FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JULY 12, 13

RIPPLES: A Self-Guided Pond Tour for Healing: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Delight in the beauty of six featured breathtaking and inspiring gardens, waterscapes and ponds along the Route 2 corridor from Harvard to Lincoln. Your first stop will be the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road in Harvard, where you will receive the map for the tour. Tickets are $25 per person (1 adult and 1 child admission) and can be purchased online at www.HealingGarden.net/pondtour.php. All proceeds are to directly benefit the amazing work of the Healing Garden, which provides therapeutic services and educational programs to those affected by cancer.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Calling All Walkers for NRWA's Outdoor Wellness Walk: Come stretch your legs and explore the summer landscape along the Nashua River Rail Trail. Your guide will be Mary Marro, Nashua River Watershed Association environmental education director. Mary will lead NRWA's 60-minute Outdoor Wellness Walk on from 3-4 p.m.. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is open to all ages. No dogs, please. We'll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton. Google map and directions can be found at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for information, please contact Mary Marro, at 978-448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

REGIONAL BRIEFS

Volunteers needed to scout and pull Water Chestnuts

On Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers are invited to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Pepperell Pond section of the Nashua River.

Gathering baskets and maps will be provided (although if you have an old laundry basket to donate, please do!). The Nashua River Watershed Association and Nashoba Paddler are co-sponsoring the pull.

The annual pull is done in cooperation with the Groton Greenway Committee and Ducks Unlimited. Volunteers should wear old clothes, water shoes, rubber (dishwashing) gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, water to drink and a bagged lunch. Volunteers may bring their own canoes and equipment (PFDs are required), but will be asked to sign an insurance waiver. A limited number of canoes will be provided by Nashoba Paddler on a "first call, first served" basis.

Advanced registration is required; all participants must register by calling the Nashua River Watershed Association at 978-448-0299. You may register by email at MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org; please provide a phone number where you can be reached to confirm details.

We hope you can help out on the 28th!

Grotonfest

Grotonfest applications for Business, Craft, Nonprofit and Kids booths are available and on the website www.grotonfest.com. The date of the Festival this year is Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on booth space, call Dale Martin at 978-448-2226; for general information, call Jane Bouvier, 617-448-7240. Like us on Facebook.

July and August at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, 145 Bolton Road, Harvard.

Providing a community of support, therapeutic services and education to facilitate healing for those experiencing cancer. Please call now to register to prevent cancellation: 978-456-3532

Meditation and Guided Imagery

Thursday, July 11, 3-4:30 p.m.; for clients ($10) and the community ($12).

Sexuality and Cancer

Monday, August 19, 3:30-5 p.m.

Cost: $12 for HG member, $15 for nonmember

QiGong

Mondays, July 1 through Aug. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

For clients ($10) and the community ($12).

August Retreat: "Care for Yourself, Care for One Another"

Saturday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Support Groups

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

In-Treatment, first and third Monday of the month, 1-2:30 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 a.m., Free

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