Regional Brief

Spring plant sale

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Spring Plant Sale on April 25 (3-6 p.m.) and April 26 (8 a.m. to noon) at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road, Westford. All items may be ordered in advance for best selection through March 31; the sale features tree and shrub seedling, perennials, fruits, groundcovers and garden supplies (cow manure, rain barrels, compost bins, etc.). To place an order please visit http://www.middlesexconservation.org/ and click on "Spring Plant Sale," or call 978 692 9395 to request a catalog. All proceeds benefit the district's conservation programs, protecting soils and waters in Middlesex County.

Calendar

FRIDAY, FEB. 21

Images of multiculturalism film and discussion series: 7 p.m., Littleton First Church Unitarian. The films "Model Minority: Do the Math and the Bus Line and the Color Line" will be shown in the vestry, 19 Foster St., Littleton, followed by a lively discussion and refreshments. This film series explores the lives and experiences of the "other" and expands our awareness of our neighbors as well as nearby and often marginalized individuals and groups.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

Indoor flea market: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity Chapel, 188 Center Road, Shirley. Free admission, light lunch available.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23

Orchestra showcase: Join us for lunch before the concert, 12:45 p.m., Indian Hill Music, Littleton. Menu: Zesty Lemon Caesar Salad, Vegetable Lasagna Supreme, Tomato Provencal, Tiramisu -- $25 per person; advanced reservation required. Phone orders due by Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.; online orders due by Monday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m., 978-486-9524 ext. 116. At Littleton High School -- know the score: 2 p.m.; concert: 3 p.m.

MWCC Hosting FAFSA Day: Mount Wachusett Community College will host FAFSA Day Massachusetts at 1 p.m. at its Gardner campus, 444 Green St. The annual event provides free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the federally required form for all students seeking federal or state financial aid for higher education. Students and parents should each bring the following information: A FAFSA Personal Identification Number (PIN); Social Security Number; driver's license number; most recent federal tax return; most recent W-2 or year-end pay stub; untaxed income records; bank statement(s); business and investment records; and an alien registration card for non-US citizens. Students who were born before Jan. 1, 1991 do not need to bring parental information. Registration is strongly encouraged; visit www.fafsaday.org or call 978-630-9169.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25

How to go to college...without going broke!: College Planning Services will present a FREE dinner seminar on college financing at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You will learn tips on how to maximize your free scholarship money and which colleges have the most scholarship money to distribute. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please sign up at www.CollegePlanningServices.org or call John DeLorey of College Planning Services at 978-462-1666.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27

Birds: The epic adventures of a Massachusetts bird photographer: 6:30-8 P.M., Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way, Shirley. Narrated slideshow by award-winning wildlife photographer Peter Cristoph sponsored by the Friends of Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with the Shirley Conservation Commission. For information, contact Rona at 978-779-2259. Donations are suggested.

Coming up in March...

Science of Building Things: Construction is fun and we'd like to share the science behind engineering structures, as well as what we might learn from some of nature's engineers. The Nashua River Watershed Association invites young engineers to join us for the "Science of Building Things" on Saturday, March 1, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main St. in Groton. We'll build things out of dough, snow, Legos, wood, paper, fabric, ice cubes, and much more. We will experiment with building things both inside and outside the River Resource Center. Science Saturday is open to children from all communities ages 7 to 11. The fee is $20 for NRWA members; $25 for nonmembers. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, half- price for the second. Pre-registration is required; contact Mary Marro at 978-448-0299 or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.

Concert at the Healing Garden: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will hold a "Concert at the Garden" on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. The Garden welcomes Harmonie Transverse, a flute ensemble of up to 14 members playing piccolo, C Flute, G Alto Flute, Bass Flute and Contra Bass Flute. 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.

Love in Motion benefit concert

Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.

Free admission, Ashby Elementary School, Main Street, Ashby

The "Love in Motion" benefit concert brings together the members of the community of Ashby and the surrounding towns to raise funds for the Roland Barrette Care Fund and the Ashby Food Pantry.

The evening is jam-packed with events that include 50 raffle items, silent art auction, silent auction for "Muppets" style puppets, refreshments and live music by "The Shift."

The Roland Barrette Care Fund was established to provide financial resources to Roland Barrette, a resident of Ashby who was injured in November while volunteering his time to fix the backboards on the town basketball court.

The Ashby Food Pantry is just starting up again, and is in need of nonperishable food items to take care of those in need in town. After opening in February, it will provide services to Ashby residents twice per month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. They are handicapped-accessible and located in the Ashby Town Hall.

For information or to donate to the benefit, please call Debbie at 978-906-5081 or email Scherrie at scherrie@sanctuaryashby.org.