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FRIDAY, NOV. 19

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.

SATURDAY, NOV. 20

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 www.WilliamsBarn.org.

Old Groton Inn to serve lunch at Thanksgiving Farmers Market: A partnership for delicious food between the Old 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 St., Groton. For more information call 978-448-3418 or check out www.grotongrange.com.

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

SUNDAY, NOV. 21

Mountain Lakes Club Annual Meeting: 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lost Lake Fire Station. Keep the community spirit alive and join the fun. We are looking for people from the Lost Lake neighborhood, members or not, to attend the annual meeting and help us make plans for next years activities.

MONDAY, NOV. 22

Talk with Tom: The Friends of Groton Elders conversation group moderated by Thomas Hartnett will meet at the Groton Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. The main topic will be how the town’s EMT organization operates. Betsy Reeves, whose many years of experience as an EMT recently earned her a town award, will talk about the processes that take place when a person in trouble dials 911. She will tell us how the EMTs are trained to carry out their various roles and explain the different kinds of emergencies they handle, from false alarms to matters of life and death. This meeting is free and open to all. Coffee and pastries will be served.

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

Greenway Committee: 7 p.m., Nashua River Watershed Building

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

TUESDAY, NOV. 23

Economic Development Committee: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall

Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall

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

Water Commission: 7:30, Town Hall

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24

Debtors Anonymous: Wednesdays 6:45 to 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, www.debtorsanonymous.org.

Families Anonymous: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at First Parish Church of Groton. For individuals whose lives have been negatively impacted by another person’s abuse of drugs or alcohol. Meeting is held in the Parish House next to the church. For information, call 978-448-3402, or go to www.familiesanonymous.org.

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

Thanksgiving Day: Town offices closed.

Thanksgiving Day Service at SOV: 9 a.m., Thanksgiving Day service at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 80 Champney St., Groton. It is a perfect time to set aside a few minutes at the beginning of this festive day to offer thanks for all that we have.

BRIEFS

Invitation from Santa

The Ladies Aid of the Christian Union Church in West Groton received an invitation from Santa Claus for the children of the Groton area to have lunch with him on Sat., Dec. 4.

Lunch will be served in TWO sittings: 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Come have lunch with Santa, put in your orders with him and receive a small token from Santa. Lunch will consist of macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, cookie and beverage.

The price is $5 for adults and $2 for children. DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CAMERA. The church is located on West Main Street (Route 225) in W. Groton. For more information, call Carole at 978 448-5480.

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 townclerk@townofgroton.org 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.

SAVE THE DATE

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.

Greens sale

The Groton Woman’s Club will hold is fifth annual Greens Sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row. Holiday wreaths, Boxwood trees, centerpieces, swags, Kissing Balls, quilt and gift basket raffles and holiday cookies will be available.

Proceeds from the sale go toward scholarships for students at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, Nashoba Valley Technical High School and Francis W. Parker Charter School.

For more information, call Eileen at 978-448-2904 or Pat at 978-448-5250.

“Carrying On” for suicide survivors

“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 jiser29@charter.net or www.grotonnewcomers.org.

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