Send in the clowns!
Here is the schedule for the Kelly Miller clowns on Wednesday, June 27, who will be in the area to promote the upcoming circus!
10:30-11 a.m. Townsend Town Common
11:30 -noon Donelan's in Pepperell
12:30-1 p.m. Bailey's in Townsend
2:30-3 p.m. Townsend Library
The Kelly Miller Circus will roll into the Hawthorne Brook Middle School field in Townsend on Thursday, July 12. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, and the elephants raising the big top.
Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the tent will be raised at 9 a.m. Guides will be furnished for anyone attending.
The traditional "old style" circus will present performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Support Townsend Recreation and buy advanced tickets available at Bailey's Bar and Grille, Memorial Hall, Townsend House Restaurant and Workers' Credit Union. All in Townsend.
Advanced sales, until July 11: Adults $10; children $6 (ages 2-11). At the door, prices are $15 for adults and $7 for children.
The 2012 season brings many new acts and entertainers. Come out and enjoy a day of fun-filled excitement at the circus.
Summer Worship at UCC Groton
Summer worship hours begin June 24 at Union Congregational Church. Please join us for Sunday worship at 9 a.m. for the summer months. Nursery care and activities for children will be available during worship throughout the summer. UCC
The Great Harvard 4th of July Road Race
The Harvard Road Race Association is pleased to announce the 35th running of the Great Harvard 4th of July Road Race. The 5-mile race will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at 8:15 a.m. It will start and end at the Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard. There will also be a one-mile Fun Run for children at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments and the town of Harvard's 4th of July Parade and Festival will follow the races.
Once again, the race is part of the five-race Nashoba Valley Grand Prix, which began with the Groton 10K on April 29 and ends with the Ayer Fire Department 5K on Thanksgiving Day. Details and current point leaders can be found at nvgp.org.
Online preregistration is available through www.harvardraces.org. Race day registration will be held at Hildreth Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for the five-miler (a high-quality running shirt is guaranteed before June 20), $5 for the Fun Run. Town employees and runners over age 65 can register free.
There will be seven male and female age divisions: Junior (18 and under), Open (19 - 29), Sub-Masters (30 - 39), Masters (40 - 49), Seniors (50 - 59), Veterans (60 - 69) and 70 and Over (70+). Awards and prizes will go to the first male and female finishers, the top 3 finishers in each division, and the top Harvard Resident finishers. There will also be a $100 cash prize for a new course record. The current record for men is 25:41, set in 2007 by Casey Moulton, and the current record for women is 29:42, set in 2005 by Seana Carmean.
To get to The Hildreth Elementary School from Route 2, take exit 38A and go two miles south on Route 111. From Interstate 495, take exit 28 and go 2 miles west on Route 111.
Fitchburg Theater Company holds first production
The newly formed Fitchburg Theater Company will be holding their inaugural production, Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost," outdoors on the campus quadrangle of Fitchburg State University.
"Love's Labour's Lost" takes us to the Kingdom of Navarre, where King Ferdinand and his lords swear an oath to study, fast, and see no women for three years -- then the princess of France and her ladies arrive. Shakespeare's biting satire of romance and book-learning is chock full of comic characters, witty repartee and gorgeous poetry.
The Fitchburg Theatre Company, founded by FSU alumnus Jack Crory, aims to bring contemporary and classical theater to the city of Fitchburg. "We believe that theater can strengthen our city and region by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to explore the most important issue of the day as well as timeless questions of human understanding," states Crory. Crory will be directing the show, along with assistant director Tyler Welsh.
"Love's Labour's Lost" will be held June 20 through June 23, and June 27 through June 29 at 7 p.m., June 24, June 30, and July 1 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Coolidge Park, next to the Wallace Civic Center, in Fitchburg. Carrying on a new Fitchburg theater tradition, admission will be donation-based. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blanket or chair.
Rain Location is TBD.
Nashua River outdoor wellness walking program
Are you interested in walking to improve your health? Would you enjoy having a group to walk with in a refreshing outdoor setting with an interesting walk leader? The Nashua River Watershed Association is beginning ongoing walking groups in two locations on the Nashua River Rail Trail. Participants will walk for about 30 minutes, covering approximately 1 mile. While engaging in this health-building activity, NRWA staff leading the walks will be making observations of the natural areas through which the group is walking. Participants can walk with us once a week, or as many as four times a week. This program is free and open to all ages (no dogs please).
Our first walks began the week of June 11. In Ayer, we'll be walking on Mondays at 10 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. In Pepperell, we'll be walking on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Our walking program will continue weekly through the fall and beyond. If you are potentially interested, but these days of the week and/or times of day don't fit your schedule, contact us, as we may be adjusting the times, or we may be starting other walking groups.
Walks are free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Meeting location for walk will be provided upon registration. These walks are funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. To preregister, or for information, contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs director, at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a nonprofit environmental organization. Learn more about its work at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. We hope you'll join us and get walking, get healthy and learn more about our beautiful watershed.
Bottle and can sorting volunteers needed for June 2012
Loaves & Fishes can again reap the benefits of all of the redeemable bottles and cans turned in to the Littleton Transfer Station during June 2012. We need volunteers to work at the transfer station Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during June to verify that the beer and soda bottles and cans have a deposit and to sort them, pack them into plastic bags or boxes, and store them in the trailer at the rear of the transfer station. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we only need people from about 2 to 3 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.; on Saturdays, we do need people all day, and are asking volunteers to sign up for a two-hour shift. This project qualifies for community service time, but volunteers must be over the age of 16 or accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from June will go to buy food and personal-care items for the pantry, which serves families in Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley. Every five cans or bottles we redeem buys a pound of food! To sign up call Judy Grande at 978-486-1090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The transfer station is located on Spectacle Pond Road in Littleton.