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Christmas fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Parish, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall. Please join us for a day of holiday shopping and fun with over 15 tables of handmade items from local crafters. While enjoying the holiday music provided by a local DJ, take a chance to win a theme basket, or one of the many specialty items, or even participate in one of the 50/50 raffles. There are even chances to win a monetary prize of $500, $300 and $100. Get a headstart on the holiday cards when children of all ages can have their picture taken with Santa between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be plenty to eat with the breakfast and lunch menu available for purchase and opportunities to follow it up with something sweet from the variety of baked good items for sale or share a dessert by choosing a pie that has arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. Bring in a nonperishable food item to donate to PACH and receive a free cookie! There is something for everyone at the Christmas Craft Fair so plan for a day of fun, food and smiles! Free admission and parking. St. Joseph Church is handicap accessible.


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

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

Community Preservation Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

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


Two fundraisers: The Groton Area Newcomers and Friends is sponsoring two fundraisers to raise money for the Bic Penn Memorial Scholarship, both on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Come do your holiday, special occasion and birthday shopping at the Toy Shop of Westford and 20 percent of your purchases goes to the scholarship. Please be sure to bring a flier or mention the GANF when you checkout! The Toy Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

After you shop, head next door to Papa Gino’s and enjoy some good food!! Again, mention the GANF and 20 percent of your sale benefits the Bic Penn Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a Groton-Dunstable college bound senior for outstanding community service. The Papa Gino’s fundraiser runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Both shops are located at 160 Littleton Road in Westford.

“Carrying On” for suicide survivors: 7 p.m. The next gathering of the peer support group “Carrying On” will be in the Gardner Room of the School House at Groton School. The topic of discussion is, “Coping on a bad day.” Refreshments are served and time is made for one on one conversation. Please see below for more details.

Greenway Committee: 6:45 p.m., Country Club

Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Library

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

Water Commission: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

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


Debtors Anonymous: Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road; Rout e 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,

Land Use Committee: 10 a.m., Town Hall

Affordable Housing Trust Fund: 5 p.m., Town Hall

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

Army Community Covenant Committee: 7 p.m., 19 Lowell Road

Parks Commission: 7 p.m., Legion Hall

Historical Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Great Pond Advisory Committee: 7:15 p.m., Town Hall

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:30. p.m., Town Hall


Squannacook River Rail Trail Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

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

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


Woman’s Club to meet: The Groton Woman’s Club will hold its November meeting at the Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m., and will be hosted by Terry McPartlan and Ann Walsh with their luncheon committee. Following the luncheon, the speaker will be Dr. Phil Erickson, a research scientist with the MIT Haystack Observatory who will be talking about the programs and work at the observatory in Westford. For further information about the Club and its activities, please contact President Susan Slade at 978-448-9389.

Remember to save the date of Sat., Dec. 4 for the Groton Woman’s Club annual Greens Sale at the Williams Barn.


Thanksgiving Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Groton Farmers Market will host a special Thanksgiving market at the Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. A number of the market’s regular seasonal vendors will supply vegetables for the Thanksgiving table, such as squash, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, kale and even a few surprises. Herbs, honey, chutneys, jellies, preserves, eggs and a variety of baked goods will also be available as well as frozen meats and breads, apples and apple products. In addition, seasonal items made in Groton and suitable for gift-giving will be for sale. There will also be a drawing of local gift and food items, including a fresh Bronze turkey, donated by Joe Twomey, which will make Thanksgiving Day complete. For more information on the Market, please check the website

Olde Groton Inn to serve lunch at Thanksgiving Farmers Market: A partnership for delicious food between the Olde Groton Inn and the Williams Barn Committee will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Groton Farmers Market will host a special Thanksgiving market and the Inn will serve delicious lunches of chowder, chili and coffee at the Williams Barn. The Inn’s commitment to local food makes the two organizations perfect partners.

The Screening Room presents “Please Give”: 7:30 p.m. “Please Give” is the story of a successful Manhattan couple (Catherine Keener, and Oliver Platt) who develop a relationship with the granddaughters of Andra (Ann Morgan Gilbert), a cantankerous older woman who owns the apartment next to theirs … and who must die so they can expand their home. The all-star cast of this Indie comedy includes Amanda Peet, Rebecca Hall, and Lois Smith. Rated R. Admission to all Screening Room events is free.

The Groton Grange is located at 80 Champney Street, Groton. For more information call 978-448-3418 or check out

The Screening Room is made possible with a grant from the Groton Cultural Council.


Bright Nights in Forest Park

The Friends of Groton Elders, Inc. is sponsoring an evening trip to Brights Nights in Forest Park, Springfield and also a Dinner with Dickens at the historic Barney Carriage House in the park among the thousands of light displays. The date is Saturday, Dec. 4. Dinner with Dickens tells the tale of how Mr. Scrooge learned the true meaning of Christmas with the aid of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future performed by the group Westfield on the Weekends. A sumptuous buffet will feature English Caesar salad, whipped potatoes, Tiny Tim vegetable medley, chef carved turkey breast, bread pudding and apple crisp.

The price of $55 includes motor coach transportation, the viewing trip through the park, entertainment and Dinner with Dickens and the driver’s gratuity. The bus will leave Buckingham Bus Co. on Station Avenue in Groton at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The approximate time of return to Groton will be 9 p.m.

To reserve your place please sign the sign-up sheet at the Groton Senior Center or call the center at 978-448-1170. When signing up please record or leave your telephone number. Make checks payable to Friends of Groton Elders, Inc. and mail to Jean Temple at 130 Skyfields Drive, Groton, MA 01450 by Nov. 29. For questions please call Jean Temple at 978-448-5413 or Corinne Moyle at 978-448-5014.

Groton Town Hall holiday hours

The Groton Town Clerk schedule during Thanksgiving weekend is as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day — closed.

Friday, Nov. 26, open 9 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 27 — closed.

Please contact the office at 978-448-1100 or for further information.

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.


OLIVER in performance: Nov. 12-14

Tickets for the ShirleyArts! production of OLIVER are now on sale. The show, which features a cast of 50 local men women and children, will take place at the Shirley Middle School on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. Reserved seat tickets bought during the month of October cost only $12. The price goes up to $15 in November.

Tickets are available at the Hazen Library during their regular open hours. Ticket order forms are available at the library or the Shirley Middle School or on line by e-mailing or by mailing a check to ShirleyArts!, P.O. Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464.

For further information, go to

The Adventures

of Dr. Dolittle

The Three Rivers Youth Theater of the Groton Center for the Arts (GCA) presents The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle.

Twenty-eight talented local children have been working very hard to bring this childhood classic to life on stage. Performances of this musical adaptation will take place on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and again on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, and can be purchased in Groton at the Main Street Café, Clover Farm Market, Union Congregational Church office 978-448-2091, Groton Center for the Arts 978-448-3001 or at the door.

“Carrying On” for suicide


The next gathering of the peer support group “Carrying On” will be on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Gardner Room of the School House at Groton School. The topic of discussion is, “Coping on a bad day.” Refreshments are served and time is made for one on one conversation.

“Carrying On” was initiated in the spring of 2010 in response to the perceived need for a forum where suicide and the effects on family and significant others could be openly discussed. From the initial attendees it was discovered that suicide is never a closed issue in the families who experience it, even sometimes after years and years of silence.

Planned for the third Tuesday of each month, the December gathering will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of First Parish Church on Powder House Road off from Main Street, Groton. The date is close to Christmas, but sometimes that is the time of most need for support from others for the survivors of suicide. The topic will be, “Taking stock of the last year.”

For further information or to talk through whether the group would be appropriate for a particular person call Steve Boczenowski at 978-448-5013 or June Johnson at 978-448-2223, or just come.

Here comes Santa Claus!

Come visit with Santa at the Groton Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The Groton Area Newcomers and Friends is sponsoring its fourth annual Holiday Photo Day with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this event benefit the Bic Penn Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded yearly to a college-bound Groton-Dunstable senior for outstanding community service.

A family sitting with Santa and Mrs. Claus is $10, which includes a photo. Picture CDs are also available for an additional cost.

Registration for this family event starts Friday Nov. 19 in the Children’s’ Room at the GPL. Reservations must be done in person. No phone calls, please!!

Direct any questions to Carrie at or

Please join us for this wonderful event and celebrate the season!!