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Lutheran Bible School

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (located at the historic Groton Grange Hall) will be hosting its 10th Annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) for pre-school children (age 3) up to fourth grade graduates. During the mornings of July 26 to the 30th, we will be travelling to Egypt in our imaginations as we explore “Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace.” Joseph’s story of faithfulness will be dramatized each morning when we gather together for our large group sessions. Our own Pastor Giuseppe Mattei will be playing the lead role of Joseph! Following the skit and singing time, we will rotate in small groups through the VBS stations: Crafts, Egypt Learning Table, Small Group Activities, and Games & Snacks. Please join us as we spend a while on the Nile and learn how God took Joseph from prison to palace! For more information and to request a registration form, please contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095. There is no charge for this program.

Girl Scout Alums Invited Back to Camp

WORCESTER — Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts is looking for former staff, campers and friends of Camp Green Eyrie to join in the camp’s 85th Anniversary Celebration to be held at Camp Green Eyrie in Harvard on August 7, 2010.

If you were ever a camper or a counselor at Girl Scout camp, and even if you weren’t, you are invited to join the fun and relive favorite camp memories.

The day will feature typical camp activities; swimming, boating, hiking, singing, games and crafts. The evening will feature a Wish Boat ceremony, a camp fire and s’mores, of course, and more.

You can register for just the day, stay for dinner, or stay overnight. For more information or to register online, visit www.gscwm.org or contact Brenda at bwolfe@gscwm.org or 800-462-9100 x4032.

Theatre at the Mount announces auditions

Theatre at the Mount will hold auditions for the Fall Touring Production, Berenstain Bears on Stage, based on the books by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Join Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister Bear as classic Berenstain Bears stories are presented and commented on by guitar-strumming Cowboy Joe, the world’s foremost expert on the famous residents of Bear Country. Mama Bear is at her wit’s end with the cubs’ messy room and Papa Bear helps the cubs’ understand that honesty is the best policy. Brother Bear learns of the dangers of bad influences like neighborhood bullies, and Sister Bear has the last laugh when dealing with stage fright in the school play. Take a stroll through Bear Country and you’ll come out humming the tunes of life’s gentle lessons.

Berenstain Bears is directed by Emily Smith, music directed by Katrina Caouette, and choreographed by Rachel Phaneuf. Audition dates are Tuesday, July 27 and Weds., July 28 at 6 p.m. sharp in room 182 at Mount Wachusett Community College. The cast calls for an ensemble of eight to 12 members (mix of male and female) ages 14 and up.

A short vocal selection will be taught to all teens that audition; wear comfortable clothing for dance audition; and, expect cold-readings from the script.

Tentative rehearsal schedule is Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning August 19. Berenstain Bears will be performed at local elementary schools on Oct. 7, 8, 21, 22, 28; and at the Mount on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

For more information, call Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162, or e-mail g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu.

Fall bulb and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District, a nonprofit environmental agency, will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Sept. 24 (3-6 p.m.) and Sept. 25 (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection, through Sept. 3; please visit our Web site at www.middlesexconservation.org, or call 978 692 9395 to receive a sales brochure. All proceeds benefit the district’s conservation programs.

Vacation Bible School

The United Church of Shirley, 4 Lancaster Road, will hold Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, July 12 through July 16, from 6-9 p.m. This year’s theme is “High Seas!” and children will experience the deep rolling waters of God’s love. The registration deadline is July 12. Register online at www.unitedchurchofshirley.com. For information, call 978-425-4065.

Nashua River volunteers needed

On Saturday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers are invited to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Pepperell Pond section of the Nashua River. Gathering baskets and maps will be provided, but donations of baskets are welcome. Partners in the project are the Nashua River Watershed Association, Nashoba Paddler, Ducks Unlimited, and the Groton Greenway Committee.

Volunteers should wear old clothes, bring rubber dishwashing gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, water to drink, and a bagged lunch. Volunteers may bring their own canoes and equipment, but will be asked to sign an insurance waiver. A limited number of canoes will be provided by Nashoba Paddler on a “first call, first served” basis.

Advance registration is required by calling the Nashua River Watershed Association at (978) 448-0299. E-mail is not sufficient.

Sing Through Summer

Colonial Spirit Chorus invites women of all ages to join them at open rehearsals beginning Thursday, July 15, as the chorus prepares for upcoming events.

In July they will be working on Christmas and Hanukkah songs and preparing for the Bolton Fair Sunday, Aug. 15. Other events include Concord’s 375th birthday celebration parade Sept. 11 and the annual Cabaret Nov. 6. The chorus sings four-part a cappella music of styles from barbershop to show tunes to gospel. Rehearsals are every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Newtown Road, off Route 27 in Acton. The chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Colonial Spirit Chorus is sponsored by Quantech Corp. For more information, call 978-692-2270 or e-mail colspirit@colonialspirit.org.

“Annie”

Students from the Indian Hill Music School’s Summer Musical Theater will present the Broadway musical “Annie,” fully-staged, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. There will be three shows: Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m., at Indian Hill Music, 36 King St. (Route 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Tickets are $12/adults, $10/children. Call 978-486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Relay for Life fundraiser

This free event will be Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon-5 p.m. at Cherry Hill Ice Cream Too, 53 Main St. in Townsend. A car show will feature classic and custom cars, hot rods, trucks and motorcycles. Other events include Uncle Moe’s Down Home BBQ, ice cream, dancing, vendors, two moonwalks, 50/50 raffle, trophies, and goodie bags for the first 25 vehicles that arrive. Entertainment will be provided by D&K Entertainment with Country Dave.

The chicken barbecue dinner is $10. Receive a free small ice cream with the purchase of the dinner. Tickets for the dinners must be purchased by Saturday, Aug. 14. For more ticket information, contact FriendsWhoCare@rocketmail.com or call Christina at 978-602-7086 or Tubby Boucher at 978-0597-8876.

Intergenerational Vacation Bible School

The First Parish Church of Berlin, Route 62, Berlin Center is having a Baobab Blast from 5-8 p.m. July 19-23. Children’s activities include games, crafts, music and stories themedaround community. There will be adult groups as well. Visit www.fpcberlin.org for more information and to register. Their annual chicken barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 23. The dinner Includes barbecue chicken, choice of two sides, watermelon and drink. Eat-In or takeout. $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.

Memory Ride for Alzheimer’s

Hundreds of cyclists, from experienced to novice, are signing up for Memory Ride to raise money and awareness to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Set for Saturday, July 24, Memory Ride offers a challenging 100-mile “century” ride, as well as a “metric century” of 62 miles and a 20-mile option.

Starting and finishing in Devens. The association is offering training and cycling information for casual riders and serious cyclists. Riders and volunteers can sign up at memoryride.org . The event includes a pre-ride pasta dinner for riders on July 23 and a post-ride BBQ and party that are open to the public.

Vacation Bible School

SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School is being offered Aug. 2 to 6 at Trinity Church located at 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton (just off Route 117). This free program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is for children going into pre-K through eighth grade. For more information or to register, call the church office at 978-779-5517 or visit trinitybolton.org/vacationbibleschool.htm.