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FRIDAY, OCT. 15

Woman’s Club: The Groton Woman’s Club will be holding their October meeting on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Union Congregational Church, located at 218 Main St., Groton. A luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program, Eating Locally and in Season. The speaker is Jamie Cruz from Springdell Farm, Littleton. Hostess Chairmen for the luncheon are Pat Bennett and Susan Slade. A collection of non-perishable items for Loaves and Fishes will be taken at the meeting. Please contact Susan Slade, 978-448-9389, for more information.

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

Station Avenue Overlay District RFP Review Committee: 7 a.m., Town Hall

SATURDAY, OCT. 16

Public Supper: Do you enjoy turkey? If so, please come to Christian Union Church in West Groton for a turkey dinner with all the fixings. The menu will consist of turkey (real), mashed potato (real), gravy, vegetables, cranberry sauce, beverage and for dessert: apple crisp. Remember all meals are served family-style, continuous serving from 5-7 p.m. No reservations needed and take-outs are available. The church is located on Rte. 225 (W. Main Street) in W. Groton diagonally across from the fire station. Price will be $10 adult; $5 children; under 6 eat free. For more information, please call 978-448-5480.

SUNDAY, OCT. 17

The Archaeology of Groton: 2 p.m. A team of archaeologists and historians has completed an extensive inventory of Groton’s Native American and other historic archaeological sites. The findings will be presented at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Road, Groton. Archaeologist Mitchell Mulholland, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, will present the program entitled The Archaeology of Groton: Results of the Groton Communitywide Archaeological Reconnaissance Survey.

The program is based on major research of the town’s Native American and historic sites conducted with a team of archaeologists and historians from UMass Archaeological Services (Amherst) with Archaeologist Michael Roberts acting as the local project coordinator. The public is encouraged to bring any artifacts they may have collected from the town and archaeologists will date, identify, and comment on them during the presentation. Participants are also encouraged to share any information about potential historical sites as well.

Funding for the project was provided by the Community Preservation Committee and was conducted at the behest of the Groton Historical Commission and the Groton Planning Board for the purpose of consolidating information about Groton’s archaeology and history, as well as to identify potential sites that have not been studied before. The scope of the study included Native American sites, ruins of residences and farmsteads, schools, early industrial sites (such as water-powered mills), quarries, commercial sites, and settlement clusters.

Sponsored by the Groton Historical Society, the Groton Historical Commission and the Groton Planning Board, with funding provided through the Community Preservation Act, the presentation is free and open to the public.

MONDAY, OCT. 18

Board of Selectmen: 6 p.m., Town Hall

Town Meeting: 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center

TUESDAY, OCT. 19

Prescott School Reuse Committee: 6 p.m., Town Hall

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

Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Library

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

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

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20

Group Lunch at Devens Grill for Groton Seniors: 1 p.m. Please see below for details.

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. No dues or fees. Everyone welcome! Outreach number is 617-728-1426, http://www.debtorsanonymous.org.

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

Historical Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall

THURSDAY, OCT. 21

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

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m. Town Hall

FRIDAY, OCT. 22

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

SATURDAY, OCT. 23

Silent auction: 6 to 9 p.m. The 6th annual Silent Auction to benefit local charities will be held at Shepherd of the Valley, 80 Champney St., Groton. The auction will run from 6 to 9 p.m. with bidding from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be live music and hors d’oeuvres served through the evening. Auction items include goods and services as well as gift certificates from local businesses. Please come and support charities such as Loaves & Fishes, Our Fathers House, Camp Calumet, Groton Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity and Life Saver Ministries. For further information please contact Glenn Weiland at 978-597-0829, Kim Duhamel, 978-448-8193 or Bob Nelson, 978-448-5294.

BRIEFS

Ballroom dancing lessons:

Back by popular demand

Going on a cruise? Attending a wedding? Don’t be the “wall flower.” Ballroom dancing has splashed on the scene partly as a result of television programs, but mostly because folks are rediscovering what great fun it is. Ballroom dancing is great exercise and a marvelous way to meet new people.

Back by popular demand, Peg and Earl Russell are conducting a ballroom dance workshop at the Groton Senior Center. Lessons will start with two-step and waltz, and move on to swing and Latin.

The classes will not be progressive, so attending any night will feature another dance step and a review. Admission is $5 each, and the classes will take place at the lower level of the Groton Senior Center from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Break out your dancing shoes and come for a fun time. Singles or couples are welcome. This is not a senior affair and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend the sessions. For more information please call the senior center at 978-448-1170 or the Russells at 978-448-5822.

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

Group Lunch at Devens

Grill for Groton Seniors

To increase social opportunities for older Groton citizens, the Friends of Groton Elders has arranged with the Devens Grill to serve a monthly prix fixe (fixed-price) group lunch for those who can provide their own transportation to the Grill and are willing to pay $15 (cash only) each to cover three courses, a choice of coffee or tea, meal tax and tip.

The lunch will include a soup or salad first course, several choices of hot entrees, a dessert, and tea or coffee.

If you would like to join the luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. please call Corinne Moyle at 978-448-5014 or Dale Martin at 978-448-2226 to sign up, discuss arrangements and get directions to the restaurant if you need them.

A group of volunteers has already tested the prix fixe menu and found the food superior and the social occasion a lot of fun.

The Grill will try to accommodate as many people as wish to participate, but needs to know how many people to expect each month two days ahead to time.

This program is a work in progress, and the Friends of Elders would like to hear your reaction to the arrangements made thus far.

(Prix fixe: French, meaning a complete meal at a fixed price.)

Crafters needed

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 cmsmjcollins@gmail.com or 978-804-1851 for more information to register.

Thanksgiving Barn Dance

The Groton Grange is pleased to present a Thanksgiving Barn Dance on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St.

Please join us for an evening of music and dancing; music by the Two Fiddles and The Contra Banditos. Caller Dudley Laufman will teach square, circle and contra dances to the beat of Celtic and Old Time Fiddle Tunes !!Beginners are welcome.

Donation at door: adults $5, children and seniors $3, family max $15. Refreshments provided, raffle.

This dance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund.

For more information visit www.grotongrange.com or contact Aisling at 978-302-5649 or e-mail aisling44@verizon.net.

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