SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Children's sale: Gently used children's items including baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more! 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.

Masons Open House: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 11 Sculley Road, Ayer.

'American Farm Implements': The Groton Historical Society and Groton Grange #7 will present a program by John Ott, President of the Groton Historical Society, "American Farm Implements: Tools, Technology and Agricultural Innovation in New England" at 2 p.m. at the Groton Grange, 80 Champney St., Groton.

"To Build a Fire" with Walter Korby: 1-3 p.m. at Lawrence Library, Pepperell. The program concept is based on Jack London's classic short story, "To Build a Fire," about a man's struggle to survive in the wilderness and the need for skill to build a fire. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Contact Al Futterman, NRWA land programs director, at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org

Eastwood Peak hosts Middlesex Global War On Terror Monument Benefit: 7 p.m., Pepperell VFW, first fundraiser for the Middlesex GWOT Monument Fund. The proceeds is for the construction of a public monument honoring veterans who have served in the Global War on Terror GWOT. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Masons breakfast: 7:30-10 a.


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m., Ayer Masonic Center, 11 Sculley Road, Ayer. Menu includes eggs cooked to order or pancakes with bacon or sausage, potatoes, toast, juice, and coffee. Come early and bring your friends.

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

MONDAY, APRIL 8

Wine-tasting, Republican candidates meet-and-greet: 7 p.m. The Groton Republican Town Committee will host a wine-tasting at the Stonehedge Inn. Cost: $30 per person. All three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have been invited. State Rep. Sheila Harrington and former state Rep. Bob Hargraves will also be guests. There will also be a silent auction.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Community forum at Trinity Chapel: The fourth in a series of community forums is scheduled at Trinity Chapel, 186 Center Road, Shirley. This session is devoted to important legal issues and will focus on legal issues and services for veterans. The session is open to the public. Refreshments are served from 7-7:30 p.m.; the presentation and discussion will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. All are welcome!

WBN business challenges roundtable: 7:15 p.m., Holy Trinity Parish, 15 Still River Road, Harvard. For information, go to www.wbn-ma.org or call Renee at 978-456-9600.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

The Flocker's Ladies Night: Come and shop for a good cause: The American Cancer Society. The Flocker's Relay for Life Team is holding a shopping night at St. Mary's Church Hall in Ayer from 7-9 p.m. A percentage of the profits will be donated to The Flocker's Team.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Science of Spring: NRWA Science Saturday: How do plants and animals know it is time to come out of their winter dormancy? This is just one question we'll seek to answer during the Nashua River Watershed Association's "Science of Spring" program from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the NRWA Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119) in Groton. This Science Saturday program is for 7- to 11-year-olds from all communities. Science Saturday costs $25. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Join us for exploration and fun!

NRWA Outdoor Wellness Walk: After months of snow on the rail trail, we're hoping for a clear sky and a clear trail. Mary Marro, NRWA environmental education director, will lead a 45- to 60-minute Outdoor Wellness Walk from 3-4 p.m. We'll be walking on the Nashua River Rail Trail, beginning from the Station Avenue kiosk in Groton. The goal is to encourage people to get outdoors to improve their health and to learn more about the ecosystems along the trail. The trail is flat and paved; the walk is open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed on this walk. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Comfort food buffet: 4:30-6 p.m. Pepperell Methodist Church. We will be serving chicken casserole, mild chili, mac & cheese, American chop suey, scalloped potatoes with and without ham, hot dogs & beans, salad, rolls and a variety of freshly baked dessert. You can eat-in or takeout. The door prize you are automatically entered to win with a purchase of your supper ticket. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. Located at 1 Chapel Place, Pepperell (one block behind Dunkin Donuts).

Famous Clancys at Groton Grange: "An Evening of Celtic Songs," 8 p.m., Groton Grange, 80 Champney St., Groton. The event is a reintroduction of the Groton Grange following renovations partly funded through the town's Community Preservation fund. Reservations are required, call the Grange at 978-449-9787 or visit grotongrange.com. With a reservation, tickets are $20 or $15 for Grange members. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Loaves & Fishes.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

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

Trees in Winter Clothing: 1 p.m. Our guide is arborist and landscaper Denis Wager. Gather in the main parking lot of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Wear sturdy clothing and footwear. Bring a pencil and paper or tracing paper; index cards are great if you're going to start your own guidebook. Please, call Rona at 978-779-2259 or email ada@FriendsoftheOxbowNWR.org to inform us of your intent to participate. This free program is offered by the Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

COMING UP...

Pre-foreclosure clinics April 10, 25

FITCHBURG -- The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a pre-foreclosure clinic April 10 and 25 at the Twin Cities CDC office.

The Home Ownership Center staff will help homeowners evaluate pre-foreclosure options at no cost, which include: refinancing your mortgage, modification of your existing mortgage, a repayment plan, short sale and deed-in-lieu.

To register for the April 25, 5:30 p.m., or the April 10, 10 a.m., class, please email info@homesncm.org or call the Home Ownership Center at 888-978-6261. Twin Cities CDC is located at 470 Main St.

First-time home buyer class April 9,11,16,18

FITCHBURG -- The Home Ownership Center of North Central Massachusetts is hosting a first-time home buyer class beginning April 9 at the Twin Cities CDC office.

The first-time home buyer program includes four classes per session: April 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Twin Cities CDC, 470 Main St. The fee for the class is $50, which includes the course book and all program handouts. To learn more or to register call 888-978-6261 or homesncm.or.

Art in Bloom

...at the Lawrence Library art gallery in Pepperell, April 18 to 21, during library hours. Enjoy the beauty of spring with flower arrangements by the Pepperell Garden Club members and art work created by local artists. Free to the public and sponsored by the Pepperell Garden Club and Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Sandy's Sister is Coming to Town

The times they are a changin'. Storms like "Superstorm Sandy" are increasing in the northeast, with greater intensity, frequency, and duration. How to adapt to the changing patterns of our weather will be the subject of the April 18, Bolton Local program at the Bolton Public Library, starting at 7 p.m.

"Sandy's Sister is Coming to Town" is an important program that will focus on what the changing weather means to you, your family, your business, and your community, and how to become more resilient in the face of rising weather-related risks.

Mass. State Rep. Kate Hogan will introduce the program, discussing the report the Legislature requested about a Massachusetts response to climate change.

Kathleen M. Baskin, director of Water Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environment, will speak about key findings and recommended actions in the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report produced by an advisory panel of that office.

Mark Sandeen, Sustainable Lexington leader, will speak about how Lexington is assessing what the increasingly volatile weather means to his community and adaptation steps are being considered.

There will be an opportunity for discussion and brainstorming following the program.

For information visit www.BoltonLocal.org .

Applewild to hold open house

Applewild will hold an open house on Saturday, April 20, from 9-11 a.m.

There's a lot going on at Applewild! Learn about summer camp offerings, June 24-Aug. 2, the Child Development Center, pre-school and day care for three- and four-year-olds, and K-8 admission including financial aid and scholarships. Applewild is located at 120 Prospect St., Fitchburg. Call 978-342-6053 for information.

United Way campaign finale and thank you event April 24

LEOMINSTER -- The United Way of North Central Massachusetts will hold its annual Campaign Recognition and Thank You Event at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Four Points by Sheraton, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster.

United Way will acknowledge volunteers and area companies for their workplace campaigns. In addition, Comedian Jim Colliton will entertain the audience. The event is free. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to the United Way of North Central Massachusetts at 978-345-1577 or uwncm@uwncm.org.

Annual clothing sale April 26

The First Parish of Bolton, located at 673 Main St. in Bolton, will hold its Annual Clothing Sale on Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gently worn clothing for all seasons including tons of kids clothes, stylish name brands, as well as maternity, plus sizes and men's suits will be available for purchase. In addition there will be some household and decorative items. The consignment part of the sale will be held in the main hall and there will be a rummage sale in the vestry at the same time. On Saturday, April 27, at noon, all items remaining will be marked to half price and that portion of the sale will end at 2 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. on Saturday there will be a bag sale --two different size bags with as many items as you can fit in a bag for one small fee of $2 or $3 per bag! Come and be part of the best recycling around! For information contact Linda Skinner Austin at 978-779-6076 or boltonpan@verizon.net.

Mozart's Requiem April 27

The Nashoba Valley Chorale performs their spring concert, "The Eternal Path," presenting Mozart's Requiem and several works by Bruckner, Tavener, and Taverner, Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 75 King St., Littleton. The concert is conducted by the chorale's esteemed director, Anne Watson Born, and features professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, and $5 children. Visit nashobavalleychorale.org for information.

Concert series at The Healing Garden

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of live Jazz music!

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. "The Unexpected," a popular jazz group from Boston, will be playing a variety of jazz standards and original arrangements at the Garden for your listening pleasure.

The Healing Garden, a nonprofit organization, 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.