MARCH 10 AND 11
The Gold Refinery: The Friends of Nashoba Valley Medical Center are sponsoring “The Gold Refinery” for two days only, Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. The percentage of the proceeds that the Friends realize will be used for their scholarship programs. Bring your unwanted gold, platinum and silver jewelry to the 1st floor vending area at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, gold watches, coins or bars, platinum and silver jewelry will be weighed, tested and bought all for top dollar. “The Gold Refinery” website is www.thegoldrefinery.com; any questions, please call Jan Dillon at 978-448-6894.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Lt. Gov. to speak at Good Morning Breakfast: Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will be the featured guest at the Good Morning Breakfast, hosted by the North Central Mass Chamber of Commerce, from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, located on 99 Erdman Way in Leominster. The event is sponsored by Medical Arts Hearing Instruments, Inc. located in Leominster. The cost to attend is $21 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers; contact Marissa Torres, events and marketing communications manager, for more information at 978-353-7600 ext. 235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Breakfast Club: Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce presents Networking Before Hours at a new business Dabbler’s Hobbies and Café, 119 Commonwealth Ave, West Concord, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members are free; $20 nonmembers. Register on line at www.mwcoc.com or call 978-263-0010.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Rabies clinic: The Nashoba Board of Health will conduct a Rabies Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. at the West Townsend Fire Station. Price is $10 per animal.
Irish Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. Families and culture fans of all ages are invited to participate in free activities at the Music School, including Irish stories and songs with Kate Chadbourne at 11 a.m.; Family Ceili with fiddler Laurel Martin and friends, caller Tara Rousseau and the Heavey Quinn Dance Academy at noon; Irish singing with Liz Simmons at 2 p.m.; and a traditional Irish session open to all instruments at 4 p.m. Afternoon workshops with prominent Irish musicians will be offered for students to practice their skills. Call to sign up with Shannon Heaton, flute; Flynn Cohen, guitar; Michael Cooney, uilleann pipes; Maurice Lennon, fiddle; and Eoin McQuinn, bodhran ($10 per person). Also, Groton artist Kim Henry will have an exhibit of Irish landscapes in our hall. More information and complete schedule of activities at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.
Cancer awareness and prevention day: 2 p.m., free workshop at the West Townsend ReadingRoom on Dudley Road in West Townsend. For more information, call 978-597-8116.
Irish Traditional and Symphonic Concert: 7:30 p.m. at Littleton High School, 56 King St., Littleton. Maestro Bruce Hangen conducts the Orchestra of Indian Hill, the region’s leading professional orchestra, in the American premiere of Irish composer/fiddler Charlie Lennon’s “Island Wedding Suite” with WGBH radio’s Brian O’Donovan narrating and an ensemble of Irish traditional musicians. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. with Maestro Hangen and special guests: Charlie Lennon and the Lennon Family Group from Ireland to participate in the concert activities. TICKETS: $20-45, reserved seating. Call 978-486-9524, ext. 116, or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.
Church supper: 4 to 6 p.m., at the Congregational Church of Christ, UCC, 583 Main St., Leominster. Buffet includes Chicken Divan, potatoes, vegetables and homemade pies for dessert. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Irish Traditional & Symphonic Concert: 7:30 pm at Littleton High School, 56 King Street, Littleton
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
Tap the Sap: FREE NRWA Maple Sugaring Workshop for Families: Learn how maple syrup is made at the Nashua River Watershed Association’s free “Tap the Sap” maple sugaring workshop. We are offering two identical one-hour workshops and you can sign up to attend either from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. The workshop will be held in Groton; directions to be provided upon registration. Families will try tapping century-old sugar maples, observe backyard syrup production, play sugaring games, and enjoy a delicious sample. Open to all ages and residents of all communities. This free public program is made possible in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. To register call the NRWA at 978-448-0299, or e-mail LaurenP@NashuaRiverWatershed.org — please specify which session you would like to attend.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Food for thought: seminar, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays March 15 through April 5, at West Townsend Reading Room, Dudley Road in West Townsend. Learn how what you eat affects mood, memory and learning behavior. For questions, call 978-597-8116.
Battling the Asian Longhorned Beetle: The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites the public to learn more about this invasive beetle at our free presentation, “Battling the Asian Longhorned Beetle,” at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119), Groton. Amanda Meisner, Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, will present a workshop on how to recognize ALB, the tree damage it causes and how we can all help to reach eradication. 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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Medical Center Friends to meet: The Friends of the Nashoba Valley Medical Center invite the public to a lecture and luncheon at 10:30 a.m. in the Founders Room at the hospital. The business meeting will run from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with the lecture following. Rebekah Donelan, BS in Dietetics and clinical nutrition manager, will present a program on “Good Food.” Rebekah has a passion for knowing where her food comes from and how it is handled. She loves sharing her knowledge of food with those who wish to improve their health and the health of our food supply. The lecture is free and for those wishing to stay for lunch following the lecture, there will be a $6 fee. For more information call Norma Garvin, 978-448-5424.
Appleseed meeting: The Appleseed Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will be held at Lidio’s Restaurant, 1045 Central St., Leominster. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business/dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Paula Ouimette will speak on team-building. All administrative professionals are invited to attend. To register or for more information, please contact Jill Connors, president, at 978-798-1754 or e-mail email@example.com.
Free career exploration workshop: Mount Wachusett Community College is offering a free workshop, “Career Night: An Opportunity for Career Exploration and Development,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room 127 and in the Commons area. Participants will be given an opportunity to discover their personality types using Holland’s Theme Codes, a system that classifies jobs into work personalities. The work personalities are then used to determine possible career choices compatible with the individual. Attendees will be guided through the process of finding occupations, predicting job availability, salaries, required education, appropriate academic majors, and more. Advisers will be available to answer questions and provide information on admissions, financial aid and transfer opportunities. Register by March 14 by calling 978-630-9568 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Your Sales Tool Box Workshop: Holiday Inn, Boxboro, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Offered by Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, $15 member; $25 nonmember. More information and registration online at www.mwcoc.com or call 978-263-0010.
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Self-Defense fundraiser for Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: 10 a.m. to noon, Rising Star East Martial Arts, 9 Depot Square, Ayer. $20 per person; all proceeds from this fundraiser go toward The Pink Ninjas’ fundraising goal for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. For more info you can e-mail email@example.com or call 978-804-8642.
St. Patrick’s Day Supper: The Townsend United Methodist Church will hold a St. Patrick’s Day supper featuring a corned beef and cabbage dinner, barm brack, Irish soda bread, and delicious assorted pastries. Serving from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the dinner is “eat in or take out.” Ticket prices are adults $8, seniors $7, children $5 and children 5 and under, free. The Meetinghouse Church on the Hill is located at 265 Main St. in Townsend Center at the junction of routes 13 and 119. Call 978 597-2486 for further information.
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.
“1964: The Tribute”: Our Father’s House will host a concert to help homelessness “featuring music from the band that changed everything.” The world famous Beatles tribute band, “1964: The Tribute,” will perform 8 p.m. at Weston Auditorium on the campus of Fitchburg State University. Tickets go fast and are available in person or by phone with credit card or by check at the following locations: Our Father’s House, 4 Leighton St., Fitchburg, 978-345-2256 ext. 300; I. C. Federal Credit Union, Bemis Road, Fitchburg branch. All reserved seating tickets $30 benefit Our Father’s House emergency and transitional programs.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Wind turbines: 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., Doyle Conservation Center, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster. Join the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission for a free workshop on wine turbine siting considerations. You will learn abot wind energy, geothermal heating ad cooling and photovoltaic lighting. Bring your questions, enjoy a light supper and learn about the latest in sustainable energy solutions. RSVP by March 11 to jsiciliano@MRPC.org or call 978-345-7376, ext. 318.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Retirement planning workshop: Workers’ Credit Union is hosting a no-obligation financial workshop titled, “Making the new retirement work for you” at 6 p.m. in Workers’ Credit Union’s Townsend office, 221 Main St. The workshop is open to the general public, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, please call 978-353-7175.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Social Singles — will meet at 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 13 in North Leominster. There will be a pizza party followed by a discussion of activities for April. Newcomers are welcomed. For more information call Irene at 978-342-2551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult drop-in grieving and 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.
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 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 at 7 p.m. 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.
Irish music: The Groton Irish Session musicians meet at The Billiards Cafe in Ayer on Wednesdays to play traditional irish music from 7 to 11 p.m. Musicians, singers and listeners are welcome to join in. For more information about weekly sessions contact Aisling at email@example.com. The Billiards Cafe 39 Main St., 978-772-POOL.
Diabetes Support Group
Date: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Founder’s Room, Nashoba Valley Medial Center
Traditional Irish music
The Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, 7 to 11 p.m. Musicians, singers and listeners are welcome to join in.
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
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.
Better Breathers Club: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital meets on the third Thursday of each month at Emerson at noon. The public is invited. 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.
Karaoke: 7 p.m., Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, 978-772-POOL.
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.