SATURDAY, MARCH 9

Vernal Pools: 2 p.m. 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

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

Fast Tracks, Slow Tracks: Searching for Clues to Winter Wildlife in our Forests, Fields, and Streams: 1 p.m. 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.


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To pre-register, contact Stacey Chilcoat at 978-448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

New England Amputee Association: 6-8 p.m., Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland St., Clinton. Lee Ann Cipro, certified personal trainer/fitness instructor, will be presenting ideas for amputees to stay fit. Association meetings are free and open to all amputees and their families. For information, visit our website at www.NewEnglandAmputeeAssociation.com or contact us at 978-365-2580.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Hypnotist: 7 p.m. Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host hypnotist-comedian Frank Santos Jr. 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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Spring meat raffle: Ayer Gun & Sportsman's Club at 7 p.m. Come join the fun and vie for hams, turkeys, pork loins, prime ribs and more. In addition to our normal raffles, there will be a special raffle for a flat-screen TV and door prizes. The club is located at 255 Snake Hill Road in Ayer. Call 978-772-9748 for information.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Supper: The Townsend United Methodist Church will hold a St. Patrick's Day Supper featuring corned beef and cabbage served with horseradish sauce, vegetables, barm brack and Irish soda breads, and assorted pastries. Serving from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., dinner is eat-in or take-out. The price for adults is $10, seniors $9, children $5, and children under 6 years, free. The Meetinghouse Church on the Hill is located at 265 Main St. in Townsend Center at the junction of Routes 13 and 119. Call (978) 597-2486 for information.

St. Patrick's Day supper: The Ayer Gun & Sportsman's Club will host at St. Patrick's Day "all you can eat" corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets at $12 are available at the club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer. Great food, music and more!

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

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

COMING UP...

Concert series at Healing Garden

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of Contemporary Folk and Acoustic music!

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. The Saturdays, a musical group that blends folk, bluegrass, rock and the blues, will be playing original arrangements of contemporary and traditional favorites. The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill, brings talented musicians and dancers to perform in this monthly series. The Healing Garden is located at 145 Bolton Road in Harvard and offers support, educational and therapeutic services to those affected by cancer. Admission is $10 for Garden members, $15 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the services of the Healing Garden. Visit www.healinggarden.net for event updates or cancellations.

Children's sale

Gently used children's items including baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more! Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m. to noon. $1 admission, under 14 free. Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Cash only. Sponsored by the Nashoba Valley Mothers of Multiples, a nonprofit organization. For information visit us at www.nashobavalleymom.org or call 978- 376-2939.