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Calendar

Friday, Dec. 12

Treats at 10: 10 a.m., Townsend Congregational Church; Update on the new senior center, program and volunteer brainstorming session hosted by the Council on Aging.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Caroling: 2 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church; Meet at the church and be prepared to bring joy to many. Hot chocolate and snacks afterward. All are welcome.

Christmas Show: Noon dinner, 1 p.m., show, Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; Christmas party by the Montachusett Organ Society, with Salmon, Swedish meatballs or Turkey Pot Pie. Tickets $17. Call Connie at 978-597-5420 or Pauline at 978-597-5242.

Monday, Dec. 15

TRASH ONLY: No curbside recycling. Recycling Center open.

Breakfast Club: 9:30 a.m., Townsend Senior Center; Mary Ann Melanson will speak on “Winter Blues” after breakfast.

Democratic Town Committee: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, room 2.

Housing Authority: 6:30 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, room 1.

Planning Board: 7 p.m., meeting, Memorial Hall, selectmen’s chambers.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, selectmen’s chambers.

Recycling Committee: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, room 1.

Hawthorne Council: 2 p.m. meeting, Hawthorne Brook principal’s office; Meeting of the Hawthorne Brook School Council.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Library Trustees: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, room 1.

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall, selectmen’s chambers.

Cemetery & Parks Comm.: 7 p.m. meeting, Kimball House, Highland Street.

Senior Christmas Party: Noon, Townsend Senior Center; Pot Luck Luncheon with entertainment by Dan Kirouac. Please bring a wrapped gift for a child to be distributed by TEO, marked “boy” or “girl” and age range. Please sign up soon as space is limited.

Thursday, Dec. 18

ARC meeting: 10 a.m., Lawrence Library, Pepperell; Support group meeting for parents of children with disabilities. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments served.

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

Briefs

Townsend Rec.

You do not need to be a Townsend resident to participate in these programs. Classes must be confirmed by e-mail to clem6six@verizon.net.

* ABC MUSIC AND ME: ABC Music and Me is a preschool oriented Kindermusik program for ages 2-4. It is offered in monthly units with weekly 30-minute lessons. At $50 per month, every child registered will receive a full-colored family guide, home CD and a new instrument every other month. If a parent registers their child for three months, they will receive a free Kindermusik T-shirt! You may come to observe a class at anytime. Classes will be held in Memorial Hall, 272 Main Street. Sessions will be held Dec. 16, 23 and 30, Jan. 6-9 and Jan. 13, 20 and 27, Feb. 3. The session is 9:30 to 10 a.m. You must preregister for each of these sessions by the 15th of each prior month to the start of the session. For additional information e-mail instructor Carolyn Farley at cfarley@net1plus.com. Make check payable to Townsend Recreation and bring to first session.

* ABC FOLLOW ME: ABC Follow Me is a children’s play time and story time combined with music and movement program. Being offered is a series of parent/child programs devoted to encouraging families to engage in fun, physical activities together. Children will have the opportunity to play, run, jump, throw, catch and socialize in a playgroup environment. Each week a different theme will be introduced and the story and activities will go along with each theme. Beth Anne McManus will lead the weekly sessions. Sessions will be held in Memorial Hall on Thursdays: Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, Feb. 5, 12 and 26. The 9:15 to 10 a.m. session is for walkers, age 2, and the 10:15 to 11 a.m. session is for ages 2-4. Cost is $42 for the seven sessions. Daily rate is $7 per class per child. Make check out to Townsend Recreation and bring to first session.

For additional information e-mail bethanne_mcmanus@yahoo.com.

Proj. Grad. benefit

TOWNSEND — TAP basketball fans and the general public are invited by Project Graduation committee members to stop by Corrie’s Arm Candy on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during basketball games at North Middlesex Regional High School to look over a selection of designer-inspired handbags.

A portion of the proceeds will go directly toward supporting Project Graduation.

According to organizers, there is a wide range of styles available and pricing to suit even the tightest of budgets. The handbags make great holiday gifts.

Ashby events

Sunday, Dec. 14

Blood drive: Boy Scout Troop 27 will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.

It will take place at Ashby Elementary School, 911 Main Street, Ashby, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be open to the public. Each presenting donor will receive a lift ticket to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighs 110 pounds or more and who has not given blood in the last 56 days may try to donate.

The American Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating.

For more information or to make an appointment for any Red Cross blood drive, please call 1-800 GIVE LIFE (800-448-3543). Having an appointment is not mandatory, but will ensure the quickest possible process! Walk-in donors are also welcome.