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FRIDAY, JULY 9

Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn: The Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn is open from 3 to 7 p.m. with vendors selling everything you need for your family and friends Fourth of July picnics. Get your peas, salad fixings, fresh berries and delicious homemade treats, plus plants, honey, cheese and new this year gluten-free baked goods. The Market will be held in the field behind the Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton, just 1.5 miles north of Main Street. Check out a map and list of vendors at www.williamsbarn.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14

Debtors Anonymous: Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road; Route 40 and Route 119. Meeting is in the Parish House, beside church, on second floor. The first half hour of meeting is quiet time to work on numbers. No dues or fees. Everyone welcome! Outreach number is 617-728-1426, http://www.debtorsanonymous.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 17

Big 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christian Union Church. Please see below for more details.

BRIEFS

Vacation Bible School at Shepherd of the Valley

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 30, we will be traveling 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.

Groton Historical Society Changes Open House Schedule

The Groton Historical Society has changed its open-house schedule and as a result, the Boutwell House on Main Street will no longer be open from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday. Instead, it will be open at select times throughout the year, and many open houses will be held in conjunction with community events and Historical Society programs. Each open house will have a special theme or featured exhibit.

The Society has not yet finalized its calendar, but plans include an “open garage” day when visitors will have an opportunity to view the various vehicles housed in its garage including the old town hearse, a passenger coach, fire apparatus, etc. capped off by a special holiday open house in December. The Society hopes this new approach will stimulate more interest in our collections and variety to their displays.

More information is available on the society Web site: www.grotonhistoricalsociety.org.

And, as always, the Society is open by appointment. For more information, please call 978-448-0092.

Veterans services

Veterans Service Officer Robert Johnson: Office: Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St., first floor; 978-448-1175. Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to noon; Weds. 6 to 9 p.m.; first Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mobile medical clinic by appointment. The veterans service officer is responsible for disbursing benefits to qualified veterans upon application and for generally serving the needs of veterans in town.

SAVE THE DATE

Big 3 at Christian Union Church

Keep Saturday, July 17, free to attend the Big 3 at Christian Union Church in West Groton. Yard Sale with loads of treasures and bake sale — where else can you get home baked goodies, including our famous pies along with many other delectables; you can browse, buy, all while you get your car washed. The place again is Christian Union Church, West Main St. (Route 225) W. Groton — the home of the famous suppers. Time 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope to see you there. Proceeds to benefit the many activities of the church.

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.

“Ideal Weight Management”

…presented at the Groton Senior Center, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Don’t miss this is an informative workshop with speaker Dr. Purnima Sangal, Program Director. Dr. Sangal will share the secret on how to become healthy with this program. Family, friends and neighbors are all welcome! A light lunch will be served. Sign-up by calling 978-448-1170.

Yard sale fundraiser

Troop 1 West Groton will hold a hard sale fundraiser on Labor Day, Sept. 6, during the firemen’s muster, held at Hollingsworth & Vose Field, Townsend Road, West Groton.

Those interested in donating items to the fundraiser, are invited to bring them to the field on the Sunday before Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items can also be picked; e-mail Kelly at kboyd182@gmail.com.

Not accepted are: Mattresses, electronics, anything with a cord or motor, or car seats (unless made in the prior three years).

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