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March

17 Friends of Lawrence Library Annual Book Sale: March 17-19 at the Pepperell Community Center. The hours will be Friday, March 17, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book prices are: $2 for adult and young adult hard cover, $1 for juvenile (under 13) hard cover, 50 cents for paper backs and children’s books, and $1 for multimedia. On Sunday, $10 purchases a filled paper grocery bag. Pepperell Community Center is located at 4 Hollis St. on the routes 111/113 rotary in Pepperell.

Beauty and the Beast: Groton-Dunstable Community Education presents the Students of Florence Roche in the musical, “Beauty and the Beast. Performances are March 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m. at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and will be available.

18 Operation Delta Dog Program: A guest speaker at Fort Devens Museum will describe a new dimension of the old adage that a man is a dog’s best friend. Lauren Burbridge, Director of Operation Delta Dog, will describe how the non-profit organization saves homeless dogs and trains them to serve as companions to combat Veterans. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. at the museum, located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens.

Pie Bake-Off: A favorite event returns! Everyone welcome to enter. Drop off your favorite homemade pie between 10 a.m. & noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Dunstable Church, 516 Main St. All ages are welcome to enter. Sponsored by the Sunshine Girls. For more information or to sign-up contact Ellen Davis 978-649-2090, Sue Metzler, 978-649-7737 or susan.metzler@hotmail.com or Sue Tully at sjt0213@verizon.net.

Christian Union Church Supper: Corned beef and cabbage time of year has arrived. Again this year Christian Union Church in West Groton will be holding their traditional supper. Don’t let the date fool you, save room for one more meal of corned beef and cabbage. You won’t be disappointed. Serving time is 4:30 – 6:30 and will be family style, continuous serving. The church is located on Rte 225 (West Main Street) in West Groton, diagonally across from the little fire station. You may always call 978 448-5480 for more information.

Registered Democrats in Pepperell: A caucus will be held at the Charles F. Lawrence Library (15 Main Street) at 11 a.m. to elect six delegates and four alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held at the DCU Center (50 Foster Street) in Worcester. The Party will be adopting a new Party Platform. Any questions, please contact Tom McGrath @ 978-433-0092.

United Methodist Church Supper: The church will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Supper form 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The menu consists of Guinness Irish Beef Stew, Dublin Coddle with Sausage and more. Ticket prices are: Adults, $10, Seniors, $9, Children $5, and Children 6 and under free. Dinner is "Eat-In" or "Take-Outs" are available. The historic "Meeting House " church is located at the Junction of Routes 119 and 13 in Townsend Center. For further information call, 978-597-2486.

Journalist Dan Kennedy at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: As apart of the church’s Lenten Series, journalist Dan Kennedy will be the featured guest speaker.The public is invited to an Italian Dinner at 6:00. Kennedy’s talk will begin at 7:00. This event is free and open to the public. Please respond to events@standrewsayer.org with the number in your party. St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street, Ayer. www.standrewsayer.org.

19 Vivid Vistas Guided Hike: Traverse the two highest points in Groton, both with open views with members of the Groton Trail Committee. See wild wetlands, beaver ponds, upland forests, and open meadows. Meet at Williams Barn on Chicopee Row at 1 p.m. We’ll carpool to the start, then hike back to Williams barn. The hike will last about two hours. 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 stormy. Contact Olin Lathrop, olin@embedinc.com, 978-742-9014.

History of Fire with Tim Swanson: From 2 to 3:30 p.m. primitive skills instructor Tim Swanson will lead this seminar on the history of fire and how to harness the sacred element of fire. Learn to use the bow drill friction fire method to create fire — and bring a bow drill home, too! We will meet outside the Library in the garden and enjoy the warmth of a fire pit. This program is limited to 25 participants so please sign up. For adults and YA (grades 6-12). Part of Groton READS 2017 thanks to the generosity of the GPL Endowment Trust.

20 Dining For A Cause: At Bailey’s Bar & Grille, 18 Main St. Townsend, come and dine in or take out for a cause! This will benefit the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Faud Court #30, Ayer. 10 percent of the day’s proceeds excluding tax, tip and alcohol will go toward this. Their philanthropy is the shriner’s burn hospital for children in Boston.

21 Ashby 250 Anniversary: To all patriots! Attend the Ashby Minuteman Muster at 7 p.m. at the Ashby Town Hall 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA. Men, women and children are invited! For more information, contact John Barrett @johnbarrett1@verizon.net or 978-821-3323.

22 A Prescription for Retirement: At the RiverCourt Residences 8 W Main Street Groton, MA 01450 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., come join us for a health reform presentation. Learn how health care reform impacts your retirement assets. RSVP, Jennifer Nelson, Dedicated Agent, New York Life Insurance Company at 978-852-8639 or jnelson05@ft.newyorklife.com.

Palestinian Refugee Spaker: Amir Adhaleen Qudaiah who is a refugee, will speak about his experiences in escaping war-torn Palestine. Amir’s talk, Who is Our Neighbor: Listening to the stories of Refugees and Immigrants, is the third of St. Andrew’s Lenten Series, Contemporary Issues and Christian Faith. The evening will begin at 6:00 with a simple Soup and Bread Supperand the lecture will begin at 7:00. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact events@standrewsayer.org. St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street, Ayer. www.standrewsayer.org.

23 Ayer Shirley College Seminar: Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on college admissions, which will be held at the Ayer Shirley Regional High School in the Large Group Instruction room at 7 p.m. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of college admissions, including building the college list, the college application process, and trends in college admissions. This presentation is geared toward juniors , however, all are welcome if you want to get ahead on what to expect in the college admissions process.

GPL The Big Burn Documentary: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. come view & discuss the Big Burn Documentary with special guest Fire Chief Steele McCurdy! Watch the 2014 PBS documentary (60 minutes; TV-PG) and join in the discussion led by GPL’s Lisa Baylis with Groton Fire Chief Steele McCurdy.

24 Swing Performance with Brian Kane: 2 p.m. at Nashoba Park Assisted Living Community, 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer. Come and enjoy the music of jazz musician Brian Kane, who will present, “Swing, Swing Swing” on saxophone and vocals.

25 ASH Friends of Football Comedy Show: The ASH (Ayer-Shirley-Harvard) Friends of Football supporting the ASRHS football program will be hosting a benefit comedy show with three of Boston’s top comedians from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Shirley War Memorial Building, 8 Church St. Shirley. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Kathryn Farrell at 978-697-3196. Tickets are $20 per person. Music, cash bar, raffle prizes. Bring your own food. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Townsend Congregational Church Dinner: We invite you to enjoy a Roast Pork Dinner with Sauerkraut, homemade applesauce, carrots, mashed potatoes, and homemade dessert from 5:00 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. Credit Card payments are now accepted. For more information, call 978-597- 8925.

New England Historic Music: Being held at 7:30 p.m., the historic Shirley Meeting House provides the perfect setting for My Kingdom – Song & Verse from New England performed by the pianist and four vocalists of Ensemble Lyrae. The program will feature poets and composers and is anchored around Louisa May Alcott’s poem, My Kingdom. A reception will follow the concert. Suggested donation: $15.00. Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road, Shirley.

28 Sheryl Faye performs as Anne Frank: Come see a story of perseverance, hope, and love at 6:00 p.m. at the Dunstable Public library 588 Main St. This is a FREE event please call 978-649-7830 or email kdebreceni@mvlc.org. Sponsored by the Dunstable Public Library and the Dunstable Cultural Council.

30 Nashoba Valley Medical Center Luncheon: The Friends of Nashoba Valley Medical Center invite members and the public to their March 30 Lecture/ Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. in the Founder’s Room. There is no charge for the luncheon but reservations would be appreciated, please call Kim Young at 978-784-9318. Please join us for an informative and interesting talk followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by the Food Services Department. For more information call Norma Garvin at 978-877-1086.

GPL Environmentalist & Photographer Presentation: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. join us for a slide presentation by Lance Hidy on Ansel Adams and his long career–including his work with the National Park Service, Sierra Club, and the environmental movement of the 1960’s. Lance Hidy is a Professor of Art at Northern Essex Community College.

Family Owl Prowl/Night Walk: Come join us from from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (Rain Date: Sat. April 1) at Farandnear, 156 Center Rd., Shirley, MA. Dress warmly, in layers. Bring water & a light snack for children. Flashlights should be covered with a red cloth, such as a bandana, to preserve our night vision. This program is FREE, thanks to a grant from the Shirley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please email Laurie Nehring: Lnehring100@gmail.com.

April

1 Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health in conjunction with your local Board of Health and area Veterinarians will be holding a rabies vaccination clinic at Jersey Street Fire Station in Pepperell from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 payable by cash or check only. The vaccination is good for three years if proof is provided of previous vaccinations within appropriate time frames.

Dueling Pianos to Benefit Habitat for Humanity: An evening of fun and laughter is on tap with the musical antics of Rob Steen and Company at Habitat for Humanity’s “Dueling Pianos” event at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity North Central MA, bringing affordable housing to those in need. Tickets to the event are $70 per person for dinner and the show, $35 per person for the show only. A cash bar will be available. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the 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, please visit our website. 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, Route 2A in Shirley.

2 Model Train Show & Open House: The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Assn of Shirley. is announcing its 52nd annual “Railfair 2017” model train show and open house Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The railfair will be held at the Ayer/Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley. The open house will be held at the Association Quarters: Phoenix Park Complex, 2 Shaker Road, Unit E-205 Shirley. Attractions include: model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers & clinics. Admission Fees: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors & Teens (12-18), Free under 12. Directions and information: www.nvrra.com. RailFair information contact and dealer inquiries: email to showchair16@nvrra.com or call 978-225-0650.

Caring For One After Death: From 1 to 4:30 p.m. come to this free workshop at the First Parish Church of Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton, MA. This program will introduce you to home wakes and funerals. It will describe theenormous personal benefits that come with this profound moment in a family life. The program will include the legal facts and the logistical details. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers. Registration: Contact Peg Lorenz at 978-425- 6602 or peglor@comcast.net. Registration will be limited. Donations will be accepted.

4 GPL William Wharton, Groton’s Early Conservationist: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. come hear New England Forestry Foundation’s Frank Lowenstein speak about William P. Wharton, one of its founders. Mr. Wharton was a lifelong Groton resident, forest Manager, ornithologist, and creator and donor of Wharton Plantation, Groton’s largest conservation area. Co-sponsored with the Groton History Center.

5 35th Virginia Cavalry: Come hear speaker Thomas Sommer, a historical re-enactor on “The Life of a Cavalryman.” This presentation is free sponsored by the Prudence Wright Chapter. It will be at 7 p.m. at the Lawerence Library Art Gallery, 15 Main St. Pepperell.

8 A Murder Mystery Dinner Show and Silent Auction: Someone has poisoned the Sultan’s wife. No witnesses came to light, though deep, dark secrets of those close to her have been revealed. Who could have committed this crime? Hamlet? John Silver? Juliet? Or someone else? “Deadly Ever After” is a dinner show and silent auction that will take place at 6 p.m. at Caleb Butler Lodge 11 Sculley Road Ayer, MA 01432. It is $30 per person or you can get advance tickets by calling 978-400-1100.

Children’s Egg Hunt & Cave Quest: All are welcome at these events for children hosted by Shepherd of the Valley (SOV) Lutheran Church in Groton. We’ll have our 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Story program beginning at 10 a.m. The children will gather eggs filled with goodies and hear a story filled with love. This is an event for the young and the young-at- heart! A flyer with all the details is available at www.sov-lc.org. Looking farther ahead, Cave Quest Adventure, our Vacation Bible School program, is taking place July 24 to 28 at SOV – with awesome decorations, it will feel like you’re walking into a cave complete with stalactites and stalagmites! This will be the perfect setting to explore the theme of God’s light in our lives. There will be Spelunker Science and Cave Crafts along with Cavern Games and Treats for children ages 4 to fourth-grade grads. The registration form for Cave Quest Adventure is available at www.sov-lc.org. Both programs are offered free to our local communities. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is located at the historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. For more information, please contact Margaret Doyle at 978-772-7095, margaret@ayerdoyles.org.

15 A Search for Spring Wildflowers: Join is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Farandnear 156 Center Rd., Shirley, MA. Bring your favorite flower guidebooks &/or apps to discover the delicate wildflowers that welcome spring! This program is FREE, thanks to a grant from the Shirley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please email Laurie Nehring: Lnehring100@gmail.com.

22 Earth Day in Townsend: Earth Day on the Townsend Common will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date, April 23, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m.). The theme this year is “4 Paws.” Enjoy a family day of free entertainment, buy lunch, pet some animals, let the children play some games and shop with over 100 crafters/vendors and non-profits.

27 notloB Music Presents the Tannahill Weavers: At the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA 01451 notloB Music presents the Tannahill Weavers with Elizabeth and Ben Andrson. The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Elizabeth and Ben Anderson are a Celtic fiddle and cello duo. Tickets are $20 to $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

May

6 Harvard Schools Trust Hootenanny: From 6 to 10 p.m. in the Harvard upper Town Hall, come join us for a great time! There will be a BBQ at 6 p.m. and the Contra Dance begins at 7 p.m. This casual event is intended to include everyone in the community. For more information go to www.harvardschoolstrust.org or call 978-456-5085.

Search for Dragonflies & Fairy Shrimp: A Family Nature Program: Join us from 3 to 5 p.m. at Ayer’s Pine Meadow Pond Conservation Area, Groton-Harvard Rd, Ayer. Bring your rubber boots, magnifiers, and a net if you have one, as we search for creatures that thrive in the pond! Please dress in layers, wear a hat and sunblock. Bring bug spray, water & a light snack. This program is FREE, thanks to a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please email Laurie Nehring: Lnehring100@gmail.com.

12 Family Owl Prowl/Night Walk: Join us from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m (Rain Date: Sat. May 13) at Pine Meadow Pond, Groton-Harvard Rd., Ayer MA . Dress warmly, in layers. Bring water & a light snack for children. Flashlights should be covered with a red cloth, such as a bandana, to preserve our night vision. This program is FREE, thanks to a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information, please email Laurie Nehring: Lnehring100@gmail.com.