Regional Briefs

Spring plant sale

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale on April 25 (3-6 p.m.) and April 26 (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection through March 31; the sale features tree and shrub seedling, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies (cow manure, rain barrels, compost bins, etc). To place an order please visit http://www.middlesexconservation.org/ and click on "Spring Plant Sale," or call 978 692 9395 to request a catalog. All proceeds benefit the district's conservation programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

Science Saturday (1): The Nashua River Watershed Association is presenting two programs: Beginning at 10 a.m., join Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA river classroom director, for "Predator or Prey: Tracking animal activity in forest, field and wetland," an outdoor wildlife tracking workshop for individuals and families with children ages 10 and up. Program lasts two hours; moderate pace hike, with some off trail exploration. Please dress with multiple layers, winter boots, water resistant outer gear (snow pants or gators); pack a water bottle and energy snack. Snow shoes are helpful, but not necessary. The fee is: $8/person or $24/family for NRWA members; $10/person or $30/family for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required -- please contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978- 448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Science Saturday (2): Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to "Changes of State: NRWA Science Saturday," 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. in Groton. Investigate the unique characteristics of liquids, solids, and gases. Experiment with Jell-O, oobleck, snow and more. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half-price for the second. Pre-registration is required -- contact Mary Marro 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Cake Walk: 6:30-9 p.m., at the Luther Burbank Middle School at 1 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster. Dance and win a cake! Play games! Get prizes!

Snacks and beverages available.

for purchase. Game tickets: One for $1; six for $5; 12 for $10. Come in from the cold and join the fun!

FEB. 7,8

'Flapper' at CDS: Country Day School of the Holy Union drama club will be performing "Flapper," a musical comedy set in the Roaring 20s on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the school. Tickets can be bought at the door for $5.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

Open House at Indian Hill: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. Free activities for all ages: Hands-on instrument demonstrations, concert of 'Music from Around the World' at 10:30 a.m. and more. Ask questions, meet faculty and register for classes. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

Free jazz concert: Indian Hill Music presents a free jazz faculty concert featuring the music of the legendary Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker at 7:30 p.m. at 36 King St., Littleton.

SUNDAY, FEB. 9

Bach Mass in B Minor: The Nashoba Valley Chorale will present J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor on Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King Street, Littleton. The Chorale will perform with a professional orchestra comprising members of the Orchestra at Indian Hill and with professional soloists Deborah Selig, Thea Lobo, Gregory Zavracky, and Sumner Thompson. Tickets are available online at www.nashobavalleychorale.org, at Ed's Weenies, 600 Great Road, Littleton, or at the door. Admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors/students, $10 children under 10.

MONDAY, FEB. 10

FREE Valentine crafting: 9:15-10:45 a.m. Evergreen Garden Playschool, a Waldorf preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten, invites you and your young child/ren to join us for a free and wonderful morning, with a Valentine's craft, a puppet story, a healthy snack and lots of play! Babies and children to age 5 are welcome. Parent-Child Room, 270 Barnum Road, Devens, near the corner of Barnum Road and Jackson Road (by the fire station). www.evergreengardenplayschool.org; 978-772-9595.

Free concert: 7 p.m. Lawrence Academy cordially invites the public to a free concert by Dar Williams. The New York singer/songwriter has released eight albums, published two young-adult novels and toured all over the world with musicians such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco. Her music blends a strong sense of social justice with wit and humor. Funded by Lawrence Academy's J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund, Dar will be on the school's campus for two days doing workshops on songwriting, book-writing and the creative process with students in English, history, music, and dance classes. For information about the Visiting Scholar program, contact Assistant Head of School Rob Moore at rcmoore@lacademy.edu.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

Our outdoor classroom: Due to illness and likely weather issues, the Applewild Speaker Series presentation by Sherri Ebner, "Our Outdoor Classroom: Creating Natural, Child-Centered Spaces to Encourage Exploration" has been changed to Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Applewild School Alumni Center for Performing Arts, 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

Wine tasting and tour to benefit Healing Garden: 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Nashoba Valley Winery will host the second annual wine tasting and tour fundraising event where 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit cancer care at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard. Enjoy culinary creations from Executive Chef Keith Desjardin of J's Restaurant, wine and craft beer tastings, and a behind the scenes tour. Live traditional Irish music and extraordinary raffle items will be sure to please you and your Valentine! Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.HealingGarden.net/NashobaValleyWineryTourTasting.php. Nashoba Valley Winery is located at 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton

WBN Meeting: The Women's Business Network will meet at the Center on the Common, 7 Fairbank St., Harvard, at 7:15 p.m. for, "Okay, I have heard of Facebook, now what?" Hands-on demonstration of social media platforms. Bring your questions and your laptops and we will help you set up your business account on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. For information, check the web site at http://www.wbn-ma.org.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

Gardeners Exchange: Join the Gardeners Exchange for "Native Plants: Right Plant, Right Place," with garden designer Ellen Souza at the Lunenburg Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Find out which native plants are most suitable for the various conditions in your yard. The presenter, owner of Turkey Hill Brook Farm, is a garden coach and author of "The Green Garden: A New England Guide to Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Eco-friendly Habitat Garden." First-time nonmembers free with pre-registration. Call 978-448-9311 to pre-register or for more information.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

Organ recital: Simon Johnson, the organist and assistant director of music at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, will present an organ recital at Groton School at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Johnson was scheduled to perform at Groton School last year but had to cancel because he was asked to play at Margaret Thatcher's funeral. His Groton School recital will include a diverse repertoire of 20th-century and contemporary, baroque and romantic pieces, all designed to showcase Groton's historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a prototype of the "American Classic" organ. Last March, Johnson accompanied the Groton School Choir during a performance at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18

Family Pajama Jam: Musical story hour for young families at Indian Hill Music School. Come dressed in your pajamas to sing, dance, play instruments, and hear stories: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Indian Hill Music School, 36 King St., Littleton. FREE admission. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org. This event is sponsored by DCU for Kids.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

'Bach's Lunch' concert: Indian Hill Music School's free monthly concert series presents folk music from around the world with cellist Aristides Rivas and friends. Two shows: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. Coffee, tea and cookies served; bring your lunch. FREE admission. Reserve a table at 978-486-9524 ext. 116. Learn more at www.indianhillmusic.org.

Coming up in March...

Love in Motion benefit concert

Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.

Free admission, Ashby Elementary School, Main Street, Ashby

The "Love in Motion" benefit concert brings together the members of the community of Ashby and the surrounding towns to raise funds for the Roland Barrette Care Fund and the Ashby Food Pantry.

The evening is jam-packed with events that include 50 raffle items, silent art auction, silent auction for "Muppets" style puppets, refreshments and live music by "The Shift."

The Roland Barrette Care Fund was established to provide financial resources to Roland Barrette, a resident of Ashby who was injured in November while volunteering his time to fix the backboards on the town basketball court.

The Ashby Food Pantry is just starting up again, and is in need of nonperishable food items to take care of those in need in town. After opening in February, it will provide services to Ashby residents twice per month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. They are handicapped-accessible and located in the Ashby Town Hall.

For information or to donate to the benefit, please call Debbie at 978-906-5081 or email Scherrie at scherrie@sanctuaryashby.org.