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THEATER

Getting Away With Murder

The Stratton Players will be presenting Getting Away With Murder at their Fitchburg playhouse at 60 Wallace Avenue beginning on Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Subsequent performances will be held on Feb. 26, March 4 and 5, all at 8 p.m. In addition, the cast will present Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 and March 6.

Getting Away With Murder, written by the tag team of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, is a dark-sided yet hilarious production. It takes place in a New York City psychiatrist’s office where the doctor is treating seven high-society patients, all of whom have dirty laundry and secrets unbeknownst to anyone but the doctor and themselves.

The Fay Club is again hosting dinner before the play on Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26. The menu starts out with a Hacked-up Mixed Green Salad, followed by a choice of Marianated “Blade” Steak or Braised Breast of Chicken with a “Cuckoo-nut Curry,” accompanied by “Bloodied” Roast Beets and Orzo Pasta with Mushrooms. The finale, to die for, is Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. The price for dinner and the show is $37; dinner alone is $25. Call the Fay Club for reservations at 978-345-4537.

FUNDRAISER

Daffodil Days — hope blooms in Massachusetts

Orders can be placed through Tuesday, March 1.

The American Cancer Society offers a unique way to acknowledge special people in your life while making a difference in the fight against cancer through its Daffodil Days® program. Bouquets of fresh-cut daffodils will be available for a donation of $10. You can also send flowers anonymously to cancer patients in the community by donating a Gift of Hope, a bouquet of 10 daffodils in a vase, for $25. Potted plants are available for $15 and a bear delivered anonymously to a child impacted by cancer for a $25 donation.

Daffodils may also be reserved by calling your local American Cancer Society office at 800-227-2345 or online at www.cancer.org/daffodils. Advance orders must be placed by March 1. Delivery will take place the week of March 14.

Nashoba Tech Animal League collecting for MSPCA

Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Animal League is holding a collection for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ wish list. Items can be delivered through Friday, March 11, to the Viking Village Mall or to Cosmo Cuts, the in-school salon run by staff and students in the Cosmetology program, both located near the in-school restaurant.

In addition to such basics as food and cat litter, the MSCPA’s wish list contains many other items. For a complete list, go to www.mspca.org/search.jsp?query=with+list.

The Animal League is an after-school club started by Nashoba Tech students to assist animals in need. For more information on the Animal League or the MSPCA wish-list drive at Nashoba Tech, e-mail sfarrand@nashoba.tec.ma.us or sanderer@nashoba.tec.ma.us.

EDUCATION

Mini-Exploratory Program

Nashoba Valley Technical High School is offering a Mini-Exploratory Program for three days over February vacation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-24.

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 can choose to attend for one, two or all three days. Activities include: Becoming a Child-Care Expert; Dental Assisting; Computer Designer’s Workshop; Auto Detailing; Cooking Club; and Woodworking Wonders. On Wednesday, each group will take a field trip appropriate to the curriculum.

Cost is $25 per day for Tuesday and Thursday (8 a.m. to noon), and $50 for Wednesday (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), which includes a field trip and lunch, or $75 for all three days. Transportation to and from school will not be provided, though transportation for the field trip on Wednesday is provided.

Register by Friday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m. To register or for more information, call 978-692-4711, ext.. 1001, or e-mail communityed@nashoba.tec.ma.us.

Winter Adventures

What will your children be doing during February vacation week? If they like outdoor adventures, they’ll love spending time outside with Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) naturalists. Choose from the following programs:

Winter Wonderland

for 6-8 year-olds

Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come explore the exciting winter world with us! Track animals on snowy hikes, play “Winter Olympics” games, do snowy crafts and icy experiments with new friends!

Winter Survivors

for 9-12 year-olds

Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Want to learn how to build a shelter? Find your way home? Cook over a fire? Then come join us for two great days of outdoor adventure focusing on winter survival-based activities.

Both programs meet at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. These programs are open to the public and youth from all communities. The cost is $35 per day for NRWA members, $45 per day for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. To preregister, contact Lauren Parente Noone, NRWA Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail LaurenP@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

Dunstable Preschool Open

House, Fall Registration

Dunstable Preschool will be hosting its annual Open House on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s the perfect opportunity to tour the classroom, meet the teachers, and learn about the wonderful programs offered by the preschool.

We are now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. Registration is open to all communities and availability is on a first come, first serve basis. The Dunstable Preschool offers a fun and engaging Pre-Kindergarten program for 4- and 5-year-olds, three days a week, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a preschool program for 3- and 4-year- olds, two days a week, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please call Mrs. S at 978-649-9680 or visit the school’s website at www.dunstablepreschool.com.

Recognize the Symptoms

of Sleep Apnea (SA)

Dates: March 2, 2011 (noon to 1 p.m.) & March 16 6 to 7 p.m.

Location: Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Rd, Ayer, MA

Room: Founders Room

Speaker: Amjad Husain, M.D.

Cost: free and open to the public

RSVP: Rosanna 978-784-9204 or rosanna.casavecchia@nashobamed.com

Rabies clinic

The Nashoba Board of Health will be conducting a Rabies Clinic on March 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the West Townsend Fire Station. Price is $10 per animal.

CHILD CARE

Free playgroups

The Family Partnership of Ayer, Shirley & Devens is a grant-funded early childhood program offering free playgroups for children from birth through 5 years. Playgrounds are available every day of the week in different locations. We also offer resources and referrals for any and all issues young families may face. For more information about programming and services available to your family, call 978-772-8600, ext.. 452, or e-mail us at familypartnershipcenter@yahoo.com.