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February

13 Breakfast: Please come and enjoy a fabulous breakfast organized by the Pepperell Army Community Covenant at the VFW Post 3291 at 55 Leighton St. from 8:30-10 a.m. This is no ordinary breakfast! 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. There is plenty of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and water. This month’s breakfast is sponsored by the Pepperell Lions Club and is free to all veterans and military families. This month Matt Landino will be presenting his Eagle Scout project — constructing a Mutual Aid Room for the Pepperell Fire Department and Firefighters Association at the Jersey Street Fire Station. The goal is to construct a more comfortable mutual aid room designed to house first responders. This room will also serve as a meeting/training room.

14 Guided Trail Hike in Groton: 1 p.m. sharp. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided hike in Groton on the wooded trails of Throne Hill in West Groton. The Throne is a conservation area owned by the Groton Conservation Trust and is one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels in the area. The Throne provides habitat for deer, bears, porcupines, fishers, moose and beavers. It features upland forest and interesting wetlands. Our walk on the Throne trails will take about two hours. Wear winter hiking boots, snowshoes or crampons/spikes, as snow-cover conditions warrant. The hike will be held unless it is stormy. Meet at the end of Castle Drive, 42.6260N, 71.6171W. Olin Lathrop, olin@embedinc.com, 978-742-9014.

15 Hot Cocoa Snowshoe Hike: 1-3 p.m.. FarandNear, 156 Center Road, Shirley. Snowshoe through the woods with a guide, then gather ’round the outdoor fireplace to warm your fingers and your heart with steaming hot cocoa. Snowshoes available to rent in adult and child sizes. Trust members: Adult/$5, child/free, rental (if needed) $5. Nonmember: Adult/$10, child/free, rental (if needed) $7. RSVP to 413-298-3239 ext. 3016 or email mmoulton@thetrustees.org.

16 Eyes on Owls: Naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson will present “Who’s Watching You? Owls of the World" at Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way, Shirley at 6:30 p.m.

Joe Foster: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Join us for a performance by singer and guitarist Joe Foster, who will play both country and standards.

17 Secularism Today: The next Community Forum will be held at Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley, from 7 to 9 p.m. Author and lawyer, David Niose, will lead a timely discussion on secularism in the United States, the status of church-state separation, and how connections between religion and government affect politics and policy today. Mr. Niose is a member of the Board of the American Humanist Association (AHA), and is president of the Secular Coalition of America. The evening will begin with a social time and light refreshments, from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by the program and questions and answers.

18 Candidates’ Night: 7 p.m. at Groton Senior Center, 163 West Main St., Groton. Sponsored by the Groton Republican Town Committee, representatives from the Republican Presidential candidates will be present to share information and answer questions about their candidates and his or her campaign. Also attending are a Congressional candidate and regional Republican State Committee candidates. This more informal setting will provide the opportunity for more direct interaction and discussion. A straw vote will be taken by those present. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. For information, contact Chairman Deirdre Slavin-Mitchell at deirdresmitchell@gmail.com.

19 Doug Kwartler: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Singer and guitarist Doug Kwartler will bring a wide variety of music from the 40s right through the 80s.

20 Full Moon Owl Prowl: 5-7 p.m., FarandNear, 156 Center Road, Shirley. Enjoy an early evening walk by moonlight and listen as we call in the owls! Afterward, enjoy pizza around the outdoor fireplace. All ages welcome. Snowshoes available if needed, in adult and child sizes. Adult: Trust member/$10, nonmember/$15. Child: $5. RSVP to 413-298-3239 ext. 3016 or email mmoulton@thetrustees.org.

22 Parent Information Night for 2016-2017 Kindergarten: 6 p.m. at Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St., Pepperell. Children residing in Pepperell who will be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall. Please call the school at 978- 433-6722 for information.

Hoe Down: Planning meeting for the Shirley Hoe Down has been re-scheduled to 7 p.m. at the Shirley Historical Society Museum. This year’s Hoe Down will be on the first Saturday in June from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A variety of craft tables, food stands, information booths and entertainers will need to be identified. Anyone who has questions or suggestions may attend the meeting or contact Hoe Down coordinator Meredith Marcinkewicz at mail@shirleyarts.org.

23 Ethan Stone: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. Talented jazzy pianist Ethan Stone will share his unique musical interpretations.

26 Charlie Farren concert: Singer/songwriter Charlie Farren will perform a special live acoustic performance, 7 to 9 p.m., to benefit the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club Scholarship Fund. The fundraising performance, sure to rock the house, will play at the ASRHS auditorium, 141 Washington St., Ayer. General admission is $20. To reserve tickets, call 978-772-2545, or for information or to make a personal donation to the fund, visit ASRHS Drama online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.

Reduce toxic chemicals: Pam Eliason, of UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute, will visit 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 nonmembers. RSVP to jesswozniak@ecostardevens.com or call 978-772-8831 ext. 3304.

Groton Community Dinners: Dinner is held at First Parish Church, intersection of routes 40/119, in Groton. Served continuously from 5:45-7 p.m., join us for live music, a delicious meal including chicken pot pie or Tofu pot pie, gingerbread cake, salad and rolls and good company. More than ever, we as a community must find ways to live together in harmony, so please come out to meet your neighbors for a free and lovely evening.

27 Democratic Caucus: Registered Democrats in Pepperell will be holding a caucus at the Charles Lawrence Library (15 Main St.) at 2 p.m. to elect six delegates and three alternates to the 2016 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held on Saturday, June 4, at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Pepperell. Delegates will be equally divided between men and women and all ballots will be written and secret. In the spirit of inclusion, youth, minorities and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates. The Pepperell Democratic Town Committee welcomes new members. For information, contact Tom McGrath at: 978-433-0092 or tjdem@charter.net.

28 Winter Explorations: 1-3 p.m.. FarandNear, 156 Center Road, Shirley. On the fourth Sunday of each winter month, join a naturalist or artist for a guided walk through the woods and meadows at Farandnear. In February, it’s photography, when winter lets us see the bones of the landscape. With a fine art photographer, learn how to photograph the lines, angles, overlapping shapes and shadows of this winter wonderland. Storms cancel; call 413.298-3239 x3016 for weather cancellations. Trustees member: Adult $5, Child Free, snowshoe rental (if needed) $5 Member, $7 Nonmember. RSVP to 413.298.3239 x3016 or email mmoulton@thetrustees.org.

Monthly Community Coffee: St. John the Evangelist, Townsend – 8:15 – 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – Noon; following 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Coffee, pastries and homemade baked goods. No charge.

Pull Up a Chair: The Groton Historical Society is very pleased to present Pull Up a Chair, Three Centuries of New England Chairs, at 2 p.m. at the Boutwell House, 172 Main Street. Our guest speaker will be John Brooks of John Brooks Fine Furniture, Groton, MA. He will discuss design development, structure, finishes and for more recent chairs, the manufacturers, using chairs from the Boutwell House collection and photographs. Participants are welcome to bring photographs of their own antique chairs for evaluation and any questions they may have.

March

3 NMRHS Library Author Coffee House: Townsend author, Emily Holmes, pen name E.E. Holmes, will be speaking about how she wrote and published her trilogy: Spirit Legacy, Spirit Prophecy, Spirit Ascendancy at 6:30 p.m. in the NMRHS library. She’ll share the challenges of the writing and publishing process and read an excerpt from one of her books!

Home Selling Seminar: 7 p.m. at the MRM Realty office at 316 Boston Rd in Groton. You will learn about all the things you need to know before putting your home on the market, including legal issues, disclosure issues, appraisal issues, septic issues, banking issues, board of health and safety issues. In addition you will get tips on staging and where best to invest your money to realize top dollar.There will be a panel of experts including Attorney: Aleta Manugian; Mortgage Broke: Deb Bodnar from Mortgage network; Home Inspector from RJ Inspections; Stager: Karen Tucker Mulligan from Tucker Mulligan Design; Groton Fire Chief: Steele McGurdy Please call 978 448 3031 to register as space is limited

13 Railfair 2016: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in two locations. Railfair: Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley; and open house: Association Quarters, Phoenix Park Complex, 2 Shaker Road, Unit E-205, Shirley. Admission fees: $5 adults, $4 seniors and teens (12-18), free under 12. Both locations a short walk from the Shirley MBTA Commuter Rail stop.

Addams Family: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky…. America’s “ookiest” family takes to the Nashoba Regional High School stage in a sensational musical adaptation of cartoonist Charles Addams’ charming and macabre family. Little Wednesday has grown up and found love with a young man who is (gasp!) “normal.” She enlists the help of her father, Gomez, to ensure a dinner party for both sides of the family goes well and to gain her mother Morticia’s blessing. Little white lies and secrets lead to an evening that’s anything but normal! Performances will take place on March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.NashobaDrama.com.

20 Monthly Community Coffee: St. John the Evangelist, Townsend – 8:15 – 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – Noon; following 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Coffee, pastries and homemade baked goods. No charge.

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