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THURSDAY, FEB. 17

Better Breathers Club: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting at Emerson at noon. Stacey Salomon, MSW, LICSW, will present a lecture titled “Lung Transplant Update.” The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, please call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 978-287-3715.

Water for Boston: The Nashua River and the History of the Wachusett Reservoir: From 1895 to 1908, one of the largest civil engineering projects in New England history transformed four Massachusetts towns (Clinton, Sterling, Boylston, and West Boylston) creating Boston’s first truly modern water supply system — the Wachusett Reservoir and aqueduct. The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites the public to join us for a free presentation, “Water for Boston: The Nashua River and the History of the Wachusett Reservoir” at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is requested for planning purposes, but not required. To register, or for additional information, please contact Pam Gill, NRWA Development Associate, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail PamG@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

“Sweeney Todd”: Lawrence Academy presents “Sweeney Todd,” Feb. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in its Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center. With some of the most beautiful music ever written for Broadway, the Stephen Sondheim musical premiered in New York in 1979 and received a thrilling revival in 2005 before being brought to the screen. The tragic tale of a falsely accused barber who takes a grisly revenge, the play is alternately horrifying and hilarious, grotesque and ridiculous, meaningful and madcap. The public is welcome and admission is free. The facility is handicap accessible. The Lawrence Academy website at www.lacademy.edu provides a map of the school campus. E-mail Theatre Director Joel Sugerman at jsugerman@lacademy.edu with any questions.

FRIDAY, FEB. 18

“Sweeney Todd”: Lawrence Academy presents “Sweeney Todd,” Feb. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in its Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center.

SATURDAY, FEB. 19

Snowfest, In support of the Veteran Homestead Inc.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Veteran Homestead Inc., a Fitchburg-based nonprofit, will be holding its first annual Snowfest at The Veterans Center on 100 West St. in Leominster. The day will include ice skating on Rockwell Pond, contests, games, hot chocolate, food and a silent auction with donations from many of the areas businesses and artists.

Fort Devens Museum open: The Fort Devens Museum will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will continue to open each third Saturday of the month in the year ahead. Saturday openings are meant to accommodate area people not able to visit during our regular weekday hours. Come see our wealth of new displays — something new each month. Here you’ll find Colin Powell’s acknowledgement of his years at Fort Devens in the 1960s. Among the exhibits of other individual personalities perhaps you’ll find the face and story of someone you know.

The museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305, on Devens. The building is handicapped accessible. Regular weekday hours of operation are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call the Museum at 978-772-1286 for directions or snow cancellations, or check our website at www.fortdevensmuseum.org.

“Daylilies for Three-Season Bloom”: The Gardeners Exchange kickoff meeting for 2011 will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley. The Gardeners Exchange is a small garden club serving Shirley and the surrounding communities. Following a short business meeting, there will be a slide presentation by Denise Pavlovich, owner of Covered Bridge Perennials in Pepperell and Treasurer of the New England Daylily Society. Denise will cover the various types of daylilies, the basics of daylily “care & feeding.” She will also introduce the American Hemerocallis Society website, including their “daylily database” and how to use it, and leave lots of time for questions. Cider & light snacks will be provided. Prospective Gardeners Exchange members are welcome to attend.

Lions Karaoke Night: The 4th annual Lions Karaoke Night sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Phoenix Bar and Grill in Shirley. Please join us for an evening of singing, dancing, raffles and fun! Tickets are only $10 and are available at North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Groton and Lunenburg or may be purchased at the door. For more information, call Diane King at 978-772-8502, ext. 1111.

“Sweeney Todd”: Lawrence Academy presents “Sweeney Todd,” Feb. 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in its Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

Bringing Warmth to Genealogy with Signature Quilts — will be guest speaker Jane Crutchfield’s topic at this meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Anyone who has access to or owns a signature quilt may bring it for display. The meeting will be held at the American Legion, 22 Elm St. in Gardner beginning at 7 p.m. As always, the public is invited to attend. There is a $2 guest fee for nonmembers. For more information, contact Secretary Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 or at cmgs_secretary@hotmail.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

Administrative Professionals meet: The monthly dinner meeting of the Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will be held at Cristina’s Restaurant, 314 Central St., Leominster. Networking at 5:30 p.m./business dinner meeting at 6 p.m. To register or for more information, please contact Jill Connors, president, at 978-798-1754 or e-mail jillw59@aol.com.

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

The ABCs of the Babysitting Business: How-to tips and practical advice to ensure your name is at the top of the neighborhood ‘Best Babysitters’ list. Teens and tweens — get ready for that first conversation with the parents by learning how to present yourself with confidence. Discuss rates, references and experience with the experts from Self Discovery Enterprises from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Wallace Boardroom at Lowell General Hospital. Cost is $20. To register, please call 877-LGH-WELL (877.544.9355) or visit lowellgeneral.org/health, Teens and Tweens section. Lowell General Hospital is located at 295 Varnum Avenue in Lowell, MA 01854.

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

Singles meet: Social Singles will meet in the Our Lady of the Lake Church, Rt. 13 in North Leominster, at 7 p.m. There will be a pot luck with Chinese food, followed by a discussion of activities and bingo. The group is nondenominational and welcomes new members. For more information call Irene at 978-342-2551 or e-mail judyn18@verizon.net.

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WEEKENDS THROUGH

FEB. 27

Fruitlands Museum of Harvard hosts “Winterfest”: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Bring your snowshoes, sleds ice skates or cross-country skis and enjoy our 200-plus acres of outdoor fun. Warm up by the bonfire and sip hot chocolate!

SECOND TUESDAYS

Adult drop-in Grieving & Healing support groups — Now being held at two locations on the second Tuesday of each month, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. No fee, no registration required. Bereaved individuals are welcome. For more information, contact Karen Campbell at 1-800-698-3307, ext. 320.

WEDNESDAYS

Worried About Someone’s Drug Abuse?: Do you lie awake worrying about your loved one? Do you feel frustrated trying to control his/her behavior? Are you embarrassed to discuss your situation with family or friends? Families Anonymous (FA) is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one’s abuse of drugs or alcohol. The FA support program follows steps and traditions similar to those of Alcoholics Anonymous. Help is available at Families Anonymous on Wednesday evenings at 7 at First Parish Church of Groton. Meetings will be held in the Parish House next door to the church, at the intersection of Route 119 and Route 40. For more information, call 978-448-3402.

Debtors Anonymous: Wednesdays 6:45 to 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 the church, on the second floor. The first half hour of meeting is quiet time to work on numbers. No dues or fees. Everyone welcome! Outreach number is 617-728-1426, www.debtorsanonymous.org.

FIRST WEDNESDAYS

Diabetes Support Group

Date: 1st Wednesday of the month

Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

Location: Founder’s Room, Nashoba Valley Medial Center

“Navigating the Glycemic Index”

A key part of managing blood glucose is eating healthy foods every day.

Sue Morris, Rd.,LDN,CDE, will discuss what the glycemic index is, and how a food’s glycemic index affects blood glucose values.

SECOND WEDNESDAYS

Insulin Pump Support Group

Date: Second Wednesday of the month (first meeting September 8, 2010)

Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Founders Room, Nashoba Valley Medial Center

Contact Pamela Massucco or Alice Vergados at 978-784-9452

“Navigating the Glycemic Index”

A key part of managing blood glucose is eating healthy foods every day.

Sue Morris, Rd.,LDN,CDE, will discuss what the glycemic index is, and how a foods glycemic index affects blood glucose values.

THURSDAYS

Thursdays at Devens Grill: Every Thursday local musicians perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit devensgrill.com for a monthly music schedule, or call 978-862-0060. No cover charge. Devens Grill is at 4 Ryans Way in Devens.

FRIDAYS

Karaoke: 7 p.m., Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St.., Ayer, 978-772-POOL.

ONGOING

Bull Run: For ongoing or weekly happenings at Shirley’s Bull Run, see www.bullrunrestaurant.com/daily.htm. No cover charge. Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, 978-425-4311.