Saturday, March 28
Vermicomposting: 9-11 a.m., NRWA River Resource Center, Route 119, Groton; Chester Mandrik from Yard Spice Organics will describe how to keep soil alive and well with nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner, made by worms! Free and open to all.
Sunday, March 29
Scholarship poker: 11 a.m. signups, game at noon, Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, Shirley; No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, $85 buy-in, first-ever Ken Blanchette Scholarship Poker Tournament will benefit a student-athlete scholarship each for Ayer High School, Bromfield School, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and North Middlesex Regional High School. Contact Derek at 603-321-5411 or by e-mail to dj141632@ yahoo.com; or Ken at 978-772-0777 ext. 239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, March 30
Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall, first floor. Taking positions on town meeting articles.
Water Commission/Selectmen: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Recycling Committee: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Electric Light Commission: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Station Avenue office.
Yoga at the Grange: 7-8:15 p.m., Groton Grange, 80 Champney Street; Taught by Charlotte Ott, $84 for seven-week session. Call Charlotte at 978-884-6334 or e-mail email@example.com. Beginners welcome
Tuesday, March 31
Teen/Parent cooking: 7-8 p.m., Groton Public Library, Sibley Hall; Jodie Gilson, of Gilson Greenhouses Inc., will teach teens and their parents how to prepare some tasty local and seasonal specialties, using fresh produce from her greenhouses, such as stir fry Asian greens, rosemary brownies and lavender lemonade. Event sponsored by GrotonREADS and Local Foods program. Space is limited so visit GPL.org or call 978-448-1167 to reserve a spot.
Ballroom dance: 7-9 p.m., Groton Senior Center, downstairs; Back by popular demand, Peg and Earl Russell teach ballroom dancing. The classes are not progressive, so each night will feature another dance step and a review. Admission is $5 each per night. All are welcome. This is not a “senior” or “couples” event and is open to adults of all ages. For more information please call the Senior Center at 978-448-1170 or the Russells at 978-448-5822.
Wednesday, April 1
Board of Assessors: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Great Ponds Advisory Committee: 7:15 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m. meeting, Town Hall, second floor.
Sewer Commission: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Greenway Committee: 8:30 a.m. meeting, NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street.
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.
Movie of the month: 1 p.m., Groton Senior Center; Come at noon for lunch ($2 donation requested). Call the center to state movie preference, 978-448-1170.
Thursday, April 2
Lost Lake Sewer Commission: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
Planning Board: 7:30 p.m. meeting, Town Hall.
ARC meeting: 10 a.m., Lawrence Library, Pepperell; Support group meeting for parents of children with disabilities. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments served.
Hot Books, Hot Chocolate: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Groton Public Library; Book discussion group for grades 6-8 will consider “The Schwa Was Here” by Neal Schusterman.
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, Groton; Weekly meeting of the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club.
Friday, April 3
Tales and Tunes for Tots: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Groton Public Library; Stories and music for infants and preschoolers. Online registration at www.gpl.org begins one week before the program; preference is given to Groton residents. Made possible by the GPL Endowment Trust.
Open mic night: 6-10 p.m., Christian Union Church, 37 W. Main Street (Route 225); Youth of all ages gather around the fireplace for a night of conversation, music, games with an open microphone to play instruments, sing, read poetry or tell jokes or stories. Cost $5 and $1 for drinks and pizza. Contact Jamie at 978-448-3348 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 4
Spring Artisans Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Union Congregational Church of Groton, Route 119; Local artisans and crafters. Children’s book author Terry Golson will sign copies of “Tillie Lays and Egg.” Sorry, all vendor spaces are taken.
Parents’ night out: 4-10 p.m., Christian Union Church, 37 West Main Street; Need a baby-sitter? Send your kids to Baby-sitting Night. Advanced reservations appreciated but not needed. Games, crafts, movies, snacks are included. Cost $25 for one, $5 for each additional kid. Proceeds benefit the church Youth Group. Call 978-448-3348 or visit WestGrotonChristianUnion.com.
Easter program: 10 a.m. check-in, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, at the Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street; For children in third grade and younger. Please call Margaret at 978-772-7095 to insure there are enough eggs and goody bags to go around. Rain date April 11.
Sunday, April 5
Eat Local Expo: 3-5 p.m., Lawrence Academy, McNeil Lounge; Taste locally produced foods at this free expo, held in conjunction with the “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” theme of GrotonREADS 2009.
Save the date:
Thursday, April 9
The Singing Trooper: 1 p.m., Groton Senior Center; State Trooper Daniel M. Clark will perform (in uniform) at the Senior Center. Reservations strongly suggested. Call in advance to reserve lunch at noon, $2 donation requested.
April 18 and 19
Townwide Litter Cleanup: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday; Join Groton Grange in the fifth annual townwide litter cleanup (TLC) starting on Station Avenue at Groton Electric Light. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with light refreshments.
School vacation, April 21-23
Down to Earth: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Route 119); Program for ages 6 to 12. Discover the magic of spring through outdoor exploration and hands-on nature activities, as well as indoor time with crafts, stories, and games. Choose one day or all three! Fee of $35 per day for NRWA members, $45 per day for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call Lauren Parente, Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299 or e-mail LaurenP@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.