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FRIDAY, FEB. 18

Woman’s Club: The Groton Woman’s Club will meet at the Union Congregational Church in Groton at 11:30 a.m. Hostess chairmen for the luncheon will be Lori McElroy and Mildred Wells. The program will be a women’s choral group called, “Women of Note.” Members of this group come from area towns; their program is entitled, “Celebrating the Harmony of Women’s Voices.”

For more information about the meeting and/or the Woman’s Club, please contact President Susan Slade at 978-448-9389.

Town Clerk: Town clerk’s office open to 8 p.m., last day to register to vote in Special Town Meeting

SATURDAY, FEB. 19

Cookies for a Cause: Groton Girl Scout Troop 60940 will be selling cookies at Shaws from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A donation box will be provided if you would like to purchase a box to donate to military men and women abroad as part of the “Cookies for a Cause” program.

Public Supper: The Christian Union Church in West Groton will be holding a belated Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Our season will open with our almost world famous roast beef, mashed potato/gravy, vegetables and for dessert — pineapple upside cake. All meals are served family-style — continuous serving — no reservations needed for $10 /adult; $5/under 12 and under 6 eat free. Takeouts are also available by calling 978-448-5480. The church is located on West Main St. (Rt. 225) in West Groton, diagonally across from the fire station. Hope to see you there.

SUNDAY, FEB. 20

Service of celebration: The talented Matt Meyer returns to First Parish Church of Groton to lead a service of celebration in drumming and percussion at 10 a.m. The worship service will invite the congregation to become a community of music-makers, working, playing and tapping into something that truly brings a feeling of wholeness to those gathered in this spirit of profound worship. For more information about Matt Meyer, visit: www.rhythmrevelations.com. First Parish Church is at 1 Powder House road just off 119 in Groton and is associated with the Unitarian Universalist faith. For more information contact the Church office at 978-448-6307.

GrotonREADS 2011 event — Anne Fadiman to visit the Groton Public Library: Please join us for a very special visit from the author of this year’s GrotonREADS book, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” from 2 to 4 p.m. in Sibley Hall. Anne Fadiman won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and is currently the Francis Writer-In-Residence at Yale. She will discuss her book and answer your questions. Bring your copy of the book to have it signed. We will also have her other books, “Ex Libris” and “At Large and At Small” available for purchase at this event. For updates on this and other upcoming GrotonREADS 2011 programs please check www.gpl.org. All of the GrotonREADS 2011 events are made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Fund.

MONDAY, FEB. 21

Presidents Day: Town offices closed.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

Dog Control By-law Review: 11 a.m., , Town Hall

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

Conservation Commission: 6:45 p.m., Town Hall

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

Sustainability Commission: 7:30 p.m., Nashoba River Watershed building

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

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

Groton Historical Society Demolition Delay : 7 p.m., Town Hall

Great Pond Advisory Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

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

SATURDAY, FEB. 26

Caffeine and Conversations: 9-10 a.m., Clover Farm Market, 9 West Main St., W. Groton. Buy your own “cuppa” and come just to talk. No agenda other than an opportunity to gather informally and share what’s on your mind.

MONDAY, FEB. 28

Blood drive: A Groton Community Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church at 220 Main St. A free T-shirt will be given to all donors. For an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins also welcome. Blood supplies are very low; please give and be part of the recovery.

BRIEFS

DATE CHANGED: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Groton Dunstable Community Education presents —

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” performed by the students of the Florence Roche Elementary School at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School Performing Arts Center (PAC) April 8 and 9 (note date change).

Win a Golden Ticket!

Presented by the third and fourth grade cast and chorus of the Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, revisit this classic adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl and be transported into a world of “pure imagination.” See how a Golden Ticket and a man named Willy Wonka transform the lives of five children- both good and bad. Relive the fantasy of the book, now brought to life on stage, with the whimsical characters of Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket the mystical Oompa Loompas and a huge cast of colorfully outrageous characters that are sure to keep you humming the familiar tunes for weeks to come!

Find a Golden Ticket-win a prize! As part of the play fundraiser, there will be several “Charlie Bars” sold throughout the town and possibly during ticket sales. As in the book and movie, five special Golden Tickets will be inside these candy bars. Find a magical Golden Ticket and win a prize package from the play! Candy bars will be sold at NOA Gifts, Main Street Café, Country Kids at Rivercourt and the Groton Exchange starting March 7.

SAVE THE DATE

Carrying on after suicide

For Suicide Survivors: “Carrying On,” the peer support group formulated and organized by and for people who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. The February meeting will be in the Gardner Room of the School House of Groton School on Farmers Row, Groton. It’s the building with the dome; Enter at the left side door. In March we will be back at First Parish Unitarian of Groton, the Great Room of the Parish House.

The focus topic for the March 15 meeting will be: “The Phases of Grief.”

The meetings are informal with time for one-on-one conversations and refreshments are served. It can be your first or your seventh meeting. Silence is respected. Please call June Johnson, 978-448 8800 or Steve Boczenowski , 978-448-5013 for further information.

Growing Fruits

in the Home Garden

The warm summer months are perfect for growing fresh fruit and luscious berries and how special and rewarding it will be to plant and then pick these in your own garden.

Whether you are experienced gardener or a new comer to growing fruits in your home garden, expert Benjamin Crouch will help you understand the best methods to use, give tips on selecting the best site, what to do about pests, and how to find what works best for you.

Crouch owns and operates an organic landscaping and gardening business in Jamaica Plain. He has worked closely with both urban and suburban clients as well as the Dorchester Historical Society, Earthworks, the Roxbury YMCA and Groundworks, Lawrence.

As a speaker and lecturer, he has provided workshops for the Harvard Arnold Arboretum, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals, Tower Hill Botanical Society, the Boston Natural Areas Network among many other organizations.

The Groton Garden Club invites the public to a lecture by Crouch scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Groton Country Club from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the generosity of the Groton Trust Funds.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” March 4, 5 & 6

Groton-Dunstable Middle School Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Presented by the third and fourth grade cast and chorus of the Florence Roche Elementary School, revisit this classic adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl and be transported into a world of “pure imagination.” See how a Golden Ticket and a man named Willy Wonka transform the lives of five children.

Antique appraisal night

— at the Dunstable Public Library Saturday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. The Friends of the Library along with the Tyngsborough /Dunstable Historical Society will be hosting an antique appraisal night. Local appraisers Bob Fennochetti and Bud Tully will be doing the verbal appraisals.

Guests may bring two items for appraising. If you have an item too large to bring, a picture and some pertinent information about it will do. This is a FREE event but you must register before hand at 978-649-7830 or stully@mvlc.org. Space is limited.