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FRIDAY, FEB. 26

Ping-Pong for Seniors: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Meeting Hall B, Library/Senior Center.

Books and Blocks Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m., ages 1 to 3, in Library’s Storytime Room.

SATURDAY, FEB. 27

Dinner: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. We will be serving baked ham with raisin sauce, homemade baked macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans and a vast assortment of tasty desserts. Tickets for this family style dinner at $8 for adults, $4 for children 3 – 8. As always, children under 3 eat free! Meals are also available for take-out. For more information, call 978-597-8925. Townsend Congregational Church is an open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ. All are welcome!

Movie night: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free event. We will be showing the Disney movie UP! Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a pillow and blanket and snacks. Registration preferred, call Suzanne Doust at 978-597-0474. Presented by the Library Endowment Fund. Location: Library Meeting Hall A&B.

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

Beginners Book Club: 2 to 2:40 p.m., ages 4-7. “The pigeon wants a puppy,” by Mo Williams. Location: Storytime Room

MONDAY, MARCH 1

Ping Pong for Seniors: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Library Meeting Hall B.

Public hearing: 7 p.m. A public hearing on the North Middlesex Regional School District proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011 will be held at the North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St., Townsend. Copies of the budget will be available for review at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, Feb. 18 through Monday, Feb. 22 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Friends of Seniors: 4:30 p.m., Town Hall room 1

TUESDAY, MARCH 2

Preschool Storytime and Craft: 11 to 11:45 a.m., celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday with story and craft. Library Storytime Room.

Dr. Suess’s Birthday PJ Storytime: 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wear your PJs and bring a favorite friend, blanket or pillow. Ages 4 and up. Location: Storytime Room.

Recycling Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall room 1

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3

Ping Pong for Seniors: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Meeting Hall B.

Well adult clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Townsend Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public from 1-3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 16 Dudley Road, and March 10th from 9-11 at Atwood Acres Dudley Road. Drop in for Blood Sugar check, Blood Pressure and 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 www.nashoba.org.

Senior Bingo: 1:30 to 3 p.m., Library/Senior Center Meeting Hall A&B.

Teen book group: “The Looking Glass Wars,” by Frank Beddor: 7 to 8 p.m. We will have copies of the book. Sixth grade and up. Location: Storytime Room

Fred Goldberg shares his trip to Africa: 7 to 9 p.m. The Townsend Public Library Endowment, Inc. sponsors a night with Fred Goldberg to discuss his recent trip to Africa. Longtime Townsend teacher, Fred Goldberg, has recently retired from our school system and is now working on developing partnerships between schools in Africa and the United States. Fred will show pictures and video clips of his recent trip to Africa with discussions and participation of audience members. This event is free and open to the public. The Library Meeting Hall A&B.

Cemetery & Park Commission: 7 p.m., Kimball House

THURSDAY, MARCH 4

Line dancing for seniors: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Location, Meeting Hall A&B

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

Local author visit: 7:30 p.m. Townsend resident Lonna Thiem will read from her recently published novel, “Finding Laura.” “It’s the summer of 1959, and for Laura Fleming the time stretches excruciatingly ahead until she can escape to college in the fall. Bright, idealistic, and ambitious, she envisions college as her escape into a more exciting world than the stultifying life of the small New Hampshire town in which she was born. But the summer turns out to be far from mundane because of an unexpected meeting with a charismatic couple who captivate Laura and will impact her life for years to come. Over time, personal tragedy and misplaced love will have a dramatic effect on the unfolding of Laura’s life.” Copies of the novel will be on sale at the library. Location: Meeting Hall A

Finance Committee:7 p.m., Town Hall

FRIDAY, MARCH 5

Books and Blocks Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Library’s Storytime Room. Ages 1 to 3. Parents must remain with their children. No registration required.

Ping-Pong for Seniors: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Meeting Hall B, Library/Senior Center.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6

Art exhibit: 5 to 9 p.m. Pierce/Wotkowicz art reception. Location: Meeting Hall A&B

Save the Date

Art Forum III

The Ashby Free Public Library presents “Art Forum III: Why is a painting like a pizza,” continuing Feb. 25 and March 4 at 6 p.m. This 3-part series of informal discussions on art covers Louisa Mattiasdotter, an Icelandic painter who celebrated color in her paintings, Richard Diebenkorn, a well-known 20th century American abstract painter. The topic of discussion will center on fabric design of indigenous people and their impact on fine art, on February 25, followed by Louisa Mattaisdottir. All discussions are free, are followed by a hands on art project that is inspired by the night’s topic and run from 6-8 p.m. Bring a notebook, sketch pad and an open mind.

Rabies Clinic

For all Townsend and Ashby residents will be held March 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at the West Townsend Fire Station. Fee $10. All dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. One (1) year is $10 and a three (3) year is $10.00 with proof of current rabies certificate so bring that old certificate with you!

Concert: Jonathan Edwards Trio’s to benefit Project Graduation

National known recording artist, Jonathan Edwards (www.jonathanedwards.net), will be performing with the Jonathan Edwards Trio on March 13 in a fund-raiser concert presented by the Project Graduation Parent Group. The show will be at Nissitissit Middle School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the North Middlesex Regional High School, at the Pepperell Music Center, and other locations in Townsend (Evans on the Common, Townsend House Tavern, Klever Klippers Hair Salon) and Ashby (31 Store).

Please join in on a fun adult night out to support Project Graduation. This will be a great show for a great cause. For more information, please visit Project Graduation 2010.

Spaulding Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2010-2011 school year will be held at Spaulding Memorial School on Monday, March 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children do not need to be present to be registered. All children who will be five years old by August 31, 2010, are eligible. It is important that parents make every effort to register their child at this time.

Parents should bring in proof of residency, original of their child’s birth certificate, which we can copy. The copy will be left with the school as part of the child’s school records. Health requirements include the following, which must be completed and returned to the school nurse by June 1, 2010: a current physical, 3 doses of Hepatitis B, 5 doses of DPT, 4 doses of Polio, 2 doses of MMR, 1 dose of Varicella or a physician certified, reliable history of chicken pox disease, and a lead test.

All parents are urged to register their children at the scheduled times so that children will be eligible for Kindergarten Screening which will be held in April. Parents will be able to sign up for the Kindergarten Screening.

Questions regarding health requirements may be directed to Mrs. DeSimone, our school nurse.

All other questions should be directed to Miss Janda, principal, at 978-597-0380. We look forward to meeting you.

Kindergarten Information Night, March 3

Spaulding Memorial School will be holding a Kindergarten information night on March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. The snow date will be March 4, same time.

Ashby kindergarten registration

Ashby Kindergarten registration for the 2010-2011 school year is fast approaching. Kindergarten is open to all children who will be five by August 31. We are holding registration on Wednesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 4th from 9:30 °© 11:00 AM and then again from 1:30 -°© 2:45 PM. No appointment is necessary. In order to register we will need to see an original birth certificate. We will need up-to-date immunizations of three doses of DPT, four doses of polio, two doses of MMR, one dose of varicella or a physicians-certified history of children pox and a lead test and a school registration sheet. We will be holding an informational meeting on Monday, March 1st from 6:00 to 7:00 for all parents. These forms must be completed before your child can enter school in the fall. For more information please call Mrs. Anne Cromwell-Gapp, Principal at 978-386-7266 for any additional information.

Student/Faculty basketball game, March 26

Hoop dreams can come true! The Annual Hawthorne Brook Middle School Student/Faculty Basketball game will be held on Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. Root for your favorite teacher or cheer for your friends, it will be a night to remember! The event will be held at the North Middlesex Regional High School gymnasium. Join us for a night of fun for the whole family! Refreshments will be available. Admission $6 at the door. For more information or to volunteer contact Tracey Burg at traceyburg@yahoo.com or 978-597-0039.

Briefs

Baby-sitting Nights!

This fun-filled event is a perfect time for your children to have a chance to socialize among peers while you have a few hours to yourself. The event will take place at North Middlesex Regional High school, and drop off will be in the back circle near the Administration Building. The price is $15 per child, and $40 dollars for 3. Also, for $50 you can send your child for all six baby-sitting evenings!

We are a group of 33 students fundraising to travel to Louisiana. We will be working in New Orleans, rebuilding the damage from Katrina, which after 4 years is still devastating. Ours is a worthy cause and we hope that you will support us in our efforts. If you are unable to attend our events, please consider donating, by contacting us through the school at 978-597-8721, or our advisor, Mr. Kane, at rkane@ nmiddlesex.mec.edu.

Activities Include:

Movies, cupcake decorating, video games, interactive games and much, much more!

Remaining dates are March 5 and 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Please pay for this event in advance. Send your completed registration form to your school with your child, and bring payment to the main office. All checks can be made payable to NMRHS.

Be a Literacy Volunteer

Have you ever wanted to help someone learn to read who did not have the opportunity when they were a child, or to teach a person who is learning English as a second language to read and understand the details of the written word? If so, consider becoming a Literacy Volunteer. There will be an informational meeting in the meeting room next to the Collette Library in Townsend on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. to discuss what it takes to be a volunteer and answer questions.

Earth Day in Townsend, April 24

Townsend Recreation and Recycling Committee has space available for Townsend’s Earth Day Celebration on the Common, April 24 from 10-3 p.m. Rain date is April 25, 12-4 p.m. Slot space is $20 for profit and for nonprofit groups.

The theme is water conservation this year. If your company helps the environment, we especially want you to join us! Acts needed to perform on the gazebo, too. Tom Knight Puppets will be presenting an environmental themed show from 12:30-1:20 p.m.

E-mail clem6six@verizon.net to confirm space. Payment may be sent to Townsend Recreation, c/o Karen Clement, 101 Main St., Townsend, MA 01469.

2010 licenses now available

2010 Dog Licenses are available at the town clerk’s office: altered/spayed dogs $6; standard dogs $11. We may only register dogs with up-to-date rabies certificates. If you have registered them in the past we may have it on file, if not you must bring the certificate with you. Late fees and fines begin March 1.

From Townsend Recreation…

All class slots, MUST BE CONFIRMED by e-mail to clem6six@verizon.net

Preschool ABC Follow Me, is a children’s playtime and story time combined with music and movement program. Being offered is a series of parent/child programs devoted to encouraging families to engage in fun, physical activities together. Children will have the opportunity to play, run, jump, throw, catch, and socialize in a playgroup environment. Each week a different theme will be introduced and the story and activities will go along with each theme. Beth Anne McManus will lead the weekly sessions. Sessions will be held in the Town Hall, Main St., on Thursdays, March 25, April 8, 15, 29 and May 6. The 10:15-11 a.m. session is for walkers to age 2 and the 11 -11:45 a.m. session is for ages 2-4. Cost is $36 for the six-week session. Daily rate is $7/class per child. Make check out to Townsend Recreation and bring to first session. For additional information e-mail bethanne_mcmanus@yahoo.com.

Baby-sitting class, age 10 and above, March 21, 1-6 p.m., Community Policing Center (across from High School), $30. Bring snack. Mail in form and payment.

Archery class, age 12 and up. Townsend Rod and Gun on Fridays, April 9-16-23-30, May 7. Five-week session $90. Mail in form and payment.

For seniors only

Courtesy of the Townsend Council on Aging (978-597-1710)

Senior Chippers — Wood-carving class held Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (or closing). This informal group has reached its maximum of 10-12 members. Sign-up at the senior center if you’d be interested in filling a future vacancy. For questions, send them to woodcarver Floyd Truitt at 978-597-2868 or e-mail floudcarves@msn.com

Tax help — The AARP Tax Aide Program will be returning to the Senior Center starting in February to assist low and moderate income people prepare 2009 federal and state income tax forms. Cal the Senior Center to schedule an appointment. Volunteers to prepare taxes are always needed. If you are interested, call Chris or Linda at 978-597-1710.

Road Runner — The Road Runner schedule for Mondays is for medical appointments in Fitchburg, Leominster and Lunenburg. Please make appointments between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Tuesday is for shopping: Walmart in Lunenburg, Dollar Tree and Market Basket on John Fitch Highway in Fitchburg. Wednesday is for medical appointments in Townsend, Groton, Pepperell and Ayer. Make appointments between 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Make Road Runner reservations for medical appointments as soon as you have made your appointments. Reservations may be made a month ahead or at least two business days prior to your appointment to assure a time slot is available. Be ready to leave on time; when being picked up from shopping, bus will wait five minutes only before leaving.

*For the Townsend Public Library “events keeper” calendar, including more information above library events listed above, go to townsendlibrary.org for a complete listing of upcoming events.