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December

11 A Christmas Carol: The Cannon Theatre in Littleton is excited to announce their annual holiday radio show, “A Christmas Carol,” from the classic story by Charles Dickens, directed by Tara Earl. Show dates are Friday, Dec. 11 and Sat., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 12. Tickets are now on sale: Adults $20, Seniors/Students $15, Children 10 and under $10. Go to the website, www.thecannontheatre.org for more information.

The Ultimate Christmas Party: Pepperell Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Ideal for children aged 5-12, all are invited including parents. Admission is free. This is one part of Christmas Across America Children across America are having a blast at Ultimate Christmas Parties: fun-filled celebrations with games, songs, treats and a Bible story. The story we share is the one Christians have shared for two thousand years, just like Linus shares in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: the Good News of how Jesus came to Earth as a baby to save all who believe. More information is at ChristmasAcrossAmerica.com or by calling 978-302-9193.

Legally Blonde, The Musical: The Drama Club at Nashoba Valley Technical High School will take on “Legally Blonde, The Musical” in three upcoming performances in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $8 students for students.

12 Pancake Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m.-Noon at 11 Sculley Rd (off West Main St.) Ayer. Take a picture with Santa for a $10 donation. Pancake Breakfast also available – $6 donation

Living Nativity: Free event, 4:30 p.m. on the back lawn of the Townsend Congregational Church (brick church in town common). Hear the telling of the Christmas Story, and come inside for light refreshments afterwards.

Breakfast: Please come and enjoy a fabulous breakfast organized by the Pepperell Army Community Covenant. The breakfast is held at the VFW Post 3291 at 55 Leighton Street on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is no ordinary breakfast! The spread is spectacular! The buffet contains scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, home fries, fresh cut fruit salad, toast and English muffins. The chefs are eager to make eggs to order and an omelet of your choice including ingredients such as cheese, ham, peppers, mushrooms and onions. There is plenty of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and water. This month’s breakfast is sponsored by the Pepperell Police Department. This breakfast is free to all veterans and military families.

Nativity exhibition: The 11th annual “In a Manger” Nativity exhibition at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer will be held Dec. 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be held in the Parish Hall at 7 Faulkner St.

13 Homemade Christmas Cookie Walk: St. John the Evangelist, Daughter’s of Isabella are holding their 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Walk, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purchase as many or as few beautifully decorated homemade Christmas Cookies as you would like. Priced at $10 per pound. St. John’s Father Mealy Hall, 1 School St. Townsend.

Groton Community Christmas Concert: The 41st year! Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 218 Main St., Groton.

Children’s Traveling Christmas Choir: Annual concert: 3 p.m.at the Shirley Center Town Hall. The $5 admission to this concert will go to Shirley Friendship Fund which provides help for needy Shirley families at Christmas and throughout the year. The children, who are from grades 2-5 at the Lura A. White School, will sing a variety of popular Christmas songs and will act out the story of the first Christmas.

Mt Lakes Club Lost Lake Neighborhood Christmas Carol Sing Along: 2 p.m. Lost Lake Fire Station. Feel free to bring a chair. Carol sing along outside in front of the station hot chocolate and cookies to follow inside the fire station Please dress for singing outside. If your children are old enough to read and sing they are welcome.

14 Breakfast: Shirley Senior Veterans, please join us for our monthly breakfast on Monday, December 14th at 8:30 a.m. This is a free breakfast for yourself and a guest made possible by funding from the Shirley Charitable Foundation and the Friends of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. This month’s menu features Belgian Waffles with fruit, bacon, juice and coffee/tea.

Eye Diseases: Speaker, Carol Curdo from the MA Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired will be at the Shirley Senior Center at 10 a.m. to speak about Macular Degeneration and other Eye Diseases as part of our Senior Info series. She will also talk about Vision Rehab Services and Strategies for Everyday Activities for the vision impaired.

15 Winter Band Concert: 7 p.m. at the Bromfield School’s Cronin Auditorium, Harvard, featuring the Grade 6 Band, the Grade 7 & 8 Symphonic Band, the High School Wind Ensemble, and the High School Jazz Ensemble.

Holiday Program at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Bill Foley will bring us his musical holiday program as he performs on the guitar and harmonica.

16 It’s a Wrap: Gift Wrapping Workshop at the Groton Public Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Need gift wrapping ideas and time to get it done? Bring up to 4 items to wrap. Materials supplied free of charge, but feel free to bring paper, ribbon and ideas to share. Sign up at www.gpl.org, or call (978) 448-8000.

Shirley Senior Center Holiday Lunch: Join us for our annual Holiday Lunch at the Senior Center. Santa arrives on his motorcycle at 11 a.m. (thanks to the Shirley Police Department) followed by lunch at Noon. We’ll have roast turkey with gravy, mashed potato, vegetable, rolls, coffee/tea and Christmas cookies. Cost $3. The Shirley DPW has generously donated a ham to be raffled. Stay after lunch and play Bingo.

Make and Take Craft Club: 3:30-5 p.m. at the Groton Public Library Grades 6-12. Make handmade holiday gifts of sugar scrubs, bath soaks, and lip gloss. Space is limited. Sign up at www.gpl.org, or call (978) 448-8000.

18 Country Christmas Program at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Singer and guitarist Joe Foster will bring his “Country Christmas” program.

20 Annual Messiah Sing: 51st Anniversary Celebration, 4:30 p.m., Harvard UU Church, On the Common. Whether you come to sing with the chorus, or just listen, you will be thrilled by the magnificent music of Handel performed by professional vocal soloists and volunteer orchestra, with harpsichord, organ, and timpani. The packed sanctuary rings with the sound! Directed by Ted Johnson, this event is a spiritual high. Bring your own score or buy one at the door. Your donations gratefully accepted to sustain this wonderful tradition. Mark your calendar now! Call 978-779-2876 for more information.

Trail Hike in Groton: Sunday, December 20 at 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike through the Groton Town Forest, which has been managed as a forest reserve for over 90 years. We will explore the varied topography and habitats of this scenic woodland, including eskers, kettle holes, dry upland, marsh, the dead river, and more. Our hike will be at a moderate pace and will take about two hours. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Take West Main St. (Rt. 225) in Groton to Town Forest Rd. Meet at the end of Town Forest Road. 42.5973N, 71.6052W. Olin Lathrop (978) 742-9014, olin@embedinc.com.

21 Harp Concert at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Harpist Rebecca Swett performs.

30 Movie: Minions, at the Groton Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Ages 5 and up. Sign up online at www.gpl.org.

31 Irish Band Boxty at Nashoba Park: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Irish band Boxty will perform Irish and American folk songs on New Year’s Eve.

January

2 Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 invites you to a traditional New England Contra Dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton’s own Contra Banditos along with caller Tim VanEgmond, who will teach traditional New England style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5.00 per person, children under 3 years old are free, and family maximum is $20. Refreshments are provided

29 Roundtable: The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center will hold a roundtable on manual material handling and safe lifting strategies. Dan McHugh, a certified professional ergonomist, will share his expertise on handling techniques, risk of injury, and assistive devices. Registration is $20 for non-members. RSVP to jesswozniak@ecostardevens.com or call 978-772-8831 ext. 3304.

February

26 Reduce toxic chemicals: Pam Eliason of UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute will visit the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center to discuss how to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in your facilities, protect public health and the environment, and increase competitiveness of your businesses. Registration is $20 for non-members. RSVP to jesswozniak@ecostardevens.com or call 978-772-8831 ext. 3304.

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