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Host Families Needed

…for a semester or the academic school year. International Foreign Exchange students are 15 to 18 and are from 15 different countries. All speak English, are fully insured medically, bring their own spending money and would attend your local high school. Host families are asked to provide a loving home, meals and emotional support. Single-parent families, retired couples, families with only young children, as well as families with teenagers have all had successful hosting experiences. Make a friendship for a lifetime!

For information, contact Pat Darby, area coordinator, at 978-632-8270, or email:

Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts invites golfers and sponsors to help fund new houses by participating in our Building Dreams Golf Tournament on Sept. 16 at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard. Participants receive a golf shirt, gift bag and meals, and can enter to win contests and great raffle prizes. For more information or to register as a golfer, a foursome or a sponsor, please check out our website at


Summer concerts at Fruitlands

Concord Band, Thursdays through Aug. 7, at 7:15 p.m. Admission is per car: Members $10; nonmembers $15. Bring blanket or chairs. The Harvard Lions Club will be grilling, alcohol is permitted and well-behaved pooches are welcome. Prospect Hill Road in Harvard.

Mosquito control, Devens

Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) will be in Devens on July 28 to investigate resident complaints regarding the mosquito population. For the spray schedule for July, which is subject to change due to inclement weather and/or high mosquito populations, go to CMMCP posts an updated spray schedule to its phone system after 3:30 p.m. every day. To have your property excluded from spraying, notify the CMMCP at 508-393-3055 or


Collaborative training opportunity: 8-9:30 a.m., 33 Andrews Parkway. This forum will be used for an in-depth conversation about how we can collaborate on training needs for area EHS professionals AND for the employees at our respective facilities. We will explore approaches to combine objectives to reduce costs with shared space, joint contracts and potentially pursuing state-sponsored training grants. We will also exchange info on strategies and service providers. All managers responsible for employee training are encouraged to participate to maximize the value of partnering. RSVP via email or 978-772-8831. Registration for nonEcoStar members is $15; coffee and pastry served.


Oxbow — What is a turnpike doing on the refuge?: 9 a.m. to noon. We will walk along the Tank Trail enjoying the different habitats, sights and sounds until we reach the Turnpike Trail. Why was this turnpike built here and by whom? Come and walk along history’s intriguing past and be part of nature at the same time. We will also cover the history of this national refuge during the walk along the Nashua River where much more history took place among the Native Americans, early settlers and the animals that now call this home. This is an easy walk which loops back to the parking lot and takes about one and a half hours. Families are welcome. Bring snacks, water and insect repellent. Meet at the parking lot at the entrance to the Oxbow NWR at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Organized by the Friends of the Oxbow, Freedom’s Way Heritage Association and the Fort Devens Museum. Pre-register at

Devens tour: Registration is now open for the Connecting Communities — Along Our Trails tour in Devens on July 26. Montachusett Regional Trail Coalition and Freedoms Way is hosting the event, which will focus on the beauty and history of Devens. To register for the trail walk or trolley ride, or to learn more, go to:

JULY 26, 27

Basket Weekend at Fruitlands Museum: 1-4 p.m., both days, free with admission. Discover Fruitlands’ extensive collection of baskets in our Native American, Shaker and Fruitlands Farmhouse Museum buildings plus our special exhibit of the Ehrenkranz Basket Collection in the Art Gallery. We’ll have simple basket-making activities for the whole family, highlight tours and a presentation on the unique collection of local basketmaker Sally Gardner. Basketmakers from the region will be onsite selling their wares and doing hands-on demonstrations. Plus basket-bombing!


Native Bees of Massachusetts: 7-8:30 p.m. Few people are aware of the great diversity of native bees in our region and the roles they play in pollinating indigenous plants. The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to this free presentation “Native Bees of Massachusetts, Their Diversity and Natural History” at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. Our presenter will be Michael Veit, biology teacher at Lawrence Academy.


Electronics and appliance recycle day fundraiser: Sacred Heart Church, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your item(s) to the church parking lot at 279 Main St., Groton. Computers, stereos, radios (anything with a cord), $5 each; dishwashers, stoves, washer, dryer, water heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, lawn mowers, snow blowers, exercise equipment, air-conditioning units, dehumidifiers, small engine items, exercise equipment, etc., $10 each, TVs $10-25, glass monitor $10; car batteries, batteries, cell phones, no cost. All towns welcome.


“Take A Look” Morning at Applewild School: 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. 9 a.m., campus tours highlighting the K-8 program and the two preschool programs for ages 2.9-5 in Fitchburg and Devens. Applewild at Devens opens in September and is now enrolling. The center will also include a transportation hub and after-school activity center for K-8 students attending the school in Fitchburg.;; 978-342-6053 ext. 162.