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CALENDAR

FRIDAY, JULY 16

Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn: The Groton Farmers Market at the Williams Barn is open from 3 to 7 p.m. 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 17

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

SUNDAY, JULY 18

“Coming Home: Veterans’ stories”: 10 a.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Groton. Please see below for details.

Town Forest Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

MONDAY, JULY 19

MCP Housing and Cultural Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Board of Health: 7 p.m., Town Hall

MCP Open Spaces: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

TUESDAY, JULY 20

Archives Committee: 1 p.m., Town Hall

Prescott School reuse committee: 6 p.m., Town Hall

Housing Partnership: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Trail Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

Groton Historic Districts Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

LIbrary Trustees: 7:30 p.m., Library

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

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.

Sewer Commissioners: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall

Historical Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Board of Assessors: 7 p.m., Town Hall

FRIDAY, JULY 23

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.

BRIEFS

Foxwoods trip

Join the fun and challenge on a trip to Foxwoods resort and casino sponsored by the Friends of Groton Elders. The date is Tuesday, August 17; price of the trip is $25. The charter package bonus, which each passenger will receive, is worth $25. The bonus includes a players choice (choice of one: $10 food credit or full buffet) plus a $10 match play and a $5 keno.

The bus will leave from Buckingham Bus on Station Avenue in Groton at 8 a.m. The bus will leave Foxwoods at 4 p.m. for arrival back in Groton at approximately 6 p.m.

To reserve your seat, sign the sign-up sheet at the Groton Senior Center or call the center at 978-448-1170. Please make your $25 check out to Friends of Groton Elders and mail to Jean Temple at 130 Skyfields Drive, Groton, MA 01450 by August 6.

The price of $25 includes motor coach transportation and driver’s gratuity and the bonus package described above.

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.

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.

“Coming Home: Veterans’ stories”

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Groton invites the general public to the July 18 summer service “Coming Home: Veterans’ Stories” facilitated by Alice Van Ormer, a psychologist on staff at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Many of us know someone who is serving or has recently served in the military. For these veterans, often young men and women who have not yet established their adult identities, returning home can involve feelings of relief, fear, anger and/or disconnection. The transition for their families, friends, colleagues, and townspeople can be challenging as we wonder how we can help. We’ll talk about what this experience is like for our veterans and the role a spiritual community can play.

During the summer months, informal Sunday services are offered in the cool and breezy first-floor of the main church building at the corner of Main St. and Route 40 in Groton, across from the Groton library. These are lay-led services and are small, friendly and rewarding. There will be coffee, tea, light snacks, good fellowship, summer dresses and Bermuda shorts! Services begin at 10 a.m. Visitors are always welcome!

Mark your calendar for the rest of the summer series featuring:

July 25, Sacred Transitions

August 1, Shaping Our Identity

August 8, Sharing Ramadan

August 15, Bring Your Favorite Poem(s)

August 22, The Phenomenon of Religion: Where did it come from?

August 29, Meditation on Hope for the Gulf of Mexico Disaster

First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist is a supportive and welcoming liberal religious community. We live and share our beliefs by exploring and nurturing our spirits; being inspired by the examples and teachings of diverse religious and moral leaders; fostering faith, justice and stewardship among ourselves and within the larger community; valuing our children and youth; celebrating our individual diversity and common unity.

For more information contact FPCOG Friends of Summer Coordinator Rocky Sandy at 978-448-9503.

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.

Disney’s “Cinderella Kids”

The ShirleyArts! Summer Children’s Theater production is Disney’s “Cinderella Kids.” The classic musical will be performed at Shirley Middle School on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. with an admission price of $5 at the door.

Madison Staley of Shirley is playing the title role of the sweet hard-working heroine. The mean stepmother and stepsisters are played by Stevie Schaeffer and Emily Olson of Shirley and Lauren Sullivan of Groton. Brittany Gibbons is playing the helpful Fairy Godmother, with the Prince being played by Laura Wilson, both of Shirley.

The storytellers for the show are Melissa Bird and Julie Maillet, both of Shirley. The dancing Bluebird is being played by Jackie Condon, currently of Leominster. Jenna Bailey of Shirley is playing the part of the King with Ryan Messcher of Ayer playing the Grand Duke and Amber Dobson of Shirley being the Herald.

The youngest members of the cast, playing the parts of the Mice, are Katrina Colt of Groton, Cierra Wilkins of Leominster, and Michaela Hoffmann, Rosalind Lupaczyk, Anna Santoro Alex Wilson, and Amanda Wilson, all of Shirley.

Director for the production is Meredith Marcinkewicz with Laurie Marcinkewicz as choreographer.

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 Thursday, August 12 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.

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).