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Art gallery opening: Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center’s “Whitty Gallery” presents “BLOOM! Flourish and thrive beyond expectations or boundaries.” Join us for our Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 5-7 p.m., 30 Ash St., Hollis, N.H., 603-465-WILD (9453),

Art exhibit and artist reception: The Gallery at Indian Hill presents black and white drawings by artist Doug Slade from March through April at 36 King St., Littleton. Artist reception: Friday, March 13, 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Learn more: 978-486-9524 or


Reggae Fusion Band to perform free concert: The Wicked Hangin Chads, a Boston-based reggae fusion band influenced by Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff among others, will perform a free concert at Mount Wachusett Community College. The concert will serve as a live training event for students enrolled in MWCC’s Media Arts and Technology program, as well as provide hands-on experience for college students in other disciplines. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the theatre of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Irish-American Step Dancers: 2 p.m., Monty Tech, 1050 Westminster St. Fun, family event. Admission: $5 per person, 5 and under, free.

MARCH 15, 16, 18

Auditions: Theatre III is pleased to announce auditions for its black box production, “Heroes,” on Sunday, March 15, and Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. If necessary callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 18. Auditions will be held at the theater at 250 Central Street, Acton, and will consist of cold readings from the script. Performances will be June 5-13. The cast will consist of three male actors over the age of 50. For information including a synopsis see:


Business Resource Forum: Massachusetts business owners, presidents and human resources professionals are invited to attend a free North Central Massachusetts Resource Forum from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Leominster campus, 100 Erdman Way. The event will include representatives from the college, state agencies, the city of Leominster and regional Chambers of Commerce who will present information on the amenities, benefits and incentives available to businesses of all sizes.

‘Bach’s Lunch’ concert: Indian Hill Music School presents songs by Stephen Sondheim with vocalist Mary Crowe and pianist Evelyn Harris. Two shows: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. Complimentary coffee, tea, cookies; bring your lunch. FREE admission. Group reservations required at 978-486-9524 (press 0). Learn more at

The Music of India at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m., Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Indian classical instrumental music with Phil Scarff on saxophone and Amit Kavthekar on the Indian tabla. Part of our monthly “Grab Your Passport” series.

New England Amputee Association meeting: 6-8 p.m., UMass Memorial 55 Lake Ave., Worcester, Lazare Building main level. Informational Nutritionist will be our guest speaker. There will be free valet parking plus refreshments.

MARCH 20, 27, 28

Oklahoma!: Hollis Brookline High School proudly presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway classic, “Oklahoma!” Set in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the century, Oklahoma! tells the story of two young cowboys who vie with a dangerous ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. The family-friendly musical features timeless show tunes by Rodgers & Hammerstein including, “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,” “People Will Say We’re in Love” and many more. Show dates are March 20h, 27 and 28 at 7:30 P.M. and a 2 P.M. matinee on Saturday, March 21, at the Hollis Brookline High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students and can be purchased in advance at or at the door.


Family Pajama Jam: Musical story hour for young families. 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 This event is sponsored by DCU for Kids.


TV Shows of the Fifties Family Night: 7-9 p.m., First Church Unitarian, Littleton. View some of the best TV shows of the 1950s when Americans gathered around a single TV set. Bring the kids as this will be fun opportunity to have our younger folks get a view of how things used to be. Fresh popcorn!! For information email or visit


Genealogical society to meet: Joy Henning, Worcester Collection Librarian, will outline the “Genealogical Findings at the Worcester Public Library” at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society Membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 22 Elm St., Gardner. The public is invited to attend. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. For information, contact CMGS Secretary Mary Hasselmann at


Sunshine School open house: 1-3 p.m. Open house for Preschool and Pre-K morning classes for the fall of 2015. Sunshine School is a theme-based learning program located in the new addition of the First Parish Church of Groton. For information, please call 978-448-6714 or just stop by!


Folk Songs with Wendy Frank at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m. Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Join us for the sounds of local musician Wendy Frank. This event is sponsored by the Ayer Cultural Council.


Jazz concert: The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece jazz group comprised of the top students from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They are performing at the Cronin Auditorium at The Bromfield School, 14 Mass Ave., Harvard, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Come and hear this wonderful group and support The Bromfield High School Band and Chorus trip to the Atlantic Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this April 29 through May 2! Tickets may be ordered online:

MARCH 27, 28

“Willy Wonka, Junior”: ArtsNashoba presents “Willy Wonka, Junior,” which includes children from Groton, Dunstable, Pepperell, Shirley and Harvard in the production, at Richardson Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy, 26 Powderhouse Road, Groton, on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults, $10, seniors and students, $8.


Flute festival: Noon to 6:30 p.m., Indian Hill Music Center. A day of workshops, master classes, recitals, and exhibits for flutists and flute aficionados featuring a recital by special guest artist Jim Walker, whose headquarters are in Shirley: 36 King St., Littleton. Free admission. Learn more and register at 978-486-9524 (press 0) or Supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


RailFair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley. The Nashua Valley Railroad Association is announcing its “golden anniversary,” 50th annual Railfair 2015″ model train show and open house with model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers and clinics. Open house: Association Quarters — Phoenix Park Complex, 2 Shaker Road, Unit E-205 Shirley. Admission fees: $5 adults, $3 seniors and teens (12-18), free under 12. Both locations a short walk from the Shirley MBTA Commuter Rail stop! Directions and more at RailFair information contact and dealer inquiries: email to