14 Amethyst Chamber Ensemble: Debut concert at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer, 7 p.m., exploring a range of vocal and instrumental chamber works with a flexible and accomplished roster of artists. Amethyst’s program includes: William Bolcom’s Let Evening Come; the viola sonata in F minor by Johannes Brahms; Brahms’ Zwei Gesänge; songs by Irving Schlein; and selected songs in the tango style, by Astor Piazzolla. Artists include soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Joelle Morris, Jon Poupore on the viola, and Scott Nicholas on the piano. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, please visit www.standrewsayer.org
Veterans Breakfast: 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW. A big thank you to our sponsors this month: Masy Systems and Lowell Five Savings Bank.
15 Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association: Open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2 Shaker Road, Shirley. Attractions include the operation of our 2,000-square-foot model train layout which depicts the Boston and Maine Railroad running from Portland Maine to Mechanicville, New York. Multiple trains with sound will be running and will be fun for both young and old. Model railroad enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
We Got Rhythm!: 2 p.m., concert by Hope Community Chorus, Townsend Meeting Hall. Directed by Alice Struthers and accompanied by pianist Janet Alford.
St. Andrew’s Forum: Alan Manoian, Director of Ayer Office of Community and Economic Development, will speak at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. His topic for the Forum, which takes place after the Sunday worship service, is “Historic St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church & Ayer’s Economics of Heritage & Place.” St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street in Ayer and is an open and affirming church. The Sunday Celebration of Holy Communion is at 9:30 am. Child care is available for infants and toddlers beginning at 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for preschool-aged children and older also starts at 9:15. The Forum is held in the Parish Hall at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, please visit www.standrewsayer.org
18 Ed the Wizard: “Reading is Magic,” will appear at the Ayer Library starting at 10:30 a.m. Inspired by the book series “Harry Potter,” Ed the Wizard weaves together the importance of building and maintaining one’s reading skills with his interactive magic performance. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
20 Groton Woman’s Club: Groton Police Chief Don Palma will be hosting the luncheon for the Groton Woman’s Club meeting to be held at the Senior Center in West Groton. Starting at 11:30 a.m., the luncheon will be followed by the program, Habitat for Humanity. The speaker is Bill Mersch, the Past Chairman and Current Committee Chairman of Lowell Habitat for Humanity. Annual reports by Woman’s Club committee chairmen are due at this meeting. For more information about the Groton Woman’s Club, please visit the website www.grotonwomansclub.org, or call president Marie Melican at 978-448-8224.
21 Groton Litter Clean-Up: Groton Grange #7 is holding its annual Town-wide Litter Cleanup on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our booth will be in front of the Prescott School on Main Street. We will have the Bikes not Bombs organization with us again. They will be accepting used bikes to be re-conditioned for distribution around the world. They will be there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a $10 donation to cover their cost for re-conditioning the Bikes. Gloves and trash bags will be provided for those who join us in the Town-Wide Litter Cleanup.
Fort Devens Museum: The 2,230-acre tract of land once called Fort Devens Sudbury Annex — parts of the towns of Hudson, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury — will be the subject of a program at Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Devens, starting at 1 p.m.
Townsend Earth Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Townsend Town Common. Theme is Hoof and Woof. Come interact with animals, see some fancy chickens, and play in our game area. We have a climbing wall ($) coming this year! Sodano; Realty and Plumbing will be providing free paper shredding (rain or shine on Saturday, not available on Sunday). Boy Scouts will hold their annual bottle and can drive. They have also added Textile/Clothing recycling donations for reuse or recycling. Plant swap (indoor or outdoor plants)-leave some/take some! North End Subaru will be collecting coffee/tea capsules (Like K-Cups),disposable coffee cups/lids and,snack wrapper/bags (like Baggies). Friends of Pepperell Recreation will be collecting ride-able bicycles (don’t bring it, if it can’t be ridden) for their bike sale the following week. Bring your old prescription eye glasses to the Lions Club table. Mapledell Farm will be accepting used dog coats to be used on their farm animals! Bring your dog on a leash for free micro chipping by ACE (Animal Care and Education). Informational tables and vendors/crafter shopping will help round out the day! We have over 100 vendors/crafters/non profits! Food for sale and free entertainment at the gazebo and “on the green” all day. Parking around common, with a shuttle from the Townsend Library/Senior Center Complex parking lot.
Roast Beef Supper: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Christian Union Church, 37 West Main Street (Rte 225) W. Groton. Menu will consist of roast beef from Blood Farm, real mashed potato, gravy, vegetable, and dessert. Take outs are always available. Supper is continuous serving and no reservations required. Due to increase in beef prices, we must charge $12 (sorry) and $6 for ages 6-12 and under 6 is free. If you have questions, you may call 978 448-5480 or 978 272-0145.
Finding and Shaping your Story with Paul Hertneky: Seven Bridges Writers Collaborative,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster.
22 Energy Healing with Hannelore Nalesnik: An introduction to energy healing, a practice to activate the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blocks and stimulate healing, 2 p.m., Groton Public Library.
Earth Day: The public is invited to join in the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Committee’s Earth Day celebration of 50 years of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers program, and the exploration of the possible designation of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers as Wild & Scenic. This will be a two-part program with indoor presentations and videos on the topic of Wild & Scenic Rivers, followed by a guided hike at J. Harry Rich State Forest. Indoor presentations, 1 to 3 p.m., guided walk at 3:15 p.m., gather at the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton.
27 Spring Plant Sale: Friday, 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kimball Farm, 400 Littleton Road, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance through March 31; to place an order visit middlesexconservation.org or call 978-692-9395 to request a catalog. The sale includes tree/shrub seedlings, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies. All sale proceeds benefit environmental programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.
The Glass Menagerie: Presented by the Dunstable Theater Collaborative, April 27-28, May 4-5, 8 p.m.; April 29, 2 p.m. Tickets $10-12. Dunstabletheater.org.
28 TAG: You’re It: Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama presents its second annual TAG sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school. Proceeds benefit the Drama Club.
Ayer Townwide Cleanup: April 28 and 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., report at Depot Square to collect bags and glove. For more information, email email@example.com.
Groton Arbor Day: 1:30 p.m., riends of the Tree Warden will host the Arbor Day celebration in Groton. Festivities will take place at the West Groton Highway Garage, 271 West Main Street, West Groton.
29 Concert: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will host Indian Hill Cello Ensemble, led by Indian faculty member Cynthia Forbes, at 3 p.m.. Enjoy the beautiful setting of the Healing Garden, combined with phenomenal acoustics, as you listen to a variety of classical works. The Healing Garden, a non-profit organization, is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $15 (tickets only sold at the door). All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.
Speaker on Slave Trade: The Groton History Center and the Groton Public Library present Dr. Margaret Ellen Newell, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sibley Room at the Groton Public Library. Dr. Newell, a professor of History at The Ohio State University, has spent years writing about the Colonial economy and race relations in America. Her latest book, “Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery” reveals this little-known aspect of American history.
Baroque and On The Street: A Concert with Duo Guitars Plus Organ and Harpsichord, 4 p.m., Harvard UU Church, On the Common, Harvard. Berit Strong and John Muratore have travelled the world musically and regularly perform in the Boston area as soloists or chamber players. In addition to their classical guitars, Berit will also perform on a Renaissance Lute and on a Bass Viola Da Gamba. They will be joined by Ted Johnson on organ and harpsichord. Come enjoy music by Vivaldi and Pachelbel among others, plus Latin American composers. Tickets: $20. For more information, 978-779-2876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Fitness on the Field: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Pepperell Town Field. It’s bootcamp time for NMCares! Bring water, a yoga mat or towel and lots of energy for this free program featuring yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and Crossfit
Pepperell Townwide Yard Sale: Yard sales will take place throughout Pepperell at various times as well as on Town Field (4 Hollis St, Pepperell) from 7 a.m. to noon. Maps of yard sale locations and details will be available on the day of the sale starting at 7 a.m. for $3/each.
19 Armed Forces Day: Open House at the Fort Devens Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
30 Pepperell 4th of July: 10 a.m. parade, fireworks after dusk, more events to come!
12 The Wall That Heals: On display from July 12 to 15 at Crocker Field in Fitchburg.
28 World War I Living History Weekend: July 28 and 29, Fort Devens Museum.