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Go Green Around the Home party

The public is invited to a free Go Green Around the Home party to learn about strategies, services, and low-tech solutions to lower your carbon footprint while improving air quality in your home on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St. in Littleton.

In addition to sharing “Going Green Around the Home” (which was given at the State House in June as a legislative briefing), learn how to inspire others to do the same in practical ways to reach everyone.

Join us for the program and interactive discussion on becoming an active participant in multiplying your impact of consuming less – less electricity and energy, disposable items, and toxins, saving you money and most importantly inspiring others to do the same.

Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The building is handicap accessible. For more information, email or call the church at 978-486-3044.

The program will be lead by Laura Kischitz, president of Sustainable Life Solutions and co-founder of Bolton Local. After a 19-year career of leadership positions in international corporations, Laura co-founded Sustainable Life Solutions to help companies and individuals take advantage of simple changes to begin reducing energy, waste, and toxins at home and the workplace. Laura was co-chair of Bolton Energy Committee and holds a degree in management from Boston College.

HEAC Sponsored Talk: Energy Efficiency for Older Homes

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Harvard Energy Advisory Committee (HEAC) will host a talk by Jeffrey Rhodin about how to make your older home more energy efficient. Energy improvement efforts are hampered by a constantly expanding list of products and services that promise all sorts of benefits. Homeowners wonder what they should do first. What is the best use of a family’s budget? Will they get the promised benefits? Rhodin will cover these questions and more: important safety issues, basic concepts of home energy conservation, best practice energy efficiency improvement process and a case study that puts it all together. The goal of the talk is for homeowners to come away with a basic understanding of how a home loses energy and a step-by-step process that allows you to make the most of your limited home improvement budget.

Jeff Rhodin is a Lexington resident and founded Sustainable Energy Analytics in 2008. He is a certified HERS rater, Energy Star and IndoorAir Plus Partner and Lean Sigma Black Belt business improvement professional. He holds a degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University College of Engineering. He formed Sustainable Energy Analytics to help educate and provide services to builders and homeowners that maximize the return on their energy efficient improvement budget.

The talk will take place in the Volunteer Room of the Harvard Public Library at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to all.

American Cancer Society’s Spin for Hope

Participants Needed to Fight Cancer through Fun and Fitness

On Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 9 a.m. to noon, the American Cancer Society will host Spin for Hope — a three-hour indoor cycling event that will take place simultaneously at participating health clubs around New England. Participants can register as an individual and cycle for the entire three hours, or form a team of two or more people and take turns cycling. Registration fee is $25. Individuals are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 per hour of participation. In 2009, 37 health clubs around New England participated in Spin for Hope and raised nearly $345,000 to support the American Cancer Society in their mission to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. Spin for Hope is an exciting way to fight cancer through fun and fitness. For more information, to register at a participating health club in your community, or to host an event at your club, call toll-free 1-800-227-2345 or visit

“Marionettes” practice for their upcoming performances in Pinocchio with the Three Rivers Youth Theater on Jan. 9 and 10 at Groton-Dunstable High School. From left, McKenna Premus of Pepperell, Brianna Kenney of Groton, Roisin Casey of Pepperell and Naomi Young of Dunstable. For tickets, call GCA 978-448-3001.

Pinocchio tickets on sale

Don’t miss the regional production of the childhood classic “Pinocchio” by the Three Rivers Youth Theater. Performances of this musical adaptation will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan 10 at 2 p.m. at the Black Box Theater at Groton Dunstable Regional High School. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors, which can be purchased in Groton at the Main Street Cafe or Clover Farm Market, in Pepperell at the Gypsy Cafe or Luth’s Family Karate, at the door, or by calling Groton Center for the Arts at (978) 448-3001.

“Great White Shark Pool League” next session begins on Jan. 7, 3 p.m. at the Billiards Café, 39 Main Street in Ayer. This league is for men and women 55 years and above. If you are interested in playing pool or would like to learn to play pool this is the league for you. The weekly fee is $4.

The Billiards Café has 13 regulation Brunswick tables and is the best and cleanest billiards parlor anywhere. The Billiards café offers lessons throughout the year. For more information or to sign-up call Martha Campbell at 978-448-1170.

Community Foundation seeks grant applications

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts is accepting applications for grant funding from nonprofit organizations serving its 33-town region.

The deadline for submission of concept papers is Jan. 29, 2010. Additional information, such as the application and award process, is available at For specific questions, applicants are encouraged to contact Kathy Heintz at the Community Foundation, 978-345-8383.

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, with $20 million in charitable assets, was created in 2001 to serve the charitable interest of donors in Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Bolton, Clinton, Devens, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, New Salem, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster and Winchendon.

StarzNLightz Children’s Theatre Company

Starz-N-Lightz Repertory Theatre’s Teen Ensemble proudly presents Footloose The Musical, Friday and Saturday Jan. 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Jan. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at Littleton High School Auditorium, 56 King St., LittletonTickets: $11 Student/Senior and $13 Adults contact: Carol Bradley 978-387-8163, Ashling Keating 978-302-5649 Tickets will be available through, at West Acton Market , Danny’s Place and by calling our ticket hotline at 978-760-3116 or emailing us