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

Used prom dress sale: The Charlie's Angels Relay for Life Team will be hosting a Used Prom/Formal Dress Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kameloht, 1 North Main Street, Templeton. All dresses will be $10. Some shoes and accessories will be available. All Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Also, still looking for donations of dresses, shoes and accessories. Please contact Team Captain Mary Hasselmann at 603-899-6806 (lease a message) for information or with any questions.

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.

Concert: 3 p.m. Maestro Bruce Hangen and Orchestra of Indian Hill will present a user-friendly collection of works designed to please all kinds of music-lovers at Littleton HS Performing Arts Center, 56 King Street (Route 495/Exit 30), Littleton. The concert will feature Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Emperor Waltzes," Richard Strauss's "Til Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," and an eclectic mix of selections with the "deliciously smart" Quartetto Gelato

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

"Carrying On" for suicide survivors: The next meeting of the support group "Carrying On" will be held 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 information, call Steve or Deb Boczenowski at 978-448-5013.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

NRWA Outdoor Wellness Walking Program Lecture: noon to 1 p.m. The Nashua River Watershed Association and the Nashoba Valley Medical Center invite the public to join us for a free presentation on "Stretching Before Exercise" at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Our presenter will be David Caty from the Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab department at NVMC. David will talk about the importance of stretching before exercise, correct performance of stretching, and he will provide hand-outs on specific stretches for lower extremities. This lecture, part of NRWA's Outdoor Wellness Walking Program, is free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. Pre-registration is required; to register, contact Rosanna at NVMC, 978-784-9204 or rosanna.casavecchia@steward.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Spring Artisan/Craft Fair: Get ready for spring with a visit to the Union Congregational Church of Groton's eighth annual Spring Artisan/Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair showcases the talents of local artisans and crafters and promises something for everyone. Shop from a variety of unique gifts and seasonal home decor, including wooden rabbits, oil paintings, home décor, painted glassware and wooden items, embroidered clothing and gifts, baby items, jewelry, herbs, Groton Minutemen Lanterns, and so much more. All items are handmade. Make a day of it with scones and coffee in the morning and a delicious "almost" gourmet lunch of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Then stop by the bake table for goodies to go! Admission is free. All vendor spaces are taken. Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main St. (Route 119) on the corner of Willowdale Road.

Supper: Townsend Congregational Church invites you to enjoy a Roast Pork Dinner with Sauerkraut, homemade applesauce, carrots, mashed potatoes, and homemade dessert from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $ 10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 through 8. As always, children under 3 eat free! Dinners are also available for take-out. Everyone is welcome to attend our worship and community events. For more information, call 978-597-8925.

Game Dinner: The Townsend Rod and Gun Club's annual Game Dinner will be held from 5-9 p.m. The dinner will highlight various game for "culinary trail blazers," as well as traditional ham and turkey. There will be door prizes, sporting goods raffles, and club information. (You don't have to be a member to come to the dinner!) The club is on Emery Road, off Rt. 13 in Townsend. Tickets are available by calling Mary at 978-597-5868 or Jim at 978-250-9581, and at the door. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. The game dinner is always a fun and tasty time. For information, please visit the club website: www.townsend-rod-and-gun-club.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24

Concert: 3 p.m. The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden." The Saturdays, a musical group that blends folk, bluegrass, rock and the blues, will be playing original arrangements of contemporary and traditional favorites. 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.

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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.