Soup for a Cure

Saturday March 2, 5-7 p.m., UCC Church, 218 Main St., Groton.

All homemade soups, breads and desserts. Eat all you want, pay what you can!

All proceeds go to our Relay For Life team!

Faith In Action.

Rabies Clinics

The Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in cooperation with local veterinarians, will provide rabies immunization for dogs and cats. All dogs and cats over six months of age, not previously immunized, and those with an orange oval (2010) rabies tag, must be immunized. The vaccine provided at Nashoba Clinics is effective for three years for dogs and cats over one year of age and currently immunized. Dogs and cats between the ages of 6 and 12 months and those who have let their immunization lapse must receive a booster within one year of the initial inoculation. They are then protected for three years.

Cats must be brought in cages or closed boxes during the last half of any clinic. The tag for 2013 will be a blue rosette. The charge per immunization is $15 (unless otherwise noted). Residents of Nashoba member towns may attend any of the following clinics. All pet owners must present, to participating veterinarian, proof of current vaccination to receive a three year rabies vaccination. Failure to do so will result in your pet receiving a one year vaccination. The schedule is:

Ayer: March 9, 9-10 a.m., at the Ayer Animal Hospital, 196 W.


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Harvard: March 23, 9-10 a.m. at the Harvard Town Garage

Pepperell: April 6, 9 a.m.-noon at the Jersey Street Fire Station

Free tax help

FITCHBURG -- Student volunteers and interns from Fitchburg State University will offer free volunteer income tax assistance to qualified taxpayers through April 22.

The Fitchburg State VITA site will be open by appointment only from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays in room B142 of the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road. Fitchburg State students will also be assisting at the VITA site at the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, 18 Fairmount St.

Appointments may be requested by phone or email. By phone, call 978-665-3329 to leave your name and phone number and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours. By email, send your name and phone number to taxwise@fitchburgstate.edu, and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.

Once scheduled, a volunteer will be in touch about what information to bring to the appointment. In addition, you must complete the first three pages of Form 13614-C, which can be found at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13614c.pdf.

Visitors will also be provided with temporary parking passes for their consultations.

Applewild scholarships

FITCHBURG -- Applewild School announces AppleCore Scholarships available to entering fifth- and sixth-graders for this fall. The scholarship program is aimed at admitting students of exceptional academic ability who also demonstrate strong character and good citizenship, reflective of the core values of the school.

Current Applewild students come from 30 towns in Worcester and Middlesex Counties and in New Hampshire. Bus transportation is available.

Candidates for the scholarships should submit a general application of admission, an AppleCore application form and all of the supporting materials. All application materials can be found online at www.applewild.org. AppleCore grants range from $1,000 to half tuition and will be awarded to top applicants. Applicants who require additional financial aid may apply for need-based financial aid. Students who do not qualify for the AppleCore awards will continue to be considered for admission to Applewild.

Information is available at www.applewild.org or 978-342-6053.

Stratton presents Avenue Q

The Stratton Players will present the raucous American musical Avenue Q at the Stratos G. Dukakis Center for the Performing Arts, 1050 Westminster Street in Fitchburg. The performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16 and on the 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m.. In addition, a 2 p.m. matinee will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Avenue Q, which can be described as Sesame Street meets South Park, is a laugh out loud comedy that is part feeling, part fleshy, and full of heart. It is a-coming-of-age parable in which the characters lament that their childhoods were filled with positive parental assurances, but as adults, their options became limited.

The show features the clever use of large-size puppets (hence the Sesame Street connection) alongside human actors. The entire cast is rife with adult feelings and urges that are not exactly appropriate for ten-year-olds.

All tickets are $25. Tickets may be purchased online at our website, www.strattonplayers.com or by mailing a check to Stratton Players,, PO Box 2122, Fitchburg MA 01420. Please include the dates you prefer as well as your telephone number. Reservations are confirmed when you are contacted by Stratton Players. You can also purchase tickets at the door; however, seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. For questions, call 978-345-6066 and leave a message; your call will be returned.

Public service career

GARDNER -- Interested in a career in public service? Current members of the AmeriCorps and Commonwealth Corps organizations will discuss their experiences and the opportunities available to others. These short-term volunteer experiences open to anyone age 18 and above can help build up a résumé, enhance professional skills and open doors to new career opportunities.

The AmeriCorps Job Ready program, a collaboration between Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University, is sponsoring an information session Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hammond Campus Center at Fitchburg State University.

For information about the events, contact Nicole Mello at 978-630-9377 or nmello1@mwcc.mass.edu.