FRIDAY, MARCH 1

Family Fun FOODraiser for Loaves and Fishes: 7 p.m. Featuring The Jim Show and Alakazam, The Human Knot, at Lawrence Academy, Groton. Admission FREE with a bag of goods for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Community Chiropractic of Groton is pleased to present its annual Family Fun FOODraiser for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center at Lawrence Academy in Groton. One bag per person or two per family is suggested, and may be donated at the door. Doors open at 6:30, and guests can visit local vendors in the gallery ahead of the show and during intermission. Seating is general admission. For information, visit www.ItsForYourLife.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

The Great American Songbook -- Times 2: Thrill to the awesome power of Jonathan Ortloff on the mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and Joseph Sheppard on the Mason Hamlin Grand Piano as the two virtuosos play duets from the American Songbook. There will also be a sing-along during the concert, and tours of the organ will be held after the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for seniors. Purchase tickets for yourself as well as friends and family online at www.mktix.com/fpcg-shanklin. Contact the Shanklin Concert planning committee at shanklinconcert@gmail.com with questions. The Shanklin Music Hall is located at 130 Sandy Pond Road, Groton. Proceeds to benefit First Parish Church of Groton-UU.

Supper: The First Baptist Church of Littleton will hold its Ham & Bean Supper at 5:30 p.m. with a menu including a variety of homemade Boston Baked Beans, ham, hot dogs, cheesy homemade macaroni and cheese, varieties of salads, rolls and desserts. Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $20 for families. Please join us for a traditional New England Saturday night favorite! The First Baptist Church of Littleton is located at 461 King St. on the Common in Littleton. The building is handicapped accessible. Please call 978-486-4660 or email office@fbcittleton.org for information.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Masons breakfast: The Ayer Masonic Association will hold its monthly fund raising breakfast at the Ayer Masonic Center 11 Sculley Road, Ayer, from 7:30-10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice and coffee. Specials for this month are Eggs Benedict, homemade corned beef hash with two eggs any style and Hash Benedict.

Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Ayer Sportman's Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, every Sunday until Mother's Day. Free coffee and juice.

Academy of Notre Dame Spring Open House: It's never too early or too late to start thinking about private schools. That's the impetus for the Academy of Notre Dame's Spring High School Open House from 12-3 p.m. in Tyngsboro. Call 978-649-7611 ext. 327 for information.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: 1 p.m. Come to the Oxbow Refuge's main parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard and we'll explore the southern part of the refuge on skies or snowshoes, conditions permitting of course. If there is no snow left, we'll hike. On the way, we'll see tracks of many animals from small to larger. The terrain is mainly flat with some gentle ups and downs.

Chamber music: Indian Hill Music presents an afternoon of chamber music featuring stellar Orchestra of Indian Hill musicians Ona Jonaityte (flute) and Aristides Rivas (cello), plus colleague Karolina Rojahn (piano), at 3 p.m., 36 King St., Littleton. Tickets are $18/adults and $15/students; available at the door or by calling 978-486-9524 ext. 116 or online at www.indianhillmusic.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Free Career Exploration: Mount Wachusett Community College is offering a free career exploration event, "What is Your Life's Dream?" from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gardner campus. Education and career planning workshops will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. and a college majors exposition will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide information about career opportunities, academic programs, enrollment, financial aid and transfer opportunities. For more information or to reserve a seat in the workshop, call 978-630-9110 or register online at mwcc.edu/rsvp.

COMING UP...

Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m.: "Vernal Pools" It's hard to imagine that spring and Big Night will be here soon. Rona Balco, president of the Friends of the Oxbow NWR, will be giving a presentation on the comings and goings at vernal pools and the characteristics that distinguish these bodies of water from regular pools or marshes and swamps. This popular event will be held at the Fort Devens Museum, which is located at 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305 (third floor; elevator available), in Devens. Children are welcome. Preregistration will be appreciated; call Rona at 978-779-2259 or send an email to ada@friendsoftheoxbownwr.org.

Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m.: Fast Tracks, Slow Tracks: Searching for Clues to Winter Wildlife in our Forests, Fields, and Streams.The Nashua River Watershed Association is leading this intermediate level tracking workshop at the Williams Barn Conservation Property and the Chestnut Hills trail area in Groton. This three hour in-depth tracking workshop, designed for adults and older children ages 12 and up. Please dress with multiple layers, winter boots, water resistant outer gear (snow pants or gators), pack water bottle & energy snack. The fee is $20/person for NRWA members and $25/person for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m.: Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host hypnotist-comedian Frank Santos Jr. on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for Nashoba Tech students, $10 for adults and non-Nashoba Tech students. Proceeds will benefit Nashoba Tech's boys and girls basketball programs. For more information or for tickets, call 978-692-4711, ext. 3121.