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North Middlesex Regional High School Giving Tree to host July 28 band concert lawn party

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TOWNSEND — The North Middlesex Regional High School Giving Tree will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band’s Thursday, July 28, concert on the Townsend Common.

The Giving Tree is a nonprofit program run by high school students to assist families in Ashby, Pepperell and Townsend by providing a joyful holiday season for their children. The Giving Tree program annually sponsors 300 boys and girls ranging in age from infancy through age 18. They are provided with toys and clothes for the holidays addressing both their needs and wants. In addition to holiday gifts, the organization collects funds for fuel assistance and food baskets for local families in need.

The Giving Tree group will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sausages with peppers and onions, and chips to raise funds to support the program. The students will also be offering root beer floats, soda, and bottled water for sale. Individually wrapped homemade baked goods will be featured at the bake sale table.

Youngsters attending the lawn party may go in the bounce house and win prizes by playing the lollipop tree, bean bag toss, ring toss and donut games.

The Giving Tree group will also have a table set up on the Common with information about the program.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing Higgins’ arrangement of “John Williams: The Symphonic Marches” and “The Homefront: musical Memories from World War II” arranged by Christiansen. Leyden’s “Highlights from Oliver,” Anderson’s “Blue Tango” and “An Irving Berlin Salute” arranged by Jennings will be performed. Bennett’s transcription of “Showboat” by Kern and “The Teddy Bears Picnic” by Braxton will be included in the first portion of the program.

Hall’s “Grades Du Corps March” and Godfrey’s arrangement of Sullivan’s “Selections from the Pirates of Penzance” will be played following intermission. “Begin the Beguine” by Porter and Hall’s “S.I.B.A. March” will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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