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FRIDAY, JUNE 18

Books and Blocks Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 1-3 in Library Storytime Room.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

Author visit with Joseph Simoneau: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come meet Townsend resident Joseph Simoneau to celebrate the publication of his first book “Chez Francois: Who Planted the Rhubarb on Pa’s Grave.” Francois not only hesitates facing an uncertain future; he worries about and struggles with the daily cultural, religious, and social difference assaulting his beliefs and convictions, as well as those of his family. How does human dignity, smoking his pipe, eating spring herring, or planting rhubarb come into play? Find out! The author will do a reading, sign books, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served, in Library Meeting Hall B.

Summertime Exhibition Reception for local artists: 6 to 8 p.m. in Library Meeting Hall A&B. Come and meet the local talent!

MONDAY, JUNE 21

QiGong exercise: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Hall A&B.

Planning Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall Selectmen’s Chambers

TUESDAY, JUNE 22

Weight Watchers: 10 to 11 a.m. weekly meeting for seniors. Contact: Judy Concemi at 978-597-1710

Preschool Storytime and Craft: 11 to 11:45 a.m., ages 3 to 5, in Library Storytime Room

Wood needle felting: 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 and up in Library Storytime Room.

Lego CLub: Ages 6 and up in Library Storytime Room.

Community Reiki Share: 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Library Meeting Hall A&B.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall Selectmen’s Chambers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

Qi Gong exercise: 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., exercise, in Library Meeting Hall A&B.

Police picnic for seniors: noon to 3 p.m. in Library Meeting Hall A&B

Scrapbook Club; school theme: 5 to 8 p.m. Bring items and ideas to share. Library Meeting Hall A&B.

Simple sewing: 6 to 7:30 p.m., ages 7 and up, in Library Storytime Room.

Open Space & Recreation Committee Meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall Selectmen’s Chambers

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

Pizza and Pages: 5 to 6 p.m. 9th grade farewell, “My Subaru” by Doug Fine. Get a jump on 9th grade summer reading in this 3-week book group in Library Meeting Hall B.

Fiber Frenzy: 6 to 8 p.m. For adults: bring supplies, equipment and willingness to share. Library Meeting Hall B.

Townsend Military Band Concert: 6 p.m. lawn party, concert starts at 7:30 p.m., on Townsend Common.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25

Books and Blocks Storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 1-3 in Library Storytime Room.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26

Church Yard Sale: Townsend United Methodist Church Yard Sale is Saturday June 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale is an indoor event so it will be held rain or shine. The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center.

Weight Watchers: 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Library Meeting Hall A&B. Grand Opening Celebration today – with gifts, giveaways, and guest speakers.

Touch-a-Truck and Cow-Plop-Drop fundraiser: The non-profit TCP is holding a fund raising event at Cherry Hill Too Ice Cream on Route 119 in Townsend Harbor from 3 – 6 p.m. All types of trucks will be there for kids to visit and touch for free. The Bouncy House will be there as well.

Come watch the cow drop its flop and win. The Cow Flop Drop tickets are $50 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. (Numbered tickets are assigned randomly); first prize is $500, second prize $250 and third prize $100 worth of gift cards. Tickets are on sale at McNabb’s Pharmacy, Bailey’s Bar and Grille, and at Shepherd’s. For more information Call Irene or Derrick Congdon at 978-597-9191 or e-mail us at TCPkids@yahoo.com.

BRIEFS

Peace Corps presentation

Attend a Peace Corps Information Session and learn about the organization’s mission of service and how you get started as a volunteer. The session will be held Weds., June 30, at 6 p.m. in the Townsend Public Library, Meeting Hall B, 12 Dudley Road.

Peace Corps volunteers are stationed in 77 countries, assisting in areas of Business, Health, Education, Information Technology, Agriculture, and Environment. Three months of training and two full years of service grant volunteers a variety of financial benefits as well as invaluable personal experience.

Questions? Contact Jessi Flynn, Peace Corps Recruiter at 617-565-5552, or jflynn@peacecorps.gov .

Townsend Methodist Church to Host Vacation Bible School

Townsend United Methodist Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School Monday, August 2 through Friday, Aug. 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The curriculum, “Galactic Blast” will give children an extraordinary adventure filled with fun, excitement, and creative Bible-based activities. VBS decorations, activities, crafts, skits, games, music and snacks are all part of the week long program.

The VBS is open to all children of the area ages 4 -12. The cost is $5 for the entire week and pre-registration is requested. The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center. For further information or to sign up, please call 978-597-2486.

Softball players needed

Softball skills and games will be included in the training sessions for grades 7-11 for students from Ashby, Pepperell and Townsend. This free introductory softball clinic, sponsored by Townsend Recreation, will be held on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at a local field. The clinic will run every Sunday through Aug. 29. Several local coaches have banded together to produce a top-notch clinic. This clinic will help when trying out for local and school teams. Those currently on town and school teams, as well as those that want to try the sport are urged to participate. Contact Karen Clement at clem6six@verizon.net or 978-597-5914.

Parent/Toddler Program director needed

Townsend Recreation-Parent/toddler program at the Kid’s Kountry Playground. Counselor will oversee free play, story time, craft time, snack time and games, while parents help. Still seeking person to run this program.

Program will be held June 29, July 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29, Aug. 3 and 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. ; $45/child. Parents are responsible for their own child’s morning snack. (Playground is located at the corner of Eastman and Turnpike roads.)

Contact Karen Clement at clem6six@verizon.net or 978-597-5914 to secure a slot. Obtain form and info about other programs at http://www.townsend.ma.us/towngov/culture&rec/recreatn.htm

Friends of the Townsend Seniors Endowment Fund

We are looking for help. We would like to form a Task Force Team to help direct us in the right direction to raising money for our Endowment Fund for the seniors and their new building. What we need is someone with experience in this field who is willing to help our longest living citizens in town for future years at the Senior Center. Please contact Bill Roberts at 978-597-8587 if you have time to help and interested in this big endeavor.

Townsend and Pepperell Methodist Churches plan combined 10 a.m. summer worship schedule

Townsend United Methodist Church and Pepperell’s Lawrence Memorial United Methodist Church have planned combined 10 a.m. summer worship services again this year. July worship will be at Townsend UMC (July 4 -25). The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of Rts. 13 and 119, in Townsend Center — the “meetinghouse church on the hill.”

10 a.m. worship service in August will be held at Pepperell’s Lawrence Memorial UMC. The church is located at 1 Chapel Hill, off Main Street, one block in from Pepperell’s Dunkin’ Donuts.

Nursery care for the younger children will be provided. If you are interested in singing with the summer choirs, please know you will be welcomed to join on one Sunday, or all Sundays. For more information refer to townsendumc.com or call Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall, pastor for both churches, at 978-433-2185.

SAVE THE DATE

Townsend to Host Circus

The Townsend Recreation Department has signed a contract with the Kelly Miller Circus for the exhibition of an all new 2010 show. The circus will roll into town to the Hawthorne Brook Middle School Field on Thursday, July 1. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephants raising the big top. Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the tent will be raised at 9 a.m. Guides will be furnished for groups and anyone attending.

The traditional “old style” circus will present two performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Support the Townsend Recreation Department and enjoy a great show!

Townsend 29th Annual Fall Fair Sept. 18, 19

A tradition lives on! The Townsend Historical Society is sponsoring the 29th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is a very popular event and traditionally attracts artists and crafters from all over New England. The location of the Fair is on highly visible Townsend Common, 263 Main Street, at the junction of Rts. 13 and 119. There will be a food court, free parking and restroom facilities available. It is a rain or shine event.

Please visit the Society’s Web site www.townsendhistoricalsociety.org for ‘early bird registration and bring a friend discount information. Please download an application, or call the society’s office at 978-597-2106. The Townsend Historical Society, located at 72 Main Street in Townsend, has office hours Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.