FRIDAY, MARCH 11
GDEF Trivia Night: Don’t miss the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation’s final Trivia Night of the season, sponsored by Kidz Enterprise Toys of Tyngsboro, at the Main Street Café. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. with a special menu featuring delicious appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. with seven rounds of fun written questions and exciting lightning rounds, hosted by the Cafe’s own DJ Bob. Teams compete for prizes generously donated by area businesses, including the Blackbird Café and Greco Graphics, both in the Mill Run Plaza, Groton; the Country Village Yarn Shop, West Groton; Angela’s Coal Fired Pizza, Tyngsboro; and Aprile’s European Restaurant, North Chelmsford. Admission is just $10 at the door and helps fund GDEF’s spring enrichment grants to all five GDRSD schools. If you need baby sitting, treat the kids to a fun night of “Flips & a Flic” at 360 Gymnastics of Shirley while you attend Trivia, and they’ll donate $5 of the registration fee to GDEF! Contact 360 Gymnastics for details at 978-425-0360. For more information on Trivia Night, please visit www.gdefinc.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Multicultural Stories with Rolly: 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Groton Library. Ages 4 and up; made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.
Artist reception: Groton artist Dianne Bunis wlll be the guest artist a reception to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St. Her exhibit is entitled “Light Inspirations,: It features large format photography of the New England landscape. “Light in nature is the inspiration for my subject,” she writes.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
Promised Land: Songs and Stories of Immigrant Americans: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Groton Library. Sing and celebrate with Promised Land. A trio of singer/instrumentalists, they trace the story of immigrants searching for a better life in America. Ages 5 and up; made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.
Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee: 9 a.m., Town Hall
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Dog Control bylaw review committee: 9 a.m., Town Hall
Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
Groton Electric Light Commission: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Carrying on after suicide: 7 to 9 p.m., Groton School. Please see below for details.
Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Library
Affordable Housing Trust: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
Trail Committee: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall
Groton Historic Districts Commission: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
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.
Conductorlab Committee: 2:30 p.m., Town Hall
Sewer Commission: 5:30 p.m., Town Hall
Historical Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
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
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Woman’s Club meets: Groton Woman’s Club will hold its meeting at the Union Congregational Church in Groton. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting and program. Luncheon hostesses will be Fran Goldbach and Marie Melican. Speaker is newly elected president of the Groton Historical Society, John Ott.
John and the society’s board have appointed a long-range planning committee to address the immediate and future needs of the Boutwell House, home to the Historical Society. It was the former home of Governor and Mrs. George Boutwell, and their daughter, Georgiana. Georgiana Boutwell founded, and became the first president of the Groton Woman’s Club in March, 1913, when she invited 10 ladies to her home for that purpose.
John will be talking about the ties between the Historical Society and the Woman’s Club, and showing memorabilia of the Georgiana Boutwell years. For further information about this meeting or the Groton Woman’s Club, please contact President Susan Slade, 978-448-9389.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
St. Patrick’s Supper: Christian Union Church in West Groton– the best Corned beef dinner this side of Erin’s Isle. Menu will be corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potato, bread/rolls, beverage, and dessert. This meal as always is served family style, continuous serving from 5 to 7 p.m. No reservations required. Take-outs available by calling 978-448-3348 the day of the dinner or for more information, call 978-448-5480. The church is located on West Main Street (Route 225) in West Groton diagonally across from the fire station. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance fund.
Ben Goss benefit: A benefit hockey game will be held between Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and Massachusetts Law Enforcement ice hockey teams at 7 p.m. at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro. Admission is $5; all proceeds will benefit the Benjamin Goss Fund. Ben is a student at the Groton-Dunstable High School who was injured in a car accident. Donations will help pay for his rehabilitative services at Journey Forward in Canton. Donations may be sent to: Benjamin Goss Fund, TD Bank North, 1 Pond View Place, Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro, MA 01879.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Cambodian refuge to speak: In conjunction with the GrotonREADS 2011 celebrations, the Groton Historical Society is hosting Hmong guest speaker, Cambodian Refuge Train Wu, at the Groton Public Library at 2 p.m. in Sibley Hall. Train Wu was born in Laos in 1975 and came to the USA at the age of 11. Come hear about Train’s life-changing experiences with his family, as a child in Laos and Thailand, as a young adult in Leominster and Fitchburg, as a college student in Rhode Island, as a youth development coordinator for LUK Crisis Center in Fitchburg, and as a husband and father of two. Train will share his history, information about traditions of the Hmong and what it has been like to adapt to American culture. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the commissioners of the Groton Trust Funds. For more information please call the Historical Society at 978-448-0092 or the Groton Public Library at 978-448-1167.
SAVE THE DATE
Going on a cruise? Attending a wedding? Don’t be the “wall flower.” Ballroom dancing has splashed on the scene partly as a result of television programs, but mostly because folks are rediscovering what great fun it is. Ballroom dancing is great physical and mental exercise and a marvelous way to meet new people.
Back by popular demand, Peg and Earl Russell are conducting a ballroom dance workshop at the Groton Senior Center beginning on Tuesday evening, March 22, and continuing for eight weeks. Lessons will start with two-step and waltz and move on to swing and Latin.
The classes will not be progressive, so attending any night will feature another dance step and a review. Admission is $5 each; classes will take place at the lower level of the Groton Senior Center from 7 to 9 p.m.
Break out your dancing shoes and come for a fun time. Singles or couples are welcome. This is not a senior affair; adults of all ages are encouraged to attend the sessions.
For more information, call the senior center at 978-448-1170 or the Russells at 978-448-5822.
Haynes Turkle tells all!
Don’t miss Groton Local Energy Group’s next seminar, “Haynes Turkle Tells All!” on Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. at the Nashua River Watershed Association’s resource office. Hear about the Turkles’ new home in Colrain, built in an eco-village development called “Katywil” (www.katywil.com), which features state-of-the-art energy efficiencies, construction/materials, crop storage, even a cheese-making cave!
Nancy and Haynes invested years of thought and research and made principled choices in this project. Learn how it’s working. More details to come, but save the date!
Free dinner, live music
and good company
All are welcome to the next Groton Community Dinner on Friday, March 25, at First Parish Church, located at the intersection of routes 40 and 119 in Groton. Dinner is served continuously from 5:45 to 7 p.m.
The menu for March 25 includes house salad, shepherd’s pie or lentil shepherd’s pie with green beans, bread basket with butter and molasses cookies.
The March 25 dinner will be hosted by Parker School.
For more information, visit www.grotoncommunitydinners.org or call 978-448-0116.
Legal issues forum
Groton Agricultural Commission and Groton Grange will sponsor a forum on legal issues surrounding agriculture on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in historic Grange Hall, 80 Champney St., Groton.
The speaker will be Frank DiLuna, attorney for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation. Topics may range from noise associated with farming to odors, working on Sundays or holidays, use of water on restricted days, use of chemicals and more. Q & A session to follow. All are welcome.
For further information, contact George Moore, 978-448-3715, or Sally Smith, 978-448-3418.
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. Call June Johnson, 978-448 8800, or Steve Boczenowski, 978-448-5013 for further information.