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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.

Trivia Night for Education: Join Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) at 7 p.m. at The Tavern at Groton Country Club.Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $10 per player.

Veterans Breakfast: Enjoy a fabulous breakfast organized by the Pepperell Army Community Covenant. The breakfast is held at the VFW Post 3291 at 55 Leighton Street 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 Masy Systems.

Ayer Democratic Town Committee: Reorganization meeting at 11 a.m. at the Ayer Police Station, 54 Park St., Ayer, in the Community Room. All interested registered Democrats are welcome to attend. For more information, please call Kathleen O’Connor at (978) 621-3825.

Community Awareness Fair: Noon-4 p.m., Pepperell Community Center. Resources for all aspects of substance abuse and mental health, activities for young people, Interactive displays, bake sale. Something for everyone!

10 Search for Spring Ephemerals: 1-2:30 pm., Farandnear, 156 Center St., Shirley. Members – $5; Non-member – $10. Please join us, as we search for beautiful spring wildflowers! Look for lady-slippers, hepatica, trillium, and many other spring wildflowers along the Farandnear trails.

Artist reception: Gallery Sitka will have a reception for a team of artists from Merrimack Valley Artisans from 1-3 p.m. Multiple Artists, from Photographers to Jewelry Designers, will be presenting their art at The Bull Run located at 215 Great Road in Shirley.

Work of 1000 Documentary & Heart Healthy Walk: 1:30-3 p.m., Groton Library. View “The Work of 1000″, an award-winning documentary, which illustrates the Power Of Women Who Do. Marion Stoddart, the focus of the film, will inspire us with her passion and commitment to clean up the Nashua River, once one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country. Susan Edwards, the award winning-film’s director and producer, will talk about her need to share this amazing story about a hero in our midst. Marion Stoddart will be here in person to answer our questions and join us in our walk. Following the discussion, meet at the Williams Barn for a heart-healthy trail walk, led by naturalist/educator Stacey Chilcoat and geologist Nancy Jackson, PhD.Walk for 1.5 hours through wetlands, forest, and a gorgeous field and up and over Chestnut Hill.Participants will receive literature on women’s heart health. This date starts the beginning of Hadassah’s Heart Healthy Walking Program ‘Every Step Counts.”

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 on the trails of Brooks Orchard and Sorhaug Woods in Groton. This hike features pretty woods, open vistas, a beaver pond, and traversing two of Groton’s famous drumlins with views of several more. Leashed dogs are welcome. The hike is suitable for families with hiking children. Wear comfortable hiking shoes. The hike will be held unless it is very stormy. Meet for the hike at Orchard Lane in Groton, parking on the north side of the road at the edge of an open field. Olin Lathrop, olin@embedinc.com, (978) 742-9014.

11 Cuatro Puntos Chamber Sextet: “Damascus to Kabul:” Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall, Schoolhouse, Groton School 282 Farmers Row, 7 p.m. The Cuatro Puntos Chamber Sextet, dedicated to world cooperation through music, created “Damascus to Kabul” after working with young musicians in a war zone in Afghanistan. The performance celebrates artists in Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan through music written by and inspired by artists who are often unjustly silenced. Hear their voices through music in a free concert, part of Groton School’s Gammons Concert Series.

12 Successful Self-Publishing: 7-8:30 pm. Did you know “The Martian” by Andy Weirdebuted as a self-published work before it was picked up by a major publisher and became a NYT Bestseller? Perhaps you are interested in self-publishing your manuscript. Jane Karker, of Boston Writers Publishing & Cooperative, will lead you through the process of getting your manuscript published, from inception to printed book. Sign up at gpl.org, or call 978-448-8000.

13 Daylilies: Sponsored by the Pepperell Garden Club at the Pepperell Senior Center on Rte.. 111 at 6:45 P.M. Come learn more about these hardy perennials that we all love to have grace our gardens every summer. Presented by Pepperell resident, Denise Pavlovich. $5 guest fee ($2 seniors) free to members. Refreshments served. Information: 978-448-6506

Spring Concert: 6:30 p.m. at the Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard. Hildreth Elementary School Grade 5 Beginning Band, the Grade 6 Concert Band, the Grade 7 & 8 Symphonic Band, the High School Concert Choir, the High School Wind Ensemble, and the High School Jazz Ensemble will perform.

14 Brave the Shave: Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s in-school hair salon, Cosmo Cuts, will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation “Brave the Shave” Head-shaving event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national volunteer organization the goal of which is raising money for research into finding cures for childhood cancer. To become a “shavee,” as the foundation calls them, at Nashoba Tech’s event, call 978-692-4711, ext. 6142.

15 Lawrence Academy welcomes the New England Brass Band: New England’s Premier Brass Band will perform in LA’s Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center, Groton, 6:30 p.m.

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.

33rd annual Squannacook River Race: At the West Townsend VFW, registration 8-9:30 a.m. $30 per canoe, $25 1-person kayak. Life jackets must be worn. For information call 978-597-6874.

Friends of the Townsend Seniors International Dinner: At the Meeting Hall, 6 to 8 p.m. This annual event is always a popular and fun evening, with a buffet offering the most delicious foods. Many dishes have an International flavor! The donation is $10. Tickets are available now from Avis Roy (978-597-6829) and at the Senior Center. The dinner is in a new location this year, at the Meeting Hall on Dudley Road.

The DREZ at 20: Devens Redevelopment a Reflection: Presented by Peter Lowitt, Director of Land Use at Devens. The museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the program to start at 1 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, 3rd floor. For more information please contact the museum at info@fortdevensmuseum.org or 978-772-1286.

Church supper: At Christian Union Church in West Groton. Come celebrate the end of tax season. Our menu will be baked ham, homemade baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw and assorted cakes for dessert. Continuous serving, family style from 5-7 PM. Take outs are available. Church is located at 37 West Main Street (Rte 225) in West Groton. For more information you may call 978 448-5480.

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.

24 Who’s Scat is That?: 1-2:30 pm., Farandnear, 156 Center St., Shirley. Members – $5; Non-member – $10. Explore the wilds of Farandnear with our Naturalist, Laurie Nehring, as we looking for signs of wildlife, such as tree scratches, holes, webs, tracks & scat, and learn more about the animal habitats at Farandnear.

25 Townsend Ridge Speaking Event: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Townsend Ridge County Club, Townsend. ADS (Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions) will be presenting Education and Awareness on the topic

26 Historical architecture: 7 p.m., at the Groton Public Library, Nicholas Langhart will speak about the architecture of homes in Massachusetts prior to 1870. Langhart is the director of the Forbush Memorial Library in Westminster, holds an MA in historic preservation from Cornell University and has served as property manager at Historic New England, Boston. He has taught courses on the history of architecture on Long Island, NY and at Clark University, Worcester State and WPI. He instructs docents at Preservation Worcester and is currently teaching courses on New England architecture in the ALFA program at Fitchburg State University.

27 Estate Planning – Even if You Don’t Think You Have an Estate: Attorney John Bowen will speak and answer questions about estate planning, “End of Life Directives,” writing a will, having a health care proxy and living will, power of attorney and legal concerns. Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley. Social time and light refreshments, 7-7:30 p.m., followed by program, with questions and answers, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.

28 Wicked Pissed: Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley will host WCVB-TV’s CHRONICLE reporter, Ted Reinstein, at 7 p.m., as he brings stories to life from his newly released book “Wicked Pissed – New England’s Most Famous Feuds.”

29 Groton Community Dinners: Dinner is held at First Parish Church, intersection of Routes 40/119, in Groton, MA. Served continuously from 5:45-7PM, join us for live music, a delicious meal provided for us by the Chef at Lawrence Academy, 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. Details posted on our new website, www.grotoncommunitydinners.org and on our Groton Community Dinners Facebook page.

ASRHS Drama presents: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m.; April 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults; $8 for seniors and students ages 8-18; $5 for children under 7, available in advance or at the door. Got a big family? Please inquire about family cap pricing. Seating is general admission. Don’t delay! Time is ticking away and midnight will soon arrive. Join Ella, Prince Topher and the whole village for this magical musical treat. For more information, call (978) 772-2545 or visit ASRHS Drama online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.

30 Townwide cleanup: Join your friends and neighbors to Keep Ayer Beautiful! This year’s cleanup weekend will be held on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by Depot Square to register and to pick up trash bags and gloves.

Annual Spring Fling/Yard Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., The Community Church, 3 Townsend St., Pepperell.

Wingmasters: Raptor Rescue: 3 p.m. for adults and children ages 5+. Jim Parks of Wingmasters will present a program on North American birds of prey. We will get an overview of these magnificent birds, their habitats and hunting styles, with live animals. Ayer Town Hall at 1 Main Street, Ayer. Generously funded by The Friends of the Ayer Library. Please contact the Ayer Library with any questions 978-772-8250

May 1

2016 Country Star Search: The New England Country Music Organization’s eleventh annual Country Star Search is in Pepperell. Categories range from age 3 through adults and seniors (50+) in the following areas: Vocalist, Entertainer, Duo, Group, Band, Instrumentalist, Dancer, Dance Team, Songwriter, CD, and Music Video. All entries must be new or traditional country, gospel, bluegrass, country dance, or clogger. Winners will be announced at the gala NECMO Awards show in June. Winners will be eligible to enter the Northeast Invitational Country Showdown in October; as well as the NACMAI Country Music Week international competition. For entry form, rules, or more information, please call 508-335-7979, email necmo@charter.net , or go to www.necmo.net

7 Bird Walks: Join experienced birders Dick and Peggy Knowlton at 7 a.m. on their annual, sought-after birding walks at the Oxbow Refuge. Gather at the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Bring binoculars, and, if possible, a field guide. Appropriate for birders of all levels. For more information and in case of questionable weather, call Rona at 978-779-2259. The event is organized by the Friends of the Oxbow NWR in conjunction with the department of Fish & Wildlife, and is free of charge.

10 IF ONLY Screening: 6:30 p.m. North Middlesex Regional High School, 19 Main St., Townsend. Jim Wahlberg will speak – this is a short film intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids. Funded by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

15 Hidden Treasures 2016: The Friends of the Oxbow NWR will participate in the “region-wide celebration of the natural, cultural and historical “treasures” located within the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area” through activities, displays and information at the Refuge’s new pavilion on 80 Hospital Road in Devens. Hidden Treasures 2016 is organized by Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. All the events are free of charge. For more information, contact Rona Balco from the Friends of the Oxbow at 978-779-5081.

21 Join experienced birders Dick and Peggy Knowlton at 7 a.m. on their annual, sought-after birding walks at the Oxbow Refuge. Gather at the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Bring binoculars, and, if possible, a field guide. Appropriate for birders of all levels. For more information and in case of questionable weather, call Rona at 978-779-2259. The event is organized by the Friends of the Oxbow NWR in conjunction with the department of Fish & Wildlife, and is free of charge.

35th Annual Spring Festival and Craft Fair: Townsend Common, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Townsend Methodist Church’s plans include artists and crafters from throughout New England, a full food-court , baked goods, garden plants, silent auction, and music. Townsend Common is located at the junction of Rts. 13 and 119 in Townsend Center.