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1-3, 8-10, 15-17

“Lucky Stiff”: Mary Helan Turner and John Valentine of Harvard will be in “Lucky Stiff,” a musical farce playing at the intimate Cannon Theater in Littleton. Show dates are April 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on April 10.

Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming English shoe salesman, lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed. In a quest to gain his uncle’s $6 million inheritance, Harry sets out to fulfill Anthony’s dying wish. However, in Monte Carlo, he meets a host of quirky characters who are also in hot pursuit of his uncle’s money.

Mary Helan plays several of the quirky characters, including a British solicitor, French Emcee and Texan socialite. John plays Uncle Anthony.

Contact Rita at for more info. There are only 70 seats at the Cannon Theatre, so reservations are highly recommended.


Cribbage Tournament: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cribbage Tournament sponsored by the Townsend and Pepperell Senior Centers for area Senior Cribbage players. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Location: Library Meeting Hall A&B, Dudley Road, Townsend.

Thursdays at Devens Grill: 7 to 10 p.m., Devens. Local musicians will perform at Devens Grill. Visit for a monthly music schedule and more information about the restaurant, bar and musicians. No cover charge.


NRWA Adventure Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) is running a full day “Adventure Day” program for first- through fourth-graders. Drop-off and pick-up will be at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. in Groton. We’ll spend a whole day exploring, experimenting, and discovering. The Adventure Day will include hikes, games, crafts, science experiments, and more. What could be more fun?

The fee for this full-day program is $38/day for NRWA members or $48/day for non-members. Please bring a lunch! Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Lauren Parente, NRWA Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ayer Community Blood Drive, sponsored by Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), will be held in the NVMC’s Founders Room at 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment to donate. Walk-ins also welcome. You must be at least 17, or 16 with parental consent, weight at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Please bring ID. Also, enter to win a spring basket!

’80s Night at the Billiards: 7:30 p.m. Ladies, get out your leg warmers, fingerless gloves, Aqua Net Hair Spray! Men, put your comb in your back pocket & put up your collar! There will be a DJ, dancing, pool, raffles, food & fun! There will also be Red Sox Tickets raffled. $10 Donation at the Door. ’80s Attire Optional; all proceeds to benefit “The Groupies” Relay for Life Team.


Masons breakfast: 7:30 to 10 a.m. The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. Come early and bring your friends.


Moose in Massachusetts: 6:30 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), Groton. For anyone who has ever seen a moose in their neighborhood or crossing the road ahead of them, it’s a memorable experience. A moose’s enormous size and unique shape is both startling and fascinating. There is no doubt that there are moose in our region, and if you’d like to learn more join us on the 24th. Come learn about moose biology, habitat use, management, and the wildlife conflicts that arise when moose are in living in suburban landscapes. Sonja Christensen, the current Deer and Moose project leader for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will be our speaker. This program is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for adults and older children. Pre-registration is appreciated. To register or for more information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email FREE.


Classical Pianist at Nashoba Park: Nashoba Park Assisted Living will host Classical Pianist Adam Bergeron, who will discuss the composers and stories behind the wonderful classical pieces he performs on Thursday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. Nashoba Park is located at 15 Winthrop Avenue in Ayer’s historic district. For more information, call 978-772-0707 or visit

Heating Plan Papers: 7 p.m., NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), Groton. This is the second educational Energy Seminar being offered NRWA and Groton Local. As a follow up to our March 24 seminar on heating systems, Alex Conn, an engineer who is currently drafting his own “Heating Plan Papers,” will answer participants’ questions and share his thoughts on what makes for reliable heating systems in the 21st century. This second seminar is an exciting addition to Groton Local’s ongoing energy education lineup as a “pen in hand” workshop for those who wish to develop their own Heating Plan. Having attended the first seminar would be most beneficial but is not required to participate. These popular seminars are free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible. For further information, call Jim Hubert at 978-302-5611. FREE.


Seasons on Ice: Wallace Figure Skating Club proudly presents “Seasons on Ice: with shows at 1 and 6 p.m. at the Fitchburg State College Wallace Civil Center in Fitchburg. Tickets: $16 for ages 18 to 64; $10 for ages 5 to 17 and seniors; under 5, Free. Visit

Turkey breast supper: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pepperell Methodist Church is hosting a Turkey Breast Supper with all the fixings and homemade deserts. Cost is Seniors $7, nonsenior adults $8 and children $4. The door prize (you are automatically entered with the purchase of your supper ticket will be drawn at 5:30 p.m. Please come join us for this wonderful dinner, you’ll be glad you did. Located at 1 Chapel Place (one block behind Dunkin donuts), Pepperell.


Model Railroad Show & Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Railroad enthusiasts’ young and old, mark your calendars for one of the largest model railroad shows in the area, as the Nashua Valley Railroad Association’s 45th Annual Model Railroad show and Open House in Shirley pulls into the station.Last year’s show and open house was a roaring success, and both vendors and rail fans are excited to see what we have in store for you for our 45th show!

Check out two locations:

Location ONE: Model Railroad Show at the Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Rd, Shirley, MA from 10am-4pm. Stop by for vendors offering the latest in products and innovations, plus enthusiast from around New England offering advice, education and fun.

Location TWO: Nashua Valley Railroad Association’s Open House held at the spacious club headquarters, Phoenix Park, 2 Shaker Road, Unit# E-205, Shirley, MA. Here the whole family will enjoy miniature railroad scenes reflecting the industrial heritage and culture of actual locations from the North Worcester County Area. Live trains, enthusiasts and lots of action for train lovers of all ages and experience.