.m., Townsend Senior Center.

Rail Trail Funding Council: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Homebuyer seminar: 5:30-8, Memorial Hall, selectmen’s chambers; Free seminar for first-time homebuyers, hosted by Townsend Housing Authority and presented by Twin Cities CDC.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

TOWN OFFICES CLOSED: Veterans Day.

Trash AND recycling: This week, curbside pickup of separated recyclables. Recycling center closed.

Woman’s Club: 12:30 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Following the business portion of the meeting, two guest speakers will be presented. The first will be student David Twombly, 2008 MassSTAR Ambassador from North Middlesex Regional High School, and veteran Cindy King, who will speak on her military experience. Visitors are always welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Bingo: 1:30 p.m., Townsend Senior Center; Only bingo game this month due to scheduling conflicts (Thanksgiving, election, etc.).

Flu shots: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Atwood Acres.

Homebuyer seminar: 5:30-8, Memorial Hall, selectmen’s chambers; Free seminar for first-time homebuyers, hosted by Townsend Housing Authority and presented by Twin Cities CDC.

Veterans Support: 6-8:30 p.m., Townsend Rod & Gun Club, 46 Emery Road; Monthly support group meeting for veterans and their families. Club will shut down the target range during meetings. Veterans meet in one room while families meet in another. Free and open to all.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Community Preservation Comm.: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Bible study: 7-8 p.m., West Townsend Reading Room; Weekly group is currently studying the acts of the apostles (New Testament) and new members are always welcome. If you don’t have a bible, one will be given to you.

Veterans mobile unit: 1-3 p.m., Townsend VFW; Veterans Homestead Mobile Unit offers medical care and advice along with assistance on VA and other issues. Bring a DD214 if possible.

Friday, Nov. 14

Fuel assistance: Townsend Senior Center; Call (978) 597-1710 to make an appointment to meet with a fuel assistance representative, for those seniors unable to get to the Fitchburg office.

Friends book sale: 5-7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Saturday, Nov. 15), Memorial Hall’s Great Hall; Annual book sale by the Friends of the Library. Buy at TPL book bag for $10 and fill it with books for free. No donations on day of sale, please. No early birds. Call Townsend Public Library at (978) 597-1714.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Friends book sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memorial Hall’s Great Hall; Annual book sale by the Friends of the Library continues.

Morning walk: 9-10:30 a.m., meet at Squannacook Elementary School, Route 13, Townsend; Join Rhonda Plamondon and the Friends of Willard Brook on a leisurely walk through town and state property. Call Rhonda at (978) 877-8489 with questions.

Comedy-mystery-dinner: 6 p.m. cocktails, Townsend VFW; Tickets $20 each, two for $38 in advance. Dinner included with the show.

Save the Date:

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Special Town Meeting: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Crafts & Greens: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church; Seventh annual Holiday Crafts & Greens Fair with tables, freshly baked apple pies, Christmas tree ornaments, gift baskets, raffles and holiday greens for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call Cathy at (978) 597-5864 about table space.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Bus trip: 10 a.m. departure, Townsend Senior Center; Lunch and show at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Cost $60, with $15 deposit to hold your seat. Call COnnie at (978) 597-5420 or Avis at (978) 597-6829. Balance due Nov. 20.

Ashby events

Sunday, Nov. 9

Legion meat raffle: 2 p.m., Ashby American Legion; Over $1,800 worth of meat and seafood to be raffled off. For more information contact Sheryl at SherS37@comcast.net.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Adult Reading Group: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ashby Free Public Library; Meet to discuss “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. New members welcome.

Dropped Stitch Club: 6 p.m., Ashby Free Public Library; A congenial group of people who like to knit and talk! Beginners and experienced knitters welcome to join anytime. Beginners bring size 8 or 10 needles and light-colored yarn.