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FRIDAY, APRIL 30

Senior Center hosts Ladies Only lecture: 11 a.m. “Pelvic Floor Health,” by Shimon Segal, MD, FACOG. Dr. Segal will introduce FemiScan Personal System, an effective treatment for Improvement of Pelvic Floor Muscle Tone and Urinary Stress Incontinence. To sign up call Martha Campbell @ 978-448-1170. Refreshments will be provided by RiverCourt Residences.

Free Dinner, Live Music and Good Company: 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to the next Groton Community Dinner held at First Parish Church, located at the intersection of Route 40 and Route 119 in Groton. Dinner is served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m. Come for live music, delicious food, and good company. The menu for April 16 includes garden salad, garlic bread, lasagna (meat or vegetarian), and cookie bars. The April 30 dinner will be hosted by Groton Newcomers group, GDAY, Boy Scouts, and Lawrence Academy. For more information, visit www.grotoncommunitydinners.org or call 978-448-0116.

Comprehensive Master Planning Community Services & Facility Committee: 10 a.m., Town Hall

Board of Assessors: 11 a.m., Small Conference Room

SATURDAY, MAY 1

Arbor Day: 11 a.m. The Friends of the Trees and the Groton Garden Club invite you to our annual Arbor Day in Groton. This year’s event will be held at Sawyer Common at the intersection of Martins Pond Road and Hollis Street. We will be planting the beautiful Yellow Buckeye Aesculus Octandra, replacing an Arbor Day tree that stood nearby for many years. We also will be handing out Shagbark Hickory seedlings.

The Batraxoi Singers, our perennial favorites, will treat us to some beautiful singing ending with our favorite, “The Ashgrove.” We are also pleased to announce that Groton is receiving our fourteenth year award for “Tree City, USA” from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program.

MONDAY, MAY 3

Council on Aging: 10 a.m., Senior Center

Comprehensive Master Plan HCR: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall lunch room

Comprehensive Master Plan Open Space & Recreation: 7:30 p.m., Small Conference room

TUESDAY, MAY 4

Veterans Services Officer: 6 to 9 p.m., Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St., first floor

Prescott Reuse Committee: 6 p.m., Town Hall first floor

Storm Water Advisory Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall first floor

Community Preservation Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall small conference room

Comprehensive Master Plan Sustainability Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall lunch room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

Safety with Oxygen: Groton Fire Chief Joe Bosselait will visit the Senior Center to talk about the safe use of oxygen in the home. Call ahead to order your lunch for only $2 and bring your questions!

Greenway Committee: 8:30 a.m., Nashua River Watershed

Comprehensive Master Plan Transportation: 7 p.m., Town Hall lunch room

Sewer Commission: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall first floor

Cable Advisory Committee: 7:30, p.m., High School Studio

HEARING POSTPONED: Public Hearing, “Transportation of students to destinations other than their homes: High School Library, 8 to 8:30 p.m. The Groton-Dunstable Regional School District School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the district’s draft policy of transporting students to destinations other than their homes in the High School Library. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the draft policy. Copies of the draft policy will be available for review at the Superintendent’s Office and on line at www.gdrsd.org. — Office of the Superintendent

THURSDAY, MAY 6

Sign Committee: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall first floor

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall second floor

Lost Lake Sewer Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall first floor

GDEF Trivia Night: 7 p.m., Old Groton Inn, Main Street, Groton. 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 8

Groton Lions Plant Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Groton Lions will hold their 36th annual Mother’s Day plant sale in front of the Prescott School on Main Street in Groton. Annuals and vegetables will be on sale, but the special feature is hanging plants for Mother’s Day. Proceeds benefit our 2010 Scholarship Fund. Items for sale this year include: Mother’s Day hanging plants, annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs and herb baskets, railing planters with annuals or herbs, geraniums, bluebird houses, fertilizer, compost, potting soil, seed potatoes, birdseed, lilies, ground cover, seed packets, onion sets, planting tips – years of garden knowledge to share for a good cause.

The Groton Lions have 36 years of giving back to our community. One of the ways we do this is by honoring graduating GDRS seniors by giving annual scholarships to ease the transition from high school. — We appreciate your support, Groton Lions Club, serving the community since May 1968

Groton Garden Club Plant Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon in front of the Groton Town Hall. The Rain or Shine event is the day before Mother’s Day and there will be a wide selection of perennials, herbs, miniature roses, designer day lilies, hellebores, shade plants, and shrubs, so there is something for everyone!

Again this year, the very popular miniature roses will be available. In addition, there will be a variety of lovely containers filled with little plants that would make a wonderful gift for children to select for their Mothers or for Mothers to select for themselves! Club members will be available to answer questions and provide ideas and suggestions on proper planting.

Mother’s Day barn dance: 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Groton Grange is pleased to present a Mother’s Day Barn Dance at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. Please join us for an evening of music and dancing. Music by the Two Fiddles and Groton’s own Contra Banditos. Caller Dudley Laufman will teach square, circle and contra dances to the beat of Celtic and Old Time Fiddle Tunes !! Beginners are welcome.

Donation at door: adults $5, children and seniors $3, Family max $15. Mothers are free. Refreshments! Raffle! This dance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. For more information visit www.contrabanditos.com or www.grotongrange.com or contact Aisling at 978-302-5649 e-mail ashling@verizon.net.

Concert: 7:30 p.m., the Christian Union Church, W. Groton and the Congregational Church of Harvard are hosting a concert by the Allegra Regional Girls Choir of CT. This talented group of singers is a traveling chorus of the United Choir School, founded in 1993 to provide an opportunity for girls in the greater New Haven community to sing choral music at the highest possible artistic standard. The school has become New England’s most highly acclaimed girls’ choral program, and has over 400 students ages 6-17. This concert is free and open to all, children and adults alike will enjoy this remarkable choir. The concert will be held at Christian Union Church, Rte 225 (W. Main St.), W. Groton. For more information, please contact Carole @ 978 448-5480 or Sharon @ 978 772-1453.

BRIEFS

“Hannah at the wedding” by Peter Macy

Local author Peter Macy has announced the publication of his new children’s book, “Hannah at the Wedding.” The book is about the shenanigans of Hannah (age 9) and her friends at her mother, the Queen’s, wedding to her good friend, the chief judge of the Thurungian court. It completes, along with Hannah’s Valentine (age 7) and Hannah’s Surprise (age 8), a trilogy. Copies of these books may be obtained at NOA Gallery in Groton (978-448-2959), Family Pharmacy (978-433-6130) or Covered Bridge Gift Shop in Pepperell (978-433-3232), Second Hand Prose, Acton (978-263-3158) or the Emerson Hospital Gift Shop (978-369-1400 , ext . 2034).

SAVE THE DATE

“Carrying On” For Suicide Survivors

Are you a suicide survivor? That is, has someone close to you taken his/her life. Was it last month or 50 years ago? There is such a silence surrounding suicide. Disbelief, guilt, embarrassment and shame abound. A giant tear in the fabric of relationships occurs.

For those who are ready to explore these issues, there will be a presentation/discussion series on three Tuesdays, April 27, May 11 , and May 25. The series coined “Carrying On” by its organizers Steve and Deb Boczenowski, June Johnson and Steve Lieman will be held in the Great Room of the Parish House of the First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row, Groton from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The first speaker on Tuesday, April 27 was Debbie Helms, program coordinator of the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley. Her focus was on how families, especially children, survive the loss of a loved one through suicide, and how this grief is similar and different to the other kinds of bereavement.

Registration is not necessary to come, but calling 978-448-2223 or e-mailing june@commongroundmediation.net will help plan the logistics of chairs and refreshments. Moreover, it will mean you have made an important commitment to yourself to attend. The series is free and open to everyone who has an interest.

ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION

Groton’s Annual Town Election will be held May 18. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s election has several contested races, including the Board of Selectmen and the Groton-Dunstable School Committee. The ballot will also include the following proposition 2 1/2 override question seeking voter approval:

Shall the Town of Groton be allowed to assess an additional $931,336 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the town’s share of the cost of operating the Groton Dunstable Regional Public Schools for the fiscal year beginning July first two thousand ten?”

Absentee ballots are now available for those who can not make it to the polls on election day. Contact the Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org to obtain an absentee ballot. A sample ballot is available here.

Well adult clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a well adult clinic will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. Drop in for Blood Pressure, Pulse Screening and Diet Teaching. No appointment is 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.

Groton Senior Center programs

Mondays

Strength Training Class: 11:30 a.m.; Fee $2 per session with minimum 20 participants payable to instructor at first class. Drop-in fee $4.

Groton Swim: 10-11 a.m. at GROTON SCHOOL POOL

Groton Council on Aging Board Meeting: 9:30 a.m., first Monday of month. Open to the public.

Veterans Breakfast: 10 a.m., second Mon. of month. Reservations required, call 978-448-1170.

Discussion Group: Host is Tom Hartnett: 10:30 a.m., fourth Monday of the month. Presented by “Friends of Groton Elders.”

Hand Quilting Class: 2-4 p.m.; $25 per month.

Tuesdays

Bowling: 9:30 a.m., Harvard Lanes

Book Club: 9 a.m.; third Tues. of month.

Decorative/Glass Art Painting: 10-11 a.m. Advanced and Beginners welcome.

Cards: Hand & Foot, 12:45 p.m.

Weight Watchers: 1 p.m.

Ballroom Dance: 7 p.m., $5 per class.

Wednesdays

Strength Training Class: 10:30 a.m.

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

11:30-1 p.m. fourth Weds., Sharon Fata, R.N.

Thursdays

Yoga: 10-11 a.m., fee: $3 per class supported by the Friends of the Groton Elders.

Cards: Hand & Foot – 12:45 p.m.

Tai Chi Class 2-3 p.m., fee: $40 for 8 weeks

Fridays

Strength Training Class: 10 a.m.

Groton Swim: 10-11 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.

COMING IN JUNE…

GDEF Trivia Night: Don’t miss GDEF’s final Trivia Nights of the school year, June 3, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Old Groton Inn, Main Street, Groton. Hundreds of guests have already caught the ‘trivia bug’ at this popular monthly event. Mix with friends over drinks and food, as you match 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 website at www.gdefinc.org and sign up for our e-mail newsletter for a chance to win two free Trivia Night tickets!