SUNDAY, FEB. 28
Winter at Williams: noon to 3 p.m.. The Williams Barn Committee will host the seventh annual winter outing, “Winter at Williams” at the Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. Activities for the whole family include demonstrations of maple sugaring by George Moore, winter nature walks, a display from the Nashua River Watershed Association on winter animal tracks, music by members of the Contrabanditos, and tours of the barn. If weather permits, snowshoeing and skating will be available, so bring equipment. Hot soup will be available from the Main Street Cafe, and the Contrabanditos will have their new CD, Redwing available for purchase. Marshmallow roasting over a campfire will complete the day. Admission is free and open to all.
Neighborhood Pot Luck: 1 p.m. at the Lost Lake Fire Station sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Club. Everyone from the Lost Lake Area is welcome. You do not need to be a current Mountain Lakes Club member.
* Fun for the whole family with Magician Steve Rudolph. When Steve combines magic with comedy, mime and music it’s more than just a magic show; it’s a magical experience.
* Magnetic darts competition for ages 12 and up
* Historical Display of Lost Lake Area loaned by Bonnie and Earl Carter
* Contact Pia Anctil, club president, to RSVP and coordinate potluck items firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-448-2505; alcohol is not allowed at the Fire Station.
MONDAY, MARCH 1
Board of Health: 7 p.m., Town Hall second floor meeting room
Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall first floor meeting room
TUESDAY, MARCH 2
Veterans Services Officer: 6 to 9 p.m., Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St., first floor
MCAS Workshop: 7 p.m. The Groton-Dunstable SpedPAC will host a lecture entitled, “MCAS Workshop — MCAS Accommodations and Alternate Assessments for Students With Learning Disabilities,” at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Library, 703 Chicopee Row, Groton, with Helen Higgins from The Federation for Children with Special Needs presenting. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is a tool to measure progress in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or general curriculum. This workshop will help parents understand how their child with a disability can participate in MCAS to demonstrate in a meaningful way what they’ve learned. Discussion will include standard and nonstandard accommodations and alternate assessments. This lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. ALL parents, educators and community members are invited to attend this lecture. The GD SpedPAC Lecture Series is funded through the generosity of a grant from The Groton Commissioners’ of Trust Funds. For more information or questions, please contact: Nancy Bugbee, SpedPAC President, email@example.com; www.gdspedpac.org.
Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall second floor meeting room
Community Preservation Committee: 7:30 p.m., Legion Hall
Storm Water Advisory Committee: 7:30, p.m., Town Hall, first-floor meeting room
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
Sewer Commission: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall first-floor meeting room
Emergency Management: 6 p.m., Legion Hall
THURSDAY, MARCH 4
Sign Committee: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall first-floor meeting room
Squnnacook River Rail Trail Committee: 7 p.m., Townsend Public Library
Lost Lake Sewer Committee: 7;30 p.m., Town Hall first- floor meeting room
Planning Board: 7:30, Town Hall second floor meeting room
Townsend Rail Trail study committee: 7 p.m. Meeting of Townsend and Groton town committees studying financial aspects of possible rail trail http://www.SquannacookRiverRailTrail.org. Location: Meeting Hall B
GDEF Trivia Night Returns
March 4, 7 p.m.
Join the wildly popular ‘Trivia Craze’ close to home as Trivia Night returns to the Old Groton Inn (formerly Stagecoach Inn), Main Street, Groton, on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m., hosted by the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation. Our new improved format was a big hit with February’s guests. Enjoy seven lively rounds of trivia questions, hosted by a professional DJ, in the Inn’s warm, inviting main dining room. Mix with friends over drinks and food, chosen from a specially created ‘Trivia Night Appetizer Menu’ or the full menu, as you test your wits in a friendly team competition for great prizes. Tickets are just $10 at the door. Proceeds help fund GDEF enrichment grants to benefit Groton-Dunstable students at all five district schools. For more information, visit our Web site at www.gdefinc.org and sign up for our email newsletter for a chance to win two free Trivia Night tickets!
“Martha Talks Turkey (the Country)”
March 8, 7:15 to 9 p.m.
Groton Grange 7 Hall, 80 Champney Street, Groton
Groton Grange member and resident, Martha McLure, spent last July in Turkey as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar touring the country with fifteen other teachers. In addition to viewing famous sites, the group visited several universities and met with local Turks. As a result of her visit and exciting, recent archeological discoveries, Ms. McLure designed a curriculum demonstrating how the site of Troy has been an influential cross-cultural society from the early bronze age up until the present day. She will show photographic highlights from her trip and discuss contemporary issues in Turkey. Martha McLure teaches social studies for 7th and 8th grade students at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro.
Admission is free, Turkish style refreshments (“delights!”) will be offered, and all are welcome. Please note that the program venue is accessed by a short flight of exterior stairs at the front door.
Florence Roche School presents —
Enjoy the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” performed by the third- and fourth-grade students of the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton on March 12, 13 and 14. It’s the tale of a vain Emperor who only cares for his fine wardrobe and gets tricked by two crafty weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes from invisible fabric. Imagine the Emperor’s surprise when he parades in front of his people and discovers the truth! It’s a play for all ages you won’t want to miss!
Performances are Friday, March 12, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors and will be sold March 9, 10 & 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the lobby outside the Performing Arts Center as well as on the day of the shows.
The “A” List, A Groton Senior Center Presentation
Once again the talented members of our community will perform in a musical cabaret at the Groton Country Club on Friday, April 23. COA Director Martha Campbell, Police Chief Don Palma, Onorina Maloney and Pat Lawrence will return and join new performers in this “star studded” evening featuring food, silent auction, music and a cash bar. The date is Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m., tickets , tickets $25, available after March 1 (outlets to be announced). If you would like to perform please call Martha Campbell at 978-448-1170 or Jane Bouvier at 978-302-3783. This is a wonderful way to spend a relaxed evening before the work at Town Meeting begins on Monday, April 26.
Want to dance?
Going on a cruise? Attending a wedding? Don’t be the “wall flower.” Ballroom dancing has splashed on the scene partly as a result of television programs, but mostly because folks are rediscovering what great fun it is. Ballroom dancing is great physical and mental exercise and a marvelous way to meet new people.
Back by popular demand, Peg and Earl Russell are conducting a ballroom dance workshop at the Groton Senior Center. The workshops will begin on Tuesday evening, March 23, and continue for eight weeks. Lessons will start with two-step and waltz, and move onto swing and Latin. The class will not be progressive so attending any night will feature another dance step and review. Admission is $5 each, and the classes will take place at the lower level the Senior Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Break out your dancing shoes and come for a fun time. Singles or couples are welcome. This is not a senior affair; adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information please call the Senior Center at 978-448-1170 or the Russells at 978-448-5822.
Dog Registration Available
Dog Registrations for 2010 are now available. Dogs may be registered in person at the Town Clerk’s Office, by US Mail or using the on-line option (http://www.townofgroton.org/xml/town/town_clerk). Current rabies information must be supplied, or on file with the Clerk’s office. Fees are: $10 for neutered/spayed dogs; $15 for others. If you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100.
Save the Date
Lost Lake Potluck Sunday
Feb. 28, 1 p.m.
A Neighborhood Pot Luck will be held at the Lost Lake Fire Station sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Club.
Everyone from the Lost Lake Area is welcome. You do not need to be a current Mountain Lakes Club member.
* Historical Display of Lost Lake Area loaned by Bonnie and Earl Carter. Learn about the history of our neighborhood. See photos, maps and all sorts of other documents and historic items from Earl’s collection. Come see if you recognize cottages on your street that still resemble one of the original kit designs.
* Fun for the whole family with Magician Steve Rudolph
When Steve combines magic with comedy, mime and music it’s more than just a magic show – it’s a magical experience.
* Magnetic darts competition for ages 12 and up
* Lost Lake Sewer Committee member in attendance to answer questions about ideas for town sewer in area.
Contact Pia Anctil club President to RSVP and coordinate potluck items firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-448-2505, alcohol is not allowed at the Fire Station.
“Winter at Williams” Festival, Feb . 28, Noon
The Williams Barn Committee will host the seventh annual winter outing, “Winter at Williams,” at the Williams Barn at 160 Chicopee Row, Groton. Activities for the whole family include demonstrations of maple sugaring by George Moore, carving by Mark Salwasser, winter nature walks, a display from the Nashua River Watershed Association on winter animal tracks, music by members of the Contrabanditos, and tours of the barn. If weather permits, snowshoeing and skating will be available, so bring equipment. Hot soup will be available from the Main Street Cafe, and the Contrabanditos will have their new CD, Redwing, available for purchase. Marshmallow roasting over a campfire will complete the day. Admission is free and open to all.
The Williams Barn, built in 1840, is representative of the hand-hewn timber barns of the mid-19th century. Owned by the town of Groton and restored by an all-volunteer group, the Williams Barn is the site of a summer Farmers Market, as well as other events that celebrate and support the agricultural heritage of the Groton area. For more information, check the town website, www.townofgroton.org., or www.williamsbarn.org
The Buzz on Bees
The Groton Garden Club has invited Dan Conlon, the current president of the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Apicultural Society, to speak on Sunday, March 7 at the Lawrence Academy Recital Hall from 2-4 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Lecture Funds of the Groton Trust Funds. This program will be of interest to home gardeners, orchardists, farmers, other garden clubs and anyone who is concerned about the future of bees.
Dan will present the history of bees, the importance of pollinators, the challenges and the behaviors of bees, the history of Colony Collapse Disorder and some of the current thinking on its cause, and how gardeners and growers can provide chemical free habitats for bees on their property.
Colony Collapse Disorder, a syndrome that is affecting honey bees in New England as well as across the country, has fruit, vegetable and flower growers along with home gardeners concerned about the pollination of their crops. The disorder has caused a diminished number of bees in the area, and sent many local bee keepers to the southern states in search of healthy colonies to transport back to the northeast.
Dan has practiced beekeeping since 1966. He and his wife, Bonita, own and operate Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield. They teach beekeeping, raise and sell honeybees and beekeeping supplies, and provide crop pollination to farms in Massachusetts. Dan was awarded the honor of Beekeeper of the Year by the Eastern Apicultural Society in 2004 and by the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association in 2005.
Please plan to join the Groton Garden Club for this interesting and timely program.
Community Reading Day
The Groton Dunstable Alliance for Youth (GDAY) announces the ninth annual Community Reading Day to be held on Tuesday, March 9.
This program, developed in conjunction with the Groton Dunstable Regional School District (GDRSD), is the longest running project from GDAY and will be held at Swallow/Union, Boutwell School and Florence Roche Elementary schools.
Community Reading Day is an event where a variety of community leaders visit classrooms to stress the importance of reading skills while fostering a continued positive relationship between visible members of the Groton-Dunstable community, elementary students and the Groton Dunstable Regional School District..
Field Trip: Boston Flower and Garden Show
The Friends of Groton Elders is sponsoring a day trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center on Seaport Boulevard in Boston on Thursday, March 25. This new show is being offered by the Paragon Group and takes the place of the former New England Spring Flower Show. The theme of the show is “A Feast of the Seasons” and will feature 30 show gardens, 260 vendors selling plants and related merchandise and demonstrations for gardeners at all levels of expertise. The Mass. Horticultural Society will have their usual amateur plant competition.
The cost of the trip is $35. and includes admission to the show, bus transportation and driver’s gratuity. The bus will leave from Buckingham Bus Co. on Station Ave. in Groton at 9 a.m. and will leave the show at 3 p.m. arriving back in Groton at 4 p.m. depending on traffic conditions. Lunch will be on your own at one of the show concessions or at one of the nearby restaurants only a few minutes walk from the show. Hand stamp will be available to return to the show. To reserve your place sign the sign-up sheet at the Groton Senior Center or call the Center at 978 448 1170. Make checks to Friends of Groton Elders and send to Jean Temple, 130 Skyfields Drive, Groton, MA 01450 or leave with the receptionist at the Center.
Groton Senior Center
Strength Training Class: 11:30 am; (instructor, Elaine Corsetti) Fee $2 per session with minimum 20 participants payable to instructor at first class. Drop in fee $4.
Groton Swim: 10 to 11 a.m. at GROTON SCHOOL POOL
Groton Council on Aging Board Meeting: 9:30 a.m., first Monday of month. Open to the public.
Veteran’s Breakfast: 10 a.m., second Monday of month. Reservations required, call 978-448-1170.
Discussion Group — Host: Tom Hartnett: 10:30 a.m., fourth Monday of the month, presented by “Friends of Groton Elders.”
Hand Quilting Class: 2 to 4 p.m. $250 per month (Millie Cunningham, instructor).
Bowling: 9:30 a.m., Harvard Lanes
Book Club: 9 a.m.; third Tuesday of month.
Decorative/Glass Art Painting: 10 to 11 a.m. Advanced and Beginners welcome (Jean Cummings, instructor) Fee $3 per class supported by the “Friends of the Groton Elders.”
Cards: Hand & Foot: 12:45 p.m., everyone welcome.
Weight Watchers: 1 p.m. (Marianne Farrington, instructor)
ZUMBA: 9 a.m. (Carolyn Sargent, instructor). Fee $55 for 6 weeks NEW !
Strength Training Class: 10:30 a.m. (Elaine Corsetti, instructor)
Senior Center Weekly Special Programs: 1 p.m., activities such as dances, plays, musical performances, lectures & health clinics.
Woman’s Club Lunches: noon, third Wednesday of month, September through May.
Nashoba Nursing Services Blood Pressure Clinic
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., fourth Wednesday, Sharon Fata, R.N.
Yoga: 10 to 11 a.m. (MaryLu Hildreth, instructor). Fee: $3 per class supported by the Friends of the Groton Elders.
Cards: Hand & Foot. 12:45 p.m., everyone welcome.
Tai Chi Class 2 to 3 p.m.: (Carter Scott, instructor) fee: $40 for 8 weeks.
Pool League: 3 p.m. Location: Billiards Café in Ayer, $4 per week, 50 years and above are welcome.
Strength Training Class: 10 a.m. (Elaine Corsetti, instructor)
Groton Swim: 10 to 11 a.m. at Groton School Pool
Bridge: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., first and third Friday (Bring your own Brown Bag lunch).
Daily: VIGOROUS MIND Computer touch screen game to strengthen your mind skills. No computer skills required. Fee is $24 for 12 sessions payable to Vigorous Mind, Inc. Classes by appointment. 978-448-1170.
SENIOR CENTER: 163 West Main St. (Rt. 225), Groton.
Indian Hill Music presents: ‘Bach’s Lunch’ concerts:
Thursday, March 18, noon to 1 p.m. Vocalist, Nancy Leinonen Howells. Complimentary coffee, tea, & cookies served. Bring your own lunch!
FREE admission. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.
COA Van available for transportation; call 978-448-1141.
Coming in March …
Special half-day school program!
Poetry and Fold-Out Book Workshop: 2 to 4 p.m. on Weds., March 3, in Groton Public Library’s Sibley Hall. Children ages 7-Grade 4 will write and illustrate their poetry in a free-standing fold-out book in this fun workshop with Artist Yetti Frenkel. Sign-up online. Yetti Frenkel has been a working artist for over 25 years. She has received awards and acclaim for her fine art, murals, and children’s books, and has visited over one hundred schools and libraries conducting author visits, workshops, and lectures. Funded by a grant from the Groton Cultural Council. This program is free and open to the public. For further inform ation, visit www.gpl.org and click on Calendar or call the library at 978-448-1168.
Zumba Gold: The Groton Senior center will host the second session of Zumba Gold is a safe, effective, fun and easy to follow dance-fitness class. Join me if you want to move, shake and shimmy your stress away and burn a few calories while you are at it. We will be starting our second session Wednesday, March 3, 9-10 a.m. $55 for 6 weeks. Minimum of 10. Sign up is required. Instructor Carolyn Sargent. To sign-up call 978-448-1170.