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SATURDAY, FEB. 27

Harvard artist to give gallery talk: 1 p.m. at Artspace Gallery, 61 Summer St., Maynard, 978-897-9828. Sculptor Geoffrey Koetsch is a storyteller in both words and images who puts a contemporary spin on ancient tales from mythology, literature, and religion. Adam, Eve, Lilith and Tiserias are a few of the characters whose stories will be told by the artists in person at this gallery talk. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1941, and raised in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, Geoffrey Koetsch received a BA in theater from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a BFA in Fine Art from UW – Milwaukee. He was awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Illinois-Urbana, where he received an MFA in painting in 1967. Over the years Koetsch has worked in a variety of media, including photography, artist’s books, performance art, and sculpture. He co-founded The Theater of Kinetic Sculpture (World Sculpture Racing), The Metropolitan Artists and Poets ( MAAPS), and was the founder and director of The Arts Collaborative Incorporated. Koetsch has exhibited nationally and internationally in a career that spans four decades. He is currently a professor of fine arts and liberal arts at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Koetsch currently lives and works in Harvard, with his wife Elizabeth, a graphic designer and principal at Studio-e Design in Concord, and their son, Nikolaus, a student at Bromfield School.

Gardeners Exchange: Noon to 2 p.m. at the Hazen Library, Shirley. A community-based garden club, the Gardeners Exchange meets on the fourth Saturday of the month with meetings including informal tours of members’ gardens, presentations by gardening professionals and “how-to” demonstrations by members. Prospective members are welcome to attend. The meeting will include a slide presentation by writer, educator and garden coach Ellen Sousa entitled “Habitat Landscaping.” Cider and light snacks will be provided. For more information, go to info@gardeners-exchange.org.

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

Purim Program and Carnival: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are invited to Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford for a family-friendly Purim program, featuring a Purim shpiel and more to make the story of Purim come alive, followed by a parade and teen-run carnival with games, “pie” throwing for Haiti relief, prizes, and raffles. Costumes are welcome. Admission is free. Game tickets, Hamantaschen baked by congregation members, and lunch food will be available at family-friendly prices. The program begins at 10 a.m., and the carnival at 11 a.m. Congregation Shalom is located at 87 Richardson Road in Chelmsford. For more information, visit www.congregationshalom.org or call 978-251-8091.

SUNDAYS at ONE Series: Under the Snow, A Children’s Program: 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. Admission, members/seniors, $8; nonmember adults, $10; and children, $5. How do animals living in fields and forests, ponds and wetlands survive in the heart of winter? Author Melissa Stewart was curious about the answer to that question and decided to write a book about it. Stewart will present this interactive children’s program based on her book, Under the Snow. You may even do some outdoor exploration. Appropriate for ages 4-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 100 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University, Melissa worked as a children’s book editor for nine years before becoming a full-time writer in 2000. She has written everything from board books for preschoolers to magazine articles for adults. For reservations and information contact 978-456-3924, ext. 227, or e-mail:education@fruitlands.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 1

Harrington fundraiser: 6:30 p.m. Bailey’s Bar and Grille will be hosting a fundraiser for 1st Middlesex District State Representative candidate, Sheila Harrington, who is looking forward to meeting residents of the area as they enjoy a buffet dinner and entertainment by D & K Entertainment. Tickets are $30 per person. Space is limited, so please RSVP to harrington2010@gmail.com or call 978-772-8569 for reservations!

WEDNESDAYS DURING LENT

* Please join this important discussion of subjects we frequently avoid. Prayerfully and compassionately we’ll tackle the hard topics: advanced directives, capacity and competence, do not resuscitate and do not intubate orders, health-care proxy or durable power of attorney for health care, HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act), Long-term care, Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA). Wednesday events are being held during Lent in the Meeting House at 7:30 p.m. First Parish Church, Berlin Center, Rt. 62.

* Lenten Meditation Services will be held at 7 p.m. in the evening in the chapel of the church. The services led by Rev. Dr. Priscilla L. Denham will be a combination of meditation and music and last about 30 minutes. The topic of the services will be “The Seven Deadly Sins.” These services will be held each Wednesday through March 17 and Thursday, March 25.

On April 1 there will be a Maundy Thursday service at the same time. Watch this paper and our Web site for information concerning the Good Friday service. www.ayerfedchurch.org

All are welcome. The Federated Church of Ayer is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist and the American Baptist churches. The church is located at 21 Washington St. in Ayer. It is handicapped accessible from the rear.

COMING IN MARCH…

Ice Fishing Derby: Townsend Rod and Gun Club is holding an Ice Fishing Derby on Sunday, March 7. It is the last one of the season. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the Derby will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at the Club Pond, at Emery Road and Dann Colburn Way, off Route 13 in Townsend. Watch for direction signs along the way.

Entry fee is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under for three holes per person, with a three-fish limit. Anglers can reregister for $10 after the three-fish limit has been reached. There will be a “$5 fish pool,” winner takes all.

The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children. A fishing license is not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. Fishing bait will not be sold, so make sure you stock up before you go. The club kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. For more information, check the club Web site at www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org or call Mark at 978-433-5791.

Retirement strategies workshop

Workers’ Credit Union is hosting a no-obligation financial workshop titled: “Questioning Your Retirement Strategy?” The seminar is for individuals questioning whether their retirement accounts are on the right track. It will be held on Wednesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in Workers’ Credit Union’s Townsend office, 221 Main St. In a hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to rebuild from market loss, how to get competitive rates in a low-interest rate environment and whether to convert an existing Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA–since the income limits have been lifted in 2010 and the tax burden can be spread over two years. The workshop is open to the general public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-345-1021.