FRIDAY, MARCH 14
Love in Motion benefit concert: 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 email@example.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
Maple Sugaring: NRWA Family Workshop (rescheduled from March 8): Come to the Nashua River Watershed Association River Resource Center from 1-2:30 p.m. for a Maple Sugaring Workshop. Families will have a chance to identify, drill and tap maple trees, get to taste sap coming from the tree, and learn how to boil it down to syrup. We will play an active sugaring game, read a book about maples, and enjoy a delicious sample. Open to all ages, this program is most appropriate for ages 4 to 10 years and their families; backpack babies welcome. The NRWA River Resource Center is located at 592 Main St. in Groton. Fee: NRWA members: $6/person or $18/family; nonmembers: $8/person or $24/family. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Ayer-Shirley Lions Club Karaoke Night: Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer. Join us for a night of music, dancing, raffles and fun! Karaoke DJ -- Lion Mark Demarais. Tickets,- $10. Available at the door or in advance at: Closets by Design, Shirley; North Middlesex Savings Bank, Ayer and Shirley branches. All proceeds to benefit Lion charities, Mass Lions Eye Research Fund and local scholarships.
TUESDAY, MARCH 18
Taste of Nashoba: 5:30-8 p.m. The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 13th annual Taste of Nashoba Valley at the Lawrence Academy Stone Athletic Center in Groton. Tickets are $25 in advance and for seniors, and $30 at the door. For information call 978-772-6976 or visit nvcoc.com/taste.
Carrying On for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Great Room of the Parish House of First Parish Unitarian Church on Powder House Row in Groton. Anyone who has survived the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome to attend this meeting. Refreshments are served. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter is welcome. For any additional information call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20
Emerson Hospital Better Breathers Lecture Series: The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. in the hospital's Cheney B conference room, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner in Concord. Alison Flanagan, RN will present "Yoga for Better Breathing." The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Claire Rindenello, RRT at 978-287-3715.
Living Locally: A conversation about knowing and connecting with your community: Nashua River Watershed Association, 7 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. in Groton. Our conversation will be led by Tim Castner, a veteran social studies teacher at Nashoba Regional High School. Tim has taken a recent sabbatical to develop a new interdisciplinary course on this subject for his students, but the topics are of equal interest to adults. We'll discuss how to better understand our communities and engage in the real challenges that face them. This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
Free Talk for Parents and Educators: The Applewild School Speaker Series will present a free talk by Wendy Grolnick, psychology professor at Clark University, at 7 p.m. entitled, "Facilitating Children's Motivation in a Pressured World: Challenges for Parents and Teachers." Free and open to the public in the main building on campus, 120 Prospect St. in Fitchburg. More information at 978-342-6053 or at www.applewild.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27
Wonders and Smiles at Applewild: 2:15 p.m. Stories, crafts and activities for ages 3-5. Last one of the school year. 98 Prospect St., Fitchburg. 978-342-6053, www.applewild.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 28
Big Band Concert: The Indian Hill Big Band, led by trumpeter/composer Jerry Sabatini, will present a free jazz concert at 8 p.m., at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St. in Gardner in the theatre of the Raymond M. LaFontaine Fine Arts Center with open seating. Learn more at 978-632-6600 or www.mwcc.edu.
ArtsNashoba presents: Schoolhouse Rock-LIVE!: March 28 and 29, Lawrence Academy, Groton. Schoolhouse Rock runs Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the LA Richardson Mees Performing Arts Center, Groton. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 seniors/students under 12 years. Tickets can be purchased at the Main St. Café in Groton, online at artsnashoba.org or by calling 978-844-9271.
Stratton Players present Habeas Corpus: March 28, 29, April 4,5 at 8 p.m. plus 2 p.m. matinees March 30 and April 6, First Parish Unitarian Church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg. Tickets are $12 online at www.strattonplayers.com or by mail at P.O. Box 2122, Fitchburg, Mass. 01420. For info, call 978-345-6066.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
Cat shelter dinner/auction fundraiser: Townsend Ridge Country Club, 40 Scales Lane, Townsend. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Silent jewelry and collectibles auction 5-7 p.m. and live auction begins at 7:15 p.m. An exciting evening with over 50 items including Red Sox tickets, Kindle Fire, Metalfest concert tickets, Pet Reiki sessions, tattoo parlor gift card, handmade quilt, handblown glass and much more to bid on! Tickets at $30 can be purchased at www.catsontheweb.org or call 978-582-0486. All proceeds benefit Pat Brody Shelter for Cats.