FRIDAY, APRIL 30
“The Secret Garden”: FCU Players will present “The Secret Garden” on April 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m. in the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., in Littleton. The production is directed by Larry Lickteig and stars Maya Gonen, Adam Leyenaar, Rich Lombardy, Joel Ross, Deborah Crane, Caroline Hernandez, Raven Bartlett, Sophie Modzelewski, and Caroline Phelps. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to FCU Littleton. For more information, contact Larry Lickteig or Karen Reardon (978 448 1276) or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 1
Household Hazardous and Bulky Waste Collection Day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Devens DPW, 99 Buena Vista St. Open to anyone — small business, households. Fee varies depending on volume & items. REGISTER: and details: www.MassToss.com or call 978-660-6130.
‘For the Birds’ auction for art at Fruitlands Museum: Enjoy a unique evening of art, gourmet food and fun. Bid on an eclectic mix of auction items, enjoy delicious fare featuring luscious hors d’oeuvre, a signative cocktail and cash bar, and a delectable dinner. Proceeds from the auction support Fruitlands Museum exhibitions such as the current exhibit “For the Birds,” featuring works from Mass Audubon. Tickets: members $50 per person, nonmembers $60. Tables for 8: $375. Special online auction through April 29 at fruitlands.org.
Game dinner: Michelle’s Menagerie live animal demonstration from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and the Magic of Steve Charette from 5-6 p.m. will entertain at the Family Festival Game Dinner held at the Townsend Rod and Gun Club, 46 Emery Road, Townsend. Non-members are welcome to purchase tickets and participate in our festival. There are still some raffle tickets available, $10 each with only 100 tickets to be sold, to be drawn during the event, for the Grand Raffle for a $500 Cabela’s Outfitters gift card. Many area businesses have generously donated items, which will be on display and raffled as the event progresses. Afternoon-only (no dinner) tickets are $5 each, Afternoon-&-Dinner Adult tickets are $20 each through April 21, then $25 each April 22 through May 1. Children ages 6-12 Afternoon-&-Dinner tickets are $10 each. Children 5 and under are free. For tickets and/or more information call Jaime Berry at 978-771-1269. Townsend Rod and Gun Club is a family-oriented sportsmen’s club and does not serve nor sell alcoholic beverages. Our website can be viewed at www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org.
“The Secret Garden”: 8 p.m. FCU Players will present “The Secret Garden” in the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., in Littleton.
“Spring Soiree” Teen Center Benefit: 6 to 9 p.m. The Lunenburg Chester Mossman Teen Center fundraisers are planning a lively evening of wine and beer tasting, delicious hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment and exciting silent and live auction bidding on everything from Red Sox tickets, and wine baskets to beautiful vacation homes at the Harley House, 909 Mass. Ave., Lunenburg. Tickets are available at the door or in advance, $25 per person and $40 per couple, in Lunenburg at Elena’s Gourmet Grocery, Jeffrey’s Antiques and Trudie’s Treats. Pre-event online auction bidding available too. View all of our items beginning April 18 by going to: www.auctionzip.com and put in Auctioneer I.D. No. 11994. Feel free to view a few items in person at Jeffrey’s Antiques on Chase Road, Lunenburg. All proceeds directly support programming at the Teen Center. Come join us for a lovely evening. For more information e-mail: email@example.com or call 978-582-6406. The teen center is a promotional site of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts.
SUNDAY, MAY 2
Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fundraising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Come early and bring your friends.
Regional Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 30 health, wellness, and fitness practitioners will demonstrate and discuss their services and products at the first annual regional Health, Wellness, and Fitness Fair at The Bromfield School in Harvard. Nutrition, holistic health, yoga, massage, reiki, fitness, acupuncture, herbal care, integrative medicine, and other health-related practitioners will showcase their services at booths, classes, demos, and other activities. A $3 general admission will include entry in drawing of more than $2500 in prizes, and a free regional Health, Wellness and Fitness Directory. A special $12 admission will also include a massage or reiki session and a stainless steel water bottle. The first 500 attendees will receive a goodie bag of coupons and products from the vendors, sponsors, and advertisers. Kids activities include karate classes, yoga, crafts, and other activities. Farmer’s Market vendors and healthy food and drink will round out the offerings. Sponsored by the Bare Hill Rowing Association; outdoors or indoors as weather suggests. For more information contact Kelly at 978-400-6514 or visit www.barehillrowing.com.
MONDAY, MAY 3
Home Safety: 1 to 2:30 p.m. A caregiver workshop entitled “Home Safety for the Cognitively Impaired Older Adult” will be held at Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., 8 West Main St., Groton. Speaker Michele Hughes, a registered physical therapist, will provide information on specific fall hazards in the home environment, opportunities to practice safe guard techniques, and information about community resources. Funding for this program was made possible by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The program is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information or to register contact Suzanne Roberts at 978-448-1400 firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins welcome.
TUESDAY, MAY 4
M.D. to address Lyme Disease Support Group: 7 p.m. Arthur Gertler, M.D., a holistic medicine specialist in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease and other autoimmune disorders, will be speaking to “Ticked Off,” the local Lyme disease support group in the Founders Room at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer. Dr. Gertler is board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine with thirty years of clinical experience. He practices at the D’Arcy Clinic in Natick.
Dr. Gertler uses safe, gentle and natural techniques to treat chronic illness and pain which are otherwise thought to be untreatable. For further information, contact facilitator Donna Castle at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
Caregiver Support Group — for anyone who is caring for a loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease is being held at RiverCourt Residences in West Groton on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to join us please call Debby Fagone, director of Reflections Program, 978-448-4122.
Classic Car Nights — sponsored by the Ayer Downtown Business Alliance with assistance from Gervais Ford, Ayer takes place the third Wednesday of every month thru September from 6-8 p.m., or until the sun goes down! Taste the hot dogs and hamburgers for sale. Hear the oldies tunes. See the beautiful classic cars and spread the word. All are welcome. Money raised fund the alliance’s year round activities downtown.
THURSDAY, MAY 6
Host a child: 7 p.m. Last summer 40 families from Groton, Dunstable and neighboring towns hosted children from NYC for one or two weeks through the Fresh Air Fund. More families are needed this summer. Learn more about the program at an informal meeting at the Groton Public Library. Past and current host families will share their experiences and answer questions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debbie Carter at 978-692-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit www.freshair.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 7
Mother’s Day Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Friends” will hold its annual sale. Come early as the beautiful flowers, hanging plants, bedding and cemetery plants and, new this year, potted herb gardens, sell out early. This sale is also held in the vending area. All funds raised from these sales go to the scholarship and Outreach Committees to be used for the benefit of our local high school seniors and our councils on aging.
Video presentation, “Minds on the Edge”: 7 p.m. First Parish Church, intersection of Route 40 and Route 119, Groton. Free admission, refreshments. Sponsored by the Mental Health Working Group of the First Parish Church of Groton, Unitarian Universalist, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of North Central Massachusetts.
SATURDAY, MAY 8
6th Annual Janis Bresnahan Run for Education — will be held at the Ayer High School. This year’s event will feature a competitive 5 kilometer run through Ayer as well as a 2 mile non-competitive walk and a Tot Trot for children up to age 6. Registration starts at 9 a.m. All proceeds from this event will go to the Ayer Education Foundation. For more information on the Run, visit www.janisbresnahanforeducation.com.
58th Annual Apple Blossom Festival: The 58th Annual Apple Blossom Festival, Route 111, Harvard, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, followed by the 20th Annual Ducky Wucky River Race, 4:30 p.m., Still River Depot Road, off Route 110, Harvard. In the event of rain, the festival will move inside to the Harvard Elementary School gymnasium.
Festival features craft vendors, live music, children’s games and food, as well as fire truck rides. Festival vendors include fine jewelers, painters and others offering fashion accessories, organic and specialty foods, children’s books and toys, memorabilia and much more.
The Ducky Wucky River Race offers a grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world, including airfare and two nights hotel. Tickets will be available at the Apple Blossom Festival.
All proceeds from the Apple Blossom Festival and Ducky Wucky River Race benefit the charities supported by the Ayer Rotary Club.
Bull Run: For ongoing or weekly happenings at Shirley’s Bull Run, see http://www.bullrunrestaurant. com/Daily.htm. No cover charge. Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, 978-425-4311.
Thursdays at Devens Grill: Every Thursday local musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit devensgrill.com for a monthly music schedule, or call 978-862-0060. No cover charge. Devens Grill is at 4 Ryans Way in Devens.