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Rotary charity race offers prize of a lifetime

Tokyo, Paris and Dublin are among the many international hotspots visited by past winners of the Annual Ducky Wucky River Race with a grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world.

On May 8, another winner will answer the question the entire Nashoba Valley is asking: Where in the world do you want to go for dinner?

Sponsored by the Ayer Rotary Club, the Ducky Wucky River Race will be held at 4:30 p.m. on the Nashua River in Harvard, following the 58th Annual Apple Blossom Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Harvard Common, at Routes 111 and 110. Admission is free. The festival offers live music, crafts, food, games, and the last chance to enter the duck race.

Spectators are welcome to cheer on the 20th annual rubber duck race which also offers at least 50 additional prizes to runners up. The grand prize entitles the winner to airfare, two-nights lodging and dinner for two anywhere in the world. Rotary is selling tickets starting at $5 per duck.

All proceeds benefit the various charities supported by the Ayer Rotary Club, which serves the communities of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. The Rotary Club supports food pantries, high school scholarships, youth programs, the worldwide eradication of polio lead by Rotary International and many more worthy causes.

Rotary is supported in these events by generous sponsorships from Gervais Ford, North Middlesex Savings Bank and the Bull Run Restaurant.

In the event of rain, the festival will move indoors to the nearby Harvard Elementary School, but of course, the duck race will go on. For more information, visit www.AyerRotary.com.

Shop for free at Trinity

Shop for Free at Trinity: Trinity Church, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Rd., Bolton (www.trinitybolton.org), will be sponsoring a free, indoor yard sale on Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Household goods, toys, books, movies, sporting goods, clothing, more. All items free. Enjoy a cup of coffee and find something you’ve been needing.

Sign up for summer program.

Townsend Recreation would like to have our bordering neighbors in New Hampshire and surrounding towns join us for our summer recreation program.

It will be held at Hawthorne Brook Middle School, Route 13, June 28 to Aug.6, weekdays 9 a.m. to noon for $175/child and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $250. These prices are for the entire six-week program. Weekly rates are $55. and the daily rate is $12. For ages 5 or entering kindergarten to and including age 13.

Free Rec T-shirt (Six-week program only) and avoid a $25 registration fee by responding by Thursday, June 3. No T-shirts will be ordered after June 3.

You will have to provide your own shirt on tie-dye day. Add $25 registration fee for six-week program and add $5 per week for weekly program after June 3. Please go to http://www.town send.ma.us/towngov/culture&rec/recreatn.htm for registration form and more info. Check out the Web site for our summer parent/toddler, musical theater, comedy theater, counselor in training and tennis programs.

Hazen Memorial Library to host best-selling author

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 13, from 7 to 8 p.m., to meet local author David Brody. author of “Cabal of the Westford Knight.” Brody will be at the Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way, Shirley.

Mr. Brody, from Westford,, has written three books and is a Boston Globe Bestselling Author. His latest book, “Cabal of the Westford Knight” is set entirely in New England. Thought provoking questions arise at every turn of the page as Brody suggests that Templar knights came to New England before Columbus. “Cabal of the Westford Knight” is being hailed as the next “Da Vinci Code.” Brody is sure to turn some heads in New England as he brings a modern-day treasure hunt close to home.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library. Reservations are appreciated. Please call the Hazen Memorial Library at 978-425-2620 to reserve your seat for Thursday, May 13, at 7 pm. For more information, see the library Web site, www.shirleylibrary.org under Events Calendar or go to Brody’s Web site, www.davidbrodybooks.com.

Calling All Crafters

The Townsend United Methodist Church 29th Annual Spring Festival and Craft Fair is Saturday, May 15. Rain date is Sunday, May 16.) The location on Townsend Common at the junction of routes 13 and 119 makes it a highly visible venue.

Crafter sites are 12 feet by 12 feet; the fee is $20. There will be a full food court, activities for the whole family, plenty of free parking, and rest room facilities.

Applications for crafters and artists with their own hand-crafted items are available by calling the church office at 978-597-2486. Applications can be sent via postal mail or e-mail.