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Secret Stories: NRWA Afterschool Animal Tracks and Signs Program for Children

With or without snow, winter animals tell their tales of adventure and survival through the signs they leave behind: footprints, chew marks, food middens, and even scat! In January and early February, Nashua River Watershed Association’s Eco-Adventure Afterschool Series led by River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat explores the exciting world of animal tracking.

Children ages 9 to 12 will learn how to identify some of our most common animal neighbors by their footprints, hike the local trails looking for signs of activity, make plaster castings of animal footprints, play animal games and create their own personal pocket tracking guide to take home. After a cold adventurous outdoor activity, we will come inside to share Native American stories while sipping on a warm cup of cocoa. Don’t miss out on this exciting series!

This program will meet on Wednesdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. in Groton. Open to children ages 9 to 12 from all communities. Space is limited, reservations required. To register, and for fee information, or for more information, please contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Art exhibit: The Gallery at Indian Hill presents “Garden Delights,” pastels by Joelle Feldman of Harvard. Runs through Feb. 28 at 36 King St., Littleton. (Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Artist reception: Friday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Learn more: 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

FRIDAY, JAN. 16

Evening of Bluegrass music: 6:30 p.m., Conant Gallery of the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Lawrence Academy, Groton. Cellist Ariel and fiddler Mia Friedman are a Boston-based sister duo that blends a background of classical training together with the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. The performance is free and open to the public. Parking to the gallery is off the Route 40 entrance to the school campus in Groton. A campus map can be found at www.lacademy.edu.

SATURDAY, JAN. 17

Icons of the Fifties Movie Series: First Church Unitarian in Littleton invites you to attend the movie “Some Like It Hot” from 7-9 p.m. This film has been critically acclaimed as the greatest American comedy of all time yet it was considered controversial for its time back in 1959. It is a zany musical comedy starring the iconic Marilyn Monroe with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Sound intriguing? Join us and see what you think. There will be a short discussion afterwards and lots of fresh popcorn! The public is warmly welcomed. For more information contact: AEC@FCUlittle.org or visit our website at www.fculittle.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 18

Opening reception: noon to 3 p.m.. Join us for the opening reception of “NOA Gallery of Fine Art Instructor’s Exhibition.” On view for the month of January, work from the six artists who teach classes at Groton’s NOA Gallery’s School of Fine Art: Alexia Rosoff Wilber (Adult Drawing and Painting, Youth Art Studio), Suzanne Binnie (Adult Watercolor), Joelle Levallet-Feldman (Adult Pastel), Dylan Parker-Roach (Pet Portraiture), Claudia Chase (weaving on Mirrix Looms) and NOA Gallery owner, Joni Parker-Roach (Children’s All Media Arts and Adult Watercolor). More than 40 works of art in pastels, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed-media, watercolor and handspun, woven tapestries are glowing on the walls of the Parish Center for the Arts, a vibrant showcase for community creativity. Gallery hours are Sundays in January from noon to 2 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibit runs Jan. 4 through Jan 31. The Parish Center for the Arts (PCA) is located at 10 Lincoln St., Westford. Call us at 978-692-6333 (PCA) or 978-448-2690 (NOA Gallery); e-mail us at PCA@Westford.com or joni@noagallery.com. The PCA is handicap accessible.

Martha’s Vineyard Artist Open House at The Bull Run in Shirley: Open House noon to 3 p.m. Exhibit continues through the first week of February. The artist’s feeling for the magic of the sea is something he comes by naturally, having grown up in Vineyard Haven. He still enjoys drawing and painting seascapes inspired by the quiet beauty of the docks in Vineyard Haven and other spots on the Island. He exhibits at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown and the Gay Head Gallery in Aquinnah. He donates to the fundraising efforts of causes and organizations he supports, notably Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the Island’s Chicken Alley Art Show. Some of his works are in the permanent collection of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The Bull Run is located at 215 Great Road, Shirley.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21

Community Dialogue — Beyond Ferguson: 7-8:30 p.m. at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton. Police chiefs from Littleton, Acton, Westford, Groton and Ayer have been invited to join a respectful conversation in to address social justice issues, community policing and ease tension, provoked by events in Ferguson, Staten Island and New York City. The event is free, handicap accessible, and open to the public. Refreshments and a gathering in the vestry will follow the event. For information, contact Amy Osenar, 978-761-2774, osenar@verizon.net, www.fculittle.org.

FRIDAY, JAN. 23

Family pajama jam: Musical story hour for young families at Indian Hill Music School. Come dressed in your pajamas to sing, dance, play instruments, and hear stories: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. FREE admission. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org. This event is sponsored by DCU for Kids.

Music and Musings: Join us at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster St., Littleton, for “Music and Musings: A Unitarian Universalist Exploration of Life’s Big Themes!” This month we will embark on a new way of exploring what it means to Live a Life of Integrity. Each month we will focus on a new theme and will be using various mediums (deep listening, chanting, drawing, drumming, journaling, etc.) designed to open our hearts even as we ponder deeply. We launch this new monthly event on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., followed by dessert. Join us and bring a friend or two. For information and directions, please visit our website at www.fculittle.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FirstChurchUnitarianLittleton.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

Fifth Bolton Repair Café: The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, with help from Bolton Local, will hold the next Bolton Repair Café from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Davis Hall at the First Parish of Bolton Church, 673 Main St., Bolton. Bring your items that need repair, and knowledgeable volunteers will try to fix them for free. The volunteers can work on items such as small appliances, computers, lamps, bikes, jewelry and clothing. They can also sharpen knives, scissors and garden tools. You only pay for needed parts. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time. For information, contact Ray Pfau at 978-779-5545 or ray.pfau@oracle.com, or visit www.nashobarotary.org.

Open House at Applewild at Devens: 9-11 a.m., 27 Jackson Road, Devens. Explore Applewild at Devens with your child through hands-on activities and learning centers. Now enrolling ages 2.9-5. More information at www.applewild.org/preschool, 978-796-5183, sebner@applewild.org.

Admissions Open House: 11 a.m., Applewild School, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. Get a taste of Applewild, including our family-style lunch! Activity fair, meet teachers, administrators, parents and alumni, followed by a noon meal. More information and registration at www.applewild.org/openhouse, or 978-342-6053 ext. 110, jwing@applewild.org.

SUNDAY, JAN. 25

Country Day open house: 1-3 p.m., Country Day School of the Holy Union on 14 Main St. in Groton for students grade Pre-Kindergarten through eighth-grade. Parents and prospective students will be able to tour the classrooms and talk with teachers and administrators. Information about the academic program, extracurricular activities and student life will be displayed throughout the school. Families are also encouraged to visit the school’s website at www.cdsholyunion.org.

Faure’s Requiem: 3 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Groton (218 Main St.) The Westford Chorus invites you to join us on a ‘Musical Tour de France’ featuring “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra and the choir from West Concord Union Church in Concord. The Westford Chorus will also perform works by Debussy, Durufle, Ravel and Lili Boulange. Tickets may be bought online or at the door. Prices: $20 adults, $10 seniors/teens and $5 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or for information please visit www.westfordchorus.org. (Will also perform Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford (170 Old Westford Road).

TUESDAY, JAN. 27

Genealogical Society to meet: Virginia Gerante Cater will discuss “Italian Research Techniques” at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Membership meeting at 7 P.M. at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street, Gardner. The Public is invited; all ages and levels of experience are welcome. For more information, contact CMGS Secretary Mary Hasselmann at 978-730-8344 or at mhasse3355@yahoo.com.

THURSDAY, JAN. 29

Blood drive: Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive at the Devens Common Center from noon to 5 p.m. Registration now open. Visit RedCrossBlood.org. Enter sponsor code: NVCOC or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins welcome but appointments preferred. Blood drive hosting partners include Catalano Companies and Devens Common Center.

SATURDAY, JAN. 31

Free lesson day at Indian Hill: Thinking about music lessons? Sign up to take a free 30-minute private lesson or Kindermusik class at Indian Hill Music School, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. All ages welcome, infants to adults. (Open to new students only; advance registration required.) Call 978-486-9524 or visit www.indianhillmusic.org.

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis: 8 p.m. The Nashoba Valley Chorale, under the direction of Anne Watson Born, presents Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the Littleton High School Center for Performing Arts, 56 King St., Littleton. Come hear the chorale sing this rarely performed, exciting, majestic, and dramatic setting of the Mass. Well-known professional soloists Deborah Selig, Emily Marvosh, Gregory Zavracky, and Paul Max Tipton perform, along with professional orchestra. Tickets available online, at Ed’s Weenie’s, and at the door. Adults $25, Seniors/students $20, children under 10 $10. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for more information and to buy tickets.

JOB FAIR COMING IN FEBRUARY…

FRIDAY, FEB. 13

Nashoba Valley Job Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Over 1300 job seekers attend each year. Employers can register at http://bit.ly/NVJF15E; $99 to participate.