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Fitness for seniors: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in Library Meeting Hall A.

Intermediate Line-dancing: 10 to 11 a.m., cost $3 per class, in Library Meeting Hall B.

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

Friends of Sheila Coffee Hour: 6 to 8 p.m., Library Meeting Hall A.



Weight Watchers: 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Library Meeting Hall A.

St. John’s Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Townsend Common. Come and play games, and buy fresh homegrown produce. Purchase local crafts, listen to music and eat! Take a chance to win themed gift baskets and other raffle prizes. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 12, at noon.

Support for parents of children with special needs: 7 p.m., 304 Townsend Hill Road. A new support group for parents of children with special needs. Take a break, relax and talk to other parents who have experienced the same issues. All parents are welcome to come! When: Sept. 11, then every other week. Casual, comfortable, confidential. Please RSVP to:


ROD & GUN CLUB Open House: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An Open House will be held at the Townsend Rod and Gun Club located at 46 Emery Road, Townsend, just off Route 13 (watch for signs, about 1.5 miles south of Townsend center). The wider community is invited to visit and tour one of Townsend’s most wonderful resources. View the trap range, 100-yard shooting range, indoor and outdoor archery ranges, the trout pond and the over 300 acres of hunting, hiking, biking and camping facilities. Learn about the shooting preserve which allows the club to stock and hunt game birds from Sept. 15 until March 31 and receive a certificate to a club hunt as a guest at member’s prices. There will be games for children, short guided walks around the property, and fishing is available at the trout pond with your own tackle. The trap range will be open to the public for $4 a round. Be sure to enter your name for a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods and have a breakfast or lunch in the club’s updated kitchen. For more information please e-mail or call 978-597-6723.


PRIMARY ELECTION: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall

QiGong: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., exercise, $5 per session, in Library Meeting Hall A&B

Board of Health: 6:30 p.m., Town Hall

Planning Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall


Townsend Farm and Food begins today!: Please see below for details.

Preschool Storytime and Craft: 11 to 11:45 a.m., ages 3 to 5, in Library Storytime Room. Register online or e-mail

Townsend Quilters: 5:30 to 9 p.m., monthly meeting, Library Meeting Hall A

Heifer International Family Concert: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Library Storytime Room

Learn to knit: 6 to 8 p.m., ages 10 and up, second Tuesday of the month; bring size 10 or 11 short, straight knitting needs and one skein of worsted weight yarn. Free, held in Library Meeting Hall B.


Fitness for Seniors: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Library Meeting Hall B.

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

Elderly lunch from MOC: noon to 1 p.m., roast chicken with BBQ sauce. Call by Sept. 10 to reserve a place, 978-597-1710, for ages 60 and over, in Library Meeting Hall A&B

Well adult clinic/Ashby: noon to 1 p.m. The Nashoba Associated Boards of Health is holding a well-adult clinic to offer blood-pressure and pulse screenings, as well as diet teachings. No appointment is necessary and a physical therapist will be present to discuss safety and do balance testing. To be held at the American Legion, Route 119 in Ashby. For information, contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit

Senior Bingo: 1:30 to 3 p.m., Library Meeting Hall A&B.

Drumlin Farms: Composting with worms and predators, 6 to 7 p.m., register online or at, held in Library Meeting Hall A&B

Jewelry-making earring basics: 6 to 8 p.m., $5 materials fee payable at class, in Library Meeting Hall A. Register online.

Conservation Land Trust: 6 p.m., Town Hall


Beginner Line-dancing: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Library Meeting Hall A. Cost $36 per session payable before the first class.

What is Community Sponsored Agriculture?: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Library Meeting Hall A. Register online or at


Fitness for seniors: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in Library Meeting Hall A.

Intermediate Line-dancing: 10 to 11 a.m., cost $3 per class, in Library Meeting Hall B.

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

Townsend Movie Night: 7 to 10 p.m., “The Movie Food, Inc., ” in Library Meeting Hall A&B. Register online or at


Weight Watchers: 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Library Meeting Hall A.

Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon. Come to the Townsend Library’s first Farmer’s Market! Featuring Local Farm Harvest, Community Food Resources, Apple Pie Contest, and Bev Napior Cooking Demo with Local Foods! Outside on the library lawn! Register at Temporary Food Permits at Click here for Farmer’s Market Guidelines!

Kitchen demo: 9:35 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Farmers Market demo with Bev Napior in the kitchen, at the Library.


20th Annual Ashby Pumpkin Festival and Craft Fair

The 20th Annual Pumpkin Festival and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 on the Ashby Town Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the rain date is Oct. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.)

There will be live music throughout the day featuring country and children’s music, food, children’s games, a pumpkin decorating contest, face-painting, fire truck tours, a tractor parade and craft tables.

The festival is held to raise funds for the Ashby Free Public Library.

News from Townsend Rec

Chaperones needed

Please consider being a chaperone for the recreation dances for the fifth- to eighth-graders at Hawthorne Brook Middle School. We hold a dance monthly on a Friday night when school is in session. Per the school district, we need 10 CORI-cleared chaperones at each dance. None of our children want us to be there, but without your help, these dances will not happen this coming school year. Please provide Karen with your e-mail and get CORI’d soon. September is near!

Adult exercise classes and volleyball sessions for grade 5 and begin in September.

Haunted Trail in October. Need help. Let Karen know.

Go to for updates.

Townsend does not provide a budget for the Recreation Department. We are a self-supporting entity, which includes all operating costs and salaries.


Townsend Farm and Food

Sept. 14-18 at Townsend Public Library

The Townsend Public Library hosts:

* Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.: Heifer International: A Family Concert About Animals, Gardening and Community, featuring Marilyn Ravina and Don DeMarsh on acoustical guitar.

* Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m.: Drumlin Farms: Composting with worms and predators, families with children over 4 years of age.

* Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.: Townsend farmer Sue Greenough from North Forty Farm — What is Community Supported Agriculture?

* Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.: The movie, Food Inc., followed by a panel discussion with Ilene Bezhaler, editor of Edible Boston.

* Farm and Food Informational Festival

Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Community food resources, apple pie contest and Bev Napior: Cooking with local foods demo — ages 18 and up.

Register at the Townsend Public Library: phone: 978-597-1703 or e-mail

For other information contact Cheryl Cloutier at

Turkey supper

Townsend Congregational Church, the brick church on Townsend Common, invites you to enjoy a roast turkey dinner with all the traditional fixin’s including potatoes, stuffing, gravy, veggies and an assortment of desserts and beverages, Saturday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-8. As always, children under 3 eat free! For more information, please call 978-597-8925. Townsend Congregational Church is an open and affirming member of the United Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome!