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Lunch & Learn Marketing Seminar: Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce is offering this seminar entitled Making Lemonade from Lemons: Strategies to Grow Your Business in Any Economy, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emerson Hospital -Cheney conference room, 133 ORNAC, Concord. Register at www.mwcoc.com. $10 for members; $15 for pre-registered guests. BYO bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

Blood drive: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 27. Each donor will receive a complimentary lift ticket to Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health, weighs 110 pounds or more and has not given blood in the last 56 days may try to donate. (Sixteen-year-olds can donate with a signed parental consent form.) Positive ID required. For information, or to make an appointment, call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins also welcome.

Christmas fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shirley Senior Center. The 2nd annual Holiday Fair to benefit the senior center will include a bake sale, hand-made crafts, music and refreshments.

Santa’s Workshop — at the Prescott Grange, Park Street, 1 to 5 p.m. Make wooden toys, jewelry, birch log candle holders and other crafts with the help of Santa and his elves. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. $5 per Santa’s helper, $8 per family.

American Girl Holiday Tea Party: Townsend United Methodist Church is presenting the annual American Girl Holiday Tea Party from noon to 2 p.m. This year we will be featuring Marie-Grace Gardner who represents the year of 1853 in New Orleans. Marie-Grace must overcome times of trouble in New Orleans using courage, compassion and friendship. Everyone will enjoy dressing up and meeting Marie-Grace. There will be a light lunch, story-telling and crafts. Other invited guests are the children’s American Girl dolls! The cost is $15 per person, with children being accompanied by an adult. Please call the church office at 978-597-2486. Registrations are required and will be confirmed with a return phone call.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18

All day. Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Groton Oxbow area: Enjoy getting outside to do some “birding” for data collection on numbers and species of birds in your area. Novice, and advanced bird watchers are all encouraged to participate in this unique event. For further information contact area coordinators: Ayer: Takashi Tada ttada39@hotmail.com or cell: 618-214-6560; Groton: Julie Lisk julielisk@gmail.com or 978-272-1151; Harvard: Ned Toll ntoll@charter.net; Pepperell: Paula Terrasi lakelover207@yahoo.com; Townsend: Emily Norton willardbrookfriend@yahoo.com; All other towns Julie Lisk: julielisk@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20

“Carrying On” For Suicide Survivors: The next meeting of the support group “Carrying On” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Great Room of the Parish House of First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row in Groton. “Carrying On” was formed in the spring of 2010 as a peer led support group for people who had lost a loved one through suicide. We strive to provide a safe place to talk about those we have lost and to provide a supportive environment to help each other heal. It seems each month new people attend as the word is spread through contacts and the media. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For any further information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.

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