FRIDAY, JAN. 11

Country Music Performance at Nashoba Park: Nashoba Park Assisted Living invites the public to come and enjoy the sounds of singer and guitarist Joe Foster at 2 p.m. Joe will share some country music favorites and more! Nashoba Park is located at 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer. For information, call 978-772-0707 or visit www.NashobaPark.com.

Jazz Jam: 7 p.m. Amateur jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to an open jam session led by Indian Hill Music School faculty. Bring your music and play in a relaxed atmosphere; 36 King St. (Route 495/Exit 30), Littleton. Admission: $5 donation at the door. Learn more at 978-486-9524 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

The Science of Ice and Snow: The Nashua River Watershed Association will be kicking off the new year with science and adventure for children ages 7 to 11 with our first Science Saturday of 2013 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about how snow helps insulate the world of small animals. Do experiments with ice and build a snow fort! We'll be engaged in activities indoors and outdoors at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Rt. 119), in Groton. Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

NVC presents Elijah: The Nashoba Valley Chorale will conjure a fire, survive a drought, and dramatically tell the story of the Biblical prophet Elijah at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton, when they present Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah. Professional soloists David Kravitz, Deborah Selig, Gregory Zavracky and Desiree Maira will perform, along with members of the Orchestra at Indian Hill. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, available at the door. Please visit nashobavalleychorale.org for information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 13

"Whose Tracks are these?": 1 p.m. How can you spot animals in winter? Come join us at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge to find out. Our Guide Trackers are experts at reading all kinds of signs. Starting Point -- the parking lot at the main entrance to the refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road, Harvard. Dress warmly; we will be walking slowly. Bring a drink and wear waterproof boots. Children are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow N.W.R. (friendsoftheoxbownwr.org) For information plus reservation, please contact Rona at 978-779-2259 or Ada at ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

MISTRAL: 3 p.m. Indian Hill Music presents musicians from the vibrant chamber music ensemble Mistral with artistic director Julie Skolnik on flute: at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main St., Groton. Their program will feature Schubert's "Trout" and Beethoven's "String Quintet." TICKETS: $32/adults, $15/students (includes post-concert wine and cheese reception with the artists). Learn more at 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or www.indianhillmusic.org.

MONDAY, JAN. 14

Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Founders Room, 200 Groton Road, Ayer. Call 800-RED CROSS or go to RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment. All donors receive a voucher good for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15

Carrying On for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held on 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.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16

The Singing Trooper: Nashoba Park Assisted Living invites the public to a performance by dynamic "Singing Trooper" Sgt. Daniel Clark at 2 p.m. Nashoba Park is located at 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer. For information, call 978-772-0707 or visit www.NashobaPark.com.

NVCoC -- Business After Hours at Museum of Russian Icons: 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10 members advance, $20 nonmembers and at the door. Join us at this fantastic opportunity to network and meet new people. Enjoy music, food and beverages. Make sure to bring lots of business cards! Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17

Young Professionals of Nashoba Valley: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Light food will be provided. Cash bar available. Young Professionals of Nashoba Valley is a program of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce developed for young professionals, ages 21-45. Our goal is to connect you with other young professionals in our region to make the connections that count. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

NVCoC -- Navigating the Chamber: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sponsored by The Catalano Companies (Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins/Dolce Wood Fired Italian Grille). Events, networking, business development resources, etc. it's all available to you through your Nashoba Valley Chamber membership. This session is free and open to new, current and future members. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com

Ham and Bean Supper: to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Chaffin Congregational Church, 155 Shrewsbury St., Holden, 6 p.m.; $8 (free under 12). Reservations: 508-829-2146.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

Ice-fishing derby: Townsend Rod and Gun Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the derby will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at the club pond, off Emery Road on Dann Colburn Way, just off Route 13. Entry fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The pond will be stocked with hungry rainbow and brown trout. The fishing derby is open to all area adults and children and promises to be a fun-filled day. Bring your own fishing bait. Fishing licenses are not needed and Townsend Rod and Gun Club membership is not required. For information, go to www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org or call Jon at 978-597-2440.

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

NVCoC -- Collecting Payments Past Due: (Snow date: Tuesday, Jan. 29), 6-7:30 p.m. If you have had problems with collecting on your invoices, you may know how much time and expense it takes to collect a payment. Join us as we discuss several options including: Changing the way you invoice, adding different payment options like reoccurring payments, the need for a contract (and how it will help you increase the odds of collections), and more. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com.

FRIDAY, JAN. 25

Job Fair: The Nashoba Valley Job Fair, featuring local companies hiring for various positions, will be at the Devens Common Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Employers, job seekers, and sponsors can register and read more about the fair at http://nashobavalleyjobfair.com/.

Classical Pianist Bruce Pratt at Nashoba Park: Nashoba Park Assisted Living invites the public to enjoy the winter program of classical pianist Bruce Pratt at 2 p.m. Nashoba Park is located at 15 Winthrop Ave., Ayer. For information, call 978-772-0707 or visit www.NashobaPark.com.

SATURDAY, JAN. 26

Church supper: The United Church of Shirley will be holding a turkey dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu will include turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, rolls, coffee, soft drinks, a salad bar and a selection of desserts. Tickets will be available at the door: $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. The United Church is located at 4 Lancaster Road in Shirley Village. Telephone 978-425-4065 or email ucs.susan@gmail.comwith any questions.

SUNDAY, JAN. 27

Guided tour at Oxbow: 1 p.m. Come and enjoy a few hours of snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. The terrain is relatively level except for one small hill. Depending on the snow cover, we will see various animal tracks. January is also the time of year that barred owls are hooting to attract a mate. Gather in the parking lot at the main entrance to the refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road, Harvard. Bring water to drink. In case of lack of a good snow cover, we'll hike. Families are welcome. The event is free but donations are appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oxbow N.W.R. (friendsoftheoxbownwr.org) For information and to let us know of your intention to participate, call Rona at 978-779-2259 or email ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30

NVCoC -- Workplace Management Council Luncheon: noon-1:30 p.m., $20 members advance, $30 nonmembers and at the door. Join us and our panel of speakers to learn more about the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund and how your company can benefit. Register and more info at www.nvcoc.com.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mom to Mom

The Mom To Mom program is being offered in Bolton, January through April. Mom to Mom is designed to encourage and support all mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers with biblically-based teaching on parenting, women's health and relationships.

The program runs for 10 Thursdays starting Jan. 31, from 9:15-11 A.M. We meet in Fellowship Hall at Trinity Church in Bolton, 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road (just off Route 117).

The program starts with refreshments and coffee, then there is either a guest speaker or video followed by small group discussion. Nursery care is available for infants through kindergartners.

A full schedule of speakers/topics/video titles and brochures will be available at www.trinitybolton.org/momtomom.htm. There is no charge for this program. Come learn and be encouraged in one of the most important roles God has given you!