MAY 16, 17, 18

Student-Directed One-Act Plays: 710 p.m. Ten students in Lawrence Academy's Honors Theatre Ensemble will carry on what is now a well-established annual tradition, each of them directing fellow students in a one-act play and inviting the public to enjoy the results of their work. Some of the directors are working from written scripts, some are adapting existing stories, and some are creating original pieces. Together, they make for an entertaining combination of funny, thought-provoking, and moving pieces. The audience joins the performers on the stage of the Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center in an intimate seating arrangement created specifically for this event. The ten short plays will be interrupted by one intermission. Admission is free and there is handicap accessibility. For information, contact Theatre Director Joel Sugerman at jsugerman@lacademy.edu.

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Plant sale: The Dunstable Garden Group will be holding its annual plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon on the common in Dunstable center, Route 113. Great choice of garden dug perennials, shrubs, ground covers, herbs and seedlings. Proceeds from the sale are used to beautify gardens around town and supplements the library's summer reading program. If you have plants you wish to donate contact Sue at sjt0213@verizon.net.

Devens Youth Fishing Derby at Mirror Lake: Registration begins at 8:30 a.


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m. with fishing from 9 a.m. to noon. For questions or to register, contact Kim Walsh at kwalsh@massdevelopment.com or 978-772-8875.

Public supper: The last public supper of the season at Christian Union Church will feature homemade baked beans, baked ham, potato salad, cole slaw, dessert and beverage, served family-style, continuous serving from 5-7 p.m. Take-outs will be available. This will be the last supper until September. We thank you for your support throughout the year and look forward to serving you again in September with more of our famous meals, along with some new features. The cost is $10/adult; $5 6-12 and under six eat free. The church is located on Route 225 (West Main Street) in West Groton, across from the fire station.

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Birding at Oxbow: 7:30 a.m. Come look for breeding populations of migratory birds, but also learn about our resident birds at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. Naturalists Dick and Peggy Knowlton will again be our leaders. It is not uncommon for about 38 different species of birds to be observed during our spring walks! Bring your binoculars. Birders of all levels are welcome. We'll walk at a casual pace. There might be some biting insects. Meet at the Oxbow Refuge parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard. Please, pre-register with Rona at 978-779-2259 or by email at ada@FriendsoftheOxbowNWR.org. Program sponsored by Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge.

Concert: Enjoy a fun and lively Sunday afternoon at a Reggae music and dance party. The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden announces the next "Concert at the Garden" at 3 p.m. The Wicked Hangin' Chads, a popular Reggae music group from Boston, will be entertaining the crowd with an outdoor concert (held indoors if raining)! 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.

MONDAY, MAY 20

FREE Crafting event: Evergreen Garden Playschool, a Waldorf preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten, invites you and your child to join one of our teachers for a free and wonderful morning creating flower crowns, a healthy snack and a lot of fun playing. Babies and children to age 5 are welcome: 9:15-10:45 a.m., 270 Barnum Road, Devens, near the corner of Barnum and Jackson roads (near the fire station), www.evergreengardenplayschool.org; 978-772-9595. 

FRIDAY, MAY 31

EHS Roundtable -- OSHA Update: 8-10 a.m., 33 Andrews Pkwy, Devens. Dale Varney, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist, will be our guest speaker. Varney has had a 24-year career with the Department of Labor and is a valuable resource of information. His presentation will include a review of current OSHA regulations, pending changes and agency priorities. He will also review accident trends and offer recommendations of how to keep employees safe in the work place. There will be time for interactive conversations to address attendee questions and concerns. RSVP donaneely@ecostardevens.com or 978-772-8831 ext. 3304. Registration fee for nonEcoStar members is $15; coffee and pastry will be available. Visit www.ecostardevens.com to learn more about the Eco-Efficiency Center and its programs.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 8

Take a Hike for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, invites all residents of north central Massachusetts to join them at Take a Hike for Humanity. Take a Hike for Humanity is an annual walk and hike to benefit Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, including Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts. This fundraising hike begins with participants finding sponsors to pledge support to the affiliate that the hiker is representing and then completing a hike on one of the two hike dates. This year hikers may choose between tackling the rugged trails to the peak of Mt. Monadnock in Jeffrey, N.H., on June 1, or walking the more subtle trails of DCR's Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, on June 8. For information on how to sign up to hike and how to direct sponsors to support you, please go to www.takeahikeforhumanity.org or call 978-348-2749 ext. 206. All pledges go to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Rhapsody in Blood: Garden tour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Harvard, with all proceeds to benefit Indian Hill Music. Garden tour tickets $30 ordered online or $35 days of the tour. Box lunch at Fruitlands $15 (advance reservations only). Learn more at http://www.indianhillmusic.org/0_GardenTour.html or call 978-486-9524, ext. 116.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

Support Groups offered by Virginia Thurston Healing Garden

145 Bolton Road, Harvard. Call 978-456-3532 to register or for information.

Post-Treatment: second Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., Free.

In-Treatment: second and fourth Monday of the month, 5-6:30 p.m., Free

Young Women: first Monday of the month, 9-10:30 a.m., Free.

Journaling: first Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Free

Metastatic Cancer: second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3-4:30 p.m., Free

Metastatic Breast Cancer: first and third Fridays of the month, 1:30-3 p.m., Free