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Friday, March 27

Hawthorne hoops: 6 p.m., North Middlesex Regional High School gym; Annual Hawthorne Brook Middle School Student/Faculty Basketball Game. Tickets $6 but HB students who submit art posters by March 25 showing team support have a chance to win free tickets. Two winners from each grade chosen!

Saturday, March 28

Taste of the Med: 5-6:30 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, on the common; A buffet of Italian specialties including chicken tetrazzini, eggplant parmigiana and more. Tickets $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-8, at the door. Take-out is available. Call 978-597-8925 to learn more.

Sugar Supper: 5:30 p.m., Ashby Grange Hall, town center; Baked ham, maple baked beans, and the famous “maple sugar on snow.” Tickets $10 for adults, $8 for kids and seniors. One seating only. Call Deb or Tom at 978-386-2323 for required reservations.

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@; or Ken at 978-772-0777 ext. 239 or at

Baby-sitting class: 1-6 p.m., Community Policing Center (near Hannaford’s); For grade six and up, through Townsend Rec. Bring a $30 check made out to Townsend Recreation to the class, including child’s name, emergency contact and if you would like to be added to a baby-sitter’s contact list.

Monday, March 30

Water Commission: 5:30 p.m. meeting, Water Dept. blg.

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

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

Tuesday, March 31

Trash AND recycling: Curbside pickup of trash and separated recycling this week.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Super Science: 6 p.m., Great Hall of Memorial Hall; Join Bob Harrison in the last session of the free program, hosted by Townsend Public Library, full of interactive experiments that make science fun! Suggested for ages 7-12 but open to all. Call 978-597-1714.

Wednesday, April 1

Recreation Commission: 7 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Well Adult Clinic: 1-3 p.m., Townsend Senior Center, Main Street; Free blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment necessary. For more information call Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit

Skippyjon storytime: 6 p.m., Townsend Public Library, Memorial Hall, room 2; Join Miss Molly in reading “Skippyjon” by Judy Schachner and have a silly time on April Fools Day!

Thursday, April 2

Painting like a Pizza: 6 p.m., Ashby Free Public Library; Informal discussion about art, inspired by the book “Why a Painting is Like a Pizza.” Discussion will center on sculpture and the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Made possible by a grant from the Ashby Cultural Council.

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

Saturday, April 4

S.A.T. Verbal prep: 1-2:30 p.m., Townsend Public Library, Memorial Hall, room 2; Start of a four-session S.A.T. Verbal prep course for any 11th-grader taught by Mrs. Janet Loomis. Space is limited so please sign up by calling 978-597-1714.

Family Festival: 3 p.m. start, Townsend Rod & Gun Club, 46 Emery Road; Annual game supper and family festival will begin with games and demonstrations at 3 p.m., fly tying by Evening Sun Fly Shop from 5:30-7 and magician Steve Charette from 5-6 p.m. Dinner will include “normal” offerings for the unadventurous, and a variety of game including alligator and buffalo for the rest. Tickets $20 through March 31 by calling Jaime at 978-771-1269 or Suzanne at 978-433-9507. No alcohol served or sold.

Tulips and Tacos: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ashby American Legion Hall, New Ipswich Road; Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth for sale for $10 with tacos served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds to benefit Ashby girls softball team.

Coyotes in New England: 1:15 p.m., Unitarian Church, Ashby Common; Annual business meeting of the Ashby Land Trust followed by a presentation on coyotes in New England with artifacts from the Vermont Institution of Natural Science. Free and open to all Call Alan to learn more at 978-386-2269.

Cribbage: 7 p.m., Ashby American Legion Hall; Cost $5 per person.


International Night

The Friends of Seniors will once again host its popular International Night on Saturday, April 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cash bar. Children under 5 are free.

Well Adult Clinic — Ashby

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Ashby Board of Health, will hold a Well Adult Clinic free of charge for the general public on Tuesday, April 7, 11 a.m. to noon at the library and Thursday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, New Ipswich Road. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit us at

Storm debris

The Recycling Center will be accepting storm debris on Saturdays, March 28 to May 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the town Web site. (Except that May 12 is not a Saturday. — Editor)

Town yard sale

As part of the Earth Day celebration on April 25, the Townsend Recreational Activity Council will be sponsoring the first-ever townwide yard sale.

For $10, participants will be advertised in the Yard Sale Directory, including your merchandise and location. For $20, you will receive a sign to place in your front yard, along with advertising in the Yard Sale Directory.

Copies of the directory, which includes a map of yard sale locations, will be available for $3 at the TRAC table on the common during Earth Day. Please call Lisa at 978-300-5020 to register as a Yard Sale participant.

Library wish lists

As you know, the town of Townsend is receiving the wonderful gift of a new, fully furnished library for our community. The Friends of the Library have decided to create a few wish lists on so that we can have a new opening day collection for our new library. We are hoping community members, who want to celebrate the new building with us, would be willing to contribute by purchasing one or more books from the wish lists, or by making a monetary donation.

There are three lists, one for the Children’s Room, one for the Young Adult/Teen Room and one for the Adult Department. We are hoping that the people of Townsend will be able to help us by purchasing one or more books from these lists. Buttons that will take you to these lists, are located on the Townsend Public Library Web site,

Each book will have a nameplate inside (if you do not want the nameplate, that will be fine. Just let us know.) The books can be directly ordered from Once a book is purchased it will be taken off the list (by amazon) and we will be informed. The books will be sent directly to the library. (The address is on the wish list site.) It is easy to do and please remember to let us know whose name will be going in the book at the time of purchase. All books will be held until the new library is up and running and will be put on display for opening day. (No books will be circulating before that day).

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy Schuttler or Heidi Fowler at the Townsend Public Library. The phone number is 978- 597-1714 and our e-mails are and