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Saturday, June 6

Spaghetti Supper Benefit: All are invited to a very special spaghetti supper on Saturday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Groton. Proceeds from the evening will benefit a July mission trip in which the UCC teens will join 55 others from Sacred Heart/St. James and Shepherd of the Valley to repair homes for the needy in Keansburg, N.J. The evening will feature a delicious meal for just $7 (adults) and $3.50 (kids 5 and under). Guests will enjoy salad, spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, garlic bread and dessert. Union Congregational Church is located at 218 Main St., on the corner of Willowdale. Tickets will be available at the door.

Mega yard sale to benefit youth mission trip: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, browse gently used items and find bargains at the Mega Yard Sale at Union Congregational Church in Groton. Proceeds will support the UCC youth group’s July mission trip to repair homes in Keansburg, N.J., with teens from Shepherd of the Valley and Sacred Heart/St. James. The sale will take place rain or shine. The church is located at 218 Main St. at Willowdale.

Wednesday, June 10

Farmers market meeting to be held at Williams Barn: The Farmers Market will open for the season on Friday, July 10, and will be open every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 9. Last year, 25 vendors sold vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, fruit, frozen meat, and berries, as well as food products made or processed in the Groton area with local ingredients such as baked goods, honey, eggs, maple syrup, jams and jellies. The market has been certified by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and its vendors are eligible to accept WIC coupons and Elder Coupons. The market will also offer programs and demonstra- tions, as well as children’s activities; schedules will be available at the market. Programs at the Barn are supported by a grant from the town of Groton Lecture Funds and the Peter E. Bertozzi Trust. This year will be the sixth season for the popular market which last year averaged 500 customers per day. The market will be held this year in the large open area behind the Barn, which will provide safer, level walking and easier access. There is a small weekly charge for vendor participation. For more information, contact Lili Ott at PinehurstFarm@charter.net, Leo Wyatt at LeoWyatt@townisp.com or check the Web site www.WilliamsBarn.org.

Groton seniors Center Activities: Bingo Bash, June 10, 1 p.m., join us in our air conditioned center. We give prizes to winners! To join us lunch at 12 noon; please call ahead to order ($2 donation requested) Police Picnic! June 17, Once again, our men and women in blue, will host their annual picnic for seniors. This year Police Chief Don Palma and his staff will have more food and fun than ever! This will fill up fast so sign up right away! Ask the Nurse, June 24, 11:30 to 1 p.m., with Sharon Fara, RN. Sign up ahead for lunch at 12 noon $2 donation requested.

Thursday, June 11

GDAY holds annual meeting: GDAY invites our alliance members, community stakeholders and citizens to join us for our annual Meeting on Thursday, June 11, from 6-6:45 p.m. in the GDRHS Fishbowl Conference Room. We will be sharing a brief look back at the year in review as well as highlighting some exciting opportunities from our 2009-10 strategic plan. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Alice Anne at abarbo@g-day.org.

Briefs

Finger Lakes tour

Space is still available on the Five-Day Finger Lakes, Wine Tour and Lake George trip sponsored by the Merry Trippers senior travel group. The dates are June 21-25; price based on double occupancy is $599. Included are four nights hotel, four breakfasts/three dinners (one with show), visit to Seward Mansion, tour of wine country and much more. The trip by motor coach with experienced tour manager will leave from Groton. For more information and a flyer call Jean Temple at 978- 448-5413 or Corinne Moyle at 978 448 5014.

Helen McCarthy Sawyer turns 100

Groton resident Helen McCarthy Sawyer will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 15. Her family is inviting her friends to a birthday Open House on Sunday, June 14, from 2-4 p.m. at the RiverCourt Residences in West Groton where she lives. The family hopes that friends will come to wish her well and enjoy the occasion with her. No gifts but cards are appreciated.

Annual Meeting

The Pages for Peace Foundation, a public charity 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed to support the Big Book Pages for Peace Project, will be holding its annual meeting on Thursday, June 25, at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Black Box Theater from 7-8 p.m. The middle- and high-school student-led Big Book Pages for Peace Project’s goal is to build the biggest book in the world, whose topic is world peace. Information and refreshments will be provided and the general public is encouraged to attend. The event will include the premiere of a new video featuring the highlights of the past five years when the after-school club, “The Bookmakers and Dreamers,” began its formidable mission of building a book that is 10 feet by 12 feet with 500-double sided pages that will be entered into the Guinness World Book of Records.

Local author to speak

Westford author David S. Brody will discuss his newest release, “Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower” on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Groton Public Library. Brody builds on actual artifacts found in Westford to create his story. Mystery Book News calls it “An excellent historical conspiracy thriller. It builds on its most famous predecessor, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, and takes it one step further — and across the Atlantic.” Brody is a Boston Globe best-selling author named “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix. He is a director at large of the New England Antiquities Research Association.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested but not required. For further information and to register, visit www.gpl.org and click on “What’s Happening” or call the library at 978-448-8000.

Shepherd of the Valley

celebrates 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church was established in Groton. To celebrate this anniversary, it will hold a special service beginning at 9:15 a.m. (summer worship schedule) on Sunday, June 28. Special music and guests have been lined up for this celebratory service including those people who helped to bring the church to fruition. After the service, there will be a picnic at Mirror Lake at Devens, including a delicious potluck meal, swimming and fellowship. Come and join in on the fun and catch the spirit that is Shepherd of the Valley.

Groton Senior Center sctivities

Police picnic, June 17: Once again, our men and women in blue, will host their aannual picnic for seniors. This year Police Chief Don Palma and his staff will have more food and fun than ever. This will fill up fast so sign up right away. Ask the Nurse: June 24, 11:30-1 p.m., with Sharon Fara, RN. Sign up ahead for lunch at 12 noon $2 donation requested.

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