Worried about someone's drug abuse?

Do you lie awake worrying about your loved one? Do you feel frustrated trying to control his/her behavior? Are you embarrassed to discuss your situation with family or friends?

Families Anonymous (FA) is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one's abuse of drugs or alcohol. The FA support program follows steps and traditions similar to those of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Help is available at Families Anonymous (FA) on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM at the First Parish Unitarian Church, 1 Powder House Rd., in Groton, MA. Meetings are held in the Parish House next door to the church. For more information call, 978-448-3402.

Mental health referrals available

MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service is available in Groton-Dunstable and coming soon to Ayer-Shirley. If you need a mental health referral call the helpline during business hours at 888-244-6843 ext. 1411 and they will set you up with a mental health specialist who has an opening with your insurance within two weeks.

Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS), www.tadsma.org

Flea market and craft fair

Christmas Flea Market & Craft Fair to benefit the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Parish Hall, 39 Main St., Lunenburg.


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Lots of Christmas gift items, flea market items, decorations, handmade cat crafts, costume jewelry and homemade baked goods. Come support a great cause in your community. All proceeds support the rescue and care of homeless cats and kittens.

Saturday Science Adventures for ages 7-11 at NRWA

Join other young scientists at the Nashua River Watershed Association for "Science Saturdays,"at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton on Saturdays, Dec. 1, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Open to youth from all communities, ages 7 to 11; cost $25.

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs can use that old vehicle

With fall in the air, people may be thinking of donating their old cars as part of a year-end clean-up before the winter months. The Boys & Girls Clubs would be happy to take their old cars. People donating to the clubs will not only get rid of the unwanted vehicle but will be contributing to the place that works with kids in most communities and offers an enriching environment.

If you have questions or wish to donate a car, call 800-246-0493.

Coats for kids

It's time to search your closets for warm, gently used coats for men, women and especially children that you don't use. The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club will be conducting a coat drive through Jan. 12. North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Groton and Shirley, Hanscom Federal Credit Union -- Devens and Phoenix Park, Shirley, are drop off locations.

If you have any questions, contact debm@ayershirleylions.com or at 978-772-8502 (ext. 1156) or any member of the Ayer-Shirley Lions Club.