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3 Cinco de Mayo: The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 will hold a special festive dinner at the 491 Main Street, West Townsend, VFW Post Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A taco salad bowl containing seasoned ground beef with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese for $8. Sour cream and salsa will be available to add to the salad. Chicken and cheese quesadillas for $7. A nacho sundae dessert of vanilla ice cream with fried tortilla chips, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrup is $3.

Managing Medications: Learn about managing your meds and their costs at 10 a.m. at the Pepperell Senior Center. Sponsored by Nashoba Valley Medical and Visiting Angels. Free and open to all.

4 Annual Used Bike Sale: From 9 a.m. to noon at the Town Field Basketball Courts in Pepperell. Sponsored by Friends of Pepperell Recreation. Choose from bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons and ride-ons in working condition. In case of rain, the sale will be inside the Community Center. For info, call 978-835-0133.

Town Yard Sale: Maps for more than 50 yard sales during this town-wide event for a 12th straight year go on sale at 7 a.m. for $3 at the Community Center in Pepperell. All proceeds support Friends of Pepperell Recreation and projects that keep and make Town Field a family-friendly exercise environment. For info call 978-835-0133.

Spring Fling Yard Sale: The Community Church of Pepperell, 3 Townsend Street, hosts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. Offering a large inventory of furniture and housewares along with toys, jewelry, collectible items, books and DVDs. Food and refreshments too.

Canoe & Kayak Race: The 36th annual Town Lions Club Canoe and Kayak Race on the Squannacook River at the VFW Hall in West Townsend. Registration is 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The registration fee is $30 per canoe, $20 per person kayak. After the race, a spaghetti lunch open to public at VFW from 1 p.m. until 2:30 for $7. Life jackets must be worn. For information, call Steve Bourdon at 978-973-6668.

Traditional New England Contra Dance: Groton Grange #7 will host from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. The evening features live music, dancing with Groton’s own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5 per person, children under 3 are free. The family maximum is $20. Refreshments provided. Note: Please only park on the Grange side of Champney St.

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair: Celebrate spring by attending the 14th Annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair at Union Congregational Church of Groton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Crafters interested in renting a table, contact Bonnie Martin at

5 Summertime Jazz Band: Welcome summer early at the Shirley Meeting House at 5 p.m. This is a spirited performance by the Summertime Jazz Band featuring renderings from vocalist giants of the 1930s and 1940s, classic jazz, and reconstructed popular songs. Suggested donation is $15 with proceeds supporting preservation of the historic Meeting House. For information, to become a Shirley Meeting House member or to make a donation, visit the website at

11 Storytelling for Adults: Join us for an exciting and friendly evening of storytelling set in a coffeehouse atmosphere, where storytellers share engaging true stories without a script, at First Parish Church of Groton , 1 Powderhouse Road. Patterned after The Moth Radio Hour. Language used is family friendly but some stories contain mature subject matter not suitable for children. Refreshments, beer and wine served. Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m., stories from 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation of $10 at the door

15 Florida’s Wonderful Nautural World: Presented by Nancy Lebedzinski at the Pepperell Senior Center at 10 a.m. Free and open to all.

18 Garden Plant Sale: From 8 a.m. to noon at the Pepperell Senior Center on Route 111, rain or shine. Beautiful, healthy and unusual annuals, hardy perennials, wildflowers and groundcovers, shrubs and trees, Annabelle hydrangea, peonies of many colors, special irises, special day lilies of different colors, vegetables and herbs, and hanging baskets. Members will be there to give excellent advice. Feel free to bring your own wagon or boxes to help you carry your plants Info:

22 Memorial Day: A ceremony will be held at the Pepperell Senior Center at 11:30 a.m., the Townsend VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the local VFW will be represented. Free and open to all.


1 St. Mary’s Block Party: Bring the whole family to St. Mary’s of Ayer for the White Elephant, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and block party, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., at 31 Shirley St., Ayer. Take your chances at $1,000 grand prize, 50/50, theme baskets, and more. Lots of great food including lobster, clams, fried dough and a variety of delicious baked goods. Musical entertainment provided by DJ. Contact the parish office or call 978-772-2414 for more info.

8 ShirleyFest: The annual spring community event with entertainment, food, games, and crafts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Historic Common in Shirley Center. Local non-profit groups have the food concessions. Local organizations run a dunk tank, bouncy castle, crazy-hat corner and other children’s activities. Three bands, three dance groups, one chorus, and one magician supply the entertainment. Plants, books, and crafts are displayed for sale. If interested in selling crafts, email for an application. Table fee is $25.

9 Benefit Concert: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer will hold its fourth-annual Benefit Concert and Gala Reception in St. John’s Chapel at Groton School. Scheduled for 3 p.m. St. Andrew’s welcomes back soprano Mary Sullivan, mezzo-soprano Joelle Morris, and pianist Scott Nicholas of the Amethyst Chamber Ensemble. They will be joined by Heinrich Christensen, organist and choirmaster of King’s Chapel in Boston, and New York violinist Sarah Geller. Proceeds from this concert benefit Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens; Esperanza Academy; and The Society of St. Margaret. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. Children under 10 are free. Tickets are available on April 15.

26 Trip to Red Sox game: The Friends of Groton Elders invites you to join a trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the White Sox. Seats are reserved grandstand on third base side. This trip is open to the community for only $109 per person and includes transportation and game tickets. Depart Groton at 10:30 a.m. and return 6 p.m. Please call the Groton Council on Aging to reserve a spot or for more information, 978-448-1170.


21 Trip to Tanglewood: Join the Groton Council on Aging and Friends of Groton Elders for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The concert will feature the Symphony with conductor Andris Nelson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano performing Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, Gershwin Variations on “I Got Rhythm,” for piano and orchestra and Stravinsky Petrushka. The trip Includes: transportation, ticket, dinner at Michaels of Stockbridge and driver’s gratuity. Tickets are $98 per person. Please call the Groton Council on Aging for information, 978-448-1170.

27 Golf Tournament: The sixth annual Nashoba Valley Technical High School Alumni Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. at Townsend Ridge Golf Course, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Registration is $150 per golfer ($125 before April 1). All proceeds benefit the Nashoba Tech athletics program. The tournament will be a shotgun scramble. The cost includes 18 holes, golf cart, dinner, and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and best-dressed golfer. To register, visit For information, email NT Athletic Director James Creed at Sponsors are also being sought.

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