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Women’s Business


The Women’s Business Network welcomes everyone back from vacation for its first meeting of the year at Holy Trinity Parish, formerly St. Theresa’s Church, 15 Still River Road, Harvard, on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:15 p.m.

Membership for the coming year is $50. Bring your business cards & brochures to all events.

Unless otherwise specified, WBN meets at 7:15 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at St. Theresa Church in Harvard. For more information, check the website at join us on Facebook at or call Renee W. Senes, CDFA at 978-456-9600.

Nashoba Tech’s restaurant plans grand reopening

Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, a winner three years running in the Best Entrée category of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Nashoba Valley contest, will host a grand reopening Tuesday, Sept. 14.

This year’s menu will feature locally grown, organic produce, an expanded salad bar, express luncheons, featuring an entrée, potato, vegetable and salad bar, available to go, a-la-carte selections and frozen soups, chowders, chicken pies and other items to go.

All selections are reasonably priced and are prepared and served by the staff and students in Nashoba Tech’s Culinary Arts/Hotel & Restaurant Management program.

Each Friday will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet for $7.95.

The Elegant Chef is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, while school is in session, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Contact Dan Phelps at 978-692-4711, Ext. 3121.

Sculpture Walk Opening Day at Old Frog Pond

Farm in Harvard

Lowell sculptor Patrick Pierce will be exhibiting at the popular Sculpture Walk at Old Frog Pond Farm, 38 Eldridge Road in Harvard. The opening is on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Twenty sculptors in all from all over New England will exhibit their art outdoors in the beautiful setting of this organic apple and raspberry farm.

There is no fee for admission. The sculpture walk will be open every weekend through Columbus Day from 1 to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours.

Old Frog Pond Farm is the only certified organic pick-your-own apple orchard in the state. The orchard and raspberry patch are open Wednesday thru Sunday 10 – 5 pm for picking.

For more information about the Sculpture Walk and Old Frog Pond Farm, check the website,

Calling all singers!

Harvard Pro Musica, a SATB classical, community chorus under the direction of Dr. Mark Bennett, seeks singers for the 2010-11 season. First rehearsal is Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church on the Common in Harvard (9 Ayer Road at the intersection of routes 110 and 111). All voice parts are welcome; no audition required. Visit; <;; or call 978-456-5039. Come sing with us!

Kenny Selcer at Bull Run

Kenny Selcer is bringing his band to the Bull Run in Shirley for a special show Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, and includes a free CD. For more information, call 978-425-4311 or visit the Bull Run website at For additional information about Kenny Selcer, visit

Tours of Shirley

Shaker Village

The Shirley Historical Society will lead narrated tours of the Shirley Shaker Village on Sundays, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, starting at 1 p.m. in Building No. 20 on MCI property. Since this 200-year-old historic site is part of the state prison system, access is limited. The property was once home to 150 men, women, and children who lived, worked, and worshipped together. They built large dwellings, workshops, and barns. The Shirley Shakers made brooms, mops, and applesauce to be sold to provide any food or other goods that they could not make themselves. They packaged spices and seeds, kept diaries, and wrote songs. Every Shaker had a job to do, putting their hands to work while they gave their hearts to God. In 1909 the property was sold to the state of Massachusetts to be used as an Industrial School for Boys. In the 1970s the Boys School closed and the prison opened. Since then, a medium security and maximum security prison have been erected on the site.

The cost is $15 to learn about Shaker history and go inside three of the old Shaker buildings. Special tours can be arranged for groups of 8 or more. Reservations must be made in advance so we know whether or not a tour will actually be able to go forward. Call 978-425-9328 or e-mail for more information.

LPA Kids Stuff Tag/

Bake Sale

Are you in the midst of sorting through your children’s outgrown clothing? How about turning those gently-used baby/children’s clothing (age birth -12 years), toys, baby equipment, sporting goods, maternity items, and books into cash?! Don’t miss the annual Littleton Parents Association’s Kids Stuff Tag/Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell St., Littleton. In case of rain, the sale will be held inside the school’s cafeteria.

The space rental fee is $20. A maximum of two families can share one space, if desired. All proceeds from these space rental fees, after our advertising costs, will be donated to the Shaker Lane Elementary School to purchase curriculum materials for the kindergartners. We’ll do all the advertising for the tag sale. All you need to do is bring a table and items to sell. The items must be kid-related… no household items, please. All proceeds from your table are yours to keep. Unsold items are your responsibility and cannot be left at the school.

If you are interested in reserving a table or would like more information, contact the tag-sale coordinator at or visit

Don’t have anything to sell? Then come and find yourself a bargain! While you shop, stop for a snack at our bake sale. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies and other munchies will be available for purchase, and all proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to the Shaker Lane Elementary School to buy curriculum materials for the kindergartners.

Montachusett Home Care seeks volunteers

Do you have some time to help an elder or disabled adult in your community? Are you looking for a genuine volunteer opportunity — one where your life-experience and caring heart can really serve people? If your answer is “yes,” Montachusett Home Care’s volunteer programs are in need of individuals who can help by:

*Serving as an advocate for nursing and rest home residents.

*Assisting elders in organizing finances and paying monthly bills.

*Providing companionship as a friendly visitor.

*Assisting with shopping and other errands.

*Escorting elders to medical appointments.

If these activities seem interesting to you, please join us for an informational open house.

The open house will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 3-4 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at Montachusett Home Care Corp., 680 Mechanic St. in Leominster. Refreshments will be served.

Our volunteer programs are supported by The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Central MA Agency on Aging, and the cities of Leominster and Gardner Community Block Grants.

Nashoba Tech offers free postgrad programs

WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School is holding ongoing registration for free postgraduate programs for students within its district.

High-school graduates or students who have earned a GED and who live in Nashoba Tech’s seven-district towns — Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford — as well as Ayer, are eligible to enroll, tuition-free, in Nashoba Tech’s Postgraduate Certificate Program.

Students in the Postgraduate Certificate Program are integrated into Nashoba Tech’s career and technical programs. Textbook and material fees may apply.

Nashoba Tech offers postgraduate programs in Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing and Retail; Carpentry and Cabinetmaking; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts/Hotel and Restaurant Management; Dental Assisting; Design and Visual Communications; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting/Early Education and Care; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing and Heating; and TV and Media Production/Theater Arts.

The postgraduate program at Nashoba Tech will provide students with the same real-world skills, licenses and certificates they would receive at a community college, but at no charge.

To register, call 978-692-4711, ext. 1116, or visit and click on “Postgrad info.”

Upcoming fairs…

29th Townsend Fall Fair

is Sept. 18-19

The Townsend Historical Society is sponsoring the 29th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, from 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 fair will be held at Townsend Common, 263 Main St., at the junction of routes 13 and 119. There will be a food court, free parking, and restroom facilities. It is a rain or shine event.

Visit the society’s website at for ‘early bird’ registration and ‘bring a friend’ discount information. Download an application or call the Society’s office at 978-597-2106. The Townsend Historical Society, 72 Main St., is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

Crafters needed for Christmas Craft Fair

Our Lady of Grace Parish will be having its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hall at St. Joseph Church in Pepperell. Please contact Caroline at or 978-804-1851 for more information to register.