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March

18 Groton Woman’s Club: Union Congregational Church, Groton. Following the luncheon at 11:30 a.m., the program, “Irish Voices, A Dramatic Presentation from Irish Writers (Heaney, Joyce, McCourt, Yeats and Others),” with speaker Stephen Collins, a teacher and actor.

19 Easter egg hunt: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will host Easter Egg Hunt and Storytelling for children third-grade and younger. Arrive at 10:15 a.m.; storytelling will begin at 10:30 a.m. Please sign up by contacting Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095. This event is free. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is at Grange Hall, 80 Champney St., Groton.

Easter Egg Hunt: To benefit Olivia Twig, Townsend UMC, 10 a.m. Free, but donations for Olivia, who has Rett Syndrome and needs a service dog, are appreciated.

Wild Game Dinner: 5 p.m. at the Townsend Rod and Gun Club on Emery Road. We will have 14 game dishes and three non-game dishes plus dessert all for $20, all you can eat. The first 150 people who arrive will get in. No credit cards.

St. Patrick’s Day Supper: The Townsend United Methodist Church, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Guinness Irish Beef Stew, Dublin Coddle, (sausage with vegetables), Colcannon, roasted vegetables, assorted Irish breads, and delicious desserts! Ticket prices are adults $10, seniors $8, children $5, children 6 and under are free. Located at the junction of 119 and 13 in Townsend Center. For information, call 978-597-2486.

Mini Golf at the Library: 4-9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Townsend Library. Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.

Post-St. Patrick Dinner: Christian Union Church in West Groton will be holding their famous traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage supper. Corned beef (from Blood Farm), cabbage, carrots, potatoes along with bread and butter and beverage. Dessert will be a surprise. This will be served family-style, continuous serving from 5-7 p.m. Take-outs are available. Church is on Rte. 225, West Main Street in West Groton. For information call 978 448-5480

Church supper: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy a Roast Pork Dinner with sauerkraut, homemade applesauce, carrots, mashed potatoes, and homemade dessert from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $ 10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 through 8 and a family can eat for $25. As always, children under 3 eat free! Dinners are also available for take-out.

Egg Hunt: The Harvard Family Association will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on the Harvard Town Common at 11 a.m. The event is free. Guests are asked to bring donations for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry based in Devens. In case of inclement weather, the Spring Egg Hunt will be held on March 26 at 11 a.m.

20 Palm Sunday:

— Mass at St. Joseph Church, Pepperell, 4 p.m.

— Mass at St. James Church, Groton, 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

— Community Church of Pepperell, 10 a.m., worship, Sunday School and Palm Sunday brunch.

— Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, Groton, 10:15 a.m.

— Union Congregational Church, Groton, 10 a.m.

Celebration Concert: Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 p.m. Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome, internationally acclaimed pianist. Tickets: Adults $25; seniors $20; students $15.

St. Paddy’s Day Road Race: 5K begins and ends at Carlin’s, Ayer, 11 a.m.

Community Food-Raiser: 2 p.m., Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center. All are welcome and can enter the event for free if they bring bags of groceries for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the door. Hosted by Community Chiropractic.

Groton Democratic Town Committee: Non-partisan presentation by state Sen. Michael Barrett on his revenue-neutral carbon pricing bill (S. 1747). In addition, Marc Grant from 350Mass.org will discuss his group’s efforts to build a statewide social movement to confront the climate crisis and key environmental issues in the energy bills now making their way through the legislature. The presentation will be held at 4 p.m. at Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St., Groton. For more information: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or www.democracy.com/GrotonDemocrats.

21 Little Tick, Big Problem: 10 a.m. at the Shirley Senior Center. Al Futterman of Nashoba River Watershed Association gives a presentation on Lyme Disease prevention.

23 Holy Week: St. James Church, Groton, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Reconciliation.

Sunshine School: Open House for Preschool and Pre-K Programs at The Sunshine School from 1-3 p.m. in the new addition of the First Parish Church of Groton. For information, 978-448-6714.

MEFA College Admissions Seminar: Parents and students are invited to a free seminar on college admissions at 7 p.m. in the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Commons, offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. Before the seminar, visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation College-Admissions-Spring-2016.pdf and explore other tools and resources to assist you in college planning.

24 Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Pepperell

Maundy Thursday:

— Community Church of Pepperell, 7:30 p.m.

— Townsend United Methodist Church, candlelight service 7 p.m.

— Union Congregational Church, Groton, 7:30 p.m.

Christian Seder: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, Groton, 6 p.m. The Haggadah will be read and foods of the Seder will be served followed by a pot luck and a holy communion. Call Janet Vesper at 978-597-8605 to take part to ensure adequate seating.

25 Good Friday:

— Union Congregational Church, Groton, 12:30 p.m.

— Townsend Congregational Church, 7 p.m.

— First Baptist Church of West Townsend, 5:30 p.m.

— St. James Church, Groton, 3 p.m.

— St. Joseph Church, Pepperell, 7 p.m.

— Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, Groton, 7:30 p.m.

Children’s Service: St. Andrew’s Church, Ayer, 5 p.m. The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock will use a beautiful handmade model of The Holy City to share the story.

26 Holy Saturday: St. Joseph Church, Pepperell, 8 p.m. Easter Vigil Liturgy

Dan Kirouac: Bailey’s Bar and Grill, Townsend, 7:30 p.m.

Groton PAL Movie Night: Lost Lake Fire Station, 5 to 7 p.m., see “Inside-Out.” Popcorn donated by Worker’s Credit Union and pizza donated by Groton House of Pizza. For information email rmead@townofgroton.org

Easter Egg Hunt: Sponsored by Townsend VFW Post #6538 and its Auxiliaries on the VFW grounds in West Townsend, 2 p.m. sharp. Children nine years of age or younger who live in Townsend or are relatives of Townsend VFW Post or Auxiliary members are welcome.

27 Easter Sunrise Service: 6:45 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of West Townsend Prayer Garden, followed by breakfast in Fellowship Hall. Worship services at 9:30 and 11 a.m., child care and Sunday School through age 9.

Easter Sunday:

— St. James Church, Groton, masses at 7:30 and 11:30 a.m.

— St. Joseph Church, Pepperell, mass at 9:30 a.m.

— Community Church of Pepperell, 10 a.m.

— Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, Groton, 10:15 a.m.

— Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m. on at Townsend United Methodist Church. A light breakfast of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and coffee will be served. Easter church services will be 10 a.m. at Townsend UMC and at 10:15 a.m. at Townsend Congregational Church

— Union Congregational Church, Groton, 10 a.m.Traditional Family Worship; Senior, Junior, and Cherub Choirs; Handbell Choir and Trumpet; Holy Communion will be served; No Sunday School.

Easter Sunday: Grace Baptist Church, Pepperell, 10:45 a.m.

30 Community Forum series: Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley, from 7 to 9 p.m. The featured speaker will be Dr. Malik Khan, the President of the Islamic Center of Boston (located in Wayland, MA). The evening’s program is entitled, “Everything you wanted to know about Islam but were afraid to ask.”

Lecture/Luncheon: Nashoba Valley Medical Center, sponsored by the Friends of NVMC, 6:14 p.m. The guest speaker will be Stephanie Gianoukos, MD, Interventional Pain Specialist of the new Pain Management Center at NVMC. Reservations may be made by calling 978-784-9318, for further information call Norma Garvin, 978-877-1086.

April 1

Dueling Pianos: “Dueling Pianos” at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Celebrate April Fool’s Day with a night of entertainment while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity North Central Mass., bringing affordable housing to those in need. Tickets to the event are $65 per person for dinner and the show or $30 per person for the show only. Dinner and Show package includes a three-course plated dinner with choice of Prime Rib or Pan-Seared Salmon, private room premium seating for the show and a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. A Cocktail Hour with cash bar for “Show Only” patrons will begin at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. A Silent Auction will be offered at the start of the evening and winners will be announced during the show’s intermission. To purchase tickets or for more information about becoming a sponsor for the event, visit ncmhabitat.org Tickets are also available through the Bull Run Restaurant’s website or by calling the Habitat office at 978-348-2749. The Bull Run Restaurant is located on 215 Great Road, Rte. 2A in Shirley.

2 Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s auction time at the Nashua River Watershed Association. Are you ready for fun? The NRWA will hold its biennial gala Auction 2016 on Saturday, April 2nd at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Leominster. The evening features dinner and a cash bar, a silent auction with hundreds of items, and a live auction with trips, unique experiences, and more. The proceeds support NRWA’s work to protect our water, our land, and our communities.

What can you bid on? We have vacation stays in Maine, Tahoe, and Santa Fe. We’re offering fly-fishing at the Norfolk Trout Club, golfing at the Oak Hill Country Club and Sky Meadow Country Club, and surf or paddleboard lessons. We’ll have beautiful vintage and fine jewelry, antiques, handcrafted pieces by local artisans, Red Sox tickets and concert tickets, car detailing and landscape services, gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, and much, much more.

NRWA Auction 2016 is a fun evening, and we invite you to attend and bring your friends. Tickets are on sale now at (978) 448-0299, or you can buy online by visiting www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The deadline for reservations is March 25. Get our Early Bird Discount if you purchase your ticket on or before March 11th.

A special thank you to our Premier Sponsor Can-Am Machinery, Inc.

The NRWA will also run an online auction preceding the gala, from March 23rd thru April 1st, at biddingforgood.com/nashuariverwatershed. Bid on a special collection of online items from the comfort of your own home or office. For questions, or more information, please contact Lyn Goldman, NRWA Auction Coordinator, at (978) 448-0299, or email auction2016@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Support the NRWA, make your reservations today!

3 Groton Democratic Caucus: April 3, 2016

Democrats in Groton will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 2016 State Convention on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 4 p.m. at Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street. All voters registered in Groton as Democrats as of 1/31/16 are eligible to participate. Groton will elect five delegates and three alternates divided equally between men and women. This convention will have exciting workshops on issues and party building. The Groton Democratic Town Committee will hold its monthly meeting before the caucus at 3 p.m. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or www. Democracy.com/GrotonDemocrats or www.massdems.org.

April 9

Bikes Not Bombs Dance Party Fundraiser: Doors open 7 p.m. at Vestry of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Groton. High Camp, an energetic party band, will play 80’s, New Wave, Funk, and Reggae. Dance or listen. No partners required. Suggested donation: $20.

April 16

Groton Grange Town Wide Litter Clean Up: 9: a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prescott School. Stop by the booth at Prescott School for trash bags and Road assignments then return with your trash to place in the trash containers provided by Roy MacGregor Trash Service and the town of Groton Highway Department. Friends of the Trees will be handing out tree seedlings. This year there is a partnership with Bikes Not Bombs. If you have any bikes collecting dust in your garage or basement, please bring them, along with a $10 donation.

April 23

Earth Day: Townsend Town Common, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Townsend Town Common. Rain date is April 24, noon to 4 p.m. Theme is Country Farm Living; $30 a space for vendors/crafters. Contact susanclement49@yahoo.com and nonprofits to clem6six@verizon.net or facebook at Townsend Earth Day. Come interact with animals in the petting zoo, watch chicks hatch, and see some fancy chickens! Sodano Realty will be providing free paper shredding. Clothing/textiles may also be donated.

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